What we have here are two 1:32 scale 1957 Chevy diecast models I bought off eBay a few months ago.
As you can clearly see one is a convertible and the other a hardtop. (are you sure? More on that later)
Let’s look at the convertible first.
Nice white walls, and spinners, with the center emblem already in place....alright!! Honestly, this was a pretty big hook for buying these cars for me. That and I didn’t have any ‘57 models this scale yet....a total shock, I know!!!
The overall proportions look pretty good to me, yeah the side molding on the passenger door looks a little bit crooked, but I figure I can fix it when I detail this car. As you may have noticed even the front wheels articulate. Notice I didn’t say steerable as they are not connected to the steering wheel.
Even the trunk opens on these models!!! Also note, the simulated jewel in the taillights. Not my preference but still a nice touch.
Interior looks fairly detailed to me, just not in love with the colors, but all the details look pretty darn good and are there!!!
The convertible is actually fairly common, I didn’t realize it at the time of purchase but you can buy it new today from Amazon.com:
Now, onto the hardtop..........
Please excuse this specific example as it is VERY tired, and dirty. Even those poor white walls are all faded. (Note I was able to procure a nicer example and actually used the interior and chassis on another build I will be posting about in the future.
Now, I totally forgot to take a pictures of the black cars under-hood, but it looks the exact same as this. Which is actually fairly detailed, even a painted wiper motor is included on the firewall!!
Again the proportions look pretty good to me........except:
This is NOT the correct profile of the C-pillar or rear window.
Here is my real car for comparison:
Maybe, they used the shapes from the 4 door hard top for some reason. Here is what that looks like:
Now this is a convertible with the top in the up position:
After actually looking at these pictures, I just gathered for this write-up, I really don’t think it looks like any of the 3 at all!
Moving on to the interior, it was nice enough in the convertible but that’s the problem. They just carried it over.
Okay, okay maybe I’m being a little bit critical, because the difference is actually minimal. Just the horizontal ribs in the seats should not have been included.....so okay they used the same moldings. That could be excused depending on what these things cost when new, I suppose.
BUT look what else they carried over from the convertible:
YES, your eyes are NOT deceiving you, the convertible top boot cover is also present in this model. So I ask again, is it a hardtop or is it just supposed to be the convertible with the top up?
To me the answer is simple, they were lazy and didn’t do their homework on exactly what it takes to make their convertible into an accurate hardtop model.
When I redo the hardtop model, I think I am going to leave all or most of these ‘errors’ since it kind of is the appeal of this model. I may even paint the interior on the hardtop as if it was a convertible since it really is a convertible interior!!So that means red and silver instead of red and black. Not sure what I’m going to do about that boot cover.
I tried to look up ‘The National Motor Museum Mint’ and all I found were posts on the Better Business Bureau website of people that didn’t get their models and some complaining about errors in their models. So apparently, these were sold as higher dollar models when new through the mail like Franklin Mint......I can kind of see that. The really funny part is they were made by Signature Models, which if you clicked on that link above, the convertible is going for $25. I am certain ‘The National Motor Museum Mint’ was charging more than that!!
And yes, yes,of course the plan has always been to eventually get them painted red and repaint the interiors. Anyone want to paint these bodies? I’m kind of in-between painters at the moment.