So I came across an amazing haul recently, and more will be posted, but this is the first. This is a 1:18 scale 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2-door hardtop by Yat Ming’s Road Legends.

My grandfather got this car mint in box at an auction several years ago and I just got it from him. The first car that he ever bought new was a ‘56 Chevy. More on that later.
This is the color combination he had on his, plus fender skirts partially covering the back wheels. His car was a rare breed powertrain-wise, packing the most potent engine available that year. It had the 265 cubic inch Super Turbo-Fire V8 from that year’s Corvette, backed by a column-mounted three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, coloquially known as the “three-on-the-tree.”
This is the 1:18 Super Turbo-Fire V8, with the two Carter AFB 4bbl carburetors located at the front of the air cleaner.
The 1:1 version was good for 225 hp, which was more than enough considering the bias-ply tires the car rode on.
The hood ornament has been faithfully recreated on this Road Legends model.


If only the taillight bezel would swing open to reveal the fuel filler cap, like on the real car.
Blur and plastic strips aside, the interior has good detail for this price point of model.

Thanks for reading!

More of the hawl coming soon, including Revell 1:24, home-grown Dyersville, Iowa Ertl 1:16 and 1:43, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gearbox 1:24!


(NOTE: I’m an Iowa native and heavily biased towards our locally built toys!)