By Maz Woolley
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
My latest GFCC 1:43 scale diecast model from China has now arrived taking little more time than a model I ordered from Italy at the same time. The model is of a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. Again it comes in a box which has packing very similar to that used for all the Atlas Dinky models, yet those are said to come from a factory owned in part by Norev, and these come direct from China.
The model is painted in a rather nice red/brown metallic paint though how realistic that is as an original model is difficult to tell from the many shades of red shown on 1954 Cadillacs on the Internet. The model may be displayed without the hood but does not have a slip in component to represent the hood cover which is a shame.
The interior is relatively simple but has many accurate touches like the steering wheel outer rim being duo colour as is the original cars. The doors are well painted with the shiny upper parts well printed and the electric window winder controls and other features moulded in. The dash has silvering and some printing but is rather obscured by the steering wheel fitted almost horizontally which is a shame as it is difficult to correct as the model has spun over rivets rather than the screws earlier models in the range had.
The angle of the steering steering wheel is shown clearly in the photograph below.
What none of the photographs above show is the face of the seats which have the inset panels moulded in white which matches many of the cars shown on the internet.
Unfortunately the convertible hood needs considerable fiddling with to sit properly and when taking the photograph above I must have accidentally knocked it as it does fit better than that!
The El Dorado portrayed by this model was the second generation car new in the 1954 model year. It shared its basic body shell with standard Cadillacs, unlike the first generation car, but had unique trim items like the lower rear wing aluminium panel and the crests on the rear wing. Unique features missing on this model are: wire wheels, and Cadillac crests on the seat bolsters.
It was a rare car as only just over two thousand were made.
As the photograph above shows the rear quarters of the car are well modelled with gold badging and crests on the boot all present. Even the white wall width is reasonable for the early 1950s, though the Dinky style wheels rather detract from the overall model.
The front of the car has an impressive grille array which comes ready black washed which gives it a realistic edge. The front lights have been painted white over the silver of the light hood when a plastic lens would have been better. As these GFCC models are now considerably dearer then a 1:43 Oxford Rolls Royce, even though they are imported with no tax or wholesaler costs directly from China, I feel that separate light lenses are not an unreasonable expectation.