Category Archives: Chevrolet

A Large-Scale 1963 Corvette

By Frank Koh

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

This is a story about re-purposed, battery operated 1:12-ish scale 1963 Corvette from New Bright Hong Kong (dated 1986). A little elbow grease and creativity have breathed new life into this really neat plastic piece.

New Bright continues to produce some really cool radio controlled vehicles up to the present time. This very realistic Corvette Sting Ray Coupe originally had a tethered remote and was a slow, clumsy drive, which is probably why its first owner cut the wires that mated the steering and throttle control box to the model. Seeing its potential as a convincing big-scale display piece, I took it apart, painstakingly buffed the black plastic body to a uniform glossy finish, and carefully detail painted the exterior and interior componentry.

The “Sidewinder” pipes below the passenger compartment were a popular option, until the car owner’s girlfriend accidentally received second degree burns when alighting from the car! The trademark “Knock-Off” wheels were also nicely replicated in this big scale car. However, the rear track of the model seemed a bit exaggerated, most likely done on purpose to make the remote control a bit easier to maneuver.

The legendary 1963-only Split Window design of the Corvette Sting Ray coupe makes it a favorite among collectors.

The New Bright Corvette featured retractable headlights that could be illuminated with a flick of the switch on the original control panel.

I replicated the real car’s rosewood steering wheel by tweaking a jar of Tamiya Metallic Copper Acrylic. The gauge surrounds and inserts, including the needles, were picked out with silver paint using a toothpick. Take note of the “T-Handle” shifter, an obvious aftermarket add-on replicated in this New Bright Corvette. Also while those sport mirrors are definitely not era-correct, they added a pleasing touch to the “modded” look of the car.

With poseable steering and a pair of retractable headlight assemblies, this old ‘Vette shows its versatility and is capable of being displayed as the mood of the moment dictates. Okay, so it’s not an expensive hand built resin masterpiece of recent manufacture, but do those limited-edition high end models have peek-a-boo lights and front wheels that steer? 


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Greenlight C30 Chevrolet Ramp Truck and Z-28 Camaro

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight has developed a range of ramp trucks carrying an appropriate car. Most are in the HD Trucks series and are to 1:64 scale. There are two ramp trucks used a Ford F-350 and a Chevrolet C30 but both are finished as different model year cabs in different sets. Both appear to be fitted with an identical ramp section. These models are diecast in China for the US.

This article looks at the set featuring a Chevrolet C30 from 1970 paired with a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28. Both are painted black and look well together.

Chevrolet C-30 Ramp Truck 1970

This ramp truck is nicely made and even the sides of the ramp section are cast in metal, though the side rails, protection bar and deck are plastic inserts with the metal tread areas finished in silver.

This is a model of the second generation C30 which was in production from 1967 to 1972 with minor changes to the styling along the way.

Unlike many other Greenlight models the bonnet does not open. The cab is a nice casting with the key features of the 1970 Grille modelled and badging neatly printed. The windscreen wipers are neatly done as body mouldings into the screen surround and all is finely printed in silver. Greenlight’s contracted producers show that they can print silver into the window openings very effectively, something some other manufacturers factories seem to be unable to do. Body side lights, door handles, and locks are all printed in silver in a neat manner.

The rear of the ramp area is a little disappointing. There should clearly be more lights. Just two printed in the central section is not convincing. One expects some drop down units below the hinge area for the ramps. The ramps are also an issue. All the Greenlight publicity shows them in a vertical position clipped onto the hinge areas on the bed, but mine don’t clip on at all. They can be posed resting on the hinge area for loading but the indent in them is nowhere near the correct size to clip on to the bed. This is a shame.

Inside the model is black with no picked out details. A wide bench seat sits in front of a steering wheel and dash board with quite a bit of moulded detail for instruments, stalks on steering column, and the steering wheel seems to have a central section moulded in a Chevy logo shape. All this can be seen as the cab glazing has been modelled with the windows down.

The wheels are neatly moulded and fitted with good rubber tyres, the rear set is double wheels which would have been fitted to allow the ramp to hold a heavy load. The ‘chroming’ is perhaps a little bright but custom wheels were often fitted to such trucks.

Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro 1971

Here we do get an opening part, the bonnet lifts to reveal a bright orange painted V8 engine with a large silver air filter on top.

This is a second generation Camaro as made from 1970 to 1981. Introduced to counter the runaway success of the Ford Mustang The Z-28 was a special version fitted with a V8 from the Corvette and given the twin body stripes. It was a homologation special to allow Chevy to race against Ford’s Mustangs which they did with considerable success.

This model captures the shape of the second generation car well and even shows the live rear axle and cart springs amongst the detail on the base. The body stripes are neatly printed but the white is perhaps printed a little thinly, though it does have the fine outline borders printed very effectively. The front lights are printed in white and the grille has been well modelled and printed in black with the Z-28 badge overprinted finely. Bumper and grille surround are printed well in silver.

The glazing features fully open sides allowing a view of the interior which has no printed detail but does have a nicely modelled set of seats, central console and dashboard. Looking at pictures of the Z-28 interior from that year it seems well modelled and the steering wheel appears to be correct too. The window rims are printed silver where applicable and again into the casting so no lines of body colour appear within them. The silver could have been better applied on the back screen where the silver is not a consistent width and finish on one side.

The side badging, lights and door fitments are all printed well, as is the chrome strip along the sills. The wheels are excellent replicas of the originals though they would have looked even better with a black wash. The printed name details on the tyres are excellent.

To the rear the lights are printed in red over a silver base print. The base silver is straight but the red overprint is off centre rather spoiling the effect. The bumpers are neatly moulded in and overprinted in silver and the Z-28 badging on the boot lid is very tiny but accurately printed in several colours.

As with the C30 no number plates are printed on.


In the US these 1:64 models sell for many times more US Dollars than a standard range Hot Wheels or Matchbox model, though they are still far from expensive. The level of detail and finish is superior to the cheaper models and justifies the higher prices charged. This is a nice set marred slightly by the fact the ramps do not fit properly and the rear light printing was not registered correctly, others may find that neither of these faults afflict their models.


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Majorette Series 3000 Chevy Blazer

Chevrolet Blazer with Trailer and Two Motorcycles, 1:36 Scale, France, Mid 1980s

By Frank Koh

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With the current “Hitch and Tow” model vehicle craze, we can’t help but admire the valiant efforts of the old school toy manufacturers to maximize the play value and theme adaptability of their more popular castings. During its time (and up to the present!), this Majorette casting was one of the LARGEST scale diecast models of the venerable “Squarebody” Chevrolet Blazer/Pickup from the ’70s and ’80s. Surprisingly, with the exception of the short-lived 1:24 Blazer and C/10 from defunct brand So Real Concepts, if you wanted a larger-than-1:43-scale diecast “Squarebody”, this Majorette was your only choice in the market.

Now, more than three decades after it was first released, the Majorette Blazer (that became a C/10 pickup when the plastic rear cap was removed) remains the only viable option. Things became more fun when your 1:36 Majorette “Squarebody” was pulling a trailer with a pair of motorcycles that looked like Honda Twins, or perhaps a caravan/ camper trailer. And if you wanted greater realism, some minor mods worked wonders on the vehicle. The casting is far-from-perfect, even toy-like, but if a diecast “Squarebody” in a larger scale is what you seek, it’s either the So Real Concepts model that’s made of unobtainium, or the Majorette casting that’s much more versatile, and so much easier to acquire in the secondary market. Besides, it’s probably OLDER than the person you’ll end up buying it from. A vintage treasure, indeed.

For a model that’s more than thirty years old, this Majorette Blazer set is nicely presented, and the packaging material is certainly not “biodegradable” in any sense of the term. It’s a chore to take the item out of its complex packaging and carefully return it without damage, but this is one toy vehicle set that begs to be enjoyed.


Majorette sought to replicate a 1981-82 “Squarebody” as the grille and stacked square headlights proves, but the cowl vents, side trim, hood contours and front side marker lights are from a ’73-’80 model. Only the enthusiast eye would notice these flaws.

I have done several small improvements to the Blazer. A black wash on the grille; judicious use of black Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color on the doors, tailgate and cowl vents; red paint on the tail lights; and very thin black RC racer tape to create vent windows goes a long way in enhancing the life-like characteristics on this old Majorette masterpiece.

Talk about play value and versatility in spades. This is truly a multi-piece set. The generic motorcycles that bear a convincing resemblance to Honda Twins are not identical. They feature different seat and saddlebag configurations. The trailer looks like it can accommodate more than just motorcycles too. Most importantly, all you have to do is take off that red plastic cap, and your K5 Blazer sport utility vehicle is transformed into a genuine C/10 pickup! I added a faux “rear window” to the cab by using some black RC racer tape. It’s a neat trick I use on all my Majorette “Squarebody” models. It makes them look very, very “correct”.


Even the truck-themed box art found at the bottom of the Majorette Series 3000 packaging is very nicely done. While the Blazer isn’t a heavy duty truck, it’s still a relatively large vehicle that can perform “truck-like” duties, though hauling a pair of motorcycles would definitely be more of a recreation-oriented concept.


Greenlight Estate Wagons Series One Part Two

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. A previous article looked at a pair of Fords. This article looks at another two wagons from the first release, both Chevrolets.

All the wagons are in the same generic series one blister packs with only the insert holding the model and a slip of paper being different between the Fords and Chevrolets. These are clearly intended to catch the eye when hung on a rack in the store but make for a large pack for a 1:64 scale model.

The two models covered in this article are: 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten Handyman and the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad. The picture below shows line drawings of the Two-Ten body styles available with the Handyman at the bottom.

Copyright of 55ClassicChevy.com website acknowledged

The Chevrolet Nomad was the fully loaded two door estate car with a rakish curved door and window surrounds unique to the model. Fitted with full carpeting and a lots of chrome on the sides and round the windows it was available with a new, OHV V8 engine option. The styling was influenced by one of the cars at the 1954 Motorama presentations which mated a Chevrolet Corvette front end to a rear end similar to that of the Nomad.

In contrast the Two-Ten Handyman was a two door mid-range wagon with the One-Fifty wagon being the base model. The Two-Ten Townsman was similar wagon but with four doors. As can be seen in the photograph below the Two-Ten has more conventional upright B and C posts than the Nomad and has partial hubcaps rather than full wheel trims. Inside it would also have been rather less well equipped in standard form than a Nomad, and more likely to be fitted with a straight 6 rather than a V8, It was also significantly cheaper to buy.

Looking at the models the printed badging is excellent as are the lights and the other printing. The Chevrolet badge and bonnet ornament are well captured. The ‘chrome’ line on the Nomad surrounding the front lights and carrying on to the front wings is in the correct place but is perhaps a little too broad.

The Two-Ten Handyman has body colour pillars which is entirely correct and the ‘chrome’ trim to the rear is again correct but slightly too heavy. However the trim on the front wing seems to be incorrect for this model. From the illustrations and photographs on the web the Two-Ten models did not have trim on the front wing. Maybe it was a dealer option or fitted to a restored car used by Greenlight when designing the model? I hope that it is not printed on in future releases. I would remove it, but its close proximity to the finely printed and correct Chevrolet script on the front wing means that it might risk damaging the script.

To the rear the tailgate of the Nomad has the characteristic vertical chrome strips as featured on the Motorama car and the small gold coloured Nomad badge on the tailgate. It also has the correct Bel-Air script and logo on the rear wings.

The Handyman, below, is plainer but features a nice badge on the tailgate. Both models have somewhat oversize tow bar units made to allow them to tow trailers like the ones from the Hitched Homes series. However to give Greenlight their due the tow bar at least tries to look like the real article rather than being modelled as a simple peg.

One missing feature on these models is registration plates which are absent front and back. Period correct plates would be nice even if they were supplied as decals so you could choose your state.

These models are reasonably priced in North America and are are very collectable especially as their competitors M2 and AutoWorld seem to be scaling back new castings in their 1:64 scale ranges at the current time.


Matrix March 2019

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Here are the details of the latest releases from Matrix. These models are all moulded in resin to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All are produced in limited quantities and two have already sold out on dealer’s pre-orders so may be particularly difficult to obtain.

Matrix prices have risen very considerably over the last few years but they seem to have steadied a little in recent months. I hope that this continues as I feel that sales must have declined as some Matrix models crossed the 100 UK pounds price point.

New Models

MX10108-031 Aston Martin DB6 Volante grey metallic 1966

The DB6 was an in-house styling exercise with the major emphasis upon wind tunnel testing to stop the back end lift that was experienced on the DB5, and re-engineering the height to give more space inside. The solution was a Kamm tail with a small lip spoiler at the rear. It was in production from 1965 to 1970 when it was replaced by the DBS. The convertible was made as the ‘Volante‘ from 1966 and only 140 were made.

This model is in silver with the hood down.


MX10108-032 Aston Martin DB6 Volante red metallic closed 1966

Here is the same model painted red and with its hood up. A neat presentation of the hood. It follows the earlier Matrix DB6 coupe which was painted a bright yellow.


MX 40108-011 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt red 1953

This DB2/4 was a one of its kind Bertone bodied fixed head coupe commissioned by Stanley H ‘Wacky’ Arnolt. There is also speculation that the lost Arnolt chassis, LML/503, may also have been bodied in this style. The car was delivered by Arnolt to a French customer in 1955. The design was by Franco Scaglione, It is powered by the later DB2/4 2.9 litre engine.

This model is painted red the colour that the car was in when delivered from Bertone.


MX40108-012 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt white 1953

The same car as above, literally in the case of the 1:1 scale car. Bertone was proud of this styling work and the car was seen in white at a Turin Motor Show. In more recent times the car made its way to the US where it currently resides. The car never went into series production because David Brown decided to stop supplying Aston Martin rolling chassis to Coach Builders.


MX40604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe “Bumblebee” Vignale #0197EL black / yellow 1952

This model is another that dealers have taken up the whole output already clearly expecting this unusual variation to sell out quickly.

Vignale built about 153 Ferraris from 1950 to 1954. Not all were stylistic successes. The 212 Export Lungo modelled here by Matrix is known as ‘bumble bee’ due to the yellow and black colours used. They have vestigial rear fins and the classic Ferrari egg crate grille.

This car was originally delivered to a French customer, then was exported to the States before ending up in the UK where it was fully restored to its original finish before travelling back to the US again.


Another version of the same VIgnale Ferrari. This time in classic red. Less distinctive than its sister model but perhaps more typical of the colour selected by customers.

MX40604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red 1952


New Versions

MX20302-372 Chevrolet Suburban K10 brown metallic 1978

Dealers have pre-ordered the entire run of this model so they obviously anticipate them being popular with collectors.

The model is of a seventh generation Suburban which was the longest lasting being in production from 1973 to 1991 though there were considerable changes in styling and engine line up over the long run. The Suburban was a truck like full sized SUV typical of the time.


MX20303-072 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon black 1942

The Town and Country wagon was introduced in 1941 and production was suspended in 1942 as the US turned to full scale war production after their entry into the Second World War.

The Matrix model captures the original well with the narrow chrome strips making up the grille and on the rear wing neatly added. The pictures suggest that the wooden panels have been simulated well too.

The Town and Country returned to production in 1948 but only as a sedan or convertible. The pre-war eight passenger wagons were the last of their kind.


MX40201-062 Bentley 4.25 litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton grey metallic 1937

Editor: Reader Kenneth Hodges has kindly pointed out to the Editor that the Coachbuilder is Carlton as stated by Matrix and that the car is not Carlton grey as the editor had incorrectly assumed. So the original non-italicised text in the paragraph below is incorrect. Carlton were an English Coachbuilder based in London. They were noted for building modern looking cars and were quite productive until the Second World War. After that, staff previously involved with Carlton, had a business re-bodying pre-war Rolls-Royce chassis in a more modern style but as demand for that fell they faded away.

Matrix do not tell us which coachbuilder the car was made by. From the styling a continental coachbuilder seems more likely than a traditional UK firm. The lack of a running board and the way that the rear wings have been handled suggest a French origin perhaps?

In any event the model is excellent with the dramatic lines around the faired in rear wheel being very crisply captured.

The grey seems to suit the model better, in my opinion, than the blue and white colours used on its previous appearance in the range.


MX51311-041 Maserati Mexico Speciale by Frua red metallic 1967

The Maserati Mexico was derived from a 2+2 prototype shown on the Vignale stand at the October 1965 Turin Salon. It used a 4.9-litre 5000 GT chassis which had been damaged. After the show the prototype was sold to the Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos so the model became known as the Mexico. Vignale’s prototype was so well received that Maserati put it into production debuting in August 1966.

The car modelled by Matrix is not a standard Maserati Mexico. In May 1967 a German Maserati importer had a special Mexico  made by Maserati and bodied by Frua.  Appearing like a 4-seat Mistral but built on the 3500 GTs tubular chassis this prototype ‘Mexico’ was fitted with the Mistral’s six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte.


The GMP Chevrolet Camaro

Their 1:18 Scale 1967-68 Camaro Casting: Brilliant Optimization of Resources

By Frank Koh

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

The ingenious utilization of carefully-designed body castings in order to create numerous variants of a certain type of model is what spells maximum profitability. This is the story of a 1:18 scale casting by GMP, which was used in diverse automotive genre, including vintage Trans Am and road race cars, Pro Touring and concepts and a host of other themes.

Take a 1:18 scale Camaro body, slightly modify the fender contours and valance panels, lose the front and rear bumpers, design a variety of hoods and trunklids for relevant automotive applications and create various interiors, powertrains and undercarriage componentry and related systems and accessories to suit a daunting diversity of automotive themes. Then, suddenly you have one of the most versatile lines in model vehicle history. Trans Am and road racing legends, Pro Touring, custom vehicle and styling concepts, and more, all based on one body casting. It worked for the original Georgia Marketing & Promotions under the stewardship of founder Tom Long.

The GMP 1:18 scale 1967-68 Camaro body shell served as the basis for fabulous replicas of the #6 and #36 Penske Racing Camaros which included the car of 1968 Trans Am overall champion Mark Donohue, the #13 Smokey Yunick “cheater special”, the awesome Pro Touring cars from the GMP Street Fighter series, special commemorative models such as the Lateral-g.net car and the #08 Biante Touring Car Masters (TCM) tribute racer commissioned by Biante Models Australia, and much more, including today’s GMP releases as a subsidiary of Acme Models. One basic “tweaked” body style, so many possibilities!

Penske and Yunick

The winningest Trans Am racer of 1968, the #6 Penske Racing Mark Donohue car that won the championship that year. Next to the Penske is the infamous #13 Smokey Yunick ’68 Camaro that came in first on a few occasions but never won a race due to numerous equipment violations and disqualifications. Definitely not a matched pair, but it’s always cool to display these two long-discontinued GMP Camaros together.

The #6 and #36 Penske Camaros featured removable air cleaners so the owners of these models could better appreciate the intricate details of the 302 cubic inch Z/28 V8 engine, including of course the Holley 4-barrel carburetor. GMP thought of everything!


George Follmer drove this 1967 Camaro for Team Penske.

Pro Touring

The classic, traditional Trans Am racers and the modern Pro Touring vehicles used the exact same basic body in all GMP variants of the ’67-’68 Camaro. Only the hoods, trunk lids, and of course the appropriate powertrains, suspension, wheels, grilles, lights, interior and other componentry differed from model to model. How ingenious of GMP to have designed the Camaro body to work perfectly on such diverse automotive themes!

Two of my favorite Pro Touring Camaros: the red 1967 Z/28-style coupe from the Street Fighter series, and the very exclusive green Lateral-g.net 1968 Camaro commemorative model, #995 of 996 units produced. Lateral-g.net, also known as the Protouring Network, is an online presence for Pro Touring modifications, culture and lifestyle.

All GMP had to do was design year-specific grilles for the 1967 and 1968 Camaros (plus the different taillights, of course), and instantly two different model years were created. The green Lateral-g ’68 Camaro was fitted with a “traditional” Small Block V8 with the Cross Ram intake and dual quads, whereas the red Street Fighter ’67 Camaro came with a more modern LS powerplant.

Everything opened on the GMP Camaros. Poseable steering, full diecast baseplates, complete engine wiring, plumbing, hoses and belts. Whether the theme was Pro Touring or Vintage Racing, all requisite componentry was finely and accurately replicated.

Biante

This one’s my favorite variant of this highly versatile GMP Camaro casting. It’s the Australian market-only Biante Touring Car Masters (TCM) series tribute car that celebrated the overall championship of Steve Mason, who piloted a first generation Camaro. This particular unit is #107 of 2008 pieces made. My uncle and aunt were so kind as to hunt down and procure this model for me when they went to Australia in 2008.

Dual quads and all the plumbing, tubing, braided and rubber hoses, belts, wiring and even the accurate hood hinges would serve as adequate motivation to display these lovely, exceptionally realistic GMP Camaros with their hoods in the open position.

The 1:18 scale miniature model of an American car (1968 Camaro), produced by an American company (GMP), commissioned by an Australian company (Biante Models) was only available in Australia! Two wonderful people from Texas went on vacation to Australia and bought it for me. What could be more special, and global, than that?

Since these Camaros were acquired, ACME Trading Company has purchased GMP, and several more variants of the casting have been issued


Brooklin goes Pink!

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

To celebrate International Womens Day, which is March 8th this year, Brooklin has made three limited editions in three different shades of pink. The idea for the limited edition is said to come from Angela, Julie, Sarah, and Veronika, all of whom work in the assembly area at Brooklin Models.

The models are all available to order now and are being produced in limited editions of only 199 of each model and with a free postage offer if you enter a code at the checkout. So what are the three models?

From left to right above we have the:

  • 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-door Convertible in “Powder Puff Pink” (BRK 194P)
  • 1952 Cadillac series 62 Coupe in “Lilac Pink” (BRK 181P)
  • 1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe in “Pink Pearl” (BRK 223P)

Three clearly different shades but all definitely pink! Individual photographs of all three taken by Brooklin are shown below with the tag line that Brooklin have given each one..

A unique iconic model, a tribute to luxury, sensuality and that irresistible 50s femininity.
The model which celebrates the ‘Pink way of life’: Lightheartedness and vitality are the keywords of the Pink Ladies from every era.
The car for rebellious women, trendsetters and trailblazers.

A surprise from Brooklin but one which will delight some collectors!

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year as a focal point for Women’s rights. The theme for 2019 is ‘BalanceForBetter’ which focuses on The Better the Balance the Better the World which highlights the fact that a gender balanced world is a better one.


Goldvarg Collection for 2019

By Maz Woolley

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It is only about 18 months since Sergio Goldvarg’s Goldvarg Collection was re-launched. Aimed at a relatively modest price point for high quality models made in resin with fine etched parts, the models have found a ready market with collectors . Many who have watched Brooklin and others becoming increasingly expensive over the same time period have welcomed a more affordable collection. Goldvarg models have not just had price on their side but also quality. The releases to date have provided an interesting range of models which in many cases are the first modern models of the subjects. Up to now the focus has been on US produced vehicles for which there is a strong demand.

Sergio is very happy about the sales he has made since introducing the range, with retailers regularly ordering the latest releases. The first six models GC-001 to GC-006 have all completely sold out and others are selling fast.

One interesting feature of the Goldvarg Collection development process is how Sergio has used the Internet to allow keen and knowledgeable collectors to comment on his choice of subjects, colours, and the accuracy of his pre-production samples. This appears to have been a very creative process with issues being identified and ironed out well before models are launched, and accurate and attractive colours being chosen. For collectors it offers a unique degree of participation in the development of a model range.

Looking forward to the next set of releases due in March/April 2019 models from the 1960s are to the fore. We also see one of the classic car based vans with US Airline related livery. Please note that the models shown below are mostly samples, some even early pre-production tests and the final releases may differ slightly from what you see below.

GC-007 A 1970 Ford Galaxie Grey Metallic & Black roof


GC-007 B 1970 Ford Galaxie Caramel Bronze & white roof


GC-008 A 1965 Mercury Ocean Turquoise & White Roof


GC-008 B 1965 Mercury Gold Poly


GC-009 A 1969 Ford Torino Calypso Coral


GC-009 B 1969 Ford Torino Yellow



GC-010 A 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Rangoon Red


GC-010 B 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Polar White


June to October 2019 Releases

GC-011 A 1961 Chevrolet Impala Turquoise Metallic


GC-011 B 1961 Chevrolet Impala Fawn Metallic


GC-015 A 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Sunfire Red/ Marimba Red


GC-015 B 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Aquamarine /Yorktown Blue


GC-017A 1961 Pontiac Catalina Twilight Mist


GC-017B 1961 Pontiac Catalina Rose Metallic


GC-019A 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Camelot Rose W/roof rack


GC-019B 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Marlin Blue no roof rack


GC-022 A 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone  Jamaican Yellow with vinyl black roof


GC-022 B 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone red with white roof

GC-PAA-001 1953 Ford Courier Pan American “The System of the Flying Clippers”


GC-BI-001 1953 Ford Courier “Braniff Airways”

GC-PAA-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Pan American Airways”


GC-BI-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Braniff Airways”


Also planned for later in 2019

GC-012 A 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Verona Green
GC-012 B 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Lauderdale Blue

GC-014 A 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Sun Gold Yellow
GC-014 B 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Seaspray Green


GC-016 A 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Aztec Turquoise(tba)
GC-016 B 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Royal Lilac.(tba)


GC-018 A 1963 Chevy Nova Laurel Green Poly
GC-018 B 1963 Chevy Nova Saddle Tan Poly


GC-026 A 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door  Gunmetal grey metallic & Sun Gold
GC-026 B 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door Silvertone Green & Seaspray Green


GC-020A 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Red Metallic with white roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-020B 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Green Metallic with white roof

GC-021 A 1960 Oldsmobile Charcoal Mist Poly & White roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-021 B 1960 Oldsmobile Palmetto Mist Poly


So collectors of US cars in 1:43 scale have quite a few interesting models to look forward to during the course of 2019 from Goldvarg as well as the models expected from Esval, Matrix, Neo and others.


Goldvarg Competition News

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Sergio Goldvarg has just announced a competition for everyone subscribed to his website https://www.goldvargcollection.com/.

Do you wonder what happens to all those lovely prototype models produced by firms to test different colour options? Well Sergio has decided that the best thing to do with some of his is to share them with his collectors. All subscribers to his website will be automatically entered into a competition to win a unique prototype model. This will be the 1961 Chevrolet Impala prototype in Metallic Blue as shown below. This is a colour sample, and the colour will not be used for production models so it will definitely be a highlight for the winners collection.

If you are not a subscriber to the Goldvarg site then perhaps now is the time to subscribe. Subscribers get regular email updates on the models to be issued and get a chance to see models during their development stages as well as updates when they are released.

The winner will be announced in March 30, 2019.

I am delighted to announce that Sergio has very generously offered a different and desirable sample for a MAR Online competition so keep following MAR Online to enter our forthcoming competition.


Brooklin Latest February 2019

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Brooklin has recently shared some pictures of their latest models. Please note that the first three are pre-production tests with decals rather than photoetching on their sides. The final model is a test casting and is missing its vacform and rear bumper.

As the photographs show the level of detail on the models continues at the higher level introduced over a year ago.

All these models are cast in white metal in the United Kingdom nd are to 1:43 scale.

BML-28 1934 Chevrolet 2-door sedan


BML-29 1942 DeSoto DeLuxe Foor Door Sedan


BRK227 – 1957 Pontiac Safari Two Door Station Wagon


BRK-226 Buick GS 455 Hardtop

As can be seen the castings from Brooklin are rather thinner than they used to be and the chromed castings finer too. The increased use of chromed cages to represent the window surrounds has also increased the level of realism on the 1950s models in particular.