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Auto World's new 1/43 resin muscle cars sharply detailed

Muscle cars came in many sizes and shapes, which was part of their endearing, and enduring, image. So in 1966 when Dodge launched its Charger, based on its mid-size Coronet, it was a little larger and bolder than the other fastback muscle cars on the road. By 1970 it had morphed into a long-hooded, lean-looking beast, with a beefy Hemi in some models, and electric roll-up headlights.

Over at Chevrolet, the Chevelle had been souped up for a couple of years and by 1970 was a muscular-but-sleek looking model with a short rear deck and some of the prettiest lines ever on a Chevy. It also wasn't far removed from the extremely popular Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.

Now Auto World delivers both muscle cars in 1/43 sale and resin — a departure from the popular 1/18 scale diecast muscle cars it has been producing for several years. But these are no cheap imitations in smaller scale. They are highly detailed and crisply executed, using resin to create a high-end look at a reasonable price. These smaller models list at $64.99 vs. $83.99 for the latest 1/18 Auto World diecast muscle cars.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T: Bathed in purple paint (called Plum Crazy at the time) with a flat black roof, the Charger is an eye-catcher. By 1970 the Charger had a new nose with one-piece grille, no divider in the middle, and a wraparound bumper to up the chrome level.

The 1/43 resin model does this up right, with chrome-look metal duplicating that bumper, along with mirror, door handles, gas cap, rear bumper, hood pins, window trim, antenna, and dual exhausts. That chrome gives the car a well-finished look as do the rear-facing air scoops with R/T on the doors, a new feature in 1970 models.

Charger has many small touches that take this beyond the realm of standard 1/43 scale models.

The grille has Charger and R/T logos. There's a "Plum 70" Nevada license plate front and rear; a keyhole below the door handle; chrome wiper stalks; chrome trim over the wheel wells; and a detailed underbody, including the lower portion of the orange engine block. Tires are treaded and labeled Goodyear, but also identified as Polyglas with proper size markings too. Front and back lights look realistic, and there are body side reflectors, fairly new in the automotive world at the time.

Because the Charger had no B-pillar, you can see the interior well, and there's a wood-trimmed dash and wheel with three-spoke silver hub, plus a big pistol-grip shifter. The seats are black, and there's a wood-look console in the front and another console in the rear, plus some door trim detailing.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454: This is a handsome silver (metallic gray) with twin broad black racing stripes. The SS features a raised hood with "cowl induction" tampo-printed on it, and like the Charger, has two hood pins.

The dual lights above the chrome bumper feature nice-looking lenses, plus rectangular running lights in the bumper, and like the Charger, trims the windows with chrome, along with chrome wipers, door handles, and a key hole in the door. Likewise, the body underbody is well-executed and the same treaded Goodyear Polyglas tires are used.

Further detail includes a blue Nevada plate, this one identifying the model's engine, "LS6 454," white-and-red SS 454 logo on the front quarter panel, front and rear side reflectors, Chevelle script on the trunk lid, and chrome and black rear bumper with red lights in the bumper and chrome twin exhausts. Even at 1/43 scale, this car looks like it means business.

Inside are black ribbed seats with black wheel and silver three-spoke wheel, white cue ball shifter, attractive dash with realistic round gauges and door trim that you can see better than in the Charger.

Plus, both cars have the door lock buttons sticking up — a nice detail I've never seen in this scale.

These Auto World models offer fine detail in a smaller scale, but are well worth their asking price, and will help round out a collection without hogging up shelf space. Auto World also provides nicely molded acrylic cases that make these attractive to display just as they are. These are winners!

Note: Auto World models are available at finer hobby stores and through Auto World and Replicarz. Review models provided by Replicarz.

Vital Stats
Product: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
Maker: Auto World
Scale: 1/43 resin
Stock Nos.: AW1141 (Charger), AW1135 (Chevelle)
MSRP: $64.99 each

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