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Old 03-05-2006, 09:22 PM
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If some of you don't know, there are some nice diecast models of the Squarebird available. Sun Star makes a 1:18 scale 1960 Thunderbird in white with a red interior or red with a tan interior. For about $26 it is very good display model.

http://www.squarebirds.org/images_19...sunstar_34.jpg

The real show stopper is the 1:24 scale 1958 Thunderbird from Danbury Mint. This model costs $115 but is an absolute jewel. The detailing is incredible.

http://www.squarebirds.org/images_19...sinclair-g.jpg

For more information and pictures on these models visit: http://www.squarebirds.org/diecast.htm

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Old 03-06-2006, 04:12 PM
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Actually, that Sunstar is available in both black and white, but the black is tan interior only and the white is red only. I got one of each, took them apart & swapped the insides to made a black with red interior to match my car. (I sold the white/tan one to someone on the squarebirds yahoo group.) Looks pretty good, with only the visors and a couple spots on the floor still tan. A little flat red model paint will fix that eventually. I'll try to post a picture or two if I can get one taken.

There's something off about the front bumper, but I agree for the porice it's a pretty darn good model. It can be displayed with and without the continental kit.
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I agree that, for the price, the sunstar 1960 is a very nice model. I do wish that the 2-tone interiors could have been done with the correct vinyl button pattern instead of the solid leather pattern. The front bumper/grille is also a little too flat (i.e. doesn't project out from the centre far enough). Sunstar is also supposed to put out 2 hardtops this year in yellow and white. Besides the 1958 thunderbird convertible that danbury mint has put out they also produced a gorgeous '59 hardtop in tahitian bronze with colonial white roof.
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Danbury Mint is making a 1959 Hard
Top? I did not see that on their site. Do you have a picture or a link?

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I have found it. It is beautiful. How come it is not on the Danbury Mint site?

http://www.jsssoftware.com/images/models/dm/715-003.jpg

http://www.jsssoftware.com/asp/previ...artNum=715-003

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Alexander, I thought that would get your attention....
The website is www.diecast.org. Just go into "view list and reviews" and select danbury 1/24. The model could be hard to get since they say it is in limited production.
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http://www.diecast.org/diecast98/htm.../reviewpix.htm

Beautiful model. If I understand the review, the car has the 430 engine. If so, there should be no chrome dress up kit.

The power brake system on 1958 and 1959 are identical. I do not know what differences the reviewer saw.

The outside mirror position on that model is wrong for any Squarebird. The driver will find the mirror in that position is unusable due the A-pillar.

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Alex, regarding the 430 engine, I believe the reviewer was just commenting on new options available on the '59. I don't think the model is a 430 because I believe the 430 has an extension on the air cleaner which the model doesn't have.
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Alex, you brought up a very interesting point on the exterior rear-view mirror. All the ads and road tests I have on the '58 show the driver exterior mirror (when there is one!) mounted on the fender. For '59 all the ads and roadtests (except 1 ad - the ski scene) show the mirror mounted on the door (like the dm model). For '60, half are on the door and half are on the fender.....go figure....
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Mounting the mirror on Squarebird comes down to a choice: do I want to be able to see the mirror without twisting my torso or neck or would I rather not need to step out of the car to adjust my mirror. You are right the mirrors in the ads and brochures are in various locations. I have not looked at them to see the trend as you have. Good scientific work on your part.

I think the adjust-o-ring mirror may have been developed to address the problem of the location of the mirror on the fender. Since it is so difficult to set the mirror, you do not want it to go out of adjustment. The ring around the head prevents a person walking besides the car from accidentally bumping the mirror head and also protects it from misadjustment from automatic car washes.

I have seen the mirrors in all sorts of locations on the cars. Someday I might see one on the rear tail fin!

The mirror problem is why I love my spotlight/mirror combination. You can see the mirror and adjust it from the inside, even while driving.

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