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We received the new double kit of the 1950 Alfa Romeo Type 158 and the 1949 Lago-Talbot 4.7L Grand Prix kits, both in 1/24 scale. We love the retro looking art work for the boxes. Each of the kit is modeled in either red (Alfa Romeo) and blue (Lago-Talbot). The kits have engines, which will make those who love to detail classic inline six-cylinder engines happy. The only thing we don’t like, but it’s an easy fix, is the use of a clear insert that you have to paint silver to replicate wire wheels. We will run a series of articles on creating your own wire wheels, and sources to purchase aftermarket wire wheel kits as well.
I have seen the Lago-Talbot referred to as Lago-Talbot, and Talbot-Lago. So which way is correct? It looks to us that both are: It depends on the car you are referring to. This car, the Lago-Talbot Grand Prix 4 1/2 liter, was from the racing works at the Talbot-Lago factory, and it seems to replicate the 1949 version of the car that was all over the world in F1 races of that time. We have seen factory race team trailers from that period with Talbot-Lago painted on the sides. If anyone has some insight to this, please let us know.
If you would like some reference photos, check out this link from one of our favorite web sites, UltimateCarPages.com: http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/cg/624/Talbot-Lago-T26C-Grand-Prix.html
Here are a couple of in-progress photos of the Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta. The photoetched and aluminum wire wheels are from a Profil24 kit (The Maserati Birdcage Tipo 63 kit), and look fabulous! Check out the Profil24 web site to order.
Model Cars Magazine and Galaxie Limited have partnered together to bring you one of the most innovative model car building contests ever!
The idea is to build a Model Cars Magazine Racing Team, consisting of a race car model and any one of the Galaxie Limited trailer kits (21’ tandem axle, 36’ tri-axle, or 38’ tri-axle fifth-wheel), featuring your own version of the Model Cars Magazine racing team graphics–incorporating the current red and white MCM logo–to come up with the ultimate race car/trailer/graphics combination. The car can be any type of race car (NASCAR, drag, F-1, Sprint, Indy car, Bonneville, etc.).
The winner of this year-long contest will not only receive some great prizes (and maybe some contingency prizes as well), but the winning entry may be used to create a special edition set of decals for everyone to enjoy! Also, if your race car is based on a Galaxie Limited kit (‘48 Chevy or Dragster) along with your Galaxie Limited trailer, you will receive a double bonus as well!
So put on your thinking caps and see what you can come up with! You have a full year to get this done, as we will feature the winners in the August/September 2014 issue of Model Cars Magazine. Stay tuned for more updates, including official contest rules and a list of prizes, as well as some ideas sent in by some of our readers and builders. For now, get those creative ideas flowing and start planning your entry!
The MCM/Galaxie Limited Photo Contest Update
1) The race team MUST use any of the Galaxie Limited trailer kits.
2) The trailer MUST have the MCM logo on it. Art work for the logo can be found at the MCM web site www.modelcarsmag.com Once on the site click on “Contests” in the menu, in the black bar at the top. That will take you to the contest information. Scroll down and you will find downloadable art for the red and white logo and the logo with the Mercury, either logo is acceptable.
3) The race vehicle can be anything you want, even a race boat. Putting the MCM logo on either the race or tow vehicle is optional. If either the race or tow vehicle are made from any Galaxie Limited kit the winner will qualify for additional prizes.
4) The trailer may be modified, but must be recognizable as a Galaxie Limited trailer.
5) Using a tow vehicle is optional and not required.
6) All entries must be in our hands by July 1, 2014. After that date no entry will be considered for any of the prizes. Submit your photos via e-mail or mail on a disc to us at contest @ modelcarsmag.com or Model Cars Magazine, Photo Contest, P. O. Box 89530, Honolulu, HI 96830. Remember to allow enough time for delivery if you use regular mail.
The rules are simple and designed to allow you to be as wild or mild as you want. Think out of the box and be creative. Wild paint schemes, create your own version of the MCM logo, it’s up to you. We are putting together a bunch of cool, fun prizes for the winners. Good luck and get busy building.
Download the Model Cars Magazine Logo Here:
Hopefully this will work out great. I have uploaded a whole new program/interface, and it’s pretty cool! You can use your Facebook ID to create a user account and log in, or you can do it without one. You do need a PayPal account to register. Sorry, this is to make sure the site stays free of spammers, jammers, and hackers.
Building a 1/16 Scale Drag Boat
Scorpion, Part 12
A look at WRC Rally Car Models
NNL East 2013:
Coverage of the coveted 2013 East Coast Show
Building a factory stock ’62 Corvette
Hubley Hot Rod:
A look back at Hubley’s Diecast ’32 Ford Kit
Gasser I; Rescued, Recycled, and Rebuilt
Cliff Read’s Studebaker Gasser
Gasser II: Unfinished Business:
Tim Boyd completes a long-stalled project…finally!
Bill Coulter shows how to build a cool NASCAR Olds based on the new Revell 1950 Oldsmobile kit.
Tips, Tricks, and How-To’s:
An easy way to detail radiator grilles
Scorpion, Part 11
How to create a ’32 Chevy Pickup
Box Art Bio:
Brad Leisure’s Trumpeter Falcon box art
Gladen Enterprises’ Aerocar Kit
NNL West, 2013
Coverage of the West Coast’s biggest show
Okie Al’s Swap Meet and Model Show
March 3, 2012 • Merced, California
Sunshine State Challenge
March 17, 2012 • Ocala, Florida
Model Car Sunday
May 6, 2012 • Puyallup, Washington
Citrus Nationals #4
May 19, 2012 • Riverside, California
Desert Scale Classic
May 19, 2012 • Phoenix, Arizona
IPMS San Diego
June 2, 2012 • El Cajon, California
Lower Left Coast NNL
August 18, 2012 • Carlsbad, California
Classic Plastic Model Exhibition
September 16, 2012 • Lawrence, Massachussetts
Three Rivers Automodelers
September 30, 2012 • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NNL Nationals #33
October 6, 2012 • Sylvania, Ohio
Tacoma Area Modelers in Scale
October 7, 2012 • Lakewood, Washington
Tidewater Automotive Modeler’s Society 2012
October 27, 2012 • Norfolk, Virginia
Tips, Tricks & How-To’s
Making a simple sanding tool
Tips, Tricks & How-To’s
Two Masking with magnets
Scorpion Part 10
Model Clubs for Youth
Introducing the next generation to the hobby
Tamiya Red Bull Racing Renault RB6
Gregg takes a look at this brand new F1 kit
A pair of vintage-style hot rods from Tim Boyd
Not Your Normal ‘57
Steve Deisley’s ‘57 Chevy is a little different
Doctor Cranky vs. The Old Man
Len Carsner gives us the lowdown on the latest kits
A better drive chain for your next bike build
Scorpion Part 9: Mad Dash
Tips, Tricks & How-To’s
Mustang chassis mods
Dealing with Dirt
How to deal with those nasty dust blobs in your paint job
MPC’s Fire Truck:
Then and Now Comparing the original kit and the reissue
Drew Heirwarter builds a vintage-style Ford short track racer
1941 Mack Tanker
Larry Read’s scratchbuilt fuel hauler
The Longest 500
Building Gordon Johncock’s 1973 Indy winner
Smitten By Salt
A History of Bonneville-themed model car kits