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  • Malibu International '77 Pontiac Firebird "Bandit"

    From the Reel Rides series

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    A wee bit on the large side, somewhere between 1/60 and 1/55, but the only Bandit Firebird I know of with proper honeycomb wheels

    There has been discussion in the past whether this is properly a High Speed casting, tough to say, I don't recall any analogs to it in recognized High Speed scales. Malibu did use some High Speed tools for this series (notably a Porsche Speedster and a Chevy Pickup), but I question whether all the models were High Speed.
    Last edited by jt3; 06-13-2020, 02:23 AM.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    One I passed on years ago as I thought it was to big but hindsight says I should have gotten it - wheels are so good on this Bandit ride!

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      I've only seen this on eBay and assumed it was the precursor for the Greenlight 1977 T/A. I didn't realize that the scale is wrong, like the Malibu International '61 Impala Convertible I bought a while back, but through back into the sea (resold on eBay) because it was an annoyingly "incorrect" scale.

      The Greenlight T/A model is a bit narrow looking. I have not looked closely at the honeycomb wheels to notice accuracy. Do you know if the Greenlight Hobby-Exclusive GM wheels set has more accurate honeycombs? I am assuming that the Honeycomb set in that package was for a '77 T/A.

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        Originally posted by FourDoorFord View Post
        The Greenlight T/A model is a bit narrow looking. I have not looked closely at the honeycomb wheels to notice accuracy. Do you know if the Greenlight Hobby-Exclusive GM wheels set has more accurate honeycombs? I am assuming that the Honeycomb set in that package was for a '77 T/A.
        I'm not familiar enough with the GL to speak on the matter, I only just saw the one Firehawk posted, and frankly what I could see they don't look as good as these. Part of that is simply the scale, at that small getting such intricate detail and still have a robust part that isn't so fragile it could collapse by looking at it might require very expensive high strength materials.

        From memory, and I'm sure someone better versed could correct me, but I think those honeycomb wheels debuted on the '77 Firebird and were available until the 3rd gen "Knight Rider" type Firebirds showed up, +/- 1983 or so. I've seen these honeycomb wheels in other colors depending on what color the car was painted, powder blue for instance. They were not limited to Trans Ams, they could be had on Firebird Esprits as I recall.

        The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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