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  • Lone Star Flyers Alfa Romeo Spyder

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    I think most Lone Star collectors prefer the Impy series that led into the Flyers, the wheels and details were a bit better. The Lone Star models are an excellent example of a maker modifying their models over time. Initially models had jeweled headlights and a simple tilt steering, and after the Flyers series opening features were sealed, and the wheels were cheapened even more. Even with all the cost cutting modifications, Lone Star was unable to stay relevant in the market and had to close shop sometime around 1980. It was a good run, starting in the mid-1960s, and if one counts the 1/50 scale work goes to 1962, but the company itself actually comes out of Crescent, who was better known for larger scale, particularly military models in the 1950s. If I recall my reading I think there were peripheral business ties between Crescent and Lesney in the first half of the 1950s.
    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.

  • #2
    Never seen the Alfa before, I'm guessing maybe one of the harder to find Lone Star models.
    Doug

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    • #3
      The Lonestar Impy models are awesome. I remember how disappointed I was when I found the first flyer versions of the models. I had the Impy version of the Alfa in light blue - really liked those jeweled headlights and opening features on the Impy versions.

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      • #4
        I'm split on the IMPY vs Flyers. I like the compromise Flyers with the black wheels and solid silver disc wheels like this Alfa. I find that some (not all!) of the IMPY models are a bit frumpy in their stance, as if an airbag suspension broke. But yeah, these are at the top of my favorites and gave been since I was fortunate to buy the Imperial Southampton Coupe around 1984 in MIB condition, I want to say for $10 or maybe $20, I can't argue the symphony of opening parts though! That makes them works of art. And the fact they did several models that no one else did orin some cases has done since. Like this Alfa, the Fintail 220SE was a huge oversight in the 1/64 diecast world. It's amazing to me now that Matchbox just this past year and now Schuco are rolling out this body style.

        I don't know what it says about the diecast world when the company went from these IMPY models to the completely gutted models that are just the body shell with features cast shut, a black plastic base, and black windows. The de-contenting is such a drastic change of course.

        These are the style of models that I like that were basically 1/64-scale size versions of features that Corgi and Dinky offered around that time and before. Thank you for indulging an old man with this gem!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Douglas View Post
          Never seen the Alfa before, I'm guessing maybe one of the harder to find Lone Star models.
          Not particularly hard to find, but it is a bit hard to find complete, the windshield is often broken and the usual Lone Star issues of missing headlight jewels, doors and hoods. The Alfa seems to come in a wider variety of color variants than other models, but that could just be my personal experience.

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          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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          • #6
            And remember these wonderful gems of diecast were made in the 1960's!

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            • #7
              jt3 - It appears that the hood, doors and even the trunk lid open on these old diecast Alfa Spyder. Please show us a few photos with these open. Is there any engine detail?

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                With 'home made' screen.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CarreraRSR View Post
                    jt3 - It appears that the hood, doors and even the trunk lid open on these old diecast Alfa Spyder. Please show us a few photos with these open. Is there any engine detail?
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                    I don't have any "features" images of the Alfa, but the Ford Corsair is perhaps one of if not "the" quintessential Lone Star Impy. So yes, on any of the early models it is likely to have two opening doors, hood / bonnet, trunk / boot, rubber tires, headlight jewels (except Corvette), suspension and a rudimentary steering by tilting or rocking the model to the side. Over time these features were eliminated. Engine compartments have some simple details but nothing that begins to approach what we would consider "detailed" today. In truth, Hot Wheels redlines had greater engine detail from the moment they started in 1968.

                    The Corvette (Gran Tourismo is the Impy name) illustrates the loss of features over time:

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                    And this Toyota "Sport" represents some of the final issues made, including "Superfast" copycat wheels and dark windows to hide the lack of interior.
                    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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                    • #11
                      That red Corsair is amazing! How does it compare size-wise to the Matchbox #45 Corsair (which BAMCA says is 1/71)?
                      Bert sez...
                      "Wanna sell more?
                      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                      • #12
                        I don't have a comparison pic, but my recollection of the Mbx is a great deal smaller. The Lone Star just fits a jammer slot, so I would guess probably right around 1/60. The models do vary in scale a bit, I think the Chrysler is generally noted as 1/73, but I think that is not quite right either, I think it is a tiny bit larger than that.
                        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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                        • #13
                          I am a big fan of the early Impys and the Flyers especially. They really do fly on a downhill track. I have a few beaters for racing.

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                          • #14
                            Nice old Lone Star Alfa Romeo convertible, Wes/JT3! I like it! 👍

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