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    If ever there could be a single model to demonstrate the early history of Hot Wheels, the Red Baron has to be one of the first choices. It can probably be rightly said that all of the early models that were in the line for any length of time went through modifications, but most were so subtle that without a cheat sheet they would go right by an untrained eye. Not so with the Red Baron...a lot of the modifications are easy to see.

    Like Playart and later Johnny Lightning, early redline Hot Wheels had a few models based on plastic model kits, this in particular along with the Paddy Wagon, are two very famous Tom Daniel design model kits well known to children of the 1960s. While Tom Daniel's original design was even more flamboyant, it still translated well into diecast and was well received by collectors and as a plaything...evidenced by how easy it is to find...unless one happens to be looking for specific variants to flesh out a history of the model.

    Like other redlines of the period, some changes are easy to spot...bearing wheels changed to cap wheels changed to non-removeable wheels - to meet child safety laws that went into effect, paint changed from spectraflame to enamel, production moved from the US to Hong Kong, etc. But this model, popular as it was, also ended up in court. Keeping in mind that World War Two was still fresh on the minds of many still alive at the time, some did not take kindly to Tom's use of the German Iron Cross on the helmet, and Mattel conceded to removing it. Still later, again after a skirmish in court (I can only surmise some parent stepped on one in the dark in a late night bathroom foray) the point on top of the helmet disappeared. So by the end of the Red Baron's original redline run, the model looked noticeably different than when it started. That didn't seem to matter to Hot Wheels kids, we still bought 'em.

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    I thought it was so cool when Hot Wheels offered models like the Red Baron and the Paddy Wagon. I was one of those who was never all that great at assembling the plastic kits so was thrilled when they became available from this new brand in the toy departments. I know I still have my Red Baron from way back and pretty sure it is the version with the Iron Cross and point on te helmet. At the moment it is packed away in a box from the ongoing rearranging project that seems to take one step forward and then gets delayed for a while. Last Christmas when the Iowa kids were here, Katie had started to help me and had looked forward to doing some more this year...but sadly COVID restrictions will keep them in Iowa this Christmas season. If I do find it before this thread gets to old I will make sure and share a picture or two of it.

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      Nice vintage example! For some reason, this was never seen on the local pegs. So, sent in the "proof of purchase" coupons from cereal boxes to get the Red Baron, and (separately) the Paddy Wagon. Ended up doing that twice for the Paddy Wagon (still have them, or course). I vaguely recall thinking the Iron Cross was rebellious, or deviant, or "tough", or something like that, but not 100% sure why! I would have been about nine years old at the time, and generally uninterested in history. In any event, here is my original. Thanks to Post, or Kelloggs, or whatever brand offered this bad boy to the youngsters of the suburban back-waters of America. The paint chips are evidence of orange track time, but it was not the best model to run through the Super Charger track accessory. The opened-wheeled cars were not as stable as the Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, etc.









      - Jeff
      Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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