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  • Innie or Outtie?

    Throughout the years, Matchbox has used 2 different ways to depict door, hood and trunk lines in their castings. Either the line will be slightly raised above the surface, or the line will be a valley or crevasse. I never cared much for the raised lines as that's where the coat of paint will be thinnest and will be the first place to show nicks or wear.

    There's one model, the #25 Ford Cortina, that will give us both examples. Since this model has opening doors we can't use the door lines as an example, but looking at the front hood, you can see that both of these models have valleys to show the hood lines.

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    The trunk lines are a little different story.

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    On the left, you see we have a casting with the recessed lines, while on the right the trunk has raised lines.

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    It's a little hard to see in the pictures, but this same model actually has 2 different castings (also 2 different paint shades )

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    Does anyone else know of a model that has different lines in the castings like this model?
    "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted." - R. Pausch

  • #2
    Talk about your obscure variation.....! Never noticed that before. Need to start wearing my reading glasses more when looking at these little guys.

    Sure have me curious.
    Scotty "Mustang (+Matchbox) Mad Man!"

    RIP.....Pop.....David Blase Garascia 9-17-35 12-3-20.


    • #3
      Never knew!


      • #4
        Top notch sleuthing. None of my references (Stannard, Mack, Darkens) mention it.
        - Jeff
        Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect


        • #5
          Interesting - not something I had ever noticed. Thanks for pointing out this interesting variation.


          • #6
            Never knew that either, I suppose the outie is easier for them to make the mold, as they could just cut the lines in the mold where needed after shaping the body, whereas the innie they'd basically have to cut out all the material surrounding it leaving a bead in the mold to create the indentation when the mold is filled.....I know this probably makes little sense, but it is the kind of thing my mind thinks about when I learn of these variations.


            • #7
              i like the deep cut lines.