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    My how the times have changed...

    It's been many years now, advertising for tobacco companies has been banned from children's toys. I suppose the overall push to curb tobacco use is a good thing in the long run, but it is an adult decision...and adults tend to make a lot of decisions over the course of a lifetime that are not necessarily in their best interest.

    Be that as it may... This interesting (to me) promo issue came to me from Holland. Unmarked, the model is typical of some of the more abundant Golden Wheel castings of the 1990s. So it is the added tampo work that sets this particular version apart from the herd.

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    Now don't go taking up smoking on account of me showing this, OK?
    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
    Makes one wonder how the T-Bird was used as a promo piece - a bit big to be an "on pack" offer.

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    • #3
      Actually, now that you mention it, it would fit nicely. These Golden Wheel issues (same in the Valvoline 10 car multipack that is better known) aren't all that big or heavy, I would put scale somewhere closer to 1/72 (I've been off on scale before, so this isn't Gospel). Pretty sure it is plastic base and fairly lightweight, so it could have comfortably sat on the side of a pack without difficulty. But that is a guess, it could have as easily been mail away or even attached to a carton. I really don't know, I just know I was surprised to find it...then had it bookmarked for over a year before I finally bought it. Some of the Valvoline cars are not very accurate, but the Tbird and the Olds Rocket were nicely done considering the company they kept, and I like two seater Tbirds anyway...
      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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      • #4
        Why can't someone do a new casting of the 57 Thunderbird or 56? It's one of the sexiest cars ever made.
        Due to the recent budget cuts,
        the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
        current state of the economy, the light at the end
        of the tunnel has been turned off.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Daniel View Post
          Why can't someone do a new casting of the 57 Thunderbird or 56? It's one of the sexiest cars ever made.
          I'd second this motion. A legit true to scale model from GL or AW would be welcome. We've got a plethora of poor, mildly acceptable to good 1st gen T-Birds in small scale. JL's '56 comes to mind as perhaps the best we have and it's close to true 1/64. JLs T-Bird line never seemed like it sold well despite having many generations represented. Motormax offered up the '77. Matchbox had the aero Bird from the early 80s. I think Road Champs offered another 80s bird and numerous were offered up in the 90s of NASCAR models.

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          • #6
            i noticed the flame tampos are so neatly applied and then you see the roof over spray..still a nice pair.

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