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    M2 seems to be a maker collectors either love or hate. Frankly, I love them (at least the oldies), and find myself picking up pretty much all that cross my path. Unlike most other makers by far, M2 are more like mini model kits composed of as many as 40 or more pieces...and with such a complicated assembly process, unfortunately a disproportionate share escape the factory in less than optimal condition. This is an unfortunate byproduct of the detail and craftsmanship at the price point, though many of the assembly defects can be adjusted by a talented model builder. It is these not wholly unwarranted concerns that tend to put some collectors off of the brand. I find the tradeoffs worth the risk precisely because of the level of detail at the price.

    M2 is perhaps the first in my knowledge to cover any mid-50s GM models outside of Chevrolet, certainly since the cars were new on the road (perhaps 1950s Tootsietoy or similar slush maker?). The tri-5 GMs (1955-57), especially Buick, Olds and Pontiac, are some very old friends of mine. So when M2 introduced the '55 Poncho, I was hooked and have been ever since.
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    I pretty much gave up buying M2's for the last couple of years, but I still like the stuff I bought from them in the early days.

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      those are some very good looking castings....


      in 1966 i picked up a 1957 starchief that had a tri power set up...what a flyer....

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      • #4
        They do have a nice series of '50's era cars and the neat thing is many have not been offered by other diecast brands. As a kid they was a lady that lived on the same block as we did that had a '55 Pontiac.

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        As one who collects police cars, I was thrilled when they brought out the police version.
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        • #5
          That is a nice casting, I do still look for M2, but they are rare for me atleast

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            a friend of my oldest brother had this exact car.

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            • #7
              I was thrilled when M2 first came out with their concentration on 50’s models. I still look thru M2’s every time I’m in a toy department and usually bring 1 or 2 or 3 a week. I’m pretty sure I have all these Ponchos and more, my favorite being the purple/white one with chrome reverse rims and lake pipes.

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                These two see thru Ponchos came from a dealer I was buying from in Hong Kong. I got a number of factory seconds and line pulls, paint trials and such from him. I've looked, I haven't found this model from the Clearly Autothentics line in these colors. I don't remember what color they did come in (I have some packaged I pulled out of Dollar Tree many years ago buried in a tote in the shed I haven't seen in years).
                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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                  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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                    If anyone cares to know Live PD is filmed in Berkley County, South Carolina where I live, and other places of course.
                    Last edited by Daniel; 10-28-2022, 11:29 AM.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Although I do not have the option to buy M2, go more beautiful cars and Daniel as usual impressive in his photos

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mgtf1 View Post
                        Although I do not have the option to buy M2, go more beautiful cars and Daniel as usual impressive in his photos
                        Thanks my European Brother these are my last two.


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                        This is my favorite the Black and White One.

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                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Daniel View Post
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                          Purple/black like that, not purple/white, is my favorite. I thought it had lake pipes though? I may have to root around in my car closet.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lil rod shop View Post

                            Purple/black like that, not purple/white, is my favorite. I thought it had lake pipes though? I may have to root around in my car closet.
                            I'm sorry I don't know for sure. I wouldn't think I would take them off though.
                            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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                            • #15
                              My purple and red have the side pipes

                              Looks good either way to me



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