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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
Well, this morning I am almost speechless.
Last month I did a custom restoration on the Corgi Astro 1, mainly as I was looking for a competition entry for one of the well known diecast forums and secondly because I already had it sitting around.
Today with all the strong entries my work has won first place!
So yes speechless and surprised but I must admit very pleased
Here is the car below before and after renovation and leave you today with pictures.
To see the full restoration article on the Astro 1 Click Here
Although the big manufacturers of diecast have long since gone or been bought out, there are many more companies out there ready to take their place, some have increased the detail by miles, against some of the older brands such as Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox.
The article today is on one of the lesser known but equally important makers with a large collection of their own.
This is the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, station wagon, or as we call them in the UK estate cars.
Fantastic detail, and scaled at 1:43, the manufacturer is Yat Ming diecast based in China.
Although the pictures don’t do the metalflake sparkle in the red paint justice, it still looks great.
The number for this model is 94203 on the cars base, but it has 94243 on the box, could be the wrong box but this was bought new, so for the purposes of this article I will go with the number on the models base.
The real car
The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon model made off and on from 1955 to 1972, and a Chevy Van trim package in the late 1970s and early 1980s, produced by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. The Nomad is best remembered in its two-door 1955–57 form, and was considered a halo model during its three-year production as a two-door station wagon.
1957 V-8 engine displacement grew to 283 cubic inches (4,638 cc) from 265 in 1957, with the “Super Turbo Fire V8″ option producing 283 horsepower with the help of continuous fuel injection. These so-called “fuelie” cars are quite rare, since most Bel Airs were fitted with carburation. While considered to be a milestone vehicle design, General Motors discontinued the original Nomad Sport Wagon at the end of the 1957 model year due to low sales and the introduction of a new body for 1958.