Salvat Maverick arrived today
The Maverick I purchased on eBay arrived from France today. It looks great for the price, $19.20 + $20.00 shipping. Although it's billed as a 1974, it actually appears to be a 1973. It has the beefier one-year only front bumper with parking lamps moved to the grill. Rear bumper and guards are the '70-'72 variety---the guards should be larger and flatter for '73 on the same bumper. It's a curbside model, no opening features, windows in the "up" position, and the front wheels are not posable. Bumpers, mirrors, and antenna are chrome, all other "chrome" features are silver paint. That said, I love it! The manufacturer really captured the look of the real thing.
The cardboard shipping box is not as robust as those found here and it didn't hold up well but got the job done.
The car is packaged just like the IXO Galaxie I purchased from Mexico a few months ago, in a plastic display "case" affixed to a plastic base.
The screws holding the car to the base have a triangular socket, but I was able to remove them with a small flat bladed screwdriver.
The interior is similar to a plastic model kit, with no painted detail except the dash gages, but does show well. The seats lack the federally mandated headrests of the day.
Virtually no chassis detail, but who looks at the bottom of the car?
Here's how it looks compared to a ten-dollar MotorMax 1974 Maverick, which has opening hood and doors:
She is a beauty isn't she Pete? I got mine yesterday and love it. It will be coming apart for a full detail. I also got the 2 Mustangs as well. I took a small Phillip screwdriver and ground one of the tines off with my Dremel and flattened the point, it works perfectly on those triangle heads. As I've stated before, price wise compared to an Automodello model, these models are exceptional.
I agree Geno, it is extremely well done for the price. I don’t have any plans to dismember mine at the moment, but I am looking forward to seeing your detail work on this model. Inspire me!
Excellent review Pete. I agree about really liking this one despite the plain interior and lack of opening features.
They both look pretty good, but the resin wins!
Like the green very much. Like opening features, but on the bright side they nailed all of the panel gaps.
The black washed grill is a nice touch over the Motor Max.
Chris, I know it's hard to believe, but the green Maverick is actually diecast! I have their '65 Galaxie 500, also diecast, but I like the Maverick much better.
Just wanted to get a couple of shots in the sunlight as with a real car. It helps make the metallic pop. Thanks for looking. 😋
Wow, that's a POP alright!