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AutoArt 787b Model = Delayed
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 1:35pm

We are sorry to report the AutoArt 1:18th scale model of the 1991 Le Mans winning Mazda 787b #55 has been delayed a little further. Since this is a very special model, is the start of a brand new series for AutoArt, the package design and other details are taking extra time to complete.

We've started an pre-sale waiting list for those of you who are seriously interested in the model. If you ware willing to purchase one, please click here to sign up for the presale waiting list. Note, the expected cost of this model is to be upwards for $200. If you cannot make that investment in the model, please do not put your name on the waiting list, as there are others who would like to purchase this very special model.



Also of note, just recently received a supply of Arnage Resin 1:43 LOLA. Models #67 and #68 available from the 1984 Le Mans. We also expect to get a supply of 1:43 1985 Mazda Le Mans cars in soon!

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From Press Release
July 13, 2005 - 4:29pm
I received a press release from Autoart, their 1/18 Mazda 787B is expected to launch in the 4^th quarter of 2005 with a suggested retail price of $139.95

AUTOart, known for hand-assembled and exceptionally detailed scale model cars, introduces a stunning new tribute to Japan’s most famous racer. Painstakingly crafted from 371 individual pieces, including more than 60 super-thin photo-etched metal components, AUTOart’s fully finished 1/18^th scale Mazda 787B faithfully recreates the original right down to the removable body pins and safety wires. The pressure-cast and hand-finished zinc bodywork features detachable nose and engine covers. Lift them to expose the radiator array with its wire mesh debris screen, the brake ducts, steering box, fluid bottles, cooling hoses, jack points, and the fuel and electrical harnesses for the 700-horsepower R26B rotary engine. The flush-fitting doors swing up to reveal genuine fabric seatbelts detailed with photo-etched buckles, glass-covered gauges, and the electrical fuse buss. A working suspension articulates on real metal coil springs, and the wheels turn on a scale steering rack. The rear wing is supported on accurate photo-etched metal plates. The colorful “Renown” livery has been replicated using a combination of complex color processes, including electrostatic painting, hand air-brushing, robotic paint-transfer logos called “tampons,” and wet-transfer decals.

Engineered over a period of 16 months, the Mazda 787B scale model is AUTOart’s most sophisticated replica to date.

I will be passing more information out when it is received!

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