This model continues Automodello’s penchant for crisp lines and seams, such as those delineating the split hood and those outlining the doors and trunk.
Cars of this era were loaded with unique body features, and the Packard has plenty.
Start with a five-rail luggage rack that mounts above the back bumper and license plate that extends above the left-rear taillight. Lights front and rear are well-executed, with low running lights up front on delicate metal frames. Above are the main teardrop-shaped lights that were common at the time.
There are silver trim lines atop the headlight frames, and small lights that blend into the front fenders. A big spotlight, as you might expect later on police cars, hangs on the A-pillar just outside the driver’s window. Tiny mirrors are mounted on the two fully-enclosed spare tires that ride along in elegant pouches on the front fenders, just in front of wide running boards with detailed black surfaces.
The Packard has wide white-sidewall tires and nicely detailed wheels and hubcaps with red Packard logos at their centers. Door handles, the iconic Packard hood ornament, hood side-trim panels, wipers, and gas cap are chrome, and the model’s photoetched vertical grille is extremely handsome.
The tan plastic roof pops off, and a tonneau cover is included to be installed behind the rear seat for posing the model in top-down fashion. With the roof off, you can see the tan interior with detailed seat cushions and a three-spoke wheel with metal spokes. The metal floor-mounted shifter features a white knob, and door trim looks like a wood panel at the top. Chrome window and door-release handles are present, and the dash looks like it has a metallic face and five gauges. Nice detail for the scale.
This Packard is well-executed, and more than on a par with heavy metal models such as those from Brooklin, which tend to be even pricier and with less effort into detailing its interiors.
Here’s hoping Automodello recreates some more 1920s and 1930s icons.
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria
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