69 Corvette Wire Wheels
Our next subject is the FM 1969 Corvette T-Top Coupe. This model was also issued in a red,
white and blue flag motif, and will soon be re-released as a limited edition in black (more on that below).
While I tend to gripe about the feautures lacking on older toolings like this, I happen to
like this model anyway. Maybe it's the color--somehow the Monaco Orange paint reminds me of the real cars I remember seeing
when I was young. My main complaint on the 69 Vette is the wire wheel covers. They just lack depth, and give the model a toy-like
Model's Wheels Before Detailing
The Same Wheels on a Real 1:1 Car
Model's Wheels After Detailing
This detailing was done using a product called "The
Detailer" from Long Enterprises. It is water soluble so if you make a mistake you can just wash it off. I found it was very
easy to apply with a wet brush following the instructions provided. This was a perfect example of how a "black wash" can add
depth and realism to a chromed part like a wheel or grille, where the chrome plating between the raised areas (like spokes
or bars) detracts from the part's appearance.
I'm delighted to report that after seeing my
modification in a diecast forum, Michelle and the
team at Mint Models made this revision to the pre-production model's wheels for
their upcoming FM exclusive 69 Corvette LE in black (from the same tooling), along with other improvements suggested by collectors for the
orange car. Of course, the blackout on the LE's wheels will be done by the factory so it won't wash off. Only 750 will
be made so if you're interested don't delay. Bravo Michelle!