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Danbury Mint 1939 Ford DeLuxe Coupe Limited Edition of 5,000

Friday, 28 August 2009 20:34 by Peter
Here's DM's latest LE release, and it looks like a beauty. A must-have for you 1930's & 40's fans, and all you Ford guys out there. If you missed out on the '40 Ford LE's you'll want to grab one of these soon, before it's too late.
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Danbury Mint addresses recent Quality Control issues...

Monday, 24 August 2009 19:31 by Peter

"Manny" from DM offered the following response to concerns recently expressed by collectors...

    Danbury Mint quality issues

    I wanted to take a moment to respond to some recent posts regarding the quality of Danbury Mint die-cast replicas.

    First, let me apologize for the recent spate of QC problems -- specifically blistered/bubbled paint or "paint rash" that some of you have unfortunately been experiencing on certain replicas (e.g., '69 Bobcat GTO, '59 Cadillac Convertible, LE '56 Packard Convertible). Sorry for not posting sooner, but we wanted to make sure we had all our information correct and had taken appropriate action before publicly responding to the situation.

    We appreciate all feedback from our customers -- praise when we meet or surpass your expectations, and constructive criticism when we don't. You folks are passionate collectors, and can always be counted on to give an unvarnished opinion on our products. And, just so you know, we try our hardest to always give you the best product on the market. We understand the recent frustration in receiving multiple models with imperfections. Believe me, we would rather have you receive a perfect model the first time!

    Regarding the paint issue, we became aware of it a little while ago from our own QC inspectors and complaints lodged with Customer Service, as well as from comments on die-cast forums. From the moment the problem became evident, we have been hard at work identifying and fixing it, and the factory has taken numerous remedial actions to prevent it from occurring in the future. This was a particularly challenging problem to track down -- please trust me when I say that we have spared no time or expense in correcting this situation.

    Without getting too technical, the paint problems stemmed from a combination of a defective temperature sensor on one of the die-cast presses (resulting in faulty castings that were injected at too low a temperature) and excess moisture in the compressed air lines in the spray booths. Both issues have been corrected at the factory and will be closely monitored to make sure they don't occur in the future. While a few problem replicas may still slip through the cracks, going forward we should be shipping product that meets our stringent requirements.

    I can tell you unequivocally that this paint problem was not the result of any budget cutbacks or reduction in support for our die-cast business. We have been producing models in this factory for 20+ years; it is not a new, untested factory that we tried to simply save a few bucks at the expense of quality. We remain committed to continuing to produce the highest-detail, highest-quality, 1:24 scale replicas available, just as we have been doing for years.

    For the folks who have received recent DM replicas with QC issues, please know that your complaints have been heard, and accept our apologies for us not meeting not only our own high standards, but, more importantly, yours. For the folks who haven't been affected by the recent QC issues, and who continue to support our company with your purchases and your positive comments -- thank you. We appreciate it.

    Our job now is to move everybody from the former group into the latter!

 

Editor's note: BRAVO MANNY!

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Danbury Mint 40th Anniversary 1969 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Saturday, 22 August 2009 09:43 by Peter
Here's the copy, direct from DM's website:

"In beautiful, rich hand-polished Burgundy Metallic, this classic Stingray's low silhouette -- evolved from Chevy's Mako Shark styling themes -- suggests speed from any angle. White stripe 15" Wide Ovals wrap around with deluxe chromed wheel covers, accentuating the car's "go get 'em" attitude.

You'll notice our 'Vette features the optional bright front fender "gill" trim near the delicate chrome foil "Stingray" script. Working revelations include pop-up headlights and the rear deck gas filler door.

Tilt the opening hood of our replica forward. Crouched and waiting is the Tri-Power big-block L71 V-8, all 427 cubic inches of it: special cam, three Holley two-barrel carburetors, cast-iron strong and willing to unleash 435ph on the road!

We've also included a tan convertible top, should you choose to display your Stingray all buttoned up.

Scale 1:24: 8-3/4" in length.
Item Number: 8932-0030
$129(plus $9 s&s)

4 Monthly Installments of $34.50
Satisfaction Guarantee
Now accepting orders. This product will be available August 31, 2009 and will ship 1-2 weeks thereafter."
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Danbury Mint Announces Retirement of The 1957 Mercury Montclair

Tuesday, 18 August 2009 21:02 by Peter
For those of you who have been putting off buying this one, the time has come to act. The retirement notice arrived today, and production will cease forever on December 31, 2009. Click here to see the full-size brochure and retirement notice in our forums.
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Danbury Mint 50th Anniversary Edition 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Monday, 10 August 2009 18:08 by Peter
This is the companion piece to the 50th AE Series 62 Convertible (white with black top). It is essentially a repaint of the turquoise/white Coupe de Ville in an equally stunning silver with white roof. This release is not a Series 62 as the brochure indicates--it is definitely a Coupe de Ville. Some prefer the new color scheme, while I am quite content with the original. To each his own taste!
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New "Mystery" Model from the Danbury Mint Revealed...

Monday, 10 August 2009 07:29 by Peter
After days of discussion and speculation in our Forums, the mysterious new release from DM was finally revealed to be a 1967 Dodge Charger. Color be silver with a red interior--sweet! Check out the full-color brochure here.
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Update on the New 1965 Thunderbird from Danbury Mint

Monday, 3 August 2009 23:10 by Peter
Well, it's official, the 1965 Ford Thunderbird from our friends at the Danbury Mint will definitely be a light blue convertible with a medium blue interior, as seen in this image from a recent Classic Cars Preview Society advertising flyer (click to enlarge). It is not yet certain whether the color will be Arcadian blue, or Diamond blue (the paler shade evident in the brochure image), but I'm betting on the latter. Can't wait to see this baby in person!
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