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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:59 PM

Detail Models Inc. Bodies


Additional scans courtesy Rich Roberts


DMI Bodies 20 Nov 2013.jpg


Here is a scan of a distributor's catalog page showing all eight bodies; four 1/32 scale and four 1/24 scale:


DMI Unk Catalog Page a.jpg

DMI Unk Catalog Page b.jpg


Here are enlarged views of the 1/24 scale bodies (from the catalog page above):


DM-A Mako Shark II.jpg


DM-B McLaren Elva.jpg


DM-C Alfa Romeo.jpg


DM-D Tarantula DMX.jpg





Detail Models Inc. bodies are examples of the "blow-mold" process, in contrast to "vacuum-forming". Blow mold bodies are made in a manner similar to the way plastic bottles are made. With blow-molding, the fine details (body lines, grilles, scoops, gas caps, etc.) are molded into the outside of the body (where they belong) and stand out much better. Unfortunately, negative molds are considerably more difficult and expensive to make than positive molds, so the blow-molding process didn't work out so well economically for making slot car bodies. Here are some photos of Detail Models' McLaren Elva:


Detail DM-B McLaren Elva 01.jpg


Detail DM-B McLaren Elva 02.jpg


Detail DM-B McLaren Elva 03.jpg


Detail DM-B McLaren Elva 04.jpg

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