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I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links today. As with most site listings the color names used and order of rarity varies significantly between them and the initial listings from The Elite Redline Guide (2010) included below. I will do a more focused review of those and update that information later on. If any other (?) remains they are referenced that way. In the mean time, feel free to add your own images, stories, information and experiences with this casting in your own thread posts as we go along.

The Splittin' Image was designed by Ira Gilford as a concept model. Today these type of castings are most often referred to as fantasy castings, but is in reality a custom concept car design. Its primary design feature is two identical body pods seperated by a large exposed engine and exhaust system that runs down the centerline of the body. It was distributed for at least 2 years in the main casting line up as a California Custom Miniature.

Production runs occurred at only the USA factory and it comes with dual clear canopies covering the twin interiors. Each canopy feature raised ribs over the back of each one (or are these vents?). Interiors came in either light (white/cream), (light gold) champagne or dark (brown). Early castings featured silver painted front lights (?) and all had red painted tail lights.

There are (17) known Spectraflame paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of Aqua, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Orange, Antifreeze, Olive, Purple, Rose, Lime Yellow, Light Blue, Copper, Brown, Yellow, Creamy Pink and Magentat as the rarest color used. Corresponding colors to silver painted lights are Spectraflame Antifreeze, Lime, Orange, Green, Lavender, (Dark) Brown, Purple and Olive. Another paint detail found on Pink and Dark Brown painted castings on the rear end of some models is a black detail above the tail lights on the rear grill.

All cars left the factory with medium sized Type 1 style Redline wheels up front and larged sized ones in back.

Each casting was issued with a metal collector button showing a blue casting image on a yellow background. Hong Kong button versions came in either a notched or smooth tab. USA buttons only came with smooth tabs.

Besides being released in blister cards with the collector's button and in various track sets, it was also included in the Show Team Boxed Set with other IRa Gilford designed castings.

One Zamac bodied prototype casting is known with a clear windshield.

In 1973 a revised casting with enamel paint was released in the Shell Promo Series line up. The interior piece was no longer used and a opaque non ribbed canopy design was used instead of the clear.

In 1993, a retooled version of the Twin Mill was used for the 25th Anniversary Series exclusive to Toys 'R' Us and then in 1994 as part of the Vintage Series and FAO Schwarz Gold Series I Collection. The bare metal bases of these castings each carry a 25th Anniversary or Vintage Series logo designation as part of the mold desgin.

In 1995, this version was included in the FAO Schwarz Gold Series II collection.

In 1999, a retooled and renamed version called the Splittin' Image II was released. It has oval design elements and twin rear spoilers. Examples of this casting design can be found in the Hot Wheels Main line Series up to 2012.

In 2002, a mainline version using the 1993 retool casting molds was also released. Examples are known through 2009.

In 2002, a new tooling for the Twin Mill was issued for the 100% line up with opening canopies as part of a 2 car boxed set. The second car of this set is another Twin Mill II design with a much narrow front end era and even more of a futuristic design. Both of these casting designs were released this one time only.

In 2004, a 'Tooned version of the Twin Mill was designed and release into the First Editions Segment of the Main Line Series. A Zamac version of the casting was also released as a limited edition casting.

Resource references -

The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
http://www.hallsguide.com/1969-redline-series/ COLORS
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