I found and bought a Red Baron Roadster last night. It's on my workbench right now. This thing is just the coolest! I thought that the helmet would be made from plastic but it's not. It's metal. Very nice. I may buy another one just to display the helmet.:thumbsup:
they remind me of an early PM. They are redoing the early SSP's. The gyro wheeled cars that you get going with the pull stick rip chord system. They also brought back the rescue helicopter with catch hook. The TD stuff to me looks dangerously close to the HW's fire logo and obviously the casting are of HW's fame and PM too..
They took early heat for the poor build quality and the amount of plastic in the 1:18th scale but there price is lower than most but by today's standards, lower price doesn't seem to cut slack on build materials and quality. They have no 1:64th but perhaps they recognize the oversaturation of this scale. A good 1:43rd scale TD supply of cars has me really happy and I didn't expect the RB to have a metal helmet but others say it is so quality is on its way up too. Can you imagine what HW's would charge for these? Look at there new 1:43rd stuff. This is a real buy and the 1:18th at 20 bucks each has my head spinning.
Kind of reminds me of an early die-cast company who started by buying some history, slowing finding a nitch, increasing quality as they go...............
I think those cool 1:6th scale Arlen Ness bikes were theirs too but I could be wrong. They seem to go where the others ain't. Finding a niche, picking and jabbing. I see some of my money heading that way.
I saw these in K-Mart. Waiting for them to pop up somewhere else before I grab them, I think... And I don't collect that scale.
Also, in today's culture there shouldn't be any problem using the iron cross since its been appropriated by several subcultures - And since it pre-dates WWII. And the plain cross was just the army symbol, also pre-dating WWII.
I will be buying Rommel's Rod, don't know about any others.