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Product Lab - August 2006

Published: July 14, 2006
Carousel 1 replicates racing legends
Product: 1954 Indy Winner No. 14 and 1966 Dan Gurney Eagle
Maker: Carousel 1
Scale: 1:18
Stock No.: 1954 winner, 4554; 1966 Eagle, 4763
MSRP: 1954 winner, $119.95; 1966 Eagle, $139.95

Products: Carousel 1 has released two wildly different 1:18 classics for the summer, the 1954 Indy 500-winning roadster driven by legendary Bill Vukovich, and the beautiful 1966 Eagle driven by Dan Gurney, another legend. Both are superbly detailed, as always, but knowing their history could help you sell both in your shop.

- Reviewed by Mark Savage

  • Superbly detailed, high value
  • High historical importance
  • Extremely popular drivers

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    Dremel WorkStation adds versatility to rotary tools
    Product: 220 WorkStation
    Maker: Dremel
    Stock No.: 220-100
    MSRP: $44.99

    Product: Dremel has made a number of drill presses, tool holders and flex-shaft stands over the years. Now it combines all three into one versatile tool called the 220 WorkStation.

    The unit stands between 16 and 29 inches tall, depending on the height of the telescoping post. It has a sturdy and stable cast base with four points for bolting or clamping it to a workbench. The base only takes up 54 square inches of space; a plus for cramped workstations.

    The thing that makes it useful for a variety of tasks is its articulating drill press, which allows the user to use it conventionally or turn it from one to 90 degrees to drill angled holes. It also allows the hobbyist to maneuver and hold the power tool at a convenient angle for sanding, polishing or other jobs.

    Other features include a flex-shaft hanger, and the tool holder, which accommodates 20 small tools plus a set of Dremel drill bits. The tool and bits are not included, but there is a wrench to tighten the collar on the rotary tool holder.

    The 220 WorkStation is compatible with Dremel Rotary Tool models 275, 285, 300, 395, 398, 400 XPR, 780 and 800.

    - Reviewed by Hal Miller

  • Adds a lot of versatility
  • Price makes it a good add-on
  • Solid construction

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    Atlas releases smooth-running GE locomotives
    Product: GE B23-7, B30-7 diesel
    Maker: Atlas
    Scale: HO
    Road names: B23-7: Family Lines (L&N), Providence & Worcester, Southern Ry. (high nose), Norfolk Southern (high nose), undecorated; B30-7: Burlington Northern, Chessie System (C&O), St. Louis-San Francisco (red and white), undecorated
    MSRP: Gold Series (DCC and sound) models, $259.95; Silver Series (standard DC), $149.95

    Product: Atlas continues its run of impressive diesel models that are based on General Electric prototypes with these HO scale B23-7 and B30-7 locomotives. Both the high-nose B23-7 (Southern) and low-nose B30-7 (Burlington Northern) feature sharp detailing and smooth operation.

    GE introduced the 2,300-hp B23-7 and 3,000-hp B30-7 in the late 1970s to compete with EMD's successful GP38-2 and GP40-2. GE's "Dash 7" line featured upgraded electrical, power and traction components compared with the company's earlier U-series locomotives. GE built more than 530 B23-7s from 1977 through 1984, with 199 B30-7s built from 1977 through 1981.

    The Dash 7 locomotives look similar to earlier GEs, but can be differentiated from their predecessors by the outward step in the long hoods near the exhaust stack. The 12-cylinder B23-7 can be identified by its six tall power assembly doors on each side of the hood; the 16-cylinder B30-7 has eight doors in that location.

    - Reviewed by Jeff Wilson

  • Smooth, quiet operation
  • Accurate dimensions, details
  • Optional DCC and sound

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    GMP strikes with 1993 Mustang Cobra
    Product: After years of absence, Ford brought back the Cobra nameplate for 1993. In previous iterations, the Cobra badge meant high performance.

    However, in the 1970s, the Cobra name lost some of its bite, thanks to the '70s Mustang's lackluster performance. However, in '93, it became obvious the Cobra name was back in its most venomous role in 30-plus years.

    The '93 Cobra Mustang featured a tweaked 5.0-liter V8 engine making 235 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque, propelling the Cobra from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds according to Motor Trend magazine. This model year also marked the end of the popular Fox-body Mustang; a redesigned Mustang appeared in 1994.

    - Reviewed by Andy Lilienthal

  • Classic American sports car
  • Well-replicated subject
  • Mustangs are hot, timely topics

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    Carousel 1 recreates World War I aces' planes
    Product: Fokker Dr. 1 triplane,
    Nieuport 11
    Maker: Carousel 1
    Scale: 1:48
    Stock No.: 7121 (Fokker Dr. 1), 6141 (Nieuport 11)
    MSRP: $69.95 each

    Product: Carousel 1 has released two 1:48 World War I fighter planes decorated for the aircraft flown by two well-known pilots from that era. They're adorned in authentic paint schemes and made from die-cast metal and plastic.

    The first of the new releases is a Fokker Dr.1 triplane, decorated for the plane flown by German Air Service pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Better known as the Red Baron (he painted his planes bright red), Richthofen scored an amazing 80 kills in his career as a WWI fighter pilot, an astonishing achievement in a war where pilots' life expectancies were measured in weeks, if not days. The second aircraft is a Nieuport 11 equipped with anti-balloon rockets and decorated for the plane flown by American Norman Prince for the squadron Escadrille Americaine (also called Lafayette Escadrille). Prince was part of this American volunteer squadron in the French air force during 1916. In the months between April and October that year, Prince scored four kills. Unfortunately, neither Prince nor Richthofen lived to see the end of the war.

    - Reviewed by David Popp

  • Fully assembled
  • Historical information included
  • Accurate paint schemes

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    WizKids invites you into the Danger Room
    Product: Marvel HeroClix X-Men
    Danger Room
    Maker: WizKids
    Stock No.: WZK3234
    MSRP: $14.99

    Product: The Danger Room is where super-powered heroes go to practice, and that's the theme behind the latest offering from WizKids and its Marvel X-Men Danger Room starter set.

    This set, usable with any of the firm's line of HeroClix collectible game products, includes six painted miniatures depicting characters from Marvel Comics' insanely popular X-Men series.

    It also includes two new 3-D object tokens; a 10-page quick-start guide; a set of cardboard game markers; a large, full-color two-sided map; two six-sided dice; and a 64-page complete rulebook. The set is packaged in an attractive box with large display window.

    - Reviewed by David Popp

  • Fully painted plastic miniatures
  • Potential for add-on sales
  • Quick-start and advance rules

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