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Film and Television Star Cars: Collecting the Die-cast Models

Paul Brent Adams



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Amberley Publishing
15 November 2016
Films, movies & cinema; Television; Society & Social Sciences; Antiques & collectables: toys, games & models
Would you like to own James Bond's Aston Martin, the Batmobile, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, or Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter? You can - in miniature. A Star Car is any type of vehicle - car, motorcycle, van, truck, bus, plane, helicopter, boat, ship, submarine, or spacecraft - used in a film or television programme. Many have become stars in their own right. Die-cast models of these motor stars began to appear in the 1960s. Corgi released the James Bond Aston Martin and the Saint's Volvo in 1965, followed by the classic television Batmobile in 1966. Dinky soon began releasing Gerry Anderson models, starting with Lady Penelope's pink Rolls-Royce from Thunderbirds. The success of these initial releases meant many more would follow. These early models were aimed at children, and were packed with gadgets - from ejection seats to missile launchers. Today, both toys and adult collectables are still being produced - often for shows that aired in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. From the stone-age cars of The Flintstones, to the 23rd Century spaceships of Star Trek. Until now there has been no guide to help novice Star Car collectors build and care for their collections. The Fast and the Famous is here to help, filled with collecting tips from an experienced collector.
By:   Paul Brent Adams
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 165mm, 
Weight:   303g
ISBN:   9781445662107
ISBN 10:   1445662108
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   15 November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Born and raised in New Zealand. Paul Brent Adams is a lifelong aviation enthusiast and modeller, with an interest in most forms of transport, as well as films and television. His writing has appeared in British hobby magazines since 1981 and he has collected die-cast Star Cars since the 1990s.

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