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Re : --23d Auto Union Racing Car / Large Closed Racing Car (1936-1950)

No sweat, Terry, happens to me all the time.
Best regards
Walter


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Re : --23d Auto Union Racing Car / Large Closed Racing Car (1936-1950)

Wonderful, Terry, good to see it 'live' now. It must indeed be the same example that I saw on eBay USA recently. I doubted, but I think you have made a very good decision to strike! It's all a matter of taste and ethics what you prefer to do with the distorted and brittle tyres. I, for me, would leave them as they are, distorted but authentic, and wait until some originals (not very easy to find) come along. This model is too pure to fit artificial replacements on - mind you: in MY opinion.

In fact I practiced that idea with my (much more common) French Coventry Climax Fork Lift Truck. Not too long ago I found satisfactory original replacements for that one (see picture).

It remains rather unpredictable how tyres behave.Some seem to remain 'new', others collaps unexpectedly. Some decades ago this was a problem for prewar Dinkies only, but nowadays it happens more and more with later examples, no matter how well they are being treated, even if kept in the original boxes. My solution is to take action BEFORE such nasty decay happens and I have put all models with rubber tyres on the supports I have shown several times. Perhaps not the most attractive solution, but the most effective indeed. Although we will not experience that ourselves: I frequently wonder how presently 'perfect' Dinky's will look like 100 years from now ... Anyway, I try the best to keep them as authentic and unharmed as possible.

Still: congratulations with this marvellous addition, it looks great, kind regards Jan


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Re : --23d Auto Union Racing Car / Large Closed Racing Car (1936-1950)

Jan--Thought you would like to know that I came up with a quick and simple solution to the front tire problem on my new Auto Union Race Car.  Like you, I had already purchased a restored, silver Auto Union many years ago, and upon inspection, it did happen to have original black herringbone style tires, in good condition.  Fortunately, they were not hard and came off fairly easily.  I then removed those ugly, strangely deformed front tires on my new model, and replaced them.  So now it looks as it should.....with proper and nice front tires.  Below are a few new photos showing the "new look".  I think I was very lucky in trusting my intuition in purchasing this model.....it ended up being much nicer than I thought, and at a very reasonable price.

                 Regards,  Terry

 

 


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Re : --23d Auto Union Racing Car / Large Closed Racing Car (1936-1950)

Terry, these tyres are the best you could possibly find! It makes such a difference. Kind regards Jan


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