Friday, December 7, 2012
Collector's Corner - ERTL & Yat Ming Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
The blue Cobra is a Yat Ming release from their Road Legends series. It's definitely the more subtle of the two cars, and hasn't been in my collection nearly as long. I obtained this model from a friend in high school who figured I had more use for it than he did. I got it pretty much in the condition you see in the pictures. The body had some wear, one of the hood handles was missing, and one of the "427 Powered by Ford" fender stickers was coming off.
Neither car's hood will stay up if opened on a flat surface. The engine in the ERTL is better detailed with spark plug wires and various cooling hoses. The two cars have different carburetor setups, and interestingly the ERTL lacks a cooling fan. I also found it curious that the blue car has actual chromed plastic fender badges while the red car just has stickers applied to a raised rectangle in the body. What looks like an attempt at added value and detail ends up trying too hard and comes off as bulky. In this case I prefer the ERTL's simpler approach - and its stickers haven't ever tried to peel off.