They got me.
I have been asked numerous times why I haven't featured M2 on Lamley. My answer has always been that Lamley is about what I like to collect, and I have never collected M2. I have always enjoyed looking at M2, but just from the pegs while I was perusing. The models look great, but fear of losing more space at home kept M2 at the store. I didn't want to start another phase of collecting. It's a slippery slope.
But M2 kept trying. Many times I picked up an M2 model, really looked at it, and considered that maybe just this one would work in the collection, and I would be happy with just that one example. You and I both know that doesn't happen. Buy one, and a few days later you buy its companion, and a few days after that all of its series mates, and a few weeks after that all the previous versions, and then all of the previous series, and soon your wife is wondering why you no longer have space to hang the winter coats in your office closet. Theoretically of course.
Well, I resisted for a long time with M2, but they finally prevailed. And I am more than happy to lose this battle, because the models that pulled me in are phenomenal. I hope my wife can find space elsewhere for the winter coats.
The M2 models that did it are the Van Go 1963 Ford Econolines. Initial glance, you see three cool versions of the Econoline. Dig deeper, and you discover how cool these three are.
To start, you need to know what the Van Go Econoline is. Many of you do, but if you don't, this article on Speedhunters from a few years ago will catch you up:
Van Go: When Art Collides with Utility
|photo credit: Speedhunters|
You learn two things from that article: First, Coby Gewertz is a lot more talented than you and me, and second, his van is truly a work of art. Further proof of his talent is all over his website.
How Church and M2 hooked up, I have no idea, although I think the SoCal scene had something to do with it. But hookup they did to create a 1:64 replica of the Van Go, but they took it a few steps further. Instead of doing a straight up replica, M2 actually did three versions of the '63 Econoline, a casting they had already created for other lines.
Since Coby took a standard Econoline and customized it into the Van Go, M2 did the same, and the Van Go series documents it. White is the original, complete with stock bumper and exposed hinges, primer grey is the modified but incomplete van, and green is the final product. They laid it out on these e-sheets. Pay particular attention to the photos of the real thing accompanying the e-sheets:
But you can't go to your local Walmart to get it. These are available on the Church website only. I don't know how many there are but they are surely limited. There is a chase as well, which I have only seen on eBay.
In an era where we are seeing more and more most-welcome diecast collaborations, this one stands out. Props to M2. You pulled me in. You bastards...