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Red Baron
Debut Series 1970 Hot Wheels
Produced 1970-1977 (Original Casting),

1993-Present Day (Retool)

Designer Tom Daniel (Real car)

Howard Rees (Hot Wheels Model)

Number 6400
Redbaron

Description

Red Baron was a car in the 1970 Hot Wheels series.

The story behind this casting is complex - in 1968 (possibly due to the popularity of the "Peanuts" cartoon character Snoopy's imaginary battles with the Red Baron) Monogram introduced a model kit of a stylized hot-rod incorporating a WWI German infantry helmet (Pickelhaube) and an Iron Cross motif on the radiator. In 1969, Chuck Miller built a working life-size version of the car, and the Hot Wheels casting appeared in 1970. Interestingly, although the Hot Wheels version has fenders (UK: mudguards), neither the Monogram kit nor Miller's car has them.

For a short time, Mattel owned Monogram, and the Hot Wheels "Red Baron" was included as a bonus in some model kit boxes.

1970 versions

Capped redlines front and back.Tall point on helmet

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1970 1970 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Black Iron Cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal White RL 6400 Hong Kong Only found loose Redbaron
1970 1970 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Black Iron Cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Black RL 6400 Hong Kong 81201a 032

1973 Versions

The  1973  Red Baron has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions: Notes: Capped Redlines on the rear, Open axle redlines front,Tall point on helmet,Enamel Paint.

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Red None Unpainted / Metal Black RL Hong Kong

IMG 5222

1974 thru 1977 versions

The  1974  Red Baron has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions: Notes: Stubby/blunt points on helmet , open axle redlines front and back.One of three Flying Color to never have a tampo?

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1974 Flying Colors Red None Unpainted / Metal Black RL 6964 Hong Kong blunt helmet point/capped rear
1974 Flying Colors Red None Unpainted / Metal Black RL 6964 Hong Kong blunt helmet point
RedBaron RL Flying
1977 Flying Colors Red None Unpainted / Metal Black BW 6964 Hong Kong Red Baron RedBWR

1993 Recast versions

The 1993  Red Baron has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1993 25th Anniversary Series Metalflake Red Unpainted / Metal Black RL 5700 China Red Baron MtRedR
1994 FAO Schwarz Gold Series I Metalflake Blue-Green Tiny White Hot Wheels Logo Unpainted / Metal White RL Gold 5700 China Limited to 3000 Red Baron FAOR
1994 Vintage Series Burnt Orange RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Aqua RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Black RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Blue RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Burgundy RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Magenta RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Pink RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Silver RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Turquoise RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series Metalflake Yellow RL Image Not Available
1994 Vintage Series White RL Image Not Available
1995 FAO Schwarz Gold Series II Gold-Plated Gold RL Image Not Available
1996 Target Retro Wheels Set Metalflake Dark Red White RL Image Not Available
1999 Toy Story Game Metalflake Red Tiny White Hot Wheels Logo Unpainted / Metal White RL China Red Baron MtRedWhtR
2003 Highway 35 World Race - Scorchers Orange w/black fenders & black helmet "No. 31", flames, skull on helmet, iron cross on front of engine Red Red rim CM5 897 Red baron hwy 35 world race
N/A 2008 Since '68 3/40 Black Black skull w/pistons on helmet sides, "Der Rote Baron" on back of helmet Unpainted / Metal Red Red Line BW L2840 Thailand RedBaronLR
8/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15 Spectraflame Red Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Gray RL M3662 Thailand Came w/button Red Baron Classics
8/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15 Spectraflame Purple Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Gray RL M1865 Thailand Red Baron-2008 HW Classics serie4
8/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15 Chrome Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Gray RL5SP M1865 Thailand Image Not Available
8/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15 Spectraflame Green Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Gray RL5SP M1865 Thailand Image Not Available
8/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15 Spectraflame Pink Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Gray RL5SP M1865 Thailand Image Not Available
2008 Top 40 Set Pearl White Red skull w/pistons on helmet sides, "Der Rote Baron" on helmet back Unpainted / Metal Black Red Line BW Thailand Wal-Mart exclusive Image Not Available
2009 2009 Fright Cars Metallic Black / Satin Black helmet White skulls w/orange flames, HW pumpkin logo on sides of helmet Unpainted / Metal Orange Orange Chrome 5SP Thailand Wal-mart Exclusive Redbaron 2009fright
2009 HWC.com Series 8 - Neo-Classics 2/6 Spectraflame Red Silver painted guns, black & white iron cross on helmet sides Chrome / Metal Gray RL P9092 China 7500 produced BaronRLCHWCx2
2012 Hot Wheels Boulevard Red Silver painted guns, black & white iron cross on helmet sides ZAMAC Grey RR BaronBoulevard

Photo Gallery

The Full Size Red Baron

Redbaron real

  • Reversing the usual procedure of developing plastic models from full size vehicles, the Red Baron show car was inspired by the Tom Daniel's Monogram model kit of the same name. Commissioned to custom car builder Chuck Miller by the Show Car Division of the ISCA. It was unveiled at the Detroit Autorama in January 1969. The Red Baron was originally designed by Tom Daniel for Monogram Models, and converting the design to full scale was much easier to design than build. For instance, Daniel incorporated a 1914 Mercedes aircraft engine to power his Red Baron. However, due to its improper scale, (hey, Daniel is an artist, not a car builder!) Miller had to improvise, powering his Red Baron with a Pontiac overhead-cam, 6-cylinder.
  • One other non-cost-effective situation were the custom wheels conceived by Tom Daniel: Miller was forced to replicate these by using Sheet Metal. He cut them to resemble the wheels in the model kit, painted them black, and attached them to chromed steel wheels. The hand-formed, all steel body, equipped with replicated machine guns, sits atop a custom built frame and is topped off with a large fiberglass German WWI helmet. This is where another problem arose for Miller. Although Daniels' kit featured a chrome plated helmet, Miller was unable to achieve this with his car. Unfortunately, there were no companies at the time that had large enough plating equipment. Miller was forced to settle for a silver metal flake paint job instead.
  • The Photo and information for the full scale Red Baron is sourced from the book "Showtime" by Michael Sheridan and Sam Bushala

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