Die-cast model manufacturer Georgia Marketing and Promotions has become famous over the past few years for creating beautiful 1:18-scale replicas of classic musclecars and legendary racing vehicles such as the SOCAL Speed Shop coupe. The GMP crew is made up of serious gearheads. The company's product shows a strong sense of history, as well as an eye for accuracy. Its latest creative coup is this 1:6-scale, blown, Chrysler 392ci Hemi crate motor. The Hemi, designed to emulate a '60s front-engine rail dragster motor, joins the lines' earlier variety of stock and rodded '40s Ford Flatheads. The retail price point is around $200.

GMP's scale Elephant motor is a cleverly designed die-cast metal kit, available in black or bright yellow. The engine block and oil pan are molded as one piece. The cylinder heads are fully engraved on both sides with excellent rocker arm detail on top and engraved valves facing the piston-filled combustion chambers. Two sets of brass head and intake manifold gaskets are provided for assembly and display purposes. Plated valve covers and a set of chrome zoomie headers further set the style.

A finely polished blower case, manifold, injectors, and intake hat-pre-assembled and nicely detailed-mount on top of the block and heads, which are located by positive pins. The injector butterflies even operate through the linkage! Finish assembly includes the ribbed Weiand blower belt, polished magneto with its black-vinyl plug wires, braided fuel line, and metal engine stand that screws to the heavy baseplate. You need to use a small, strong Phillips screwdriver for assembly of the stand. Topping it all off is a tall, clear dome that will keep all of your jealous friends' grimy paws off the Hemi for 10 seconds, max.

Future releases include a Hilborn-injected Hemi that will be available by mid-2005. GMP's race Hemi isn't specifically a truck item, but it's a great piece for any enthusiast with a proper sense of history. Check out GMP's full line of replicas at its website, www.gmpdiecast.com.

Also in this month's Hemi department is a look at Liberty Classic's Limited-Edition 426ci Hemi engine from its Power Plant Series. This one is a stock-looking engine, but also comes as a race Hemi with chrome valve covers. The Power Plant Series, Chevy Street Rod Engine, Ford 427ci SOHC Engine, '67 Camaro small-block, and '63 Corvette 327ci L84, are all well-detailed and come with a clear dust cover. You can check out Liberty Classic's full product lineup on its Web site, www.libertyclassics.com.