Atlas Jaguar Collection – Jaguar XK150

By Maz Woolley

 

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The latest release in the Atlas Jaguar series is an XK150. These models are diecast by Ixo in China for Atlas  to 1:43 scale.

The XK150 was the last in the XK series of cars. Launched in 1957 as a drophead coupe and a fixed head coupe, a roadster then followed in 1958. This car lasted in production until 1961 when it was replaced by the E type .

The XK150 was initially fitted only with the 3.4 litre version of the XK engine unit but by the time it left production a 3.8 litre engine was used for some high performance versions.

There were a considerable number of differences to the earlier XK range with new one piece windscreen set further back, wings that dipped less in the middle of the car, and a wider bonnet.

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Rather better than the model of the XK120 in this series this model is still a long way short of currently expected standards. Though the model has some nicely done detail a lot is not particularly good.  As can be seen above the complicated chrome features on the boot of the car are well captured and like many cars in this range the leaper is well realised. As the photograph below shows the interior is well done with a good steering wheel and dashboard print.

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The front end is also quite well modelled with separate lenses for the lights and the massive bumpers are well modelled at both ends.

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What is not so good is the over-scale and over-chromed exhaust pipes, the over-scale wipers when we know even plastic ones don’t have to be that large to be resilient, and finally the poor wire wheels which remind me of the ones used by Corgi Classic models many years ago, crude and with sections apparently filled with paint.

All round this is a model that would have seemed good 20 years ago and highlights the way that the standards of even part work models have improved over the years.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks Collection 514 Guy Van

By Maz Woolley

 

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The latest release in this series returns to the UK Dinky Supertoys range for inspiration. 514 Guy Van was produced in several liveries: Slumberland (red); Lyons (blue); Weetabix (yellow); and, Spratts (red and cream). All of them attractive in their own way.

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Here Atlas has chosen to replicate the Lyons version. Lyons were a leader in the UK food industry in the days before the consolidation of food companies into huge multi-national giants. Indeed the Swiss Rolls advertised on the side of the Van are still available today but now made by another firm as Lyons was broken up from the end of the 1970s  with the business broken up and scattered across new owners.

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The Lyons version of this model was released in 1952 and looked splendid with the beautifully printed livery. Although the reproduction has captured the original shade well it is clearly a modern acrylic paint on this model as can be seen quite clearly on the overspray areas where it is very thin like the back of the cab, see photograph below for an example.

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Models in fine condition of this Guy sell for many hundreds of UK pounds so fro collectors who could not afford that this a nice replica.

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As the photograph above shows the rear doors are modelled in the same way as those on the original model and open hinged on a captured steel rod.

All in all a very nice replica.


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MaXichamps

By Maz Woolley

 

After many years where prices of Minichamps models crept higher and higher they have released a new range aimed at a lower price point. This was announced some time ago but the first models are now released and available to order. All are diecast in China to 1:43 scale. Minichamps’ intention is to release further models in this range in future. Looking at the photographs supplied by Minichamps it looks like this new range has been created mainly by the re-use of older Minichamps moulds and the models are made to a standard similar to WhiteBox and other premium ranges made using Ixo castings.

It will be interesting to see how many sales they make of this range given that many collectors have the subjects in their earlier Minichamps release, from a part work or series like White Box, or even competitor like Oxford Diecast.  Although cheap for MInichamps models they are dearer than Oxford or Corgi in the UK and dearer than WhiteBox on the Continent.

A review of the photographs supplied shows that the models are made to a reasonable standard but have no photo-etched or highly detailed parts. They are certainly no more detailed that say a contemporary Oxford Diecast 1:43 scale model.

 

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940032230 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL – 1965 – GOLD METALLIC


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940032231 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL – 1965 – GREY


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940037000 MERCEDES-BENZ 230E – 1991 – SILVER METALLIC


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940037001 MERCEDES-BENZ 230E – 1991 – BLUE METALLIC


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940045620 OPEL KADETT C COUPÉ – 1974 – YELLOW


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940045621 OPEL KADETT C COUPÉ – 1974 – GREEN


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940055170 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI – 1980 – RED


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940055171 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI – 1980 – WHITE


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940066120 PORSCHE 924 GT – 1981 – RED


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940066121 PORSCHE 924 GT – 1981 – WHITE


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940085100 FORD FIESTA – 1976 – LIGHT GREEN


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940085101 FORD FIESTA – 1976 – LIGHT BROWN METALLIC


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940033130 MERCEDES-BENZ 190 SL (W121) – 1955 – SILVER


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940033131 MERCEDES-BENZ 190 SL (W121) – 1955 – DARK RED


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940033420 MERCEDES-BENZ 450 SLC (R107) – 1974 – DARK GREEN METALLIC


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940033421 MERCEDES-BENZ 450 SLC (R107) – 1974 – SILVER


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940034000 MERCEDES-BENZ 200D (W114/115) – 1973 – BLUE


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940034001 MERCEDES-BENZ 200D (W114/115) – 1973 – DARK GREEN


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940045500 OPEL MANTA A – 1970 – OCHRE


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940045501 OPEL MANTA A – 1970 – GREEN METALLIC


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940045600 OPEL KADETT C – 1974 – BROWN METALLIC


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940045601 OPEL KADETT C – 1974 – BLUE


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940046070 OPEL DIPLOMAT B – 1969 – DARK GREEN


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940046071 OPEL DIPLOMAT B – 1969 – DARK RED


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940050420 VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO – 1974 – GREEN METALLIC


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940050421 VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO – 1974 – BROWN METALLIC


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940062120 PORSCHE 924 – 1984 – SILVER


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940062121 PORSCHE 924 – 1984 – BROWN METALLIC


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940062370 PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO S – 2013 – MATT BLACK


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940062371 PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO S – 2013 – GREY METALLIC


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940068100 PORSCHE 928 GTS – 1991 – GREY METALLIC


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940068101 PORSCHE 928 GTS – 1991 – DARK BLUE METALLIC


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940081300 FORD TAUNUS – 1970 – BROWN METALLIC


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940081301 FORD TAUNUS – 1970 – LIGHT BLUE


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940085500 FORD CAPRI – 1969 – RED


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940085501 FORD CAPRI – 1969 – LIGHT BLUE METALLIC


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940085800 FORD CAPRI RS – 1969 – YELLOW


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940085801 FORD CAPRI RS – 1969 – RED


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940112300 PEUGEOT 205 GTI – 1990 – RED


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940112301 PEUGEOT 205 GTI – 1990 – BLUE


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940112500 PEUGEOT 504 – 1970 – DARK RED


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940112501 PEUGEOT 504 – 1970 – LIGHT GREEN METALLIC


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940121660 FIAT X1/9 – 1974 – YELLOW


fiat-x1_9-1974-blue940121661 FIAT X1/9 – 1974 – BLUE


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morris-mini-850-mk-i-1960-green940138601 MORRIS MINI 850 MK I – 1960 – GREEN


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940171000 VOLVO 121 AMAZON – 1966 – GREY


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940171001 VOLVO 121 AMAZON – 1966 – DARK RED


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940171410 VOLVO 240 GL BREAK – 1986 – RED


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940171411 VOLVO 240 GL BREAK – 1986 – DARK GREEN


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More Matrix Announcements for delivery in November 2016

By Maz Woolley

 

Matrix have recently announced the models expected to ship in November. Where Matrix has supplied a photograph of a sample of the models I have included it below. All are to 1:43 scale moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands.

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MX51302-051 Mercedes-Benz 300D W189 Visser Ambulance VZA “Dora” white 1961


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MX41302-071 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL W109 Long Vatican black 1967


The remaining models expected are:

  • MX40102-111 Touring Disco Volante Spider blue 2016
  • MX41311-081 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Prototype 1959
  • MX41705-041 Rolls Royce Phantom II Barger Boattail Maharadja of Rewa 1930
  • MX50108-091 Aston Martin Jet 2 Bertone 2013

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Dugu 1/43 Models: Part I

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by Alberto Spano  (Trans. and Ed. Karl Schnelle)

 

EARLY HISTORY

Dugu were not the first collector’s models, but they weren’t too far behind.  RAMI  and the famous Models of Yesteryear were both started in 1956.    Dugu was founded a few years later in 1961 by Bartholomeo Chiodo in Varallo Sesia, Italy; he started production of vintage car models in 1:43 scale in 1962. “Dugu” in the local dialect is the owl, which was the nickname of the inhabitants of the older district of Varello Sesia where the company started!   (People in the newer section of town are called “falcheits”, hawks!) Thus, the brand logo represents a stylized owl on the baseplates and boxes.

The founder’s intentions were certainly not to produce children’s toy cars. Looking at the first models, it is clear that the intended recipient of those objects was the collector, usually an adult with a passion for cars of the past.  Dugu’s first model, the #1 1911-18 Fiat Tipo 4 (top up) is shown below.

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Interestingly, Dugu in the beginning were in direct competition with those of Rio, another well-known Italian producer.  Rio was founded not too far away in Cernobbio, also in 1962.  In fact the production of Dugu were commissioned to the Tatterletti brothers (to their company Stampoplastica) in Cernobbio, Their agreement brought the Dugu models to market initially, but they also starting making their own RIO models.  Probably because Rio did not yet have its own sales and marketing network, Dugu boxes were used initially, with the item number followed by an “r ” or with a Rio sticker on the Dugu box. The agreement lasted only a short time, until their own sales network was established.

ISSUES FOR COLLECTORS

The Dugu and Rio models are quite similar, which comes as no surprise. Rio were a little ‘less finished’ and  Dugu seem to have more little attached parts. Dugu are thus more fragile, with many glued parts.  They have to be admired from a distance, without touching them.  Both manufacturers have initially suffered from metal fatigue that crumbles the diecast zamak bodies over time.. With the use of zamak alloys made with copper (and therefore devoid of traces of lead), the situation normalized, and the models became much more stable.

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In the images shown, metal fatigue inevitably affects the hood and body of an early  green FIAT type “4” of 1911 (#1 of Dugu) and finally crumble the body of a red Fiat 501 Torpedo (#4 Rio).

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If you store these models together with those still healthy, some collectors  believe they are contagious and infection will occur. Isolating the models that have this defect by placing them in a permanent quarantine may help.  Restoration involves grouting the cracks and subsequent painting.

LATER HISTORY

When they came out, Dugu models cost a third more than Rio, about 2,000 lire each.  This might be why Rio  managed to survive until just a few years ago, when it was bought by M4,   Dugu closed its doors in 1973 soon after moving to Quarona Sesia, just 7 km to the south.

To try to extend the life of the company,  production of an ‘economy’ series was started called the “Museum” series, or Serie Museo, which really was not too much lower in quality and finish than the  original series.  The new series were all based on vintage cars from the “Museo Carlo Biscaretti of Ruffia” in Turin, 130 km to the southwest.  Extensive use of the cars and the precious documentation center at the museum enabled the creation of these beautiful models.  Today, after a restoration, it is called the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile

Indeed, some models of the Museo series are very beautiful (for example, the Topolino, the Cisitalia, the Fiat 519S, and the Lancia Theta) and could all hold a candle to the Miniautotoys series.  The Museo series were also numbered starting from 1, which makes collecting them all a bit confusing.  The first one is shown below, the 1893 Benz Victoria.

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By 1974, Dugu has become SISPLA (still in Quarona), with an identical catalog and production, and then closed its doors soon after. perhaps in 1975.  What remained was taken over by Old Cars, but they failed to continue producing vintage vehicles, preferring to devote themselves to commercial vehicles and promotionals.

THE FIRST SPECIAL EDITION?

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Above is shown an advertisement from  Dugu that appeared in Topolino, the Italian Mickey Mouse magazine,  in the sixties.  The model of the Bernardi tricycle (the covered version) had been produced in a limited edition of 2000 pieces, available only to members of the “Dugu HIFI” Club. Today, the Bernardi tricycle is rare, even in the open version.

FURTHER READING

The original article appeared online in 2015 in Italian.  The author kindly gave his permission for these English translations.  Part II will cover boxes and all examples of the original Serie MiniautoToys, and Part III will cover the Serie Museo.  Finally, Part IV will cover Sispla, catalogs, and other topics.

In Model Auto Review 32, from Summer 1988, Chris Sweetman had a two-page article on Dugu. Then, Horst Macalka had a short Catalog Corner on then in MAR 38, Summer 1989.  Mike Richardson had a great article in Model Collector, August 1996, pp 18-21. if you can find a copy. And another famous collector, Paulo Rampini, has his 2015 Dugu book as a pdf on his website.  Also, HobbyDB will have photos of all the models as well as catalogs.


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Buyers Beware

By Maz Woolley

Dan Blake at John Ayrey Die-Casts Ltd here in the UK has informed us that there has been  break in at their new premises and the models listed below have been stolen. If anyone is offered any of these models at a knocked down price or in unusual circumstances please email danblake@ayrey.co.uk to let him know.

B-T Models BTO B208B Bristol MW6G – Crosville (Groeslon) EMG421 1:76
Corgi COR 46613OM New Routemaster 9 Hammersmith Corgi60 1:76
Cult CUL CML007-1 Jaguar XJR XJ40 1990 – Red Metallic 1:18
Triple 9 Models TRN 1800130 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk1 1974 – White/Blue 1:18
Triple 9 Models TRN 1800131 Ford Escort RS 1600 MKI #19 MC72 Makinen 1:18

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News from the Continent – Looksmart and BBR 1:18 scale September 2016

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Looksmart

Looksmart have now released four new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 models in 1:18 scale resin moulded in China for Germany.

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LS18_05C Huracan GT3 Team Imperiale 2nd Monza 2016 Race 1


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LS18_05E Huracan GT3 Konrad Motorsport 24h Daytona 2016


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LS18_05F Huracan GT3 Carbonium with Silver Roof


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LS18_05H Huracan GT3 Full Carbonium


BBR

 

BBR has recently announced a new 1:18 scale resin model originated in Italy of the ever popular Ferrari 365 California as owned by Charles Bronson.  Photographs supplied by BBR are shown below.

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Matrix September/October 2016

Matrix has announced some new models for September and October. These are all resin moulded in China to 1:43 scale for the Netherlands. Matrix offer another concept car as well as two more inter-war American coachbuilt cars.

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MX50108-101 Bertone AM Jet 2+2 Concept grey metallic 2013

Expected September.

This concept car was based upon an Aston Martin Rapide and may have gone into small scale production had Bertone not gone into liquidation just as it was being shown.


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MX50303-061 Chrysler Imperial C15 Town Car Walter P. Chrysler black 1937

Expected October

This 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 seven-passenger limousine was fitted with town car coachwork by LeBaron. It is absolutely one of a kind and believed to be the first automobile ever built with spring-loaded power windows and door locks. Ordered by Chrysler himself some say it was used by his wife, others that it was his personal car.


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MX51206-031 Lincoln Model K Sport Sedan Derham black 1937

Expected October

This Derham sedan shows how streamlining developed in the 1930’s.  In 1937, the Derham Coach Company risked building one car to attract buyers but the depression meant that it remained unsold until 1938 when Mr. Thomas Morris of New York City purchased this unique model.


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Four Door Ford Cortina Models

By Dave Turner

Dave read the article by Mick Haven recently published on this web site. Mick asked what other four door Ford Cortina Mark I models existed apart from the Apex Cortina pictured below. Dave has kindly answered the question.

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Apex Bathurst winner


Dave’s response.

In response to the query from Mick Haven regarding the existence of model Mark I Cortinas in Four Door form. In fifty odd years of collecting Fords I have only come across five such models, and most of them were relatively recent.

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The oldest I think must be the 1:18 remote control toy from Lincoln, it has a plastic one-piece body and tinplate base, electric motor on rear axle and the front end is carried on a steerable central jockey wheel. The wheels are of a rather unrealistic wire pattern while there are bulbs in the lights. As far scan be seen, there are no markings in order to identify the maker, but the rear licence plate reads ‘LIL 526’ a sure sign that it came from Lincoln Industries, made in Hong Kong.

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Next came the 1:16 scale plastic kit from Frog and this makes into a very nice model, unfortunately it takes up so much room! The same tooling, along with many other Frog kits found its way to Russia, and an example was found in the UK in the 1980s, In view of the high space consumption once made, the kit was moved on before building.

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More recently a small number (300) of metal 1:43 models were made by Pathfinder exclusively for Minicar 43 in Oslo.

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Base Toys produced some 1:75 scale four door saloons although for some reason they mixed the pre-airflow grille with the airflow vents on the ‘C’ post.

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Trax models from Australia more recently produced some four door GT saloons to 1:43 scale and these feature all the correct for Australia details -‘Cortina’ in capitals across the front of the bonnet, front quarter bumpers and Minilite type wheels. Excellent detail inside and out.


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Charleston USA

Charleston, SC, USA, is a very old port city and a a wonder defying both time and convention, It is very, very old for the US with over 1,000  homes built prior to the US Civil War.  You can spend a lovely weekend wandering cobblestone streets where horse-drawn carriages and walking are the norm and look at homes that survived the Civil War, a couple of hurricanes, and the devastating earthquake of 1886.

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So what does this have to do with model cars?  Karl and I went on a celebratory weekend (having honeymooned in Charleston 30 years ago) and it struck me how we enjoyed the city in totally different ways.  When I peeked thru hedges and over brick facades to see hidden courtyards, Karl was perusing the street.

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I would wonder how you could restore a 250 year old wooden structure between the swampy ground and termites, and Karl would ask instead “how could anyone park their new BMW i8 on the street”!

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For Charleston is also a “car city”.  Because of the age and lack of garages, street parking is the only option sometimes with your home from 1789.  Over the weekend we (or rather Karl) saw new BMWs, a pristine Datsun 510 (the poor man’s BMW 2002!), a hidden MGB GT and Model A’s.

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 — (CCW) Car Collector Widow


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