Oxford Diecast 43RRCO01 Rolls-Royce Corniche

By Maz Woolley

 

Oxford Diecasts’s range of Rolls-Royce models continues to grow. Here is the first release of the Rolls-Royce Corniche to 1:43 scale. It is released initially in Indigo blue with light tan hood and seats. If Oxford follow their usual path this will also appear in the 1:76 range at some point.

It is easy to forget that this model retails for little more than a part work and for significantly less than models from Corgi. As the picture above shows a lot of attention has been paid to getting all the lighting, grilles and mascot modelled convincingly. The mascot is possibly overscale but that is common on Rolls-Royce models to ensure that the mascot is not easily knocked off when handled.

The interior has been modelled to a high standard with wood effect dashboard and door cappings as well as printed instruments, switches and radio. I think that the column mounted gearshift seems a little short and it would have been nice to have the gear display seen through the steering wheel picked out but all in all a very good level of detail. Even the door cards have printed switches on them for the electric controls of door mirrors, windows etc.

To the rear the badging and lights are all well printed. The use of printed red and amber on silver for the rear light cluster is neatly done, though inserted chromed plastic and with plastic lenses would have been nice the printed lights are an acceptable alternative.

The wheels are very nicely done with RR printed on the centre of the hubs and the rim embellisher being realistically wide.

Once slight criticism is that the blue paint though a nice glossy coat is a little thick and has blurred the panel lines a little.

A little investigation shows that the number plate UTU 353 is real and is fitted to a 1972 Corniche last auctioned in 2013. It is one of the 1,233 Series I Corniche Convertibles made by Rolls-Royce and was originally owned by John Boulting a film director who made films like Brighton Rock and Lucky Jim.

Another excellent new casting from Oxford and I am sure we can look forward to seeing it with the hood up later this year.


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The 1941 Ford Tudor in Photos

by Mike DeTorrice

Here is one of my 1941 Ford two-door sedans parked behind a small factory just north of the railroad tracks on Chicago’s west side.

This is the same 1/43 Ford Tudor by Freer/First Response parked in another location:


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John and Jenny Hall – Obituary update

The sad news that John and Jenny Hall who founded and built Brooklin Models passed away has been confirmed from several sources. It appears that they both passed away last December after serious illnesses.

Readers who wish to know more should visit the tribute on the Brooklin Diary Page at http://www.brooklinmodels.co.uk/sphoto/9328 where their daughter tells about their “retirement” years busy with music and their own hobbies.


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Minichamps – Announcements January 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

Here are Minichamps latest announcements. All are made in China for Germany in a variety of scales and materials. These are expected to be released over the first two months of 2017 and I am sure more new models will be revealed at the start of February when Minichamps will have a stand at the Nuremberg Toyfair.

The releases cover 1:12 for motorbikes and 1:18 and 1:43 scales for other vehicles. Both diecast and resin bodies are used. The racing vehicles are finished with very detailed liveries and where made in metal may have opening parts.

A single release in the Maxichamps range is shown. The BMW 700, which was produced in the standard Minichamps road cars range many years ago, and which is now produced as a budget model.

Minichamps continue to focus on producing models of Formula 1 old and new, Moto GP, and Touring car racing.  The  cars  are often produced in both 1:18 and 1:43 scales. Road cars are still released but now form a smaller proportion of their output. Road cars made to 1:18 scale seem to be released as frequently as 1:43 scale in the MInichamps range. .

Where pictures of hand made samples were provided by MInichamps these have been shown.

BMW 3.5 CSL – GR. 5 – ´GÖSSER BIER´ – TEAM SCHNITZER – QUESTER/NILSSON – WINNERS 6H ZELTWEG  1:18 Scale


BMW M1 PROCAR – BMW MOTORSPORT – SURER – EIFELRENNEN DRM 1979 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RBM – JOEY HAND – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM MTEK – TIMO GLOCK – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MARCO WITTMANN – DTM 2014


MCLAREN HONDA MP4-31 – FERNANDO ALONSO – 2016 1:43

No sample pictured


MCLAREN HONDA MP4-31 – JENSON BUTTON – 2016 1:43

No sample pictured


ROLLS ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II – 1954 – BLACK 1:18


MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER (W198) – 1957 – WHITE 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW 3.5 CSL – SEPP MANHALTER – WINNER HAVIROV INTERNATIONAL – 1977 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M1 PROCAR – BMW ITALIA – ELIO DE ANGELIS – WINNER PROCAR SERIES ZOLDER 1979 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M1 PROCAR – PLAIN BODY VERSION – 1979 – YELLOW 1:18


BMW 700 LS – 1960 – SILVER 1:43


BMW 700 LS – 1960 – RED 1:43


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W07 HYBRID – NICO ROSBERG – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W07 HYBRID – LEWIS HAMILTON – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – MAX VERSTAPPEN – WINNER SPANISH GP 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP12 – NICKY HAYDEN – MOTOGP 2012 1:12

No sample pictured


ALFA ROMEO GIULIA 1300 – 1966 – BLUE . 1:18


BMW M1 – MK MOTORSPORT – WITMEUR/KRANKENBERG/LIBERT – 24H LE MANS 1986 1:18

No sample pictured


LOTUS FORD 72 – REINE WISELL – CANADIAN GP 1972 1:43

No sample pictured


BENTLEY GT3 ADAC 24H NÜRBURGRING # 85 1:43

No sample pictured


BENTLEY GT3 ADAC 24H NÜRBURGRING # 84 1:43

No sample pictured


PORSCHE 911 S – RACING TEAM AAW – FRÖHLICH/TOIVONEN – CLASS WINNERS ADAC 1000 KM-RENNEN 1970 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 TEAM W05 – LEWIS HAMILTON – WINNER MALAYSIAN GP 2014 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – DANIEL RICCIARDO – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – DANIIL KVYAT – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP13 – ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – MOTOGP 2013 1:12

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP13 – NICKY HAYDEN – MOTOGP 2013 1:12

No sample pictured


BMW 3.5 CSL – MILLER/COWART – 6H WATKINS GLEN 1979 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MAXIME MARTIN – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RBM – TOM BLOMQVIST – DTM 2015 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MAXIME MARTIN – DTM 2015 1:43


PORSCHE 911 S – ÉCURIE JEAN SAGE – WALDEGARD/CHENEVIÈRE – 24H LE MANS 1971 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER (W198) – 1957 – RED – W/ HARDTOP 1:18


BMW 3,5 CSL – GR.5 – ´HERMETITE´ – FITZPATRICK/WALKINSHAW – WINNERS 6H SILVERSTONE 1976 1:18


LOTUS FORD 72 – DAVE WALKER – USA GP 1972 1:43

No sample pictured


PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 – 2016 – WHITE 1:43

No sample pictured


RENAULT ALPINE A110 – 1971 – BLUE METALLIC 1:43

No sample pictured


RENAULT ALPINE A110 – 1971 – YELLOW 1:43

No sample pictured


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Making Trax for 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest announcement by Trax of Australia shows two models in their Select Series which are bound to be of considerable interest and which have already got US collectors asking if Trax can produce them in LHD. These are 1:43 scale resin models made in China for Australia.

1951 Ford Custom twin spinner.

 

This classic Fordor looks to be very nicely modelled. Most models of Fords of the early 1950s are of the ground breaking 1949/50 car with its single spinner in the radiator as modelled by Dinky, Precision Miniatures  amongst others. Brooklin have modelled a 1951 but as the up-market Victoria Coupe

1965 Ford Galaxie 500

 

A real classic from Ford this has been modelled many times but the new model from Trax looks very crisp with the chromework round the windows looking very good indeed.

Trax Club Members Model

 

This years Club Members Model is a Holden FC Panel Van from 1958 in Ansett ANA livery. I think that the model is slightly spoiled by the Trax Club 2017 Member printing on the door which removes its authenticity – what do readers think about that?


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Sanger Rootes Group Models

By Maz Woolley

 

A reader’s letter in Diecast Collector, a magazine published here in the UK, revived discussions about the 1:43 scale white metal kits of Rootes Group cars made in the late 1980s by Sanger Engineering in the UK. Auto Review 82 says that these were modelled by Gerald Elliot who made the masters, which are said to be derived from diecast models, for a customer who did not pay so he had to sell them himself to recover his costs. That certainly fits in with a telephone call I had with Sangers to find out where the models I had ordered had got too! The kits were certainly cheap, from memory they were not much dearer than a diecast model, and my impression was that they were being cleared as quickly as possible as a nuisance. I made three Sangers kits and would be interested to hear if readers know if there were any other 1:43 vehicles modelled.

Sanger Engineering still exists today and is still run by Gerald Elliot, though now based in Wales and devoted to making model aircraft kits, see http://www.sangereng.co.uk/.

The models I have are made largely of white metal with quite a few parts, chromed where necessary. The body shells were a little heavy and slightly crude but they were interesting none the less and filled gaps in my collection.

Hillman Minx Mark Six

 

This model is very interesting. It has the short boot of the early Hillman Minx Mark Four and Five but features the front end and large grille which was seen on later Mark Minx cars until they were replaced by the Series One Audax range in 1956. I had previously questioned if such a combination was authentic but Rootes Cars: A Pictorial History by David Rowe  shows pictures of the Mark Six which had the new front end mated to the existing back end. This was the rare Anniversary Minx that was produced for only 8 months in 1953.

As the pictures show the castings were not particularly crisp but the overall shape did capture the original car quite well.

Dinky and Somerville made models of the Hillman Minx Mark Five but the Sanger is the only model I know of the rare Mark Six.

Hillman Californian Mark 6

 

The Hillman Minx Californian was built on the Minx Convertible body shell fitted with a fixed head and with windows that would wind down completely leaving the whole side open with no frames intruding a feature that continued into the Sunbeam Rapier models that replaced the Californian in the Audax range in 1956.

Again I was concerned that the Californian may never have appeared with the short boot but it appears from information on the web that the Californian was introduced in 1953 with the Mark Six. Any survivors of this very short period of production must be very rare indeed.

Kits of the Somerville Hillman Minx Californian and Convertible have been re-issued by Promod  claiming to be from 1952 but with the oval front grille. They also appear to be of a Mark Six from 1953 looking at web pictures. The Lansdowne model of the Californian is a a 1955 car with the later Mark Eight grille which has a dividing bar and the longer boot which was added for the Mark Seven.

Humber Super Snipe

 

The final Sanger model that I have is a Humber Super Snipe. A car modelled by many including Sun Models and Lansdowne and more recently Oxford Diecast. The Sanger model is again heavy but it captures this large car well.

Widely adopted as Mayoral cars for smaller towns and formal car hire and even for Goverment transport. Winston Churchill’s own Super Snipe is exhibited at a museum in the Netherlands.


Sanger never made any more vehicles as far as I know and faded into history one of the many firms that made a small number of auto models and then moved on. Any reader with more information on Sanger or the vehicles modelled is invited to get in touch to add to what little is known.


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Corgi 2017 – Reader’s Response

From Andrew Davies

From his Facebook post

My response to the Editor’s posting on Corgi’s 2017 Announcement

 

Correct, the 1:48 scale English Electric Lightning is the only new tooling announced in the Corgi ranges and by rights it shouldn’t even be in this catalogue as it has a due date of Q4 2017, i.e. within the scope of the next catalogue. The last new tooling in the Vanguards range was VA13800 released in June 2015, (Ed as shown above) , so it will be a gap of at least two years between new tooling in the range assuming that we see some in the announcements for the second half of 2017. Sad.

Unfortunately, according to Hornby PLC’s beancounter turned CEO, new tooling spend across the group is being cut to a third of previous levels (and Hornby Trains & Airfix will be first in the queue for what there is). Only model lines that meet a defined level of profit contribution will continue to be produced in the foreseeable future (see Hornby PLC 2016 annual report) hence the discontinuation of the Haulier range and the older buses. Ed – of course recoloured models from existing moulds give a higher contribution to profits as there is no tooling cost but only as long as anyone wants to buy them.

Just to show how out of touch they are, they will produce Vanguards models using Lledo 1990s tooling (Anglia, Mini, Beetle, Imp) with its moulded-in detail like tail lights, door handles, etc., and expect collectors to pay £28 to £30 for them! It is sad to think about the money Corgi wasted in recent years by investing in tooling for the Formula One cars, the Lotus cars, the Bentley cars, and the oddly-scaled static trains, all of which were remaindered and discontinued. That money could have been spent on new tooling in the core ranges for a far greater return.

Maz. I just hope the last line of your introduction does not turn out to be prophetic …


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A look at the Corgi models for 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

All pictures used were produced by Corgi. Many are computer generated images and not pictures of prototype or finished models.

There is no way to disguise the disappointment many collectors will feel when looking at the Corgi Announcements for 2017. The only model shown that I believe to be a new casting is the 1:48 scale English Electric Lightning in the Aviation  Archive range. All the others are re-colours or variations produced from existing castings.

There are few Original Omnibus releases and it is noticeable that Corgi’s catalogue includes no lorries at all even re-finished ones, nor as we are now used to any new Steam powered vehicles.

For a long time collectors have privately discussed the failure of Hornby to invest in new castings for Corgi ranges. They have waited patiently for Hornby to turn round and start developing the Corgi ranges again. Many had hoped that last years major re-finance would allow Corgi to invest in a few new castings and start to develop again.  Collectors now feel let down as no investment has been forthcoming and critical comments have now started to appear in the press as patience has run out.

Without new castings interest in the Corgi brand will continue to decline. The large increases in prices continues which will again deter buyers as some competitors are trying to restrict the size of their price rises. Hornby needs to focus on investing in new product for the second half of 2017 and on re-building excitement for collectors or the Corgi brand will become irrelevant.

Aviation Archive

 

The English Electric LIghtning has been modelled by Corgi already in 1:76 scale but the 1:48 model announced appears to be a new casting.  It will be a very impressive model in this scale but also an expensive one. The rest of the models would be a good supporting cast if there were more entirely new models to interest the collector.

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, P3576 (GN-A), Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson (VC)
AA27605


 

North American P-51D Mustang, 44-14733/CS-L ‘Daddy’s Girl’, Capt. Ray Wetmore
AA27704


 

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4, W.Nr. 3579 ‘White 14’, Fahnrich Hans Joachim Marseille
AA28003


 

Curtiss Tomahawk IIB, AK402, P/O Neville Duke, RAF No.122 Squadron
AA28103


 


English Electric Lightning F6 XR728/JS , RAF Binbrook
AA28401



Westland Sea King HC.4, ZA290/VC, No.846 Naval Air Squadron
AA33421


 


 

Vickers Wellington 1C, R1162 / AA-Y ‘Y for Yorker’, No.75 (New Zealand) Squadron

AA34811


 

North American B25 Mitchell, 40-2249, “Hari Kari-er”, Doolittle Raid, 1942 1:72


 

Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1, W.Nr 110635 ‘Red 10’, Oberleutnant Kurt Welter
AA35709


 

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4, ZJ950/C ‘Charity’, RAF No.29 Squadron
AA36408



 

Westland Wessex HC.2, XV721/H ‘Heart’, RAF No.72 Squadron
AA37610


 


SPAD XIII, S2445, Major Francesco Baracca, 91st Squadriglia, Italian Air Force, April 1918
AA37907


 

Douglas C-47 Dakota, ZA947, ‘KWICHERBICHEN’, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
AA38208


 

Panavia Tornado F.3, ZG797/D ‘Desperation’, RAF No.29 Squadron, 1435 Flight
AA39807


Vanguards

 

Again there is nothing wrong with the re-colours here. It is nice to see the Durham Constabulary Mini made much more accurately than its original release in a set with a Jaguar Mark II many years ago. But why is the Escort Mexico twice the price that the similar anniversary edition car was last year?

As back up to a few new castings this would be fine on its own it lacks any “punch”.

 

Ford Anglia 105E DeLuxe, Pompadour Blue & Shark Blue
VA00132



VW Beetle, Coral Oval Rear Window Saloon
VA01207



Mini Cooper S Mk1, Tartan Red & Black
VA02539



Austin Mini Cooper S Durham Constabulary
VA02540



Hillman Imp Mk2 Super, Grasshopper Metallic
VA02624



Suneam Alpine, Seacrest Green, Pre-Production Prototype, XRW302
VA07006



Wolseley Six, Rheingold Metallic
VA08506



Vauxhall Viva GT (H), Elkhart Yellow
VA08713


Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico, Electric Monza Blue
VA09521


Leyland Princess 2200 HL, Sandglow
VA10208



Ford Capri Mk3 1.6 Calypso Cardinal Red & Strato Silver
VA10817



Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, Black
VA11705



Ford Fiesta Mk1 Supersport, Sunburst Red
VA12510



Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 (Forest Arches), Diamond White
VA12609



Austin Morris Mini Clubman 1100, Reynard Metallic
VA13506


Original Omnibus

 

Little needs to be said here. Basically two models each with two blind variations, and neither a new casting. The “Boris Bus” is now an obsolete vehicle as Transport for London have announced that no more are to be ordered.  Bus collectors interested in fleets away from the South East will find nothing of interest here.

At a time when EFE output is disrupted as Bachmann take over the company Corgi should be looking to fill the gap and not fading away themselves.

 

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, Mile Oak 1
OM46512A


Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, White Hawk 1A
OM46512B


New Routemaster, Stagecoach, 8 Bow Church
OM46618A


New Routemaster, Stagecoach, 15 Trafalgar Square
OM46618B


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More about Plastic Military Models from Politoys

By Robin Godwin

 

My quest to acquire all the Politoys plastic military range has resulted in new information, for me at least. I recently purchased #18, Auto Anfibio (DUKW) from a Mexican vendor. Well actually it’s made by McGregor, that unlikely sounding Mexican company that received many of the old Politoys dies. I’ve never seen a full listing of McGregor production and, until this listing, did not know that the early plastic military dies had also gone to Mexico (even Paolo Rampini does not list them). I don’t have the Politoys version to compare, but the wheels are obviously McGregor originals, and not from Politoys tooling. This is a real shame, as it transforms a reasonably accurate model into a very toylike version, sitting way too high. Usually McGregor added their name to the base and replaced “Made in Italy” with “Hecho en Mexico” but this model has merely had the die ground out a bit to obscure “… in Italy”. It appears also that the die was changed to remove the separately attached spare wheel/tire that was carried on the rear deck of the Politoy. Perhaps the very wide McGregor wheels were unsuitable for this application.

One of the original points in this ongoing series of articles on plastic military vehicles (that started 20 years ago in MAR 109, March 1997) was to compare the Politoys models with the originals from which they were apparently copied. In the very first article, I admitted that I did not know from which original this DUKW had been copied, even though I owned the superb French Dinky #825. A couple of subsequent letters to the editor led to the consensus that it was indeed copied from the French Dinky. But a side-by-side comparison shows that everything about the two models is different (see photos), so I believe this model was not copied from the Dinky, even though release dates are compatible. It should be noted that all the Politoys copies have some subtle differences from the originals (including scale), but these two DUKWs simply do not look to be related. Since these Politoys date from the early 1960s, I’ll have to redouble my search for a contemporary model that may have provided the inspiration.

 

2769 McGregor top, and Dinky bottom. The Politoys spare wheel/tire would have sat at the top rear – another difference from the Dinky

2770 McGregor top, with missing prop at rear. Note die modification to obscure “… in Italy”

2772 French Dinky #825 from 1963. Not, in my opinion, the inspiration for the Politoy

2771 The McGregor. Not sure when this actually dates from, but the Politoy original is thought to have been issued in 1964, as #18 in a series of only 19 vehicles

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Toys in Nuremberg

By Fabrizio Panico

 

Photographs were taken by the Author and appear after the text below.

 

Nuremberg is an ideal place to establish a Toy Museum. From the doll makers of medieval times and the tin toy industries of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the present International Toy Fair, Nuremberg has always been the most famous “toy town” in the world.

The Nuremberg Toy Museum opened in 1971 in the very heart of the Old Town, near the famous Hauptmarkt. Based on the collection of Lydia and Paul Bayer, its collection comprises more than 70,000 items, about 5% currently displayed, the rest safely in their stores, but all are made accessible “virtually” by web displays of technical information and pictures.

From the wooden toys on the ground floor to the dolls (with their incredible houses and shops) and Lehmann toys on the first floor, the “Tin World” (vehicles, trains, boats etc) on the second floor and the more recent toys (post Second World War) on the third floor, you will be amazed by all the beautiful toys. A Museum Shop on the ground floor offers publications and selected toys.

I will limit my pictures of this wonderful museum to the displays of road vehicles. If you are interested in other toys then you may see the web site at www.museums.nuremberg.de/toy-museum/index.html.

Almost all the toys displayed are of German origin, with a few foreign ones to provide a comparison, the most striking example being the Märklin Metallbaukasten and Meccano and their derivatives. However, you will find that there are many more foreign models in store and viewable via the web site.

Worth a visit indeed!

 

01 – a beautiful display of penny toys

02 – the VW set by DUX

03 – the VW set by DUX

04 – Gunthermann Studebaker and Tipp & Co limousine

05 – VW Transporters by Tipp & Co

06 – VW Transporters by Tipp & Co

07 – Distler Porsche and Tipp & Co Mercedes

08 – Schuco display

09 – Schuco Mirakocar

10 – Volkspolizei Wartburg 353 by Schockwellenreiter Modellauto (DDR)

11 – Lehmann GNOM tin fire engine

12 – Bing limousine

13 – Distler limousine

14 – Märklin Auto-baukasten truck

15 – Märklin Auto-baukasten set

16 – Märklin Aerodynamic and Mercedes

17 – Aero-Car by Blomer & Schuler

18 – Lehmann GNOM models

19 – Lehmann Deutsche Reichspost van

20 – Lehmann cars

21 – Lehmann in DDR : the Sportwagen no. 512 by VEB Mechanische Spielwaren

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