By Maz Woolley
All photographs by the Author.
Oxford Diecast has made several Fire Appliances to 1:76 scale. These are diecast in China in their own factory. Some of these models have been produced under contract for Atlas Editions and sold in their Fire Service Vehicles subscription series. It should be noted that even the models sold by Atlas have Oxford on their bases.
The Dennis F106, as modelled here, was made between 1963 and 1968. Ninety-nine vehicles were built. The version modelled is the rear pump variant with white tips to the roof ladders and an escape ladder that can be removed, though not extended, as shown below. The London Fire Brigade crest is printed on the side lockers on both sides and a lot of detail has been printed on including climbing slots and the water hose attachment points.
The Oxford model is excellent and also appears in their own range with a different registration and without the bell on the cab roof.
The escape ladder fits neatly onthe vehicle by two pins inserted into slots in the roof.
The modelling includes printing on the visibility panel in the front cab doors. Although the flashing lights on the roof are painted the translucent blue over silver paint is very effective.
The wheels too are good moulded replicas of the full size ones with the silver hub caps on the front wheels well detailed.
The front of the vehicle has an excellent grille, well printed lights and a finely printed Dennis badge. Inside the cab a basic interior is provided and the chassis underneath is a flat largely detail-less plate.
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