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Atlas Dinky Deluxe – #500 Citroën 2 CV 6

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Another Atlas Dinky model has arrived in the Deluxe series issued in the UK. It is another French Dinky this time #500 1966 Citroën 2CV 6. This is another model that started as French made in 1967 and ended its life being made in Spain for Dinky after 1974. Atlas has replicated the French edition which was according to them available in pale grey or blue though some listings also claim it was made in beige. When production transferred to Spain the latest jaunty orange colour became available as well as the later square lights.

The model features the roof replicated in its first, rolled back, position which was great fun in sunny weather. The photograph also shows the way that the sprung fabric seats on metal tubed frames were used. In the Author’s memory these may have been simple but were very comfortable too!

The model has jewelled headlights as another “extra” over the earlier 2 CV model in the range as well as neatly modelled grey wheels with special hubs similar to those on the real car and tyres with Dunlop marked on them.

One curiosity is the silver panel below the front grill. This is actually the location of the number plate so a black box would have been nicer.

The rear is rather plain and the rear lights still a simple red cluster though the 2CV 6 was to gain larger rear lights from the Ami in 1970. Another mystery is the yellow panel as the French still used white/Silver on black plates in 1966.

The side view shows the fact that this update of the 2CV had conventionally hinged front doors.  The real car had side windows in two halves with the lower part being a flap that lifted upwards. The original Dinky didn’t have this moulded or marked in and the Atlas copies the original.

The final photograph shows the features that make this a Deluxe model, the open roof and the opening bonnet. Quite a nicely replicated engine with the inbound brakes clearly visible. If my memory serves the engine was actually all dull alloys and seemed incredibly low down and small.

Rather a nice model of a distinctive vehicle but one wonders how many of the collectors will remain with this series as there seems to be no prospect of any more UK Dinkies and even the Ford Galaxie 500 we were promised in the promotional literature has not been seen.


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Another Taxi Partwork!

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs are by, and copyright of the Author, unless otherwise stated.

Another partwork is now being sold in Italy, this time from Centauria, looking like a copy of the previous similar partwork from Altaya in 2002-2004. Which then appeared as a DeAgostini partwork in Northern Europe. But there are changes: the models are now marked as from LeoModels but they do appear to be identical in many respects to the models made by Ixo for Altaya.

The scale seems to vary from the claimed 1:43 with models often more like 1:45 to 1:46. The collection has been announced as having 39 parts, what a strange number?

First issue is a Ford Crown Victoria 1998, even if the box says 1992, somewhat smaller and different to the Altaya one. The second issue is the Fiat 1400, similar to the Ixo one, perhaps a bit smaller. After the first issues the price will be €14.99 I’m wondering if this collection is really needed, the Ixo models, which were much better,  are still freely available at modest prices on eBay or at the various toys fairs everywhere.

Centauria is part of the Fabbri group of publishers better known in the UK for the James Bond Collection. Their products are aimed at the news stand market and they have a range of partworks such as fairy tale collections, Great Musicians encyclopaedias, and the art works series “The Masters of Colour”,

The boxed Ford Crown Victoria looking rather small on the standard sized plinth.

 

The first part in its packaging selling at half price to encourage people to collect the series. NB the model is claimed to be 1:43 scale.

 

To the rear of the launch card mount we see some of the proposed models all of which seem very familiar! It means that Volkswagen collectors and London cab collectors have yet another target to chase.

 

The first model unpacked.

The second Model unpacked.A FIAT taxi as already seen in the Altaya series.

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Mikansue La Salle

By John Quilter

Photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

A number of years ago Mikansue produced a range of white metal kits of American cars under their Americana label. I was recently able to obtain one of these on eBay and set about building it. La Salle was made for a number of years in the 1930s as a sort of entry level Cadillac. Their last year of production was 1940 and they produced two series in that year the Series 50 and 52. This model is of a four door sedan Series 52. They used a side valve V8 engine of somewhat lesser displacement than the same year Cadillacs.

This kit contains a body, base plate with bumpers, wheels, vacuform windows, and a seat insert and fascia. My example which was likely typical of these early white metal kit efforts was not a perfect casting and took a fair amount of finishing work to improve it for paint and assembly. These were sort of cottage industry kits so some modelling skills are needed to produce a nice end result. I also opted to make some changes now that really great photos are easily available of the actual cars on Google images. These were certainly not an option for the maker of the kit back in the early 1980s in distant England where viewing an actual La Salle was highly unlikely.

I relocated and re-scored the boot opening grooves, changed the location of the tail lamps, created a new fascia, and used some Brooklin whitewall tires instead of the hard plastic black wall tires that came in the kit. I also was able to obtain some parts from a 1939 La Salle such as the boot hinges, boot handle and badge and license plate, plus the bonnet ornament all of which enhanced the end result.

After much sanding and smoothing both outside and inside I primed the model and the sprayed it with a medium metallic blue colour which was close to a factory colour in that year. In fact when I was a small boy a neighbour had this exact four door sedan in this colour. The front grille is a bit off, being that it should be of equal width top to bottom but I saw no easy way to alter that. I added a robe cord to the back of the front seat and door and window interior handles although they are barely visible. I also upgraded the headlamps with small clear jewels and encircled them with chrome rings made from stainless wire. Getting the ride height correct took a bit of extra work as well.

I think the end result turned out well and this is a car that no other model maker produces to my knowledge, though Brooklin did produce a somewhat similar 1938 Cadillac 60 Special sedan and phaeton. From my collection I note that Mikansue’s Americana series also included a 1951 Henry J and a 1937 Cord Beverly sedan. I’m sure there were others as well.


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London Trade Toy Fair 2018 – Hornby Hobbies

By Maz Woolley

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

The changing nature of the toy trade means that the London trade toy show held in January is no longer as interesting to the modelling press. Hornby and Oxford Diecast both have stalls, and models from other firms may be seen at distributors stalls. I attended the event for the first time this year and although the stalls with model vehicles were limited there were some lovely toys for children and even an Irish firm showing new Architectural modelling sets which I thought would look nice as backdrops to models.

I create a series of photo essays of my day at the fair with a few early shots of models to come.

Hornby Hobbies

Hornby featured models from all their ranges at the show though the ones of interest to me were largely those sold as Corgis. Though it  should be noted that Airfix are launching snap together self coloured 1:32 vehicles which may be popular for some. The initial release plays it safe with a Volkswagen Beetle and a Volkswagen Transporter T1 Camper. The unusual feature of this new Quickbuild range is that it is manufactured in the UK!

Corgi had a small corner of the large display

The Paddington Bear branded merchandise was presented and will hopefully appeal to young collectors.

Vanguards

The new Vanguards releases are shown below “in the metal”. Although underwhelmed by the release when announced I have to admit that they look quite nice in the hand. I particularly like the 1800 in rally livery.

Talking with one of the Hornby staff they recognise that their inability to develop new moulds has really held back this range and they are hopeful that the big changes taking place mean that they will be able to develop things further.

Triumph Herald
Ford Zephyr III
Ford Escort Mark 2
Ford Granada Police Car
Ford Fiesta Mark One
1800 Rally Car
Rover SD1
Ford Escort 1
Triumph Stag
James Bond

Nothing really new here but these models sell well in the general market and make a big contribution to Corgi’s income.

Other Tie-ins

Thunderbirds and Captain scarlet still have a strong market appeal and Corgis models still sell well. They also make Thrust promotional models and and seasonal products as shown below

Although unable to fund new tractor units the Eddie Stobart related models are still widely sold.

And the tourists still buy the taxis, buses, and minis sold to the souvenir trade.

Corgi Aviation had a new casting at the end of last year: The English Electric Lightning as shown below. An impressively large model it would look much more spectacular in the polished metal finish it wore in some roles.

EE Lightning

A Dakota in the range makes an impressive display.

Dakota

The ME109 has been made in many guises by Corgi and this is the latest.

ME 109

Models from the First World War are still popular with the celebrations of the ending of the war later this year keeping the conflict in the spotlight.  This Fokker DR.1 Dreidecker is from the latest Catalogue.

Fokker DR.1 Dreidecker

Although Westland Helicopters are no longer trading models of their helicopters are still very popular and this is the recolour from the latest catalogue with its impressive folding rotor blades.

Westland Whirlwind HAR.1 XA868

For the 100 years of the RAF celebrations come some new versions of existing service aircraft like this  Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA459/F

Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA459/F

And this Eurofighter Typhoon T.3 ZK380

Eurofighter Typhoon T.3 ZK380

Another model from the latest catalogue shown was this Boeing Chinook HC.4 ZA683 of RAF No.27 Squadron.

Boeing Chinook HC.4 ZA683

More models re-liveried for the 100 years of the RAF are shown below starting with this Mosquito

D.H Mosquito B.IV, DK296 / GB-G

And this Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, V6799

None of the Original Omnibus models from the new catalogue were on show so their production is probably going to be later in the year than some of the other models.

The next photo report will look at Oxford Diecast.


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Oxford Diecast – Release One 2018

By Maz Woolley

 

Oxford Diecast announced their first release of 2018 to the press at the first day of the London Toy Fair. No photographs were released just design cells. Most of the models announced are re-colours on previously released castings but there are new castings across many ranges.  In 1:43 scale only one new casting appears, the AC Aceca. In 1:76 there are more new models like the Citroen H Van, a living wagon, a Scammel Highwayman tractor unit pulling a tanker, several Volkswagen Vans T1, T4, and T5 as well as a Land Rover Velar. In 1:!8 and 1:87 scale there are no new castings this time round. Finally in  1:148 scale there is a complicated new  Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter as well as a Green Godess.

Retail prices have crept up but the rises are still modest compared to many other companies recent increases.

1:18 Scale

18HE003 Heinkel Kabine Yellow

1:43 Scale

43ACE001 AC Aceca Vineyard Green
43AMDB2004 Aston Martin DB2 MkIII DHC Snow Shadow Grey
43AMDB9003 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe Cobalt Blue
43AMV003 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Quantum Silver
43ASV008CC Austin Seven Van Coca Cola
43EMP003 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud/Hooper Empress Black/Silver
43JAG5003 Jaguar MkV Closed Dark Blue/Tan
43JI009 Jensen Interceptor Mk1 Crystal Blue
43JM024 Morris J2 Van Skyways
43LAN188021 Land Rover Series I 88″ Hard Top RAF
43LRL005 Land Rover Lightweight Hard Top RAF
43R25003 Rolls Royce 25/30 – Thrupp & Maberley Black
43RRC003 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible MPW (Open) Georgian Silver
43RUB003 Austin Ruby Saloon Dark Green

Aircraft 1:72 Scale
72SW004 Supermarine Walrus Operation Torch -N. Africa 1942

Vehicles 1:76
76ATK004 Atkinson Borderer Low Loader NCB Mines Rescue
76AUS005 Austin 1300 Teal Blue
76BI004 Beadle Integral Southdown
76CA030 Bedford CA Ice Cream Hockings
76CAP008 Ford Capri Mk3 Signal Orange
76CFE007 Vauxhall Friary Estate Dusk Rose/Lilac Haze
76CHT004 Churchill Tank 6th Guards Brigade 1943
76CIT001 Citroen H Catering Van
76COM008CC Commer Commando Coca Cola
76CONT004 Container Samskip
76COR1009 Ford Cortina Mk1 Black Cherry
76COR2008 Ford Cortina Mk2 Ermine White/Sherwood Green
76COR3009 Ford Cortina MkIII Sunset
76CRE010 Vauxhall Cresta Moonlight Blue/Bermuda Blue
76CT007CC Citroen 2CV Coca Cola
76CWT004 Commer Walk Thru Scottish & Newcastle
76DAF004 DAF 85 Short Fridge Trailer Trevor Pye
76DEF015 Land Rover Defender LWB Hard Back RAC
76DIS005 Land Rover Discovery 4 Firenze Red
76DIS5002 Land Rover Discovery 5 HSE LUX
76DR005 Duple Roadmaster Ribble
76DSC006 Dingo Scout Car 5th RTR – 4th Arm.Brg -7thArm.Div. Libya 1942
76FCG005 Ford Cargo Box Van Parcelforce
76FDE010 Ford 400E Van Cargo Grey
76FT033 Ford Transit Mk5 AA
76FT1007 Ford Transit Mk1 Police Motorway Patrol (Gwent)
76FT1008 Ford Transit Mk1 Castrol
76HE002 Heinkel Kabine Spartan Red
76IR6004 Irizar i6 Galleon Travel
76IS002 BMW Isetta RAC
76J4002 BMC J4 Van British Rail
76JSS006 SS Jaguar Dark Blue
76LAN188023 Land Rover Series 1 88″ Canvas Marine Blue
76LAN2019 Land Rover Series II LWB Station Wagon Limestone
76LR2AS004 Hong Kong Police
76LR2S004 Land Rover Series II SWB Post Office Telephones (Yellow)
76LR2S005 Land Rover Series II SWB Hard Back Civil Defence
76LRFCA002 Land Rover FC Ambulance Nato Green
76LRFCG003 Land Rover FC GS
76LRFCS002 Land Rover FC Signals Nato Green
76LRL004 Land Rover Lightweight Berlin Scheme
76LW001 Living Wagon Maroon/Red
76MA006 Mercedes Ambulance East Midlands Ambulance Service
76MB008 Mercedes Actros SSC Tipper Ronnie S Evans
76MBC004 Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Top Light Blue
76MCS003 Mini Cooper MkII Tartan Red/Black
76MFE005 MAN Pump Ladder Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue
76MGA005 MGA Dove Grey
76MGBGT003 MGBGT Glacier White
76MM060 Morris 1000 Van British Railways
76MMC006 Morris Minor Convertible Maroon B/Tan
76MN009 Classic Mini Tweed Grey/OEW
76MO007 Morris Oxford III Sage Green/Twilight Grey
76MW6004 Bristol MW6G Tilling Transport
76P38002 Range Rover P38 Monte Carlo Blue
76PAN008 Plaxton Panorama A. Timpson & Sons Ltd
76PD2006 Leyland PD2/12 Stratford Blue
76QLR003 Bedford QLR 8 Corps HQ – NEW
76RCL002 Range Rover Classic Darien Gap
76RRC002 Rolls Royce Corniche Persian Sand
76RRE002 Range Rover Evoque Coupe (Facelift) Fuji White
76RRS003 Range Rover Sport SVR Firenze Red
76SAL006 Scania ARP Scottish Fire & Rescue
76SB003 Saro Bus London Greenline
76SCT006 ECM
76SET53 5 Piece Triumph Set
76SET54 BMC Transporter & 2 Mini 1275GT Set British Leyland Nederland
76SFT005 Standard Flying Twelve Pastel Green
76SHT001 Scammell Highwayman Tanker Shell/BP
76SR007 Sunbeam Rapier MkIII Light Green Metallic/Embassy Black
76T4001 VW T4 Westfalia Camper Paprika Red
76T5C001 VW T5 California Camper Metallic Night Blue
76TAC005 TACR2 SFOR – Bosnia & Herzegovina 1997
76TIL011 Austin Tilly No.1 MTTC. Camberley 1945 (Subaltern Princess Elizabeth)
76TP006 Triumph 2500 British Racing Green
76TPU002 Ford Transit Dropside Network Rail
76TR7002 Triumph TR7 Convertible Persian Aqua Metallic
76TRF004 Thompson Refueller Silver City
76TS003 Triumph Stag Pimiento
76VEL001 Range Rover Velar Firenze Red
76VO003 Volvo 760 Blue Metallic
76VOL4007 Volvo FH4 (G) Nooteboom Semi Low Loader Cadzow
76VOL4008 Volvo FH4 GXL Walking Floor McBurney Transport
76VW029 VW Bay Window Auf Wiedersehn Pet
76VWB010 VW Beetle Pastel Blue
76VWS001 VW T1 Samba Bus Sealing Wax Red/Beige Grey
76VWY007 Vauxhall Wyvern Metallichrome Blue
76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare North Western
76WMB003 Willys MB US Army
76ZEP011 Ford Zephyr Bomb Disposal

1:87 Scale

87BC55005 Buick Century 1955 Black/White
87CI61003 Chevrolet Impala 1961 White/Roman Red
87CP65006 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 Bell System
87OR50003 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Coupe 1950 Yellow/Black
87SET001 3 Piece Set Chevrolet Hot Rods

1:148 Scale

NCHT002 Churchill Tank 1st Canadian Army Brg. Dieppe 1942
NCOR3003 Cortina MkIII Sebring Red
NFDE008 Ford 400E Van Southdown
NFT012 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Rail Low
NGG001 Green Goddess AFS
NMB007 Mercedes Actros Curtainside McGawn Bros
NNR006 New Routemaster LT50 General
NSDF001 Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter British Rail (Western)
NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull Stratford Blue
NTCAB007CC Scania T Cab Box Trailer Coca Cola Xmas
NTRAIL004 Mobile Trailer Walls


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GFCC Models

By Graeme Ogg

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

I read that Mr Editor Woolley is hoping to report sometime soon on a model of a Jaguar SS1 made by a new toymaker calling themselves GFCC Toys. [Editor: as the model is coming from China a review may be some weeks away]. Their official registered name seems to be Tongbo Toys Co Ltd, based in Albany, New York. and I’ve read that they are a toy and sports equipment marketing outfit rather than a model manufacturer, but apart from that I don’t know anything about them or what their intentions are in the 1:43 field. The models are produced in – surprise – China.

I’m not into vintage Jags, but GFCC have also issued a 1:43 model of a 1959 Pontiac Parisienne, which is more up my street. I don’t know why they’ve chosen to do this particular car in isolation, you’d have imagined they might have produced a small series of U.S. cars from this period, but there you are. You take what you can get.

I’ve seen this model offered in the United States for about $15, but I think that may have been wholesale. The current retail price from  a Hong Kong dealer is about £25 but that is with free postage, so it can be considered relatively “cheap and cheerful”.

Mine has just arrived, and from some angles at least, it really looks pretty good, quite crisp and clean with a very smooth paint job. The windscreen frame (on my example at least) has no chrome or silver paint applied, it’s just clear plastic, and would benefit greatly from some Bare Metal Foil. The silver highlighting on the edges of the fins is a little weak in places and could also be improved with foil. The model lacks front vent windows, which could be made up easily enough from fine wire. But the overall impression isn’t bad at all. If the Neo versions of this car didn’t exist – and I don’t know if there are any other ’59 Pontiacs available in 1:43 apart from the rather expensive (and very hard-to-find Madison) versions from 2013 – it would certainly fill a gap in any collection of GM ’59s quite adequately.

From the side, it sits a little high, and has very narrow tyres, so you are almost expecting to find a clockwork motor or friction drive underneath. The clip-on top supplied with the model is very, VERY plastic-looking, so the car probably looks better open, even though it lacks a tonneau cover behind the rear seats.

Obviously at this price you wouldn’t expect the model to match the Neo for overall quality or detailing (although at least it doesn’t have the awful black front screen surround of the Neo convertible), but it isn’t disgraced either. It matches the Neo for scale, length is identical and I could almost suspect they might have pirated the Neo body, although there are small differences here and there when you look closer.

There is also a version in black with body flames, and a 2-tone version in not very authentic colours (it looks more like a contemporary Ford colour scheme to my eyes).

The model comes in a “distressed” box, with fake dampstains and scratchy lettering, which is an odd sort of gimmick. We can probably expect to see some cretins on eBay offering these models as “rare vintage barn finds” at silly prices.

It will be interesting (for me at least) to see if they do any more Yank Tanks, hopefully some that haven’t been done to death already.


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Editorial December 2017

We are pleased to say that 2017 has seen a continued growth in the number of MAR Online readers. We launched the current version of MAR Online in December 2015, and at that time we had around two thousand page hits per month. This has steadily grown and in October 2017 page hits had risen to over nine and a half thousand for the month. The number of subscribers to posts by email has also steadily increased and has grown to 122 subscribers, about 20% up on last year. The number of Facebook followers has also increased to around one hundred and thirty as I write this. Our site also seems to rank quite high in Google searches, which is a great way for new readers to discover us. I would like to thank my co-editors and all our writers who produce the content that people want to read.

We have re-introduced some features from the old printed MAR magazines this year. In particular brief news items when interesting events occur, and Club News. We run Club News every quarter and we urge clubs to let us know about what they are getting up to as entries on our club page and publicity for their events in MAR Online is completely free. If you have any ideas about things you think MAR Online should be covering, please get in touch, or even better why not write about new topics for us?

Here in the UK we were interested to see that Lyndon Davies, founder of Oxford Diecast, is now CEO of Hornby Hobbies. The controlling shareholders of Hornby were obviously impressed by Lyndon’s performance at Oxford, and needed his skills to turn round the struggling Hornby brands, including Corgi, Scalextric and Airfix, as well as the various model railway ranges. They were so impressed by Oxford that the majority shareholders in Hornby also acquired a minority shareholding in LCD Enterprises, the parent company of Oxford Diecast. The majority of LCD shares are still owned by the Davies family, and Lyndon’s daughter Eloise has taken over as CEO of Oxford Diecast. It will be fascinating to watch as the results of the current detailed reviews at Hornby start to emerge over the next few years. We at MAR Online wish Hornby Hobbies good fortune as the new team works towards building a new level of stability and profitability.

Changes are also happening at another UK model producer, Brooklin Models, where new ownership is dictating a new direction for the company with an “aspirational” website, products with added detail, and with expensive packaging under discussion. All this means that their models sell for very much higher prices, and there are rumours that the prices may increase again next year. In the meantime stocks of deleted models have been sold at heavily discounted prices, rather  like an end of season sale in the jewellery trade, and they even sold CSV models online at a heavy discount on Black Friday. We know that some Brooklin collectors have expressed unhappiness with the changes, but we hope that the management can address some of their concerns.

We at MAR Online would like to thank all our readers for their support as 2017 draws to a close and as is traditional here in the UK we wish you a “Merry Christmas”.


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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.

1963-bathurst-winning-cortina-by-apex

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.

lincoln-1-18-plastic-and-tinplate-mark-i-cortine-pre-airflow

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.

frog-1-16-kit-mark-i-cortina-pre-airflow

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.

pathfinder-1-43-mark-i-pre-airflow

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

baset-toys-1-75-mark-i-cortina

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.

trax-ford-cortina-mark-i

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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Oxford Diecast’s Latest Walls Ice Cream Van

By Maz Woolley

Oxford Diecast have produced a number of ice cream vans in scales from 1:43 to 1:144. This article looks at the Bedford CA in Walls livery recently released to 1:76 scale.

Walls were a major player in the ice cream market place in the UK. Originally known for their sausages, it is said that they diversified into ice cream to keep the factories busy across the summer months when sausage sales traditionally declined.  Walls is now part of Unilever which has bought up local ice cream companies across Europe. Their livery will be familiar to many collectors since it was featured on the Corgi Ford Thames Ice Cream Van which sold huge numbers in the 1960s.

The Bedford CA was launched in 1952 and was made with a split screen until 1956 making the Oxford model with its split screen one of the earlier CAs. The CA was sold as a chassis with a bonnet and precious little else to Coachbuilders who added bodies. The CA was very popular with ice cream sellers since it was cheaper to buy and maintain than larger vans.

Oxford already have a range of Walls liveries vehicles in 1:76 scale including  a Ford Thames van with three different body styles.

The Oxford model shown below is diecast to 1:76 scale in Oxford’s Chinese factory. The quality of the printing is exceptionally good given the small scale. Though again the Quality Control gremlins have struck:  the silver printed hubcaps are decidedly off-centre on my model. I am sure that this model will re-appear in other ice cream firms liveries.


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