Brooklin 2017 Additions and Deletions

By Maz Woolley

The listings in this article are based on lists published by Mike Coupe of Spa Croft Models. The opinions are those of the Author.

2017 will continue the changes at Brooklin which started last year. Brooklin are makers of 1:43 scale White Metal models who produce them here in the UK. After outside investment the factory has been improved and new business strategies developed. Alongside this we have seen the re-development of their website to give it a “luxury product” look and feel, though the web developers seem to have created quite a few teething problems along the way.

Other changes have included splitting the Brooklin models of US cars into two ranges: Brooklin Collection, and Brooklin Limited. The Brooklin Collection covers from the early 1950s whilst the Limited range covers 1930s and 1940s vehicles. At the same time the development of the Lansdowne range of UK vehicles is being heavily cut back.

Every year Brooklin delete models from their ranges but this year they are deleting an exceptional number of models slimming the ranges heavily, particularly Lansdowne. In one case a model previously announced has been postponed (LDM. 83 1938 MG WA) until further notice. In some cases models of older vehicles originally in the standard collection are being removed from that range and moved to the Limited range. One wonders if the removal of so many cars from across Brooklin and Lansdowne ranges is to allow them to re-introduce them over the next few years with minor improvements at the higher price points seen for new models.

Newer models are including a much higher level of chrome detailing than before using techniques seen on SAMS models some years ago like chrome cages for the windows topped by a metal panel roof. There are also more chrome spears and features. This new level of detail is introducing greater fragility which means that we now hear tales of Brooklin models arriving broken more often than before. The Author also thinks that an opportunity has been missed in leaving the headlights without separate lenses. This gives the models a characteristic Brooklin look but has led to some US based collectors to collect resin models rather than Brooklins as they feel they are more realistic.

All this change comes at a cost. Brooklin have introduced a new variable pricing policy with larger and more complicated models costing more than others but it seems to me that  the cost of collecting even basic new Brooklin models will increase by at least 30%. Due to the fall in the value of the pound overseas collectors are being cushioned against the rises but here in the UK Brooklins’ models are now significantly dearer than many other companies’ highly detailed resin models. We wish Brooklin well and understand the need to recover the investment that has been made but we do wonder whether the increase in prices will lead to a significant fall in the volume of sales especially at a time when income levels are forecast to grow more slowly than inflation for some years.

New/Updated Models

The listing is arranged by the month that these models are expected to appear. Where they are marked with an asterisk they have been moved from the BRK to BML range:

  • BRK. 220 1955 Studebaker Champion 4-door Sedan  Available Late April/Early May
  • IPV. 45 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon (Chicago Police) Available Late April/Early May
  • BRK222b  1948 Tucker Torpedo “Met-Green” Limited Edition. Available Mid/Late May
  • BML16* 1936 Terraplane Custom 6 Convertible, Top down. Available Mid/Late May
    LDM74a 1937 Riley Continental 4-dr Saloon. Colour change Available Mid/Late May
  • BML 20 1947 Packard Super Clipper Limousine. Available Mid-June
  • BML18* 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 4-dr Sedan. Available Mid-June.
  • LDM. 123 1935 Brough Superior 8 D.H.C. Available Early July
  • CSV. 26 1937 Superior –Pontiac Provident Ambulance Available Early July
  • BML21 1941 Buick M-71c Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton. Available Late July
  • LDM96a 1956 Aston Martin DB 2-4 MKII (colour change) Late July
  • BML24 1934 Ford 5-window Coupe Available Mid-August
  • BML22* 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 2-door Coupe. Colour change. Available Mid-August
  • BRK221 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4-door Hardtop. Available Early September
  • IPV46 1939 Railton Cobham Saloon (Flying Squad). Available Early September
    BML25 1942 Oldsmobile B44 Station Wagon. Available Late September
  • BRK223 1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Coupe Available Mid-October
  • BML26 1948 Packard Limousine Available. Available Mid-November
  • BML23* 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon. Colour change. Available Mid-November
  • LDM121 1952 Humber Pullman Estate. Available Late-November
  • BRK224 1953 Ford Customline 4-door Sedan. Available Mid-December

Deleted Models

As noted above the level of deletions is very high this year. They are set out by range below. Collectors may wish to consider buying them as if they are re-coloured and re-introduced it will be at a very much higher price level.

BROOKLIN MODELS.

BRK. 64B 1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
BRK. 97B 1955 DODGE CORONET 4-DR   (2-TONE)
BRK. 107 1954 STUDEBAKER CONESTOGA
BRK. 118A 1952 ALLSTATE DELUXE MODEL 115
BRK. 121B 1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 FIESTA   (
BRK. 123a 1954 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE (2-TONE)
BRK. 127a 1934 STUDEBAKER LANDCRUISER (Black)
BRK. 132B 1954 CHEVROLET 210 HANDYMAN
BRK. 137A 1956 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 870 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 138A 1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR WAGON
BRK. 142A 1957 RAMBLER SUPER CROSS WAGON
BRK. 143 1955 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 4-DR SUBURBAN
BRK. 144A 1935 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR 4-DR (Maroon)
BRK. 145a 1959 CHEVROLET “BROOKWOOD” (Cream)
BRK. 147a 1952 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 149 1959 STUDEBAKER LARK DELUXE 2-DR
BRK. 151 1956 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 870 4-DR WAGON
BRK. 154a 1958 CHEVROLET YEOMAN 4-DR
BRK. 157a 1959 DESOTO FIREFLITE 4-DR ST WAGON
BRK. 158 1954 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER 2-DR
BRK. 167 1952 WILLYS OVERLAND STATION WAGON
BRK. 175 1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-DR HOLIDAY
BRK. 189 1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 6-WINDOW
BRK. 193 1961 FORD FAIRLANE 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 197 1955 LINCOLN CAPRI 4-dr Sedan
BRK. 198 1937 GRAHAM SUPERCHARGED 116
BRK. 203 1961  FORD GALAXIE STARLINER 2-dr Hardtop
BRK. 206 1941 PONTIAC STREAMLINER “TORPEDO”
BRK. 211 1938 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL COUPE (Gray Met)
BRK. 139x 1966 CORVAIR “YENKO”
BRK. 213x 1962 CORVAIR GREENBRIER

LANSDOWNE MODELS.

LDM. 7C 1954 ZEPHYR ZODIAC
LDM. 26a 1953 JOWETT JAVELIN
LDM. 28a 1947 MG SALOON ‘Y’ TYPE
LDM. 31a 1947 BRISTOL 400 “BLACK”
LDM. 33A 1965 BEFORD DORMOBILE (MAROON)
LDM. 34 1952 SINGER SM 1500
LDM. 36 1952 MORRIS MINOR
LDM. 37B 1949 TRIUMPH 2000 ROADSTER
LDM. 39 1965 BEDFORD CA VAN
LDM. 40 1960 AUSTIN GIPSY “LWB HARDTOP”
LDM. 42 1939-48 WOLSELEY 18/85 SERIES III
LDM. 44a 1948 AUSTIN ATLANTIC CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 45 1958 ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY SAPPHIRE
LDM. 47 1936 RAILTON FAIRMILE
LDM. 48A 1956 HILLMAN MINX SERIES I
LDM. 50 1957 HUMBER HAWK ESTATE
LDM. 52A 1956 AUSTIN A90
LDM. 54 1972 HILLMAN AVENGER DELUXE ESTATE
LDM. 56 1979 FORD CORTINA MK IV 4-DR
LDM. 59a 1955 FORD PREFECT (GREY)
LDM. 60A 1954 WOLSELEY 6/90 SERIES I
LDM. 68A 1979 FORD CORTINA MKIV ESTATE GHIA
LDM. 70a 1957 WOLSELEY 15/50
LDM. 71a 1957 WOLSELEY 1500
LDM. 72a 1958 RILEY 2.6
LDM. 73 1965 TRIUMPH HERALD 13/60 ESTATE
LDM. 76a 1955 SUNBEAM RAPIER MK1 (2-TONE)
LDM. 77a 1957 RILEY 1.5
LDM. 82A 1957 AUSTIN A55 CAMBRIDGE MKI
LDM. 83 1938 MG WA – Postponed until further notice
LDM. 88 1957 HILLMAN MINX SERIES I ESTATE
LDM. 90 1960 BRISTOL 406
LDM. 92 1956 FORD ZEPHYR MKII SALOON
LDM. 94 1966 SUNBEAM TIGER
LDM. 98 1947 BEDFORD UTILICON LOUDSPEAKER VAN
LDM. 99 1957 HILLMAN HUSKY SERIES I
LDM. 100a 1969 AUSTIN A60 SUNTOR CAMPER
LDM. 101 1957 FORD ZEPHYR ‘FARNHAM’ ESTATE
LDM. 102 1948 ASTON MARTIN DB1
LDM. 107 1955 HILLMAN CALIFORNIAN (TWO-TONE)
LDM. 109 1966 FORD ZODIAC MK4
LDM. 111 1955 HILLMAN MINX CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 112 1956 FORD ZEPHYR CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 113 1957-64 HUMBER HAWK SALOON MK I
LDM. 114 1956 HILLMAN MINX CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 117 1961 AUSTIN A99 WESTMINSTER


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