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Latest from Brooklin October 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs are copyright of Brooklin Models.

Brooklin has distributed photographs of their recent releases. Brooklin’s models are produced in white metal to 1:43 scale here in the UK.

BML18 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 4-dr Sedan.

This model is of the 1939 Nash a car that was little changed mechanically but which was restyled with up to the minute lower and sleeker styling.  The front end is particularly elegant with its “lean forward” styling.

The Brooklin model captures the stance and shape of the car well. The higher level of detail being introduced is evidenced by the chrome side strip and boot hinges as well as the wheels with the inset body colour.


BML21 1941 Buick M-71c Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton.

This generation of Roadmaster had been introduced in 1940 and in 1941 the engine was fitted with a four barrel carburetor and was the most powerful engine available in 1941 on any US car. The four door convertible modelled by Brooklin was an impressive car.

The Brooklin model again captures the car well in the grey metallic paint chosen it looks an expensive car as it was. Signs of Brooklins new higher detailing are the separate chromed mascot, sidelights, rear spat emblems and bonnet side grilles. The  small side windows also looks to be finer than has been the case on many previous Brooklins and the wheels get quite a lot of detailing.


LDM96a 1956 Aston Martin DB 2-4 MKII  (colour change)

One has to question whether this re-colour is really worth launching? There seem to be few signs of the uprating the rest of the models are getting, and the wire wheels are very similar to those fitted on Dinky Toys in the 1970s, and significantly poorer than those fitted to competing resin models. Brooklin really should have improved the wheels and grille areas on this model before re-releasing it at a higher price point.

The model itself is of the earliest DB2 so is different to the recent Oxford Diecast 1:43 model otherwise I could see no reason to buy the more expensive model.


LDM. 123 1935 Brough Superior 8 D.H.C.

Brough was better known for Brough Superior motorcycles but they did make around 85 cars starting in 1935. The cars were built on a Hudson chassis fitted with a four litre Hudson straight eight engine. The cars were fast for their time easily reaching 90mph.

The Brooklin model is lovely with a lot of detailing such as all the small chrome inserts for grilles and strips along the sides. The chrome insert on the screen and side ventilators also seem quite fine work. The disk wheels and the chromed and body coloured sections are neatly done and the grille, radiator cap and front lights certainly seem to have a lot of time spent on modelling them in detail.

It is a fine model of a little known car. I hope that the slightly obscure nature of the original vehicle does not lead to lower than normal sales.


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Some recent Brooklin’s June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs based upon originals supplied by, and copyright of, Brooklin.

From time to time Brooklin share photographs of their recent models. The latest releases are shown below. The photographs show the very much higher level of detailing now being carried out by Brooklin. This has created a need for a new variable pricing policy with all models significantly more expensive than they were last year, and some more detailed ones about 50% more expensive than the more basic ones.

Whilst many of the models are of obvious subjects which will be very popular Brooklin has also given us a rare four door sedan. This Studebaker Champion model complements their previous 1953 Commander Starliner Coupe and 1954 Conestoga Wagon.

Brooklin Limited

 

1947 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country 4 Door Sedan Maroon Poly BML14

 

1937 Chrysler Imperial C-14 2 Door Convertible Brewster Green Poly BML17


 

Brooklin Collection

 

1970 Buick GS 455 Convertible Emerald Mist Poly BRK218


 

1955 Studebaker Champion 4-Door Sedan Windsor Blue/Alpena Blue BRK220


 

1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Black BRK219


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Creating a 1954 Dodge Sedan

By John Quilter

 

I seem to always desire a replica model of something that is currently not a production item. That led me to take a slightly damaged 1954 Dodge convertible selling at a deep discount on eBay and turn it into a four door sedan. Which in reality was a far more common and popular car than the convertible. There were three trim levels of Dodge sedans in this era, an entry level Meadowbook, a Coronet and the top of the line Royal. I chose the top line Royal for my prototype. All of these would have had the Dodge Red Ram 241 cid “Hemi” V8 engine which was only in its second year. New to the Dodge line in ’54 was a fully automatic gearbox, the Powerflite but standard gearboxes were three speeds with or without an overdrive. Research shows that the convertibles, two door hardtops, and two door station wagons were built on the Plymouth wheelbase of 114 inches. The sedans and four door wagon were on a longer chassis with 119 inch wheelbase.

That entailed cutting the body in the mid-section and stretching it while creating a rear door and shortening the length of the front door. Much study of detailed magazine articles, books and Google images also revealed that the rear quarter panel and trunk lid were longer on the sedans. So that meant yet another cut just forward of the tail lamps and a small increase in length here as well. The windscreen on the convertible is a bit too low so that had to be cut and raised.

For a top I just happened to have a Franklin Mint 1952 Desoto sedan top which with much modification, such as sectioning to narrow it and a major reshaping of the rear side windows resulted in a pretty good roof. A drip rail was fabricated with thin wire and glued in place. I added extra two toning to the seat upholstery and to the dash which on 1954 cars had a white section to complement the body main body colour of the all metal dash panel. Door handles were created from small “L” shaped sections of chrome coloured solder.

I had some wheels and white wall tires in stock that reasonably replicated the Dodge full wheel covers and common of the era, white walls. Few if any sedans would have been optioned with the Mopar chrome wire wheels that Brooklin fit to this version of their convertible, a replica of the Indianapolis pace car of that year.

A study of the Dodge colour chips of that year showed that a colour Bedford Blue and Sunstrand were a two tone combination and I happened to have almost exact match colours in Krylon aerosol paints.

By far the most difficult process in these conversions, at least for me, is to create the curved windscreen and back glass. I’m never quite happy with the result and my technique is in constant revision.

So with this Royal sedan I now have a set of three ’54 Dodges, the stock Brooklin yellow convertible, an earlier conversion creating a Sierra four door wagon and now the sedan. Will Brookin, NEO, White Box or ? now make a production one making mine just a one off custom chop by a hobbyist?


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Brooklin 32 Detailed

By Maz Woolley

 

Shortly after finishing the makeover for the Brooklin 1956 Ford another Brooklin became available on eBay at a modest price so emboldened by the response to my first effort I bought it. to see that makeover visit http://www.maronline.org.uk/brooklin-brk23-makeover/

BRK32 is a model of the 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner Coupe. In 1953 this series of Studebakers must have looked very radical low, sleek and very much more modern than cars from the big three and other independents. Designed by Robert E Bourke the head of Raymond Loewy Associates Studebaker design operation the basic shape continued through the 1950s albeit with growing wings until the launch of the Silver and Golden Hawk in 1957. Only around 20,000 of the 1953 Starliner were made so it was exclusive as well as different.

The Starliner was the name given to the two door coupe which was offered on both the the Champion and Commander ranges. Brooklin has chosen to model the top of the range Commander which was powered by a V8 rather than the straight six of the Champion.

The Studebaker model had much more detailing than the Ford with details picked out by Brooklin on the lower parts of the car with scripts, V8 signs and some chrome trim already in silver and a black wash on grille.  The photographs above shows the model as sold. You will see that none of the chrome around the windows was picked out making the model look a little unbalanced. My detailing this time was limited to the upper half of the model using Liquid Chrome and this has I think improved an already good model. At the point of photographing I had not added a layer of clear film on the metal lights with Krystal Klear but I will do so.

After Liquid Chrome painted on – front view
After Liquid Chrome painted on – rear view

Looking at eBay there are many much better improved models from John Roberts amongst others with two tone paint finish, as offered by Brooklin on later versions of this model.


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Brooklin BRK23 Makeover

By Maz Woolley

 

The model pictured is an early Brooklin model which has not been available from Brooklin for some years. However such models do turn up from time to time on eBay which is where the author found his.

I have always had a fondness for the US 1956 Ford perhaps because it so clearly influenced the German Ford Taunus 17m Baroque which is another of my favourites. So when a model came up on eBay missing parts for a bargain price I decided to  buy it in the hope that Brooklin could provide the missing parts. The photograph above show the model as supplied missing grille, mascot, and a rear light cluster. Amazingly Brooklin not only supplied the parts for this old model at a very reasonable price but sent them quickly and  in a very neat small box. Brooklin has a fine reputation for its after sales service and my experience shows that this is richly deserved.

This model is typical of early Brooklins in having chrome components moulded in but none of them picked out making for a somewhat plain model. As the model was sold at a low price I thought that I could afford to risk picking out key areas of chrome. Having no skill with bare metal foil I decided to highlight chrome badging, side mouldings, and window surrounds using a Molotow “Liquid Chrome” pen which I had already used on other models to replace the Pentel Silver pens that I used previously.

Whilst the end result is far from the standard achieved by John Roberts and shown in Randall Olson’s Ford in Miniature book I think that my detailing lifts the model considerably allowing it to be shown alongside newer Fordor models from Ixo without looking  out of place.

The 1956 Ford Fairlane Two Door Club Sedan was sold with either the “mileage maker” straight six of 3.6 Litres or two V8s including the “Thunderbird V8” of 5.1 Litres. All models would have theoretically been able to exceed 100MPH. A base price of $2,143 would have quickly increased if the V8 was chosen and any items taken from the extensive options list.

Whilst detailing the model I used Kristal Klear over the metal light lenses to address another Brooklin shortcoming. I am pleased with the effect which makes them a little more realistic than the bare metal studs as fitted.

At the rear attention was needed as the light cluster was not painted correctly by Brooklin. There needs to be a red centre surrounded by a chrome ring and another ring of red outside. Brooklin just paint the central portion. There is also a tiny reflector at the top of the light fitting that has to be picked out. Finally the decorative fitting on the boot lid needs to be black washed as it is completely chromed on the model as sold.

I like to think that I have turned a scrap box item into a neat model. And one that cost less than a new Corgi 1:43 scale model  for the model and the spares from Brooklin.

Readers are invited to send us pictures and descriptions of any detailing or rescue projects that they have undertaken.


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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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Executive Travel from Coventry – Armstrong Siddeley and Humber Super Snipe

By Maz Woolley

 

At the end of the 1950’s the cars from Armstrong Siddeley and Humber illustrated the continued shift away from old traditional firms who had been producing high quality cars for some time to big combines like Rootes with the resources to do more development and advertising.

The age of labour intensive coachbuilt cars was giving way to production lines and mergers.  By 1960 Armstrong Siddeley no longer made cars.

 

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Armstrong Siddeley – Traditional sales presentation

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Humber – Racier more transatlantic presentation

 

This article looks at the Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire as modelled by Brooklin in its Lansdowne range and the Humber Super Snipe from Neo.

Brooklin LDM 119 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire

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The final Star Sapphire was produced in 1960. Fitted with a 3,990cc engine the car could just exceed the 100MPH mark. At over £2,600 UK pounds including taxes in 1958 this was an expensive car, dearer than a Daimler Majestic, and considerably more expensive then the Jaguar MK IX. The Humber Super Snipe of 1958 was £1,000 UK pounds less.

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The Armstrong Siddeley was beautifully made, the paint finish was beautiful and the interior was trimmed to a very high standard indeed. The company probably only regarded Daimler and Rolls Royce as competition but they were catering to a declining market sector and only 902 of the saloons left the factory before car production was brought to a close. In the same year Daimler became part of the Jaguar Group.

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The Lansdowne model captures the car beautifully. The paint finish is to a very high standard indeed. The Sphinx mascot on the bonnet is a fine item and wipers and door handles are fine castings well fitted, as is the lovely boot number plate and light assembly. Other notable features are the small sidelights fitted on the front wings, chrome strips along the base of the car and neat bumpers, grille and lights. The use of fitted “chromed” metal side window frames is very effective. I am not normally a fan of the all metal lights on Brooklin products but they look acceptable on this car at viewing distance.

Inside the car is nicely painted and has a good dash with cast in detail finished in wood colours though the instruments are not printed on.

Sadly the Star Sapphire script on the boot is just a cast in lump where a printed or photo-etched item would have been better.

Neo Humber Super Snipe Sedan 1965

 

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As the small scale luxury car makers ceased production the market for Executive cars began to split between the Jaguar group’s Jaguar and Daimler ranges and the larger cars from the mass makers like the Wolseley 6/110 and Humber Super Snipe. And from 1963 onwards new competition in the form of the 2000 saloons from Rover and Triumph would be added to the marketplace.

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The Super Snipe was a name used by Humber for many years for their top of the range model and by the time of the Neo model it was in its Series III form. It was famous as the first mass-produced UK car to have four headlamps. A 2,965cc straight six engine would propel the car to 100MPH, just. Inside the trim was carefully designed to ape luxury car fittings with a wooden dashboard and door cappings, leather seats and little touches like folding tables in the back of the front seats as well as the obligatory ashtrays front and back and cigar lighter.

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The Super Snipe was very popular as a Mayoral car for small towns and as official cars for transporting other dignitaries. It was also a widely used as a formal hire car as it could be bought with an interior division.

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The Neo model is painted in the popular maroon colour and has a lot of fine photo-etched detail  with the Super Snipe scripts being particularly fine. The snipe symbol on the boot is a lovely little badge. Light cowls, grilles and lights are all impressive and the wheel trims are correct.  Inside the dashboard is very nicely printed and painted and the door cappings are nicely finished in wood effect paint.

In its way the Snipe was the end of an era like the Armstrong Siddeley.  The final Snipes and Imperials were made by the end of the 1960s and the Chrysler group, who had taken over Rootes, never produced a replacement. The segment of the market that the Humber Hawk and Super Snipe had occupied was being taken over by the new lighter,  faster, and more economical Triumph and Rover saloons at one end and the fine handling and luxurious XJ6 2.8 at the other end, as well as by the growing number of foreign cars being imported from Mercedes-Benz and others.


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Ford Zodiac Rally Car Conversion

By Chris Derbyshire

 

Chris has kindly allowed MAR Onine to share an article originally published in the South Hants Model Auto Club (SHMAC) newsletter “Wheel Nuts”. For more details about the club visit our collectors club page.

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The Mark 1 Escort had been released in 1968 and was proving to be a great success so what were Ford doing entering the 1969 3 Cities Rally in Austria, in a Ford Zodiac? Navigator of that car Jim Porter explains..

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Big Fords were not selling too well and some genius in Ford’s Sales department thought that if the Escort could win rallies then maybe the Zephyr/Zodiac could too. So Stuart Turner was asked to “Do Something”. He got British Vita Racing in Rochdale to prepare a car & entered the 3 Cities Rally. This was a European Championship Rally but so obscure that no-one would notice if it was a total disaster. The rally route started in Munich and was fairly easy to the Austrian border, but then got more difficult through Austria and into Hungry and really tough in the last 100 miles, possibly as tough as anything they had come across before. As Jim reported in period ‘I think we shook the opposition in cars with more power and weighing less than the Zodiac. But we sat there surrounded by silence and cocooned in comfort!!’ Surprisingly they won the class but this was down to Roger not the car. He had to work hard to beat a BMW 2500 and the BMW 2002s (in a different class) which were much quicker. The Zodiac was 14th overall which gives a better idea of its capabilities than the class win! Anyway the class win was used in Ford’s advertising for a while but there would be no more Zodiac entries!

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So when Jim Porter asked if we could do a model I was a bit stuck. There was the dreadful old Dinky, but on the horizon Lansdowne were about to release the very car we needed.

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The model was fairly easy to strip as all Lansdowne’s are glued together with PVA glue, so drop in warm water and all the bits come off easily!! Fortunately, Jim has loads of old photos which were of great help when it came to making the decals, whilst the Minilites wheels came from BTS Mouldings, in Hastings.

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Only six of these Zodiacs have been made of this unique rally car and all were pre-sold.

 Chris would like to thank Jim for the history and the photographs which  allowed him to make this model.


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Brooklin News – July 2016

By Maz Woolley

 

Here are some of the latest professional pictures made available by Brooklin who seem to be gradually getting back to normal after an extensive set of building works to improve their factory. All these models are cast in white metal to 1:43. They are designed, cast and finished in the United Kingdom.

BC-08aBC-08a 1934 Buick 4-Dr Phaeton Model 98C

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BML-04 1938 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Fleetwood Town Car

BML-05
BML-05 1938 Chrysler Imperial Coupe

BML-06
BML-06 1937 Studebaker Dictator Coupe

BRK.166a
BRK.166a 1960 Chevrolet Impala

BRK.182x
BRK.182x 1955 Packard 400 hardtop

Yenko Racing Set
Yenko Racing Set 1961-1962 Yenko Corvair towed By Corvair Greenbrier


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Brooklin January 2016

By Maz Woolley

Brooklin are releasing five new models from four of their ranges. Brooklin models are made in white metal to 1:43 scale in Bath in the UK. It is interesting to see another vehicle in the International Police Vehicles range when the web site shows that this range has been discontinued. The Ford vehicle with its “dog dish” hub caps and plain wheels should be a popular addition to the range. The Corvair Greenbrier had limited sales but it’s obscurity should not harm sales since Corvairs have always been popular models.

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BRK 212 1956 LINCOLN PREMIER CONVERTIBLE

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BRK213 1962 Corvair Greenbrier Sport Wagon BRK.213

Community Service Vehicles

CSV25 Packard Sedan

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International Police Vehicles

IPV43 Ford Galaxie

IPV.43

Lansdowne

LDM118 Jensen Interceptor

LDM.118

 


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