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Brooklin goes Pink!

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

To celebrate International Womens Day, which is March 8th this year, Brooklin has made three limited editions in three different shades of pink. The idea for the limited edition is said to come from Angela, Julie, Sarah, and Veronika, all of whom work in the assembly area at Brooklin Models.

The models are all available to order now and are being produced in limited editions of only 199 of each model and with a free postage offer if you enter a code at the checkout. So what are the three models?

From left to right above we have the:

  • 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-door Convertible in “Powder Puff Pink” (BRK 194P)
  • 1952 Cadillac series 62 Coupe in “Lilac Pink” (BRK 181P)
  • 1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe in “Pink Pearl” (BRK 223P)

Three clearly different shades but all definitely pink! Individual photographs of all three taken by Brooklin are shown below with the tag line that Brooklin have given each one..

A unique iconic model, a tribute to luxury, sensuality and that irresistible 50s femininity.
The model which celebrates the ‘Pink way of life’: Lightheartedness and vitality are the keywords of the Pink Ladies from every era.
The car for rebellious women, trendsetters and trailblazers.

A surprise from Brooklin but one which will delight some collectors!

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year as a focal point for Women’s rights. The theme for 2019 is ‘BalanceForBetter’ which focuses on The Better the Balance the Better the World which highlights the fact that a gender balanced world is a better one.


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Brooklin Latest February 2019

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Brooklin has recently shared some pictures of their latest models. Please note that the first three are pre-production tests with decals rather than photoetching on their sides. The final model is a test casting and is missing its vacform and rear bumper.

As the photographs show the level of detail on the models continues at the higher level introduced over a year ago.

All these models are cast in white metal in the United Kingdom nd are to 1:43 scale.

BML-28 1934 Chevrolet 2-door sedan


BML-29 1942 DeSoto DeLuxe Foor Door Sedan


BRK227 – 1957 Pontiac Safari Two Door Station Wagon


BRK-226 Buick GS 455 Hardtop

As can be seen the castings from Brooklin are rather thinner than they used to be and the chromed castings finer too. The increased use of chromed cages to represent the window surrounds has also increased the level of realism on the 1950s models in particular.


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BMC outside the UK

By John F. Quilter

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

Editors Note: John wrote this in response to the recent article posted on the Siam Di Tella which was a BMC hybrid made in Argentina. The article can be found here.

Here’s a little info on two BL products not made in the UK.

British Leyland and its predecessor BMC had many overseas operations over the decades. Here are two products of their overseas affiliates. The BMC J4 van, which was also badged as a Morris and Austin in the UK, was made in Spain by their operation there known as Sava.

This operation also made many of Leyland larger trucks as well. The J4 van, and there was a pickup and mini bus versions as well came after the J2 and before the Sherpa. Much of the sheet metal on the Sherpa was carried over but the engine was moved forward under a short bonnet rather than being between the seats as it was in the J4. The engine was BMC’s 1622cc petrol engine or a 1500cc diesel. Both part of BMC’s “B” series four cylinder engine range. This van is apparently made by Ixo and mine is done in a BMC service livery from a dealer in France. There are other liveries showing up on eBay as well. The J4 makes a good shelf item along with my Sherpa van (plus pickup and mini bus custom creations) and J2 by Oxford Diecast.

The second vehicle is from TRAX in Australia, a Morris Major Elite. This unique to Australia car, was essentially the centre section of a Riley 1.5 or Wolseley 1500 but Leyland Australia added a longer boot for more capacity and a longer front clip perhaps to balance off the look. It also used the 1622cc engine which was a step up from the UK produced Riley and Wolseley. The model is in TRAX’s limited range and is in resin. Available in two colours, the blue and white being one often seen back when the cars were new. The photo below shows the Elite along with its cousins the Wolseley and Riley both done in Brooklin’s Lansdowne range.


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Suddenly it’s 1960 (A little later then planned)

By Graeme Ogg

All text and photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Upper Photograph is from an Anonymous source on the Internet. Lower is the Author’s Handiwork

A few years ago I got hold of a Brooklin Models 1960 Edsel convertible and in one of those moments of rash enthusiasm decided to scratchbuild an estate roof on to it to make a Villager wagon, which would fill a gap in my Edsel collection. This was a rare bird (only 275 built before Ford finally pulled the plug on Edsel production) which essentially shared the 1960 Ford body, and I found the wagon roofline particularly attractive. Unfortunately I ran into problems with the build and chickened out (it’s a long, sad story) and set the whole thing aside. For about 5 years.

Meanwhile, fellow chopper John Quilter took the sensible approach to building his own Villager by making resin castings of the Brooklin bumpers and grille and fitting them into the Ixo body. I could have done the same, but clung to the idea I could make my Brooklin conversion work. Then along came the Ixo 1960 Ford wagon. I bought a couple of them and found that the roof was a remarkable good fit for the half-demolished Brooklin body.

 

After carefully sawing it off the Ixo body I glued it in place and it only needed a touch of filler here and there to blend it into the lower body. The rear fins on the wagon, curving their way around the tail-lights, differ from both the Edsel sedan and the Ford wagon, so those had to be fabricated. After that it was only (hah!) a matter of tidying and detailing.

I had kept the Brooklin seats but the Ixo seating unit sat better in the “blended” body so I used that, but tarted up the seats a little to make them look more like the Edsel upholstery pattern.  I replaced the Ford wheels with the Brooklins.

The Edsel wasn’t exactly lacking in brightwork, so a fair bit of work was needed with the Bare Metal Foil. I was going to foil the grille and bumpers but they looked bright enough to match the BMF so I left them alone, although I did drill out the metal headlamps and front sidelights and fitted plastic lenses, which brightened up the front quite nicely.

I also remembered to add the “gunsights” on the front corners that weren’t originally fitted to the Brooklin.

And that would have been it, really, except that when it came to the knee-trembling stage of final detailing and re-assembly, my nerve went again, and the model just sat there unfinished. However, in the past few weeks I finally got my whatsit back into gear and completed the job.

Of course (as a country barmaid once confessed to me) when you start fooling around with the country squire[*] it can be hard to stop. Pretty soon I was attacking another Ixo wagon. I’ve always admired the styling of the 1960 big Fords but only have a very warped plastic Galaxie (Anguplas) and a Starliner coupé (Motorhead Miniatures) in my collection, so I launched into a sedan conversion. For some reason I found the particular variation of the “Thunderbird” roofline used on the 1960 Galaxie less convincing than on some other Fords of that era, so switched my attention to the Fairlane 500 Town Sedan, with its slimmer rear pillars and huge back window (interesting that in 1960 Ford, GM and Chrysler all featured outsize “bubble” rear windows on some models).

While Ixo kindly provided a suitable lower body and roof structure, the whole back end had to be changed, with a new rear deck and the cropped fins of the wagon extended forwards and inwards, and the boot lid that sits lower than the rear wings, with the centre of the rear window dropping down into the valley. After more than 5 years without laying hands on an X‑Acto blade or a needle file, it was an interesting exercise in reviving old skills. (Skills? Surely you jest.)

I did at least successfully revive the old trick of carving the rear window in balsa and push-moulding it into heated plastic, with only minor charring of some domestic furnishings, although I did have to take the batteries out of the smoke detectors. And the moulding came out pretty well in the end.

The distinctive chevrons on the rear flanks were snipped from small staples. Fairlane 500s had a crest on the nose rather than “Ford” script, so that was done with a tiny colour photocopy. I put “Fairlane” on the boot lid in proper 1:43 lettering and it was pretty much invisible, so I went for over-scale lettering which may have been a bad idea (not helped by the elderly decal sheet having yellowed somewhat) but I wasn’t going to scrape it all off. Since I can’t print badges in chrome or white, I put “Fairlane 500” script on the front wings in black, which sounds like another daft move but if you look at photos of real cars the script is often half in shade and could almost be black …. OK, don’t believe me. At least it gives the impression that there’s a badge there.

The grossly over-scale chrome gunsights used by Ixo were replaced by something a little more delicate.

Building working steering into a model that will just sit on a shelf was a spectacularly pointless exercise and I don’t know what possessed me. (In retrospect, I think it was a bit of displacement activity at a tricky moment in the build.)

The Ford was done at the same time as the Edsel, and sat around unfinished for just as long, so I am just glad to get these models completed at last. It has to be said that doing a decent paint job, applying BMF tidily and putting small pieces of trim back neatly are all things that benefit from regular practice, so after the long lay-off this was not my finest hour in those areas. Close up, there are too many raggedy details, and after spending so long trying to get things right, it’s a little discouraging (said he, apparently calm but inwardly fuming). Of course I don’t plan on letting you get that close. Just stand back and enjoy the general impression. No, a bit further.  Further.  That’s it.  Nice, eh?

And here it is alongside an original Ford brochure photo.

Upper Photograph from period Ford Brochure, lower the Authors Handiwork.

[*] OK, so the Ixo is officially a Ranch Wagon, not a Country Squire. Listen, if you’re going to be difficult ….


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Brooklin January 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Brooklin

Brooklin has recently released a number of  new and re-coloured models. Here are their studio photographs of the latest releases. All these models are now available from Brooklin suppliers even if Brooklin’s web site does not show them as available. Those interested in buying them should bear in mind that Brooklin dealers are now often offering significant discounts which did not happen previously. It is noticeable that there are no new Lansdowne models at the moment as Brooklin continues to develop it’s new sales strategy.

BML22 – 1939 Nash Ambassador

BML23 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon. [Colour change]

 

BML24 – 1934 Ford Five Window Coupe –

Stated as Cordoba Grey but beige/brown colour

BRK221 – 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4 Door Hardtop

The four door hardtop has not often been modelled and this model has been favourably received for the significantly improved levels of detail.

 

BRK223 – 1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Coupe

Another well received model. This model is neatly detailed.

 

CSV26 – 1937 Superior-Pontiac Provident Ambulance

IPV446 1939 Railton Cobham Saloon (Flying Squad)

Six cars were assembled during the war for the use of the Metropolitan Police.


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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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