By Maz Woolley
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
John Ayrey is a major UK wholeseller and hosts open days for its trade buyers several times a year. I was lucky enough to get a press invite to their July session featuring Oxford and Corgi models. I even got to walk round their impressive warehouse which was full of models I wish I could afford!
All the models photographed are pre-production prototypes and may feature combinations of fittings which will not all appear in the same combination on the released models. Some of the models shown are just becoming available whilst others will ship over the rest of 2018.
We were lucky enough to have Lyndon Davies (Taff) at the event. It was fascinating to find out more about the development of Oxford’s models and how a lot of effort has to be expended at the CAD phase to make sure the engineers in China understand the need for certain body features to be created in a particular way to facilitate printing later.
Oxford are finalising models for two years ahead and if I interpreted Taff correctly we will begin to see the results of all the work going on at Hornby soon too.
N Gauge 1:148 scale
Oxford showed a small number of models at this scale. All the models shown are due in Q3/2018.
NMA002 Mercedes Ambulance London
NLR002 Land Rover LIghtweight Military Police
NCOR3003 Cortina Mark III Sebring Red
HO Gauge 1:87 scale
Samples were shown of the forthcoming new releases in the range of small US cars. The first two are recolours due soon.
87CI61003 1961 Chevrolet Impala White/Roman Red Q3/2018
87CSD61002 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Aspen Gold Metallic
Test castings of new models were also shown
1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible (Closed) – no production date for this version yet
87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible (Open) Mardi Gras Red Q3/2018
87DC68001 Dodge Charger Bright Red Q3/2018
87DD69001 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona black Q3/2018
87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban Noel Green Q3/2018 – NB Catalogue does not show luggage fitted.
De Soto Taxi not shown in catalogue yet.
87DP57001 1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick up Tropical Coral/Glacier White Q3/2018
OO Gauge 1:76 Scale
76TCAB010 Scania T Cab short Curtainside Stuart Nichol Transport Q3/2018
76DAF004 DAF 85 Short Fridge Trailer Trevor Pye Q3/2018
76TPU002 Ford Transit Dropside Network Rail Q3/2018
76BR001 Burrell 8nhp DCC showman’s Locomotive and Caravan The Masterpiece (Dorset) Q3/2018
76JCX001 JCB 3CX Q3/2018
Combine Harvester – not shown in latest catalogue
763CX002 JCB 3CX Eco Backhoe Loader Union Jack Livery Q3/2018
76P38002 Range Rover P38 Monte Carlo Blue Q3/2018
76TR6002 Triumph TR6 Signal Red Q3/2018
76JSS006 SS Jaguar DArk Blue Q3/2018
76MGBGT003 MGB GT Glacier White Q3/2018
76CAP008 Ford Capri Signal Orange Q3/2018
76SOM001 Austin Somerset Black Q3/2018
76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green Q4/2018
76BMO02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green Q3/2018
76VW Could possibly be the pastel blue but very different shade to catalogue.
76FCC001 Ford Consul Capri Lime Green/Ermine White Q3/2018
76FDE010 Ford 400E Cargo Grey Q3/2018
76FT1008 Ford Transit Mark I Castrol Q3/2018
76RCL002 Range Rover Classic Darien Gap Q3/2018
Another sample I could not find in the catalogue of one of the later defenders with roof rack etc.
76LR2S004 Land Rover Short Wheelbase Post Office Telephones (Yellow) Q3/208
Land Rover not shown in Catalogue.
76LR2S005 Land Rover Series II SWB Civil Defense. NB Catalogue does not show luggage fitting on roof.
76LR3002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA Q3/2018
76LRFCS001 Land Rover FC Signals NATO Q3/2018
76CHT004 Churchill Tank 6th Guards Brigade 1943 Q4/2018
76TIL011 Austin Tilly No.1 MTTC Camberley 1945 (Subaltern Princess Elizabeth) Q3/2018
76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare North Western Q3/2018
76SB002 Saro Bus Maidstone and District
76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama Ribble Q3/2018
76IR6004 Irizar i6 Galleon Travel Q3/2018. Foreground is 1:148 Actros truck which I cannot find in the catalogue.
1:72 Scale Aircraft
72DV005 DH104 Devon WB534 RAF Transport Command
AC083 Henschel 123A Unit 3/SFGr 50 Lt. Hamann Q3/2018
43TX5001 LEVC TX Electric Taxi Black. Q3/2018
43LR3S002 Land Rover Series III SWB Hardtop AA Q3/2018
43R25002 Rolls Royce 25/30 Thrupp and Maberley Q3/2018
18MBC006 Messerschmitt KR200 Convertible Q3/2018
18HE003 Heinkel Kabine Yellow Q3/2018
Fewer samples to show here unsurprisingly. But we do get to see the two Minis to come this year.
VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning Press Launch Car
VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S MK 1 1275cc Almond Green
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