By Maz Woolley
Text by the Author. All cell drawings and listings provided by Oxford Diecast.
Oxford Diecast has announced their second release of 2018. Again there is a slight increase in the price of models but not a large one like many other ranges have had in recent months.
The models are currently only illustrated by cell drawings or CAD diagrams and no pre-production shots are available to share at this point. I include the cells were they are new tooling or a particularly interesting variation on an existing casting.
For 1:43 scale collectors there are only a small number of releases and only one new tooling a Bedford CF Ice Cream Van. I am sure that in later releases that will make its way to 1:76 and 1:148 ranges too. It is a vehicle overdue for a modern model and I do hope Oxford intends to produce a conventional van or even a camper van in future releases.
A first is a model to 1:50 scale. This is extending their very successful JCB licensing into a larger scale and I am sure that it will prove to be a popular model despite it costing more than Oxford 1:18 models. Talking of which there are no new 1:18 scale models in this release.
The Westland Dragonfly looks very impressive though there are already many questions about its authenticity as the Dragonfly was a copy of the Sikorsky built under licence and there are various fuselage features which differ from original to copy and even between the Westland versions produced.
In 1:76 highlights include a Duple Commander initially in Southdown livery but sure to appear in more liveries next release and even as 1:148 I expect at some point in the future. We also see a Ford Zodiac Mark II appear in the range to accompany the second release of the 315 Capri in a nice blue and white two tone. A Burrell traction engine appears in this scale which I believe was supposed to have the non-scale living wagon to go with it until someone got the measurements wrong in the factory.
We get to see an Austin Maxi finally appear in an industrial diecast range not my favourite colour but I am sure that it will sell well none the less. Maybe it will bee precursor to Maestros and Montegos which are often asked for by collectors.
The Range Rover 3rd generation in 1:76 will be a very popular item and apart from obvious missing links like a couple of generations of Discovery Oxford is not far off creating a full history of Land Rover. Land Rovers also appear in two new and appealing sets. One a Universities overland expedition which was the subject of a contemporary documentary and the RAF Bloodhound kit reminiscent of the old RAF Corgi set.
In 1:87 the US series gets several new castings: Chrysler 300 Convertible from 1961; a 1968 Dodge Charger; a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; aDodge D100 Sweepside pickup; and a 1946 De Soto Suburban. If these models continue to be made to the very high standard that the recent 1:87 releases have been I am sure they will all be very successful even if they area little dearer than the 1:76 scale models.
Finally to the tiny 1:148 models made with plastic bodies and a diecast baseplate. There are a surprising number of people collecting this scale of models and not just to go with model railways. However just two new tools this time the Land Rover Discovery 4 and the Bristol MW6G Royal Blue.
Many 1:43 collectors have been voluble online about the gradual reduction of output from Oxford in this scale especially of ordinary cars. Many have been disappointed with the few models available this time. 1:76 truck collectors have also noted the lack of new tooling this release. Keeping everyone happy and keeping an eye on product quality is obviously a big challenge for Oxford. The Showman’s wagon being made with incorrect scaling applied is perhaps a symptom that Oxford are struggling to control production in China, it certainly fits with the concern over the quality of finish on some models.
43CF001 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Whippy
43LAN188024 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas Bronze Green (Plimsoll)
43LR2AS003 Land Rover Series IIA SWB Station Wagon Pastel Green
43RRP3003 Rolls Royce Phantom III SDV Mulliner Claret/Black
43RRP5003 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Windsor Blue
MIN014N Pink Floral Mini Car – Wedding Wrap
50FST001 JCB Fastrac
1:72 Scale Aviation
72BE002 Twin Beech – FT996-811-HF 728 Squadron RNAS Hal Far Malta 1948
72DG003 DH84 Dragon EI- ABI IOLAR
AC089 Lavochkin LA7 Sergei Federovich Dolgushin – 156 Fighter Reg. 1945
76BM02003 BMW 2002 Taiga GreenScale: 1:76
76D28003 DAF 3300 Short Van Trailer Pollock
76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown
76DEF016 Land Rover Defender LWB Station Wagon Hong Kong Police
76DXF004 DAF XF Euro 6 Livestock Transporter Skeldons
76EC003 ERF EC Flatbed Trailer Pollock
76ETYP012 Jaguar E Type Soft Top Imperial Maroon
76ETYP014 Jaguar E Type Silver Blue
76FB6004 Fowler B6 Showmans Loco No.14425 – Carry On
76FCC002 Ford Consul Capri Caribbean Turquoise/Ermine White
76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)
76FG004 Ford Galaxy Black
76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground
76FS004 Ford Sierra Sapphire Moonstone Blue
76FT3008 Ford Transit Mk3 British Gas
76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines
76FZ001 Ford Zodiac MkII Shark Blue/Pompadour Blue
76J4003 Austin J4 Van Southern Electricity
76JAG2007 Jaguar MkII Carmen Red
76JFP003 Jaguar F Pace Italian Racing Red
76JS002 JCB JS220 Millionth Machine
76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown
76LAN2020 Land Rover Series 2 LWB Canvas Bluebird Land Speed Record 1960
76LR2S006 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas REME
76LR3S002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA
76LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy
76LRDF011 Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon Hong Kong Police
76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird
76MMS006 Morris Minor MM Saloon Clarendon Grey
76MMT010 Morris Traveller Limeflower
76MX001 Austin Maxi Tara Green
76NMN007 New Mini Chili Red/White
76NQ2002 Nissan Qashqai J11 Pearl Black Metallic
76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services
76P4004 Rover P4 Stone Grey/Juniper Green
76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton
76QLD007 Bedford QLD RAF 2nd Tactical A F -84 Grp 1944
76RAN005 Range Rover Vogue Aintree Green Metallic
76REL005 Reliant Regal Supervan Blue
76RP006 Rover P6 Corsica Blue
76RR3001 Range Rover 3rd Generation Bonatti Grey
76SCT007 Scania Car Transporter Robinsons Autologistics
76SET61 3 Piece Set BMW
76SET62 3 Piece Set Bubble Car
76SET63 3 Piece Set Hong Kong Police
76SET64 2 Piece Set First Overland
76SET65 Bloodhound Missile Set
76SFE010 Scania CP31 Pump Ladder Shropshire Fire & Rescue
76SHP007 Sherpa Van Telephone Service
76SM003 Sherman MkIII 18 Arm.Reg -4th NZ Arm.Brg.Italy 1944
76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green
76T4002 VW T4 Van Grey White
76T5V001 VW T5 Van RAC
76TAC006 TACR2 RAF St. Mawgan (Red)
76TR4004 Triumph TR4 103MU – RAF Akrotiri Cyprus
76TX4008CC TX4 Taxi Coca Cola
76VEL002 Range Rover Velar SE Fuji White
76VWS002 VW T1 Camper Turquoise/White
76WOT002 Ford WOT1 Crash Tender RAF Catterick (Red)
76XJS006 Jaguar XJS White (The Saint)
76XR006 Ford Escort XR3i Caspian Blue
87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961 (Open) Mardi Gras Red
87CP65005 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 White
87DC68001 Dodge Charger 1968 Bright Red
87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969 Black
87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick Up 1957 Tropical Coral/Glacier White New Tooling
87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban 1946-48 Noel Green
NDIS001 Land Rover Discovery 4 Ipanema Sand
NFDE004 Ford 400E Van Royal Mail
NFT021 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Fleet Maintenance
NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District
NMN007 Mini Car RAF
NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue
NNMN005 New Mini British Racing Green and Union Jack
NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire
NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars
SP140 Showmans Living Caravan
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