Category Archives: White Box

Small Scale Paving

By John F. Quilter

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

Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Illinois, is a major construction equipment company in the USA and probably the world with exports and overseas plants producing a huge variety of yellow construction equipment. Apparently there is quite a following for their products in miniature as the catalogue that came with my Diecast Masters vibratory compactor model has an amazing range of almost 100 1:50th scale replicas of all sorts of Caterpillar devices, from dump trucks, bulldozers, excavators, back hoes, etc, etc. I picked up a vibratory roller, known as a compactor, and from another maker of Caterpillar replicas, Norscot, an asphalt paver known in Caterpillar speak as an AP655D.

So once these were in hand I used my Whitebox Dodge 10 wheel dump truck to set up a small paving scene. The asphalt material loads had to be created with some mortar solution moulded in the shape of the truck bed and the bin for the paver. Once dry it was painted gloss black. The roadway is a strip of coarse black sand paper. I added a seated figure for the paver though the roller came with an operator. While the Cat equipment is 1:50 scale the Dodge is to 1:43 but they seem to work together acceptably. Well doesn’t every 1:43 scale collector (or 1:50 scale collector) need nice smooth road for his miniatures?


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Making a Jaguar XF Sportbreak

By John F. Quilter

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

Picture copyright of Car Magazine

A few years ago Jaguar launched the estate version of the midsize XF saloon which was introduced around 2010. One of my model vendors had Whitebox 1:43 scale models of the XFR at a bargain price and combined with that, and the fact I did not have a model of the Sportbreak, Jaguar’s name for their estate, I decided to make one myself. Currently no model maker does a Sportbreak so my Jaguar collection was lacking.

The process, which replicates to some extent things I have done before, entailed first, a complete disassembly and strip down of the red Whitebox XFR. Off came the base plate, interior, lights and in this case even the door handles which are not cast into the model. Then out came the jeweler’s saw to cut off the rear quarter of the top and the boot lid area.

I was in luck on this model as Jaguar’s massive sales brochure had outstanding photos of both the saloon and the estate as 90 degree side shots, 90 degree front and rear shots. These, and photos found on Google are invaluable in getting the shape and details correct. The rear portion of the diecast roof which was not cut off was gently bent upwards to replicate the angle of the estate roof. Then using sheet aluminum an extension of the roof was created and new side window frames from the B pillar back were cut out and shaped.

Since the Sportbreak has a large glass roof I filled in the existing smaller sunroof opening. To create the glass roof effect I simply painted this in gloss black as these roof panels are heavily tinted for sun protection.

A spoiler, (or is it a rear mounted sun visor?) was made from a section of aluminum sheet. I noted that the Sportbreak is from the “facelift” XF so that meant that some details had to be changed, minor shape differences to the tail lamps, relocation of the exhaust pipes, the shape of the front valance side vents and the vent below the central grill. The vents on the bonnet had to be eliminated and the front wing vents reshaped. Side window glazing was some clear plastic from a food container and since this was flat, presented no special issues. The rounded rear tailgate window was also a piece of repurposed food container with a suitable curvature.

My spare parts inventory contained a black rear window wiper that fit well. Photos from the sales brochure showed an interior and seats in two tone black and grey so the stock Whitebox all black interior was enhanced with some grey panels to the seats.

Final paint was with a “rattle can” of Krylon white, finished a few days later with a clear coat of Testors Model Master clear gloss enamel. This is a new technique to me and it does give a superior finish almost to the extent of a factory built model. One must remember that the gloss enamel takes a number of days to fully dry so one must resist the temptation to start handling the model for a number of days after painting.

So this Sportbreak represents the second production Jaguar estate, the first being the X Type which was done in 1:43 scale by Premium X. It appears that now many of the current Jaguar and Land Rover models are being done by TSM, (True Scale Models) who I’m told are a client of Premium Collectibles Trading (Editor: the group which produces Ixo and Premium X brands as well as making models under contract for many others like DeAgostini and White Box). In 1:43 scale they currently make the two crossover Jaguars the F Pace, and E Pace, as well as the electric I Pace. Time will tell if they launch a Sportbreak making my effort redundant.


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Neo and BoS September/October 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, ModelCarWorld.

Market Positioning

Over the last year we have seen prices steadily rising from many suppliers. ModelCarWorld who own Neo, MCG, BoS and other ranges appear to be trying to contain their price rises in the same way that Oxford Diecast are. For example Neo models are now about 25% cheaper than Matrix models and MCG 1:18 scale models are about the same price as a 1:43 MaxiChamp. In contrast their BoS 1:87 scale models have crept up in price and now look rather expensive though their only competition is German made and is quite expensive too.

Many of the models shown are re-colours of previously released castings.

1:18 Scale

ModelCarWorld have models made for them in China to 1:18 scale. BoS models are resin cast and Model Car Group are diecast. Neither range has opening parts.

BoS-Models.

 

213751 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Black 1949

 

213725 Triumph TR 7 DHC, Metallic Beige, RHD 1976

 

215128 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, Black 1967

 

214628 Jaguar XJ 4.2C, Yellow/Black, RHD 1974

 

214633 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano, Red 1960

 

Model Car Group (MCG)

 

220257 Barkas B 1000 Halbbus, Volkspolizei 1970

 

209979 Tatra 87, Silver and Dark Red 1937

 

220256 Wolga M24-10, Red 1985

1:43 Scale

Neo

All these models are moulded in resin in China for Germany.

There have been few 1:43 BoS releases lately and some recent Neo models have been regarded as BoS finish for Neo prices. Comments have been made suggesting the red shade shown in the pictures of the second issue of the Humber Sceptre is too bright and is also incorrectly sprayed at the rear where the red colour should go into the “V” round the rear lights and does not.

ModelCarWorld are certainly getting the most out of their S & S 1966 Ambulance moulding producing it in a variety of colours and equipment. The Buick Flxible Premier has recently been seen modelled by Ixo in the German Atlas series of Ambulances which may limit the sales of the Neo.

 

186011 Humber Sceptre MK I, Red and White, RHD 1963

 

186015 Morgan Plus 4 Plus, Red, RHD

 

180791 Cadillac S&S Ambulance Fire Rescue

 

156253 Cadillac S&S Ambulance, White 1966

 

215306 Dodge Sportsman, Metallic Green and White 1973

 

213737 Mercedes C111-IID, Metallic dark Orange 1976

 

156314 Cadillac S & S Ambulance, Red/White 1966

 

167757 Cadillac S&S Landau Hearse, Black

 

215577 Buick Flxible Premier,Red/White 1960 Ambulance

 

192388 Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, Black and Brown  1935

1:87 Scale

BoS Models

These resin models made in China for Germany replaced the previous Neo 1:87 range which was expensive and sold slowly with ModelCarWorld still having some available for bargain prices long after the range was stopped. The BoS 1:87 Range was supposed to offer similar interesting subjects but with less expensive finishing. Even so some models still feature p-e parts and some fine details.

For me the most interesting of this months releases are the tractor units from Pegaso and Bernard, though these are quite a bit more expensive than the cars. They certainly add options for 1:87 collectors and if they stick to cab units that the mainstream 1:87 producers are unlikely to release they could sell well.

215516 Mercedes AMG G 63 6×6, Metallic-Beige 2013

 

215124 Pegaso Comet, Beige and Brown 1964

 

218690 Horch 853 Special Coupe, Black 1937

 

214786 Studebaker Commander Starliner, red/white 1953

215122 Bernard TD 150, Light Blue 1955


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