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Oxford Diecast Release 2 2017

By Maz Woolley


Oxford Diecast has announced their second release programme for 2017. These models can be expected to reach us starting later in 2017. As ever there is a significant amount of new tooling announced in this release as well as some nice new colours and liveries on existing models. At present only drawings are available of these models which I have not included here but which may be seen on the Release 2017/2 area of the Oxford website

Please note that we have yet to see all of the models from release 2017/1 yet but the models outstanding are expected in the near future.

1:43 Scale

Release 2017/1 had a lot of new 1:43 scale models included so  it is no surprise that there are fewer new castings but there is a new TX5 Taxi which will be popular with tourists as well as collectors. The Ford 400E will be on its 17th release but the livery this time is authentic and attractive as it is Lotus Racing Services. It will be a fine model to place alongside old Formula One cars.

43AK017 Austin Threeway Van Civil Service Stores
43AMZ003 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Red
43ASS006 Austin Seven RN Saloon Light Grey
43EMP002 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud/Hooper Empress Two Tone Blue
43FDE017 Ford 400E Van Lotus
43LR3S002 Land Rover Series III SWB Hard Top AA
43RSC002 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Black
43RSD002 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Two Tone Grey
43RUB002 Austin Ruby Saloon Dark Blue
43TX5001 TX5 Taxi Black

1:72 Scale

Oxford produces several ranges of aircraft models with different degrees of detail and price. The Twin Beech is a new casting and should make a fine model.

72BE001 Twin Beech G-BKGM – Bristol Airways
72DR015 DH89 Dragon Rapide X7454 USAAF – Wee Wullie
72DV005 DH104 Devon WB534 RAF Transport Command

AC079 Mustang P51D Sweet Arlene – 2nd Lt Arthur Reed Bowers
AC080 Arado AR196 D-IHQI Prototype 1938
AC084 Me163b Komet White 54 – 14JG 400 Niemcy 1945
AC085 Junkers Ju87 T6+DP 6 St.G2 Immelmann Libya 1941
AC086 Spitfire 1A N3277 Luftwaffe

1:76 Scale

Oxford has again released new castings in this scale. This scale covers several different ranges. Fire, Police and Ambulance vehicles are now to be combined into a single Oxford Emergency range going forward.

New castings include three cars: BMW Isetta, BMW M3 Coupe E92, and a Triumph TR7 roadster. In vans we get a Morris J4 Post Van. Construction gets a JCB 3CX which should be a very popular seller for diorama builders. A Leyland Octopus lorry with articulated box trailer in vintage Tesco markings is a new Lorry in this scale. Finally we will see the first two releases of the new Sherman Tank here in regimental markings. Interestingly the Sherman being produced as a load for an Oxford Rail wagon is unmarked and has a wooden box on its rear.

Quite a range of models for just one part years release.

76ACC007 Pallet/Loads Reckitts Starch * 4
76ACC008 Pallet/Loads Pratts Motor Oil * 4
76AH3005 Austin Healey 3000 Metallic Golden Beige
76AMDB9003 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe Cobalt Blue
76AMV003 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Quantum Silver
76ASS006 Austin Seven Saloon Light Grey
76ATKL004 Atkinson Cattle Truck J Haydon & Sons
76BED007 Bedford J1 Ambulance Dundalk Fire Service
76BI003 Beadle Integral East Yorkshire
76CAV003 Vauxhall Cavalier China Blue
76CDS005 Citroen DS19 Monte Carlo Blue/Aubergine
76COR1008 Ford Cortina MkI Lombard Grey/Red
76COR3008 Ford Cortina MkIII Strato Silver
76CRE009 Vauxhall Cresta Venetian Red/Polar White
76CT006 Citroen 2CV Charleston Cormorant Grey/Midnight Grey
76DT006 Diamond T Ballast Wynns
76DXF002 DAF XF Euro 6 Curtainside Wrefords
76DXF003 DAF XF William Armstrong Livestock Trailer
76ETYP010 Jaguar E Type Coupe Bluebird Blue (Donald Campbell)
76FB006 Vauxhall FB Victor Cactus Green
76FF006 Ford Fiesta Mk1 Terracotta
76FSR005 Fowler Steam Roller No.18873 City of Truro
76HI003 Hillman Imp Firebrand Red
76IR6003 Irizar i6 The Kings Ferry
76IS001 BMW Isetta Signal Red
76J4001 Morris J4 Van Royal Mail
76JCX001 JCB 3CX (1980s) JCB
76LAN180003 Land Rover Series I 80″ Open Top AA
76LAN2017 Land Rover Series II LWB Hard Top RAC Radio Patrol
76LO001 Leyland Octopus Box Trailer Tesco
76LRD008 Land Rover Discovery 3 Rimini Red Metallic
6M3001 BMW M3 Coupe E92 Mineral White
76MGB008 MGB Roadster Mineral Blue
76MM059 Morris 1000 Van British Rail
76MN008 Mini Surf Blue/Old English White
76MWD007 Bedford MWD 2 Corps 1/7th Middlesex Regiment France 1940
76QLD006 Bedford QLD Wiltshire Fire Brigade
76S94004CC Scania 94D 6 Wheel Curtainside Coca Cola
76SET07B Triple Morris Minor
76SET10B Triple Tractor Set
76SET14A 5 Piece Jaguar Collection
76SET17E Land Rover 5 Piece Set
76SET35A VW Bay Window Set Van/Bus/Camper
76SET51 3 Piece Rolls Royce Set
76SET52 5 Piece Volvo Set
76SHP005 Sherpa Van RAF
76SHP006 Sherpa Minibus Wynns
76SM001 Sherman Tank MK III 10th Armoured Division 1942
76SM002 Sherman Tank MK III Royal Scots Greys Italy 1943
76TAC004 TACR2 RAF St.Mawgan
76TP005 Triumph 2500 Russet Brown
76TR4003 Triumph TR4 New White
76TR7001 Triumph TR7 Convertible Triton Green
76VW027 VW Bay Window Camper Savannah Beige/White
76VW028 VW Bay Window Bus/Surfboards Lime Green/White
76VWB008 VW Beetle Lotus White
76VWY006 Vauxhall Wyvern Metallichrome Green
76WO005 Wolseley 18/85 Black/Ivory
76ZEP010 Ford Zephyr Purbeck Grey

1:87 Scale

All models released are re-colours of the models first released earlier this year.  The Highway Patrol model is a nice addition.

87BC55003 Buick Century 1955 California Highway Patrol
87BS36003 Buick Special Convertible Coupe 1936 Cardinal Maroon
87CN57003 Chevrolet Nomad 1957 Surf Green/India Ivory
87CP65003 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 Maroon Metallic

1:148 Scale

Oxford has gone into overdrive producing models to this scale. Introductions include the Churchill Tank, Ford 400E, Hillman Imp,  Lightweight Land Rover, Jaguar XF, and Burlington Seagull,

NBSA008 Motorbike & Sidecar RAF Blue
NCHT001 Churchill Tank Kingforce
NFDE001 Ford 400E Van British Rail
NFT022 Ford Transit Mk5 Network Rail Response Unit
NHI001 Hillman Imp Willow Green
NXF001 Oxford Jaguar XF Carnelian Red
NLAN188020 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas REME
NLRL001 Land Rover Lightweight United Nations
NMB006 Mercedes Actros Curtainside Sparks
NNR005 New Routemaster Propercorn
NPB008 Commer PB Royal Mail
NSEA001 Burlingham Seagull Wallace Arnold
NSFE007 Scania Pump Ladder Surrey F & R
NSHL03TK Scania Highline Tanker Eddie Stobart
NTCAB005 Scania T Cab Tipper Tinnelly
NTRAC004 Fordson Tractor Matt Grey
NTRAIL006 Mobile Trailer Buns on Wheels
NVOL4003 Volvo FH4 Curtainside Knowles

Oxford Structures

Bachmann and Hornby already make 1:76 scale buildings in painted resin for railway modellers and Oxford has decided to join them with a range of railway structures based on structures of the Great Western Railway. In addition a range of shops, houses and a Church will also be made.

This is an interesting venture from Oxford and I suspect that its success will depend upon whether they sell them for a lower price than the equivalents from Bachmann and Hornby.


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Oxford Diecast – TR4 and Super Imp

By Maz Woolley


This post looks at two new 1:76 scale diecast models made by Oxford Diecast in their Chinese factory for the UK.

76TR4001 Triumph TR4

This is the first release of this casting and Oxford have captured the car really well. Particularly good are the front grille and the printed Triumph logos and badges. The silver finisher on the top of the front wings is well printed as are the rear lights. Inside the dashboard is painted wood coloured and has some moulded features but no printed instruments.  The wheels are solid but the moulded in wires are more convincing than on some Oxfords, and with a black wash added may be very respectable.

If I have one criticism it is of the front headlights which appear over large, probably because the rims are not inscribed and I think that they should be more deeply recessed too. Otherwise a very acceptable model.


76HI002 Hillman Imp

This second Imp model from Oxford is modelled as the later Hillman Super Imp launched in 1965 and produced up until the end of Imp production in 1976. This car had a slightly improved upholstery and interior and more rubbing strips on the outside as well as a different front and rear moulding.  The Oxford catches all the extra external detail well with lovely badging but it falls down in some areas. First the wheels are too far apart and hence stick out from the body. Secondly they need white painted rims as these seem to feature on most of the cars shown in period photographs. Readers please note that the white rims shown on the model photographed have been added by the Author and are not present on the model as shipped by Oxford. The final issue is the placement of the front moulding which is printed much too high completely spoiling the effect. The top of the moulding should stop half way up the headlights not three-quarters of the way up.

I find it very frustrating that Oxford’s nice print of the front moulding has been positioned too high. A little more care and attention to detail in the factory would have made this model one of my favourites rather than one that is “nearly right”.


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Oxford Diecast March 2017

By Maz Woolley


A number of models have just been released by Oxford Diecast in 1:76 and 1:87 scales. Many were originally announced for the final quarter of 2016 but have been slightly delayed. These are all  diecast and plastic and made in Oxford’s own  Chinese production centre.

1:76 Scale Models


76 MW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue

Oxford’s clever use of diecast lower sections combined with a plastic upper body not only allows for multiple versions of the vehicle to be made it also allows the windows, roof and other upper body details to be finely modelled. As the windows are part of the moulding, there are no issues with fitting gaps at all and the vents are very convincing too. Some collectors may question the lack of mirrors and the use of printed wipers, but they do make the model more robust and the small round mirrors of the real thing would be scarcely noticeable and very fragile if done to scale.

The Oxford is based upon a preserved coach, and looking at photographs of the original it has been very well captured by Oxford.

My only criticism is that the rear wheel sets are slightly crooked on my model, something that I have found on other Oxford coaches, but this can presumably be corrected with a  little persuasion. Looking at the quality and detail of this model, it is difficult to believe that some of their competitors similar models are about twice the price.


76TS001 Triumph Stag

The Triumph Stag was made between 1970 and 1977. Designed to meet the needs of an American market where pure convertibles were set to be banned, it incorporated a permanent roll cage. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti it was fitted with a Triumph-made 3 Litre V8 engine created from two of their four cylinder engines as fitted to the Dolomite. This proved to be the cars weakest point as it turned out to be fragile, and it was a symbol of how ineffective British Leyland Group management was that they did not insist part way through the development that Triumph used the proven ex-Buick Rover V8 to cut costs and build up economies of scale.

The Oxford model has quite a lot of detail incorporated with badging, lights and grille well printed. However the wheels really need the gaps and centre marked out in black paint as they look very flat and plastic. I have marked mine since shooting the photographs, and I think it it makes a great improvement. The moulded interior is adequate in this scale without a great deal of effort to detail the dashboard. When I received the car, the rear of the T bar did no fit into the lower body section properly, and others have commented on Facebook about this. I found that with a gentle press the upper section clicked into the body and was then a  good flush fit.  But unfortunately the windscreen shows a thick line of clear plastic underneath the chrome surround at its base.  I think that quality control may be being limited to help them meet the ambitious production targets Oxford set themselves.

It is a model of the car as sold in the first year of production and features a Coventry registration plate, so it is presumably based on a press car.


76BM02001 BMW 2002 Colorado Orange

The BMW 2002s of 1977 were based upon the 02 series chassis introduced with the 1600 in 1966.  The car modelled by Oxford is a 1971 model registered in East Sussex. The bold orange colour was a popular colour in the 1970s and is even stronger than my pictures show. It was this generation of BMW that finally rescued the country from being close to bankruptcy and created their reputation for making sporting saloon cars.

The 2002 was introduced after both Helmut Werner Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, both had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their own use.

The Oxford model captured the shape well, and the printed chrome features are well done with the exception of the window surrounds which are printed in such a way that they emphasis the thick body shell of these models. I have said elsewhere that I think it better that Oxford either move over to flush fit glazing or drop the printing round the lower edge of the windows altogether.  The tiny badges and scripts on the boot are incredibly fine, and Oxford seem to have suddenly started to print more realistic number plates onto the models. The tiny rubber fittings on the bumpers are printed on and the side rubber mouldings too, though they are a little too glossy.  I suspect that the indicators which should be on the corner of the car above the front lights have been printed on and as this is an orange car have “vanished” perhaps when later colours appear so will they.  Finally the wheels like the Stags seem just too solid and would benefit from a black wash.

All in all a nice model and one that would be nice to see in 1:43 scale as well.


76AMDB2002 Aston Martin DB2 MkIII Drop Head Coupe

This series of cars was made by Aston Martin from 1957 to 1959. It was an evolution of the DB2/4 Mark II model it replaced. It was powered by Tadek Marek’s upgraded engine based upon the W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda 2.9  litre 6 cylinder engine. the front grille introduced on this model set the shape that would be seen in some form on future Aston Martins.

Aston Martin built 84 drophead coupé models so they were always rare and expensive cars. Indeed a DBIII, as Ian Fleming called it, appeared in the Goldfinger book.  These cars were capable of 120 mph, or more if one of the more highly tuned versions of the engine were fitted.

The Oxford model with the hood up is nice with a beautifully fine grille and tiny printed doors and boot handles. Lights and number plates are excellent too and the interior is simple but adequate. The only areas that are a little disappointing are the whheels and the paintwork. The wheels are solid plastic with a few raised lines to represent the wire wheels and they are really not as good as the rest of the model. The paintwork is a nice racing green but it is thin over the gaps round the panel lines.

1:87 Scale Models

This is the latest series of 1:87 models from Oxford aimed squarely at the US market where the collapse of suppliers like Malibu, Fresh Cherries and others has created a gap in the market for Oxford to fill. My first impression looking at these models is that a lot of effort has gone into them, and that the level of detailing is very high for such small diecasts.

87BS36001 Buick Special Convertible Coupe 1936

The Buick Special was Buick’s entry level full size car for many years. In 1936 this was powered by a 3.8 Litre inline 8 cylinder engine. It was a good year for Buick and sales of the special were good.

The model by Oxford has caught the looks of the car very well and the glossy black paint is a typical period colour, a white version is to be offered later in the year. The Buick badge on the grille and the number plates and rear lights are all nicely printed. The grille could perhaps benefit from a black wash but is tall and impressive like the real thing.

I think that the headlights have been printed much too small. All the picture references I have seen show the headlights surrounded by a chrome ring and not a  body colour one. The sidelights too are printed in silver over their whole area but on the real car they weer body colour on the top. Another curiosity is that the wheel rims seem to be in yellow plastic when picture references suggest that the steel wheels are painted often in colours which contrast with the body colour and the rims are either that colour or fitted with chrome embellishers. Despite these criticisms I think it a nice model .


87CN57001 Chevrolet Nomad 1957

The Nomad was a glamorous model in its 1955 to 57 heyday.  It was a two door sports sedan powered by a powerful V8 engine and fitted with an extended station wagon rear. The Nomad was dropped for the 1958 model year and though it re-appeared in later years it was as a more conventional top of the line station wagon.

Oxford have modelled it in Dusk Pearl and Imperial Ivory and have announced one in Rio Red and Arctic White for later in the year. The model has some excellent features with neat white sidewalls and lots of small badges, number plates and vents printed on. However the bonnet ornaments should have chromed ends and don’t and the headlights are again tiny little dots surrounded by body colour when the real Nomad had large chrome light surrounds. Finally there are no painted rear lights and the “dagmars” are not painted black.

For all my criticism this is a nice model and one that a dab or two of paint would finish off nicely.


87CP65001 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965

This series of Chevy trucks was introduced in 1960 and replaced in 1967. So the 1965 was a well developed vehicle. A 5.3 Litre V8 was on offer for the first time in that model year and for drivers in search of comfort air conditioning arrived too. The Light Blue and White colour scheme appears to be authentic with lots to see on the Web. Later in the year it will be released in orange.

Oxford’s printed grille and printed vents are excellent as are the number plates.  The printed white Chevrolet on the rear of the pickup is very nicely done. The roof section has nicely printed black lines where the trim was rubber or black painted and has finely produced vents. This is another model with a plastic upper section and again it fits so well that you would never guess until you test it.

I have fewer criticisms to make of this model. One is of the wheels which I believe are one piece mouldings with the rims, wheels and hubcaps printed. On half the wheels this has been printed squarely and this looks good on two it is not printed quite centrally which is a little disappointing. The steering wheel is a nice moulded item with the column lever included but it is fitted much too low with its lower edge below the level of the seat cushion.   But overall this is a nice model and I can see it making its way onto US Railroaders layouts.


87BC55001 Buick Century 1955

Another classic American car. Released in Turquoise and Polo White it will be available later in the year in Coral and Polo White. Century was a model name used for performance versions of their cars from 1954 to 1958. The Century used the smallest and lightest body shells in their range from the entry point Buick Special and combined them with their most powerful V8 engine. Available in several body styles Oxford have chosen to model it as a two door coupe.

This model again has really good number plates, grille printed in black and silver, and this time it has lovely wheels with white side walls and body colour wheels. The side spears and “bullet holes” are all printed neatly on as is the Century script on the rear wing. Rear lights are printed in and the bumper are all neatly moulded and printed silver. Again fitted with a  basic but adequate interior. The bonnet ornament is simple but represents the real one quite well if not as delicate as a true scale one would be.

There is one area which I feel lets this model down a little and that is the front lights which are just a flat silver printed circle where the real car has slightly domed headlights with  a small chrome peak according to my picture sources. Some Kristal Klear dripped on is a quick fix for the headlight lenses but the lack of the small peal is a shame.

Whilst I have been slightly critical of these models I think that they are all good value for the price point that Oxford Diecast sells them at and it is nice to have the models available in this smaller scale. Many will be used by railway modellers and will look excellent on a  layout perhaps weathered a bit to make them a little more realistic. The US cars to 1:87 scale are particularly finely detailed for small diecast models.

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Oxford Diecast – 2017 First Release Programme

By Maz Woolley



The London Toy Fair has opened and with it came the announcement of Oxford products to be made this year. Amongst the re-colours, new liveries and downsizing there are quite a few new castings as well. There are no samples to be seen yet though I suspect a few may make it to London and Nuremberg. The list below highlights some of the new models we can look forward too.

Automobile Range 1:43 Scale

  • Rolls-Royce 25/30 Saloon
  • Jaguar MK V Drophead
  • Austin Ruby Saloon

Commercials Range 1:43 Scale

  • Land Rover Series IIAS late models
  • Land Rover Series III

Cars 1:76 Scale

  • Range Rover P38
  • Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
  • Triumph TR6
  • Volvo 544

Commercials 1:76 scale

  • Commer Walk Thru
  • Land Rover Series IIAS

Construction 1:76 scale

  • JCB JS220 Tracked Excavator
  • JCB 531 70 Loadall

Military 1:76 scale

  • Land Rover Forward Control Ambulance
  • Willy MB

Omnibus 1:76 scale

  • Saro Bus

Automobile 1:87 scale

  • Chevrolet Impala 1961
  • Cadillac Sedan DeVille 1961
  • Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Coupe 1950
  • Pontiac Bonneville 1959

1:148 scale models

  • CMP
  • Daimler Dingo
  • Weymann Fanfare
  • Burlingham Seagull
  • New Mini
  • Cortina MK III
  • Austin Princess Late
  • MGB Roadster
  • Livestock Trailer
  • Farm Trailer
  • Baler
  • Merc Ambulance

New Liveries and colours

In addition to the entirely new models we can look forward to several police cars based on existing castings in 1:76 scale.  A black Austin A60 Hertfordshire police, and the Rover SD1 and Austin 1100 in Metropolitan Police liveries.

In 1:43 it looks like the Cararama models that Oxford has been selling in the UK are to be brought closer to the Oxford range and the Austin Cambridge will be seen in the same Gaydon car colours that we saw on an Oxford 1:76 in 2016. In addition the Escort, Morgan and Capri will all have new colours.

We should finally see the production of the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato  in both 1:76 and 1:43 scales this year as well as new colours on the 1:76 DB9, Vanquish and Vantage.

The Military range will see quite a few models we have been waiting for including some forward control Land Rovers as well as the first Tank.

In 1:18 scale we will finally see the Heinkel Bubblecar though no announcement yet of it being produced in smaller scales.


Although fewer aircraft are in this release there are still several for collectors to look forward to all to 1:76 scale:

  •  Avro Anson No.6013 AA No.1 SFTS RCAF
  • Airspeed Oxford V3388/G-AHTW (Duxford)
  • Airspeed Oxford V3388/G-AHTW (Duxford)
  • DH82A Tiger Moth Floatplane RAF L-5894
  • Douglas Dauntless Black 2B2 USS Lexington
  • Heinkel He162 Air Min 61 W.Nr.120072 RAF 1945
  • Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 244th Flight Reg. Chofu Airfield 1945
  • Grumman Hellcat VF31 Lt. Ray Hawkins. USS Cabot 1944

Although prices seem to have been increased across all ranges they have not increased as steeply as those from some other firms which is good news for collectors.

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John Day Models – 2016 releases

By Maz Woolley


Daryle Toney continues to gradually improve and develop the John Day Vehicles ranges. The standard range continues to get updated castings and even some new derivatives whilst the Post Office Range is growing too. All the latest releases have separate wheels, cleaner castings, and new improved vacforms which are thinner and clearer than before. These models are all designed and cast in the UK from White Metal and are only available as kits from the supplier by mail order or through the suppliers eBay listings. Daryle has a web site which shows what is currently available and details of how to order models at Like Parker Models these kits are aimed primarily at railway modellers looking for something a bit different for their layout.

All models shown have been assembled and painted by the Author who has a very basic level of skill and would be even better made by a skilled model maker.

SRV112 Austin A70 Hereford Pickup truck

The Austin Hereford A70 pickup would carry a 15cwt load and had a bench seat to allow three to sit in the cab. There was no A70 van. At around £700 painted but with no extras it was not a cheap vehicle. Powered by a 2.2 litre four cylinder engine it was a powerful commercial vehicle though the high cost and high running costs would mean that it only had a small market compared to the A40. It was exported for local assembly in Australia where a large pickup like this would have been more appropriate. The A70 is a rare car now and only a very few of the pickups survive.

The John Day model is based on the A70 Countryman which is already in the range. It has been adapted by Daryle with a good representation of the rear of the cab and load bed. The rear end has also had a lot of work to represent the body mouldings, that drop down flap, and the scattering of lights and reflectors fitted by Austin.

GPO 03 Morris J4 Mail Van

Launched in late 1960 the J4 was a direct competitor to the Bedford CA and Ford Thames ranges. The Post Office were big users of this type of vehicle in many forms. This version from John Day has been finished with the type of security fittings on the rear door used for deliveries of higher value items to Post Offices. It also has the number plates fitted on the roof as was done with some, but not all Post Office Vans.

The effort to produce the Post Office specific details is excellent as the diecast makers have made plenty of 1:76 Postal Vans but none fitted with the security equipment.  Parker Models has already made a J4 Van but again that is standard van.

The decals provided with the kit are very fine and even include the details for the door and the number plates.

GPO 06 Standard 6cwt Utility

The Standard vans were based upon the Standard 8 and 10 saloons. The John Day range already includes a Standard 8 car and the Standard van and pickup. This model for the GPO range has has been updated to represent a linesmans van which was trialled by Post Office Telephones a similar van in red was trialled by the Post Office for postal deliveries. It should be noted that this van with ladder rack and ladders is also supplied as SRV114 with decals for a building firm.

The van was rejected after trials so no more Standards were bought and the Morris Minor Van continued to be the most widely used vehicle by the Post Office in this market sector.  Had Standard succeeded in breaking into the large public utility market it might have meant they stayed competitive in the smaller car sector but with limited sales the Standard Vans did not make a large contribution to company profits.

This model includes very fine decals for number plates as well as the crown symbols and Post Office telephone details on the door. The Standard Van casting has been tidied up considerably from its first releases in the standard range and the ladder rack and ladders are unbelievably fine castings.

Yet again a small UK artisan producer has filled in some gaps in the UK’s motoring history in miniature. The models are great fun to make up and look quite well displayed alongside Oxford Diecast models to the same scale.

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Oxford Diecast Carlight Continental Caravan

By Maz Woolley


Oxford Diecast Carlight Continental Caravan

This model is made to 1:76 scale in metal in Oxford Diecast’s own factory in China.

Carlights are said to be the “Rolls-Royce” of caravans with separate chassis and an interior made to a high standard with wood and high quality furnishings. The Continental even included a cocktail cabinet. Always expensive Carlights were never made in large numbers but older caravans are being preserved as they complement preserved cars well.

Carlight with Jaguar Mark VII

As can be seen from the photograph above the Carlight was large even when viewed side by side with a Jaguar Mark VII so would have always needed a powerful car to tow it. Indeed it appears that a car of at least 3 litres was recommended for the Continental which had four full size sleeping berths and even an optional fridge.

Carlight front view

Oxford have chosen to print curtains to the windows as these are a distinctive feature of the original caravans. This has been nicely done and though simplified there is a lot of detail included in the interior down to door handles on draws and cupboards and fitments to the pattern used in the Continental.

Carlight rear view

As can be seen above the lights, Carlight badge and other frames and fitments are all printed onto the model neatly. The roof lights and clerestory windows are moulded and in the case of the clerestory  windows they are silver printed.

All in all a rather nice model from Oxford which will enhance any display of model cars and which I am sure will be popular on model railway layouts.

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The Motor Scooter in Miniature – Lambretta

By Dave Turner


As if seriously collecting model Fords and Rileys,  as well as model railways, didn’t strain the spare funds and time enough, the life long fascination with motor scooters had the inevitable effect and a number of inexpensive model scooters have slowly been accumulated over the past 40 years or so. For many years these were rather neglected and no positive effort was made to identify or study them until recently.

One of many long standing literary activities has been producing short pieces for the local classic car club each featuring a picture of a vehicle owned in the past along with a picture of a model of the exact vehicle, not possible in many cases as there has never been models of many specific variations of the real thing. As a bit of a novelty one piece was produced featuring the first vehicle owned by the writer – a 1958 Vespa 125. Several black and white snaps were taken at the time – the late 1950s, but as the model scooter ‘collection’ had never been properly studied, the presence or absence of the appropriate 92L2 model Vespa had never been determined – there was not one!

However in the long process of checking through the models it became apparent that not only were there several duplicates (and even triplicates) trying to identify each model became a project in itself – and is far from complete. Having accumulated all this information, and there is far more to come, to us compulsive scribblers the obvious next step is to put it all down in some form of understandable text.

The history of real motor scooters has been set out a few times in book form, in fact the little Auto Review booklets on the subject should have inspired the need to continue with a study of models of them (Dave is the Author of  Auto Review 04 Scooters Part One and Auto Review 10 Scooters Part Two both still available on the Oxford Diecast website or from Auto Review direct). For some reason, no doubt total lack of time, nothing happened as far as an in depth study although a few pages of these little books touched on the subject. Obviously the foregoing is not claiming to be a complete listing of model scooters, they crop up all the time and many made by small operations have yet to be discovered. Information on those missed will be gratefully accepted.

If only because the models have been sorted first, Lambretta will start the ball rolling. This scooter had its roots back in 1931 when Ferdinando Innocenti, a plumber began the production of pipes and tubing but following the Second World War an alternative product was sought and a motor scooter seemed in demand. Production began in 1945, the name Lambretta being derived from the area of Milan that the factory occupied – Lambrate. Experience with tubing manufacture made the choice to give the new machine a tubular frame obvious, while all the early types featured exposed mechanicals and initially lacked suspension.

The first offering from Lambretta was the Model A made from October 1947 for just 12 months, a total of 9669 were made. A model of this has been made and marketed by The Bradford Exchange.

Another of the earliest types to be found in model form is the 125C made from February 1950 to November 1951. This formed the basis of the Lambretta for many years with its single tube frame and trailing link front suspension. The Italian die cast range of Mercury produced these in 1952 in 1:28 scale and featured some simple detail with a bent wire stand to keep the model upright. A partly enclosed front wheel was not typical with the real 125C but was no doubt employed on the model to give the axle some support, reproducing the trailing link suspension in diecast would be quite fragile for a toy.

In common with many other Mercury subjects, the 125C has been reproduced by Scottoy and is almost exactly the same – the axles have a rolled end at one side and the wire stand is slightly simplified.

Appearing shortly after the 125C, the 125LC was the same scooter but fully enclosed and with a larger apron in the manner that we came to associate with the later LD. This was also modelled by Mercury in 1952 and makes a fine companion to their 125C looking so much more modern. It was also reproduced by Scottoy.
In 1951 the 125D and fully clothed 125LD arrived and featured a re-designed frame and many other improvements. They came in four series between December 1951 and 1961, a choice of 150cc engine from the second series while the fourth series were made in France.
A 1:12 scale 125D was made by New Ray in 2012 but just which of the three types of 125D is not certain.

Going back to the early 1950s a 1:11 scale plastic LD 125 was made by Mettoy. Obviously a toy as it featured a flywheel motor driving the back axle on which were a pair of small plastic wheels that enabled the scooter to travel upright. Twin portholes on the rear flanks suggest that it is of the 1st Series of LD made from December 1951 to May 1953. This example was quite well battered when found many years ago, it has had to suffice as no other has ever been found. No marking suggested a maker, although the front licence plate reads “MTY 134” suggesting it was a Mettoy product and a pair of “Made in Gt Britain” logos are stamped below the twin port holes on the side panels. When new these came with a plastic rider.

At the other end of the extreme a very nice plastic model 1st Series 125LD came from Solido in 1:18 scale. Featuring movable steering, a spare wheel and plated carrier it has plenty of delicate looking detail including a kickstart, folding stand, brake and clutch levers. Rather a model than a toy.

The TV175, first of the Li Series in September 1957 set a new benchmark for Lambretta with more modern styling and easily identified by the fixed front mudguard with headlight on the front apron. This was followed by 125 and 150cc versions in September 1958 and all three were produced until October 1959 when the Series 11 Li arrived. Easily identified again, this time by the headlight being placed on the handlebars rather than on the front apron. These were made until September 1961 when the subsequent “Slim Style’ body was adopted.

A few models of the Series 1 Li have been made and include the Xonex at around 1:18 from about 20 years ago. A smaller one came from CLM Hitech and an even smaller example from BTS that was derived from the old Spot On S.11 Li. The Bradford Exchange offer a S.1 in resin around 1:18 scale.

As far as the S.11 versions go, as just mentioned Spot On did one in 1966 and this was later reproduced by BTS. It has also suffered at least one plastic copy from Hong Kong. The Bradford Exchange marketed a S.11 in Rallymaster guise complete with little screen, racing number and stripes. The real Rallymaster version of the 150 was discontinued in September 1962. Curiously the same models in a different scale are known to be marketed under the Hamilton Collection umbrella. Both these operations seem to be interested in dealing only online.

Perhaps among the smallest model scooters is a 1:76 plastic S.11 that comes from Hornby in a set of “city people’ in their range of model railway trackside accessories. Despite its modest size it is sufficiently detailed to be identifiable as S.11.

Next in line, the Series 111 Li, known as the Slimstyle due to its narrower build, was produced in numerous forms from December 1962. the 125 version lasted only to October 1964 but re-appeared as the GP125 in December 1969 for just two years. The 150 however, produced in various forms – Grand Luxe, Special Pacemaker, SX and GP, lasted well into the 1970s although Lambretta production continued in India until 1997.
A TV175 version of the Series 111 was made from April 1962 for just under 2 years but larger engined 200cc machines in GT, SX and GP variations were made into the 1970s.

Some models/toys of scooters are difficult to identify, some are simply products of a creative mind and toys for youngsters as a result. For example, a 1:13 scale clockwork plastic toy came from Ace Toys in Hong Kong featuring a pair of plastic wheels at the rear. It does look very much like it is meant to depict a Series 111 Li Lambretta, the side stripes echoing those on the GP200, the real examples of which were latterly made in India.

Britains are well known for their farm and agricultural models in 1:32, no surprise that their Slimstyle Li came in that scale. Simple but attractive model it seems almost dwarfed by the young couple on board.

Looking very similar but much more highly detailed are the Lambrettas from Recollections that not only have the kickstart pedal and silencer featured in the nether regions but the side panels lift off to reveal a fully detailed engine, fuel tank etc. Still at 1:32 the CLM HiTech range of models includes a S.111 while moving to larger scales, the Bradford Exchange offered a 1:18 GP/DL 200 and Black Country Metal Works did several S.111s in 1:5 scale. These included a 1963 depicting the Quadrophenia ‘star’ from the film, a 1968 150 Special and a 1966 200SX.

A range called Globo Telethon offered diecast Series 111s under the Heavy Metal label and are said to be 1:12 scale. That scale was also used by the Road Signature 1965 TV 175 while the plastic kits from Pyro and Retro make a SX200 at 1:16.

Produced for three years from 1966, the J range of scooters was aimed at the lady rider and came in J50cc, Cento 100cc. and Starstream 125cc versions. So far the only model to be recorded was by BTS.

Known Models

Model A
The Bradford Exchange 126B1033 05 1:18 resin
Mercury Italy 213 1952 56mm 1:28 diecast
Scottoy  repro of Mercury 56mm 1:28 diecast
Mercury Italy 214 1952 59mm 1:28 diecast
Scottoy – repro of Mercury 59mm 1:28 diecast
New Ray 2012 150mm 1:12 diecast
CLM HiTech CLM 018 1:32
Mettoy UK 134 1952 160mm 1:11 Plastic/flywheel
Solido China 534657 98mm 1:18 plastic
IXO TXO M7 1:24
Li Series 1
Xonex China 1998 TV175 100mm 1:18 diecast
BTS UK TV175 mod from Spot On 1:42 diecast/resin
CLM HiTech CLM 013 Li 125 1:32
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 04 1:18 resin
Li Series 11
Spot On UK 229 1966 Li 150 47m 1:42 diecast/plastic
? Hong Kong plastic copy of Spot on 44mm 1:42 plastic
BTS UK Li 150 repro of Spot On 47mm 1:42 diecast/resin
Hornby China R560 1990s 25mm 1:72 plastic
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 03 Li150  Rallymaster 1:18 resin
The Hamilton Collection  Li150 1:12 diecast
Li Series 111 
Ace Toy Hong Kong GP200 134mm 1:13 Plastic/Clockwork
Britains UK 9685 56mm 1:32 diecast
CLM HiTech CLM 015 1:33 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 TV175 58mm 1:34 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 GP200 56mm 1:35 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 SX200 58mm 1:36 diecast
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 02 GP/DL200 100mm 1:18 resin
Globo Telethon 31085 1:12 diecast
Black Country Metal Works 1963 Quadrophenia 330mm 1:5 Tin
Black Country Metal Works 1968 150 Special 330mm 1:5 Tin
Black Country Metal Works 1966 200SX 330mm 1:5 Tin
Road Signature 41507RB 1965 TV175 150mm 1:12 diecast
The Hamilton Collection 1967 Li150 1:12 diecast
The Hamilton Collection 1969 GP D/L 200 1:12 diecast
Pyro M155 X200 1:16 Plastic kit
Retro SX200 1:16


BTS 1:42 diecast and resin from UK, repro of Spot On: Lambretta Li Series 11

1:42 plastic from Hong Kong, copy of Spot On: Lambretta Li Series 11.

Recollections 1:32 diecast from UK: Lambretta Li Series 111 GP200.

Recollections 1:32 diecast from UK: Lambretta Li Series 111 TV175

Scottoy 1:28 diecast, repro of Mercury: Lambretta125C

Mercury 1:28 diecast from Italy: 214 Lambretta 125LC.

Mercury 1:28 diecast from Italy: 213 Lambretta 125C

Britains 1:32 diecast from UK: 9685 Lambretta Li Series 111

Ace Toy 1:13 clockwork plastic from Hong Kong: Lambretta Li Series 111 GP200

Hornby 1:72 plastic from China:R560 Lambretta Li Series 11

Mettoy 1:11 flywheel plastic from UK: 134, Lambretta 125LD

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: Lambretta Li Series 1 TV175

Solido 1:18 plastic from China: 534657, Lambretta 125LD

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Parker Models VE69 Wolseley Series II

By Maz Woolley



Here we have Parker models VE69 which is a Wolseley Series II as made between 1935 and 1937. This is sold as a white metal kit which consists of a body shell, chassis, steering wheel, four wheels and a Vacform.  These models are primarily aimed at the model railway market but now that Oxford Diecast has popularised 1:76 as a collectors scale  I hope that they will be of more general interest.

The Wolseley was basically an upmarket Morris using many Morris components. 15,000 were said to have been made before the Series III was introduced. Unlike the Morris equivalent at the time, the Wolseley featured an overhead valve engine and four-speed gearbox, along with ‘Easiclean’ steel-pressed wheels.

The Series II is often used in TV detective series set in the pre-war years as Wolseleys were widely used by the police and other authorities.


As usual the casting was clean and the kit assembled very easily. Unfortunately the vacform got lost and the model as shown has windows made using Krystal Klear.


This model fills another gap and would display well alongside Oxford Diecast’s model of the larger Wolseley 18/85.

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Parker Models – Ford CX

By Maz Woolley



Rod Parker produces white metal kits to 1:76 and 1:144 scale here in the UK.  These are predominantly aimed at railway modellers but also offer interesting models for 1:76 scale collectors which may never appear ‘ready made’. The model photographed for this article is VE67 which is a 1935-37 Ford Model CX.

The Ford model C/CX was a 10HP model which sold in smaller numbers than the 8HP model Y. Around 33,000 were made at Dagenham, some as kits for export.  The C was introduced in 1934 and after some small modifications it became a CX with the horizontal bars on the grille in 1935. Production ended in 1937 when it was replaced by the 7W which was the first of the “sit up and beg” style cars which lasted until the end of the 1950s. The C/CX used the 1172cc Ford Sidevalve engine which Ford only dropped at the beginning of the 1960s.


It shows that shared models across European subsidiaries were not new when the Transit was launched in 1965 as the C and Y models were made in Germany as the Eifel and Köln, though with slightly re-styled grilles, and assembled in Spain too. Kits were also sent in knocked down form to Australia for local assembly.


As ever the casting was very clean and little preparation was needed before painting, though care needs to be taken that if you are adding the lights after painting the model then make sure they will comfortably fit in the holes provided for them before spraying the shell.  The model is fairly simple to put together consisting of the body shell, chassis unit incorporating seats and dash, steering wheel, wheels, separate headlights, as well as a vacform. The wire wheels are quite sturdy but offer some challenges to paint and finish well as is evident from my photographs. Pictures show that the car seems to have been supplied as standard with wire wheels in the UK so they add authenticity even if they are fiddly to finish.

Even with my average modelling skills the model makes up well and it provides an example of yet another vehicle not yet made in this scale. Even in 1:43 the only previous model seems to be an obsolete Milestone Miniatures model.

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Oxford Diecast Release 3 2016

By Maz Woolley


Oxford Diecast’s products are made in their own factory in China and are diecast in various scales. They have recently circulated their third release announcement of the year and the models are likely to become available from early 2017.  Oxford always provide a very good view of what is coming and they are already working on what will be released in 2018! I think that as factory owners they need to plan a steady flow of work to keep the factory working efficiently so they need to plan ahead anyway.

Oxford Diecast Display Cabinet at the Swansea Railway Modelling Show
Oxford Diecast Display Cabinet at the Swansea Railway Modelling Show

Again we see releases announced across many ranges and lots of new castings as well as new models based upon current castings. Oxford now release over 450 products a year across all their ranges. The small pictures used below are drawings Oxford have released based upon the design cells they use for each vehicle.

Taff, the owner of Oxford Diecast, posted news about these models on the Oxford Collectors Facebook page prior to making the press release and also provided some interesting information on the impact of “Brexit” upon model suppliers. The impact of ‘Brexit’, raw material price increases, and other factors have meant that costs increased over 20% for Oxford in the last year but Oxford is trying hard not to pass on price increases of this level to consumers.

The models pictured below have some nice new 1:43 scale Rolls-Royce castings. Both the Hooper Empress and the Silver Cloud Mark I in 1:43 scale should be very good models. The recently released 1:43 scale Phantom’s both now appear in 1:76 scale which will be a popular choice for railway modellers. Other new castings in 1:76 include a Beadle Integral coach, the yet to be launched Land Rover New Discovery,  and a DAF XF Euro 6 CombiTrailer/Container Maritime Transport as well as the Jaguar Formula E racing car. One new 1:76 scale model which will excite many collectors is the early JCB excavator with many working elements included which has been a real engineering challenge for Oxford.

The second outing of the 1:76 scale Imp casting looks like it may be produced as a later Super Imp from badges which will make a good companion for the first release which was based on the Imp as launched.  A couple of new Rovers appear in 1:76 firstly the original version of the Range Rover, which I would like to see in 1:43 as well. and the SD1 Rover  which starts in Vitesse trim but which I am sure will appear in many variations later. The second version of the Sherpa Crewbus in BR livery should again prove very popular for railway modellers but we still wait for a van version to be produced. Finally the second version of the new Volvo P1800 casting will appear in white, the classic “Saint” colours from the 1960s TV series.

Finally no new castings are announced in 1:148 scale as they are announced quite a few in release 2 this year and many are yet to be produced. However there are some new uses of existing mouldings including the Morris Minor Police car which will undoubtedly appear in many 1:148 scale dioramas.

The planes announced keep up the steady flow of types available in 1:72 scale at affordable prices. Oxford’s coverage of World War Two aircraft types is very strong.

1:43 Scale



43EMP001 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud/Hooper Empress Brown/Cream


43LR2S003 Land Rover Series II SWB Hard Back Post Office Telephones

43LRL003 Land Rover 1/2 Ton Lightweight RAF (Red Arrows)

43RRP3002 Rolls Royce Phantom III SdV HJ Mulliner Fawn/Black

43RRP5002 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Burgundy/Silversand

43RSC001 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Sand/Sable


43RSD001 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn/Std Steel Maroon/Black


43XK150008 Jaguar XK150 Roadster Carmen Red


AMVT002 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Lightning Silver

1:72 Scale



72DR014 DH89 Dominie HG709 RNAS Culdrose


AC071 Bell Airacobra I 601 – County of London Sqn. RAF Duxford 1940


AC072 Westland Lysander MkI 416 Malton NSC Factory Canada 1939

Atlas 06a Kittyhawk Mk1a outlines ai10

AC074 Curtis Warhawk P40


AC081 P38J Lightning

1:76 Scale



76ACC003 Pallet/Loads Spratts Dog Cakes * 4


76ACC004 Pallet/Loads Welgar * 4


76ASS005 Austin Seven Saloon Black


76BI001 Beadle Integral East Kent


76DIS5001 Land Rover New Discovery Silver


76DXF001 DAF XF Euro 6 CombiTrailer/Container Maritime Transport


76FBB003 Fowler BB1 Ploughing Engine No.15436 Princess Mary


76FG002 Ford Galaxy London Ambulance Service


76FMT003 Field Marshall Tractor Red


76FT030CC Ford Transit LWB High Coca Cola Xmas


76FT3006 Ford Transit Mk3 RAC


76HI002 Hillman Imp Tangerine Metallic


76JFE001 Jaguar Formula E


76KRS006 Konecranes Reach Stacker Maritime Transport


76LAN2013 Land Rover Series II Station Wagon Shell/BP


76LE003 Lotus Elan Red and Silver


76LR2S002 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas British Rail


76LR3S001 Land Rover Series III Station Wagon Limestone


76MB006 Mercedes Actros GSC Curtainside Sparks Transport


76MGBGT002 MGBGT Grampian Grey


76ML1001 JCB Major Loader Mk1 Excavator JCB


76NQ003 Nissan Qashqai Fired Iron


76P4003 Rover P4 Black (Cornwall Constabulary)


76PAN006 Plaxton Panorama Bere Regis & District


76PD2005 Leyland PD2/12 Edinburgh


76RAN004 Range Rover Vogue Indus Silver


76RCL001 Range Rover Classic Lincoln Green


76RRP3001 Rolls Royce Phantom III Black


76RRP5001 Rolls Royce Phantom V Navy/Silver


76SCT003 Scania Car Transporter Woodside Motorfreight Ltd


76SDF003 Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter British Rail (Yellow)


76SDV001 Rover SD1 3500 Vitesse Targa Red


76SET44 5 Piece Land Rover Set


76SET49 5 Piece Land Rover Classic Set


76SET55 5 Piece Land Rover Set


76SFE009 Scania CP28 Pump Ladder Kent Fire & Rescue Service


76SHP002 Sherpa Minibus British Rail


76TAC003 TACR2 RAF Pink Panther


76TCAB009 Scania T Cab Curtainside Ian Hayes


76TR015CC Mobile Trailer Coca Cola


76VOL01ST Volvo FH3 3 Axle Nooteboom Semi Low Loader Stobart


76VOL03CL Volvo FH3 6 Wheel Curtainside Coopers


76VP002 Volvo P1800 White


76VW026 VW Bay Window Van Light Grey


76VX003 Vauxhall Astra MkII Steel Grey


6WFA006 Weymann Fanfare Birch Bros


76WM006 Whitby Mondial Ice Cream Smiths


76XF007 Jaguar XF Ammonite Grey

1:148 Scale



NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker Southdown


NIRZ005 Irizar PB White


NMB002 Mercedes Actros Curtainside Pollock


NMOS005 Morris Minor Saloon Police Panda


NNR003 New Routemaster London United


NVOL4006 Volvo FH4 Walking Floor A W Jenkinson


SP113 Volvo FH Curtainside Lorry Brains

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