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Oxford Diecast AC Aceca

By Maz Woolley

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Oxford Diecast has now released the long awaited AC Aceca in 1:43 scale at the same time as Norev are also selling one which I believe is based upon a model that has already appeared in the Atlas Sports Cars Collection. The Oxford model is based upon the AC Aceca prototype which can be seen in mid metallic blue and in the black with a green sheen colour called vineyard green shown below.

Photo Credit: (C) Bonhams

AC created the Ace in 1954 based on a design by Cliff Davis for his Tojeiro sports-racer which owed much to the Ferrari 166 Barchetta. The hardback version ,the Aceca, arrived in 1955. and in 1956 the more-powerful Bristol six-cylinder engine became available. With this the Ace/Aceca could touch 120mph. ‘VPL 441‘, the Aceca prototype, appeared on the AC stand at the 1954 Earls Court Motor Show, and following that became the works demonstrator. The car appeared in several motoring magazines of the period, and was the subject of an Autocar roadtest published on 4th March 1955. It is said to have been sold to World Land Speed Record holder Sir Donald Campbell, who became one of the first AC owners to have his car factory-converted to Aceca Bristol specification soon after. 

I am very glad to be able to say that Oxford Diecast are back on form with this car. The only ‘fault’ I can find is that the tyres have a tendency to sit back from the rims which takes only moments to fix. The casting is fine and thin making the printed screen surrounds front and back an excellent fit. It is also a lovely replica of the Aceca shape which is similar to the contemporary Aston Martin DB2 Mark 3 also modelled by Oxford.

Although the rear lights are red paint applied to silver printing they actually look very convincing. And as can be seen above the Oxford ‘wire wheels’ fitted into a black wheel are rather more convincing than some printed on a clear disk background. The side windows are printed straight on the flush fitting glazing.

At the front the grille is neatly moulded and black washed. Nice head lights are complemented by printed sidelights which look more acceptable on the model seen at a normal distance. Oxford’s number plates are improving with the letter size and shape looking a good match to the plate size.

The AC badge when magnified shows that it has been neatly printed if lacking the blue colour it shows on photographs at Goodwood.

The side view of the model shows how well it has caught the profile and stance of the car. Inside is a mix of red ‘leather’ seats, door cards and other fittings and brown wood coloured glove box and wheel rims. The dashboard is body coloured with printed instruments. The gear stick is brown shafted with a silver end to represent the gear knob.

As can be seen above the lines if the rear are well captured. Though not easily seen here the oening lines round the rear door are inscribed well and catch the light nicely without being over scale.

One feature I particularly like are the ‘bullet’ shaped mirrors fitted to the car doors which are period correct. However VPL441 does not seem to have one on the passenger door in photographs on the web unlike the Oxford Model. Another difference to the web pictures is the fitting of a front bumper. All the web photographs of this car show it with only over riders. However the car has been around since 1954 so may have been fitted with bumpers at some point.

Another excellent model from Oxford at a reasonable price here in the UK and one that I look forward to seeing in 1:76 scale too at a later date.

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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Here are the latest releases from Norev. The models are diecast in China to various scales for Norev of France. As usual a mixture of new and historic vehicles.

June 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale


181632 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – winner Mexico 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle


181633 Citroen C3 WRC No. 9 – Corsica 2017 – S.Lefebvre/G.Moreau


181634 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – Winner Spain 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle


183420 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 – silver


1:43 Scale


351339 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 – green metallic


511322 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade”


511395 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade- fire chief staff car”


511326 Renault Kangoo van 2013 “Fire brigade V.L.U.”


511327 Renault Kangoo Van 2013 “Fire Brigade – medical rescue service”


511323 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale”


511324 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale – yellow and blue striped”


511325 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Gendarmerie Outre-mer”


511328 Renault Kangoo 2016 “Vigipirate”


July 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale


183591 Mercedes-Benz 300 saloon 1952 – dark grey


183457 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – blue grey metallic


188520 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle saloon 1972 – red


188521 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle cabriolet 1972 – orange

Scale 1:43


517856 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue


155476 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Aluminium grey & black decoration


155477 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – deep purple & white decoration


518783 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade first aid”


518784 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV”


518785 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV yellow bumpers”


1:43 Scale – Jet Car Range


350009 BMW M3 E30 2-door saloon 1986 – black


270559 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white


750033 Porsche 911 Turbo 19878 – green


517522 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue


840062 Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 1990 – red


155365 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 “Official Presentation Version

Second Release July 2018

1:18 Scale


182752 AC Cobra 289 1963 – white


182754 AC Cobra 289 1963 – black



181480 Citroen DS19 saloon 1956 – green & champagne


181481 Citroen DS19 saloon 1959 – Marron & Carrare white


187770 Fiat 500L 1968 – blue


183577 Mercedes-Benz 200 saloon 1966 – moss green


183589 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe 1980 – blue metallic


183467 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Inca red


183453 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 2017 – silver


183421 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 – blue metallic


187663 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 -blue metallic


187595 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 1993 – black


188433 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1995 – red

1:43 Scale


155584 Citroen C5 Tourer 2011 “SMUR de Forez”


474218 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 light green


479818 Peugeot Partner 2010 “Fire Brigade medical service”



530023 Chausson AP52 Coach 1955 – clear grey & blue


1:87 Scale


153028 Citroen 7A 1934 – blue & black


153027 Citroen 11A 1937 – grey


155054 Citroen ID19 Break 1960 – light brown


158511 Citroen SM 1972 – Scarabee brown metallic


451896 Panhard Dyna Z12 1957 – Narcissus yellow

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