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Corgi July to December 2017

By Maz Woolley

All pictures used to illustrate this article are from Corgi’s web site. Most are mock ups or 3D renderings rather than examples of the final models. 

Business Background

I make no apologies for starting this article with news about the Hornby Hobbies business as June is not only when they announce the second half models but it is also their financial year end.

Already this year we have seen the company drop its plans to build a visitor centre to replace the one lost when they sold their headquarters site. This was followed in April by a major shareholder,  New Pistoia Income Limited, calling for the removal of Roger Canham the Executive Chairman. Before the Annual Results New Pistoia decided to cut their losses and sold the 20% they held in Hornby hobbies for 32 pence a share to Phoenix Asset Management Partners the biggest shareholder who now have 55% and have now to offer to buy any other shareholders shares at 32 pence.

Whilst all this upheaval took place the annual results were announced and the CEO/Chairman Roger Canham’s resignation as well. A growing underlying pre-tax loss of over six million pounds was widely reported in the Financial columns. Whilst their cash situation has significantly improved this will still leave them little capital to invest in new products so only the fast selling products with the highest level of margin will get any investment. The shareholders have not had a dividend for several years now and the shares values have flat lined over the last year so they are all losing money on the shares which cannot go on for ever.

Why does this matter to collectors of model vehicles? Well Corgi is hardly mentioned in any discussions of Hornby at all and apart from the 1:48 Lightning model investments in new mouldings are non-existent apart from a single 1:50 truck not even listed in the second half release section of their web pages.  The company states that its turnround is well under way with a belief that all UK brands have been maintained despite all the cost cutting measures taken, lower sales, and restrictions in the sales channels they are servicing. I am not sure that that does not count as what are now known as “alternate facts”. Collectors are right to be uneasy when they see that the  Corgi brand is not mentioned once in the plans for the next stage of the turnround.

It is against this background that Corgi announced their July to December catalogue. Almost everything in it is a new version of a casting already used several times in the past. Some castings  like the Vanguards Morris Minors and Mini are now several generations old and simply not up to the standards of Oxford Diecast, or PCT made models for part works or ranges like Whitebox. Looking at the Corgi Forum the posts about the new releases are mostly negative which I know reflects several MAR Online readers views as well. Corgi have not even listed some models on their web site that Hattons has listed like the re-released Basil Fawlty Austin  or yet another Mr Bean Mini.

I believe that the situation is clear: Hornby has no intention of investing in any significant level of new tooling for the Corgi ranges. Their sole idea of keeping Corgi alive is to produce re-paints of old castings and hope that they sell enough to milk some contribution from the brand to their financial recovery. In my opinion Corgi is now a spent force and Hornby is deluding itself if they expect collectors to pay nearly thirty pounds for Vanguards models made from  ageing moulds when DeAgostini/Atlas and others offer more for less money.

Corgi 2017 Second Half Catalogue

The models listed below are those listed by Corgi on their web site for the second half of 2017. Their January 2017 announcement was already reported here.  When checking a supplier website there are models available to order that are not in the catalogue such as five re-released James Bond vehicles, Mr Bean’s Mini, and Basil Fawlty’s 1100. There is also a single 1:50 scale lorry, Scania R (Face Lift) Flatbed Trailer & Brick Load “Ian Craig Haulage Ltd, Falkirk, Scotland”,  claimed to be new tooling. If these are new it seems strange that Corgi did not include them on their website listing.

My observations on the models offered are:

  1. The Royal Wedding Anniversary models are crude and horrid and quite expensive for the type of souvenir shop likely to want to stock them. I can’t see collectors wanting them at all.
  2. I hope the metallic models are not made with reflective flakes the size showing in pictures
  3. How many times are they going to release that Mini casting – it was not good when first released and looks even worse now compared to modern models?
  4. Who lined up all that awful thick silver detailing on the Minor Police Car windows?
  5. Why are they using the same moulds used already for re-paints recently so soon like the Sunbeam Alpine?
  6. Why is an “export” Rover 3500 fitted with UK number plates?
  7. Why keep on flogging the “New London Bus” to death when the new Mayor has cancelled buying any more of them?
  8. Why keep on releasing Land Rovers when Oxford will be doing them and charging significantly less?
  9. Why bother with the Captain Scarlett car? It has now slipped out of fashion again.
  10.   Many earlier releases of the re-used castings are available on eBay and at Toy Fairs for much less money why buy a new one?
  11. How can anybody at Corgi say they are “proud to introduce the July to December 2017 Corgi range, featuring a host of new introductions

Aviation Archive

English Electric Lightning F6 XR728/JS , RAF Binbrook

 

Albatros D.Va D.7327/17, Lt. Lothar Weiland, Jasta 5, Seefrontstaffel 1

 

Fokker DR.1 Triplane 213/17 ‘K’, Lt. Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Kempf, Jasta 2

 

Sopwith Camel F.1 B6313, Major William George ‘Billy’ Barker RAF

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-97880/DF-F ‘Little Miss Mischief’ USAAF

 

Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA461, RAF No.15 Squadron, Special Scheme

 

Dornier Do17Z-2 U5-BH, 1./KG.2 ‘Holzhammer’ Operation Marita

 

Junkers Ju-88C-6 F8+BX, 13./KG40, Battle over the Biscay

 

Short Sunderland Mk.III W3999/ RB-Y No.10 Squadron RAAF, Early 1942

 

Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XW538/S, RAF No.16 Squadron, RAF Gutersloh

 

Hawker Typhoon lB RB389/I8-P ‘Pulverizer IV’, No.440 Sqn RCAF

 

Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 G9+LN, Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer

 

Westland Puma HC.1 XW220/AC, RAF No.72 Squadron, Aldergrove, 1997

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2359/YB-J, ‘Winged Popeye’, RAF No.17 Sqn

 

Gloster Sea Gladiator N5519/G6A, No,802 NAS, HMS Glorious, 1939

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 ‘Yellow 1’ Oblt. Gerhard Schopfel, Battle of Britain

 

Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 P8127 ‘White 47’, Robert ‘R.T’ Smith, 3rd Sqn AVG

 

North American P-51D Mustang 44-13586/C5-T ‘Hurry Home Honey’, USAAF

Vanguards

 

Volkswagen Beetle, Type 1 Export Saloon Horizon Blue

 

Land Rover Series 1 80” RAC Road Service Vehicle

 

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3 Prairie Yellow

 

Austin Se7en Deluxe, Vanden Plas ‘Mini’ Lord Austin’s Daughter Irene Austin, Princess Blue-Grey Metallic

Morris Minor 1000 The Lothians and Peebles Constabulary

 

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E Automatic Sahara Beige

 

Ford Cortina Mk2 Twin Cam (Lotus) Red II

 

Rover P6 3500S Scarab Blue, Export Specification, RHD

 

Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Modena Green

 

Ford Sierra XR4i Strato Silver

 

Ford Capri 2300GT Mk1 1969 Tour de France Automobile

 

Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 1979 Lombard RAC Rally of Great Britain

 

Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Quartz Blue Metallic

 

Morris Minor 1000 Traveller Bermuda Blue

Original Omnibus

 

New Routemaster, Go-Ahead London, 88 Camden Town

 

New Routemaster, Go Ahead London, 88 Clapham Common

 

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Shuttle Bus

Others

 

Paddington Bear New Routemaster

 

Captain Scarlet Classic Spectrum Saloon Car

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Mini

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Routemaster

Bloodhound SSC Super Hauler

 

Corgi Christmas Super Hauler

Closing thoughts

Long time MAR readers will know that I have been a collector of Corgi models in the past and have been getting more and more restive with each underwhelming release announcement. I know many of you feel the same. I think that the thing I find most insulting to collectors is the pretence that the Corgi range is active and vibrant. Some honesty and openness about the role Hornby think Corgi has going forward would be welcome. Some of us have been Corgi Collectors since our childhood.

What do you the reader think?

Last thought. If  Hornby can’t make anything of the range, it would surely be better to sell it to someone else who can?


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News from the Continent – Herpa June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs are by the Author, except where otherwise acknowledged.

Here is a selection of models from releases made by Herpa between January and May 2017.  All are to 1:87 scale except where otherwise stated.

1:43 Scale

The Porsche 911 miniatures announced in 2016 have now arrived on the general market. The three 911 models shown below are also sold in Porsche shops which perhaps explains why the quality and finish is first class. These are all to 1:43 scale.

071024/071031 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 991 II

The Cabriolet is modelled open with the body painted a choice of racing yellow or deep metallic black. The accurate body shape is complemented by the fault free paint. The Porsche emblem on the bonnet is a small insert as are many other details.

Lettering below the engine cover are exact replicas of the real car and are printed in silver. The Interior has a detailed dashboard and steering wheel, as well as a well moulded centre console, seats and door cards. All in all this gives an excellent impression of the real car. The 5 star alloy wheels are well moulded and reveal the excellent brake discs and calipers. A fairly detailed baseplate is fitted and the exhaust system is executed well and includes the two chromed end pipes.

 

070980/070997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet 991 II

The Cabriolet in “S” version has a more powerful engine. This is also modelled open. This time in a white or metallic sapphire blue. The general level of finish is the same as the black and yellow Carrera models seen above. Note that the exhaust system is different on this model replicating the differences to be seen on the real cars.

 

071048/071055 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Here the body in available in white or metallic rhodium silver. The body is true to the prototype shape and immaculately painted. Many small separate parts are used for lights and other features. The interior is in a brownish red shade. Dashboard, steering wheel and centre console are excellent replicas  of the original car as are the seats.

At the rear end, the four exhaust pipes of the 4S show the correct features unique to this version of the Carrera. Again lovely replica alloy wheels reveal the neatly modelled brake discs and calipers.

1:87 scale models

 

745475 Ford FK 3000 Cologne lorry with flatbed and canvas cover “German Army”

The Cologne was produced by Ford between 1951 and 1955. The newly founded West-German Bundeswehr (Army) ordered a batch of them as basic transport. The accurately shaped miniature is not painted in the correct shade of matt olive green for the Bundeswehr, the accurate colour would be more of a Silk matt olive.

 

092760 Volkswagen T6 with trailer, loaded with Vespa motorscooter

For short inner city work the Brunswick based haulier Wandt had a restored Vespa painted in the shade of green used in its livery. This Vespa will be released as part of the one-off set with a Volkswagen T6 box body van and trailer also in Wandt livery.

 

Copyright in the image above belongs to dreamstime.com

306713 Volvo FH Gl. XL Eurocombi “Ristimaa Apache”

As can be seen from the photographs above Herpa has re-created this flamboyant show truck faithfully. Juha Ristimaas create custom trucks to the highest standard. This impressive “Giga-Liner” is in the livery of Kuljetus Ristimaa a Finish Haulier. It was first displayed at the annual trucking event “Power Truck Show 2016” in Alaharma, Finland. The four axle Volvo FH16 650 pulls a five axle trailer.

 

307062 Scania 142 articulated concrete mixer

The classic Scania bonnetted trucks are always a highlight in the Herpa program. Here the model is of a 6×4 tractor with a day cab and trailer with a concrete mixer mounted on it. It adds to the Herpa construction models.

 

307024 Volvo FH16 Gl. XL Eurocombi “Tynjälä Oy” Finland

Another oversized drawbar outfit from Finland. Over 50 print processes were needed to reproduce the livery.

 

159173-006 Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace rigid tractor, traffic-yellow

 

158299-004 Mercedes-Benz Actros M 08 all wheel drive 3-axle rigid tractor

Power to all three axles for best traction. Cabin in white which allows modellers to apply their own decals.

 

307161 Iveco with Interchargable Boxes and drawbar trailer “Deutrans”

In the end of the 1980s, the German Democratic Republic haulier Deutrans simplified its truck design and sent their trucks on the road in white with blue and orange stripes. The carefully selected drivers of all vehicles carrying traffic to the West had to prove a certain loyalty to the party line and fulfilled spying orders during their tours.

 

307352 Volvo FH Gi Lowliner curtain canvas articulated truck “Willi Betz”

The haulage group Willi Betz operates multiple companies across Europe serving many customers and has an annual turnover of around 250 million Euros a year.

The founder Willi Betz recently escaped jail due to a serious illness after a lawsuit was taken against the family for bribery, social security fraud and tax evasion. His son was not so lucky and had to pay a 2.1 Million Euros fine and must go into prison for five years.


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1966 (67) Ford Galaxie

By John Quilter

A website shows a rather lengthy series of 1:43 scale Mexican cars produced for the Grandes Automobile Memorables  partwork by Premium & Collectibles Trading Co of China (PCT) who are the makers of many other models  for  Atlas and DeAgostini as well as their own brands such as  Ixo, IST and PremiumX.

http://coleccionescheveres.blogspot.com/2016/05/coleccion-grandes-autos-memorables-143.html

I was able to find the 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 sedan, shown above, on sale from a  Spanish vendor on eBay. Inquiries to him indicate that he does not have others in this series which is unfortunate as some would be of interest to me.

This subject Galaxie is labelled as a 1967 but in the USA this exact same car was a 1966 model. The model has some issues, the major one being the white roof is moulded with a section of the front scuttle and rear scuttle in a non-matching white colour, the rest of the car being a pale yellow as shown in the photograph above.

I believe Ford did two tone cars in this era but more likely the roof was a vinyl roof, often in black.

When I got my model I wanted to correct the scuttle issue so was able to find a Krylon yellow what was a very close match to the body of the car. With a small brush, I used this to cover the louvred front scuttle, see photograph above.

As luck would have it, a pad of yellow notebook paper was an exact match for the yellow so I cut out a rectangle and using double backed tape stuck it to the mismatched rear scuttle ( I think Post-it-Note yellow is the same). This can be seen in the photograph above.

The next improvement was to add a black wash to the grill and finally since virtually all Fords of this era came with thin whitewall tires, I needed to replicate these as well for the final touch. There are decals out there for adding white walls to black wall tires but they are all too wide, more like one would see from the 1930s to the early to mid-1950s. So how to make a representation of a thin white wall? I found that in the past I have made wheel trim rings (rim embellishers) out of silver coloured wire of various gauges. I thought if I could do this why not some whitewalls. Using 24 gauge wire I wound it around the handle of a small screwdriver and cut it to length. Then laid four of them out, sprayed with white paint and with just a touch of epoxy glue laid them on the tires. Not exactly three dimensionally correct but a fair representation of the period style white wall.

Since I like the basic model, I have ordered another one which will be converted into an LTD four door hard top which Ford had just launched to compete with the, new for 1965 Chevrolet Caprice. Both of these cars were top of the line full sized cars for their respective makes and almost always had black vinyl tops and ultra-fancy seat and interior trim. I hope to replicate one of these in the future.

Now if someone will make available the others in this Grandes Autos Memorables series I can add some more models which have never been made before to my ever growing collection.


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The Ford in Miniature – F150 2004-2008

By Dave Turner

“Consider the Ante Upped” – F150 2004-2008

Photographs and illustrations of some of the models discussed can be found at the end of the article.

This was the eleventh generation of F150, and as such it was moving a little closer in appearance to its big brother the ‘Super Duty’ F250/350 and this was with the intention of giving the F150 a bit more of a rugged character. The nose was a little more ‘thrusting’, the box a couple of inches deeper and the cabs 6” longer. The previous generation of F150 (1997-2003) was covered in MAR 231/2/3 in 2009.

Completely re-engineered the 2004 F150 was 50% stiffer than before with uprated suspension and brakes while more effort was put into rust resistance in the materials and protection. It was voted Truck of the Year by Motor Trend magazine.

As with most US vehicles in this period there was such a vast choice of models, layouts and fittings that hardly any two F150s could be identical, despite them being the best selling vehicle in the US for many years. For example there were three types of cab – the Regular, the Supercab and the Supercrew. All had four doors but the Supercrew rear doors had their own exterior handle and could be opened independently of the front doors. There were three lengths of box 5’6”, 6’6” and 8’ and these came as Styleside or Flareside while there were no less than four wheelbase choices – 126”, 132” 144” and 163”. For 2004 all the engines were V8s – a 4.6 litre and an optional 5.4.

Five models lined up for ’04, starting with the XL then the STX – identified by its colour coded bumpers and featuring more sophisticated in-car entertainment. Next was the XLT with yet more luxurious features, including the option of the Supercrew cab, not available on XL or STX. The FX4 Off Road version came equipped to deal with rough use complete with skid plates to protect the underside. Top of the tree for ’04 was the Lariat with full leather trim and imitation wood panelling.

For 2005 a 4.2 litre in-line six was added to the engine choices while an even more up-market offering came in the form of the King Ranch complete with Castano leather trim and the Triton 5.4 300hp V8 as standard. Total ’05 F Series production was 939,000, a record year for the series.

A further special edition came for the 2006 year, the Harley Davidson, with 22” wheels and a ‘tuned exhaust’ – no doubt to satisfy the motor cycle senses, while 2007 saw the arrival of the FX2 Sports Special Equipment package.

For 2008, the 60th Anniversary of the Ford F series, a special 60th Anniversary Edition was produced while the XL and STX were finally available with the Supercrew cab. The Harley Davidson version became the 105th Anniversary model while yet another lavishly equipped truck came as the Limited – just 5,000 of which were produced.

As is often the case, the vast majority of the models depict the first year of the series, no doubt all produced during the real vehicles production. This was approaching the end of a period during which some superb 1:18 models were affordable, more recently their detail has been cut back in order to make them viable. However a close look at the Beanstalk ’04 FX4 illustrates the point, everything opens neatly, interior detail is stunning while beneath the hood and the underside lacks very little. If the FX4 skid plates had been included all the running gear detail would have been obscured.
There are of course several smaller F150s at the budget end of the spectrum such as the 1:31 FX4 from Showcast and the 1:24 ’04 Supercab from Superior/Sunnyside. Maisto did a 1:18 ’06 Lariat plus a smaller 1:24 FX4, both in Supercab form while for the kids to play with they also did a 1:48 XL with regular cab, the pull-back motor on the rear axle forcing the box floor to be very high. The base is marked 1:50.

Smaller toys came from Ertl, Matchbox and the inevitable unidentified item from China. The latter is a quite acceptable Styleside Supercab with the usual whizzwheels, possibly derived from the Ertl while the Matchbox depicts a concept SVT Lightning with Flareside box, at least the real thing did exist.

Model Listing – Ford F150 2004-2008.

Action China 16007 2006 Supercab
Beanstalk China 10027 2004 FX4  Supercab Flareside 6’6” box 321mm 1:18 diecast
Ertl China 33840 2004 Supercab Styleside 1:64 diecast
Maisto China 31248 2004 FX4  Supercab Flareside 1:31 diecast
Maisto China 2004 XL Regular cab Styleside 6”6”box 113mm 1:47 diecast
Maisto China 36128 2006 Lariat Supercab Styleside 1:18 diecast
Matchbox China 663 2004 SVT Lightning concept regular cab  Flareside 6’6” 75mm 1:72 diecast
Showcast 34248 2004 FX4  Supercab Flareside 188mm 1:31 diecast
Superior/Sunnyside 9607D 2004 Supercab Flareside 241mm 1:24 diecast
Unknown China L9844 2004 Supercab Styleside 5’6”box 74mm 1:73 diecast

Illustrations: Ford F150 2004-2008.

 

Beanstalk 1:18 diecast from China: 10027, 2004 FX4 Supercab with Flareside box.

Maisto 1:31 diecast from China: 31248, 2004 FX4 Supercab with Flareside box.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 36128, 2006 Lariat Supercab with Styleside box.

Matchbox 1:72 diecast from China: 663, 2004 SVT Lightning concept Regular cab and Flareside box.

Showcast 1:31 diecast: 34248, 2004 FX4 Supercab with Flareside box.

Superior 1:14 diecast: 9607D, 2004 Supercab with Flareside box.

 

Unknown 1:73 diecast from China: L9844: 2004 Supercab with Styleside box.


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Mattel Fast and Furious Escort Mark I

By Maz Woolley

 

The Fast and Furious films have had model producers scrambling to obtain licences from Universal as they are sure fire winners with a buying public who may not by any other models. They are also crossover products appealing to both model car and film model collectors. Greenlight’s 1:43 scale Fast and Furious Escort model was featured in a MAR Online post some time ago, and Greenlight also have it in 1:18 scale as well.

Greenlight and Racing Champions have already been licensed to create 1:64 scale Fast and Furious merchandise but so has Mattel. Mattel’s Hot Wheels models are around 1:64 and widely collected especially in the USA. Here we look at Mattel’s Fast and Furious range, and in particular the Ford Escort.

Mattel has not branded this model as Hot Wheels but has put it in a premium blister pack with full Fast and Furious branding and a free download of “Fast and Furious Filmmaker” application. The model itself has been diecast in China for Mattel whereas Hot Wheels tend to come from other Far Eastern locations like Malaysia. It appears that they also sold Fast and Furious sets so you may race your models.

The model has rather more details than a typical Hot Wheels model with nice wheels,  rather than standard commodity items. The detailing is all printed and fairly basic with rear lights too narrow and only in red and the front indicators not painted at all. The grille and lights is again to a higher standard but all in silver where parts should be matt black. The blue paint is applied with an “orange peel” look when it reflects light.

The interior of the model is obscured by the dark windows but under lights one can see that it is a very basic interior indeed. Looking at the exterior the shape of the car is wrong with no curved line at the bottom of the rear window and the roof looking strangely pinched probably because the rear pillar is the wrong shape and not thick enough which means the rear window slopes at to extreme an angle. The striping is not the same as the film car either,at the front or the rear particularly at the front. The front extra lights are also moulded to sit too low as well.

Mattel has also released a Hot Wheels Escort RS1600 in their HW Workshop series with Fast and Furious branding. This is a completely different casting with a different shape, less detailing, four not two spotlights and the spotlights made in clear plastic. The wheels are ordinary “hot wheels” though with a gold foil finish. The overall shape of this casting seems to be closer to the original Escort than the more expensive Mattel model though the side stripes are utterly wrong here as they do not extend over the wheel arches.

The American market for Movie models must be a very substantial one to lead to so many firms offering models and Mattel offering it twice to two market sectors in two different castings to the same scale.


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Hitch and Tow Series 8 Pop-Up Trailer

By Maz Woolley

 

The Greenlight 1:64 scale Hitch and Tow series made in China for the US is well established with Series Ten being launched this month. Most series have few new trailers now with the same trailer appearing in new colours and with a different tow car. Here we look at the pop-up camping trailer first seen in series eight with a Ford F-150 pickup towing it. This trailer appears again in series 10 pulled by a 1970 Ford F-100 pickup as the tow car.

The camper can be displayed in open form as seen at the top of this posting or closed as shown immediately above. Please note that it normally has a white gas cylinder mounted on the body just above the tow bar however this has broken off mine.

Inside the camper is a simplified interior which is superfluous as it cannot be seen when the camper is displayed either open or closed.

As the photograph above shows the folding fabric has been well modelled on the tent section. This section is made out of plastic and locates with a lugs into the base and the metal cover/roof locates into the top of the plastic section with the small lugs it also uses to locate into the metal base section when shown closed.

The Ford F-150 is well modelled with the complicated front lights neatly inserted as separate items. The interior with its second row of seats has been modelled in some detail though it has no printed details. The tyres even have the Goodyear details printed on them and the Ford logo is printed on the grille centre. The F-150 is a best selling vehicle in the US despite a combined cycle fuel usage of 18-20 miles to a US Gallon.

Given that it is being used to go camping a cover or top fitted on the truck bed to cover the luggage and camping gear might have been nice but one can hardly complain about its absence given Greenlight’s pricing of this range.

The US 1:64 scale marketplace seems to be thriving with new series planned for the near future.  Some early castings of M2s forthcoming Datsun range have been shown, the 240Z and Bluebird, and they look very good as shown with no opening doors. I am sure that a lot of collectors are looking forward to the models.


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New Neo and Model Car Garage May 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs provided by Model Car World.

Model Car Group 

This brand is one of the many owned by Model Car World in Germany. It produces diecast and plastic models to 1:18 scale which are diecast in China for Germany. They are very competitively priced  in Europe offering a 1:18 scale diecast for only a little more than many mainstream 1:43 diecasts.

MCG #209972 Rover 3500 V8, Dark Yellow, RHD 1974

This casting has already been seen in police car livery but here it is in civilian form in a typical period “mustard” colour and with the optional boot fitting for the spare wheel which then allowed you to get your golf clubs in the boot.

The photographs suggest that key features like the “egg crate” grille, the wheel covers, and badging are all nicely captured.

 

MCG #209974 Saab 96 V4, blue 1971

Another seventies car and one that looks like an excellent model in the manufacturers photographs. The grille looks very good and the light lenses seem excellent too. The Saab logo on the mudflaps is a nice touch.

MCG #209973 Saab 96 V4, beige 1971

The beige version looks to be identical to its blue companion. Both colours are accurate for the period and I would not be surprised to see the car in the deep red which was often seen on seventies Saabs at a later date.

Neo

Neo is another Model Car World brand. In this case the models are made in resin in China for Germany and the cars shown below are to 1:43 scale. This range is more expensive than the MCG cars shown above.

Neo #176744 Ford Ranchero GT, white and orange, 1972

This complements the version of an earlier model of the Ranchero Neo did in black, and the Torino cars that it introduced some time ago. Photographs suggest that this model captures the original well with its car front end and truck like rear.

Neo #169249 Glas 1700 GT, silver 1965

Neo has already made the earlier Glas Isar T700 and here is the later 1700 GT. The Glas GT was a sports coupé produced by Hans Glas GmbH at Dingolfing. It was launched in September 1963 with a 1300cc engine at the Frankfurt Motor Show and production started in March 1964. The larger engined 1700 GT was launched  in May 1965.

In 1967 BMW acquired Glas and a number of cars were built with BMW engines and badges before BMW ceased production of the inherited Glas models in 1968.


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Brooklin BRK23 Makeover

By Maz Woolley

 

The model pictured is an early Brooklin model which has not been available from Brooklin for some years. However such models do turn up from time to time on eBay which is where the author found his.

I have always had a fondness for the US 1956 Ford perhaps because it so clearly influenced the German Ford Taunus 17m Baroque which is another of my favourites. So when a model came up on eBay missing parts for a bargain price I decided to  buy it in the hope that Brooklin could provide the missing parts. The photograph above show the model as supplied missing grille, mascot, and a rear light cluster. Amazingly Brooklin not only supplied the parts for this old model at a very reasonable price but sent them quickly and  in a very neat small box. Brooklin has a fine reputation for its after sales service and my experience shows that this is richly deserved.

This model is typical of early Brooklins in having chrome components moulded in but none of them picked out making for a somewhat plain model. As the model was sold at a low price I thought that I could afford to risk picking out key areas of chrome. Having no skill with bare metal foil I decided to highlight chrome badging, side mouldings, and window surrounds using a Molotow “Liquid Chrome” pen which I had already used on other models to replace the Pentel Silver pens that I used previously.

Whilst the end result is far from the standard achieved by John Roberts and shown in Randall Olson’s Ford in Miniature book I think that my detailing lifts the model considerably allowing it to be shown alongside newer Fordor models from Ixo without looking  out of place.

The 1956 Ford Fairlane Two Door Club Sedan was sold with either the “mileage maker” straight six of 3.6 Litres or two V8s including the “Thunderbird V8” of 5.1 Litres. All models would have theoretically been able to exceed 100MPH. A base price of $2,143 would have quickly increased if the V8 was chosen and any items taken from the extensive options list.

Whilst detailing the model I used Kristal Klear over the metal light lenses to address another Brooklin shortcoming. I am pleased with the effect which makes them a little more realistic than the bare metal studs as fitted.

At the rear attention was needed as the light cluster was not painted correctly by Brooklin. There needs to be a red centre surrounded by a chrome ring and another ring of red outside. Brooklin just paint the central portion. There is also a tiny reflector at the top of the light fitting that has to be picked out. Finally the decorative fitting on the boot lid needs to be black washed as it is completely chromed on the model as sold.

I like to think that I have turned a scrap box item into a neat model. And one that cost less than a new Corgi 1:43 scale model  for the model and the spares from Brooklin.

Readers are invited to send us pictures and descriptions of any detailing or rescue projects that they have undertaken.


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The Ford in Miniature – Transit 1965 to 1970

By Dave Turner

“Made to your measure from widest choice” – Transit

A detailed model listing and photographs of some of the models described may be found after the text.

If the success of a vehicle can be measured by the number of miniatures made of it, then the humble Ford Transit must rest up there with any exotic Ferrari. Naturally describing them all at once might become tedious as there are so many models and toys of the Transit. So I will divide coverage of the Transits and I will cover vans made after 1970 in a future posting.

It is alarming that for the 30 plus years this ongoing review of miniature Fords has been going, the Transit has not as yet been included. Especially (or maybe because!) since the late 1960s Transits, and few vans of other makes and of various ages, have been the basis on which the writers livelihood has relied.

Launched in the UK in October 1965, the Transit was the result of a directive from Ford HQ in Dearborn that a ‘common van’ should be created for the European market by Ford UK and Ford Germany…. in co-operation with each other! At that time in 1961, Ford UK were selling their forward control Thames 400E van quite successfully, while Ford Germany were selling their FK1000 Taunus van, very similar in outline to the 400E but totally different in detail, and already actually called Transit.

The main features of the new common van was that it should benefit from the better handling of a semi-forward control vehicle while at the same time maximising cargo space. Early experimental layouts were based on the US Econoline van while the idea of having the short nose required for a power unit like a V4 and providing a wider platform than was previously considered acceptable seemed to promise what was desired. Ford Germany had already produced a range of V4 (and V6) engines in 1962, the smallest for their Taunus 12M, while Ford UK were going to retain a bit of individuality by producing their own V4 and V6, their V4 making its debut with the new Transit in October 1965 simultaneously with the Corsair V4 passenger car.

From the start, the range and choices for the new Transit were vast. Two wheelbase lengths were 106” and 118”. On the smaller with a 1.7 litre V4 engine came 12cwt, 17cwt and 22cwt vehicles while the larger came with a 2.0 litre V4 plus twin rear wheels and offered 25cwt, 30 cwt and 35 cwt units. From September 1966 a 290 van arrived, based on the 17cwt chassis cowl, similarly treated the 35 cwt chassis cowl could form the basis of the 390 van while from January 1968 the smaller vehicles had the option of the larger 2.0 litre V4 engine.

With the increase in popularity of diesel propulsion, it was obvious that such a unit should be available in the new Transit. A crafty modification involving a 4” extension to the front panel, providing a distinctive ‘diesel nose’ enabled the Perkins 4/99 4 cyl diesel to be accommodated. From April ’66 this was changed to the Perkins 4/108. Selected customers could specify Fords rapid V6 petrol engine and this special long nose could accommodate the longer V6, and at the same time was ideal for hiding the identity of such a potent vehicle. Bulky but relatively light loads inspired the 100L conversion by Martin Walter, replacing the twin rear wheels on the lwb with singles and at the same time removing the need for the projecting mudguards.

Famously the Transit has come in every form possible, one of the early sales brochures from late 1965 included the initial range of Ford produced examples – the simple van of course and a Combi on all but the 12cwt, featuring bus type side windows as a basis for personnel carrier, caravan or ambulance conversion. Then there were complete buses on the 17,22 and 25 cwt base vehicles having a variety of internal seat layouts. For aftermarket body conversions there were chassis cab, chassis windscreen and chassis cowl options available. The simple choice of doors on the Transit van takes some understanding, like the two front side doors, the second van side door can be hinged or sliding, on one or two sides and with the two hinged rear doors there are no less than 16 door permutations possible. One option was for a lift up tailgate in place of the double rear doors and in Europe this was the more popular choice, the UK preferred hinged rear doors.

From July 1967 the Borg Warner 35 auto box could be specified, while in February 1968 the facia and grille were subtly changed. In October 1969 the 12cwt variant was uprated to 14cwt by upgrading the rear springs and tyres while at the same time the 17cwt was uprated to 18cwt. In November 1969 another small update took place when the front side lights were incorporated into the headlights, resulting in the flashing indicator now being a complete disc of amber.

More fully equipped ‘Custom’ Transits came with extra options such as a heater and better trim and initially can be identified by their plated bumper and white painted grille. In December 1970 some more substantial updates were accompanied by a re-styled front panel, providing a convenient point at which to pause in this first part of the miniature Transit story.

Where to start with the models themselves? abs seems to present an obvious alphabetical launch. This one-time vast range of white metal kits was recorded as producing a Strachan bodied Transit minicoach in MAR 68 (1992) in their 1:76 Streetscene range. this was intended as an item for a diorama, or model railway. As most of the illustrations of real Strachan Transits indicate that they were based on the diesel lwb chassis cowl it has to be assumed that the abs was such an item.

More 1:76 metal kits come from John Day, a list of which have been kindly supplied by Maz Woolley and a caravan was described by Maz in MAR 179.

Still in 1:76 scale, the Best Box van was part of the range of pocket sized diecast toys produced by a company set up around 1960 to employ disabled redundant mine workers in the South Eastern part of Holland. (DAF was another mid ‘60s operation initially employing ex miners.) Their Transit van originally came with opening front doors and lifting tailgate but when the range was re-launched as EFSI in 1971 the Transit had only a functioning tailgate. A variety of liveries have been noted.

Brekina has produced H0 scale (1:87) model vehicles since 1980. Their Mk 1 Transits have been produced with both pre and post 1970 front ends in both van and 9 seater bus form. Like most European based models they invariably feature a lifting tailgate rather than twin rear doors. They also appear in the Faller roadway range of vehicles, modified to follow the magnetic track.

In 2005 Corgi introduced the Mk 1 Transit in their Trackside range, listed as 1:76, the 00 model railway scale, but actually 1:72 when measured. They came in either plain white or as a Post Office van, and for a change on a ready made model they had right hand drive and hinged rear doors! The base is marked simply “Trackside”.

Railway modellers finally got a new 00 gauge Mk 1 in 2015 when Oxford issued their very long wheelbase – no less than a scale 164” – RAC and AA recovery vehicles. In 2016 a swb van joined the range – an excellent little model nicely detailed, down to clearly legible licence plates – GYH 194D – a London issue from 1966.

Smaller still are the N gauge 1:148 scale metal kits from Rod Parker, who apparently made the masters for the John Day 1:76 Transits. These tiny productions were described by Maz Wooley in MAR 238.

The Schuco Piccolo series offers something a little different – their 1:86 scale Mk 1 Transit, like all Piccolo miniatures, is a hefty semi-solid one-piece casting featuring delicate rubber tyres on plated wheels/axles that are rather insecurely crimped to the base of the body. A variety of liveries can be found on these endearing little Transits. The first red coloured issue was a sharper rendition than the Piccolo miniatures had previously been and marked the change from the annual ‘special’ being presented in a wooden box to coming in a red tin.

Going back up to 1:68 scale the Husky Mk1 was described on its base as a Martin Walter Caravan. It bristled with detail while the interior contained everything including the kitchen sink, visible by lifting up the tailgate. From 1970 the Husky name was replaced by the Corgi Junior logo.

The Dinky Toy Transit came along almost alongside the first real Mk1, arriving in 1966 in Kenwood and subsequently Hertz livery. Featuring sliding drivers door, hinged left side door and hinged back doors it featured single rear wheels, so was it intended to depict the 100L Transit? It was also produced in various emergency service guises. A pair of slightly smaller plastic lwb Transits marked only with the familiar “Made in Hong Kong” on the base were obviously taken from the Dinky as so many little details confirm. A van and bus, these both have a flywheel motor on the back axle, plus respectively a ladder and a roof rack but like the Dinky have only single rear wheels. It is known that Mk 1 Transits were included in the Lucky range but they are invariably marked Lucky on their base. A single sheet Lucky Catalogue No 1 shows the van in several forms but no bus.

From Mea in France came a 1:43 resin kit for a swb van and the decals that come with it create a Team Castrol vehicle for Barry Sheene. Leaving them off and you have a nice plain standard van.
Another 1:43 Mark 1 van came from Minichamps along with a 9 seater bus both featuring a rear tailgate rather than hinged doors. The van has also appeared in the Atlas partwork and has “Atlas Verlag’ on the base in place of the Minichamps logo. They are very similar apart from lacking external mirrors and featuring a different badge on the tailgate while the roof is lower at the rear than that on the Minichamps. Also looking very similar is the 9 seater bus from Norev now having the ‘Norev’ name on the base but also noticeable in that like the Atlas issue the roof is lower at the rear than that on the Minichamps bus.

Corgi’s Mk 1 that came in their Vanguards range in 2001 was hailed as a masterpiece at the time and indeed the detailing on the first issue – Post Office Telephones, supports this. Etched wipers and separate plated door handles are among its highlights. Unfortunately, when they issued “The Millionth Transit” Combi the side windows were present only as a decal, on top of which the example to hand has deteriorated terribly since purchase – metal fatigue and peeling paint. On top of that, the actual millionth real Transit was a diesel nosed example! Corgi had already produced an excellent diesel fronted van, albeit retaining the same base with V4 petrol exhaust layout, or V6 petrol. They gave it “Eddie Stobart” livery and reg number JLA 347D – a London 1966 issue. Did Eddie Stobart ever run Mk 1 Transits? Numerous additional liveries have been issued since including a 40th Anniversary example in plain white.

Way out of reach of the average Ford collector, the Premium Classixxs 1:18 scale lwb van lacks nothing in detail and desirability. At close to a couple of hundred pounds each it came in both Ford Motorsport and Porsche Racing livery, those active in the latter sphere will be more likely to have the wherewithal necessary to buy one of these beauties.

All is not lost, a ‘poor mans’ Ford Motorsport Mk 1 came in 1:43 from Spark along with a few other team vehicles. It even features the same registration number as the Premium Classixxs model- TOO 448R, which is itself a mystery as that is a 1976 Essex issue and from long after the first type grille had been modified. Nevertheless it is a nice model and has a delicate looking etched roof rack that is far more robust than it appears. Spark also did a diesel nose lwb van in Firestone livery and it differed from the Ford Motorsport version by not having side doors but depicting twin hinged rear doors rather than a lift-up tailgate. The base did retain the V4 petrol exhaust pattern – or was it a V6 engine inside that diesel nose?

More motorsport Mk 1s have been produced in 1:46 by Ixo, appearing under a variety of umbrellas such as DeAgostini and Eaglemoss. The Ford/Castrol issue depicts the lwb single rear wheel 100L type. From DeAgostini it was accompanied by a Mk11 rally Escort on a trailer, despite the absence of any means of attaching the trailer to the rear of the van. This Transit carries licence number JVX 316V, again from Essex but this time from 1979. The ‘Michelin’ Mk 1 from Altaya has single rear wheels but they are back to front, like the outer on a twin wheel set up. At least the licence plate on this is correct datewise, AEH 953H – Stoke-on-Trent 1969. A red Mk1 from Ixo comes in Porsche Racing colours from Eaglemoss.

The German Mini-Auto operation used the brand names R.W. Modell and subsequently Ziss and finally Euro-Modell from the 1960s to around 1980. Their Mark 1 Transit swb van and Kombi were marked 1:43 on their base but were much closer to 1:40 and featured a sliding drivers door and opening tailgate. The van in this collection appears to be a promo as it features decals for “Modelisme automobile international” as well as circular silver stickers on the doors “Mini-Auto-Club”.

It was natural for the German diecast makers to join in during the early years of the Transit as they were just as involved making the real thing as the UK was. The Siku range included a Mk1 lwb mini-bus as early as 1967, featuring an excellent plastic insert grille, opening front doors and rear tailgate but lacking any seats behind those at the front as well as having those rather narrow track axles so typical of early Siku.

On the ball in the UK, Lone Star issued a Mk 1 recovery truck around the same time in their Impy Road Masters series. This depicts a lwb van that has been cut down to accommodate the crane, retaining the rear lights and quarter bumpers.

A white pot money box in the shape of a diesel Transit van found some years ago at a local garden centre is labelled “Van Blanc” on its sides and was possibly blown-up from the Vanguards diesel van.

Model Listing

Ford Transit 1965-1970
abs UK 1990s Strachan bodied mini coach 1:76 metal kit
Best Box Holland 1960s 2522 swb van 59mm 1:76 diecast
Efsi Holland 1970s 411 swb van (Best Box) 59mm 1:76 diecast
Brekina Germany 2003 34000 swb van 50mm 1:87 plastic
Brekina Germany 2003 34100 swb 9 seater bus 50mm 1:87 plastic
Husky UK 1968/9 40 swb Martin Walter caravan 65mm 1:68 diecast
Corgi Junior UK 1970/1 40 swb Martin Walter caravan 65mm 1:68 diecast
Corgi Trackside China 2005 DG2000000 swb van 61mm 1:72 diecast
Corgi Trackside China 2005 DG2000001 swb van Post Office 61mm 1:72 diecast
John Day UK TRV01 swb crew bus 55mm 1:79 metal kit
John Day UK TRV02 swb caravan 55mm 1:79 metal kit
John Day UK TRV03 swb van 55mm 1:79 metal kit
John Day UK TRV04 lwb diesel bus 65mm 1:79 metal kit
John Day UK TRV05 swb dropside truck 1:76 metal kit
John Day UK TRV06 lwb diesel dropside 1:76 metal kit
John Day UK TRV07 lwb diesel van 65mm 1:79 metal kit
John Day UK TRV08 lwb mini bus 65mm 1:79 metal kit
Dinky Toys UK 1966-74 407 lwb van Kenwood/Hertz 124mm 1:42 diecast
Lucky? Hong Kong 3002 lwb van  (Dinky copy) 110mm 1:47 plastic
Lucky? Hong Kong 3002 lwb bus             “ 110mm 1:47 plastic
Lone Star UK 1967 31 lwb Breakdown Crane 82mm 1:59 diecast
Mea France 18 swb van Team Castrol 102mm 1:43 resin kit
Minichamps China 2004-7 82260 swb van 104mm 1:43 diecast
Minichamps China 2004-7 82210 swb  9 seater bus 104mm 1:43 diecast
Atlas China swb van  (Minichamps) 104mm 1:43 diecast
Norev China 2007 270526 swb 9 seater bus 104mm 1:43 diecast
Oxford China 2015 76FTB001 vlwb RAC recovery 93mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China 2016 76FT1001 swb van 58mm 1:76 diecast
Rod Parker UK NG 11 swb van 1:148 metal kit
Premium Classixxs China 2009 PRE 30060 lwb van Porsche Racing 1:18 resin
Premium Classixxs China 2015 PCL 30061 lwb van Ford Motorsport 1:18 resin
IXO China 2015 CLC 285 lwb Porsche Racing 1:43 resin
IXO/De Agostini China 2017 113mm lwb 100L Castrol Ford 1:46 resin
IXO/Altaya China lwb 100L Michelin 113mm 1:46 resin
R W Modell/Ziss Germany 1970s 400 swb Kombi 109mm 1:40 diecast
R W Modell/Ziss Germany 1970s 401 swb van 109mm 1:40 diecast
Schuco China 2005 05852 swb van 51mm 1:86 metal
Siku Germany 1967 268 lwb bus 85mm 1:61 diecast
Spark China SO275 lwb diesel van ‘Firestone’ 121mm 1:43 resin
Spark China SO291 lwb van ‘Ford Motorsport’ 118mm 1:43 resin
Spark China SO293 lwb van ‘Castrol’ 118mm 1:43 resin
Vanguards China 2001 6600 swb van 102mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards China 6613 swb  Combi 102mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards China 2001 6603 swb diesel van ‘Eddie Stobart’ 104mm 1:43 diecast
Unknown diesel van  “Van Blanc” money box 210mm 1:24 pot

Illustrations: Ford Transit 1965-70

1.Unknown 1:47 plastic from Hong Kong: lwb bus

2. Husky 1:68 diecast from UK: 40, swb Martin Walter Caravan.

3. Siku 1:61 diecast from Germany: 268, lwb bus.

4. R W Modell 1:40 diecast from Germany: 401 swb van ‘modelisme automobile international Mini Auto Club’

5. Lone Star Impy Road Master 1:59 diecast from UK: 31, lwb cutdown van with breakdown crane.

6. Dinky Toy 1:42 diecast from UK: 287, 100L Police Accident Unit – police fittings removed and converted into a civilian van.

7. IXO/Altaya 1:46 resin from China: lwb 100L Michelin, single rear wheels back to front.

8. IXO/De Agostini 1:46 resin from China: lwb 100L Castrol/Ford.

9. Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 82260, swb van.

10. Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 6603, swb diesel van ‘Eddie Stobart’

11. R W Modell 1:40 diecast from Germany: 401, swb van.

12. Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 82210, swb 9 seater bus.

13. Spark 1:43 resin from China: SO291, lwb van ‘Ford Motorsport’

14. Vanguards 1;43 diecast from China: 6613, swb Combi ‘One Millionth Transit’ with badly fatigued body.

15. Minichamps/Atlas 1:43 diecast from China: swb. van ‘Mann Filter’

16. Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 6600, swb. van ‘Post Office Telephones’

17. Unknown 1:47 plastic from Hong Kong: lwb van.

18. Oxford 1:76 diecast from China: 76FTB001, (very)lwb recovery truck ‘RAC’

19. Efsi 1:76 diecast from Holland: 411, swb van ‘Aer Lingus’

20. Schuco Piccolo 1:61 metal from Germany: 05852, 2005 Special swb van.

21. Brekina 1:87 plastic from Germany: 34100, swb 9 seater bus.

22. Oxford 1:76 diecast from China : 76FT1001, swb van.

23. Corgi Trackside 1:72 diecast from China: DG2000000, swb van.

24. Spark 1:43 resin from China: SO275, lwb diesel van ‘Firestone’

25. Unknown 1:24 pot money box: diesel ‘Van Blanc’

26. Corgi Junior 1:68 diecast from UK: 40, swb Martin Walter caravan, interior view of a ‘well played with’ example.

27. Norev 1:43 diecast from China:270526, swb 9 seater bus ‘Ford Old Timer Motor Sport Club’


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Austin Atlantic Convertible and Ford Zephyr

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in July 2014. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site which is now turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. The models featured were issued some time ago.

These models are replicas, made under license from Mattel (the Dinky brand owners) and made in China (by Norev) for Atlas.

Two more replicas have been released in the UK Atlas Dinky Toys series since those featured in MAR 279. Both of them capture the original toys well.

106 Austin Atlantic Convertible

There have been questions about whether the colour used is genuine on the model when marked 106. Maybe a reader can confirm whether it is appropriate? It is certainly a good colour, unlike some of the toyish colours Dinky were using at the time, though either the black or blue colours shown on the box would have been good too.

162 Ford Zephyr Saloon

This model is in the authentic two-tone blue. Again this is a well-made replica of the original toy in an authentic box, which shows the cream and green and light blue and blue models on the side panels.


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