Category Archives: Jaguar

TSM Jaguar F Pace

By John Quilter

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

True Scale Models, also known as TSM, have recently launched a 1:43 scale replica of the new Jaguar F Pace, Jaguar’s first entry into the cross over market. The TSM model reviewed is in Rodium silver with a black interior although they also offer a white version.

This version is in left hand drive and is fitted with the silver 20” “Venom” wheels. Other photos of this model show it with black “Venom” wheels. For a period the official Jaguar UK website showed a bright blue version in the scale models section of their accessories listings.

Jaguar North America’s website does show some 1:43 scale models but no F Pace currently. There is no model brand shown on these websites but it is assumed that TSM makes these available to Jaguar UK for marketing as promotional items much as BMW, Mercedes, VW, and others have done for a number of years. Inspecting the underside of this model shows no chassis detail except for two silver rear silencers and there is no indication it is a TSM product.

The model comes on an elegant white display plinth inside a clear plastic cover and that in turn is inside of a clear Perspex cover.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – F type Cabriolet

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest issue in the Atlas Jaguar Collection has been released recently. It is an F type Cabriolet in metallic blue. This follows and earlier issue of the F type “R” Coupe reviewed elsewhere by MAR Online http://www.maronline.org.uk/atlas-jaguar-collection-jaguar-f-type-r/.

Checking images on the web this model appears to use the same casting as the Lunar Grey LHD model already issued by Ixo and an orange LHD model issued by Whitebox.

Here the model is in RHD form and in a blue metallic colour which is attractive but fades at all the panel gaps under any lighting as can be seen on the photograph below. As usual the wheels and tyres are good with brake calipers showing nicely, though one tyre on my model has a chunk out of it.

As can be seen the above the printed leaper logo at the rear is a little thin and one dimensional and as shown below the badging at the front is not as good as Ixo usually manage either. The inserted light clusters front and rear are good but the bonnet and wing inserts are a little basic and the wing ones are not neatly printed as the silver edges are “wavy”.  The grille is a little basic, not capturing the mesh detail particularly well, and the silver line round it is not properly printed on the driver’s side either.

The interior again disappoints. Although the seats and door cards are nicely done the dashboard has been crudely moulded with detail far from being crisp and only two instruments printed on. One wonders if a rush job was done to make a RHD format dash assembly. The picture below also shows how the front screen is not a good fit to the frame leaving an unrealistic gap.

So all in all this is a nice casting which has been let down by small details and the standard of finish. This perhaps indicates the cost pressures that are now being felt by Chinese producers.


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Tin Tin Mark 10 makeover

By John Sharpe

John is a retired mechanic who spends quite a lot of his time running and restoring real cars and who has a love of Saabs and Jaguars. Running a Saab and a Citroen Ambulance and having an E Type awaiting restoration. After an email discussion with the editor about the relative accuracy of Atlas, Norev, and Atlas Tin Tin models he decided to have a go at turning the Tin Tin car pictured below into a standard saloon.

  

Little did I know when I set out on this conversion that it would turn out to be so problematic. I painted and polished and it looked lovely, but then the troubles started. When I tried to apply the centre bonnet line it bled through the masking tape, so I finished up re-spraying the bonnet. Then to cap it all the new masking tape that I was using round the windows pulled off most of the window silver surround I had painted so I had to do it all again without masking. After that all I had to do was to touch in around the roof with the colour used.

When I looked at the Tin Tin models interior I found that the build quality was atrocious The seats had been glued down askew and epoxy glue had been used as if it was going out of fashion!

Although you can’t see it in the pictures I got carried away with the interior two tone seats, wooden door capping, dashboard and steering wheel and the final touch, a privacy partition, The seats were covered in a plastic tissue type of material the lighter colour first, then the darker panels spaced to look like duo tone seats.

Editors tip – I find that standing the model on its end well supported is necessary to get front lights to set symmetrically when using Krystal Klear and I think that the same technique would work gluing on jewels with white glue.

I managed to find some self adhesive clear jewels for the front lamps of varying sizes, but they keep slipping down.This is my first foray into customising any model this small. On any future ones I may leave the window frames unpainted as trying to emulate Oxford or MInichamps is difficult.

Comparing the converted model with the Atlas Mark 10 shown above it rides lower but I think that helps it  has more presence. And with the square axles fitted to the Tin Tin Jaguar it won’t roll off the shelf!

Anyway here is my first attempt at making a small conversion. It nearly went in the bin twice, but I kept persevering, I may even buy another and try again!

Editor: We would like to thank John for sharing the story of his conversion and encourage other readers to do the same. 


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – X Type

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest model to arrive in this series is a Jaguar X Type. The car modelled is the 2.0 Diesel introduced in 2003. The X Type was built when Jaguar was owned by Ford. It was an attempt by Jaguar to compete with the BMW 3 Series,  Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C Class. To make such a car profitably Jaguar had to design a car based upon the chassis of the Ford Mondeo of the day and to build it in a Ford Factory. Its sales were held back by purists not regarding it as a “true Jaguar” whilst others quickly realised that the top line Mondeos were better equipped and cheaper.

This model is made by Ixo for Atlas and we have already seen this casting used in the Premium X range I believe, see John Quilter’s article about those models at  http://www.maronline.org.uk/premium-x-jaguar-x-type/. Here the casting does not have a sunroof but retains the leaper which is not entirely accurate for a UK market car, though many owners did fit them as an accessory. This casting lacks the sunroof fitted to the Premium X Car but otherwise looks very similar though the Atlas is RHD and not LHD.

The model looks good in solid blue though the metallic silver/blue which was very common here in the UK might have been a better choice.  The printed badging and boot trim is very good.

Inside the matt finish to the dashboard top, seats and door cards is excellent and the dashboard with its instruments printed and wood effect dash panel are good too. Looking at the steering wheel even the ancillary stalks are fitted to the steering column and the wheel itself is nicely modelled and has the Jaguar boss printed in the middle.

Outside good mirrors with printed glass and good, if perhaps over shiny, alloy wheels are fitted. The flush fitting “glass” is excellent employing the four separate inserted window sections: front, side and rear with printed black edges seen before in this series.

The Atlas Jaguar Collection may now be drawing towards its close as their Customer Service team recently stated that the series would probably finish after the 31st model is produced.

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Matrix announcements for May/June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix and are of prototypes not shipped models. Shipping dates shown are as forecast by Matrix

Expected in May

 

MX51705-272 Rolls-Royce Phantom Barker Torpedo Tourer

Car owned by HRH Maharaja of Kota #23RC with Canon “Tiger edition” red and silver 1925

Expected in June

 

MX41607-081 Singer Porsche 911 blue 2014 

MX41001-012 Jaguar XK140 Ghia 2-door Coupe red 1955 


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Jaguar XK120 and Volvo 122

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in March 2015. It is one of the items which we collected from the old site before it is was turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

This series is made by Norev in China for Atlas. These are not made from the original moulds but are copies of the originals. The UK Atlas Dinky collection was launched in 2014 whilst the continental series ran for over three years.

157 Jaguar XK120

 

This Dinky casting of the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was issued in 1954 just as the XK120 was replaced by the XK140.

Atlas have chosen to have it painted it in one of the two-tone finishes released in 1956 and produced until 1959.

The yellow and grey paint finish has been well replicated. Like all Dinky two tone finishes the colour scheme has been chosen to please the toy buyer and does not replicate an offering from Jaguar.

The reproduction box shows a different two tone scheme on each side and includes a colour dot to indicate which model is in the box on the end flap.

184 Volvo 122S

 

This casting was launched in 1961 and stayed in the UK range until 1965.

The original was mainly seen in red or white apart from models painted and assembled by Dinky’s South African importer which also used mid-blue and the lilac shade Atlas has chosen to reproduce.

The model has already seen in the continental range where it was painted in white.

The reproduction box is in English on one side and Africaans on the other.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – XJR-12

By Maz Woolley

 

Atlas Customer Services have informed me that the Jaguar collection is currently expected to finish after 30 parts. If this is the case this will be one of the last models in the collection. The Jaguar XJR has already appeared in this collection in the earlier XJR-9 form. We now get the later XJR-12.

The XJR-12 won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1990 and then went on to win the Daytona 24 hours race in the same year. Despite qualifying poorly the cars finished first and second due to problems for other teams who had been early leaders. The model represents chassis #388 which won at Daytona driven by Davy Jones, Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace.

Chassis #388 started life as an XJR-9 and was raced at Daytona in 1988 where it did not finish due to mechanical problems. In 1989 it was in the top three at eight races still running as the conventional V12 XJR-9. For the 1990 season the car was rebuilt with a 7 Litre 730 BHP V12 engine. and give the XJR-12 model name. After winning Daytona it then finished in the top three at Sebring. By 1991 the new turbo cars from others were becoming reliable as well as very fast and the XJR-12 was an also ran. Chassis #388 was renovated in 2008 and was seen at various classic car events before being sold for $2,145,000 in 2015.

This model is very similar to the XJR-9 in the collection, though Atlas has made changes where needed. The Silk Cut sponsorship on the XJR-9 has now been replaced by the Castrol livery it ran in in the US in 1990 and the rear wing has been altered to a new split shape supported by delicate plastic struts.   Strangely the aerial on the roof which was present on the XJR-9 has gone on the XJR-12 yet pictures which appear to be of the car at Daytona show an aerial though some other pictures of car do not. Does any reader know whether it had an aerial when it ran at Daytona?

There are a few criticisms. The detachable rear wheel covers are completely obscured by the decals which are also slightly crooked as they are folded over onto the rear of the car. But there are also some nice details like blue seat belts with painted buckles and a lovely fine black plastic wiper blade. The lights front and rear are good and the wheels are a highlight with gold and silver alloy effect rims and tyres with Goodyear Eagle printed on.

As I have commented before this series has generally been to a very high standard for a budget range and this particular model is one of the better ones. In fact the model looks almost identical to the Ixo model which is the Le Mans winning car in Silk Cut Livery, except for the changed livery and missing aerial.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – Jaguar Mk II, Jaguar E Type, and XK140

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in June 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

The first three issues in the Atlas Jaguar collection have now reached subscribers. All the models issued so far have already appeared in other partworks and it is questionable whether these models are worth the price Atlas are charging for them. The rather low prices that they are reaching on eBay tends to suggest that collectors are not overly excited by them.

#1 Jaguar Mark II

This model appears to be based on the elderly Corgi Classics model as was the Police car in the Atlas Police series.

It has the same shortcomings such as an over large leaper and poor wheels.

Finished in red so that they can hint at a Morse connection without actually licensing it as a replica of the car used in the Television series.


#2 Jaguar E Type

Close inspection shows this to be identical, other than the colour, with the model used in the Atlas Sports Car collection.

A rather better model in this case made by Ixo.


#3 Jaguar XK140

Another casting seen before in DeAgostini sports car range to a lower standard of detail and widely available through secondary sellers for a much lower price.

Again Ixo are believed to be the source for this model and the model supplied to Atlas has good paint work and nice detailing though whether this seems enough to justify the Atlas price is debatable.


It is to be hoped that some of the more attractive models included in the publicity for the range arrive shortly. I suspect that many initial subscribers will fall away unless the collection starts to offer better value for money soon.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – D Type, SS1, Mark VII, C Type

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in September 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Jaguar D Type

I think that this has been sourced from PCT and has already appeared in several part work ranges. Here it has been finished to quite a high level of detail. It is a 1957 car finished in Ecurie Ecosse team colours and I believe that it is intended to replicate the winner at Le Mans that year driven by Ron Flockhart and Ivor Beub which did carry the #3 racing number and the 376 SG license plate.

It is a nicely finished model with nicely printed detailing. Whilst it lacks some of the finer detail that would be had on a resin model it is much more robust and would look well on a model of the Ecurie Ecosse car transporter.


 

SS1 Airline

Another model from PCT that has featured in many part work ranges and as an Ixo already.

It even featured in their horrid chrome effect range. It is nicely finished version though it arrived rattling and had to be taken apart to refit a seat.

Finished here in bright red it features quite a high standard of detailing.


Jaguar Mark VII 1956

This casting appears to be from Ixo who have already made this model in a number of guises from racing car to sophisticated saloon in a lovely champagne finish with white wall tyres.

Here Atlas have had it made in an attractive two tone finish and it is a nice model if not as good in some respects as the Mark VII made by Oxford Diecast.


Jaguar C Type 1951

This model is very similar to the Ixo casting used for their 1951 Le Mans winner. Here is as MDU 212 which is said to be the first C Type fitted with disk brakes. It has been restored and is often seen at classic races in its unusual mid-green colour.

This car was a winner Reims Grand Prix in 1951 and in 1951 it won at Boreham and Turnberry and finished second at Goodwood.

The model has nice wire wheels, though sadly no disc brakes visible behind them. That is too much to expect of a budget model, as is a separate exhaust system rather than a moulded in one. The fly screens are neatly done as is the lovely grille with the light positioned behind it. The interior has a printed dashboard rather than just moulded one and the front lights are lovely with covers over lights underneath.

If I have a criticism it is that the leather bonnet straps have been printed rather heavy-handedly.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – XJR-9

By Maz Woolley

 

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in December 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Jaguar XJR-9

This appears to have been made for Atlas by Ixo and is very similar to a model previously available from Ixo under their own brand.

A nicely printed model with lots of sponsors details including tobacco brand details which are sadly often left unprinted due to concerns over infringing tobacco advertising rules.

The fine details are well done with the front lights being particularly finely made and the wheels and tyres being excellent.

The rear wing and diffusers are nicely realised. This is a model worthy of inclusion in this series.


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