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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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Atlas Dinky Collection – Morris Oxford, Mercedes 190 and Porsche 356

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site. 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.

The Atlas Dinky collection is made by Norev in China for Editions Atlas Group under licence from Dinky brand owners Mattel. All are reproductions and are not produced using original Dinky moulds. Many models in the UK collection have been of toys released in the UK, albeit that some have been finished in rare South African colours. A number have been based upon French Dinky models. In some cases these models were never released in the UK market.

159 Morris Oxford Saloon

 

This moulding first appeared numbered 40G in realistic single tone colours but in the mid-fifties Dinky changed the numbering to 159 and re-finished them in two-tone colours.
Atlas have chosen to release this model in what they call cerise and ivory. Others have called it maroon and cream. I don’t believe that BMC ever sold any Oxfords in a two-tone scheme like that used by Dinky.

This model was finally deleted by Dinky in 1959 long after the prototype had been replaced by the Farina saloons.

The Atlas reproduction is well done and although I would have preferred the cream and green finish the colours chosen are entirely authentic.

 


526 Mercedes 190 SL

 

As far as I can determine this French Dinky was never listed by Dinky UK for sale here.

Initially released in France as 24H in 1958 it was renumbered 526 in 1960 and stayed in production until 1963. When it was re-numbered in 1960 it gained windows and this is the version Atlas has chosen to model.

Again the reproduction is well made and for the UK collection Atlas have had the model painted in cream with a black hardtop which is one of the original colours. This model has previously been released in silver and black in the continental collection.


182 Porsche 356A Coupe

 

Here is another UK Dinky release though from the printed detail on the reproduction box I am sure it was sold across Europe.

This model was in production from 1958 to 1966 and appears to have been released with windows and to have retained the same number throughout.

Atlas has chosen to have the model painted in red with silver concave wheels and white tyres. Dinky also used this casting in red in the “Goodwood” sports car gift set, though in that case it had black tyres.

This is another moulding released previously on the continent. In that case it was painted in cream with blue wheels.


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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 http://johndaymodels.webplus.net. 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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Another Model of the Oak Ridge Quad

By Robin Godwin

Harvey Goranson’s great post on the real Quad Tractor, Trailer and 25-Pounder Gun, with his reference to the Dinky #697 set, reminded me that I recently acquired the plastic Politoys copy of the Dinky model. The Politoys is derived from the Dinky, and appears to be to the exact same scale (Dinky used 1:59 for military vehicles, but Politoys calls these plastic vehicles 1:41 scale, clearly inaccurate). Some modifications are evident in the Politoys versions, most likely concessions with the use of plastic, such as pin and hole/hole couplings (with separate pins that can get lost, or broken, like one of mine) to attach the three pieces together. The pin is actually a friction fit into the “top hole” (see pictures). Dinky used a steel “tongue” and die cast metal hole couplings, which would not have had sufficient strength in plastic. Politoys added some detail, such as bolt head/rivet fasteners on the gun chassis. For some reason other than just using plastic, they also made the Quad Tractor front windows considerably larger, which effectively lowered the hood (bonnet) line. My Politoys Quad has two square metal slugs attached to the inside base of the model, which gives it some heft; they definitely look factory installed, but I don’t know for sure.

My Dinky vehicles are separates; the #688 Quad is a later version than Harvey’s, with interior windows and plastic wheels. The #687 25-Pounder is also a later issue with plastic wheels. The Politoys also comes with wheel variations – a patterned wheel and smooth disc wheels, but I’m not sure which came first. While Dinky sold theirs as a set alongside separate models, the Politoys was only ever sold as a set, #6 in their Veicoli Militari form the early ’60s.

Image 1#1 Same 1:59 Dinky scale evident

Image 2#2 Plastic pins are press fit into top holes, and hook through bottom holes. Note patterned wheels

Image 3#3 Larger windows and lower bonnet line on the Politoys

Image 4#4 Coupling details for the Politoys. The pin for the trailer is broken at the 90 degree point. Previous owner of this model added some black paint to the gun for detail, which I’m a bit afraid to try and remove

Image 5#5 Additional detail in the Politoys casting

Image 6#6 Metal weights visible in wheel arches

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An Old Dinky Toy Comes Alive in Oak Ridge

By Harvey Goranson

 

In 1957 Dinky Toys issued No. 697, the 25-pounder field gun set, consisting of a field artillery tractor (FAT), a munitions trailer, and the 25-pounder field gun. Dinky also released the pieces separately (686 gun, 687 trailer, 688 FAT). Here’s mine:

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Imagine my surprise when I spotted this at the Secret City Festival’s WW2 display/re-enactment in Oak Ridge, TN USA:

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Production of the Morris Commercial C8 FAT, known as the “Quad”, began in October 1939 and continued until war’s end. It had 4-wheel drive and was designed from the outset to tow the limber and gun, or two limbers.

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If the Dinky had an interior, this is what it would look like. The Quad could carry a six-person gun crew, plus two dozen rounds of 25-pounder ammo.

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The ring on top of the limber is a traversing ring to enable the field gun to be rotated 360 degrees.  Dinky left this detail off.

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Here’s the gun itself, and as evidence they got the correct artillery piece, see the detail below:

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“Saddle. 25 Pr.”

From what I can tell, I think both the Dinky and the real thing are the Quad Mk. II version (1940-41).


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Morris Isis conversion

By John Quilter

Ixo Hindustan Ambassador

IXO make a very commonly available Hindustan Ambassador model in taxi and police livery as well as a standard sedan as shown above.  Since this is an inexpensive model and readily available it makes a great donor car for conversions as it is essentially a late 1950s Morris Oxford.   The six cylinder version of the Oxford was the Isis and from the scuttle back it was an Oxford, only the front clip was lengthened to accommodate the big 2600cc inline six cylinder engine, not that different from that fitted to the Austin Healey but with a single SU carburettor.  This car was available with either an automatic gearbox or a four speed manual with overdrive which provided amazingly long legged highway cruising ability.  There were two version of this generation of Isis, a wood bodied Traveller and a saloon.  There never was an Isis version of the all steel four door Traveller that appeared in the Oxford range.

1957 Morris Isis saloon #2

1957 Morris Isis saloon #1

To create the Isis saloon, I had only to cut with a jeweler’s saw the front clip off and extend it with some thin metal bridge work inside and final shaping with my favorite material for this, J B Weld, an epoxy metal material that is great for shaping, filing, sanding and serves as a great glue as well.   The grill had to be created as the Hindustan has a much simplified grill of horizontal bars only.  To do this I used some photoetch mesh and some wire solder of the correct gauge to create the two arched bars.  The solder is silver in color replicating chrome and to preserve this look I coated it with some clear lacquer.    I preserved two of the Hindustan driving/fog lamps which are part of the bumper.

1957 Morris Isis traveller #2

1957 Morris Isis traveler #1

The Traveller project was a bit more complex, requiring the fabrication of a rear roof and the body sides and tail gate.  Wood basswood from the hobby store served as the wood sections and final finishing was with some clear lacquer to give a bit of gloss.    Wheels on both had to be painted body color and trim rings added  as per my guide,  Google images and an original factory brochure gave me some appropriate color choices.

So, two more created in the never ending quest to replicate or acquire in 43rd scale all the BMC, Triumph,  BLMC cars of my youth.


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DeAgostini Dinky Collection

By Maz Woolley

Those collecting the Dinky reproductions made by Norev for subscription collections in various countries now have another variation to look out for. DeAgostini have just launched their own Dinky Collection using the same castings as Atlas but with DeAgostini markings on the base. Each model is shipped with a partwork magazine and the “free gifts” are largely the same as Atlas offered such as a reproduction Dinky Cub Keyring and the French Petrol Pump set. Subscribers can also sign up for a Dinky Garage model which comes with your final delivery if you pay 75p extra for each issue after the first one.

It seems a strange policy for DeAgostini to launch this series when the Atlas series is still running in the UK since Atlas is actually a DeAgostini group company. Even stranger is the fact that the DeAgostini models are actually cheaper since their price includes postage and packing. The DeAgostini collection is being produced in different colours to the Atlas collection and is planned to run for 80 issues.

The models publicised so far are shown below in images produced by DeAgostini for the series. Every one of these castings has already appeared in the UK Atlas Dinky Collection but in each case in different finishes.

Triumph TR2 competition model in pale blue – pink in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini TR2

Bedford CA Kodak livery – Dinky Toys livery in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Bedford Kodak

Ford Thunderbird in red – South African blue finish in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Ford Thunderbird

Mini Traveller in white – green in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Mini Traveller

Jaguar XK120 Coupe green – Two tone yellow and white in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Jaguar XK120


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Atlas Dinky Collection: Morris J Capstan

By Maz Woolley

We have already seen the Morris J casting in the Atlas Dinky range as 260 Post Office van. Like Dinky Atlas have re-used the same casting in Capstan livery as released in 1957 and kept in the range until 1959. The advert from the Meccano magazine announcing the Dinky model is shown below.

Meccano Magazine March 1957 Dinky 465 Morris J Capstan

 

The Atlas model is again a good reproduction of the original with the mask painting being rather more regular than many originals.  Like the original Dinky it retains the security fittings on the rear door which would not have been realistic for many liveries but Cigarettes were high value goods and maybe the vans carrying them might have had added security.

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Atlas Dinky Morris J Box

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The story of a model from my collection

By John Quilter

Inspired by posting #20746 on the Forum 43 bulletin board, http://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/forums/forum43/default.asp, where Joop Gisbers suggested “Let’s tell each other a nice story about a model in your collection”. John’s story ended up being too big for a bulletin posting so we publish it here.

Back in 1955 my father, at the incessant urging of his seven year old son, bought a used 1953 Morris Minor convertible as a second car for the family who were living on the San Francisco Peninsula.   Since I was too young to drive this new acquisition, I wondered if a toy or model of this car might exist.   So with the help of my father, I wrote a letter to the importers of the Morris, (and MG, Riley)  Nuffield Imports, in New York city.    Within a week or so I was overjoyed to receive a box from them in the mail containing a green Morris Minor sedan model and a note that they were sending me this as a gift as it had been used as an office display but was now slightly outdated as the current Morris had been somewhat revised with the introduction of the Series II.   This model turns out to be about 1:18 scale,  all plastic with a tin pressing for the tan seats, and it even contained a small electric motor and provision for three C batteries in the bottom.

Subsequent  research determined this toy was made in England by Victory Industries who I later learned,  also made semi promotional models of other British cars such as the Austin Somerset,  Austin Cambridge, Hillman Minx sedan and convertible, Standard 10, Triumph TR2 and 3, MGTF,  MGA,  and Vauxhall Velox,  all British cars from the 1950s era.  Like many things English, these models have become very collectible and there is even an enterprising individual in the UK who is producing replacement parts for items likely to have gone lost or damaged over the years.

These Victory Industries  Morris Minor models for some reason had a characteristic hump in the middle of the roof although after all these years there is no other distortion to the plastic body unlike American 25th scale plastic promotional auto models by Johan and AMT that often warped significantly over time.   The Morris model has an aluminum molding on the flanks, an aluminum pressed grill (known among Morris cognoscenti as the “cheese grater grill) correct for a 1950 to 1954 version, aluminum bumpers, rubber tires labeled “Dunlop Fort” and of course a very low powered motor accurately replicates the real car’s modest performance.   When new, there was glazing but for some reason it is missing on mine.   There are poseable front wheels that presumably could be set to permit the car to move on the floor in circles or straight.

This was my first “model” car and it set in motion a collecting hobby that has continued for 60 years although once I discovered the 1:43 scale die cast Dinky Toys and others from Europe at the local toy shops and department stores,  I shifted scales which was a good thing as my collection now numbers some 2,000 items from all over the world and accommodating this number in the larger 1:18th scale would have been problematic.


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Small Scale Review: Greenlight and John Day

First Published: May 2014

Greenlight

Anchorman Channel 4 News Team Van, 1:64 scale

Greenlight have re-released the Anchorman Channel 4 News Team van to coincide with the sequel just released. The new tooling includes a satellite dish, new wheels and stairs.

Airstream Travel Trailer, 1:43 and 1:64 scale

Greenlight has a new licensing agreement with Airstream, maker of the ‘silver bullet’ travel trailer, and will now produce a range of of vintage and modern American trailers in 1:64 and 1:43 scale.


 


John Day Vehicle Scenics

1:76 scale white metal kits made in UK

Casting Photographs by Daryle Toney.

Two new sets of castings have been produced recently for Daryle Toney who now owns the John Day Vehicle Scenics range.These kits are mainly aimed at railway modellers and are made in a simple set of parts: body; base plate with cast-in seats; separate wheels, a new feature under Daryle Toney; a steering wheel in most cases; and vacform.

Set One

This includes a re-issue of an old model and two adaptations of previous models to create entirely new models.

SRV 70 Riley RMA

The original casting was a popular one capturing the Riley very well. The new casting is rather cleaner and has the new-style wheels which are separate parts which have a small lug on the bag which fit into pre-cast holes in the baseplate.

SRV 110 Hillman Minx series I-III

This model has been adapted from the existing Sunbeam Rapier casting. A neat conversion, it even includes a dashboard with the characteristic central instrument cluster. Whilst called a series I to III no vehicle could cover all these generations since they had different grilles and the series III had rollover wings at the rear. Looking at the series Minx the model is closest to the series II Minx of 1957.   

SRV 111 Morris 1/2 ton Van

This is a new casting adapted from the Austin A55 Van that has been in the range for some time. The new casting is much cleaner than the old Austin casting, and the Morris grille has been very neatly done.

Set Two

These are all upgraded from previously released models and significant work has been undertaken to clean up the masters and to incorporate the new separate wheels featuring on all the new releases.

SRV 03 Riley 2.5 Litre DHC

This is a re-work of another Riley. These models have always been popular with buyers and the improved kit is the only way to get this vehicle in 1:76 scale.

SRV 65 Austin A70 Hereford

Another re-work. Again a popular seller and the only way to get a model of this vehicle in 1:76 scale.

SRV 79 Austin 16HP Saloon

A relative newcomer to the range re-worked. A nice model of a car which should be popular on railway layouts. Perhaps the Austin 8 in the range will be re-mastered in the future too.

Photographs of the new castings may be seen in the gallery below.


John Day Vehicle Scenics SRV70 Riley RMA 1:76


The gallery below shows the Editor’s photographs of two of the John Day Models shown as castings above. These models were made up by the Editor. The models shown are the Hillman Minx Convertible and the Morris Van. In both cases the castings were much cleaner than those supplied in the original range. Small criticisms can be made, the Hillman Minx steering wheel is generic and it would have been nicer if it had had the two spokes that the Minx featured rather than three, for example. Once again this range has made kits available of vehicles which we may not ever see modelled by anyone else.

As usual the models make up quite easily even for someone with little time and only average skills.


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