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Oxford Diecast 1:87 Scale Yank Tanks

By Maz Woolley

All photographs taken by, and copyright of the Author.

Regular readers may remember my criticisms of the last release of 1:87 scale American subjects by Oxford Diecast. It wasn’t that they were bad models it was just that some details were not finished correctly and the models could have been much better. If you wish to refresh your memory of the shortcomings click here.

This time round I am happy to say that the latest release of new castings are impressive and very good value for money here in the UK. There are a few minor details that could be better but overall these are as close to excellent as I would expect for the price point. All the models in this release are licensed by General Motors.

87CI61001 Chevrolet Impala 1961 Convertible.

The third generation of the Chevrolet Impala was considerably less flamboyant than the previous generations. US cars were going through a period of transformation as the fins retreated and squarer body styling gradually asserted itself.

The 1961 Impala was based upon the GM B platform and could be bought with a 3.8 Litre Straight six or a range of V8s from 4.6 Litres to 6.7 Litres.

The Oxford model is excellent with really fine printing of badging and number plates. The wheels capture the real ones excellently with the correct narrower whitewalls and the elaborate wheel covers. Inside the chromed dashboard has been moulded and picked out.

The rear lights have been cast in well and are neatly picked out. In the photographs you can see that even the button to open the boot has been printed on.

All these models have the chassis moulded in some detail for their size.

The windscreen is a single part plastic moulding and it may be possible that Oxford intend to model the very rare two door saloon or a coupe as it would just need a different plastic top and interior tub.

87CSD61001 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 1961

This is based on the second generation of the DeVilleCadillac restyled and re-engineered the model for 1961. Gone was the wrap around windscreen and the fins were had shrunk. Even the suspension was no longer by air. All Cadillac DeVille’s had lots of accessories fitted as standard with power brakes, steering, automatic transmission all coming with every car.

The roof of this car is again moulded in plastic allowing for much thinner chrome printing than is usually seen on small Oxford Models.  And of course it allows for flush windows which look the part. Again fine badges and chrome tampo printing is visible especially when magnified. The small chrome strip with a slight rise to the front on each front wing is modelled and printed. The grille is black washed as was the Chevrolet’s which certainly highlights the fine mouldings.

Wheels are neatly represented with a correct thin white wall and the elaborate wheel covers too. The rear of the vehicle is nicely modelled though the centre section is a bit less crisp than it could be and the printed chrome may extend too high as well. The fins lack the chrome on their end section and on one side mine has a minor casting fault on the inner part of the fin. Not perfect but at this scale it is not immediately obvious either.

87PB59001 Pontiac Bonneville  Coupe 1959

This was third generation of the Bonneville which was Pontiac‘s costliest and most luxurious model throughout the 1960s. The distinctive front end was based on a 1930s design feature and stayed in use throughout the 1960s.

The Bonneville differed from the models lower down in the range like the Catalina and Star Chief counterparts. It had luxurious interior trim with upgraded cloth and vinyl, as well as walnut veneer trim on instrument and door panels.   Hydra-Matic gearboxes were standard on the 1961 car but power steering and brakes, and air conditioning were all additional cost options. The Bonneville also had more powerful standard V8 engines than other full-sized Pontiacs including the 6.4 litre and 6.6 litre V8s with four-barrel carburetors.

The Oxford model is lovely. The plastic roof with its excellent tampo printing gives he huge windows a really excellent finish.  Looking in detail a lot of tiny badging can be seen on the rear wing and at the rear of the front wing. Chrome side features are delicately printed too especially notable are the four chrome features on the rear wing. The front wing top chrome with its spear like front edge is also well modelled.

At the rear the delicate modelling of the rear lights and panel are a tribute to the modeller who made the master. And impressively even the boot release button has been printed on the rear panel.

At the front the Pontiac “nose” is beautifully modelled though it would have been nice if Oxford had managed to model the grille or even just print it on. But again this is not a major issue.

As the roof is plastic it is possible that we will see this car as a convertible at a later date .

87OR50001 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Coupe 1950

The Rocket 88 was featured in a record by Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner in 1951 which was one of the first Rock and Roll records. The Oldsmobile 88 was one of the cars that set the style in the early 1950s and was noted for its track performances making it a fashionable car for a type of motorist who would not have bought Oldsmobiles before. Indeed some suggest that with a small and relatively light body and big powerful V8 it was the first “muscle car“. The 1950 model featured a single piece screen for the first time and a Hydra-Matic automatic came as standard unless it was deleted when ordering. The 88 famously won the 1950 Carrera Panamerica.

The Oxford model is all metal. The glass fitting was so flush I couldn’t believe that the roof was not plastic and I took the model apart to check. The car is fitted with plastic windows that push into the window openings to flush fit, a technique I wish they would introduce for all their new 1:76 models.  The front grille again gets a black wash

The tampo printing is excellent with tiny badging and lettering evident when looking at enlarged pictures.  It is a shame that the moulded in bonnet mascot has not been printed too. The wheels and tyres are good with the wider early 50s style white walls and neat chromed wheels finishers and hub caps.

At the rear the Oldsmobile badge and lettering, Rocket 88 symbol , and printed chrome are all well done with simple but effective painted on rear lights. The painted cream roof seems to have rather thick paint which fills the fine shut lines round the upper parts of the doors though later colours for the model may not have the same issue.


So Oxford continues to delight me with some releases and frustrate me with others. These four new 1:87 scale models may have some flaws but they are well made and finished like the recent 1:76 scale Rolls Royces and I am sure that they will be popular items.


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Neo and BoS September/October 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, ModelCarWorld.

Market Positioning

Over the last year we have seen prices steadily rising from many suppliers. ModelCarWorld who own Neo, MCG, BoS and other ranges appear to be trying to contain their price rises in the same way that Oxford Diecast are. For example Neo models are now about 25% cheaper than Matrix models and MCG 1:18 scale models are about the same price as a 1:43 MaxiChamp. In contrast their BoS 1:87 scale models have crept up in price and now look rather expensive though their only competition is German made and is quite expensive too.

Many of the models shown are re-colours of previously released castings.

1:18 Scale

ModelCarWorld have models made for them in China to 1:18 scale. BoS models are resin cast and Model Car Group are diecast. Neither range has opening parts.

BoS-Models.

 

213751 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Black 1949

 

213725 Triumph TR 7 DHC, Metallic Beige, RHD 1976

 

215128 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, Black 1967

 

214628 Jaguar XJ 4.2C, Yellow/Black, RHD 1974

 

214633 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano, Red 1960

 

Model Car Group (MCG)

 

220257 Barkas B 1000 Halbbus, Volkspolizei 1970

 

209979 Tatra 87, Silver and Dark Red 1937

 

220256 Wolga M24-10, Red 1985

1:43 Scale

Neo

All these models are moulded in resin in China for Germany.

There have been few 1:43 BoS releases lately and some recent Neo models have been regarded as BoS finish for Neo prices. Comments have been made suggesting the red shade shown in the pictures of the second issue of the Humber Sceptre is too bright and is also incorrectly sprayed at the rear where the red colour should go into the “V” round the rear lights and does not.

ModelCarWorld are certainly getting the most out of their S & S 1966 Ambulance moulding producing it in a variety of colours and equipment. The Buick Flxible Premier has recently been seen modelled by Ixo in the German Atlas series of Ambulances which may limit the sales of the Neo.

 

186011 Humber Sceptre MK I, Red and White, RHD 1963

 

186015 Morgan Plus 4 Plus, Red, RHD

 

180791 Cadillac S&S Ambulance Fire Rescue

 

156253 Cadillac S&S Ambulance, White 1966

 

215306 Dodge Sportsman, Metallic Green and White 1973

 

213737 Mercedes C111-IID, Metallic dark Orange 1976

 

156314 Cadillac S & S Ambulance, Red/White 1966

 

167757 Cadillac S&S Landau Hearse, Black

 

215577 Buick Flxible Premier,Red/White 1960 Ambulance

 

192388 Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, Black and Brown  1935

1:87 Scale

BoS Models

These resin models made in China for Germany replaced the previous Neo 1:87 range which was expensive and sold slowly with ModelCarWorld still having some available for bargain prices long after the range was stopped. The BoS 1:87 Range was supposed to offer similar interesting subjects but with less expensive finishing. Even so some models still feature p-e parts and some fine details.

For me the most interesting of this months releases are the tractor units from Pegaso and Bernard, though these are quite a bit more expensive than the cars. They certainly add options for 1:87 collectors and if they stick to cab units that the mainstream 1:87 producers are unlikely to release they could sell well.

215516 Mercedes AMG G 63 6×6, Metallic-Beige 2013

 

215124 Pegaso Comet, Beige and Brown 1964

 

218690 Horch 853 Special Coupe, Black 1937

 

214786 Studebaker Commander Starliner, red/white 1953

215122 Bernard TD 150, Light Blue 1955


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1963 Oldsmobile conversions

By John Quilter

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Recently I bought three ME-MOD resin kits of the 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire coupe even though I already had the Brooklin coupe in maroon. Some will either consider this heresy or craftsmanship but I set about modifying these kits and built three different 1963 Oldsmobiles. The Starfire was Oldsmobile’s answer to the newly introduced Pontiac Grand Prix but Olds did both a coupe and convertible both with the hottest version of the 394 CID Rocket V8. One of the kits became a four door Dynamic 88 sedan, (the entry level full sized Oldsmobile) one became a Starfire convertible, and one became a Super 88 Fiesta station wagon.

My model collecting and building hobby often includes making models of an actual car that no model maker has done before. Since I already had the Brooklin Starfire hardtop, I decided to do some different things with the kits. In reworking these I did finish them with somewhat larger tires than the undersized ones in the kits, and added white walls using my technique of applying a thin white painted wire to the tire. I also changed the dashboards to replicate the actual ’63 Oldsmobile one which I was able to research on Google images.

It is amazing the number of photos one can view using this search and these are useful in picking realistic exterior and interior colours as well. And then there is the US car brochure website that is a great resource as well. http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html. My friend in Norway, Hans Tor Tangerud maintains this amazing resource.

On the sedan I made some wheel covers that were stock on the less fancy versions of this year Oldsmobile. On both the sedan and wagon the front bucket seats had to be connected and the centre console eliminated. Also on both of these the top had to be raised just slightly to accommodate the chrome window frames which were created with thin silver coloured solder. Luckily the vacform windscreen still worked well as making the curved windows is one of the most challenging tasks in these projects.

The side mouldings had to be changed to two different versions not used on the Starfire which had a wide silver band for the length of the car. The grills had to be cut off the plated white metal front bumper and a new grill of simple horizontal bars created which I was able to do with silver coloured wire adding jewelled headlamps and headlamp rims.

The roof for the wagon was made by joining the displaced roof cut off from the convertible and the load strengthening ribs were added to the rear half.

The convertible was the simplest to construct, as only the top had to be cut off and a top boot created but it too got the fascia improvement as well as some small interior handles for the doors and windows made from silver wire.

Here is one website I used to study the details of the wagon. http://americanclassicscars.com/oldsmobile/127461-1963-oldsmobile-super-88-fiesta-wagon.html. I also use my library of books for research on details. The Crestline series of marque books is exceptionally good as these show at least one photo, usually factory promotional photos, of every model of car for every model year of production. They are, however, in black and white so colour information has to come from elsewhere.

The maroon 1963 Starfire Coupe in the pictures is from Brooklin and gives a good comparison to the Sedan, Convertible and Convertible I have created from the ME-MOD kits.


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