Category Archives: Triumph

Tin Tin Triumph Herald

By Maz Woolley

All photographs of the model by, and copyright of, the Author. Pictures from The Black Island copyright of Hergé and his publishers.

The Atlas models of vehicles from Tin Tin books are attractively modelled and in many cases are around 1:43 scale. They are diecast in China for Atlas.  Comic books like Tin Tin are regarded highly on the Continent and there is even a museum devoted to Comic Book figures in Brussels.

Here we have a Triumph Herald Convertible from around 1960 towing a caravan in the book L’Île Noire [Black Island].  Tin Tin asks a couple to help him chase the bandits and they tell him to get in the caravan a curious act as the Herald is a four seater!

They then rush off at speed up a slope a Herald could never climb even without a caravan.

The Atlas model is finished in the usual matt finish used for this series making it look like it has been plucked from a cartoon. I find this finish quite attractive especially when combined with the well modelled occupants.

The sculptors of these models have spent a considerable time getting the models right as well as matched to the cartoon. With a few tweeks here and there Atlas could produce this as a standard Herald convertible something we are still waiting for in mainstream diecast form as Corgi made the later 13/60 convertible but not an earlier one.

As ever my model was supplied by an eBay seller from China as we have never had these models sold by Atlas officially in the UK.


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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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K&R Triumph GT6 Mark 3

By Maz Woolley

 

K&R models have been in business since 1977 making them one of the pioneers of the White Metal model industry.  The firm is now run by Stephen Roff who took over when his father Keith semi-retired. Their models are sold mail order, via their website  http://www.kandrreplicas.co.uk/ and at their eBay shop. Most of the models they offer have been available for some years, but they do add new models from time to to time.

At the time that the Author bought this kit some years ago there were no Triumph GT6s available on the market other than the K&R.  Prior to that Vitesse of Portugal made a Mark III and since that time Spark produced a nice resin model. It is a mystery why so many toys and models were made of the Triumph Spitfire and how few of the Spitfire derived GT6. K&R currently only offer the GT6 in  Mark One and Two versions but the Mark Three may well become available again in the future.

The GT6 used the Triumph straight six engine and gearbox in the 2 Litre configuration  used in the Triumph Vitesse. Its main competitor was the 1800cc MGB GT which was similar but had a rear bench useful for small children or luggage as standard. The GT6 came as a two seater as standard but could have a small rear bench added as an option. The GT6 was only ever produced in relatively small numbers with only around 13,000 of the Mark Threes being manufactured. By the time that the Mark Three was launched the GT6 was considerably faster than the MGB, 112MPH versus 105MPH and could go from 0-60MPH in 10.1 seconds rather than 13.0. The car was dropped from the Triumph line up in 1973 by which time British Leyland needed to start to rationalise its output. It kept the better selling selling MGB which soldiered on to 1980.

The K&R model is typical of their earlier output. With a body shell supplemented by a Vacform for the windows, a base plate and a number of individual components to make up the interior,exhaust and wheels. It is an earlier model so has fewer tiny parts than thee more recent kits. The door handles and rear lights are moulded in rather than being supplied as separate items for example.

 

The pretty rear end based on the Mark IV Spitfire
Shape captured albeit a little heavily
Neatly modelled front end with the higher bumper to meet US legislation

The model is perhaps a little “heavy” but does capture the GT6 style very well right down to the high level front bumpers which did not mar this car in any way or lead to the horrible handling imposed on the MG by raising the car to meet US legislation.

The wheels capture the special wheels used on this model well, in fact wire wheels were not even an option by the end of this cars production run.

The vacform is thin and not particularly tight fitting in the window area and the front lights are just rounded discs. In this case they have been replaced by clear domed lights formed from  Krystal Klear. Care is also needed to try to get the tyres to sit correctly on the wheel rims.

The colour chosen by the Author may not be authentic but it shows off the GT6s lines better than a solid colour would.

Not a perfect model by any means but fun to build and relatively inexpensive.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Ford Thunderbird and Triumph TR2 Competition

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in March 2014. 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. 

All Atlas Dinky Toys models and boxes carry modern Mattel copyright details and are made by Norev for Atlas. The first two vehicles issued were an Austin Mini Countryman and a Dinky Toys liveried Bedford CA.

The third vehicle issued is a replica of Dinky 111 Triumph TR2 in competition guise with driver in ‘helmet’.

Many of the original models have faded over the years but the Atlas replica is in the striking original shade of pink which I am sure was never seen on any production vehicle.

However, with the reproduction box it is a very acceptable replica of a toy from the past.


 

The fourth model released is a replica of the rare South African variant of Dinky 555.

This Ford Thunderbird is painted in a shade of blue never used elsewhere and the originals reach higher prices at auction than more common colours.

This is a very nicely produced model and includes a driver figure as well as white tyres and the one-piece screen. One thing that differentiates these new models from the old ones is the very neat printed ‘chrome’ and lights. The originals had detail hand painted and were never as neatly finished.

Each of these models comes in a replica box and in this case the model features are listed in both English and what looks to me like Afrikaans which would be appropriate. Features such as the ‘finger-tip steering’ are reproduced when authentic and work like the originals.

 

Future Releases

As this is being re-published the Author has reviewed the list below and any items marked with an asterisk have not yet been received.

Atlas supplied enquirers with details of models to be expected in the range. Those yet to be seen when the article was originally published are listed below, though Atlas states that they may not appear in this order. These models will take over two years to release at one per month. Many of the models listed have already been released in the various continental Atlas Dinky series:

VW Swiss Post
Opel Kapitan
Auto Union
Ford Zephyr
Austin A90
Citroen ID 19
Morris J Post Office
Dodge Royal Sedan
Austin Healey 100
Morris Oxford Saloon
Buick Roadmaster Sedan
Jaguar XK 120 Coupe
Packard Eight Sedan
Volvo 122S
Aston Martin DB3
Hotchkiss Record
Porsche 356 Coupe
Panhard Coach
Studebaker State Commander
Renault 4 Berline
Mercedes-Benz
Citroen Light 15
Bedford 15cwt Ovaltine
Ford Taunus Polizei
Renault Dauphine Mini Cab – Do not believe that this has been released yet (3/17)
Mercedes 190 SL
Morris J 10 Cwt


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Citroen Traction and Triumph TR2

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. 

Comments posted on bulletin boards in 2016 suggest that some collectors are disappointed with the models sent out in recent months. Many have been French Dinky issues which are not in keeping with the way that the collection was originally advertised as featuring British Dinky models. Another disappointment is the re-use of castings, this is what Dinky did but in a limited collection it means less to surprise and please collectors.

24 N Citroen Traction 11 BL

A good model with the tinplate front bumpers very nicely replicated. The black paint is very good too. A very nostalgic model. The original was in the French Dinky range from 1949 but as modelled it appears to be a model from 1951.

Although the box has Citroen Flying Fifteen printed on one flap I can see evidence in my reference works that this was ever sold in the UK as part of the Dinky range.


105 Triumph TR2 Sports

 

A very well replicated model. This casting has already been seen in the range in the pink sports version with a racing driver and roundels.

 

My personal preference is for this street version which Dinky sold from 1957 to 1960 in grey or yellow.


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Oxford Diecast March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

A number of models have just been released by Oxford Diecast in 1:76 and 1:87 scales. Many were originally announced for the final quarter of 2016 but have been slightly delayed. These are all  diecast and plastic and made in Oxford’s own  Chinese production centre.

1:76 Scale Models

 

76 MW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue

Oxford’s clever use of diecast lower sections combined with a plastic upper body not only allows for multiple versions of the vehicle to be made it also allows the windows, roof and other upper body details to be finely modelled. As the windows are part of the moulding, there are no issues with fitting gaps at all and the vents are very convincing too. Some collectors may question the lack of mirrors and the use of printed wipers, but they do make the model more robust and the small round mirrors of the real thing would be scarcely noticeable and very fragile if done to scale.

The Oxford is based upon a preserved coach, and looking at photographs of the original it has been very well captured by Oxford.

My only criticism is that the rear wheel sets are slightly crooked on my model, something that I have found on other Oxford coaches, but this can presumably be corrected with a  little persuasion. Looking at the quality and detail of this model, it is difficult to believe that some of their competitors similar models are about twice the price.


 

76TS001 Triumph Stag

The Triumph Stag was made between 1970 and 1977. Designed to meet the needs of an American market where pure convertibles were set to be banned, it incorporated a permanent roll cage. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti it was fitted with a Triumph-made 3 Litre V8 engine created from two of their four cylinder engines as fitted to the Dolomite. This proved to be the cars weakest point as it turned out to be fragile, and it was a symbol of how ineffective British Leyland Group management was that they did not insist part way through the development that Triumph used the proven ex-Buick Rover V8 to cut costs and build up economies of scale.

The Oxford model has quite a lot of detail incorporated with badging, lights and grille well printed. However the wheels really need the gaps and centre marked out in black paint as they look very flat and plastic. I have marked mine since shooting the photographs, and I think it it makes a great improvement. The moulded interior is adequate in this scale without a great deal of effort to detail the dashboard. When I received the car, the rear of the T bar did no fit into the lower body section properly, and others have commented on Facebook about this. I found that with a gentle press the upper section clicked into the body and was then a  good flush fit.  But unfortunately the windscreen shows a thick line of clear plastic underneath the chrome surround at its base.  I think that quality control may be being limited to help them meet the ambitious production targets Oxford set themselves.

It is a model of the car as sold in the first year of production and features a Coventry registration plate, so it is presumably based on a press car.

 


76BM02001 BMW 2002 Colorado Orange

The BMW 2002s of 1977 were based upon the 02 series chassis introduced with the 1600 in 1966.  The car modelled by Oxford is a 1971 model registered in East Sussex. The bold orange colour was a popular colour in the 1970s and is even stronger than my pictures show. It was this generation of BMW that finally rescued the country from being close to bankruptcy and created their reputation for making sporting saloon cars.

The 2002 was introduced after both Helmut Werner Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, both had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their own use.

The Oxford model captured the shape well, and the printed chrome features are well done with the exception of the window surrounds which are printed in such a way that they emphasis the thick body shell of these models. I have said elsewhere that I think it better that Oxford either move over to flush fit glazing or drop the printing round the lower edge of the windows altogether.  The tiny badges and scripts on the boot are incredibly fine, and Oxford seem to have suddenly started to print more realistic number plates onto the models. The tiny rubber fittings on the bumpers are printed on and the side rubber mouldings too, though they are a little too glossy.  I suspect that the indicators which should be on the corner of the car above the front lights have been printed on and as this is an orange car have “vanished” perhaps when later colours appear so will they.  Finally the wheels like the Stags seem just too solid and would benefit from a black wash.

All in all a nice model and one that would be nice to see in 1:43 scale as well.


 

76AMDB2002 Aston Martin DB2 MkIII Drop Head Coupe

This series of cars was made by Aston Martin from 1957 to 1959. It was an evolution of the DB2/4 Mark II model it replaced. It was powered by Tadek Marek’s upgraded engine based upon the W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda 2.9  litre 6 cylinder engine. the front grille introduced on this model set the shape that would be seen in some form on future Aston Martins.

Aston Martin built 84 drophead coupé models so they were always rare and expensive cars. Indeed a DBIII, as Ian Fleming called it, appeared in the Goldfinger book.  These cars were capable of 120 mph, or more if one of the more highly tuned versions of the engine were fitted.

The Oxford model with the hood up is nice with a beautifully fine grille and tiny printed doors and boot handles. Lights and number plates are excellent too and the interior is simple but adequate. The only areas that are a little disappointing are the whheels and the paintwork. The wheels are solid plastic with a few raised lines to represent the wire wheels and they are really not as good as the rest of the model. The paintwork is a nice racing green but it is thin over the gaps round the panel lines.


1:87 Scale Models

This is the latest series of 1:87 models from Oxford aimed squarely at the US market where the collapse of suppliers like Malibu, Fresh Cherries and others has created a gap in the market for Oxford to fill. My first impression looking at these models is that a lot of effort has gone into them, and that the level of detailing is very high for such small diecasts.

87BS36001 Buick Special Convertible Coupe 1936

The Buick Special was Buick’s entry level full size car for many years. In 1936 this was powered by a 3.8 Litre inline 8 cylinder engine. It was a good year for Buick and sales of the special were good.

The model by Oxford has caught the looks of the car very well and the glossy black paint is a typical period colour, a white version is to be offered later in the year. The Buick badge on the grille and the number plates and rear lights are all nicely printed. The grille could perhaps benefit from a black wash but is tall and impressive like the real thing.

I think that the headlights have been printed much too small. All the picture references I have seen show the headlights surrounded by a chrome ring and not a  body colour one. The sidelights too are printed in silver over their whole area but on the real car they weer body colour on the top. Another curiosity is that the wheel rims seem to be in yellow plastic when picture references suggest that the steel wheels are painted often in colours which contrast with the body colour and the rims are either that colour or fitted with chrome embellishers. Despite these criticisms I think it a nice model .


 

87CN57001 Chevrolet Nomad 1957

The Nomad was a glamorous model in its 1955 to 57 heyday.  It was a two door sports sedan powered by a powerful V8 engine and fitted with an extended station wagon rear. The Nomad was dropped for the 1958 model year and though it re-appeared in later years it was as a more conventional top of the line station wagon.

Oxford have modelled it in Dusk Pearl and Imperial Ivory and have announced one in Rio Red and Arctic White for later in the year. The model has some excellent features with neat white sidewalls and lots of small badges, number plates and vents printed on. However the bonnet ornaments should have chromed ends and don’t and the headlights are again tiny little dots surrounded by body colour when the real Nomad had large chrome light surrounds. Finally there are no painted rear lights and the “dagmars” are not painted black.

For all my criticism this is a nice model and one that a dab or two of paint would finish off nicely.


 

87CP65001 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965

This series of Chevy trucks was introduced in 1960 and replaced in 1967. So the 1965 was a well developed vehicle. A 5.3 Litre V8 was on offer for the first time in that model year and for drivers in search of comfort air conditioning arrived too. The Light Blue and White colour scheme appears to be authentic with lots to see on the Web. Later in the year it will be released in orange.

Oxford’s printed grille and printed vents are excellent as are the number plates.  The printed white Chevrolet on the rear of the pickup is very nicely done. The roof section has nicely printed black lines where the trim was rubber or black painted and has finely produced vents. This is another model with a plastic upper section and again it fits so well that you would never guess until you test it.

I have fewer criticisms to make of this model. One is of the wheels which I believe are one piece mouldings with the rims, wheels and hubcaps printed. On half the wheels this has been printed squarely and this looks good on two it is not printed quite centrally which is a little disappointing. The steering wheel is a nice moulded item with the column lever included but it is fitted much too low with its lower edge below the level of the seat cushion.   But overall this is a nice model and I can see it making its way onto US Railroaders layouts.


 

87BC55001 Buick Century 1955

Another classic American car. Released in Turquoise and Polo White it will be available later in the year in Coral and Polo White. Century was a model name used for performance versions of their cars from 1954 to 1958. The Century used the smallest and lightest body shells in their range from the entry point Buick Special and combined them with their most powerful V8 engine. Available in several body styles Oxford have chosen to model it as a two door coupe.

This model again has really good number plates, grille printed in black and silver, and this time it has lovely wheels with white side walls and body colour wheels. The side spears and “bullet holes” are all printed neatly on as is the Century script on the rear wing. Rear lights are printed in and the bumper are all neatly moulded and printed silver. Again fitted with a  basic but adequate interior. The bonnet ornament is simple but represents the real one quite well if not as delicate as a true scale one would be.

There is one area which I feel lets this model down a little and that is the front lights which are just a flat silver printed circle where the real car has slightly domed headlights with  a small chrome peak according to my picture sources. Some Kristal Klear dripped on is a quick fix for the headlight lenses but the lack of the small peal is a shame.


Whilst I have been slightly critical of these models I think that they are all good value for the price point that Oxford Diecast sells them at and it is nice to have the models available in this smaller scale. Many will be used by railway modellers and will look excellent on a  layout perhaps weathered a bit to make them a little more realistic. The US cars to 1:87 scale are particularly finely detailed for small diecast models.


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Triumph over Adversity

By John Quilter

 

In my never ending quest to replicate all the British Leyland products of the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond here is one more to fill in a gap. It’s a chop of a Vanguards Triumph 2.5 saloon into an estate. This one fooled me, as I did not do my detail research carefully enough and built the wagon with the same overall length as the saloon. Then, later when it was all done and painted, found out they are in fact 5 inches shorter than the saloons! This can be determined by the rear bumper which on the wagon extends to the rear wheel well but on the saloon it is 5 inches short of the wheel well. Can’t understand why they did this as the wheelbase is identical on the two cars. Well, after it was all done I had to tear it apart and saw a scale 5 inches off the rear quarter, reassemble, and repaint. Not to mention shortening the rear of the diecast baseplate to match. The roof on this one differs from my usual technique of using a shaped aluminium extrusion but on this I shaped a piece of sheet aluminium into the rear part of the roof and upper tailgate. The rear panel needed some changes to the tail lamps and a black insert. The load floor was a piece of grooved styrene plastic out of my stock. I abandoned the dark blue donor model’s wing mirrors as I never liked these, and mounted them on the doors.

Triumph 2000 cars were launched in 1963 as the Mark 1 and these ran until 1969 at which point the Mark 2 was launched with a new front styling that matched the soon to be launched Stag. Design work was with Triumph’s usual stylist, Giovani Michelotti. There were more versions of the Mark 2, a 2500 TC and a 2.5PI with petrol injection from the TR5 and TR6 European specification. The Triumph 2000 had a short run as a saloon in the USA from about 1965 to 1967 but was never popular in comparison to their range of sports cars: Spitfires, GT6s and TR4s. But the 2000s are still seen from time to time at big British car shows.

1972-74 Triumph 2.5 X2 1972-74 Triumph 2.5 1972 Triumph 2.5 MK 2 wagon 1972 Triumph 2.5 MK 2 wagon rear

Just for comparison I’ve included a picture of the long running Abbey Classics kit of a Mark 1 estate I built many years ago.

1967 Triumph 2000 estate #2


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