Category Archives: Triumph

Bijou Transkits

By Maz Woolley with Rod Ward

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Authors.

Looking in a dictionary “Bijou” means something small but desirable. At one time Estate Agents in the UK used it to describe very small and expensive residences in desirable locations, especially in London. Rod Ward chose it as a name of one of his model ranges which consisted of a variety of models and transkits.

Rod remembers that sales of the early Bijoux models were brisk, but that the last dozen or so sold really slowly. He says that the white rubber moulds for the resin castings lasted for about 60 shots, and that they did not make a second mould for anything after BJ014. With such low sales of the later models Rod stopped production, and sold the remaining stock over a period of time. He sold the last he had left with the closure of Model Auto and now the only way to obtain them is on the secondary market.

Many of the kits were transkits providing parts to adapt an existing model to create a new version and Rod says that he didn’t think that British collectors understood the transkit ethos.  Of course with the cost of the base model and the Bijou kit the end model was fairly costly, but on the other hand it was of a model that was otherwise unobtainable. In other cases the models were “orphans” from other ranges. In some cases the models could be obtained from Rod’s Model Auto shop as finished models

The listing below has been provided by Rod Ward and gives the full detail of the Bijou range.

BJ001 Vespa parascooter as used by the French Army, fitted with a bazooka. 1:30 scale white metal KIT (based on Scottoy Mercury copy Vespa, with UK-made white metal additions)
BJ002K Bugatti T52 Baby white metal KIT or handbuilt made for us by Auto Replicas to 1:43 scale
BJ003K Austin ‘Pathfinder’ pedal car white metal KIT 1:43 scale – adapted from a plastic original
BJ006M London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Model Auto Show 1995’ promo livery
BJ006T London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Typhoo Tea’ original livery
BJ007 Rigid Inflatable boat with outboard motor, plastic made in Portugal
BJ009 Triumph Herald estate 1:43 scale resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ010 Triumph Courier van 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon can come with Whitbread or Standard Triumph decals (base model not included) WB
BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Reliant 3-wheel van (base model not included) WB
BJ012 Austin A35 Pickup 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A35 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ013K AOMA trailer caravan 1920s-30s timber-frame style (ex Sun Motor Co 202) 1:43 scale resin Kit ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ014K Rex trailer caravan, curved shape 1930s-40s (ex Sun Motor Co 203) 1:43 scale resin KIT ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ015 Curtiss Aerocar artic trailer caravan 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ016 Curtiss Aerocar artic ambulance trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ017 Curtiss Aerocar artic hotel bus trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ018 Packard tow car for BJ015, BJ016, or BJ017 (1:43 scale resin transkit body only for Solido Packard, base model not supplied) mastered by John Roberts
BJ019 M8 Greyhound armoured car (ex Sun Motor Co 331, 1:50 scale resin transkit for Solido M20 scout car, base model not supplied) WB
BJ020K Sales trailer: Chips, ice cream,Refeshments, booking office, recruiting office etc (ex Sun Motor Co 204) 1:43 scale resin KIT adapted from BJ013
BJ021 Austin A60 Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A60 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ022. Vauxhall Victor Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Victor saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ023. Austin Allegro Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin Allegro saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ025. Commer ‘Cob’ Van.1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ026. Morris Marina Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ027. Morris Marina Pick-up.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ028. Morris Marina Van. (‘Wimpey’ decals) 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
WB – the master was made for Model Auto by Bill Barnes of Tober Models
JQ – the master was made for Model Auto by John Quilter

The models which caught my eye at the time were the transkits. And this article shows the three I have made up, and the parts of a fourth which I have yet to paint and assemble. The kits are supplied are designed to make it quite straight forward to make up the model without too much “kit bashing” involved. Though sometimes parts from the original Vanguards model need to be cut to fit to the new model.  Care is needed though when stripping parts from the donor car such as the jewelled lights, headlight surrounds, wing mirrors etc.

BJ009 Triumph Herald Estate Car

Here the donor was easy to find as there are lots of cheap Vanguards Herald saloons as they sold them in a plain box for a cheaper price for a time. As can be seen mirrors, lights, bumpers, rear light cluster and base and wheels all come from the donor car. Inside the interior is re-used.

 

BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon

Here we have a kit to convert the Reliant Supervan made in Lledo Vanguards series into a Reliant Regal saloon. These cars were produced in significant numbers in the 1960s when their cheap tax was appealing. Always slightly dearer than the base Mini the attraction of their cheaper tax was lost on many. However, they did last well as the Fibreglass body was fairly robust, the simple chassis sturdy, and the small lightweight engine powerful enough to move the light car as quickly as was safe!

The lights, interior and base and wheels had to be swapped from the original model and a new body and vacform completed the model.

BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.

A donor Vanguards Hillman Imp or other Imp based car is needed. From this jewelled headlights, wipers, part of interior tub, bumpers,  base and wheels are taken.  In this case the base, which also forms the cars sills and front valance, may need to be resprayed to match the new  body shell making this one of the trickier conversions. That means the steel wheels also have to be repainted in body colour.

It is always a good idea to find a donor car where the wing mirrors have not been fitted as removing them can be problematic though spares can be bought if needed.

The Husky was quite scarce so any model of this is welcome.

The Comer Cob would be identical though with blanked out rear side windows and a slightly different interior arrangement.

BJ028. Morris Marina Van

This kit was obtained on eBay in the recent past and is complete with its original Wimpey details, Wimpey are now part of Taylor Wimpey but they were previously a large general builder dealing with everything from Industrial plant to housing estates. As can be seen the kit provides a new body, interior, dash, and vacforms. To make it you need to retain the base and wheels, grilles bumpers and lights, mirrors and windscreen wipers from the donor.

The Marina van sold extremely well and was widely used. It was always a wonder why Lledo never made one originally as they could have sold it in many liveries. I look forward to making the kit up when the weather allows outside spraying again.


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A look around in November 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs provided by manufacturers and wholesalers.

There is a huge range of models being released in the final quarter of this year. This article looks at models from a wide range of manufacturers that we do not often review.

Bburago and Maisto

Both brands from the same maker. Well known for budget models and often selling in toy shops and stores which offer few other model vehicles. The models are often in larger scales but 1:43 models also feature.

B18-11040 1:18 Bugatti Chiron


Bburago Triumph Bobber 1:18


M31409 1:10 Honda Repsol 2017 Marc Marquez #93

Ready painted assembly kits 1:24 ferarri FXX-X


M39124 1:24 Build your own Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

B18-31456 Mercedes Benz car transporter with 1 x 1:43 die cast car

B18-30393 1:43 Suburu WRX STI 2017 sold from trade pack

 

CMC

 

CMC models are famed for being both expensive and beautifully modelled. Here we see a group of Ferrari racing cars built to their usual very high standards. All the models date back to the classic 1950s racing scene.

CMC M183 Ferrari D50, 1956, GP Italy (Monza) #26 Collins/Fangio


CMC M184 Ferrari D50 yellow GP Belgium #20 Pilette and Lancia D50 #6 Ascari


CMC M185 Ferrari D50,1956 long nose, GP Germany #2 Collins

Ixo

Many of the Atlas Jaguar models have yet to be seen under the Ixo brand. Here we have the Mark Ten which appeared in the Atlas series with a rather ‘tip-toes’ appearance in maroon. Here we see it in a pale blue with slightly more detailed wheels. It still has Jaguar on the number plates rather than realistic ones.

 

IXO CLC291 Jaguar MK 10, metallic-light blue, 1961

Almost Real

They are makers of detailed 1:18 scale resin models, many sold in as promotionals by the manufacturers. This is a model of one of the last Defenders made.

ALM 810307 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage Collection Green

Road Kings

Following the Scania recently looked at in MAR Online  there is now a new model. Again this is a classic tractor unit, this time from Mercedes-Benz. Again it looks a large and impressive diecast model.

Mercedes LPS 1632 1969 blue/red/black 1:18

Tecnomodel

These resin kits are very detailed resin models mostly to 1:18 scale and are made in Italy.

TEC 18111C Lotus Evora 410 met green 2017

These models are made in small batches. Batches are also to be made in yellow, silver and black


TEC 1897A Bizzarrini P538 Le Mans 1966 #10

Driven by Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky. The same mould has been used to produce two press versions in red and blue. There is also to be a blue Can-Am version.

CMR (Classic Model Replicars)

CMR make diecast models in China. They make a wide range of classic racing models. Most models are in 1:18 scale.

CMR 045 Porsche 917 LH #18 24h LeMans 1971 Rodriguez, Oliver


CMR 070 Ferrari 340 Berlinetta Mexico #20

3rd placed in the Carrera Panamericana  in 1952 driven by Chinetti and Lucas


CMR 111 Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe #12 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Schlesser and Grant


CMR 112 Shelby Cobra Daytona #59 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Harper and Sutcliffe


CMR 113 Aston Martin DBR1 #5 Winner 24h LeMans 1959

Driven by Shelby and Salvadori

CMR 12006 Ferrari 330 P4 #21 2nd 24h LeMans 1967 1:12 Scale

Driven by Scarfiotti, Parkes

BoS (Best of Show)

Best of Show is a brand produced for ModelCarGroup in Germany. The models are made in resin in China. Initially BoS models were made in 1:43 and 1:18 scale at a lower standard than the premium brands MCG own like Neo. After they stopped making 1:87 scale Neo models they introduced a slightly less detailed range of resin 1:87 scale models under the BoS brand. Here we see two of the Renault cars available which feature good wheels and detailing.

Renault 18, rot, 1978


Renault Fuego, metallic-dunkelbeige, 1980

CMF

Another MCG brand made in China from resin to 1:18 scale. These are detailed models and considerably dearer than their MCG diecast 1:18 scale range.   Following the fashion to model the immediately pre-war German streamliners that is popular with many ranges this year.

Maybach DS8 Stromlinien-Cabriolet Spohn, light grey and black  1934


Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, black and beige 1935


 

Building a white metal kit of a Triumph TR250

By John F. Quilter

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

The small artisan business of K & R Replicas in Sandhurst, England produce a multitude of kits in white metal of all the popular Triumph (and MG and Austin Healey) sport cars. Just about every variation of Triumph sport cars is available, some with wire wheels, some with disc wheels, some with top up, some top down. Since my extensive collection of 1:43 scale Triumphs did not include the one year only US specification TR250, I needed to add this missing link to my progression of Triumph’s models. I ordered up the kit (KR130) from their website http://www.kandrreplicas.co.uk/ and within a few days I had the kit in hand. I chose the one without the targa rear window but that variation is also available. All the kits come with a fascia in LHD or RHD to suit. And I was impressed with the included decal for the stripe, and some of the badges that were TR250 specific.

Forty-third scale means the model is 43 times smaller than an actual car making it about 3.5 inches long. This international collecting scale is small enough for a collector such as myself to amass and display a virtual museum of automotive history. White metal is a sort of soft lead like material that is a favourite of small scale 1:43 scale model makers both in built form or in kit form. The kit comes with some chromed parts such as the bumpers and grill. Replicas of the stainless steel faux Rostyle wheel covers that were standard on all US TR250s are also included. I suspect you could request a set of wire wheels be substituted if wanted as many of the other kits come with wire wheels.

Building a white metal kit takes model builder’s skill and techniques, though there is an instruction sheet showing all the parts and some tips on how to complete the car. You will need a pin vice with some very small drill bits and a Dremel tool to drill out the mounting points for the door handles, both interior and exterior, the front parking lamps, the rear tail lamps and reversing lamps, etc. The mounting holes for the bumpers may have to be adjusted with a drill bit to get accurate positioning of these items. The same applies to the holes for the axles shafts to get the exact proper ride height and fore and aft positioning. Final positioning can be effected with a dab of J B Weld or equivalent epoxy metal. Some parts will need cleaning up with a small file to remove any casting flash. I begin by trial fitting everything after cleaning up the castings as needed. Tip: you will need a very small tweezers to hold some of the parts and do this in an area where if they (and they will) jump out of the tweezers to places unknown. Ask me how long I have spent looking for wayward parts on the floor! So have a very clean uncluttered work space.

Trial fit and trim the vacformed windscreen to the separate windscreen frame but do not fit it until after painting the frame. I wanted to do this car in Valencia blue a common colour from this TR250 period. I usually use rattle can Krylon paints but there was no colour matching Valencia blue. My solution to this was to take two shades of blue, dark and light, and a touch of dark green and mix them together in a small jar. Then using my Prevo sprayer (a sort of poor man’s airbrush) I simply sprayed on the custom colour. After fully drying I put a layer of Testors clear over the car for a high gloss look. Keep in mind that Testors clear is slow drying so set the painted body aside for at least 4 days before continuing the assembly project.

Since the wheels did not come chromed, I covered them with Bare Metal Foil chrome and touched in the black areas and lug nuts. The rubber tires provided in the kit are all black but as all Triumph fans know these cars came with red stripe tires as did the subsequent TR6. To create this effect I have perfected a new technique. I use some 28 gauge wire (available at Hobby Lobby or any hobby store or maybe hardware store) wind it around a round object such as a pen, Sharpie, or drill bit pull it tight and cut if off leaving a small ring of wire. Then lay out the four identical sizes rings and spray paint with red paint from a rattle can. When dry simply glue on to the tires as a final step in assembly.

The fascia piece will take some black paint on the top roll, brown on the face and black for the instruments. The grill piece is chromed to but to add realism it is necessary to “black wash” this piece to make the horizontal bars stand out from the background. Black washing is a modelers technique effected by mixing up some very thin flat back paint in say a bottle cap, and brushing it on whereupon it flows off the higher bars and settles in between bars area leaving a realistic appearance. Tail lamps are separate non chrome pieces so they get the Bare Metal Foil chrome treatment after being fitted then using clear red paint applied to the rear most surface. This gives an almost translucent lens appearance.

Much of the information on the details for building this car came from an original factory brochure and from a very thorough article on restoring a real car in Hemmings Sport & Exotic magazine January 2017 issue covering a car owned by Jim Whalen of Loudonville, New York.


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 releases from Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs have been provided by the Manufacturer.

Here we look at models released by Schuco from April 2018 onward. We will look at April and May in turn. As usual quite a variety of models will be produced across the various ranges.

April 2018 releases

Piccolo

This is Schuco’s nostalgia range to approximately 1:90 scale. It is inspired by the classic Piccolo toys of the past.

450559300 “The little Volkswagen mechanic”

Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter T1 bus in an assembling box

 

450153700 Setra S8 Coach

 

450128900 Mercedes-Benz Pullman tractor with low loading trailer and Porsche tractor

Edition PRO.R43

This is the 1:43 scale section of Schuco’s premium resin range of detailed models.

450887300 Triumph TR5 with closed Surrey Top, red and black interior

 

450887400 Triumph TR5 with open Surrey Top, black and red interior

Edition PRO.R18

The premium resin range to 1:18 scale

 

450011300 Volkswagen Beetle “Motorhome” – yellow

 

Military 1:87

This is a diecast range of military items with a  focus on current vehicles.

452635600 Yak three-axle truck “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

 

452635500 Gepard Anti-aircraft tank “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

May 2018

Piccolo

More nostalgic material in this rang. Piccolo models used as game figures for an old fashioned board game. No computers just drawing and dice here!

 

450513500 “The big Piccolo tractors race” board game with 4 Piccolo tractors

Edition 1:43

The standard diecast range with these made to 1:43 scale

 

450347500 Set “Goggomobil” Goggo Limousine and Goggo small transporter

Edition PRO.R43

Premium resin models in 1:43 scale

450902400 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

 

450902500 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue

Edition 1:32

Here Schuco are competing with Britains, Ros and others with 1:32 scale diecast agricultural, and agricultural derived models.

 

450778500 Güldner G75 A tractor pulling fairground caravan with balcony

Edition 1:18

The large diecast range from Schuco

 

450028700 Volkswagen Transportet T1b Samba bus – black and white

Military 1:87

Diecast recent and  contemporary military models

 

452636500 Volkswagen T2a bus “German Bundeswehr”

452636700 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “Commander staff car German markings


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Corgi – July/December Announcements

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Illustrations provided by Hornby Hobbies.

Hornby Hobbies has recently announced the Corgi products for the second half of 2018. There are no new castings and little sign that any major changes being made by the new management team. Perhaps we will start to see those in 2019? Though the fact that prices are not being significantly increased shows that Hornby are finally realising that the market for their models is price sensitive.

Product Revivals

The sales of the film and TV tie-in products from Corgi are substantial and the products are carried by a wider range of retailers. Of recent years the emphasis has been on reproductions of earlier James Bond models but this time the models celebrate 50 year anniversaries of two films: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Magical Mystery Tour.

I am sure that Beatles fans the world over will buy the re-released models and that the Chitty will sell in respectable numbers as nostalgia for childhood and for the films of the late 60s is still strong.

03502CC Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

 

05401CC Yellow Submarine 

42418CC Magical Mystery Tour Bus 

 

85925CC Paddington Bear Taxi

This will come in special packaging and will include a
Paddington Bear Figure. This will certainly be a good tie-in but Hornby need to be quicker with negotiiating deals like this Paddington 2 has already been released so the model is coming along a bit late to catch the maximum sales.

 

Aviation Archive

Here Corgi has created new liveries on castings which have already been seen in a variety of other liveries. Whilst the liveries are undoubtedly attractive ones one wonders how many versions of the same casting Corgi can sell. Looking on eBay many of the previous versions of these castings sell for considerably less than the latest models recommended price and only very popular and scarce ones attract a premium.

 

34018AA Consolidated B24H Liberator

‘Male Call’ of 453rd Bombardment Group 8th AF 1944
Jimmy Stewart

 

38109AA Sopwith F.1 Camel, No.3 Squadron RNAS

Lloyd S Breadner
Bray Dunes Aerodrome 1918

 

38808AA Do17Z-10 R4+LK I/NJG 2

Gilze – Rijen October 1940 – sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.

 

 

38906AA Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4649/18

‘Seven Swabians’ Alfred Bader Jasta 65 September 1918

Sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.

 

Original Omnibus

 

46514AOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL2 Ilford Station

46514BOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL1 Thames View Estate

46713AOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats

 

46713BOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Bradford via Bingley

 

Vanguards

At the risk of repeating myself we are seeing the same small range of castings again and again in different colours. Whilst some of the new colours are quite eye catching and may well persuade people to buy another version of the model the market for yet more of the same must be shrinking.

In many cases the castings are now looking old and basic. The Morris Minor for example has cast in window ventilators which are painted body colour, black printed line round the screen and a clumsy grille. Partwork models are superior to this in many cases.

The Land Rover in Military Police livery is different and will I suspect be a popular release as will the 1275 Mini in Special Tuning livery.

But taken as a whole the release is disappointing as it has been for about 3 years now.  I hope that this is just a  holding exercise before the new management re-launch Vanguards with some new castings.

 

VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1, Almond Green

 

VA05212 Ford Granada Mk1 3.0 Ghia, Jade Green

 

VA05810 Morris Minor 1000Turquoise

 

VA06713 Triumph Spitfire, Mk3 Saffron

 


VA09524 Ford Escort Mk1 Twincam, Blue Mink

 

VA10111 Triumph Stag Mk2, British Racing Green

 

VA10509 Triumph TR7 FHC, Triton Green

 

VA10712 MGB Roadster, Acconite Purple

 

VA10818 Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Arizona Bronze

 

VA11117 Land Rover Series 1 80”, Military Police

 

VA11509 Triumph TR5, Jasmine Yellow

 

VA12612 Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico, Signal Yellow (Forrest Arches)

 

VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning, Press Launch Car,
Auto Car Magazine

 

VA13605 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI


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Cult Models for 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs provided by the manufacturer and may be prototypes subject to refinement and changes.

Cult Models has a past history of making 1:18 scale models of classic British cars and four more are expected in the first half of 2018. These models are made in China for Cult.

Cult have been known to offer some of the more reasonably priced 1:18 scale models in the past but the price has risen steadily over the last year or so making each model a significant investment for collectors.

Land-Rover Discovery Mark I metallic red 1989

This model of an early Land Rover Discovery with the graphics printed on should prove popular. The wheels seem to be very accurate and the large areas of matt black also seem well printed.


Austin 1100 Glider yellow 1969

The car is a four door illustrated with right hand drive and the correct grille bars for the 1100. I don’t believe that the name “Glider” was ever used on a UK car, though looking at the web shows it was used and perhaps in the Netherlands as most of the references using this name seem to be Dutch.

The model seems to capture the shape well and though the colour is certainly authentic the Author wishes they had done it in another colour.


Sunbeam Supreme MKIII white/maroon 1954

From 1953 the former Sunbeam -Talbot 90 was marketed by Rootes Group as the Sunbeam Mark III. On the radiator shell instead of “Sunbeam Talbot” used on previous versions “Sunbeam Supreme” was to be seen.

This model captures the cars shape well and again the wheels seem to be neatly represented as does the chrome belt line.


Triumph Spitfire MKII blue

A popular vehicle for modelling and one that is available in almost every scale commonly available. The Cult model seems to be a good replica of the real thing. The early Spitfire front and rear end is clearly captured as are the simple painted steel wheels and chrome hubcaps.


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Atlas British Touring Cars – Triumph Dolomite Sprint

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

It would seem that whilst Atlas has been passing models that form part of the current British Touring Car Championship series to wholesalers on the continent as they are now appearing in at least one retailers publicity material and are now appearing quite widely on eBay. This suggests that the series has not been as popular as Atlas hoped. Atlas has yet again been quite “Loose” in its range description as many of the cars featured won the British Saloon Car Championship which preceded the Touring Car Championship.

This article looks at one of the models from this series Triumph Dolomite Sprint driven by Andy Rouse to win the championship in 1975.  The car came first equal in the manufacturers table with the Chevrolet Camaro.

The Atlas model is is interesting with quite a fine casting and quite a lot of separate parts and extensive printing. At the front the headlight rims could perhaps be a little narrower but all the lights are there and tape replicated on the headlights. When the photograph is enlarged the badging shows fine detail.

The sides are covered in the promotional material that seems to replicate the car as raced well. The complicated multiple coach lines are also well printed.  The side windows are excellent, the fit flush and are plastic inserts used with the door frames printed on. Comparing this model to the Corgi Vanguards model in my collection this casting is not a re-cycled Corgi. It is newer and rather more delicate. Indeed Corgi did model the same car as VA5303 and this Atlas model seems to be a step up in a number of areas.

The wheels are modelled well  capturing the alloy wheels becoming popular at the time.

The rear of the car is again pretty good with the lights moulded in plastic and coloured to match the lenses used. The badging is again excellent.

Inside the car the interior is stripped out to the rear and fitted with a neatly moulded roll cage. The steering wheel and dashboard are neatly moulded but no detailing has been added.

The only fault that I can see is the trailing edge of the roof where the casting is rough and looks almost as if it has been filed off.


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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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