Editorial October 2017

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Dave Turner’s article about intergranular corrosion of a Ford Transit in his collection generated many responses. Collectors have reported the issue in quite a few ranges, so perhaps we all need to check our models? If you do, and you find any examples, please let us know here at MAR Online as we will be running a follow up article in future. This problem underlines the risks involved if anyone regards model collections as an ‘investment’.  Not only may the models fall out of popularity, they may also fall apart.

I am sorry to see a lot of adverse comments on bulletin boards about the variable standards of models recently released by Oxford Diecast. Examples reported by others include poor paint masking on some 1:76 coaches, and incorrect rear light painting on the new 1:76 scale original Range Rover. My example of the new 1:43 Jaguar XK150 roadster has the rear lights printed lopsidedly. Collectors recognise that Oxford should be congratulated for their role in providing lots of new and interesting models, and their public engagement. A degree of frustration is building up amongst collectors, however, and improved quality control at Oxford’s Chinese manufacturing base is needed to address this.

We can look forward to announcements of next year’s models from many of the larger manufacturers over the next few months. In many cases the models shown will have been under development for three or so years. It will be interesting to see which types of vehicles they have chosen to model, and in what scales.

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