By Maz Woolley
All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.
This post continues the coverage of my visit to the London Toyfair, and in particular the visit to Oxford Diecast‘s stand where I met Eloise Davies the Chief Executive of Oxford Diecast. The volume of models on show in the cabinets showed just how big the Oxford range is now. Whilst most were castings we have seen before, often in new colours, some were pre-release test models which give a glimpse at what is to come.
Starting of with the largest scale Oxford showed its Heinkel Trojan in red as well as the longer running Messerschmidt in the background. Also on the stand were models from Welly that Oxford distributes.
Quite a models not yet generally released or in pre-production trial form here. The Jaguar Mark V hood up and hood down both look to be really good models rather better than the Ixo one seen in the Atlas Jaguar Collection at first sight.
The shelves of 1:43 models of all ages and eras were very impressive.
Pre-production test shots of the forthcoming Jowett Jupiter appeared with hood up and hood down. This model looks like it will be good too.
New colours on the Rolls-Royce models were on display as was the new colour on the MG Magnette.
And finally a pre-production test of the AC Aceca. Shown the model close up it looks to be fine model using the inset glazing Oxford are now using more widely at this scale. It should compare favourably to the Norev casting of the same car.
This is the real heart of the Oxford output with a wide range of models available.
Starting with some construction models we start with the awaited early JCB shown below
The JCB was backed up by more modern excavation units in increasing sizes. This includes the JCB JS220 Tracked Excavator and the large Stobart Rail Excavator at the rear.
Many of the military and emergency vehicles were also on display with this fine group of TACR2 6×4 Military vehicles catching the eye.
The fine range of Bristol coaches using the new plastic upper castings which allow for finer details and all skylights accurately presented.
The military range has grown rapidly in 1:76 scale and here World War Two era models sit alongside vehicles that would have seen service in Northern Ireland or abroad in the 1970s and 80s.
More military vehicles including the tanks which have been gradually introduced into the range.
The new Commer Walk thru was shown including a preview of the London Fire Brigades and Scottish and Newcastle models which have not yet reached the shops.
A little Morris Minor Van in GPO livery looked lonely in the corner!
The recently announced double cab Transit early casting test was shown. This model will appear in Eddie Stobart and Network Rail liveries and demand for this should be high as there is a lot of interest already from 1;76 scale modellers.
Another test casting for a forthcoming model is this Morris J4 casting destined to be seen first in Post Office livery.
The larger 1:76 scale models were not neglected with the colourful new green tiger livery on the car transporter shown here.
Oxford showed several of their sets. Here is the Military Land Rover set with a British Rail set to the rear
A test casting of the forthcoming Nissan Qashqai J11 was on show with even the roof rails captured as well as the complicated front light and grille array.
And we are finally due to see the three wheelers already seen in 1:18 scale start making it into 1:76. Below is a pre-production test of the BMW Isetta.
A really lovely small test casting for the forthcoming Heinkel Kabine in 1:76 was on show. This should be a lovely little model. It appears first in red but I am sure a range of other colours will turn up in release 2 of 2018.
These models are tiny so many can fit on the same shelf.
And finally some of the aircraft were shown with the Supermarine Walrus looking particularly impressive.
Eloise was welcoming and seems to relish the challenge of developing the Oxford brands further. It is clear from our discussion that Lyndon Davies is still very involved with setting the direction for Oxford though clearly he has less time to be involved with operations than he did before he became CEO at Hornby.
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