By Maz Woolley
All photographs by, and copyright of, the author.
Oxford Diecast have now released the 1:76 version of their Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville. This was released earlier in the year in 1:43 scale.
The model is based upon a real car auctioned in 2014. Registered in 1936 it has a 7.3 Litre engine. The chassis left Rolls-Royce’s factory in May 1936 and was bodied by H J Mulliner in Chiswick. It was delivered to Lady Maud Buckland of Salisbury, took place on the last day of 1936. The total cost was around £2,600, about £1,500 for the chassis and £1,100 for the body.
Photographs of the real car show this model to be an excellent replica of the real car. The shape is excellent and the detailing very good too. There is not a single quality control issue on this model it is beautifully painted and detailed.
Looking at the front lights I was very surprised to see that they all have tiny lenses fitted and unusual level of detail for a 1:76 scale model. The radiator, horns and spirit of ecstasy mascot are very well modelled too.
Wheels are excellent and the contrast of the rubber tyres to the shiny wheel covers is excellent. The wheel centres appear to have the multi sided section moulded in but Oxford has not printed any of the detail which breaks up the silver section leaving it as a simple silver disk. The interior is simplified from the 1:43 version with a simple dashboard with moulded detail and a simple one piece steering wheel.
The running boards runners are nicely modelled and printed and the rear end is neatly modelled with lights and number plate box all very well presented Bumpers at each end are simplified from the 1:43 pattern as they need to be strong enough to with stand shocks. Finally the number plates are excellent with the characters all the correct shape.
I have recently found myself being critical of Oxford’s models for detail issues and faults which have not been caught by their quality control. This model is beautifully detailed and finished to a very high standard and yet sells for a very modest price. I can see many model railway layouts featuring one of these outside the Church and many more collected just because they are a fine model of an attractive vehicle.
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