By Maz Woolley
All photographs by the Author.
Oxford Diecast continue to release the models promised for 2017. Here I look at a new 1:76 scale model diecast at Oxford’s Chinese factory for the UK.
76VO001 Volvo 760 Gold Metallic
This is the first time that we have seen this casting from Oxford and it captures the real car well. The wedge shape so fashionable in the early 1980s is well caught and the paint is a good representation of the popular metallic finish which can be seen on many photographs of the car.
Wherever you look there are impressive small details like the Volvo badging printed on the wings which is hardly noticeable without magnification but which is there as it should be.
I don’t think that the model is one of Oxfords best for a number of reasons. Firstly the rear light cluster looks like eight separate lights, see above, whereas on the rear car it was one continuous light with different colour sections and a silver trim horizontally in the centre. Secondly the tyres had to be taken off and refitted. If you look at the picture below you can see extra rubber sticking out and on other wheels the tyres did not actually reach the hub. All correctable but avoidable. The hubs themselves appear to be a bit vague and do not match the alloys that I can see on cars pictured on the web and have no Volvo badged centre cover.
The last issue can also be seen on the photograph above. Where are the mirrors? A large blank area of the door looks like the mirrors should have been fitted there. Indeed the picture Oxford provides of the next use of this casting shows mirrors drawn on, see below.
So my conclusion is that this is a good model without reaching the standards that Oxford can achieve. It is also good to have models from the early 1980s in affordable diecast ranges.
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