By Maz Woolley
Scalelink have been producing a wide range of white metal models and kits aimed primarily at the railway modeller in the UK for many years. Amongst this output is a range of 4mm, 1:76 scale, vehicles. Models from this range can still be bought new from the manufacturers but they also turn up regularly at lower prices built, or unbuilt, on eBay and at swapmeets. The kits are constructed in a similar manner to John Day Vehicle Scenics or Parker Models and cover a wide range of largely pre-war vehicles to go with layouts modelling the “golden age of steam”. If you want a model from the early days of motoring for your layout or collection Scalelink covers this period in 1:76 with vehicles like a De Dion Bouton Tourer from 1904, a Rover 6HP Tourer from 1906, a Renault AX Tourer from 1908 and an Aquila ‘Italiana’ from 1913. The newest vehicles in the series were introduced just before the Second World War like the Vauxhall 10 from 1939.
This article looks at two models of the Standard Flying 8 one a tourer and one a saloon. 8 horsepower saloons were popular in the pre-war period and the Standard was one of the dearer models in a marketplace. Other 8hp saloons included offerings from Austin (as modelled by John Day), Morris Series E (as modelled by John Day and Oxford Diecast), and the Ford Model Y (modelled by Scalelink and Varney). The Standard Flying 8 was introduced in 1938 and the initial version lasted until 1941. It was re-launched largely unchanged after the Second World War, losing the “flying” appellation, and lasted from 1945 to 1948.
The Flying 8 was the first small British car with independent front suspension and was well appointed. Two versions were available from the launch of the model: A two-door all-steel saloon, and a 2/4-seat open tourer. The former body was built for Standard by Fisher & Ludlow at a newly erected plant at Tile Hill, Coventry. This was not far from the Standard factory in Canley. The open tourer bodies were built by Carbodies at Holyhead Road, Coventry. The tourer featured cut-down door tops and a fold-flat windscreen. Both cars were capable of reaching 60 miles an hour and had a 1021cc four cylinder engine with a three speed gearbox. Total production of the vehicle is unknown due to loss of factory records from the pre-war period. Estimates suggest that around 25,000 may have been made in all including some sold as kits for export. Contrast that to the Morris Series E introduced at the same time which sold over 120,000 including the brief period it was sold post war.
Scalelink SLC081 Standard Flying 8 Tourer 1938
This model is supplied with two hoods one folded in the down position and one in hood up position. Unfortunately the windscreen tope edge does not fit to the hood well and would need careful “fettling” to achieve a reasonable fit. The folded hood is a rather better fit. The cut down sides have been modelled neatly.
All in all this is not a bad model not as well cast as Parker models but better in some respects that the older John Days which have not yet been upgraded.
Scalelink SLC082 Standard Flying 8 saloon 1939
Much the same standard of casting here. And it makes up into a neat model too. The bumpers on both models are often bent when the model arrives but can be carefully straightened as needed.
The model I received did not have a vacform and the windows had to be created with Kristal Klear in both vehicles and for the first time I have used this on the headlights too. It is certainly rather effective.
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