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Brooklin 2017 Additions and Deletions

By Maz Woolley

The listings in this article are based on lists published by Mike Coupe of Spa Croft Models. The opinions are those of the Author.

2017 will continue the changes at Brooklin which started last year. Brooklin are makers of 1:43 scale White Metal models who produce them here in the UK. After outside investment the factory has been improved and new business strategies developed. Alongside this we have seen the re-development of their website to give it a “luxury product” look and feel, though the web developers seem to have created quite a few teething problems along the way.

Other changes have included splitting the Brooklin models of US cars into two ranges: Brooklin Collection, and Brooklin Limited. The Brooklin Collection covers from the early 1950s whilst the Limited range covers 1930s and 1940s vehicles. At the same time the development of the Lansdowne range of UK vehicles is being heavily cut back.

Every year Brooklin delete models from their ranges but this year they are deleting an exceptional number of models slimming the ranges heavily, particularly Lansdowne. In one case a model previously announced has been postponed (LDM. 83 1938 MG WA) until further notice. In some cases models of older vehicles originally in the standard collection are being removed from that range and moved to the Limited range. One wonders if the removal of so many cars from across Brooklin and Lansdowne ranges is to allow them to re-introduce them over the next few years with minor improvements at the higher price points seen for new models.

Newer models are including a much higher level of chrome detailing than before using techniques seen on SAMS models some years ago like chrome cages for the windows topped by a metal panel roof. There are also more chrome spears and features. This new level of detail is introducing greater fragility which means that we now hear tales of Brooklin models arriving broken more often than before. The Author also thinks that an opportunity has been missed in leaving the headlights without separate lenses. This gives the models a characteristic Brooklin look but has led to some US based collectors to collect resin models rather than Brooklins as they feel they are more realistic.

All this change comes at a cost. Brooklin have introduced a new variable pricing policy with larger and more complicated models costing more than others but it seems to me that  the cost of collecting even basic new Brooklin models will increase by at least 30%. Due to the fall in the value of the pound overseas collectors are being cushioned against the rises but here in the UK Brooklins’ models are now significantly dearer than many other companies’ highly detailed resin models. We wish Brooklin well and understand the need to recover the investment that has been made but we do wonder whether the increase in prices will lead to a significant fall in the volume of sales especially at a time when income levels are forecast to grow more slowly than inflation for some years.

New/Updated Models

The listing is arranged by the month that these models are expected to appear. Where they are marked with an asterisk they have been moved from the BRK to BML range:

  • BRK. 220 1955 Studebaker Champion 4-door Sedan  Available Late April/Early May
  • IPV. 45 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon (Chicago Police) Available Late April/Early May
  • BRK222b  1948 Tucker Torpedo “Met-Green” Limited Edition. Available Mid/Late May
  • BML16* 1936 Terraplane Custom 6 Convertible, Top down. Available Mid/Late May
    LDM74a 1937 Riley Continental 4-dr Saloon. Colour change Available Mid/Late May
  • BML 20 1947 Packard Super Clipper Limousine. Available Mid-June
  • BML18* 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 4-dr Sedan. Available Mid-June.
  • LDM. 123 1935 Brough Superior 8 D.H.C. Available Early July
  • CSV. 26 1937 Superior –Pontiac Provident Ambulance Available Early July
  • BML21 1941 Buick M-71c Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton. Available Late July
  • LDM96a 1956 Aston Martin DB 2-4 MKII (colour change) Late July
  • BML24 1934 Ford 5-window Coupe Available Mid-August
  • BML22* 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 2-door Coupe. Colour change. Available Mid-August
  • BRK221 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4-door Hardtop. Available Early September
  • IPV46 1939 Railton Cobham Saloon (Flying Squad). Available Early September
    BML25 1942 Oldsmobile B44 Station Wagon. Available Late September
  • BRK223 1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Coupe Available Mid-October
  • BML26 1948 Packard Limousine Available. Available Mid-November
  • BML23* 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon. Colour change. Available Mid-November
  • LDM121 1952 Humber Pullman Estate. Available Late-November
  • BRK224 1953 Ford Customline 4-door Sedan. Available Mid-December

Deleted Models

As noted above the level of deletions is very high this year. They are set out by range below. Collectors may wish to consider buying them as if they are re-coloured and re-introduced it will be at a very much higher price level.

BROOKLIN MODELS.

BRK. 64B 1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
BRK. 97B 1955 DODGE CORONET 4-DR   (2-TONE)
BRK. 107 1954 STUDEBAKER CONESTOGA
BRK. 118A 1952 ALLSTATE DELUXE MODEL 115
BRK. 121B 1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 FIESTA   (
BRK. 123a 1954 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE (2-TONE)
BRK. 127a 1934 STUDEBAKER LANDCRUISER (Black)
BRK. 132B 1954 CHEVROLET 210 HANDYMAN
BRK. 137A 1956 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 870 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 138A 1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR WAGON
BRK. 142A 1957 RAMBLER SUPER CROSS WAGON
BRK. 143 1955 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 4-DR SUBURBAN
BRK. 144A 1935 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR 4-DR (Maroon)
BRK. 145a 1959 CHEVROLET “BROOKWOOD” (Cream)
BRK. 147a 1952 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 149 1959 STUDEBAKER LARK DELUXE 2-DR
BRK. 151 1956 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 870 4-DR WAGON
BRK. 154a 1958 CHEVROLET YEOMAN 4-DR
BRK. 157a 1959 DESOTO FIREFLITE 4-DR ST WAGON
BRK. 158 1954 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER 2-DR
BRK. 167 1952 WILLYS OVERLAND STATION WAGON
BRK. 175 1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-DR HOLIDAY
BRK. 189 1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 6-WINDOW
BRK. 193 1961 FORD FAIRLANE 4-DR SEDAN
BRK. 197 1955 LINCOLN CAPRI 4-dr Sedan
BRK. 198 1937 GRAHAM SUPERCHARGED 116
BRK. 203 1961  FORD GALAXIE STARLINER 2-dr Hardtop
BRK. 206 1941 PONTIAC STREAMLINER “TORPEDO”
BRK. 211 1938 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL COUPE (Gray Met)
BRK. 139x 1966 CORVAIR “YENKO”
BRK. 213x 1962 CORVAIR GREENBRIER

LANSDOWNE MODELS.

LDM. 7C 1954 ZEPHYR ZODIAC
LDM. 26a 1953 JOWETT JAVELIN
LDM. 28a 1947 MG SALOON ‘Y’ TYPE
LDM. 31a 1947 BRISTOL 400 “BLACK”
LDM. 33A 1965 BEFORD DORMOBILE (MAROON)
LDM. 34 1952 SINGER SM 1500
LDM. 36 1952 MORRIS MINOR
LDM. 37B 1949 TRIUMPH 2000 ROADSTER
LDM. 39 1965 BEDFORD CA VAN
LDM. 40 1960 AUSTIN GIPSY “LWB HARDTOP”
LDM. 42 1939-48 WOLSELEY 18/85 SERIES III
LDM. 44a 1948 AUSTIN ATLANTIC CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 45 1958 ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY SAPPHIRE
LDM. 47 1936 RAILTON FAIRMILE
LDM. 48A 1956 HILLMAN MINX SERIES I
LDM. 50 1957 HUMBER HAWK ESTATE
LDM. 52A 1956 AUSTIN A90
LDM. 54 1972 HILLMAN AVENGER DELUXE ESTATE
LDM. 56 1979 FORD CORTINA MK IV 4-DR
LDM. 59a 1955 FORD PREFECT (GREY)
LDM. 60A 1954 WOLSELEY 6/90 SERIES I
LDM. 68A 1979 FORD CORTINA MKIV ESTATE GHIA
LDM. 70a 1957 WOLSELEY 15/50
LDM. 71a 1957 WOLSELEY 1500
LDM. 72a 1958 RILEY 2.6
LDM. 73 1965 TRIUMPH HERALD 13/60 ESTATE
LDM. 76a 1955 SUNBEAM RAPIER MK1 (2-TONE)
LDM. 77a 1957 RILEY 1.5
LDM. 82A 1957 AUSTIN A55 CAMBRIDGE MKI
LDM. 83 1938 MG WA – Postponed until further notice
LDM. 88 1957 HILLMAN MINX SERIES I ESTATE
LDM. 90 1960 BRISTOL 406
LDM. 92 1956 FORD ZEPHYR MKII SALOON
LDM. 94 1966 SUNBEAM TIGER
LDM. 98 1947 BEDFORD UTILICON LOUDSPEAKER VAN
LDM. 99 1957 HILLMAN HUSKY SERIES I
LDM. 100a 1969 AUSTIN A60 SUNTOR CAMPER
LDM. 101 1957 FORD ZEPHYR ‘FARNHAM’ ESTATE
LDM. 102 1948 ASTON MARTIN DB1
LDM. 107 1955 HILLMAN CALIFORNIAN (TWO-TONE)
LDM. 109 1966 FORD ZODIAC MK4
LDM. 111 1955 HILLMAN MINX CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 112 1956 FORD ZEPHYR CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 113 1957-64 HUMBER HAWK SALOON MK I
LDM. 114 1956 HILLMAN MINX CONVERTIBLE
LDM. 117 1961 AUSTIN A99 WESTMINSTER


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Dodge Coronet Sierra

by John Quilter                            June 2015

 

A Brooklin 1954 Dodge convertible was the starting point of this “chop” into a same year four door station wagon kLH_side_completed_2.JPGnown as a Coronet Sierra. The real car was produced in the mid-1950s when every company was watching the formation of the ‘Baby Boom’ generation and the increasing popularity of family station wagons just as the minivan was created by auto manufacturers a quarter century later. Some companies had produced wood bodied wagons from the 1930s onwards but most had converted to all steel wagons as popularity increased and customers wanted a stronger and more durable station wagon. Dodge had produced a four door all steel wagon from 1950 to 1952 but this shared a body with the Chrysler and Desoto. There was a gap in 1953 when an entirely new Dodge body was launched that shared much with the lower level Plymouth. Dodge did well with this two door wagon in 1953 which shared its body with the Plymouth Suburban.

By 1954 they needed a four door wagon, but volumes were still thought to be too small to tool up for this specific model and for a car that was to see a complete redesign for 1955. The solution was to outsource the wagon production to Ionia Manufacturing in Owosso, Michigan who had been in the wood wagon business for well over a decade but had just converted to steel wagons with the 1954 model year. Buick Special and Century wagons for 1954-1956 were one of their wagon products.

Their starting point was a four door sedan for Dodge as well as Buick. The Dodge sedans were on a longer 119 inch wheel base than the 114 inch hardtops, convertibles, and two door wagons, so creating a four door wagon with sufficient space and carrying capacity and potential for a third row seat for 3 extra passengers necessitated using the longer four door sedan chassis and part of the body. Ionia created these wagons using the four door sedan shell and various parts of the Dodge produced two door wagon. Roof, upper and lower tail gate, rear quarter panels, rear bumper, etc., Only 1,300 of the real car were made, 312 with six cylinder engines and 988 with V8 engines. Could I create this unusual car using a Brooklin Dodge convertible?

This chop required cutting the convertible body in two places and stretching it, once just ahead of the rear wheel well and again in the area that would become the back edge of the rear door. Methods perfected over the years in this sort of work are to cut the bare body with a jeweler’s saw and reattach the parts with an aluminum metal strip on the inside and the outside suitably filled with my favorite modeling compound, an epoxy metal known as J B Weld. Of course the tailgate and roof had to be created from scratch. The tail gate from J B Weld and the roof from a small section of aluminium yacht moulding. This material lends itself well to slight bending and filing it being relatively soft.

The roof was created from a 2.5 inch section of aluminium yacht moulding suitably shaped on the edges and slightly arched. The Brooklin convertible has a windscreen that was too shallow for the wagon so the top of the screen had to be modified to increase its height and properly join the newly created roof. The drip rail was added to the roof with sections of aluminium sheet and the upper window frames were squared-off pieces of solder which is easily shaped and flattened. The B and C pillars were made from large copper packing box staples slightly narrowed. A chrome moulding at the belt line was a piece of silver coloured wire which also serves as the dividing line for the two tone color scheme.

The Brooklin Dodge had factory accessory wire wheels but these would have been very, very rare on a less flashy station wagon so I was able to use some generic wheels and white wall tires available from Diecast Direct. Polishing off the FORD badging on them and replacing with a V and five small dots of red paint to approximate DODGE. Because the body was stretched the chassis/base plate had to be similarly lengthened and the undercarriage details replicate for the lengthening gap. Door handles were fitted to newly drilled holes in the body sides using bent solder suitably polished to a chrome finish. Final paint was a ”Krylon” spray can of their colour “light sage gloss” and the roof a dark metallic green automotive touch up aerosol paint. These replicated Dodge’s Willow Green and Cumberland Green Metallic. Bare metal foil brought out the side moldings, the windscreen frame and wipers. As luck would have it, the bumper on a convertible with a continental kit rear spare tire is the same as used on the station wagons.

One thing I find about doing these chops, they are always unusual, but sometimes launched by model makers at a later date, but they never turn out quite as well as you would like when compared to production models. Photographs, after all is completed, always seem to highlight the flaws and imperfections. But there is still a lot of fun in creating something unique and not currently produced by any commercial model maker. But still, I think I need to use photography as my quality control method.

Note: the first photo shows a snap shot of the real car that inspired this model. The real car is currently in the hands of Mopar collector, Jim Gabl, of Joliet, Illinois.


 


 

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1960 Edsel Villager Conversion

by John Quilter                                     March 2014

A while back Brooklin produced a 1:43 scale 1960 Edsel convertible in an attractive dark metallic blue. This was quite similar to the 1960 Ford Sunliner convertible (also made by Brooklin) as by this time in Edsel’s short history Ford had economised by making the two brands share much of the body sheet metal, mechanicals and engineering. Trim, grilles and other visual features were what distinguished the two marques. In my never-ending quest to create something different, but still representative of a real production automotive product, I got to thinking after acquiring an extra IXO  James Bond partwork 1:43 scale 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon (white car below) that I might be able to make an Edsel Villager wagon of the same year.

Ixo James Bond Car Collection Ford Wagon • Donor car for Edsel wagon Conversion by John QuilterEdsel Wagon 1960 • Conversion by John Quilter shown with Ixo JBCC Ford Wagon

A bit of background: 1960 was the third year of Edsel production, and they were becoming more Ford-like every year, to gain economies of scale and to simplify production. Even with these efforts, and an attempt to bring the car somewhat downmarket, to remain more exclusive than a Ford but less exclusive than a Mercury in the FoMoCo pecking order, sales were lagging. The usual Autumn introduction put some cars in dealers’ hands, but they were not selling as well as expected. Then there was a widespread steel production strike in the Autumn of 1959 and all car production stopped for a while. During this time Ford evaluated the Edsel brand and decided not to resume production after the strike was settled. Thus the rarest of all Edsels are the 1960 models, having been made for a greatly shortened model year. There were only 275 1960 Edsel wagons built, but 144,688 1960 Ford four-door wagons and even more two-door wagons were made. The 1960 Edsel convertible is the rarest of all, with only 76 being produced, so in 1:1 scale it is now a highly collectible vehicle.

As I began this project, I was warned by a fellow MAR reader and chopper that it might not work, as a close inspection of the Ranch Wagon would show that from above the body tapers to the front. It did taper, which threw my plan of using a cloned Brooklin Edsel grille (blue convertible below) off. My initial plan was to cast in resin a copy of a Brooklin grille, front and rear bumpers and wheels and transplant these to the Ranch Wagon. But a bit of measuring showed the Brooklin grille would be about an eighth of an inch too wide. After pondering this dilemma I was willing to make an attempt at widening the Ford from the cowl (scuttle) forward. Out came the jeweller’s saw and a pair of carefully cut slits down the hood (bonnet) to fender (wing) joint allowed me to actually bend the usually brittle mazak just a bit to reduce the rear to front taper and permit the Edsel grille to fit the aperture as well as the front bumper.

Edsel Wagon and Convertible 1960 • Wagon Conversion by John Quilter and Convertible from BrooklinIxo JBCC Ford Wagon and Brooklin Convertible 1960 • Used in Edsel Wagon Conversion by John Quilter and Convertible from Brooklin

The rear of the Edsel wagon differs considerably from the Ranch Wagon but Ford Motor Company body engineers cleverly did this on the station wagons with only trim and the four vertical tail lamps, the inner two being reversing lamps. For the model, the tail lamps were made with styrene plastic, framed with small strips of sheet aluminum to replicate the chrome surrounds. The Edsel also had a distinctive sweeping chrome moulding down the flanks, which was created with a half-round styrene strip available at a hobby shop.

Resin casting of minor parts like the bumpers, wheels and grille took some time since I discovered my RTV moulding material had gone stale since its last use. I use a casting kit made by Alumilite which consists of a two-part RTV material, which is a sort of putty the consistency of honey and with a catalyst to mix in, which causes it to harden to a flexible rubber-like material. You have to place the pattern item you want to cast into a suitable small container, then pour this mould material over the pattern, ensuring that there are no air gaps and that the pattern stays stationary during the curing time of about 24 hours. Then, you cut a slit in the mould material and out pops the undamaged pattern. Then the two-part resin material for the final cloned part is mixed in a one-to-one ratio thoroughly, and poured into the cavity left by the popped out pattern. This is a time-critical process, as the resin needs to be fully mixed in short order, then poured all within a 60 second period, as it soon begins to harden. If your mould is well made you will get an amazing replica of the pattern you started with. Then, if it is a bumper or grille it will need to be Bare Metal Foiled before installation on the car.

Edsel Wagon 1960 • Conversion by John Quilter • Rubber moulds and parts

By using a website of American car sales brochures (http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html) I was able to see some factory colour choices for the exterior and the upholstery colours and design (note: for some reason Edsel brochures are hidden under the category Ford). This site is a fabulous reference site for old American car information, photos, and specifications.

The resin wheels were Bare Metal Foiled and fitted with some whitewall tyres made by Durham Classics, which are often available on eBay.

Edsel Wagon 1960 • Conversion by John Quilter • Bumpers grille and wheel

As a side note, the 1960 Ford station wagon is now available from Premium-X as a very attractive Country Squire in black with faux wood trim, or the entry level Ranch Wagon in red with a white top, both with whitewall tyres. Unfortunately, Premium X did not see fit to upgrade the small hub caps on the Country Squire to the full wheel covers that would have been fitted to virtually all of the top of the line Country Squire editions.

 


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Ford in Miniature – The Lincoln Zephyr

The First Genuinely Successful Car of The Modern Age.

By Dave Turner

Previously exclusively producers of very high priced top-end motors, Lincoln realised in the early 1930s that the economic situation would make things almost impossible for them and other manufacturers in the same high-end sector. A mid-range offering was essential if Lincoln was to survive.

As a first step, the Sterkenberg is often quoted and this was a styling/design exercise dreamed up by John Tjaarda based on aero industry construction techniques. Briggs, Lincoln’s main body supplier managed to interest Edsel Ford in the whole concept, no doubt as a means of stemming the decline in demand that was already being experienced. Several more prototypes followed, some front and some rear engined, but traditionalist Henry Ford made sure that the engine was going to be at the front as well as insisting on transverse springs and mechanical brakes.

A relatively short front end dictated the use of a correspondingly short engine, and so a new V12 of 267 cubic inches capacity was featured when the new ‘streamlined’ Zephyr appeared in November 1934 for the 1935 season. Compared to contemporary styling the new Lincoln must have looked as if it came from outer space, with its ‘V’ shaped front end and faired-in headlights and not a sharp edge in sight. Initially just two and four door Sedans were available and rather strangely the trunk accommodated only the spare wheel, luggage being stowed behind the folding rear seat.

A three passenger coupe and a town limousine were added to the range for 1937, and a more practical trunk and spare wheel arrangement was adopted. 1937 Zephyrs can be identified by the four sets of twin plated bars on the grille. For 1938 convertible sedans and coupes were added, at the same time an additional three inches was added which took the wheelbase to 125” while a split grille of fine horizontal bars made identifying the 1938 model easy. Hydraulic brakes arrived in 1939 whilst the fine bars in the two-part grille were now vertical, the central section of the front bumper was now open and the body sides curved out to hide the running boards. The latter disappeared altogether for 1940 when the headlights became sealed beam and thus vertical rather than sloped, the windows and trunk were also enlarged, as was the engine, to 292 cubic inches. The convertible sedan was dropped but a new five seat club coupe was added to the range.

A fine plated border to the two-part grille appeared for 1941 together with small combined parking and direction lamps which were now mounted on top of the front fenders. The 1942 season was cut short in February by world events but styling of that years Zephyr was considerably changed by squaring up the fenders, fitting a heavier grille and enlarging the engine, yet again to 305 cubic inches. When production resumed for 1946, the engine reverted to 292 cubic inches in size while the appearance was changed by the adoption of a rather Cadillac-esque grille. The Zephyr name was dropped, the range being simply Lincoln. Identifying 1947 and 1948 cars is simple since they had Lincoln script on the side of the hood in place of the previous plated strip and the return to pull-out type exterior door handles. Production of the erstwhile Zephyr terminated in January 1948 in anticipation of the significantly different 1949 cars.

As the first Lincoln Zephyr was such an eye-catching design, contemporary toy makers inevitably featured them in their product line. A few toys were even based on the prototype Doodlebug and in some cases were subsequently turned into actual early Zephyrs, the diecast Tootsietoy for example. Their actual Zephyr initially came as a four door sedan or as a wrecker with a crude crane mounted at the rear. Hubley produced cast iron Doodlebugs and Zephyrs during the later 1930s while another US name from the past, Erie offered two sizes of toy four door Zephyrs.   in New Zealand began their range of sandcast aluminium toys with a four door Zephyr in 1944, although it was the shortest lived of their range lasting just one year.

Kingsbury made pressed steel toys and included a two door Zephyr that came with a caravan although the distinctive fenders on the real car were simplified beyond recognition. The only modern day 1936 miniature Zephyr so far recorded came from the National Motor Museum Mint Range, and was a 1:32 four door sedan with opening hood and front doors that reveal some basic plastic interior and engine detail. The model sits rather low on a chassis that features extremely low profile white wall tyres and incorrect longitudinal springs rather than transverse.

Moving to 1937, just two examples have been recorded to date, a toy clockwork plastic bodied four door sedan was offered by Wells Brimtoy, steered by a lever below the grille. Unfortunately the tinplate base doesn’t shrink with age to keep pace with the body, the latter having lost over 8mm on the example to hand. At the other end of the extreme, a superb 1:18 model of the new for 1937 Zephyr Coupe from Ertl Precision 100 made its appearance in 2002 and despite the passing of nearly 12 years, its quality and accuracy has still been equalled by very few models. In fact the days when the Chinese made models to this quality and detail, at a price one could afford have gone and will probably not return. Everything opens that should, even the vent in front of the windscreen. The spare wheel tilts in the trunk behind which is a tool roll full of tools and there is even a key in the ignition! Contemporary model reviewers were ecstatic but forecast even then that such quality could not be continued.

The Arcade cast iron 1938 Zephyr four door sedan must be among their final toys as production ceased with World War Two and it’s price today reflects this. The next miniature 1938 Zephyr didn’t arrive until 1989 when Durham Classics created just 200 handbuilt models of the three passenger coupe for the Toronto Toy Show. This subsequently became a regular model and was eventually reworked to produce models of the convertible coupe. Detail on these is rather limited, even inside the re-worked convertible. Next along came Matchbox with another convertible coupe in the Great Marques sub-series of their Models of Yesteryear range. Unlike the Durham these are diecast, the plastic interior offering more detail that featured variations in the painted detail applied in subsequent issues. The most pleasing model 1938 came from Brooklin in 2004, their cannon smoke metallic painted four door sedan comes up to their well-established standard of accuracy and finish, and of course being a sedan made a welcome change from all the recent more ‘exotic’ convertibles that latter day model makers seem to prefer. Not only has there been a kiddies pedal car by Steelcraft based on a 1938 Zephyr, but Hallmark produced some die cast miniatures of it.

Models of cars from the Tin Tin stories have offered some interesting subjects, another 1938 Zephyr convertible coupe was featured in the Seven Crystal Balls story as the car of Captain Haddock, and while not pretending to be a scale model the Atlas Editions miniature has much appeal. Moving on to 1939 and we have to thank the Yatming range from China for a pair of very nice convertible coupes. To stand alongside the superb Precision 100 1937 there is the Road Signature 1:18 scale model, obviously less expensive than the Ertl and with less fine detail but very nice nonetheless. It came with a choice of top up, or a cover for the top when down, whilst a range called Fairfield Mint had them produced in a different colour and re-packaged. Obviously employing the same background work, this big model has a little brother in the shape of a 1:32 scale version of the same subject, available with the top up or with the top down. Commendably this boasts all opening parts and steerable front wheels.

Another 1939 Zephyr model has been recorded under the Marty Martino label but the author has never seen one. These are said to be highly detailed aluminium 1:6 scale models, and sound intriguing. 1940 Zephyrs received a plated surround to the twin grilles, and as such theDinky example falls into this category. This was probably the first toy car I received back in the 1940s, a claim that will be familiar with many other current and long since abandoned “collectors”. This depicted the rakish three passenger coupe and must have inspired many young enthusiasts to become life-long admirers of cars in general, and the more stylish in particular. Many years ago the opportunity was taken to acquire what was advertised as the prototype of the Buccaneer model Zephyr and this turned out to be the Dinky body together with a base plate built up in brass inscribed simply “Buccaneer 1937 Lincoln Zephyr”. If the body was intended to be substantially modified at the front to create a ’37 was not known, but illustrations of an actual Buccaneer model show the Dinky 1940 details plain and simple.

A range that enjoys the title Essence of the Car depicts well known motoring subjects as a simple but recognisable solid shape, one of these represents a Zephyr, the exact identity of which is probably not intended but appears closer to a 1941 three passenger coupe than any other. New for 1940 were the sealed beam headlights which were still enclosed behind the teardrop shaped rims but for 1941 the headlight outline was now circular and vertical rather than smoothed into the curve of the front fender. Styling got a significant change for the short lived 1942 season with the rather heavy looking full width sub-grille surmounted by a shallow vertical section. A 1:25 scale resin kit for a two door coupe version was produced in the US byGuy Cantwell in the 1980s while just twenty examples of a slush cast miniature of the same subject were made by Steve Lovan of St. Louis. The latter were illustrated in MAR 76.

A contemporary toy of the 1946 Lincoln came from the Auburn Rubber company in the US, depicting the convertible coupe in open form. Of chunky and robust build they were claimed to be soft and non-damaging to furniture etc., however with age they will now be quite hard. Some examples featured round headlights while for some reason others had rectangular shaped lights. Another very early toy 1946 Convertible Coupe came from Mercury in Italy, and while the Auburn’s rubber content hardens with age, the Mercury diecast material simply disintegrates and the delicate windscreen and side window frames will be lucky to have survived. Much later, and hopefully more resistant to time, are the trio of handbuilt 1948s from now defunct and much missed Western Models in the UK who offered four door sedan, club coupe and convertible versions. Despite the technology of their white metal model cars going back to the days of chunky plated parts and bright strips being created by simply scraping the paint away, they do have undeniable appeal. It appears that they have re-located to Israel and now concentrate on aircraft models.

Photographs below include:

1. Matchbox 1:43 diecast from UK: YY64, 1938 Convertible

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2. Tootsie diecast from USA: 6015, 1936 Four Door Sedan.

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3. Unknown tinplate from USA: Prototype.

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4. Erie 1:37 diecast from USA: 1936 Four Door Sedan.

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5. Wells Brimtoy 1:34 plastic/tin from UK: 9/43, 1937 Four Door Sedan with clockwork motor and shrunken plastic body.

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6. Erie 1:58 diecast from USA: 1936 Four Door Sedan.

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7. Signature 1:19 diecast from China: 102, 1939 Convertible shown with top fitted.

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8. Dinky 1:50 diecast from UK: 39c, 1940 Coupe.

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9. Matchbox 1:43 diecast from UK: YY64 1938 Convertible rear.

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10. Brooklin 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 106, 1938 Four Door Sedan.

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11. Steelcraft 1:5 pedal car from USA: 1938 Convertible in front of a real ’37.

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12. Western 1:43 handbuilt from UK : 83, 1948 Four Door Sedan.

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13. Auburn 1:46 rubber from USA: A17, 1946 Convertible.

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14. Mercury 1:43 diecast from Italy: 5, 1946 Convertible, showing part of the windscreen frame missing.

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15. Ertl/Precision 100 1:17 diecast from China: 32890 1937 Coupe

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16. Nation Motor Museum Mint 1:31 diecast from China: 23600 1936 Four Door Sedan

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17. Signature 1:34 diecast from China: 32333 1939 Convertible

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18. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 105 1948 Club Coupe

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19. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 83 1948 Four Door Sedan

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20. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 109 1948 Convertible

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21. Durham Classics 1:44 handbuilt from Canada: 4, 1938 Coupe, CTCA first issue.

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22. Auburn 1:46 rubber from USA: A17 1946 Convertible

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23. Atlas Editions 1:48 diecast from China: 12, 1938 Convertible from the Tin Tin Collection.

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24. Buccaneer 1:50 kit prototype from UK: 1940 Coupe, Dinky Toy body fitted with brass base for the kit

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Lincoln Zephyr

Fun Ho NZ 1944-45 108 Four Door Sedan 180mm 1:29 Sandcast Aluminium
NMMM China 2006 23600 Four Door Sedan 165mm 1:31 Diecast/Plastic
Erie USA 1930s Four Door Sedan 140mm 1:37 Diecast
Erie USA 1930s Four Door Sedan 88mm 1:58 Diecast
Tootsie USA 1937-8 6016 Four Door Sedan Tow Truck Diecast
Tootsie USA 1937-9 6015 Four Door Sedan Diecast
Hubley USA 1937 Two Door Sedan 150mm 1:34 Diecast
Kingsbury USA 1939 Two Door Sedan Steel

1937 Models

Brimtoy UK 1949 9/43 Four Door Sedan clockwork 152mm 1:34 Plastic and tin
Ertl/Precision 100 China 2002 32890 Coupe 295mm 1:17 Diecast/Plastic
Autoworld China 205 Cuoupe – Pepsi Cola livery 295mm 1:17 Diecast/Plastic

1938 Models

Arcade USA 1930s /40s Four Door Sedan 216mm 1:24 Cast Iron
Arcade USA 1930s/40s 1590 Four Door Sedan Yellow Cab 216mm 1:24 Cast Iron
Matchbox UK 1992-6 YY64 Convertible 123mm 1:43 Diecast/Plastic
Durham Classics Canada 1989 4 Coupe 120mm 1:44 Metal
Durham Classics Canada 1991 8 Convertible Closed 120mm 1:44 Metal
Durham Classics Canada 1991 9 Convertible Open 120mm 1:44 Metal
Atlas Editions France 2002 12 Convertible “Tin Tin” 110mm 1:48 Diecast
Brooklin UK 2004 106 Four Doord Sedan 127mm 1:42 metal
Steelcraft USA Pedal Car 40 inches 1:5 Steel
Hallmark China Pedal Car 102mm 1:9 Diecast

1939 Models

Marty Martino USA Coupe 1:6 Aluminium
Yatming China 2004 102 Convertible Signature 282mm 1:19 Diecast/Plastic
Fairfield China Convertible as above repacked 282mm 1:19 Diecast/Plastic
Yatming China 2008 32333 Convertible Signature 156mm 1:34 Diecast/Plastic

1940 Models

Hubley USA 2237 Cast Iron
Dinky UK 1939-50 9c Coupe 106mm 1:50 Diecast
Buccanner UK Coupe Repro of Dinky 106mm 1:50 Diecast

1942 Models

Cantwell USA 1980s Coupe 1:25 Resin Kit
St Louis USA 1992 Coupe 1:43 Slushcast

1946 Models

Mercury Italy 1950 5 Convertible 126mm 1:43 Diecast
Auburn USA 1950s A17 Convertible 119mm 1:46 Rubber

1948 Models

Western UK 1990s 83 Four Door Sedan 131mm 1:42 Metal
Western UK 2000 105 Club Coupe 131mm 1:42 Metal
Western UK 2000 109 Convertible 131mm 1:42 Metal

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