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Resin Roundup – March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

This posting is a round up of some of the recent releases in resin which have caught my eye. All photographs on this page are from the manufacturer or retailers.

Auto Cult

1:18 Scale

Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine 

This 1:18 Scale model of this streamliner from Adler has already been released in 1:43 scale by Auto Cult.  The 1:18 scale version is now being made available.


1:43 Scale

Here are the 1:43 scale resin models made in China for Auto Cult of Germany. These form the second and third releases of 2017.

Bizzarini Machinetta  Engineers limited production series

Giotto Bizzarrini is best known for his association with super cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO and for the V12 engine that powered Lamborghini cars from 1963 on. The Machinetta was made when he was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Pisa. It is a  re-bodied Fiat 500 Topolino with a tuned engine and revised chassis. It was apparently a project completed towards his degree.

Ford Mach 2 Concept Prototypes series

The Mach 2 concept was a design and engineering study created by Ford’s design chief Gene Bordinat for a mid-engined sports car inspired by GT race cars that could replace the Cobra. The concept made its debut at the 1967 Chicago Auto Show and featured many off-the-shelf Mustang components, including its front suspension, front and rear brakes, and most notably the 289 cubic inch V8 engine which was placed behind the driver.

The car had a clean design to it with European looks but it was shown but never put into production.

Morris J-Type Delivery Vehicles series

The Morris Commercial J-type was a 10 cwt van launched by Morris Commercial in 1949 and produced until 1961. The van followed the emerging trend of having forward controls and sliding doors on each side. It was made in both left and right hand drive versions. The J type was fitted with a 1476 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine based on the one used in the Morris Oxford MO. Many of these vans were used by the Post Office and other public bodies. But as presented by Auto Cult it is a nice example of a plain van.

Audi 100 type Bischofberger Camping vehicles series

This car from the early 1980s is built on an Audi 100 Saloon. Inside the real camping car was a fridge, a sink, a stove, a table, and two sofas which can be transformed into a double bed. Pictures show it to be rather cramped inside. Bishofberger also did conversions on less glamorous platforms such as the Transporter and VW Golf Pickup.

Ford Model T “The Golden Ford” Early Beginnings series

This model is based upon a recently restored vehicle originally built by Arthur Edward George, an engineer and car racer. who’s firm patented the first trolley jack. Initially raced as a stripped chassis it won the all Ford race at Brooklands in 1912, were Henry Ford was said to be an interested spectator. The car became The Golden Ford the following year when it had a narrow single seat body of polished brass added to it.

Steyr-Puch Adria TS Brands of the past series

This car was created by Otto Hölbl Karosseriewerk of Vienna in Austria. It was based upon the Steyr-Puch 700 chassis which was in turn an Austrian version of the Fiat 600. 18 cars were hand built in during 1960-61.

Reyonnah Little cars series

This company was created in France by Robert Hannoyer. Its name is the founders in reverse. The only vehicle made was a small four-wheeled vehicle with a relatively wide track at the front and a narrow track at the rear. The vehicle offered space for two, seated one behind the other, following the same basic lay-out as the better known Messerschmitt. A single-cylinder engine from AMC or Ydral of 175 cc or 125 cc powered the rear axle via a three speed manual gear box and chain drive.

An unusual feature of the car was that the front wheels could be adjusted to make it narrower so it could slide into a motorcycle parking place. The wheels had to be adjusted outwards before the car could be driven away. The car appeared at the Paris Motor Show for at least three years from 1950 till 1952 but poor sales meant that then faded into obscurity.McQuay-Norris Streamliner Streamliner series

McQuay-Norris was a maker of car parts such as piston rings and steering wheel knuckle bolts. It also produced and distributed electrical controls for gas appliances. In January 1936 McQuay-Norris produced a fleet of six cars called aluminium eggs due to their strange appearance. The cars were released in New York and in other locations in the United States. Each car was a part of testing of pistons, piston rings, and other engine parts manufactured by McQuay Norris. The bodies of the aluminum eggs were mounted on chassis of cars of different brands. They were driven in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in different climates and highway conditions. The cars featured a streamlined design which reduced air resistance. Streamlining was effective in enabling the installation of fifteen instruments used in component testing.


Matrix

 

Many of the models already advertised are now shipping and just one new announcement has been made recently of a new model to 1:43 scale in resin made in China for the Netherlands.

 

MX40408-011 Delahaye 135M Antem Convertible 1949

Another model of classic coachwork on a Delahaye chassis. This car was shown at the 1948 Motor Show and evolved into the 1949 car modelled here. Elegantly keeping separate wings whilst incorporating the headlights to give the car a more modern feel. The rear wheels were hidden behind a fairing, in a nod to the trend for aerodynamic styling. A formula which was also used by Jaguar for the XK120.

MX 41203-021 Lancia Aurelia (B52) B-Junior Ghia 1952

An interesting model but a rather clumsy re-styling of the Aurelia which was rather better looking to the editor’s eye than this expensive offshoot!

Neo

 

Neo continue to release models with the latest announcement being of the Lancia shown below. These are resin made in China to 1:43 Scale for Germany.

213730 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8 Coupe Speciale Pininfarina 1963

Spark

Releases are mainly focused on Grand Prix., Le Mans and other racing cars currently where Spark and Minichamps both seem to be focusing quite strongly.  Both the models shown are resin made in China to 1:43 scale.

S4268 Lola MK4, No.15, Bowmaker Racing Team, GP Deutschland, 1962

This includes a figure of the driver Roy Salvadori. The car debuted at the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix and was powered by Coventry Climax engines. It was a mixture of a tubular frame and welded panels making it a semi-monocoque. John Surtees had success with the car at the Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix but it was outclassed by competitiors like Lotus and faded away its final swansong being wining the Rome Grand Prix in 1963 driven by the privateer Bob Anderson.

S3587 Spice SE 87C, No.131, Graff Racing, 24h Le Mans, 1988,

Spice raced cars fitted with Cosworth engines and had some class wins at Le Mans. This car was run by Graff Racing who are still racing today.

Mini Minieri

Continuing to focus upon rare and stylish cars these models are resin made to 1:43 scale.

MMIBT001 Jaguar B99 2011 Bertone

This was a concept car designed and developed by the Italian design house Bertone. It was on the Bertone stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The 4-door saloon was shown in two versions: compact executive (B99) and grand tourer (B99 GT). Featuring  suicide doors and a low height it had a hybrid power train with a 1.4 Litre engine for range extension purposes with two electric motors of 201 bhp each driving the rear wheels. The B99 name is derived from B for Bertone and 99 for Bertone’s 99th year in operation.

Best of Show

 

Here are some of the recently launched 1:18 scale resin models made in China for ModelCarWorld of Germany.

CHRYSLER Imperial LeBaron 4-door Hardtop, 1971

DODGE Dart Phoenix, 1961

Ford Ranchero Pick-up 1979

 

Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Concept


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Executive Travel from Coventry – Armstrong Siddeley and Humber Super Snipe

By Maz Woolley

 

At the end of the 1950’s the cars from Armstrong Siddeley and Humber illustrated the continued shift away from old traditional firms who had been producing high quality cars for some time to big combines like Rootes with the resources to do more development and advertising.

The age of labour intensive coachbuilt cars was giving way to production lines and mergers.  By 1960 Armstrong Siddeley no longer made cars.

 

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Armstrong Siddeley – Traditional sales presentation

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Humber – Racier more transatlantic presentation

 

This article looks at the Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire as modelled by Brooklin in its Lansdowne range and the Humber Super Snipe from Neo.

Brooklin LDM 119 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire

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The final Star Sapphire was produced in 1960. Fitted with a 3,990cc engine the car could just exceed the 100MPH mark. At over £2,600 UK pounds including taxes in 1958 this was an expensive car, dearer than a Daimler Majestic, and considerably more expensive then the Jaguar MK IX. The Humber Super Snipe of 1958 was £1,000 UK pounds less.

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The Armstrong Siddeley was beautifully made, the paint finish was beautiful and the interior was trimmed to a very high standard indeed. The company probably only regarded Daimler and Rolls Royce as competition but they were catering to a declining market sector and only 902 of the saloons left the factory before car production was brought to a close. In the same year Daimler became part of the Jaguar Group.

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The Lansdowne model captures the car beautifully. The paint finish is to a very high standard indeed. The Sphinx mascot on the bonnet is a fine item and wipers and door handles are fine castings well fitted, as is the lovely boot number plate and light assembly. Other notable features are the small sidelights fitted on the front wings, chrome strips along the base of the car and neat bumpers, grille and lights. The use of fitted “chromed” metal side window frames is very effective. I am not normally a fan of the all metal lights on Brooklin products but they look acceptable on this car at viewing distance.

Inside the car is nicely painted and has a good dash with cast in detail finished in wood colours though the instruments are not printed on.

Sadly the Star Sapphire script on the boot is just a cast in lump where a printed or photo-etched item would have been better.

Neo Humber Super Snipe Sedan 1965

 

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As the small scale luxury car makers ceased production the market for Executive cars began to split between the Jaguar group’s Jaguar and Daimler ranges and the larger cars from the mass makers like the Wolseley 6/110 and Humber Super Snipe. And from 1963 onwards new competition in the form of the 2000 saloons from Rover and Triumph would be added to the marketplace.

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The Super Snipe was a name used by Humber for many years for their top of the range model and by the time of the Neo model it was in its Series III form. It was famous as the first mass-produced UK car to have four headlamps. A 2,965cc straight six engine would propel the car to 100MPH, just. Inside the trim was carefully designed to ape luxury car fittings with a wooden dashboard and door cappings, leather seats and little touches like folding tables in the back of the front seats as well as the obligatory ashtrays front and back and cigar lighter.

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The Super Snipe was very popular as a Mayoral car for small towns and as official cars for transporting other dignitaries. It was also a widely used as a formal hire car as it could be bought with an interior division.

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The Neo model is painted in the popular maroon colour and has a lot of fine photo-etched detail  with the Super Snipe scripts being particularly fine. The snipe symbol on the boot is a lovely little badge. Light cowls, grilles and lights are all impressive and the wheel trims are correct.  Inside the dashboard is very nicely printed and painted and the door cappings are nicely finished in wood effect paint.

In its way the Snipe was the end of an era like the Armstrong Siddeley.  The final Snipes and Imperials were made by the end of the 1960s and the Chrysler group, who had taken over Rootes, never produced a replacement. The segment of the market that the Humber Hawk and Super Snipe had occupied was being taken over by the new lighter,  faster, and more economical Triumph and Rover saloons at one end and the fine handling and luxurious XJ6 2.8 at the other end, as well as by the growing number of foreign cars being imported from Mercedes-Benz and others.


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Neo 1933 MG Magna F

By John Quilter

1933 MG F Magma Salonette #1

NEO has launched its third MG model, a rare early MG, a Magna F saloon from circa 1933. This follows on from the MGTD and the rebodied MGTD, the Arnolt MG coupe.

This Magna model is quite attractive in cream and dark green with accurate matching dark green wire wheels and twin side mounted spares. Like an MG Airline coupe the roof has four glass panels for a lighter cabin even if the roof was not slid open.

1933 MG F Magma Salonette #2

The grille on this car is one of the earliest examples of the grille shell design that survived for many decades until the MGTF of 1954-55. There is even a red MG octagon on the centre medallion as well as one in the centre of the boot lid.

1933 MG F Magma Salonette #3

This car ran a very small 1271cc overhead camshaft six cylinder engine. The model appears to be modelled after one listed on UK sale site. There were Magna roadsters but this small two door saloon accommodated four.


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Arnolt MG, the MGTD in Italian Dress

BY JOHN F. QUILTER                                                       Oct 2015

Back in 1952 to 1953 the importer of MGs for the USA Midwest who was based in Chicago, Stanley Arnolt, who ran S H Arnolt Inc. decided that the MGTD, which was one of his big sellers, needed a new updated body. Not seeing sucha product likely to come from the Nuffield organization in England he set about finding a coach building firm to create a new body for the car. He met with Giovani Bertone in Italy at the Turin auto show in 1952 and the foundation for a cooperative agreement was made.

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This agreement resulted in the design of new body for the venerable MGTD designed by Nuccio Bertone and Giovanni Michelotti. The result was a full enveloped body for the chassis and mechanicals of the TD. The only exterior styling features of the new car borrowed from the TD were the grill design, instruments, and tail lamps and as such it is hard to believe the new product was an MGTD under the skin. The fascia, although using all MGTD instruments was completely reoriented with the speedometer and tachometer on the driver’s side (all Arnolt MGs were left hand drive) and the TD’s central gauge panel turned upside down between the two main dials.

Both coupe and convertibles were made and initial production goals were 200 cars but the final figures were reported to be 67 coupes and 36 convertibles making this a very rare MG indeed. Some of the very last were produced with the TF 1500cc engine. Arnolt would have liked to produce more but MG was selling every TD, and later TF, they could build and were not willing to spare chassis and components for the custom body endeavor even though the Arnolt version was close to a third more costly than the standard MGs. The weight of the coupe was reported as 2,094 pounds a bit more than the MGTDs figure of 2,005. Arnolt also dabbled with custom work for Aston, Bentley and Bristol over this period.

There is an amazing proliferation of models to 1:43 scale, everything from an Amphicar to a Daimler Majestic Major to an amazing selection of American cars from the 1930s to the 1980s now produced. So it is not surprising that NEO, a Chinese based resin model maker, has taken on the Arnolt MG in coupe form. This is sold in three colours: red, racing green, and cream. Always striving to replicate every conceivable MG in miniature for my collection, I added a red coupe to my miniature MG museum and then got to thinking that I could tackle modifying another one into a convertible.

That desire resulted in my obtaining an additional model, in green, and “chopping” off the top. It took some judicious cutting work with a jeweller’s saw and some additional modifications. At least these resin models saw easily in comparison to die cast models. The top had to be reshaped to represent top bows and the quarter windows of the coupe had to be filled in as the convertible has blind quarters eliminating the need on the real car of roll down quarter windows. I wanted the car to be able to be display top up or top down so a top boot was created with a small piece of very flexible sheet lead and painted tan to match the top. As always Google images provide a great selection of photos of nicely restored real cars to use as a guide in design features.


Detailed Duesenbergs

BY MAZ WOOLLEY                                                               Sep 2015

Duesenberg’s time as a car maker was short with the last vehicles being made in 1937. From the introduction of the model J, which was the fastest and most expensive car from a US carmaker, in the late 1920s they made the chassis for some of the most memorable American vehicles. The use of Duesenbergs as “mob” cars in the rush of postwar Gangster films help cement the image of the Duesenberg into American history. Some models were bodied by the in-house body builder LaGrande but many were bodied by a wide range of US and even European bodybuilders.

Duesenbergs were popular in various ranges which emerged in the 60s and 70s specialising in Vintage cars. Here in the UK Matchbox made a nice model of a 1930 model J in the later stages of their Yesteryear series. Rio have had a 1934 SJ Torpedo Phaeton in their range for many years and Solido have made two models a 1931 model J 6 light Saloon and a 1935 Model J Tourer. More detailed models were made in White Metal by Western and others. Tin Wizard currently offer a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster.

Over the last year or so a new generation of detailed resin model Duesenbergs in a variety of scales of Duesenbergs has been launched or announced. Lovers of Duesenbergs who can afford them can build a fine collection. This article looks at some of the models available or expected in 1:43 scale.


 

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1937 Duesenberg SJ Town Car Chassis 2405 by Rollson.

This model is available fully closed, half open, or open. It was made for Mr Rudolf Bauer who was an avant-garde painter. This car, known as the Bauer SJ, was the last Duesenberg ever made and the longest at 20 feet and 6 inches.

 


Great Lighting Models (GLM)

Duesenberg SJ Rollston Arlington Torpedo Sedan 1933

Designed by Gordon Buehrig for Rollston this car was shown at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. It gained the nickname “Twenty Grand” since it was priced at 20,000 US Dollars which was an enormous price at the time.

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Ilario

Ilario Duesenberg Model J Murphy Coupe Whittell 1931

This LWB Convertible Coupe was Captain Whittell’s final commission for the Walter M. Murphy Company. It was purchased as a chassis from Duesenberg in 1929 and completed in 1931. It is a one-off coupe that is fitted with features already seen on Whittell’s earlier purchases. The designer of this car was Franklin Q. Hershey and the car features a low, raked windscreen, elegant flowing wings, a fixed roof, wind-up windows and very large boot where the rumble seat would usually be fitted. It was finished in black and chrome with a brushed aluminum top, and a red chassis. There is polished moulding that runs the length of the car ending at the radiator where there is a harpoon shaped ending, this is the only Model J with this feature.

 


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Duesenberg SJ LaGrande dual cowl Phaeton 1933

This supercharged version of the Duesenberg was produced in small numbers. The LaGrande body was produced in house. Said to be able to reach 140 miles per hour despite a weight of about three tons there were few other vehicles on the US roads capable of such speeds. One feature of this car is the distinctive exhaust pipes which were also adopted on Cord and Auburn vehicles.

Duesenberg Model J Riviera Pheaton by Brunn black and red 1934

Only three Model J’s were fitted with a Riviera Phaeton body by Brunn. It was the first four-door convertible to have a fold down top that could be completely concealed when folded. When the top was lowered, the rear body section could be tilted back to allow the top to fold and be stowed away.

 


Minichamps

Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Convertible Coupe 1929

This model represents one of the earliest Model Js. Minichamps have also modelled this in 1:18 scale. But it also expected in their premium 1:43 resin range.

 


Neo

Duesenberg Model J Tourster Derham 1930

The Tourster is said to be Gordon Buehrig’s favorite Duesenberg. This is a five-passenger touring car on the long wheelbase Model J chassis. The length of the chassis exaggerated the car’s lowered proportions. The lowering was achieved by moving the rear seat ahead of the rear axle and fitting the foot wells within the frame which increased room for passengers while also allowing the top and sides of the body to be lower than on a standard phaeton.

The Tourster’s had a rear windshield that slid up and down out of the back of the front seat with the turn of a crank handle, providing a windbreak for the rear passengers. Toursters were built exclusively by the Derham Body Company in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Eight Toursters were built.


Tin Wizard

Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster 1935

The Speedster was a one-off car built to take speed records. Ab Jenkins used it to set a one hour record of 153.97 mph and a twenty-four hour record of 135.57 mph at a circuit on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 24-hour record would be held until 1961.

In search of further records the Duesenberg chassis was fitted with a Curtiss aero-engine and it appears that it was called the Mormon Meteor after this engine was fitted. It then went on to set more records. The V12 aircraft engine in a stock chassis apparently suffered from understeer at high speeds.

 


True Scale Models (TSM)

Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster 1935

This vehicle was designed by A. F. McNeil for J. Gurney Nutting & Company Ltd who were based off the King’s Road in Chelsea when this vehicle was built. Duesenbergs were an unusual chassis for the firm who were more familiar with building bodies for Rolls Royces, Bentleys and even Hispano Suizas. In 1931 the company had been awarded a Royal Warrant to the Prince of Wales.

 


Automodello

Automodello has recently announced a 1929 to 1932 Duesenberg J Murphy-Bodied Torpedo Convertible Coupe. Prototypes show that this promises to be a fine model.