By Maz Woolley
All photographs of the model by, and copyright of, the Author. Pictures from The Black Island copyright of Hergé and his publishers.
The Atlas models of vehicles from Tin Tin books are attractively modelled and in many cases are around 1:43 scale. They are diecast in China for Atlas. Comic books like Tin Tin are regarded highly on the Continent and there is even a museum devoted to Comic Book figures in Brussels.
Here we have a Triumph Herald Convertible from around 1960 towing a caravan in the book L’Île Noire [Black Island]. Tin Tin asks a couple to help him chase the bandits and they tell him to get in the caravan a curious act as the Herald is a four seater!
They then rush off at speed up a slope a Herald could never climb even without a caravan.
The Atlas model is finished in the usual matt finish used for this series making it look like it has been plucked from a cartoon. I find this finish quite attractive especially when combined with the well modelled occupants.
The sculptors of these models have spent a considerable time getting the models right as well as matched to the cartoon. With a few tweeks here and there Atlas could produce this as a standard Herald convertible something we are still waiting for in mainstream diecast form as Corgi made the later 13/60 convertible but not an earlier one.
As ever my model was supplied by an eBay seller from China as we have never had these models sold by Atlas officially in the UK.
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