By Maz Woolley
Before Oxford Diecast started to make 1:76 scale models the only way that you could obtain models in this scale were to buy kits from a number of UK Artisan firms which produced models to that scale. Once Oxford’s cheap ready made offerings became available Artisan producers struggled to sell models and the market contracted quite quickly. Two who are still trading are John Day Models made by Daryl Toney and Parker Models made by Rod Parker.
Parker VE65 Austin Ten 1939/47
Another model that would look well on any UK Railway layout in the last days of steam. The Austin 10 stayed in service for a long time during the years after the Second World War when cars were in scarce supply in the UK. The model is a nice representation of the real car though the radiator grille is difficult for someone with my limited skills to paint. Casting is clean and the Vacform fits well.
John Day Austin A70 Countryman 1950/54
This model has been seen in 1:43 scale from Pete Kenna. It was named Hereford succeeding the Hampshire that ran from 1947 to 1950. This at a time when Austin cars were named after English counties. This is another model selected by Daryl Toney for re-mastering and is now a lot cleaner and sports the new style wheels which are separate rather than moulded into the base. The vacforms on the older John Day models were often poor fitting items but the new ones in these re-mastered models fit very well.
Parker VE62 Ford Pilot Estate Car 1947/51
This V8 Ford sold in relatively low volumes since it’s Canadian Bren Carrier derived side valve V8 engine attracted high vehicle tax rates and was not very economical either. The Pilot was replaced by the Consul/Zephyr range which was a very much better seller. This vehicle is a must for any royal car collection in this scale since there is one in the Royal Collection. To replicate VUL 3 one would need to paint the model in dark green.
As usual the Parker model is a clean casting which captures the original well.
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