RON’S MODEL SPOT
Models of vehicles based on film and TV shows are a very popular collecting theme. The James Bond Aston Martin DB5 by Corgi Toys is probably the most famous, but there have been many others, and still more are currently available or in the planning stage. Mattel Elite has recently switched from exotic cars (mainly Ferraris) to film and TV models. Greenlight is a recent brand on the market, and it offers models in 1:18, 1:43 and 1:64 scales of TV and film cars. The local model shop had quite a few Greenlight Hollywood in stock recently, and I chose the 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 MKI from Fast and Furious 6 — Brian’s car to 1:43 scale, catalogue No. 86222. The lines of the car have been well captured. Of note are the flared arches and the realistic wheels. The grille is well depicted, with plated surrounds and the correct matte-black mesh and light surround. The headlights and driving lights are clear glazed over plated reflectors that give a realistic appearance. The tail-light cluster is also glazed, with orange and red translucent plastic. The interior is very good, and includes such things as the roll cage and seat belts. Underside detail is good, and the aforementioned wheels are shod with realistic tyres. The car is painted the correct mid blue with white ‘racing stripes’, although the one on the side should ‘hip up’ over the rear wheel arch, but instead runs straight. It’s available at model shops at $40.
This month’s Brooklin Models release is from the Lansdowne stable of British cars. The LDM112 1956 Ford Zephyr MKII convertible joins the previously released saloon (LDM92) and the Farnham estate (LDM101). Of course this is a new casting, with longer doors and an open roof. Plated parts are used for the early egg-crate grille, bumpers, lights, handles, side trim and boot hinges plus the internal handles on the doors. The external boot hinges surprised me as the saloon does not have them, but they appear to be correct. The interior is well detailed, and it can be easily admired via the open top. The moulding for the folded roof is convincing in style. The wheels are standard steel type with plated hubcaps, and are painted the body colour. The underside detail is minimal. The Zephyr is painted ivory with a twotone ecru and brown interior. Lansdowne Models can be obtained through Nostalgic Automotive Miniatures, ph. 09 535 5725, or GRM Models, ph. 03 213 1354. Thanks to Brooklin Models Ltd, Bath, UK for the review sample.
Although it is past Christmas, it is worth mentioning the Hallmark Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments which have a different Classic American Car in the range each year. For 2014 it was a 1970 Buick GSX — a reasonable model if you ignore the hoop on the roof for hanging on the tree. It is richly painted in chrome yellow with black and red striping. The Christmassy aspect is a big present on the back seat. It’s priced at $21.95 from Briscoes, and it’s worth waiting for one of its 50-per-cent-off sales.