Ron’s Model Spot

New Zealand Classic Car - - AUTOMOBILIA - Words: Ron Ford Pho­tos: Adam Croy

A spe­cial Healey

The Ox­ford Au­to­mo­bile Com­pany (Ox­ford Diecast Lim­ited) must be con­grat­u­lated for choos­ing more ex­otic pro­to­types to model — and its re­cent re­lease of a Healey Tick­ford con­firms that will­ing­ness to look at more un­usual sub­jects. The model is avail­able as the car ap­peared in the 1953 Monte Carlo Rally or var­i­ous civil­ian guises. The one re­viewed here is cat­a­logue HT002, a plain black car to 1:43 scale.

A quick search on the in­ter­net showed that Ox­ford has cap­tured the lines of the car very well. It is a very neat cast­ing with sub­tle panel and shut lines. Plated parts have been used for bumpers, grilles, head­light bezels, wind­screen wiper arms, boot han­dle, tail lights, hub caps and the fuel filler cap. Other bright­work is rep­re­sented by sil­ver tampo print­ing, which in­cludes the door han­dles, body badges and win­dow frames. The sil­ver used is quite bright, and looks al­most equal to the sheen of the plated parts.

The in­te­rior is well de­tailed and can be ad­mired through the crys­tal­clear glaz­ing. The seat pleat­ing and in­te­rior lin­ings are re­al­is­tic, and the door and dash­board have wood­ef­fect cap­pings.

Only ba­sic de­tail is car­ried on the base­plate, and the car is fit­ted with au­then­tic wheels and tyres. This ver­sion of the Tick­ford Healey is flaw­lessly painted in a rich black with a brown ‘ leather’ in­te­rior. The Ox­ford Healeys have been avail­able for a while now, but I have not seen them on sale in New Zealand, so this ex­am­ple came via hat­tons.co.uk.

Ranch Wagon

When I was a mere lad and liv­ing in Pe­tone, the epit­ome of ‘flash’ was the 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon, so when I spot­ted a 1:43 model of it on­line I had to add it to my col­lec­tion. It turned out to be an­other one I missed when the James Bond part­work se­ries was avail­able in New Zealand.

The de­tail­ing on th­ese mod­els is not too bad, al­though a bit ba­sic. The cast­ing has well­de­fined panel and shut lines. Plated parts are used for the grille/bumper unit, as well as the wind­screen wipers and the twin ‘gun sights’ mounted on the lead­ing edge of the fend­ers. Other bright­work is done by sil­ver print­ing. The lights are clear glazed, in­clud­ing the side lights.

Large bench seats are fea­tured in the in­te­rior plus the vast cargo area. The dash­board is de­tailed. The un­der­side is loosely de­tailed, and the model runs on pro­to­typ­i­cal wheels. The Ranch Wagon is painted white with a black in­te­rior.

An­other in­ter­net buy was an IXO Chevro­let Ama­zonas also to 1:43 scale. What at­tracted me was that it re­minded me of my favourite Mi­cro Model of the ’60s, the In­ter­na­tional am­bu­lance. This is a big chunky model with an ex­trav­a­gant paint job typ­i­cal of the era. Plated parts in­clude the bumpers, grille insert, wipers, etc.

This ver­sion is painted white and mint green with a black in­te­rior. The com­pli­cated two­ton­ing is very well ap­plied, with no feath­er­ing or bleed­ing along the joint lines. It came via a Chi­nese seller on ebay, and was landed here for about $25.

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