Ron’s Model Spot
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.
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.