Ron’s Model Spot

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

I am al­ways on the hunt for the un­usual as far as model cars go and ebay, along with sim­i­lar web­sites, is a great hunt­ing ground. The items I found dur­ing my last search are from a se­ries called ‘Car­ros Inesque­civeis Do Brasil’ ( Un­for­get­table Cars of Brazil). The cars are mod­elled in 1:43 scale — a 1967 Willys Ita­ma­raty and a 1965 Chevro­let Ver­aneio. The Chevro­let Ama­zonas re­viewed last month is prob­a­bly part of the same se­ries, ex­cept it was sold un­der the IXO brand. IXO makes many of the part-work mod­els, and some­times they are avail­able via their own brand­ing, usu­ally with higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tail­ing.

The Willys model cap­tures the lines of the car very well, judg­ing by com­par­i­son to on­line im­ages. The cast­ing is very neat, with no open­ing parts to spoil the lines. Plated parts have been used for the grille, bumpers, and wind­screen wipers, with other bright­work be­ing rep­re­sented by sil­ver tampo print­ing. The headlights are clear glazed, with the front turn in­di­ca­tors and rear lights painted in their ap­pro­pri­ate colours.

The in­te­rior can be seen through the flush-fit­ted win­dows, but de­tail is hard to dis­cern as it is moulded in black. Only sketchy de­tail adorns the base, and the model is fit­ted with re­al­is­tic wheels and tyres with fully plated trims. The Willys is smoothly painted black. There is also a Willys In­ter­la­gos (Re­nault-alpine de­riv­a­tive) avail­able in the same se­ries.

The Chevro­let is a well-pre­sented model that cap­tures the lines of the orig­i­nal very well. The panel and shut lines are finely etched into the cast­ing. Plated parts are used only for the bumpers, rear light clus­ter, and a door-mounted rear-view mir­ror. The wipers are black plas­tic, and look re­al­is­tic in­stead of be­ing over­sized, as they are in many other mod­els. Other bright parts are sil­ver tampo printed. The grille is a sep­a­rate cast­ing, with the clear headlights set into the matte black of the mould­ing.

The in­te­rior moulded in black seems to be well de­tailed. Only the main frame and run­ning gear is shown on the base, with the outer edges painted sil­ver to rep­re­sent a guard un­der the side skirts. The wheels are busi­nesslike and have painted hub caps. The Chevro­let is painted mid green. The mod­els cost about $35 landed here, so are pretty good value. I found the ebay sellers by search­ing ‘IXO’ and look­ing for a seller from Hong Kong.

Ox­ford Diecasts

The New Zealand im­porter of Ox­ford Diecasts has ap­par­ently de­cided not to im­port any more 1:43 mod­els, which is a pity. It has been sell­ing re­main­ing stock at mark­down prices, which makes them good value at around $25 each. My lo­cal hobby shop had sev­eral in stock to choose from, so I picked some of the ones I al­ready have, but in dif­fer­ent colours. Th­ese were a Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal in gun­metal grey and an Austin Princess in scar­let. It was pleas­ing to get the Princess, as the one in my col­lec­tion has win­dow dam­age, caused by ul­travi­o­let light ‘ fog­ging’ the plas­tic.

Both mod­els are well made and care­fully de­tailed, and it is a pity that the 1:43-scale Ox­fords will no longer be avail­able in New Zealand, and in­ter­est­ing to note that the ex­ist­ing stock in my lo­cal shop sold out in a mat­ter of days.

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