Ron’s model spot

Words: Ron Ford

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

As­ton Martin DB2 MKIII

First off the rank is AMDB2001, an As­ton Martin DB2 MKIII two-door coupé in 1:43 scale. The ad­van­tage of this scale is that it al­lows for a rea­son­able amount of de­tail with­out tak­ing up too much shelf space.

Not hav­ing the real car parked in my drive­way, it was on to Wikipedia to find the de­tails. Ox­ford has cer­tainly cap­tured the lines well. In fact, it is such a faith­ful scale model of the car that I am forced to look for triv­ial de­tails that have been missed, and all I can find is that the badges above at the back of the front wings are miss­ing. The only other ‘ fault’ is that the wind­screen wiper mould­ings are quite heavy.

On the plus side, the pho­toetched grille is su­perb. Most of the bright trims are pre­sum­ably tampo printed in a very bright sil­ver that could pass for chrome plat­ing. The glaz­ing is flush fit­ted and al­lows nice clear view of the in­te­rior and its fit­tings. The dash­board is fully de­tailed in suit­able colours, with printed in­stru­ments.

Hav­ing spent so much ef­fort on the body­work de­tail, Ox­ford has scrimped on the chas­sis, with only the ex­haust sys­tem and sketchy driv­e­train mould­ing used. The ex­haust pipes are plated at the rear. The wheels have very nice photo-etched spokes, but the ef­fect is lost some­what due to the back­ing plate be­ing fully plated.

The As­ton Martin is painted Bri­tish Rac­ing Green with a cream and brown in­te­rior. On my sam­ple, the paint is a lit­tle thin, with the re­cess ar­eas look­ing quite light.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Ox­ford 1:43 mod­els don’t seem to be im­ported into New Zealand, but they should cost about $45 when landed from in­ter­net sell­ers.

Austin 7 RN

Now, down to 1:76 scale. This is an­other ex­am­ple of ‘ lit­tle and large’. Last year, the 1:43 Austin 7 RN van was re­viewed, and now the 1:76 ver­sion has be­come avail­able. The new model has just about as much de­tail as the larger ver­sion, de­spite be­ing half the size. Some com­pro­mises have been made, such as the win­dow mould­ing in­cor­po­rat­ing the frame de­tails. These are painted the body colour plus have some black lin­ing, which gives a nice flush look, but the yel­low paint does not match the body colour. The roof cast­ing is also plas­tic. I am not con­vinced that the clear solid wheels with spoke de­tail are re­al­is­tic enough due to the sheen.

The small van is painted chrome yel­low with black guards

Tri­umph 2500

The last model from Ox­ford Diecast is also a 1:76 scale car — a Tri­umph 2500. The lines of the car seem well cap­tured. All the bright trim is achieved by sil­ver tampo print­ing. Even the thin black rub­ber fac­ing is de­picted on the bumpers. All the light clus­ters are picked out in suit­able colours — even the small re­peater of the B-pil­lar is shown. Glaz­ing and in­te­rior de­tail are also good.

The un­der­side is rea­son­ably de­tailed, with re­al­is­tic wheels and tyres. Per­haps the only mi­nus point is that the axles are set too high, so the model sits too low to the road. Also, the rear axle is too long so the wheels don’t turn! An easy fix, as the base is screwed on. This ver­sion is painted saf­fron yel­low with a black ‘vinyl’ roof.

The 1:76 Ox­fords come in their own dis­play case, and cost $13.50 at model shops.

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