Ron’s model spot
Words: Ron Ford
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
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.