Ron’s model spot

Words: Ron Ford

New Zealand Classic Car - - AUTOMOBILIA -

We are down­siz­ing this month, with mod­els to 1:64, 1:76, and 1:87 scale be­ing fea­tured. First, there are two 1:64-scale Volk­swa­gen Bee­tles by Green­light Col­lectibles USA. One is a split win­dow– era car and the other is a later ver­sion. Strangely, even though they are made by the same com­pany, they are com­pletely dif­fer­ent in their tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Volk­swa­gen Bee­tles

The split-win­dow is­sue is the bet­ter of the two. It fea­tures an open­ing hood and en­gine cover, plated bumpers, clear-glazed head­lights with plated bezels, plated hub caps, etc. The in­te­rior looks good, and the metal base is quite finely de­tailed. The bright­work is neatly tampo printed. The tyres are a lit­tle over­sized but ac­cept­able. This ex­am­ple is painted cherry red with a black in­te­rior. It is part of Green­light’s Club V-dub se­ries.

The sec­ond Bee­tle is much less de­tailed, with no open­ing parts or plated de­tail. The head­lights are sim­ply painted, as are all the other de­tails. In this model, the base is plas­tic but car­ries good ‘up­dated’ de­tail such as the twin ex­haust sys­tem. The wheels also have painted de­tail for the vents and hub­caps. The tyres are more in pro­por­tion.

The cast­ing has some ob­vi­ous tool­ing lines, pos­si­bly caused by the lack of open­ing parts, mean­ing that the tool­ing had to cope with some awk­ward cor­ners. This Bee­tle is part of the Hollywood col­lec­tion, and rep­re­sents the car from Fri­day the 13th Part III. It is painted cream, with brown ‘weath­er­ing’.

Both mod­els are priced at $13.90 from hobby shops. The Club V-dub car­ries an eight-plus age warn­ing, but the Hollywood one

Rover P6 Se­ries II

Next is Ox­ford Au­to­mo­bile Com­pany’s Rover P6 Se­ries II in 1:76 scale. For some rea­son, mod­ern re­pro­duc­tions of the P6 seem to have got the shape wrong, with the roof be­ing far too low, giv­ing a squat look to the car. The orig­i­nal Corgi Toys ver­sion was much bet­ter!

Other­wise, the model is well fin­ished, with a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the grille, with sil­ver and black tampo print­ing. What isn’t so good is the sil­ver­ing around the side win­dows, due to the rel­a­tive thick­ness of the cast­ing, giv­ing a two-tone ef­fect. There is also a pool­ing ef­fect of the sil­ver at the bot­tom of the pil­lars.

The P6B is painted Pa­prika (deep orange) with a black ‘vinyl’ roof and in­te­rior. The cat­a­logue

1941 GMC Fire Truck

Fi­nally, a 1:87 1941 GMC Fire Truck ‘Dear­born Fire Depart­ment’ from a fire-en­gine part-work mag­a­zine. First, I would ques­tion the quoted scale, as it looks much big­ger than it should be, es­pe­cially com­pared with a 1:76 Ox­ford Diecast Bed­ford TK fire en­gine.

It is quite a well-de­tailed model, with the lower su­per­struc­ture cast in plas­tic that gives it quite a light feel. For­tu­nately, the plas­tic is painted to match the rest of the model. There is some nice tampo-printed dec­o­ra­tive lin­ing and sign work. The cost of each of the part-work is­sues is $19.95 at book­sell­ers.

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