Ron’s model spot

Words: Ron Ford

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

Land Rovers were part of my early work­ing life, and so I be­came sort of an ex­pert — at get­ting them stuck!

Land Rover Se­ries 1 109"

The first Landy this month is a Se­ries 1 109-inch open back. It is part of the Ox­ford Com­mer­cials range in 1:43 scale (cat. No. LAN1109008).

The over­all shape has been cap­tured rea­son­ably well by Ox­ford. Like the real ve­hi­cle, there is noth­ing fancy about its mod­el­ling. The bright­work is painted sil­ver, which is quite ap­pro­pri­ate to rep­re­sent the gal­va­nized items such as the win­dow frames and re­in­force­ments around the body. The grille is a sep­a­rate part. The head­lights are glazed, with the rest of the lights be­ing painted.

The in­te­rior is suit­ably spar­tan, with the sim­ple squab seats and not much else. The steer­ing wheel looks a lit­tle too up­right. The un­der­side de­tail gives an im­pres­sion of the run­ning gear, the off­set driv­e­train with the ex­haust pipe mak­ing its way from the left-hand side of the mo­tor to exit at the back right. The wheels are well de­tailed but per­haps a bit small, as the model sits very low.

This ver­sion of the Landy is painted grey with a hint of green and let­tered for a Fer­gu­son trac­tor agent in Stock­port. The cab cast­ing is plas­tic (pre­sum­ably clear to give the win­dows a flush glazed look) and the painted ar­eas do not quite match the shade of the body. The price in New Zealand is $39.90, with an iden­ti­cal 1:76 ver­sion at $13.90 (cat. No. 76LAN1109008).

Land Rover Se­ries 3 am­bu­lance

The sec­ond Land Rover this month is by Cararama (dis­trib­uted by Ox­ford Diecast). It rep­re­sents a Se­ries 3 with a spe­cial­ized am­bu­lance body, al­though other ver­sions are avail­able in this 1:43 se­ries.

The model is quite light­weight in its con­struc­tion, but that does not de­tract too much from its re­al­ism. De­tail­ing of the body is good, with a sep­a­rate grille, glazed head­lights, and so on. The front doors open to re­veal some good de­tail­ing, with the steer­ing wheel be­ing at a bet­ter an­gle than it is in the Ox­ford Se­ries 1. I don’t think the am­bu­lance sec­tion has any de­tail­ing, as it is hard to see through the small win­dows.

The un­der­side de­tail is much bet­ter than that of the Ox­ford, with nice fea­tures such as full run­ning gear and spring de­tail, all achieved by sep­a­rate cast­ing. Cararama has even gone to the trou­ble of a dif­fer­ent rear cast­ing for the chas­sis to ac­com­mo­date the wider rear track, and it has front-wheel steer­ing with very limited lock — just like the real Landy.

The am­bu­lance Land Rover is in mil­i­tary olive, with the

Re­nault 4CV

Cur­rently, there is a part­work mag­a­zine avail­able in New Zealand called Le­gendary Cars, with a 1:43-scale diecast replica of the fea­ture car in­cluded in the pack­age (cost $14.95 each). There are some in­ter­est­ing mod­els avail­able, such as the Re­nault 4CV shown here.

While the model is rea­son­ably cast with good de­tail­ing, it is quite a light­weight cast­ing (as are all the other mod­els in the range). As an ex­am­ple, the base­plate of the Re­nault has snapped ahead of the rear wheels be­cause of the screw that an­chors the model to the box base.

New Zealand seems to be at the tail end of the dis­tri­bu­tion for such part works, and it may have al­ready been out and back in some other mar­ket.

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