Ron’s model spot

Words: Ron Ford

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia - Volvo Ama­zon

A new re­lease from the 1:43-scale se­ries of the Ox­ford Au­to­mo­bile Com­pany is a lit­tle un­usual, as it is of a Con­ti­nen­tal car, although the sub­ject must have been quite com­mon on UK roads at the time, as both Dinky Toys and Spot- On Mod­els made con­tem­po­rary ver­sions of it.

VA001 is a four-door Volvo Ama­zon, and Ox­ford has cap­tured its lines very well. The shut and panel lines are well de­fined with­out be­ing over­done. Sep­a­rate plated parts are used for the grille, bumpers, head­light bezels, and wind­screen wipers. The rest of the bright work is rep­re­sented by tampo-printed sil­ver. The two­sec­tion grille has been given a back­wash of black to emphasise the de­tail. In ad­di­tion, the vent grilles ahead of the wind­screen are picked out in black.

The clear glaz­ing is al­most flush fit­ting. The in­te­rior is well de­tailed and con­fig­ured for right-hand drive, which, along with the UK num­ber plates and ‘GB’ badge on the back, con­firms this is a car used on UK roads. The un­der­side is rea­son­ably well de­tailed, and the plain sil­ver wheels have their ven­ti­la­tion holes punched through. The plain-painted hub­caps carry the Volvo logo at their cen­tre.

This ver­sion of the Volvo Ama­zon is painted very pale green, with a mid-green and grey in­te­rior, and black dash­board and rear par­cel shelf. There is also body-coloured trim on the top of the door pan­els and un­der the dash­board. Ox­ford has re­ally put ef­fort in in this area — there is even a sep­a­rate in­ter­nal rear-view mir­ror, painted sil­ver, mounted above the wind­screen.

Mercedes-benz CLS Class

As a bit of a di­ver­sion from the clas­sic car genre, it is worth­while look­ing at some other makes of mod­els. Minichamps of Ger­many pro­duces a vast ar­ray of mod­els of modern cars, vin­tage cars, and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. An ex­am­ple from its modern car range is the Mercedes-benz CLS Class.

It is a good model built to modern stan­dards, with nice de­tail­ing, such as the plated trim around the door win­dows, as well as all the other parts like the grille bars, boot trim, and even the twin-ex­haust­pipe ends. The head­lights and tail­lights are glazed in suit­able colours, and even the wing mir­ror–mounted in­di­ca­tor re­peaters are sep­a­rately glazed.

In­te­rior de­tail is ex­cel­lent, with multi-coloured in­serts. The un­der­side is also de­tailed, and the wheels and tyres are au­then­tic. The Merc is flaw­lessly painted black. Check on­line for avail­abil­ity. AWZ P70 Limou­sine. It is a great model and cap­tures the lines well. There are some plated parts, and the lights are glazed. Wind­screen wipers are photo-etched. The AWZ is also mod­elled as a sta­tion wagon and a coupé. The ‘limou­sine’ is painted green with a cream roof and beige in­te­rior.

I hoped to have been able to re­view Ox­ford’s Vaux­hall Firenza this month but have been un­able to get my hands on one, as the first ver­sion seems to have sold out. Ehat­tons.com is a good source of Ox­ford diecasts.

On the sub­ject of Ox­ford, here are some good­ies com­ing in the sec­ond half of 2016: in 1:43 scale, there will be — the As­ton Mar­tin V12 Van­tage S, Rolls-royce Cor­niche Con­vert­ible, and Land Rover Light­weight; while, in 1:76 scale, there will be a whole slew of As­ton Martins — the DB9 Coupe, Van­quish Coupe, V12 Van­tage S, the DB4 GT Za­gato, and Jaguars — the C-X75, F-pace F-type Project 7, and XE.

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