Thursday, October 29, 2009
During his escape from the baddies in Octopussy, Bond steals their Mercedes. With its tyres shredded, 007 steers it onto a railway track and uses the rims to slot onto the track, chasing the bomb carrying train. With seconds to go, he gets clear before the train hits it - naturally. This model has a nice deep glass finish to it. The model's little tricks include the boot and doors opening, plus it comes with a strip of rail track for you to remove the tyres and play James Bond for yourself. See more
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It comes is Tate & Lyle livery, as preserved by that company to replicate the Pease & Sons Fodens used by Henry Tate in the 1920s In fact AU6695 was originally owned by the Star Brewery, Nottingham. It was then owned by Foden itself, then by a stone company before being left idle until rescued by Tate & Lyle. The lettering is reproduced as on the preserved wagon.
The finish is well done, down to the solid tyres and various spare chains etc below the body. The rear of the model is largely plastic, but the careful spraying has ensured a good colour match and it looks like one die-cast moulding for the rear wagon sides, and higher body sides.
Inside it all looks like hard work to drive with various wheels and valves being neatly reproduced. There’s even planking on the underside of the cab roof.
If you've got the lollipop and the hairline's retreating swiftly, go the whole hog and buy Kojack's Buick. It's a re-release of an buy Kojack's Buick. It's a re-release of an old Corgi 70's favoutite, and now there's a white metal Kojak figure incorporated with the model, albeit a little over scale. He replaces the plastic Kojack and Crocker figures.
The brown Buick is the same moulding as ever, neatly finished with opening doors. The original colour of the model was a metallic dark brown; the new version is a more authentic light brown. However, there's a mystery surrounding the car that Kojak himself might not be able to fathom. The box says the model: 'was originally released in 1976 and included a mechanism recreating the sound of gun fire, which is still featured on this model.'
Either modern guns have better silencers than they did in 1976, or there is no mechanism on the new model. It used to be operated by a revolving toothed wheel at the rear of the car where the number plate should be, this produced a clicking gun noise. -- Model Collector See more
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Just when most people were writing Maserati off as a producer of modern stylish GT cars, the company came up with the 3200 GT Bburago, as a good Italian company, had to make a model of the new car
Though few will be seen on British roads, it's still an attractive car to own in model form. Quality touches on he exterior include the disc brakes visible behind the wheel hubs, the well reproduced Maserati grille, separately moulded rear window mounted brake light and well detailed engine.
Opening doors, boot and bonnet are well finished, and inside it's all very luxurious. We liked the metal-look foot pedals and textured 'leather' of the seats particularly. Perhaps the dashboard dials and central console switches and trim (both reproduced by paper labels) were a bit over colouful, but this is a car no GT collection should be without--Model Collector
Monday, October 19, 2009
At the time of the band's formation, its producers saw The Monkees as a Beatles-like band. At the start, the band members provided vocals, and were given some performing and production opportunities, but they eventually fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. The group undertook several concert tours, allowing an opportunity to perform as a live band as well as on the TV series. Although the show was canceled in 1968, the band continued releasing records until 1970. In the 1980s, the television show and music experienced a revival, which led to a series of reunion tours, and new records featuring various incarnations of the band's lineup.
The 1/43nd scale ‘Monkeemobile’ was an accurate model of the customized 1966 Pontiac GTO as seen every week on ‘The Monkees’ TV show. The body was bright red with a red and white phaeton hood which was cast with the body rather than as a separate plastic item. The hood should really have been all white to be 100 per cent correct, but otherwise this is a flawless model, the Monkees logo on the doors being authentic. As Monkeemania ran out of steam in the early 70s the Monkeemobile was discontinued, after only a two year run.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
This has been produced as a special limited edition, marketed as the 1997 Vanguards Catalouge Edition. In yellow, the Mini looks very pleasing.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The Jaguar E-Type Coupe comes in red: a beautiful model which has extremely good interior detail, superb wheels, and fine other detailing such as the front and rear lamps and the flush glazing. A very good model.
The base of the chassis originally terminated behind the rivet but this was soon altered such that a brace connected both fuel tanks. The container is usually found with a hole in the front but some of the earliest models did not have this hole. All models were fitted with black plastic wheels but earlier models had knobby wheels whereas later versions had fine or very fine tread wheels.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Another fine model from Bburago, this time the Maserati 3200 GT of 1998. Improved detail is becoming the order of the day throughout the model industry, and this model is certainly living up to the standards being set.
Apart from the usual 'operating' features, such as the opening doors, bonnet and boot, and rear lamps, the dashboard detail, the engine, and especially the wheels. With a first class paint finish, and all the parts fitting perfectly, this is certainly a fine addition to any collection.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The colours and decorations chosen are all authentic, capturing the look of the 50s and 60s. The first two cars are the VW Beetle in light blue and cream, and the cabiolet in yellow. There are also two vans – see under ‘Commercials’.