Monday, August 29, 2011
These come two versions of the 500 TRC of 1956, displayed in the box with the bonnet placed to one side so that you can see the fine engine detail. One version is as driven at the Mille Miglia in 1957 by G. Koechert, the model having a tonneau cover in place. Shop here
Second is as driven at the Swedish Grand Prix in 1957 by J.Batista Falla. Shop here
The Bedford 12cwt Van (25a), known in the USA as a panel truck, was only ever painted in dark blue. The ‘Dunlop’ decal was the first non-Matchbox advertisement, Lesney having sought and obtained permission from the tyre company for thids, and Dunlop was the first company to pay for its advertising space on a Matchbox vehicle. The fact that this model completed its life in one guise, with only changes to the wheels from metal to grey plastic and with the decals from orange-yellow to yellow indicates that as long as Dunlop paid for the advertisement Lesney was happy to continue with the model unaltered as long as sales were maintained. In any case, during the 1950s and for most of the 1960s, Lesney could never make enough models because export demand alone always outstripped supply. --Model Collector
Sunday, August 28, 2011
This model first appeared in October 1988 and holds the distinction of being the first horse-drawn to have a permanent driver, painted manes, collars and tails on the horses, not forgetting the driver’s bowler hat. The model consists of a cast body and footplate, a separate horse shaft and bogie, a plastic single piece driver’s seat and advertising headboard, driver and separate lower and upper beer barrels.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Introduced in 1987 all the components were designed specifically for this model. The body consists of a single casting into which is inserted a smoky grey Perspex window section, being the first and to date the only Lledo to have the luxury of glazing. The body is supported on a metal chassis with the axles being held in place by a plastic baseplate. The wheels are single moulded hubs and tyres with the legend Lledo embossed on the outer walls. These wheels can also be found on the DG15 & 17. Withdrawn from standard range at the end of 1990.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Ever since the Mini was introduced nearly 42 years ago, it's been the hub of motor sport in the UK, with many dedicated racing series instigated. The Mini Seven Formula is one of the more gentle Mini racing series, although these 100bhp cars can still sprint to 60mph in seven seconds and push speeds up to 120mph. This limited edition Corgi model (5500 pieces) pays tribute to 29 year old Christopher Huck, who in 1997 followed his father's footsteps into Mini racing. Shop here
This will be a popular model, as next to Ferrari, Jordan is seen by many Formula 1 followers as the 'Team of the People'. In 1999 the Jordan team had finished third in the constructor's title race. The future looked bright, but their arrangement to use works Honda units, promised to BAR, was not the materialise until this year. This saw the team slip to sixth place in the constructor's race. The model carries racing number 6 and new team signing Jarno Trulli is the driver. Trulli's best result last season was a fourth place in Brazil, while Frentzen, whose car is also available, was on the podium twice in third place. 2000 sponsorship is from Deutsche Telekom, as well the striking 'Buzzin Hornets' livery, carried in non-smoking French and British races.
All of the models include driver figures wearing their race helmets in correct colours, even Micheal Schumacher, who changed his helmet colours for the 2000 season. There is working steering and opening fuel fi;;er flaps on each side of the driver's cockpit.
The tyres carry the grooves specified by the 2000 regulations. Each carries the Bridestone 'Potenza' white branding markings accurately on every sidewall. In 2001 Michelin return to the fray. --Model Collector See more
Monday, August 15, 2011
AEC cab with an elliptical tanker in the livery of Major, who were suppliers of gasolines and oils in the North East and Midlands. The livery, in a combination of blue, orange, white and brown, is certainly colourful, and makes for a pleasing model, helped by the fact that the tanker itself is painted and thus is not obviously made of plastic. Shop here
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The performance of the car when launched was understated by the team. The performance of drivers, Ralf Schmacher, and rookie Jensen Button obtaining third place in the Constructors' title race, showed that BMW had got a few things right on their return to the F1 arena. The model of the car carries racing number No.9 and is of Schumacher's mount. His best result was third place, which he gained twice. Button's car is also available, his best results in his first season were a fourth andfour fifth places. Shop here
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Replica of Super M. Period-authentic graphics spans both sides of the hood. Hood is topped with a gray exhaust stack. Clamshell fenders, a silver seat, and a functional steering wheel that steers the front axle. Turnable belt pulley. Hitch the tractor to other 1:16 implements. Shop here
The Renault Mascott vans seem to have been well received and the accuracy of fit and finish are all you could expect. The latest addition to this 1/43rd range is a chassis cab with box van back whhich is typically finished in plan brown.
The rear doors of the van body are hinged to open and are surprisingly thin and real looking with none of the over scale toy like hinges we had become accustomed to on 'toy' vans with opening rear door. Shop here
The Y13C - 1918 Crossley RAF Tender joined the range in 1975 when it was painted air force blue and had RAF labels attached to the sides. This model came the light brown canopies that had been in use up until now. These had 12 or 24 spoke wheels and white seats.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In the days when it was one Nationalised Railway system, British Rail offered a parcel delivery service to your door from their nearest station, and used small vans such as the Anglia 105E based van modeled here. The 105E car was launched in 1959 with the van versions following in 1961, available as 5cwt or 7cwt models, the later having chromed headlight peaks and bumpers whilst the 5's were painted. Features precisely matched livery, badging and jeweled headlights. Shop here
The base was originally flat over the rear axle but this was quickly changed to a raised panel over the rear axle. There were no other casting changes and the model survived into the Superfast era.--Model Collector