Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Panamera divided Porsche fans due to its obvious family man benefits, but if you like the design this replica should appeal, its gun-metal paint is well-applied, every door opens except those for the two passengers, and the interior detail is convincing. the engine also looks good despite being a one-piece moulding.
A well-executed metallic bronze paint job and respectable engine detail are the main plus-points of this fetching Stingray, which should excite fans of American muscle cars. Its interior is well-appointed, and high-chrome wheels and trim, opening doors and decent printing make this good value for those on a budget.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Green Goddess is an icon of emergency motor heritage and despite their age, many are still in working order today. Originally developed in the event of a Soviet nuclear strike, the Green Goddess was a fire engine used by the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) until its disbandment and more recently by the British Armed Forces during fire strikes of 1977 and 2002 (codename – Operation Fresco). These largely green-painted vehicles were built between 1953 and 1956 based on an army truck, weighed in at 7.5 tonnes and had a top speed of 45mph. In 2005 the Ministry of Defence sold more than 20 as the government disposed of surplus vehicles. All of the machines were sold for between £3,500 and £7,500. Shop here
The MGB, launched in September 1962, was initially planned to have a product life of ten years. However, fears that American safety legislation might ban convertibles, the financial constraints created by the chaos inside British Leyland along with the management’s Triumph bias all threatened to prevent a new car being developed. Instead, the MGB continued selling well, especially in its primary market of America, testament to the genius of MG stylist Don Hayter and the car’s enduring appeal. However, from September 1974, like many other cars of the same era, it was fitted with heavy Bayflex-90 Polyurethane bumpers and had its ride-height raised by 4cm in order to meet stringent US safety legislation. Shop here
AMC Concrete Ltd was established in 2007 by its current owner Andrew McCabe to provide a unique service to the Irish construction sector, supplying ready mix concrete using volumetric mixers.
Using this impressive machinery allows AMC Concrete to provide concrete to customers on a pay for what you use basis. The Scania T Cab is one of many vehicles in their striking liveried fleet and with the tanker, is used for drawing cement from the cement plant to their own depot in Newcastle Co. Dublin. Shop here
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ferrari F430 GT3 57 Italian GT3 2009 Championship Winner Elite Edition 1/43 by Hotwheels
This super Kessel Racing GT3 has all the fine attributes of the above vehicle, but this example portrays the victor in the 2009 Italian Championship. With excellent printing and a great interior, it's a winner in every sense.
When the Allegro was launched in 1973 it was, in the spirit of the times rather brash, with its squared off steering wheel and brightly covered bri-nylon interiors. No product could have exuded the zeitgeist more than the 1750ss shown here in lagoon blue with ochre interior. Shop here
Production of the Allegro’s 1300cc engine was reduced due to preparations for the forthcoming Metro during 1978 so BL created the Special LE to maintain production levels. Priced at only £2,965.95 to tempt buyers away from the 1300, it offered a 5-speed gearbox, Sundym tinted-glass, passenger-door-mirror, lockable fuel-cap, fog-lamps, tachometer and a leather steering wheel. Launched on Wednesday the 5th April 1978 and publicised as ‘The Allegro of a Lifetime’ just two metallic colours were offered; Tara Green and Astral Blue. Only 6,800 Special LEs were produced and very few survive. However, the car modelled has been lovingly cared for since 1995 by Surrey enthusiasts Mr and Mrs Don and Norma Bridle.Shop here
Ford put a tremendous amount of effort into the 1967 Safari Rally, entering seven cars in total and spending a budget of £50,000 on the event. However the car developed alternator trouble during one of the stages and were unable to use all their lights, causing them to plunge headlong into a huge trench running across the track which finished their rally. The rally was won by the previous years winner Bert Shankland and Chris Rothwell in a Peugeot 404.Shop here
As the Hillman Imp was built in
Monday, December 10, 2012
This McLaren model has been specially released by Minichamps on behalf of the McLaren Supporters Club, run by the West-sponsored McLaren F1 team. The model is as raced to world championship victory in 1998 by the team's Finnish driver, Mika Hakkinen. Unlike the generally released models, this version comes complete with 'West' sponsor logos.Shop here
The 1932 Ford Street Rod was an icon, known worldwide as "the deuce". This 1932 Blue Ford Roadster Street Rod Diecast Model Car is stunning and features opening doors, and steerable front wheels. No collection is complete without this beautiful car. Shop here
This is the 1939 version of the model first introduced in 1936 to help Lincoln recover from the effects of the Great Depression. Although still a luxury car, the Zephyr was priced at half that of Lincoln's previous K line. The model was based on a concept car designed by Dutch-born John Tjaarda and was named after the popular streamlined train run by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad. Although the Zephyr was built on a fairly routine chassis, it had a sophisticated 4.4-liter V-12 engine and a body that Edsel Ford himself insured was leading-edge enough to win praise from the European press and other automakers.Shop here
A stunning 1936 Red Mercedes Benz 500 K Roadster Diecast Model Car. The Mercedes 500K is a sports car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936.The 500K used the same independent suspension setup as had been introduced on the 380. 342 500Ks were built during its two years in production.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This model is from the 1998 Le Mans race. The first is finished in dark red, and is the 'Toshiba'-sponsored Team JB Racing, driven by Velex/Tylor/van der Poele. The car, with race number 12, finished in 8th place overall, winning the Le Mans Prototype Class I category.Shop here
Known as a Track-Type Tractor, the Cat DIIR in 1/50th scale by Norscot is a highly detailed model with many moving parts, including a rear ripper leg and front scraper blade, both of which raise and lower. The DIIR is one of Caterpillar's biggest Track-Type Tractors weighing in at 100.6 tons and powered by an 850hp engine. Shop here
R J & I Monkhouse was established by the late Reg Monkhouse on the 1st August 1950 with an AEC Mammoth Major, registration KAO 365. Steady progression led to Reg buying the company’s first articulated truck in 1963 and from that day on, they never purchased another rigid vehicle.
Today the company is operated by his son Ian Monkhouse and grandson Stuart from the depot at Sandysike, Longtown in Cumbria. Their vehicles are all named after Reg’s father, Joseph Monkhouse, who was killed in action in the Great War.
Like many haulage companies, R J & I Monkhouse Ltd has also ventured into warehousing while there main traffic carried is peat, building supplies and fertilisers. Hauliers of Renown is the flagship of Corgi’s road transport range of die-cast models - amazingly detailed, each model is a tabletop replica of a truck from the UK's most famous haulage fleets.
Every model, is recreated in superb 1:50 scale and includes a numbered, Limited Edition 'Tachograph' Certificate and customised presentation packaging. The range includes both modern and classic cabs and trailers from some of the best known British hauliers. Shop here
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Keith Murray Transport was founded in 1999 and has grown considerably over the last decade. They operate mainly flatbed trailers moving concrete and timber all over the UK. They also have a number of curtainside trailers and can be seen regularly in central London delivering various products including pre-formed toilet blocks. Keith’s son, Ross, joined the business in 2009 and is quickly learning his trade in this family run business. All trucks are hand washed every week by the driver under the watchful eye of the boss and the unique livery on this DAF 105 is in memory of Colin McRae, a Great Scot and lifelong hero of Keith’s. Shop here
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
If you like postal vehicles, this sunny German Bundespost Vee-dub will be a great addition to your collection. Yellow paint has a reputation for poor coverage but this model's 'skin bucks the trend, and there's also some pleasing underside detail for added value. Shop here
Vintage style comes to the fore with this gorgeous 1937 Bugatti, which offers impressive detail throughout. The photo-etched metal side screens, bonnet catches and windscreen wipers are very fine, while the hardwood-effect dash, steering wheel and five-pipe exhaust make this a delight for classic car fans. Simply beautiful.Shop here
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This is Sentinel -Blue Circle, and features excellent tampo printing for the Cement Marketing Company limited and Blue Circle logos. The load is well done, producing an eye-catching and attractive model. Shop here
A Bedford OB in British Railways prettiest colour scheme - 'plum and spilled milk' - has the nostalgia alert signs flashing. This model is nicely finished, with 'Edmonton Victoria' destination symbols on the side and neat silver decoration. The radiator seems much more of a piece with the model than some previous OBs we've seen, and even sports a readable Bedford badge. Shop here
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The 140H Motor Grader has a choice of two engines, the standard version producing 165 horsepower and the larger optional motor, 185 horsepower. It has an operating weight of 14724 kg. Motor Graders are used in numerous applications from leveling out new roads to grading land for a new shopping complex. A very Versatile machine and, in the right hands, a joy to see working.
The 1/50th scale model captures all movement correctly, from the swinging rear axle to the oscillating steerable front axle and articulating frame. The blade rotates through 360 degrees and levels to allow for contouring embankments. The five-legged metal ripper at the rear lowers and raises.
A glazed cab with detailed interior, quality graphics and paintwork, details also include metal steps to the cab and plastic air intake and exhaust. Shop here
The invincibles cab was, to all intents and purposes, the same as the Warrior's, so this 8 wheel dropside has much in common with the previous model. The company was based in Leighton Buzzard, though now Dawsongroup pic is a big operation from Milton Keynes.
The old fashioned, two colour lettering is neatly done and the model looks smart in red and cream. The wheels look a bit grimly plastic against the painted red of the chassis and mudguards, but this an attractive model. Shop here
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Paul Hinchliffe established the firm in 2004 with a DAF 95, for which he paid £10,000. He is the grandson of one half of J & H Hinchliffe, the famous Walmersley, Bury-based firm and drove for the firm for sixteen years before the company ceased trading in 2001. Paul continued as a company driver before going it alone, gradually building up general haulage work.
To maximise the usage of his tractor unit, Paul employed his father, Geoff, to do TNT truck work in the evening. With business doing well, Paul extended his fleet with this immaculate DAF XF 105 Super Space cab, purchased from David G. Davies of Glossop. This striking traditional livery was completed by Taylor Commercials with sign writing courtesy of Rossendale’s David Plant and was the featured vehicle in Truck & Driver October 2010. Shop here
Rail has proved a popular theme for Days Gone collectors and this LMS livered Sentinel 4 Wheel Flatbed will be no exception. Formed on 1st January 1923, LMS was the largest of the "Big Four" and arguably the largest transport organisation in the world. LMS became part of British Rail in 1948. Shop here
Monday, November 12, 2012
The model is the Ferrari Dino 246 GT V6-powered car. The car, entered by Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team, carried race number 46. The car was driven to 17th place by Laffeach/Doncieux at the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours race. The model is finished in the NART team colours, including their team shields. The model differs from the street version in the wider tyres are fitted and extra louvres are placed in the bonnet. Shop here
You are viewing a rare High End Series that Maisto produced in 1/43 scale. This model is a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Road Race Car with the main sponsorship of Original-Teile on board along with subtitle sponsors of Mobil 1 & Bridgestone. Car number is 12 near the front of the side door in the photo.
The car was driven by Marcel Thiemann and Jean-Marc Gounon during the 1997 season in the FIA GT Championship. It is identical to the AMG models previously released, in that all interior cockpit details are included. The blue team colours are enhanced with the intricate decals included in the Persson team sponsorship package. Shop here
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Minichamps has majored on Ford Focus. The three-door Focus is not everyone's cup of tea, but the new model certainly captures the purposeful, modern looks of the actual car. Perhaps the nicest touch is the headlamp and grille area, which is very well done. Separate curved front lights are complimented by an excellent grille, complete with neat 'Ford' badge. The wheels are also well modelled. Shop here
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Ferrari's family of immensely successful V8 road cars began in 1973 with the Dino 308 GT4. This V8-engine road car and first mid-engine 2+2 seating configuration, was styled by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina, the styling was incredibly unique and controversial for its time, with its angular wedge shape, it looked quite differently from the 206/246 from which it was derived. The overall shape was very tight and well balanced, and has stood the test of time very well. Elvis, one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, the 'King of Rock and Roll,' a cultural icon, in October 1976 decided to include in his huge collection of super cars a Dino 308 GT4 black. A great die-cast model for a worldwide known artist! Shop here
The Fiat 600D Multipla has a heavy metal base, giving the model quite a weighty feel. The decoration is pretty good for the scale but the line between the duo colour could be a touch neater.
The Multipa (one of the original people carries) is finished in the Automobile Club of Modena colours and carries a roof mounted badge and rack. The orange and blue livery is quite stunning and should find a very welcome place in any model road service vehicle collections. Shop here