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I'm very much appreciative of the efforts of Oxford, Corgi Trackside and other model car manufacturers - it was only a couple of years ago we either used kits, overscale toy cars or underscale wiking models. But when are one of the manufacturers going to start producing 70s and 80s models. The market is awash with minis, minors, anglias. What about the Morris 1100/1300, Marina, escort Mk1, Cortina Mk2, triumph 1300, fiesta, golf, Sherpa and Transit vans....the list goes on! In lovely dull greys, white, dark blue and green. Maybe a Marina coupe in orange for contrast!

Starting a new layout (very loosely) based on Mallaig might not call for too many vehicles, I admit, but I might just fill up a couple of motorrail transporters if the 70s vehicles appear! Unless anyone knows of any models already out there beyond the aforementioned compromises?
 

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A lot of the 60's vehicles currently available were still a common sight on Britain's roads until well into the 70's and as far as I am aware Oxford already do the Mk 2 Cortina with the Mk3 due out shortly. Mind you I would like a model of a Mk1 Marina estate in Blaze - that was my first car - in 1981, PVA 564 M first registered in 1973!

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 25 Feb 2009, 09:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi

A lot of the 60's vehicles currently available were still a common sight on Britain's roads until well into the 70's and as far as I am aware Oxford already do the Mk 2 Cortina with the Mk3 due out shortly. Mind you I would like a model of a Mk1 Marina estate in Blaze - that was my first car - in 1981, PVA 564 M first registered in 1973!

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Your car's did'nt improve over the years at all ! - how are you going to replicate the infamous BL orange peel effect when you get a model of one ?
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 25 Feb 2009, 10:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>how are you going to replicate the infamous BL orange peel effect when you get a model of one ?

Funnily enough that one didn't suffer it - my dad's green Mk2 however......

On a back to thread note, watch out for the Minix cars made by Rovex - with a repaint and new wheels they make good models.

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Thanks everyone - the TPM ones especially seem to be worth a look at. Minix ones look like they'll need a bit of work to make them realistic though (beyond my skill levels!).
 

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Still needc some 30s cars, although I see Oxford are doing a taxi now. Also need some 30s people, Track workers without Hi-Vis and with flat caps on etc, Passengers in drab clothes with hats on. Going to try a repaint on some Noch and Bachmann folk that I've got.... when my eyes improve.
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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 25 Feb 2009, 10:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi

A lot of the 60's vehicles currently available were still a common sight on Britain's roads until well into the 70's and as far as I am aware Oxford already do the Mk 2 Cortina with the Mk3 due out shortly. Mind you I would like a model of a Mk1 Marina estate in Blaze - that was my first car - in 1981, PVA 564 M first registered in 1973!

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 25 Feb 2009, 11:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Your car's did'nt improve over the years at all ! - how are you going to replicate the infamous BL orange peel effect when you get a model of one ?

Hi!

I would also love to have a Marina 1.8 coupe in Blaze. This was my second car and I really loved it! It didn't suffer from the "peel effect" either, and truth to tell, we haven't even heard of that here in Norway!

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QUOTE (rosenblad @ 26 Feb 2009, 10:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi!

I would also love to have a Marina 1.8 coupe in Blaze. This was my second car and I really loved it! It didn't suffer from the "peel effect" either, and truth to tell, we haven't even heard of that here in Norway!

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Maybe they made sure that the export models were better !
 

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QUOTE (carltonf @ 25 Feb 2009, 21:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Minix ones look like they'll need a bit of work to make them realistic though (beyond my skill levels!).

Not really - the biggest problem with most of them was the awful colours, normally just a coat of paint and paint the wheels is a huge improvement.

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 26 Feb 2009, 12:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Maybe they made sure that the export models were better !

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I don't think so. They (and many other British cars) had a bad reputation here. My father had a 1.3 Marina that simply fell apart! I guess I was just one of the lucky ones!


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QUOTE (rosenblad @ 26 Feb 2009, 20:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My father had a 1.3 Marina that simply fell apart!

My sister had a 1.3 - it handled and went better than either of the family's 1.8's! (yes we were sad and at one point had 3 Marinas in the family)

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 27 Feb 2009, 09:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My sister had a 1.3 - it handled and went better than either of the family's 1.8's! (yes we were sad and at one point had 3 Marinas in the family)

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A Marina that handled ! - best laugh I've had for a while.
Most of them seemed to have the handling stability of a wet sponge.
 

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QUOTE (PeterPug @ 27 Feb 2009, 12:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>For modelling the 'big four' or earlier there does not appear to much around either.

I suppose that if truth be told there were nowhere near as many cars about in that period, and accordingly a much heavier dependance on public transport.

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Just been on the Oxford diescast website, and ordered their brand new MkIII Cortina - Brilliantly, they have modelled the version from Life on Mars, even down to the number plate. I've got an old Airfix civilian (from a set before the platform figures) in a mod coat which I am sure I can repaint to look like a miniature Gene Hunt!
 

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The web is great at telling us when railway stock was put into service, where and how it was used and sadly when withdrawn. I wish we could have similar information about cars. I find it difficult to remeber when some of the models were running on the roads. If we think about the 60's and 70's we were into the era of the big rust and introducing the MOT - anyone know for example how long Viva HA's lasted ? Maybe the car model makers could add the info in there sales blurb ?
 

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QUOTE I wish we could have similar information about cars. I find it difficult to remeber when some of the models were running on the roads.

RobB

funnily enough, I was thinking the same thing. I do remember that in the 50s (that dates me) there were still a lot of pre-war cars about. Our first family car was a 1935 Morris 8, followed by a 1939 Austin 10 - I'm not sure but I think we only moved on to post-war cars in the 60s. I suspect that it's reasonable to use earlier period cars as many would have been kept running by enthusiasts but there should be enough of the period being modelled to make it look realistic.
 

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QUOTE suppose that if truth be told there were nowhere near as many cars about in that period,

BRITHO

possibly not, but it would be nice to be able to model them, and the public transport (admittedly there are some nice buses available).

I found a few figures (how accurate, I don't know) - 1 million cars on the road in 1930 (according to a site about insurance), then 2 million in '1950'. Today, well, I didn't check but it has multiplied rather dramatically to say the least - but all rather different and the number of cars would look insignificant compared to a scene set in, say, the 70s.

In reality I just like the old cars. In the 50s there was a garage on the main road near us in which the proprieter kept an ancient, blue Rolls. I can still remember the car lurking in the shadows with it's massive headlamps, and, of course, the smell.
 
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