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I have for some time been looking for a couple of 'ordinary' pre-war cars for my layout.
At last,there is one in the Oxford models ad...a Morris 8 tourer. They also do a Jowett Javelin which is a bit late for me. It's a shame about the colour as I have a real one in black. The model is cheap enough to repaint and have it as a model of my own one off layout.
Does anyone know of anyone making a pre-war Austin, Vauxhall or similar saloon. I don't want a kit, my eyesight is not up to it now. I want to replace the pale blue Mercedes tourer from which a couple are feeding the sheep on the station bridge !

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Very few cars about to fit your requirements.I would suggest a worn Dinky Dublo sports MG and paint whatever colour you like.
Mint ones cost lots of money
 

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QUOTE (Ed Allen @ 13 Jul 2008, 23:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have for some time been looking for a couple of 'ordinary' pre-war cars for my layout.

Does anyone know of anyone making a pre-war Austin, Vauxhall or similar saloon. I don't want a kit, my eyesight is not up to it now.

Though they are kits, the ScaleLink range feature simple one-piece bodyshells and are very neat. Can't be harder than dismantling an out of scale pre-war Dinky and repainting it.
Or wait until Oxford do some.
 

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May I make the following suggestions?

[all depending on how 'pre-war' your layout is?]

The Ford E83W commercial commenced production I think in 1938.

there are several diecasts of this prototype...some a tad more 'realistic' in size than others.......also available as a station wagon, as well as a van....and not impossible to kitbash into a truck?

with slight modification regarding the radiator grills and headlight size, any diecast model of the Ford Popular could be backdated into an Anglia or Prefect...both commenced production before WW2.

I also suggest seeking out the ERTL diecast taxi fom their [original] Thomas the TAnk range......cannot verify prototype, or indeed, scale, but it does look effective as a background vehicle.

Some of the 4mm scale 6 and 8 wheeler lorries that used to abound can be backdated very simply, as cabs from the early 50's were much the same as cabs pre-war, to look at.

Also check out the US market?.........Model A Fords came in a variety of guises...I have one or two plastic ones from years ago, cannot recall the make.

whilst on the subject of Jowetts, why not take a look at some of those 'collectors' items based on the likes of Ford or whatever commercials...[Lledo??]

With a bit of paint and a touch of a knife, a quite credible Bradford van could be produced??

Check out Preiser and Merten, Viking and ohers from the continong?

{after all, BMW kickstarted their finances in the '30's by making the Austin Seven under licence, calling it the Dixi?]
 

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QUOTE (alastairq @ 16 Jul 2008, 17:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>{after all, BMW kickstarted their finances in the '30's by making the Austin Seven under licence, calling it the Dixi?]

I think the Dixi is still made by Busch - I have one and with a little toning down it makes a very presentable Austin 7.

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QUOTE (hazzy @ 19 Jul 2008, 13:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>why dont you dont just get a scaeauto car

Which wouldn't help the original poster as almost the entire Scaleauto range is far to modern - all are post WW2!

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At last my local model shop has some of the new Oxford models in stock.
I called in today and bought a Ford Pop and a Morris 8 tourer. I was a little disappointed to find the Morris was a series E model and a bit late for my 'era' but they are both exquisite models and my 3 yr old, potential enthusiast, grandson hasn't twigged the date discrepancy of either car yet. Sold out of the Jowett though.
He can now identify three of the locos on the line by name, My old 'Duke of Sutherland' , the new Jubilee 'Australia' and my Eames Jubilee, 'Kashmir'...I've got to keep the interest up....well, I need someone to leave it all to !

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excellent......The Morris Eight could be 'backdated' by some simple modifications...I suspect involving perhaps drilling a couple of holes in the top [insides]front wings....filing the existing headlamp shells flush with the wing surface, and making up a couple of separate headlight units,supergluing onto the front wings?

Wheels may present a problem,but it is not impossible to create a set of hubcaps that look like wire wheels?

all to create a pre-WW2 look?
[perhaps something like the Y-type MG saloons?]

Also check out the cheapo toy sections of small shops....sometimes there are generic pre-war-looking cars, all gaudy with gold plating,which can be removed....the overall shape is what you're after...a touch of paint, a tweak here and there?????.....who knows, maybe a Railton might emerge?
 

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QUOTE (alastairq @ 12 Aug 2008, 23:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>excellent......The Morris Eight could be 'backdated' by some simple modifications...I suspect involving perhaps drilling a couple of holes in the top [insides]front wings....filing the existing headlamp shells flush with the wing surface, and making up a couple of separate headlight units,supergluing onto the front wings?

Wheels may present a problem,but it is not impossible to create a set of hubcaps that look like wire wheels?
From memory that would probably do the job - my very first car was a Morris Eight series E - with the index no "MPH199" - what price that now ?
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 13 Aug 2008, 08:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>index no "MPH199" - what price that now ?

Probably enough to buy a fair bit of stock for St Laurent!!

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