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The current state of my collection, to be employed on my layout as progress allows

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When I started this collection in '05 there was very little available to truly sit well with a modern British outline layout. There were - and still are - poorly proportioned white-metal and resin examples from a number of suppliers aimed at the British market, and offerings from mainland Europe which although being much more acceptable in looks and time period are produced to the smaller 1/160 scale.
The Japanese came to the rescue with quality models of modern vehicles made to 1/150 scale, very acceptable both in looks and compatibility with 1/148 railway models. They do, naturally, represent Japanese prototypes but I'm happy in this scale that differences are not too terribly obvious, and with globalisation not only are there many of those on British and European roads, but in styling vehicles from almost anywhere in the world today follow similar trends. I have a couple of Mercedes vans by Busch; DHL and FedEx branded for my underground parcels depot which will help disguise their underscale nature, even the inevitable generic Chinese are pretty acceptable, although they too will mostly serve partly hidden away in a multi-storey car park and on the lower deck of some Cartic-4 NGS wagons on my 'to do' list.
In my photo you'll see examples from Tomytec, Bandai and now Fujimoto Hobby, supported by my original Intertrans 148 lorries and the more recent Oxford FX4 taxi massed ranks and those Chinese cars.
I also have a very few kits which will be useful, but I will be in need of a goodly number of quality modern British busses, double and single deck, and there's nothing of that nature even promised yet.
The future looks to be shaping up quite well, if only with the prospect of better British prototypes from earlier periods than I'm looking for announced so far from both Bachmann and Oxford - some of those are very tempting, but I would have to include some kind of transport museum to justify buying them for the layout.
While Bachmann and Dapol vie with each other to get the latest livery on Class 66's onto the market, and we have other very modern railway models, it's frustrating to see that the intended new road vehicle models hardly scrape into the last couple of decades.
If the Japanese ever see this as an 'open goal'...


Regards, Gerry.
 

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Hi Gerry

That's a fairly impressive collection, and a good assortment.

There is a company that produce modern british buses in resin, they're solid but are actually quite good mouldings, unfortunately I can't remember who they are!

Herpa also do some nice modern trucks, which although to the smaller scale represent some of the largest vehicles currently on the roads - with judicious positioning you could probably get away with them.

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Very impressive collection!
And neatly lined up too.


It reminds me of a picture I saw of a British Army Armoured Division lined up on the hard-standing in Germany... just substitute Challeneger II tanks and Warrior APCs for cars and taxis...
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 7 Apr 2010, 12:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There is a company that produce modern british buses in resin, they're solid but are actually quite good mouldings, unfortunately I can't remember who they are!
Thanks. Yeh, if you mean the Graham Avis range then you're right about the quality of the mouldings, but - there was always going to be at least one.. - if you take a look at this:
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On my layout thread some time ago there is/was a printed bus partially in one image. The print is from a scanned Corgi 1/76 scaled down to 1/148, supporting it is a Graham Avis Atlantean 'style' bus (although it's really before my timeframe, and Bachmann will be doing one soon-ish). The KMB bus in the foreground is 1/150 and when they're side-by-side the scan matches - apart from the length, of course

Now, unless people were a lot smaller when the Atlantean was in service... There is an Optare and a Hoppa which may be better, but I'd need to have them to hand to be sure - I'll probably have a look at the next show I get to. There's still the problem with the 'solid' aspect to them as well.

QUOTE (sto243 @ 7 Apr 2010, 13:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It reminds me of a picture I saw of a British Army Armoured Division lined up on the hard-standing in Germany... just substitute Challeneger II tanks and Warrior APCs for cars and taxis...
I've seen a few military vehicle/aircraft line-ups like that, it seemed the best way to show them for now, must resume work on the layout...

There are some very nice military vehicles for N, P G Models for example - some of their stuff will find it's way onto an MOD train sometime (although Challenger II's would be a tad outside the loading gauge, APC's and stuff though...)


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Hi again Gerry,

As a matter of fact buses have grown dramatically in the last 40 years, the modern stuff is huge when compared to the likes of the Atlantean.

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Adding to the steadily increasing number of vehicles, and in this case intended for a little conversion work rather than a 'just-plonk-on-the-layout' item, is this Tomytec foam/water tender:
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It's reviewed in the current NGS Journal, and although it's suggested there as a basis for conversion to a car recovery vehicle it's very close to this:
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Used at oil and petrol spills it seems.
Fabricating the foam delivery system behind the cab should make it more interesting, and adding the extra lockers between front and rear wheels, Fire Service logo's and changing the lights should all be fairly readily do-able even for me - although the time-scale for getting it done, as usual, will probably be unnecessarily protracted


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Hi Gerry,

You have a good basis for the fire vechile there ............. look forward to seeing it take shape
 

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Thanks

I've already cited Gerry Anderson's early Supermarionation Supercar and Fireball XL5 for my pre-ordering a Class 58 in Railfreight 'Red Stripe' livery - despite the fact they were filmed in good old black and white (the spin-off comics provided the colour back then, there's a colorized Fireball XL5 launch on YouTube now). I reckon he's also responsible for my interest in specialised rescue vehicles - I can hear Virgil's "opening pod door, now!" and still recall my anticipation at what might trundle down that ramp for the first time, often on Tamiya's Tiger Tank running gear*.

I've ordered some Crafty Computer decal paper to have a play with, there will be a fair bit of use for it on number of other road vehicles if it works well on this


Regards, Gerry.

*To quote Joni Mitchell - Song for Sharon, Hejira:
He asked me to be patient
Well I failed
"Grow up!" I cried
And as, the smoke was clearing he said
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Correct quote, correct album - won't listen to various tracks as I write the actual post in future

A Strange Boy is the track but, heck, you should be listening to the whole album anyhow, just like I was...

I've also had a little play with some graphics to try with the decal paper:
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Based on my two favourite fictional purveyors of culinary dubiousness: CMOT Dibbler of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and Mrs Miggins of Blackadder fame.
Azure Gesture Font Electric blue Logo
There is the Mill Lane Sidings printed sides available to go on a Graham Avis trailer, but I wanted a more specific design for vehicles belonging to the large cold storage facility that will be on my layout. My source for the name is from a favourite Fred Pohl story 'The Day The Icicle Works Closed'.
They are destined for some Tomytec box vans I have, there are some more details to add but I think the trick will be not to make it too complex


Regards, Gerry (drafted with the aid of natural birdsong!).
 

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QUOTE (steam-driven boy @ 27 Apr 2010, 13:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> View attachment 1791
Based on my two favourite fictional purveyors of culinary dubiousness: CMOT Dibbler of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and Mrs Miggins of Blackadder fame.
Surely if you're celebrating "Throat" that van should be purveying slightly dubious, and certainly infamous "Sausage inna bun" (some of which are of course manufactured from identifiable parts of the pig)

Drafted to the happy sound of two tone sirens.....


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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 27 Apr 2010, 13:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Surely if you're celebrating "Throat" that van should be purveying slightly dubious, and certainly infamous "Sausage inna bun" (some of which are of course manufactured from identifiable parts of the pig)
Absolutely, I couldn't find a graphic clipart s-i-b that I was happy matched the award-winning pies - the notion of that with Mrs Miggins reputation was too good to pass up, but I've adapted a photo which I am happy with and this will be the combined image I'll have a go with:
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Perhaps an odd seeming detail to be finicky about given the eventual impact it'll make on the layout, but it sort of makes sense to me


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There have been very few individual additions to my collection since the group photo, but Tomytec Car Collection Vol.12 arrived this morning, having winged it's way from Japan in just a week - including three days at the local sorting office!
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Consisting of:
Nearest camera - Toyota Crown Sedan (despite the seemingly dated 'boxy' style apparently currently the main taxi type in Japan)
Next row - Nissan AD Estate
Then - Toyota Prius
And finally - Nissan Paramedic

I have yet to decide on the Crown and they may either be repainted or sold on, but the Prius is obviously fine as it is and the AD is very welcome indeed even as a generic estate type.
As mentioned in my recent layout ramblings the ambulances were tempting as once reliveried, with my fire engine fleet I will be able to model in low relief the adjacent ambulance and fire station buildings on the Bristol Road in Brum (located near Birmingham Uni - coincidence I'm sure!) with vehicles parked up on the frontage.

I would imagine these may well be available closer to home soon enough as has been the case with previous releases, but the carton will probably show a saving even if I can't live with the yellow taxi version


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Hi again,
The little yellow taxis are now on their way to a much more suitable location, a Japanese layout so that excellent decoration on them won't have to be messed about with. I've noticed that the cars from 'Vol. 12' are now becoming available seperately.
Unpacking continues and I've happened upon some of the 'few' mentioned in my previous post - boxes are rarely labelled when I move

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Lexus LS460's and Nissan Teana - at least as they are known in Japan - from Tomytec Car Collection Vol. 10, but purchased individually as the others in that pack are of no interest to me and I didn't want to become another ebay distributor for them.
The unpacking continues...


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Starting with a correction, the 'Lexus LS460s' in my previous post I'm reminded are in fact Toyota Crowns. My Bad, as Shakespeare once sonneted

Resistance was futile, and I have been assimilated into the Oxford Die-Cast collecting fraternity, apart from the FX4 Taxis I'm trying to restrict myself to the railway related products - and even then relevant to my specific interests:
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Examples of Southern, Great Western and British Railways. So there will now be a display of vintage railway vehicles by the upper level parcels office

Mostly of little interest to me, but there are new photo's of the newest Tomytec 'Collections' here. The cars - Vol.13 -are indicated as mid-'70s so may be of use to those modelling that period - the trucks do look more useful so I will await their availability as individual items.
On that site you can also see the new issues in the buses and trucks, but if you were to click on the 'Other Tomytec' button you would see the new 'Construction' set.
I've been looking for a mobile crane in this scale - or near enough - but the only decent one I've been aware of has been this from Littke-Modelle, very fine too but the price tag has been impossible to justify to myself. Again, I hope this will satisfy my requirement when singles become available


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I've had an email from one of my Japan based suppliers showing the February Tomytec releases are now available there, so we should see them coming through to the usual sellers here fairly soon - that same supplier is showing 'Sold Out' on them there.
Better news on the British manufacturer/vehicle front, Oxford Die-Cast are showing a modern coach - a National Express liveried Plaxton Elite ('flick' to page 36) - as a Q3 item. It's great to see not only a vehicle in period for my needs, but being released in 'our' scale first
I shall be having some for my layout.
I hope this will lead the way to an expasion of what will be on offer from them, they already do have a small number of significant vehicles I'd like from their 1:76 range - the same could just as easily be said for those modelling preceding decades


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I've now received the light trucks from the Tomytec Car Collection Vol.13:
Automotive parking light Tire Vehicle Wheel Automotive tire A couple of Toyotas and a Mitsubishi,
I also took a shine to these heavier examples of Isuzu vehicles Automotive parking light Wheel Tire Vehicle Motor vehicle

The Vol.14 cars are scheduled for June, more current types than the last, and the Vol.2 Construction vehicles set is now available so I hope the individual items will be offered before long - in particular that mobile crane I referred to a couple of posts back


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An email newsletter last Friday, from Germany this time, met with a predictably prompt response, so...
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The theoretical saving over the Littke-Modelle one inevitably meant I'd succumb to an order for both versions...
Some 'Vogon Construction' branding, mudflaps and weathering - oh! and a layout and they'll do just fine for me


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They look really good Jerry, especially as they're so small.

Vogon Construction..........What would the Dentrassi say?

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