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It seems that whilst the 1950's & 1960's are well catered for as far as road vehicles are concerned with the Oxford Diecast, Classix & Corgi ranges, the 1970's 80's & 90's are totally neglected!

Does anyone know who produces road vehicles for these decades? Are there any plans to produce any from the above companies?

Think its time for some Mk 3 - Mk 5 Cortinas, Novas, Cavaliers, Escorts etc etc etc...............
 

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QUOTE (theallendalebranch @ 27 Aug 2008, 10:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It seems that whilst the 1950's & 1960's are well catered for as far as road vehicles are concerned with the Oxford Diecast, Classix & Corgi ranges, the 1970's 80's & 90's are totally neglected!

Does anyone know who produces road vehicles for these decades? Are there any plans to produce any from the above companies?

Think its time for some Mk 3 - Mk 5 Cortinas, Novas, Cavaliers, Escorts etc etc etc...............

Try here !!

HERPA
 

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QUOTE (far-lands @ 27 Aug 2008, 10:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Try here !!

HERPA

Problem with the Herpa models is that at HO scale they're going to look too small alongside the 1/76 offerings from Oxford.

Don't forget that a lot of the 60's offerings are still useful for 70's and even 80's modellers- growing up as a kid in the 70's, I remember a lot of 60's, and even 50's cars still around- Mk1 & Mk2 Cortinas, Morris Minors, Mk1 Minis etc were still very common

Oxford seem to be starting on cars to suit the 70's/80s modeller though- their latest tooling update mentiond Mk3 Cortinas and curiously a Daimler DS420 Hearse(!) available later this year
http://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/new%20tooling.htm
 

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Taylor Precision Models (TPM - http://www.tpmodels.co.uk/ ) do their CarKit-4 series - most are 1960s and '70s but some go into the '80s and '90s. They have resin body shells and white metal bases, wheels, seats and other components, plus etched stainless steel fittings like mirrors, wipers and steering wheels. The resin castings and metal etchings are among the finest I have ever encountered.
 

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QUOTE (SRman @ 27 Aug 2008, 13:01) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Taylor Precision Models (TPM - http://www.tpmodels.co.uk/ ) do their CarKit-4 series

That's an impressive list of vehicles, and nice to see that he doesn't only list his own.

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QUOTE (Invicta @ 27 Aug 2008, 11:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Problem with the Herpa models is that at HO scale they're going to look too small alongside the 1/76 offerings from Oxford.

If you position them carefully then they will be OK - they will be in scale with the track though, unless you are EM/P4.
 
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You are right.

For the 80's theres not much at all. Plenty of buses and the carkit 4 range but other than that.

Oxford Dicast's fx4 taxi is good but needs a few mods to the bumpers. Also



left to right - Langley models Seddon 401, Base toys Leyland Roadtrain and Knightwing Volvo (they do a Merc tractor too)

Dont forget the Corgi Ford cargo is 4mm scale too but needs a lot of work

Cheers

Jim
 

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I have the odd vehicle dating back to the 70's..[meaning, when I first got it]....specifically aSunbeam Alpine/Tiger sports. Also have a [wrecked] Ford Corsair......plastic, with shiny chrome bumpers and wheels [including the tyres].....were they Minix?

make not important...they were SOLD as suitable for 4mm scale, YET,.....I have a strong suspicion they're more 3.5mm scale.....they look darned weeny next to a 4mm scale bus.

70's/80's/90's covers a very broad church as regards to road vehicles.

The 70's saw huge numbers of vehicles from the 50's and 60's still....VW beetles still around en masse, for example.

the 80's saw the arrival of the hatchback, to stay........although in the early 80's I could be found driving mk 1 Transit minibuses.......for more rural areas modelled, then the early to mid 80's would see many of the non-heavyweight buses and coaches from the very early 60's, still in very active use [school contracts, for example]...I drove VAL Bedfords into 1984....D-series Ford wagons were still very much alive and kicking.....as was the TK-type Bedford [later, the AWD].
Major bus companies in the 80's were still operating buses/coaches made as far back as the late 60's....[white window-rubbered Bristol VR?].......indeed, the Leyland Atlantean was very popular as a school bus with rural proprietors...cheap-as-chips to run.
The Leyland Olympian decker was the new kid on the block.

All these types are, or have been available from our trade....so would still be in period right up to the end of the 80's.
What we didn't see too many of in the 80's was the likes of the BMC 1100, Minor, etc.......or even the Mk1 Escort {I had a 1967 Escort 1300 GT for a while.....in the mid 80's...it was a banger by then]

The 90's really saw massive changes in appearance, both with wagons as well as buses......the older buses, once 'front line' in the 80's, were quickly relegated to contracts, works runs ,etc.

so in my experience, really there are two distinct eras....70's/80's.......then the 90's.
 

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Mine was bought for a meagre sum, by an enthusiast who simply parked it up in a lock-up..........not many Escorts with an F-plate suffix
 

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QUOTE (alastairq @ 30 Aug 2008, 21:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have the odd vehicle dating back to the 70's..[meaning, when I first got it]....specifically aSunbeam Alpine/Tiger sports. Also have a [wrecked] Ford Corsair......plastic, with shiny chrome bumpers and wheels [including the tyres].....were they Minix?

They certainly sound like Minix, they were made by Tri-ang and if memory serves right there were also the following available:- Austin Cambridge, Hillman Minx and Imp, Vauxhall Cresta, BMC 1100, Ford Anglia, Triumph 2000. Simca 1300 (confession - I had a '72 version of one of those!), a caravan and a Ford Thames 15 cwt van.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 31 Aug 2008, 10:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ford Thames 15 cwt van.

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I had one of those too - with the very rare & optional 4-speed gear box (depress clutch, select gear, gently start to release clutch, see which way it's going to go, then, if correct release clutch !)
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 31 Aug 2008, 10:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>They certainly sound like Minix, they were made by Tri-ang and if memory serves right there were also the following available:- Austin Cambridge, Hillman Minx and Imp, Vauxhall Cresta, BMC 1100, Ford Anglia, Triumph 2000. Simca 1300 (confession - I had a '72 version of one of those!), a caravan and a Ford Thames 15 cwt van.

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Yes, those are MINIX, made by Triang initially for their car carrier (the one with the lift-up centre section). They made a total of 17 models, all but the single deck bus being 4mm scale (the bus was about the same scale as the Matchbox buses). Most cars do look pretty small next to buses; most bus passengers are above roof level even when on the lower deck. See [url="http://uk.geocities.com/minixcars/"url] for more details. Basically quite good models, particularly the later ones with seats, but they benefit from improved wheels, seats, reglazing (especially the rear window of the unseated models) and a decent repaint. Being styrene plastic they are amenable to conversion, so if you fancy a Ford Corsair convertible or an 1100 estate they are eminently hackable.
 

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While I know Bernard is not "pushing" his own range, I would like to add that he offers some very nice white metal wheels in various styles and sizes, plus various internal fittings such as seats and steering wheels, and even detailing bits such as mirrors and wipers. These are all ideal for detailing and upgrading the Minix models. The Minix cars are generally quite good and benefit greatly from a coat of paint - some of the self-coloured plastic looked OK but some were very "plasticky" indeed, even translucent at times.

I have no connection with BernardTPM except as a satisfied customer in the past.
And no, he isn't paying me to say this!!!!!
 

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QUOTE (SRman @ 10 Sep 2008, 13:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The Minix cars are generally quite good and benefit greatly from a coat of paint - some of the self-coloured plastic looked OK but some were very "plasticky" indeed, even translucent at times.

Yes - the sickly pale green and the yellow come to mind with this problem. I never did see a yellow Cambridge in reality!

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