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I'm quite a fan of old fords and the Escort family in particular, someone mentioned seeing a mk2 Escort on a lorry a few posts back, my own mk3 was on it's way to me also on a lorry at about the same time.
Because of that I've collected a few of Oxfords mk3s, one of which ive converted into a mk4 1600 Sport. (The photo is poor and harsh on the paint and details. It looks better in person albeit not as detailed as an oxford release)
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I hope oxford will consider expanding the Escort family further after the mk1 & 2. Just the 4, 5 & 6 to go ;)
Does anyone know of a 3rd party manufacturer who does 00 or even ho scale aftermarket wheels for cars?
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Rhys

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Maz Woolley at Model Auto Review has published a report on last week’s Oxford trade presentation including photos of pre-production models in N and 0 gauges. Included in these are the new shapes for the Land Rover Discovery and Bristol MW coach in N.

 

http://www.maronline.org.uk/oxford-diecast-preview-part-one/

 

There is also comment on Oxford’s efforts to catch up on the backlog of releases.

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I think Oxford are missing out on sales of N-gauge Cortinas and 1960s Transits by not producing these in 'bog-standard' liveries; quite a few of us are Carflat owners and the vast majority of vehicles carried would be plain-coloured. The red Cortina was very welcome, but why not do white or grey, or any other typical Cortina colour? Same with the Transits, which I recall en route from Southampton to Dagenham.

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On 06/06/2019 at 11:42, WD0-6-0 said:

I'm quite a fan of old fords and the Escort family in particular, someone mentioned seeing a mk2 Escort on a lorry a few posts back, my own mk3 was on it's way to me also on a lorry at about the same time.
Because of that I've collected a few of Oxfords mk3s, one of which ive converted into a mk4 1600 Sport. (The photo is poor and harsh on the paint and details. It looks better in person albeit not as detailed as an oxford release)
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_06/20190602_222028.jpg.4d28f1ae801405b860ed22cd526d02dd.jpg
I hope oxford will consider expanding the Escort family further after the mk1 & 2. Just the 4, 5 & 6 to go https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_wink3.gif
Does anyone know of a 3rd party manufacturer who does 00 or even ho scale aftermarket wheels for cars?
Thanks
Rhys

Herpa from Germany do aftermarket wheels both standard and alloy versions in H0 Scale. Probably others too.

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On 06/06/2019 at 13:15, Mike Harvey said:

The first 62 items on this link were newly announced last evening:-

 

https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/collections/by-brand?constraint=oxford-diecast

 

Oxford said they have held back some new announcements because of the need to catch up with announced but not yet delivered items. Normally the June announcement would contain about 90 items.

A second colour for the 00 Mk3 transit will be welcomed I’m sure. 

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On 16/06/2019 at 06:56, Mike Harvey said:

Maz Woolley at Model Auto Review has published a report on last week’s Oxford trade presentation including photos of pre-production models in N and 0 gauges. Included in these are the new shapes for the Land Rover Discovery and Bristol MW coach in N.

 

http://www.maronline.org.uk/oxford-diecast-preview-part-one/

 

There is also comment on Oxford’s efforts to catch up on the backlog of releases.

 

The second part of Maz Woolley’s report is now online:-

 

http://www.maronline.org.uk/oxford-diecast-preview-part-two/

 

This part covers 1/76 scale.

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Still no HC Viva, plenty of Fords from that era but thin on other brands again, saying that there are plenty of good releases in there!

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On 06/06/2019 at 11:42, WD0-6-0 said:

I'm quite a fan of old fords and the Escort family in particular, someone mentioned seeing a mk2 Escort on a lorry a few posts back, my own mk3 was on it's way to me also on a lorry at about the same time.
Because of that I've collected a few of Oxfords mk3s, one of which ive converted into a mk4 1600 Sport. (The photo is poor and harsh on the paint and details. It looks better in person albeit not as detailed as an oxford release)
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_06/20190602_222028.jpg.4d28f1ae801405b860ed22cd526d02dd.jpg
I hope oxford will consider expanding the Escort family further after the mk1 & 2. Just the 4, 5 & 6 to go https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_wink3.gif
Does anyone know of a 3rd party manufacturer who does 00 or even ho scale aftermarket wheels for cars?
Thanks
Rhys

This company does wheels and other detail components in HO scale.

 

http://www.automobilia.de

AFAIK there are no dealers in the UK but you can order direct.

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12 hours ago, royaloak said:

Still no HC Viva, plenty of Fords from that era but thin on other brands again, saying that there are plenty of good releases in there!

 

I think that licensing issues are influential in what gets made, and some companies are better set up for it. But even the Ford licensing appears to introduce delays, plus requiring every package to bear the Ford license sticker. The JLR, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc comprehensive deals seem to work smoothly, but the recent Nissan release required a lot of time consuming back and forths.

 

Oxford mentioned these issues at the trade presentation, as reported in the first part of the excellent Model Auto Review resumés.

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Have Oxford, or anybody else for that matter, ever made a 4 door Mk2 Cortina in 4mm scale? I would like to have a model of the one I was turned upside down in.  Thanks  Roger

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23 hours ago, Mike Harvey said:

 

The second part of Maz Woolley’s report is now online:-

 

http://www.maronline.org.uk/oxford-diecast-preview-part-two/

 

This part covers 1/76 scale.

Sherpa minibus will be a good new addition. Hope they make a plain version too without livery.

 

is it me or does small scale diecast not make convincing modern era models?  Moulded plastic such as Herpa etc is far better suited to the  smooth flush panelled lines of newer vehicles. For example the new RR Velar looks like it was cut from a solid piece of aluminium in real life but it is clumsy in model form particularly around the grille. Older models with their straighter edges seem much better looking. 

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2 hours ago, ianmacc said:

Sherpa minibus will be a good new addition. Hope they make a plain version too without livery.

 

is it me or does small scale diecast not make convincing modern era models?  Moulded plastic such as Herpa etc is far better suited to the  smooth flush panelled lines of newer vehicles. For example the new RR Velar looks like it was cut from a solid piece of aluminium in real life but it is clumsy in model form particularly around the grille. Older models with their straighter edges seem much better looking. 

 

I agree here, though a lot of it is the massive layer of paint on the Oxford models which can clog some of the detail!

 

One other thing Oxford could do to improve would be adopting the headlight styles from their plastic HO rivals - individually moulded clear plastic lights with moulding marks that replicate the real thing, especially now most current cars feature LED and daytime running lights which make patterns in the plastics that, on a model, simply cannot be effectively replicated by only a bit of silver painted metal! 

 

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James

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On 18/06/2019 at 10:32, Mike Harvey said:

 

I think that licensing issues are influential in what gets made, and some companies are better set up for it. But even the Ford licensing appears to introduce delays, plus requiring every package to bear the Ford license sticker. The JLR, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc comprehensive deals seem to work smoothly, but the recent Nissan release required a lot of time consuming back and forths.

 

Oxford mentioned these issues at the trade presentation, as reported in the first part of the excellent Model Auto Review resumés.

They have done, and contiue to do, plenty of Vauxhalls so cant see licensing being an issue, maybe they just havent got around to it yet.

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9 hours ago, royaloak said:

They have done, and contiue to do, plenty of Vauxhalls so cant see licensing being an issue, maybe they just havent got around to it yet.

Licencing is a significant issue, it took several years to get a licencing agreement with JCB and Rolls-Royce and then there are conditions attached as to scales that they are able to produce. Also the liveries of commercials may also be subject to licencing.

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Not sure if these ever made it onto Warwells but the Bristol Bloodhound set is now out. Lots of options to set it up.

 

 

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There's some interesting US tin in those new releases. What is still missing is modern (post 1990ish) double cab pickup trucks, in both 1/76 and 1/87.

 

steve

 

PS And still no Saabs :o

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3 hours ago, steve1 said:

There's some interesting US tin in those new releases. What is still missing is modern (post 1990ish) double cab pickup trucks, in both 1/76 and 1/87.

 

steve

 

PS And still no Saabs https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_ohmy.png

1990s/2000s Saabs previously available in 1/72 in the Cararama range 9 3 and 9 5, and Yat Ming Road Signatures 9 3 convertible. Still around at swapmeets in the UK.

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1 hour ago, Mike Harvey said:

1990s/2000s Saabs previously available in 1/72 in the Cararama range 9 3 and 9 5, and Yat Ming Road Signatures 9 3 convertible. Still around at swapmeets in the UK.

Thanks, but I already have multiples of them :D

 

Some 900, saloon/coupe/cabrio, 99, 96, 93 and Sonnets would be nice in 1/76 and 1/87. Mind you, I do have a very smart Herpa 96 that I found at a show in Belgium.

 

steve

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Couple of 900 variants available here but sadly not your preferred scales.

 

 https://railnscale.com/2019/06/10/saab-900/

 

I had 9000s and 9 5s back in the 1990s and early 2000s. Most reliable cars I have ever had, and popular in our neighbourhood with 4 out of 7 of my close neighbours using them, too.

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When Oxford announced their 1/76 water bowser in June, I was interested as it seemed likely to be a model that would fit with many model railways.  Originally they accompanied steam traction engines, but I'm sure many remained on farms and elsewhere - anywhere a supply of water was needed.

 

Oxford now has photos of the bowser on its website - see link below. I gather the second version will be anonymised, which will be really useful to those of us who are not modelling Bristol and south west England!

https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/products/water-bowser-alan-sparkes-76wb001

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On 06/06/2019 at 11:42, WD0-6-0 said:

I'm quite a fan of old fords and the Escort family in particular, someone mentioned seeing a mk2 Escort on a lorry a few posts back, my own mk3 was on it's way to me also on a lorry at about the same time.
Because of that I've collected a few of Oxfords mk3s, one of which ive converted into a mk4 1600 Sport. (The photo is poor and harsh on the paint and details. It looks better in person albeit not as detailed as an oxford release)
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_06/20190602_222028.jpg.4d28f1ae801405b860ed22cd526d02dd.jpg
I hope oxford will consider expanding the Escort family further after the mk1 & 2. Just the 4, 5 & 6 to go https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_wink3.gif
Does anyone know of a 3rd party manufacturer who does 00 or even ho scale aftermarket wheels for cars?
Thanks
Rhys

I too like old Fords ,but to me the most important one not available yet is the E93A version. having produced the Popular 2-door version, it beggars belief that the 4-door Prefect, a very common family car of the 50s, is not available or even predicted! C'mon Oxford, please please, you can do it if you try!

 

Tod

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On 10/08/2019 at 13:10, SweenyTod1 said:

I too like old Fords ,but to me the most important one not available yet is the E93A version. having produced the Popular 2-door version, it beggars belief that the 4-door Prefect, a very common family car of the 50s, is not available or even predicted! C'mon Oxford, please please, you can do it if you try!

 

Tod

Didn’t Classix produce it? Discontinued but cheap to pick up...

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1 minute ago, ianmacc said:

Didn’t Classix produce it? Discontinued but cheap to pick up...

 

On 10/08/2019 at 13:10, SweenyTod1 said:

I too like old Fords ,but to me the most important one not available yet is the E93A version. having produced the Popular 2-door version, it beggars belief that the 4-door Prefect, a very common family car of the 50s, is not available or even predicted! C'mon Oxford, please please, you can do it if you try!

 

Tod

Classix produced the E83W van not the Prefect saloon. I would prefer the 1938-1939/1946-1948 version with the separate headlamps.

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Wish they or anyone really would do a metro or maestro preferably 1/43 , lots of different paint schemes,  long lived and quite popular 

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