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british-carsRoad vehicles are a good distraction from all the other projects on the layout and are also quick.  By building them this way you can amas quit a lot without really noticing it.  I have a 3 drawer Ikea box full so far, which as a project on its own would be quite a daunting task.  The cars above are nearly finished except for number plates and tax disks.  They are (left to right)

Austin Princess, from Oxford Diecast.  I was concerned that the tyres looks too big but on looking at the real things, if the are, it’s not by much.  Handily its screwed together so it’s a simple disassembly, matt varnish, add people and weather job.  No excuse really for the tipped straight from the box onto the layout thing that (for me) ruins so many nice layouts.  I also tided up the window frames while I was at it.

Mini – from Corgi but with new wheels and a more modern front grill from the Springside kit. I also enlarged the rear window and replaced the rear lights as well as removing the external door hinges.

Morris Marina – again from Oxford and treated as per the princess.  Nice to see well proportioned tyres on the newer Oxford models.

Austin 1800 – this one is an old Minic model with wheels from a Cararama Mini (tip borrowed from Kier Hardy’s website).  The tyres were cut in half as they were very wide as supplied.

All of these will be kind of old for my layout (the 1800 especially) and there’s still a big gap for 1980’s cars . However I believe a layout should have a good proportion of cars from at least the decade preceding the date it is set and really I probably should have at least as many cars from 1972  as models released in 1987.


6 Responses

  1. Clive Mortimore

    Hi Jim

    I like the 1800. One of my work friends had one until at least 2004 in daily use. She also lived in our village, but after running off with another bloke the car disappeared, I wonder if she still has it?


    23/09/2013 at 6:50 pm

  2. Chad Bevan

    I bought a Princess too – I melted the tyres flat on one side to give it that characteristic ‘collapsed suspension’ look they get when their hydrogas isn’t pumped up properly!

    24/09/2013 at 1:19 am

  3. jim s-w

    There’s an 1800 still running around by me. To be honest Stourbridge is a bit like a living car museum with quite a lot of old cars (especially 1980s fords) still in regular use.

    24/09/2013 at 11:46 am

  4. Bernard Taylor

    The rewheeled 1800 sits very well with its newer (in modelling terms) BMC/BL brethren. It can be updated to Mk.III which immediately preceded the Austin-Morris 18-22 as the Princess was originally called in 1975, N or P reg. How about an Ital though? Marina plus a good helping of filler!

    15/04/2014 at 9:21 pm

  5. jim s-w

    Perhaps a little etch for the grill/ lights too?

    17/04/2014 at 8:30 am

  6. Bernard Taylor

    Hmm, perhaps, though the Ital grille is a fairly plain affair: needle-scribed lines in styrene sheet? The recessed verticals hardly showed, though perhaps a few strokes of a sharp knifeblade done before de-burring the main horizontals would give the right effect. The actual bars would be too thin to etch even in 2 thou'”. There’s some very helpful close-ups here: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/morris/marina.html
    Very square on of the front grille and rear lights – excellent.
    I think the bumpers would be the hardest job, though at least they are just plain satin black. The boot is much taller on the Ital so a basic chunk of styrene could be added to define the new top edge. The rear side pillars were changed to remove the step in, but they still used the same rear window. http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6205484354_61c4e838a5.jpg
    Wheel centres would need changing, though using Ford Executive (Zodiac Mk.IV) ones is probably not the best way to go!

    18/04/2014 at 10:28 am

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