Do you have models that remind you of your childhood,it is likely that you do, and even my own small collection contains many childhood memories. The first thing to make an impact on me were the buses, red Corporation ones and green Western National ones not forgetting Devon General when we went on holiday to Seaton in Devon. Fortunately there have been many west country buses produced. My William Britain’s figures also remind me of the lead soldiers that I played with and of course any old Dinky, Corgi or Matchbox models we have in our collections are strong reminders of those more carefree days. So it was a bit of a surprise to read that Oxford Diecast had announced a 1:76 scale model of the AC Invacar, not one that would immediately spring to mind in the memory bank, and yet, on reflection, for those of us of a certain age, the Invacar was an everyday sight on our roads and of course the road to independence for many. I particularly remember them as there was an Invacar workshop at Saltash Passage next to were the car ferry crossed the river Tamar to Cornwall. As kids we spent a lot of time playing in that neck of the woods. Whilst on the face of it you might not think that this model would be a great seller, but Oxford have said that they have had a very good response following the announcement of this model. I can certainly see a lot of these finding homes on model railway layouts of a certain era.
In the recent Vectis Specialist Sale, Dinky 135 Triumph 2000 Promotional Issue sold for £320 and this rather ordinary looking Triang Spot On Austin Mini Seven sold for £380. Exceeding its estimate of £40-£60, a Britains railway passenger set made a nice £260 at the recent Military & Civilian figures auction.
Two model announcements that caught my eye recently are the stylish Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake in Lava Red in 1:18 scale from Top Speed. Expected release, September.
and for something a bit different, this 1:18 scale Ford Model A Tudor West Virginia Police vehicle from Auto Art with an expected release date of October. Please note that the figure is NOT included.
If you like the MGA then click here to read an in depth article on the cars and the models by Brendan Leach plus additional posts on the subject on the Model Auto Review site.
You can also read the interesting blog from Oxford Diecast on their new AC Invacar model by clicking here.