The Internet has its down side but in the situation we all find ourselves in, it has certainly proved its worth. We have been able to stay connected to our hobby and enjoy the vast amount of the latest information available. Our Quick Links page is your easy access guide to the top websites. For many collectors of course their focus is on the pre owned market and the absence of any Toy Fairs, Swapmeets etc has meant that the internet has come to the rescue. Auction houses like Vectis have been up and running for some while and whether you are buying or just seeing what’s out there, it is a great way to pass an hour or two. On the new model front, things have picked up both on the new release front and importantly, the new announcements, a good indicator of the confidence that diecast firms have for the future. It is notable that the most vibrant sector of the market is Motorsport models but other models are filtering through as well. Oxford Diecast have found it hard going but have been working hard and things are definitely looking much better on the release and new model front.
The Vectis Specialist sale on the 22nd September had this cracker, Lot 4107 was a Dinky Pre-War ( Type 2 ) Firestone Tyres Delivery Van with an estimate of £150 - £200 selling for a nice £850.
To illustrate that Oxford Diecast are cooking with gas, I have chosen two of their models that have caught my eye this month. The first one has already been released and is a delightful 1:76 scale Aveling & Porter Road Roller No. 11520 ‘Crusader’ & Coleman Flapper Tar Spreader.This is part of the Dorset Steam Fair range and what’s more it is a New Tooling which is always something to celebrate.
Model Auto Review have an interesting article on Corgi Toys Carrimore transporter gift sets plus a lot more articles worth reading.
The other model is part of the Oxford development programme, again in 1:76 scale.
Bound to be popular, its a scooter and trailer in a union jack design. Both these models will look great on a model railway layout.
For something a little different, I liked lot 3 in the forthcoming Vectis TV & Film related Sale on the 13th October. LGB G Gauge Catalogue No.22184 Disney Mogul Steam Locomotive Sound Collection C K Holiday Edition, with onboard MTS Decoder and a smoke Generator (untested), with instruction Booklet and inner packaging. Appears unused Near Mint to Mint within Fair Plus box. Estimated at £500 - £700