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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
Today another 1:76 Classix diecast has entered my collection, the Austin A40 Dorset.
This is No EM6806, in ‘Tweed Grey’
Fantastic detail as are the others I have.
These are top rated models and really do rival Oxford Diecast for detail and quality
To see the other Classix diecast in my collection and more about the brand Click Here
The real Austin Devon.
The Austin Devon is the four door, the Dorset the two door
The A40 Devon (and similar 2-door A40 Dorset) were automobiles marketed by the Austin Motor Company from 1947 to 1952 – the first post-war saloons to be produced by Austin – featuring a mix of old and new technologies. Austin manufactured more than 450,000 examples before replacement in 1952 by the Austin A40 Somerset.
For more on the A40 Dorset, and Devon Click Here
A few days ago I posted about my new EFE Atkinson transporter and since then most of the emails and messages have been to do with the vehicles I displayed with it, namely the Classix diecast brand, it seems not many people in the diecast world has seen or heard of them.
Mainly supplied for OO gauge model railways, the Classix brand is supplied by Pocketbond Ltd and supply another well know brand for model railways, Scenix buildings, a range of buildings for OO gauge model railways. These are finished, painted and detailed 1:76 scale buildings made of lightweight hollow cast polystone, in fact I have one on my diorama at present, the red garage building in the picture below.
The Classix range is vast and covers trucks, vans and cars from the 50′s and 60′s and ideal for model railways, dioramas or just for collecting.
My first two are below
The first is the Austin A35 estate in green, this has the Classix number EM76859
For something so small the detail is fantastic.
Better known as the A35 countryman.
The next one is the Ford 300E Thames van 7cwt also in green, Classix No EM76676.
This one even has the sun visor.
They are easily available and if you Google, Classix diecast, it will bring up loads of suppliers, one of my favourites is Javis Manufacturing Ltd as they show a vast range of what is available, or for Scenix buildings try Gaugemaster.
The real cars
For more on the real Austin A35 Countryman Click Here
For more on the real Ford Thames 300E Click Here
EFE started in 1989 making 1:76 scale trucks, mainly the AEC Mammoth Major truck with variations of body, EFE or their full name, Exclusive First Editions and are still going strong today in 2012.
Although EFE are probably better known for their 1:76 buses, I never seem to of bought any, then the other day this grabbed my attention so bought it.
This is the EFE Atkinson car transporter in 1:76 scale and according to their website my one was issued back in 1993 and numbered 13004, the decal set is ‘Classic Restorations’.
There were three other previous decals sets applied to this model starting in 1991 with ‘Transport Services Limited’.
I have a few 1:76 commercials, ones made by Classix and fit nicely with the transporter but only just on the lower deck, maybe cars will fit better.
The Dinky Dublo’s in the background don’t fit on the lower deck at all and should also be OO scale but work out slightly bigger than the Classix range.
But that aside it makes a great addition to my transporters.
Just need some more 1:76 scale cars
The real truck
EFE marked the above truck as an Atkinson Mk1.
Originally a firm of steam-wagon repairers and manufacturers, founded in 1907 in Preston, Lancashire, England, Atkinson & Co. evolved into Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Ltd through a succession of mergers.
For more on Atkinson Click Here