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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2007 16:11 pm 
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Here's a different looking kit. I bought it off e-Bay this week, it's the Queens State Coach. It's made by a British company called 'Paramount'. I've never heard of that firm before (anyone else?). It's got to bo 1950's, it's all there but the plastic looks a little grubby.
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The paintings on the side, front and rear panels looks fun! You get some basic outlines of the paintings but the rest is up to you. I guess if and when I decide to do this I'll have to get my artists Acrylics out -or oils. Can you use oil paints over Halfords primer?

Looks like a challenge anyway
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I think it looks pretty cool! I wonder what happened to 'Paramount'?

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Blimey - they expect you to paint that freehand? You'd think they'd supply decals :D

Looks like a really nice subject though!

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2007 16:47 pm 
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There's another kit listed as the same thing on eBay <a target="_blank" href="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PARAMOUNT-AIRFIX-1-30-HER-MATESTYS-STATE-COACH-J311_W0QQitemZ160160595770QQihZ006QQ">here</a>.

If you look at the picture, though, it doesn't look like it is the coach itself, but the horses and postillions. You could have the whole shebang Brian!

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It looks like it'd be easier to produce custom decals from those pictures. Good luck! :D

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Paramount was a London-based plastics moulding company that also made toys. Seven 1/30th scale kits were added to the line during the early 1960s. I was in correspondence with the head of Paramount about 20 years ago, and it seems a factory fire ended production, though I don't think these kits were very popular to start with. After the fire Paramount continued as a plastics company though outside London.

As for the kits, the No.1 Her Majesty’s State Coach, above. is a nice kit but a bit odd in that the horses had to be purchased separately. The mistake was repeated with the later Lord Mayor of London's Coach kit. Today the coaches are easier to get hold of than the horses so I suspect many people didn't bother to buy the necessary nags.

There were only other three coaches in the range: a Royal Mail Coach; the Royal Barouche with Coachman and Greys; and a Sussex Waggon. They all came with horses.

As an aside, there was also a North American company called Paramount that marketed Japanese kits under its own name in the USA and Canada. Contrary to what's been published elsewhere, there was no connection with the UK Paramount company.

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What an unusual subject! Presumably if you wanted horses you could always acquire some Historex ones.


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Beaufighter wrote:
What an unusual subject! Presumably if you wanted horses you could always acquire some Historex ones.
Or you could buy the ones made by Paramount and mentioned in my post above.

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I have one of those kits as well and it looks not a bad kit but the painting will be a hard task to do.


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I'd be tempted to do it as a what-if: with RPG damage.


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The first Matchbox product was HM QEII's coronation coach, you know.

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Thanks Adrian for the earlier tip-off. I won the horses kit off e-Bay!
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Oh dear, the kit has suffered over time with many of the harness' breaking up. It's going to be quite a puzzle putting all the bits back together! The horses don't have any stomachs and I'm missing the front half of one of the little blokes.
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It could be quite fun making it up though.
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Cool - I'm glad you got them, should make a nice little set. Bit of a shame that there are bits missing, but I'm sure you'll be able to sort something out.

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The original kit from the 60's had decals for the pictures on the sides of the coach. I've still got some made up parts for this kit my Dad made. The harness' are brittle. Some of the moulding were mis-shaped. I seem to remember a built up model is displayed at the Donnington Race Car Museum.


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I was at an Aicraft Enthusiasts (spotters!) Fair in Luton today and picked up another version of this subject for £3. The UPC kit,
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It's much simpler than the Paramount one but the horses are better as they have bellies and the figures are better too.

You even get Liz and Phil!
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This one might get built as a practise build.
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I thought I'd built the paramount one in the '70s and it was supplied with transfers then,there were three kits to it. (I still have the instructions) but having looked at them it was kit no.2 the lord mayors coach and kit no.2a which was the horses, harness, coachman and postillion.

The other kits are listed as No.1 and 1a which you have.
no.3 the royal mail coach circa 1784, v1 a broad wheeled sussex wagon and v2 the royal barouche with coachman & greys.

By the way,hello to all.I've been loitering for a few months and finally got around to signing up.

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Hi Alfie and  :welcome:

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You're among friends mate.

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I have the Royal Barouche complete with horses. Here is a picture of the Life Like box of State coach in 1/48.


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I bought that same kit at Telford last week -only £7

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I'd quite like one. What would be a good eBay search term seeing as there appear to be several different manufacturers?

I hope Airfix is tooling this one up. It can't be long before Charles will be needing this again...

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