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 Post subject: 1/32 WW2-era car kits?
PostPosted: Fri 11 May 2012 23:45 pm 
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Does anyone know of any of the above? I'm aware of Monty's Humber. What I'm after is things like the old Fujimi Kommandeurwagen (German staff car) and in general civilian vehicles one might have found in southern England or the Far East in 1939-43. I'm also interested in light trucks, especially Ford AAA and Japanese types. This is really not my area. There are a few die casts out there, but they all look a bit toy-like.
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

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I think Tamiya do (did?) some 1/35 early japanese cars? And they have the 1/35 Tilly. Could be close enough?

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Airfix 1/32 1933 MG Magnette
Alfa Romeo, Bugatti Type 35B, 4.5 L Bentley.
The Ford T can easily be converted to a light truck. Round off the square shoulder of the radiator for a late version T.
Matchbox Rolls Royce, Bugatti Type 57, Aston Martin Ulster, SS Jaguar 100, MG TC,
Are a few off the top of my head.
Depsite some of these having 'racing' decals and such, all of them are road cars.

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Thanks guys. The Model T truck is a great idea.

This raises an interesting question. How long would a 1933 MG normally have lasted? Would this have been a plausible sight in 1941 or did cars generally disintegrate before then? Obviously some survive but was this normal.

With vehicles like the Alfa and Bugatti, would there have been many Italian cars in England? Were they LHD or RHD?

How common place were Rollers and Astons?

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The Ford AA and AAA trucks are available in 1/35 scale as Russian GAZ versions. As far as I can tell only difference between the Ford and the GAZ is the radiator badge.

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov 2013 12:38 pm 
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Pre the introduction of MOTs cars would kept going long after they would be scrapped today, so you could expect to see old cars on the road- I have an old car repair manual that recommends using concrete for body repairs!

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Pre the introduction of MOTs cars would kept going long after they would be scrapped today, so you could expect to see old cars on the road- I have an old car repair manual that recommends using concrete for body repairs!

Surely that is for the old rear engine skodas to give some.Weight in the front.

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no, it is to repair holes in the roof!

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There are now quite a few kits in 1/35 scale that have recently come on the market. ICM has excellent kits and a good range of both cars and trucks made before the start of the war. Fine Molds is the only company I know who make anything Japanese in 1/35 and it's all military. Opel,Mercedes Benz, and Ford all made cars and trucks sold all over Europe before the war. Henry Ford liked the Russians and sent them a whole production plant. MiniArt and Zevada both make AA and AAA kits. Schaffer Publishing has books on MB, Opel, an military cars . These books would be a great help for you.

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Pyro used to have quite a range of American cars in 1/32 scale, but I don't know what their availability is these days.


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Those are eBay only now. I've seen a very few at shows but they are rare. The car modelers suck them up,too. Not to mention that they haven't been made in 40 years.

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czartan wrote:
Pre the introduction of MOTs cars would kept going long after they would be scrapped today, so you could expect to see old cars on the road- I have an old car repair manual that recommends using concrete for body repairs!

Seen that myself,usually to fill in the sills.(rocker panels for the Americans...)

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