This is all I have personally found by the Summer of 2014. There is a longer list with no photos at www.kda132.com/jel450/models/Bristolmodels.html. If you know of anything I've missed please let me know especially with a photo. Undoubtedly there are other makers who have made Bristol or Bristol engined models. Collecting these models can be a very expensive exercise, so the best of luck!
At the bottom of these lists I have given all the current details I have on the various makers and producers. If you have any more info, or models for sale (even one's I already have), please let me know.
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Cream|
|Lansdowne Models||Red||Frequently appear on EBAY - Deleted from Range Jan 2009|
|Lansdowne Models||Black||2009 replacement for Red model - also on EBAY|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Medium Red||A one-off repaint|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Medium Blue||A one-off repaint|
|Lansdowne / John Robert Modified||White||A repaint|
|Lansdowne Models||Kensington Blue||From a limited number produced for Bristol Cars Ltd.|
|Mikansue Models||Light Blue||Originally Sold as a White metal Kit|
|Mikansue Models||Two Tone Red & Cream||Originally Sold as a White metal Kit|
|Mikansue Models||Green||Originally sold as a White metal Kit|
|Mikansue Models||Blue||Originally sold as a White metal Kit|
|RAE Models||White/Cream||Factory built|
|RAE Models||Light Blue||Factory Built|
|Merlyn Models||Cream||Nothing is known about Merlyn|
|TW Collections||Unassembled||White metal kit No. 158|
|Pathfinder Models||Blue||Finished model 600 only made - now defunct|
|Pathfinder Models||Red||Finished model 600 only made - now defunct|
|Big River Models||Silver||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Gold||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||White||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Dark Green||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Dark Grey||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Red||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Mid Blue||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Dark Blue||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Light Green||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Big River Models||Maroon||Well made and very similar to the Pathfinders|
|Neo Models||Grey Metallic||Ready Built Model No. 45485|
|Neo Models||Red||Ready Built - limited edition of 300 in Red|
|Neo Models||Dark Green||Ready Built Model No. 45486|
|TW Collections||Mid/Light Blue||Assembled & Painted White Metal kit No. 159|
|TW Collections||Cream||Assembled & Painted White Metal kit No. 159|
|Cheshire Models||Black||Supplied Built|
|Cheshire Models *||Brewster Green||Supplied Built|
|TW Collections *||Unpainted||1953 403 White Metal Kit No. 158|
|TW Collections - Drophead||unpainted||Rare White metal kit No. 245|
|TW Collections - Coupe||unpainted||Rare White metal kit No. 235|
|Big River Models||Gold||This was the first finished model ever produced of a 404|
|Big River Models||Dark Green||This was the first finished model ever produced of a 404|
|Big River Models||Dark Blue||This was the first finished model ever produced of a 404|
|Big River Models||Mid Blue||This was the first finished model ever produced of a 404|
|Neo Models||Red||The second release of a Ready Built Model of a 404|
|Neo Models||Dark Blue||A Ready Built limited edition of 300 Neo 45683|
|Neo Models||Metallic Green||The third release of a Ready Built model Neo 45681|
|TW Collections||unpainted Drophead x 2||Rare White metal kit No. 235|
|Neo Models||Maroon||First Colour Release RHD 45490|
|Neo Models||Grey||Second Colour Release LHD 45491|
|Neo Models||Dark Green||Third Colour Release RHD 45492|
|Lansdowne||Metallic Blue||The first 405 from Lansdowne|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Cream||A one-off repaint|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Sea Green||A one-off Drophead Conversion|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Metallic Light Blue||A very special one-off John Robert Conversion with opening doors, Bonnet & Boot|
|Matrix Models||Dark Blue||Abbot Drophead|
|Lansdowne Models||Maroon||A very rare pre-production Model|
|Lansdowne Models||Light Blue||A very rare Pre-production Model|
|Unknown||3 Colours known - Blue/Cream/Grey||Was apparently a Kellogs giveaway|
|Spot-on||The complete Range||Made in a range of five colours|
|Spot-on||Blue||1/42 Appear on EBAY from time to time|
|Spot-on||Green||1/42 Appear on EBAY from time to time|
|Spot-on *||Red||1/42 Appear on EBAY from time to time|
|Spot-on *||Yellow||1/42 Appear on EBAY from time to time|
|Spot-on||Grey||1/42 Appear on EBAY from time to time|
|Replicars||Silver||A later copy of Triang Spot-on|
|Replicars||Red||A later copy of Triang Spot-on|
|Replicars||Navy Blue||A repainted later copy of Triang Spot-on|
|Rialto Models||Red||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Rialto Models||Grey (one-off colour variation)||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Rialto Models||Red||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|406 2+2 Rialto Models||Green - colour variation||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|406 2+2 Rialto Models||Grey - colour variation||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|406 2+2 Rialto Models||Red - colour variation||Supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Lansdowne Models||Light Blue||Ready built model|
|Lansdowne Models / John Roberts Modified||Maroon||A one-off colour repaint|
|Lansdowne Models / John Roberts Modified||Mid Blue||A 406 Convertible - Never actually built by Bristol Cars|
|Lansdowne Models / John Roberts Modified||Red||A 406 Convertible - Never actually built by Bristol Cars|
|Lansdowne Models / John Roberts Modified||Bronze||A 406 with open Sunroof|
|Brooklin/Lansdowne||White||Ready Built model|
|Lansdowne Models||Dark Blue||1972 411 Series ll Ready Built Model No. LDM 80|
|Lansdowne Models||Maroon||1973 Series 111 Ready Built No. LDM 85|
|Lansdowne Models - Special||Dark Maroon||1973 Series 111 Ready Built No. LDM 85x 105 only built|
|Lansdowne / John Roberts Modified||Black||1973 411 Series 111 Estate - Never actually Built by Bristol Cars.|
|Lansdowne / John Robert Modified||Turquoise||1973 411 Series 111 Drophead - Never actually Built by Bristol Cars.|
|Bizarre Models - No.37 1953||BRG||Le Mans 1953 drivers Lance Macklin - Graham Whitehead|
|Bizarre Models - No.38 1953||BRG||Le Mans 1953 drivers Tommy Wisdom - Jack Fairman|
|Bizarre Models - No.33 1954||BRG||Le Mans 1954 8th Tommy Wisdom - Jack Fairman|
|Bizarre Models - No.34 1954||BRG||Le Mans 1954 9th Michael Keen - Tommy Line|
|Bizarre Models - No.35 1954||BRG||Le Mans 1954 7th overall and 1st in Class, Peter Wilson - Jim Mayers|
|Bizarre Models - No.32 1955||BRG||Le Mans 1955 7th overall and 1st in class, Peter Wilson - Jim Mayers|
|Bizarre Models - No.33 1955||BRG||Le Mans 1955 8th Michael Keen - Tommy Line|
|Bizarre Models - No.34 1955||BRG||Le Mans 1955 9th Tommy Wisdom - Jack Fairman|
|MPH Models||Light Green||Hand built Le Mans 1954 No. 35 - 7th Overall and 1st in Class, Peter Wilson - Jim Mayers|
|MPH Models||Light Green||Hand built Le Mans 1955 No. 34 - 9th overall and 3rd in class, Tommy Wisdom - Jack Fairman|
|MMK Models 1/32 Scale||BRG||Scalextric style slot car No. 37 White Roof Model - 250 made|
|MMK Models 1/32 Scale *||BRG||Scalextric style slot car No. 35 (250 made ?)|
|BUM Slot Models||BRG||1/32 scale Scalextric slot car - 300 made - 1954 Wisdom/Fairman 8th Le Mans|
|AGM Models||BRG||Car No. 33 - Nothing is known about AGM Models|
|Sun Models||BRG||Nothing is known about Sun Models|
|Dinky Toys||BRG||A 1950's Dinky model No. 163|
|V. de C. Replicas||None||1955 Le Mans White metal Kit|
|Provence Moulage||None||Supplied as a plastic kit|
|Provence Moulage||None||Supplied as a plastic kit|
|Provence Moulage||BRG||Built from a kit|
|Provence Moulage||BRG with White Roof||Built from a kit|
|Provence Moulage||Mid Green||Built from a kit|
|Provence Moulage||Light Green||450c No. 34 Built from a kit|
|LM Replicas||BRG||450c o.32 Built from a kit|
|TW Collections *||Unpainted||450 Spyder White Metal Kit No. 242|
|JOHN DAY L.M.REPLICAS||Unpainted||450 Spyder White Metal Kit|
|Dinky Toys||BRG||A 1950's Dinky Model N0. 23g / 233g|
|Charbens Model||BRG||1955 - 1962|
|Crescent Models||Light Blue||A 1950's model|
|CopyCat Models||Light Blue||Seems to be a later copy of the Crescent?|
|Replicars||Grey||An apparent later copy of other Cooper Bristols|
|More & Stone Models||Blue||A 1950's Esso "Giveaway"|
|Budgie Toys||Light Blue||A copy like Matchbox 1-75 series type|
|John Haynes Collection / Replicars ? *||Green||Nothing is known of John Haynes models|
|Circuit Series||None||White Metal Kit - Nothing is known of Circuit Series|
|Modelos 3J *||BRG||Nothing is known of this Portugese maker|
|K & R Replicas||BRG||Supplied in kit or finished form|
|K & R Replicas||BRG||British GP 1952 G. Wharton - kit or finished form|
|K & R Replicas||BRG||Belgian GP 1952 M. Hawthorn - kit or finished form|
|K & R Replicas||BRG||Lavant Cup 1952 M. Hawthorn - kit or finished form|
|ASC Racing||Maroon||Tony Crook Mk2 1954 - 20 only made|
|ASC Racing||BRG||Type T20 Empire Trophy Race 1953 Alan Brown - 20 only made|
|RAE Models||Light Green||a 1/72 Scale model from RAE|
|Echelle * ?||Green||Hong Kong plastic 1/43|
|Louis Marx||Green||Made in Hong Kong|
|Unknown make - Hong Kong? *||Yellow||Probably Hong Kong|
|Unknown make - Hong Kong?||Blue||Probably Hong Kong|
|Unknown make - Hong Kong?||Green||Probably Hong Kong - Possibly Eschelle?|
|Unknown make - Hong Kong?||Red||Probably Hong Kong?|
|Unknown Make - Hong Kong? *||Green||A water pistol - Probably Hong Kong|
|Tomte Laerd - Norway||Yellow||A plastic model produced in 4 colours largers scale than 1/43|
|MikanSue Models||White Metal||White metal Roadster kit No. 15|
|TW Collections||White Metal||White metal Coupe kit No. 83|
|TW Collections - Sports||Red||Assembled & Painted White metal kit No. 81|
|TW Collections - Coupe||Silver||Assembled & Painted White metal kit No. 83|
|No Make||Blue||A one-off scratch made model from Japan|
|No Make||Grey||made from an unknown kit but modified possibly TW|
|Matrix Models||White with Blue centre stripe||The first production Arnolt model 1955 - Limited run of 408|
AC BRISTOL ENGINED CARS
Probably too many for me to collect all
|Mimodels (Resin - France)||Light Green||AC ACE Le Mans 1957 10th Peter Bolton/Ken Rudd - Kit or complete|
|Mimodels (Resin - France)||Red||AC ACE Le Mans 1958 9th Hubert Pathey/George Berger- Kit or complete|
|Automany *||Unpainted||AC Bristol Le Mans No. 31 1957 - Kit to be Green|
|Automany||Unpainted||AC Bristol Le Mans No. 27 1958 - Kit to be Red|
|Automany *||Unpainted||AC Bristol Le Mans No. 29 1959 - Kit to be Green|
|Provence Moulage||Green||AC ACE 7th Le Mans 1959 - supplied as a plastic Kit|
|TW Collections *||Unpainted||1958 AC Bristol Le Mans White Metal Kit No. 15|
|Racing Models/Pinko - Italian Import||Green||AC ACE Le Mans Spyder 1958 Richard "Dickie" Stoop/Peter Bolton 8th place Ready Built|
|Renaissance Models (France)||Silver||AC ACE Le Mans 1960 - supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Renaissance Models (France)||Silver||AC ACE Le Mans 1962 - supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Renaissance Models (France) *||Two Tone Blue||AC ACE Le Mans 1961 Car 28 - supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Renaissance Models (France) *||Two Tone Sliver & Red||AC ACE Le Mans 1961 Car 29 - supplied as a Kit or ready built|
|Neo Models *||Dark Green||AC ACE 1955 ready built No.45005|
|Neo Models *||Metallic Grey||AC ACE Spyder 1955 ready built No.45006|
|Neo Models *||Red||AC ACE 1955 ready built|
|Neo Models *||Green||AC Greyhound 1959 ready built|
|Neo Models *||Dark Blue||AC ACE 1959 ready built No.45016|
|Dinky Toys No. 167||Two Tone||AC ACECA COUPE in several shade variations|
|Norev Models *||Black||AC ACECA 1957 ready built|
|Atlas Editions||Mid/Light Blue||AC ACECA Complete Assembled Model|
|TW Collections *||Unpainted||1958 AC ACECA White Metal Kit No. 219|
|TW Collections *||Metal||AC ACECA COUPE 1956 supplied as a kit|
|Mikansue||None||AC Ace Kit No. 11 - 1958 Le Mans no. 28 8th in race, 2nd in 2 litre class.|
|Premier Car Collection (Japan)||BRG||AC ACE Bristol 1957 1/64th Scale|
|Conquest Models *||Red||AC Greyhound 1960 - Nothing is known of Conquest|
|Kenna Models||Red||AC Greyhound 1959 - limited edition of 400 models|
|Kenna Models||Blue||AC Greyhound 1959 - limited edition of 400 models|
|Kenna Models||Green||AC Greyhound 1959 - limited edition of 400 models|
OTHER BRISTOL ENGINED CARS
|TW Collections - Bristol Warrier||unpainted||Rare White metal kit No. 135|
|TW Collections - Lister Bristol x 2||unpainted||Rare White metal kit No. 40|
|By Tony Smith||Lister Bristol Green/Yellow||Goodwood 1954 Stirling Moss 2nd to Salvadori's Maserati Ready Built|
FRAZER NASH BRISTOL ENGINED CARS
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans 1950 No. 30 Mathieson & Stoop|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans 1951 No. 34 Stoop & Wilson|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans 1952 No. 41 Mathieson & Stoop|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans No. 35 Sebring 1955 Becquart & Stoop|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans No. 36 Sebring 1955 Vard & Odium|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans No. 23 Sebring 1956 Tavano & Meyrat|
|Bizarre||British Racing Green||Le Mans No. 24 Sebring 1957 Jopp & Stoop|
A Portuguese small quantity maker of handbuilt models, of whom I have annoyingly lost the details.
BIG RIVER MODELS
Made in Australia, there are many different colour versions of the 401, Metallic Maroon, Metallic Charcoal, Metallic Dark Blue, Metallic Dark Green, Metallic Light Blue, Metallic Light Green, Silver, Gold, Cream, Cherry Red. They will also paint models to order so that Bristol owners can have the same colour as their own car. In addition to the 401 there is a 404 and at the time of writing both a 402 and 405 are on the drawing board. NOTE: Bristols may not be shown on the website but they do have stock, so email for details. Their website is currently being upgraded but owner John Halcrow can be emailed direct.
Bizarre Models are made in Japan and they produce 8 different 450's. Some are just different racing number decals to represent cars driven at Le Mans by different pairs of drivers. The 450's are listed with pictures in the Le mans section of their website. Bizarre also produced a range of Bristol Engined Frazer Nash Models, which are also listed on their website.
The first Budgie models were introduced in the early 1960s. The manufacturer was based in London and made diecast models in 1/43rd scale and smaller. These models were rather simple, for instance they had no interior detail. Some of the models were made until the 1980s: a 1/43rd scale London taxi, a 1/55th scale Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and a 1/76th scale AEC Routemaster double decker which was also sold in large numbers at London souvenir shops. Until 1966, the Budgie range was owned by Morestone Models, later by a company called H. Seener Ltd. After 1985 Seener continued to produce the models in slightly altered form under the "Seerol" name until the late 1990s.
BUM Slot (Barcelona Universal Models)
Was started in November 1993 as a distributor of military and fantasy lead made scale models. In April 1994 they added the distribution in Spain of the English slot car company MRRC. In 1995 they started their own line of slot cars with a metallic chassis and resin body. The first one was the awesome Mercedes 196 S (1954), and it was followed by the Lancia D50 and the 1937 Auto Union (record hunter), all of them had never been done before. It is in the owner tradition to do things in the right way, he has been four times European champion plus other important results during his long slot car racer life (he started in 1977) and was the founder of U.E.S. (Union Europea Slot) until his retirement in 1985. In Sport- Prototypes, Porsche 90813 and Alfa Romeo 33T3, from the beginning of the 70´s, Jaguar D winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, Matra 670c , and the first own plastic injection the WOLF WR-1. BUMSLOT only builds a limited number of cars of every model, 300 each of every decoration and this is certified. So, if you buy any of these wonderful cars, you will be part of the very exclusive group of BUM slot cars owners.
Continuing with the new introductions in the 1955 catalogue, numbers 32 to 34 were three racing cars which are some of the most sought after Charbens models. They were all copies of contemporary Dinky Toys (even including their colour schemes) but were unusual in being hollow cast in lead. This made them an extraordinary anachronism in 1955, harking back to the toys of twenty years earlier. Charbens had embraced diecasting with open arms in 1946, and had re-tooled many of their pre-war lead toys to use the new technique - so why did they choose to go back to the antiquated hollow cast method for these three toys? Perhaps recent memories of the zinc ban made them nervous of having all their eggs in one basket, or perhaps their diecasting capacity was fully used with the new Old Crocks series so that lead production was a way of getting more new toys onto the market. Anyhow, the racing cars are nicely made, even though they are not original designs, and are very hard to find now. In the 1962 catalogue they were also offered in a "Grand Prix Set", containing four cars and six mechanics. Each car had number transfers (different numbers can be found) and the drivers had white overalls. Wheels were solid rubber, of a type found on some other Charbens items, but also on some of the Lone Star Modern Army series - useful to know if your racing car lacks a wheel or two, since scrap examples of the Modern Army series are reasonably easy to find and cheap. The rubber wheels were obviously bought in by Charbens from a contract supplier. All three models had CHARBENS & CO MADE IN ENGLAND cast underneath.
The couple behind the Cheshire Models make appear to have emigrated to Australia in the early 1990's. Nothing is known of any other models they may have made.
Conquest Models were manufactured by SMTS for Henk van Asten of Holland who traded as you say under the name of Daimler House. The master for the Greyhound was made by Pete Kenna who has bought it back and is now making Greyhounds under his own name. Conquest Models were manufactured by SMTS for Henk van Asten of Holland who traded under the name of Fa. Daimler House of Holland. They are slightly lighter than the Brooklin 1957 but have better detail and are possibly amongst the best 1:43 1957 model ever produced. The master for the Greyhound was made by Pete Kenna who bought it back and is now making Greyhounds under his own name.
Dinky Toys were diecast model cars in about 1/43rd scale made by the well-known Meccano toy company in Liverpool (England) and Bobigny (France) from 1934. In the course of the decades the level of detail of these models, which were originally intended as accessories for model railways, became better and better. Production in France ceased in 1973, but several French models were produced in Spain for some years more. The English branch had to close down in 1981. In the 1980s Matchbox bought the rights the use the name of "Dinky" and made a range of 1/43rd collectible scale models of classic cars from the 1940s to the 1960s under this name from 1988 to the mid-1990s, the "Dinky Collection".
JOHN ROBERTS - SEE ROBERTS JOHN BELOW
Pete Kenna makes a variety of highly detailed hand-built White metal or Resin models in 1/43 scale. His website is Kenna Models
K&R Replicas produce 4 different Cooper Bristols.
A series of 1/43rd scale white metal models of British cars from the 1930s to the 1970s has been released in the Lansdowne range, made by Brooklin Models, since 1993. Brooklin Models was founded in Canada in 1974, but is now based in Bath (England) and has become a leading manufacturer of 1/43rd scale handbuilt modelcars. The Brooklin main range, existing since the 1970s, consists of models of classic American cars, but in the course of time several other series have been introduced, besides Lansdowne e.g. Robeddie (Swedish cars) or U.S. Model Mint. The models are carefully hand-finished, and the average production run for a model over a five year period rarely exceeds 3000 units. Website and complete gallery Brooklin/Lansdowne Models
Mikansue kits appeared in 1973 and were produced by Mike & Sue Richardson. Little is known currently about MIKANSUE nor when production ceased.
MMK are a small French company specialising in a top class range of hand-built resin models of classic Le Mans cars, in ready-to-run and kit form. RTR cars are produced under the names MMK, SlotFrance, and Hors. All cars are limited to between 200 and 300 units only. All are hand made rare cars. The TKP range of kits are available as very well cast pre-painted bodykits or as Complete kits with all running gear needed to get them on track! I can't find a relevant website but World Classics had a stock in May 2008 - worldclassics
MORESTONE - COOPER BRISTOL
Budgie Toys have a bit of a tangled history, since these diecasts are firmly linked to the Morestone name; other allied references are Modern Products, Mobile Vehicle and ESSO. The background to Budgie is straightforward enough, though, with Messrs Morris and Stone forming an eponymous company and dealing in the distribution of toys. Time passed and the pair deemed it desirable to market their own line: for this they enlisted the help of Modern Products.
This production was duly added to under the (confusing) name of ESSO: the gimmick here, rather like Benbros with its little television set shaped boxes, was that of petrol pump packaging. Two scales were made, one in 1:72 to get into the Dublo, Lone*Star and Matchbox market whilst a bigger scale was also marketed to retail lorries and trucks.
Budgie Toys finally appeared in 1959 and the earliest models were cunningly enough simply re-issues of Morestone /Modern Products stock. A coupe of years later Morestone was bought out by Guiterman; this company itself went under in the mid-sixties but fortunately Modern Products soldiered on with the Budgie brand. Concurrently, souvenirs were manufactured for London outlets, which helped buoy sales. When Modern Products finally bit the dust in 1983, a company called Starcourt continued production of the tourist souvenirs and saw to it that the Budgie name did not quite die out.
Today’s notable Budgie models are not unsurprisingly connected with London and you’ll find taxi-cabs, buses and coaches. The range was not extensive, encompassing as it did the more workaday road vehicles, but there’s still enough for the collector. Cars are few and far between, though, but there is a racing Mercedes out there, not to mention the famous Supercar model.
About MPH Models - MPH Models was named after Tim Dyke's beloved Riley MPH, which he owned from the early seventies to the late eighties. Tim started modelling in his teenage years, greatly encouraged by a father and elder brother, Tony, who were both excellent craftsmen in this field. MPH Models, founded in 1987 by Tim Dyke, a chartered accountant and long time enthusiastic competitor in Motor Sport, ran until 2006.
Its special theme was Le Mans, from 1949 to 1965. Its aim was to offer very detailed and accurate models, in 1/43rd scale, of the significant and interesting cars that ran in the 24 hour race, in editions of 20 originally, and later in editions of 25 examples. 63 subjects were covered, 58 from Le Mans, 3 road cars, 1 from both the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio. 24 marques were featured, and all the years between 1949 (the first post war race) and 1965 carried a representative. The odd man out was from 1938, the fantastic Alfa Romeo 2900B - no apologies, it had to be done!
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1964, Tim spent some time in the profession, including a year in Jamaica, before joining the Pottery Industry in Stoke on Trent, running two companies, and as Marketing Director of another, before tiring of the rat race at the grand old age of 47. At this stage in his life he found again his old enthusiasm for model cars, and decided to turn his long-held hobby into a business. His brother, Tony, had recently retired from the family business and joined him, insisting he be referred to as "apprentice!", despite having taught his younger brother most of what he knew in the field of models.
The discovery of white metal kits offering subjects one would never have seen in the world of Dinky and Corgi toys, re-ignited the enthusiasm, with the only downside being the difficulty of working with the dreaded white metal, being easily distorted and invariably having difficult-to-erase surface imperfections. As soon as polyurethane resin, a vastly superior material, made its entry into the model car world, Tim saw an opportunity to create a business.
Plenty of people were covering different areas , but no one seemed to specialise in the immediate post war years at Le Mans, a period that had helped to initiate his appetite for Motor Sport, along with navigating for his brother Tony in Rallies from an early age. At first the policy was to build to a good standard, looking for potential improvements to readily accessible kits by utilising add-on parts availble in the market.
What started out as a better steering wheel here, painted wheel spokes there, a more delicate gear lever, an open window or two, graduated into a pretty serious undertaking, where meticulous research would lead to the incorporation of every visible detail, but with the doors and bonnet tight shut - he leaves that to his good friend Steve Barnett. Tim retired from MPH in 2006, but from time to time customers ask him to find a new home for some of their models, please see "For sale" gallery on the website.
2nd MPH WRITE UP
MPH is the brand of Tim Dyke, Hookgate Cottage, Hookgate, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4QD, England. He started as a kit builder But before he started he did an enormous resarch job behind each model to get everything correct. That meant he made 40-50 changes to the original kit including decals and even making new body castings for some of the models. He used to make 25 models of each car model. He also made at least two kits for sale in his own range. In his range was the 3 Provence Moulage Bristol 450s and some AC Bristols from different kit manufacturers.
Very well finished resincast models. Mostly road cars, though with a few interesting competition subjects. Rapidly establishing themselves
as one of the best ranges we see in terms of quality and value for money. Made in China.
Pathfinder Models was a UK Company that made hand built, ready finished, white metal models for the collectors market. They also produce models for other companies such as G.W Engineering and Minicar 43. Production apparently ceased in the last few years.
PREMIER CAR COLLECTION
Whilst this 1/64th Japanese model is listed under the name Premier Car Collection, it has been listed on EBAY under other names such as "YOU MODELLINI". It was apparently produced for sale in stores like 7 - 11.
Reasonably well finished low cost resin hand builts. Shapes usually good, paint finishes can be a little heavy but generally speaking improving all the time. Made in Italy.
Provence Moulage, like too many model manufacturers, are no longer in business. They manufactured in resin, OK it's plastic but has a different implication when discussing model cars! A lot of their masters went to Norev but most of the racing ones have been taken on by one of the very small French manufacturers but I can't remember who at the moment. The website www.provence-moulage.com does not appear to be a relevant website? An unnamed source has suggested that the moulds etc may have been bought by Bizarre Models and as such are now produced in metal as finished items instead of plastic kits.
RENAISSANCE MODELS - KITS & BUILT AC BRISTOL 1957 AND 1962
Renaissance models are made in France and come as either a kit or a complete built model. Website www.renaissance-models.co.
Rialto models are based in Holland and owned by model maker Jan Miedema. Jan's latest Bristol Model is the 406 Zagato 2+2.
John Haynes was an early manufacturer of white metal models under the Replicars range. He produced some beautiful early '50's Ferraris amongst other things. His masters were taken over by K&R Replicas.
John Roberts custom-built models cars are all 1/43 scale and based on existing handbuilt white metal models. He mainly works with Brooklin, Lansdowne, Robeddie, Somerville and Kenna. He has also carried out conversion and restoration work on Pathfinder, Crossway, and K&R. His model conversions are officially acknowledged by Brooklin ,Somerville, Western Models and Durham Classics. He accepts commissions for one-off conversions and also produce small runs of special models. In the past he has made small production runs of British cars. The Hillman Californian, Zephyr station wagon and Austin A95 Countryman were all made to order but are no longer available. Examples of these models are shown in his gallery, which is divided into American makes, British and European cars and commercials, including emergency service vehicles. John Robert Custom Built Model Cars.
Sun Motor is a brand made by Roderick Ward, Leeds , England. He is still in business marketing different brands as Bugattiana, Bijou and Rapide. He is probably more known as editor of "Model Auto Review", a magazine presenting model cars in all scales. The Bristol 450 1954 was probably made in 1980's. When Provence Moulage later issued their model of the same car, it is suspected that they copied Sun Model, as both have the same faults!
The company was started in 1940 by Aasmund Sigurd Laerdal in Stavanger, Norway. Originally a small publishing house, it specialized in greetings cards
and children's books. By 1943, the company had expanded into the manufacturing of wooden toys under the name Smavare Industry. In 1951, the company began manufacturing realistic play dolls and "furniture friendly" toy cars under the name Tomte Laerdal. These were similar in concept
to cars made by the Auburn Rubber Company in the United States or Galanite of Sweden, though the Swedish products were sometimes almost promotional in detail.
The first series included an Opel, a Volkswagen, and a Mercedes 190 roadster, which are quite collectible today. Other models included a Studebaker pickup,
a Renault Floride sports car, a Volkswagen transporter pickup and others.
In many cases, like the 1960 Chevrolet El Camino, the Tomte toys seem to have been recycled dies previously created by Corgi Toys and Dinky Toys for their 1:43 scale
diecast metal vehicles produced in the 1960s in Great Britain. The Tomte's, however, were cast in rubber. Many models and scales were produced, but three to four inch
vehicles were the most common. Alternatively, Tomte Laerdal toys were at times marketed in different countries under different names. Around 1968, a company called
Creative Playthings from Priceton, New Jersey, marketed Tomte cars (apparently unchanged) simply as 'Mini-Cars' (Citroen DS 2007-2012). Tomte rubber cars were very popular.
Over 100 million were sold in over 110 countries. They were produced through 1978.
A gentleman named Trevor Wright retired and cast these gems as a hobby in small quantities. Although the kits are not perhaps up to today’s fine art models, he produced some rare and unusual vehicles. Apparently not remade since these kits were new in the 80's / 90's (?).
Die-cast toys and models come in various scales, the most popular ones being:-
1:12 scale - Very large models usually about 14 or 15 inches long often targeted at adults who are more into serious collecting and high detail. These models are generally much more expensive than the 1:18 models.
1:18 scale - Large models usually about 7 or 8 inches long, often targeted at adults.
1:24 scale - Similar to G scale Nascar Cars,which are 1:22.5 scale, extremely popular in America.
1:32 scale - Intermediate size most common for vintage cars and model tractors and Scalextric.
1:36 scale - Also made by Maisto, Kinsmart and Welly.
1:43 scale - made popular by Dinky and Corgi, the most popular scale with model car collectors internationally - similar to O scale model trains.
1:48 scale - aircraft sold in this scale to match plastic model kits.
1:50 scale - trucks, buses, construction equipment, promotional models, military vehicles - similar in size to O scale model trains.
1:55 scale - used by Siku and Disney Pixar Cars Die-Cast Line by Mattel.
1:60 scale - the scale of the immensely popular pre-war and post-war military vehicles series by Dinky Toys (including military Dinky Supertoys).
1:64 scale - popular for farm models and American model trucks. Matchbox, Hot Wheels and model Nascar cars are nominally this size.
1:72 scale - A growing scale for military die-cast AFVs.
1:76 scale - highly detailed mainly British buses and lorries such as those by EFE and Corgi OOC - same as OO scale model trains.
1:87 scale - One of the smallest in scale products widely available in the markets. - same as HO scale model trains.