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Hongwell produce a range of 1/72 and 1/43 Skoda models for a Czech company called Abrex but these are not generally available in the UK. I was able to acquire these 120L Estelles from a fellow member of an old car forum who lives in the Czech Republic, where they can be found in supermarkets like the Cararama models of the old days.

This Is a diorama I made up with a hard toy plastic dinosaur and a little die-cast car made by Hongwell. The base Is made from cardboard and painted with emulsion grey paint. The little figures are made of white plastic, and they were originally civilians, but I painted them to look like British police bobbies. I added sound effects to give It a more realistic feel, the small video In the middle of this second video with the model car falling, I videoed It In slow motion, I dropped It to symbolise the T-Rex dropping It out of It's mouth, and when It hit the deck I added a sound effect of It crashing to the ground. I made It to look like the Dinosaur has just suddenly come around the corner and spots the police car, then It goes on the attack, chasing the car and catching up with It, one officer hangs on for his life, but he sadly eventually perishes as well. I have the full length version of this video on You Tube, here Is the link to It www.youtube.com/watch?v=twACfh3xJW4 I hope you like It. :)

At the moment, EDJ is having a serious scenery moment. Well, its only the tar-mac that is going down. And mainly, its all in the centre of the layout. Shown here is the rest of the EDJ layout. All of the stock, platforms, station buildings and many more!

One of my favourite diecast model brands, along with Cararama, wonderful paint jobs and liveries.

 

The base Is just an old piece of wood I had, It's a door from an old broken up kitchen unit, I just painted It using white emulsion paint by "Dulux" paints. The backdrop Is a painting I created for this and future dioramas, I painted It using emulsion paints by "Dulux" paints.

I initially debated with myself whether or not to get this.

 

The devil is in the gorgeous details. The price point just made the purchase even sweeter.

 

Now, if only Hot Wheels or Matchbox could come close to all-around attention to details (such as in this model by Cararama) I would be one happy camper. However, knowing that HW designers render their own interpretations of real cars, such a thought would be far-fetched. On the other hand, if Cararama could get more manufacturer licenses under its belt, it would be really, really great!

 

One final thought, if Hongwell (the manufacturer of Cararama) can execute such details, why can't Mattel?

Model: MG B Cabriolet

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

Model: Mercedes-Benz 300SL W194

Livery: Carrera Panamericana

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

I initially debated with myself whether or not to get this.

 

The devil is in the gorgeous details. The price point just made the purchase even sweeter.

 

Now, if only Hot Wheels or Matchbox could come close to all-around attention to details (such as in this model by Cararama) I would be one happy camper. However, knowing that HW designers render their own interpretations of real cars, such a thought would be far-fetched. On the other hand, if Cararama could get more manufacturer licenses under its belt, it would be really, really great!

 

One final thought, if Hongwell (the manufacturer of Cararama) can execute such details, why can't Mattel?

Model: Mercedes-Benz E-Class W210 Wagon

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

Model: Volkswagen Beetle / Type 1

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

A few service vehicles were recently made redundant by fleet replacement at Arden Forest, so we have acquired these Transit vans for use by the Arden-Lancer fleet at Stratford. Registered in sequence as BA57 RJM and BA57 RJN, note the slightly different livery applications on these Cararama models.

Model: Volkswagen New Beetle

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

This Is a diorama I made up with a hard toy plastic dinosaur and a little die-cast car made by Hongwell. The base Is made from cardboard and painted with emulsion grey paint. The little figures are made of white plastic, and they were originally civilians, but I painted them to look like British police bobbies. I added sound effects to give It a more realistic feel, the small video In the middle of this second video with the model car falling, I videoed It In slow motion, I dropped It to symbolise the T-Rex dropping It out of It's mouth, and when It hit the deck I added a sound effect of It crashing to the ground. I made It to look like the Dinosaur has just suddenly come around the corner and spots the police car, then It goes on the attack, chasing the car and catching up with It, one officer hangs on for his life, but he sadly eventually perishes as well. I have the full length version of this video on You Tube, here Is the link to It www.youtube.com/watch?v=twACfh3xJW4 I hope you like It. :)

I initially debated with myself whether or not to get this.

 

The devil is in the gorgeous details. The price point just made the purchase even sweeter.

 

Now, if only Hot Wheels or Matchbox could come close to all-around attention to details (such as in this model by Cararama) I would be one happy camper. However, knowing that HW designers render their own interpretations of real cars, such a thought would be far-fetched. On the other hand, if Cararama could get more manufacturer licenses under its belt, it would be really, really great!

 

One final thought, if Hongwell (the manufacturer of Cararama) can execute such details, why can't Mattel?

A superb range of Russian 1/64 diecasts can be obtained by Autotime who appear to be a Russian company specialising in homegrown vehicles from classic to modern. I understand they are made under contract by Welly rather like Abrex who have their Skoda models made by Hongwell. The wheels and general casting quality are very Welly like along with good detailing and paint finish. The Samara of course was a very popular sight in a lot of Western countries especially here in the UK. I was briefly a trainee salesman for Lada when I left school back in the mid 1990s and so have fond memories of these cars. Unfortunately I DIDN'T get these off the pegs of Poundland, having to order them from a supplier in Russia. Mint and boxed.

This Is a diorama I made a number of years ago, I also took pictures of It, but they didn't come out very well, so I took these better pictures, I really like this little diorama a lot, It turned out great. With this fantastic weather here In the UK at the moment, I was able to take these great clear looking shots, really looks like the famous white cliffs of Dover. The little Volkswagen models are made by Hongwell, 1/76 scale, really lovely little models by Hongwell, great quality and detail. The little figures are for train dioramas, the little kite I just made from cardboard, and a thin piece of copper wire for the string. The backdrop painting I did for my dioramas, I used emulsion paints by Dulux paints, great paints to work with, dries quick, and easy to clean any marks off It with a rubber. The cliff Is made from mesh, then It's covered with newspaper, once dry, I covered It all with red plaster, I then painted It all with Dulux paints. The grass on top Is real, It's from my mowed lawn, I wait till It's really dry, then I add glue to the area, then sprinkle grass on It, the little fence Is made from matchsticks glued In place, then painted white, the wire Is just a piece of thread. The base Is just an old piece of wood, the sea effect Is red plaster, once dry, I painted the sea colours In. It's one of my all time favourite dioramas, I really enjoyed creating this, I hope you like It as well. :)

1:76. OO Gauge. Bus is diecast by Britbus released February 2005. Working route 32A to Wawne. The MG car is a cabriolet made by Hongwell Cararama.

Model: Mercedes-Benz CLK W208

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

My first fire brigade model for some time as I am still patiently waiting for Oxford Diecast's long-promised new releases. This Skoda Octavia estate started life as a plain white Cararama/Abrex model, which has been converted to RHD and had battenburg transfers and a light bar added to create an officers' car. I haven't actually seen any Skodas in brigade use but Buckinghamshire have a large fleet of silver Vauxhall Astras for these duties.

Model: Chevrolet Caprice

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

Model: BMW 3 Series E46 Cabriolet

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

Model: Mazda Roadster / MX-5 NB (Mk2 1998 - 2005)

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

This Is a diorama I made up with a hard toy plastic dinosaur and a little die-cast car made by Hongwell. The base Is made from cardboard and painted with emulsion grey paint. The little figures are made of white plastic, and they were originally civilians, but I painted them to look like British police bobbies. I added sound effects to give It a more realistic feel, the small video In the middle of this second video with the model car falling, I videoed It In slow motion, I dropped It to symbolise the T-Rex dropping It out of It's mouth, and when It hit the deck I added a sound effect of It crashing to the ground. I made It to look like the Dinosaur has just suddenly come around the corner and spots the police car, then It goes on the attack, chasing the car and catching up with It, one officer hangs on for his life, but he sadly eventually perishes as well. I have the full length version of this video on You Tube, here Is the link to It www.youtube.com/watch?v=twACfh3xJW4 I hope you like It. :)

The rear view of the Scania shows off its impressive working parts, quite a feat of miniature engineering. The spectacle lift slides in and out, pivots up and down and rotates from side to side, and the boom lifts and telescopes. It was all fabricated from plasticard strip and box section together with a few pieces of brass rod for the hydraulics.

One of my favourite diecast model brands, along with Cararama, wonderful paint jobs and liveries.

 

The base Is just an old piece of wood I had, It's a door from an old broken up kitchen unit, I just painted It using white emulsion paint by "Dulux" paints. The backdrop Is a painting I created for this and future dioramas, I painted It using emulsion paints by "Dulux" paints.

Incorrectly described by the manufacturer as a Mini Cooper, nonetheless this little 1/72 scale model of a Mini pick-up is simply delightful. Made by Hongwell it is beautifully detailed right down to wheels and badges. It's hard to believe now these used to be freely available from Poundland. Mint and boxed.

A publicity stunt to show off the variety of vehicles available from Quicksilver Recovery Services. At the bottom is the Scania telescopic low-loader (Oxford Diecast) with the Scania overboom (Cararama/scratchbuilt) and Iveco slide-bed (Del Prado/Cararama hybrid) on its back. On top of the Iveco is our smallest recovery vehicle, the little Mercedes spec lift, which again has a Cararama back end, in this case grafted to a Majorette cab.

Model: Volvo 850

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

An incident aboard First London Routemaster Coach RMC1510 has brought the Police to investigate.

 

Routemaster : EFE

Police Mercedes : Cararama

Model: Mercedes-Benz E-Class W210 Wagon

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

Model: BMW Z3

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

The North Riding Fire & Rescue Service's rescue tender started life many years ago as a Cararama model with a Mercedes Actros cab, but had deteriorated badly over the years and I never liked the cab. It has now been refurbished and fitted with a whitemetal Bedford TM cab by BW Models to represent an appliance based on the military-spec four wheel drive TM 4-4 chassis.

The existence of a white Transit minibus in the Cararama range made it an easy task to produce a model of GN55 MKX, the hardest part being obtaining the donor as Cararama models are not as easy to find as they used to be. It is not entirely accurate as the wheelbase is too short, but is as close as I can get without major modification that isn't worth the hassle. Although I see it several times a day, I have never yet travelled on this vehicle as when I needed to it was timed to leave five minutes before my lectures ended, so I had to walk instead!

The other breakdown tender is this older Range Rover with a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine, a type much loved by police forces for motorway patrol work. It is a Cararama model which also came in factory silver and has had similar treatment to the Discovery, but in this case the back windows are blacked out to give a larger load area.

Model: BMW 3 Series E36 Touring

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

As a first line of support Carousel Coaches have a much smaller vehicle: Mini pickup ATU 53X is just about big enough to carry a toolkit and a few spares and if its crew can't fix the vehicle then the Matador is called out. It is a Cararama model that has been improved by painting over the excess chrome added by Hongwell that was never applied to the commercials.

A number of vehicles have recently been withdrawn by Padbus, resulting in some new additions to the Preservation Partnership collection. Number 16 (OB52 AAL) is a Mercedes Vito service van, converted from the Cararama minibus by filling in the rear windows, and had a sister minibus, 17 (OB52 AAM), delivered at the same time. It was replaced in the Padbus fleet by a new Ford Transit and is now used by the Partnership as a general-purpose support vehicle.

There are now three of these silver Cararama Ford Transits in the fleet, all of which were coincidentally acquired from MBF members in the West Midlands. Each has a different interior layout, and the latest arrival AXZ 9144 is an 11-seater, used for small group hires and feeder duties.

There are now four Cararama Transits in the Quicksilver fleet, all of which started life as the plain silver version and needed only minor work. This latest example is ONZ 2126 and as with the others has been converted to right-hand drive, although all four have slight differences in their livery and seating.

V642 VDN is the other Vito, now some 14 years old but still in service as they don't see a great deal of use and no suitable replacements are available. The models are left-hand drive but this isn't really noticeable as they usually spend their time parked around the back of the station.

Model: Toyota RAV4

Manufacturer: Hongwell

Series: Cararama

Scale: 1:72

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