01 July 2011
The second pair of models have been released by British Transport Classics, following the resounding success of the first two in the range. They are a completely new model of an Albion Chieftain and a Commer QX, with a new platform body. They follow the design and construction of the first models from resin components and come in 1/50 scale. ...
The second pair of models have been released by British Transport Classics, following the resounding success of the first two in the range. They are a completely new model of an Albion Chieftain (pictured above) and a Commer QX (pictured below), with a new platform body. They follow the design and construction of the first models from resin components and come in 1/50 scale.
The platform-bodied Albion is in the livery of R Drummond of Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, one of the vehicles preserved by the late Peter Drummond. The Albion’s two-tone green and red livery is faithfully reproduced, including the ‘Gang Warily’ signwriting above the excellently-detailed radiator grille.
The new Commer is fitted with a platform body, contrasting with the first Commer, and is in the well-known and popular livery of Knights of Old, the Northamptonshire company. The model is based on a photograph of the real vehicle taken in the 1950s. All the companies have given their approval and expressed their delight with the new models.
British Transport Classics aims to re-introduce classic lorry models in the popular 1/50 scale. This scale allows a high level of detail within a still manageable size and for this reason alone, the new range is sure to be welcomed by all collectors.
Using advanced techniques and manufactured in resin, the company has plans to produce a whole range of limited edition 1/50 scale British lorries and each model’s construction will be as close to that of the original as possible, with separate chassis, body and cab castings.
A small number of the Compton’s Commer and the other launch model, a Bedford OL flatbed in the livery of R C Jeffrey of Pebworth, Worcestershire, are still available. Each model will be produced in several different liveries, and collectors will be invited to suggest new models and liveries to be produced. The next pair is likely to be another Albion in the livery of another well-known Scottish haulier, W H Malcolm of Brookfield, along with a Bedford OL in British Road Services colours.