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Club model is to go ahead.

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SPA CROFT MODELS UPDATE: 13th January 2014

The master for the Morris 25 Coupe has been completed (see below), and I will be sending it for casting very shortly

Models can be reserved for delivery when available, and no deposit is required. Please email me at spacroft@aol.com or telephone on 017723 871780

 

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WHAT ARE WHITE METAL MODELS?

I am often asked, "what are white metal models, and why are they so expensive?". To answer this it is necessary to explain the production of white metal models. Spa Croft Models, and the other white metal model manufacturers, generally produce models which are not considered commercially viable by the diecast manufacturers such as Corgi, as they often have a limited appeal. The metal used in the die casting process is a hard metal, and can only be cast in steel dies. The tooling costs are, therefore, extremely high, and because of this, the manufacturer has to be sure that his investment will be recouped. Subjects, therefore have to have a wide appeal, and be capable of being produced in a variety of forms and liveries, with little, or no alteration. Plastic is used to produce many of the smaller items such as radiator grilles, bumpers etc., and interiors, because this is also cheaper. Generally the only none metal parts used in white metal models are rubber for the tyres, and acetate for the windows. Everything else is metal which contributes to the weight of the model and its overall impression of quality.

Whilst the production of white metal models is still not cheap, because the metal used has a low melting point, rubber moulds can be used to cast the models, by means of centrifugal casting, and it is this process that is much cheaper than die casting, because tooling costs are much less. "Why is the end product so much more expensive?", I hear you ask. There are several reasons. Because of the limited appeal of many of the subjects of white metal models, for instance, they may only be known in the UK, and therefore have no interest world wide, the recovery of tooling costs is spread over a smaller number of units, very often no more than 600 pieces. Each model is also hand built, and hand finished, and in some cases, hand polished. This is a very labour intensive part of the production of white metal models, and because production is wholly in the UK (or America and Europe), the white metal manufacturers cannot benefit from the much cheaper foreign labour available to our colleagues in the diecast model industry.

"Why should I buy white metal models then", you may ask. Because you are getting a special model which more often than not no one else produces. None of the models produced by Spa Croft Models is currently available in 1/43rd scale from any other manufacturer, die cast or white metal. White metal models are very often more accurate and have more detail than their die cast counterparts, although the die cast manufacturers are now recognising the demands of the discerning collector, and things are definitely improving; the finish of white metal models is of a greater quality because they are handbuilt; your collection will be more unique because there are fewer examples of each model around, and I suppose, to be a little light hearted, you will not be filling you cabinets as quicky, because you will be buying less of the more expensive models, unless of course you are a lottery winner. Ultimately, the value of your collection may increase more, because of the desirability of these little gems, but that's a bonus. Collecting is for the fun of it, and the intrinsic value of your collection.

Happy collecting.

 

 

 

MORRIS 25 First Build.

 

We have now received the first batch of castings for our mew model, the Morris 25. This is a quick build to check all the parts are there, and to ensure they all fit. A little will be required before they go out. I have painted this in matt black for quickness, and also to highlight all the separate parts, most of which will be bright plated (the wheels, apart from the hub caps, will be body colour).  The model will be available in four colour schemes: Sporting Blue, Grey, Black (Limited issue of 50 models in the Le Car Noir range), and British Standard Royal Blue (The finish of the restored vehicle; (Limited to 25 pieces). Price is expected to be around 100, and hopefully will be available August/September. You can reserve a model by emailing me ( spacroft@aol.com . If the email link doesn't work, just type my email address in the email.) or telephoning on 01773 872780.

 

 

Illustrated below is the Spa Croft Model range of models. Production is now beginning to get back to normal levels, so our products should start to become more readily available. If you have ordered any of our models, or wish to place a new order , please e-mail, phone (01773 872780), or write to Spa Croft Models 98, High Street, Tibshelf, Derbys DE55 5NU

Humber Pullman Mk.I two-tone 110
 
 
Wolseley Super Six 25 hp Series II two-tone 110
Wolseley Super Six 25 hp Series II Tri-tone 112
 

1956 Humber Super Snipe Mk.IV 110

Forest Green/Tyrolean Green

1956 Humber Super Snipe Mk.IV 110

Pearl Grey/Mayfair Grey

 

1956 Humber Super Snipe Mk.IV 110 Marshall'sLivery Black Pearl over Shell Grey
 
Vauxhall 25 GL Limousine Maroon/Black 110 Vauxhall 25 GL Limousine Grey/Black 110
 
Morris 14/6 Series III Grey 97 Morris 14/6 Series III Royal Blue 97
 
Austin Goodwood Red 97 Austin Goodwood Green 97
 
Standard Vanguard Phase III Green/Cream 99 Standard Vanguard Phase III Blue/Grey 99
 

Austin A70 Hampshire Ostend Grey 97 Austin A70 Hampshire Antrim Blue 97
 
Morris Isis Series II Turquoise/Swiss Grey 99 Morris Isis Series II Birch Grey/Damask Red 99
 
Morris Oxford Series III Black/Swiss Grey 99 Morris Oxford Series III Sage Green/Twilight Grey 99
 
Standard Vanguard Phase I Luminor Green 95 Standard Vanguard Phase I Champagne 95
 
Austin Hampshire Countryman Cream 99 Austin Hampshire Countryman Elfin Green 99
 

Many of our customers have asked if the models we produce are available in black. To satisfy this demand, we have decided to produce a parallel range of our models, but produced only in black. This range will be identified by the name Le Car Noir, and the number will be limited to 50 models of each car. The whole range of Spa Croft Models will be included eventually, but at the moment only four models have been produced, as illustrated below. The Austin A70 Hampshire will also be available in all black.

Le Car Noir

Due to collector demand, we have created a sub range within the Spa Croft Models collection, of the standard issues finished in all black. To date, five models have been issued in this colour, as illustrated below, soon to be joined by the Austin A70 Hampshire. They will be a limited issue, up to a maximum of 50 models.

 

Humber Pullman Mk.I 110

 
 

Vauxhall 25 GL Limousine 110

Morris 14/6 Saloon

 

1956 Humber Super Snipe Mk.IV

1935-1937 Wolseley Super Six 25 Series II 110

 

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