Miniatures News, January 1961

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Those delightful motor car miniatures continue to arrive in interesting profusion. This month, with Lesney excelling themselves with their extremely accurate 1907 40/50 Rolls-Royce reviewed last month, it is over to Playcraft, who have a very detailed Austin Se7en to supplement their Morris Mini-Minor, for which there have often been waiting lists at Corgi stockists, so great has been the demand. There are, respectively, Nos. 226 and 225 in the Corgi series, the Austin being finished in red, like so many of the red cars, and having suspension, windows; seats, etc. It is 2⅞ in. long, a mini of a Mini, and costs 3/4d. A more ambitious model is the new Corgi Major Chipperfield’s Circus Cage (No. 1123), the body of which has no fewer than seven moving parts, and the four-wheel chassis being sprung on Corgi ” Glidamatic ” suspension, the first die-cast scale model trailer with sprung wheels. The model has steering front wheels, an indestructible nylon tow-bar, a nylon towing hook at the back, many ingenious details, and is 5 in long. It costs 11/6d and mates with the Corgi Major Chipperfield Circus Crane. Plastic animals will be available to put in the cage. Playcraft have also introduced good plaslic car assembly kits in their Aurora hobby series, covering Austin Healey 3000 and Triumph TR3 sports cars.