You know I eschew trends and hype! I collect whatever I like. Sometimes that means sneaking out of the 1:64 scale community hall and dipping my toes into the diecast wilderness of OO scale.
Sitting on the top shelf of my local diecast dealer’s cabinet (plenty of class A stuff in there, let me assure you) are a bunch of typical railway model vehicles. Normally this sort of stuff doesn’t interest me, but I do happen to have a soft spot for coaches and vintage wagons. And I spotted two vehicles up there – a Bedford TK Flatbed (like one my grandfather used to own) and a Harrington Cavalier Coach.
Trucks and buses are tricky because if you want them to scale with your Hot Wheels cars, 1/64 (nominal though it may be) scale tends to get quite large. Just look at Tomica Limited Vintage and their 1/64 scale buses and coaches for an example of how unwieldy they get at that size.
On the other hand, having buses fit into a Matchbox blister tends to look a little silly, particularly when you park a Mini next to a Greyhound bus and their roof-lines are level.
EFE (which stands for Exclusive First Editions) creates a number of vintage buses and coaches at 1:76 scale, which seems to me to strike a nice balance for the larger vehicles. After all, a lot of Matchbox cars tend to slip into that scale or smaller when you deal with larger models squeezing into a standard size bubble. They’re meant for model railway collectors, as many will know, but they can look very nice among other diecast models. Their detail tends to be superior to Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars thanks to their collector-oriented design, and their marginally smaller stature makes them less cumbersome than larger models without sacrificing too much detail next to smaller scaled models.
EFE make some beautiful vehicles but their price when new is far from cheap. Buying second hand is a great way to take advantage of a) the fact collectors don’t play with these so damage is slight and b) values of EFE models are low on the second hand market.
I was really excited to give this beautiful Harrington Coach – one of the first models to be produced when the company expanded around 1990 – a new lease of life as my partner and I left on a holiday to Scotland.
So forget the hype of Cargo Carriers for a moment, and see if you enjoy these pics of an OO scale coach trip into the Scottish highlands!
Overlooking the North Sea by New Slains Castle…
Anoraks are probably thinking to themselves – “but why on earth would a Southend-on-Sea coach be driving around in the Highlands?” and my answer to you is… phooey!
Our trip up to Scotland was over 1,000 miles there and back. So, if that means the Harrington coach has travelled 76,000 scale miles, it means those passengers have had one heck of a road trip.
There will be more of those to come though! Get your own diecast cars into the great outdoors and see some adventure…
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!