This got to be the longest travel for a package ever on LaLD. We sealed an iHWEP deal somewhere late 2015. And this one arrived... Last week! Small Scale Sydney warned me about Australia’s postal services and I guess he was just being right. So what’s Teutonic about this iHWAP? Well, Small Scale Sydney is from German ancestry, even spent some time in Germany. And not just that: he added HW’s Mystery Models H40/04. And we all know what that means...
Yep, a GT3RS! The rest of the package had nothing to do with the Teutonic Order but I’ll show ‘m anyway as I’m really glad I finally have some casts from Down Under in the house (if you want true Teutonic stuff check my post on last weekend’s Porsche meet on OppositeLock!). Let’s start with an MBX I didn’t know yet. A Ford Falcon. Boxed!
Not too much details but hey: It’s a toy! And I’m glad SSS guessed my preference when it comes to that old clash between Ford and GM Down Under: I’m afraid I’m a Ford guy. Having DD’ed a Ford F150 for a few years over here in Europe should prove that point.
And just look inside: it comes with a roll cage. This one definitely will see some time on the TyoToys’ driftpad! And it wasn’t the only Ford as there was a truly Australian Ford in the package as well. Yes. A Ute!
If I understand all correct (I really know little of the Aussie market), it is a Ute-version of the Ford Falcon (BA-generation). Spiced up by Ford Performance Vehicles, or FPV. And FPV is, of course, the Melbourne-based, premium performance arm of automobile manufacturer Ford Australia. And this should be the FPV Pursuit if I’m not mistaken.
I don’t know much about the cast’s manufacturer, Biante, either. And that’s a bad, bad thing. As it is... AMAZING! 1/64 and this kind of detail: they’re doing something right here. Just look at those lines of the rear window defroster and the small Ford logo on that bed cover!
And did you know a 1/64 could have a decent undercarriage? Check this one out:
Comes with a spare. And all this crafted in China! Definitely a brand I’m gonna check out more of. And finally, a 1/43 as well. From another brand I didn’t know yet (other than the ones Small Scale Sydney showed us): Trax.
And Trax has a, to me, odd way of putting casts in a box, there’s a protective wide “U” put over it. Nice to see the details of the cars, nice to gather some dust in the process as well. So it did.
But what is it? It’s a Leyland P76. Again a car meant just for the Australian market so I’m pretty glad it made way to Europe! It was Leyland Australia’s last car and it was pretty big: The boot could easily carry a 44 gallon drum according to Wiki. A V8 (from Rover) was available of course, a 6 cylinder BMC E-series engine (2622cc) was the base engine.
There was a wagon as well but most epic body being developed was the Force 7 Coupé. This one however, had never left pre-production phase and therefor only 10 were built. That’s one I definitely are gonna look for in 1/43. It wasn’t the only sporty P76, there was a special Targa Florio edition with a LSD and the big V8 as well.
It was named after the section of the 1974 London-Sahara-Munich Rally it won (the section that is). That rally was all about durability and being one of the 19 cars even finishing it, it couldn’t have been as bad as it reputation was. Then again, that event was won by a Citroën...
So the P76 definitely is a great example why I dig the iHWEP’s (“i” for Inter-continental!): getting cars in your hand you would never dream of getting (even know existed) and learning about it in the process.
So Vielen Dank Herr Small Scale. I so promised my self (and my family) to take it slow this week on shooting stuff for LaLD but getting a package like this really excites me. And there’s another waiting. Enjoy your week und... Tschüss!!!