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David Lynn

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On that new Diecast Diaries page there is a photo of a bare metal Ford casting with the caption

"The cast Escort Mk2 RS Mexico awaits some special painting attention"

 It will indeed need a lot of special attention, particularly to prevent it looking like a Mk1 Capri .....

Just in case anyone reads that now and wonders what I may have been drinking, the picture in question has now been quietly replaced with the correct one. Job done..

David Lynn

128 posts

On that new Diecast Diaries page there is a photo of a bare metal Ford casting with the caption

 

"The cast Escort Mk2 RS Mexico awaits some special painting attention"

 

It will indeed need a lot of special attention, particularly to prevent it looking like a Mk1 Capri .....

David Lynn

128 posts

I've seen a hint that Hornby 2018 announcements will be made on 8 January 2018. No mention of Vanguards, but something similar may be involved. I would guess that the arrival of Lyndon Davies as CEO may have been a factor, as it's likely he would want to scrutinise and approve forthcoming plans as one of his key early tasks. 

Vague memory that a similar delay happened a few years ago when a previous new CEO arrived, and was rumoured to have only signed off a reduced list of intended anouncements. This stuck in my mind as Corgi pulled out of their well advertised appearance at the annual Scotmodel extravaganza in Falkirk at last minute, probably because their usual display of forthcoming pre-pros was now off limits. And we have never seen a Corgi rep venture up here since, unlike Oxford who faithfully field an enthusiastic rep every year.

David Lynn

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Just a brief addition to my opener, partly triggered by Andrew's thoughts about stuff already in the system which has been mothballed but could presumably be reactivated without the full cost of starting from scratch .....

1] in 1999 Corgi Classics got very close to launching a series of Riley Elfs and Wolseley Hornets in what would have been the Mini's 40th anniversary year, but they were presumably ditched when Vitesse gazumped the market with their batch, and then Corgi took over Lledo with their selection of part complete projects so attentions were probably realigned. I've no idea whether the designs were up to scratch or would look convincing by today's standards, but could they be resuscitated?? Vitesse Elfs/Hornets go for high prices on ebay today, so while it may be a small niche, I'd be fairly confident it would hit enough buttons. 

 

2] And are there other old mothballed casting projects which did not make it, but again could provide short cuts??

 

3] And - without wanting to dilute the main message that VANGUARDS DESPERATELY NEEDS NEW CASTINGS INSTEAD OF PASSIVE REHASHES or getting too specific at this point - there's a pile of desirable cancellations from 2007-09 which offer some potential shortcuts. I'd love to see the pale blue Rover 75, the Safari Rally Minx, and the Orchid Cortina Lotus Mk2 finally emerge into the light, and no doubt other folk could make comparable nominations. But the underlying point is more about highlighting that Corgi/Vanguards clearly have several projects where a lot of work has already been done and cost incurred back in the dim and distant, but which might still be productive opportunities as was evidenced by the revived Snapdragon yellow Leyland Princess.

 

So lots of opportunities to re-inject momentum into the Vanguards brand. Some strengths are still robust - the depth of research into particular cars and their histories, their specific depictions with individual detaiing to give high levels of authenticity - which is often pursued beyond levels reached by rivals. And there is an eager and loyal audience.

David Lynn

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It went for £210, plus £8 postage. If by any chance the buyer ever reads this, I'd love to know if has the paint flaws seen on the handful of other known examples (streaks and "orange peel" bubbling on the roof and/or boot top) and the certificate number (so far 1115 and 1119 are known of 2960).

I can't give a number for how many survived into circulation, but I know of 4 or 5 (one may or may not be a double count), with 3 (or 4) being fully boxed with certificates and the other unboxed. One trade box (6 or 12 examples??) seems to have slipped into the big wide world in Britain, and two examples came over from Chinese factory sources on ebay (one boxed with certificate, and the unboxed orphan). So there's probably a few more out there but unlikely to be very many. Unless of course there's a hidden stash somewhere on a pallet in the back of a warehouse, left over from when the conjectured production batch was pulled because - presumably - of the paint flaws.

David Lynn

128 posts

With Lyndon Davies (ex-Oxford Diecasts and by popular repute a jolly good egg and model enthusiast) being recently appointed CEO of Hornby Hobbies PLC, us lot out there could compile a wishlist of positive things he might consider doing to regain our faith in the Corgi brand. 

 

So if we're all well-behaved and make constructive suggestions, we might be able to define some possible tasks, and at the same time might save him from having to do some of the inevitable market research tasks which usually happen when there's a new Big Cheese at the top.

 

So to kick this off:

1] Desperately need some new Vanguards castings to revive a fading range which is limping along. It still has strengths and loyalties ...

 

2] .... but with a caveat that new castings need to look right. Several of the most recent castings have had horrible shapes (eg Escort Mk2, Mini Clubman etc). All good choices when announced, but big disappointments when they arrive in the metal; Vanguards used to be pretty good at the shapes, but dropped the ball badly after their new CAD system a few years back

 

3] Make the Collectors Club an enticing prospect again - it's barely on life support at the moment, offering virtually nothing to retain loyal membership or attract a new audience. Probably a fairly standard recipe - a magazine that is worth reading, a useful incentive/discount without loads of small print exclusions/restrictions, some member exclusive modelsa if possible, and some indication that whoever runs the club is responsive and cares for the members. All we see from the outside is apathy

 

4] Re-energise the forum. We put up loads of stuff - suggestions, queries, whinges etc - but very little happens here nowadays because there's rarely any Corgi responses to the points made. It could become a much more dynamic channel for two-way communication.

 

Anyone else??

David Lynn

128 posts

Re: Vanguards VA09901, the black Sierra Sapphire GLS cancelled from 2007 announcements (see page 2 of this thread)

There's one on ebay at the moment - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WOW-MEGA-SCARCE-1-43-VANGUARDS-FORD-SIERRA-SAPPHIRE-GLS-BLACK-NEVER-RELEASED/352218604420?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

- fully boxed with certificate - currently at £38.30 but "Reserve not met" with 2 days left.

 

Nothing to do with me - I'm not connected to the seller in any way - but it looks like another example from the same batch as discussed previously from the seller comment about similar certificate numbers. Therefore I suspect it may have similar paint flaws, though not mentioned in blurb and the otherwise useful selection of photos do not show the boot or roof in sufficient detail to clarify if present or not. His previous example sold last year reached £180.

David Lynn

128 posts

"Corgi Forum users were alarmed to discover that Xmas logos had appeared on the forum website header in early November. The symbols of a twee Santa hat and falling snowflakes are commonly associated with a shadowy group of hackers known as the Premature Xmas Syndrome Brigade whose mission is to inflict fake festive jollity on the unsuspecting public long before Xmas actually happens, so that by the time it comes everyone is so brassed off with the relentless hype that no-one retains any trace of enthusiasm and is just relieved it's all over."

 

"A Corgi spokesperson apologised for the security breach and said that steps were being taken to prevent any recurrence, adding that personal details of forum users were not compromised during this attack."

David Lynn

128 posts

Maybe 2 problems with these ideas:

 

1] Copyright - Corgi hit problems with the two planned Triumphs (TR7 and TR250) announced a year ago, which are rumoured to be a failure to reach agreement on licencing. Maybe ownership of Rover/Austin/MG trademarks is similarly problematic

 

2] The mentoned Audi, Subaru, BMW, Peugeot ranges above at least had the potential for sales abroad, which Corgi pursued with several doppelganger versions. Maybe the corporate feeling is that Rover etc is too limiting, with direct appeal only to UK collectors??

 

No idea if either suggestion has legs, but it would be a pity if they do because I agree with the model suggestions as Good Ideas which are big gaps from Corgi (and everyone else) and deserve attention.

David Lynn

128 posts

Any chance that this catalogue can be posted as a downloadable pdf, like what it used to be??

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