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Shawcraft 1/8th scale Ford showroom models of the 50s/ 60s
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Ian Ingham



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject: Shawcraft 1/8th scale Ford showroom models of the 50s/ 60s Reply with quote


Does anyone know anything about these handbuilt wood based models used in Ford showrooms. Ford had 14 of them when they had a museum in Dagenham. The earliest I have seen was a Mk. 1 Zephyr, the latest a Corsair 2000E. I have 3 (but would like more), they were built by Shawcraft Models (better known for making the early Daleks for Doctor Who) and maybe others
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ian, welcome the forum - great model, I've never seen one like that before - do you have any pics of other similar examples??

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's what I call a first post! Very Happy

Can't help you, but welcome all the same.

If you already have three, can we see them? Please?
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Ian Ingham



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Pleased to hear you like the first one, so here are two from Fords collection, not a very good photo as they wouldn't allow me to remove them from their cabinet.
Some of their models were kept in the library when they had no room for them in the display case. Unfortunately school trips were left alone in said library after a factory tour. Needless to say the little darlings were found racing these models accross the floor!
From memory they were made in Uxbridge at 69 Rockingham Road.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Another of mine, this is my favorite as I also have two of the real ones. This one had been dropped (while in its box) so the front end had to be rebuilt, I bought an 8th scale Revel Corvette from the States just for the headlight lenses, the only other missing bits were the windscreen wipers, I got a pair from a guy who makes 8th scale models of Healey 3 litres.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Those are cool! Cool
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Ian Ingham



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Another one from Fords collection. The detail is amazing. To give an idea of scale the red Capri in the foreground is a 1/43rd Vanguard model.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! I'd kill for that MkI zephyr!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


The museum of British road transport in Coventry used to have two on display in their coachwork section, they were described as 'examples of cheap mass produced cars of the 50s'.The last time I was there, the museum had been refurbished with no sign of the Shawcrafts.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're amazing!

I want one!


Or two....or three..... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Now in private ownership this started life as a an early Corsair with squarish horn ring, it was later updated to a G.T. then a 2000E. It looks so good I wonder why Ford never built a 2 door 2000E.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Back to Dagenham, sadly I didn't get pictures off all the models there, I remember there were two MK4 Zodiac 'Flying Pigs'
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


The last of my own models (not the same model as the first pic. count the doors). This is the one that started me off.
It was a prize in a competition the kids section of the FORD TIMES in 1964. It was said to have cost 220 to make (about half the cost of a real Anglia at that time)! It was won by a young lady who entered the competition hoping to win the second prize (I think it was 20). as she was going on holiday. Less than delighted with first prize it remained under her bed for the next 35 years, her son, who was 18 when I spoke to him had never even seen it.Anyway I tracked her down and bought it about 9 years ago
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


This is the other model that was desplayed in the Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry. I tried to buy their models as they mainly stick to midlands built British vehicles ( Ford being an American company) but was told that they never sell exhibits as they are held in trust fot the people of Coventry.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What fantastic models.They must have taken a fair few hours to make.
No wonder they were half the price of a real one.

Really,the only way i could tell it was a model is the window surrounds,on the 1st 315 they look slightly odd.Also,the Thames van's windscreen doesn't look to be quite high enough.All the same,any model collector would give his eye teeth for one,I'm sure.

I'm glad you're preserving these for the future.
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