1927 Talbot Van

The Talbot and Models of Yesteryear
The Lesney Matchbox ‘Models of Yesteryear’ were the flagship range of the company. The name ‘Matchbox’ came from the original packaging that resembled a matchbox in size. The scale of each model wasn’t of concern .. no attempt to make the models to a consistent scale; instead they were built to a size that fitted into a standard box, irrespective of their subject.

1927 Talbot Van

1927 Talbot Van

The 1927 Talbot is 1:47 scale – which works great in a 1:48 layout. The minor difference between the scales can be safely ignored – 1 inch in 1:48 is 0.0208″ while that same 1 inch in 1:47 is 0.0212″ – only a 0.003″ difference.

The one thing that jumps out at me when looking at this photo are the wheels and tires. They are way too modern for 1927. The following is my attempt to model something better.

onpier-800Here are the results. The photo is a composite created in Helicon Focus using 19 photos. The focal point goes from just in front of the tire bumpers to the backdrop. Camera is set to A priority, ISO 100 and f/8. Shutter speed is set by the camera.

Wheels

Wheels and Tires A couple of photos of the car found on-line gave me enough to work with. I’m not concerned about getting the model exactly like the original – just something that is near to it. Even a cursory … Continue reading

Tires

Wheels and Tires A couple of photos of the car found on-line gave me enough to work with. I’m not concerned about getting the model exactly like the original – just something that is near to it. Even a cursory … Continue reading


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1927 Talbot Van — 2 Comments

  1. Hi,Ed. You may not remember me; we used to see each other at Narrowtrak in Brevard. If you drop by the IPMS nationals in Columbia and go to the first seminar, 0800 on Thursday, 4 Aug, you’ll see a great workshop on scratch structures in O scale… Including a Matchbox Talbot van subjected to a different fate. I need you there…

    • Sounds like fun! Heck .. I just pulled up the website for the convention. I will most likely be there unless we have a zombie apocalypse ..

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