If you are looking for a 1:43 scale model made in pure white metal then look no further than a Brooklin Model. These beautiful models are hand built in Bath in the UK and boast excellent attention to detail.
A History of Brooklin Models
Since 1974, Brooklin Models has been creating 1:43 scale miniatures of American automotive classics. Honouring American automotive history, design and styling and with a focus on the time period between the 1930’s and the early 1960’s, Brooklin has given us such milestone cars as the 1935 Studebaker Commander, the 1941 Packard Clipper and the 1953 Buick Skylark. Also some unique automobiles, such as the 1936 Stout Scarab, 1938 Phantom Corsair and the 1957 Rambler Rebel have been produced. The range even includes four trailers and a classic speedboat.
Brooklin Models Limited has its origins in the small rural town of Brooklin, located 35 miles northeast of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was in the early 1970’s that John Hall, a design engineer teaching at the University of Toronto, decided to change a life-long interest in American automobile styling into something tangible – scale models in 1:43 scale. Compared to models found in the Brooklin Collection today, these early models were crude. The first two 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow models, cast in the basement of John’s house, were made of resin and had wooden sticks from ice-cream bars incorporated into their baseplates for stiffness. The earliest models cast in white metal did not have windows in clear plastic, no rear windows at all and their tyres were made of white rubber. But by 1977, models from Brooklin were improved, complete with details of windshield wipers, clear plastic windows and licence plates. Model car collectors and HO train buffs in the Toronto area, as well as the north-eastern United States, were soon collecting these models of American classics.
In 1979, John and Jenny Hall returned to England, setting up shop in the town of Bath, Somerset. This move led to an immediate distinction between the earlier models and the new English ones, making the Canadian Brooklins more highly valued and sought-after.
Classic cars produced by the Brooklin factory over the following years included the 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, the 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, the 1956 Lincoln Continental MK II and the 1958 Edsel Citation. The 1941 Hupmobile Skylark and the 1954 Dodge Royal 500 were some unusual pieces that had not been produced by any other model manufacturer.www.brooklinmodels.co.uk