Models of the
MG Y Type
or "What to buy the man who has (almost) everything"
There have been many models made of MGs throughout the last
70 years, however not even a handful of manufacturers have bothered with the Y
Type. The only four manufacturers that I know of are DG, RAE, MG Car Club Y
Type Register, and the most recent by Lansdowne. If you know of any others,
please contact me – I am always want to increase my collection!
Michael Ellman-Brown illustrates the DG Models in his book
MG Collectibles on page 117, the range comprised a saloon and a YT with the hood
up, and down. Also, shown is the RAE range of models.
Club Y Type Register
A pewter casting of a Y was made by the MG Car Club Y
Type Register to commemorate the Golden Jubilee in 1997 (now a collectors
item), and another similar casting was produced to celebrate the Millennium
(only a few of these now left at the bargain price of £11.75). The castings
by the MG CC Y Register are of good quality and if you have not got one, do
not leave it too late to get your Y2K model.
The DG models were created by Dave Gilbert to
complement the early Dinky Toys®. They are well detailed on the
exterior but, in common with the early Dinky Toys® they are
devoid of interior and Perspex “glass”. The wheels do rotate, and the axles
are terminated on the outside with a flange. Details of the DG models are
www.autocraftmodels.com. DG offer both a Y Saloon version and a YT
(with the hood in the raised position) version.
The quality of the RAE one is OK as white metal kits
go. It can be tricky to get everything to fit together on the RAE model, and
liberal use of a file is required. Also, the wheel axle is fixed and the
wheels are not intended to rotate – fine for a standing model, no good as a
toy! RAE make a Saloon and a YT too. However, unlike the DG model,
interior and Perspex “glass” is provided. The sun roof on the Saloon
version can be set to either the open or closed position, and the hood on
the YT is in the lowered position so that the detail of the interior can be
on full view. RAE do not seem to be especially good about answering email
enquiries though, so contacting them by telephone may be a better bet!
The sunroof on the Y Saloon can also be fixed in either the open position
or the closed. The illustration show it in the open position.
RAE appear to have ceased trading, however unmade and
made models appear from time to time on eBay.
The Lansdowne model is by far the best Y Saloon
available. Originally made in Gold / Sun Bronze with Red upholstery, this
was withdrawn as the Sun Bronze was deemed not a popular colour! Ironically
because of the limited production run these early models have now acquired a
“cult” status and consequently when available for sale, attract high
prices! The base plate was also incorrectly stamped “Brooklin”: I have
seen them fetch double the price of the replacement later Black model (with
Beige upholstery). More information on the
Lansdowne is provided a lower part of this page - click
here to jump to it.
Custom built models – using a Lansdowne LDM 28 as a base
Wessex Model and Toy Collectors Club
Another extremely rare
variant on the Lansdowne was a very limited (110 models only) production run
made for members of Wessex Model and Toy Collectors Club. All models should
be in a box with a special sticker on, the base plate is a Brooklin (not
Lansdowne) and the number plate bears the number WMTC.00. The models were
only available in MG Maroon with red upholstery. They will very rarely find
there way out onto the open market and will command a large price tag if
(and when) they do.
Custom made model (from 2 LDM 28s) with opening doors,
bonnet and engine detail
I have a model in 1/43 scale of all my MGs, custom built to match my bigger
toys, and I chose the Lansdowne model as the basis for my customised
version. I decided to go the whole hog, and asked the maker to do an
opening back door, and front door, and an opening bonnet with engine
detail. This required two basic models, and a degree of hand fettling until
the finished product rolled out – at £250 – but the results speak for
themselves! A standard customised car (with no opening panels) would set
you back about £100 including the base model. I am very pleased with the
results, and can personally recommend the maker – John Roberts. Have a look
at his website on
http://www.jrcustombuilt.com/. If you wish to take it further you can
email him from the site. It is so rare these days to find a craftsman who
enjoys his job as much as John, and who cares so much about each job he does
Custom made YT (from LDM 28)
The latest addition to my personal
collection is another custom model, utilising the
Lansdowne base model, but this time making a YT. This model was also made
by John Roberts and is another fine example of his craft and attention to
Note the detail highlighting the strips on the running boards, boot hinges,
and door handles. Even the seats have been ribbed correctly! Eventually,
(when the restoration of my
real YT is finished) this will be a good model of my YT!
The latest model to come to our attention though is
probably the smallest model of a Y Type anywhere. Built to N
Gauage scale, by Rosco's
Models of Australia (last known address was PO Box 164 Bungendore NSW
2621) would get you two pewter cast Y Types with brass grilles!
These models no longer seem to be available commercially so your only source would be second hand markets such as eBay possibly of specialty collector markets. These came as “white metal” and can be painted to suit any personal colour scheme.
Further details on the Lansdowne Model
model discontinued in favour of Black
LIMITED - PRICE
GUIDE AROUND £48.00 (for the Black model)
BY DAVE TURNER
have reached and passed several thresholds of accuracy and realism with their
Lansdowne Models. For example the Rover P4 that came out as long ago as 1994
really made me sit up and take notice, six years later and I am again impressed
more than just a little.
have just issued a 1:43 scale model of the post-war MG YA Saloon. The car that
while featuring a body, the centre section of which was unashamedly related to
that of Morris and Wolseley 8hp saloons, employed a robust chassis that was, in
shortened form, to subsequently be the basis of the famed TD and TF Sports Cars.
Introduced in May 1947, a total of 6,158 of the first series of YA saloons were
made by January 1952 when the YB, featuring smaller 15" wheels, a hypoid
rear axle and front anti-roll bar, ran on to September 1953, far fewer - 1,301,
of these were made.
far as models of Y series MG goes, RAE have a white metal 1/43 scale Y Saloon
and a Y Tourer in both kit and built form in their range. Lansdowne have now
added their new YA Saloon and it is a little gem to boot! Dimensionally, the
model is as near spot-on as makes no difference, the shape and proportions
likewise. One might question the depth of the rear wings, illustrations of the
later YB series show them to have a slightly deeper section than the earlier,
larger wheeled examples…so this can be confirmed as representing a YA Series
car. Because of the larger wheel opening, the extra space around the tyre on the
YA, gave the appearance of sitting up at the rear slightly more than the YB, and
at the same time showing more of the inner wing panel. Brooklin to their credit
have recognised this and painted the outer sides of the red seat section that is
visible behind the rear wheels with a dull black colour. A few early production
examples had this left in red.
plated detail positively bristles all over the model, the grille is superb, its
shape is right, the MG Octagon badge is top centre while the ‘filler cap’ is
also octagonal. Bad point though is the casting line that runs across the top
and down each side of the grille surround. A dull black wash gives the grille
detail some depth but it has been a trifle overdone on this example and could do
with a more definite wipe over, allowing the plating on the grille bars to shine
through. Headlamps (that might be mounted a fraction too high) and that once
almost obligatory fog lamp mounted on the bumper are of the solid plated type
with cast-in lens pattern, while tiny sidelights sit on top of each front wing.
The bumper itself, while being correctly quite plain apart from some bolt head
detail, is correctly shaped and free from casting marks. The plated bonnet top
hinge cover is a plated strip while the door handles are tiny, delicate and not
overscale like so many tend to be. It was the accurate fit and shape of the door
handles that first suggested that this was a model worthy of being called ‘scale’.
at the subtle swages in the scuttle just forward of the door, and across the
rear deck, to appreciate the effort involved here, and, yes, for the rivet
counters, there are the correct 20 bonnet side louvers in two banks of ten!
Windscreen and wiper detail are painted over, which might be why from some
angles the windscreen looks a trifle small, but it does scale out at around an
inch and a half short on depth and 2 inches short of the width shown on a
contemporary diagram. The same diagram shows the door windows to be very close
to exact however. A novel touch is the open sunroof, allowing the detail on the
‘timber’ effect dash to be noted. So complete is the model in many ways that
it was disappointing to find no gear or handbrake levers inside… it doesn’t
matter how much we get…we still want more…! The seats are the correct
distinctive shape with pleated detail, while the steering wheel needs only a
splash of silver for the spokes, although the hub mounted horn button should
protrude a little more.
continue at the rear end, more delicate hinges and a handle for the boot lid are
plated, while the MG Octagon is cast-in at its centre. Licence plate and ‘D’
lamps are plated and given red lenses although the main section of that on the
left side should be white for the reverse lamp. More plated parts include the
tiny fuel cap on the left side rear wing, and the plain hub caps…the MG badge
seems to appear on these after late 1951, that and the 16" wheels are more
confirmation that this is a YA series car. Very little detail is left painted
over, apart from the windscreen frame, the running board rubbers were actually
set in fine bright strips, a feature probably not re-created totally on the most
expensive of models.
the light metallic bronze is an authentic, if unusual colour, its execution in
1:1 scale paint results in the metallic effect being far too course, if any
criticism is to be of more than nit-picking in nature, it is the use of this
finish…otherwise, well done Brooklin!
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