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Oxford TK Makeover 1/76th scale
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No: 207   Contributor: Graham Willey   Scale: 1/76   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Oxford Diecast   Country: United Kingdom
Oxford TK Makeover 1/76th scale

Oxford Die-cast 1/76th scale Bedford TK Pump West Midlands Fire Service. I bought the model after seeing it in a magazine, I noticed that it has two major faults, it is too narrow in width and it slopes down to the front, I removed the front wheels and fitted a pair of 13mm dia. wheels to the original axle, the new wheels came from an old Airfix kit, (RAF Emergency Set). The photo shows that this corrects the front down slope of the model. I fitted new ladder gantries and a new 35 ft ladder. I also made and fitted a roof ladder. The tampo printing was removed and the model was re-liveried as Defence Fire Service. I’m now looking for a new set of 12mm dia. wheels to fit the back axle to complete the makeover.
Picture added on 17 September 2009 at 07:15
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Since up-loading the photo the model has been fitted with the new rear wheels and the front wheel hubs have been fitted with the axle stub detail. I’ve also found another method to correct the front down slope on the model; this involves removing the tyres from the front wheel hubs, then remove the flanges on the hub edge and fit new tyres from an old EFE model, EFE model trucks can be found very cheap at car boot sales and swap meets.

Added by Graham Willey on 17 September 2009.
With regard to the faults on the Oxford tk pump if oxford use manufactures drawings I suspect they do the model is based on the smaller chassis this will make its width correct also it was common to build new with the nose down attitude as with the real pump it had to pass tests loaded
and the nose down kept the weight on the steering and front brakes even when loaded so as a technical model Oxford are quite correct and Im sorry but Bedford did not supply that chassis in 4x4 as your makeover looks

Added by Skippy on 24 December 2009.

I’ll start with your last remark about the 4x4; HCB Angus supplied the North Yorkshire Fire Service with a number of 4x4 Bedford Tk Pump Ladders. One of these machines was stationed at Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, a photo of this machine can be seen on Photo No. 5290. Another of the 4x4 TK’s was stationed at Clifford St. Fire Station York for a while; I have a photo in my collection of this appliance at York.

With regard to the Oxford model; if one assumes that it depicts the typical TK pump ladder then in the opinion of a lot of modellers including myself it should be level or slightly nose up. Having gone through my library of Bedford TK data sheets from HCB Angus & Carmichael and looking at over 50 photos of Bedford TK appliance’s none show the vehicle in a nose down attitude. As for the width of the model the smallest overall width (excluding wing mirrors) I can find in the data sheets is 7ft 6in this in 1/76th scale would be 30mm; the model has a overall width of 28mm. The aim of the photo was simply to show other modellers a way of making the model look more like the typical Bedford TK Pump.

Added by Graham Willey on 24 December 2009.
As an up-date to my comments to Skippy, I’ve found in my of archive of data sheets a Bedford publicity handout showing a North Yorkshire Fire Brigade HCB Angus 4x4 Bedford TK Pump Ladder at Harrogate Fire Station. As well as the Bedford TK many brigades used the military 4x4 version known as the Bedford MK. The MK was supplied in both single and double rear wheel versions. Specialist Bodybuilders using the 4x4 MK for fire appliances included, Walter Alexander, Angloco Ltd, HCB Angus and Carmichael.

Added by Graham Willey on 24 December 2009.
Please don't be offended I'm not knocking your model I was just pointing out that the Bedford TK can be a can of worms for the modeller with its changes .The Welsh appliances were built on the smaller TK with the same running units as the J4 @ J5 Bedford ,the North Yorks appliances were built on the much larger KM chassis if you look on delta 64 web site Ashton U Lyne PTB136C & PTB137C these are the larger KM but most people call them TK see what I mean with Can of Worms. Warning, keep away from modelling Dennis, they are even worse. To repeat myself I'm not knocking your modeling skills all the best Skippy

Added by SKIPPY on 25 December 2009.
Where can one purchase the 30/35 foot extension ladders?

Added by Richard Yeomans on 23 October 2013.
Graham your model replicates 42KG60 which is the only DFS tender of that style they had by Carmichael- Now assuming I have guessed correctly as you are replicating 4x4 then I can offer : The appliance in question was built for the then Defence Fire Service on a Bedford M1120 4x4 chassis ( which was the successor to the MJ which had succeeded the MK. It is not a TK conversion but on a standard 4x4 chassis. It was often normal UK military practise to build 4x4 vehicles that were constantly loaded i.e. recovery vehicles, well borers and other fire tenders such as the SAM SITE truck-- mounted on 3 ton or 4 tonne capacity 4x4 chassis with dual rear wheels. This appliance served at the British UN peacekeeping force HQ at the old Nicosia airport; It became redundant there and was transferred to RAF Troodos and crewed by RAF firefighters. It was a one off built of such a domestic appliance on the M1120 chassis to meet the needs of our forces in Cyprus.

Added by Ted Angus on 23 October 2013.
Richard, click on 'LINKS' above and look down for B.W.Models. Go to Civilian Emergency Accessories Sets on left side of page, you want CEA 20. Its a set of 5 X 30ft ladders in a pack at £1.00 a set.

Added by Pete Matten on 23 October 2013.
thanks, will order same

Added by Richard Yeomans on 24 October 2013.
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