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I WAS RECENTLY emailed a selection of Moss Motors Ltd cutout paper car models. Three caught my eye, the original Austin Mini, the original Austin-Healey Sprite, and the MG TC.
I admit that my experience with paper car modeling is limited indeed: In 2014 I built the Racer from Toys Every Child Can Make, 1927, by Harry B. Wright.
Being three-dimensional, the Moss Motors Ltd cutout models are rather more complex than my cut-and-paint Racer. Thus, I start with the tidy boxy Mini. Here, in Parts 1 and 2, today and tomorrow, are tidbits about this paper modeling adventure.
Moss Motor, Ltd. In 1948 (one year after the first R&T), a Southern California fellow named Al Moss bought an MG TC. Within a year, Al opened an MG repair shop, Moss Motors, Ltd. By 1961, his company had evolved into a major parts supply firm. As an example, in 1977 Al bought 48 tons of “obsolete” inventory from Standard Triumph in England, four 40-ft. shipping containers of TR2, TR3, and TR4 spares. A year later (no coincidence, likely) Al was able to sell the business to a friend and devoted his semi-retirement to restoring and racing British sports cars.
As the company website noted when he passed away at age 85 in 2012, “If E. Alan Moss had bought a Ford instead of an MG TC, things might have turned out very differently indeed.” And not nearly as entertaining.
The Austin Mini Plan. I printed my Mini on my computer’s supply of ordinary 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I would have preferred a heavier stock, but sheltering-in-place postponed this. And ordering the stiffer paper online would have delayed production.
Its Livery. The first job was Mini’s paint job (best done before cutting it out). I borrowed Wife Dottie’s collection of high-class Prang Thick Core Colored Pencils, 3.3 Millimeter Cores, 7 Inch Length, Assorted Colors, 50 Count, and chose the Rob Walker livery, blue, with white nose stripe (and, in the Mini’s case, roof).
For later alignment, I left the bonnet stripe for after assembly.
Tomorrow in Part 2, I get really serious with scissors and adhesive. There’ll be no going back now. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2020