Micro Models are die-cast metal toys manufactured in Australia from 1952 by Goodwood (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. An exchange of dies (molds) with Lincoln Industries later enabled the models to be made in New Zealand.
While circa 1956 is generally accepted as the start of manufacture in New Zealand, some collectors believe the early Micro Models they bought were imports from Australia. They remember buying them during the first royal visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The Micro cars were about four inches in length and advertised with a scale ratio of 1:36. They were often nearer 1/43, and sometimes 1/48. A 1/72 scale was given for the Bedford trucks, but the Ford O.H.V.V8 trucks came in 1/48 scale and the Commer trucks in about 1/45. The first models listings in both the Australian and New Zealand catalogs were the Vauxhall Velox saloon, the Holden FX Coupe Utility (pick-up truck) and the Jaguar XK-120. New Zealand-made models did not have the baked-enamel paint finish of the Australian models, which meant the paint could be more easily chipped. Other differences are the use of wheels with zinc plated hubcaps on the New Zealand models and, later, their fine-tread rubber tires.
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