Vanguards TP1002 Ford Sierra Cosworth & Land Rover Defender - Tayside Police Set - Decert Ltd Edition

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This is the Vanguards TP1002 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth and Land Rover Defender set in the white livery of the Tayside Police. The Sierra Cosworth 4x4 has been described by more than one Police driver as the perfect traffic car as it was large enough to carry the equipment needed by the force, but nimble enough to work well in high speed situations. The permanent four wheel drive made the car as surefooted in all conditions as it was fast, all qualities needed to patrol Scotland's twisting network of roads. The versatile Land Rover has been put to many uses in Police hands including this "go anywhere" Dog Section patrol car. The combination of a Land Rover and a Police dog allows Tayside Police to use this unit off-road to assist in both search and rescue work.

This limited edition set has been decertificated by the factory. The models have some detailing and no opening parts.

SIERRA
At the front of the Sierra there is a plain white bumper and small black grille complete with Ford badge. Below this is the number plate [J124 FSR] in black text on white background. The front lights are represented by clear plastic lenses set into the body casting, below which are blue painted panels representing the forward facing blue "flashers". Two small black and white wing mirrors sit on the front doors and two tiny black, photo-etched wipers grace the front windscreen. On the front of the bonnet is a blue "POLICE" sign. The sides and doors are painted white with Fluorescent pink stripe bordered by a black and white chequerboard pattern. This stripe is broken on the front door by the inclusion of the Tayside Police crest. Below this is a large black and white chequerboard pattern along the bottom of the doors and the doors are finished off with the door handles highlighted in black. At the very rear of each side the word "POLICE" appears again in blue letters. The roof has the obligatory blue and white, bar style roof light of the period. At the rear is another plain white bumper with the word "POLICE" in red lettering. Above the bumper, on the top rear of the boot is a plain white, with black edge, aerofoil below which is an orange line. The rear lights are represented by red and white panels on a black strip which also carries the rear numberplate in black on yellow.

The entire interior is black plastic with a right hand drive black plastic steering wheel set into the dashboard. Interior features include the front and rear seats, instrument panel, gear stick and tiny interior rear view mirror. The glazing is clear all round.

All wheels have solid, one piece black plastic hubs with a simulated spoke wheel cap and separate black rubber tyres.

The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "Vanguards" in the centre top, and "FORD, Sierra Sapphire" on two lines at the centre bottom. The base plate casting also has minimalist front and rear suspension system, engine sump, gearbox, and exhaust system. It is held in place by a front and rear self tapping screw cleverly hidden beneath an engine cover at the front and the petrol tank and spare wheel casting at the rear.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER
At the front of the Defender there is a plain black bumper on which is the number plate [M421 WSL] in black text on white background. Above this is a black grille complete with Land Rover name. The front lights are represented by clear plastic lenses set into black moldings on which the side and indicator lights are picked out in silver and orange. Mounted on the bonnet is a spare wheel,just to the rear of The Tayside Police crest. Two black and silver wing mirrors sit on the front doors and two tiny black, photo-etched wipers grace the front windscreen. The sides and doors are painted white with Fluorescent pink stripe. Below this is a large black and white chequerboard pattern along the bottom of the doors and rear body. These stripes are broken on the front door by the inclusion of the Tayside Police crest. The doors are finished off with the door handles highlighted in black. At the very rear of each side the word "POLICE" appears in blue letters followed, on the second line, by "Dog Section". The roof has two blue rectangular roof lights, one above the driver and the other at the rear on the passenger side. Also on the roof are an air intake for the dogs and what looks like a roof mounted speaker or siren. At the rear is another plain black bumper with cast towing fittings. Above the bumper, on the bottom of the rear body is an orange and yellow set of "Hazard" stripes. The rear lights are represented by red and orange dots on raised cast features. To the left of the rear door is the rear numberplate in black on yellow.

The entire interior is black plastic with a right hand drive black plastic steering wheel set into the dashboard. Interior features include the front seats, instrument panel, and gear stick. The glazing is clear all round.

All wheels have solid, one piece white plastic hubs with a simulated 5 stud pattern and separate black rubber tyres. The rear wheels are complemented by small "rubber" mud flaps.

The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "Defender" in the centre top, and LLEDO, Vanguards on two lines at the centre bottom. The base plate casting also has front door steps, chassis, front and rear suspension systems, gearbox, front and rear differentials and drive shafts, exhaust system and fuel tank. It is held in place by a front self tapping screw and rear body lug.

This set was issued circa 2006. The scale is stated to be 1/43. It is fixed to the cardboard plinth by the use of unique metal and plastic fittings.

Item: 1236