I asked for advice on LAF, and got various opinions on what looked good and what didn't, but got no real consensus other than people were using some models from Matchbox's "Models of Yesteryear" and Lledo's "Models of Days Gone" lines (both discontinued, but available second hand).
Some additional Googling turned up a Russian Matchbox site that had photos and scales for the Yesteryear series. Based on this I made a short list of Matchbox vehicles between 1/50 and 1/60 size that seemed promising. Sadly, I couldn't find such a guide for the Lledo cars, and had to eye it based on photos helpful LAFers added to my post.
After a bit of searching on eBay, I took the plunge with two vehicles:
- Matchbox Y31-B 1931 Morris Courier (though oddly the stamp on the bottom of the lorry says 1933 Morris Pantechnicon - not sure if they are sharing parts); 1/59 given scale
- Lledo DG 020 1934 Ford A Stake Truck; no given scale
|Lanchester 6x4 Armoured Car|
|Ford A Stake Truck|
|Source: Grace's Guide|
As such, I think I'm off to a good start with both brands. The Lledo seem to go a bit cheaper on eBay (I got mine for $7 with shipping, vs $17 in total for the Matchbox), so I think I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for these even though I'll have to guess at the scale for each individual model. Luckily my Ford came in the original box, so that will help me gauge how large (or small) other vehicles are in comparison.
As I add more, I'll post additional size photos.