Atlas Jaguar Collection: Jaguar Mark 10

By Maz Woolley

Atlas Jaguar Mark 10

The latest release in the Atlas Jaguar Collection is a Jaguar Mark 10. I have deliberately written Mark  10, and not Mark  X, because that is how Jaguar badged the car. A brand new unitary bodied car it owned little to the Mark IX which preceded it.

The Mark X was the first Jaguar saloon to feature independent rear suspension, it used a wider-track version of the unit first seen on the E Type. The front suspension used double wishbones with coil springs and telescopic dampers. The car initially featured a 3781 cc version of Jaguar’s XK in-line six-cylinder engine but at the London Motor Show in October 1964 the enlarged 4,235 cc unit became available. Just over 19,000 were made before the 420G was introduced  in 1966 so it was a much rarer car than the E Type or Mark 2. Both elements of the styling of the Mark 10 and its components lived on in the Daimler DS limousine.

Gearbox options were manual, manual with overdrive, automatic, or automatic with overdrive. Many cars for the UK, and almost all cars destined for the vital North American markets, left the factory with a Borg Warner automatic gear-box. Brakes were power assisted disks all round, essential on such a heavy and fast car. Around 120 miles per hour was achievable which was faster than many contemporary sports cars. Power assisted steering was standard.

For such a scarce vehicle it has been widely modelled. The contemporary Matchbox model is arguably one of the best models Lesney made in the regular wheels series. The Husky made by Corgi for Woolworths was also a good model. In larger sizes the Dinky and Corgi models were excellent too. In France Norev made it in their 1:43 scale range of plastic models. The Norev model has made several re-appearances since under Norev label and as a partwork model.

White metal models have been made over the years, the Gems and Cobwebs GC10 for example, which is now rather dated. The current 1:43 scale resin model from Neo is probably the best model currently available.  Atlas Jaguar models had, to date, appeared to be sourced from existing moulds already used in other series by PCT/Ixo  but I cannot find any such predecessor in this case. The use of triangular inset screws on baseplate of car as well as holding it to the base suggests that the origin is probably PCT/Ixo.  It may be that this mould will now be used to produce models for other ranges.

The Atlas model is painted in a maroon colour which is often seen in period advertising material. The model itself is very good apart from a few compromises common on budget models. On the plus side the model captures the shape of the original beautifully and has wonderful flush glazing with really delicately printed chrome window surrounds. It has separate door handles neatly modelled and fitted correctly, as well as a very good grille, round intakes and front lights. The sidelight is even modelled in as a small separate item. The front indicator and rear light clusters are coloured paint on silver plastic components which are perfectly acceptable on a model in a budget range. Inside the car the front seats have the drop down tables moulded into their backs and there is a wood effect dash with nicely printed instruments. Even the door handles inside have been picked out in silver which gives it a level of finish often only found in more expensive ranges.
So what are the things that are not as good as I would like. Firstly the printed silver rubbing strip along the sides is too thick and heavy and could do with breaking at the door gaps. Secondly the car sits a little high on its wheels. Thirdly the rear of the seats should be partially wood finished like the dash board. Finally the number plates say MKX 62 and I would prefer real numbers.


All in all this is a respectable model and is a welcome addition to the collection.

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Editor’s Thoughts: Hornby Hobbies

Hornby Hobbies the company who make Hornby trains, Airfix kits, and Corgi models announced another shares warning recently despite trading well in the final quarter of 2015.  The graph below from their web site tells the story, a 60% fall in the value of their shares last week.

HorbyHobbies Shares

For collectors of models made by the group this can only be bad news since it means that they will be less able to borrow money to invest in new tooling.  Collectors of Vanguards, and other Corgi ranges, will have noticed the reduced investment in new castings over the last couple of years and with the reduction in the value of the company and its substantial debt to its bank it seems that things will not improve.

It is sad that with 2016 being the 60th Anniversary of the Corgi brand it is unlikely that any boost to the rapidly fading Vanguards range will happen. Even if the desire to make some special models existed the funding seems unlikely to be.

Update 16th February

Hornby Hobbies shares have recovered a little after Richard Ames, the chief executive, stepped down. The company chairman Roger Canham has taken over running the company and although the shares have risen a little he faces a major challenge sorting out the logistics problems, supply chain issues, and retaining collectors interest in ranges with few new releases to offer. As the custodian of some of the UK’s best known brands we wish him luck in steering the company back to profitable trading.

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News from the Continent 2/2016: M4 Modelcars

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Since Hans-Georg prepared this news we have had the sad news that Marco Grassini, one of the pioneers of the model industry and founder of the M4 company, passed away on January 11th 2016.

M4 Modelcars Italy

Releases planned for January and February 2016


ART326  Ferrari 500 Mondial – 24 hours of Reims 1954. Winner Picard and Pozzi  #28 Body made from resin
ART327  Ferrari 195 Touring – 1950 – dark blue
ART328  Ferrari 250 California – Nassau 1950 – W.Burnett #94
ART329  Ferrari 250P – Bridgehampton 1963 – Pedro Rodriguez #1
ART330  Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Monte Carlo 1952 – L.Ferraud #22
ART331  Ferrari 500 Mondial – 1954 – Test car – yellow                 Body made from resin


BEST9597  Ferrari 512 BB – 1976 –grey metallic and black
BEST9598  Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe – 1966 – red metallic
BEST9599  Porsche 908/3 – Targa Florio 1971 – Siffert and Redman #7
BEST9609  Ferrari 312 Coupe – Daytona 1970 – Parkes and Posey #24 (with diorama)
BEST9600  Ferrari 308 GTB – Targa Florio 1982 – Tognana and De Antoni – winner #12
BEST9610  Abarth 1000 SP – Bassano and Montegrappa 1970 – M.Baldo #4
BEST9611  Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – SPA 1967 – Vestey and Gaspar #63
BEST9612  Alfa Romeo 33.2 LM – Le Mans Test 1969 – Pilette and Slotemaker


RIO4481  Citroen DS Cabriolet 1961 – grey metallic
RIO4482  Isotta Fraschini 8A – Milano-San Remo 1933 – winner Rosalinda Bianchi Anderloni #50
RIO4483  Mercedes-Benz 190SL – 1959 – with soft top – black
RIO4484  Ford Thunderbird 1956 – with soft top – light blue
RIO4485  Mercedes-Benz 190SL – Grand Prix of Macau 1956 – winner D.Steane  #8
RIO4486  Citroen DS21 – 1972 – Gendarmerie

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Ricko 1:87

By Maz Woolley

Ricko are a Hong Kong based model maker. They launched a range of 1:87 scale models in 2004 made in plastic. The range covered modern, classic and vintage vehicles as it developed but sales were not as high as expected and no new models have been announced for many years though existing models have remained in stock  at many suppliers. Some sellers have reduced the prices to clear unsold stocks in recent months.

Like Neo, which has ceased its premium priced 1:87 range in favour of a simplified and cheaper BoS range, Ricko set high quality standards in this scale. The initial prices were too high for the US 1:87 market which was flooded at the time Ricko launched with cheap diecast models from Model Power, Malibu and others. And of course the German market was already dominated by the existing 1:87 makers like Wiking, Herpa and Busch.

The author has previously described some Ricko 1:87 vehicles in the now defunct Model Auto Review magazine. This article focuses upon a few of the vintage models made by Ricko which the author had not previously covered.

Audi Alpensieger

August Horch, who founded the Audi car manufacturing company, won the Austria Alpine Rally with this car in June 1914. The car was dubbed ‘Alpensieger’ (Alpine Champion) after winning that rally in three consecutive years between 1912 and 1914. Later models were military versions as 1914 saw the start of the Great War.

The Audi Alpensieger was not a specialized racing car, but rather a sporty touring car. The mountain legs of the Alpine rallies called for a car with a powerful engine capable of handling rough terrain. A total of around 1,400 examples were built. An example of this vehicle can be seen on the web site of the Deutsches Museum.

The Ricko model shown has finely detailed features like the lovely headlights with inserted lenses. The brass effect finish is also very well modelled. The dashboard and footwell are moulded in some detail but are not picked out. The “wire” wheels are incredibly fine and show what can be achieved in this scale.

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Like the Audi pictured above the Silver Ghost appeared before the Great War and later examples were used as military vehicles. In 1906 Rolls-Royce exhibited two examples of a new car designated the 40/50 hp. The 40/50 hp was so new that the show cars were not fully finished. The first finished examples were not provided to the press for testing until March 1907.

The car was continuously developed and famously completed many reliability trials helping to make Rolls Royce’s name as quality manufacturers.

The Ricko model is delightful. with a superb spirit of ecstasy mascot and fine radiator and lights. Inside the dashboard is wood effect with instruments showing. Like the Audi very good wire wheels are included. A nice touch is the two occasional seats in the upright position in the rear. Fine rear lights and even an exhaust embellisher are featured.

Lincoln Model K

This car dates from 1931 when the Model K appeared with a new chassis with a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Factory bodies included a two or four door phaeton. The 6.3 Litre  engine was a derivative of the earlier L-series V8 which had been developed to produce 120 HP. The car was also bodied by contemporary coach builders and competed with the Chrysler Imperial, Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Mercedes-Benz 770, Duesenberg Model J, Packard Eight, and the Cadillac Series 355. 

This is another fine model with period correct white walls and lovely fine wheels. The radiator and mascot are very fine indeed as are the lights front and back both with separate lenses. Small details abound like the chrome grab rail in the rear and the nicely modelled folded hood. The dashboard again has some neat details and the winders and door furniture have also been picked out.

Maybach Typ SW35

Maybach became part of Daimler Benz in 1960 and since then has only featured rarely in the Daimler Benz line up. Most recently as arrange of very luxurious long wheelbase vehicles sold and leased in small numbers. Maybach was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and made high quality products and was closely associated with the Zeppelin company too.

The SW35 was built in the lead up to the Second World War being produced from 1935 to 1938 and started with a 3.5 Litre engine. It was smaller than the Maybach Zeppelin but still a car for the rich and powerful.

The Ricko model appears to be identical to a car displayed at Sinsheim Museum in pictures from 2000. Again this is a very fine model with the steel wheels and hubcaps captured perfectly. At the rear the fine rear lights on slender stalks are modelled so finely they are at real risk of being broken when handling the model. On the dashboard instruments are picked out with chrome printing. The front lights and radiator are again very detailed and the mascot is well reproduced as a tiny fine etching.

There are other vintage vehicles available in this series from a tiny BMW Dixi to an inter-war Wanderer and Mercedes Benz.

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News from the Continent: Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are from Wiking and by the author.

 17914 Wiking_018402_00_Glas Goggomobil
Here is the news of the Wiking releases due in February 2016. As usual there is a mix of  repaints, new liveries as well as some new mouldings.

New Items in 1:87 scale

0363 10  Claas Arion 640 tractor
0361 60  Fendt 1050 Vario tractor
0184 02  Glas Goggomobil Coupe
0104 49  Volkswagen Tuareg GP Police
0262 04  Citroen HY sales vehicle “Spar”
0856 01  Büssing 8000 flatbed truck and trailer
0640 01  Magirus Sirius Municipal services – street sprinkler
0674 49  Mercedes-Benz Arocs Meiller 8-wheel tipper
0626 49  Rosenbauer FLF Panther 6×6 2015 Fire service

New items in 1:160 scale

17921 Wiking_094702_00_Langholztransporter Büssing 8000

0947 02  Büssing 8000 artic. Timber truck

Upgraded Models in 1:87 scale

0226 02  Morris Mini Minor
0187 98  BMW 1600 GT Convertible
0317 03  Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus
0864 39  Volkswagen T2a Bus “Polizei”
0265 02  Mercedes-Benz L 319 Panel Van
0695 07  Mercedes-Benz G-Model “Bundeswehr – Military Police”
0537 08  Mercedes-Benz Actros articulated curtain tarpaulin truck “John Deere”
0730 01  Setra S8 Coach
0863 38  Magirus TLF 16 fire appliance
0573 11  Mercedes-Benz Actros drawbar with exchangeable body

 New Items – Scale 1:32

0773 91  Wheel Set with chains for Fendt 828 tractor
0778 18  Claas Tucano 570 combine with Conspeed corn header 8-75
0773 49  Fendt 1050 Vario tractor
0778 11  Claas Arion 420 tractor
0778 13  Fendt Katana 85 forage harvester
A look in detail at some of the Wiking December releases:
0990 89  Set “Filling Station GASOLIN”
The set contains an authentically styled 1960s filling station in design of the Gasolin brand. It also includes a car wash and signage as well as two water cans, an articulated tanker with a Henschel tractor unit and a MAN recovery vehicle.
GASOLIN was founded on 23. March 1920 as Olea Mineral oil works AG in Frankfurt on Main. After a number of takeover´s and re-brandings, on 4th May 1926 the company became German Gasolin AG. In 1935, Gasolin was one of the big 5 filling station chains in Germany. After the war, more consolidation took place and eventually Gasolin AG was merged with ARAL and the red and white coloured filling stations and fleet vehicles were repainted in ARALs blue and white.
The model is a nostalgic reminder of those years when the fuel price was much lower than today , but wages were lower then too.
0838 03  Rolls Royce Silver Wraith saloon
Wiking Rolls Royce Silver Wraith a
After the Second World War the first model to be produced carrying the Rolls Royce radiator, was the Silver Wraith. The earliest batch of chassis were ready in late 1946 and by end of the year two cars had been delivered, both bodied by Hooper. The Wiking miniature looks like a car bodied by Hooper around 1950. It has been re-issued now in new colours, medium and light blue. This model has been significantly upgraded from its earlier releases with printed chrome work and much more detailed wheel sets.
0862 34  Magirus DL25h Turnable ladder truck

Wiking Magirus Fire Appliance a

 The Magirus DL25 was introduced at the beginning of 1950s. The model is very detailed indeed for 1:87 scale. The ladder is a working part and can be extended to an impressive height as seen in the photograph below.
Wiking Magirus Fire Appliance b

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Readers Comment: More on Chuck Jordan

By Ken Smith

This interesting response to Harvey Goranson’s post on Chuck Jordan was posted by Ken on our Facebook page. It has been posted here to make sure it is available to all our readers. 

Ken writes: I also met Chuck Jordan at one of the Detroit model car swap meets. He had a table next to mine which was loaded with miniature Ferraris. As Harvey stated, he was very distinguished looking – as well as very down to earth! As the day progressed we got to talking, and I asked him where he worked. He made a very simple statement, saying ” I work for General Motors”.  At the time John DeLorean had just published his somewhat controversial book entitled “On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors“. I asked Chuck if he had read the book, and he replied “I am in it – myself and John were the designers that came up with the wide track Pontiac!”. I later learned that Chuck was at the time the head of design for GM and that he always drove Ferraris. He was a truly wonderful person to talk to.

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Editorial, February 2016

By Karl Schnelle


As MAR Online comes up to full speed as a blog, we have two full months under our belts.  In December we published 16 articles, and in January, 24.  We are off to a good start in February with 5 posted during the first week.  I want to thank all our authors for submitting great articles on interesting subjects.  Our Editors, MazHans-Georg, and Rod have done a lot of research and published great posts.  But we have others who are very involved as well.   Robin Godwin, Dave Turner, Harvey Goranson, Chris Sweetman, Tony Galvin, Fabrizio Panico, and John Quilter have been kind enough to continue writing for MAR Online after many good and hardcopy MAR articles.  And we welcome some new faces such as Patrick Italiano , who I hope will continue to grace our website in the future.

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Readers Query: Robustelli Decals

From George Marsh by Email

George has contacted MAR Online to ask about where he can get Robustelli decals / transkits for 1:43 scale Jaguar XJ-S.

At the time of writing there is Heller Jaguar XJ-S kit with the Robustelli transkit available for 49 Euros on eBay but it looks like it is only available to French buyers.

Does any reader know where else George may be able to get these items from? If you do contact us at MAROnlineEditor at and we will pass the details on to George.

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Readers Letter: Opel Designer Chuck Jordan

From Harvey Goranson by Email

The mention of the late Chuck Jordan in the Opel Designers series post brought back some memories. In 1979 I made a trip to Detroit to purchase my Arnolt MG coupe and, while there, I went to a big model car swapmeet. As I pulled into the parking lot, a silver Ferrari BB also pulled in. A distinguished-looking white-haired gent got out and we gave each other a car guy nod. I found out later this was Chuck Jordan.

Besides ultimately being director of design for GM, Chuck was a model car collector, and both of us used to post ads in the Traders Horn publication. We bought an item or two from each other over the years. I last talked to him on the phone around the year 2000 when I bought a couple of old Mercury Ferraris from him. I had just bought a Miata Special Edition and he told me his son had a hand in its design. He had just taken delivery of a Ferrari Modena spyder, oh well…..
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original well.

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UK 1:76 scale White Metal kits

By Maz Woolley

Before Oxford Diecast started to make 1:76 scale models the only way that you could obtain models in this scale were to buy kits from a number of UK Artisan firms which produced models to that scale. Once Oxford’s cheap ready made offerings became available Artisan producers struggled to sell models and the market contracted quite quickly. Two who are still trading are John Day Models made by Daryl Toney and Parker Models made by Rod Parker.

Parker VE65 Austin Ten 1939/47

Another model that would look well on any UK Railway layout in the last days of steam. The Austin 10 stayed in service for a long time during the years after the Second World War when  cars were in scarce supply in the UK. The model is a nice representation of the real car though the radiator grille is difficult for someone with my limited skills to paint. Casting is clean and the Vacform fits well.

John Day Austin A70 Countryman 1950/54

This model has been seen in 1:43 scale from Pete Kenna. It was named Hereford succeeding the Hampshire that ran from 1947 to 1950.  This at a time when Austin cars were named after English counties. This is another model selected by Daryl Toney for re-mastering and is now a lot cleaner and sports the new style wheels which are separate rather than moulded into the base. The vacforms on the older John Day models were often poor fitting items but the new ones in these re-mastered models fit very well.

Parker VE62 Ford Pilot Estate Car 1947/51

This V8 Ford sold in relatively low volumes since it’s Canadian Bren Carrier derived side valve V8 engine attracted high vehicle tax rates and was not very economical either. The  Pilot was replaced by the Consul/Zephyr range which was a very much better seller. This vehicle is a must for any royal car collection in this scale since there is one in the Royal Collection. To replicate VUL 3 one would need to paint the model in dark green.

As usual the Parker model is a clean casting which captures the original well.

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