News from the Continent February to March – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are details of the Wiking Releases planned for April 2016

New Items

1:87 Scale

18091 Wiking 119901_00

1199 01  Road building set (NB supplied without models and accessories)
18092 Wiking 036311_00
0363 11  Claas Arion 630 with front loader 150
18093 Wiking 007813_00
0078 13  ADAC Volkswagen Beetle 1200
18094 Wiking 069508_00
0695 08  Ford FK 1000 Military Ambulance
18095 Wiking 052601_00
0526 01  Henschel HS 14/16 artic. 20´Container truck
18096 Wiking 026205_00
0262 05  Citroen HY Fish sales vehicle
18097 Wiking 086135_00
0861 35  DKW F89 saloon “Fire department”
18098 Wiking 051403_00
0514 03  MAN artic. Flatbed truck with canvas cover
18099 Wiking 059001_00
0590 01  Culemeyer low loader for railroad wagons with Büssing 8000 Heavy duty tractor
1:160 Scale


18100 Wiking 098241_00
# 18100    0982 41  Magirus artic. Tanker “GASOLIN”

Upgraded Models

1:87 Scale


18101 Wiking 016102_00

0161 02  Porsche 911 SC
18102 Wiking 018698_00
0186 98  Glas 1700 GT convertible
18103 Wiking 010003_00
0100 03  Land Rover “Ferguson Service”
18104 Wiking 080913_00
0809 13  Citroen 2CV Charleston
18105 Wiking 079717_00
0797 17  Volkswagen T1b panel truck
18106 Wiking 037104_00
0371 04  Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 411 with trailer
18107 Wiking 053201_00
0532 01  Concrete mixer on Henschel HS 100 chassis
18108 Wiking 030807_00
0308 07  Volkswagen T5 Multivan with horse trailer “Police horses and equipment”
18109 Wiking 061247_00
0612 47  Rosenbauer AT LF Fire engine on MAN TGM chassis

New Items – 1:32 Scale


18113 Wiking 077824_01 18112 Wiking 077824_04-1 18111 Wiking 077824_10 18110 Wiking 077824_00

0778 24  Class Lexion 760 TT combine with V 1200 front attachment for grain
077817_Claas_Tucano.indd 18114 Wiking 077817_00
0778 17  Claas Tucano 570 combine with V 930 front attachment for grain
18117 Wiking 077335_01 18116 Wiking 077335_00
0773 35  Krampe Big Body 650 S rear side tipper trailer

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Editorial May 2016

by Karl Schnelle

I’ve been thinking lately about how our hobby has changed and how we get information about our hobby.   Back when I started collecting as a kid in the US, there were not many, or really any, model car collectors in my city.  I somehow found a newsletter called Trader’s Horn  (1974-2005) that was a combination editorial by a knowledgeable collector and sales/wants ads.   Then along came the MCCA newsletter (Michigan) replaced by Model Car Journal (California) in the 1970’s and soon gone by the early 1980’s.

Traders Horn

There were no toy shows  that I knew of back then.  After I moved to Chicago in the 1980’s, I discovered the big shows there and in Toledo, OH.   Shows were good sources for adding to the collection but not really for knowledge about the hobby.

During that time, I discovered three books by Cecil Gibson from the UK (one is pictured below), then the series of books published by Schiffer in the US (still in print!), written by Dr Ed Force – Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Solido, etc.   So in the 1980’s, books become the main source of discovery about variations, gaps in my collection and what to look for next.

Dinky Toys Gibson

Chicago had huge newsstands back then, so I discovered the first issue of Model Auto Review (1982) and  also Model Collector (in its fifth year, 1991).   All the above was the status quo until May 1997. That’s when I joined a new website called ebay; have you heard of it This did not replace books and magazines, but it did replace Trader’s Horn and many toy fairs.

Many online forums have popped up since then, but if you think about it, ebay has become the default database for collectors to lookup not ‘value’ but also variations and even find gaps in your collection.   I’ll go to ebay many times to look something up with no intention of buying it.  So for the last 19 years I have been doing that.

Then last year, I discovered hobbyDB, a site designed to be a database for collectibles of all kinds.  The owners are model car collectors so the DB is dominated by that subject now.  With fellow collectors’ help, I have added sections on Marklin RAK and RAMI.  Now I am thinking about how to approach my other favorites: such as Tekno, Vilmer, etc.

With two online  ‘databases’ now, I wanted to compare their content.  One way to do that is in the graph below (click pictures to enlarge). I selected 10 representative brands to compare – some that I thought were popular and some that I like myself.  HobbyDB counts are along the bottom x-axis and ebay counts are on the left y-axis.


One learning from this analysis was that Hot Wheels is amazing.  Or should I say epic, because I had to use log scale on the graph; that means it does not go 10 – 20 – 30 – … but 10 – 100 – 1000 – 10,000 – … because Hot Wheels are sooo much larger than the other manufacturers, both for ebay and for hobbyDB.  Perhaps the future of our model car hobby rests with Hot Wheels?  I do not know…

Hot Wheels Epic

Another learning was that the trends on the two databases are about the same.    Ebay has many more items but they list every example for sale ; hobbyDB only lists unique examples.  In a recent blog post, that is in fact what one of the hobbyDB owners just said:  “On hobbyDB, [a collector] can see everything that’s ever existed, regardless of whether it’s for sale or been sold recently.”

Just by coincidence, I also picked three that all cluster together in the middle: Brooklin, Franklin Mint,  and Dinky Toys.  I was surprised that they had such similar number of listings on each site.

On the low end of the scale are the Marklin RAK and RAMI, both brands that I helped upload to hobbyDB with 66 items each, but ebay lists many more RAMI items for sale than RAK.   Is this indicative of the number made per item?  Both are old and obsolete now.  The Batmobile phenomenon is also shown on the graph: hobbyDB has 20 different Batmobiles, but ebay lists 500 for sale!

To understand more about the Batmobile and the Hot Wheels markets, read another recent blog from another of the hobbyDB owners:  How Big are the Collectible Markets? Are we really spending $200 billion every year on them?  You might notice I included the brands from this blog in my graph above.  I think its a fascinating story. This whole topic deserves some more thought.

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News from the Continent February to March 2016 – Wiking 2016 Pieces of Silver

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

The models shown are all Wiking silver samples shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in February 2016. They are prototypes of model cars, which will appear during 2016 all to 1:87 scale

18047 WM 2016 MB E-Klasse (1)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon. 

Wiking have an order from Daimler AG for promotional models.

18050 WM 2016 Range Rover (1)

Range Rover

18054 WM 2016 Opel Kadett C Coupe (2)

Opel Kadett C

18056 WM 2016 Volvo Amazon (2)

Volvo Amazon two-door saloon

18061 WM 2016 Liebherr Betonmischer (3)

Liebherr concrete mixer on a Mercedes-Benz Arocs chassis

18064 WM 2016 Fuchs Bagger (2) 18063 WM 2016 Fuchs Bagger (1)

Fuchs Excavator F 301

18073 WM 2016 B++ssing 120000 (2)

Büssing 12000 Heavy duty truck

18076 WM 2016 Magirus Rundhauber (2)

Magirus Round-bonnet trucks

18082 WM 2016 Rosenbauer 6x6 (4)

Rosenbauer 6×6 airport fire engine

18071 WM 2016 MAN Zugmaschine (4)

MAN short bonnet generation as tractor

18084 WM 2016 Strassenbausatz 1964 (1)

Road building set

18090 WM 2016 WM T1a Typ2

Volkswagen Transporter T1a

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Editions Atlas – NVA-Fahrzeuge Part 1

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Editions Atlas Collections have just issued the first part of a new series “NVA-Fahrzeuge”. This focuses upon the vehicles used by the National Peoples Army of the German Democratic Public (DDR). They were used for “fighting” the Cold War against the Imperialists in Western countries.

The first part with a serial number of 7 550 002 is an IFA G5 6×6 truck with a box-body. This was used fro a variety of purposed,  mobile workshops for example. This truck was capable of cross country use and had a 5 ton payload. It was was one of the first developed by the new “IFA Forschungs- und Entwicklungswerke Chemnitz”. This was before the city was re-named Karl Marx Stadt. The truck went into production at VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Ernsz Grube Werdau and was first used in the KVP (Barracked People’P police) in 1952. It was re-liveried in 1956 when the force was re-named the VA (People’s Army). The G5 was produced until 1964.

This model is to 1:43 scale and I believe that it is made by IXO/IST for Atlas.  It is well detailed with lots of small parts moulded separately and added to give fine detail. It is painted in a typical matt olive-green with national emblems, registration plates and more exactly reproduced. Even the Notek light (Blackout light) on the front bumper has not been forgotten.

The underside shows a highly detailed the ladder-frame, the three axles and the drive trains as well as the exhaust system.

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Panini F1 UK Partwork

A new F1 partwork to 1:43 scale is being heavily publicised here in the UK. The cars do not have any drivers fitted to them, though their names are printed on the car, and as is usual the tobacco company advertising is missing making some look rather naked. If the series “takes off” I am sure aftermarket decals with logos for Embassy, John Player Special, Gold Leaf and Marlborough will be sold on eBay. Each car is mounted to a plinth modelled to look like a chicane.

The partwork’s web site is and pictures shown seem to show models similar to ones that have already been seen in partworks on the continent and also sold as RBA models. It is interesting that the partwork has been launched by Panini who are presumably trying to move into areas their former co-owner DeAgostini would see as their “territory”.

Lauda Brabham e tyrell p34 e schumacher e Lauda Ferrari

Although the publicity says Formula 1 from 1950 onwards all the models pictured are from the 70’s onwards. All pictures shown above are from the web site publicity.

If any MAROnline reader is collecting these models we would be interested to see your pictures and assessments. I am sure that collectors round the world who would appreciate seeing them.

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Eaglemoss Opel Collection – Parts 129 to 132

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are the latest four models in the designer series within the Opel Collection by Eaglemoss. These are made to 1:43 scale by Ixo for Eaglemoss.

#129 Hideo Kodama and Opel Corsa B


Eaglemoss Hideo Kodama Opel Corsa B

For Japanese Opel designer Hideo Kodama a childhood dream came true.  After his degree at the Tama Fine Arts University in Tokyo he sent an application for a job with General Motors in Detroit. Clare MacKichan, who was recruited the staff for the new Opel Design centre in German Russelsheim hired him. After many other projects  he designed the Opel Corsa B, which was sold the UK as the Vauxhall Corsa and the Nova name used for the Vauxhall version of the Corsa A was dropped.

The model is of a three door hatchback version of the Corsa. It is authentically shaped and the body is painted in silver metallic which is a standard feature of the designer series. Many small parts are separately inserted. Bumper fittings and wheel arches fittings are painted in black. These faded to light grey over the years due to the poor light resistance of the plastic material used by the Spanish supplier.

#130 Herbert Killmer and Opel Rekord E


Eaglemoss Herbert Killmer Opel Rekord E

Production of the Rekord Model E started in In August 1977 at the Rüsselsheim plant. Designer Herbert Killmer and his team created a pleasing car in his ”Großwagen-Studio” (Large Car Studio). In the UK the Rekord E was built at Luton as the Vauxhall Carlton with a modified front end and Vauxhall badging as well as right hand drive.

Here the prototype chosen is the Rekord E2 estate which Opel called a “Caravan” and Vauxhall an Estate.  Again in silver metallic and fitted with a black interior. A number of parts, such as the roof rack, are moulded and inserted.

#131 Niels Loeb, Martin Smith and Opel Speedster


Eaglemoss Niels Loeb Martin Smith OPel Speedster

At Geneva Motor Salon in March 1999 the Opel exhibition stand offered an unusual prototype. Beside the expected series of cars was a small yellow sports car named “Speedster”. The Dynamic shape together with avant-garde three-dimensional shaped head- and rear-lights, caused a stir. The excitement led to a production model being shown to the press in February 2001.  Chief designer of the Speedster was the Australian Niels Loeb, with the project being run by the design director Martin Smith.

For all the Opel or Vauxhall badging the Speedster was based upon the chassis of the Lotus Elise and production was at Lotus Cars in Hethel to Opel quality specifications.

The model is again painted in silver metallic paint. The interior is moulded in black. It is modelled with a closed roof. Nice Wheels are fitted chrome-plated rims.

#132 Hans Seer and Opel Monza


Eaglemoss Hans Seer Opel Monza

Production of the Opel Monza Coupe started at the Rüsselsheim plant in May 1978. It shared its chassis and some pressings and fitments with the new top of the line saloon car, the Senator. The Monza name was GM’s to use and it bestowed it on this up-market coupe.

Designer Hans Seer and his team created a coupe with a dynamic appearance and sporty character with a high level of luxury and comfort. The miniature is based upon the Monza A2 created after a facelift gave it a more aerodynamic front end in mid-life. Again in silver metallic it is fitted with well detailed black interior.

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