Atlas Dinky – 535 Citroen 2CV

By Maz Woolley

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

The latest Atlas Dinky collection model shipped is a Citroen 2CV that has been seen on MARs pages before. Again this is a French Dinky model already seen in the continental collection and many collectors will like me have already bought one cheaply on eBay in the past. I wonder how many collectors are cancelling their subscription to this collection? It was originally advertised as including the Dinky toys from the UK but that is seldom the case now.

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

The box is marked 535 and 24T but the model is blue and fitted with the later wheels so is a later model. The model was in production from 1959 to 1963 and the body shape was already out of production a year after the model was launched.

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

A good replica but not perhaps what collectors want from this series.

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Triumph over Adversity

By John Quilter


In my never ending quest to replicate all the British Leyland products of the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond here is one more to fill in a gap. It’s a chop of a Vanguards Triumph 2.5 saloon into an estate. This one fooled me, as I did not do my detail research carefully enough and built the wagon with the same overall length as the saloon. Then, later when it was all done and painted, found out they are in fact 5 inches shorter than the saloons! This can be determined by the rear bumper which on the wagon extends to the rear wheel well but on the saloon it is 5 inches short of the wheel well. Can’t understand why they did this as the wheelbase is identical on the two cars. Well, after it was all done I had to tear it apart and saw a scale 5 inches off the rear quarter, reassemble, and repaint. Not to mention shortening the rear of the diecast baseplate to match. The roof on this one differs from my usual technique of using a shaped aluminium extrusion but on this I shaped a piece of sheet aluminium into the rear part of the roof and upper tailgate. The rear panel needed some changes to the tail lamps and a black insert. The load floor was a piece of grooved styrene plastic out of my stock. I abandoned the dark blue donor model’s wing mirrors as I never liked these, and mounted them on the doors.

Triumph 2000 cars were launched in 1963 as the Mark 1 and these ran until 1969 at which point the Mark 2 was launched with a new front styling that matched the soon to be launched Stag. Design work was with Triumph’s usual stylist, Giovani Michelotti. There were more versions of the Mark 2, a 2500 TC and a 2.5PI with petrol injection from the TR5 and TR6 European specification. The Triumph 2000 had a short run as a saloon in the USA from about 1965 to 1967 but was never popular in comparison to their range of sports cars: Spitfires, GT6s and TR4s. But the 2000s are still seen from time to time at big British car shows.

1972-74 Triumph 2.5 X2 1972-74 Triumph 2.5 1972 Triumph 2.5 MK 2 wagon 1972 Triumph 2.5 MK 2 wagon rear

Just for comparison I’ve included a picture of the long running Abbey Classics kit of a Mark 1 estate I built many years ago.

1967 Triumph 2000 estate #2

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Ford in Miniature – 1933

By Dave Turner

In February 1933 Ford unveiled a significant new car in the shape of the model 40. Compared to the preceding Model 18 this new Ford was significantly ‘streamlined’ with its sharply raked grille and windscreen, the frame was new with a longer 112” wheelbase while the graceful body was no less than 17” longer than the 1932 cars. The overall styling of these attractive cars was inspired by Fords own little 8hp Model Y introduced in the UK in 1932 and these new North American Fords went on to put the company back into the black.

Fords relatively new V8 engine was gradually being refined, while a four cylinder choice was still available. In the event the V8s outsold the fours by 40 to 1. A vast choice of bodies included sedans in two door (Tudor) or four door (Fordor), three and five window Coupes, open Phaetons, Roadsters and Cabriolets, the Victoria and the Station Wagon, most available in either standard or De Luxe finish. The latter could boast pinstriping, cowl lights, plus twin rather than single horns and tail lights. Then there were the car based Sedan Delivery, vans that featured the front end of the passenger vehicles. Total production of 1933 Fords was 312,510 and these were followed by the very similar ’34 that were immediately recognisable from their sharper ‘V’ grille with wider bright surround. Models of 1934 Fords were covered in MAR 274.

For some reason 1933 has not been a favourite subject year for the production of model Fords, especially when compared to the many from 1934. To begin with, that usually reliable source AMT has actually done a kit for the ’33, but it produced only varieties of hot rods so does not figure in this review. In a few cases it is debatable whether some models are ’33 or ’34 as some of their features are a tad indistinct. That comment certainly doesn’t apply to the superb Franklin Mint De Luxe Tudor however as it comes from that golden period when top quality models were still affordable. All the De Luxe details are present while the car depicted is a late ’33 example as it features the fender valences introduced mid year. Apparently Franklin called this model ‘John Dillingers’  car and while all manner of ‘props’ come with it the car is totally correct as stock.


1933 Ford illustration 1 Franklin Mint

Franklin Mint 1:24 diecast from China: YF78,  Tudor De Luxe

Sold as ‘John Dillingers Car’ but beautifully stock.

1933 Ford illustration 2 Franklin Mint from rear


Only two more 1933 models have been recorded, and they both came from a Centenary set of model Fords issued in Australia in 2003. They were part of a 100 Years of Ford set issued by  Classic Carlectibles at the time. The real De Luxe Sport Coupe was exclusive to Australia, the example modelled is the rare early 1933 car as mid year a Five Window body was adopted. The second Classic Carlectibles model is stretching a point to be a 1933, as production of the real Ute didn’t begin in Australia until January 1934, however, the model has utilised all the same parts as the Coupe, the base is marked ‘1934’ but the grille is pure ’33. Having said that the quality of these two 1:43 Fords is quite astounding.
Franklin Mint 1:24 diecast from China: YF78 Tudor De Luxe rear view

The prominent door hinges are not noticeable in the ‘metal’.

1933 Ford illustration 3 Classic Carlectibles

Classic Carlectibles 1:43 diecast from China: De Luxe Sport Coupe

In reality unique to Australia.

1933 Ford illustration 3 Classic Carlectibles rear

Classic Carlectibles 1:43 diecast from China: De Luxe Sport Coupe

Real car replaced mid 1933 by Five Window Coupe.

1933 Ford illustration 5

Classic Carlectibles 1:43 diecast from China: Ute

This model utilised the 1933 parts – grille etc.- from the Coupe, real Ute was a 1934 vehicle.

1933 Ford illustration 6 from the rear

Classic Carlectibles 1:43 diecast from China: Ute

The model comes with cover for pick up box.


Maker Origin Year Made Ref Body Length Scale Material
Franklin Mint China 2001 YF78 Tudor De Luxe 183mm 1:24 Diecast
Classic Carlectibles China 2003 Coupe De Luxe 104mm 1:43 Diecast
Classic Carlectibles China 2003 Ute 104mm 1:43 Diecast

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Auto Review News – June 2016

By Rod Ward


Latest Releases

Here is a little introduction to each of the new Auto Review titles just released:
Auto Review 121 Made in Spain
by Rod Ward
Auto Review Made in Spain
Here we cover all of the Spanish vehicle manufacturers, from the exclusivity of Hispano-Suiza, though the economy era of the Voisin and David microcars, to the fabulous Pegaso cars. Commercial vehicles by Sava, Barreiros and Enasa, and tractors by Ebro and others are also described and pictured, along with Spanish-made buses and coaches. The biggest story of all the various Spanish marques is that of SEAT, from licence-builders of Fiats to becoming a cornerstone of the Volkswagen Group.  This book has been well-received by experts on the subject, and will fill a gap on many enthusiasts’ shelves. ISBN 978-1-85482-118-1  £5.95

Auto Review 122 Dennis Album 
by Rod Ward
Auto Review Dennis

Dennis Brothers set up in business in 1895, making bicycles in Guildford, but they soon added motor tricycles, quadricycles and cars  to their product range. After the Great War cars were discontinued, the firm concentrating on lorries, buses, fire appliances and motor mowers. The Dennis name became ubiquitous on the streets of Britain from the 1920s to the 1960s, on every kind of commercial vehicle, but most notably on fire appliances and municipal vehicles. The last Dennis bus was made in 1967 and in 1972 Hestair Group took over the firm, renaming it Hestair Dennis. In 1989 it was sold to Trinity Holdings, then in 1998 to  Mayflower Corporation. in 2001 TransBus International was set up, but in 2004 it went into administration and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) was set up in its place. In 2007 ADL acquired Plaxton, creating the UK’s biggest bus and coach manufacturer.  ISBN 978-1-85482-119-8   £5.95

We have also reprinted Auto Review 80 Dinky Toys and other Meccano products, which is not really a ‘second edition’, as there are only minor changes to the text, but we sold out of the original print run, and demand for this title continues. It is our policy to produce new and revised editions, or reprints, of any Auto Review title on the verge of selling out. right now we are monitoring half a dozen titles where there is only a limited stock left. Unlike the Dinky Toy book, these will all probably need extensive revisions and additions, as they are all marque histories. watch this space!

You can order any Auto Review book direct from us by email, telephone or snail mail (payments by Paypal to – add £1.00 p&p per title UK, £2.00 EU, £3.00 elsewhere.

Send mail orders to R & V Ward, 81 Main Street, Monk Fryston, Leeds LS25 5DU (for payments by cheque or via Paypal) or if you wish to pay by credit card you can order online via Oxford Diecast online at our new link:

From late 2016 we hope to have a new and updated presence at:


Auto Review 121 and 122 have just arrived, and the next three titles are now completed (123 Tiny Wheels, 124, Volvo Album and 125 Gloster album) for publication later this year.

I am currently working on the two next titles, 126 Optare Album, for publication in 2016, and the first 2017 title 127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys**.  If you have anything (photos, advertising material etc) we can use for these two, and for any of our other future publications, please send it to me as soon as possible.

A big thank you to all those who have recently supplied photos and other material.

** Photos etc wanted of Kaiser cars (including Henry J), Frazer cars, Willys cars and trucks, Whippet, Graham-Paige, Paige-Detroit, Jewett, Jeep and Kaiser-Jeep (up to 1970), and other Kaiser products, including Liberty ships, Kaiser-Fleetwings aircraft etc. AND production of the various marques in South America. Yes, it’s another big story, with lots of byways, predecessors and successors!

Auto Review 2016 titles
  • 117 Cord Corporation: obviously Cord-Auburn-Duesenberg, but also Checker cab, Stinson aircraft, 
  •        Vultee, American Airlines and much more, all owned by E L Cord at one time or another..        Available now
  • 118 Borgward Album – including Pionier, Borgward, Hansa, Lloyd, Goliath, etc         Available now
  • 119 Atkinson, Seddon and Seddon Atkinson     Available now
  • 120 A car less ordinary: Retro, repro & pastiche cars, plus novelty vehicles       Available now
  • 121 Made in Spain: Hispano-Suiza, Pegaso, Seat, Voisin, and many, many others          Available now
  • 122 Dennis Album: including cars, buses, trucks, fire appliances etc         Available now
  • 123 Tiny Wheels: micro cars, city cars, bubble cars, Aixam, Ligier, Keicars, Smart etc          for publication in August 2016
  • 124 Volvo Album :  All cars, trucks, buses etc         for publication in August 2016
  • 125 Gloster Aircraft: Including Saunders-Roe, Nieuport and Gloster-Saro        for publication in October 2016
126 Optare, plus Charles Roe, East Lancs, etc By Tony Greaves
        for publication in October 2016


Here is the 2017 Auto Review publishing programme (subject to change, but probably pretty solid):

Auto Review 2017 titles
127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys: including Henry J, Graham-Paige, Whippet, Jeep and much more
        for publication in February 2017
128 Sentinel Album: motor buses, trucks, steam vehicles, locos, TVW, Doble, HSG, Garner, Straussler etc.  
        for publication in February 2017
129 VW air-cooled: Beetles, Transporters, Karmann-Ghias etc 
        for publication in April 2017
130 Micro caravans: Tiny trailer and motor vans. By Andrew Jenkinson
        for publication in April 2017
131 Maserati Album: including road and racing cars etc
        for publication in June 2017
132 Delage, Delahaye, Hotchkiss: including US, French and British Hotchkiss firms etc
        for publication in June 2017
133 Scammell Album: Trucks, mechanical horses, trailers, dumpers, plus other UK heavy haulage marques: Unipower, HHT, Rotinoff, Annis, Pacific etc
        for publication in August 2017
134 Westland aircraft: from the Great War to date
        for publication in August 2017
135 AEC-ACV-Maudslay including AEC, Associated Daimler, Maudslay marine engines, rail locos, cars, trucks, buses, Ruston, Sunbeam, BUT etc
        for publication in October 2017
136 BMW Album: to include the stories of BMW, Dixi, Isetta, Glas, BFW etc
        for publication in October 2017

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Hunting for Diecast at the Indy 500

By Karl Schnelle

Sunday, May 29th, was the 100th running of the Indy 500, the famous 500-mile race in Indianapolis, IN USA.  I have lived in Indy for more than 20 years and have been to practice and qualifying on the days leading up to the big race, but only once to the race itself.  A friend offered to buy a block of tickets, so I decided that I had to attend this one, being the 100th running.   The first race was held in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun in the  yellow #32 Marmon Wasp (in the photo below during the 2016 parade lap).  The races were not held during WWI and WWII, thus the 100th running is this year.


I went to the vintage race car laps on the day before and thought that was even more interesting than the race itself. (You can tell I am not a huge Indy Car fan!) The 1968 fluorescent STP Lotus turbine on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), the 1965 Lotus, and the 1915 Duesenberg on the track are shown below.

1968 Lotus turbine on the track

1965 Lotus ready to run

1915 Duesie on the track

But the reason for this post is to talk about what diecast cars I found during the big weekend.  I thought there might be a few stands inside the gate and dealers outside the fence with Indy cars and maybe even other race cars. I did find a few places that had model cars for sale, but nothing like what was there for the Formula 1 race (from 2000-2007 at IMS).  No 1/43 at all were found which is the scale I collect.  Not too surprising since Indy Car is US based and American collectors go for 1/64 and 1/18th scale!

Inside the track, one of the biggest teams, Team Penske, had a large tractor trailer (18-wheeler) with fan merchandise.  They had  a few 1/18 from Greenlight (see below).

Team Penske

The official IMS gift shops had a few diecasts as well, but they were swamped with fans, with a few looking at the 1/64 or 1/18 Indy Cars.  Again all by Greenlight:

IMS gift shop

IMS gift shop2

Then, I was off to the perimeter around the track; for Formula 1, there were a dozen or more stands on the side of the road.  However in 2016, I found only a couple with Indy Car diecast, no other types of racing cars.  One stand did have a mix of 1/64 Greenlight and Auto World.   GL has had the license for a few years now, but AW had it in 2014 only, I think.  So these were old stock that someone could have picked up:

auto world

Also, outside the track, there was a table of 1/18 with the unusual Stinger (yellow in yellow box) that I did not see any place else.   The Stinger is a fund raising model car based on the modern Indy Car but with color from the first winner in 1911: the Wasp had a Stinger-shaped tail!!!


The most exciting part of the weekend might have been the Hot Wheels display, though, for the kid in all of us.  In the infield (inside the oval)  was a huge multi-loop loop-d-loop.  Kids could pick up a Hot Wheel from a bin and climb to the top to race it down the track!

loop d loop

Even better, Hot Wheels made a Hot Wheels Trophy with a car for each winning driver!  Check out the video of it being made.  Before and after the race, it resided at the Children’s Museum here in Indy.

Hot Wheels Trophy

So lots of big and small Greenlight Indy Cars, a few 1/64 Auto Worlds, and a bunch of kids playing with Hot Wheels.  That sums up my diecast hunt at the 100th running of the Indy 500.

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Fire at the Toy Museum

By Maz Woolley

Ragnar Falk sends us news of an exhibition in Sweden which may be of interest to readers.


Fire at the Toy Museum! This summer’s guest exhibition at “Museihuset” – a rather special museum in Linköping, Sweden – will display model fire trucks from the Chicago Fire Department. Visitors will also get to know if it really was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that was the reason that the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, that devastated large parts of the city, was indeed started by a… cow.


Ragnar Falck will display some thirty fire-fighting vehicles and twenty other model cars in different dioramas. The models represent several die cast car manufacturers, including the world-renowned Corgi that produced several series of trucks from CFD in scales from 1:43 to 1:64. The US based company, Code 3 Collectibles, also manufactured a series of fire trucks in 1:64 scale. This company, which now has ceased production, specialized in detailed American fire trucks from fire departments across the United States.  This guest exhibition at Museihuset ends on 25 September.


The museum offers a range of cars and trains, children’s contemporary toys and classic boats. The 4,500 toy cars on display are part of a collection of more than 10,000. This collection is a result of the passionate work of one dedicated collector spanning more than 60 years and is considered unique of its kind. The collection also includes model trains in the 0 scale.


The classic boat exhibition contains some of the most notable boats from days gone by. It is a composition of mainly wooden boats from canoes up to exclusive luxurious yachts formerly owned by millionaires.


The museum is open from 1 May until 25 September.

Additional information: Hans Værnéus, Museihuset Phone +46 70 424 78 01

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Editorial – June 2016

It is June already and the sixth month of MAR Online being hosted at its new home, where we hope that you are finding that the new format with its email and Facebook integration is easier to keep up with, and to use. This is also the time of year when many people in the Northern hemisphere begin to look forward to their annual holiday with eager anticipation. Here in the UK events for model collectors usually thin out until the autumn, and model releases tend to slow down, as the first half-year programme peters out and the second half-year models are not yet ready for release. Despite continuing economic and political uncertainties, model sales seem to be relatively buoyant at present, with partworks and subscription series continuing to fund new castings. In the USA, Greenlight are developing sales to a wider collecting market with models based on popular Film and TV franchises, which helps to spread the hobby beyond its normal boundaries.

Here in the UK Corgi are celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a series of existing castings packed in yellow and blue packaging. Nothing new or exciting, however, and sadly their owners, Hornby, appear to be no closer to funding any new car castings. Fortunately for collectors Oxford Diecast has announced a large number of new castings, which are listed on a posting elsewhere on this site. Oxford, which is based in Swansea where the original Corgi Toys were made in their millions, has a strong connection to Corgi with many key staff and the owner all having worked for Corgi in the past. Perhaps Oxford is the true successor to the Corgi toys tradition?

The competition amongst  resin producers remains as strong as ever, though issues with photo-etched components “popping” in storage are still being reported. Already BoS have reduced the complexity of their models to keep costs down and now we have news that Matrix will be using chrome decals in future to avoid the problem One wonders if Neo will soon follow suit. The continued growth in the number of firms making 1:18 scale resin models is a surprise to me since I have no idea how many collectors find space to display them! News continues to reach us of tyres sticking to bases, particularly those on expensive Minichamps resin models. In this day and age the chemical reaction must be well-understood, so is there any excuse for this?

In smaller scales, 1:64 still dominates the US market, with Johnny Lightning emerging as part of the AutoWorld stable. As collectors of 1:64 grow older, the more detailed models are appearing, and although Greenlight are now marketing some 1:43 scale models, this is still a minority interest in the USA. In the UK we are seeing a steady growth of interest in 1:76 scale models. Though many are bought by model railway collectors they are now keenly collected in their own right. Even the UK artisan kit makers are again beginning to introduce new models in this scale.

I would like to take the opportunity of thanking our contributors for their efforts for the new MAR Online and would encourage you to have a go at writing for MAR. You may not realise it, but you have accumulated experience and knowledge, which you should share with other readers.

Trip Report to Sandown Park, England, Toy Fair

By Marcel Colijn

I visited Sandown Park on Saturday, May 28th.  It had been 18 months since I had been there, and I very much enjoyed it.  The journey from the Netherlands on Friday evening through Belgium, France and the ferry from Calais to Dover went well although customs took ages.
At Victoria station another 45 minutes was lost because of customs and a small parcel I had with me with a Rolls Royce model with a radio inside for a fellow collector had to be opened.  We finally arrived at Sandown at 8.00 in the morning.  So many vintage toys all together.
I met many old friends including Garry, Bob, Paul (who had a stand there for many years), John, Reg, Philipe and 2 friends from Belgium, Holger from Germany, Graham and more.  These are some photos taken at John Moore’s stall (who had his 71st birthday that day!)



Next to him was the stand of Bob may who had these Yesteryear sets among many other Matchbox items.


Andrew had very nice items including a boxed MOKO Excavator.


Opposite of him was a very nice stand full of vintage models.


Vectis had many nice items on display including rare Spot On models.


Another auction house had these superb tinplate toys including the GBP 16.000 (US$ 23,000) Carette model.



But of course there was more tinplate…



Some nice Matchbox giftsets from the 1964 period were on another table.


Later early 70’s Matchbox sets on another table


Paul Carr was there with a stand at Sandown for 4 years he told me. Graham Hamilton from Rockerton Toys shortly came along and had a nice box full of models which were never released, including a handmade white metal model for the Models of Yesteryear range made by a craftsman outside the Lesney Factory.




Of course there were many nice Corgi and Dinky models, this is just one of the stands with Corgi and Dinky models on sale:


This is always one of the better tables at Sandown.


Philipe Sergeant from Belgium had several Corgi items like this one.


Bob and I left for the south around 12.30 and what a lovely tour it was via Seaford and the famous chalk cliffs to Eastbourne.
It was the 2nd time to visit Bob’s collection and what an amazing collection it is. Far more models were added since my last visit and the cabinets now all have glass. Superb preproduction models, a very nice plated section and many many models most of us can only dream off…


After a lovely dinner I took the 19.00 train from Eastbourne (see photo) to Victoria for my 21.30 night coach back to the Netherlands. At 9.30 Sunday morning I was home again.  Many, many more photos from Sandown can be seen here.