Autocult July 2016

By Maz Woolley


Autocult’s latest releases bring us the usual mix of the every day and the completely obscure. These models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in China for Autocult.

#02005 Lightburn Zeta Sports Roadste#02005 Lightburn Zeta Sports Roadster

This small car was made in Australia. It used the same 500cc engine as the Messerschmidt Tiger and was inspired by the Meadows Frisky. Sadly it sold poorly and ended its days as a curiosity rather than a success.

#03005 Volugrafo Bimbo#03005 Volugrafo Bimbo

This tiny car launched after the second World War in Italy used wheelbarrow wheels it was so small and looks more like a pedal car than a real one. Its eccentric layout meant that the steering wheel was in the middle and the gear lever on the left a real challenge to drive if there were two people sitting in it! It was powered by a 125cc engine giving it just enough speed to keep up with City traffic. Unsurprisingly it did not sell well even at a time when people were desperate for new cars.

#06002 VW T3 Convertible bus #06002 VW T3 Convertible bus 2
#06002 VW T3 Convertible bus

Used today for Factory tours this curiosity was never approved for road use due to concerns over the safety of the passengers.

#06006 MB 300D Test Car#06006 MB 300D Test Car

Another curiosity. Used to transport heavy testing equipment it spent its life at the Mercedes-Benz test track. Although based upon the 300D extensive changes were made to the vehicle to suit it to its role.

#11006 Kaelble Z632ZB#11006 Kaelble Z632ZB

And now for the sensible item! Kaeble had a long relationship with the German Railways, whose livery this model appears in. This tractor unit was powered by a strong diesel unit of 11.9 litres. It could pull a trailer with a heavy locomotive or heavy railway equipment.


An Old Dinky Toy Comes Alive in Oak Ridge

By Harvey Goranson


In 1957 Dinky Toys issued No. 697, the 25-pounder field gun set, consisting of a field artillery tractor (FAT), a munitions trailer, and the 25-pounder field gun. Dinky also released the pieces separately (686 gun, 687 trailer, 688 FAT). Here’s mine:


Imagine my surprise when I spotted this at the Secret City Festival’s WW2 display/re-enactment in Oak Ridge, TN USA:

Production of the Morris Commercial C8 FAT, known as the “Quad”, began in October 1939 and continued until war’s end. It had 4-wheel drive and was designed from the outset to tow the limber and gun, or two limbers.


If the Dinky had an interior, this is what it would look like. The Quad could carry a six-person gun crew, plus two dozen rounds of 25-pounder ammo.


The ring on top of the limber is a traversing ring to enable the field gun to be rotated 360 degrees.  Dinky left this detail off.


Here’s the gun itself, and as evidence they got the correct artillery piece, see the detail below:


“Saddle. 25 Pr.”

From what I can tell, I think both the Dinky and the real thing are the Quad Mk. II version (1940-41).

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