DUGU 1/43 MODELS: PART II

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by Alberto Spano  (Trans. and Ed. Karl Schnelle)

 

Dugu produced two series of model cars.   Part II of these articles concentrates on the first range, called the MiniautoToy Series.  Two types of boxes and all 24 models are described and pictured below.

MiniautoToy Series – The Boxes

The first type boxes were cardboard with two circular windows on opposite sides in order to see the color of the model inside. The same heat-sealing material for the windows, were very fragile.  The boxes were customized to individual model: the item number was printed in a colored circle and the type of model was written in white on a yellow rectangle. Exposure to sunlight fades the yellow rectangle making it unreadable. The little car was held in place by a thin strip of soft foam or small pieces of the same material.

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The first boxes were of two different sizes: big, pictured above (Itala “Palombella”), or small, pictured below (Fiat 3.5 HP).

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Using this same type of box, Rio were initially marketed by Dugu. In that case the item number used the letter “R” at the beginning.

The second type box is composed of a transparent plastic case with colored plastic base, contained in an outer box with a large open side. The excessive size of the opening made the outer box easily torn. For this reason it is sometimes difficult to find one in good condition.

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The box came in two different sizes: large models (Duesenberg pictured above) and small models (Fiat 509, Fiat 3.5 HP, …). The model was held in place by pads or rubber bands). These boxes were generic: the model name was found on a label applied to the case, visible through the window (pictured below, Fiat 509).

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MiniautoToy Series – The Models

Twenty-four models were released from 1962-1971.

1 FIAT TIPO 4 (COPERTA) 1911-1918

Coperta means closed top, which was held on by two, real leather straps. Diecast zamak body with plastic parts ans rubber tires.   The model was produced in three different colors: red brick, dark green, and gray. The fenders, the interior and the soft top are always black. Introduced 1962.

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2 LANCIA LAMBDA TIPO 67 HARDTOP 1925

The model was produced in different colors: red lacquer, dark green, beige, sand yellow, and light gray. The fenders, the interior and roof are always black. Introduced 1962.

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3 FIAT TIPO 4 (SCOPERTA) 1911-1918

This is the open  (scoperta) version of # 1.  Same colors were offered. Introduced 1963.

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4 FIAT 130 HP F2 “GRAND PRIX” 1907

A splendid model with a wealth of detail: instrumentation, chain drive, leather  hood strap, copper coils and fuel lines, brass fittings,, side panels made of canvas, rubber grooved tires.  One color choice: red, but there are three versions of the base depending on how much writing is there.  Introduced 1964.  Also was sold or given away in the US in the Brown Box series.

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5 LANCIA LAMBDA TORPEDO 1925

Open version of # 2 with a nice instrument panel. In the same five color choices.  Introduced 1964.

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6 ITALA 35/45 HP “PALOMBELLA” 1909

The nickname “Palombella” was coined by Queen Mother Margherita of Savoy, who owned one of these Italas. The model was produced in only one color:very dark green with black roof. The seat, rear fenders, running boards and the seats are always black. Silver accessories. Introduced 1965.

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7 ITALA 25/35 HP (COPERTA) 1912

More leather straps to hold down the roof!  The model was produced in a unique combination of colors: bright red, white convertible top, and blacks seats and fenders.  Red wheels. Note the very spectacular serpent horn! Introduced 1965.

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8 ITALA 25/35 HP (SCOPERTA) 1912

Same color and same snake as # 7, but in open version!  Introduced 1965.

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9 BERNARDI 3½ HP (COPERTA) 1896

This little tricycle car is now quite rare: only 2000 examples were produced (documented by the enclosed certificate) and was never listing for sale. It was available only to members of Dugu HiFi Club when they subscribed.   They then had to pay 3,500 lira. (Regular issues were 2000 lira back then) Only one color combination: red with a white roof. Introduced 1966.

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10 BERNARDI 3½ HP (SCOPERTA) 1896

Same color as #9 but in open form.  Was in the normal series sold to the public, but is still very rare.  Introduced 1966.

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11 FIAT 3½ HP (SCOPERTA) 1899

No steering wheel but a control column!  One color choice only, dark blue and yellow. Introduced 1966.

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12 FIAT 3½ HP (COPERTA) 1899

Same as #11 but with top up. Same colors. Introduced 1966.

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13 DUESENBERG “J” – 1931

With a “Coupe de Ville” or “Town Car”  body, three colors were offered: light green, ivory, and yellow .  Chrome exhaust pipes are nicely done on the side.  Fits the Dugu plastic box perfectly, tight from bumper to bumper!  Introduced in 1967.

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14 FIAT 509 A (CHIUSA) 1925

Dark red hard top with black roof only. Introduced in 1967.

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15 FIAT 509 A (SCOPERTA) 1925

Same as #14 but with open soft top.  Same color. Introduced in 1967.

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16 ITALA 35/45 HP 1909

Same as # 6 but with gold accessories. Red with black roof. Introduced in 1968.

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17 FIAT 508 SC BALILLA “COPPA D’ORO” 1934

A delicate, all plastic model.  Built with opening hood and doors. Introduced in 1968.

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18 CORD 812 SC PHAETON SEDAN – 1937

The model was produced in three different colors: light green, violet, and orange-red.  The red one on the left in the photo below is a Model of Yesteryear for comparison. Note that in the Dugu catalog, this model is called a Cord Phaeton 1936.  The 1936 (the Cord 810) is similar but did not have the chrome side exhaust pipes.  Introduced in 1968.

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19 DUESENBERG “J” SCOPERTA – 1931

Same as # 13 but with top down.  Came in many colors, with red or white being common. Introduced in 1968.

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20  CORD 812 SC PHAETON SCOPERTA – 1937

Same as #18 but with no top. Seen in orange-red or light green online but never with a # 20 box.   Introduced in 1968 (perhaps?).

 

21 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOST – 1933

Actually the car produced by Dugu is a Phantom II Continental DHC.  Most common color is black , then yellow, green,  white.  [Third photo: Ghosthunter] Introduced in 1969.

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22 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOST (OPEN) – 1933

Same as # 21, but with roof down. The most common color is yellow, then  dark green, white, black. Introduced in 1969. [Third photo: Corky]

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23 FIAT SB4 “ELDRIDGE” (MEFISTOFELE) – 1924

Who knows how many beautiful patterns Dugu would have been able to produce if economic difficulties had not brought them to closure! Really, this model is beautiful, but it does not show the owl nor the Dugu name on the baseplate or the box. Dugu was able to make the molds and some prototypes, but then nothing… A few years later, those molds produced a thousand copies by the owner of the Italian shop Zeppelin. One thousand numbered copies  (this is the 304).   Only the edition number are on the box and the baseplate, and no manufacturer’s marks anywhere.

This Fiat is a land speed record car prepared the Englishman Ernest Eldridge in 1924.   It was immense and hellish –  and not by chance it was renamed “Mephistopheles.”

But we collectors consider them a Dugu and collect them with the others.  Produced in 1972.

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24 FIAT S.76 (RECORD DI VELOCITA’) – 1911

This beautiful model, produced in 1971, depicts the mammoth by FIAT record car, S.76 of 1911, also known as the FIAT 300HP RECORD, or even more appropriately as “The Beast of Turin.” Look at the two seats and imagine in proportion to the size of the driver: standing next to the car, his head just reaches the top of the bonnet. A real monster propelled by a four-cylinder of over 28,000 cc  (7,000 cc per cylinder!!)

It is, unfortunately, the last model produced by Dugu.  Produced in 1971.

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FURTHER READING

The original article appeared online in 2015 in Italian.  The author kindly gave his permission for these English translations.  Part I covered background and history, and Part III will cover the Serie Museo.  Finally, Part IV will cover Sispla,  catalogs and other topics.


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Eastbloc Models

by Rod Ward

[First published in MAR 280, July 2014]

 

As I noted in the piece in MAR 279 on French plastic models, traditionally most British model car collectors would turn up their noses at the thought of plastic models. In the countries behind the Iron Curtain, however, kiddies and collectors had to be grateful for what they got, and plastic was easier and cheaper to manufacture than diecast metal. For some years the only toy and model cars available to children in the Eastbloc countries were made of plastic, plus a few tinplate items. It was quite a revelation when the Saratov factory in Russia started making diecast models of Russian cars, but they are outside the scope of this article. It is worth noting, however, that politics interfered with this venture. With the centrally-planned economy of the Comecon states, every industrial venture had to be approved as suitable for state support, and permission would only be given for trades or industries which had been allocated to specific areas. For example, no full-size car manufacture was permitted anywhere in Hungary. There was no classification for ‘collectors models’, so the Saratov factory had to indulge in a bit of lateral thinking. They had their models classified as promotional items or spare parts, to assist in the marketing of the equivalent full-size cars. This definition had to be stretched somewhat when they made a model of an already-obsolete Moskvich, and then of the pre-Great War Russobalt. In principle, however, the 1:43 diecast models fell into the same classification as sales catalogues or replacement components.

When we received delivery of these models, they came (120 or more at a time) in large and heavy rectangular grey-painted wooden crates, lined with black paper. This packaging seemed to be totally over the top, when other firms managed to export models around the world in cardboard boxes. It turned out that these were standard boxes used in the USSR for delivery of car parts, which would be returned to the factory with the faulty parts for re-manufacture (and to ensure that no-one was engaging in illicit sales of components). The models had to be distributed in the same boxes as other items under the same classification. Later on, it must have been realised that the wooden boxes were not being returned, so cardboard boxes were substituted. Sometimes a lucky Lada or Moskvich dealer would find a box of models in the boot of a newly-delivered car. He was supposed to give them away to promote sales, but the models often mysteriously found their way to a swapmeet stall or two.

Our friends in the East would keep us informed about the latest products. Among many others, Alexander Yurcenko was a keen collector who was involved with the conception of many 1:43 diecast models in Saratov, including the GAZelle van series and Sergei Govorov in St Petersburg made a superb range of handbuilt fire vehicles and other models.

When restrictions were relaxed, and it became possible to produce more scale models of current and historic vehicles we would get models from all over Russia, from LOMO in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) of old trucks and fire vehicles, models of current Kamaz and Liaz trucks, vintage Amo trucks and so on. Only rarely would these models be all-diecast. Most would have just a diecast chassis, and maybe a cab. All other parts would be plastic.

To return to the all-plastic models of Eastbloc cars, their production also suffered from various degrees of political interference. The state concerns which made the models were only permitted to replicate vehicles from Comecon countries, and they had to seek permission to acquire the necessary raw materials. This would involve applying to the relevant state concern, with a submission describing the purpose of the product.

The Czech authorities were quite helpful, it seems, so current production models of Skodas and Tatras were available from Igra, Miniauto and others. Igra even got permission to produce the entire history of the motor car in Czechoslovakia in (around 1:43 scale) plastic models. They made Laurin & Klements, Presidents, Aeros and others, in a very attractive Oldtimer series. Another popular line in Czechoslovakia was a range of tin toys which originated from the German CKO (Kellerman) range. They were beautifully finished, and are much sought-after today.

Other countries were not as well-served. Polish models tended to be larger scale and crudely executed, rather than 1:43 scale models, though there was a Polonez made by Estetyka, who also produced a plastic Bugatti T35 apparently copied from the Matchbox Yesteryear model.

The authorities in the DDR (East Germany) would only give permission for limited quantities of 1:87 plastic models to be made, mostly related to model railways. An oddity was that TT scale model railways survived in the Eastbloc after their day had passed elsewhere. This meant that there were also some TT scale plastic model vehicles produced in the DDR. It must have been well understood, however, by some East Germans that diecast models were preferred in the West.

When we visited the Nuremberg Toy Fair soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany was in the early stages of reunification. A new exhibitor appeared, with an address in East Berlin, displaying a wide range of toys and models, including some diecast models of four-axle (!) Neoplan coaches. The two guys in charge of the stand, one in his fifties, the other in his thirties, were nattily dressed in sharp suits, and spoke perfect English. Various German friends pointed out that English was not taught in schools in the DDR, but that many Stasi (secret police) agents spoke English. It seemed that these fellows had foreseen what would happen, and using their contacts had set up a business ready to go as soon as the wall came down. West German firms refused to place orders with this company, which didn’t reappear at Nuremberg the following year. So anyone who bought one of those four-axle coaches from us got a rarity.

Over the past 40 years we had all the model vehicles produced in the Eastbloc through our hands. Nowadays you can get excellent 1:43 diecast models from the partwork series made in China by Ixo, some of which are also availabe in their own IST range. There are also still artisan ranges in Russia making excellent handbuilt models of cars from the ex-Eastbloc countries.

So it is now possible to have in your collection detailed models of most vehicles produced in the Eastbloc, but somehow they don’t have the indefinable character of the old plastic models. Some of the models shown here are from the Maz Woolley collection, others are from former Modelauto Ltd stock, and the balance are reproduced from the artwork of Model Auto Review back numbers.


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Large Plastic Models



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Smaller Plastic Models

The Ford Car in Miniature – Lincoln Mark 1V 1972-76

By Dave Turner

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Further illustrations of the models described can be found at the end of the article.

Prior to this particular series of Lincolns, there had already been Mark 111, Mark IV and Mark V cars, and they were the series of huge 1958-60 Lincolns the object of which was to be bigger than anything else! A review of models of these earlier cars appeared in MAR magazine 108, January 1997.

Said to be an attempt to pretend these cars had never appeared, a second Mark 111 came in 1968 and was based on contemporary Thunderbird structure. Intended to be a “personal” luxury vehicle, it was smaller than the contemporary Continental that had continued to grow larger over time. It was followed in 1972 by the second Mark 1V, that being once again based on the contemporary Thunderbird, which, once again had become larger itself, and was in fact as big as the Thunderbird ever reached. This new Mark 1V was 4” longer and 1.3” lower than the ’68 Mk 111 but managed to be 211 pounds lighter.

Those little oval ”opera” windows in the rear quarters were actually very useful for ‘over the shoulder’ visibility at awkward junctions, I know I ran a Mark 1V for ten years. The 460ci. V8 with three speed auto gave the car quite vivid performance backed up by almost all the power assists that we have come to expect now 45 years later. “Sure-Track” anti-lock brakes, auto dip on the inside drivers mirror to name but two.

For 1973 the front end of the Mark 1V was changed substantially by the federal 5mph bumper joined a year later by a similar structure at the rear, the overall length now being no less than 8” more than the Mark 1V of just 2 years earlier. 1975 the cars had disc brakes all round together with numerous luxury-groups of special colour combinations. For 1976 came the Designer Series options – Bill Blass, Givenchy, Pucci and Cartier as well as even more special colour groups.

A total of 278,599 Mark 1Vs were produced by the time the next Mark V arrived for 1977.

A few contemporary toy Mark 1Vs appeared but more recently a couple of highly detailed models have filled gaps in the miniature Lincoln cabinet.

Among the latter are the American Excellence and the Neo, that are in reality one and the same, depicting the 1973 version with the heavy front bumper and original rear item. The former came in gold and the latter in dark red, both with black tops while the wheels on the models resemble the optional forged aluminium pattern. Assembly of these recent resin models is sometimes less than perfect, the upright “star” on the hood is mounted too far forward. otherwise my example seems OK. Wheelbase is spot-on for 1:43 but the overall length is proportionately too long.

In the 1990s, there were several operations on the US creating 1:25 resin kits that were either complete or utilised contemporary plastic kits for their substructure. Guy Cantwell produced a large range of complete kits of exclusively US subjects and a 1973 Mk 1V was among them.

Western Models were among the most prolific white metal producers for 25 years or so from the 1970s, their products became increasingly well detailed and executed but eventually they retired from the model scene. In the late 1970s they produced a rather rugged model of a ’76 Mark 1V. It was finished in a pale metallic silver, the blue tinge of which seems to almost match the Silver Luxury Group option of the 1975 series, but that had silver interior, the model is red inside.
In the 1990s Westerns Mark 1V tooling was significantly upgraded and a 1973 car was produced. This exhibited a little more finesse, especially around the side windows while the wheels now approximated the standard covers.

Going back to the time of the real cars introduction there were some small diecast Mark 1V toys in the “matchbox” flavour. Despite sporting at least three different makers names on their bases they are so similar that they must have originated from the same source.

From Japan came the Tomica Tomy that by a small margin had the sharpest casting, (or thinner paint!) Identical apart from the marking on the base is the Yatming from Hong Kong, and this came with at least two variations of base detail and finally employing the same body the Zee Toy offering, again from Hong Kong, adds to the variety. All these toys had the inevitable opening doors and extremely simple plastic interior.

The only other Mark 1V in miniature to materialise in 40 years of collecting is a Denys Fisher Stock Car Classy Crashers set, or to be more accurate, the mortal remains of one. As the whole point of this toy was to crash them into each other, it is inevitable that the chance of finding a good example will be pretty unlikely – or it will be expensive. Surprisingly the ’73 Mark 1V is, or was, a reasonably pleasant depiction of the real thing as its ‘partner’ is of rather indeterminate identity, but having a late 1930s flavour and marked “Luxury Limo” on its base. The Lincoln meanwhile is inscribed as “Sedan Royale”. It has languished out of sight for 30 odd years in the hope that another example may turn up and possess some of the missing parts.

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Neo  China 2012 45566 1973 136mm 1:43 Resin
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 1973 1:25 Resin kit
Western UK 1970s 102 1976 132mm 1:43 metal
Western UK 1990s 111 1973 132mm 1:43 metal
Tomica Japan 1976 F4 1975 75mm 1:77 diecast
Yatming Hong Kong 1970s 1052 1975 75mm 1:77 diecast
Zee/Zylmex Hong Kong 1970s P363 1975 75mm 1:77 diecast
Kenner Hong Kong 1974 1973 210mm 1:27 plastic Stock Car Classy Crashers  from Denys Fisher

Illustrations

 

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Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45566 1973 Mark 1V, overall length too long compared to wheelbase.


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Western 1:43 metal from UK: 102 1976 Mark 1V.


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Western 1:43 metal from UK: 111 1973 Mark 1V, refined tooling from the ’76 model.


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Tomica 1:77 diecast from Japan: F4 1975 Mark 1V


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Yatming 1:77 diecast from Hong Kong: 1052 1975 Mark 1V


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Zee Toys 1:77 diecast from Hong Kong: P363 1975 Mark 1V

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Kenner 1:27 plastic from Hong Kong: 1973 “Stock Car Classy Crashers” from Denys Fisher.


 

News from the Continent – Wiking August/September 2016

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The Wiking models listed below are scheduled for release in October 2016. Most models are moulded in plastic in Germany.

New Items

1:87 Scale

 

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0105 01 Range Rover


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0293 05 Volkswagen T3 Double-cabin pick up “Feuerwehr”


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0371 05 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 406 “Municipal”


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0345 03 Manomag L 28 “Flat bed lorry”


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0643 01 Magirus S 3500 “Refuse collection vehicle”


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0677 02 MAN “Articulated Tipper”


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0513 21 Henschel HS 14/16 “artic. Box truck Jacobs Coffee“


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0006 23 Wiking Magazine 2016

Upgraded Models

1:87 Scale

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0045 02 Volkswagen Golf Mk I GTI


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0823 03 Borgward Isabella Sedan


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0821 49 Ford Taunus 12M Sedan


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0887 38 Fortuna single axle trailer


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0361 48 Fendt 939 Vario tractor – nature green


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0658 05 HR 18 mini-excavator


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0434 01 Mercedes-Benz LP 321 “Flat bed lorry“


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0709 01 Mercedes-Benz O 302 “Touring long-distance coach”


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0437 01 Mercedes-Benz 1317 “Flat bed lorry”


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0488 01 Krupp 806 “articulated flatbed truck with canvas cover”


1:160 Scale

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0934 05 Volkswagen Golf Mk.III “Fire brigade”

New Items in 1:32 Scale

 

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0778 28 Claas Schwader Liner 2600


 

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0778 20 Crop protection sprayer Vega 12


Road Packs

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1199 02 Roads kit – straight – contents 5 pieces


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1199 03 Roads kit – curve – contents 5 pieces

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1199 04 Roads kit – junction – contains 5 pieces


Roads components shown making a small diorama

 

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Atlas Vehicles of the Volksarmee – Robur Garant

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

This subscription series is sold by Atlas in Germany. It covers vehicles used by, and in the livery of, the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) which was founded in 1956 and disbanded in 1990 after the re-unification of Germany.

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When the Police and the National Peoples Army looked for a light truck, they struck luck quickly – but then they had little choice. In the South-East of the DDR a plant was re-built which had been completely dismantled by the Soviets. This was the Phänomen Works in Zittau. Their light truck was manufactured in two different wheel bases and with rear wheel or four-wheel drive. In 1953 the Phänomen Garant was introduced. Updated in 1956, it was renamed the Robur Garant 30k, though there had been only minor changes.

The accurately shaped body is painted in the same matt olive green used for all NVA vehicles and equipment. From the camouflage-lights and the protective-screens over the headlights to the authentic registration plate under the left rear tail-light it is very faithful to the original. Mirrors, lights and other fittings are small separate parts.

Like all real NVA-vehicles the Garant carries a registration plate only to the rear. The spartan interior with steering wheel and gear lever is nicely detailed, as is the base plate.


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Stop Press – Gilbow Holdings in Liquidation.

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Gilbow Holdings is the parent company for the EFE brand. This maker of Diecast Buses and Commercial vehicles, mainly to 1:76 scale, has been a regular feature of the UK modelling scene for many years pioneering the 1:76 scale Bus market. Gilbow Holdings is owned by Frank and Brenda Joyce who “rescued” EFE from the holding company of Beatties when that UK Toyshop chain collapsed in 2001 and have run the company ever since.

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Although EFE started with 1:76 scale Commercial vehicles, many carrying nostalgic liveries suitable for use on model railway layouts, the company really took off when they released their Routemaster. This was the first detailed 1:76 model of this bus and was very popular with railway modellers and bus collectors alike. From then on buses and coaches formed the majority of their releases. The Routemaster has been a mainstay of the range with new versions and improved tooling appearing over the years.

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We have been informed that Gilbow holdings has been placed in Liquidation and that the EFE Brand is being sold to another company. It is widely assumed that the brand will be sold to Bachmann who distributed EFE models and had exclusive models made for them by EFE. However this is speculation at this time. What will happen to the existing EFE moulds in China or the announced forward schedule of models is unclear.

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This is another sign that the market place is consolidating and has less room for the independent specialist ranges which can now only survive as part of a larger group.


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Editorial October 2016

As we enter the final Quarter of the year model makers will be rushing to get the final releases of 2016 available with an eye to extra sales in the Christmas season. Plans for 2017 will be well advanced for presentation at the trade toy fairs early in 2017. Many interesting new releases have already been announced for the last few months of the year in various scales. It is also the season for the launching of TV-advertised partworks and subscription series, so it will be interesting to see if any new series are launched in the near future.

As I look at the high quality of models available at all price levels, I am tempted to ask if this is a golden age and if standards have now reached a peak at each price point? Why do I think that this might be the case? Firstly, production in China and shipping costs have been rising steadily while the wage levels of most collectors have risen more slowly, or not at all. Secondly, the number of mainstream collectors is continuing to shrink and those reaching retirement now in the USA and UK tend to have reduced disposable pension income, compared with previous generations. And finally I think we are close the limits of the quality of products we can produce using the technology we have. 3D printing might reduce some labour costs but I doubt if it will increase model quality greatly. What do you think? Why not let us know your opinion here at MAR Online?

Another event in the final quarter of the year is the bill to renew the hosting of our website. We have already had a generous contribution from one regular reader and contributions of even small amounts from others will help make sure that MAR Online can continue to offer a free to access website.


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M2 Titanium release

By Robin Godwin

 

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The picture above shows of one the models from a series of six “Titanium” models made by M2 specifically for Wal Mart (WMTS06).   These models are diecast in China to 1:64 scale for M2 of the USA. The series also includes:

1970 Ford F-100 Custom 4 x 4

1971 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W-30

1949 Mercury Custom

1968 Shelby GT500 KR

Whilst the colours are totally unauthentic it looks much better than the silver colour used for series like this by Corgi, Ixo and others.


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Oxford Diecast Release 3 2016

By Maz Woolley

 

Oxford Diecast’s products are made in their own factory in China and are diecast in various scales. They have recently circulated their third release announcement of the year and the models are likely to become available from early 2017.  Oxford always provide a very good view of what is coming and they are already working on what will be released in 2018! I think that as factory owners they need to plan a steady flow of work to keep the factory working efficiently so they need to plan ahead anyway.

Oxford Diecast Display Cabinet at the Swansea Railway Modelling Show
Oxford Diecast Display Cabinet at the Swansea Railway Modelling Show

Again we see releases announced across many ranges and lots of new castings as well as new models based upon current castings. Oxford now release over 450 products a year across all their ranges. The small pictures used below are drawings Oxford have released based upon the design cells they use for each vehicle.

Taff, the owner of Oxford Diecast, posted news about these models on the Oxford Collectors Facebook page prior to making the press release and also provided some interesting information on the impact of “Brexit” upon model suppliers. The impact of ‘Brexit’, raw material price increases, and other factors have meant that costs increased over 20% for Oxford in the last year but Oxford is trying hard not to pass on price increases of this level to consumers.

The models pictured below have some nice new 1:43 scale Rolls-Royce castings. Both the Hooper Empress and the Silver Cloud Mark I in 1:43 scale should be very good models. The recently released 1:43 scale Phantom’s both now appear in 1:76 scale which will be a popular choice for railway modellers. Other new castings in 1:76 include a Beadle Integral coach, the yet to be launched Land Rover New Discovery,  and a DAF XF Euro 6 CombiTrailer/Container Maritime Transport as well as the Jaguar Formula E racing car. One new 1:76 scale model which will excite many collectors is the early JCB excavator with many working elements included which has been a real engineering challenge for Oxford.

The second outing of the 1:76 scale Imp casting looks like it may be produced as a later Super Imp from badges which will make a good companion for the first release which was based on the Imp as launched.  A couple of new Rovers appear in 1:76 firstly the original version of the Range Rover, which I would like to see in 1:43 as well. and the SD1 Rover  which starts in Vitesse trim but which I am sure will appear in many variations later. The second version of the Sherpa Crewbus in BR livery should again prove very popular for railway modellers but we still wait for a van version to be produced. Finally the second version of the new Volvo P1800 casting will appear in white, the classic “Saint” colours from the 1960s TV series.

Finally no new castings are announced in 1:148 scale as they are announced quite a few in release 2 this year and many are yet to be produced. However there are some new uses of existing mouldings including the Morris Minor Police car which will undoubtedly appear in many 1:148 scale dioramas.

The planes announced keep up the steady flow of types available in 1:72 scale at affordable prices. Oxford’s coverage of World War Two aircraft types is very strong.

1:43 Scale

 

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43EMP001 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud/Hooper Empress Brown/Cream


43lr2s003-land-rover-series-ii-swb-hard-back-post-office-telephones

43LR2S003 Land Rover Series II SWB Hard Back Post Office Telephones


43LRL003
43LRL003 Land Rover 1/2 Ton Lightweight RAF (Red Arrows)


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43RRP3002 Rolls Royce Phantom III SdV HJ Mulliner Fawn/Black


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43RRP5002 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Burgundy/Silversand


43RSC001
43RSC001 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Sand/Sable


43rsd001-rolls-royce-silver-dawn-std-steel-maroon-and-black

43RSD001 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn/Std Steel Maroon/Black


43xk150008-jaguar-xk150-roadster-carmen-red

43XK150008 Jaguar XK150 Roadster Carmen Red


amvt002-aston-martin-v12-vantage-s-lightning-silver

AMVT002 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Lightning Silver

1:72 Scale

 

72DR014

72DR014 DH89 Dominie HG709 RNAS Culdrose


AC071

AC071 Bell Airacobra I 601 – County of London Sqn. RAF Duxford 1940


AC072

AC072 Westland Lysander MkI 416 Malton NSC Factory Canada 1939


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AC074 Curtis Warhawk P40


AC081

AC081 P38J Lightning


1:76 Scale

 

NO PICTURE AVAILABLE

76ACC003 Pallet/Loads Spratts Dog Cakes * 4


NO PICTURE AVAILABLE

76ACC004 Pallet/Loads Welgar * 4


76ass005-austin-seven-saloon-black

76ASS005 Austin Seven Saloon Black


76bi001-beadle-integral-east-kent

76BI001 Beadle Integral East Kent


NO PICTURE AVAILABLE

76DIS5001 Land Rover New Discovery Silver


76DXF001

76DXF001 DAF XF Euro 6 CombiTrailer/Container Maritime Transport


76fbb003-fowler-bb1-ploughing-engine-no-15436-princess-mary

76FBB003 Fowler BB1 Ploughing Engine No.15436 Princess Mary


76fg002-ford-galaxy-london-ambulance-service

76FG002 Ford Galaxy London Ambulance Service


76FMT003

76FMT003 Field Marshall Tractor Red


76FT030CC

76FT030CC Ford Transit LWB High Coca Cola Xmas


76FT3006

76FT3006 Ford Transit Mk3 RAC


76hi002-hillman-imp-tangerine-metallic

76HI002 Hillman Imp Tangerine Metallic


NO PICTURE AVAILABLE

76JFE001 Jaguar Formula E


76KRS006

76KRS006 Konecranes Reach Stacker Maritime Transport


76lan2013-land-rover-series-ii-station-wagon-shell-bp

76LAN2013 Land Rover Series II Station Wagon Shell/BP


76le003-lotus-elan-red-and-silver

76LE003 Lotus Elan Red and Silver


76lr2s002-land-rover-series-ii-swb-canvas-british-rail

76LR2S002 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas British Rail


76lr3s001-land-rover-series-iii-station-wagon-limestone

76LR3S001 Land Rover Series III Station Wagon Limestone


76mb006-mercedes-actros-gsc-curtainside-sparks-transport

76MB006 Mercedes Actros GSC Curtainside Sparks Transport


76mgbgt002-mgbgt-grampian-grey

76MGBGT002 MGBGT Grampian Grey


76ml1001-jcb-major-loader-mk1-excavator-jcb

76ML1001 JCB Major Loader Mk1 Excavator JCB


76nq003-nissan-qashqai-fired-iron

76NQ003 Nissan Qashqai Fired Iron


76p4003-rover-p4-black-cornwall-constabulary

76P4003 Rover P4 Black (Cornwall Constabulary)


76PAN006

76PAN006 Plaxton Panorama Bere Regis & District


76pd2005-leyland-pd2-12-edinburgh

76PD2005 Leyland PD2/12 Edinburgh


76ran004-range-rover-vogue-indus-silver

76RAN004 Range Rover Vogue Indus Silver


76RCL001

76RCL001 Range Rover Classic Lincoln Green


76rrp3001-rolls-royce-phantom-iii-black

76RRP3001 Rolls Royce Phantom III Black


76rrp5001-rolls-royce-phantom-v-navy-and-silver

76RRP5001 Rolls Royce Phantom V Navy/Silver


76sct003-scania-car-transporter-woodside-motorfreight-ltd

76SCT003 Scania Car Transporter Woodside Motorfreight Ltd


76sdf003-shelvoke-drewry-freightlifter-british-rail-yellow

76SDF003 Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter British Rail (Yellow)


76SDV001

76SDV001 Rover SD1 3500 Vitesse Targa Red


76set44-5-piece-land-rover-set

76SET44 5 Piece Land Rover Set


76set49-5-piece-land-rover-classic-set

76SET49 5 Piece Land Rover Classic Set


76set55-5-piece-land-rover-set

76SET55 5 Piece Land Rover Set


76sfe009-scania-cp28-pump-ladder-kent-fire-rescue-service

76SFE009 Scania CP28 Pump Ladder Kent Fire & Rescue Service


76SHP002

76SHP002 Sherpa Minibus British Rail


76tac003-tacr2-raf-pink-panther

76TAC003 TACR2 RAF Pink Panther


76tcab009-scania-t-cab-curtainside-ian-hayes

76TCAB009 Scania T Cab Curtainside Ian Hayes


76TR015CC

76TR015CC Mobile Trailer Coca Cola


76vol01st-volvo-fh3-3-axle-nooteboom-semi-low-loader-stobart

76VOL01ST Volvo FH3 3 Axle Nooteboom Semi Low Loader Stobart


76vol03cl-volvo-fh3-6-wheel-curtainside-coopers

76VOL03CL Volvo FH3 6 Wheel Curtainside Coopers


76vp002-volvo-p1800-white

76VP002 Volvo P1800 White


76VW026

76VW026 VW Bay Window Van Light Grey


76vx003-vauxhall-astra-mkii-steel-grey

76VX003 Vauxhall Astra MkII Steel Grey


76WFA006

6WFA006 Weymann Fanfare Birch Bros


SP045

76WM006 Whitby Mondial Ice Cream Smiths


76xf007-jaguar-xf-ammonite-grey

76XF007 Jaguar XF Ammonite Grey


1:148 Scale

 

naec014-aec-matador-wrecker-southdown

NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker Southdown


nirz005-irizar-pb-white

NIRZ005 Irizar PB White


nmb002-mercedes-actros-curtainside-pollock

NMB002 Mercedes Actros Curtainside Pollock


nmos005-morris-minor-saloon-police-panda

NMOS005 Morris Minor Saloon Police Panda


nnr003-new-routemaster-london-united

NNR003 New Routemaster London United


nvol4006-volvo-fh4-walking-floor-a-w-jenkinson

NVOL4006 Volvo FH4 Walking Floor A W Jenkinson


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SP113 Volvo FH Curtainside Lorry Brains


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