News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Here is a selection from the releases issued in September and October 2016. Photographs are by the Author and all models are to 1:87 scale.

028660/038669 Audi A5 Coupe in brilliant black or Misano red pearleffect

This is the latest model. Audi has cosmetically revised the A5 especially around the headlights, and with some minor changes to the rear. This is an all new mould based upon data supplied by Audi.

092678 Wartburg 353 saloon 1966 “Interflug”

The former DDR airline, Interflug, has reached ‘cult status’ today. The Model is based upon original photographs of a Wartburg airport service saloon.

306164 Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 articulated refrigerated box truck “H.E.Payne, GB”

This freight company is a heavy user of Scania and Volvo trucks. It also retains and shows some older trucks too. This vehicle is used for European trips and contrary to the majority of the fleet it features a white driver´s cab instead of the usual green one.

306201 Volvo FH Gl XL articulated cattle carrier VAEX, the Netherlands

This Dutch company specialises in transporting pigs. Alongside the transport business the company also offers trucks for rent.  The fleet is mainly based upon Volvo and Scania tractor units and many have top lights fitted as has been done on this model.

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The Motor Scooter in Miniature – Lambretta

By Dave Turner


As if seriously collecting model Fords and Rileys,  as well as model railways, didn’t strain the spare funds and time enough, the life long fascination with motor scooters had the inevitable effect and a number of inexpensive model scooters have slowly been accumulated over the past 40 years or so. For many years these were rather neglected and no positive effort was made to identify or study them until recently.

One of many long standing literary activities has been producing short pieces for the local classic car club each featuring a picture of a vehicle owned in the past along with a picture of a model of the exact vehicle, not possible in many cases as there has never been models of many specific variations of the real thing. As a bit of a novelty one piece was produced featuring the first vehicle owned by the writer – a 1958 Vespa 125. Several black and white snaps were taken at the time – the late 1950s, but as the model scooter ‘collection’ had never been properly studied, the presence or absence of the appropriate 92L2 model Vespa had never been determined – there was not one!

However in the long process of checking through the models it became apparent that not only were there several duplicates (and even triplicates) trying to identify each model became a project in itself – and is far from complete. Having accumulated all this information, and there is far more to come, to us compulsive scribblers the obvious next step is to put it all down in some form of understandable text.

The history of real motor scooters has been set out a few times in book form, in fact the little Auto Review booklets on the subject should have inspired the need to continue with a study of models of them (Dave is the Author of  Auto Review 04 Scooters Part One and Auto Review 10 Scooters Part Two both still available on the Oxford Diecast website or from Auto Review direct). For some reason, no doubt total lack of time, nothing happened as far as an in depth study although a few pages of these little books touched on the subject. Obviously the foregoing is not claiming to be a complete listing of model scooters, they crop up all the time and many made by small operations have yet to be discovered. Information on those missed will be gratefully accepted.

If only because the models have been sorted first, Lambretta will start the ball rolling. This scooter had its roots back in 1931 when Ferdinando Innocenti, a plumber began the production of pipes and tubing but following the Second World War an alternative product was sought and a motor scooter seemed in demand. Production began in 1945, the name Lambretta being derived from the area of Milan that the factory occupied – Lambrate. Experience with tubing manufacture made the choice to give the new machine a tubular frame obvious, while all the early types featured exposed mechanicals and initially lacked suspension.

The first offering from Lambretta was the Model A made from October 1947 for just 12 months, a total of 9669 were made. A model of this has been made and marketed by The Bradford Exchange.

Another of the earliest types to be found in model form is the 125C made from February 1950 to November 1951. This formed the basis of the Lambretta for many years with its single tube frame and trailing link front suspension. The Italian die cast range of Mercury produced these in 1952 in 1:28 scale and featured some simple detail with a bent wire stand to keep the model upright. A partly enclosed front wheel was not typical with the real 125C but was no doubt employed on the model to give the axle some support, reproducing the trailing link suspension in diecast would be quite fragile for a toy.

In common with many other Mercury subjects, the 125C has been reproduced by Scottoy and is almost exactly the same – the axles have a rolled end at one side and the wire stand is slightly simplified.

Appearing shortly after the 125C, the 125LC was the same scooter but fully enclosed and with a larger apron in the manner that we came to associate with the later LD. This was also modelled by Mercury in 1952 and makes a fine companion to their 125C looking so much more modern. It was also reproduced by Scottoy.
In 1951 the 125D and fully clothed 125LD arrived and featured a re-designed frame and many other improvements. They came in four series between December 1951 and 1961, a choice of 150cc engine from the second series while the fourth series were made in France.
A 1:12 scale 125D was made by New Ray in 2012 but just which of the three types of 125D is not certain.

Going back to the early 1950s a 1:11 scale plastic LD 125 was made by Mettoy. Obviously a toy as it featured a flywheel motor driving the back axle on which were a pair of small plastic wheels that enabled the scooter to travel upright. Twin portholes on the rear flanks suggest that it is of the 1st Series of LD made from December 1951 to May 1953. This example was quite well battered when found many years ago, it has had to suffice as no other has ever been found. No marking suggested a maker, although the front licence plate reads “MTY 134” suggesting it was a Mettoy product and a pair of “Made in Gt Britain” logos are stamped below the twin port holes on the side panels. When new these came with a plastic rider.

At the other end of the extreme a very nice plastic model 1st Series 125LD came from Solido in 1:18 scale. Featuring movable steering, a spare wheel and plated carrier it has plenty of delicate looking detail including a kickstart, folding stand, brake and clutch levers. Rather a model than a toy.

The TV175, first of the Li Series in September 1957 set a new benchmark for Lambretta with more modern styling and easily identified by the fixed front mudguard with headlight on the front apron. This was followed by 125 and 150cc versions in September 1958 and all three were produced until October 1959 when the Series 11 Li arrived. Easily identified again, this time by the headlight being placed on the handlebars rather than on the front apron. These were made until September 1961 when the subsequent “Slim Style’ body was adopted.

A few models of the Series 1 Li have been made and include the Xonex at around 1:18 from about 20 years ago. A smaller one came from CLM Hitech and an even smaller example from BTS that was derived from the old Spot On S.11 Li. The Bradford Exchange offer a S.1 in resin around 1:18 scale.

As far as the S.11 versions go, as just mentioned Spot On did one in 1966 and this was later reproduced by BTS. It has also suffered at least one plastic copy from Hong Kong. The Bradford Exchange marketed a S.11 in Rallymaster guise complete with little screen, racing number and stripes. The real Rallymaster version of the 150 was discontinued in September 1962. Curiously the same models in a different scale are known to be marketed under the Hamilton Collection umbrella. Both these operations seem to be interested in dealing only online.

Perhaps among the smallest model scooters is a 1:76 plastic S.11 that comes from Hornby in a set of “city people’ in their range of model railway trackside accessories. Despite its modest size it is sufficiently detailed to be identifiable as S.11.

Next in line, the Series 111 Li, known as the Slimstyle due to its narrower build, was produced in numerous forms from December 1962. the 125 version lasted only to October 1964 but re-appeared as the GP125 in December 1969 for just two years. The 150 however, produced in various forms – Grand Luxe, Special Pacemaker, SX and GP, lasted well into the 1970s although Lambretta production continued in India until 1997.
A TV175 version of the Series 111 was made from April 1962 for just under 2 years but larger engined 200cc machines in GT, SX and GP variations were made into the 1970s.

Some models/toys of scooters are difficult to identify, some are simply products of a creative mind and toys for youngsters as a result. For example, a 1:13 scale clockwork plastic toy came from Ace Toys in Hong Kong featuring a pair of plastic wheels at the rear. It does look very much like it is meant to depict a Series 111 Li Lambretta, the side stripes echoing those on the GP200, the real examples of which were latterly made in India.

Britains are well known for their farm and agricultural models in 1:32, no surprise that their Slimstyle Li came in that scale. Simple but attractive model it seems almost dwarfed by the young couple on board.

Looking very similar but much more highly detailed are the Lambrettas from Recollections that not only have the kickstart pedal and silencer featured in the nether regions but the side panels lift off to reveal a fully detailed engine, fuel tank etc. Still at 1:32 the CLM HiTech range of models includes a S.111 while moving to larger scales, the Bradford Exchange offered a 1:18 GP/DL 200 and Black Country Metal Works did several S.111s in 1:5 scale. These included a 1963 depicting the Quadrophenia ‘star’ from the film, a 1968 150 Special and a 1966 200SX.

A range called Globo Telethon offered diecast Series 111s under the Heavy Metal label and are said to be 1:12 scale. That scale was also used by the Road Signature 1965 TV 175 while the plastic kits from Pyro and Retro make a SX200 at 1:16.

Produced for three years from 1966, the J range of scooters was aimed at the lady rider and came in J50cc, Cento 100cc. and Starstream 125cc versions. So far the only model to be recorded was by BTS.

Known Models

Model A
The Bradford Exchange 126B1033 05 1:18 resin
Mercury Italy 213 1952 56mm 1:28 diecast
Scottoy  repro of Mercury 56mm 1:28 diecast
Mercury Italy 214 1952 59mm 1:28 diecast
Scottoy – repro of Mercury 59mm 1:28 diecast
New Ray 2012 150mm 1:12 diecast
CLM HiTech CLM 018 1:32
Mettoy UK 134 1952 160mm 1:11 Plastic/flywheel
Solido China 534657 98mm 1:18 plastic
IXO TXO M7 1:24
Li Series 1
Xonex China 1998 TV175 100mm 1:18 diecast
BTS UK TV175 mod from Spot On 1:42 diecast/resin
CLM HiTech CLM 013 Li 125 1:32
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 04 1:18 resin
Li Series 11
Spot On UK 229 1966 Li 150 47m 1:42 diecast/plastic
? Hong Kong plastic copy of Spot on 44mm 1:42 plastic
BTS UK Li 150 repro of Spot On 47mm 1:42 diecast/resin
Hornby China R560 1990s 25mm 1:72 plastic
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 03 Li150  Rallymaster 1:18 resin
The Hamilton Collection  Li150 1:12 diecast
Li Series 111 
Ace Toy Hong Kong GP200 134mm 1:13 Plastic/Clockwork
Britains UK 9685 56mm 1:32 diecast
CLM HiTech CLM 015 1:33 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 TV175 58mm 1:34 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 GP200 56mm 1:35 diecast
Recollections UK 1995 SX200 58mm 1:36 diecast
The Bradford Exchange 126B 1033 02 GP/DL200 100mm 1:18 resin
Globo Telethon 31085 1:12 diecast
Black Country Metal Works 1963 Quadrophenia 330mm 1:5 Tin
Black Country Metal Works 1968 150 Special 330mm 1:5 Tin
Black Country Metal Works 1966 200SX 330mm 1:5 Tin
Road Signature 41507RB 1965 TV175 150mm 1:12 diecast
The Hamilton Collection 1967 Li150 1:12 diecast
The Hamilton Collection 1969 GP D/L 200 1:12 diecast
Pyro M155 X200 1:16 Plastic kit
Retro SX200 1:16


BTS 1:42 diecast and resin from UK, repro of Spot On: Lambretta Li Series 11

1:42 plastic from Hong Kong, copy of Spot On: Lambretta Li Series 11.

Recollections 1:32 diecast from UK: Lambretta Li Series 111 GP200.

Recollections 1:32 diecast from UK: Lambretta Li Series 111 TV175

Scottoy 1:28 diecast, repro of Mercury: Lambretta125C

Mercury 1:28 diecast from Italy: 214 Lambretta 125LC.

Mercury 1:28 diecast from Italy: 213 Lambretta 125C

Britains 1:32 diecast from UK: 9685 Lambretta Li Series 111

Ace Toy 1:13 clockwork plastic from Hong Kong: Lambretta Li Series 111 GP200

Hornby 1:72 plastic from China:R560 Lambretta Li Series 11

Mettoy 1:11 flywheel plastic from UK: 134, Lambretta 125LD

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: Lambretta Li Series 1 TV175

Solido 1:18 plastic from China: 534657, Lambretta 125LD

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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Here are the releases Norev plan for November 2016. These are all diecast in China for France except those stated as made in resin.

1:18 scale


181600 Citroen 2CV Fourgonnette 1956 “Assistance Berliet”

181568 Citroen DS23 Pallas 1973 saloon – Massena red

181536 Citroen Ami 6 1964 – Jade green

183418 Mercedes-Benz L 319 Van 1957 “Lindt & Sprüngli

183520 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 1969 – red

183566 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE-24 Cabriolet 1990 – black

184821 Peugeot 302 Darl´Mat Roadster 1937 – blue

188487 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1976 – black

188417 Volkswagen Golf VR6 1996 – purple metallic

1:43 scale


157078 Citroen DS23 Pallas saloon 1973 – green metallic

155269 Citroen C3 2009 – Lucifer red

155473 Citroen C4 Cactus 2016 – Baltic blue

PM0103 DS E-TENSE – Salon de Geneve 2016 (Resin)

474104 Peugeot 401 Longue Taxi 1935 – dark red/black

690000 Berliet GAK “Benne” 1960 – grey

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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – Schuco

By Hans Georg Schmitt


Here are the details of the Schuco releases announced for October and November. The photographs have been supplied by Schuco. These models are diecast in China for Germany.

October 2016

Edition 1:18


450038000 Volkswagen T3 Bus – green/beige

450035300 Porsche 911S Coupe 1973

Military 1:87


452624600 Serval BW

452624700 Serval ISAF

452625500 Mercedes-Benz Wolf G Sanka ISAF



450604500 Set Studio VII with Studio I Compressor and Piccolo Studio I

Set Studio I Compressor with mechanical sound and figurines

450101901 Set Studio I assembling box with 3 figurines

Piccolo Range


450607200 Set Piccolo collectors catalogue 1994-2015 with Piccolo Volkswagen T1 Doublecabin

450562700 Piccolo Volkswagen T1 pickup “Christmas Special 2016”

450185400 Piccolo Gift set I

450607201 Piccolo Collectors Catalogue 1994-2015 – softcover

Edition 1:43


450388000 Volkswagen Beetle Open Air “Christmas 2016”

Edition 1:32


450767900 Set “John Deere”

450894100 Set “Holder” – Holder A20 with Volkswagen T1b delivery van

450778300 Güldner G75 tractor

450778400 Güldner G60 with roof



450038500 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Camper



450008800 Isocarro pickup – light blue



452623000 Hanomag Courier “BMW Isetta Service”

452626400 FBW C40U “PTT” Alpine car (Swiss Post Bus)



452625600 Mercedes-Benz Wolf G ISAF

November 2016

Piccolo Range


450569600 Mercedes-Benz -/8 saloon in tin can “Model of the year 2016”



450772400 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1600 “Winter-Service back from action”



450894200 Volkswagen T1b delivery van “Volkswagen spare part service”

450895900 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 401 “Westfalia driver cabin Frogeye”



452620100 Volkswagen T1 Pick up with canvas cover “Dunlop”
452630200 Volkswagen T1 Pick up with canvas cover “Deutsche Bundespost”

452620300 Volkswagen T1 Pick up with canvas cover “Märklin”

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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

This posting covers the releases for  September/October 2016 by M4 companies: ART, BEST and RIO. All models are to 1:43 scale and diecast unless stated otherwise and photographs have been supplied by M4.

ART Models


ART352 Ferrari 375 Plus – Winner of Le Mans 1954 – Gonzalez/Trintignant #4 – Chassis #036 (Resin)

ART353 Ferrari 850S – Tourist Trophy 1955 – Maglioli/Trintignant #5 – Chassis #0578 – 8th

ART354 Ferrari 750 Monza – Tourist Trophy 1954 – Hawthorn/Trintignant #15 – Chassis #0440

ART355 Ferrari 250 California – Winner of 2 hour Relay Marlboro 1961 – A.Wylie #2 – Chassis # 1085

BEST Models


BEST9637 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 – 1965 – Saratoga white

BEST9638 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 HF – Tour de Corse 1965 – Cella/Gamenara. #119 – Amaranto Montebello (Official debut of Lancia in Rally Racing)

BEST9639 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Test 1000 km Nürburgring 1971 – Von Hohenzollern/von Bayern #5

BEST9640 Alfa Romeo 33.2 – 6 hours of Watkins Glen 1968 – Kwech/Martino #33

BEST9641 Ferrari 308 GTB4 LM – Test Fiorano 1976 – Niki Lauda

BEST9642 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Le Mans 1973 – Wicky/Cohen Oliver/Carron #52

BEST9643 Abarth 1000 SP – Rovereto/Asiago 1971 – M.Baldo #364

BEST9644 Lola T70 Coupe – 12 hours of Sebring 1968 – Bonnier/Axelsson #10

RIO Models

RIO4511 Fiat 1500 6C – Guardia Nazionale Republicana 1941 (Police)

RIO4512 Fiat 1500 6C – Fire Brigade 1948 – red

RIO4513 Volkswagen Beetle 1949 Cabriolet closed – grey

RIO4514 Citroen DS21 – Rally Monte Carlo 1970 – Pouderoux/Vincent #27

RIO4515 Fiat 1500 C6 – Taxi Milano 1940

RIO4516 Fiat 238 – Service car Lancia Rally Team

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News from HobbyDB: Minichamps All in One Place

Based on the News Release from hobbyDB,  7 Dec 2016

Diecast manufacturer Minichamps and collector database hobbyDB are partnering to create an archive of every Minichamps model ever made. Now only on hobbyDB, you’ll find detailed information on thousands of their cars dating back to the company’s origins in the early 1990s, not to mention an array of other types of models as well as drivers’ helmets, crew figures, buses, tractors, tank, motorbikes and more.

Minichamps’ Paul Lang stated that he is “excited that with hobbyDB’s help, diecast fans from all around the world will now have an interrelated archive of everything Minichamps, a resource that we’ve never been able to provide until now.”

Originally known as Paul’s Model Art after Paul Günter Lang, the founder of the company,  Minichamps has pioneered producing high quality models in several scales. The first Paul’s Model Art diecast car by Minichamps was made in 1990, and by 1995 Minichamps was manufacturing more than 100 different castings with hundreds of racing liveries. Details like badges in the center of steering wheels and hubcaps, and separately molded parts for windshield visors, door handles, air vents, headlight lamp lenses and more help set their models apart. 1/43 and 1/18 are their most popular sizes. In fact, they often produce the same car in both scales.

One of their best-known specialties is Formula 1 cars, particularly those from recent years. A model might only represent an exact iteration of a car that ran in a single race. That means changing wings (front and rear), livery, even sponsor decals and tire types if necessary.

Minichamps also offers an extensive line of other racing types and concept cars including several American models from the 1950s.

With the data coming directly from Minichamps, everyone will be able to know exactly which version of a model was made, and if  you want it, you’ll get an email as soon as your desired model goes up for sale.

You can check out the Official Minichamps Archive on hobbyDB here.  The full news release is here, with more photos.

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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Wiking Releases October 2016 – New Items


All pictures are supplied by Wiking and show their models moulded in plastic for Germany.

1:87 scale
18845-wiking-0479-010479 01 Büssing 12.000 flatbed lorry

18846-wiking-0788-010788 01 Volkswagen T1a delivery van

18847-wiking-0228-010228 01 Volvo Amazon

18848-wiking-0788-020788 02 Volkswagen T1a Bus

18849-wiking-0861-380861 38 Henschel HS 100 Fire brigade-heavy rescue vehicle

18850-wiking-0681-490681 49 Mercedes-Benz Aroc/Liebherr transport concrete mixer

18851-wiking-0679-050679 05 MAN TGS Euro 6 Skip lorry

18852-wiking-0536-040536 04 MAN TGS Euro 6 articulated tank truck

18853-wiking-0590-020590 02 Culemeyer wagon carrier trailer with MAN tractor

1:160 scale

18854-wiking-0934-040934 04 Mercedes-Benz G-Model Fire brigade

Upgraded models

1:87 scale
18855-wiking-0317-040317 04 Volkswagen T1b Samba-Bus

18856-wiking-0388-380388 38 Agricultural trailer

18857-wiking-0898-040898 04 Ruthemeyer road roller

18858-wiking-0163-010163 01 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

18859-wiking-0795-050795 05 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “Yellow-black racer”

18860-wiking-0220-020220 02 Mercedes-Benz 180 Ponton saloon

18861-wiking-0864-400864 40 Volkswagen T3 bus “German Police”

18862-wiking-0842-010842 01 Mercedes-Benz L 2500 Platform tractor-trailer combination

18863-wiking-0990-90_00 18863-wiking-099090_01 18863-wiking-099090_02 18863-wiking-099090_03 18863-wiking-099090_040990 90 Set “old Wiking brand names”
1:160 scale
18864-wiking-095138_000951 38 Lanz Bulldog tractor

Finally the Wiking Magazine for 2016


The Magazine contains:

  • background information on the street scenes of Friedrich Peltzer
  • The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and it’s model
  • The Fuchs F 301 excavator
  • Why Faller used Wiking models for their advertising and brochure shots
  • All the Wiking models made in 2015
  • The story of the Wiking company history and a look forwards to the 85th anniversary celebration on 29th April 2017 in the Wiking museum in Lüdenscheid

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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 432 Guy flatbed

By Maz Woolley



The latest release from Atlas in this series is a Guy Warrior flatbed truck originally issued in 1958  and withdrawn in 1964. The model is glazed so replicates a model issued from 1960 onward. This should not be confused with an earlier Dinky issued as 432 which used the earlier flatter Guy cab.


The original colour scheme is well replicated and features like the spare wheel and tow hook are all incorporated. Although a simple model it had considerable play value with the flatbed easily loaded by the owner.


The cab glazing is nicely done though I suspect it is clearer than the original models would have been. The spray masking on the cab is an accurate reflection of the original model.


The wheels are the Supertoy type fitted to this model originally and the hook is painted body colour which is authentic.


This model keeps up the standard of this Trucks series. At the moment it has largely featured models which came from Binns Road with just a few French Dinky’s included.

Further observations on Atlas Customer service. They state that they will respond to web contacts within two days but in my experience they do not meet these targets. I suspect that their systems and staffing are simply not up to the levels needed to provide proper customer service.

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By Hans-Georg Schmitt



Sachsenring P 240 Repräsentant Parade car

When the generals of the National Peoples Army of the former DDR attended big military gatherings they liked to appear in parade cars. Two huge cabriolets were built based upon the Sachsenring P 240 which was developed from pre-war Horch engineering and used a six cylinder 2.4 litre engine from that source. Sachsenring was the luxury brand in East Germany although production ceased in 1959 when central Soviet planning dictated that only Tatra was to produce luxury cars outside the Soviet Union for sale in the Comecon trading area.

These cars were only used for the great communist parades which meant that they stood idle for 360 days of the year in their garage. Photographs of military parades show them with DDR registration plates of VA 14-0600 and VA 14-0601. Today you may see one of the parade cars on display in the military museum in Dresden, and the other in the August Horch Collection in Zwickau.


The model is accurately shaped and painted in glossy black. It is has an authentic registration plate, the DDR national emblem on the rear doors, and other accurate features such as flags. The model makes good use of inserted parts for the aerials, flags, lights, grille, hand hold bars etc.

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