Vadis Eaglemoss – Italian Liveried Vans Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

The old MAR Online pages at will not be accessible for much longer so we have decided to transfer more articles that formed long running series. This posting gathers together the final set of articles written by Fabrizio about an interesting Italian partwork. This coverage started in the printed MAR and was then continued on MAR Online.

Veicoli Pubblicitari D’Epoca


#77 OM Leoncino ‘SAIMA’ 1953

The OM Leoncino has been seen before in this range. Here it is finished as a small truck with canvas tilt in the colours of SAIMA which was an Italian haulage company which is still in business today as part of the Danish DSV group transport and logistics group. The model has been well made with good printed detail.


#78 Fiat 600 Multipla ‘PREP’ 1956

There is nothing commercial about the Multipla, other than the company logo printed on the doors. In the 1950s when travelling salesman carried samples and small deliveries and had to travel from shop to shop small vehicles like this must have been common. This Multipla casting has been seen in many partworks but is nicely presented here in a two tone paint finish with good printing. ‘PREP’ is a skin cream product.


#79 Lancia Ardea Van ‘Sobrero Est’ 1948

Another casting already seen in this range, and as a Skyline model too. This small delivery van makes a nice model finished in the two tone grey livery of ‘Sobrero Est’. The simple logo and slogan are well printed. Sobrero Est was a maker of stockings and shirts.

#80 Fiat Ducato ‘Carrera’ 1986

‘Carerra’ are an Italian clothing company famous for their denim products including jeans. They are still in business today and pride themselves on the Italian design and flair their products enjoy, albiet that many of them are probably made in China these days.

The 1986 Ducato was a joint production with PSA of France and this casting has been seen before in this range. It is neatly presented here with the comparatively simple livery.

#81 Ford Transit van 1975 ‘Brembo’

Brembo are a well known Italian manufacturer of brake components. The name can be seen on red brake callipers on many vehicles but notably on all things Italian from Ducati to Ferrari. The livery itself is rather plain, though the logo typeface is well printed and very characteristically 1970s. The long wheelbase Ford Transit Mark I is well modelled and has been seen in many ranges already.

#82 Lancia Jolly van 1963 “BTicino”

Another model based on the Lancia van that has already been seen in this series several times as well as in the Starline range in Campari and Lancia liveries. BTicino was a firm producing electrical equipment and it seems that still exists today as part of a larger group. The Jolly is a nice model and the livery shows the simple and stylish lettering that the Italians were noted for in the 1960s.

#83 Fiat 615 1953 Consorzio Val di Non

The Fiat 615 casting appears again. This time in the livery of a well known Italian consortium of apple growers Consorzio Val di Non. Another company which is still in existence and in the view of the author producers of rather good apples. This model is recycling of #37 Nupral. In this case the livery has changed and the fruit in the boxes has been painted in yellow and not orange but everything else has remained the same.

#84 Fiat 850T 1965 ‘Messaggerie Italiane’

A rather gloomy model painted a dark colour and with a staid livery. Messaggerie Italiane are distributor of books, magazines and newspapers and are still in business today. It is an apt choice of livery since they are the distributor of the partwork!

#85 Fiat 242 1978 ‘Carniti’

Carniti were makers of marine engines. The company was founded by Arturo Carniti and the company won many competitions in Europe against Mercury. The firm no longer exists but the engines still power many restored classic boats. The Fiat 242 has appeared several times before in this series and here it is in a typical 1970’s livery with a simple and strong graphic style which could be easily seen from a distance.

#86 1949 Lancia Ardea 800 pickup 1949 ‘La Versa’

This is the second time that the Ardea pickup has featured in the collection. It was originally seen as #29 (Parmigiano Reggiano). The load has also been seen already in #35 Fiat 1100 pickup Olio Carli.

La Versa was founded in 1905 and the 750 shareholders collectively own 1300 hectares of vineyards in the Valle Versa and Oltrepò Pavese. The Versa Winery produces wines (Red and White), sparkling wines (Champagne or Classic Method and Martinotti Method) and spirits using only grapes of the Valle Versa and Oltrepò Pavese.

#87 Fiat 238 van 1969 ‘Mental’

This is a colourful livery illustrating liquorice products made by the Fassi company. Mental products are still available today in similar tins and are small intesively flavoured items similar to the “nips” that the Managing Editor remembers from his youth.

#88 OM Leoncino covered wagon  1957 ‘Scuderia Centro Sud’

Scuderia Centro Sud was a famous private racing team and race driving school. It was founded by Guglielmo “Mimmo” Dei and entered Formula One and Sports Car events between 1956 and 1965.

They entered a total of 49 World Championship rounds, with cars such as the Maserati 250CF and Maserati powered Coopers. In the 1960s they even ran a BRM P57.

The model shows this period livery to good effect.

#89 Fiat 600 M 1962 ‘Santa Clara’

Santa Clara bottled mineral water comes from Ligurian region of Italy and is still available today. The livery is on a Coriasco bodied Fiat 600 van which has been used before in this range. This mineral water has a high mineral content and is exported as well as being consummed in Italy.

The ‘Santa Clara’ mineral livery is an attractive one and looks good on this casting.

#90 Fiat 1100 T van 1965 “Domenichelli”

Domenichelli were an Italian parcel delivery service similar to UPS or DHL. They were active from the 1920s to the 1990s. The 1100 van is not a delivery van, it is a technical support vehicle for the trucks of the Domenichelli fleet.

#91 OM Leoncino “Spumador” 1957

Spumador are an Italian soft drinks firm producing a range of fizzy drinks like CocaCola or Fanta. They were founded in 1888 and are still in business today. The model itself is not very impressive, but nice all the same.

#92 Fiat 1100 ELR pick up 1951 “Galup”

Another firm still in business today producing Panettone, an Italian specialist fruit laden enriched bread which is a popular Christmas treat. This model is of a covered pick up, whilst all the previous 1100 ELR pickups were open. A rather ordinary model.

#93 Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 Van 1976 “Frigerio Gomme”

A Volkswagen Van is a surprise and this is the first use of this casting in this series. It is perhaps related to the Volkswagen bus casting used for #53 in this series.

Frigerio Gomme is a Milanese tyre dealer with 11 branches in the Milan area. They are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year.

#94 Fiat 500 Van 1946 “Modiano”

Yet another use of the post war Fiat 500 Van in this series.

Modiano are an Italian specialist producer of playing cards from Trieste. Their cards are used at Casinos and even at the 2015 World Poker Championship. The cards are now made of plastic and a huge range of sets are made for all sorts of card games. Back in 1946 the cards delivered would have been old-fashioned like the Fiat and printed on laminated card.

#95 FIAT 1100 ELR Pickup 1952 “Latteria Soresinese”

Latteria Sorinese is an Italian producer of dairy products, in particular butters and cheeses. It was founded in 1900 and is still in business today as a co-operative with four factories drawing on local milk producers. The model has a neat load of milk churns and the company livery is printed to a good standard.

#96 Renault Estafette Van 1977 “Lana Gatto”

Lano Gatto is a brand of knitting wools and yarns which is part of the Tollegno 1900 group headquartered in Rome. The Estafette van appears to be the Ixo casting used across many part work series and it is neatly painted here with the roof in white contrasting with the dark blue bodywork. The livery is neatly printed with the trade mark label featured on the sides. Gatto is Italian for cat and the cat is neatly featured on the label.


#97 FIAT 1100 ELR Pickup with Cover 1952 “Autotraslochi Salvatori”

This removals company was founded in Rome in 1941 and is still actively trading today as family firm. They move everything from general household items to musical instruments. The pickup truck with a tilt looks more like a support vehicle than one that would have carried out many moves itself. The model has the simple livery well printed on the cab and canvas tilt and the pickup body is painted brown perhaps to suggest a wooden pick up bed.

#98 OM Leoncino frigovan (Cooled Van) 1966 – “CoPeGo”

CoPeGo is still in business today. Founded in the 1930’s by the fishermen of Goro in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy north east of Bologna to manage a fish market. It has extended to become a fisherman’s cooperative and in collaboration with the University of Ferrara developed farming of mussels and clams. Copego currently has over 581 members and markets its products in Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

The model has the CoPeGo logo neatly printed on each side and business details printed to the cab door. Mirrors and lights are all separate parts and the raised grille area is neatly finished. Whilst simple this is a nice model reflecting a time when livery on a vehicle was often kept simple to save money.

#99 Alfa Romeo Saview F20n 1979 – “Florpagno”

Florpagno is alive and well today. Created in 1968 the companies nurseries were initially based in Ruvo di Puglia specialising in tropical plants. The company has grown and now produces over 2 million plants a year.

The model has the producers details printed on the side. This is one of the simpler liveries in the series which probably reflects the fact that products were sold to others to retail to the public and the products were not “branded” in the way that food or hardware would be.

#100 Fiat 500C van 1950 – “Fago”

The final vehicle in the series returns to the much used Fiat 500C casting. Fago were a maker of a “coffee substitute” drink and are no longer trading. Their livery has a definite period character with the white roundels and multi-colour printing.

The model is neatly produced and has separate mirrors and deflectors. A nice model to end the series.

Editor – This partwork has run to 100 parts which is quite a lot of models! A good partwork where even when the same casting was used multiple times they were in quite different liveries often with different loads or fittings. The Editor would like to thank Fabrizio for his contributions and to invite anyone collecting a part work to write about it as he has.


Atlas Dinky Trucks – 412 Austin Open Wagon

By Maz Woolley


The latest model released in the Atlas Dinky Trucks series is 412 Austin Wagon. This casting started life in 1950 in the 30 series as 30J supplied to retailers in trade packs of six and they were then sold to the customer loose for two shillings and four old pence. It was then re-numbered 412 in 1954 and still came in a trade box of six until part way through production when it was packed in an individual yellow box as replicated by Atlas. The model was painted in a  number of bright colours designed to appeal to the customer which were actually very unlikely to feature on any real vehicle. The model was deleted in 1960 by which time the original was long out of production.

The Austin K2 was sometimes referred to as the Birmingham Bedford due to the close resemblance of their cabs and radiators. It had been produced in great numbers during the Second World War for the British and other Commonwealth Armies, particularly as an Ambulance,  and the civilian version quickly went back into production after the end of the war.

The Atlas is a good replica with the yellow paint covering the model very well and the radiator chrome parts and lights being nicely printed on.

This trucks series continues to feature Binns Road models rather than just re-issuing the models already made for the continental series which is good. Maybe the level of subscribers remains high for this series.

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Ruby Toys London Bus

By Maz Woolley


Ruby Toys have recently announced a new London Bus model in the style of a Dinky Model. For those not familiar with this range the models are of vehicles Dinky “might have” made in the same way that Odgi toys did some time ago.  The difference with Odgi toys and other “Dinky-like” ranges is that these models are die-cast and not white metal castings.

John Hope, the Proprietor, is quoted on the web site as saying “I created Ruby Toys to make available to fellow collectors a range of die-cast models of some of those commercial vehicles that, in the nineteen forties and fifties, were a common sight on Britain’s roads, but which were never modelled by any of the die-cast toymakers of the period.”

#46 Leyland Bus

This model is of a Leyland Tiger with a wood framed Mann Egerton body. 100 of these were built for London Transport Central Area in 1949 fitted with 7.4 Litre Leyland engines with manual gearboxes.

The model is “Dinky style” with no windows or internal fittings. And it would have made a nice model in the 1950’s though I suspect the grille would have been less well detailed and that the black wheel arches would have been left in red. It is a limited edition of 100 and can be obtained direct from Ruby Toys.

#47 Jowett Van


Rather simpler and more obviously “Dinky like” is this Jowett Van based upon the Jowett Bradford. The Grille is heavily simplified in the way Dinky often did as the Bradford was rarely fitted with a chrome radiator shell and had a more prominent centre section. However it looks the part of an early 1950s model.

Again the model can be obtained directly from Ruby Toys.

Future Models

The next two models have already been announced. #48 will be a Scammell Rigid 8 flatbed to the same scale as the Dinky Foden flatbeds.  #49 will be another bus this time in green London Transport Country Area livery based upon an AEC Regal chassis.

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Vadis Eaglemoss – Italian Liveried Vans Part One

By Fabrizio Panico

The old MAR Online pages at will not be accessible for much longer so we have decided to transfer more articles that formed long running series. This posting gathers together some of the articles written by Fabrizio about an interesting Italian partwork. This coverage started in the printed MAR and was then continued on the MAR Online.

Vadis Eaglemoss – Veicoli Pubblicitari D’Epoca

This continues from a series of articles Fabrizio Panico provided fro the printed Model Auto Review. The series then continued when MAR became MAR Online.

49 Fiat 1100 ELR van 1951  “Chinotto NERI”

Chinotto NERI is an Italian soft drink. Fabrizio rightly says that this model is very nice.

50 Peugeot J7 van 1975 “FILA”

Fabrizio reckons that this model is quite dull. Fila was an Italian sportswear brand in the 1970s but is currently owned by a South Korean company. The livery is certainly one of the least interesting seen so far in the series.

51 Fiat 242 van 2nd series 1981  “DeRica”

DeRica is an Italian canned food brand.

52 Fiat 600 Multipla 1956 in “Hausbrandt”

Hausbrandt is a Coffee brand.

53  Volkswagen T2 bus ‘Stormy Six’ 1971.

‘Stormy Six’ were an Italian beat group  almost completely forgotten nowadays. An unattractive livery on a nice model.

54 Alfa Romeo Saviem F20 van ‘Permaflex’  1970.

Permafex was a brand of mattress. Again Fabrizio thinks that it is a nice model, but in a livery that he is not so keen on.

55 Renault R4 Fourgonnette ‘Interflora’, 1966.

Fabrizio reports that this is a lovely livery, but is concerned that the model itself isn’t correct. If it is a 1966 model then the front bumper should be different; and is the side profile inaccurate as well?

56  Lancia Superjolly with windows and high roof “Bialetti” 1965

Bialetti area famous mocha machine manufacturer. This is the second time that this casting has been used, as it was also used for #26. This livery, however, is a good one.

57 Fiat 600M van 1958 Coriasco Amarelli

Coriasco Amarelli are liquorice-flavoured sweets. This is an attractive livery on a casting which has been seen before in this series.

58 Alfa Romeo AR6 van 1987 Guzzini,

Guzzini are a kitchen appliance supplier. The casting used is the same as that used for 46 Fiat Ducato, the only difference being the grille.

This is accurate, because the AR6 was produced by Alfa Romeo in the joint Eurovan project with three other companies; Fiat (Ducato), Peugeot (J5) and Citroen (C25).  When Alfa Romeo was taken over by Fiat the AR6 was discontinued. This model is therefore an interesting variant.

59 Fiat Campagnola 1963 Funivie del Monte Bianco

This is liveried for the company running the Mont Blanc cable cars.
At first sight this model seems to be a little overscale, but after checking it is accurately 1:43 scale.

60 Alfa Romeo F12 van 1968 Geloso

Geloso produced television and radio sets. This casting has previously been used in this series for #8 Idrolitina.

The Vadis collection has now been extended, as expected, from the originally announced 60 models to 80 releases.

61 Volkswagen T1 Kombi 1967 Ringo.

The rather simple livery on this VW Kombi is for Ringo biscuits, made by Pavesi, which are still available today.

62 Fiat 500 C van 1959 Riello.

This small van is liveried for Riello heating and ventilation services, another brand which still exists today. Although this is a new livery, the casting has previously been seen in this series.

63 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1964 Ferrania

Ferrania is an Italian producer of film and photographic products, which is still in business today. The simple livery is only printed on the front doors

64 Renault Estafette 1974 Pennelli Cinghiale

This van is in the livery of a manufacturer of artists’s brushes, with an illustration of a wild boar to show where the bristles originate.

65 Fiat 1100 ELR pickup 1954 AGIPgas  

This van is in the livery of AGIP. This brand is well known throughout the world because of their sponsorship of Ferrari. This model carries canisters of liquefied gas. This is a nice model, even if the casting has been seen before in part 35 Olio Carli.

66 Fiat 500 A Van 1948 “Tre Teste”

“Tre Teste”, three heads in English, was an Italian brand of razor blades. Each wrapper had an illustration of the faces of three pretty girls. Unlike many of the liveries used in this series this brand is now defunct.

67 Fiat 615N refridgerated van “Soresina”

“Soresina” is an Italian brand of dairy products which is still with us today. The livery advertises their butter which is sold in tins in the same bright yellow livery used on the model.

This is a nice model already used for “Sammontana”, which was no. 16 in the series.

68 Fiat 238 1973 “Proraso”

Proraso still make a range of shaving products today. The livery translates as Proraso helps those that shave. The livery is simple but effective on a nicely modelled Fiat Van.

69 Autobianchi Bianchina Van 1968 “Pigna”

Paulo Pigna is an Italian producer of paper products well known at one time for providing Italian school children with their exercise books. The simple livery sits well on the nicely captured Bianchina van.

70 Fiat 242 Van 1980 “Fantic Motor”

A colourful van in the livery of a maker of mopeds and small motorcycles. This has sponsors adverts on it and is a racing support vehicle. Fantic are well known for competing in European championships for off road bikes.

71 OM Leoncino Van 1964 “Graziella”

The van is liveried for this brand of folding bicycles which is still sold today. A simple livery but one that looks good on the substantial sides of this large van.

72 Fiat Ducato Van 1983 “GBC”

GBC are Italian electronic suppliers similar to Maplins in the UK or Radio Shack in the US. The livery is relatively simple as many were in the 80s.

73 Fiat 850T 1975 “Quercetti”

Quercetti is an established Italian toy maker. It is famous for products like “Coloredo” which allows 2D pictures to be made from coloured pins a precursor to pixel art. And the “Tor” missile which comes with a launching mechanism.

74 AlfaRomeo Romeo 2 1956 “Melegatti”

Melegatti are makers of sweets and cakes and have been in business for 120 years. They are well known for “Panettone” and the famous “Pandoro”. The livery is simple with their slogan saying a day of their product is a day of play.  The Romeo 2 has been seen before but looks good in this livery.

75 Fiat 615N Covered Truck 1958 “Olio Sasso”

Another company still in the same business today, still selling olives and olive based products. Again the truck has been seen before but looks very good in this livery.

76 Fiat 500C Van 1954 “Mutti”

This nice model is in the livery of Mutti which is still in business today having been in the same business for around a hundred years. Based in Parma they specialise in tomato based products like tinned chopped and peeled tomatoes, concentrates and Passata, as well as pizza toppings and even Ketchup. The logo on the current products is recognisably the same as the one on the van and has probably been in use since the companies early days.

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1:18 Scale BMW promotional models by Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs by the Author.

A few weeks ago I received two new 1:18 scale BMW promotional models made for them in China by Norev.

The first one is a 2016 BMW M3 (F80) Competition Package (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 553) – The M3 is a powerful and light four door car with 431 HP, and a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission from DKG. It is fitted with many aluminium parts and a carbon fibre roof. Add to that the new “Competition Package” developed by BMW M GmbH and you get a 450 HP monster with adaptive suspension and exterior trim in “Shadow Line” option in gloss black and with exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior sports M branded seats and seat belts with the “tricolor” flag of BMW M.

The model, in a beautiful “Sakhir orange metallic”, is really accurate and faithful to every detail of the real car. Diecast in metal, all four doors open as do the bonnet and the boot. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, as are the carbon fibre roof, engine and chassis.




The second one is a 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 (BMW no. 80 43 2 406 146) – This concept car is a prototype summarising the thought of the German group about the mobility of the future.

Presented at the Centenary Event in Munich, it aims to represent the coexistence of autonomous driving and the self driving pleasure typical of any BMW. Electric and hybrid powertrains are already transforming the way we think about cars, the premium products of the future will rely on the highest levels of connectivity, cutting edge technologies and tailoring to the taste of each client.

The futuristic design of the body is well reproduced by Norev, in an elegant “light brown metallic”,

The model is diecast with no opening parts. The minimalist interior is well reproduced. Models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual so this one is noteworthy as it perhaps gives us a glimpse of the future.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Conrad

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Images of the models supplied by the Manufacturers.

The latest releases from Conrad are shown below. They are all diecast to 1:50 Scale.

#2767/0 SANDVIK Dumper TH663


#77181/07 MAN TGS Euro & MEILLER 3-axles Three-sided-tipper


#2116/0 TEREX 3160 Challenger Mobile crane


#99919/01 CONRAD Extra – Load set ballast set RAL 1007

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The Vespa in Miniature Part 2 1955-58

By Dave Turner

Photographs of some of the models described can be found below the paragraphs below.

Documenting the production of the Vespa in numerous countries in the mid- 1950s is more complex than a review of models could justify. Some retained the headlamp on the front mudguard, some on the apron and some others on the handlebars. Piaggio was finding that by retaining the same body styling each year, the new examples looked just like the older ones from the customers point of view. That didn’t seem to hinder sales. The UK built Douglas Vespa was designated 42L2. As far as ’54 models are concerned the German 1954 Hoffmann Kiningin de luxe version was modelled by both Maisto and Edicola in 1:18 scale.

In 1955 Piaggio put the 150 into production and featured the headlamp on the handlebars but it was otherwise similar to the 125. The new 150GS GranSport however set a new standard in performance and featured 10” rather than 8” wheels. The new 150 was available in model form from New Ray and Edicola while models of the sporty 150GS came from both of these two makes and BTS.

Vespa reached a significant worldwide milestone in 1956 as the millionth example was made, by then Italy was producing 500 a day while the French made ACMA Vespa had reached a total of 100,000. ACMA also produced 600 150 TAP Vespas, (Troupes Aero Portees) for paratroops. They came with a M20 75mm recoilless rifle mounted on board. Quite a selection of miniature 1956 Vespas have been noted. CLMHitech offered both the 150 scooters while Maisto did these and the TAP. The Edicola range – no doubt a part-work collection, also did the TAP that could have been manufactured by Maisto.

1957 and the 150 was imported into the UK and called the Clubman the Douglas built Vespa 125 had become the 92L2 while the Piaggio produced Vespa 125 was substantially changed in its construction. The new Italian slimmer body was made in two halves, joined at the centre line while the traditional handlebars gave way to streamlined casing in which the gear change cables were hidden from view, this had been a feature of the GS for a year or so. This new 125 finally arrived in the UK in 1959 where it was designated 152L2. On the model front the Edicola part work included two ’57 150cc Vespas, the difference between them has yet to be identified while AutoArt offered a large 1:12 scale 150GS.

For 1958 the Italian made 150GS received a new speedometer together with fresh wheel design and a new pattern saddle. The Italian made standard 150 received the new slim body in late 1958. Models of 1958s include a variety by Xonex, all having been noted as described as 1958 on various websites but in at least three scales. The 1:6 issue is described as a ‘150cc Clubman’ on its box while none of the models are actually badged as ‘GS’ Other models of the ’58 150GS came from Ixo, Maisto and Edicola.


Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 39540, 1958 150 GS.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 3134, 1956 150

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: 13635, 1958 150 (GS?) Ital Racing no 8

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: 13620, 1958 150 (GS?)

Xonex 1:6 Diecast from China: 36100, 1958 150 Clubman

Model listing for Vespa 1954 – 58


Edicola AC 004 Hoffmann Kiningin 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 4271 Hoffman Kiningin 1:18 diecast
New Ray China 49273 150  VL1T 1:6 diecast
New Ray China 6043 150GS 1:32 diecast
Edicola AC 029 150GS Messerschmitt 1:18 diecast
Edicola AC 033 150 1:18 diecast
BTS UK 14 GS 150
CLM Hitech CLM 003 150
CLM Hitech CLM 004 150GS
Edicola AC 020 150 TAP 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 3134 150 Struzzo (Ostrich) 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 4342 150 TAP 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 150G 94mm 1:18 diecast
Edicola 150GS 570mm 1:3 diecastkit
Autoart China 12501 150GS 1:12 diecast
Edicola AC 039 150 1:18 diecast
Edicola AC 037 150 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 13717 150GS Coca Cola 1:12 diecast
Xonex China 13620 150GS 94mm 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 13635 150GS Ital Racing No 8 94mm 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 36100 150GS 237mm 1:6 diecast

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Milena Rose Models

By Maz Woolley


All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.



1:43 scale resin models of interesting subjects have been released by Milena Rose, a French company owned by Frederic Cros. Frederic is well-known for his 1:43 scale Silas models of British cars and his Milena Rose dioramas, but the French cars branded Milena Rose are a new direction for his business.

The cars modelled are examples of French cars made under licence in other countries with realistic detailing for the local version. They are resin models made in China for France.


#MR43002b Renault 12 Alpine 1978 (Argentine)


The R12 Alpine made in South America was an expensive car with the added cost of imported components. It was a sports version primarily intended to add some glamour to the whole range. The imported parts were also sometimes added to the more basic TL version when prepared for rallying. The car was certainly sporting with a top speed of about 109MPH from a 1397cc engine as used in the R5 Alpine which was built locally but from imported parts. The handling was also reported to be excellent too. Only 439 of these cars were made between 1977 and 1980 as they were essentially hand built and Renault Argentina had no capacity to increase production.

The Milena Rose model captures the special characteristics of this model well. The strange wheels are particularly well represented as is the bonnet bulge and the Alpine striping and script.

The photos suggest that a lot of effort has been made to capture the large number of dials on the dashboard and the special seating fitted. The registration plates are also in an Argentinian format.



#MR43003a IKA Renault Gordini DA-2V

Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced nearly 100,000 Dauphines and Gordinis under license from Renault License in the Santa Isabel factory between 1960 and 1970. The strange front bumper was required by laws in Argentina and give the car a very different look from its French equivalent.


The photo above shows clearly the very different bumper unit as well as the local badging which has been faithfully reproduced.

The front and read have realistic local registration plates and the lighting is all separate lenses neatly fitted.

The Renault and Gordini badges are separate parts fitted neatly to the side. My one criticism is that the chrome window surrounds on this model look a little heavy.

#MR43003b Alfa Romeo Renault Dauphine


Alfa Romeo built the Dauphine under license between 1959 and 1964 in Portello, Milan. Differences from the French model are limited apart from Magnetti-Marelli 12 volt electrics and the logo “Dauphine Alfa Romeo” or “Ondine Alfa Romeo”. It is said that this model was produced to broaden the Alfa Romeo range and it sold quite successfully for a time.

The photo above shows clearly the special badging as well as the Milan registration plate.


And the special Alfa Romeo badge has been reproduced at the from of the car as well. The front wing has the Dauphine Alfa Romeo script as well to complete the local features.

#MR43003c Henney Kilowatt (Renault Dauphine)

The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car made in the United States and launched for the 1959 model year. It was based upon a Renault Dauphine body and had batteries and electric motors fitted. It was built by Henney Coachworks for the Eureka Company.

The 1959 models all ran on a 36-volt system of 18 two-volt batteries in series. The 36-volt cars had a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and could run approximately 40 miles (64 km) on a full charge. After the 36-volt system was proven to be inadequate the Kilowatt drivetrain was redesigned by Eureka Williams as a 72-volt system for the 1960 model year. It employed 12 six-volt batteries in series. The 72-volt models were much more practical than the 1959 36-volt models. The 1960 Kilowatt boasted a top speed of nearly 60 mph  with a range of over 60 miles on a single charge.

According to the official Eureka Company corporate history there were a total of 100 Henney Kilowatts manufactured during the entire two year production run, but of those 100 cars only 47 were ever sold. Few examples exist today.


The Milena Rose model replicates key features such has the Kilowatt badging and the heavier bumpers for the US market.

A New York City number plate has been included as has the special badge on the bonnet.

An interesting set of models of less common versions of very popular French vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this range develops.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are by the Author.

Here is a selection of the releases made by Herpa between October 2016 and January 2017.

092647 MAN TGS L Euro 6 roll-off dump with loading crane

This vehicle is used by the Wolfsburg fire brigade. It is an AB support unit from the city where Volkswagen are based. The vehicle is an extremely detailed representation of the prototype, especially the strikingly shaped warning decals.


028691/038690 Audi R8 Spyder vegas yellow / mythos black pearl effect

The Audi super sportscar enhances Herpa´s comprehensive sports car range. It is a new mould with some small inserted parts for extra detailing.


092661 Audi Q5 ELW “Works Fire Brigade Salzgitter”

The Audi SUV has recently been added to the fleet of the Salzgitter Steel Works.

The detailed miniature is striking painted in daylight red, with an authentic printed livery. Again several small parts are attached to provide a high level of detail.


306522 Scania Bonnet articulated tractor unit “Grohganz”

The Franconian company Monika Grohganz from Heroldbach operates this Scania bonnet Topline tractor as part of their fleet. It is mainly used as a tractor unit for container trailers are pulled.

Good detail printing and small extra parts are used to good effect.


102001 Audi R8 V10 plus Safety Car “24h of Nurburgring”

The Audi R8 was used as safety car at the Nurburgring during the 24 hours races.

This captures the shape of the original well and has excellent printing to provide the detailed livery. Small added parts add to the details on the model which comes in  a showcase.


306706 Scania CS20 articulated tractor unit, blue

The vehicle is detailed very true to original, some parts were separate inserted.

In comparison with 306522 it is quite interesting to see the difference in size and shape between bonnet- and can forward version of Scania tractors.


926478 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Herpa Car Club Model of the year, moulded in black with high gloss wheel rims, it comes in a show case. This issue is only available for members of the Herpa Car Club.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

The December 2016 and January 2017 releases planned by Norev and their sub-range CIJ are shown below.

1:18 Scale

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184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

185208 Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1986 – red

187574 Porsche 911 Turbo 3,3 L 1977 – silver

187561 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2010 – white and black trim

1:43 Scale

474706 Peugeot 407 saloon 2006 – Montecristo Plum

474754 Peugeot 407 SW 2004 – Aluminium silver

473885 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Emerald crystal blue

473886 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Amazonite grey

579516 Renault Viva Grand Sport ACX2 1935 – black

517731 Renault Scenic 2016 – white and black

518391 Renault Koleos 2016 – Purple

518020 Renault Trafic 2014 – white

517854 Alpine Vision Monaco 2016

1:87 Scale

472371A Peugeot 203 1954 – blue

513213A Renault 4CV 1955 – Rouen blue

513076A Renault Dauphine 1956 – Mediterranee blue

CIJ 1:43 Scale

C80910 Box “Salon de Paris 1949”
Citroen 2CV – Ford Vedette – Peugeot 203

C80906 Box „SIMCA 80th Anniversary“
Simca 8 Sport – Simca 9 Aronde – Vedette Regence

Releases January 2017

1:18 Scale

185280 Renault Fregate Saloon 1959 – Capri blue

1:43 Scale

155174 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2014 – Sebastien Loeb

155176 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – Y. Muller

155177 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – J.M. Lopez

473206 Peugeot 302 Darl´Mat Roadster 1937 – blue metallic

475449 Peugeot 504 Pick up 1985 – white

475813 Peugeot 508 Saloon 2014 – Bourrasque blue

472819 Peugeot 208 2015 – Rubi red

519510 Renault Type K 1902

519155 Renault Celtaquatre Saloon 1936 – Dark blue & black

1:87 Scale

453002A Facel Vega II Coupe 1961 – Facel blue metallic

519108A Renault 300 kg delivery van 1948 – Lazuli blue

513214A Renault 4CV 1955 “Police”

511256A Renault 12 Saloon 1974 – orange

Renault 12 Gordini 1971 – Bleu-de-France blue


PM0104 Citroen Cxperience Concept Salon de Paris 2016

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