News from the Continent January 2017 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown below should now be on sale.


450603300 Studio VI Auto Union Streamline, open wheel housing


450898700 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” I
450898800 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” II
450896600 Auwärter bus “Porsche Racing Service”


450895400 Hürlimann DH 6


450038600 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Camping bus with foldable roof in Cream/White
450018700 Volkswagen T2a Camping bus white/orange
450034600 Setra S6 Coach “Fischer”


450008100 MAN racing car transporter “Porsche”

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

Here is the news of the latest models from Wiking expected to be released in February 2017. As usual the new Items are shown first and the upgraded ones after that.


Models to 1:87 Scale


0228 02 Volvo Amazon


0227 03 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W213 Exclusive
0861 39 Volkswagen 411 saloon “Fire brigade”
0390 10 Magirus S 3500 timber transporter
0662 01 Fuchs F301 Cable excavator
0693 28 MAN THW Standby tanker
0515 01 Volvo F88 articulated aluminium flatbed lorry
0433 04 Scania 111 flat bed draw bar
0807 48 MAN 415 milk tanker

Models to 1:160 scale

0935 07 Volkswagen T4 bus “German Police”

Model Upgrades

Models to 1:87 scale

0815 05 Triumph TR4
0090 03 Fiat 1800 saloon
0788 03 Volkswagen T1a delivery van
0646 08 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300 “Winter Service”
0869 03 Agricultural trailer
0265 03 Mercedes-Benz L319 van “Fuchs excavator service”
0652 02 Volvo L350F wheel loader
0661 03 Atlas 2205 M mobile excavator
0627 04 Mercedes-Benz Econic Metz DL32 turnable ladder truck

Models to 1:160 Scale

0951 03 Lanz Bulldog 8506 tractor

Models to 1:32 Scale

0778 29 Claas Arion 430 with front loader 120

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Model Auto Review Magazine 1983

By Karl Schnelle


This is the second in a series of articles looking at each year’s output of the original Model Auto Review magazine. Last month we started with our very first year, 1982.  This month we will review 1983 using images of the Cover and Contents pages of the four quarterly magazines and one extra colour issue. (Click on the images to get a larger copy.)

In 1983, the internet was just getting started, and Apple introduced the Lisa, one of the first PCs with a GUI.  Microsoft released Word (which I use everyday at work!).  The movie Return of the Jedi was released. Swatch produced their first watch.  And my favorite band back then was The Police! In automotive news, Chrysler introduced  the first-ever minivan, the Dodge Caravan.  And in toy news, Mettoy Playcraft Ltd,  the owner of Corgi Toys, was called into receivership.

No 4, Spring 1983

Front Cover


The year started off with an orange colored cover with a Michel Conti Testa Rossa on the lower third!  Also on the cover was Matchbox Yesteryear Y12 van – back then we were in the throws of the Yesteryear promo van craze. MAR continued the unique page numbering system by starting the year with page 113.

Jim McLachlan had another VW Review, and Yesteryear promo vans were listed – factory made and factory-approved versions – in another article!  However, the reason I was attracted to MAR as a reader was Clive Chick’s series of articles on Danish Tekno.  In this issue, one page was devoted to the Tekno tankers.  Many other articles appeared – from Peugeot to Citroen to Trolleybuses.

The back cover had a Tri-ang Minic catalog page reproduced, and in fact large-scale Minic and Victory were written about on the center spread.

No 5, Summer 1983

Front Cover



Three pages of this issue start off with readers’ letters.   News & Views and Truck Stop continue as regular columns.  Also the VW, Peugeot, Citroen, fire appliances, and Yesteryear sagas continue with the same authors as before.  Part Two of the MINIC article appears with many B&W photos.

A review of the 1/43 Politoys E Series (Economy) piqued my curiosity, since I have their two Alfa Romeos. A brief description is given of each model.   To tie us to the current online version of the magazine, the first RAMI article appeared by Charles Barnett in this issue; models 1-5 were covered in No 5 with B&W photos.  This article was updated online here and then more color photos of RAMI models were added here!

The nice back cover had a Spot-On catalog page from their first catalog reproduced in blue, black, and white.

No 6, Autumn 1983

Front Cover


The previous two 1983 issues had cars on their covers, but now No 6 shows a van, bus, truck, and tractors.  This is one reason I liked the MAR early issues – because they were truly not just Autos even though the middle name of the publication says that!  🙂  The breadth of models covered kept the hardcopy magazine interesting for many, many years for many, many readers!   To support that statement, another three full pages of letters were published in No 6.   One letter notes that Lledo seemed to be really taking off with collectors; 1983 was a long time ago.

Two toy cars books are reviewed next and then the VW, Tekno, RAMI,  Yesteryear, Fire, Peugeot  articles continue!   Corgi farm tractors, Rovers, Politoys M, and Talbot Lago race cars are also described.

Pages from a 1963 Norev catalog are on the back cover this time, with a note that plastic Norevs might appear again!

Colour Extra 1983

Front Cover


Now many years later, it was not obvious where the Colour Extra fit in the production timeline, but because the original Editor, Rod Ward, had decided to number the pages of all issues consecutively, I could put them back in order easily.   Color (sorry, I am an American.) was expensive and there were extra articles still to publish, so MAR decided to try an ‘extra’ issue with a color insert for the middle page, as well as full color front and back pages, double-sided!  This extra issue was published on Oct 1st.

Eight small B&W photos were included on the other pages with each model from the color pages marked with a number.  Next to those images, each model was captioned as there were no words on the color pages.   The use of captions on B&W pages with all pictures on separate colour pages was common throughout MAR’s existence.  It was to make the most of the expensive colour pages – if you used captions as well on the colour pages, it would have meant about 30% fewer pictures.

The center colour page (without captions) is seen below.

Four pages were devoted to an Index of the first four issues, while the remaining articles followed a similar format to the regular issues.  See the Content page above for exact titles.  TB, FGT, and BS on page 262 refer to three pages on Taylor & Barrett,  F G Taylor, and Barrett & Sons.

No 7, Winter 1983

Front Cover


The Editorial remarked about the MAR policy for publishing articles. To this day, the same  guidelines are used: any article from a knowledgeable collector or author is encouraged.   A scope ranging from in-depth, long term research projects to short, new product reviews are encouraged.  From Issue No 1 to today’s virtual blog format, this policy has not changed.

The same type of articles continue in this issue with the same continuing series on Rover, Tekno, RAMI, etc.  The Gallic Gossip page includes a short article on Marmande, a small but famous, French concern that made detailed wooden 1/43 models.  As with the other issues, 9 or so pages of advertisements are included in the back: both for model car shops and for swapmeets.  These are a real step back in time 30+ YEARS ago!  The inside cover color pages are ads for mail order from Modelauto in Leeds (no website or even email yet!).

The yellow back cover is a fascinating collage of 3 Dinky scale drawings for models that never were (maybe)!  Geoff Moorhouse had sent them in with a Letter about Dinky scales.  On top is the recently famous Austin ‘Omnisport‘ van, then a Guy Warrior ‘Golden Shred‘, and finally the ‘Sweeteners for Industry‘ tanker.

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The Ford in Miniature – Lincoln Mark VI and Lincoln Town Car

By Dave Turner


Photographs of many of the models discussed in the article can be seen after the detailed table listing all known models lower down this page.

Lincoln Mark V1 1980-83

At the end of the 1970s Ford and the US motor industry in general were forced to come up with more environmentally sympathetic vehicles whilst at the same time continue to make their products attractive to their established market. After much shuffling and re-aligning, the Lincoln Division managed to end up with an exceptionally successful range that met most requirements and their sales record indicated that the public were also happy.

First, the huge Mark V had been forced to downsize and the new Mark V1 for 1980 now came in both two and four door form and echoed the lines of the big cars remarkably well, down to the opera windows, triple vents in the front fenders, headlamps hidden by opening doors and of course the spare wheel ‘hump’ on the trunk lid. The two door version came on a 114 inch wheelbase, six inches less than the Mark V while the four door version was on a 117 inch wheelbase. During its four years of production the Mark V1 received annual detail changes and at the same time small reductions in its weight whilst the ‘Designer Series’ of Special equipment and finish was continued from the Mark V. The completely different Mark V11 arrived for 1984, Model Auto Review 103 in July 1996 looked briefly at the Mark V11.

Town Car had been a label attached to the more lavishly equipped version of Lincolns various Continentals since the early 1970s. A new Continental arrived for 1980, inevitably much smaller, trimmer and lighter than the preceding model. In both two and four door form, unlike the new Mark V1 these were both on the same 117” wheelbase but easily identified by the absence of headlamps doors, the front fender vents, spare wheel ‘hump’ and the opera windows – four distinctive long standing features of the Mark Series. Some shuffling around of models took place for 1981, the Continental name was dropped (briefly), Town Car was now the name of the four door versions of what had been the Continental while the two door was called Town Coupe. A new quite different Continental appeared in 1982 featuring semi razor-edge styling.

After 1981 only the four door Town Car was made and it now adopted top of the range status taking on ‘Signature Series’ and Cartier labels for the most expensive options. Very few obvious changes took place during the nine years of Town Car production. The Lincoln name moved around the front of the car a few times, it was top left side of the grille in 1981 but moved over to above the left side headlight in 1985. For its final year the name badge moved to low down on the left side of the grille. The texture of the grille changed a few times while the tail lights were put onto an angled plinth from 1985. Interestingly Lincoln were including illustrations of stretched Town Cars in their sales material in the mid-1980s. A completely new Town Car that had been designed in the UK arrived for 1990.

In view of the popularity of the cars it is perhaps surprising just how few models have been found, at least those that have turned up provided examples of most but not all variants of Mk V1 and Town Car.

Very little in the way of Mark V1 models unfortunately – back in the 1990s, the US 1:25 resin kit ranges included the Mark V1 in both two and four door forms from Guy Cantwell. More recently the big range of Neo resin models in 1;43 included a four door Mark V1 which they listed as a 1979 version. Masses of detail include the wire spoke aluminium wheels and minute Continental script on the left headlamp door. Like many of these recent models. handling them usually results in a few parts falling off, so poorly fixed are they.

Lincoln Mark V1 1980-83


Neo China 2013 43540 4 Door 133mm 1:43 resin
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 4 Door 1:25 resin kit
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 2 Door 1:25 resin kit

Illustrations: Lincoln Mark V1

 Neo 1:43 resin from China: 43540, 4 Door

Lincoln Town Car 1981-89

There have been a few more small Town Cars. An interesting model from Neo depicted the huge mid-1970s Continental in Town Car form – all nineteen and a half feet of it. For 1977 the Continental had adopted the Mk 1V style front end while the colonnade style roof had appeared for 1975. Town Car features are the full vinyl roof with coach lamps while options depicted on the model include opera windows and the forged aluminium wheels. A 1:25 resin kit for a 1978 Continental Town Car was produced in the USA by TKM while another US based similar range by Guy Cantwell included an example of the later 1986 Town Car.

Some years ago a German range of 1:87 resin kits under the name BS Design issued a large number of solid resin miniatures that consisted of simply, body, base, interior and wheels on axles. A 1987 Town Car was included.

In addition to their Mark V1, Neo have also produced some models of the very similar Town Car. From the forward slope of the tail light assembly their Town Car has to be an 1985 or later but the combination of the Lincoln badge over the left headlight and the layout of the badges on the tail and position of the twin back-up lights the year is narrowed down to 1988. Neo also did a stretch on their Town Car scaling out to 190”. This has the badges on the rear depicting an 1989 car but the Lincoln badge should be low on the left side of the grille in that case, but it remains above the left side headlamp as a 1988.

Apparently stretch limos are popular at the toy end of the model car scene, a couple of hefty diecast stretch Town Cars are obviously in the toy category. One from Majorette carries the simple inscription “Limousine” on the base but is obviously based on a Lincoln. At first glance the Sunnyside toy looks very similar but closer scrutiny shows that it is to a larger scale and representing a shorter 168” wheelbase. Both feature opening doors and transparent sunroof.
A far more modest stretch is featured on the Matchbox Town Car, in fact based on the toys width it is hardly a stretch at all! Some imagination went into the toys creation, it features a plated tiara over the centre roof section and a ‘discrete’ small rear window while the marking on the rear light indicating where the back-up light resides suggests a 1986 example.

Lincoln Town Car


Neo China 2012 44420 1977 Continental 140mm 1:43 resin
TKM USA 1978 Continental 1:25 resin kit
BS Design Germany 1990s 8701 1987 1:87 resin kit
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 1986 1:25 resin kit
Neo China 2013 43548 1988 132mm 1:43 resin
Neo China 2014 45335 1989 190” stretch 175mm 1:43 resin
Majorette 1995 3045 190” stretch 228mm 1:34 diecast/plastic
Sunnyside China 1996 SS9732 168” stretch 230mm 1:31 diecast/plastic
Matchbox Macau 1988 24 1986 Minimal stretch 77mm 1:68 diecast
Illustrations : Lincoln Town Car


Neo 1:43 resin from China: 44420, 1977 Continental Town Car
Neo 1:43 resin from China: 1988 one of several colours from Neo
Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45335, 1989 190” stretch
Majorette 1:34 diecast: 3045: 190” stretch
Sunnyside 1:31 diecast from China: SS9732, 168” stretch
Matchbox 1:68 diecast from Macau: 24, based on the width of the toy it is hardly a stretch at all.

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Editorial February 2017

As I post this the Nuremberg Trade Fair is about to open, the world showcase for the year’s new toy and model releases, and I am sure we will all enjoy scanning the Internet to find pictures of the manufacturers’ displays. Toy Fairs are no longer the influence on model collectors that they used to be, however. Major manufacturers like Greenlight and Oxford Diecast have already made their announcements for 2017. Others like Brooklin have always made their new programme announcement later in the year, and many smaller firms like Auto Cult, Matrix and Neo now only make announcements just before a model is ready for delivery and they no longer advertise a forward programme. Toy Fairs are also no longer relevant for the smaller firms who do not need to meet buyers from John Lewis or Tesco, so I am sure we will yet again see a decline in the number of firms who make model vehicles attending the Nuremberg fair. That won’t stop me surfing the web, however, in the hope of seeing new prototypes from the bigger suppliers.

I must express my thanks to those who follow MAR Online’s Facebook page. It is a great way to get the immediate responses from readers. We certainly hit a chord in our criticisms of the lack of new moulds from Corgi this year. Keep the comments coming: both Karl and I regularly read them and enjoy the new ideas, corrections and feedback that they provide.

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