Atlas Dinky Collection – Auto-Union, Panhard, Hotchkiss and Triporteur

By Maz Woolley

This posting has been adapted from an article originally published on the old mar.zeteo.com website that is no longer available. 

This series is made by Norev in China for Atlas. These are not made from the original moulds but are copies of the originals. The UK Atlas Dinky collection was launched in 2014 whilst the continental series has been running for over three years.

23D Auto-Union Racing Car

This model was part of Dinky’s pre-war 23 series of racing cars and appeared in red, blue, green or silver.

Dinky chose to model the car in its fully streamlined form which was a rare sight. This supercharged sixteen cylinder racing car set a record of 320 KPH in 1935 driven by Hans Stuck.

When re-released in 1946 the car was only available in red and silver. Atlas have decided to have it produced in red for the UK collection whilst it produced it in light green for the Continental collection. I would rather have had it in the more realistic silver.

The model is very simple and is complemented by a post-war style box.


524 Coach Panhard 24 C

 

This model was made by Dinky France but was catalogued and sold in the UK.

In France the model was available in steel grey and in white and was available from 1964 to 1969. Here in the UK it was only available in grey and was sold from 1965 to 1967. The model had two unusual features: plastic light lenses; and sliding front windows both replicated on the Atlas model. The Atlas reproduction box seems rather fuzzy and with more saturated colours than those of the original packaging.

The 24 C was one of the last Panhards launched before Citroen took them over and Panhard Cars were dropped altogether. Panhards were powered by small two cylinder engines of 848cc which were highly tuned to give them a good turn of speed when combined with a light body created through much use of lightweight materials. The 24 C was a rather good looking Coupe but failed to sell in the volume needed to keep Panhard independent.

The Atlas model is an excellent reproduction of the original toy.


23B Hotchkiss Racing Car

 

Dinky introduced this model in 1935 in blue, red, yellow and orange and production ceased in 1941.

It appeared again in 1946 and was produced until 1948 in the UK and 1951 in France in red with a silver flash or silver with a red flash.

Atlas have chosen to reproduce the car in its post-war Silver with red flash finish. The model would be more accurately described as a record car rather than a racing car and is based upon the car driven by Captain George Eyston in 1934 to take several speed records.


14 Triporteur

 

Another model having its origins before the Second World War, and produced by Dinky France from 1935 until 1952.

Atlas have chosen again to replicate the model as it appeared after the war with the number plate moulded into the box. Atlas suggest that the model was imported into the UK and sold as 14z but I can find no trace of this in my reference books, perhaps a reader can confirm whether this was the case.

None of the lists produced by Atlas so far suggested that this model would be released in the UK range.


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Oxford Diecast DB2 Mark III DHC

By Maz Woolley

 

Oxford Diecast‘s Aston Martin Drop Head Coupe to 1:43 scale has now reached the shops to complement the model already seen in 1:76 scale. This model has been made in Oxford’s Chinese factory. The DB2 Mark III Saloon with its hatchback has already been issued in 1:43 by Oxford.

The Aston Martin DB2 Mark III was made between 1957 and 1959 and used the straight six engine originally designed by W O Bentley for Lagonda developed by Tadek Marek.  Capable of around 120MPH it was a fast and beautifully built sports car with a price which ensured that only the wealthy could afford one.

The Oxford model is beautiful capturing the stance of the original and the racing green paint is even and glossy. The plastic hood is a good matt finish and all the tampo printing and badging is neat. Oxford number plate s often have strangely compressed letters and numbers but those on this model look authentic. The interior has wood effect dash board and printed instrumentation which suggests that we may see on open convertible at some point.

The grille is excellent and captures the original car’s fine mesh well. The wire wheels are Oxford’s paint on a clear disk which looks convincing when viewed at a slight angle.

Regular reader’s will be aware of my frustration with some of Oxford’s recent releases but here I find no fault. This modestly priced 1:43 scale model is as good as many in ranges costing very much more.


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Matrix Harold Radford Bentley “Woodie”

By Harvey Goranson

This article was originally published on the old MAR Online site on zeteo.com which has now become unavailable. It has been adapted to the new site and made available again. Please note that the model described was released some time ago and may now be difficult to obtain.

Harvey’s photographs of this 1:43 scale Resin model made in China for Matrix are used to illustrate this posting.

Guy Harold Radford came to coachbuilding a little late in the game. Having been a Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer prior to World War II, following hostilities he looked to provide something a bit different to his customers. What he came up with in 1948 was the Countryman, not quite an estate car but more of a saloon with exterior woodwork. (Perhaps we Yanks influenced this, since the same year saw the Packard Station Sedan, Chevrolet Fleetline Aero Sedan, Nash Ambassador Suburban, and the Chrysler Town and Country). Radford reportedly built only eight of these woodies on Bentley Mk VI chassis, then moved on to a new Countryman idea in 1951, which was more of a hatchback for both the Bentley Mk VI and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. Matrix has modelled one of these later cars (1951 Bentley Chassis B40MD, Matrix No. MX10201-011).

Matrix No. MX10201-021 is a model of Bentley Chassis No. B441DZ. A little online sleuthing revealed this silver car with registration KLO 865, was sold by RM Auctions in 2010 for $71,500. Seems a little paltry, but it was an older restoration and the recession was in full swing. Based on the RM pictures, Matrix did a superb job of replicating this car.

I found online photos of two other Countryman woodies, one in green (UYV 608) and one in gunmetal gray (KXA 314), so Matrix has some more possibilities. Note however, that the woodwork is arranged a little differently on these. But I hope Matrix gives us another or both.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Jaguar XK120 and Volvo 122

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in March 2015. It is one of the items which we collected from the old site before it is was turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

This series is made by Norev in China for Atlas. These are not made from the original moulds but are copies of the originals. The UK Atlas Dinky collection was launched in 2014 whilst the continental series ran for over three years.

157 Jaguar XK120

 

This Dinky casting of the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was issued in 1954 just as the XK120 was replaced by the XK140.

Atlas have chosen to have it painted it in one of the two-tone finishes released in 1956 and produced until 1959.

The yellow and grey paint finish has been well replicated. Like all Dinky two tone finishes the colour scheme has been chosen to please the toy buyer and does not replicate an offering from Jaguar.

The reproduction box shows a different two tone scheme on each side and includes a colour dot to indicate which model is in the box on the end flap.

184 Volvo 122S

 

This casting was launched in 1961 and stayed in the UK range until 1965.

The original was mainly seen in red or white apart from models painted and assembled by Dinky’s South African importer which also used mid-blue and the lilac shade Atlas has chosen to reproduce.

The model has already seen in the continental range where it was painted in white.

The reproduction box is in English on one side and Africaans on the other.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Morris Oxford, Mercedes 190 and Porsche 356

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site which is now turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. The models featured were issued some time ago.

The Atlas Dinky collection is made by Norev in China for Editions Atlas Group under licence from Dinky brand owners Mattel. All are reproductions and are not produced using original Dinky moulds. Many models in the UK collection have been of toys released in the UK, albeit that some have been finished in rare South African colours. A number have been based upon French Dinky models. In some cases these models were never released in the UK market.

159 Morris Oxford Saloon

 

This moulding first appeared numbered 40G in realistic single tone colours but in the mid-fifties Dinky changed the numbering to 159 and re-finished them in two-tone colours.
Atlas have chosen to release this model in what they call cerise and ivory. Others have called it maroon and cream. I don’t believe that BMC ever sold any Oxfords in a two-tone scheme like that used by Dinky.

This model was finally deleted by Dinky in 1959 long after the prototype had been replaced by the Farina saloons.

The Atlas reproduction is well done and although I would have preferred the cream and green finish the colours chosen are entirely authentic.

 


526 Mercedes 190 SL

 

As far as I can determine this French Dinky was never listed by Dinky UK for sale here.

Initially released in France as 24H in 1958 it was renumbered 526 in 1960 and stayed in production until 1963. When it was re-numbered in 1960 it gained windows and this is the version Atlas has chosen to model.

Again the reproduction is well made and for the UK collection Atlas have had the model painted in cream with a black hardtop which is one of the original colours. This model has previously been released in silver and black in the continental collection.


182 Porsche 356A Coupe

 

Here is another UK Dinky release though from the printed detail on the reproduction box I am sure it was sold across Europe.

This model was in production from 1958 to 1966 and appears to have been released with windows and to have retained the same number throughout.

Atlas has chosen to have the model painted in red with silver concave wheels and white tyres. Dinky also used this casting in red in the “Goodwood” sports car gift set, though in that case it had black tyres.

This is another moulding released previously on the continent. In that case it was painted in cream with blue wheels.


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Atlas Dinky Collection 520 FIAT 600 D

By Maz Woolley

 

The Atlas Dinky Collection features another French Dinky model a FIAT 600 D.  Binns Road also produced a 600 but that was a cruder model  with one piece solid wheel and tyres based upon an earlier version of the car so perhaps we can be grateful that Atlas chose to use the French Model as the basis for their replica. The replica box shows off the nice Dinky art work well though the model lacks much of the detail shown on the box.

Atlas have chosen to have the replica made in cream. The model was also available in red when launched by Dinky France in 1963. It remained in their catalogue until 1970. This model has already been issued in this colour in the continental Dinky series from Atlas in France and other European countries.

Looking at pictures of the original model the replica is cast to a higher standard as it does not show the mould marks that many of the originals seem too.


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New and re-cycled Minichamps 4/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Minichamps.

New MiniChamps

Minichamps have announced some new liveries on their diecast 1:18 scale Porsche 911 GT3 R. These are diecast in metal and made in comparatively large editions by current standards so there must be a lot of collectors of Porsche racing models even in this large scale.

 

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – HENZLER/DUMBRECK/RAGGINGER/IMPERATORI – ADAC ZÜRICH 24H RENNEN 2016 L.E. 504 pcs.

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – MANTHEY RACING – NÜRBURGRING TEST 2015 L.E. 402 pcs.

 

Re-cycled MaxiChamps

 

These diecast models are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Minichamps. The MaxiChamps range consists of re-releases of older Minichamps models produced to a lower price point then current Minichamps models. The photographs below show the original Golf based Volkswagen Scirrocco from the mid-70s.  The models are roughly the same standard as many part works reach now and lack the fine detail that the latest Minichamps would include.
VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO – 1974


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New model announcements from Matrix 4/17

By Maz Woolley

 

Matrix have announced new models to be produced over the next few months. These are resin models made to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All the models featured are luxury cars and fine examples of inter-war coach builders work and are expected to be available from June 2017.

MX50407-021 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe Letourneur & Marchand black 1937

 

MX50407-031 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster white 1933

MX51705-121 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer Nubar Gulbenkian Hooper #7RY metallic blue 1934


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Austin Atlantic Convertible and Ford Zephyr

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in July 2014. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site which is now turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. The models featured were issued some time ago.

These models are replicas, made under license from Mattel (the Dinky brand owners) and made in China (by Norev) for Atlas.

Two more replicas have been released in the UK Atlas Dinky Toys series since those featured in MAR 279. Both of them capture the original toys well.

106 Austin Atlantic Convertible

There have been questions about whether the colour used is genuine on the model when marked 106. Maybe a reader can confirm whether it is appropriate? It is certainly a good colour, unlike some of the toyish colours Dinky were using at the time, though either the black or blue colours shown on the box would have been good too.

162 Ford Zephyr Saloon

This model is in the authentic two-tone blue. Again this is a well-made replica of the original toy in an authentic box, which shows the cream and green and light blue and blue models on the side panels.


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Catalog Corner: Tekno Part II

by Karl Schnelle

Part II of this series focuses on the more unusual Tekno catalogs:   from France, Japan, and Holland.  Maybe they are not so much unusual but just different from the normal catalogs shown in Part I.

As in Part I, most of these catalogs have no dates listed, so their dates are approximated based on the newest models shown.

France

I have seen three leaflets from France, all printed in blue or black ink. All three were produced by Solido, because they had a marketing and production agreement with Tekno.  In fact, the regular Solido catalogs (in French) from 1966-71 had 3-5 pages each of Tekno models.  The 1972 catalog did not, so perhaps their agreement ended in 1971.

Around 1962, this 1-page, black & white sheet came out from Solivac, the parent company of Solido.  Click image below for larger version.

Then, in 1964 or 65, this blue and black printed sheet came out.  The Solido and Tekno names were shown in equal proportions this time.

A year later or so (65 or 66), this blue and black tri-fold page came out in French with no mention of Solido. Notice that the traditional Tekno script has been changed, and they are now refereed to as marvelous Danish miniatures!

Japan

I assume the Japanese importer produced these catalogs.   From 1964-65, the next catalog is a completely different size and color than any other Tekno catalogs.  It is only 4 pages and measures 26cm x 18cm.

Next up is a smaller multi-fold brochure from 1971 that resembles some of the colors that Kirk used (black background, close up photos, etc).  Kirk produced Tekno cars under Tekno and then Kirk brands for a while.  The front of the 16 pages shows a Toronado with black hood (bonnet), while the back shows a nice shot of a disassembled Mercedes bus!  Both of these were made by Kirk, in fact,

Finally, the regular 1968-69 catalog has been seen with Japanese characters.   Were the other newer catalogs also translated into Japanese?  The cover is identical to the one in Part I.  [Photo credits: Tom Eitnier]

Holland

 After Tekno Denmark went out of business, Tekno Holland bought out the name and some of the models and started operations again in 1974.   Living in Copenhagen in 1981, I went to every toy store I could find to see if they had any Danish old stock left.  In one former toy store that was completely empty, there  was this sticker still on the window.  “Tekno Again” announced that Teknos were being sold again in Denmark after an hiatus of 2 years.  The dimensions of the sticker are  exactly the same as the previous three catalogs.

Just to finish the story, a  few years later, this multi-fold catalog was included in Tekno boxes from Holland.  The same Tekno Holland orange is used! The front and back are shown below.

This brings us to the end of my catalog story.  As a keen collector, I am still searching for more examples of Tekno Denmark catalogs. I am sure there are more out there somewhere!

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