1966 (67) Ford Galaxie

By John Quilter

A website shows a rather lengthy series of 1:43 scale Mexican cars produced for the Grandes Automobile Memorables  partwork by Premium & Collectibles Trading Co of China (PCT) who are the makers of many other models  for  Atlas and DeAgostini as well as their own brands such as  Ixo, IST and PremiumX.

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I was able to find the 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 sedan, shown above, on sale from a  Spanish vendor on eBay. Inquiries to him indicate that he does not have others in this series which is unfortunate as some would be of interest to me.

This subject Galaxie is labelled as a 1967 but in the USA this exact same car was a 1966 model. The model has some issues, the major one being the white roof is moulded with a section of the front scuttle and rear scuttle in a non-matching white colour, the rest of the car being a pale yellow as shown in the photograph above.

I believe Ford did two tone cars in this era but more likely the roof was a vinyl roof, often in black.

When I got my model I wanted to correct the scuttle issue so was able to find a Krylon yellow what was a very close match to the body of the car. With a small brush, I used this to cover the louvred front scuttle, see photograph above.

As luck would have it, a pad of yellow notebook paper was an exact match for the yellow so I cut out a rectangle and using double backed tape stuck it to the mismatched rear scuttle ( I think Post-it-Note yellow is the same). This can be seen in the photograph above.

The next improvement was to add a black wash to the grill and finally since virtually all Fords of this era came with thin whitewall tires, I needed to replicate these as well for the final touch. There are decals out there for adding white walls to black wall tires but they are all too wide, more like one would see from the 1930s to the early to mid-1950s. So how to make a representation of a thin white wall? I found that in the past I have made wheel trim rings (rim embellishers) out of silver coloured wire of various gauges. I thought if I could do this why not some whitewalls. Using 24 gauge wire I wound it around the handle of a small screwdriver and cut it to length. Then laid four of them out, sprayed with white paint and with just a touch of epoxy glue laid them on the tires. Not exactly three dimensionally correct but a fair representation of the period style white wall.

Since I like the basic model, I have ordered another one which will be converted into an LTD four door hard top which Ford had just launched to compete with the, new for 1965 Chevrolet Caprice. Both of these cars were top of the line full sized cars for their respective makes and almost always had black vinyl tops and ultra-fancy seat and interior trim. I hope to replicate one of these in the future.

Now if someone will make available the others in this Grandes Autos Memorables series I can add some more models which have never been made before to my ever growing collection.


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Yugo 45A Three-Door Hatchback in 1/43

By John-William Greenbaum

As the progenitor of arguably the most pathetic series of automobiles ever to be imported into the United States, I’d say a Yugo 45 deserves to be featured here. However, this one, the Yugo 45A, was more of an offshoot of the vehicle Americans were used to seeing (the Yugo 45). Built by Zastava in Kragujevac (which is now part of Serbia) as a possible replacement for the aging Zastava 750, the original Yugo 45 was itself supplemented by the short-lived Yugo 45A in 1987.

Still, it wasn’t much of an upgrade; aside from weighing about 100 pounds more due to a higher level of interior trim and having steel door handles, there was virtually no difference. The first Yugo 45’s of any kind were built in 1978, and they were exported not to the US, where they gained infamy, but rather to East Bloc countries such as Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and, most famously, Poland. It was here that they were first called “Yugo,” with Czechoslovakia and Poland both buying the cars in tremendous quantities.

The Czechoslovakians lacked a subcompact car whilst the Poles relied on the tiny, uncomfortable Polski Fiat 126P “Maluch.” However, while it may have looked more modern and gotten better gas mileage, the Yugo was a death trap if it ever got into an accident involving a larger vehicle. The chronically problematic front axle also made steering the car difficult, prompting one critic to call it “the perfect car for driving in a straight line”. Also, it had severe aerodynamic issues; although designed to employ many Fiat 127 parts, it didn’t borrow directly from the far-superior Fiat 127.  A Yugo was once blown off the Mackinac Bridge in the United States by a gust of wind, for example.

In the US, the Yugo 45 didn’t sell well or even last long in the market. When most Americans think of a Yugo, they’re thinking of the Yugo 55, which had a slightly higher trim level. Regardless, the Yugo 45 had most of the characteristics of its successor. It was powered by an engine that delivered about 45 horsepower with a top speed of around 70 mph (ditto the Yugo 45A). Interestingly, the Yugo could maintain its fuel efficiency at top speed, getting about 40 miles per gallon of gas. When it was doing the speed limit, it could get around 45-50 mpg.

However, it was plagued by other problems. For example, in a high-speed turn, the wheels would infamously scrape against the wheel wells. Quality control problems also plagued the car in both the west and the East Bloc markets. As such, the car didn’t sell well in many East Bloc markets. Why, for example, should a Polish citizen buy the Yugo when he already had access to the Polski Fiat 126P? Even though this car too was pretty lousy, it was at least Polish-made, less expensive, and parts were more readily available. The Yugo’s needing near-constant maintenance was another problem.

Of the 794,428 Yugos of all types produced, a whopping 141,115 of these were sold in the United States; nearly 18% of total sales. Many more were sold in Yugoslavia (and the former Yugoslavia) itself, as well, and it was models like the Yugo 45A that were sold domestically. Even though the Yugo 45 was still being produced, the Yugo 45A did at least offer a modernized interior as well as better door handles.

Ultimately, outside of Yugoslavia, the Yugo was essentially a failure in the East Bloc. With less expensive cars of equal or even better quality on the market with a larger supply of parts available, the Yugo didn’t really have a market niche other than being just another communist-manufactured product.  The Yugo’s slightly larger 4-door cousin , the Zastava 101 or 1100, did sell well in Czechoslovakia and Poland, and its five-door hatchback “big brother”, the Yugo Florida, also sold well.

In Yugoslavia itself, the Yugo 45 was made right up until the bitter end. The same, however, could not be said of the Yugo 45A. It was discontinued due to the Balkan Wars, with the steel door handles and higher level of interior trim not being possible to maintain while Zastava was also churning out rifles and ammunition.

Model by Ixo for Croatian DeAgostini “Legendarni Automobili”
Figure by Lionel, painted by the author's Father
Years Built: 1987-1994 (Produced in Serbia after the breakup of Yugoslavia)
Engine: 45 HP 4-cylinder four-stroke
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Top Speed: 70 mph

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News from the Continent – Busch June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs provided by the Manufacturer

Recent releases from Busch and its associated companies in May 2017 are shown below. All are plastic models to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

 

40705 Mercedes-Benz LP809 Mobile First-Aid Station

41847 Ford E-350 Wyoming rescue vehicle no. 7 “Moose”

41848 Ford E-350 Wyoming rescue vehicle no.8 “Bison”

41849 Ford E-350 Wyoming rescue vehicle no.9 “Mountain-Lion”

47847 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “BP” (British Petroleum)

50610 Mercedes-Benz Citan delivery van “Medic one” (Blood and organ- transport)

50921 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430 tracked “Road service”

51171 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Police of Baden-Württemberg”

51207 Framo V901/2 box van “Golden Ear of Corn”

51208 Framo V901/2 box van “Beer transporter”

51252 Framo V901/2 Bus

51255 Framo V901/2 DDR Ambulance

51271 Framo V901/2 Half-bus “DDR Konsum” new mould

51272 Framo V901/2 half-bus “Mitropa” – already sold out !

59912 Irus Universal single-axle U300K with mount-trailer

59942 Small trailer for passenger cars

EsPeWe Models in 1:87 scale

 

95015 HW 80.11 agricultural trailer – grey

95165 IFA W50L BTP “DDR Post building group transporter”

Mehlhose Modelcars in 1:87 scale

210007600 Trailer for Multicar transporter “MINOL”

210008100 Multicar M21 transporter with trailer “Coal merchant”

210008500 Multicar M21 transporter “MINOL”

210010202 Agricultural trailer T4 with load, green with grey wheel rims

DreiKa Automodelle in 1:87 scale

DreiKa started production some years ago, disappeared and have been revived. Models now will be distributed by Busch

The Goliath van was produced by the Goliath company, a member of the Borgward Group

94000 Goliath Express 1100 box van – light blue

94001 Goliath Express 1100 box van – wine red

94002 Goliath Express 1100 box van – light green

94020 Goliath Express 1100 box van “Edition Goliath Werke”


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James Bond’s Hot Wheels

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the author.

CMC94 Aston Martin DB10 “Spectre 007”

It was a really breathtaking car, specially made just for the film and impressive in its metallic silver paint.

The Aston Martin DB10 which James Bond drove in his latest adventure “Spectre” was beautiful though as seems to be the case of all of Bond’s cars it ended up in a big crash. The small number of surviving film cars are all now worth a great deal of money.

Now Mattel has launched the DB10 in its Elite range of 1:18 scale models. The aggressively styled body is accurately captured and the paint is immaculate. Opening bonnet, hinged doors and boot lid are fitted as can be seen in the photograph below.

Even the steering works though only over a small range. The interior has a realistic looking dashboard, steering wheel and centre console, with leather looking seats with safety belts modelled too.

As the photograph above shows under the bonnet a detailed replica of the engine is visible. Underneath it has a detailed baseplate and the wheels reveal well modelled brake calipers and discs. These really are “hot wheels” for James Bond collectors.


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News from the Continent – Norev June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

Norev releases from April and May are shown here. These are diecast in China for France.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

 

183267 BMW M535i saloon 1987 – blue metallic

 

181499 Citroen 2CV AZL Malle Bombee 1957 – grey

181498 Citroen 2CV 6 1976 “Basket”

 

181496 Citroen 2CV 6 Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow

 

 

185174 Renault Estafette 1965 – beige

 

 

185717 Simca Aronde Monthlery Speciale saloon 1962 – grey metallic

188488 Volkswagen Golf V GTI 2009 – tornado red

 

Scale 1:43

 

150011 Citroen 2CV 4×4 Sahara 1961 – Panama yellow

 

511621 Renault 16 TX 1976 – Elysee grey metallic

 

517853 Box set Alpine Celebration 2015 – Limited Edition 

 

Scale 1:43 Classics

 

CL4511 Panhard 24 CT 1964 – plum body/grey roof

 

CL5112 Renault R8 Major saloon 1964 – Galapagos beige metallic

 May 2017

1:18 Scale

 

181565 Citroen DS19 Saloon – Champagne & Aubergine – Salon de Paris 1955

 

183417 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van “German Post” grey

 

183588 Mercedes-Benz 280CE 1980 – silverblue metallic

 

185151 Renault Caravelle 1964 – Finland blue metallic

 

185168 Renault Estafette 1972 “Assistance Renault”

 

182070A Gitane Motorcycle Test Champion Super 1973 – blue

 

182048A Peugeot motorcycle 103L 1972 – beige

 

1:43 Scale

 

473883 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – pearl white

 

517742 Renault Talisman saloon 2015 – Vison brown

 

517743 Renault Talisman Estate 2016 – Dune beige

 

351334 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – brown metallic

 

870068 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – bright silver


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Resin Roundup June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers who hold the copyright for the images.

Here are a few of the recent announcements of resin models from Matrix and from Best of Show (BoS) and Neo. All these models are moulded in resin in China in various scales stated below.

Matrix

The models shown below are to 1:43 scale and are for release between June and August 2017.

MX50806-031 Hispano Suiza K6 Break de Chasse Franay #15121 green metallic 1937 expected June
MX50102-081 Alfa Romeo 2000 Praho Touring dark green 1960 expected June/July
MX51705-111 RR Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Berline #2MS black 1932 expected July
MX51608-011 Pegaso Z-102 Thrill Coupe red / black 1953 expected August

Neo

 

All the Neo models listed are to 1:43 scale and should now be available.

MG TD MkII, white, RHD, 1950
Chevrolet Special De Luxe Convertible, beige, 1941
Dodge Sportsman, San Diego Police Ambulance, 1973
Hudson Italia, silver, 1954

 

Best of Show (BoS)

1:18 scale

These models should all now be available.

Chevrolet Apache Pickup, light blue, 1959
Dodge Coronet Club Coupe, light blue/white, 1952
Rover P5B Coupe, Dark green and light grey, RHD, 1971

1:87 Scale

 

These models should now be available.

Mercedes 600 Pollmann, Black, 1969, hearse
Buick Century Caballero, red/white, 1958

 


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Oxford Diecast 1:43 scale June 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

Oxford are now starting to catch up with models remaining from release 1/2017. The two featured in this post are new Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin castings. These models have been diecast in Oxford’s Chinese factory to 1:43 scale.

43EMP001 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Hooper Empress

 

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was available to coach-builders as a long wheelbase chassis. In this case that car was built by Hooper on a 1957 chassis fitted with the final version of the straight six designed by W O Bentley. It was in the Empress style that they had used on Silver Wraiths and Daimlers previously. This time the front wings came to a peak to give the body a more up to date look than the earlier models.

Only 18 Cars were built by Hooper in this style on the Silver Cloud LWB chassis. It is one of the last creations made by the Hooper Coachbuilding Company before they ceased coach building in 1959.

This style of bodywork was captured by Quaralu, a French company in the 1960s in a diecast mode that has since been reproduced as a replica. Until now I believe that only ATC have produced it to modern standards in a rather more expensive resin model.

The Oxford model just shows how well they make this type of car. The flush fit windows are excellent as is the grille and all the separately fitted light lenses.

The wheels are good as are all the lovely tampo printed coachlines, badging and number plates. there is even a modest level of detail; on the baseplate. Inside there are wood effect dash and door cappings, a good steering wheel, and printed instrumentation and door fittings. The chrome fittings are excellent too. Bumpers, interior and exterior mirrors, number plate surrounds, grille and even the Spirit of Ecstacy are all neatly moulded and “plated”. The mascot may be a little overscale but this is common on models as otherwise it becomes vulnerable to breakage.

The colours it is painted are accurate for the car as it can be seen on the Internet, but for those who  do not like brown this car will be part of Release 2017/2 in two tone blue.

In summary an excellent model from Oxford at a very competitive price.


AMZ001 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV

 

The only way most of us will ever be able to own a DB4GT Zagato will be to buy a model. The last one sold at auction sold for over nine million UK pounds. An excellent return on investment as the car cost  £5,470 when new.

The DB4/GT was originally built to allow Aston Martin to take on Ferrari in the World Sports Car Championship, but with its Italian rival having a competitive edge Aston sent its car to Carrozzeria Zagato, with the instruction to maximise its performance. Ercole Spada at Zagato lead the work to lighten and streamline the car.  In search of weight reduction many steel components were replaced by aluminium parts and all non-essential elements like bumpers were removed. It was 100 pounds lighter, more aerodynamic and was fitted with a highly tuned engine and could reach around 153mph. 19 DB4/GTs were created by Zagato. The best known DB4 GT Zagatos are affectionately known by the registration plates they share, of ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’. These were raced under the John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable with assistance from the Aston Martin factory. Both the Zagatos raced in the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans. However a repeat of the 1959 Le Mans victory was not to be, with both cars retiring. In July 1961 at a British Grand Prix Support race the Zagato had its first victory. With ‘2 VEV’ taking the last lap lead from a Jaguar E Type. ‘2 VEV’, which is modelled here by Oxford, crashed heavily at Spa in 1962 and had to be rebuilt and was modified in the process however that process was reversed when after a road accident in 1993 it was returned to 1962 specification.

Examining pictures on the Internet Oxford seem to have captured the profile of the car extremely well. I am particularly impressed by the lovely windows again flush fitted and with printed frames. The lights are all separate plastic inserts other than some small printed reflectors at the rear and are all nicely done. The grille and the tiny printed badging again deserves praise.

However, I have to point out three areas where I think that the model is not as good as it could be which lets down the otherwise lovely model. The first is the printed chrome surround for the headlights. As can be seen in the photograph below the printed line is actually quite some way from the plastic lens that the chrome is supposed to surround on the lower inner section and it is overscale as well which merely brings attention to the issue. Some Oxford publicity pictures showed the model without the printed chrome and that looks much better.

The second is that the model sits too high at the rear giving a “jacked up” stance as can be seen in the photograph below.

The third is the wheel rims which have bits of silver finish missing on one wheel which really needs to be resolved as this is not the first time I have seen this on an Oxford model.

My conclusion is that the faults mean that this model though still value for money is not as good as it could have been. It could have been as good as the Rolls-Royce with a little more care and attention.


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Museo Botta is now free to visit!

By Maz Woolley

 

Regular readers may remember an article in MAR Online about the Museo Botta http://www.maronline.org.uk/museo-botta/.   This is an online Museum created for Giovanni Botta an Italian collector of model cars and advertising materials which originally charged a small sum to make an e-visit.

A press release from Giovanni brings the news that e-visits to the museum are now free. This is good news as the collection is well worth a visit – why not have a look there are some very interesting items on display.


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Auto Cult June 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

Auto Cult continue in their quest to cover unusual subjects. Their models are moulded in resin in China for Germany. Unless otherwise stated the models are to 1:43 scale. As usual each model released is to a different theme.

Small Cars

#03011 Nissan Tama E4S-47

After the  Second World War Tachikawa were not allowed to manufacture aircraft. So like other such concerns it looked for something to build. As there was increasing demand for vehicles, but a shortage of fuel, so they decided to “Go Electric”.

The E4S-47 was the result of this choice, built in a new factory Tokyo Denki Jidoosha. A 16 volt – 120 ampere electric motor was front-mounted and produced 3.3 kW. Its power was supplied by exchangeable batteries. Fitted with a two-speed gearbox the Tama reached a top speed of 35 km/h.

Introduced in May 1947 the model had “Tama” added to its name which was the name of the production site. However, production only lasted a year and the vehicle was replaced in 1948.

 

Streamliners

#04009 Gomolzig Taifun streamliner

Built in 1949 this car caught the public attention as it was fitted with gull wing doors. It was built by Herbert Gomolzig who was an engineer with an eye to the future at a time when Germany was still just starting to re-build after the Second World War.

 

The gull-wing doors were covered to the top by simple hooked in cloth tarpaulins. Once rolled up these adjustable tarpaulins conveyed a sense of driving a convertible. Whilst technically innovative the doors meant that the rest of the car had to be made stronger to compensate. Given the materials available at that time this may not have been fully achievable and may explain why the car never went into production. Little more is known about the car other than it was based on a BMW chassis and probably had a four cylinder BMW engine.

In 1952, after the Taifun did not go into production, Gomolzig founded an own engineering office, turned his back on the automobile industry and working for the aviation industry and in general engineering.

 

Camping Vehicles

#09004 Saab 92H Motorhome

This vehicle is a precursor to the modern all -in-one Motorhome so popular in the US, though rather smaller in size.

Based on the Saab 92 with its DKW like water cooled two stroke two cylinder engine it was built in 1963 by Torsten Johannesson who wanted a car with integrated sleeping facilities so that he didn’t have to tow a trailer.

Torsten’s bulbous design created the maximum interior space but the vehicle is said to have been unbalanced with a great deal of the weight at the front. It was also twice the weight of the Saab 92 so it was very underpowered. Perhaps unsurprisingly Johannesson did not get the road approval for his 92H motorhome from the Swedish authorities, so the prototype is unique.

Buses

#10001 VW Beetle “Wolfsburger Bähnle”

This vehicle offered sightseeing with a difference. Bähnle is a German vernacular term for “little train”.  This vehicle was run by a community company in Wolfsburg until 1976 providing users with a tour through the City.

Built by the Berlin bodybuilder Friedrich Rometsch based upon a Volkswagen Beetle it had only six seats which proved to be insufficient to meet demand and it was fitted with a matching trailer made by Hermann Harmening.

From 1958 the 14 metre long train towed by the VW Beetle carried up to 48 passengers at a maximum speed of 50 KPH on its regular tours. After 15 years in storage the City of Wolfsburg passed the vehicle to Volkswagen in 2003 for them to restore and use in the new Autostadt theme park at the Volkswagen factory.

 

Sculptures

#80004 Mercedes-Benz SL-X

This model is to 1:18 scale and is based upon a car that never ran. The wooden design study is as far as the development went and is on display at the Mercedes Museum.

In the mid-1960s a mid-engine sports car, internally designated SL-X, was worked on at Mercedes-Benz. Its design was based on an idea from the Italian Giorgio Battistella. Giorgio Battistella and the former head of the Mercedes-Benz design department, Paul Bracq, sat down together and pondered about the design of a new sports car with the three-pointed star emblem on the hood. They sought to produce a radical design.

The design was for an extremely low car with the engine behind the seats to allow this. A wooden mock up without an engine and any interior was produced. The design was never signed off to progress beyond the mock-up stage though it perhaps influenced Bruno Sacco when he produced the C-111 which also had gull-wing doors and the seamlessly flushed pop-up headlamps.


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News from the Continent – Schuco April/May 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

Here is a look at the models released by Schuco in April and May 2017. Schuco models are made in China for Germany in a wide range of scales. Their ranges provide a wide variety of models from air and land. They are listed by month of release and model range.

April 2017

EDITION 1:43

 

450389400 Volkswagen Beetle with oval rear screen and with “Auto-Porter” – single wheel trailer with luggage

This model looks a bit strange, This is a Beetle from 1954 but it shows “rheumatism-flaps” beside the A-pillars which were only fitted between 1951 and 1952 at the rear screen. Here someone responsible was in sleep.

EDITION PRO.R43

 

450900700 Saurer §C-H truck “Bachmann” in scale 1:43

The original truck was fitted with a changeable body: flatbed or bus, This allowed the haulier to provide transport and passenger services using the same vehicle. The miniature is released as a truck and will be released as a bus later.

EDITION 1:32

450768400 Tractor Fortschritt (Progress) ZT300 blue/white

 EDITION PRO.R32

 

450896200 Tractor DUTRA D4K blueMilitary 1:87

452623700 Leopard 1A1 Combat-Tank “German Bundeswehr” – green

452625700 Bell UH 1D rescue-helicopter “SAR” with stain-camouflage

May 2017

EDITION 1:43

 

450346600 Tractor IHC 423 – red

450284400 Tractor Lanz Bulldog D9506 with roof – matt dark red

450273600 Tractor Eicher EM 200 with mow-bar – blue

 

450374100 Volkswagen T1c delivery van with trailer, loaded with Kleinschnittger F125 micro car.

EDITION PRO.R43

 

450900600 Saurer 3C-H Omnibus “Bachmann”

The original truck was fitted with a changeable body: flatbed or bus, This allowed the haulier to provide transport and passenger services using the same vehicle. The miniature is released as a truck (See 450900700 above) and was released as a bus a month later.

450900800 Volkswagen small delivery van “German Bundespost”, yellow

450900900 Volkswagen small delivery van “Volkswagen Service” dove blue

 EDITION 1:18

 

450030700 Porsche 356A Sepeedster “Bruce Jennings #77”

EDITION PRO.R18

 

450009600 Goggomobil saloon light blue/white

450009700 Goggomobil saloon red/white

 

 

450009800 Zündapp Janus micro car, ivory/grey

450009900 Zündapp Janus micro car, blue

Military 1:87

 

452625000 Bell UH 10 1D helicopter “German Bundeswehr flight-service”

452623000 Leopard 2A6 Combat-Tank “German Bundeswehr” with stain-camouflage

452625400 Mercedes-Benz Wolf G “ISAF” stain-camouflage

PICCOLO

 

450570700 Dodge Charger in tin box “Model of the Year 2017”

 EDITION 1:87

 

452629800 Lanz Bulldog tractor with tracked wheels, blue

452629700 Lanz Bulldog tractor with wood-carburettor and roof, grey

452629600 Ursus C-45 Tractor (licence of Lanz) blue


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