News from the Continent – Conrad June/July 2017

By Hans Georg-Schmitt

All photographs supplied by Conrad, and their copyright is recognised.

Conrad plan to release the following new models by July 2017. All are diecast and to 1:50 scale for Germany. Conrad are well known for their high quality construction equipment in authentic liveries. Most of the models shown are new liveries and fitments on previously used castings.

2107/08 DEMAG AC 100-4L Telescopic crane – WIESBAUER

2114/03 GROVE GMK 6300 L All-Terrain Crane including jib extension – Felbermayr


2202/07  CASE CX 250D tracked excavator – Case Livery


76230/01 NOOTEBOOM articulated low loader on MAN TGX XXL Euro 6 2-axle tractor


2968/01 POCLAIN TY2P with jig


2441/02 SANDVIC tunnel loader LH 621

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News from the Continent – Busch June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by Busch.

All models are made to 1:87 scale in plastic unless otherwise stated.

June 2017 Releases

1:87 Scale


42222 Multicar with snow plough and salt spreading device

45912 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed – blue

45913 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed – green

48292 Chevrolet Pick up – Monster truck “Firestorm”

48293 Chevrolet Pick up – “Merz & Pilini Event management Showcar”

50359 Land Rover Defender “Gendarmerie”

50404 Fortschritt ZT 323 (Progress) Tractor with long timber trailer

51113 Mercedes-Benz Vito Police of Berlin

51116 Mercedes-Benz Vito German Zoll
1:32 Scale


60120 Threshing machine “Lanz” from 1911

This model is assembled from laser-cut wooden parts

EsPeWe Models to 1:87 scale


95228 IFA W50 LA TLF 16 tank-fire engine from Poland

The TLF was manufactured in 1969 in “Feuerlöschgerätewerk Luckenwalde” within the former DDR. The 4×4 fire engine saw service in the Polish town of Wolcztyn.

Busch Releases July 2017

1:87 Scale


41920 Citroen HY “´s Ochsestuebel” –Alsacian restaurant in Obenheim, France

42955 Cadillac 66 saloon – light brown

43917 Volvo 544 “Politi” – Norwegian Police

45031 Chevrolet Bel Air Cabriolet 1957 – open – pale pink

46711 Volkswagen HebmüllerCabriolet 1949 – open hood – black

46866 Mercedes-Benz W123 saloon – red with white roof

47702 Ford Model AA “Nostalgia”

48236 Chevrolet Pick-up “Black distillery”

51500 IFA G5 6×6 truck of the DDR peoples police and army

This model is a new mould from Busch which is likely to be seen in all sorts of liveries in the future.

59911 Kramer K12 Tractor with 14 hp 1 cylinder Diesel engine

59913 horse-drawn “ Field-smithy” 1857

41919 Citroen HY “Sapeurs Pompiers” – French fire brigade

42617 Ferrari 250 GTO silver – #25 – 1963 Le Mans 24 hours

44657 Dodge Ram Van – Monster truck “Stars and Stripes”

45038 Chevrolet Bel Air Cabriolet 1957 – closed – red

45038 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – closed hood – black

48237 Chevrolet Pick up “Ranch truck”

50715 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “New York Police Department”

51020 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 Military – sand coloured

51115 Mercedes-Benz Vito Ambulance – Euroyellow ambulance car of Millich Rescue Service GmbH – a district of Rostock

DreiKa Automodelle


94100 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – light blue

94101 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – red

94102 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – grey

94120 Goliath Express Kombi “Edition Goliath Werk”




95531 IFA L60 ETK (box truck) Fortschritt (Progress) Sparts Parts Service

95229 IFA W50LA SHA chaff body

Mehlhose Modelcars


210009100 Horsedrawn vehicle – green, grey wheel rims

210009401 Long timber trailer for E-Karre – green/grey with grey wheel rims

210010112 Famulus Tractor – green/grey with red wheel rims

Originally launched as Favorit’s in 1957 they were renamed Famulus in 1958. These tractors were manufactured between 1957 and 1967 in VEB’s Nordhausen plant. They were available in multiple versions powered by two cylinder air or water cooled engines or as three cylinder diesels.

210010118 Tractor Famulus – green with red wheel rims

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News from the Continent – Herpa June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are by, and copyright of the Author.

In this post I take a look at a selection of models released by Herpa between January and July 2017 with comments on each release.

1:43 Scale

The models are diecast for Herpa.

Herpa’s new Porsche models were first announced earlier this year but were only recently released to collectors. Perhaps Porsche took all the first batch of models and Herpa had to make a further batch for its own collectors.  As these models are also sold in Porsche boxes the quality of these models has to be right.


071086 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe racing yellow

The body shape is faithful to the original and the paint is fault free and captures Porsche racing yellow very well.  A number of small parts are separately inserted to give a good level of detail. The interior is black: dashboard, steering wheel and centre console capture the full size cars features very well.  At the rear end the two exhaust pipes are finished in chrome. The baseplate is quite well detailed. Through the finely cast “alloy” wheel rims the brake discs and calipers are clearly visible.


071093 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe dark blue metallic

The model is made to the same quality as the yellow version. The body is well painted in dark blue metallic. The interior is in medium brown. All other features are to the same standard as the yellow car.

Take a look at the photograph below showing the fine detail at the rear of the car including the printed lettering, exhausts and the finely etched panel lines and the well integrated lights.


1:87 Scale Models

Here are descriptions of some of the 1:87 models made in plastic.

In January Herpa announced the following Military items. We can now look at them in more detail.

745673 Soviet Tank T34/85

This model is based upon a tank captured by the German Wehrmacht and then marked with German Army markings. It was used 1945 in the battle for East Prussia. Much detail is moulded into the body but the tanks tracks and wheels are nicely captured.


745697 Opel Blitz Tanker

The original for this well detailed miniature was used by the German Wehrmacht in 1944 in Belgium. It is fitted with the metal pre-war drivers cab and not the wartime utility one.


Moving on to civilian vehicles released recently we have three to look at including a set with a trailer.

028790 Trabant 601 Universal with roof rack and Quek Junior Caravan

The citizens of the DDR went on holidays just like the citizens of the Federal Republic on the other side of the border. Loading their Trabants and Wartburgs with goods and people and towing a small caravan many headed to the coastline of the Baltic sea, Hungarian Lakes, or Polish Mountains.  The journey must have been slow with the 900 cc two stroke engine struggling gamely up any uphill stretches.

Here Herpa give us their 601 Universal again with a  roof rack and luggage as well as a tow hook. They also give us a Quek Junior Caravan which was made in the DDR and had a lifting roof section which is suggested by the moulding on the roof of the model. This caravan was fitted with overrun brakes which must have been essential to allow the lightweight Trabants and Wartburgs to tow the caravan downhill.

093033 BMW X1 “Bavarian Police”

In September 2016, the Bavarian Police too, officially adopted blue colour-sections on their vehicles. To achieve the complicated multi-colour markings the model has to be printed several times.


038423-003 Volkswagen Passat Variant (estate)

The Variant is the most popular body type of the Passat range in Germany.  Herpa has now released it with a body moulded in deep black and fitted with a contrasting light grey moulded interior. The silver fittings are neatly printed on, except for the grille which is silver plated. The model has some parts moulded separately and then inserted to add detail.

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News from the Continent – Norev June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright held by Norev unless otherwise credited.

Norev’s models are made in China for France in various scales. Here are the expected midyear releases.

1:18 Scale models


183264 BMW M535i saloon 1980 – Black


187723 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1962 – light green


183514 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Byzanzgold metallic”


Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C

183493 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Black Falcon – NB real car shown and not pre-production sample.


184784 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1971 – black


184822 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1973 – brown metallic


187427 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 3 hours of Mid-Ohio 1977 – Follmer/Holmes


187660 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 – white

1:43 Scale models


517821 Alpine Renault A108 Coupe 2+2 1961 – silver


750056 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe 1973 – Lemon yellow

MINIJET to fit pack


310601 Citroen 2CV 6 Special 1980 “Cycliste” red and white


310602 Citroen 2CV AZLP 1959 “Cycliste Berger” yellow, red and black


310603 Citroen DS19 1958 “Cycliste” blue, white and red


310604 Peugeot 404 1961 “Cycliste Director of the race”


310605 Renault R4 1964 “Cycliste Berger” – yellow, red and black

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News from the Continent – M4 Modelcars June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs have been supplied by M4.

All the models shown were expected to be released by the end of July. They are all made to 1:43 scale by M4 Modelcars in Italy who are the group producing models in the Art, Best and Rio ranges.

ART Models


ART367 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Winner of Coppa d´Oro delle Dolomiti 1950 driven by G.Marzotto


ART368 Ferrari 330P – Road America 1967 – drivers Cooper/Drexler


ART369 Ferrari 860 Monza-Bridgehampton 1958 – Driver B.Grossman


ART370 Ferrari 500 TRC – Targa Florio 1965 – drivers Tagliavia/Semilia #0670

Best Models


BEST9663 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – red metallic


BEST9664 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1,3 HF – 36th Rally Monte Carlo 1967 Drivers Andersson/Davernport


BEST9665 Alfa Romeo 33.2 Coupe – 7th in 12 hours of Interlagos 1970 – Driver Marivaldo Fernandes


BEST9666 Porsche 908-02 – Targa Florio 1969 – Redman/Attwood


BEST9667 Alfa Romeo 33.2 Spyder – Winner of 3 hours of Rio de Janeiro 1969 Carlos Pace


BEST9668 Ferrari 250LM – Winner in class S of 24 hours of Daytona 1968 – Drivers Gunn/Ortega/Merello


BEST9669 Fiat Abarth 850 Zagato – Winner of 500 km of Nurburgring 1960 – Drivers Castellina/Vinatier


BEST9670 Porsche 908-02 – Targa Florio 1969 – 3th place for Rolf Stommelen/Hans Herrmann

Rio Models


RIO4535 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of the Eifelrennen Nurburgring 1927 Rudolf Caracciola


RIO4536 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Berlina – Rally Monte Carlo 1963.  Drivers Nielsen/Henriksen



RIO4537 Fiat 238 Anticendio Pista Fiorano 1970


RIO4538 Mercedes-Benz SSK Rally Monte Carlo 1930 – Driver Howey


RIO4539 Fiat 128 – 4 door saloon 1969 – yellow Positano


RIO4540 Fiat 128 – Rally 1971 – white


RIO4541 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of Grand Prix of Argentina / 500 miles of Rafaela 1931 – drivers Zatuszek/Brendt


RIO4542 Citroen DS Break “Ferrari Chronometrage Service – dark red and cream

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Talking to Sergio Goldvarg

By Maz Woolley “talking to” Sergio Goldvarg


Whilst compiling the posting on the revival of the Goldvarg Collection Sergio was kind enough to answer some questions from the editor. The answers were interesting so the conversation has been set out in question and answer format below.

It is some time since the last model in the previous white metal Goldvarg Range, what has encouraged you to return to selling models after all you have many other businesses to run?

It’s very simple, you never forget your first love.

The new models are made in resin in China is there any reason why you did not have them made in white metal?

The industry is going in that direction and doing white metal now would be more expensive for the same amount of detail.

Some Americans appear to be disappointed that the models will be made in China – Why did you choose to have them made in China?

Well, I did not get any comment of that kind from my fellow American collectors, and I know a lot of them . What matters is the exact proportions and attention to detail, not the country of origin.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s I had my own premises in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is not a country with a tradition of model making in 1:43 scale, but every single Goldvarg that I manufactured, was sold out nearly two years in advance of the production date.

What decides your choice of models for the US range?

It is the same motivation that moved me to start my factory in Buenos Aires: Just for me to make the models that I always wanted to have but were never manufactured, or were not in the quality and accuracy I wanted. That was the beginning  of Goldvarg Collection at that time and is what moves me to go back to producing models again.

Can you give any hints on the future model program beyond the future release items on the web site? Do you have any target for the number of models you may produce a year?

At this time I am in the process of getting the approvals and licenses from the three greats: Ford, GM and Chrysler for the future program. As soon as I am able, I will let you know.

The advance pictures of your models suggest that you use less photoetching than other firms like Neo and Matrix. Is that the case? And is there any reason for this?

You may get that impression from the production pictures but I will also use photo-etching. I want to make the model as close as possible to the actual car so if there is a very small part that we want to add to the body of the car, if it has volume, no matter the small the piece is, it can’t be with photo etching as is not going to look like the real thing. Remember that I am an architect and volume is one of the most important issues in making a scale model car look right.

Your non-US models are very different. What is the rationale for your choices of prototypes that sold in very small numbers?

Yes, that’s true, there are many choices that are very different. But I think that I did the same with the Goldvarg Collection models in the past. The real Kaiser Henry J was not a big seller yet I had all the production sold one year ahead of the production time. I also made the 1950 Packard Woodie with real mahogany wood on the sides and rear which sold well despite the small number of original cars. It seems that I was not so wrong after all Brooklin did them both some years later.

You have a huge collection?

Yes, I’ve been collecting all my life and still do. Model cars have been a passion since I was four years old and my mother bought me the Matchbox #9, the Merryweather Marquis Fire Engine, which I still have with its original box and in mint condition.

Our thanks at MAR Online to Sergio for sparing his time to answer our questions. For those of you who would like to learn more about Sergio and his interesting life with models  there is a lot more information on his website.

It is good to have the Goldvarg Collection back and I am sure that Sergio’s excitement for what he is doing will show through in the first models as they arrive in the US shortly.

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The Goldvarg Collection

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been provided by Sergio Goldvarg, and all copyrights are his.

Long time readers of the printed MAR magazine will know the name Sergio Goldvarg well. Sergio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and like Rod Ward is an Architect. A love of cars led to a large collection of cars which started from his first Matchbox toy and a role as a motor sport writer too. Long time collectors will remember him for the Goldvarg Collection, a range of white metal models of American cars produced in the 1980s in a factory in Argentina.  The production of these models petered out in the political instability in Argentina and Sergio and his wife moved to the United States. When production in the Argentine became impossible one last white metal 1:43 scale model was commissioned from a UK based producer, an Oldsmobile 1958 with continental kit.  However the cost of doing business in this way was too high and no further new models were launched in the Goldvarg Collection.

In recent years Sergio’s personal collection of over 12,000 items has been recognised by Guinness Book of Records as the world’s biggest. Sergio continues to work in the US as an Architect and owner of a model-car themed restaurant called “Waffleworks”  located in Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Florida. The restaurant has a permanent exhibit of nearly 900 model cars. His idea was to share part of his diecast collection in a place with a unique atmosphere. Sergio has also been an advisor to Sunstar and to Lucky Toys in recent past a role he had earlier played for Buby in Argentina.

In 2014 Sergio was inducted to the DIECAST HALL OF FAME, for preserving the legacy, honoring the dedication and rewarding the achievement in the scale model car industry.

Earlier this year Sergio decided the time was right to re-launch the Goldvarg Collection all made to 1:43 scale and in limited editions. Production in resin in China was decided upon. Unlike many of his European competitors Sergio has agreements with the car manufacturers for his products.  Two ranges are shown on the website: American Cars, and Europe and the Rest of the World. The American range is furthest ahead with the first three models in production in China as the photographs below show.

American Range

The first three cars in this range have sold out before the stock  has even landed in the US. News of the models quickly circulated on bulletin boards and their keen pricing no doubt helped.

GC-001 1958 Ford Fairlane 500

This model will be available in Torch Red/Colonial White or Azurre Blue/Colonial White.

GC-002 1956 Mercury Montclair

This model will be available in Persimmon/Classic White or Zaffron Yellow/Tuxedo Black

GC-003 1961 Ford Country Squire

This is being made in green metallic or blue metallic with the wood panels on the side painted in wood effect.

Europe and Rest of the World Range

The first two cars in the list are European but the rest are all Argentinian prototypes. No photographs of pre-production samples are available  yet. This range will be interesting to follow as it is new territory for the Goldvarg Collection.

  • Rolls Royce Phanthom II 1930 “Luis Sandrini”
  • Horch 853 Sportswagon Firetruck
  • Justicialista Sport with figure of Juan Peron
  • Justicialista Coupe
  • Tulietta GT
  • Joseso Microcar 1960
  • Dinarg D-200 1961
  • Kaiser Bergantin 1960
  • Rastrojero “Dakar” 2017

Readers who want to know more about Sergio and The Goldvarg Collection can find a lot more detail at this website

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Editorial August 2017

Early in July I visited the South Hants Model Auto Club to meet the members and to give a short talk about MAR Online and model collecting in general. I had a great time, with members inviting me into their homes to see their superb collections, and even to take me for rides in their full-size old cars; a wonderful and unexpected experience. The club night was very interesting indeed. emphasising how diverse collectors’ interests can be. My thanks to SHMAC for the invitation.

If there is a collectors’ club in your area, or a special-interest club for collectors, like the Brooklin Collectors Club for example, they are well worth joining. Bulletin boards such as Forum 43/64/18 and Planet Diecast are valuable ways to connect with other collectors, and there are interesting Facebook pages like the many that exist for Oxford Diecast collectors. There are even ‘comment’ areas on some manufacturers’ websites. All of these are  to interact with fellow collectors and to learn more about our hobby.

Many of the models announced for this year have finally begun to make their way to the market over the last few months, and most of them have turned out to be very good. Prices seem to be rising rapidly for some ranges, though some others, in UK and Europe, seem to be holding their prices down. Sadly more evidence of issues with models has arisen; some Oxford Diecast Ford van models have been seen with bubbling paint that looks very like inter-granular corrosion or a major paint reaction. Other reports suggest that some models from Trax and others are also found to be deteriorating when collectors open the boxes, after storing them for some time.

There have been surprises this summer as well. Long-time readers of the print version of MAR will remember Sergio Goldvarg whose Argentine-made white metal 1:43 models of US prototypes were popular from the 1980s onwards. He has lived in the US for some years, and has now re-started the Goldvarg Collection. It consists of 1:43 scale resin models made in China for him. Another unexpected event was the opening of a shop called ‘Diecast and More’ in the centre of Northampton, near where I live, to sell obsolete diecast and other models. A shop opening is a rarity in this day and age and I hope that it is a sign that tax changes and surplus shopping capacity will allow small specialist shops to return to our shopping centres.

I would like to thank all those who are contributing articles to MAR Online and to remind you all that more contributions are always welcome, even if it is only a few photographs and some descriptions. All collectors have something interesting to say.