Model Auto Review 1988 Part One

By Maz Woolley and Karl Schnelle

This is the seventh in a series of articles looking at each year’s output of the original Model Auto Review magazine.   In August we reviewed the year 1987 so this month we have reached 1988, a year when 6 issues were produced. We show you the Cover and Contents pages of the magazines and some colour pages to give a flavour of what the magazine looked like. (Click on the images to get a larger copy.)

Now that each issue is so large, and there are six a year, future articles will cover half a year at a time. 

What was happening at MAR in 1988?

1988 saw an increase in the number of pages in MAR including the inclusion of colour centre pages which would be an ongoing feature. Expert contributors were now contributing regularly and the magazine was now established and developing a worldwide circulation.

What a year 1988 was!

1986 was a year to remember. A Soviet nuclear plant at Chernobyl  became critical and melted down spreading fallout across Europe. It was a huge loss of face for the USSR and a reminder of how risky nuclear power could be.

On the brighter side, MIR, the Soviet Space Station, was successfully put into space and years of visits and experiments started.

Here in the UK,  France and Britain agreed to the building of the Channel Tunnel.  With the Conservatives still strongly dominating the political scene under Margaret Thatcher public assets continued to be sold and the National Bus Group (NBC) was “privatised”.   This was also the year that the M25 “London Orbital” motorway was opened.

In the car industry in the UK, Nissan opened their Sunderland plant which went on to be one of the most efficient in the world.

Here in the England and Wales, the secondary school examination system people sat at 15 to 16 and which had been in place since the 1950s was radically overhauled. The General Certificate in Education (GCE) and Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) exams were combined to become the single combined GCSE . Even today looking at a CV, the types of examinations they sat gives away when people were educated.

The UK economy was at a high point and the Lawson “boom” of the late 1980s was fuelling increases in wages and spending. For established wage earners this meant a little more disposable income for hobbies and was a fertile environment for the continued growth of the market for “collectors models”.

#30 Winter 88

The front cover again shows Rod Ward’s playful use of graphics, who could miss the fact that the magazine contained news of new models for 1988!

The cover had quite a range of models with resin kits from Starter  (Porsche CART racer) and Automany (ACE Ace), as well as a Marsh model (Porsche 917L Gulf) that could be a kit or hand built – all to 1:43 scale. An A Smith model in striking yellow livery to 1:48 scale (Nubian fire tender) represented bigger vehicles.

Finally industrial collectors products were shown from Matchbox Yesteryear (Mack – new Kiwi livery) and Corgi (Bedford Pantechnicon in Fender removals livery).

The front inside cover showed a nice array of emergency services vehicles and a few Herpa Coaches to fill in the space! The Nine Double Nine Austin Wadhams Ambulance based upon the obsolete Spot-on is an impressive model (Ed: this caught my eye as I bought it as a kit, built it, and still have it). Other emergency vehicles include a set of Auto USSR models of the UAF, GAZ and Lada 2105. Other interesting models are the MVI transkits to allow many vehicles based upon the Solido Citroen C4. There are also a number of 1:87 scale models from Roko and Herpa. MAR was the only UK magazine with a good coverage of 1:87 models.

Three wheelers start off one of the centre pages with Tober Models Messerschmidt and BSA. Track cars from Starter in colourful liveries keep the page lively. The large, already old, Wills Finecast kit to  1:24 scale of the 1930 Bentley is shown beautifully built by DGF models. Some Precision Miniatures Hudson Convertibles are noted as not being to their usual standards. The Praliné 1:87 Cadillacs that still turn up in the Busch range today put in their first appearance.

1:76 scale gets a look in with a set of the latest Piccolino releases: Bluebird, Thinwall special, Jaguar XK120, and Auto Union. A whole set of Solido special models for Denmark are shown, not much changed from the standard release other than the prints on the side. Further down the page is van territory with the Dandy H Van in Christmas logo, JRD Citroen vans in various liveries and at the bottom of the page is a set of Lion Car Commer Step-thru vans.

Looking at the back inside cover we see a range of commercial vehicles from a scattering of 1:87 from Albedo, Roskopf, Brekina and Roko to a large scale ERTL bulldozer.

Amongst the others we see Kim’s Classics which for many years had models made by Alan Smith in the UK to 1:48 scale of Continental subjects. We also see more Lion Cars in the form of 1:50 scale DAF trucks.

Browsing through the magazine there is lots to catch the eye. John Quilter, who is still a regular contributor today, writes suggesting that more Jaguar models should be made, but then he would have done as he worked for Jaguar Cars inc in North America.

John Shelford’s hand crafted models in wood often featured over the years and an assortment of his Rolls-Royce models is shown in this issue.

As ever the columns of MAR featured experts calling model makers to task for inaccuracies. In this issue Chris Batten, an expert on Ambulances, took Lledo to task fro their errors. Tony Greeves, another long time contributor, called out Corgi for just printing on windows and calling a model a minibus.

Amazingly Adrian Swain’s ABS is being called a “Bermuda Triangle ” of kits even then. A description that is more than ever true today. Although many of the old multi-part models have had their day their are other castings collectors would still wish to buy were they available.

Articles of interest include Don Elliot on old US models as well as Garfield the Cat ones, Rod Ward on Morris models and Stuart Schaller on the Brumm Bugatti T57 SC. Fun Ho buses pop up written about by Roger Bailey and Tony Steenmeyer, whose beautifully made models of Dutch Lorries entertained readers for many years, provided an article on restoration looking at restoring Dinky Guy and Bedford vans.

Regular contributors like Andre Blaize on Rolls-Royces were joined by Geoff Moorhouse who would write a regular Truckstop column for some years.

In the new for 1988 announcements was hidden one of considerable significance as Matchbox announced the Matchbox Dinky range. A range that persuaded many collectors of obsolete models to buy collectors models for the first time.

Another model announced was the white metal Ford Consul from Model Road and Rail as well as pages of Days Gone, Matchbox Yesteryear, and long lists from Starter Provence Moulage and other kit makers.

The magazine ended with adverts from MAR and model shops which took up nine pages and there was a half page of small ads.

#31 Spring 1988

Spring brought an appropriately green look to the cover as well as handwritten titles for each of the models. The models themselves covered a wide range of the collectors market. A detailed and very expensive FYP Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith heads the page which continues with a Brooklin Dodge van, Formula One Chapparal, Ashton Mack Fire appliance, Mini Racing Alpine and Vitesse Chrysler Windsor.  All were to 1:43 scale except for the Mini Racing which was a substantial 1:20 scale.

The upper part of the inner cover was dominated by emergency vehicles including the highly detailed Ashton models Ahren Fox fire pumper, Zaugg‘s Chevrolet fire, ambulance and hearse, Solido Mack rescue trucks, and a batch of Sun Humber Imperial Ambulances .

Lower we have buses including one from the Thomas the Tank Engine range  as well as more serious 1:76 scale white metal kits from Garrick Leisure Consultants of a 1950 AEC and a 1975 Fleetline. An Oldcars Fiat coach was included too as well as a small cluster of earthmoving equipment from Oldcars and Conrad.

The rear cover featured American cars. A Starter Thunderbird NASCAR started the page colourfully. Zaugg‘s contribution was a Cadillac with working suspension, but at over £100 in 1988 there must have been few buyers. Portugal was still a major model producer and Vitesse and Rextoys models made there dominated the centre of the page.

Lower down we see budget priced ERTL Mustang, Corvette and Checker cab alongside expensive white metal Mini Auto Emporium Cadillac V16s.  The page ends with a Minimarque white metal Auburn and a Provence Moulage Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe in resin.

Inside the magazine we get letters from Harvey Goranson on Brooklin models and a long letter from Robin Godwin on how MAR approached reviewing models. Both still very active in the modelling world, Robin’s latest article was posted quite recently here on MAR Online as well an article by Harvey.

Many other letters add detail or provide corrections to articles in the recent issues. Such corrections and additions often added significantly to the body of knowledge about obsolete models in particular.

Another topic in the letters pages was which Land Speed Record holders had not been modelled. LSR models were a major topic covered by MAR for many years though as time went on and more were modelled it appeared less often. In fact inside the magazine another definitive tabulation of LSR models from Fred Kaesmann helped identify many holders unmodelled.

Finally on the letters pages we have the topic of model copying raised. This was a regular feature of MAR over the years as makers “let of steam” where they felt others had copied their models. Unlike the commercial magazines MAR provide an airing for this topic.

Articles again covered a diverse range with Jim McLachlan writing about models from Communist countries a change from his usual VW related contributions. Don Elliot continued his coverage of the less well known US obsolete models as well as Pac Man models. Roger Bailey looked at some model coaches and the vehicles they may have been based upon whilst Dave Turner covered the 1957/8 Mercury. Wyn Edwards coverage of Indy Cars continued as did Greg Keane’s coverage of construction equipment.

Model listings are full of references to all sorts of models and photographs of prototypes of new 1:43 scale Corgi Classics models appeared. It is interesting to see the prototype Jaguar Mark II casting there in 1988, a casting last seen used by Atlas in their Police Partwork only a few years ago.  Vitesse were “on a roll” and announced a lot of models for 1988. All of a sudden UK collectors of more modest budgets had three ranges of reasonable accurate vehicles from the 1950s and 60s available to them and many collectors started at this time.

 

#32 Summer 88

Summer 1988 brought a cover full of models with a new Corgi Club Morris 1000 van being joined by a Lion Cars Commer step-thru in Coca Cola livery. The rest of the cover has some beautiful racing models including a Bosica Ferrari with removable panels revealing a super detailed engine and a Remember Ferrari P314. The foot of the page featured  a nice Minicars Ford Galaxie and an A Smith Tractor unit. Bus lovers were not forgotten with a LBS Renault coach  being featured.

Inside colour pages featured a wide range of models: cars on the inside front cover, buses and trucks on the middle four pages, and fire and military on the inside back cover.

The back cover shows a nice Pandora Land Speed record car and the latest Chryslers from Solido which were contrasted with old American cars in the Dinky 39 series.  At the base of the page the ubiquitous Lion Cars Step-thru appears again this time in KLM livery.  Also, five Coca Cola vans are shown from Trax, CB Modelli, and Autohobby.

Inside this issue some classic articles appear including Chris Sweetman on Dugu which is an excellent view of that obsolete range.  MAR Online recently covered Dugu again with Chris’ help.

Gerald Watkins had an interesting theme which started in MAR 32: 1/43 Norevs made by Norev in plastic and no one else (at least as of 1988)!  Many French, Italian, and German  are are pictured in black and white.

McGregor was written about and pictured by Don Elliott.  This very rare and undocumented brand was from Mexico and produced ex-Politoys in 1:41 plastic.  Most of them have the McGregor script on the baseplate so they should be easy to identify, if you happen to ever find one.  In this same issue, Don also wrote Part 2 of his Made in USA series, on lesser known American toy cars from the 1950s. On a personal note before Don sadly passed away, the McGregor Alfa Romeos shown in his article found their way to KS’s collection in 2007.  It’s a small (collector’s) world, as they say.

The other 2-page articles this time were East German HO by two Czech collectors and Ford MkII GTs by Dave Turner.

Peter Pain wrote about he Dinky 39 series, shown in color on the back cover.  Graeme Watt’s long running series of military re-creations kicks off. Graeme wrote many articles over the years with Graeme’s final model conversion appearing just as MAR Online started.

John Hanson’s Trojan vans must have been interesting to many who had wondered about the Dinky and Matchbox models and who Trojan were. Morris also got an update with Patrick Trench, now a well known author, adding to Rod Ward’s initial article on the subject.

Then after the Truckstop column by Geoff Moorhouse and the colour center pages on trucks and buses, twelve pages of News and Views and ten pages of ads made up the remaining part of MAR 32.  As usual, News and Views covered smaller producers from Spain, Holland, Canada, USA, USSR, Australia, Switzerland, as well as the big guys from Italy, France, and UK.

Actually Rod Ward covered small producers as well:

  • UK: Colin Fraser with Formula One, Steve Archibald with Sapphire Modelcraft, Indycars by Wyn Edwards, MPH Model by Tim Dyke, Little Smashers by David Wade;
  • France: IDEM by Serge Leuba, Automany transkits, FYP by Yves Pebernet, Tenariv by J.P. Viranet, JPS by J.P.  Schwartz, ESDO by Dominique Esparcieux, C.C.C. by Georges Pont, HECO by Herve Colombet, and Hostaro;
  • Italy: C.B. Modelli, Bosica, Meri, and HE14 by Paolo Tron.

As expected, Modelauto had the last four pages of ads at the end of this issue.

 


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1963 Oldsmobile conversions

By John Quilter

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Recently I bought three ME-MOD resin kits of the 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire coupe even though I already had the Brooklin coupe in maroon. Some will either consider this heresy or craftsmanship but I set about modifying these kits and built three different 1963 Oldsmobiles. The Starfire was Oldsmobile’s answer to the newly introduced Pontiac Grand Prix but Olds did both a coupe and convertible both with the hottest version of the 394 CID Rocket V8. One of the kits became a four door Dynamic 88 sedan, (the entry level full sized Oldsmobile) one became a Starfire convertible, and one became a Super 88 Fiesta station wagon.

My model collecting and building hobby often includes making models of an actual car that no model maker has done before. Since I already had the Brooklin Starfire hardtop, I decided to do some different things with the kits. In reworking these I did finish them with somewhat larger tires than the undersized ones in the kits, and added white walls using my technique of applying a thin white painted wire to the tire. I also changed the dashboards to replicate the actual ’63 Oldsmobile one which I was able to research on Google images.

It is amazing the number of photos one can view using this search and these are useful in picking realistic exterior and interior colours as well. And then there is the US car brochure website that is a great resource as well. http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html. My friend in Norway, Hans Tor Tangerud maintains this amazing resource.

On the sedan I made some wheel covers that were stock on the less fancy versions of this year Oldsmobile. On both the sedan and wagon the front bucket seats had to be connected and the centre console eliminated. Also on both of these the top had to be raised just slightly to accommodate the chrome window frames which were created with thin silver coloured solder. Luckily the vacform windscreen still worked well as making the curved windows is one of the most challenging tasks in these projects.

The side mouldings had to be changed to two different versions not used on the Starfire which had a wide silver band for the length of the car. The grills had to be cut off the plated white metal front bumper and a new grill of simple horizontal bars created which I was able to do with silver coloured wire adding jewelled headlamps and headlamp rims.

The roof for the wagon was made by joining the displaced roof cut off from the convertible and the load strengthening ribs were added to the rear half.

The convertible was the simplest to construct, as only the top had to be cut off and a top boot created but it too got the fascia improvement as well as some small interior handles for the doors and windows made from silver wire.

Here is one website I used to study the details of the wagon. http://americanclassicscars.com/oldsmobile/127461-1963-oldsmobile-super-88-fiesta-wagon.html. I also use my library of books for research on details. The Crestline series of marque books is exceptionally good as these show at least one photo, usually factory promotional photos, of every model of car for every model year of production. They are, however, in black and white so colour information has to come from elsewhere.

The maroon 1963 Starfire Coupe in the pictures is from Brooklin and gives a good comparison to the Sedan, Convertible and Convertible I have created from the ME-MOD kits.


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Oxford Diecast Rolls-Royce Phantom III

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the author.

Oxford Diecast have now released the 1:76 version of their Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville. This was released earlier in the year in 1:43 scale.

The model is based upon a real car auctioned in 2014. Registered in 1936 it has a 7.3 Litre engine. The chassis left Rolls-Royce’s factory in May 1936 and was bodied by H J Mulliner in Chiswick. It was delivered to  Lady Maud Buckland of Salisbury, took place on the last day of 1936. The total cost was around £2,600, about £1,500 for the chassis and £1,100 for the body.

Photographs of the real car show this model to be an excellent replica of the real car. The shape is excellent and the detailing very good too. There is not a single quality control issue on this model it is beautifully painted and detailed.

Looking at the front lights I was very surprised to see that they all have tiny lenses fitted and unusual level of detail for a 1:76 scale model. The radiator, horns and spirit of ecstasy mascot are very well modelled too.

Wheels are excellent and the contrast of the rubber tyres to the shiny wheel covers is excellent. The wheel centres appear to have the multi sided section moulded in but Oxford has not printed any of the detail which breaks up the silver section leaving it as a simple silver disk. The interior is simplified from the 1:43 version with a simple dashboard with moulded detail  and a simple one piece steering wheel.

The running boards runners are nicely modelled and printed and the rear end is neatly modelled with lights and number plate box all very well presented  Bumpers at each end are simplified from the 1:43 pattern as they need to be strong enough to with stand shocks. Finally the number plates are excellent with the characters all the correct shape.

I have recently found myself being critical of Oxford’s models for detail issues and faults which have not been caught by their quality control. This model is beautifully detailed and finished to a very high standard and yet sells for a very modest price. I can see many model railway layouts featuring one of these outside the Church and many more collected just because they are a fine model of an attractive vehicle.


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Oxford Diecast – Range Rover Classic

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author except for the picture of the real car whose copyright is recognised.

Oxford Diecast‘s models from the Second Release of 2017 are now starting to arrive thick and fast. This article looks at the first release of the Range Rover Classic, so called as it was built alongside its replacement for a period of time.  Most readers will be familiar with the fact that in the 1950s Rover developed a set of prototypes of an upmarket Land Rover estate car based on the P4 chassis but with the ability to be used on or off road. The programme got so close to release that Corgi had developed a Road Rover model of its own and when Rover decided it was not going ahead with the Road Rover Corgi had to scrap theirs too.

By the 1960s the agricultural nature of the Land Rover was allowing Japanese makers like Nissan and Toyota who offered 4x4s with options of civilised cabins with nice seats and a more car like ambience to attract customers tired of the hard ride, discomfort and rudimentary cabin on even the Land Rover Estate versions.  In the US the Jeep Wagoneer and other 4x4s were much less like a truck. To fight back against this Rover developed the Range Rover powered by the 3.5 Litre V8 and with full off road capacity. It was a much more comfortable vehicle but retained the go anywhere capacity. In its initial form it was fitted with an interior that could be hosed down, rubber matting and plastic seats but the requests for a less utilitarian interior lead to an interior that became more luxurious at each upgrade.

This Lincoln Green painted model is Oxford’s first Classic Range Rover and is diecast in Oxford’s Chinese facility to 1:76 for the UK.

It is a nice model with an excellent shape. The printing is well registered and the Range Rover black script is neatly done as are the side badges .

Some have commentated very favourably about the wing mirrors but I think that their shaft is so very over scale that they may have been better left off altogether. Not all pictures of the original have mirrors and those that do are on a very spindly shaft. I guess that some collectors would not agree with me and want mirrors and are happy to live with the overscale shafts needed to prevent the mirrors breaking off.  I also think that the black printed grille should actually run along under the lights and to the level of the bumper and not end at the bottom of the grille cutouts.

At the side the wheels are good  and the mudflaps good with an exhaust exiting at the correct place. The door lock should have a black rim printed round it as the silver “blob” looks much too large and flat.

Inside there is a good matt finish suitable for this first generation of Range Rover and the typical very long gear lever. Sadly there is not the additional small lever to select low ratios next to it but in this scale that is not as obvious as it would be in 1:43. At the passenger side of the luggage area the spare wheel hanger is moulded in but no spare wheel is fitted.

The rear is generally good with the lifting rear window convincingly moulded above the handle unit and the Land Rover badge printed well. I am unconvinced by the number plates. I don’t know what process causes it but the characters are too wide for their height. In addition members of modelling boards on the web have pointed out that the lights are incorrectly printed. Checking the real vehicle myself against the model shown above, this seems to be the case. A web picture of YCX 348K as shown below confirms this.

© Land Rover Centre Huddersfield.

Oxford Diecast has often listened to criticisms of minor issues with  their initial releases and sorted them out for later ones. I hope that they do as the model is excellent apart from a few details which could be easily fixed and I look forward to it in the mid-blue and yellow/beige so many were painted.


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Scottoy Revisted

Editor’s Introduction:

(KS) There has been some discussion on the history of Scottoy online recently, so we have decided to republish this older article from Model Auto Review 208, published 7 Dec 2006.  The Editors are unsure if Scottoy continued much past 2006; certainly there are items in the proposed production list for TelModel below which we can find no trace of being produced.

The Editor and Publisher of Model Auto Review, Rod Ward,  contacted Jonathan‘s ex-partner, Antonio,  a number of times after Jonathan left to concentrate on his industrial fasteners business (bolts and screws).  See article below. After no real replies, it was assumed that Antonio was unable to find the time or enthusiasm to continue the development of Scottoy on his own. Certainly nothing more was produced to Rod or others’ knowledge.

Rod Ward’s opinion at the time was that they were wasting their time with the TelModel idea – the models fell between two stools. They were neither authentic reproductions of old toys, nor were they high-quality scale models, up to current quality standards. Rod’s store, Modelauto, had great trouble selling the TelModel Fiat 850s – the final stocks having to be disposed of on eBay at very large discounts.

The best-selling Scottoy models were initially produced to order for Modelauto – the replica scooters. Modelauto sold many hundreds of these and then Scottoy got large orders for them from other distributors as well.

Rod Ward would have liked them to produce the Costa Line cruise ships, of which Mercury had made a very interesting 1:1200 scale range. The Costa family were clients of Jonathan’s partner, so they  could have obtained permission to use their funnel logo, etc. But Rod believes that the two partners were motivated by their passion for the old Mercury toy cars, and that they were not at all interested in making ships even though the scooters Rod had encouraged them to make had been such a success.

The partners in Scottoy had started out making copies of early Mercury toy cars for their own collections, hence their lack of interest in the scooters or ships. Rod also asked if they would make copies of the very collectable Mercury aircraft, but they were similarly uninterested, unfortunately. Scottoy  was not really a ‘business’ venture, in which someone would choose the most profitable products to make. They were really just an extension of the two owners’ collecting hobby, so unless they found items interesting for their own collections, they wouldn’t make them.


‘Beam me up, Scottoy’ says co-founder Jonathan Scott

Written by Jonathan Scott in late 2004. Now published to mark Jonathan’s departure in 2006 from the firm he co-founded.

Scottoy has reached ten years old. Incredible! I would never have believed that I would ever be able to say that, when I began the long and difficult road that has led to today. Here is the story of Scottoy: Antonio Pezzini, a dentist from Genoa, and Jonathan Scott, maker of industrial fixings from Genoa, later Varese, had both been collectors since childhood. In 1993 they saw a demand for replacement parts for obsolete Italian diecast models, especially Mercury, like the Dinky and Corgi parts sold in England. Antonio had access to the technology through his work, so their destiny was decided. Initially they looked into production methods and registration of the Scottoy and Mercury names, and realised that they could reproduce the entire models in white metal, rather than just the parts. Our first products were shown at the Marco Bossi swapmeet in Turin in 1993 and proved to be of great interest to visitors. This first batch included the Fiat 600 Multipla, Fiat 1100/103, Alfa Giulietta (never before issued), Fiat 600 and Alfa Romeo 1900.

The Lancia Appia 1st series was initially sold exclusively in the UK via Modelauto.

First production: 1994-95-96 - quantity made
01 Fiat 600 dark blue, green, red 1994 - 450
02 Fiat 600 Multipla blue-white, red-black 1994 - 450
03 Alfa Giulietta saloon blue, green, red 1994 colour test black - 10
04 Alfa Romeo 1900 dark blue, red, 1994 - 370 colour test ivory - 10
05 Fiat 1100/103 1953 Red, green, lt blue 1994 - 450
19 Lancia Appia 1st ser black, green, grey, ivory 1994 - 200. First exclusively for UK, Denmark, Holland

From 1996 some models were supplied with windows. The first Scottoy buyers were mostly Mercury enthusiasts, then marque collectors and one-make club members.

Second production: 1994-95-96 - quantity made
PR2 Fiat 600 Multipla Green-white 1995 - 85 Made for Aquilone Torino
02 Fiat 600 Multipla white-lt blue, black-red 1995 - 20 colour error
PR3 Fiat 600 Multipla Taxi yellow 1996 - 30 Made for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
PR4 Fiat 600 Multipla Vigili del Fuoco Red 1996 - 30 Made for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
06 Cadillac Eldorado black, blue, red, yellow 1994 - 340
07 Innocenti-BMC 950 Spider red, lt blue 1994 - 325
08 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint lt blue, red, yellow, dark blue 1994 - 450
09 Fiat 500 red, green, white, ice 1995 -215
10 Lancia Appia 3rd ser dk blue, lt blue, grey 1995 -  195
11/PR5 Autobianch Bianchina red-black , green-ivory, grey-lt blue 1996 - 330. First batch sold exclusively in UK and through the Club Bianchina Italia.
12/24 Fiat 1800 saloon blue-grey, red-ivory, white-black, brown-cream 1996 - 85. Test batch.
13/36 Lancia Flaminia grey, dark blue, white-ivory 1996 - 60. test batch, some sold to Lancia Club Holland.

The second series of the 600 Multipla was on a modified prototype base, a short series for Aquilone in Turin and Bruce Sterling in USA. The 1800, Flaminia and the last Innocenti 950, Sprint and 500 were given windows. Our UK distributor Modelauto (publishers of MAR), asked in Summer 1994 if we could produce a short series of Vespa and Lambretta scooters. So we made an initial series of 200 each type, initially exclusively for the UK. Along with the Ape three wheeler derivation of the Vespa, these were major sales successes in the Scottoy range.

Vespa and Lambretta models 1994 onwards
17 Vespa 125  dark red, ivory, ice white, pink, 1994 
17 Vespa 125 red fuoco, green  yellow, lt blue 1996
17 Vespa 125 dark green, white, ivory 1998
17 Vespa 125 French blue, pale blue, ivory 2000
17 Vespa 125 met green, silver, dark blue, grey 2002
17 Vespa 125 amaranth 2004 - Total all versions: 4800
17o Vespa 125 50th anniversary gold 1997 - 500
PR1 Vespa KIT 1995 - 150 exclusive for Modelauto UK
18 Lambretta 125 Sage, ivory, green 1994
18 Lambretta 125 Rosa, white, red, dark blue 1995
18 Lambretta 125 lt blue, lemon yellow, ice white 1998
18 Lambretta 125 Red - 2000
18 Lambretta 125 apple green, silver, ivory 2002
18 Lambretta 125 met green 2004 - total all versions: 2950
18s Lambretta 125 50th anniversary gold 1999 - 200
13 Lambretta 125D Sage, yellow, red, ivory 1998 Total of all versions: 1250
13 Lambretta 125D silver, metallic green, red 2001
13 Lambretta 125 dark blue 2004
13s Lambretta 125D 50th anniversary gold 1999 - 200
13LC Lambretta125LC Closed red, white , ivory, sage, light blue 2000 - 800
13LC Lambretta125LC Closed metallic green 2004
13LCo Lambretta125LC 50th anniv gold  2002 - 160

Modelauto had two exclusive versions: pink Vespa and Vespa kit. The last scooters were in 1998, the Lambretta 125D with spare wheel, and in 2000 the Lambretta 125LC with enclosed engine compartment.

When the frenzy of scooter production abated, we returned to cars, but we had production problems when making the Fiat 1800 (which turned out well) and the Lancia Flaminia, which  went to Club Lancia Holland in 1994, and was recast in 2001. Also in this period I moved from Genoa to Varese. To help with production we enlisted the help of others, first Enrico Niccolini of Off ’43 models, Angelo Bellotti, an associate of Mr Niccolini and proprietor of the Giocher range, and pattern maker Faustino Mattei. From 1996 our main distributor was Miniminiera, Piergiorgio and Luca Casati.

Italian cars, second series 1996 to 2004 
09 Fiat 500 fire red, green, white 1996  865. In 1998 35 were test-built in sky blue, of which 12 were finished in promo livery Nastro Azzurro. Amaranth and dark blue were new colours for 2004 
11 Autobianch Bianchina sky blue, green, fire red 1996 - 940. Grey was a new colour for 2004 
11ab Autobianch Bianchina Abarth red 1998 - 100
11vf Autobianch Bianchina Vd fuoco red 1998 - 100
10 Lancia Appia 3rd series grey, green, light blue 1997 - 450. Amaranth was a new colour for 2004
25 Lancia Appia 3rd series Taxi green-black 1998 - 340 with interior
30 Lancia Appia 3rd series Vigili del fuoco red 1999 - 315 with interior
30a Lancia Appia 3rd series AGIP Yellow 1999 - 100
19 Lancia Appia 1st series black, green, grey, dark blue 1997 - 400
19 Lancia Appia 1st series Cream, light grey, black, green 2000 - 185. From 2000 with windows.
26 Lancia Appia 1st series Taxi green-black 1998 - 350 with windows and interior
29 Lancia Appia 1st series  Vigili del fuoco red 2000 - 100 with windows and interior
19s Lancia Appia 1st series 50th anniv gold 2004 - 100
23 Fiat 1500 long Taxi green-black 1998 - 535
24 Fiat 1500 black, red-white, white-black, blue-white 1999 - 320
24a Fiat 1500 AGIP Yellow 2000 - 80
07 Innocenti-BMC 950 Spider mustard, white, blue 1999 - 240. Grey was a new colour for 2004
08 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint red, white, dark green 2000 - 180. Dark blue was a new colour for 2004
08s Alfa Giulietta Sprint 50th anniv gold 2004 - 100
33 Fiat 600 grey, cream, pale blue 1999 - 240 with windows and interior. Dark blue new colour for 2004
33a Fiat 600 AGIP Yellow 1999 - 100 windows & interior
33E Fiat 600 Esso red 2004 - 80 windows and interior
33? Fiat 600 Polizia Stradale olive 2004 - 80 with windows and interior.
33p Fiat 600 Polizia grey 2000 - 200 windows, interior
33vdf Fiat 600 Vigili del Fuoco red 2002 - 110 with windows and interior
03 Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon blue, red 1999 - 250. with windows and interior. Black new colour for 2004
03a Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Abarth red 1999 - 110 with windows and interior
31 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Polizia 1956 Grey  1999 - 210. with windows and interior
31pv Alfa Romeo  Giulietta Polizia 1960 olive 2002 - 110 with windows, interior and beacon
03? Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Esso red 2004 - 75 with windows and interior
03vdf Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Vigili del Fuoco red 2004 - 75. with windows, interior and beacon
04 Alfa Romeo 1900 Ivory, green, amaranth 2000 - 150
04vdf Alfa Romeo 1900 Vigili del Fuoco red 2000 - 100
04P Alfa Romeo 1900 Polizia Stradale olive 200 - 100
21 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) black, grey, iivory 1999 - 350. 1999 test colour: 5 in BRG. Green new colour 2004
22 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Taxi 1999 - 430
28P Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Polizia Stradale 2004 - 75
28 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Vigili del Fuoco 1999 - 300
28A Fiat 1100/103 (1953) AGIP 1999 - 100
21o Fiat 1100/103 (1953) 50th anniv gold 2004 - 1100
36 Lancia Flaminia silver, white , amaranto 200 - 1215
36 vdf Lancia Flaminia Vigili del Fuoco red 2002 - 190
36P Lancia Flaminia Polizia Stradale olive 2002 - 90
23S Fiat 1500 Spyder green, white, red, blue 200 - 210
23sc Fiat 1500 Spyder red, yellow 2002 - 80

Following the scooters, in 1997 we made the Ape (bee) three wheeler, a replica of the Mercury in its open version; but we wanted a box body as well. This was crafted by Antonio Pezzini using materials he uses in his dental practice. Our first Ape promo livery was for Brill, then Abarth plugs, plus a standard version. For BEA srl Mr Antonini had a Christmas edition for his customers, the first in a long series. Miniminiera ordered others, in Gaggia, Campari and Martini liveries. Other promos included Take-off, Foritex and Piaggio France.

Ape three wheeler: produced 1997 onwards
20 Ape open grey , red, cream, 1997
20 Ape open grey-yellow, red-green, red-cream 1997
20 Ape open amaranth-yellow, blue-white 2004 Total of all versions: 1650
PR27 Ape open red-olive 2001 - 100 for Take-off snc
PR6 Ape van (open driver) BEA Blue-white 1997 - 250
15 Ape van (open driver) Brill yellow 1998 - 370
15a Ape van (open driver) Abarth plugs Red 1998 - 325
14 Ape van (open driver) Blue-white, red- white, green-sand - 1998 Total of all versions: 400
21 Ape box body blue-yellow, dk blue-white 2000
PR7 Ape box body Gaggia olive-sand 1998 - 40
PR8 Ape box body Martini red-white 1998 - 40
PR9 Ape box body Campari blue-white 1998 - 40
15e Ape box body Esso red 2004 - 75
16ol Ape box body Olio Sasso green-/white 2004 - 75
16ram Ape box body Ramazzotti black-red 2004 - 75
16sc  Ape box body Scottoy yellow-red 2004 - 75
PR43 Ape box Piaggio France blue-white 2004 - 200
PR31Ape tubes Foritex met green-beige 2001 - 100

The first pattern maker for  Scottoy was Dr Pezzini, using techniques and materials from his dental practice to modify castings or add pieces (such as taxi signs). These elaborations led to the question, are they Mercury or not? We just described the Scottoy range as 1:48 models in the style of the fifties and sixties, adding police, fire or taxi versions as demanded by modern collectors, continuing in the spirit of Mercury.

From 1998 we made non-Italian cars; Beetle, Continental, Eldorado, Golden Hawk and Bentley S3, the latter with right hand drive!

Foreign cars second series (1998-onwards)
12 Ford-Lincoln Continental sand, blue, red, green, red 1998 - 700
06 Cadillac Eldorado red, ivory, blue, green 1998 - 350 Interior slightly modified, test run approx 30 in pink
32 VW Beetle grey, red, green, bluel 2001 - 380 2002 15 test white. 2004: yellow, amaranth, dk blue
PR38 VW Beetle BLU 3 promo white  2002 - 150
34 Studebaker Golden Hawk silver, amaranth, blue 2001 - 165
38 Bentley S3 RHD Ivory, white, dark blue 2001 - 165

Having made big cars and little scooters, in 1999 we made a small scale model of the massive Fiat-Viberti fuel tanker from the 1950s. We planned 300 of each version.

Fiat-Viberti (1999-onwards)
A27E Viberti Esso red 1999 - 220
27A Viberti Agip Yellow 1999 - 225
27M Viberti Mobil Red 2000 - 75
27F Viberti Fina Blue 2001 - 75
PR2 Viberti promo Tectubi dark yellow 2000 - 120
27S Viberti Shell Yellow-Red 2001 - 75
27PC Viberti Petrol Caltex Red 1999 - 145
27PL Viberti Petrolea Red 2002 - 70
27MIL Viberti green military 2003 - 70
27AI Viberti Aquila blue-white 2003 - 70

In 1999, as Scottoy was approaching the new millennium, questions arose as to our future direction. Should we go into diecast? We spoke to Rio, Progetto-K and Brumm, to ensure that any new product would not conflict with their plans; and we decided to produce a 1:43 scale Fiat 850. Giocher were already making the Fiat 600 Multipla and Coriasco, and could handle the 850 parts, so Faustino Mattei made a prototype, and we calculated that tooling costs would break even at 15,000 pieces, if we could sell them. The birth of TelModel! The 850 made less concessions to the ‘Scottoy style’ but continued the Mercury sixties approach, with a minimum of components, unlike many current ‘handbuilt kits’ with too many parts.

Telmodel (2000 onwards)
TEL 01 Fiat 850 saloon 1964 red, sable, grey, blue 2000
Total of all versions: 1170 blue, white 2001 green 2003
PR22 Fiat 850 1964 promo UAN pink 2000 - 100
TEL 02 Fiat 850 Carabinieri 1966 dark blue 2000 - 325
TEL 03 Fiat 850 1964 Polizia Sq Mobile olive 2001 - 210
TEL 04 Fiat 850 1964 Vigili del Fuoco Red 2000  - 230
TEL 13 Fiat 850 1964 AGIP Yellow 2001 - 150
TEL 05 Fiat 850 1964 driving school blue 2000 - 160
TEL 06 Fiat 850 1964 Croce Rossa It. White  2000 - 230
TEL 09 Fiat 850 1964 Guardia Finanza grey 2001 - 110
TEL 10 Fiat 850 Pol Strad Autosole olive 2001 - 210
TEL 12 Fiat 850 Croce Bianca Milano blue 2001 - 210
TEL 08 Fiat-Abarth 1000 road silver, white 2001 - 325
TEL 07 Fiat 850 Carabinieri 1964 Green 2002 - 160
TEL 11 Fiat 850 1964 Italian army Green 2002 - 160
TEL 15 Fiat-Abarth 1000 Yellow, Green, grey 2003 - 120
TEL 16 Fiat 850 1964 Ramazzotti Red 2003 - 60
TEL 14 Fiat 850 1964 Esso Red 2003 - 70
TEL 100 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 60L Red 2003 - 100
TEL 101 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 65L Green  2003 - 100
TEL 102 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 75L White 2003 - 100
TEL 103 Fiat Ritmo 3 dr 1978 75CL Bronze 2003 - 100
TEL 104 Fiat Ritmo 3 dr 1978 60CL grey-blue 2003 - 100

The gestation was slow, but the 850 was an immediate success. At the end of 2003 the second TelModel appeared; a Fiat Ritmo. Meanwhile, the biggest activity at Scottoy was producing promotional models…

Special models and promotionals (R000 = Brumm)
PR1 Vespa KIT 1995 - 150 exclusive for Modelauto UK
PR2 Fiat 600 Multipla green-/white 1995 - 85. Exclusively for Aquilone, in Turin
PR3 Fiat 600 Multipla TAXI Yellow 1996 - 30 special for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
PR4 Fiat 600 Multipla Vigili del Fuoco red 1996 - 30 special for Bruce Sterling Toys, USA
PR5 Bianchina red-black, green-ivory, grey-blue 1996 - 50. Promo for Club Bianchina Italia
PR6 Ape box body BEA dk blue-white 1997 - 250 promo
PR7 Ape box Gaggia olive-sand 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR8 Ape box Martini red-white 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR9 Ape box Campari Blue-white 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR10 Alfa Romeo F12 Maitech USA Yellow 1998 - 280
PR11 Alfa Romeo F12 Bufab Norge White promo 1998 - 300. These Alfa vans all on base of Off '43.
PR12 Alfa Romeo F12 BEA White promo 1998 - 150
PR13 Alfa 'Romeo' van BEA White, blue top 1998 - 150
PR14 Alfa Romeo F12 BEA Nederland White 1998 - 50
PR15 Alfa 'Romeo' van BEA Nederland White, blue top 1998 - 50. All on Off '43 base models.

Special models (R000 = Brumm) continued
PR16 Fiat 1100E van BEA dark blue-white 1999 - 300 on Brumm R177, finished by Scottoy
PR17 Fiat 1100E van BEA Nederland dark blue-white 1999 - 50. On R177.
PR18 Fiat 1100E IPS  yellow-black 2000 - 350 R177.
PR19 Fiat 1100E Maitech USA yellow 2000 - 350 R177.
PR20 Fiat 1100E Bufab Norge green 2000 - 450.R177.
PR21 Fiat-Viberti tanker Tectubi  yellow 2000 - 120
PR22 Fiat 850 UAN promo pink 2000 - 100
PR23a Fiat 600 Multipla BEA blue-white 2000 - 170. Promo on Brumm R250 first 170 with decal livery.
PR23b Fiat 600 Multipla BEA blue- white 2000 - 130. Brumm R250 tampo printed.
PR24 Fiat 600 Multipla BEA Nederland Blue-white 2000 - 50. On Brumm R250.
PR25 Fiat 600 Multipla Saudi BEA blue-white 2000 - 100. On Brumm R250.
PR26 Fiat 600 Multipla Bufab Norge green 2001 - 30 R250
PR27Ape open red-olive 2001 - 100 for Take-off snc
PR28 Lancia Aprilia BEA white 2001 - 300. Brumm R061
PR29 Lancia Aprilia BEA Nederland White 2001 - 50 R061
PR30 Lancia Aprilia Saudi BEA White 2001 - 250. R061
PR31 Ape Foritex beige-met green promo 2001 - 100
PR32a, PR32b Fiat 500B Servizi PT Statali grey 2002-3 Exclusive for Poste Italiane. On Brumm R050
PR33a-PR33b Fiat1100E Servizi PT Statali grey 2002 Exclusive for Poste Italiane. On Brumm R177
PR34 Jaguar XK120 Convertible Bufab Norge light green 2002 - 315. On Brumm R101
PR35 Ferrari 500/F2 BEA dark blue 2002 - 300. R035
PR36 Ferrari 500/F2 BEA Nederland dk blue 2002 - 50
PR37 Ferrari 500/F2 Saudi Bea dark blue 2002 - 200
PR38 VW Beetle 1200 BLU 3 promo White 150 - 2002
PR39 Jaguar XK120 Bufab Norge green 2003 - 365
BS019, S03/08, PR40 Cooper T53 F1 BEA Blue 2003 - 350 Promo on Brumm R300
BS020, S023A, PR41 Cooper T53 F1 BEA Nederland Blue 2003 - 50 Promo on Brumm R300
BS021, S023B, PR42 Cooper T53 F1 Saudi Bea dark blue 2003 - 50 Promo on Brumm R300
BS022, S023C, PR43 Ape van Piaggio France promo blue-white 2004 - 200
PR44 Fiat 1100E Dental Ambulance Dott Pezzini Genova beige 2004 - 44. based on Brumm R179, modified by Scottoy with approval of Brumm.
BS023a, S04/26a, PR45 Fiat 1100E dental ambulance Dott i Pratolongo-Farina Genova beige 2004 - 44
BS023b, S04/26b, PR46 Fiat 1100E dental ambulance Dott i Foglia-Ferraggiaro Genova beige 2004 - 44
BS023c, S04/26c, PR47 Fiat 600D Bufab Norge light green 2004 - 325 promo on Brumm R349 by Scottoy
BS024, S04/19, PR48 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 BEA dk blue 2004 - 350. On Brumm R036 by Scottoy
BS025, S04/17A, PR49 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 BEA Nederland dark blue 2004 - 50. On Brumm R036.
BS026, S04/17B, PR50 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 Saudi Bea dark blue 2004 - 75. On Brumm R036.
BS027, S04/17C, PR51 Fiat 1100E van Glamal Engineering silver-dark green 2004 - 320 Brumm R177.

Our first collaboration with another maker to produce promo models was with Off ’43, but from 1999 we made an important link with Rio Tattarletti of Brumm, with whom we produced 30 special issues in five years, including major issues for Poste Italiane.

For the tenth anniversary of Scottoy we made a new series of the Fiat 600 Multipla. Other plans include the Mercury 2000 series in 1:43 scale, such as the Fiat 124, 125 and 132, in many versions, and Fiat 682 truck.

Tel Model plans include Fiat Ritmo five door and Fiat 1500. Mercury classic models in the 1:40 Series, limited production.  New Scottoy models made from the end of 2004 include the Bianchina Panoramica, the Fiat 1100/103E (central light), the Lancia Flavia and the Fiat 1300.

Thanks: To everyone who has contributed to our development, in chronological order:

CLM Hitech di Genova, Messrs Destrero and Lavagetto, Grifo fusioni, Mr Ivaldi,   Beniamini prototipi, Elettren Castellanza,  Bruno Boracco, L’Aquilone Torino, Bruno Romano, Scatolificio San Giorgio, Genova,  Alfredo Albertini, Ruoteclassiche and Quattroruotine, Danilo Castellarin, Modelli Auto di Duegi Editrice, Modelauto UK, Rod and Val Ward Modelshop Cana, Japan , Bruce Sterling Toys, USA, La F1 del Modellismo di Franco Spreafico, Lorenzi Modellismo/U.A.N. S.a.s. di Agostino Zacchello, Bianchina Club, Dr Viceconte,  Alessandro Rigatto, Lancia Club Olanda, Mr Okke Mouissie,   Formula 43, Argus Miniature, M Flament,  Angelo Bellotti, Giocher, Enrico Niccolini, Off ’43,   Faustino Mattei prototipi, La Miniminiera di Piergiorgio Casati S.a.s, SMF AG Sonder Modell, Silvano Minari, M Models, Germac stampi, Mr. Agostino   –   Vamarplast, Mr Lino, La Tranciatura, Mr Bosoni,  Effegi, Mr Arnaboldi, Torneria Automatica, Mr Maverna, Microfusioni Artistiche, Mrnora Folli,   Silvia Cucchi, Zanchetti decal, Mr Sanchetti,   Bea Srl, Mr Antonini, Bufab Norge, Mr Willy Jensen,   Brumm, Rio Tattarletti, IPS Srl, Mr, ra Morra, Maitech International, J B Kale, Foritex srl, Mr, Bollani,   Poste Italiane Spa., Piaggio France SA,   Top Model, Pasquale De Stasio,  Francesco Calabro, Auto d’Epoca …   Everybody else who I forgot to mention … And all collectors everywhere.

As announced in MAR 207, I have handed over my part of Scottoy to my friend and partner Antonio Pezzini, so my role in the company has finished. It was a difficult decision, but after 13 years I decided that it was time to finish and spend more time with my family and personal life.  Good Collecting!


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Manufacturer.

The releases from Busch, and allied brands, expected by the end of September are shown below. All models are moulded for Germany to 1:87 scale.

Mercedes-Benz 170V

The pleasing shaped 170V was first presented to the public in February 1936 during the 26th International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin.

41448 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone green/cream
41450 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone red/cream

 

Cadillac 66 Saloon

42958 Cadillac 66 Saloon “Metallica” – silver
42960 Cadillac 66 saloon “Metallica” – blue metallic

 

Toyota Land Cruiser Crawler

43038 Toyota Land Cruiser crawler vehicle

This special power train has been in use for 15 years and has even passed strict military tests.

Mercedes-Benz 300 Landaulet

44807 Mercedes-Benz 300 State Landaulet

Only three of this type of body were built. This was in the early 1950s and they users were the German Federal Public for state occasions, the Pope for his tours, and an Arab State.

Chevrolet Bel Air

More variations upon the old Revell-Monogram 1957 Chevy moulding bought by Busch.

45045 Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – grey metallic
Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – red metallic

 

Cadillac Eldorado

Another long running moulding in the Busch range. Here with custom wheels and a metallic paint job.

45118 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – brown metallic
45119 Cadillac Eldorado Cabrioet, open, “Metallica” – green metallic
45121 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – silver

 

Ford Probe

The Ford Probe 24V was made from Summer 1988 to Autumn 1997 in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. It was imported into Europe too though it was never a strong seller.

47413 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” silver
47414 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” red
47420 Ford Probe 24V “Sport” blue

 

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

In the livery of the German motor rescue outfit.

 

48546 Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift “ADAC”

Land Rover Defender

50361 Land Rover Defender “Carabinieri”

Caribinieri are a special Police Force unit in Italy.

 

50363 Land Rover defender “DLRG” with surfboard

This vehicle is equipped for rescue activities. The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG)  is the German Life Saving Group and is the biggest such organisation in the world.

Smart Fortwo

50712 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “German Police”

Mercedes-Benz V and G Class

Many public services represented here. From the Fire Brigade to the Emergency Doctor Service and the Technical Assistance Service.

51169 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Fire Brigade of Karlstein
51411 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 Emergency Doctor
51460 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 THW

EsPeWe IFA W50

95231 IFA W50LA TLF16 GMK “Fire brigade of Ellrich

The TLF16 appliance went into production in 1985 based upon the 4×4 chassis of the IFA W50.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Conrad

By Hans – Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Conrad.

Conrad produce commercial vehicles and construction equipment diecast in Germany to 1:50 scale. The images shown below are of models that they intend to release this Autumn.

Art.No. 1615/03 MAN TGE Box van

 

Art.No. 2116/02 TEREX 3160 Challenger Mobile crane “Felbermayr”
Art.No. 2206/0 Liebherr R920 Compact tracked excavator with monobloc jib
Art.No. 77165/02 MAN TGS M Euro 6 tipper with loading crane

 

Art.No. 77217/02 MAN TGS M 3axle Euro 6 Meiller roll on/roll off dumper “COLAS” –
Art.No. 2519/02 Vögele Super 800-3i tracked surfacelayer – “COLAS”

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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – M4 Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturers.

All the models pictured should now be available as they were announced for release in June/July 2017.  All the models listed are to 1:43 scale and are diecast unless stated otherwise. All the models are made in Italy.

ART Models

 

ART371 Ferrari 246 SP – 2nd in the 3 hours of Daytona 1962 – Hill/Rodriguez – #0796

 

ART372 Ferrari 750 Monza – Targa Florio 1955 – Maglioli/Sighinolfi – #0486
ART373 Ferrari Dino 268 SP – Caracalla 1997 – Vaccarella – 50th anniversary of the first Ferrari victory 1947 – #27
ART374 70th Anniversary of Ferrari 1947-2017 – Iron Anniversary – limited edition of 70 pieces Ferrari 340 Mexico Spyder – Ferrari 250 California

BEST Models

BEST9671 Ferrari 512 BB LM – Winner of 24 hours of Le Mans 1981 – Andruet/Ballot/Lena – Class GTX
BEST9672 Ferrari 312 P Spyder – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1969 – Rodriguez/Amon
BEST9673 Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth – Testcar 1960
BEST9674 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – 14th Tour de Corse Historique 2014 – Aghina/Ruppert #242
BEST9675 Porsche 908-03 – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1971 – Siffert/Bell #2
BEST9676 Ferrari 250 LM – Targa Florio 1966 – Swanson/Ennis – #170
BEST9677 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1600 HF Fanalone – 1968 – street version – yellow

RIO Models

RIO4543 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of Mille Miglia 1931 – Rudolf Carraciola
RIO4544 Fiat 1100/103 E – Carabinieri Service Vehicle 1953
RIO4545 Fiat 1500 Ambulance 1936
RIO4546 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of German Grand Prix 1931 Nurburgring – Rudolf Caracciola #8
RIO4547 Mercedes-Benz 300 L 1951 “Adenauer” – white
RIO4548 Renault Type X Saloon Taxi 1907 – green

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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – WIking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All  photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Wiking.

The photographs shown below show the releases planned by WIking for October 2017. Unless otherwise stated the models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

New Models

1:87 Scale

 

0316 03 Volkswagen T2a pickup

 

0229 01 Opel Cadet C Coupe “Winterfit”
0102 01 Land Rover Defender 110
0863 99 Magirus LF16 fire engine
0056 04 THW passenger vehicle trailer
0861 43 Magirus flatbed truck “Fire Brigade”
0674 48 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller dumper
0682 03 Mercedes-Benz 1620 transport concrete mixer
0438 02 Mercedes-Benz LAK flatbed tipper with vehicle-mountable tank

 

0503 04 Scania 111 artic. Low-loader with load

Model Upgrades

1:87 Scale
0872 02 Hanomag WD tractor
0607 01 Mercedes-Benz Binz Fire Brigade Ambulance
0228 03 Volvo Amazon two-door saloon
0220 03 Mercedes-Benz 180 ponton sedan
0122 02 DKW F89 saloon
0788 10 Volkswagen T1b micro bus
0289 03 Ford FK 1000 van
0788 07 Volkswagen T1b delivery van
0519 02 MAN Swap body truck
0679 06 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller skip lorry
0006 24 WIKING Magazine 2017
1:160 Scale
0956 39 Agricultural trailer
0956 10 Magirus artic. Truck with canvas cover “German Railway Company”

1:32 Scale

This model is diecast in metal for Germany.

0778 27 Kröger HKD 302 – two-axle three-way-tipper

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Togi History – Part III

by Koen Beekmann and Karl Schnelle

In Part II of this series, we looked at the #3  Giulietta Sprint and the #4 159 Formula One car.  Now, we will examine the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS. NOTE: Koen Beekmann took the photos or acquired them from other collectors, unless otherwise noted.  He also conducted all the research which we are compiling here. Without his enthusiasm for Togi, these articles would not have been possible.

The fifth car in the Togi lineup, the #5 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS, or Sprint Speciale, was introduced right after the 159  in 1960 or so (see advertisement below).  As with the previous Togi’s, the number is cast on the baseplate (No 5).  Rampini says it was based on the 1957 model, so perhaps it also took several years to develop as with the previous Togi models.  However, it is not quite clear which model was the starting point for the Togi: 1957 was the prototype and the first production series was 1959-1960, with a re-introduction a year later.

Here is an un-dated Togi catalog illustration.  As with other Togi’s, both built and kit versions were available:

This model car went through three generations (listed in order):

  1. Without bumpers and with smooth wheels. Very rare and short lived.
  2. With bumpers, closed side windows and cast-in rear lights.  No interior, just a deck that hides the rear axle.
  3. With bumpers, open side windows, a real interior and separate rear lights. As with other newer Togi, these are made of zamac and much heavier than the previous generations.

The three versions are shown below in a scan from an old Quattroruotine magazine (No 206, Nov/Dec 1997): left is the very rare and oldest bumper-less version, in the middle is the  version with bumpers and side windows, and on the right is the latest version:

Incidentally, the bumper-less version is not just a model without bumpers; the two body parts lack the front and rear holes for mounting the bumpers.   The lack of bumpers suggests that the oldest Togi model was based on the first Giulietta production version, but why was there no back bumper while the 1: 1 had one?  Or was it meant to be a sports car version where the ‘sportiness’ was enhanced by leaving the bumpers off?

Also, the wheels of the first version do not have any round holes. These wheels are made especially for the SS and no other Togi, for some reason.

Both the authors love the Sprint Speciale, so here are photos from the 2016 Alfa Romeo Owners Club meeting in Nashville, TN, USA:

{Photos by Karl Schnelle.]

The last two are Giulia SS’s, which were produced for a couple years right after the Giuliettas (same car with a bigger engine).

The 1st generation car is very rare in comparison to the other two.  Perhaps this bumper-less version did not last long at all.  It does seem to look a bit more like the 1957 Alfa prototype.  The photos below show that there were no holes for the bumpers in this version.

Here is a 2nd generation where you can see how the bumpers are attached:

The  older version (2nd generation) with box is shown on the left below;  the current version (3rd generation) with nickel-colored chrome parts on the right. The key for the wheel hub was standard on many Togi’s.  Notice that SS is spelled out on the box as Sprint Speciale!:

The older model (blue) has cast rear lights, while the later version (red) has the separate, chromed lights:

Here is a closeup of the blue one, the 2nd generation:

Maybe the windows were deleted so one could see the new interiors?  🙂   Here is a rare green version with interior; the wheels are silver colored but not chromed so it’s a later 3rd generation:

With three generations, many colors, and with and without race numbers, someone could collect a large number of just these Alfa Sprint Speciales!


Postscript – A French advertisement from September 1961 shows the Togi SS.  In France, Togi’s were imported and distributed by Safir, another toy car company.  The SS pictured below looks to have bumpers so it is not the first version!  This seems too early, so perhaps the Togi model was introduced in 1960 or 61, and not in 1962 as commonly thought?

Next time in Part IV, we will continue the Togi story with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina.


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