Anonymous Alloy models from China

By Maz Woolley

 

Every now and again eBay throws up some curiosities as we have seen with the recent articles on GFCC Jaguar and Pontiac models in MAR Online. Indeed GFCC has come up with another US model recently, a Studebaker Speedster Coupé , which the Author has ordered and will review when it arrives. A photograph from the eBay listing is shown below.

 

At the moment there are a number of sellers of models described as “alloy classic models” which do not appear to have originated from Part Works or other known model ranges . Four seem to be available and photographs from eBay listings are shown below.

 

Austin Seven


Skoda Hispano


 

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost


 

Ford Model T


 

All the models appeared to be finished in a “Yesteryear” style with no window glazing but as the models were being offered very cheaply with no postage charges I decided to buy the Austin Seven to see what it was like.

The model is marked C.I.L. on the base but I seem to be unable to find any details of this company on the web. If readers have any details please let me know. As I expected the model is like a later “Model of Yesteryear“. It has a plastic roof but diecast body.

The wheels are one piece plastic affairs but as can be seen they have excellent spokes and rims and if they had been fitted with rubber tyres I would rate them as better than the wheels on Oxford’s equivalent model. The front lights are picked out but the rear ones though moulded in are not printed.

The body casting has been neatly detailed with handles, flaps and coachwork lines but none are printed. Underneath the chassis is made in plastic in some detail.  All in all this is quite a nice basic model but the one thing that lets it down is the paintwork this is far from smooth and the model really would benefit from taking the model apart and treating it like a kit.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 934 Leyland Octopus Wagon

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

This model is the last I will receive in the Atlas Dinky Trucks collection and they have saved a spectacular Dinky Supertoy for the end. The eight-wheeler Leyland Octopus was the first model in the collection as 943 a tanker in Esso livery  and to finish the collection we see the same chassis and cab used for 934 as a dropside wagon.

934 was released in two colour schemes: yellow and green as shown on the box and blue and yellow as Atlas has chosen to have the model painted. The blue and yellow version is considerably scarcer with a mint original likely to cost thousands at auction.

This model was issued in 1956 and was withdrawn in 1964. Like the 943 tanker the rear section of the toy had previously been seen on a Foden.

The bright red hubs are slightly different to original models I have seen on the web with the front wheel differing to the rear six wheels on this replica.

To the rear the tinplate hook and spare wheel are replicated.

The cab is well painted and replicates the original well.

This series started in early 2016 and has now ended nearly two years later. Many collectors seem to be waiting on the 942 Foden Regent Tanker issued in mid-2017 which was not sent to all collectors at that time. In my view this was one of the better series by Atlas with plenty of UK Dinky models replicated and where French models have been used some pretty interesting examples of those have been chosen.


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the manufacturer except for the models with detailed reviews later in the article.

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

183441  Sauber-Mercedes C0  Winner 400 km Suzuka 1989 – Baldu / Schlesser

1:43 Scale

155327  Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – pearl white, black roof and silver decoration

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

184698  Chenard & Walcker 1500 kg Type CHV 1946 delivery van – green

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

185215  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo “Tour de Corse 1989 – Alain Oreille”

 

1:43 Scale

 

151398  Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Rialto yellow & Cormoran grey

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

Here are two Norev models that I have been able to review in detail.

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

The 402 was one of the earliest exponents of the folding metal roof which has been revived in recent years.

In Autumn 1935 Peugeot introduced the 402 as Saloon, Coupé, Roadster and as a two-seater Cabriolet Transformable Electrique. This was the cabriolet with a revolutionary electric movable roof. In 1937 the concept was extended and the four-seater 402 L was introduced with a manual foldable roof.

First some pictures of the car itself which is eye catching sharing the same limited luggage space that modern cars with this type of roof have!

The model is based upon the four seater 402 L and it is made to 1:18 scale. It is diecast in China for France.

The body is authentically shaped, and has been painted very well indeed and has excellent printed detail like the coachlines.

Rear hinged doors are opening and the bonnet can be opened too. Headlights are fitted behind the front grille in the characteristic Peugeot style of the period and look authentic.

The roof can be opened and closed so realistically that it really looks like a shrunken version of the original.

The boot is well detailed and is filled with two suitcases and the spare wheel.

The interior is detailed and true to the original car, coloured in light beige. The dashboard is fitted with a central instrument panel, gear lever and glove box cover. The lever to open the windscreen is not forgotten, nor is the rear view mirror and sun visors. The steering wheel is placed in the right position. Under the bonnet, the engine is  replicated to a pleasing standard.

Finally the baseplate has excellent detail included as can be seen above.

153050  Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black

 

In 1934 Andre Citroen presented the completely newly designed Traction Avant as type 7 with 34 HP and type 11 with 42 and 46 HP. The model was available as saloon, cabriolet and roadster. A few prototypes were made into a luxury version “Coupe de Ville”, which has been made by Norev. The model is die cast to 1:43 scale in China for France. The body is authentically shaped and the body has been correctly painted in two colours. Many parts are small separately inserted items.  Radiator grille, bumpers, headlights and some other parts are chrome-plated. The baseplate is disappointingly blank.

 

This new model is shown with the 11 A from 1936, the model entirely in black.

This 11A was issued in the 1970s as No. 29. The scale was also 1:43 and it was moulded in black plastic. Radiator grille, bumpers, head lights and hub caps were silver printed. The interior is well detailed and both the bonnet and the boot can be opened. Under the bonnet there is a one piece replica of the engine.

The body of the older model was moulded in one piece without separately inserted parts. The French mouldmakers of the 1970s were highly skilled as they had no CAD software or automated mould cutters. This was the time when small cars were changing from toys to collectables not to be sold to those under the age of 14 years. Although more delicately painted and detailed the newer 11 Coupé De Ville does not put the older model to shame.


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News from the Continent October/November 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

Porsche Models to 1:43 scale

Three more Porsche cars to 1:43 scale are now available. These were officially launched in Spring 2016, but have only been available as Porsche promotional models till now.

071109  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Indian red with a beige interior

 

071116  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Carrara white metallic with a red interior

 

071062  Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Here painted a lustrous black paint with a beige interior.

The three Porsche miniatures are extremely accurate models with a high level of detailing and fault free paint finishes. A number of small parts are added and features like wheel rims and exhaust systems are accurate and finely modelled. The base plates are well detailed too.

Porsche set high standards for the models they sell as promotional items but still demand reasonable prices so Herpa has worked hard to produce these models to a high standard and competitive price.

Selection of recent 1:87 scale releases

 

093187  Audi A4 Avant “Police of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany”

The police in Rhineland-Palatinate don´t look only for criminals but also for new recruits. On this police car, the publicity material is incorporated in the livery with a pictures trying to persuade people to join the police. The model, has the four colour print on the rear wing as well as the eye-catching stripe decals in the rear.

 

306614  Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 refrigerated articulated box truck “Kinlochbervie GB”

Kinlochbervie is a small harbour village in the far North West of Scotland which is also the headquarters of the fisheries company featured on this model which have their own fleet of lorries. The cab features detailed printing as well as two headlight bars, one on the grill, and the other above the sun visor.

 

093224  Volkswagen Passat Variant “Zoll”

Customs in Germany still operates white vehicles with green area markings just like the Passat model from Herpa. The model features an authentic printed livery and a Hänsch DBS 4000 light bar.

 

307864  Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace Eurocombi “DB Schenker”

Deutsche Bahn – Schenker operates a new long truck. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace truck is loaded with a DB-Schenker swap container and pulls a five axle box trailer.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part Five

By Hans-Georg  Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are the latest three issues in the Ambulance series from Atlas Editions Germany. These are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Atlas.

7 495 009  Citroen CX Heuliez Ambulance

The new Citroën CX saloon was introduced in October 1974, and the estate followed in September 1975. Heuliez developed an ambulance based upon the CX , which became very common in France. The CX was built up to 1990, and its successor was the XM.

The miniature is an accurate shape and the decorations are authentic. The front doors have the blue “Star of Life” used in France printed. This shows that the ambulance the model is based upon is a rescue vehicle. A number of parts are moulded and inserted such as the air vents, beacon, aerial and lights. The baseplate has only limited detail moulded in.

7 495 010  Simca Marly

When the Ford Motor Company left France, Simca took over the plant in Poissy near Paris and launched the new Vedette with pontoon body, but with an old fashioned V8 engine. Besides the saloon, an estate was also manufactured, named “Marly”. Its body had a long wheelbase and was therefore suitable for use as an ambulance car. Most of them were used as “Ambulance Municipale” , i.e. for the local transport of patients in a stable condition.

The model is authentic in shape and has excellently printed livery. Lots of small separate parts are used to make it a well detailed replica. Again the baseplate has minimal detail moulded in.

7 495 011  RAF 2203 Latvija

When the RAF company (Rigas Autobusu Fabrika) was founded in 1949, Latvia and their capital Riga belonged still to the Soviet Union. In 1976, production of the 2203 started in the plant. One version was an ambulance, which was upgraded by Tamro in Helsinki, Finland, into an RTW, emergency doctor´s car, in small numbers.

Tamro added a high roof, so that the emergency team could stand upright to work on the patient(s). The vehicle was fully equipped to allow the treatment of heavily injured patients. It formed a rolling intensive care unit. The model is authentic in shape and markings. Lots of small separate parts are used for all the lights, spotlights, light bars and so on.


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Ruby Toys AEC Bus

By Jason Mitchell

Photographs are taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

I have just received the new Ruby Toys AEC Regal bus, the sister of their Leyland Tiger which was released earlier in 2017 [See photograph  at base of article].

The real vehicles, classified 15T13, were new in 1948 and the very last of London Transport’s large T class, which had originated in 1929 and encompassed a wide variety of chassis specifications and bodywork. All were AEC Regal single-deckers, but the class had little else in common across its many variants. The most famous members were probably the handsome 10T10 Green Line coaches of 1938, which have been very nicely modelled by EFE.

The 15T13s had rather plain bodywork by Mann Egerton, and the casual observer probably wouldn’t have noticed much difference in style between this 1948 bus and its 1929 predecessor. The mechanical specification was a different matter however. The petrol engine and crash gearbox had given way to a large 9.6 litre diesel, fluid flywheel and preselector gearbox as fitted to the RT double-decker, and air brakes now provided the stopping power. The old-fashioned looks would appear even more antiquated after a few years, as operators turned to modern underfloor-engined designs which eliminated the half cab and exposed radiator. Withdrawals of these fine buses started as early as 1956, as falling demand meant that London Transport found itself with more buses than it needed. Many were sold to Sri Lanka for further service. The last London survivors managed to hang on until 1962 and 1963, which was about the expected lifespan for a bus at that time.

 

Ruby Toys AEC Bus

 

The model is imposing in its 1:48 scale, and has a simple Dinky-type charm about it. Apart from the radiator, all that differentiates this from the previous Ruby Toys Leyland is the colour, as the AECs ran in London Transport’s country area and were accordingly painted Lincoln green. The real AECs, unlike the Leylands, benefitted from a door for their more rural operations, but this has not been modelled. I was a little disappointed, but I can understand the need for compromise with the casting, which was also a characteristic of the real Dinky Toys! Of course, any 1:48 scale passengers may take a dimmer view of this lack of protection from draughts.

When new the buses had white window surrounds, but they spent most of their lives in all-over green as portrayed here. Relief was provided by a thin cream band just below the windows, but the omission of this on the model isn’t a problem for me.

Ruby Toys Leyland Bus – a previous release posed in a diorama

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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – M4 Model Group

By Hans Georg Schmitt

Photographs provided by M4 Model Group

The models shown below were scheduled to be released in October/November 2017. Unless otherwise stated these are all diecast in Italy to 1:43 scale.

ART Models

 

ART375  Ferrari 118 LM – Winner of Giro di Sicilia 1955 – P.Taruffi #438

 

ART376  Ferrari 268 Dino SP – Le Mans Test 1962 – Rodriguez / Bandini /Parkes / Gendebien Mairesse  #16

 

ART377  Ferrari 246 Dino SP – Winner of Guards Trophy Brands Hatch 1962  –   M.Parkes #6

 

ART378  Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Grand Prix of Portugal 1952 – C. Biondetti  #28 – first in his class

 

ART379  Ferrari 500 TR – Nassau Trophy Race 1956 – Second Masten Gregory #2

 

ART008/2  Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Winner of Mille Miglia 1949 –  Biondetti/Salami #624

 

BEST Models

 

BEST9678  Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo 1980 – red

 

BEST9679  Ferrari 308 GTB  LM – Benelux Zolder 1976 – M. Dantinne #81

 

BEST9680  Jaguar E-Type Heritage Lightweight Aluminium body 1963

 

BEST9681  Porsche 908/03 1000 km Nurburgring 1970 – Siffert/Redman #20

 

BEST9682  Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo 1980 grey metallic

 

BEST9683  Ferrari 250 LM – Targa Florio 1965 – Nicodemi/Lessona #136

 

BEST9684  Porsche 908/03 1000 km Nurburgring 1970 –                 Rodriguez/Kinnunen #21

 

BEST9685  Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.3 HF – Rally Monte Carlo 1967 –Miracolo/Morazzoni #153

 

BEST9686 Porsche 908/02 – 1000 km Buenos Aires 1970 – 2nd Soler-Roig/Rindt #12

 

BEST9687  Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – Legend Boucles of Spa 2013 – Jennen/Smeets #224

 

BEST9688  Ferrari 250 LM – Ralph Lauren Collections

 

BEST9689  Porsche 356 B Abarth – Daytona 3 hours 1963 – Winner in class   GT 1.6 C.Cassel #16

RIO

 

RIO4549  Fiat 238 Tetto Alto Service Pirelli Lancia

 

RIO4550  Citroen DS 19 Saloon “Lyon Fire Brigade, France 1956”

 

RIO4551  Fiat 1500 German Wehrmacht 1941 “Africa Korps”

 

RIO4552  Mercedes-Benz SSK – Winner of Irish Grand Prix 1930 –  Rudolf Caracciola #3

 

RIO4553  Citroen DS 19 Cabriolet 4 doors – black

 

RIO4554  KdF-Wagen (later Volkswagen Beetle) Ambulance

 

RIO4555  Fiat 238 Tetto Alto “Ferrari Works Ambulance”

 

RIO4556  Volkswagen Beetle “Police of Wiesbaden, Germany, –         Speed Control 1957

This is a very strange looking model and is full of inconsistencies which will not please VW fans. It is a Beetle with an oval rear window from 1953, but without triangular air vents in the front doors, and it is fitted with bumpers of a 1948 car.


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Busch.

The listing below covers the Busch group of companies releases from November 2017. All are plastic models made to 1:87 scale.

Busch Models

 

40927  DKW 3=6 delivery van

 

42223  Multicar with turnable ladder

 

42715  Volkswagen Beetle with split window – grey

 

42734  Volkswagen Beetle with split window and roof rack

 

46169  Smart City coupe with snow plough

 

46867  Mercedes-Benz W123 “German Post”

 

46869  Mercedes-Benz W123 “Soviet Police Militia”

 

48030  Citroen DS19 saloon – red

 

48032  Citroen DS19 saloon – black
48037  Citroen DS19 – yellow
50558  Lada 1600 – blue with black roof
51209  Framo V901/2 box van – “Peoples Police”
51274  Framo V901/2 half-bus “Peoples Police”
51306  Belarus 800V tractor, Uniost GmbH.
51309  Belarus MTS 82 with snow plough
51504  IFA G5 1959 with snow plough
51505  IFA G5 1960 – wine red
51603  Robur LO 1800 A “City of Schwedt Fire Brigade”
51652  Robur LO 1801 A – VEB SK Water Authority”
59945  Trailer with water-tank and zinc tub

DreiKa Automodels

94021  Goliath Express 1100 Delivery van “Goliath Service”
94034  Goliath Express 1100 delivery van “The modern fast              delivery van”

 

94123  Goliath Express 1100 Combi “Fire brigade”
94124  Goliath Express 1100 Combi “Ambulance”
94126  Goliath Express 1100 Combi “THW multi-purpose vehicle”
94131  Goliath Express 1100 Combi “The car that makes you happy”

EsPeWe Models

95024  HW80 trailer, grey, red chassis
95025  HW80 SHA trailer, grey, red chassis

Mehlhose models

210006404  Tractor Pioneer, grey with red wheel rims
210006601  Dumper Picco 1 – red with grey wheel rims
210007000 Tractor Famulus with trailer, green

 

210010008  E-Karre Balkancar, blue
210010116  Tractor Famulus – red/grey with grey wheel rims

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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

(Editor’s Note Hans-Georg’s latest articles have been delayed due to illness which lead to him having to stay in hospital for a while. He is home now and insisted on finishing his articles for our readers whilst recuperating.  I am sure our readers will join the team at MAR in wishing Hans-Georg a speedy recovery to full health.)

All photographs supplied by Wiking except for those marked HG-S taken by Hans-Georg.

The models shown below are planned for release in December 2017, except for the detailed reviews which are based on October Issues.

New Models

1:32 Scale

 0778 31  Oehler ZDK 120 B two axle hay bale trailer

 

0778 35   Bergmann TSW 6240 S universal spreader

1:87 Scale

0378 11  Lemken Solitair/Zirkon till and drill combination

 

0378 19  Lemken Solitair/Heliodor till and drill combination

 

0368 01  Mercedes Benz Unimog U 401 “Frogeye”

 

0788 08  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a Microbus

 

0056 05  Fire brigade – passenger vehicle trailer

 

0601 28  Volkswagen Touareg “Fire Brigade”

 

0227 04  Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive estate

 

0663 61  Still RX 60 forklift truck

 

0800 48  Magirus Saturn articulated Tanker “BP”

 

0681 48  MAN TGS Euro6/Liebherr Concrete mixer

 

0662 03  Magirus/Fuchs Municipal Mobile Crane

 

Improved and upgraded Models

1:160 Scale

 

0961 39  Magirus TLF16  Fire brigade

 

0949 39  Hanomag Henschel articulated low loader, loaded with cable drum
1:87 Scale

 

0228 04  Volvo Amazon saloon – light blue

 

0892 05  Ferguson TE tractor

 

0011 02 Jeep

 

0300 02  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1b delivery van “Jacobs coffee”

 

0018 17  Accessory pack “Pedestrians”

 

0866 34  Kaelble dumper

 

0456 01  Mercedes-Benz 2223 with drawbar trailer and canvas covers

 

0990 92  ASG Set

Extended Reviews

I received three items released in October 2017 and provide ann extended review below.

0006 24  WIKING Magazin 2017

This yearly magazine allows readers to explore the world of Wiking in great detail with much insider information being included. The newly released Mercedes-Benz Unimog “Frogeye” is shown together with many early Unimog models, then old and new Land Rover miniatures are described. The Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a without the air intake above the windscreen is covered in detail in a chapter of its own. As is the Magirus edged bonnet and a number of 1:32 scale agricultural vehicles. The “Wiking Day”, celebrating the 85th anniversary of the firm is pictured with highlights of models made across this period. Dioramas showing models of the wire-axle era and all the models produced in 2016 round up the content.

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0863 99  Magirus LF 16 fire engine

The Magirus-Deutz Mercur with its typical round bonnet was the base for the LF16, which was used by the fire brigades in Germany and worldwide in the 1950s.

This legendary fire engine is commemorated by Wiking. The body with four-door cabin and equipment area are accurately shaped and moulded in typical ruby red with black fenders. Blue lights, ladders, searchlight and the fine moulded hose reel are separately inserted. (1:87 Scale)

0861 43  Magirus-Deutz flatbed truck with canvas cover “Fire brigade”

When a truck was needed by fire brigades for transporting equipment or fire debris most of the fire brigades chose a Magirus-Deutz during the 1950s. Wiking has released one of these trucks with authentic shape, chassis moulded in black, and upper body in ruby red. The driver’s cabin is fitted with a single blue light. Some mouldings are silver printed.  (1:87 scale)


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M2 Turning Japanese

By Maz Woolley

Most photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. Where photograph is by, and copyright of M2 Castline, it is stated.

M2 have introduced an Auto-Japan line of 1:64 scale models diecast in China for USA. This article looks at the vehicles in “Release One” of this series and at the road car versions of the models in some detail. M2 are one of a number of US model firms that make 1:64 models to a constant scale with much more detail and better finish than Mattel Hot Wheels.

Until now M2 has generally focused upon US made vehicles but this release covers Japanese vehicles originally introduced from 1969 to 1971. Many of these cars were imported into the USA but would have been left hand drive. All the models are actually right hand drive as would be the case in Japan and the UK. But these are clearly Japanese market cars as they carry names such as Fairlady never used on the UK market and I don’t believe that the Skyline GT-R was officially imported at this time either. Finally the style of wing mirror used was not fitted to UK cars. As these have the steering wheel on the wrong side for the American market will this limit sales or is the series intended by M2 primarily as an attempt to enter the Japanese market place? Datsuns were also built and sold in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand who also have RHD and unlike the UK they may have used the Japanese names for their versions. Perhaps these are perfect for collectors in South African, Australia and New Zealand?

 1969 Datsun Bluebird 1600SSS

The Datsun Bluebird was their mid-range saloon competing in the UK with the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Victor and Hillman Minx. This model is of the 510 series sold between 1967 and 1972. The SSS model was the sporting version with twin carburetors and upmarket fittings originally badged as SS until Chevrolet complained.

Side view shows that tampo printing has been used to show chrome window surrounds well.

The three box shape has been well captured and the “vinyl” roof imitated well. Wheels are generally good though the white stripe on the tyres is not entirely centred on some wheels.

The front end captures the car well but the moulding is a little heavy and the panel line round the lower valence too obvious. The printed badging and indicator on the wing are neatly done.

From the rear the lights are nicely moulded inserts and the over riders have been picked out in black. Tiny badging is printed well and only fully visible if enlarged several times.

The engine is represented with the inline 4 cylinder engine dominated by the additional carburetors of the SSS version. The Japanese style rear view mirrors are curiously left in grey plastic.

1969 Datsun Bluebird 1600SSS (Racing Version)

Pictured below is the Racing Version which is largely the same model.

©M2 Castline

 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432

The Z432 was a rare version of the Z240/260/280. It was fitted with the heavily tuned engine from a Skyline GT-R and only just over 400 were ever built. The number exported from Japan must have been tiny. The racing version of the car Z432R was made in tiny numbers and was only sold in Japan.

Side view shows the neat badging and neatly moulded wheels as well as the Japanese market wing mirrors.

The front is nicely moulded though the bonnet panel fit is not up to the standards of some other models. The grille has been blacked but is not neatly printed at the top with the “ragged” appearance obvious even without enlargement.

The rear carries some nice grilles and printed badging. The lights are painted on silver effect inserst and are quite acceptable apart from scratching on one lens taking a line of paint off.

The open bonnet shows a sketchy in line six and induction manifolds.

1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 (Racing Version)

Again a racing version which is very similar other than wheels, bumpers and detailing. This lacks the black hood of the original R version so is presumably a Z432 lightened for the track.

©M2 Castline

1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The coupe model was introduced in 1971 and fitted with a powerful inline six cylinder engine and a five speed gearbox. The GT-R was very successful in touring car racing. These cars have become a Japanese motoring icon and yet only around 2,000 of the first generation of GT-R were made.

Side view shows the neatly printed sidelights and the badge on the C pillar and rear wing. The black wheels are neatly moulded and the black wheel surround at the rear painted on.

The front end has been moulded well with lights and grille well represented and excellent tiny badging.

The shape of the car is well captured as shown in this shot from the rear.

The front of the car shows the rather wide panel gaps round the bonnet which some makers of small models are now getting much less obvious than this.

At the rear the lights do not fit straight, or the bumper, which lets down the overall effect. Nicely printed badging down to the small badge on the boot and reversing lights printed on the bumpers are positive features.

The bonnet up shot shows the straight six and induction manifold but is only really a general impression of the engine bay.

1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R (Racing Version)

Another racing version based on on the standard casting.

©M2 Castline

Chase Cars

It is a US market ploy to add a few specially finished models to the boxes sent out to dealers. This has created a market of collectors who only look for these special models which are produced in unrealistic finishes with strange wheel colours and extra printing.

The three chase cars produced for this series are shown below.

1969 Datsun Bluebird 1600SSS CHASE CAR

©M2 Castline

1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R CHASE CAR

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1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 SUPER CHASE

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Although this series has nice models they are not defect free or as finely detailed, or crisply modelled, as Tomica Vintage Limited models. But then most US and European buyers will be able to buy the M2 models for a considerably lower price than Tomicas. I hope that M2 continue with this range as there are a many classic Japanese cars yet to be easily available in constant 1:64 scale at a reasonable price.


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