Two Flawed-but-Cool Models from the Seventies

by Frank Koh

  • Japan’s Take on an Italian Sports Car
    • 1/43 scale K.K. Sakura Maserati Bora, late seventies.
  • Italy’s Take on a Japanese Sports Car
    • 1/43 scale Polistil Datsun 240Z/ Nissan Fairlady Z, dated 2/1976.

The K.K. Sakura Maserati Bora is a poorly-styled miniature, but it was brilliantly executed with opening doors and rear canopy, working concealed headlights that pop up with the flick of a lever, metal chassis plate and beautifully-cast albeit totally inaccurate wheels with gigantic hubs. The long single windshield wiper is also an unforgivable error, but who’s complaining?

It looks more like an obese chipmunk than a Maserati Bora, but let’s admit, it’s one interesting ride! Besides, how many of these rare models exist today?

The Polistil Datsun 240Z is not one of the company’s best efforts, but the fact that it’s a genuine Italian Market model with a Milan license plate and the it has the popular ducktail spoiler certainly make up for its shortcomings.

Not the nicest Polistil model, but any first generation Datsun Z is a blue-chip automotive investment!

Seventies model car packaging at its finest. Four decades later, we can truly appreciate how the old school toy companies made their wares catch the eyes of young collectors. Coincidentally, both models here are referred to as “Super Cars”. Despite the divergent provenance of the two cars, we can therefore consider them a controversially-matched pair.

Opening doors and rear canopy plus pop-up headlights are on the Maserati, and opening doors on the Datsun Z.

Could these two have been neighbors in Italy? Check out that Milan license plate on the Datsun Z. I call it Sports Car Immigration on a Small Scale.

Not the best renditions of these two classic sports cars, but let’s admit, they are kinda cute.  This pair of well-traveled vintage sports car miniatures also reached my house by way of Sydney, Australia!


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Takara Tomy – Hyundai Sonata and Diahatsu Copen

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Finding some Takara Tomy models at a recent Toy Fair I was struck by how many of the models were of cars that are not imported into the UK.

The first model is of the Diahatsu Copen from 2015 #52. Diahatsu no longer export their cars to the UK and the first generation 2010 version of the Copen was the last sold in the UK.   The second generation model modelled by Tomy has a 658cc three cylinder turbocharged engine producing 63BHP driving the front wheels. This is a formula that gives the buyer performance with lower taxes in Japan but which produces small and highly strung vehicles which are less popular elsewhere. Interestingly the body panelling incorporates a lot of resin to allow panel switching like the Smart car.

The Tomy model is made to a good standard for a toy with lights and badging printed on and a removable roof to allow simulate the roof being closed into the boot. This adds play value though it will undoubtedly frequently get lost in the rough and tumble of kids play. The stated scale is 1/57.

 

The Hyundai Sonata 2011 #KR-1 is made to 1:67 scale. It is of the sixth generation car which is not imported into the UK which has the i40 which is related but styled differently to fit into the European produced and made Hyundai range. US readers will be familiar with the Sonata which is also manufactured by Hyundai in the US with larger engines and different specifications for the US market.

The Tomy model is a little bland but that reflects the styling of the original.   Here there are not even any opening components to add play value.  Lights and badges are printed on but not very obvious against the silver paint.

The KR range is made in Vietnam like the standard cars but appears to be aimed at Asia outside Japan and is not sold on the Japanese market.

Again nice basic models of up to date vehicles, and a look at vehicles not seen here in the UK.


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Minichamps for 2018

By Maz Woolley

It is the time of year for long lists of models from all the major producers. Minichamps are no exception to this. Although there are 1:43 scale releases the emphasis seems to be on the larger scales like 1:12 and 1:18 and the re-introduced 1:87 scale range and these are the ranges covered in this post. Keeping up with the times Minichamps feature a lot of new electric and hybrid vehicles and as ever a lot of sporting vehicles in multiple liveries.

1:12 Scale

The models planned are in multiple colours as listed below:

Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Red
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Silver
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Peru Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Orange Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Strawberry Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Green
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Lilac
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Pink Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 ? Silvergreen
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Yellow
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Red
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Silver
Porsche 917K – AAW Racing Team Piper Van Lennep – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
Porsche 917K – J.W. Engineering Hailwood/Hobbs – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
BMW 3.5 CSL – Plain Body Version 1976 White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Alpina-Faltz – De Fierlant Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – ‘Hermetite’   Fitzpatrick Walkinshaw – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer  Quester Nilsson – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
Porsche 934 – 1976 – Black
Porsche 934 – 1976 – White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer – Sepp Mahalter Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 3.5 CSL ? Miller/Cowart 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW M1 Procar – White – 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport  Didier Pironi – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing Niki Lauda – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Nelson Piquet – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Alan Jones – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Clay Regazzoni – Procar Series 1979
Porsche 956K – Plain Body Version White – 1982
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell  Winners Silverstone 6h 1982
BMW M1 Gr.B  Pallavicini/Winther Von Bayern – 24H Le Mans 1983
Porsche 956 K – Joest RACing – Bob Wollek Winner Zolder DRM 1983
Porsche 956K – Sorga S.A./Joest Racing Wollek/Johansson – 1000Km Nurburgring 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing Merl/Moretti Mugello 1000Km 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing ‘Bad Aachen’ – Merl/Schornstein Monza 84
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – White – 1987
BMW M3 – M-Team Zakspeed – Eric Van De Poele – Champion DTM 1987
BMW M3 – JPS Team BMW Richards/Longhurst Class Winners Bathurst 1000 Km 1987
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – Black – 1987
BMW M3 – Fina Motorsport Team  Cecotto Danner/Martin – Winners 24H Nurburgring 92
BMW M3 – M-Team Linder – Armin Hahne  DTM 1992

1:12 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Barcelona GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Silverstone GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Test Malaysia 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Test 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2017

Honda NSR – Alex Crivill? – Winner GP 500 Barcelona 1995

 

 

1:18 Scale

Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – Red
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – White
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Colzani/Pooky /Venturi – Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Hezemanns/Len – Winners Div.1 4H Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior  ‘Jagermeister – Rainer Maschke – DRM 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Picchi/Chasse – Winners Div.1 24H Paul Ricard 1971
Audi Quattro – 1980 – Silver
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport Mouton/Pons – Rallye De Portugal 1981
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport  Mouton/Pons – Winners Rallye Sanremo 1981
Audi Quattro A1 – Audi Sport Mikkola/Her Rallye Automobile De Monte Carlo 1983
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport Blomqvist Winners Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport  Ruhrl/Geist Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Schmidt Motorsport Dem Winners Int. Avd/Sth Hunsruck Rallye 1984
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun – Melvin Moh Lin Keong Wee – China GT Championship 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun  Lee/Au China Gt Championship 2017 #5
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Hong Kong ? Lee/Thong Blancpain GT Series Asia 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Land/ De Phillipp Mies/V.D.Linde – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT Muller Fussler/Frijns/Rast – 3rd Place 24H 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT  Stippl Rast/Vervisch/Muller – 24H Nurburgring 201
Audi R8 LMS – Car Collection Motorsport Saurenmann/Rocco – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Phoenix Racing ? Busch/M?lle Rockenfeller/Stippler – 24H N?rburgring 20
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Black
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Blue Metallic
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Yellow
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Black
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Red
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Silver
BMW 2002 – Autohaus Speidel – Jurg Obermos Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
BMW 2002 – Jockey Racing  Tobiasson /Nordstrom – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1972
BMW 2800 CS – BMW Alpina  Huber/Kelleners Winners 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 2800 Cs – Castrol BMW  Moorkens/Haxhe – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1971
BMW 2800 Cs – Team Schnitzer-Motul  Herzo /Heyer – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1972
BMW 2800 Cs ? Racing Team Marabout  Gaye /Braillard – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Alpina  Peltier/Menzel – 24H Spa 1973
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Italia  Grano/Joosen – Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Motorsport Hans-Joachim Stuck – Winner Norisring Trophee 1974
BMW 3.0 CSL – Faltz-Alpina – De Fierlant/G /Betzler – Zandvoort Trophy 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Garage Du Bac  ‘Depnic’ /Coulon – 24H Le Mans 1977
BMW 3.0 CSL – Jolly Club Milano  Finotto /Facetti – Winners Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – Juma Tuning  Corbisier/Joos /Berndtson – GP Nurburgring 1976
BMW 3.0 CSL – Luigi Racing – De Fierlant /Xhenceval – Winners 24H Spa 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Pricision Liegeose  Peltier /Lafosse – Winners 4H Monza 1974
BMW 3.5 CSL – A.S.P.M.-Tanday Music – Justice/Belin – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – De Fierlant/Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Hermetite Walkinshaw /Fitzpatrick – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Miller/Cowart – 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW 3.5 CSL – Sepp Manhalter  Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 323I – 1982 – Blue Metallic
BMW 323I – 1982 – Brown Metallic
BMW 325I – Joachim Winkelhock – Adac Gross Preis Der Tourenwagen Nurburgring DTM 86
BMW 325I – Vogt/Oestreich – Class Winners E.G. Trophy Etcc Zolder 1986
BMW 635 Csi – Belga Juma Racing  Winkelho /Regout/Gartner – 24H Spa 1985
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Brancatelli /Kelleners – Grand Prix Brno 1984
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Ravaglia/Berger /Winkelhock – 24H Spa 1984
BMW 635 Csi – Vogelsang Automobile Gmbh H.Grohs – 1st Bergischer Lowe Zolder 1984
BMW M1 – Auto Maass BMW – Kurt Konig – Drt Wunstorf 1982
BMW M1 – Basf Team Gs Sport Stuck/Heyer – 6h Silverstone 1981
BMW M1 – Jens Winther Racing  Winther /Mercer/Jensen – 24H Le Mans 1984
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing – HansStuck 1st Monaco Procar Series 1980
BMW M1 Procar – Tom Walkinshaw Racing – Dieter Quester – Procar Series 1979
BMW M2 Coupe – 2016 – White
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Black Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – White
BMW M6 GT3 – Autobacs RACing Team Aguri Takagi/Walkinshaw – Super GT300 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Longhurst Skaife/Ingall/Glock – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Mostert/Twig Haber – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer ? Wittmann Blomqvist/Tomczyk/Farfus – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer Collard/Eng Winners Oschersleben Gt 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Plain Body Version Matt Black – 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Blomqvist Catsburg/Spengler – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin Basseng – 10th Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin/Sims 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Palttala/Catsbu Sims 2nd Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Krohn Muller/Spengler/Wittmer – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Muller Klingmann/Onslow-Cole – 24H Nurburgring 17
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Curtis ? Imsa Grand Prix Laguna Seca 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Marks/Krohn – 12H Sebring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Krognes/Di Martino – 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Palttala/Krognes/Menze – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Schiwietz/Van Campenhoudt – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Walkenhorst/Tresson – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – White
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – 1978 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – Faberg? RACing Lee Jeans S.Graham – 2nd Oulton Park BSCC 1979
Ford Capri 3.0 – Gilden Kolsch Racing Team Schaefer/Rosberg – 24H Nurburgring 1982
Ford Capri 3,0 – Serge Power Bastos Racing – Soto/Honeger/Libert – 24H Spa 1980
Ford Capri 3,0 – V.M. Woodman Woodman /Buncombe/Clark – 3rd Place Spa 24H 1981
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970  White/Black (LHD)
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – M-Sport World Rally Evans/Barritt – Rally Guanajuato Mexico 14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – Rk M-Sport World Rally Kubica/Szczepaniak – Rally Monte Carlo ’14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Bouffier/Pnseri Rally Monte Carlo 2014
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina 2nd Place Monza Rally Show 2013
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina Winners Monza Rally Show 2012
Ford RS 1800 – Allied Polymer Group  Makinen/Liddon – Winners Lombard RAC Rally 1975
Ford RS 1800 – Li-Lo Equipe Esso  Clark/W – Lombard RAC Rally 1978
Ford RS 1800 – Rothmans Rally Team  Vatan /Richards – Acropolis Rally 1980
Ford RS 2600 – 1970 – Blue
Ford RS 2600 – Ford BP Racing Team Birre /Bourgoignie – 2nd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – 3rd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – Winners 24H Spa 1971
Ford RS 2600 – Ford-Tuning Siegen Weiss /Ludwig – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1973
Ford RS 2600 – Kent Frami Racing Team – Franck/Fritzinger – Spa 24H 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Shark Team Rouget/Geurie – Le Mans 24H 1972
Lancia Stratos – Lancia  Darniche/Mahe – Winners Tour De Corse 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Munari/Mannucci – Winners Rallye Monte Carlo 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Pirelli  Alen/Kiv – Winners Rallye San Remo 1978
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – Carbon
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982  Green Metallic
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Feuerwehr Aachen’
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Polizei Germany’
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Ellen Lohr – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Roland Asch – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Hans Heyer – Saisonfinale Hockenheim 1971
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Heyer/Betzler – 24H Nurburgring 1972
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Silve
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Cream
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Spa 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Schlesser/Baldi – Winn Wspc Nurburgring 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 ? Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Suzuka 1991
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag  2nd Place Eifelrennen Nurburgring 1937
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag Brauchitsch – 2nd Place Deutschland 1937
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Eberhard Gers Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Von Bayern /Johansson – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Haxhe/Toussai – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Pilette/Gosse – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Tuerlinx/Pile – 24H Spa 1972
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Blue
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Orange
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 906E – Porsche Of Stuttgart Mitter/Rindt – Daytona 24 Hours 1967
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Orange
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Red
Porsche 917 LH – Team Gulf Wyer – Rodrigue /Oliver – 24H Le Mans 1971
Porsche 917 LH – Team Martini Racing – Lar /Kauhsen – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 917 LH – Team Porsche Austria ? El /Ahrens – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 934 – Anny Charlotte Verney Charlotte Verney – 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Brumos Racing – Gregg/Busby – 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Lubrifilm Racing – Mueller Vanoli – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll /Pironi/Beaumont – 24H Le Mans 1976
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll ‘Steve’ – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Thierry Perrier – Perrier/Be /Salam – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1981
Porsche 956 K – Brun Motorsport Gmbh – Bru Rosberg – 1000 Km N?rburgring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – Keke Rosber – DRM Norisring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – ‘Winther’/D /Weidler – 1000 Km Spa 1985
Porsche 956 K – John Fitzpatrick Racing – Fitzpatrick – 2nd Place DRM Zolder 1983
Porsche 956 K – Porsche Kremer Racing – Kl Ludwig – DRM Norisring 1985
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell Winners Silverstone 6 Hours 1982
Porsche 956 K – Skoal Bandit Porsche Team – Boutsen/Hobbs – 1000 Km Spa 1984
Porsche 956 K – Warsteiner Team / Joest Ra Bob Wollek – Winner DRM Norisring 1983
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Red Metallic
Porsche 962 C – Team Memorex – Frank Jelin – 100 Meilen Von Nurnberg Supercup 1986
Porsche 962 C – Torno Brun Motorsport – Boutsen/Brun – Silverstone 1000 Km 1985
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Black
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Blue
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Jean-Louis Schlesser – Winner Supercup 1988
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Baldi/Acheson /Brancatelli – 2nd Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Schlesser/Jabouille /Cudini – 5Th Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Dark Blue (LHD)
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Yellow (RHD)
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Light Green Metallic
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Red
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – White
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Drk Aachen’
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Polizei Germany’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Polis Sweden’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Danmark’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Norway 2’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politie Netherlands
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Green Metallic
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Red
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – White
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Dark Blue Metallic
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Gold

1:18 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Winner Czech GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Silverstone GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Nicky Hayden – MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Hiroshi Aoyama – MotoGP ’16
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Alex Lowes – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Bradley Smith – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Pol Espargaro – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Jorge Lorenzo – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Testbike 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Catalunya GP MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – Test Valencia 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – Test 2016
Honda RC213V – Dani Pedrosa – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Jack Miller – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Esteve Rabat – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Johann Zarco – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Assen GP MotoGP

1:87 Scale

Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Black
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Green Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Red
Audi TT – 2018 – Yellow
Audi TT – 2018 – Grey
Audi TT – 2018 – White
BMW M2 – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – White
BMW M5 – 2018 – Blue Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – Black Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Blue Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Grey Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Red Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Silver
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – White Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Grey Metallic
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Blue
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – White
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Black
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Red Meta
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – White
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S- 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Black
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Silver
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 White
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Blue Metallic
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Grey
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – White
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Blue Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Yellow
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Red
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Blue Metallic W/ White Stripes
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Orange Metallic W/ Black Stripes
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Dark Blue
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Silver W/ Black Ro
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – White W/ Red Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Blue W/ Black Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Black
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Grey
Ford GT – 2018 – White W/ Black Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Red W/ White Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Black W/ Silver Stripes
Nio Es8 Light Blue Met
Nio Es8 Black
Nio Es8 White
E.Go Life – 2018 – Blue
E.Go Life – 2018 – Red
E.Go Life – 2018 – Brown
Nio Ep9 Blue
Nio Ep9 Light Blue Met.
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Black
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Dark Red Metallic
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Grey Metallic
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Yellow Metal
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Blue Metalli
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Red Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Silver
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – White
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Yellow Met
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 ? Red/Black
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Silver
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Bronze
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Red Metallic
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Red Met
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model S – 2018 – White
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model X – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Red

Atlas BTCC Hillman Avenger

By  Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Atlas has now completed the BTCC collection at model 24. It is still inviting new collectors to sign up on its web site despite the fact that Atlas had already sold significant numbers of at least 16 of that collection to the wholesale trade.  The model shown in this post is the car that Bernard Unett drove to the 1974 Class A British Saloon Car Championship a 1600cc Hillman Avenger GT. For Rootes/Chrysler collectors it complements the Sunbeam Imp already seen in this series.

The Atlas model appears to be a realistic replica of the car from period photographs with the livery very accurately captured. Even the GT chrome strip is printed across the roof. The use of multi part windows that flush fit into the gaps make the side windows much more convincing than on models where the B pillars are cast items.

Lovely “bullet” wing mirrors are replicated as are the taped front lights. The windscreen wipers are plastic, black and are thin and accurately formed – I just wish more makers would use these and not photo-etched ones. The period Warwickshire number plates are neatly done front and rear.

The rear of the two door Avenger is very well modelled with the hockey stick rear lights very nicely done with translucently painted lenses behind clear plastic.  All the rear badging and logos are clearly printed and well positioned as is the GT badge on the C Pillar.

Quite a lot of effort has gone into the wheels which have the ventilation slots in the gaps between the silver rims.

The Chrysler Pentastar is much to the fore in the livery. Inside the dash mouldings are good and include the extra rev counter perched above the dashboard but they do not include all the extra switchgear in the centre and left of the dash, or the fire extinguisher.

The casting is thought to be by PCT (Ixo’s owner) and it will be interesting to see if it is used again. Comparing it to the Dodge  1800SE from the South American series which was based upon the Avenger there are some similarities but the body shell is not identical.


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Club News February 2018

By Maz Woolley

 

Many thanks to all the clubs that share their newsletters with MAR Online. These are full of descriptions of club events as well as articles drawing on members interests and all the editors work hard to give members a great read. The first quarter of the year leaves clubs facing the need to review the cost of subscriptions and several clubs have had to put theirs up this year as costs have begun to rise often at the same time as the number of club members has fallen.

Wheel Bearings (Maidenhead Static Models Club)  tells us that their AGM in March is an important one as there will be a considerable number of vacant posts, including that of a new Newsletter Editor as the current editor Adrian Levano needs to step down due to other commitments. Adrian has produced an excellent publication and I was lucky enough to meet him when he dropped into the recent club night at Coventry.  I had hoped to meet other members of the club at their January club night but it could not take place as the venue was unable to open.  The club puts a lot of effort into running the Windsor Toy Fair. To soften the blow of the AGM paperwork the club night in March also features a competition: “Kit, chop and restoration” so life is not all admin!

Over at Wessex (WMTC) news arrives in the form of Wessex Smalltalk edited by Barry Lloyd. The club night in February is the one where they hand over a cheque to the charity that they have been supporting this year, the Bath Cancer Trust. Well done to WMTC as they will be handing over around £1,700. Pictures of the entries at their recent “little and large” night show some interesting model groupings. Their March club night will be a bit different as it features “Horses” and has a talk on Horse Drawn Trams.

Over at Western Australia Model Collectors Club (WAMCC) their Showcase club publication is full of adverts and news. This is another club that runs a Toy Fair as well as holding regular meetings. A secret santa session in December obviously pleased members who have show and tell sessions and themed club nights to look forward to in 2018. Their club news also includes jokes along the lines of:

I told my Girlfriend I had a job in a Bowling alley. She said “ Tenpin “ ? I said “ No Permanent “.

As ever Chris Derbyshire at  South Hants  (SHMCC) has packed the club magazine Wheel Nuts with news and articles. South Hants are having a debate about an additional charge to members wanting paper copies of the  Club Magazine, this is inspired by the steadily rising costs of sending these out. An issue many other clubs are concerned about.  The recent model of the month competition was won by…. a camel! The theme was Heroes and Lawrence of Arabia was to the fore.  Club night in February is the AGM and Awards night so another club that gives members an incentive to attend the AGM! Wheel Nuts is famous for printing some good jokes and witticisms like the one below.

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

The large club in the Netherlands NAMAC continue to send us their professionally produced magazine which is a cross between a club magazine and a news stand magazine. Full of publicity photographs of models in all scales it is clearly an important source of information in the Netherlands on new releases. The club has separate groups in the various regions of the Netherlands and they seem to be very successful at getting firms like WSI to visit and show off their models as well as holding displays and other club nights and a large annual toy fair.

Dinky Collectors continue to get their regular magazine edited by Mike Forbes whose column looking over the Dinky product announcements and advertising is a very good read. Features focusing on particular models and themes  are very instructive. The club is selling some of the original Dinky Drawings it holds which will be very interesting to Dinky Collectors.

And finally, the club that I am a member of. Coventry Diecast and Model Club (CDMC) continues to enjoy the benefits of the hard work and flair of Will Roe the editor of the club magazine Wheelspin.  Not to be left behind on the animal front the last Wheelspin contains an article on the Settle to Carlisle line which also talks about the Appleby Horse Fair with a picture of a 1:1 scale horse.  Interesting member’s articles include one on Rover’s coaches of Bromsgrove by Roger F.de Boer. We have club nights on the RAF’s 100 years and the 65th Anniversary of Matchbox to look forward to in the near future as well as the inevitable General Meeting looming.

I’ll be back in a couple of months time to look at what s going on around the club circuit. Any clubs which are not listed in MAR Online’s club page please get in touch as we like to let people know of the opportunity to meet with fellow collectors around the country.


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AutoCult February 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

AutoCult has announced three models for release this month. In their series “Prototypes” they model the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Concept car. In their series “Delivery Vehicles” they have created the Willys FC-150 Pickup. Finally in the series of “Buses”  there is a Mercedes-Benz OP312 an Rooijen.

 

1/43 #06020 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket (USA, 1956)

Oldsmobile has been part of General Motors since 1908.  In the 1950s their designs came from the department headed by Harley J. Earl. It was the time of the “space race” and the futuristic influence of rocket shapes was felt in the concept cars made by all the big US car makers.

The car modelled by Auto Cult is an Oldsmobile made specially for the 1956 General Motors Motorama, a show where GM showed off concept cars in a bid to attract visitors who could be persuaded to buy their latest production cars which were also on show.

Its split rear screen and thrusting wings and light bearing winglets were to be seen on production cars in the future. The car body was made in fibreglass  and it was fitted with a V8 engine with 275 hp.

 

1/43 #08009 Willys Jeep FC-150 Pick-Up (USA, 1956)

By the mid-1950s the WIllys range looked rather old-fashioned and so Willys planned the launch of a new delivery truck with a new and striking design. The management brought in the well-known designer Brooks Stevens. Stevens’ concept was influenced by the design of heavy-duty trucks. The engine was positioned right underneath the driver’s cab. Due to its cab over engine design the delivery truck got the designation “Jeep-Forward-Control”, or “FC” for short.

It did not need a long development phase to get the van into production as parts like the chassis and the engine were already in in use. The chassis came from the in-house 1954 SUV “CJ-5” and the engine was the “Hurricane” type. On November 29, 1956, the first of these vehicles were presented at a special event for dealers.

The wheelbase of the small delivery truck was strikingly short at just two meters. It also had a small turning circle. But, the narrow width of only 1.2 metres gave it undesirable handling traits. Two years later this was addressed by broadening the truck to 1.4 metres whilst retaining the same load bed length.

Altogether the production of this style of truck lasted from 1957 to 1964.  All variations added together sold no more than 30,000 units which was considerably less than Willys had hoped.

 

1/43 #10002 Mercedes-Benz OP312 van Rooijen (NL, 1958)

 

The DUKW has inspired many vehicles. Some built buses looking like boats and some built ones that could also perform as one. Tours are available in Prague today in a bus-boat based on a modern coach which is amphibious. But the bus modelled by Auto Cult was based on a series of buses inspired by the style of boats but which could not travel in water.

This special boat-bus, named `Huwelijksboot’ (Dutch for wedding boat), was one of three identical vehicles. All three buses were built by the body maker van Rooijen in the 1950s. The body maker was  based in Montfort (Netherlands).  The buses were styled to look boat shaped and fitted with wood and railings and even funnels to make it look the part.  There were even tyres on the vehicles ship’s side just like the ones used to protect a normal boat as it landed at a pier.

All three boat-buses were built on the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz OP 312, had an engine with a performance of 120 hp, and offered space for 32 passengers. These vehicles provided a comfortable ride with a special style.


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Atlas Dinky Deluxe – 1424 G Renault 12 Gordini

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

My deliveries of models in this collection seem to be a month behind some others who have just received a Peugeot 404 Commerciale. The model I had delivered this month is a replica of 1424 G, a Renault 12 Gordini.

Dinky made the most of this casting releasing both a R12 and R12TL as 1424.  As I understand it this was produced from 1969 in France and then later in Spain.

A considerable effort was involved in creating the Gordini version which had filler cap re-positioned, bumpers removed, and a new front grille. This was made in France first, then later by Pilen for Dinky in Spain with yellow headlights.

The replica captures the original well. Though the opening front doors are curious as they are fully glazed but do not have the upper door frames. This is the kind of compromise that Dinky Toys and others made at the time.

Sadly the model has standard silver spun hubs and not the Gordini Alloys shown on the Box.

The shiny grille from the original model is dropped for a matte black one as fitted to the Gordini. But without extra printing the grille lacks the silver lines and Renault badge that are there on the original vehicle.

The rear view is rather severe as only the lights and number plate bear any printing. The Renault badge and boot catch are there but are not picked out. The “go faster” stripes are pretty accurately positioned but the printing is a little thin and doesn’t cover as well as might be desired on the bonnet.

Some have complained that the drivers door does not stay shut. Looking at the mechanism it is quite different to a standard UK Dinky one. The door card is actually metal and fixed onto the door shell and extends to form the hinge rather than the door being cast with an integral hinge. This makes the hinge much less intrusive and the door open in a more realistic way. A nice model well reproduced by Atlas but like others before it in this series many will have already bought this from China on eBay after its release in France.


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GFCC 1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Four Door Hardtop

By Maz Woolley

Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here is the latest model from GFCC Toys a 1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Four Door Hardtop. Reviews of the previous Jaguar, Pontiac, and Studebaker models from this maker may all be found elsewhere on this site.  Although the models claim to be from a company registered in the US this seems to be a conceit as the models only seem to be available from Chinese sellers on eBay and on the Chinese equivalent of eBay, Ali Express. Perhaps due to the Chinese New Year holidays only the Jaguar seems to be listed at the moment.

The Riviera four door hardtop was an extremely popular model outselling the conventional four door Roadmaster. It was certainly a large and impressive car and appealed to those who could not afford a Cadillac but who liked large and powerful cars.

The side mouldings are printed neatly as are the door handles and quarter lights. The Buick “bullet holes” are there with four for the most upmarket version of the car but they have not been silvered as I would have expected.

The version that I bought is in pink and white and despite having a plastic base plate it is quite a heavy model. As on previous models the wheels are silver items with Dinky style round ended axles protruding.

The grille is quite fine and the Buick badge is printed neatly and not oversized as I might have expected. The bonnet emblem is neatly cast and silvered. The silver used is more like that used on Atlas Dinky than the silver used on collectors 1:43 models.

At the rear the lights have been done well but the lettering is very strange as it says CHRYSLER! Not exactly what you would expect.  Under the corner of each bumper and exhaust end sticks out in silver plastic rather more detail than I would have expected.

Inside we have a white dashboard and steering wheel as well as white seats. Though the backs of the front seats are in black. The dashboard has some quite detailed mouldings but nothing is picked out. Unusually the dashboard is in metal as is the steering wheel. The doors are fitted with plastic door cards rather than having them moulded into the casting .

So yet again GFCC has produced a hybrid model which is neither a “proper” collectable or a Dinky Replica and once again it has a character of its own.


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News from the Continent 2/1028 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown are all expected to be released by Wiking in February 2018.

New Items

Scale 1:32

0778 30 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0778 34 Claas Commandor 116CS combine harvester

 

Scale 1:87

 

0361 62 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0227 05 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive T-model (estate)

 

0797 21 Volkswagen T1b Samba bus

 

0693 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “THW”

 

0645 02 MAN dump truck

 

0601 30 MAN F90 Fire brigade flatbed truck and trailer

 

0634 04 DAF towing vehicle

 

0543 01 Volvo F89 refrigerated artic. truck

 

Model Upgrades

Scale 1:160

 

0951 99 Magirus refrigerated artic. Truck

 

 

0970 07 Mercedes-Benz O 305 Urban bus

 

Scale 1:87

 

0018 18 Accessory Pack “Connections II”

 

0160 39 Porsche 356 convertible

 

0210 02 Ford Continental

 

0788 11 Volkswagen T1a delivery van “Dujardin Vinebrand”

 

0120 01 DKW Limousine

 

0881 03 Deutz D 40 L tractor

 

0601 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S Fire engine

 

0720 02 Büssing Trambus

 

0502 05 Magirus 135 D 11 FS artic. Flatbed truck with load of construction material

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Volkswagen Variations

By Mike Allen

Photograph by, and copyright of, the Author.

Whilst the UK the Atlas Dinky collection included a Volkswagen Beetle it was as a replica of 262 Swiss Postal Service. #181 did appear in a light blue with chrome spun hubs in the Atlas Dinky continental collection but not in the UK series.  DeAgostini are now selling number 4 in their new Dinky series here in the UK, and yet again #181 appears but this time in the standard cast hubs  as it appeared in Italy. My picture below shows the two versions of #181 Volkswagen together.


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