The Piquet Racing Dynasty

By Sergio Luis dos Santos

All text and photographs copyright of the Author.

A few weeks ago, my previous post on racing dynasties was about the famous Brazilian family Negrão.  Perhaps more well known outside Brazil will be the Nelson Piquet family!

Nelson Piquet Souto Maior (his full name) is a well known name in motorsports with three Formula One championships. He has 5 sons and 2 daughters, surprisingly all them with connections with car or
motorbike racing! The sons Geraldo Piquet, Nelson Angelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior (better know as Nelson Piquet Jr. or Nelsinho Piquet), Pedro Estácio Piquet, Marco Piquet and Laszlo Piquet are active in racing. Julia Piquet did some kart races when young, and Kelly Piquet has worked in Formula E.

For sure, this looks like another dynasty that will have its name in car racing for a long time to come.  Some information about their career can be seen here in Portuguese: . Also a search through the web will bring many more details.

Here are some “Piquet” models from my collection in 1:43 scale with no open wheels!

1 – BMW M1 Procar Series 1979 season. Nelson Piquet. Minichamps.

2 – BMW M1 Procar Series 1980 season. Nelson Piquet. Minichamps.

3 – BMW M1 Gr5 1.000 Km Nurbürgring 1981. Nelson Piquet and Hans Stuck. Spark.

4 -BMW M1 “Presentation”. Nelson Piquet and Hans Stuck. Very hard to find any info on this car. Maybe sponsored by H.I.S. Jeans? The box gives the year 1985. Model by Saphire using a resin kit from Baymo.

5- BMW M3 GTR. Mil Milhas de Interlagos 1995. Nelson Piquet with Paulo Carcasci and Sopper. Minichamps.

6- McLaren F1 GTR. 24 Hours Le Mans 1996. Nelson Piquet with Johnny Cecotto and Sullivan. Minichamps.

7- McLaren F1 GTR. 24 Hours Le Mans 1996. Nelson Piquet with Johnny Cecotto and Sullivan. HPI Racing.

8- McLaren F1 GTR. 2 Horas de Curitiba 1996. Nelson Piquet with Johnny Cecotto. Spark.

9- McLaren F1 GTR. 24 Hours Le Mans 1997. Nelson Piquet with J.J. Letho and S. Sopper. IXO.

10- McLaren F1 GTR. 24 Hours Le Mans 1997. Nelson Piquet with J.J. Letho and S. Sopper. HPI Racing.

11- Aston Martin DBR9. Mil Milhas Brasileiras 2006. Nelson Piquet, Nelsinho Piquet, Hélio Castro-Neves, and C.Bouchut. IXO.

12- Aston Martin DBR9. 24 Hours Le Mans 2006. Nelsinho Piquet with David Brabham and Antonio Garcia. IXO.

13- Aston Martin DBR9. 24 Hours Le Mans 2006. Nelsinho Piquet with David Brabham and Antonio Garcia. Altaya/IXO for partworks collection 24 Heures du Mans.

14- BMW Z-4. Blancpain Series 2014. Nelsinho Piquet and Matheus Stumpf. Spark.

15- Rebellion R-One AER. 24 Hours Le Mans 2016. Nelsinho Piquet with N. Prost and N. Heidfeld. Spark.

16- Oreca 07 Gibson. 24 Hours Le Mans 2017. Nelsinho Piquet with D-H. Hansson and M. Beche. Spark.

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Siam Di Tella 1500

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

BMC (British Motor Corporation) made their cars at plants around the world, particularly in the English speaking countries with close ties like Australia. They also licensed makers in other countries to produce vehicles using their body shells and components.

We are all familiar with Australian cars like the Morris Major that were based on BMC vehicles sold in the UK but heavily changed to suit local tastes.  Less familiar are the cars made by  Siam Di Tella in the Argentine.  A pickup based upon the Austin A50 (Pre-Farina) called the Argenta seems to have been made initially and was followed by the 1500 series which include a car, traveller and pickup (again called the Argenta) which combined a Farina Riley 4/72 front end with an Austin A55 rear and was fitted with a 1500cc B series engine later uprated to 1600cc in line with UK production.

Initially cars were made from knocked down kits but local production soon replaced that.  In the later years of production a Magnette was offered with an MG style front and rear end, a unique bonnet ornament. A stylised ‘S’ badge was fitted where an MG badge would have been  on the radiator but in later years an MG badge was used.

Given that we have yet to see a budget diecast Riley 4/72 it is amazing that Ixo/DeAgostini has created a Siam Di Tella 1500 Saloon and Taxi in their partworks series. We have of course had a lovely 4/72 from Silas Models but this is rather more fragile and expensive.

I read a review of the model that suggested that the Austin A55 mould used by Altaya may have been the basis for this model but a close examination shows that this casting is different in particular it is correctly narrower than the A55 which was too wide.

Group shots of the Altaya A55 [right], Silas 4/72 [left] and Siam Di Tella [middle] cars show the differences between the models.

The model of the Siam Di Tella looks good when compared to photographs which can be viewed on the web. The shape is convincing as are the front and back ends with all their inserted parts. Unique Siam Di Tella badging is printed neatly.

Inside the black moulding has full door car details and a really nice moulded dashboard and the large steering wheel is excellently modelled with the chrome horn ring included. No details are picked out which is a shame as this means most people will never appreciate the detail which is there.

The model leads me to musing on what might be. The 1:43 Vanguards range included excellent Austin Cambridge A60 saloon and its equivalent Morris Oxford. And since then Oxford Diecast has produced an Austin A60 to 1:76 scale. This leaves an opportunity for Oxford Diecast or Corgi to make the Riley, MG, and Traveller versions which would be very popular in 1:43 as well as 1:76. Or do we have to wait for someone to commission PCT Industries to create them?

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Takara Tomy Honda Super Cub

By Maz Woolley

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

The Honda Super Cub or Honda Cub is a small motorcycle with a pressed steel frame and fitted with plastic leg guards. It is fitted with  a four stroke single cylinder engine ranging in displacement from 49 to 124cc. It has been manufactured since 1958 with production surpassing 60 million in 2008, 87 million in 2014, and 100 million in 2017. The Super Cub is the biggest selling motor vehicle ever. It has been made in many versions include the C100, C50, C70, C90, C100EX and C70 Passport. The 100 millionth Super Cub was produced at Honda’s Kumamoto Assembly Plant in 2018 which marked the 60th year of production.

To mark the anniversary Takara Tomy have introduced a 1:33 scale model as one of their new models of 2018.  The model is diecast in Vietnam for China.  This item is in the pocket money toy range where a new model is issued every third Saturday in the month and which features models common throughout Japan and its immediate neighbours.

Although this is slightly chunky so that it meets all the requirements of toy safety it captures the spirit of the original well.

The leg guards and frame are well painted  and the saddle and rack are reasonably convincing.

The model is simplified with the levers and mirrors omitted but with a nice printed instrument.

Nice badge printing finishes off a pleasing model.

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2018 Model Car Hall of Fame Winners

By Karl Schnelle

The 2018 award winners have just been announced in many categories for both model and actual cars.  Three broad areas for the awards are Models, People, and Brands.

Check out their four pages of blog entries for details on each winner.  Next year, you may again nominate and vote for your favorites!

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Dinky Toys’ Limited Venture into Tinplate

By Terry Hardgrave

All text and photographs copyright of the author.

Dinky Toys were introduced around 1933-1934, by Meccano Ltd., at that time a very well-known English toymaker, based in Liverpool. At first, there were just a few models, of trucks, cars, and farm tractor. But public interest soon caught on, and by 1937, there were over 200 models in the range.

In 1935, Meccano decided to diversify the Dinky range a bit, with some simple structures that would add to play value, and hopefully sell more toys too. Since everything up until then was diecast, this meant using tinplate construction. Tinplate had already been around for many years, with other toy makers even making simple models out of it… it was much easier than having precision dies made.

Little is known about how Meccano produced tinplate items, but I am quite sure they bought the tinplate in sheets, stamped it out to their required dimensions, that lithographed the various scenes on it. After that, it was a simple task to assemble, using tabs that were
part of the design.

There were two tinplate items that were featured as Dinky Toys: the #45 Garage, and the #48 Filling and Service Station. Meccano also made two other small hut like structures that were much smaller, that won’t be discussed here.

According to references, the Filling Station and Garage appeared first, around mid-1935, followed a few months later by the Garage in
late 1935. Both of these were only made during this pre-war period, from 1935-1941.

The big limousine pictured with the garage is the Dinky Toys 30 series Daimler Saloon, an early post-war example with pre-war style, open baseplate, smooth wheels, and white tires – all pre-war carryovers..

In 1941, with World War II having started, and with England fighting off Hitler, all toy production ceased, and the plants were temporarily converted over to producing wartime goods. When the war ended, and production resumed in late 1945-1946, many Dinky Toys were
re-issued, some for several more years. Others, such as these two items, were never produced again, so they were only made for a few years, and finding examples today is not easy nor inexpensive.

The Garage was only made in one color scheme: cream, with green opening doors, and an orange roof. It does feature splendid lithographed details, with windows and plants adorning the sides and rear. As mentioned, the two doors do open, and have a type of latch to secure them. There is room enough to squeeze two cars inside.

The Filling and Service Station is more elaborate and larger in size. It was finished with yellow walls, green or blue base, and brown or yellow roof.

It features detailed scenes on both sides and the front… looking through the windows to see the goods stocked inside. The front even features a young man heading outside.

A natural accompaniment for the Filling and Service Station was a set of gas or petrol pumps, so the Dinky Toys #49 Petrol Pumps were created at the same time. They were not included with the station but could be purchased separately.

To complete the scene, here is a Dinky Toys pulling up to be serviced! I have included these in the photos, as they certainly add a lot to the scene.

Both of these would have been wonderful toys for young boys, who likely already had several Dinky Toys automobiles. To me, they also represent a long ago era, where the simple charm of these lithographed scenes remains today.

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Some Modern Northcord Buses

By Maz Woolley

All text copyright of the Author, Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer. 

1:76 scale model buses and coaches have always been at the heart of the public transport collectors scene. The scale is large enough to show considerable detail, but small enough to display a wide range of models in a limited space. Recent years have been a time of turmoil for model bus makers. Established names have released far fewer models. EFE, now under Bachmann‘s ownership, has only recently started to announce new upgraded models under the new management. At Hornby the Corgi Original Omnibus range continues to release models but many fewer than in previous years.  This is in part due to the rapid rise of Oxford Diecast output in this market sector which has put a pressure on  the prices and quality offered by the established players.

Some smaller players like  Forward Models continue to release their early post-war buses at a steady rate, and even add extra transfers to allow customisation of destination boards. The recent announcement of a Birmingham Guy Arab by Canadian firm Rapido Models will add stiff competition to that part of the marketplace.

We have seen the loss of some other players in the market as Brit Bus and B-T Models went into liquidation in 2017 and although B-T Models seem to be being rescued I have not heard that Brit Bus will be.

Northcord Model Company was formed by Danny Chan after the closure of CMNL in 2011. It has always aimed to produce detailed models  to a high standard. It makes careful use of moulds to produce buses from Australia, Ireland, North America, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK have all been featured in the range.

They are building on the success of their casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model which is already available in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London & Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, First Bristol and Reading Buses liveries,

They will be now be releasing eighth and ninth versions – ukbus 6507A and ukbus 6507B in the livery of Bluestar. Bluestar is a trade name for Solent Blue Star which was founded in 1987 and is part of the Go-Ahead Group.  The area that they service area is Hampshire which includes the cities of Southampton and Winchester as well as parts of the New Forest and coastal tourist areas.

The model is based upon fleet number 1641 (HF66 CFM) which has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Bluestar in 2017. It is liveried for route 1.

The standard of tampo printing appears to be very high and the livery of the original bus has been reproduced in fine detail. As seems to be the current fashion the only difference between the two models is the direction of working. This allows the same bus to be sold in two slightly different versions.

The model is a one-piece casting with gasket-mounted windows as well as twin tree protectors at the front. The front dome and curved screens are captured too. Inside there are handrails on upper deck and lower deck, and other fine details.

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The Non-Hot Wheels Mebetoys Mercedes 280SE

By Frank Koh

All text and photographs copyright of the author.

The Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class was an icon of the seventies, and several model car manufacturers released miniature W116 cars. This one’s by Mebetoys of Italy, a 1:28 scale 280SE.

For some reason, this model was never labeled as a Hot Wheels product, despite the fact that most other Mebetoys cars from its era bore the Hot Wheels logo on their baseplates and were marketed as Hot Wheels vehicles. If my memory serves me right, at the time this Mebetoys Mercedes was released, the only genuine Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz model was the 280SL sports car from the regular Hot Wheels line in 1970.

Could it have been that even in the seventies there were serious auto manufacturer licensing and intellectual property issues that the toy companies had to deal with? Or did Mattel Mebetoys feel that the W116 280SE was just too “dignified” to have a “Hot Wheels” logo cast onto its baseplate?

Mattel, Inc., the parent company of Hot Wheels, purchased Italian diecast manufacturer Mebetoys almost 5 decades ago, and by the early seventies the Mebetoys catalog of 1:43 and 1:24+- scale vehicles showed extensive use of the “Hot Wheels” name and logo. Surprisingly though, this rare and realistic 1:28 scale Mercedes-Benz W116 series 280SE flagship sedan from the mid seventies bore no “Hot Wheels” markings on the baseplate.

The item was labeled only as a “Mattel Mebetoys” product, despite the fact that this exclusive casting was released during the Mebetoys Mattel Hot Wheels era, and may have very well been designed by the same styling team that did all of those marvelous Mebetoys Hot Wheels Italian-made vintage models, including the famous Gran Toros line. As far as I know the other 1/43 and larger scale Mebetoys products from that era thru the end of the seventies and the early eighties bore the Hot Wheels logo and were marketed as Hot Wheels vehicles, but not this one.

I have owned this Mebetoys Mercedes for close to 30 years now, but its provenance remains a mystery. That is probably why it remains one if my favorite Mattel cars.

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Bijou Transkits

By Maz Woolley with Rod Ward

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Authors.

Looking in a dictionary “Bijou” means something small but desirable. At one time Estate Agents in the UK used it to describe very small and expensive residences in desirable locations, especially in London. Rod Ward chose it as a name of one of his model ranges which consisted of a variety of models and transkits.

Rod remembers that sales of the early Bijou models were brisk, but that the last dozen or so sold really slowly. He says that the white rubber moulds for the resin castings lasted for about 60 shots, and that they did not make a second mould for anything after BJ014. With such low sales of the later models Rod stopped production, and sold the remaining stock over a period of time. He sold the last he had left with the closure of Model Auto and now the only way to obtain them is on the secondary market.

Many of the kits were transkits providing parts to adapt an existing model to create a new version and Rod says that he didn’t think that British collectors understood the transkit ethos.  Of course with the cost of the base model and the Bijou kit the end model was fairly costly, but on the other hand it was of a model that was otherwise unobtainable. In other cases the models were “orphans” from other ranges. In some cases the models could be obtained from Rod’s Model Auto shop as finished models

The listing below has been provided by Rod Ward and gives the full detail of the Bijou range.

BJ001 Vespa parascooter as used by the French Army, fitted with a bazooka. 1:30 scale white metal KIT (based on Scottoy Mercury copy Vespa, with UK-made white metal additions)
BJ002K Bugatti T52 Baby white metal KIT or handbuilt made for us by Auto Replicas to 1:43 scale
BJ003K Austin ‘Pathfinder’ pedal car white metal KIT 1:43 scale – adapted from a plastic original
BJ006M London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Model Auto Show 1995’ promo livery
BJ006T London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Typhoo Tea’ original livery
BJ007 Rigid Inflatable boat with outboard motor, plastic made in Portugal
BJ009 Triumph Herald estate 1:43 scale resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ010 Triumph Courier van 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon can come with Whitbread or Standard Triumph decals (base model not included) WB
BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Reliant 3-wheel van (base model not included) WB
BJ012 Austin A35 Pickup 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A35 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ013K AOMA trailer caravan 1920s-30s timber-frame style (ex Sun Motor Co 202) 1:43 scale resin Kit ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ014K Rex trailer caravan, curved shape 1930s-40s (ex Sun Motor Co 203) 1:43 scale resin KIT ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ015 Curtiss Aerocar artic trailer caravan 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ016 Curtiss Aerocar artic ambulance trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ017 Curtiss Aerocar artic hotel bus trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ018 Packard tow car for BJ015, BJ016, or BJ017 (1:43 scale resin transkit body only for Solido Packard, base model not supplied) mastered by John Roberts
BJ019 M8 Greyhound armoured car (ex Sun Motor Co 331, 1:50 scale resin transkit for Solido M20 scout car, base model not supplied) WB
BJ020K Sales trailer: Chips, ice cream,Refeshments, booking office, recruiting office etc (ex Sun Motor Co 204) 1:43 scale resin KIT adapted from BJ013
BJ021 Austin A60 Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A60 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ022. Vauxhall Victor Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Victor saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ023. Austin Allegro Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin Allegro saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ025. Commer ‘Cob’ Van.1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ026. Morris Marina Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ027. Morris Marina Pick-up.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ028. Morris Marina Van. (‘Wimpey’ decals) 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
WB – the master was made for Model Auto by Bill Barnes of Tober Models
JQ – the master was made for Model Auto by John Quilter

The models which caught my eye at the time were the transkits. And this article shows the three I have made up, and the parts of a fourth which I have yet to paint and assemble. The kits are supplied are designed to make it quite straight forward to make up the model without too much “kit bashing” involved. Though sometimes parts from the original Vanguards model need to be cut to fit to the new model.  Care is needed though when stripping parts from the donor car such as the jewelled lights, headlight surrounds, wing mirrors etc.

BJ009 Triumph Herald Estate Car

Here the donor was easy to find as there are lots of cheap Vanguards Herald saloons as they sold them in a plain box for a cheaper price for a time. As can be seen mirrors, lights, bumpers, rear light cluster and base and wheels all come from the donor car. Inside the interior is re-used.


BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon

Here we have a kit to convert the Reliant Supervan made in Lledo Vanguards series into a Reliant Regal saloon. These cars were produced in significant numbers in the 1960s when their cheap tax was appealing. Always slightly dearer than the base Mini the attraction of their cheaper tax was lost on many. However, they did last well as the Fibreglass body was fairly robust, the simple chassis sturdy, and the small lightweight engine powerful enough to move the light car as quickly as was safe!

The lights, interior and base and wheels had to be swapped from the original model and a new body and vacform completed the model.

BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.

A donor Vanguards Hillman Imp or other Imp based car is needed. From this jewelled headlights, wipers, part of interior tub, bumpers,  base and wheels are taken.  In this case the base, which also forms the cars sills and front valance, may need to be resprayed to match the new  body shell making this one of the trickier conversions. That means the steel wheels also have to be repainted in body colour.

It is always a good idea to find a donor car where the wing mirrors have not been fitted as removing them can be problematic though spares can be bought if needed.

The Husky was quite scarce so any model of this is welcome.

The Comer Cob would be identical though with blanked out rear side windows and a slightly different interior arrangement.

BJ028. Morris Marina Van

This kit was obtained on eBay in the recent past and is complete with its original Wimpey details, Wimpey are now part of Taylor Wimpey but they were previously a large general builder dealing with everything from Industrial plant to housing estates. As can be seen the kit provides a new body, interior, dash, and vacforms. To make it you need to retain the base and wheels, grilles bumpers and lights, mirrors and windscreen wipers from the donor.

The Marina van sold extremely well and was widely used. It was always a wonder why Lledo never made one originally as they could have sold it in many liveries. I look forward to making the kit up when the weather allows outside spraying again.

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A Cautionary Tale

By Robin Godwin

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

I don’t know if this has happened to anyone else, but thought I should bring it to the attention of collectors of the Atlas Dinky series. While putting my Leyland Octopus Flat Bed with Chains in a display cabinet, a rear wheel fell off. To my surprise, it turns out the axle is (partially) hollow and the wheel is retained in place by a press fit pin (no evidence of glue), visible in the pictures, designed to look like the spun axles of the original Dinkys.

It is not hollow all the way through, or at least I couldn’t push another pin any deeper than the allowance for the pin. I assume this must be a less expensive assembly method, or designed to reduce quality control rejects. In any event, I was lucky to find the small pin on the carpet, but losing a pin would be very frustrating to the collector. A spot of crazy glue will fix this, but handle your models with care in the meantime. I cannot tell if the opposite end of the axle is of the same construction, I tried to remove the head, but it would not come out. Similarly, I do not know if this method is also used for the cars and smaller vehicles in the series.

Ed: I am sure that all of us who have collected this series are grateful to Robin for the warning. It would be fascinating to know how widespread the use of these pins is across the Atlas Dinky range.

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A look around in November 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs provided by manufacturers and wholesalers.

There is a huge range of models being released in the final quarter of this year. This article looks at models from a wide range of manufacturers that we do not often review.

Bburago and Maisto

Both brands from the same maker. Well known for budget models and often selling in toy shops and stores which offer few other model vehicles. The models are often in larger scales but 1:43 models also feature.

B18-11040 1:18 Bugatti Chiron

Bburago Triumph Bobber 1:18

M31409 1:10 Honda Repsol 2017 Marc Marquez #93

Ready painted assembly kits 1:24 ferarri FXX-X

M39124 1:24 Build your own Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

B18-31456 Mercedes Benz car transporter with 1 x 1:43 die cast car

B18-30393 1:43 Suburu WRX STI 2017 sold from trade pack




CMC models are famed for being both expensive and beautifully modelled. Here we see a group of Ferrari racing cars built to their usual very high standards. All the models date back to the classic 1950s racing scene.

CMC M183 Ferrari D50, 1956, GP Italy (Monza) #26 Collins/Fangio

CMC M184 Ferrari D50 yellow GP Belgium #20 Pilette and Lancia D50 #6 Ascari

CMC M185 Ferrari D50,1956 long nose, GP Germany #2 Collins


Many of the Atlas Jaguar models have yet to be seen under the Ixo brand. Here we have the Mark Ten which appeared in the Atlas series with a rather ‘tip-toes’ appearance in maroon. Here we see it in a pale blue with slightly more detailed wheels. It still has Jaguar on the number plates rather than realistic ones.


IXO CLC291 Jaguar MK 10, metallic-light blue, 1961

Almost Real

They are makers of detailed 1:18 scale resin models, many sold in as promotionals by the manufacturers. This is a model of one of the last Defenders made.

ALM 810307 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage Collection Green

Road Kings

Following the Scania recently looked at in MAR Online  there is now a new model. Again this is a classic tractor unit, this time from Mercedes-Benz. Again it looks a large and impressive diecast model.

Mercedes LPS 1632 1969 blue/red/black 1:18


These resin kits are very detailed resin models mostly to 1:18 scale and are made in Italy.

TEC 18111C Lotus Evora 410 met green 2017

These models are made in small batches. Batches are also to be made in yellow, silver and black

TEC 1897A Bizzarrini P538 Le Mans 1966 #10

Driven by Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky. The same mould has been used to produce two press versions in red and blue. There is also to be a blue Can-Am version.

CMR (Classic Model Replicars)

CMR make diecast models in China. They make a wide range of classic racing models. Most models are in 1:18 scale.

CMR 045 Porsche 917 LH #18 24h LeMans 1971 Rodriguez, Oliver

CMR 070 Ferrari 340 Berlinetta Mexico #20

3rd placed in the Carrera Panamericana  in 1952 driven by Chinetti and Lucas

CMR 111 Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe #12 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Schlesser and Grant

CMR 112 Shelby Cobra Daytona #59 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Harper and Sutcliffe

CMR 113 Aston Martin DBR1 #5 Winner 24h LeMans 1959

Driven by Shelby and Salvadori

CMR 12006 Ferrari 330 P4 #21 2nd 24h LeMans 1967 1:12 Scale

Driven by Scarfiotti, Parkes

BoS (Best of Show)

Best of Show is a brand produced for ModelCarGroup in Germany. The models are made in resin in China. Initially BoS models were made in 1:43 and 1:18 scale at a lower standard than the premium brands MCG own like Neo. After they stopped making 1:87 scale Neo models they introduced a slightly less detailed range of resin 1:87 scale models under the BoS brand. Here we see two of the Renault cars available which feature good wheels and detailing.

Renault 18, rot, 1978

Renault Fuego, metallic-dunkelbeige, 1980


Another MCG brand made in China from resin to 1:18 scale. These are detailed models and considerably dearer than their MCG diecast 1:18 scale range.   Following the fashion to model the immediately pre-war German streamliners that is popular with many ranges this year.

Maybach DS8 Stromlinien-Cabriolet Spohn, light grey and black  1934

Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, black and beige 1935