Readers Letter – Atlas Dinky Deluxe

Like you, I have been told that my collection is complete, and again my account shows as cancelled. For fun I clicked on the re-activate button and received an email with the following text – 


Dear Customer,

The company is going through a reorganization and Atlas is unsure if the models will come back in stock. Should you wish to contact us again on this subject, please make sure you insert the reference above in the title of your email.

Yours faithfully, 

Customer Services 


Looking at your list I am missing #17, #19 and #20. However, I have received – around mid-September last year – a Simca 1500 Saloon with Luggage. Dinky #523. [Editor: Looking at my old reviews so have I! The Atlas produced collection record is clearly faulty and I need to check it out.]

As you say the expected Binns Road models have never materialised and one wonders if they ever had plans to produce them? I didn’t opt for the garage so that is not an issue for me but I take your point.

I have subscribed to a number of these Atlas offers:

  • British Police Cars – all went well
  • Dinky Trucks – I never received the Guy Spratts van despite many many emails from Atlas suggesting it was all in hand after a number of months I get told that they had sold out! This led to another exchange of email but sadly no Guy Spratts van.
  • Dinky Toys Collection – I cancelled the standard Dinky Toys collection as I didn’t like the way that was going.
  • British Touring Car collection made me feet let down as I was expecting, perhaps naively, a model of every winning car.
  • Dinky Vans collection – well that never really got off the ground!
  • However, I must say that overall I have been very pleased with my purchases its just a shame that their marketing and communication is not particularly transparent.
  • I wonder what will become of the tooling for the British trucks – Bedford, Guy, Leyland and Foden. Perhaps Dan Toys will be allowed to use them? 
  • Regards, Stewart Gorman.

However, I must say that overall I have been very pleased with my purchases. It is just a shame that their marketing and communications are not particularly transparent.

I wonder what will become of the tooling for the British trucks – Bedford, Guy, Leyland and Foden. Perhaps Dan Toys will be allowed to use them?  [Editor: They are already using some of the French DInky Trucks so it is possible]

Stewart Gorman via Email

Readers Letter – DeAgostini Dinky Collection

Readers may be interested to know that the DeAgostini Dinky Toys range is currently in limbo with delays to the issuing of models. The next issue is due on 26/03/19, then next is 24/04/19 and then 22/05/19 a month rather than a fortnight between each model. The reason is said to be shipping delays.

After that date the collection is supposed to revert to fortnightly issues starting 05/06/19. We will see!

Ray Young via Facebook

Editor: I have checked with Fabrizio who is covering the DeAgostini Dinky Collection in Italy for us, where it started earlier than the UK, and he says that there have been no noticeable delays there where the collection is nearly complete. One wonders if this is bad management or whether the number of subscribers is falling to a point where DeAgostini are considering when to bring the collection to a close and slowing the models ordered for now?

Cult new for 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Cult models are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale in China and are distributed from the Netherlands. The range policy is to make models of vehicles that have reached cult status. Although most are classic European subjects the range does include some Japanese classics as well.

They have recently announced their new releases for 2019 which are new colours on existing mouldings .

The models span many eras and countries of manufacture. All are of vehicles that influenced design or where popular sellers in their market segment.

CML038-2  Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato silver


CML041-2 Aston Martin DB6 gold 1964


CML044-2 Porsche 356 America Roadster metallic green 1952


CML057-2 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe black 1931


CML060-2 Rolls Royce 25-30 Gurney Nutting All Weather


CML064-2  Austin Mini Cooper Mark 1 red and black 1961-63


CML074-2 Mercedes-Benz 280SE W126 silver 1980


CML075-2 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC C126 green metallic 1982


CML080-2 Austin 1100 maroon 1969


CML081-2 Land-Rover Discovery Mark 1 silver 1989


CML084-2 Sunbeam Supreme MKIII black 1954

This car is better known here in the UK as a Sunbeam Mark III. Rootes dropped the Talbot name with this model and the ‘Supreme’ tag comes from the radiator badge which says Sunbeam Supreme.


CML091-2 Triumph Spitfire Mark II red


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky Toys is complete

By Maz Woolley

Many collectors received an email late on 20/3/2019 like the one shown below stating that the Atlas Dinky Deluxe series running in the UK is complete.

When I looked at my account on the Atlas website the collection shows as cancelled and not as complete and two models that I have not yet received are shown as having been sent. It will also be interesting to see if those who subscribed to the series at the higher rate to pay for a ‘Dinky’ garage will actually get one, and if not what DeAgostini as the owner of Atlas will do about taking their money under false pretences.

If we look at the collection advert above from their website it reflects the original publicity material for this series. I note that two models in the picture have never shipped to collectors: the Ford Galaxie; and Mercedes 230SL. Yet DeAgostini is currently selling them on their ModelSpace site. It seems a very poor reward for those who have subscribed to the series that they have to scrabble about elsewhere, and pay more, to get models that they should have had in the collection in the first place.

For the sake of completeness I include a table below which lists all the models that Atlas/DeAgostini say formed my collection though please note the final two are ‘in the post’. My apologies for the inconsistent presentation that is as Atlas created the entries.

If any reader has any details of additional models that they have received from Atlas in this collection please let me know (maronlineeditor@gmail.com) so that if there are any others we can create a full list.

It is clear that the collection was very different to that many UK collectors hoped for. The original test marketing promised many Binns Road Dinkys that have never appeared. There are even items on the revised collection advertising, issued when the collection finally launched, that have not been delivered to subscribers.

All in all I believe that the business practices of DeAgostini and its Atlas subsidiary have fallen well short of what loyal customers might expect. They accepted subscribers to series like the Jaguar Collection and Dinky Trucks long after they had finished the collection for early subscribers and then closed the collections for later subscribers well short of delivering them all the models the earlier subscribers got. They have also failed to send out advertised models in various collections despite the fact that in some cases the items were being sold to the wholesale trade in significant numbers and even available on DeAgostini’s own Model Space website.


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Autocult and Avenue 43 Release Three 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

We have recently had news of the third release from Autocult in 2019. As usual the release features a wide variety of unusual models. All the models shown below have been resin moulded to 1:43 scale in China for Germany.

In the streamliners series there is the unusual propeller driven
Schlörwagen. In the small cars series there is the little known BMW 531. A racing car appears in the form of the Kaimann Mk4 Formel Vau “Niki Lauda”. And finally there is another addition to the trucks series in the form of the Tatra T23.

In the line that Autocult distribute, Avenue 43, there is a
BMW 2200ti Garmisch Bertone.


03016 BMW 531 (Germany, 1951)

Following the Second World War BMW‘s management struggled to identify the direction that the company should develop in. The board was strongly in favour of concentrating on producing luxury cars but the development department was tasked with creating a small car to provide a step up from a motorcycle and sidecar. It was to use existing motorcycle components where possible.

The car used a modified 600cc twin boxer motorcycle engine with an additional fan for cooling and took two years to create the prototype as the development work for the 501 was the highest priority. The finished prototype was front engined and had rear wheel drive with seating fro two adults and two children

Though a pretty car the BMW management did not ever approve it for production as the 501 turned out to be a commercial success. In hindsight the over reliance on income from the 501 was one of the reasons that BMW found itself in trouble in the late 1950s and the BMW 700 which was also built on Motorcycle technology was the car that stabilised the company. Perhaps if the 531 had been introduced BMW might have had a more stable stream of income throughout the period?


04020 Schlörwagen mit Turbinenantrieb  (Germany, 1942)

This experimental car was created during the Second World War by Karl Schlör von Westhofen-Dirmstein who mounted a large shielded propeller powered by a captured Russian engine on his streamlined car which was already fitted with a standard Mercedes-Benz 170 H power unit. In effect the engine and propeller unit acted to significantly boost the power of the car. 

The streamlined car was shown to be very much more efficient than the standard Mercedes-Benz 170 before the propeller was fitted but people did not like its looks and there was no chance of it being adopted for production.

One wonders what the car would have been like to drive with both the engine and propeller running. History has not recorded any details of test drives but the lack of modern stability features and the weight and thrust at the rear might well have made the car practically unsteerable at speed. 


07012 Kaimann MK IV ‘Niki Lauda’ (Austria, 1969)

Formula Vee was an open wheel racing series which was based on cars using Volkswagen engines, a bit like the Formula Ford series. Kaimann were an Austrian racing team whose 1966 entry was powered by a tuned Volkswagen 1200cc engine and could reach about 160KPH and which was very competitive from the start. In 1968 the ‘MK III’ emerged with improved tubular frame and a heavily Volkswagen 1300 cc engine which lifted the top speed to 180KPH.

In 1969 Kaimann introduced a new young Austrian driver, Niki Lauda, who was only 20 years old. With wins at Monza and Sopron and several 2nd places, the talented youngster showed the ability which was to take him to the top of Formula One racing in years to come.


11010 Tatra T23 (Czechoslovakia, 1931)

The legendary Hans Ledwinka joined Tatra in 1921. He is best known for his development of very distinctive streamlined cars but his chassis design used in the cars also found its way into the way that trucks were built.

The heavy-duty T23, was developed from the T13 and became available in 1927. The term “heavy” referred both to the chassis and to the large 7.4 Litre engine . The truck was a respectable and reasonably economical performer but it was the quality of the chassis that made it stand out. The independent swing axles gave an excellent ride well ahead of its competitors and the suspension was designed to allow the wheels to be at a slight angle until heavily laden when they would be pulled into a vertical position.


Avenue 43

60021 BMW 2200TI Garmisch Bertone

The 1970 Garmisch was based upon a design produced by the Bertone Design Centre for a car based upon the mechanics of the BMW 2200 TI, and was aimed at updating the look of the BMW range.

It is a conventional front engined, rear wheel drive four-seater coupé. Bertone devoted particular attention to the details like the large rectangular front headlamps, the linear motif which runs along the wings and the honeycomb-effect covering of the rear windscreen.


The car was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show and its sober, elegant styling was part of a new trend in Italian design and many elements in the design can be seen in Alfa Romeo and other production cars later in the decade.

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Matrix March 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Here are the details of the latest releases from Matrix. These models are all moulded in resin to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All are produced in limited quantities and two have already sold out on dealer’s pre-orders so may be particularly difficult to obtain.

Matrix prices have risen very considerably over the last few years but they seem to have steadied a little in recent months. I hope that this continues as I feel that sales must have declined as some Matrix models crossed the 100 UK pounds price point.

New Models

MX10108-031 Aston Martin DB6 Volante grey metallic 1966

The DB6 was an in-house styling exercise with the major emphasis upon wind tunnel testing to stop the back end lift that was experienced on the DB5, and re-engineering the height to give more space inside. The solution was a Kamm tail with a small lip spoiler at the rear. It was in production from 1965 to 1970 when it was replaced by the DBS. The convertible was made as the ‘Volante‘ from 1966 and only 140 were made.

This model is in silver with the hood down.


MX10108-032 Aston Martin DB6 Volante red metallic closed 1966

Here is the same model painted red and with its hood up. A neat presentation of the hood. It follows the earlier Matrix DB6 coupe which was painted a bright yellow.


MX 40108-011 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt red 1953

This DB2/4 was a one of its kind Bertone bodied fixed head coupe commissioned by Stanley H ‘Wacky’ Arnolt. There is also speculation that the lost Arnolt chassis, LML/503, may also have been bodied in this style. The car was delivered by Arnolt to a French customer in 1955. The design was by Franco Scaglione, It is powered by the later DB2/4 2.9 litre engine.

This model is painted red the colour that the car was in when delivered from Bertone.


MX40108-012 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt white 1953

The same car as above, literally in the case of the 1:1 scale car. Bertone was proud of this styling work and the car was seen in white at a Turin Motor Show. In more recent times the car made its way to the US where it currently resides. The car never went into series production because David Brown decided to stop supplying Aston Martin rolling chassis to Coach Builders.


MX40604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe “Bumblebee” Vignale #0197EL black / yellow 1952

This model is another that dealers have taken up the whole output already clearly expecting this unusual variation to sell out quickly.

Vignale built about 153 Ferraris from 1950 to 1954. Not all were stylistic successes. The 212 Export Lungo modelled here by Matrix is known as ‘bumble bee’ due to the yellow and black colours used. They have vestigial rear fins and the classic Ferrari egg crate grille.

This car was originally delivered to a French customer, then was exported to the States before ending up in the UK where it was fully restored to its original finish before travelling back to the US again.


Another version of the same VIgnale Ferrari. This time in classic red. Less distinctive than its sister model but perhaps more typical of the colour selected by customers.

MX40604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red 1952


New Versions

MX20302-372 Chevrolet Suburban K10 brown metallic 1978

Dealers have pre-ordered the entire run of this model so they obviously anticipate them being popular with collectors.

The model is of a seventh generation Suburban which was the longest lasting being in production from 1973 to 1991 though there were considerable changes in styling and engine line up over the long run. The Suburban was a truck like full sized SUV typical of the time.


MX20303-072 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon black 1942

The Town and Country wagon was introduced in 1941 and production was suspended in 1942 as the US turned to full scale war production after their entry into the Second World War.

The Matrix model captures the original well with the narrow chrome strips making up the grille and on the rear wing neatly added. The pictures suggest that the wooden panels have been simulated well too.

The Town and Country returned to production in 1948 but only as a sedan or convertible. The pre-war eight passenger wagons were the last of their kind.


MX40201-062 Bentley 4.25 litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton grey metallic 1937

Matrix do not tell us which coachbuilder the car was made by. From the styling a continental coachbuilder seems more likely than a traditional UK firm. The lack of a running board and the way that the rear wings have been handled suggest a French origin perhaps?

In any event the model is excellent with the dramatic lines around the faired in rear wheel being very crisply captured.

The Carlton grey seems to suit the model better, in my opinion, than the blue and white colours used on its previous appearance in the range.


MX51311-041 Maserati Mexico Speciale by Frua red metallic 1967

The Maserati Mexico was derived from a 2+2 prototype shown on the Vignale stand at the October 1965 Turin Salon. It used a 4.9-litre 5000 GT chassis which had been damaged. After the show the prototype was sold to the Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos so the model became known as the Mexico. Vignale’s prototype was so well received that Maserati put it into production debuting in August 1966.

The car modelled by Matrix is not a standard Maserati Mexico. In May 1967 a German Maserati importer had a special Mexico  made by Maserati and bodied by Frua.  Appearing like a 4-seat Mistral but built on the 3500 GTs tubular chassis this prototype ‘Mexico’ was fitted with the Mistral’s six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte.


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Oxford Diecast Jaguar Mark V DHC

By Maz Woolley

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

I am a little late to look at this model which is one of Oxford Diecast‘s releases to 1:43 scale from 2018. The Jaguar Mark V Drop Head Coupe (DHC) is available with top up and top down, here we show the top down release in opalescent silver. The top up versions are available in dark blue and British racing green. It follows Oxford’s excellent 1:43 scale SS Jaguar. Like the SS Jaguar I expect that a version of this model will appear in the 1:76 scale range eventually.

Photograph copyright of HIstoric Auctioneers recognised.

The Mark V was produced from 1948 to 1951 replacing the 2.5 and 3.5 litre saloons and inheriting their six cylinder pushrod engines based upon pre-war Standard units.  It was available as a four door saloon and a two door convertible known as the Drop Head Coupé, both versions being full five seaters.  It was a transitional model and introduced engineering developments that would take Jaguar from being a small specialist car firm to a major player in the luxury and sports car market by the end of the 1950s. For the first time a Jaguar was fitted with independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes, and was specifically designed to be produced in both right and left hand drive. Also introduced were the classic wheels fitted with smaller 16″ tires, sealed headlamps and flashing turn signals for the important American market. It was the last car whose styling was influenced by the classic SS Jaguar lines developed by William Lyons before the Second World War. It was replaced by the more streamlined  Mark VII whose style was developed from that introduced with the the XK120 and which took the large Jaguars forward during the 1950s and which not only featured integrated wings and mudguards but also the classic XK engine .

The car modelled by Oxford Diecast was featured at auction in 2014. It was built on the 1st of December 1950 and first registered on the 3rd of February 1951  by the Northampton licensing office. The model looks very true to the original car in colour and finish with the wheels accurately reflecting the Ace wheel trims, painted rims, and Jaguar details on the wheel centre.

I am glad to say that this model reaches the same standards that their excellent Rolls-Royce models have in this scale. The metallic flake in the opalescent paint finish is quite fine and the overall paint finish is very good indeed.

The hood irons looked too large to me until I looked at the original car and saw that Oxford has got them quite right they are huge on the real car too. The crumpled effect of the folded hood has been well realised though the plastic is perhaps a little too reflective.

Door handles are moulded in and painted silver. They are so small on this car that separate items would have possibly looked over scale so I am perfectly happy with the moulded in ones.

The interior is well modelled too with nice wood effect dash and door cappings. The leather seats and door trimming is nicely matt and matches the colour of the real car. Even the nice matt floor is the light grey of the original car’s carpet.

One criticism is that the dash board has been rather simplified with the secondary dials and radio not shown.

The grille, bumper and lights are excellently moulded and finished and the number plates are excellent. The light lenses are first class with a representation of the bulb moulded in and the chrome light rims are delicately modelled.

A leaper is fitted and is quite finely modelled and does not look over scale. This was actually an optional accessory on the original car and the car this model is based on is fitted with one.

There is a small gap round the main lights faired in pods, which are separate plastic items, but it is scarcely noticed at normal viewing distances so it is no real issue.

The rear lights are part of the rear bumper assembly and are painted over silver background which is an effective solution. A neat boot handle is good.

After a run of disappointments with some recent Oxford Diecast models this model reminds me how good they are when they get it right.


Other versions of the Mark V available include an Atlas Jaguar Collection model, made by Ixo, of the DHC with top up as shown in the photograph below.

Neo produce a Mark V Saloon as shown below, a vehicle that is also available as a 1:43 unglazed pewter model by Danbury Mint also shown below.

Neo Jaguar Mark V Saloon – Photograph from Neo Models
Picture copyright rights of eBay vendor recognised.

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Geneva Motorshow 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

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

{Editor’s comment Fabrizio’s photographs of cars at the Geneva show not only show us some of the prototypes we can expect to be modelled in the near future, it also shows us the direction of travel of the car industry and the contradictions between governmental policies and the reality of achieving change in our complex modern society].

For many years, more than I dare remember, I have visited the Geneva International Motor Show. This year is the 89th show and was as usual a showcase for many concept cars as well as a few new production cars. Of course any Motor Show is nowadays not really a place to compare production cars and decide which to buy next. Manufacturers prefer to show their strength and vitality with concepts and prototypes designed to attract media attention.

Motor Shows are undergoing major changes: many manufacturers are deciding to give them a miss and this means that shows are starting to lose their meaning. Last year we missed General Motors, Infiniti and Opel, to them this year we could add Alpine, DS, Ford, Land Rover, Jaguar, Hyundai, RAM and Dodge, whilst Abarth was blended within FCA. There were some new names like Aurus, dr, Piech, Arcfox as well as some returning names from the past like Ginetta and Hispano Suiza.

The result was that there were many empty spaces: they tried to fill them with almost unknown names, who will probably be gone by next year’s show, and with refreshment and relaxation areas. However to avoid overcrowding near popular stands like Porsche, Bugatti or Ferrari spaces had to be left clear. A bit disappointing for visitors and one questions whether it can still be regarded as an International Motor Show? On balance the answer is ‘yes’, not least because Motor Shows round the world are all changing and are no longer the same as they used to be. On the positive side the presence of some “old” cars from Citroen and Bentley, plus the special Abarth expo (the Engelbert Möll’s collection, already seen at Retromobile 2018) and the Golden Sahara II, a 1956 ‘dream car’ recently restored with the help of Goodyear. A less positive introduction is the presence of classic car dealers: a introduction which doesn’t fit with the conventional image of what should be at a Motor Show.

We’ll leave the fine details of all the cars to the technical reviews. The accent was obviously on electric cars, with a focus on the fact that the charging infrastructure needed is totally lacking almost everywhere. Will Hybrid cars become the norm in future to overcome the lack of infrastructure for pure electric cars? It is possible, even if they do not meet all the targets set. It is clear that the internal combustion engines will live on for a long time, as it will not be possible to entirely replace them for many, many years.

Styling is, alas, still heavily sculpted, in a useless “manga” way. Who really likes the aggressive fronts of Lexus or Toyota ? Thankfully Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and in part BMW, are reverting to more flowing lines. Renault concepts are becoming more frenzied every year: what’s the use? Are they are only there to impress the media? This used to be rule for Sbarro or Rinspeed, but is it appropriate for a 120 year old brand?

In my view the show was a bit disappointing, but perhaps it is only a period of change while they are looking for a new format for future Motor Shows. Let’s hope they find the right one soon.

Photographs from the Show

A general view of the show hall


Abarth expo


Arcfox GT


Audi e-tron gt concept


Aurus Senat


Bentley 3 litre Red Label Speed 1927


Bugatti La Voiture Noire – Front View

Bugatti La Voiture Noire – Rear View


Citroen AmiOne


e.Go Life


Fiat Centoventi – Front View

Fiat Centoventi – Internal View


Ginetta G10/G11 1965


Golden Sahara II 1956 – Front View

Golden Sahara II 1956 – interior


Hispano Suiza Carmen


Honda e-prototype


Kia Imagine


Nobe 100


Peugeot e-legend


Piech Mark Zero


Pininfarina Battista


Porsche 917 K


Puritalia berlinetta


Renault EZ-ultimo


Sbarro GTC


Smart forease+


Volkswagen id.buggy


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MAR Online Reader to Win an Unique Goldvarg

By Maz Woolley

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Have you ever wondered what happens to all the pre-production models produced to make sure that the final product is right and that the selected paint colours come out correctly? Well in the case of the Goldvarg Collection Sergio has decided to share some of them with collectors. He is entering everyone who is subscribed to his website before he selects the winner in March 2019 a chance to win a unique colour sample which has already been shown here in MAR Online

Now Sergio Goldvarg has kindly offered a superb prize for one lucky MAR Online reader in celebration of the announcement of his new issues for 2019 , click here to see an article about the Goldvarg 2019 releases.

So what is the prize? Sergio will send the lucky winner a unique pre-production sample of the 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint in white. The production model is due to ship in the first half of 2019 but the winner will get a pre-production sample which will be a great addition to their collection. The photographs below from Sergio show the model to be won.

To win this prize you need to send an email to me at maronlineeditor@gmail.com with: your answers to the five questions below; your name and country of residence; and your preferred email contact address. All those who send an email with the details above and the correct answers to the questions below which arrives in the email box by the end of the closing date of April 2nd 2019 will have their names placed in a hat and one will be selected as the winner. The lucky winner will be contacted by email after the draw so that they can provide a delivery address for Sergio to send them the model.

QUESTIONS

  1. Who was the maker of Sergio’s first toy vehicle?
  2. What country was the final white metal Goldvarg model made in?
  3. What is Sergio’s Profession?
  4. Which comic strip characters were used in adverting for the Ford Falcon?
  5. What is the first name of Sergio’s Wife?

Now don’t forget!

Email your answers to maronlineeditor@gmail.com with your full name and your country of residence and state your preferred email contact address should you win.

For those who love the model, but don’t win the competition, the full production version of this car will be GC-010 B 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Polar White and it is expected to be available to buy by mid-year.


Terms and conditions

The editor’s judgement on the correctness of answers is final.

Only a single entry per person is allowed and only those entries which include a full name, country of residence, email address, and correct answers will be entered in the draw.

Only emails which are in the editors email box by the end of April 2nd 2019 will be eligible for the competition.

The winner will be contacted by email after the draw to obtain their full postal address and their name will be announced in an article following the draw in April 2019.

The model will be send to the winner by post by Sergio Goldvarg.

Listed members of the MAR Online editorial team are excluded from the competition. However, our contributors are free to enter.

Please note that any email addresses supplied will not be added to any contact or mailing lists or used for any other purpose than to run this competition.


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Large Scale Lamborghini LM002

By Matt Beaumont

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

The LM002 is an off-road vehicle and just over 300 were manufactured by Lamborghini from 1986 until 1993. It was an unusual departure for Lamborghini which, at the time, was primarily known for high-performance, hand-built, super/sports cars. The LM002 was not the first of its kind to be built by Lamborghini. Two prototype vehicles, the Cheetah and the LM001 paved the way for LM002. Both were intended for military use, but were not well received. The LM001 introduced the idea of using a front mounted Countach V12 to power the car which was carried forward to the next model, the LM002, which was the first of the three to see series production by Lamborghini. The LM002 is part of a series of vehicles, the Lamborghini Militara,

This was, in its day, a beast of a car measuring nearly 5 metres long and 2 metres wide and it weighing 2700kg. This physical mass was probably one of the reasons it had a 40ft turning circle.

Other big numbers, for the time, relating to this car were: an engine of 5.2 litres or even an optional 7.0 litre; the fuel tank which held 169 litres; the massive 325/65 VR 17 tyres; and the performance which was a maximum speed of 130mph 0-to 62mph in a very respectable 7.8 seconds.

The Model

I would like to say that this review is based on my own opinion, and my views of the model that I bought.

The model is produced by GT Spirit (GTS) under their own brand and also made for Kyosho. At the moment there are two versions: a white one with a red interior (the subject of this review) marketed by GT Spirit; and a black one with a white interior marketed by Kyosho. Both versions are limited to a batch of 500. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale in China. This is GT Spirit’s standard material for their models.

The Exterior

GT Spirit have done a very good job in replicating the LM002’s looks, note I didn’t say good looks!. And the model is up to their usual standard. The wheels look very crisp and have the tyre valves present in the cast of the wheel, the massive balloon tyres are very nicely done as well, Glazing is up to the usual resin model standard of GT Spirit, Otto and the like.

 Some really nice touches include the replicated chequer plate in the rear section of the car and the hand rails around the top of the same area. Seats are fitted in the external passenger area for troops or bodyguards I suspect.

Lighting has been done very nicely as well, with bulbs visible in the main head lamps.

The Underside

Not a lot to say about this. There is the usual GT Spirit fair but minor detailing. The base also features the metal plaque with the number in the edition and the 2 cross head screws holding the model together.

The Interior

This can be only viewed through the window apertures as this is a sealed resin model. What can be seen looks well done, for instance you can clearly see switch gear wood trim displayed on the dash and the stereo head unit in the overhead console between the driver and front passenger. I am not sure that I would have specified the red leather interior that they use, but it is well modelled.  I did try to take the model apart to get a better look but the base did not want to separate from the shell and being resin I did not want to force the issue.

In Summary

Personally I am very pleased with this model and I was fortunate to find it on e-bay at a reasonable price, but if you are tempted to buy one shop carefully as some traders seem to be applying a premium to this model as they do with all of the GT Spirit and Otto releases, and I’ve seen some being sold at more than twice the price that I paid. For some reason the black Kyosho version is often dearer than the white GT Spirit, why I don’t know as they were both limited to the same number in the edition.

So if you’re a fan of this big old beast from Sant’Agata there’s nothing really to to stop you buying it as no one else currently produces it in 1:18 scale though Look Smart are rumoured to be releasing it later this year.

CMF produced a version some years ago though I have never seen one in the flesh.  T.R.L Models advertised models in a range of colours: red, white, matte black, green and in full camouflage ‘dress’.  Each colour was limited to an edition of 99. The red one featured the OZ alloy wheels, the rest all have the same wheel design as the GTS model. Be cautious if you go down this route as  I have read that they had issues with paint discolouration emerging on the white version over time.


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