News from the Continent March 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is a view of a selection of models issued by Herpa from the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. All are to 1:87 scale mde in Europe for Germany.

309370 Scania CS HD articulatedrefrigerated box truck “GS Transports”

The city of Luckau, south of Berlin, is the base for GS Transports. Herpa has now released their new Scania tractor, which is pulling a refrigerated box trailer promoting Scan Trans Service. Do not forget Scania also belongs to Volkswagen.


094078 Porsche 924 “Police of Northrhein-Westfalia”

The Porsche 924 was acquired in 1981 and was operated by the highway police, Moers. The model features an emergency light, roof prints and the NRW logo on the bonnet.


024716-004 Skoda 1000 MB

The first rear engined passenger carmade by Skoda was launched in 1968, Its four-stroke petrol engine developed 52 hp from a 1107 cc engine. It was good for a top speed of 127 km/h. The miniature is very well detailed, and some small components are separately inserted.


309417 Volvo F 12 Canvas-cover drawbar “Deutrans”

This drawbar is issued in a revised design of the vehicles of the haulier of the “German Democratic Republic”. These trucks ran through the whole Western Europe. The drivers were always high ranked Stasi officers, who had to spy against the ‘class enemy’ as well as delivering goods.


309769/309776 Scania CG 17 4×4 rigid Tractor – white or orange

This up to date tractor unit is a new mould.


309660 Mercedes-Benz Econic Box-truck “Special Action Police NRW”

This striking vehicle will be used by the police of Northrhein-Westfalia for special environmental measurements.


23175/23176

309820 Ford Transconti drawbar with canvas cover “Haulier Offergeld”

A classic truck in the design of the haulier Offergeld from the 1970s. It is possible that the range will be enlarged with models of their trucks from the 1950s.


094382 Volkswagen Transporter T6 Multivan “Fraport Safety Car”

A black moulded body, authentically printed and fitted with a red warning light bar. This vehicle is destined for use on the internal airport area.


094337 Mercedes-Benz Atego Rosenbauer turnable ladder truck
“Firebrigade of Ingolstadt, Bavaria”

The body is authentically shaped and printed. The ladder is very finely moulded and is fully extendable.


310024 Volvo FH Gl. XL articulated refrigerated box truck “Gesuko”

The company was founded under the name “Gesunde Kost”, (healthy food). Today they own 55 articuated refrigerated trucks. The company is located in Bad Hersfeld, Hessia.


308663 IFA G5 Three-way tipper

Some of these 6×6 trucks survive and are today stars at the old timer truck meetings in the eastern part of Germany.

Here Herpa has updated the cab and given it a new body.


310215 Anniversary set “80 Years of Haulier Wandt” Brunswick, Lower Saxonia

The set is contains two articulated canvas-covered trucks in typical Wandt livery with different tractor units, MAN and Volvo FH.


Atlas Dinky – Mercedes-Benz 230SL

By Maz Woolley

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

Well the Atlas Dinky Deluxe series has finished without delivering all the models shown on the original advertising. If you study the picture below you will see the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Mercedes-Benz 230SL which I believe were not delivered to any subscribers here in the UK. So DeAgostini’s management of Atlas’ closure is responsible for subscribers being sold short. It is not as if the models are not available, as DeAgostini is selling the missing models on its own website for a higher price, all marked Atlas on the boxes and bases.

Banner from Atlas Editions web site – part of the advertising for the collection.

The equivalent French market collection from Atlas, Dinkies with opening parts, ran to many more parts and included the missing models shown on the UK advertising as well as many more. The French Atlas organisation no longer has any trace of these series on its website with the whole site now changed to Altaya Model Space, Atlaya being another DeAgostini brand.

So here is a look at one of the models that subscribers were expecting which I obtained from DeAgostini, but the box and the base of the model are both clearly marked Editions Atlas.

French Dinky #516 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL launched in 1964 and withdrawn in 1970, is a model from the peak of Dinky France‘s model making. The box has a lovely attributed period illustration with the car emerging from a mountain tunnel and being driven by a cool guy in his shades. Of course the yellow painted car was never actually produced as the model came in silver, metallic grey, and red. Here Atlas has chosen to model it in metallic red which suits the car well. The car is as ever marked 1:43 on its base which carries full Mattel and Atlas licensing details.

The model captures the original cars slim but sturdy shape very well. and the metallic paint is nicely applied, albeit that the bonnet seems a little darker than the rest.

The car features a removable hood which lifts off with all the windows to create an open car.

The interior is modelled fairly basically, though the nicely shaped front seat backs tip to give access to the rear shelf. Like many other French Dinkies there is no cutaway below the dashboard for the drivers legs. Although the interior tub is fully sized there are no door card details either. But then this was sold as a toy for children.

In addition to the plastic detachable roof both bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) open and a neat representation of the engine with Mercedes-Benz star on top is moulded in plastic and fitted in the engine compartment.

Tyres are as usual well presented but do not have Dunlop imprinted as so many other French Dinkys do. The wheel hubs are the standard shiny steel wheels. Lights at the front are separate plastic lenses and painted at the rear. The grille, body mouldings and badges are all well moulded and the bumpers are part of the base plate.

All in all this is a very nice model and well worth seeking out by those who have the Dinky Deluxe Collection, though why we should have to pay DeAgostini an extra couple of pounds for the pleasure of owning what we expected to be shipped in the collection I do not know.


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Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.

Schuco

February 1/2019

EDITION Pro.R43
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

EDITION 1:87
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car

AVIATION 1:600
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box

450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”

A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.


450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”

EDITION 1:43
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige

This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

EDITION PRO.R32
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed

450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

EDITION 1:87
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

EDITION PRO.R43
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

452016900 Volkswagen Beetle “Lady-Bird”
452018000 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI

EDITION 1:87
452633000 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) – red

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

452637600 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster – red
452638400 Airbus Helicopter H145 “DRF”

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1963 Mustang II Concept from Automodello

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

With the stunning debut of the Mustang I concept in the summer of 1962, Ford had a problem, and became—in a sense—a victim of its own success. The little 2-seat, mid-engine sports car had generated tremendous excitement, but it was essentially a hand built experimental prototype sports racer, New Ford boss Lee Iacocca had greenlighted production on a sporty little production car called the Mustang, but it would be based on Ford Falcon mechanicals and share virtually nothing with that original concept but the name. Ford needed to direct all the excitement over the prototype toward a more production-ready version of the Mustang, and thus the 1963 Mustang II Concept was born.

Development on the production Mustang was well underway in preparation for its April 1964 release, so unlike the traditional concept car, the Mustang II would not shape the street car’s configuration—it would follow and foreshadow it. That was its purpose: to bridge consumer expectations and get the public ready to accept the production pony. The Mustang II Concept was actually built on one of the production Mustang prototypes by Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST)—a fabrication company Ford had used for this type of job previously.

DST yanked off the bumpers and designed a special front grille and valence, establishing the corralled pony grille trim that would be such an iconic part of the production ’64 model. Special spear-shaped front fenders were designed and incorporated mesh-covered headlight recesses. In fact, that valence and the front fenders are all a single piece of steel grafted onto the front of the production-spec Mustang. The rear got similar treatment, with the rear cap being extended, the triple taillights elongated into the lower valence and quad exhaust tips extended through it.

The car started life as a notchback hardtop, but DST sliced it into a roadster that mimicked the look of the production convertible, but no folding top was installed. Instead they built a one-off removable hardtop. Under the hood sat a largely stock 271hp Hi-Po 289 with a few tricks to enhance showmanship, like trick lifters specifically designed to make the Mustang rumble like a race car.

Working in close concert with Ford, and following its 1:24 replica of the 1962 Mustang I Concept, Automodello now offers collectors the chance to own another essential chapter of the Mustang story rendered in 1:24 resin with photoetched metal detail and trim.

The Mustang II Concept, as it appeared in 1963 in white with blue stripes, will be produced in 299 pieces as the Standard Edition, while a special Tribute Edition specifically authorized by Ford comes in just 50 hand-numbered examples wearing Tribute Red. Both include a removable hardtop.

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More 1:18 Promotional Models from Santa’s Sack

These BMW 1:18 scale promotional models by Kyosho and Norev
come from Santa Claus’ almost empty bag. Here are three 1:18 scale promotional models for my collection, all from BMW, one by Kyosho and two by Norev.

BMW 5 series (G30) M Sport 2017

The 5 Series range is currently in its seventh generation, it is BMW’s second best-selling model, and was the first one to use the three-digit model naming. A real cornerstone for the Munich brand, its technical specs have steadily evolved since 1972, always including a “performance” model, the “M”. It has been available as a saloon, an estate car (wagon) or a fastback. It has been powered by four and six-cylinder, V8 and V10 engines, either naturally aspirated or turbocharged. Diesel engines have been available as well as petrol , and nowadays there is also a plug-in hybrid.

The G30/G31/G38 family was officially announced in October 2016 (on sale from February 2017). The G30 is the saloon, G31 the estate car (wagon) and G38 the long-wheelbase saloon (exclusively for the Chinese market). Based on the same modular platform as the 7 Series (G11), the CLAR (Cluster Architecture), it uses a mixture of different grades of steel and aluminium, plus aluminium for the roof and all the opening panels. Equipment includes, among other things, an updated iDrive system, a new heads-up display, and all the more recent ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).

The scale model is by Kyosho (BMW code no. 80.43.2.413.788 in Bluestone metallic, also available as no. 80.43.2.413.789 in Sophisto grey), and represents the M Sport equipment level, the top one, aside from the Individual. Together with a long list of aesthetic upgrades, there is lowered suspension (about 10 mm) with shorter springs and more rigid shock absorbers, improving traction and reducing roll, for even more dynamic handling.

The scale model body is diecast in metal with the usual additional plastic components, all hand assembled in China. Engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, and a deep paint finish. All four doors can be opened, as can the bonnet (hood) and the boot (trunk). Alas, the rear safety belts are unrealistic, no screwdriver or soft tissue are available, but there is a useful small tool, to help open the opening panels (the gap is very small). Bravo Kyosho.


BMW M5 (F90) 2018

The F90 is the M5 model for the G30 generation, and is the first M5 to use all-wheel drive. Shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, it is powered by an upgraded version of the twin-turbo V8 engine used in the previous generation; a 4.4-litre producing 591 hp, with an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as the sole transmission option, and an all-wheel drive system that can switch between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive mode.

A higher performance version with 625 hp, the M5 Competition has been available from the end of 2018. No need to illustrate all the technical enhancements.

The scale model is by Norev (BMW code no. 80.43.2.454.783 in Marina Bay blue) and shows similar characteristics to the G30 above. The interior is very well detailed, including the safety belts, and every switch is complete with its specific emblem, down to the rear doors crystal lift switch. Really well done.


BMW 2002 Hommage 2016

Presented at the 2016 Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’Este, the 2002 Hommage celebrates the fifty years of Series 02, paying a special tribute to the 2002 Turbo, one of the most significant models of the “propeller” brand, re-imagining it as a design study for the present times. Its long wheelbase, short overhangs and marked “shark nose” silhouette promise an exciting driving experience, helped by the advanced aerodynamic details, such as the large spoilers in the front and tail and the numerous air vents, Even the paint is special : a “Space Race Metal” with varying reflections on the shades of grey, blue and azure. Many historical details are re-interpreted in a modern way : the body’s top surfaces are painted with opaque shades, so as to avoid reflections in the sun, and a horizontal carbon ribbon wraps the body at shoulder height, inspired by the chromed one that framed the historic 2002. Likewise the heavily rounded wheel arches are inspired by the racing version of the Turbo, while the headlamps are framed by gold colour reflectors that remember the yellow projectors used once in the races (and underline the 50th birthday, the “golden” one, of the BMW 2002). The BMW Motorsport livery on the apron and the inscription “Turbo” in mirrored characters recall the famous stickers of the original car, while at the rear the squared lighting unit and the BMW emblem to the right of the plate also are a characteristic element of the tail design of Series 02. A racing livery (Turbomeister) was presented at Pebble Beach in August 2006.

The scale model is by Norev (BMW code no. 80.43.2.454.780 in Space Race Metal) and shares the same characteristics of the other models of the Hommage Collection; a closed body with no opening parts. But the inside is well detailed, complete with a golden roll cage, alas missing the safety belts (why ?). The paint is an accurate reflection of the real car: matt on top surfaces and glossy on the sides. The Hommage Collection is steadily growing, granted that in a few months we’ll see also the Turbomeister version.

Well, thanks a lot, Santa, I promise I’ll be a good boy!


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Wiking Models March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is the latest news on the releases from Wiking in various scales. All these models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

Toy Fair “Silver News”

1:32 Scale

JCB Fasttrac 8000

John Deere 4-track 9RX – first articulated caterpillar

John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

Manitou MLT 635 telehandler

Krampe hook lift THL 30 L

1:87 Scale

Here are pre-release prototypes in plain silver plastic as shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.


DKW 3=6 transporters 1955-1962

Büssing 4500

This model has been made using new moulds.


Mercedes-Benz LP 333 “Millipede” [Tausendfuessler]

Mercedes-Benz long distance Pullman cab

Bonneted tractor units with flat bed for heavy loads

Older tractor units get new trailers.

IHC 1455 XL tractor

New hose reel accessories for Rosenbauer AT

Volvo L350H wheel loader

New Items April 2019

1:87 Scale

0652 03 Volvo L 350F wheel loader

0368 03 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

0797 23 Volkswagen Transporter T1 Samba bus

0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 globetrotter motor home

0224 47 Renault R4 fire brigade

0262 06 Citroen HY box van fire brigade
0623 03 Mercedes-Benz L 5000 fire brigade emergency vehicle

0430 20 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 makeshift wine tanker

0488 02 Henschel HS 165 T articulated flatbed truck ‘Haulier Schulze’, of Berlin.

0459 01 Mercedes-Benz 1638 drawbar for hauliers ‘Brothers Mönkemöller’

Model Upgrades April 2019

1:160 Scale


0982 42 Büssing 8000 articulated tanker ‘FINA’

1:87 Scale


0817 06 Jaguar E-Type roadster – yellow

0225 03 Renault R4 box van ‘Renault Service’

0290 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 pick up ‘IKEA’

0092 38 T&B Caravan

0510 01 Magirus S3500 articulated flatbed truck

0388 16 Joskin tipper trailer

0631 02 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet breakdown truck

0460 01 Scania 111 flat bed drawbar

0990 95 Set “Porsche Tractor”

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Matrix Models April 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has recently announced last release in April and future releases for May 2019. As ever a fascinating mix of models with a significant number of historical sports cars in addition to the coach built specials we expect to see.

All the models announced are moulded in resin to 1:43 scale and finished with photo-etchings. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Unfortunately there are only a few illustrations of the models available, most being illustrated by photographs of the real car which do not give us any chance to evaluate how good the model is.

Most of the models shown are new mouldings and announced for the first time, whilst others are new models that have been announced previously.

Expected April 2019

MX40604-062 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

Another version of the 212 Inter in well chosen colours and with Matrix good wire wheels. The interior models the tan leather seating well.

Expected May 2019


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-022 Bugatti T40 Roadster yellow / black 1921

MX40205-071 Bugatti T55 Roadster yellow / black 1932

A nice model of a classic Bugatti with typical nice Bugatti wheels well captured and the yellow stripe round the wings and running boards well applied.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-072 Bugatti T55 Roadster black / red 1932


MX41001-021 Lister – Jaguar racing green 1958

A British motor racing classic. Designed around the straight six Jaguar engine that had powered the D Type.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41001-102 Jaguar Pirana Bertone green metallic 1967


MX51001-061 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept silver 1990

This is a design study that looks to the Author like a stretched Rover 75 and it was yet another attempt by an Italian designer to clothe Jaguars in a newer style of body in an era where they were determinedly traditional.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX51001-062 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept green 1990

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier


MXR41001-021 Lister-Jaguar Daily Express Silverstone Moss #29 first green 1958

Malcolm Campbell was fond of fast cars for private use as well as for setting records. He had raced Type 37A Bugatti cars in grand prix races in France before he set his sight on world record breaking. His private cars were painted the same colour as the Bluebird record cars. A tradition his son, Donald Campbell, kept up. The model looks like it captures the Bugatti lines very well and the colour is convincing.

MX40205-091 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-092 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue half open 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41607-082 Singer Design Porsche 911 orange 2014

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX50205-022 Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe green 1951

A curious beast! Campers seem to be very popular models at the moment with a continental partwork given over entirely to them. Here Matrix do not credit the maker of the camper section and a whilst a search of the internet showed up a photograph of this camper at a show it did not give details of the maker. Perhaps the printed details to the rear of the caravan might give the maker away but the photograph’s resolution is not detailed enough to see what it says.


MX50304-061 Citroen ID Camper blue / gold 1973


MXR41302-011 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia Jenkinson / Moss #722 winner 1955

The famous winner of the Mille MIglia modelled here with tyhe passenger area covered and with what looks like two flyscreens. This is curious as the car run in the race had a single one piece full with screen and was open on passenger and driver’s sides as Denis Jenkinson sat there alongside Stirling Moss.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-012 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR RAC TT Moss/Fitch #10 first silver 1955

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-013 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR GP Sweden Fangio #1 winner silver 1955

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The 50,000,000th Ford in 1:43

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Two 1/43rd scale hand built white metal models of significant cars in automotive history were introduced at the 2019 National 1:43rd Scale Model Car Expo. The Expo was held in conjunction with the Countryside Toy Collectors Show, March 17th in Countryside, IL, USA. They are the 50,000,000th Ford produced, a Colonial White Fairlane 500 Galaxie 4-door sedan and the 2,000,000th DeSoto built, a Firedome Sportsman hardtop in Pearl White/Castilian Red, both by WMCE. It just so happened that these milestone cars were both manufactured in the 1959 model year.

The actual Ford had been the property of and on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan until it went to auction and is now in private hands.

There is no record as to the whereabouts of the 1959 DeSoto. These cars were both one-offs and were used for dealer promotional purposes back in the day.

A very limited number of these white metal models are now available. For more information, please visit www.route66modelcarstore.com or phone Buz in the US at 708-246-1543.


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M4 Model Cars Italy March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Group in Italy both design and manufacture in Italy. Models are diecast to 1:43 scale unless stated otherwise.

February 2019 Releases

We start with the releases made in February across their ranges.

ART Models

ART400 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

As run at the Grand Prix of Luxemburg, Findel in 1949 – driven by Luigi Villoresi – R.R. Winner


ART401 Ferrari 857 S

As run at the 1000 km Paris/Monthlery in 1956 – 5th position driven by De Portago and Hill


BEST Models

BEST9738 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

This is a Group 5 test car Varano 1979 this was driven by Riccardo Patrese and has been issued in a limited edition of 79 pieces with figurine.


BEST9739 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1200 HF

As driven in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally by Cella and Lombardini. It finished 5th over all and 1st in their class.


BEST9294/2 Ferrari 275 LM

A driven at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1968 by M.Gregory and C.Kolb


RIO Models

RIO4588 Fiat 1500 – 1936

Here the existing Fiat 1500 Casting is fitted with a roof rack carrying skis and a container for their fittings.


RIO4589 Ford 999

As used in Baltimore in 1904 to set a world speed record by Henry Ford. This is one of the early speed record holders produced by Rio over the years.


RIO4590 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1969

Another release of the Muira 400S. Here painted gold.


RIO4591 Mercedes-Benz 20-35 Landaulet 1909

Here the model is based upon a car featured at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. However, the Rio product manager has had the name stated incorrectly. This car is a Daimler as it was produced before the company merger that formed Mercedes-Benz took place in 1926..


March 2019 Releases

ART Models

ART034/2 Ferrari Dino 246 SP

Here modelled as the winner of 1000 km Nurburgring 1962 driven by Hill and Gendebien.


ART402 Ferrari 212 Export

Here the car is finished as first in class winner and fourth in class and second overall at SCCA Pebble Beach in 1952 driven by A. Stubbs


BEST Models

BEST9740 Porsche Carrera Abarth

Finished as the car which finished 7th at the 12 hour race at Sebring in 1962 driven by Gurney and Holbert.


BEST 9741 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

A very unusual open Fulvia as entered in the 1000 km at Nurburgring in 1969. It finished 1st in the 1.6 class driven by Munari and Aaltonen.


BEST9742 Ferrari 308 GTS 1980

The Best 308 GTS finished in the colours used in the US TV series Magnum.


RIO Models

RIO4592 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Another release of the 128 Saloon from Rio. Here in a pale blue and in Rally trim level. Looking at the photograph I hope that production models are not as heavily painted as this as the shut lines seem to lack crispness on the photograph. The front sidelight created by simply tampo printing a silver square also looks like a compromise that reduces the quality of the model.


RIO4593 KdF (Volkswagen) Cabriolet

Here is a KdF modelled after the car given as a gift to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday on 20.April 1939. And accompanied by a period publicity photograph.


RIO4594 Fiat Balilla Ambulance car Africa 1935

This must have been of limited use as a military ambulance as it is a very short van body. It would also have been limited use off road as it was a conventional two wheel drive chassis.


RIO4595 Mercedes-Benz SSK

The Rio SSK casting here finished as a car that ran at Le Mans in 1932 driven by Foucret and Foucret. This wire wheels on this model reflect the age of the casting and need upgrading to meet current standards.


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Atlas Dinky Deluxe – #514 Alfa Romeo GIulia 1600 TI

By Maz Woolley

This is the last item that Atlas will be sending me in this collection., and I suspect probably one of the last shipments they make before being closed by DeAgostini. Regretably DeAgostini has decided that Atlas should close the collection down before all the models featured on the introductory material have been shipped, notably the Ford Galaxie 500 and Mercedes-Benz 230SL. I have asked Atlas Customer Services to refer my query as to why they have failed to ship these when DeAgostini is selling them in boxes marked Atlas on their Model Space web site. As yet I have had no answer and I am not holding my breath!

After a run of late French Dinky Models we get a classic from the 1960’s. Introduced in 1966 #514 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TI was given a lovely reproduction box with signed artwork. It was marked 1:43 scale on the base. This casting was later re-numbered 1401 and given rally markings.

The box is a lovely period piece at a time when those that could afford an Alfa Romeo in France wore hats, even when heading for a lovely seaside location. The original Dinky model was recently covered in Robin Godwin’s fascinating series comparing all the contemporary Giulia models, and the part covering the French Dinky may be seen here. Robin’s review suggests that the model from French Dinky was amongst the best contemporary models of the Giulia but points out that there were a number of moulding faults on his original that Atlas has chosen not to replicate.

The Giulia TI was the first car introduced in the Type 105 range. It was fitted with a mildly tuned version of the 1,570cc twin cam engine. As the TI Super and the Super were introduced it became the base model in the range. Early cars had all drums and these were replaced early in production by Dunlop disks all round. With a bench front seat it was marketed as a six seater but in truth four adults was the comfortable maximum. The TI production was brought to an end in 1967 when the 1600S was introduced as the new base model.

Here Atlas has modelled it in a very pale green but all my reference books say that it was produced in white, silver and grey. Does any reader know if this pale green was actually used by French Dinky?

The mode captures the real car well with the distinctive peaked rear window nicely modelled. And a neatly modelled grille.

The front lights are ‘gems’ and the rear lights are small plastic inserts. The front windows slide up and down with a small protrusion to help. Spaces for the number plates exist and a yellow square is shown to the rear. On the side the rubbing strip and side indicators and door handles are moulded in but not highlighted.

The opening parts are boot and bonnet as shown above. An engine bay moulding is part of the main shell and painted dark green rather than the rather less realistic silver often used for contemporary models.

The tyres are as usual for French Dinky, nice mouldings with Dunlop embossed. The wheels are simple polished discs, again as generally used by French Dinky.


Well that appears to be the end of models being sent by Atlas and the list below shows the models that I have received. I believe that I have received a compete set but if any reader has received any additional models from Atlas then please let me know at maronlineeditor@gmail.com. As there area number of models available which should, or could, have been in the Deluxe DInky collection I will cover those in future articles.


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