By Hans-Georg Schmitt
Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.
The fourth and fifth items released in the new Editions Atlas Ambulance series in Germany are a Citroen ID Ambulance and a Barkas B1000.
7 495 104 Citroen ID19 Ambulance (estate)
The new DS models from Citroen, designed by the legendary Flaminio Bertoni, appeared in 1955. A cheaper version without the complicated hydraulic system was launched as the ID. In 1957 an estate version followed, the model name depended upon the number of rear seats, and could be Break, Familiale or Commerciale. With its comfortable suspension system, the car was predestined for use as an ambulance car. The use of ID 19 ambulance cars was widespread in France and an unknown number of lives were saved by these fast and comfortable vehicles.
The miniature is authentically shaped. The flowing lines of the body are exactly reproduced. The lower part is painted in grey, the roof in white. Many small separate parts are used and even the typical roof rack is not forgotten. The Interior is well executed, only the distance between driver seat and the typical Citroen style steering wheel with bent steering column is a bit too short. The rear windows are covered by blinds so the interior is obscured which helps hide the fact that the stretcher is missing, though a seat for the emergency doctor is included. The wheels are accurate, but the base is only lightly detailed.
7 495 105 Barkas B 1000 “SMH – Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe”
The Barkas B 1000, launched in 1961, was manufactured until the end of the DDR in 1990. In spite of its modest three cylinder two-stroke engine of 991 cc, which supplied only 42 hp, it was very widely used in the former DDR as a van and by the rescue services. In 1976, the “Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe” was introduced so citizens of the DDR would receive help when and where it was needed.
This model is one of a unit used by the emergency doctor service and is on the base of the ubiquitous Barkas B 1000. The Barkas SMH 3 has a special coachbuilt body to provide enough space inside for patients, rescue services, and all the medical equipment.
The miniature captures the original well and is well painted in white and red. Wording and other details are well executed. A lot of small parts are fitted to represent special equipment like the three blue warning lights, a loudspeaker, a search light and two fog lamps. The Interior is very good with a dashboard showing instruments, and well modelled steering wheel and phone equipment. The stretcher can be seen in the rear. Both the wheels and base plate have been modelled in some detail.
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