By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
Parts six to eight of this subscription collection have now been published. They continue to be diecast in China for Atlas Editions in Germany and all are accompanied by a booklet similar to those issued as part works.
7 495 106 Volvo 264
With the 264, Volvo produced an executive class car. Released in 1974 the impressive car was built as a saloon 264 and an estate 265 until 1982. The powerful engine in the spacious estate was a good base for developing an ambulance car. The car is a faithful replica of the original which was used in the Netherlands. The model is well detailed with many small separate parts inserted.
The accompanying leaflet contains a remarkable fault. It states that the big Volvo was fitted with front wheel drive when of course this was a front-engined, rear wheel drive car.
7 495 107 Volvo 145 Express
The Volvo 144 replaced the Amazon in 1966 and a year later the 145 estate appeared. This estate car was used in Sweden converted into an ambulance car. The reliable and economical vehicle was widely used in Northern Sweden.
The miniature is an accurate shape with good detailing and small separate parts added to enhance it. This time the booklet correctly states that it is rear wheel drive.
7 495 108 Citroen Type HY
The original for this replica entered service in 1965 for the German Red Cross in the Heidelberg area . The French Red Cross helped to fund the vehicle which was converted by the company Christian Miesen into a rescue vehicle.
The HY was so high that the emergency doctor could work standing upright beside the accident victim. A change from the cramped working space of an Ambulance car. Today this early emergency doctor vehicle is exhibited in the Red Cross Country Museum of Baden-Württemberg in Geislingen (www.rotkreuz-landesmuseum.de).
The model is well finished to a high level of detail. Its corrugated sides are well replicated. Small parts such at the emergency beacons, headlights and red cross signs are separate parts.
As is general in this series all three miniatures have minimal baseplate detail.
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