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Model Auto Review 1989 – Part One

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Artwork from Model Auto Review copyright of Rod Ward.

This is the ninth in a series of articles looking at each year’s output of the original Model Auto Review magazine.   This time we look at the first half of 1989.  We show you the  colour pages and contents to give a flavour of what the magazine looked like. 

What was happening at MAR in 1989?

1988 had seen an increase in the number of pages in MAR including the inclusion of colour centre pages and MAR was to continue in that format right through 1989. Many expert contributors continued to record what was happening in their specialist area were now contributing regularly and the magazine was developing a very international outlook with writers from round the world.

As Rod Ward pointed out in the first editorial in the year model sales had increased ten fold in recent years and new players kept coming into the market so this was a very buoyant time for model collectors.

1989 in general

1989 was an important year for me. I had recovered my childhood toys and was buying battered Dinkys, Corgis, and Spot Ons for restoration. I had discovered Model Aut Review and subscribed and though I admired the many kits and hand builts available bought very few. Suddenly Mattel’s Dinky and Corgi Classics were producing models of the cars of my childhood at a reasonable price and I was hooked.

The biggest events of the year were undoubtedly the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tiananmen Square Massacre, and the terrorist destruction of a British Airways Jumbo jet in Scottish skies. But it was also a year when we had a major plane crash at Kegworth in the East Midlands and the sinking of a pleasure boat on the Thames.

In the Cinema Little Mermaid and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade made there first appearance. On UK television we were all watching Fools and Horses and January saw the episode featuring Del Boys casual falling through the bar – one of the comic TV moments frequently voted as one of the best comic scenes of all time.

#36 Winter 1989

 

An arty cover started the year, something that was to be come quite a feature as the year went on.

Many well known names wrote in this edition which was also full of the new for 89 features.

Inside Front Cover

Inside Colour Pages

with New Dinky prototypes.

And here are Corgi Classics models.

Inside rear had Model Road and Rail Vauxhall Victor amongst exotica from France and Italy.

#37 Spring 1989

 

Another artistic interpretation of the MAR logo on this cover.

An interesting range of articles but fewer colour pictures this time as Catalogues from Shinsei filled the centre spread.

Inside Front Cover

Inside rear cover

Rear Cover

 

#38 Summer 89

 

Another completely different approach to the front cover.

Again a list of contributors who were hugely expert in their fields or becoming so!

Centre Pages

Inner rear cover


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Oxford Diecast – Release 2 2018

By Maz Woolley

Text by the Author. All cell drawings and listings provided by Oxford Diecast.

Oxford Diecast has announced their second release of 2018. Again there is a slight increase in the price of models but not a large one like many other ranges have had in recent months.

The models are currently only illustrated by cell drawings or CAD diagrams and no pre-production shots are available to share at this point. I include the cells were they are new tooling or a particularly interesting variation on an existing casting.

For 1:43 scale collectors there are only a small number of releases and only one new tooling a Bedford CF Ice Cream Van. I am sure that in later releases that will make its way to 1:76 and 1:148 ranges too. It is a vehicle overdue for a modern model and I do hope Oxford intends to produce a conventional van or even a camper van in future releases.

A first is a model to 1:50 scale. This is extending their very successful JCB licensing into a larger scale and I am sure that it will prove to be a popular model despite it costing more than Oxford 1:18 models. Talking of which there are no new 1:18 scale models in this release.

The Westland Dragonfly looks very impressive  though there are already many questions about its authenticity as the Dragonfly was a copy of the Sikorsky built under licence and there are various fuselage features which differ from original to copy and even between the Westland versions produced.

In 1:76 highlights include a Duple Commander initially in Southdown livery but sure to appear in more liveries next release and even as 1:148 I expect at some point in the future. We also see a Ford Zodiac Mark II appear in the range to accompany the second release of the 315 Capri in a nice blue and white two tone. A Burrell traction engine appears in this scale which I believe was supposed to have the non-scale living wagon to go with it until someone got the measurements wrong in the factory.

We get to see an Austin Maxi finally appear in an industrial diecast range not my favourite colour but I am sure that it will sell well none the less. Maybe it will bee precursor to Maestros and Montegos which are often asked for by collectors.

The Range Rover 3rd generation in 1:76 will be a very popular item and apart from obvious missing links like a couple of generations of Discovery Oxford is not far off creating a full history of Land Rover. Land Rovers also appear in two new and appealing sets. One a Universities overland expedition which was the subject of a contemporary documentary and the RAF Bloodhound kit reminiscent of the old RAF Corgi set.

In 1:87 the US series gets several new castings: Chrysler 300 Convertible from 1961; a 1968 Dodge Charger; a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; aDodge D100 Sweepside pickup; and a 1946 De Soto Suburban. If these models continue to be made to the very high standard that the recent 1:87 releases have been I am sure they will all be very successful even if they area little dearer than the 1:76 scale models.

Finally to the tiny 1:148 models made with plastic bodies and a diecast baseplate.  There are a surprising number of people collecting this scale of models and not just to go with model railways. However just two new tools this time the Land Rover Discovery 4  and the Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​.

Many 1:43 collectors have been voluble online about the gradual reduction of output from Oxford in this scale especially of ordinary cars. Many have been disappointed with the few models available this time. 1:76 truck collectors have also noted the lack of new tooling this release. Keeping everyone happy and keeping an eye on product quality is obviously a big challenge for Oxford. The Showman’s wagon being made with incorrect scaling applied is perhaps a symptom that Oxford are struggling to control production in China, it certainly fits with the concern over the quality of finish on some models.

1:43 Scale

 

43CF001 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Whippy​
New Tooling

43LAN188024 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas Bronze Green (Plimsoll)​

43LR2AS003 Land Rover Series IIA SWB Station Wagon Pastel Green​

43LRL006 Land Rover Lightweight Hard Top Fred Dibnah

43RRP3003 Rolls Royce Phantom III SDV Mulliner Claret/Black​

43RRP5003 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Windsor Blue​

MIN014N Pink Floral Mini Car – Wedding Wrap​

1:50 Scale

 

50FST001 JCB Fastrac​
New Tooling

1:72 Scale Aviation

72BE002 Twin Beech – FT996-811-HF 728 Squadron RNAS Hal Far Malta 1948​

72DG003 DH84 Dragon EI- ABI IOLAR​

72WD001 Westland Dragonfly Royal Navy WH991 Yorkshire Air Museum​ New Tooling

AC089 Lavochkin LA7 Sergei Federovich Dolgushin – 156 Fighter Reg. 1945​

1:76 scale

76BM02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green​Scale: 1:76

76D28003 DAF 3300 Short Van Trailer Pollock​

76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown​
New Tooling

76DEF016 Land Rover Defender LWB Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76DXF004 DAF XF Euro 6 Livestock Transporter Skeldons​

76EC003 ERF EC Flatbed Trailer Pollock

76ETYP012 Jaguar E Type Soft Top Imperial Maroon

76ETYP014 Jaguar E Type Silver Blue

76FB6004 Fowler B6 Showmans Loco No.14425 – Carry On

76FCC002 Ford Consul Capri Caribbean Turquoise/Ermine White​

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)

76FG004 Ford Galaxy Black​

76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground​

76FS004 Ford Sierra Sapphire Moonstone Blue

76FT3008 Ford Transit Mk3 British Gas​

76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines​

76FZ001 Ford Zodiac MkII Shark Blue/Pompadour Blue​
New Tooling

76GDSF001 Burrell 8nhp DCC Showmans Locomotive Masterpiece​
New Tooling

76J4003 Austin J4 Van Southern Electricity​

76JAG2007 Jaguar MkII Carmen Red​

76JFP003 Jaguar F Pace Italian Racing Red

76JS002 JCB JS220 Millionth Machine

76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown

 

76LAN2020 Land Rover Series 2 LWB Canvas Bluebird Land Speed Record 1960​

76LR2S006 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas REME​

76LR3S002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA​

76LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy

76LRDF011 Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird

76MMS006 Morris Minor MM Saloon Clarendon Grey​

76MMT010 Morris Traveller Limeflower​

 

76MX001 Austin Maxi Tara Green​
New Tooling

76NMN007 New Mini Chili Red/White​

76NQ2002 Nissan Qashqai J11 Pearl Black Metallic​

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services​

76P4004 Rover P4 Stone Grey/Juniper Green​

76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton​

76QLD007 Bedford QLD RAF 2nd Tactical A F -84 Grp 1944

76RAN005 Range Rover Vogue Aintree Green Metallic

76REL005 Reliant Regal Supervan Blue​

76RP006 Rover P6 Corsica Blue​

 

76RR3001 Range Rover 3rd Generation Bonatti Grey​
New Tooling

76SCT007 Scania Car Transporter Robinsons Autologistics​

76SET61 3 Piece Set BMW​

76SET62 3 Piece Set Bubble Car​

76SET63 3 Piece Set Hong Kong Police​

 

76SET64 2 Piece Set First Overland

 

76SET65 Bloodhound Missile Set

76SFE010 Scania CP31 Pump Ladder Shropshire Fire & Rescue​

76SHP007 Sherpa Van Telephone Service​

76SM003 Sherman MkIII 18 Arm.Reg -4th NZ Arm.Brg.Italy 1944​

76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green​

76T4002 VW T4 Van Grey White

 

76T5V001 VW T5 Van RAC​
New Tooling

76TAC006 TACR2 RAF St. Mawgan (Red)

76TR4004 Triumph TR4 103MU – RAF Akrotiri Cyprus

76TX4008CC TX4 Taxi Coca Cola

76VEL002 Range Rover Velar SE Fuji White​

76VWS002 VW T1 Camper Turquoise/White​

76WOT002 Ford WOT1 Crash Tender RAF Catterick (Red)

76XJS006 Jaguar XJS White (The Saint)

76XR006 Ford Escort XR3i Caspian Blue​

1:87 Scale

 

87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961 (Open) Mardi Gras Red​
New Tooling

87CP65005 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 White

 

87DC68001 Dodge Charger 1968 Bright Red​
New Tooling

 

87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969 Black​
New Tooling

 

87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick Up 1957 Tropical Coral/Glacier White​ New Tooling

 

87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban 1946-48 Noel Green​
New Tooling

1:148 scale

 

NDIS001 Land Rover Discovery 4 Ipanema Sand​
New Tooling

NFDE004 Ford 400E Van Royal Mail​

NFT021 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Fleet Maintenance

NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District​

NMN007 Mini Car RAF

 

NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​
New Tooling

NNMN005 New Mini British Racing Green and Union Jack

NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire

NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars

Non-scale

 

SP140 Showmans Living Caravan​
New Tooling


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Hachette Italy World Buses Part 15

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Parts 43 to 45

Three more European buses: a Spanish and we could say two Germans, because the Heuliez is the copy of a Mercedes-Benz one. All of them are from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.

No. 43 (no. 70 in the French collection) MAN 535 HO 1969 – The origins of MAN can be traced back to the XVIII century when the “St. Antony” iron works started operation in Oberhausen, in the Ruhr region. After many mergers and countless name changes, in 1898 the Maschinenbau-AG Nürnberg and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg AG merged to form a company that in 1908 was renamed Maschinenfabrik Augsburg Nürnberg AG (MAN). Besides ore mining and iron production in the Ruhr region, mechanical engineering (mainly railway and steel based building) became the dominating branch of business in Augsburg and Nuremberg, with spectacular works like the Wuppertal monorail and the first steel bridges. In 1915 they started to assemble Saurer trucks and after a few years their own truck chassis. Together with Rudolf Diesel and the Bosch company, MAN developed and perfected the high-speed compression-ignition engine, powering heavy trucks and buses. During the Second World War MAN supplied diesel engines for submarines and tanks, projectiles and artillery of every kind, becoming the target of massive Allied bombing attacks. After the end of the war the allies split up the group, separating mining, iron and steel production from engineering, plant construction, commercial vehicles and printing machines. In 1952 MAN presented its first bus with a rear engine and self-supporting body structure, the MKH2, soon followed by the urban Metrobus and its articulated derivatives. The 535 HO (for heckmotor, rear engine) was introduced in 1963, intended both as suburban and tourism bus, in competition with the Mercedes O321 and the Bussing Konsul-10. It was a limited success. Produced with a length of 9.3 or 10.3 metres, it had a very high flat floor, large windows and a six cylinder diesel engine with 135 or 160 CV. Its first version had a curved roof, sometimes with additional windows in the roof. In 1969 the roof was flattened, with higher side windows and squared headlamps. But the MAN history is very complex, for example from 1967 until 1977 MAN collaborated with France’s Saviem, badging their light to medium duty trucks as MAN, and after that a deal was signed with Volkswagen which lasted until 1993. Meanwhile in 1971 there was the take-over of the truck and bus division of the commercial vehicles manufacturer Büssing (the logo on the front of all MAN trucks and buses shows a lion, from the coat of arms of the old Duchy of Brunswick, headquarters of Büssing), but at the beginning of the 1980s there was a dramatic downturn of commercial vehicle sales caused by the oil crisis and the economic crisis. There were agreements with the Chinese company Sinotruk and later agreements and acquisitions of the Indian company Force Motors and the Brazilian Volkswagen truck and bus operation. In 2001 MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG acquired Neoplan Bus GmbH, creating Neoman Bus GmbH. Then, in July 2011, Volkswagen AG acquired the majority of the share capital in MAN, planning to merge MAN and Scania to create Europe’s largest truckmaker.

The scale model is based on one of the preserved buses, with the usual combination of a plastic body and a metal baseplate. It is well detailed with a bright livery in cream and red. The registration plate is from Landshut, a town in Bavaria in the south-east of Germany, situated on the banks of the river Isar.

The angular shape of the MAN is well reproduced, with the large windows well modelled and many small separate plastic parts, like lights, bumpers, mirrors and wipers.

A very nice front grille is fitted, only ornamental due to the rear engine, and good seats and nice chromed hubcaps. A minor fault is the missing steps at the front door, the transparent doors show a void in their place. There are no apparent differences to the French edition. A nice model of a tourist bus typical of the 1960s.

 

No. 44 (no. 59 in the French collection) Pegaso 6035 EMT 1972 – We have already seen the Pegaso history and its Z-403 Monoscocca (see part 3, no. 8) and how its parent company, ENASA (Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones S.A.), was took over by IVECO in 1990, and the Pegaso name disappeared in 1994 after building more than 350,000 vehicles. Its first trucks were slightly modified petrol engined Hispano-Suiza 66G, soon followed in 1949 by diesel models (Z-202), also available as articulated tractors, road train and coach or bus (Z-401). In the 1960s and 1970s, the impressive economic development of Spain allowed Pegaso trucks and buses to cross borders and link the Spanish economy with the European Economic Community. In 1961 Pegaso started with the “6000 range” the production of the “Monotral” buses and coaches, based on an Italian Viberti patent, a chassisless design with an underfloor horizontal engine, a very light yet full-length vehicle. These vehicles adopted the same design of the self-supporting structure used for the Z-403monoscocca“. Within the 6000 range, the models 6035 and 6038 were notable for the large number of units built,with the 6424 being the range’s latest development before the absorption of ENASA by Iveco, produced from 1989.   The first prototype of Pegaso 6035 was designed by the coachbuilder Jorsa and was tested on the streets of Barcelona at the beginning of 1965, it was a sturdy, spacious and aesthetically very nice bus. Equipped with an horizontal six online diesel Pegaso 9101 engine of 170 CV, mated to a hydraulic clutch, and a semi-automatic gear shift (Wilson). It had servo assisted steering and mixed suspension. It was one of the most popular urban buses in Spain during the 1970s and 1980s : Barcelona, Burgos, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, San Sebastián, Santander, Sevilla and Valencia were some of the cities that chose this bus, which remained in service for more than 20 years. The EMT fleet of Madrid bought 415 units, all with three doors, with access by the rear, except the last five that had only two doors, when the role of bus conductor was dropped. It was the last bus to sport the Madrid blue livery before, in 1974, the city council decided to change the colour of the fleet to red.   Production of the 6035 stopped in 1979, but during all its life it was constantly updated.   To meet the need for a larger capacity bus it was presented an articulated version, the 6035A, with a length of 18 metres. This was another success with more than 100 units in Barcelona bodied by Hugas and more than 500 in Madrid, bodied by Noge.

This model is also based on one of the preserved buses, with the blue and ivory livery typical of Madrid painted on the plastic body which is attached to a metal base plate, with the exhaust picked out in silver.

There is a very detailed front with the Madrid insignia and the joint emblem Jorsa/Pegaso, as well as the model name. The line number is 61, from the Moncloa bus station, serving the northwest of the Madrid region, to Calle de Narvàez, near the University Pediatric Hospital in front of the El Retiro park.

On the sides and at the back there adverts for the EMT night service. Well reproduced folding doors, windows and driver’s cab feature. More basic are the  seats and interior. There is a lovely “Pegasus” logo on the chromed hubcaps. Many small separate parts are fitted like the wipers, rearview mirrors, lights, and bumpers.

 

There is no apparent difference to the French edition. A nice reproduction of an emblematic Spanish bus.

 

No. 45 (no. 71 in the French collection) Heuliez O305 HLZ 1969 – The “French edition” of a famous German bus (more than 16,000 copies from 1969 to 1987) the Mercedes-Benz O305, the product of standardisation requested by the VoV (Verband Offentlicher Verkehrsbetriebe), the Association of German Public Transport. Similar buses were also produced by Büssing, Gräf/Steyr, Ikarus, Magirus-Deutz and MAN. Designed for use as a single-decker bus, it was later redesigned to accommodate double-decker bodies, and it was built as either a complete bus or a bus chassis. The engine was a horizontal six in-line diesel producing 210 CV, positioned at the rear of the bus. This was very reliable and almost noiseless. The body had a high floor, needing two steps, and a square shape with large windows. The Heuliez version had squared headlamps, a higher roof, different bumpers and lacked the small windows at the rear corners. Its origins came from a strong French nationalistic spirit: Compared to the Berliet PR100, the O305 was easily the winner, and it was preferred to have the benefits of the Mercedes-Benz but made in France and sold with a  French badge. Many in France resented the  “German invasion” as the German manufactured goods proved to be better than their competitors. On the initiative of Alain Chenard, mayor of Nantes and president of the Compagnie Nantes de Transport (future Semitan), fruitful contacts took place between Heuliez and Mercedes-Benz, leading to the production by Heuliez of all the buses exported to France. Heuliez was a company founded in 1920 to produce bodies on Renault, Citroën, Peugeot and Simca chassises. Heuliez specialized in the study and building of prototypes for manufacturers, producing short series for niche markets or derivatives, such as vans, convertibles and breaks in small series. Its subsidiary Heuliez Bus went through many different part-owners: from Renault to Volvo, to Irisbus, until it was entirely bought in 2001 by IVECO and it is now a 100% subsidiary of CNH Industrial.   After the O305 HLZ (more than 600 copies) it developed a minibus based on the Renault Master and more urban buses for French towns, like the GX107 and GX187. In the 1980s Heuliez was asked to renovate the O305 of Nantes: the oldest buses were unbodied, slightly lengthened and fitted with the body of the GX107, the interior was redesigned and the buses renamed GX44, while the most recent ones remained O305 until their reformation.

The model is shaped accurately and the white, green and orange livery appears authentic and neatly printed. The body is plastic, as usual, with a metal base plate with limited detail.

Many small plastic separate parts, like wipers, mirrors, lights and bumpers are used. It is fitted with accurate French registration plates for Nantes, a City in the Atlantic Loire. A basic interior is accompanied by a nice dashboard with lots of detail.

 

On the sides are two small adverts for Michelin ZX tires. Again there are no apparent differences to the French edition. An almost obvious choice, given the French origin of the collection.


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text is by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs in the Büssing Trambus section below are by, and copyright of, the Author. The photographs of the July release are all provided by and copyright of Wiking.

Wiking have announced the following releases in June 2018.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 32 John Deere 8500i forage harvester

1:87 Scale

 

0227 06 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W123 Exclusive “German Police”

 

0424 04 Magirus flatbed tipper truck

 

0673 07 MAN high-side tipper truck

 

0852 38 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet Teleservice box truck

 

0515 02 MAN articulated Flatbed truck

 

0634 05 Mercedes-Benz Pullman towing vehicle

 

0433 06 Mercedes-Benz flatbed with drawbar trailer

1:160 Scale

 

0932 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus

Model Upgrades

These models have been seen before in different colours and/or in a lower standard of finish.

1:43 Scale

0431 97 MAN TGM Rosenbauer ATLF fire service

Scale 1:87

 

0392 05 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411 with stanchion trailer

 

0018 19 Accessory pack “stacking containers II”

 

0808 10 BMW Isetta

 

0229 02 Opel Cadet C-type Coupe GT/E

 

0830 16 Volkswagen “Split Window” Beetle

 

0266 39 Puch G

 

0028 02 Volkswagen “The Beetle Convertible”

 

0270 45 Borgward B611 camper van

 

0380 03 Fendt Xylon tractor with bale grab

 

0509 01 Magirus Heavy duty tractor unit

 

0851 33 Scheuerle low-loader trailer

1:160 Scale 

0906 02 Fendt Favorit tractor with trailer

Büssing Trambus – Old and New.

A recent upgrade release included the Büssing Trambus finished in Deutsche Bundesbahn livery.

This bus model has a long history in the Wiking model range. It was first issued in 1951, assembled out of four components, the chassis, lower body coloured, seats and upper body part made from clear plastic. The rear wall of the lower body part showed the name “BÜSSING”. It was made as a result of a promotion model order.

Wiking owner Friedrich Peltzer was able to get substantial orders for such promotional models. The identifiers of this first version are: a wider front Radiator as well as dummy and convex shaped headlights. This mould was short lived, a new one was issued 1953 now with concave shaped headlights. It also had Büssing written to the rear, and a new baseplate which was more authentically modelled.

In the early 1960s the mould was reworked again. Now the model was issued without Büssing being moulded in and with another new version of the baseplate. Baseplate, seats and lower body were now fixed together and only the clear plastic roof was detachable.

The latest version of this model has now been released painted in the wine red livery of the former “Deutsche Bundesbahn”. This livery was in use until the 1970s. It also has silver printed mouldings for the first time.

Büssing Trambus – re-issue February 2018

 

Different versions of the Trambus: from right first one of 1951, to left, the actual re-issue.

 

Side views of the different versions

 

Different chassis : right the first one, left the current release

 

Front of the 2018 re-issue (left) and the first release (right)

The Trambus of 1951 is shown to the right of photograph.

 

Rear of the first Trambus with “BÜSSING”

 

Rear of the re-issue in 2018

 

Components of the Trambus from 1951, on the re-issue is only the roof is detachable.


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Atlas Dinky 1407 Simca 1100

By Maz Woolley

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

The Atlas Deluxe Dinky Collection continues here in the UK despite the liquidation of Atlas UK. As it has been almost exclusively based upon the French Dinkies from the continental “ones with openings” series I expect that it will continue whilst there are sufficient subscribers and stock left over from the French collection. The latest model delivered to me is Dinky 1407 Simca 1100.

First shown at the Sardinia and Paris Car Shows in 1967 the Simca 1100 brought SImca up to date with a front wheel drive power train and a five door hatchback body , as well as folding rear seats, disk brakes, rack and pinion steering, and independent suspension. This was a strong package and the car sold over two million units in all its variations, Hatchback, Estate Car, and Van.  It even formed the underpinnings of the Matra Rancho crossover in later years.

The model is painted in grey/silver metallic paint as it was issued in France. When production went to Spain it was painted in metallic green. Like much Dinky box art of the time the artist painted it in a colour, red, that was never used.  The Dinky model was in production from 1968 until 1971 in France then from 1974 to 1978 in Spain. A police car version appeared in 1977 as #1450  and was made under licence by Pilen in Spain with a black and white livery with light bar and Police decals.

The reproduction from Norev for Atlas is a good one. A nice silver grey paint has been used and given a lacquer finish.  The shape of the car and its “perched” stance has been well captured.

Lights are given a cursory silver paint at the front and red at the rear. the bumpers are nicely formed and the car is marked ‘1/43’. This makes the Dinkies from France of this period appealing as most are to this scale.

The opening parts that make this a Deluxe Dinky are the bonnet and hatchback. The hatch opens to show a neatly moulded tan coloured interior with a gear lever moulded in even if the dashboard is bare of all features.

One curiosity is that the engine compartment is painted green. One doubts if the real cars were. Maybe it is to provide a contrast to the silver bodywork as a silver engine would have not stood out at all.

The base is in plastic and the car has suspension fitted and has a slot to the rear to allow it to tow tabbed accessories.


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Editorial June 2018

The inevitable has happened, Atlas Editions have stopped taking orders this month and they have liquidated their UK trading entity. Atlas say that existing collections will be fulfilled, but that probably means that they will they keep subscriptions running only as long as they have appropriate stock in the warehouse. In many cases collections have been brought to a premature end, presumably to avoid having to order any more models from PCT Industries and others. At the moment the Dinky repro models are not reaching wholesalers, though they are being sold on DeAgostini’s web site. Almost every other range has models reaching wholesalers which will end up at toy fairs and on eBay for the next few months.

I wonder how many collectors whose interest was captured by Atlas will go on to collect models from other suppliers? Eddie Stobart collectors will move on to buy Oxford Diecast models I am sure, and the collectors of Atlas aircraft can find lots to interest them in ranges from Oxford and others. But what about the “retro” Dinky collectors? Could Hornby exploit the gap by launching a range of Corgi Toys replicas? Autocraft and Promod both have some of the Morestone Modern Products/Budgie moulds and are casting new models using the original moulds. Autocraft’s Budgie boxed Volkswagen Beetle, as seen in a recent article by Robin Godwin, and Volkswagen Microbus are nostalgic reminders of childhood.

What is less certain is how these changes will affect the Chinese Diecasting companies. PCT Industries, owners of Ixo, has obviously been the supplier of many Atlas ranges. What will they turn to to keep their factories occupied? Will they seek partners in the US and Europe to sell their own budget ranges directly to the public, or will some of the other partwork companies like Hachette take the opportunity to fill the gap? Or will they shift production away from model cars entirely to industrial fitments and other castings?  It will certainly be interesting to see.

I would like to thank our contributors for their interesting articles which have enlivened the site this month. Don’t forget that you too could be a MAR Online contributor. Just send us some words about your collecting interests and a few photographs, and we will turn it all into an article for all our readers.


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Oxford Diecast Pontiac Bonneville Coupe 1959

By Maz Woolley

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

Oxford Diecast has issued a re-coloured version of their 1:87 scale diecast in China for the United Kingdom 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe.

The re-colour is in sunrise coral with a white roof which is a very period look.  Our review of the original issue can be found here. The model itself is excellent with a lot of very fine printing of chrome embellishments and very neatly printed wipers and window surrounds.

The wheels are excellent and the printed badges and side chrome fine.

To the rear the rear lights, badging and chrome strips are very delicately done, remember that this model is only 1:87 scale!

Inside nothing is picked out but there is a nicely moulded interior with neat door cards and dashboard.

All in all a lovely model and a well chosen colour which is enough to persuade this collector to buy another model from the same casting.

What I cannot understand is that this lovely Pontiac model which is up to the highest standards of 1:87 metal casting and finishing is made by the same company that produced the crude Isetta shown below which we recently reviewed. How can this be? Does Oxford have multiple teams responsible for models and the resultant model is good if the A-Team do it and poor if not?

After being disappointed by the model above I went back to the London Toyfair pictures and I note that the Heinkel Trojan casting on show appears to rely on the same large central shaft to hold the base on which is a very considerable disappointment. Most 1960s toymakers didn’t resort to such crude engineering.


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News from the Continent April 2018 – Wiking Releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

As usual Wiking have released a number of new releases which are supplemented by re-colours of previous issues. To look at the new releases first. All models are plastic mouldings made in Europe for Germany unless otherwise noted.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 37 John Deere 7310R tractor

 

1:87 Scale

 

0315 02 Volkswagen T2 camper van

 

0102 02 Land Rover Defender 110

 

0311 49 Volkswagen Amarok GP Highline

 

 

0363 98 Claas Xerion 5000 tractor with twin tyres

 

0610 02 Magirus S 3500 fire engine

 

0420 02 Magirus S 3500 flat-bed truck with loading crane

 

0520 03 Refrigerated articulated truck with Magirus tractor

 

1:160 Scale

0946 07 THW mini-excavator HR 18

 

And now to look at the upgraded models. All familiar mouldings but either enhanced or re-coloured.

Scale 1:87

 

0018 20 Accessory pack – Cargo II – loading goods

 

0029 03 Volkswagen New Beetle

 

0205 03 Ford Mustang Coupe

 

0882 03 John Deere 2016 tractor

 

0899 38 Fendt equipment carrier

 

0371 07 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411

 

0678 04 Three-way tipper trailer

 

0678 48 Three-way tipper truck Mercedes-Benz Arocs

 

0749 01 Tram carriage

 

0750 01 Tramcar

 

0990 93 Set “Büssing 12000”

Scale 1:160

 

0922 09 Two passenger cars with caravan


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky 537 Renault 16

By Maz Woolley

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

Despite the Atlas UK company being wound up some collections continue to be supplied by Atlas in Switzerland. DeAgostini also seem to be using Atlas stored email addresses for mail shots of DeAgostini goods which may be a dubious practice under the new European Data regulations.

The Deluxe Dinky collection continues, though with substantial gaps between the dispatch of each model.

The latest model to arrive with me is the recreation of French Dinky 537 Renault 16 in mid-blue first sold in France in 1965. It was also sold in a light blue and metallic grey. Interestingly the blue shown on the box was never issued by Dinky France but when Dinky UK re-used the mould for #166 in 1967  they issued it in a dark metallic blue even though the box illustration showed the car in gold which it was never released in as a model!

The mould was used further for a Spanish made French model #538 of the R16 TX which was coloured metallic purple though the box art showed it in dark red.

As usual the French Dinky box features a nicely painted scene with the car making its way round a Parisian roundabout with fountains and classic buildings in view. Pretty, but the complete lack of other vehicles make it unlikely event!

The box lets us know that Renault gave special permission for French Dinky to create this model whilst the real car was being prepared and to launch it on the same day that the real car was launched.

The French Dinky model is excellent in many ways far superior to contemporary UK made Corgi or Dinky models as it is made to 1:43 scale and although it includes opening features they do not intrude too much upon the shape.  It even has clear plastic inserts for headlamps which was far from common on other toys in 1965.

Dinky included Renault lettering to the rear which is rather over scale but this was a toy! The rear lights are also just a quick dab of red paint which doesn’t cover the whole light unit.

Under the bonnet we find the spare wheel cast in. Fitting wheels under the bonnet was done in many Citroëns and even the Mark IV Zephyr and Zodiac. Only minimal details are moulded in and little picked out.

The rear door opens to reveal the luggage area which can be enlarged by sliding the rear seat using the red button underneath, as shown below.

Along the side at the rear the moulding is cast in though not highlighted. It does not look the same as the moulding on the cars shown on the Internet which had a Renault script to the rear and then a sharply pointed line in front of it. The one cast in looks like it has a a chrome line with a  circular badge cast in half way along. Did Renault change the badging when developing the car too late for Dinky to re-do the master?

The wheels and tyres are standard French Dinky items with no attempt to replicate those of the real car. The car has the usual French Dinky steering mechanism which works as well as it does on other vehicles, i.e. not very well due to the design.

Some collectors are a model ahead of me and they have recently received the Simca 1100 which I look forward to soon. I also hope that some of the Ford Galaxie 500, Mercedes 230SL, and Alfa Romeos being sold on DeAgostini ModelSpace have been reserved for Deluxe Dinky Collectors as the first two appeared in all the series marketing!

As the Dinky collection models are not being dumped I assume that licensing contracts prevent that happening and that Atlas will continue to send subscribers models stockpiled from the French collection as long as they stay subscribers and stock is large enough. I expect they will then dispose of surplus using the DeAgostini website or even an Italian partwork.


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Danbury Mint Pewter Car Collections

By Jerry Broz

Text and Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise acknowledged.

You might already know that Danbury Mint – the company known for its quality, highly detailed, 1:24 scale replica, die-cast, classic model cars – has discontinued the die-cast line of model cars due to rising production cost and retail prices, along with the closing the main factory in China, that produced the die-cast cars. Unfortunately, this led to the decision to discontinue the die-cast model cars business.

Danbury Mint was founded in 1969 and began producing the die-cast and pewter model cars in late 1970s. During the next 40 years the Danbury Mint produced hundreds of different vehicles in both 1:43 and 1:24 scale.

Back in late 70s and early 80s, the Danbury Mint introduced a few
PEWTER* Car Collections of Classic Sports, Rolls-Royce, Famous and Greatest Motor Cars of the World. The cars were hand-cast in fine pewter, hand-crafted, and hand-assembled for Danbury Mint in England by British craftsmen. The cars in collections are approximately 1:43 scale, ranging from about 3 inches to 5 inches in length, allowing the craftsmen to duplicate authentically all details of each car, wheel spokes, hood straps, tire threads, levers, radiators, unique ornamentation, etc. The cars are true replicas of the original cars and are highly regarded by collectors for their elegance and sculptural authenticity.

Issuance and cost of the cars in each collection were different – the cars of the Classic Sports cars were issued once every two months and payable in two monthly payments of $24.50. The cars of the Classic Rolls-Royce collection were issued once every two months, and payable in two monthly payments of $19.50. The cars of the 25 Scale Replicas of World Famous Cars were issued once every month and payable in one payment of $38.00. The cars of The 50 Greatest Motor Cars were issued once every month and payable in one payment of $31.50. This was an exceptional value when you considered that these were hand-crafted replicas of famous cars. The hardwood display cabinet was available for each collection either at no additional cost or for a reasonable price.

Sadly, the Collections are no longer available by subscribing directly to Danbury Mint; however, the individual cars and incomplete collections can often be found on eBay, or similar sites.

Each car in the Collections came with a card describing the history of the car. Introduction of each collection was announced with a colour photo brochure with Reservation Application form. The Collections were issued only by advance reservation. Subscribers to any or to all collections received the Certificate of Registration.

The Classic American Motor Cars, the first collection of Danbury
Mint pewter model cars, issued in the late 70s,was described in
Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application as:

“Authentic Scale replicas of twelve American Classics Cars hand-crafted in fine Pewter”.

The model cars included in this collection are:

  • 1907 Thomas Flyer Convertible
  • 1909 Stanley Steamer
  • 1909 Ford Model T
  • 1914 Stutz Bearcat
  • 1928 Lincoln Convertible Silver Arrow
  • 1930 Packard
  • 1931 – Cadillac Phaeton
  • 1932 Chevrolet
  • 1933 Pierce
  • 1934 Duesenberg SJ
  • 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
  • 1937 Cord 812.

The Classic Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a pewter collection of the twelve greatest  Rolls-Royce cars, The collection was the first ever to be authorised by Rolls-Royce Motors Limited. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application describes the collection as:

“Authentic scale replicas – crafted in fine pewter – of twelve of the greatest cars the world has ever seen”.

The collection consists of the following cars:

  • 1905 Rolls-Royce 10 HP
  • 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1907 Chauffeur driven Silver Ghost
  • 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1913 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
  • 1916 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle Cabriolet
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield
  • 1928 Rolls-Royce Doctor’s Coupe
  • 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedan De Ville
  • 1936  Park Ward Baby Rolls-Royce
  • 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

The Classic Sports Cars of the World, a collection of eighteen internationally famous sports cars. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure describes collection as:

“A collection of authentic, meticulously detailed hand-crafted pewter
replicas of world famous sports cars”.

The cars in this collection are:

  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1913 Iotta Franchini Tipo M
  • 1914 Ford Model T
  • 1931 Alfa Romeo C1750 Zagato Spider
  • 1935 Mercedes Benz 500-K Special Roadster
  • 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta
  • 1952 MG
  • 1952 Allard J2X
  • 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing
  • 1957 BMW 507
  • 1960 Austin Healey
  • 1963 Corvette Sting Ray
  • 1962 Ferrari 259 GT
  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5
  • 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
  • 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto
  • 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
  • 1969 Maserati Ghilbi 4.7

The Classic British Motor Car Collection, a collection of twelve classic cars, the best cars in the world. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application describes the collection as:

“A collection of authentic scale replicas of Classic British Cars hand-
crafted in fine pewter”

The collection is made-up of the following cars:

  • 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1913 Isota Franchini Tipo M
  • 1930 Bentley Barnato Coupe
  • 1936 Jaguar SS100
  • 1937 Lagoda Rapide
  • 1948 MG-TC
  • 1948 Jaguar XK-120
  • 1958 Austin Healey Sprite
  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1962 Lotus Elan
  • 1969 Triumph TR6.

 

 

The Classic World Famous Motor Cars, a collection of twenty-five
handcrafted pewter replicas of world famous motorcars. Issued in early 1980s, the Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application introduces the collection as:

“An outstanding collection of the cars from around the world”

The collection includes the following cars:

  • 1906 Itala Targa Florio
  • 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1912 Hispano-Suiza
  • 1912 Packard
  • 1912 Simplex
  • 1913 Cadillac Roadster
  • 1924 Vauxhall
  • 1926 Fiat
  • 1926 Isota Fraschini
  • 1927 Bugatti Royale
  • 1929 Lancia Dilambda
  • 1930 Bentley Barnato Coupe
  • 1931 Daimler Double-Six
  • 1932 Alpha Romeo
  • 1932 Chevrolet Phantom
  • 1932 Chrysler LeBaron
  • 1932 Delage Cabriolet
  • 1934 Voisin 17 C V –
  • 1936 Jaguar SS100
  • 1937 Lagoda Rapide
  • 1938 Delahaye
  • 1939 Mercedes-Benz
  • 1941 Lincoln Continental
  • 1948 MG-TC.

The 50 Greatest Motor Cars of All Time, a collection of pewter
scale replicas of outstanding cars from around the world. The Danbury Promotional Brochure describes the collection as:

“The 50 Greatest Motor Cars of All Time”

The complete list of the cars in collection follows:

  • 1898 Mercedes-Benz
  • 1903 Oldsmobile Runabout
  • 1903 Panhard
  • 1906 Renault
  • 1907 Itala
  • 1907 Napier
  • 1908 Lanchester
  • 1909 Thomas K6-70
  • 1910 Stanley Steamer
  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1914 Ford Model T
  • 1914 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
  • 1914 Stutz Bearcat
  • 1914 Vauxhall Prince Henry
  • 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48
  • 1922  Peugeout Quadralite
  • 1923 Austin Seven
  • 1925 Austro Daimler ADM/BK
  • 1926 Chrysler Imperial 80
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43
  • 1928 Lancia Lambda
  • 1929 Daimler Double Six
  • 1929 Hispano-Suiza H6B
  • 1929 Packard 640
  • 1930 Bentley 4-1/2 litre supercharged
  • 1931 Cadillac V-12
  • 1932 Lincoln KB
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300
  • 1934 Aston Martin 1-1/2 litre Mk II
  • 1934 Duesenberg/Phaeton
  • 1934 Talbot 105 Sports Saloon
  • 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
  • 1935 Fiat 508S
  • 1935 Tatra 77
  • 1937 BMW 328
  • 1937 Cord 812
  • 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
  • 1946 MG-TC
  • 1947 Delahaye 135 MS
  • 1949 Jaguar XK120
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1953 Citroen 15-6
  • 1954 Porsche 356
  • 1954 Triumph TR2
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
  • 1959 Maserati 3500GT
  • 1961 Facel Vega HK 500
  • 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
  • 1968 Ferarri Daytona
  • 1983 Lamborghini Countach.

*PEWTER – is an easy to cast metal alloy. It has a low melting point
and is adaptable to a mold’s very small details. A typical casting alloy
is composed of tin, copper, and antimony. Pewter was used since the
Bronze Age, throughout the ancient world, and as mugs and other
dishes in 17th and 18th centuries. In the late 19th century, pewter
became a popular material for decorative and collectible objects
including the model cars.


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