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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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Budget Models from Maisto/Bburago

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of, the Author as well as photographs from the London Toy Fair. All other images supplied by the Manufacturer.

As the price of models made specifically for collectors spiral ever higher it is unlikely that they will draw many into the hobby. At the same time the future of subscription series and part works is very much in the air with the effective closure of Atlas by DeAgostini. which may limit another way collectors might start. So what is left to inspire new collectors in 1:43 and above? We have looked at Oxford Diecast and Greenlight recently who are obvious firms to turn to in the UK and US. Another option traded internationally is Maisto and Bburago whose models are made by the May Cheong Group in China.

These models are produced in a wide range of scales and the quality has been improving over the last few years. Although some classic vehicles are offered there is a strong emphasis on current and recent models that new collectors may want to own as well as lots of Grand Prix and other sporting vehicles. For new collectors for whom 1:18 scale OttO or GT Spirit are much too expensive there are models on offer for less than even the budget Solido 1:18 range.

At the London Toy Fair earlier this year their UK distributor had a substantial number of the models on show and they were surprisingly detailed and well finished for the price they were intended to sell at.

 

Some Maisto on Display
Bburago Display

The  remainder of this article looks at some of the cars and motorbikes that they have announced as available over the last two months. There is a regular flow of models from these firms although re-colours do form a good part of the output.

1:18 Scale Bburago

 

B18-11040BK 1:18 Bugatti Chiron 42

 

B18-11042Y 1:18 Lamborghini Urus

1:24 Scale Bburago

 

B18-21083 1:24 Fiat 124 Spider

1:24 Scale Maisto

 

 

M32509 1:24 Bugatti Chiron “Design Collection”

 

 

M31256 1:24 Dodge Charger R/T “Harley Davidson Custom range”

M32527 1:24 Datsun 510 1971 “Design Collection”

Bburago 1:43 Scale Models

 

B18-36031/BC 1:43 Laferrari Aperta

 

B18-36032/BC 1:43 Ferrari 812 Superfast

 

B18-31018 1:43 Mercedes Benz230 GE Papamobile

Bburago 1:50 Scale Construction

 

B18-32085 1:50 A25G Articulated Hauler

B18-32086 1:50 EC220E Excavator

Maisto 1:18 Scale Motorcycles

 

M34007-07024 Ducati 1098S

M34007-08011 Ducati 848
M34007-11092 Ducati 1199
M34007-17040 Ducati Supersport S
M34007-321 Yamaha YZF-R1

M34007-07081 Yamaha YZF-R6

M34007-04049 Yamaha YZ450F

M34007-311 Yamaha TT-R 250

M34007-07082 Honda CBR1000RR

M34007-10021 Honda CRF450R

M34007-336 Honda CR250R

M39300-335 Honda XR400R

 

M34007-03138 Kawasaki Z1000

M34007-04045 Kawasaki KX250F

M34007-06187 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

M39300 Kawasaki KLX250SR

M34007-359 Suzuki GSX-R600

M34007-04047 Suzuki RM-Z250

M34007-05232 Suzuki GSX-R1000

M34007-349 Suzuki RM250

M34007-08010 BMW HP2 Sport

M34007-351 BMW F650 GS

M34007-06186 Triumph Daytona 675

M34007-342 Triumph Speed Triple

M34007-346 Triumph Thunderbird

M34007-16909 Husqvarna FC450

M34007-04043 KTM 525SX

M34007-09266 KTM 690 Duke

M34007-353 KTM 640 Duke

Bburago 1:18 Scale Motorcycle

 

B18-51039 Triumph Rocket


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BMW Hommage Models from Norev – Part Three

By Fabrizio Panico

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

This is the third article in a series covering the 1:18 scale models made by Norev forming the BMW Hommage Collection. The other articles may be seen elsewhere, part one is here, and part two here.

In part two I wondered if Norev would ever produce the racing version of the CSL 3.0 Hommage, the R, presented at the Pebble Beach Elegance Contest in August 2015. And, surprise! Here it is.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept is the fourth item in the BMW “Hommage Collection” by Norev (BMW part no. 80 43 2 454 782). BMW Motorsport was founded in 1975, and 40 years later BMW was paying homage to the 3.0 CSL race car, so successful on track and winner of the constructor championship in its rookie year.

Much of the aesthetics of the car reproduced the appearance of the concept car presented at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, in May 2015, but the designers created a new front grille and decorated the 21-inch alloy wheels with a gold and black finish, both faithfully reproduced by Norev.

The livery was a special white paint with blue and red stripes that emulated the colours of the Motorsport department referring to the original BMW 3.0 CSL of which the Hommage R also uses the iconic number “25”.

The interior includes new racing seats in carbon fibre covered with leather and equipped with safety belts with six points, and an extended roll cage in composite material. Every detail is present on the new Norev model, and comparing the two models you can check for them, but as usual you would need a strong light to see inside the dark interior. Other differences related to the driver, missing here, with a head-up display projected on the helmet visor and a racing suit specially designed by Puma for a perfect fusion between driver and car.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism we had in part two has been corrected: the box’s graphics are now much more typical of BMW (and elegant), showing the blue and red stripes and the number “25”. Well done, worthy of the Ultimate Driving Machine.


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Norev Peugeot J7 Service Autoroutes

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Peugeot J7 was a front wheel drive van produced from 1965 until 1980 with a total production of 336,220 vehicles. It was a common sight on French roads in the same way Bedford Vans were in the UK and were widely used by utilities. A contemporary Dinky model as made of the Autoroutes Service Van with opening rear and side doors and traffic cones and speed limit signs as well as a couple of yellow jacketed workers.

Here we see a Norev 1:87 scale model of this vehicle. This has lots of moulded in detail but no opening doors.

The Autoroutes livery including red and white warning markings has been printed neatly. A small orange beacon is fitted to the roof, and all the lights front and rear are small separate plastic lenses.  The wheels are very effective with fitted rubber tyres and they capture the functional finish sprayed onto the wheels.

The J7’s shape has been really well captured and the tiny Peugeot script is nicely printed. A wash on the grille might have made the front look even better but it is pretty impressive as it is.

Sadly this model is extremely fragile and the photograph above shows the broken bumper which shows the challenge that manufacturers have. Mould plastic finely as they have here and it captures the real model well but also leaves it vulnerable to damage.

The amount of fine detail moulded in and the thin walls of the casting make this look very real when placed alongside some rather thicker diecast models.


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Another KTM X-BOW

By Hans Nordström

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

Maz Woolley recently wrote about two KTM X-BOW models from Spark and Siku, click here to read. Actually there is a third KTM X-BOW model available. This has been available in 1:43 and 1:32 scale from the German slot car manufacturer Carrera. This has been available for some time as I bought the1:43 scale version back in 2008  from a toyshop in Germany and it wasn’t expensive either about 15 euros if my memory is correct.

It is not a bad model at all, though not of course not as good as the Spark one, but for the low price very good indeed. It does have a driver, like most slot cars do, and personally I prefer civilian cars without drivers, not even James Bond. But for famous racing cars it’s an altogether different matter, as part of such a car’s history, the driver is the person who made the car famous and therefore even his helmet is part of the car’s history! The colour of the model I bought is the most common KTM one orange and black!

Carrera has produced the X-BOW in several colours shown below with images from their web site.


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