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Editorial May 2019

This year seems to be flying by: it seems hardly any time since the start of 2019. Now that the Chinese New Year period is behind us, a flow of new models is tempting collectors. It seems to me that the price rises of the last two years are beginning to steady down a little.

It was good to see Brooklin announcing some Lansdowne model releases recently, although most of them are recolours; it will be interesting to see how they sell at the current retail price. After much criticism from long-standing collectors, it seems that there will be an option to avoid the fancy jewellery box packaging that they introduced last year. Instead you will be able to have a simpler, smaller and more effective box. That is evidence that they do listen to their collectors.

DeAgostini seem to be faring no better than their subsidiary company Atlas when it comes to customer service. A reader reports that their website informs account-holders that they cannot view their accounts, because of urgent IT maintenance. This is a situation that has been going on for days. Phone lines ring and ring until customers give up, and DeAgostini are cashing cheques before subscription instalments arrive. This follows on from the company having to slow down the deliveries of their Dinky Collection recently in the UK. After all the very public complaints about Atlas, it seems that DeAgostini might also end up being featured on the ‘Watchdog’ consumer television programme!

Elsewhere I see that the trend towards releasing all the same old favourites in ever-larger scales continues. A collection of Porsche 911s could now span every recognised scale from Wiking’s 1:160 to Matrix’s 1:6!

After years of hearing about collectors’ clubs closing I have had news of one I didn’t know about. So we welcome the Ulster Model Diecast Toy Club on our clubs page. It is great to hear of another place collectors can get together and share their enthusiasms. Thanks go to Will Roe at CDMC for letting me know about the Ulster club. Rod Ward reminds me, however,  that the Ulster Club used to not only be mentioned in the print edition of MAR, but acted as the magazine’s stockist in Northern Ireland.

Don’t forget you too can write for MAR Online. There is no payment for anyone; just the satisfaction that you are giving pleasure to other collectors by sharing your knowledge and interests. Just drop us some words and photographs; we will be happy to edit it, and post it on the website as an article.

Mercury La Collezionne – Part Four

By Fabrizio Panico

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

More Mercury by Hachette Parts 7 – 9

Here we have three more models, #7 to #9, in the Mercury partwork collection being sold in Italy by Hachette.

Hachette no. 7 is the Lancia Appia 1st series, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 14) from 1955. As usual a simple model, but very faithful to the real one. The headlights are like small aluminium nails, inserted into the body, no windows or interiors are present, green livery. The real one was launched in 1953, smaller than the Aurelia
the Lancia flagship, but similar in outline. In 1956 the 2nd series was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, same front but a new rear body end with a more modern look. A coupé, by Pininfarina, and a cabriolet, by Vignale, were now available. In 1959 there was the 3rd series, with a new front, inspired by the Flaminia, the Aurelia’s successor (both were reproduced by Mercury, the 3rd series as no. 5, the Flaminia as no. 8).


Hachette no. 8 is the Mercedes W196 formula 1 carenata, a 1:43 scale model (Mercury no. 56) from 1956. Quite a heavy model, larger than the previous ones, and really faithful. It has a very nice front grille, painted in matt black with the “star” emblem. The driver’s seat is painted in blue, and the steering wheel is present. Racing numbers are added on the satin silver livery. The “carenata” was reproduced by many other brands, but Mercury was the only one to reproduce both versions, the “carenata” and the “cigar shaped” one (Mercury no. 55). Mercury also reproduced the “carenata” in 1:60 scale (Mercury no. 22).


Hachette no. 9 is the Autobianchi Bianchina, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 6) from 1958. Another simple but very faithful model, very small (only 63 mm), and fitted with windows. In the beginning it was produced only in single colours, later it was presented in nice two-colours liveries (here light green and grey). All the details were carefully reproduced, down to even the smallest ones. The small box was enhanced by a colour reproduction of the car, whilst the model name “bianchina” was reproduced in the script used by the manufacturer on the car on both the box and the model baseplate.

The real Bianchina was the result of a joint agreement amongst Fiat, Bianchi and Pirelli: It was a success, and the car was followed by a cabriolet and estate “Panoramica” versions (the Panoramica was reproduced by Mercury as no. 11).


Road Transport Images (RTI) – New Owner

We have just had news that Road Transport Images (RTI), the company created by the late Frank Waller, has been taken on by a former customer Graeme McQuaker.

RTI made a series of resin and white metal parts here in the UK to convert others 1:76 scale vans and trucks to new versions or to make vehicles from scratch. They produced kits of vehicles that were not available elsewhere like BMC EA Vans for instance launched not long before Frank passed away.

We wish Graeme every success with his new venture.


News from the Continent March 2019 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are photographs of the releases from Busch and its subsidiaries EsPeWe and Mehlhose early in 2019. These models are all made to 1:87 scale and moulded in plastic. 

Busch

42893 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with twist drilling device

The Weimar excavator was introduced by1965 and it was developed continuously. In the eastern area of Germany some are still in use today.


50372 Land Rover Defender – grey

51025 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 – grey

59958 Transport-trailer

59961 Cable-transport trailer

# 23265 – 51572 IFA G5 59 box body (DDR TV)

This is a new mould.


51606 Robur LO 1800 A box body (DDR TV)

51864 Robur Garant K30 Kombiwagen (DDR TV)

54904 TSA trailer with roof rack (DDR TV)

41320 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – red

41327 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – silver

47575 Ford Mustang Coupe

The long serving Mustang moulding has been upgraded to form the basis of a new muscle car version with new wheels and air filter appearing through the bonnet.


50371 Land Rover Defender “Camel Trophy 1989”

UAZ 469

Anyone in the armed forces or official organisations in the former Eastern Bloc who needed a robust cross country vehicle used the UAZ-469. The spartan car was manufactured by Uljanowski Awtomobilny Sawod. Later versions were named the UAZ-3151. Production started in 1972 and ended in 2003 and it was fitted with a thirsty petrol engine. When used in the former DDR, it was sometimes fitted with a Cunewalder Diesel engine.

The models shown below are produced from new moulds.

52103 UAZ 469 without roof – Voluntary Fire Brigade
52104 UAZ 469 without roof – LPG Hedersleben
52105 UAZ 469 without roof – Peoples Police
52106 UAZ 469 without roof – GST (Society of Sport and Technique)

52300 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – beige

Another new mould here.


52301 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – grey
52350 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – dark green

52351 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – Bordeaux red

51277 Framo V901/2 Half-bus RFT – DDR television manufacturer customer service van

51862 Robur Garant K30 Kombi – Rafena TV manufacturer service vehicle

EsPeWe-Model

95172 IFA W50L MK box truck with spoiler, green with white box body

MEHLHOSE modelcars in scale 1:87

210003501 Multicar M22 dumper – blue/grey

210003503 Multicar M22 dumper – red/grey

210003600 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – green/grey

210003604 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – grey

Ford Econoline Club Wagon and Variations

By John F. Quilter

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

Ford launched the first generation Econoline van in 1961.  It was modelled after the English Ford Thames 400E which was also a forward control vehicle with the engine under a box between the seats.   The early Econoline was badged as a Falcon and used the original Falcon engine, an OHV inline six of only 144 CID (2.3 litres), this was later supplemented with a 170CID version and some were as large as 240CID.   A manual 3 speed gearbox was standard with an automatic optional.   A V8 engine did not come about until the second generation Econoline circa 1968.    

Whitebox now has launched a version of the window van, known as a Club Wagon,  in two tone,  metallic turquoise and white.  A variant of this casting was previously seen in a Mexican part works series. Relatively inexpensive, these make great opportunities for conversion into other versions such as the pickup and service/delivery van without side windows. 

The pickup conversion required sawing off the rear two thirds of the body above the belt line, removing the two rear bench seats, creating a rounded cab back, with wrap around corner windows (although only the deluxe versions had the corner windows) and affixing a spare tire to the inside of the bed.  The tall “FORD” script on the tail gate was created with thin wire, glued in place then painted white to replicate the raised lettering on the actual truck.  Some door seams had to be filled in and other seams scribed in on the bed sides.    I chose to finishing it in a factory teal colour as seen on a number of examples on Google images.  Interior details include a teal fascia inner door panels, and black rubber floor covering. 

The no-window van was a bit simpler as  it just required removal of the seats and filling of the side windows.  I used printer’s metal glued to the inside and filled the openings with styrene plastic smoothed off with automotive body shop finishing putty.  Care must be taken with much smoothing and sanding to get a good surface before painting.  My only decision was,  do I leave the bumpers chrome (that would have been an optional extra) or painted white as would have been supplied on standard models.


Hachette Italy World Buses Part 25

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Parts 73 to 75

After a short delay (sorry), here is the 25th part of my summary of the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo. Here we’ll see another GM “New Look”, an interesting (but not very successful) Italian Fiat and an iconic Chausson.


No. 73 (no. 96 in the French collection) General Motors “New Look” TDH-5303 1965 – We have already seen the GM history and how the New Look bus (see part 20, no. 59) was introduced in 1959 to replace the previous transit buses, soon becoming an iconic North American sight, and gaining the “fishbowl” nickname after its six-piece rounded windscreen. The huge window surfaces, the higher and longer body and the more “dynamic” styling (a bit reminiscent of the Scenicruiser) made the New Look very welcome to the public, especially when compared to the slightly clumsy “Old Look”. The denomination (TDH-5303) says it all: a transit bus (T), diesel engined (D) and with a hydraulic transmission (H), a long chassis (53 for 12,20 metres), third series (03). Indeed the four series are all aesthetically very similar, only the GM monogram and the interior design underwent modifications.

This scale model sports the dark green and grey livery of the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, with a plastic body and metal baseplate, it is well detailed and has an added silver exhaust. It is a very large model, with a correct interior and driver’s area. Based on the previous model of the New Look TDH-5301 (no. 59) the only difference seems to be the addition of a box on the roof, very likely an air conditioning system, plus new rear lights and engine panel. A few reflectors have been added on the sides, but the chassis still indicates TDH 5301. The route is 41, from White Plains Road (Bronx) to 142nd Street (Upper Manhattan). There are no apparent differences to the French edition. Another smart re-use of a previous mould, but we would have preferred something new!


No. 74 (no. 97 in the French collection) FIAT 412 Aerfer 1961 – A double decker in Rome? Why not! In 1905 a Thornycroft 24 HP double decker bus was seen on Roman roads used bySocietà Romana Tramways Omnibus (SRTO), and in 1930 the Lancia Omicron Duplex was seen in Campidoglio Square, only to be surpassed in 1932 by a gargantuan “two deckers and a half” on the road from Rome to Tivoli. Beautiful pictures of them all can be found at the following web page. Established in 1909 as AATM, the Roman transport company changed its name almost immediately to ATM (Municipal Tramways Company) and started its commercial service in 1911. It then gradually absorbed SRTO‘s lines and rolling stock, which ran most of the urban tramways network. In 1926 the City of Rome was replaced by the Governorship of Rome, ATM changed its name to ATG, and two years later to ATAG (Bus and Tramways Company of the Governorship). In 1944, the city returned to its original status, so the ATAG became ATAC.

In the 1960s, following the withdrawal of the tramways network there was a drastic reduction of transport capacity, ATAC decided to try double deckers again, which had not been very successful in the 1930s. Two prototypes were tested in 1964, built on a Fiat 412 chassis, derived from the contemporary 410 and improved through a double skeleton of longitudinal and cross beams (for the Fiat history see part 8 no. 23). The bodywork was of aeronautical type, developed by AERFER of Naples using a stiffened shell structure in light aluminium alloy (Costruzioni Aeronautiche e Ferroviarie, Aeronautical and Railway Constructions, later merged in Aeritalia). The engine was a six cylinder diesel developing 176 HP, installed in a semi-horizontal position and placed transversely at the rear. The floor was partially lowered between the two axles, with three quadruple doors and two inside staircases to the upper floor, the front one for the ascent and the rear for the descent. But the 412 had been designed for characteristics entirely different from the Italian ones (a South American order, later cancelled), and soon the 412 revealed itself to be unsuitable for the road network of Rome. The people, fearful of being unable to get off at the desired stop, preferred to crowd the lower floor (which could contain 12 persons seated and 80 standing), leaving the 45 seats of the upper deck unused. Only 58 of these buses were used by ATAC, out of the ten years production total of only 127 units. Many large Italian towns tested the 412 (Bari, Bologna, Florence, Naples, Verona), but with poor results.

The scale model is based on a bus from Florence, route 17 from Viale Duse to Piazza Puccini (roughly from Coverciano to the Cascine park). The model is superb: made with a metal lower body and plastic upper body and chassis. It is well detailed and quite heavy. Livery is the typical green bicolour of Italian buses of the era, enhanced by an aluminium fascia, and the printed lettering is accurate. However, the interior is poor, spoiled by metal supports, and the staircases are only partially modelled. Good value for money despite this. There are no apparent differences to the French edition. Hachette must be congratulated for the choice of such a rare vehicle.


No. 75 (no. 98 in the French collection) Chausson APH 47 1947 – Nice to meet Chausson and its products again. After the 1950 APH (see part five, no. 14), the 1956 ANG coach (see part eighteen, no. 53) and the 1953 APU/53 (see part twenty two, no. 66), it is now the turn of the 1947 APH 47 to appear in the collection. Based in the Paris region from 1907, and a initially a supplier of components to the automotive industry, after the 1930s Chausson started producing car and unitary bus bodies. During the post war boom Chausson supplied thousands of buses to many French cities, but in 1959 Saviem acquired all their bus related activities and Chausson left that market. After the Second World War the first Panhard engined buses were soon joined by a petrol Hotchkiss engined one, this choice needed to extend the bus front cover to accommodate it. So was born the “nez de cochon” or “pig’s nose”, which later became the standard design. In 1947, APH 47 was the new name of the previous APH2, powered by a four-in-line Panhard diesel engine, developing 100 HP. A light and efficient vehicle, it was constantly improved in the following years leading to strong sales. It was employed by the RATP mainly on suburban lines, but it was found everywhere else in France.

A plastic body and metal baseplate feature on this model sporting the classic RATP livery: dark green and cream. There is a well detailed baseplate, and the model has all the usual small added parts. Again this model has a poor interior, the seats seem to lack any space for the passengers legs. It is quite similar to the APU/53 (no. 66), but it is likely that they are from different moulds. The route shown is 297, from Porte d’Orléans to Chilly Mazarin, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, about 17 km from the centre of town, near Orly International Airport. The adverts on the side are very interesting: Dubonnet Quinquina was an aromatised wine-based aperitif, containing a small amount of quinine. It was created in 1846 in response to a competition run by the French Government to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine (It is very bitter, but was needed to combat malaria). In the Italian partwork booklet the model is shown with a smaller decal, but the model sports the wider one, like the French model. On the rear of the bus there is an ad for the “Le Chat” soaps, cube-shaped soaps produced originally in Marseille, but now taken over by Henkel.

There are no apparent differences to the French edition. A model of a bus much loved by all the French.


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.


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”

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 2016.

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!