Category Archives: DeAgostini

Volkswagen Variations

By Mike Allen

Photograph by, and copyright of, the Author.

Whilst the UK the Atlas Dinky collection included a Volkswagen Beetle it was as a replica of 262 Swiss Postal Service. #181 did appear in a light blue with chrome spun hubs in the Atlas Dinky continental collection but not in the UK series.  DeAgostini are now selling number 4 in their new Dinky series here in the UK, and yet again #181 appears but this time in the standard cast hubs  as it appeared in Italy. My picture below shows the two versions of #181 Volkswagen together.

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DeAgostini Italy Dinky Collection July 2017

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Italian Dinky collection from DeAgostini continues featuring many models already seen in the French Series. A listing of the models issued is shown below:

5720CMC009 Fiat 1200 Granluce (DT 531 copy)
5720CMC010 Studebaker Commander (DT 24 Y copy)
5720CMC011 Bedford CA van Kodak (DT 480 copy)
5720CMC012 Ford Thunderbird (DT 555 copy)
5720CMC013 Renault Dauphine minicab (DT 268 copy)
5720CMC014 Fiat 1800 Familiare (DT 548 copy)
5720CMC015 Peugeot 403 Berlina (DT 521 copy)
5720CMC016 Opel Kadett (DT 540 copy)
5720CMC017 Volvo 122 S (DT 184 copy)
5720CMC018 Porsche 356A coupé (DT 182 copy)
5720CMC019 Aston Martin DB3S #20 (DT 110 copy)
5720CMC020 Packard Eight sedan (DT 39 A copy)
5720CMC021 Renault R8 (DT 517 copy)
5720CMC022 Lincoln Première (DT 532 copy)

The last model received was the Lincoln Première and the next one should be the Auto Union record car (copy no. 23 D).

Here are some photographs of the models listed:

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DeAgostini Fire Appliances

By Maz Woolley

Apart from one credited DeAgostini picture the photographs are by the author.

We have had several partworks featuring fire appliances in the last few years. The Del Prado series was a considerable disappointment to collectors as it was a complete mixture of scales. When excess stocks were sold off later collectors tended to buy the models that fitted with the scale that they collected. But many models though interesting were not in an established European collectors scale.

DeAgostini on the other hand has kept to a consistent scale for their Faszination Feuerwehr collection. However, yet again it is unlikely to please established collectors as it is to 1:72 which is a commonly used aircraft scale. It is close to the 1:76 scale which is popular in the UK but almost all the vehicles in the series are of Continental origin so are of less appeal here.  It is considerably larger than the 1:87 scale so popular on the Continent which means that if the DeAgostini series is successful it must be selling to new or intermittent collectors for whom exact scale is less important. The picture below shows a selection of the models advertised by DeAgostini on their web site.


DeAgostini Advertising


Taking advantage of some excess stock from this partwork being remaindered in the UK I bought three models to have a look at how good they are. They are all diecast in China for DeAgostini Germany to 1:72 scale some websites say that they are made by Ixo for DeAgostini but no markings confirm this.

LF 8-STA Robur LO 1800-A


This forward control vehicle was built from 1960 to 1967. The LO standing for Luftgekühlt Ottomotor, the 1800 for its payload in kilograms, and A for Allradantrieb (all wheel drive). It was powered by a four cylinder, four stroke engine delivering 70 hp.

In the version modelled it is fitted with wooden benches and a pump on the flatbed covered by a canvas tilt and is fire brigade livery. Many of these vehicles were supplied to the NVA – the pre-unification East German Army as well as to the Fire Brigades.

The model has a very high level of detailing which can be seen in the photographs. Light beacons are not only in translucent blue plastic but have the bases picked out in silver. Many small additional mouldings are used such as mirrors, lights, step bars, steps to rear, towing points and even spades to rear of the cab. A fine black washed grill is accompanied by neatly printed badging and livery. At the rear are fitted benches for the firemen a water tank area as well as a pump engine and points to attach hoses. The base has quite a bit of moulded detail.



Introduced in 1969 by IFA in the former East Germany these fire appliances were based on the W50 L chassis.  A steel double cab  had seats for five plus the driver. Respirators are stored in the cab to fit whilst on the way to the fire. There is even a “self protection” system to spray under the cab to protect the appliance where there are surface fires or other surface contaminants.

The crew cabin is topped with horns and a nozzle to direct forward to fires. The roof is fitted with ladders and the rear with the steps to get on the roof.

To the side the vehicle was fitted with doors giving access to tools and pump controls. the piping to connect to is modelled in detail under the rear of the body.

As the photographs show this model has a lot of small additional parts fitted to bring it to life. The badging, grille and livery are printed very well. Mirrors, bumper position fitments, lights, spotlights, step and piping are all finely modelled. Take a look at the wing mirror assemblies. A metal cage is modelled and the separate mirror and its fitments moulded very neatly as if attached to it.

TLF 16 Magirus-Deutz Mercur 125 A


Here we have a vehicle from the former West Germany to contrast to the last two appliances.  Again a crew cabbed appliance with ladders fitted to the roof. The distinctive rounded bonnet unit was current from the late 1950s and was popular with many municipal brigades.

As the photographs show the model is to the same high standard as the others with the hose reels beautifully painted. The billhook, boards, and hose on the roof are finely modelled and painted. Position markers, lights, mirrors, and beacons are all fine parts. The printing including the lovely Magirus symbol on the radiator and the Feuerwehr Sölingen logo is very neatly done. The photograph above shows the high quality of the wheels and tyres fitted with the matt greyish tyre finish contrasting well with the gloss steel wheels.

The only discordant element is the overscale and crude steering wheel and steering column but that is a minor comment.

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Much more about the FIAT Granluce

By Fabrizio Panico


Apart from the photograph of the UK issue of the model taken by the editor all pictures and photographs have been provided by the author. 

Atlas Dinky 531 UK issue.

I would like to clear some issues in the recent article in MAR Online about the Atlas Dinky 531.

The Prototype

The Fiat 1200 Granluce (Grande Vue for Dinky France, or Large Light in UK) was a very short lived issue, the model being old already when first produced. However, its history is not an easy one. It should have replaced the 1100 TV, but they decided to change it from a performance model to a luxury one. The prototype was shown at the 1957 Turin Motor Show. Its bodyshell was strictly derived from the 1100-103 D, but with a more modern greenhouse, new rear fins and a new front grille.

Deliveries started at the beginning of 1958, but with big differences: the front doors weren’t hinged at the B pillar, but at the A pillar. The car was produced by the “Sezione Carrozzerie Speciali” (Special Bodies Department) at the old Lingotto factory. The engine was a 1221 cc one delivering 55 HP. A mild facelift was shown at the 1959 Geneva Motor Show with a different front grille, rubber on the bumper guards and a chrome strip on the doors, the engine had an higher compression ratio, delivering now 58 HP. At the end of 1960 its bodyshell was simplified for the upmarket “1100 Special”, while the standard “1100 Export” used the 1100-103 H one, both with the “old faithful” 1089 cc engine.

The 1200 was discontinued after 400,000 copies in September 1961, to be substituted by the new, more modern, 1300 and 1500 (the Corvair-like ones). Its bodyshell was simplified and used at the end of 1962 for the 1100 D, together with the 1221 cc engine.

The Atlas/DeAgostini Models


The Atlas and DeAgostini models correctly reproduce the 1958 version, the only problem being the C pillar. What is missing isn’t the roof colour, but a ribbed chrome panel.

The difference between the DeAgostini model and the original Dinky can be clearly seen on the base plate.

The Brochure Story


The brochure picture shown in the original article shows the 1957 prototype, not the 1958 version. It seems that the prototype brochure is much easier to find than the production one, very likely because they printed a lot of them and then didn’t use them, because of the doors change.

Pictures of the original vehicle with no “suicide” doors.

The Indian Story

Premier Automobiles Ltd of India in 1954 were granted a ten year license to assemble Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Fiat models. When the license expired in 1965 they bought the whole assembly line of the 1100 D from Fiat  and the rights to produce the 1089 cc engine. It was the first Indian 1100 to be produced as a Premier (the famous Padmini), before 1965 they were all badged as Fiats. The Padmini was produced with small improvements up to 1999.

As you can see the Fiat 1100-1200 history is indeed a long and complex one.

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DeAgostini Mercedes-Benz Part Work for UK

By Maz Woolley



Collectors who have previously purchased models from DeAgostini here in the UK are being sent fliers for a Mercedes-Benz collection being launched by DeAgostini UK. This appears to be very similar to the series sold on a monthly basis in Germany. The UK DeAgostini website only shows pictures of the 300SL, 190SL and the 230SL. All the models shown appear to be derived from castings already made available in other part work series and budget ranges.

The German DeAgostini website shows the following as part of the German series but they do not show the 190SL promised as the second in the UK range.  Of course there is no guarantee that all the items sold in the German series will appear in the one for the UK.

  • G300 1993
  • 260D 1936
  • 600 Pullman 1963
  • 300SEL 6.3 1968
  • 150 Roadster 1935
  • SLR McLaren 2004
  • 200D 1976
  • Typ G4 1938
  • 300SLR 1955
  • 220SE Convertible 1958
  • Mercedes-Simplex 40PS 1902
  • 350SL 1971
  • SSK 1928
  • SLS AMG 2009
  • 500K Autobahnkurier 1934
  • C111 /11 1970
  • 500SEC 1980

If any reader is collecting the German series or the UK one we would be very interested to receive pictures and information about this part work.

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DeAgostini Dinky Collection

By Maz Woolley

Those collecting the Dinky reproductions made by Norev for subscription collections in various countries now have another variation to look out for. DeAgostini have just launched their own Dinky Collection using the same castings as Atlas but with DeAgostini markings on the base. Each model is shipped with a partwork magazine and the “free gifts” are largely the same as Atlas offered such as a reproduction Dinky Cub Keyring and the French Petrol Pump set. Subscribers can also sign up for a Dinky Garage model which comes with your final delivery if you pay 75p extra for each issue after the first one.

It seems a strange policy for DeAgostini to launch this series when the Atlas series is still running in the UK since Atlas is actually a DeAgostini group company. Even stranger is the fact that the DeAgostini models are actually cheaper since their price includes postage and packing. The DeAgostini collection is being produced in different colours to the Atlas collection and is planned to run for 80 issues.

The models publicised so far are shown below in images produced by DeAgostini for the series. Every one of these castings has already appeared in the UK Atlas Dinky Collection but in each case in different finishes.

Triumph TR2 competition model in pale blue – pink in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini TR2

Bedford CA Kodak livery – Dinky Toys livery in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Bedford Kodak

Ford Thunderbird in red – South African blue finish in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Ford Thunderbird

Mini Traveller in white – green in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Mini Traveller

Jaguar XK120 Coupe green – Two tone yellow and white in the UK Atlas series

DeAgostini Jaguar XK120

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