Category Archives: Solido

News from the Continent – Schuco and Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we look at the releases in April and May from Schuco and Solido both of whom are owned by DICKIE Spielzeug based in Germany though their models are made in diecast or resin in China.

Most models are diecast but the more expensive Pro ranges are resin cast and finished with photo etched components.

April 2019

Piccolo Models
450527600 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 “German Federal Post”

EDITION PRO.R32
450904300 Tractor Hürlimann D200 S – red

450904400 Tractor Hürlimann D 2005 with cabin – Green

EDITION 1:32
450764800 John Deere 4850 tractor – green

450772300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1600 – black

450768800 Deutz DX 250 tractor – green

450762800 Schlüter Super Trac 2500 VL – tractor

450782500 Fortschritt ZT 323 tractor – blue

EDITION 1:87
452640200 Volkswagen Beetle – blue/white

452640300 Volkswagen Beetle “German Federal Post” – yellow/black

452639500 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – blue

452639900 Porsche 911 2,7 RS – white

452643700 Airbus H145M “KSK” helicopter – grey

MILITARY 1:87
452643100 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 saloon “German Federal Army”

AVIATION 1:600
403551695 Lufthnsa “5 Starhansa” B-747-8

April Release 2

Piccolo
450561700 Volkswagen Beetle “Journey-time”

450550500 Porsche 911 “Skiing holidays”

EDITION 1:43
450260400 BMW Isetta motorcoupe with trailer and luggage “Auto-Porter”

450758900 Porsche Cayman GT4 – black

450258400 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet “Journey-time” – meissen blue

450258800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hardtop – champagne

EDITION 1:32
450888900 Lanz Bulldog with threshing machine

EDITION 1:10

450655600 BMW R25/3 motorcycle with single seat – black

EDITION 1:64
452017100 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus – red/beige

452017200 Volkswagen Transporter T3 bus – blue/white

452017300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “Fire brigade”

452017600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “German Police”

452017800 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – red

452017900 Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe – slate-grey

452018100 Land Rover Defender – green/white

452018200 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” motorhome – brown

EDITION 1:87
452634900 Kirovets K700 tractor – yellow

452634800 Deutz F4L514 tractor – green

MILITARY 1:87
452643200 Bell UH 1D rescue helicopter “SAR”

SOLIDO 1:18
421184800 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – red

421184810 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – black

421185040 Citroen HY van 1969

421184870 Volkswagen Beetle Sport saloon – yellow

421184880 Meyers Manx Buggy – blue

421184890 Meyers Manx Buggy 1970

Schuco May 2019

EDITION 1:43
450354900 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS coupe – black

450291800 Mercedes-Benz L319 Advertising vehicle “NSU Max” with Piccolo NSU-Max miniature

450313200 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 – light green

EDITION PRO.R43
450906900 Belarus MTS.50 tractor – red

EDITION 1:32
450777300 Deutz-Fahr 9340 TTV “Warrior” tractor

450770300 Lanz Bulldog with added track “Christmas Issue 2018”

EDITION 1:18
450042600 Lykan Hypersport – blue

450042700 Lykan Hypersport – grey

450042800 Lykan Hypersport – white

450042900 Lykan Hypersport – black

The company W Motors was founded 2012 in the Libanon, but moved in 2013 to Dubai and is so the first Arabian sportscar manufacturer. Their first project, the Lykan HyperSport became one of the most expensive cars in the World. Only seven cars have been manufactured so far. Fitted with a Twinturbo boxer engine from Porsche with 3.7 litres which generates 751 hp. Top speed should be about 385 km/h.


EDITION PRO.R18
450015900 Kleinschnittger F-a25 roadster with 2 passengers

EDITION 1:87
452644200 Porsche 356 cabriolet – grey

452634700 Hürlimann D70 tractor

452641100 Volkswagen Transporter T1c delivery van “German Federal Post” yellow/black
MILITARY 1:87
452642500 Mercedes-Benz O302 bus “German Federal Army”

452642200 Leopard 2A1 battle tank “German Federal Army”

452642300 Serval ISAF “KSK” with spot camouflage

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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”

News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


News from the Continent September 2018 – Schuco and Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text by, and copyright of, the Author. The Photographs are all supplied by the manufacturer.

Schuco continues to issue models at a rate matched by few others. Both under their own brands and the Solido brand which they acquired some time ago. All their models are made in China for Germany in a variety of scales and most are diecast metal, though some of their premium range are made in resin. They also release many nostalgic objects related to models.

This article will look at the releases month by month from July 2018 onwards.

Schuco

July release 2018

Accessories

 

450986800 Schuco Espresso cups set 1

 

450986900 Schuco Espresso cups set 2

Edition 1:43

 

450334300 Volkswagen T2a Luxus-Bus “AEG Lavamat” – red

Edition PRO.R18 1:18 scale

This is a premium range incorporating a considerable amount of detail.

 

450012200 Volkswagen Fridolin delivery van “German Post”

 

# 450012300 Volkswagen Fridolin delivery van “PTT – Swiss Post”

Edition PRO.R32

1:32 scale super detailed models.

 

450903300 IFA RS-01 Pioneer tractor – green

Edition 1:87

 

452628800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c box van “Ferrari Automobili”

 

452637400 Porsche 911 R (991) black/red

452637700 Porsche 356 Coupe – blue

SOLIDO

1:18 scale

 

421184100 Porsche 911 RSR 2,8 1974 – green

August Releases 2018

Schuco

Edition 1:43

 

450256700 Opel GT Coupe – orange

450249700 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – black

 

450258600 Fendt device carrier GT with load “pieces of wood”

 

450314700 MC Cormick D 326 tractor – red

 

450335600 Deutz D40 L tractor – green

Schuco Edition 1:18

 

450031200 Porsche 356 A Carrera Coupe “Edition 70 years of Porsche”

450028900 Volkswagen T1b delivery van “Messerschmitt cabin scooter”

Edition 1:87

 

452635300 8 pieces of Volkswageb Beetle “for loading railway model car transporters”

 

452632300 BMW Isetta motor coupe – beige/orange

 

452632600 Jaguar XK 120 – red

452630700 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – silver

452632500 Citroen 2CV with open roof – blue

452632900 Porsche 356 A Speedster – grey

SOLIDO

July 2018

1:18 Scale

S1802101 Bugatti Atlantic SC – black

S1802102 Bugatti Atlantic SC – blue

S1800805 Lancia Stratos GR4 Rally Monte Carlo

 

S1800106 Renault 4L GTL “Fire brigade”

S1801103 Porsche 911 RSR Brumos “24 hours of Daytona”

S1800807 Fiat 131 Abarth “Tour de Corse”

August 2018

Edition 1:43

450264000 Opel Captain with Westfalia trailer – red/white

 

450218400 BMW 507 roadster – ivory

Edition PRO.R43

Another 1:43 scale premium product. Resin cast and in limited editions of 500.

450903800 Volkswagen Beetle with camper-trailer

Edition PRO.R18

1:18 scale resin cast detailed premium models

450016900 Isocarro pick up with wine load “Transporte de Vino”

Edition 1:64

452015900 Set “Concept black” – 3 different models

This includes Porsche 918 spyder, Audi R8, and Lamborghini Huracan.

 

Edition 1:87

 

452637800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing Coupe”

September releases – Schuco

Piccolo

450563400 Volkswagen Transporter T1 pick up with canvas cover and trailer loaded with Fendt Diesel horse

450143500 Porsche No. 1 1948

Edition 1:43

 

450389500 Volkswagen Beetle open air “flower decor” – green

450389600 Volkswagen Beetle open air “flower decor” – white

Edition 1:32

450769900 Lanz Bulldog with manure barrel trailer

450779300 International 433 tractor with rollcage – red

450779400 Case International 633 tractor with cab – red

Edition 1:18

 

450031300 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster “Edition 70 years of Porsche” – red & black

Edition 1:87

 

452632400 BMW Isetta motorcoupe “Country police”

452633500 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet with closed hood – white

452633600 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet with open hood – copper

452635400 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – 8 pieces for loading onto HO railway car transporters.


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News from the Continent June/July – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

Solido models are diecast in China for France. Solido is part of the same group of companies as Schuco.

June 2018

1:18 Scale

S1800405 Citroen Acadiane “La Poste”

 

S1800903 Citroen Traction 11 CV

 

S1801106 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR

 

S1800802 Subaru Impreza #5 Rally Monte Carlo 1995

 

S1800823 Alpine A110 1800S #1 Tour de Corse 1973

 

S1801501 BMW M3 Sports Evo black 1990

 

S1801502 BMW M3 saloon – red – 1986

 

1:43 Scale Models

 

S4302600 Bugatti T35B 1928 – blue

 

S4302700 Mercedes-Benz 190E saloon – 1984 – silver

 

S4302800 Renault Fuego 1982 – blue

 

S4302900 Simca Rally 2 1974 – yellow

 

S4303000 Jaguar D-Type 1952 – British Racing Green

 

S4303100 FIAT Panda 1990 – red

 

More SOLIDO 1:18

 

S1800305 Citroen Dyane 1974 – blue

 

S1800406 Citroen Acadiane “Michelin”

 

S1800506 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 SCCA Rally

 

S1800804 Porsche 911 SC Group 4 Rally dÁrmor 1979

 

S1801105 Porsche 911 RSR Sunoco 24 h of Daytona

 

S1801402 Fiat 500L 1969 – pink

 

421184670 Citroen 2CV6 “Cochonou”

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Two 1950’s Cadillacs in Photos

By  Mike DeTorrice

1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60

This is the 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 sedan, as done by Greenlight, in the 1/43 “Elvis” series of vehicles.  All snaps are taken in the suburbs of Chicago.

It’s really well done and certainly is a bargain at generally less than US$20.

This is the blue version, and a pink one is available as well.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado

This is a beautiful 1/43 Solido ’57 Cadillac that I got a great deal on at the Countryside show.  The snaps of the ’57 start in the suburbs of Chicago again, but after a long road trip, we ended up in San Diego!

These were made in both Seville and Biarritz forms.


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Alpine A110 – Rebirth of a Legend

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

In 1955 the “Societe des Automobiles Alpine“ was founded by Jean Redele as a sports car brand name. He introduced the first Alpine model, the A106.

In 1962 the premiere of the A110 took place. The sports car reached its first victory in the Rally Monte Carlo in 1971, and in the same year won of the International Rally Manufacturer Championship. In 1973 they won the first Rally World Championship and Alpine was purchased by Renault. Renault stopped producing Alpine Sports Cars in 1995.

Then in 2012 Renault announced the launch of a new Alpine Project. The first pre-production cars were shown at Le Mans, Goodwood and Dieppe in 2015 and in 2016 the Alpine re-launch was officially announced.

With the new A110, Alpine celebrated a impressive return to the Geneva Motor Salon in March 2017. Alpine is again a independent brand name in the Renault Group. The new A110 go on sale in Europe an the end of 2017. In the tradition of previous Alpines the new sports car combines exciting design, light weight and compact dimensions. The new 1.8 litre turbo petrol engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan-Alliance and optimised by Alpine engineers. A comparison between the A110 from 1969 and the new car shows the distinctly larger dimensions of the new car.

When the A110 won her first victories in second half of the 1960s, it was a subject of great interest for model car manufacturers. Norev launched the 1964 version in 1969 and a year later it appeared with two additional headlights and two rear-view mirrors. Also in this year the version “Gendarmerie“, fitted with a red warning light and aerial on  the roof, was introduced. On all versions, front and rear bonnets can be opened and an engine replica is fitted. The bodies made in 1969 were made from plastic which unfortunately generally becomes deformed over time.

The latest original A110 model is based on a 1969 car. It is accurately shaped with excellent detail, and painted in a realistic solid metallic blue. There are many small additional parts and a well detailed baseplate.

The other model shown one is the Celebration model from 2015, which has been shown to give buyers an idea of what the production version of 2017 will be like.It is again an accurate model and highlights its larger size than the original Alpine.

A Comparison of the Solido 1970 with Norev 2017

A comparison of the Solido 1970 1:43 and Bburago 1:24 of around the same time

Still more manufacturers launched models of the the A110 at the beginning of the 1970s. Even the former DDR had a model made by Max Krätzer VEB Leipzig. They released the Alpine 1600 S in 1:43 scale in 1984. Various colours were available.


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Solido Volkswagen 1303 investigated

By Robin Godwin

 

In a previous article about 1:64 Beetles, I committed to an update on the recently announced 1:64 Solido 1303 Super Beetle. I now have it, and can confirm it is the same as the Kyosho from Japan. I’m not sure if it was sourced direct from Kyosho (the colour is the same as the current Kyosho issue) or from the Chinese diecaster, who may own the moulds. The base has been modified to read Solido, cast into the plastic base instead of Kyosho. I thought initially that the Solido version may be a less expensive way to acquire one of these Beetles, but when all was said and done they were within pennies of each other.

There was a recent review in one of the UK print magazines of the new Solido Special Edition Beetles (SEB) in 1:18 scale. It was very favourable but to my surprise, the reviewer did not comment on the “dog leg” door hinges – an actuating mechanism that should not be present on any modern model, let alone a brand new 1:18 scale model. Almost everybody in the business does opening doors better than that (including the old Solido). The reviewer did state that the SEB Beetles were new tooling, but in light of the above, and the fact that the 1:43 Solido Beetle is also sourced from another range/manufacturer (IXO/PVT), could the 1:18 Beetle also be sourced from another manufacturer? I won’t promise to find out this time since I don’t collect 1:18 scale, but perhaps a reader has some models to compare with, and can let us know.

My original excitement at the resurrection of Solido is gone. I had anticipated the return of the nice 1:50 scale “improved detail” tank range (as indicated in an earlier Model Collector interview with the owners of OttO, who also own Solido), but instead they have decided to market the Warmaster 1:72 military range, which itself had origins as a PCT partwork. If the new Solido range is to be only contracted/rebranded models from some other source, then a good question to ask is “why bother?”

Yellow Kyosho 1:64 Super Beetle. Solido in blue

Solido left. These are the best 1:64 Beetles available, if you don’t mind the curved windscreen of a Super Beetle

Kyosho replaced with Solido on base


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When is a Solido not a Solido?

By Robin Godwin

I recall reading an interview in one of the UK print model magazines about the re-launch of the Solido brand by OTTO of France. There was an air of excitement and enthusiasm. As soon as I learned that one of the new Solidos was to be a Volkswagen Beetle 1302 LS from 1972, I also caught the wave of excitement.

Photo #1 Whitebox, left, with visible passenger side mirror. Solido, right.
Photo #1 WhiteBox, left, with visible passenger side mirror. Solido, right.

Well folks, I’m here to tell you that, now that I have the Solido VW in hand, it is sourced from IXO/PCT (Premium & Collectibles Trading Company) and/or one of their numerous partworks, and is in no way an original casting from Solido. One of the great things about Beetles from the model manufacturing perspective is that, externally, they changed little over the years. One can sell a 1972 1302 LS Beetle or a 1983 Beetle both cast from the same mould, without egregious errors, and only minor tampo printing alterations to reflect differences. Accordingly, my point of comparison here is the WhiteBox 1983 Beetle, which is the same casting as the “new” 1972 Solido.  Whitebox is a house brand of www.ModelCarWorld.com and this range consists of IXO/PCT/partworks reissues. In fact, the WhiteBox VW has IXO cast into the plastic base. At least Solido had the producers grind that off the mould and replace it with their own name and logo in white tampo. The only other difference is that Solido only has a driver’s side mirror, whereas WhiteBox also includes a passenger side mirror.

Photo #2 Whitebox top, with IXO logo visible. Solido tampo on bottom.
Photo #2 Whitebox top, with IXO logo visible. Solido tampo on bottom.

So I’m hugely disappointed, having anticipated a new die cast from Solido, only to have purchased an old mould that has been issued who knows how many times before. Perhaps, as I alluded to earlier in discussion about the external shape, none of the earlier issues were actually 1972 VW 1302 LS models, but if so, it is only tampo printing that has given us this unique version. This discovery must cast doubt on all the other “new” Solido models.

In the same interview, the new brand owners were also excited about reintroducing the old Solido military range in “1:43” scale (they were 1:50). Don’t get me wrong, I love the old Solido tanks with working metal tracks – they were largely responsible for me becoming an adult collector. But there are still lots of originals for sale on eBay, mostly at prices similar to what I paid 20 to 30 years ago. I’m sceptical that these reissues with “improved details” will entice many buyers unless the prices are very competitive. Even though 1:50 is a great scale for military vehicles, the market may be saturated by the many superb 1:72 and 1:43 scale military partworks which can now be had for $10 to $20 US. I wish them luck, but I hope that we get some fresh models, reasonably priced.

Back to VWs and next time I will talk about the recent/current 1:43 Greenlight 1967 VW “Gremlins” Beetle issue. It looks suspiciously like a partwork as well, but, because of a stripped Phillips screw, I can’t get my model off the plastic plinth without damage. Greenlight has used both High Speed and Yatming castings before, so it would be no surprise if this VW was sourced from another manufacturer, but I hope to be able to prove it.


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