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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article covers the models that Wiking expect to release in August 2018. As usual there are some new items and several upgrades based on existing mouldings.

New Items

1:32 Scale

 

0778 36 John Deere 6250R tractor
0778 38 Züm ProfiCut 700 direct cut header with transport trailer

 

1:87 Scale

 

0797 33 Volkswagen T1 camper van
0308 08 Volkswagen T5 GP Multivan “Taxi”
0368 02 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401
0492 01 Mercedes-Benz NG tipper with low-loader trailer
0513 22 Saviem articulated box truck “Kronenbourg beer from Alsace”
0526 02 Volvo F89 articulated 20” Container truck “ASG”
0682 04 MAN transport concrete mixer
0537 09 Scania R420 Topline articulted curtain side truck “Chr. Carstensen”
Scale 1:160
0932 01 Volkswagen T1 van

Model Upgrades

1:160 Scale
0955 03 Joskin universal spreader
0940 06 Mercedes-Benz platform drawbar
1:87 Scale

 

0794 34 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with folding roof “Moviestar Herbie”
0861 44 Mercedes-Benz 180 saloon “Fire Brigade”
0100 04 Land Rover “Royal Air Force”
0884 03 MAN 4R3 tractor
0279 01 Borgward sales vehicle “Migros, Switzerland”
0309 07 Volkswagen T5 GP box van “Municipal”
0391 02 John Deere 8430 tractor
0018 21 Accessory pack “Street lighting” 16 pieces
0423 01 Magirus 100 D7 flatbed lorry “Klöckner iron trade”
0866 02 Kaelble KV34 quarry tipper

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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Wiking have announced the following releases in June 2018.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 32 John Deere 8500i forage harvester

1:87 Scale

 

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

 

0424 04 Magirus flatbed tipper truck

 

0673 07 MAN high-side tipper truck

 

0852 38 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet Teleservice box truck

 

0515 02 MAN articulated Flatbed truck

 

0634 05 Mercedes-Benz Pullman towing vehicle

 

0433 06 Mercedes-Benz flatbed with drawbar trailer

1:160 Scale

 

0932 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus

Model Upgrades

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

1:43 Scale

0431 97 MAN TGM Rosenbauer ATLF fire service

Scale 1:87

 

0392 05 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411 with stanchion trailer

 

0018 19 Accessory pack “stacking containers II”

 

0808 10 BMW Isetta

 

0229 02 Opel Cadet C-type Coupe GT/E

 

0830 16 Volkswagen “Split Window” Beetle

 

0266 39 Puch G

 

0028 02 Volkswagen “The Beetle Convertible”

 

0270 45 Borgward B611 camper van

 

0380 03 Fendt Xylon tractor with bale grab

 

0509 01 Magirus Heavy duty tractor unit

 

0851 33 Scheuerle low-loader trailer

1:160 Scale 

0906 02 Fendt Favorit tractor with trailer

Büssing Trambus – Old and New.

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

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

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

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

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

Büssing Trambus – re-issue February 2018

 

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

 

Side views of the different versions

 

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

 

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

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

 

Rear of the first Trambus with “BÜSSING”

 

Rear of the re-issue in 2018

 

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


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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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News from the Continent – Some recent Wiking re-issues compared to the original releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In the recent upgrade releases by WIking there were three models which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original releases in my collection so I have taken this opportunity to compare the originals to the re-issues.

0120 01 DKW saloon

The re-issue is in green with a white roof.

This model was launched in 1962, and modified in 1965 by adding a hook to pull a trailer. The body was moulded in brown, headlights and radiator grill painted in silver, and rear lights in red. Windows are pierced and tinted, but there is no interior. It is fitted with a well detailed baseplate.

The new release is moulded in light green, and the roof printed in white. Headlights, Radiator grille and a number of mouldings are silver printed, as are the badges and emblems. Front indicator, and rear lights are painted. The windows are clear and reveal an interior with seats and steering wheel which have been added. The good baseplate is unchanged apart from the “WM” branding has been changed to “Wiking”.

0160 39 Porsche 356 Cabriolet

The car in black is the recent re-issue.

The Porsche 356 was released originally by Wiking in 1961. It featured figures of a driver and his wife or girlfriend. The body was moulded in several colours but the example shown in in blue. The windscreen and side windows unit was glued on. Headlights, number plates and rear lights were all painted. The baseplate has good detailing.

The tiny Porsche has now been re-issued with a body moulded in black. This time, the car is empty, with red seats and a white three pointed steering wheel visible. The windows are unchanged. Head and rear lights are painted, The baseplate is similar too with WM removed and “WIKING” and “Germany” added. New wheels have been fitted with more authentic hubs and rims. The moulding on the bonnet and the grille, and the air intake on the rear engine cover are silver printed.

0210 02 Ford Continental

The car is green with a white roof is the re-issue.

This Ford Continental model was released originally in 1960 and the body has been re-issued in many colours over the years. The two-door coupe was a large car and made an impressive model even in a small scale. The windows were tinted in the original model and no interior was fitted. Again a detailed baseplate was modelled.  A hook to connect trailers was added during later years of production.

It has been re-issued with its body painted in light green, and the roof in matt white. The base now includes the “WIKING” branding. The re-issue has no hook fitted. There is still no interior fitted to the model. Radiator grille, headlights, door handles and the Continental emblem on the spare wheel cover are printed silver, and the rear lights painted red. Whitewall tyres are fitted to add to the visual appeal.


More than fifty years after these models were first issued they have been re-released with scarcely any changes to the basic mouldings. Yes, printing and painting have improved over what could be achieved in the early 1960s but the accuracy and quality of the mouldings is a tribute to the skills of Wikings tool makers and the quality of the moulds they created.


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News from the Continent 2/1028 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown are all expected to be released by Wiking in February 2018.

New Items

Scale 1:32

0778 30 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0778 34 Claas Commandor 116CS combine harvester

 

Scale 1:87

 

0361 62 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0227 05 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive T-model (estate)

 

0797 21 Volkswagen T1b Samba bus

 

0693 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “THW”

 

0645 02 MAN dump truck

 

0601 30 MAN F90 Fire brigade flatbed truck and trailer

 

0634 04 DAF towing vehicle

 

0543 01 Volvo F89 refrigerated artic. truck

 

Model Upgrades

Scale 1:160

 

0951 99 Magirus refrigerated artic. Truck

 

 

0970 07 Mercedes-Benz O 305 Urban bus

 

Scale 1:87

 

0018 18 Accessory Pack “Connections II”

 

0160 39 Porsche 356 convertible

 

0210 02 Ford Continental

 

0788 11 Volkswagen T1a delivery van “Dujardin Vinebrand”

 

0120 01 DKW Limousine

 

0881 03 Deutz D 40 L tractor

 

0601 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S Fire engine

 

0720 02 Büssing Trambus

 

0502 05 Magirus 135 D 11 FS artic. Flatbed truck with load of construction material

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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

(Editor’s Note Hans-Georg’s latest articles have been delayed due to illness which lead to him having to stay in hospital for a while. He is home now and insisted on finishing his articles for our readers whilst recuperating.  I am sure our readers will join the team at MAR in wishing Hans-Georg a speedy recovery to full health.)

All photographs supplied by Wiking except for those marked HG-S taken by Hans-Georg.

The models shown below are planned for release in December 2017, except for the detailed reviews which are based on October Issues.

New Models

1:32 Scale

 0778 31  Oehler ZDK 120 B two axle hay bale trailer

 

0778 35   Bergmann TSW 6240 S universal spreader

1:87 Scale

0378 11  Lemken Solitair/Zirkon till and drill combination

 

0378 19  Lemken Solitair/Heliodor till and drill combination

 

0368 01  Mercedes Benz Unimog U 401 “Frogeye”

 

0788 08  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a Microbus

 

0056 05  Fire brigade – passenger vehicle trailer

 

0601 28  Volkswagen Touareg “Fire Brigade”

 

0227 04  Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive estate

 

0663 61  Still RX 60 forklift truck

 

0800 48  Magirus Saturn articulated Tanker “BP”

 

0681 48  MAN TGS Euro6/Liebherr Concrete mixer

 

0662 03  Magirus/Fuchs Municipal Mobile Crane

 

Improved and upgraded Models

1:160 Scale

 

0961 39  Magirus TLF16  Fire brigade

 

0949 39  Hanomag Henschel articulated low loader, loaded with cable drum
1:87 Scale

 

0228 04  Volvo Amazon saloon – light blue

 

0892 05  Ferguson TE tractor

 

0011 02 Jeep

 

0300 02  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1b delivery van “Jacobs coffee”

 

0018 17  Accessory pack “Pedestrians”

 

0866 34  Kaelble dumper

 

0456 01  Mercedes-Benz 2223 with drawbar trailer and canvas covers

 

0990 92  ASG Set

Extended Reviews

I received three items released in October 2017 and provide ann extended review below.

0006 24  WIKING Magazin 2017

This yearly magazine allows readers to explore the world of Wiking in great detail with much insider information being included. The newly released Mercedes-Benz Unimog “Frogeye” is shown together with many early Unimog models, then old and new Land Rover miniatures are described. The Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a without the air intake above the windscreen is covered in detail in a chapter of its own. As is the Magirus edged bonnet and a number of 1:32 scale agricultural vehicles. The “Wiking Day”, celebrating the 85th anniversary of the firm is pictured with highlights of models made across this period. Dioramas showing models of the wire-axle era and all the models produced in 2016 round up the content.

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0863 99  Magirus LF 16 fire engine

The Magirus-Deutz Mercur with its typical round bonnet was the base for the LF16, which was used by the fire brigades in Germany and worldwide in the 1950s.

This legendary fire engine is commemorated by Wiking. The body with four-door cabin and equipment area are accurately shaped and moulded in typical ruby red with black fenders. Blue lights, ladders, searchlight and the fine moulded hose reel are separately inserted. (1:87 Scale)

0861 43  Magirus-Deutz flatbed truck with canvas cover “Fire brigade”

When a truck was needed by fire brigades for transporting equipment or fire debris most of the fire brigades chose a Magirus-Deutz during the 1950s. Wiking has released one of these trucks with authentic shape, chassis moulded in black, and upper body in ruby red. The driver’s cabin is fitted with a single blue light. Some mouldings are silver printed.  (1:87 scale)


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – WIking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All  photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Wiking.

The photographs shown below show the releases planned by WIking for October 2017. Unless otherwise stated the models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

New Models

1:87 Scale

 

0316 03 Volkswagen T2a pickup

 

0229 01 Opel Cadet C Coupe “Winterfit”
0102 01 Land Rover Defender 110
0863 99 Magirus LF16 fire engine
0056 04 THW passenger vehicle trailer
0861 43 Magirus flatbed truck “Fire Brigade”
0674 48 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller dumper
0682 03 Mercedes-Benz 1620 transport concrete mixer
0438 02 Mercedes-Benz LAK flatbed tipper with vehicle-mountable tank

 

0503 04 Scania 111 artic. Low-loader with load

Model Upgrades

1:87 Scale
0872 02 Hanomag WD tractor
0607 01 Mercedes-Benz Binz Fire Brigade Ambulance
0228 03 Volvo Amazon two-door saloon
0220 03 Mercedes-Benz 180 ponton sedan
0122 02 DKW F89 saloon
0788 10 Volkswagen T1b micro bus
0289 03 Ford FK 1000 van
0788 07 Volkswagen T1b delivery van
0519 02 MAN Swap body truck
0679 06 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller skip lorry
0006 24 WIKING Magazine 2017
1:160 Scale
0956 39 Agricultural trailer
0956 10 Magirus artic. Truck with canvas cover “German Railway Company”

1:32 Scale

This model is diecast in metal for Germany.

0778 27 Kröger HKD 302 – two-axle three-way-tipper

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News from the Continent June/July 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs have been supplied by Wiking, and their copyright applies.

The Wiking releases planned for August 2017 are illustrated below all are made in plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated. Wiking models are made in Europe.

 

New Items

0226 04 Austin 7

0788 06 Volkswagen T1b microbus

0381 99 Claas Cargos trailer

0662 02 Fuchs F301 cable excavator

0520 02 Mercedes-Benz LPS 1317 refrigerated artic. truck

0624 03 Mercedes-Benz fire brigade dump truck

0852 39 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet box lorry

0677 03 Magirus Saturn articulated tipper lorry

0433 05 MAN high-sided flat bed truck

Upgraded Models

0806 36 Lloyd Alexander TS

0167 02 Porsche 550 Spyder

0829 06 BMW 507 convertible

0293 06 Volkswagen T3 pick up with crew cab

0105 02 Range Rover

0317 05 Volkswagen T1 Samba microbus

0866 35 Krupp Titan dumper

0532 02 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet concrete mixer

0628 46 Rosenbauer B32 fire brigade hydraulic rescue platform on Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis.

0479 03 Büssing 12.000 flatbed lorry with canvas cover

Models to 1:160 scale

0914 04 4 classic passenger cars


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News from the Continent – Wiking June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

Here are the releases Wiking propose to make available in June 2017.

New Items

1:87 Scale

 

0149 24 Mercedes-Benz 300SD W116 German Taxi

0663 38 Still RX 70-25 fork lift truck

0788 05 Volkswagen T1b bus “Adverts for Flower shop”

0412 02 Henschel HS 14/16 flat bed lorry with load

0438 01 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet flat bed lorry with with a de-mountable heating oil tank

0502 04 Magirus Saturn artic. Low loader

0861 42 MAN articulated large tank fire brigade vehicle

0630 49 Hanomag towing vehicle (break down service)

0523 03 Volvo F89 articulated Container truck

0531 02 Mercedes-Benz Actros articulated Silo truck “Kleinwächter”

Upgraded Models

1:87 Scale

 

0289 02 Ford FK 1000 van “dairy delivery vehicle”

0320 03 Volkswagen T1b Ambulance “German Red Cross”

0095 02 Trailer mounted motor boat

0871 03 Tractor Eicher King-Tiger

0046 04 Volkswagen Golf Mk I Cabriolet

0792 06 VW-Porsche 914

0123 01 Auto Union 1000 Universal (estate)

0018 16 Accessory pack “concrete pipes”

0805 98 Krupp articulated Tanker “Scholven Chemicals”

1:160 Scale

 

0966 02 John Deere 8430 tractor

0961 04 Magirus LF 16 fire engine


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News from the Continent – Wiking March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

We start this update on models from Wiking with a set of  prototypes, many finished in plain silver, presented at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in February.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class as multi-role T-model

Volkswagen “Bulli” Samba bus

Volkswagen T2 Double-Cabin Pick up

Land Rover Defender 110

Opel Cadet C-Type Coupe

Mercedes-Benz Unimog “Frog eye”

Magirus classic fire engine LF16

Magirus Saturn tractor unit

MAN TGS Euro 6 four axle trucks

Farming vehicles Claas Cargo

 and Lemken Solitär 25

Tank top load

Wiking Releases April 2017

These models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany . The first models shown are new ones.

1:87 Scale

0864 41 Mercedes-Benz 250 T “German Police car”

 

0850 05 Opel Olympia Ambulance

 

0800 14 Volkswagen T3 bus “German Taxi”

 

0797 20 Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus

 

0788 04 Volkswagen T1b Delivery van

 

0133 07 Audi Q7 with trailer “fire brigade”

 

0800 49 Magirus S 3500 artic tank truck “Rheinpreussen”

 

0371 06 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 406 with trailer “Cellar Ghosts winery”

 

0518 46 Magirus 235 D artic. Stanchion trailer truck

 

0671 05 Mercedes-Benz NG Dumper

 

0479 02 Büssing 12.000 flatbed lorry “German Federal Railway Company”

1:160 Scale

 

0920 04 Volkswagen Tiguan fire chief staff car

Upgraded Models

The next set of models are upgraded versions of models previously produced by Wiking.

1:87 scale

 

0861 40 Mercedes-Benz 200/8 fire brigade staff car

 

0861 41 Volkswagen T1b small fire engine

 

0794 04 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Convertible

 

0889 04 Drag rake

0880 08 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof

 

0517 01 MAN articulated flatbed truck “Haulier Rheinkraft”

 

0518 04 Scania R 420 Topline artic. flatbed truck “Rinnen”

 

 

0990 91 Set “Blumhardt commercial vehicle manufactury”

1:160 Scale

 

0958 02 John Deere 6820 tractor

New Publication

 

0006 45 Book “Wiking Autoträume (auto dreams)

This book covers 85 years of Wiking models based on machines from land, sea and air.


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