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.
0778 32 John Deere 8500i forage harvester
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
0932 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus
These models have been seen before in different colours and/or in a lower standard of finish.
0431 97 MAN TGM Rosenbauer ATLF fire service
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
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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