Category Archives: 1:18

Porsche’s Pink Pigs

By Matt Beaumont

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

The story behind the ‘Truffelhunter from Zuffenhausen’ begins in 1970 when Porsche’s best boffins were playing with two versions of their LMP: the 917K, as in Kurzheck, which is German for short-tail, and the 917L Langheck (long tail). The K car had its rear end lopped off to generate more down force, but that also caused more drag, while the long-tail was a more slippy version designed specifically for Le Mans and in particular the 6km long Mulsanne Straight. In 1970 to everyone’s surprise the K car still beat the L, and all the Ferraris

So in 1971 Porsche engineers together with the French company SERA attempted to combine the advantages of the K and L 917s. However, the results were not pretty. This Frankenstein car was wider with a snouty front end and a short (but not curly) tail. Rumour has it that when the car got back to Stuttgart both Porsche’s race team and the Italian sponsors at Martini & Rossi were so unimpressed that they didn’t want their iconic blue and red livery on the new racer. And so the porcine nickname was born, but in a brilliant piece of PR, Porsche designer Anatole Lapine decided in favour of the pink body colour and labelled each of the body parts according to the butcher-style cuts. Porsche caused a sensation at Le Mans 1971 with the first Pink Pig

It may not have been the best looking version of the 917 but the aerodynamics worked … sort of. It was the fastest car during the pre-race qualification session despite it being an untested experimental design. However, during the main event the Pink Pig, running well in fifth position, eventually retired with mechanical maladies. Only later in the strip down postmortem did they realise that the new piggy body was playing havoc with the brakes and other oily bits.

So a livery that started as a bit of a joke is now one of the most iconic liveries ever to grace a Porsche, There have been numerous vehicles to sport this livery an on line search shows that it found its way on to many different vehicles.

This brings me to the review of Spark’s rendition of the car Porsche ran at LeMans in 2018.

Porsche fielded two special Porsche 911 RSR at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans: The factory-run cars with the starting numbers 91 and 92 sported the traditional Le Mans liveries of the 1970s and 1980s.

The finish of the number 92 car, shared by race drivers Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), harks back to the Porsche 917/20 that tackled Le Mans in 1971. This car reached the top step on the LMGTE Pro podium, claiming the German marque’s first trophy in the class since 2013! 

The Model

This review is based on my own opinion after looking closely at the model that I recently bought.  

Spark have released two versions of this model. It first appeared in an exclusive to Porsche dealer release in specific packaging and with a display case as do many of the Spark Porsche dealer models part number WAP0219250K. This limited release commanded over £300, an awful lot of money for a sealed resin model however good it may be.

Spark have just released their standard version with their own packaging part number 18S393 which I managed to pick up for less than half the cost of an official Porsche issue. It has no display case but I don’t find this an issue especially at the cost saving the Spark branded release offered.

The only discernible differences between the two issues is the box, the base the model is screwed to, and the perspex cover that the Porsche dealer issue has.

The Exterior

Finished in a fetching pink colour with the butchers cut markings and sponsorship decals Spark have upheld their reputation for a the high quality finish which I have come to expect from them ( this is the sixth Porsche from them in my collection).

The shape and appearance has been caught very well showing off the 991 RSRs brutish lines and its striking aerodynamic package.

The glazing is nicely done and the lights have very good details (though the front ones are better executed than the rears ) there is a plethora of tiny aerials and antenna’s on the roof.  

The carbon fibre is very well replicated where it appears at various points on the car and the wheels and tyres are really nicely done, with detailed “AP Racing” brakes showing behind the large diameter alloy wheels. Both wheel and tyre manufacture labelling is present.

The Underside

When mounted on its base, as many of these models will remain, there is very little of the underside that can be seen, other than the exhaust system and the rear diffuser.

The Interior

As with most resin models this can be only viewed through the window apertures, namely the windscreen and doors, as the rear ¼ windows and screen are blacked out as the RSR is a mid-engined car and not a rear engined one like its road going sibling.  But what can be seen looks well done and gives a very good view of a busy yet spartan race car’s interior

In Summary

Personally, I am very pleased to obtain this model to join my three other “Pink Pig Porsches” and I am very happy with the model. I think that the Spark edition is a reasonable price and much more affordable than the previous dealer edition which appears to give very little in return for the extra outlay of money!

These are your only options to buy this car in 1:18 scale but I would not be surprised to see other manufacturers produce their own versions of this car in the future as collectors are be drawn to the ‘porkiest of Porsches’.


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1:18 Scale BMW Hommage Collection Part Four

The 1:18 scale BMW Hommage Collection is produced for BMW by Norev. In “part three” we met the racing version of the CSL 3.0 Hommage, the R, presented at the Pebble Beach Elegance Contest in August 2015, the fourth item produced in the BMW “Hommage Collection” by Norev. And in a recent article (“More 1:18 Promotional Models from Santa’s Sack”) we saw the collection’s fifth model, the 2002 Hommage, presented at the 2016 Concorso d’eleganza at Villa d’Este.

The “Hommage Collection” is steadily growing, and here is the sixth item, the BMW 2002 Hommage Turbomeister #2 concept. BMW chose California’s 2016 Pebble Beach Elegance Contest to show it, with an orange and matt black livery cloned from the iconic “Jagermeister” one, to celebrate the company’s turbocharged history. This version shared mechanical components with the blue concept and apart from the new livery little changed,except that the 20-inch alloy wheels were painted in gold and silver. The concept was very likely based on the M2, but BMW didn’t release any details.

So just a livery change for this scale model (BMW code no. 80.43.2.454.781). It has a metal diecast closed body with no opening parts, and the same negative features of the blue one: the safety belts are missing ! What a pity !


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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”

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!


More Audi 1:18 Scale promotional models by Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

Here are a few more 1:18 scale promotional models which Santa Claus’ found in his bag for my collection, Audi this time, and once again by Norev. As usual the models’ bodies are 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). Here are some more beautiful models to add to your collection.

Audi A8 L 2017

The scale model (code no. 501.17.080.51, finished in Myth black metallic) is based on the L (long) version of the car. A nice model, but compared to similar promotional models made by Norev for BMW or Mercedes-Benz, it seems to be less detailed and made to a lower budget. Safety belts are missing (there are only the buckles), the boot (rear trunk) isn’t flocked, and the usual screwdriver and soft tissue are missing.

No need to introduce the A8, flagship of the “four rings” brand, now in its fourth generation. Unveiled to the public at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB-evo platform ( like the Lamborghini Urus or the Bentley Bentayga), This is not a real physical platform but a strategy for its vehicles with longitudinal engine orientation (Modularer Längsbaukasten), based on the uniform positioning of all motors and transmissions in order to cut down on engineering costs and weight/complexity. In a few words it creates a standardised, interchangeable set of parts from which to build a wide variety of cars. As in previous generations, it retains the Audi Space Frame aluminium construction method co-developed with Alcoa. Available with V6, V8 and W12 petrol and V6 and V8 diesel engines, all cars feature all-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Produced at the Neckarsulm plant, exterior styling is similar to the previous generation, the real changes are inside, with a virtual cockpit and touchscreen controls replacing the old knob between the seats. One new feature (not available in USA) is the “Traffic Jam Pilot”, consisting of level 3 autonomous driving at speeds up to 60 km/h when on a highway. A beautiful set of wheels, indeed.

Audi Q8 2018

The new Q8 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV coupé, at last a direct competitor to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupé. Audi clearly preferred to wait and see if the new bodystyle became a sales success for other brands. Nowadays SUVs are increasingly popular in the luxury segment and very likely the Q8 will sell in higher number than the A8. Produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava plant, like the current A8 it is based on the MLB-evo platform, and introduces a new design for the brand’s SUVs, with a larger octagonal grill, plus full-laser headlamps and tail lamps. Inside it features an enlarged virtual cockpit and three touchscreens. Compared to the Q7 it is slightly shorter (in terms of both length and height) and wider, with less cargo space and lacking the third-row seats, yet with a near 2,200 kg weight. Available with a V6 petrol engine or a V6 diesel, featuring a mild hybrid technology, with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Later there will be a V8 twin turbo with over 600 hp.

The scale model (code no. 501.17.086.51, in Samurai grey) is based on the V8 TDI version, and has the same minor shortcomings seen on the A8 seen above.

Audi e-tron 2018

The e-tron is the first example of the Audi new electric age. Head of what will be a large family, it represents the debut of the “four rings” brand in mass-production of electric vehicles. Another muscular SUV, all-wheel drive, two asynchronous engines, a peak power of more than 400 hp and a claimed 400 kilometres range. But with a weight of over 2,500 kg (more than 3,100 kg at full load), and a length near to five metres, I’m wondering if it is really what we need to save our planet.

Exterior styling is marked by the shoulder line and the virtual rear view mirrors, and it has an exceptionally low drag factor. The interior is essentially minimalist with the virtual cockpit and two touchscreens. It is produced at the Bruxelles plant. According to some reviews the e-tron is more oriented to comfort than handling, easy to understand given the weight. It is also heavily handicapped by the lack of the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles almost everywhere. A beautiful toy for rich people, but not a practical solution to our general needs.

The scale model (code no. 501.18.206.51, in Antigua blue) actually has a flocked rear trunk.


So thee are beautiful models, but with minor imperfections. But I question whether there should be such imperfections on so expensive models?


Norev Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article features models released by Norev in the first quarter of 2019. These are in a variey of scales but all are diecast in China for France. A more detailed review of a few of the more noteworthy releases can be found towards the end of the article.

Please note that some models are pre-production samples and may be marked as such, others may be final pre-production samples.

February Releases

1:18 Scale

181626 Citroen GS “Basalte” 1978 – black and red features

Only 1,800 of these were allocated to French Dealers and they were the first special edition of the GS designed to encourage purchases at a time when the GS was beginning to get ‘long in the tooth’.

183568 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 1969 – brown

Fitted with a two and a half litre straight six engine the 250E was a strong seller in the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz range. The convertible was much rarer and more expensive. Similar in some ways to its predecessor it was noted for the squared off rear wings. The age of the fin was over.

Doors, boot, and bonnet all open without spoiling the lines of the model when closed.

183459 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 1976 – Inca red metallic

Mercedes-Benz flagship car from 1975 to 1981 and made in small numbers. It featured hydro-pneumatic rear suspension based on the same principles as Citroen used all round.

It had a high specification interior and was powered by a 6.9 Litre V8 engine with a three speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential.

Again lots of opening parts.

188053 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – dark grey metallic

Launched on the Japanese market in 2007 it eventually reached Europe in 2009 as a Performance Centre had to be built in any country that it was sold in.

Built in aluminium, steel and carbon fibre it is assembled on a jig like a F1 car. Powered by a V6 engine of nearly 4 Litres which could produce nearly 400 BHP and had a top speed of nearly 200 MPH.

Again opening parts seem to have good shut lines and reveal the fairly detailed interior.

187412 Porsche 962 C Winner Supercup 1987 – H.-J. Stuck

The World Sportscar Championship was a world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992. It combined events in North America and Europe and was an important target for the major racing car outfits. The Norev model represents the winning car in the 1987 series a time when Porsche dominated this area of racing.

This diecast model has no opening parts but has a lot of detailed printing to a high standard.

185742 Simca 9 Aronde 1953 – Amarante red

Here we see the first generation of the SImca Aronde, two years after its launch in 1951. A clean modern shape for its time when many car makers models still had wings and vestigial running boards.

Powered by an engine of just over 1200cc it was capable of a top speed of just under 80MPH though it took over 30 seconds to get from 0 to 60 MPH. In 1953 production of the Aronde reached over 100,000 showing its popularity with buyers


1:43 Scale Models

270353 AC ACE 1957 – grey metallic
270357 AC ACECA 1957 -blue metallic
170020 DS 3 Crossback “La Premiere 2019” – black with red roof
170021 DS 3 Crossback 2019 – blue and black roof
170022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019 – pearl and black roof
170001 DS X E-Tense 2018
270575 Ford 12M saloon 1954 – blue metallic
474604 Peugeot 406 saloon 2003 – Banquise white
474653 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 – Banquise white
151413 Citroen 2CV AZU 1959 – “Wegenwacht”
156076 Citroen 2CV Pick-up with ladder 1963
474654 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 “SMUR”

1:18 Scale MAXI_JET

182056 Motobecane AV 65 1965 -blue

1:64 Scale MINIJET

310810 Citroen 2CV 4×4 – etna grey

March Releases

1:18 Scale

181625 Citroen GS Club 1972 – Camargue blue

Another outing for the GS moulding. This time in an earlier GS version in a more basic trim level.

183478 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – dark blue metallic

An up to date top of the range Mercedes-Benz. Modelled in a considerable level of detail with all doors, boot, and bonnet opening. The interior looks to be modelled to a high level of detail.

183423 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – bluegrey

This will be a large model. It has impressive opening parts, though no opening bonnet.

183471 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet 2018 – blue metallic

Here we have the latest top-end convertible from Mercedes-Benz. opening parts, lots of interior detail, and even fitted luggage in the boot makes this an excellent model in this larger scale.

188523 Volkswagen 1303 superbug 1972 – green metallic

1:43 Scale

517864 Box Alpine A110 Pure & Legende 2018 – Limited Edition of 500.
517865 Alpine A110 Legende 2018 – Alpine blue
270504 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1964 – night blue
830040 Audi Q8 SUV 2018 – white
479820 Peugeot 2008 2013 – white
479849 Peugeot 2008 GT Line 2016 – Perla Near Black
870067 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Savile grey
150091 Citroen 2CV Cogolin 1961 “Fire brigade”
479821 Peugeot 2008 2013 “City Police”
479822 Peugeot 2008 2016 “Gendarmerie”

Extended Reviews

Here I look at some remarkable models, issued by NOREV and worthy of a closer examination.

183701 Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 in 1:18 scale

Norev released this first real automobile in excellent detail in 1:18 scale. Initially only for the Daimler Benz Company, now it is available to collectors through retailers.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year´s Eve 1879. Benz had so much commercial success with this engien that he was able to devote more time to his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a petrol engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0,75 hp (0,55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model No. 1.(23238)

Not too far from Benz, Gottlieb Daimler developed also a four-stroke gasoline engine, but he placed this unit into a former horse drawn coach, into a boat and into a railway engine.

Some years ago, Daimler built a number of replicas of this car shown above. One was shown at Techno Classica driven by a young woman to commemorate Bertha Benz, who made the first long distance trip in an automobile upgraded by her husband Carl.

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue – scale 1:43

The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina. It used a type AZ chassis with a 425 cc engine developing 12 bhp. Both chassis and and engine were made in France while the bodywork ( for both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the “boot design” cars was built in 1973. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroen factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.

Production of the 2CV in Chile started in 1953 as a way of boosting local employment. Initially, they were laughed at as they seemed small, under powered and insubstantial compared to the US imports of the time.

Soon the Chilean designers created a body to suit the country´s specific needs. The car needed to be useful for both city dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables, hens or even pigs. Thus an open boot was included to help this and the “decapotable” roof abandoned.

The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets were filled with this “French Miracle” as they were nicknamed. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car, since before the 2CV there wasn´t any car available at such a low price.

The model is well detailed, with a number of separate parts used to detail it. It is an interesting supplement to every 2CV collection.

270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – Beluga black – 1:43 Scale

The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.

The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.

351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale

The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.

However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.

But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor: rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.

The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.


Cult new for 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Cult models are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale in China and are distributed from the Netherlands. The range policy is to make models of vehicles that have reached cult status. Although most are classic European subjects the range does include some Japanese classics as well.

They have recently announced their new releases for 2019 which are new colours on existing mouldings .

The models span many eras and countries of manufacture. All are of vehicles that influenced design or where popular sellers in their market segment.

CML038-2  Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato silver


CML041-2 Aston Martin DB6 gold 1964


CML044-2 Porsche 356 America Roadster metallic green 1952


CML057-2 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe black 1931


CML060-2 Rolls Royce 25-30 Gurney Nutting All Weather


CML064-2  Austin Mini Cooper Mark 1 red and black 1961-63


CML074-2 Mercedes-Benz 280SE W126 silver 1980


CML075-2 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC C126 green metallic 1982


CML080-2 Austin 1100 maroon 1969


CML081-2 Land-Rover Discovery Mark 1 silver 1989


CML084-2 Sunbeam Supreme MKIII black 1954

This car is better known here in the UK as a Sunbeam Mark III. Rootes dropped the Talbot name with this model and the ‘Supreme’ tag comes from the radiator badge which says Sunbeam Supreme.


CML091-2 Triumph Spitfire Mark II red




Large Scale Lamborghini LM002

By Matt Beaumont

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

The LM002 is an off-road vehicle and just over 300 were manufactured by Lamborghini from 1986 until 1993. It was an unusual departure for Lamborghini which, at the time, was primarily known for high-performance, hand-built, super/sports cars. The LM002 was not the first of its kind to be built by Lamborghini. Two prototype vehicles, the Cheetah and the LM001 paved the way for LM002. Both were intended for military use, but were not well received. The LM001 introduced the idea of using a front mounted Countach V12 to power the car which was carried forward to the next model, the LM002, which was the first of the three to see series production by Lamborghini. The LM002 is part of a series of vehicles, the Lamborghini Militara,

This was, in its day, a beast of a car measuring nearly 5 metres long and 2 metres wide and it weighing 2700kg. This physical mass was probably one of the reasons it had a 40ft turning circle.

Other big numbers, for the time, relating to this car were: an engine of 5.2 litres or even an optional 7.0 litre; the fuel tank which held 169 litres; the massive 325/65 VR 17 tyres; and the performance which was a maximum speed of 130mph 0-to 62mph in a very respectable 7.8 seconds.

The Model

I would like to say that this review is based on my own opinion, and my views of the model that I bought.

The model is produced by GT Spirit (GTS) under their own brand and also made for Kyosho. At the moment there are two versions: a white one with a red interior (the subject of this review) marketed by GT Spirit; and a black one with a white interior marketed by Kyosho. Both versions are limited to a batch of 500. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale in China. This is GT Spirit’s standard material for their models.

The Exterior

GT Spirit have done a very good job in replicating the LM002’s looks, note I didn’t say good looks!. And the model is up to their usual standard. The wheels look very crisp and have the tyre valves present in the cast of the wheel, the massive balloon tyres are very nicely done as well, Glazing is up to the usual resin model standard of GT Spirit, Otto and the like.

 Some really nice touches include the replicated chequer plate in the rear section of the car and the hand rails around the top of the same area. Seats are fitted in the external passenger area for troops or bodyguards I suspect.

Lighting has been done very nicely as well, with bulbs visible in the main head lamps.

The Underside

Not a lot to say about this. There is the usual GT Spirit fair but minor detailing. The base also features the metal plaque with the number in the edition and the 2 cross head screws holding the model together.

The Interior

This can be only viewed through the window apertures as this is a sealed resin model. What can be seen looks well done, for instance you can clearly see switch gear wood trim displayed on the dash and the stereo head unit in the overhead console between the driver and front passenger. I am not sure that I would have specified the red leather interior that they use, but it is well modelled.  I did try to take the model apart to get a better look but the base did not want to separate from the shell and being resin I did not want to force the issue.

In Summary

Personally I am very pleased with this model and I was fortunate to find it on e-bay at a reasonable price, but if you are tempted to buy one shop carefully as some traders seem to be applying a premium to this model as they do with all of the GT Spirit and Otto releases, and I’ve seen some being sold at more than twice the price that I paid. For some reason the black Kyosho version is often dearer than the white GT Spirit, why I don’t know as they were both limited to the same number in the edition.

So if you’re a fan of this big old beast from Sant’Agata there’s nothing really to to stop you buying it as no one else currently produces it in 1:18 scale though Look Smart are rumoured to be releasing it later this year.

CMF produced a version some years ago though I have never seen one in the flesh.  T.R.L Models advertised models in a range of colours: red, white, matte black, green and in full camouflage ‘dress’.  Each colour was limited to an edition of 99. The red one featured the OZ alloy wheels, the rest all have the same wheel design as the GTS model. Be cautious if you go down this route as  I have read that they had issues with paint discolouration emerging on the white version over time.


The GMP Chevrolet Camaro

Their 1:18 Scale 1967-68 Camaro Casting: Brilliant Optimization of Resources

By Frank Koh

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

The ingenious utilization of carefully-designed body castings in order to create numerous variants of a certain type of model is what spells maximum profitability. This is the story of a 1:18 scale casting by GMP, which was used in diverse automotive genre, including vintage Trans Am and road race cars, Pro Touring and concepts and a host of other themes.

Take a 1:18 scale Camaro body, slightly modify the fender contours and valance panels, lose the front and rear bumpers, design a variety of hoods and trunklids for relevant automotive applications and create various interiors, powertrains and undercarriage componentry and related systems and accessories to suit a daunting diversity of automotive themes. Then, suddenly you have one of the most versatile lines in model vehicle history. Trans Am and road racing legends, Pro Touring, custom vehicle and styling concepts, and more, all based on one body casting. It worked for the original Georgia Marketing & Promotions under the stewardship of founder Tom Long.

The GMP 1:18 scale 1967-68 Camaro body shell served as the basis for fabulous replicas of the #6 and #36 Penske Racing Camaros which included the car of 1968 Trans Am overall champion Mark Donohue, the #13 Smokey Yunick “cheater special”, the awesome Pro Touring cars from the GMP Street Fighter series, special commemorative models such as the Lateral-g.net car and the #08 Biante Touring Car Masters (TCM) tribute racer commissioned by Biante Models Australia, and much more, including today’s GMP releases as a subsidiary of Acme Models. One basic “tweaked” body style, so many possibilities!

Penske and Yunick

The winningest Trans Am racer of 1968, the #6 Penske Racing Mark Donohue car that won the championship that year. Next to the Penske is the infamous #13 Smokey Yunick ’68 Camaro that came in first on a few occasions but never won a race due to numerous equipment violations and disqualifications. Definitely not a matched pair, but it’s always cool to display these two long-discontinued GMP Camaros together.

The #6 and #36 Penske Camaros featured removable air cleaners so the owners of these models could better appreciate the intricate details of the 302 cubic inch Z/28 V8 engine, including of course the Holley 4-barrel carburetor. GMP thought of everything!


George Follmer drove this 1967 Camaro for Team Penske.

Pro Touring

The classic, traditional Trans Am racers and the modern Pro Touring vehicles used the exact same basic body in all GMP variants of the ’67-’68 Camaro. Only the hoods, trunk lids, and of course the appropriate powertrains, suspension, wheels, grilles, lights, interior and other componentry differed from model to model. How ingenious of GMP to have designed the Camaro body to work perfectly on such diverse automotive themes!

Two of my favorite Pro Touring Camaros: the red 1967 Z/28-style coupe from the Street Fighter series, and the very exclusive green Lateral-g.net 1968 Camaro commemorative model, #995 of 996 units produced. Lateral-g.net, also known as the Protouring Network, is an online presence for Pro Touring modifications, culture and lifestyle.

All GMP had to do was design year-specific grilles for the 1967 and 1968 Camaros (plus the different taillights, of course), and instantly two different model years were created. The green Lateral-g ’68 Camaro was fitted with a “traditional” Small Block V8 with the Cross Ram intake and dual quads, whereas the red Street Fighter ’67 Camaro came with a more modern LS powerplant.

Everything opened on the GMP Camaros. Poseable steering, full diecast baseplates, complete engine wiring, plumbing, hoses and belts. Whether the theme was Pro Touring or Vintage Racing, all requisite componentry was finely and accurately replicated.

Biante

This one’s my favorite variant of this highly versatile GMP Camaro casting. It’s the Australian market-only Biante Touring Car Masters (TCM) series tribute car that celebrated the overall championship of Steve Mason, who piloted a first generation Camaro. This particular unit is #107 of 2008 pieces made. My uncle and aunt were so kind as to hunt down and procure this model for me when they went to Australia in 2008.

Dual quads and all the plumbing, tubing, braided and rubber hoses, belts, wiring and even the accurate hood hinges would serve as adequate motivation to display these lovely, exceptionally realistic GMP Camaros with their hoods in the open position.

The 1:18 scale miniature model of an American car (1968 Camaro), produced by an American company (GMP), commissioned by an Australian company (Biante Models) was only available in Australia! Two wonderful people from Texas went on vacation to Australia and bought it for me. What could be more special, and global, than that?

Since these Camaros were acquired, ACME Trading Company has purchased GMP, and several more variants of the casting have been issued


News from the Continent February 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are the models announced by Norev for introduction in January 2019. As usual these are diecast models made in China for France unless otherwise stated. Many pictures are of pre-production samples and those are over printed to make it clear that changes may occur before the models ship.

1:18 Scale Models

181730 Citroen SM 1971 – Gold Leaf


183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886 – green


183492 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Akka


184856 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami Blue


184770 Peugeot 905 Winner France 24 hours 1992

Winner driven by Dalmas / Warwick / Blundell


184773 Peugeot 905 Le Mans 1993

Third placed driven by Bouchut / Brabham / Helary


1:43 Scale

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue


155328 Citroen C3 Aircross 2017

Grey and white roof with orange decoration details


270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – black


509003 Dacia Duster 2018 – Dune beige


509004 Dacia Duster 2018 – Cosmos blue


351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black


473888 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – Platinium grey


517790 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Cosmos Blue


517792 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Gendarmerie”


517789 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Police Nationale”


517797 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Fire Brigade”


NOREV CLASSIC 1:43

This range is modelled on the Atlas Dinky or Dan Toys ranges both actually made in Norev’s Chinese plant too. These versions carry interesting period liveries in boxes in a style used by Norev when they made their models in plastic.

CL6911 Berliet GAK pick up with canvas cover “Moutarde de Dijon”


CL6912 Berliet GAK “Sirop des Comptoirs Francais”