Category Archives: 1:18

Some Forthcoming Releases

By Maz Woolley

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

News of models to be released from August onwards across many ranges is now being circulated. This round up looks at some ranges which we may not cover regularly but which offer some interesting models, particularly for those who like models in larger scales.

AUTOart

The AUTOart models shown are moulded in resin and built with photoetched detailing in China for Japan.

Aston Martin DB11 Skyfall Silver

This moulding will also be available in green metallic paint.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Flame Red

This will also be available as Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White and Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.


McLaren 675LT Napier Green

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster Argento Centenario

Motor Max

These releases are expected July/August. All are diecast to 1:24 scale in China.


Corvette ZR1 2019 Orange 1:24

This will also be available in yellow.


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 2019 Black

This will also be available in silver


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Rebel 2019 Red

This will be available in white as well.


BMW i8 Coupe 2018 Blue

This will be available in copper and white as well.


Cult 1:18

These models are moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands to 1:18 scale. Models announced for later this year include the following, though few pre-production images are yet available.

  • Jaguar 2.4 MK I Black 1955
  • Mercedes-Benz 600SEC C140 Red/Met 1992
  • Fiat Dino Spyder White 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Blue Metallic 1990
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Orange Metallic 1990

TSM Model Scale Miniatures

This range is True Scale’s 1:64 offering which has caused a great deal of interest as it covers vehicles which are popular with followers of tuned and fast cars.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Super White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Artcar Manga 2018 Paris Autoshow

BMW M3 (E30) Alpine White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Renaissance Red (LHD)

Also to be shipped in RHD.


Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 LB Works Rear Wing Version 2 (LHD)

Another that will also be available in RHD.


Pagani Huayra Roadster Rosso Monza (LHD)

RHD will also be available.


Honda NSX GT3 NO.30 24HR Spa 2018 Honda Racing (LHD)

Acura NSX GT3 NO.86 Uncle Sam 2017 IMSA Watkins Glen

Porsche 991 Turbo GT2RS GT Silver Metallic (LHD)

RHD also to be released.

Nissan GT-R35 LB Works Type 1 Rear Wing Version White (LHD)

RHD will also be made.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White TE37 (LHD)

Technomodel

These Technomodels is an Italian firm producing resin models. All the models shown are made in small batches to a scale of 1:18 and are due for release in September 2019.

Ferrari 312 F1/68 French GP #26 1968 Jacky Ickx

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Dutch GP #10 1968 Jacky Ickx 1968

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Nurburgring GP #9 1968 Jacky Ickx 

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Watkins Glen GP #7 1968 Derek Bell 

Ferrari 312 B3 Winner Spain GP 1974 #12 Niki Lauda 

Ferrari 312 B3 German GP 1974 #11 Clay Regazzoni

Ferrari 312 B3 Test Monza GP Clay Regazzoni

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Creating a Kyosho Ouisa Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition

By Matt Beaumont

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

A bit of background

Manufacturer’s Publicity Photograph – Copyright acknowledged.

Land Rover introduced a special edition version of the Range Rover Evoque, the Landmark Edition, which was announced on the 8th of  May 2017. It celebrated 6 years of production of the Evoque. By that date more than 600,000 units had been produced solely in the U.K. An Evoque rolled off the Halewood production line every 170 seconds, Eighty percent of which were exported to 130 markets around the world.

The Evoque had more awards than any other vehicle in the Range Rover family at this time with more than 200 awards.

To celebrate this the Evoque Landmark Edition was produced In three colours: Yulong White and Corris Grey both standard Land Rover colours, and Moraine Blue, a colour that was solely available on the Evoque Landmark Edition. All came with the dynamic trim level body kit and grey exterior design details including a Carpathian Grey contrast panoramic roof, 19-inch Gloss Dark Grey alloy wheels and Graphite Atlas lettering on the bonnet and tailgate. The lettering coordinated with Graphite Atlas coloured grille, fender vent, bonnet and bumper inserts. Dark grey accents continue on the interior in the form of brushed satin centre console trim finishers surrounded by grained Ebony leather seats with contrasting Light Lunar stitching and a perforated mid-section. The car cost about £39,000 when new in the UK without any options.

The Model

Sadly no model of the Evoque Landmark edition was produced, I always thought what a lovely colour Moraine Blue was, so when I managed to obtain a Kyosho Ousia 1:18 Scale Evoque, a sealed diecast model, for the ‘right money’ my next stop was my local automotive bodyshop supplier where I had an aerosol made up to the correct colour code “JHL”

I started by dismantled the model. The base and shell are held together by 6 small Philips headed screws.  The construction of the model is not unlike a 1:43 scale model, or indeed a 1:18 scale resin model.

The glass, lights and grille assemblies were all gently unclipped and removed. The roof features a panoramic glass insert which turned out the be stuck on with 4 double sided sticky pads. All went well until I started to remove the rear most section of the roof when disaster struck and the roof cracked.

My first action was to contact Kyosho themselves to see if I could buy a new roof, sadly Kyosho do not stock spares. My next stop was to see if there were any suitable spares on eBay, or a damaged model that might lend its self to sort the issue out but I had no luck there either.

Thinking laterally I then went online to see if any of the Landmarks had solid roofs without the glass insert but research showed that they were all fitted with glass roofs.

Blocked at every turn I had to come up with an alternative. Finally I had an Idea, window tinting film could be used to cover the broken transparent section and conceal the crack. I masked the clear section and whilst doing this created a template for the window tint film when it arrived. Whilst waiting for this I sprayed the bare body with Moraine Blue paint, and then retouched the detailing on the repaired roof, wing vents, bonnet vents and wheels with a suitable grey metallic. This was done with an Aston Martin paint which I had left over from a previous project.

Once dry the car was reassembled and I waited for the tinted film. Once this arrived a few days later the crack was covered up. I placed the tinted film over the rearmost section only, covering the area over the rear seats. This isn’t correct as the car has a uniform tint across the whole roof but I wanted to retain the ability to see the interior through the roof.

I have taken a few liberties as the car is fitted with some parts which were not generally fitted to the Landmark Edition. For example the wheels are of the wrong style and size as they represent the upgraded 20” wheel. In addition the Landmark Edition cars do not have a two tone seat trim as fitted to the Kyosho Model I started with but I retained it as I preferred it that way.

There are a few areas that need to be revisited. The badge painting could be significantly improved for example. But other than these I am pretty happy with the way it turned out as I am no master model maker.

I have include some pictures with the base model as I already had one of them and wished to keep that one factory “fresh”.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have, you may be pleased to know that I will soon do a review of the standard Kyosho Evoque model and some other 1:18 scale diecast models that have recently been added to my collection.


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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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News from the Continent June 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at models released in April and May 2019. Norev models are diecast in China for France in various scales.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

182771 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

187436 Porsche 935

24h France 1979 – Newman/Barbour/Stommelen


1:43 Scale

151509 Citroen Type A 1919 – red

153172 Citroen B2 Caddy 1923 – maroon

153029 Citroen Traction /7C Faux-cabriolet 1937 – dark blue

200000 Delamare Deboutteville & Malandin 1884

This is a model of the first french petrol powered vehicle.


1:87 Scale

159925 Citroen U23 Autocar 1947 – yellow and grey

1:64 Scale Minijet series

310910 Citroen CX saloon 1974 – sand beige metallic

May Releases

1:18 Scale

183489 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – silver

183488 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2018 – grey metallic

185182 Renault Floride 1959 – Bahama yellow metallic

185152 Renault 5 1972 – red

1:43 Scale

070014 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 1964 – black with red sides

1:43 Scale – Norev Classics Series

CL6921 Berliet Stradair Tipper -orange and blue

1:18 Scale Maxi Jet Series

182065 Solex 1966 – black

1:64 Scale Minijet Series

310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

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Top Speed Land Rover Discovery Sport L550

By Matt Beaumont

The Land Rover Discovery Sport (codename L550) is a compact luxury SUV produced by British automotive company Land Rover. The vehicle went on sale during September 2014, with first deliveries in early 2015. It replaced the Freelander 2 in a revised Land Rover range of vehicles, with Discovery joining Range Rover as a sub-brand.

The Discovery Sport is based on the D8 Platform for off-road applications (Shared with Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar E-Pace). It is powered by a range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A three cylinder Hybrid is due to follow. Discovery Sport is the only version available in both five and seven seat layouts.

Official Publicity shot from Land Rover Copyright acknowledged.

The Model

I would like to say that this review is based on my own opinion, and my views of the model that I have bought. It is made by Top Speed (TSM) and I believe that it is currently only officially available through the Land Rover Dealer Network in a Land Rover branded box. 

The model is a sealed resin item presented on a black base with a metal plaque to one corner, the car depicted is the pre facelift Discovery Sport HSE Luxury in Corris Grey with a panoramic roof and 20″ Style 5089, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Silver alloy wheels.

The Exterior

It’s finish is up to TSM / Top Speed‘s usual standards and is a very good representation of the subject matter. Care has to be taken when handling, especially the panoramic roof as it is a sheet of thin clear plastic and can deform easily and could possibly be dislodged. The lighting is very nicely modelled both front and rear. The badging is well realised using well applied decals. It wears a set of dealer, “showroom”, Land Rover plates.

The wheels, tyres and brake assemblies have been done very well with wheel nuts, tyre valves, and centre caps all clearly visible and the brake calipers painted a silver grey colour. Sadly there are no tyre branding markings present.

The Base

As is usual with most of these large scale resin models the underside is fairly plain. Here there is little to be seen with just the Top Speed logo and a very basic moulded exhaust and suspension.

The Interior

As is usual with these sealed resin models, like their 1:43 scale counterparts, what you can normally see of the interior is very limited as peering through the windows only gives a limited view. Fortunately with an SUV you have quite a big glass area and on this vehicle the added bonus of a Panoramic roof that allows a good view of the interior. That said it’s still quite a dark place but there is some really nice detailing in the car giving a true representation of the subject matter,  I took the model apart to get some more pictures and as you can see they show that there is some nice detailing in places,  but nothing particularly special.

In Summary

TSM Top Speed have done a very good job on this vehicle. Based on the models I have had from them in the past, more reviews to follow, they are now expected to produce a high standard of models. I hope that they keep up the good work!

The U.K Land Rover Dealer price for this model is competitive, and Land Rover are to be commended for not ‘loading’ the price in the way that some makers do. Long may this continue,

In my opinion TSM‘s standard of finish is to a higher standard than competitors like Otto mobile, B.O.S and even GT Spirit. Perhaps closer to the standards set by Spark, the better Look Smarts (LS) and Technomodels.

I can recommend this model to anyone who collects off-roaders, SUVs, or to anyone who owns a Discovery Sport and wants a model of their pride and joy.  If you want to get one have a look at the official Land Rover web site’s model car section. It is available on the UK website with product code/part number of 51LDDC005GYW. I am not sure what the availability will be outside the UK as not all countries local Land Rover sites will carry the full range of official Land Rover models.


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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?