Category Archives: 1:18

News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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More 1:18 scale Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author,

Here are another couple of 1:18th scale promotional models, again from Kyosho and iScale.

The 2016 BMW M6 GT3 Sportstrophy by Kyosho (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 557) is the scale model of a racing car assembled from the basis of the M6 (F13) by BMW Motorsport, according to the FIA GT3 regulations. Usually I prefer touring car models, but its shape was so alluring that I was unable to resist buying it.

Since 2010 BMW GT3 customers had to be satisfied by the small Z4 GT3, but its short wheelbase and the limits of its six cylinder engine forced BMW to find a more suitable vehicle. Only the M6 had a V8 engine and being a large and heavy coupé needed extensive changes. A new transaxle allowed the gearbox to move to the rear for better weight distribution, likewise the driver’s seat moved backward, the outer skin of the steel body was made of carbon fibres, and the engine was modified to improve oil cooling and turbo charging was added.

Aerodynamics had to be adjusted to racing requirements and the total weight was reduced more than 600 kgs. Starting in January 2016 the M6 GT3 began competing around the world, with victories at Nurburgring and Francorchamps.

The Kyosho model has a metal diecast body with no opening parts. Lots of aerodynamics appendages are fitted and it carries the “official” livery of BMW Motorsport. As usual quality is very high, all the smallest details are present. The interior is very impressive: look at the roll cage, the racing seats and the steering wheel. The rear wing is another really impressive feature. A savage “small” racing car.


 

The 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder by iScale (Audi no. 501 16 185 51, in Suzuka grey) is the natural companion to the 2015 R8 V10 coupé. Introduced in 2006 the real R8, always an Audi Sport GmbH product, has already reached its second iteration. It is based on the same structures as the Lamborghini Huracan (the first generation was based on the Gallardo) with a newer Audi SpaceFrame, new interior, and re-designed exterior.

Besides the V10 (397 kW) and the V10 Plus (449 kW), a full-electric eTron version is now available (335 kW). The convertible version was presented at the 2016 New York Motor Show, at first only with the standard V10 engine.

Also available in red as no. 501 16 185 52, the iScale model is indeed a nice reproduction of the original. It is diecast in metal with doors and bonnet opening, but alas the rear engine cover stays shut.

The previous model of the 2010 R8 5.2 FSI V10 quattro spyder by Kyosho (Audi no. 501 09 185 25, in teak brown) had a rear engine lid that could be opened by a button on the chassis underside and there was a second button near to it to operate the rear spoiler! Anyway the new 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder is a worthwhile reproduction, ready to grace our collections.


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Matrix 1:18 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix.

Matrix latest announcement is of a 1:18 scale 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe styled by Vignale. This model is being released in two colour schemes. The 212 replaced the 166 and 195 models and was again a car that could be used to race or use on the road. As was typical various Italian stylist produced bodies for this car.

The photographs show that this model has been very finely made with wire wheels that look like real ones!

MXL0604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

MXL0604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale black / metallic green 1953


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More iScale Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

The models shown below were announced a long time ago but are only now widely available. These are the latest iScale models made for BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate (S213)

 

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class series represents the fifth-generation of this famous range of executive cars. The range includes the saloon (W213) and station wagon (S213). A high-performance E63 AMG version has also been available, while later there will be the coupé and the cabriolet. Sold from 2016 as a 2017 model, it replaces the successful W212/S212 E-Class models and according to Mercedes it is the most technologically advanced car Mercedes has ever produced. They claim to have produced more than 1,200 prototypes.

The 2017 E-Class has a design similar to that of the larger W222 S-Class and the smaller W205 C-Class, called the “Sensual Purity” design philosophy. While the W212 E-Class had a tighter surface and harder edges, the new model is curvier and more flowing. As on other recent models, the 2017 E-Class features two distinct front-end treatments : a traditional chrome grille and a more sporting blade grille.

The launch of the 2017 E-Class saw Mercedes-Benz move a step closer to autonomous driving, using many of the features already seen in the latest S-Class and taking them on to a new level.

The iScale model of the S213 was announced in August 2016 on the web site of the German MBMC (Mercedes-Benz Modellauto Club), but I was able to get it only last month.

The S213 model, available from Mercedes-Benz in cavansite metallic blue as # B6 696 0383, and in iridium metallic silver as # B6 696 0384, is indeed a very nice model. It is beautifully detailed right up to the microscopic “star” on the engine lid. The model’s body is diecast metal with the usual plastic components, all hand assembled. Quality is very high, as usual, engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced. The interiors are similarly excellently modelled and the paint is beyond reproach. All four doors can be opened, like the hood and the tailgate. It is interesting to note that to open the hood iScale choose to use a button on the chassis underneath. It reminded me of one of the first models I met with such a device: it was very likely in 1963 and it was an English Dinky Toys, the Ford Corsair (no. 130). Inside the box there was a paper slip saying “to open bonnet! press button between front wheels on underside of the car”. They say that the sands of time run like quicksilver, but somethings never change.


BMW 750 Li (G12) xDrive

 

The new BMW 7 series (G11) was launched in 2015 as a 2016 model to replace the previous 2008 sedan (F01). As usual the extended wheelbase versions carry their own series designation, G12 in this case, and are identified by an “L” for “lang” (long) in the model name, not to be confounded with the “L” of “leicht” (light) as used in the sports models.

The car looks slimmer than its predecessor, and it is also lighter thanks to the widespread use of CRFP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer), tensile steel and aluminium, the latter applied to doors, boot lid, brake system, wheel hubs and rear suspension arms.

Aerodynamics have been improved, for example the front grille has shutters that will only open when an increase of air flow to the engine bay is required, while self-levelling air suspensions are now completed by electronically-controlled shock absorbers. Active anti-roll system and four-wheel steering are optional. Advanced driver assistance systems are more “autonomous driving” oriented and touchscreens, radar sensors, stereo cameras, 3D scanners and a lot of “electronics” are present, as expected from a luxury car of this kind.

The powertrain line-up consists of a 4.4 litre V8, two 3.0 litre inline-sixes in petrol and diesel form, and a 2.0 litre inline-four, and includes also the hybrid model. Now a V12 is also available (760).

The 750 Li model from iScale is available from BMW in mineral white metallic as #80 43 2 405 587, in dark blue metallic as #80 43 2 405 586, and in dark grey metallic as #80 43 2 405 585. The model shows the high level of quality provided by iScale. As usual the model’s body is diecast metal with the usual plastic components, all hand assembled in China. Engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, enhanced by the transparent roof, and a deep paint finish. All four doors can be opened, like the hood and the trunk. The wheels are very nice with the correct BMW insignia in their centre. Another beautiful model to add to your collection.


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BMW Hommage models from Norev – Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The third item in the “Hommage Collection” is the BMW 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. This is presented by Norev in its striking “acid” yellow livery (BMW part no. 80 43 2 413 753).

The concept car was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the E9 CSL. It clearly reflected the later version of the CSL coupe, better known as the Batmobile,  which is a real cult car for every BMW fan.

It is a working and driveable car. It is an hybrid with a 3 litre twin-turbo straight-six up front plus an e-motor in the rear, developing 500 bhp which is delivered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. It is fitted with vast 21 inch tyres (265/35 and 325/30). Aluminium and carbon fibre are almost everywhere in order to keep the weight to a minimum.

The minimalist interior is DTM inspired. It is a very race-oriented cockpit, with a few retro touches, but many details are clearly inspired by avionics and competition cars. The exterior is a constant reminder of the original CSL, from the imposing rear wing to the black longitudinal splitters riding the front wings.  From the front low set air dam to the double rear spoilers, from the wildly flared wheel arches to the full-length black rallye stripes. It’s all there, lovingly re-created.

 

But much more than a rolling celebration of the wide-bodied menace that scared Capris and Carreras in the 1970s, it wants to be an elegant and dynamic image of one of BMW’s finest hours. Suffice to say that later in 2015, at Pebble Beach, BMW presented the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, a white monster much more akin to the original Batmobile, indeed a competition version of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Will we ever see it in 1:18th scale? Norev, please ….

Needless to say the Norev model faithfully reproduces the real one: every small detail is present, from the central single-arm wiper resting in an upright position to the two tiny cameras doing the job of wing mirrors, and the wrap-over wings. A real gem, the doors open on a beautifully detailed interior, but lot of details are almost lost in the dark interior, indeed to do it justice you need to look with a torch.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism that could be made is of the box graphics which are, let’s say, a bit “wild”. This is the same as the other boxes already released, (See photograph below). The graphics are quite untypical of BMW, but that’s my personal opinion.

The BMW E9 was a coupé built by Karmann from 1968 to 1975 and developed from the 2000 CS, enlarged to hold the straight-six engine used in the E3 saloon and with the front restyled to resemble the same E3.

There were three different iterations : the carburettor-fed 180 hp MkI (1971-72), the fuel-injected 200 hp MkII (1972-73) and the 206 hp “Batmobile” (1973-75). Developed from the E9 in conjunction with Alpina, the “Batmobile” attained almost instant cult status thanks to its outrageous aero kit and full dominance of the European Touring Car championship through the 1970s, with drivers of the standard of Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Niki Lauda.

The 3.0 CSL was indeed a homologation special : initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, was then given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003cc to allow the CSL to be raced in the “over three litre” racing category.

Then in 1973 it was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153cc (192.4 cu in). This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing (not installed at the factory, but left in the boot for installation after purchase, because the wings were illegal for use on German roads). The full aero package earned the racing CSL the nickname “Batmobile”.

The Minichamps model (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 550) is another beautiful gem: diecast in metal with many opening parts and a very detailed chassis.

Engine, gearbox, suspension and exhaust system are all faithfully reproduced, only the screw fixing points spoiling them.

The livery is the standard white (the real one was available only in white or in silver), but if you want a close comparison to the Hommage edition, you can find it in the same yellow in a limited edition model from MInichamps which is not features in BMW stores (Minichamps no. 180 029028).


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News from the Continent – Norev June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright held by Norev unless otherwise credited.

Norev’s models are made in China for France in various scales. Here are the expected midyear releases.

1:18 Scale models

 

183264 BMW M535i saloon 1980 – Black


 

187723 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1962 – light green


 

183514 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Byzanzgold metallic”


 

Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C

183493 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Black Falcon – NB real car shown and not pre-production sample.


 

184784 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1971 – black


 

184822 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1973 – brown metallic


 

187427 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 3 hours of Mid-Ohio 1977 – Follmer/Holmes


 

187660 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 – white

1:43 Scale models

 

517821 Alpine Renault A108 Coupe 2+2 1961 – silver


 

750056 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe 1973 – Lemon yellow

MINIJET to fit pack

 

310601 Citroen 2CV 6 Special 1980 “Cycliste” red and white


 

310602 Citroen 2CV AZLP 1959 “Cycliste Berger” yellow, red and black


 

310603 Citroen DS19 1958 “Cycliste” blue, white and red


 

310604 Peugeot 404 1961 “Cycliste Director of the race”


 

310605 Renault R4 1964 “Cycliste Berger” – yellow, red and black


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Neo, BoS, and Model Car Group releases July 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs based on Neo, MCG and Best of Show  publicity material.

The releases shown below include new colours on previously released models as well as entirely new castings and mouldings. All these ModelCarWorld owned companies seem to be releasing models at a very rapid rate at the moment.

Best of Show

These models are made of resin in China to various scales. They are the budget ModelCarWorld resin range with printed details rather than the photoetched ones generally found on the more expensive Neo models.

BoS 1:18 resin LaSalle Series 50 Convertible Coupe, dark red, 1940

 

BoS 1:18 resin Dodge Eight DG Coupe, beige and brown, 1931

BoS 1:18 resin Lincoln Continental MkV Coupe, gold/beige, 1978

 

BoS 1:18 resin Buick LeSabre Custom Sport Coupe, metallic-beige/black, 1970

 

BoS 1:18 resin Imperial Crown Southampton 4-Door, metallic-blue, 1962

 

BoS 1:18 resin Porsche 911 Turbo Gemballa Avalanche, metallic-dark red, 1986

 

BoS 1:18 resin Buick Century Caballero Estate, metallic red/beige, 1957

 

BoS 1:18 resin Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior Zagato, black

 

BoS 1:87 resin Mercedes W154 Rekordwagen, silver, 1939

 

BoS 1:87 resin Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, silver, 2011

 

BoS 1:87 resin Bugatti Typ 50T, red/black, 1932

 

 

BoS 1:87 resin Mercedes 130 (W23), black/beige, 1934

 

ModelCarGroup

These models are diecast in China to 1:18 scale.

MCG 1:18 metal Tatra 87, metallic grey, and black, 1937

Neo

These models are made of resin in China mainly to 1:43 scale. This is the premium ModelCarWorld resin range with more use of photoetch and small detailed parts.

Neo 1:43 resin Peugeot 604 Limousine Heuliez, silver/black, 1978

 

Neo 1:43 resin VW Stoll Coupe, dark beige/light beige, 1952

 

Neo 1:43 resin Hanomag Henschel F201, beige/red 1967

 

Neo 1:43 resin Citroen SM Opera by Henri Chapron , dark red

 

Neo 1:43 resin Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe, silver 1954

 

Neo 1:43 resin BMW M535i (E12), metallic-dark blue, 1978

 

Neo 1:43 resin Fiat Abarth 1000 GT Monomille, red, 1963

 

Neo 1:43 resin Lincoln Continental MKIII Convertible, copper, 1958

 

Neo 1:43 resin Lincoln Premiere Hardtop, light blue/white, 1956

 

Neo 1:43 resin MG TF 1500, RHD, black, 1955

 

Neo 1:43 resin BMW M535i (E12), white, 1980

Neo 1:43 resin Tatra 87, black, 1940

 

Neo 1:43 resin Chevrolet Malibu 2-Door , red/light beige, 1974


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BMW Hommage Collection by Norev Part One

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

When I presented pictures of the 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 last February I wrote “models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual …….”, I was wrong indeed ! In a very short time BMW and Norev have produced not one more concept car, but three of them.

The group is called “Hommage Collection” and it is composed of (for the moment) the 2008 M1 Hommage, the 2011 328 Hommage, and the 2015 CSL Hommage. Three great show cars, and three missed opportunities according to BMW fans, who asked vainly for production versions. According to Karim Habib (ex-BMW Chief Designer, now at Infiniti): ‘There is so much else that needs addressing right now – autonomous driving, CO2, connectivity..The Hommage cars make sure that old-fashioned excitement is alive and kicking. And don’t worry : we have more than enough ideas for the next three or four iterations…’. So BMW fans must be satisfied by scale models!

The 328 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 751), is based upon the Vision Connected Drive Concept revealed in Geneva. It is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car from the 1930s and was produced to mark its 75th Anniversary. It shares the 1936 philosophy: “low weight = high performance”.

Here magnesium and aluminium are replaced by CRFP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), for aestethic and functional elements. Fine hides, satin or polished aluminium are all cleverly blended into a recipe that expresses the essence of the sport roadster just as the original 328 did. The two part alloy wheels of the Hommage reinterpret the characteristic perforated design of the original ones.

Instrumentation is minimalist like the original: a single circular tachometer, with indicators of oil temperature, oil pressure, and water temperature built in. And to the right a few control lights. The car is equipped with 4-point seat belts and ergonomically designed shell seats. Under the bonnet the Hommage sports a three litre six cylinder engine.

The 328 Hommage is reproduced well by Norev. It is diecast metal and has no opening parts. The car is finished in carbon black paintwork with a tan interior. Alas, all the characteristic “belts” over the engine cover are simply “painted”, well done, but only painted.


 

 

 

The M1 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 752) was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1. The concept vehicle uses a mid-engine layout and borrows styling cues from both the original M1 and the BMW Turbo show car.

The design was created by Giorgio Giugiaro who got his idea from the BMW Turbo designed by Paul Bracq which was rich in advanced technical innovations. The front sports double head lights (not the pop-up type that are on the original M1) and the usual trademark kidney grille.

Like the original M1 there are double badges on the back of the car. No photographs of the interior, or its technical specifications, have been released to the public. The BMW i8, which is based on the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, is perhaps influenced by the M1 Hommage. Maybe BMW was using the Hommage concept to test the waters of the styling of the, then, upcoming i8. It is no coincidence that the Hommage concept was followed by the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept which then became the i8.

The M1 Hommage is well reproduced by Norev in a striking orange metallic paint. The windows are obscured as no-one but BMW know what the interiors look like.  The model is made of diecast Metal and has no opening parts.

 


My next article will look at the CSL Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 753). I will compare it to its famous ancestor which was nicknamed “the Batmobile”.


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The Scooter in Miniature – Other Makes

By Dave Turner

Photographs and illustrations of some of the models discussed in this article taken by the Author may be found at the end of the article. 

Ducati

Ducati began producing radio parts in 1922 followed by cameras and electric razors. After the Second World War Ducati acquired Siata to produce clip-on motors for cycles and in 1952 launched the Cruiser scooter. Years before its time it featured a 175cc ohv four stroke motor with a 12 volt electric starter, automatic transmission and styling by Ghia. Far too sophisticated for the period it died after just two years but another attempt came with the totally basic Brio 48 in 1964 with a 94cc 2 stroke motor followed by the Brio 50 and 100/25 between 1968/9.

A very nice model of the Cruiser is available sold as Altaya but made by Ixo no doubt in conjunction with a part-work. Of mainly diecast construction it features plastic side panels and working steering.

Heinkel

Makers of German aircraft since 1922 Heinkel were limited to three and two wheeled vehicle production after the Second World War. Their 150cc Tourist 101 was made from 1953-54 and featured a four stroke engine. This model was replaced by the 175cc 102 in 1954 while a Mk11 version with more streamlined rear bodywork was made from 1962-67. A smaller two stroke machine, the 112 featured a 125cc engine in 1960 but was enlarged to 150 in 1961 for continued production until 1967.

Schuco produced some superb 1:10 scale diecast models of the Mk11 Tourist in a variety of versions as well as smaller versions in their Piccolo range.

Jawa

The Czech firm of Janacek made the German Wanderer motor cycle under licence and when they merged with the Czech Arms Works who had made motor cycles since 1932, the name Jawa was created. Their distinctive 501 scooter made from 1957-64 featured a pointed nose that accommodated the fuel tank and the headlamp. A subsequent model the 502 had more power with a 175 engine and the headlight was later moved onto the apron being replaced in the nose by the horn. In 2017 an electric powered scooter, the 507, featured the same styling and is to be built in limited numbers in China.

A smaller engined and less eye-catching scooter, the Manet appeared in 1958 and featured a 98cc motor and became the Tatran with 125 motor in 1965.

A flywheel powered plastic toy Cezeta captured the recognisable styling very well and carries the CH logo as its only means of identification.

MBK

The French Motobecane company made motor cycles from 1923, the post war Mobylette being among their most popular products. In 1984 the Japanese Yamaha company became its parent company and the name became MBK. Among the contemporary Japanese parent companies products was the Zuma scooter and MBK gave it the name Booster and the French factory have produced these in large numbers in 50 and 125cc versions.

Appropriately Majorette, possibly in conjunction with Hatchette, have produced a model of the French version of this machine, said to be a 1995 50cc example.

Malaguti

This Italian company began in 1930 producing pedal cycles but like many moved into mopeds and scooters in the post war period. A myriad of different scooters were produced but the Phantom F12 appeared in 1997. The F12 Phantom had a 50cc motor and was water cooled, production lasting until 2003.

Maisto produced a 1:18 scale diecast model of the F12 Phantom and it comes complete with “liquid cooled” stickers that are barely legible.

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi began as a shipping company in 1870 and from 1881 developed into a huge conglomerate embracing first coal mining, then steel producing, shipbuilding, insurance and eventually producing anything and everything imaginable. From 1921 aircraft were produced and in common with some other Japanese operations they enforced slave labour during the Second World War. Motor scooter production began in 1946 with the 112cc C10 Silver Pigeon while at least seventeen further developments of the Silver Pigeon scooter were made up to the early 1960s, taking 45% of the Japanese scooter market.

The C110 Silver Pigeon was a 175cc 4 stroke machine with automatic transmission made between 1960/61 and some tinplate toys of which were made by both Marusan and Bandai.

Simson

The German Simson brothers got into the gun and gun barrel producing business in 1856 and by 1896 were making bicycles. Although firearms continued to be their principle products cars were made from 1907 to 1934 – with the inevitable wartime gap. As the Simson family were Jewish, the German Third Reich seized their factory in 1936 renaming the operation BSW. Following the Second World War the factory ended up in the German Democratic Republic and began producing 4 stroke motor cycles in 1949. In 1955 the Simson name was restored and the production of two stroke mopeds began developing into the KR51 Simson Schwalbe (Swallow) scooter in 1964. This featured a 50cc motor and large 16” wheels and with an increase in power output became the KR51/1 in 1968. The subsequent KR 51/2 remained in production until 1986 and the Schwalbe has become quite collectable in Germany.

A 1:10 diecast Simson KR 51/1 Schwalbe was produced by Schuco in 2006 while a much smaller 1:87 model of the same subject has been made by Herpa.

Suzuki

This Japanese company began by producing loom machines in 1909 but was trying to expand its product base by experimenting with a prototype light car prior to the Second World War. Following the hostilities production of 36cc powered cycles began in 1952, motor cycles in 1954 and cars a year later. In the early 1980s their first scooters appeared with the CS50, 80 and 125, called Gemma in Asia, Roadie in the UK and Puch Lido in Europe.

A 1:28 scale diecast Gemma 50 was made by Tomy, a slightly larger 1:24 scale diecast of the same subject from Tamiya and kits in 1:12 scale from Aoshima/Imai.

Yamaha

Yamaha began producing pianos and reed organs in 1887 and ultimately became the largest manufacturers of musical instruments in the world. They first produced motor cycles is 1954 with their 125cc two stroke Dragonfly, that was based on the German DKW RT 125, as was the BSA Bantam. Their first of many scooters came in 1981 with the 50cc Salient and 80cc Beluga, Riva in the US and Hercules in Europe. In 1985 a 125cc version was added. The Zuma scooter came in 1989 and this was also made in France by MBK. In an effort to modernise their range of scooters Yamaha produced the YJ 50 Vino in 2001 which continued until updated into the XC50 in 2006. Production of this continues today while the 125cc version lasted from 2004-10. The Yamaha Majesty was a large machine appearing in 2001 and was produced in 125, 250 and 400cc sizes.

In model form Yamaha scooters have been produced in various sizes and materials. Plastic kits for the Beluga came from Aoshima/Imai in 1:12 scale and Otaki in 1:16 scale, while a diecast 1:24 scale version came from Tomica. A diecast/plastic 1:18 scale Vino YJ50R came from Welly, a diecast 1:6 scale version of the same was done by New Ray while the big Majesty DX 400 also came in 1:18 scale from Welly.

Zundapp

This German company began by producing detonators in 1917 but as the demand for weapons parts declined after the war motor cycle manufacture began in 1921. Following the Second World War microcar, moped and scooter production was undertaken and inspired by the Parilia Greyhound, the Zundapp Bella scooter appeared in 1953. These became generally regarded as among the best scooters in the world at the time and through various updates continued in both 150 and 200 versions until 1964. An attempt to get into the small scooter market was launched in 1964 with the Roller 50 that was based on the contemporary Lambretta Slimline. The company closed in 1985 and the factory and stock were moved to China.

At least three very different miniature Bellas have been made. Tinplate toys came from Technofix while a variety of 1:10 scale diecast models of the 1957-59 R204 came from Schuco in 2004. The latter included solo examples, some with “Deutsche Bundespost” boxes mounted on the rear as well as machines with sidecars. There has also been some 1:43 scale models of the same R204 Bella from Premium Classix, in this case those with a rear box are marked “Ginos Pizza”

Unknown

As a final section there has been a few toys of scooters that so far have not been identified, in fact they are probably not meant to depict any particular example.

A quite imaginatively styled plastic battery driven toy called Chalmy Rider came from WS in Hong Kong and carries the number 6623 under its base. The seat tips revealing space that accommodates a couple of AA batteries, the fitting of which drives the twin rear wheels and illuminated an orange headlight.

An extremely slim plastic toy scooter that vaguely resembles something like the Triumph Tina carries no markings at all and probably came as an accessory to a Barbie type toy.

An all wood crafted toy has a suggestion of machine made parts that have been glued together but carries a barcode under its base.

Model list

Ducati Cruiser 175cc 1952-54 Altaya/Ixo 70mm 1:25 diecast/plastic
Heinkel Tourist 103A2 175cc 1960-65 Schuco 1:10 diecast kit
Heinkel Tourist 103A2 175cc 1960-65 Schuco Piccolo diecast
Jawa Cezeta 501 175cc 1957-64 CH 164mm plastic flywheel
MBK Booster Rocket 50cc 1984 Majorette 99mm 1:18 diecast/plastic
Malaguti Phantom F12 50cc 1997-03 Maisto 102mm 1:18 diecast/plastic
Mitsubishi C110 Silver Pigeon 175cc 1960-61 Marusan tinplate
Mitsubishi C110 Silver Pigeon 175cc 1960-61 Bandai tinplate
Simson KR 51/1 Schwalbe 50cc 1968-71 Schuco 1:10
Suzuki Gemma 50 50cc 1982-88 Aoshima/Imai 1:12 plastic kit
Suzuki Gemma 50 50cc 1982-88 Tamiya 80mm 1:24 diecast
Suzuki Gemma 50 50cc 1982-88 Tomy 58mm 1:28 diecast
Yamaha Beluga 80cc 1981-87 Aoshima/Imai 144 mm 1:12 plastic kit
Yamaha Beluga 80cc 1981-87 Otaki 1:16 plastic kit
Yamaha Beluga 80cc 1981-87 Tomica 80mm 1:24 diecast
Yamaha Vino VJ50R 50cc 2001-05 Welly 102mm 1:18 diecast/plastic
Yamaha Vino  VJ50R 50cc 2001-05 New Ray 1:6
Yamaha Majesty DX 400 400cc 2005-09 Welly 117mm 1:18 diecast/plastic
Zundapp Bella 200cc 1953-62 Technofix tin
Zundapp Bella R204 200cc 1957-59 Schuco 1:10 diecast kit
Zundapp Bella R204 200cc 1957-59 Premium Classix 1:43 resin

 

Ilustrations

Altaya/Ixo 1:25 diecast/plastic from China : 1952 Ducati Cruiser

Schuco 1:10 diecast kit : 06537, 1960 Heinkel 103 A2 Tourist.

Schuco Piccolo diecast : 05701, 1960 Heinkel 103 A2 Tourist.

CH plastic flywheel driven : 1957 Jawa Cezeta 501.

Majorette 1:18 diecast/plastic from Thailand: 1984 MBK Booster Rocket

Maisto 1:18 diecast/plastic from China : 1987 Malaguti Phantom F12.

Marusan tinplate from Japan : 1960 Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon C110.

 

Bandai tinplate from Japan: 1960 Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon C110.

Schuco 1:10 diecast kit : 06640, 1968 Simson KR 51/1 Schwalbe.

Aoshima 1:12 plastic kit from Japan: 1982 Suzuki Gemma 50

Tamiya 1:24 diecast from Japan: 1982 Suzuki Gemma 50

Tomy 1:28 diecast from Japan: 49, 1982 Suzuki Gemma 50.

 

 Aoshima 1:12 plastic kit from Japan: 1981 Yamaha Beluga.

Tomica 1:24 diecast from Japan: 1981 Yamaha Beluga.

Welly 1:18 diecast/plastic from China: 2001 Yamaha Vino YJ50R.

New Ray 1:6 from China: 2001 Yamaha Vino YJ50R.

Welly 1:18 diecast/plastic from China: 2005 Yamaha Majesty DX 400.

Technofix tin from Japan: 1953 Zundapp Bella.

Schuco 1:10 diecast kit: 06590, 1958 Zundapp Bella R204.

Schuco 1:10 diecast kit: 06593 1958 Zundapp Bella r204 with Deutsche Bundespost box.

Premium Classix 1:43 : 1957 Zundapp Bella R204.
Premium Classix 1:43: 1957 Zundapp Bella R204 with Ginos Pizza box.
WS plastic battery driven from Hong Kong: Chalmy Rider toy.

Anonymous slim plastic scooter.

Anonymous wood scooter.

 

Readers who have enjoyed this series of articles may find the two Auto Review publications written by Dave Turner about real Scooters of interest:

  • “Scooters”
  • “More Scooters” 

For more information go to zeteo.com.


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The Ford in Miniature – Mercury Cougar 1998-2002

By Dave Turner

Photographs of some of the models referred to in the article taken by the Author can be found at the bottom of the article.

“Sharpen Your Senses” 

The name Mercury Cougar was among the most revered of motoring families, since it made its first appearance in 1967 as a big brother to the Mustang it had acquired a strong following. Initially they were basically slightly enlarged Mustangs and continued to be a variation of a contemporary Ford and employing much of the same technology.

Unfortunately due to years of alleged mismanagement the Mercury label became extinct on Jan 1st 2011, having been an important branch of the Ford group since 1938. The final breed of Cougar arrived in 1998, being as usual based on a contemporary product, this time the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique, which were the US versions of what Europe called the Mondeo. These final variants of Cougar have been described as one of only two memorable Mercury cars in over 20 years – the other being the 2003/4 Marauder.

Effectively replacing the Mazda based Probe and produced in the Ford/Mazda plant at Flat Rock Michigan they had the looks, the performance and the road holding that should have made them best sellers. It is said however that as the money was being made by trucks and SUVs Ford was not really putting much effort into things like sporting coupes, and the final nail went in when Ford discontinued the Cougar/Mystique lines to concentrate on saving the company by pushing where the biggest profits were. Apparently it was still touch and go.

Styled in Europe, the concept was called “aero-angular” and when launched by Jay Leno he is quoted as saying “I like a car with a good ass – this one’s got it!” A total of 184,222 were made. Like the Probe before it, two versions were available, a 2 litre four, and a 2.5 litre V6. Very few changes took place during production, a sure indication that Ford had already lost interest, the front end was slightly altered for 2001 – the full width ‘sharks mouth’ gave way to a central grille with a light at each end.

As Mercury was not represented in many export countries, the car was sold in them with a Ford badge, although hefty import duties forced an inflated price tag and resulted in understandably poor sales. While the US market cars came with a range of no less than ten very exciting exterior colours, export examples (as far as to the UK at least) were limited to just three. These were black, a rather aggressive blue and silver, the latter being by far the most attractive (it took us some time to find one and we still have it eighteen years later!) although green replaced the blue for 2001/2.

The Models.

Just two miniature ’98-02 Cougars have been found, and they both were contemporary with the real article. Both were conceived in Europe and so carry the blue oval badges rather than the Cougars head and feature left hand drive. At least the two small Cougars we have are extremely nice models – the Minichamps 1:43 came in at least four colours, like the real car it is the silver finish that sets the model of to its best advantage. Despite having no ‘V6’ badge on the rear, it would appear to depict the larger engined version by studying the path of the exhaust system highlighted in silver on the well detailed base.

The larger of the two models came under the Action name, a spin-off of the Minichamps programme and of course it is up to the usual standard expected from that source. Doors, hood and trunk open without unsightly gaps while the trunk interior goes as far as depicting the recess for tools on the right side while the hood reveals a fair imitation of the Duratec 2.5 Litre V6 as confirmed by the “V6’ badge on the rear. Plenty of interior detail but it has a slightly more ‘plasticky’ look in this larger scale. At the time this model was issued a US home market version was also listed that would have obviously featured the Mercury insignia, no front licence plate holder and a narrow but deeper rear licence plate recess – this has so far proved elusive.

Mercury Cougar 1998-2001 Model Listing

 

Minichamps China 2000 88020 V6 ‘Ford’ 110mm 1:43 diecast
Action China 2000 822132 V6 ‘Ford’ 253mm 1:18 diecast
Action China 2000 V6 Mercury 253mm 1:18 diecast

Illustrations: Mercury Cougar 1998-2002

 

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 88020

This is the “Silver Frost” version, others being red, black and blue.

Minichamps/Action Performance 1:18 diecast from China: 822132

Cougar V6 in Medium Melina Blue


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