Category Archives: 1:18

Cult new for 2019

By Maz Woolley

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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


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Large Scale Lamborghini LM002

By Matt Beaumont

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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.


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The GMP Chevrolet Camaro

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

By Frank Koh

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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


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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”


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


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News from the Continent February 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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All the models shown below were due to be available in late December 2018 so should be available at suppliers now. Ranges entitled PRO.R are premium ranges made in resin with etchings. Most other ranges are diecast metal and plastic. Some Schuco models provide a nostalgic look back at the toys produced by Schuco in the past so include printed material in the period style as well as models. Schuco models are made in China for Germany.  

PICCOLO

450513600 Piccolo Pop Art “The Game”

Here small scale Piccolo models are packed as place markers to be used with the supplied games board and dice. It is all painted and printed in bright ‘pop art’ colours.


EDITION PRO.R43

450905600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b. Articulated race car transporter

The photograph above shows the original ‘Continental Motors’ Volkswagen based transporter with a Porsche shield on the trailer. Above that we see the Schuco model which is impressive and unusual.


EDITION PRO.R32

450782800 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Here we find the Progress (Fortschriff) fitted with a flatbed. This tractor produced in the former DDR was unusual in allowing all sorts of fitments in front of the Driving cab. It was powered by a twin cylinder diesel mounted behind the driver and driving the rear wheels.


450782900 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Hree we have the same tractor unit with a different registration and fitted with a grass cutter fitted to the vestigial chassis forward of the cab.


EDITION 1:18

450034700 Setra S6 Coach

This 1:18 scale model of a smaller coach, often used for tourist trips, is incredibly detailed with superb panoramic windows and finely fitted opening components. Here it is finished in a blue and white livery


450037600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b Samba bus

Here SChuco’s Samba is fitted with racks to carry skis and is called a “Wintersport” edition. Again there are many finely fitted opening parts. I might have expected snow chain or studded tyres though with German winter tyre laws.


450037700 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b bus

Here we have the lower specified Transporter bus fitted out with seating and fewer windows. The model is entitled ‘on the move with the family’ from the advertising strap line on the vehicle itself.


EDITION PRO.R18

450014800 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 “Tiger”

Here we have the four wheeled version of the Messerschmidt with a 500cc engine replacing the normal 175cc to 200cc engine fitted to the three wheeler. Here it is finished in red.


450014900 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 Roadster “Tiger”

Here we have the Tiger again, this time in white and with a convertible roof furled up open.


# 22771 – 22774

450006600 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet

Here we have a very expensive electric car from Mercedes-Benz in their premium Maybach range shown in blue the same colour it was premiered in in the US.


450006700 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 Coupe

In red as shown at Pebble Beach the coupe is in red. Again this is an electric vehicle, but this time as a coupe with gull wing doors.


EDITION 1:87

452629400 Porsche 924S

Here is a tiny 924 finished in white which was a common colour when the 924 was in production.


MILITARY 1:87

452636000 M47G battle tank

Here liveried for the German Army


452636100 M113 Armoured Troup Carrier

Here the armoured vehicle is an Ambulance unit of the German Army.


452636200 M113 Armoured Troop carrier

Here is the standard unit in operation with the German Army.


1:600 Aircraft

22782 Airbus A330-300 “Delta Airlines”


22783 Boeing 787-8 “China Southern Airlines


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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In this article I look at the last two Norev releases from 2018. These models are produced in China for France and are diecast unless otherwise noted. 

November 2018 Releases
1:12 Scale

127500 Porsche 917K

Le Mans 24 Hours 1970 – Driven by Siffert and Redman and suffered an engine failure after 12 hours. The picture from Norev is marked to show clearly how large the model is at this scale.


127501 Porsche 917K

Winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race 1970 – Driven by Attwood and Herrmann.


1:18 Scale

185300 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – blue


183303 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 . white with red striping


185301 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – Gendarmerie


183268 BMW M535i Saloon 1980 – gold metallic


183593 Mercedes-Benz S600 saoon 1997 – green metallic


183497 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2018 – black metallic


184833 Peugeot 404 saloon 1965 – Antique green


Scale 1:43

153051 Citroen Light 15 saloon 1949 – Dark blue and Cream


158218 Citroen GS 1220 Club 1973 – Tholonet beige metallic


154205 Citroen Xantia 1993 – Mauritius blue


475447 Peugeot 504 Pick-up with canvas cover – clear blue


511317 Renault Duster Oroch 2015 – white


517728 Renault Megane R.S. 2018 – Platinum silver


517732 Renault Scenic 2016 – Cassiopee grey and black


518399 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – silver


574055 Simca Vedette Marly 1957 – Pale yellow and black


840029 VW Touran 2015 – white


518393 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – “Fire Brigade”


Norev Classics 1:43 scale

CL2711 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – adriatic green


CL2712 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – aquamarine


1:87 scale

517818 Alpine A310 1977 – Alpine blue


574116 Matra-Simca Bagheera 1975 – Sun yellow


451731 Panhard PL 17 saloon 1961 – Atlantide blue


518582 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery La Meuse with bottle crates


518583 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery Jean Renard with barrels


530262 IVECO Bus Crossway LE 2014 “Car du Rhone”


530263 IVECO Bus Urbanway 2014 “TCL”


December 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

183224 BMW M1 1980 – blue


181592 Citroen DS 21 Break 1970 – Bordeaux


183400 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955 – blue


183567 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE Cabriolet 1990 – Bornite metallic


185169 Renault Dauphine 1958 – Medicis black


1:43 Scale

517863 Alpine A110 2017 – white and blue test version


830074 Audi 200 Quattro 1989 – white


270321 Bentley Continental GT coupe 2018 – silver


270061 Jaguar E-Type Coupe 1964 – grey


351305 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – ruby red metallic


351175 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – silver


475825 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Amazonite grey


475626 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Pearl white


517791 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Glacier white


517799 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – red


517963 Renault Symbioz Salon of Francoforte 2017


517962 Renault R.S. 2017 Vision Salon of ShangHai 2017


840096 Volkswagen Corrado G80 1990 – silver


517796 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs”


517798 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs” – red and yellow stripes

517794 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale”


517795 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale Intercommunale”


MINIJET Scale 1:64

310908 Peugeot 508 SW 2018 – white


310904 Renault Symbioz 2017 – copper


310905 Renault R.S. 2017 – black and gold


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More 2018 Norev Promotional Models for Mercedes-Benz

By Fabrizio Panico

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Santa Claus brought me a few more 1:18 scale promotional models for my collection, here are a couple of nice Mercedes-Benz by Norev.

Mercedes Benz A-Class AMG-Line 2018

It is a long time since Mercedes-Benz gave birth to the first A-Class. It is now more than twenty years ago that the company made its first venture in this sector of the market. The first generation (W168, 1997-2004, facelifted in 2001) was a real revolution: a five door hatchback featuring a front wheel drive layout and an unusual tall and short body, with a “sandwich” floor, allowing the engine to slide underneath in the case of a frontal impact. After the failure of the infamous “elk test” Mercedes-Benz was forced to stop sales and add electronic stability control. The second generation (W169, 2004-2012, facelifted in 2008) with a revised body added a three door version and a lot of safety equipment. The third generation (W176, 2013-2018, facelifted in 2016) radically changed the A-Class image. It was now a subcompact executive car, having grown by 68 cm since the original model it was longer than the first-generation B-Class and designed to be a direct competitor to the BMW 1 Series. The fourth generation will be the first A-Class offered in the United States and Canada, and will also be the first to be offered both as a hatchback (W177) and sedan (V177), and as a long-wheelbase sedan exclusive to China (Z177). The renewed style is now in line with the look of the other cars of the German brand, the internal fittings are uprated, the body size has grown again from the previous generation. The shape of the sides is now less nervous and there is a styling line that climbs gently from the front wheel to the rear. The interiors are now very technological. Two petrol engine and one diesel engine versions are available, with four different versions: Executive, Business, Sport and Premium.

The Norev miniature is manufactured in die-cast zinc with plastic parts in China. Original CAD data was used to create the moulds and it is hand assembled from over 120 individual parts. All models are painted in authentic colours. The two-tone seats are notable as are the floor mats and the pockets on the doors. It represents a 2018 AMG-Line version, from the Edition 1 Package, reference B6 696 0428 in matt grey (designo mountain grey magno), B6 696 0429 in white metallic.

Equipment includes AMG-Line exterior and interior, a panoramic roof ,and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in 5-spoke design. Doors, bonnet (by a remote button) and tailgate can be opened. Inside the interior and boot floors are flock-lined. A small screwdriver is also included in the package, and a sort of glove to prevent fingerprints on the windows or bodywork.


Mercedes Maybach S 650 cabriolet 2017

The ultimate in open-air exclusivity. A limited edition of 300 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016, with a price tag of about 300,000 euros. As many will remember the Maybach company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, as a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (of rigid airships fame), and acquired in 1960 by Daimler-Benz. Maybach returned as a standalone ultra-luxury car brand at the end of the 20th century, but after very slow sales Maybach became (in 2015) a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, and the name was seen on an ultra-luxury edition of the S-Class.

The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 650 is based on the S-Class cabriolet classic shape, updated with a new front bumper and many chrome highlights as well as special badges all over the body. It sits on new 20 inches “bichromatic” forged wheels. The interior is a leather “paradise”. Waterfall-like seat upholstery has diamond quilting on the seat side bolsters. Really thick floor mats are fitted and every S-Class optional extra is there as standard. No need to fully specify all the exclusive items and gifts you’ll get for your money. The power train is a six litre biturbo V12 engine with a 7G-tronic transmission, delivering 630 hp.

The Norev miniature faithfully reproduces every aspect of the real S 650, sporting the same features already seen on the A-Class miniature. It is die-cast from moulds prepared using CAD data and hand assembled. Doors, bonnet and boot can all be opened, and in the boot you’ll find four luxury suitcases, a bespoke Maybach luggage set. The hood is faithfully reproduced. The model is available in designo zircon red (reference B6 696 2450), and in designo diamond white bright (reference B6 696 2451). The Maybach logos are beautifully reproduced. As usual, screwdriver and glove are included in the package.

Two very nice and true to life miniatures, thanks to Mercedes-Benz and Norev.


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News from the Continent December 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Two releases of models took place in November 2018. Each is described separately below. Schuco-Dickie are a long established German Group which also produces Solido models following their acquisition by the Group. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless stated otherwise. The ranges shown vary in scale and in detail with the Pro ranges being the most detailed and most expensive.

PICCOLO

450533600 Volkswagen T1 microbus “Surfer-Bus”



EDITION 1:43

450185600 Piccolo Gift-Set B


450292900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Kreidler” with Kreidler Florett motorcycle and driver figurine

450293900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Horex” with Horex motorcycle and driver figurine

450249600 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-wing coupe, dark blue


450368900 Set “Volkswagen T1b Samba bus, box van; Pick up with crew cab and Pick up


450374300 Volkswagen Transporter T1b Samba bus, red and beige



EDITION 1:32

450769900 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof and manure barrel trailer


450781300 Fendt Favorit 622 LS tractor


450781500 Fendt 211 Vario tractor, green


450781700 Fendt 211 V Vario tractor, green


450765900 Set “Legendary tractors” – 3 models in a wooden box



EDITION PRO.R32

450903600 Steyr 1300 System Dutra tractor



EDITION 1:18

450041000 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, red/beige


450041100 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, blue/grey


450033300 Porsche 550A Spyder”Edition 70 Years of Porsche”, white



EDITION PRO.R18


450008600 Porsche Master tractor, red



EDITION 1:64

452019300 Set ‘Volkswagen Transporter T1’ ( three models )



EDITION 1:87

452632800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c box van with trailer, loaded with Porsche tractor


452634100 Mercedes-Benz O 321 Bus “German Bundespost”



MILITARY 1:87

452636360 MAN 7t gl. KAT1 Rocket launcher Lars II, German Bundeswehr

452636400 MAN 5t gl KAT1 tank truck with spots-camouflage



AVIATION 1:250

403551694 Junkers Ju52/3m


403551682 Ju-Air, Junkers Ju52/3m



AVIATION 1:600

403551691 Boeing 777-300 Air France ‘Olympia 2024’

Second Release November 2018

PICCOLO

450559500 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Piccolo Assembling Box ‘The little Gullwing-Mechanic’



EDITION 1:43

450310300 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck “German Reichspost”


450310400 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck ‘Christmas 2018’


450367600 Porsche 911 S – sepia brown



EDITION PRO.R43

450904100 Magirus Deutz O 6500 ‘Soccer World Champion Germany 1954’



EDITION 1:32

450769300 Lanz Ackerluft Tractor with half track


450778600 Güldner G60A tractor with roof and front loader


450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 8W with log


450779900 Hanomag Robust 900 tractor with front loader



Edition 1:18

450011700 K.L. Bulldog tractor – red


450011900 Lanz Bulldog halftrack -blue


450014700 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wild boar – green



EDITION PRO.R18

450006800 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

450006900 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue



AVIATION 1:600

403551690 Airbus A330-300 “KLM”


403551693 Boeing 777-300 “Japan Air Force 1”


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Chinese Contract Diecasting

By Maz Woolley

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Having given my MAR Online Editor business cards to several Chinese companies at the London Toy Fair earlier this year I have had emails from Chinese companies eager for me to buy their products or to use their services. These are usually dry business circulars but one recently sent to me is full of pictures and information. Given the veil of secrecy that covers the production of models in China I think a look at the story they tell will be of interest to many of us who wonder where, and how, our models are made in China.

The companies name is TongTong Renhe which was founded in 2003 as a precision model maker and which operates under the TT brand. They are based in Shenzen Dapeng New which is part of the attrractive coastal Longang District in Guandong. They offer all stages of model making from research and development, through 3D design and mould making, to final production, They seem to mainly focus upon cars, container lorries, and fire trucks but that is not all that they produce as shown later.


Based in a pretty typical medium size industrial unit.

The Factory

The pictures shown below were provided by the company and show carious aspects of the factory unit. The unit is clearly not in use when the photographs were taken and the operatives look like they have been included for effect, the person spraying is doing so with an empty spray gun for example!

The company goal which is about striving to reach the heights by working together
Rest and lecture areas as well as production facilities
Work benches for design area and boxes of finished models on view
Production line and work stations
Production machinery ready for work
More machinery
Another corner of the production area
Many machines are not automated
Spray booth being shown off

The products

Many of the products shown appear to be for the Chinese home market but others are clearly geared towards exports. Models are made to a variety of scales. First we will look at the 1:18 scale models

1:18 Scale Construction Vehicles
1:18 Scale Unnamed SUV
1:18 Scale Borgward Isabella
1:18 Scale Mazda MX5
1:18 Scale Mazda MX5 rear
1:18 Scale Sinotruck Tractor with Articulated Container carrier
1:18 Scale Sitrak Tractor with Articulated Container carrier
1:!8 scale La Ferrari

1:24 Scale

Sitrak (MAN and Sinotruck alliance) Fire Appliance
Ground to Air Missile System

1:43 Scale


1:43 Scale WTCC car surely produced for European brand.

1:48 Scale

Chinese Fighter aircraft. with a full cabinet of models behind

1:72 Scale

1:72 scale SInotruck tipper

Not to scale

How an earth do they not topple over? Fully laden display Container ship
A historic ship for display

The only product bearing a recognisable emblem is the Fighter Aircraft which has a box with the AF1 logo on it. Yet AF1 are a separate company also based in Donguan, perhaps they subcontract work to TT from time to time or there are other links.

Although many of the models are obviously aimed at the home market, and in particular the executive offices of those running trucks, ships and other vehicles, they are also clearly intent on selling models abroad with overseas partners.

It is interesting to see where our models are made and this type of contractor is the source of many of our models. The large number of new western brands of 1:18 scale metal models would not exist without such firms being able to develop and produce models to fit into a branded box sold by a Western firm..

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