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The Ford in Miniature – 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

By Dave Turner

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

When Ford celebrated their Centenary in 2003 a whole series of concepts were unleashed, along with the many other related events. Most, if not all, these special productions were conceived to recall one of the memorable and significant vehicles of Ford’s past.

Among these was the Shelby Cobra that resulted when Carroll Shelby inserted a big US Ford V8, first a 4.2 and for production a 4.7, into the front of an unsuspecting AC Ace. This had previously been the home of the old 6 cylinder 2 litre AC engine that dated back to the 1920s and from April 1956 there was the option of a straight 6 Bristol 2 litre. For just over a couple of years from March 1961 the 2,553cc Ford straight 6 was employed.

Since the production of the first Cobras ended in Jan 1969 there have been many copies and kit cars replicating the Cobra, in fact Carroll Shelby produced a very limited number of 2 seater roadsters in the late 1990s that had a degree of GM content and called simply Shelby Cobra.

The 2004 Concept car was produced by Ford and featured an all-aluminium 6.4 litre V10 engine that was claimed to be able to propel the car to 267mph – although it was actually electronically limited to 100mph. Its chassis was based on that of a Ford GT, modified to be front engined but with the transmission in the rear. It was not registered for road use but was subsequently purchased by one of its designers, Chris Theodore, at auction for $825,000, the proceeds going towards the restoration of Henry Fords Fairlane Estate.

Models of the Shelby Concept as might be expected appeared in the few years following the real cars appearance. Auto Art gave us no less than three quite different models, a big 1:17 scale diecast and much smaller one in 1:64 and in between a plastic slot car in 1:32. Mattel also produced the model in two sizes, their Hot Wheels examples came in at least eleven versions and in many cases almost being little models rather than pure toys. Their larger 1:18 diecast were excellent despite coming in a variety of colours, the real car was only ever silver.

Matchbox also issued a small diecast Shelby that looks very like the Hot Wheels version and it came in at least six versions. Minichamps issued their 1:43 Shelby in a three part “The Ford Power Trilogy” set in 2005 along with 2005 Mustang and 2005 GT, all finished in the silver/white stripe colour scheme. The Shelby was then issued separately for a couple of years.

Model Listing

Auto Art  China 20541 1:64 diecast
Auto Art  China 13101 slot car 1:32 plastic
Auto Art China 73031 228mm 1:17 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia G6687 67mm 1:60 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia H3051 215mm 1:18 diecast
Matchbox 42 1:60 diecast
Minichamps  China 146430 93mm  1:43 diecast

Illustrations 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

 

Mattel Hot Wheels 1:60 diecast from Malaysia: G6687, in authentic colour scheme.
Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 146430, also came in set 402 058000 “The Ford Power Trilogy”
Rear of Minichamps

 

Interior of Minichamps

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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

This article covers the models that Wiking expect to release in August 2018. As usual there are some new items and several upgrades based on existing mouldings.

New Items

1:32 Scale

 

0778 36 John Deere 6250R tractor
0778 38 Züm ProfiCut 700 direct cut header with transport trailer

 

1:87 Scale

 

0797 33 Volkswagen T1 camper van
0308 08 Volkswagen T5 GP Multivan “Taxi”
0368 02 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401
0492 01 Mercedes-Benz NG tipper with low-loader trailer
0513 22 Saviem articulated box truck “Kronenbourg beer from Alsace”
0526 02 Volvo F89 articulated 20” Container truck “ASG”
0682 04 MAN transport concrete mixer
0537 09 Scania R420 Topline articulted curtain side truck “Chr. Carstensen”
Scale 1:160
0932 01 Volkswagen T1 van

Model Upgrades

1:160 Scale
0955 03 Joskin universal spreader
0940 06 Mercedes-Benz platform drawbar
1:87 Scale

 

0794 34 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with folding roof “Moviestar Herbie”
0861 44 Mercedes-Benz 180 saloon “Fire Brigade”
0100 04 Land Rover “Royal Air Force”
0884 03 MAN 4R3 tractor
0279 01 Borgward sales vehicle “Migros, Switzerland”
0309 07 Volkswagen T5 GP box van “Municipal”
0391 02 John Deere 8430 tractor
0018 21 Accessory pack “Street lighting” 16 pieces
0423 01 Magirus 100 D7 flatbed lorry “Klöckner iron trade”
0866 02 Kaelble KV34 quarry tipper

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News from the Continent April/May 2018 releases from Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs have been provided by the Manufacturer.

Here we look at models released by Schuco from April 2018 onward. We will look at April and May in turn. As usual quite a variety of models will be produced across the various ranges.

April 2018 releases

Piccolo

This is Schuco’s nostalgia range to approximately 1:90 scale. It is inspired by the classic Piccolo toys of the past.

450559300 “The little Volkswagen mechanic”

Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter T1 bus in an assembling box

 

450153700 Setra S8 Coach

 

450128900 Mercedes-Benz Pullman tractor with low loading trailer and Porsche tractor

Edition PRO.R43

This is the 1:43 scale section of Schuco’s premium resin range of detailed models.

450887300 Triumph TR5 with closed Surrey Top, red and black interior

 

450887400 Triumph TR5 with open Surrey Top, black and red interior

Edition PRO.R18

The premium resin range to 1:18 scale

 

450011300 Volkswagen Beetle “Motorhome” – yellow

 

Military 1:87

This is a diecast range of military items with a  focus on current vehicles.

452635600 Yak three-axle truck “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

 

452635500 Gepard Anti-aircraft tank “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

May 2018

Piccolo

More nostalgic material in this rang. Piccolo models used as game figures for an old fashioned board game. No computers just drawing and dice here!

 

450513500 “The big Piccolo tractors race” board game with 4 Piccolo tractors

Edition 1:43

The standard diecast range with these made to 1:43 scale

 

450347500 Set “Goggomobil” Goggo Limousine and Goggo small transporter

Edition PRO.R43

Premium resin models in 1:43 scale

450902400 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

 

450902500 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue

Edition 1:32

Here Schuco are competing with Britains, Ros and others with 1:32 scale diecast agricultural, and agricultural derived models.

 

450778500 Güldner G75 A tractor pulling fairground caravan with balcony

Edition 1:18

The large diecast range from Schuco

 

450028700 Volkswagen Transportet T1b Samba bus – black and white

Military 1:87

Diecast recent and  contemporary military models

 

452636500 Volkswagen T2a bus “German Bundeswehr”

452636700 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “Commander staff car German markings


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text is by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs in the Büssing Trambus section below are by, and copyright of, the Author. The photographs of the July release are all provided by and copyright of Wiking.

Wiking have announced the following releases in June 2018.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 32 John Deere 8500i forage harvester

1:87 Scale

 

0227 06 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W123 Exclusive “German Police”

 

0424 04 Magirus flatbed tipper truck

 

0673 07 MAN high-side tipper truck

 

0852 38 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet Teleservice box truck

 

0515 02 MAN articulated Flatbed truck

 

0634 05 Mercedes-Benz Pullman towing vehicle

 

0433 06 Mercedes-Benz flatbed with drawbar trailer

1:160 Scale

 

0932 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus

Model Upgrades

These models have been seen before in different colours and/or in a lower standard of finish.

1:43 Scale

0431 97 MAN TGM Rosenbauer ATLF fire service

Scale 1:87

 

0392 05 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411 with stanchion trailer

 

0018 19 Accessory pack “stacking containers II”

 

0808 10 BMW Isetta

 

0229 02 Opel Cadet C-type Coupe GT/E

 

0830 16 Volkswagen “Split Window” Beetle

 

0266 39 Puch G

 

0028 02 Volkswagen “The Beetle Convertible”

 

0270 45 Borgward B611 camper van

 

0380 03 Fendt Xylon tractor with bale grab

 

0509 01 Magirus Heavy duty tractor unit

 

0851 33 Scheuerle low-loader trailer

1:160 Scale 

0906 02 Fendt Favorit tractor with trailer

Büssing Trambus – Old and New.

A recent upgrade release included the Büssing Trambus finished in Deutsche Bundesbahn livery.

This bus model has a long history in the Wiking model range. It was first issued in 1951, assembled out of four components, the chassis, lower body coloured, seats and upper body part made from clear plastic. The rear wall of the lower body part showed the name “BÜSSING”. It was made as a result of a promotion model order.

Wiking owner Friedrich Peltzer was able to get substantial orders for such promotional models. The identifiers of this first version are: a wider front Radiator as well as dummy and convex shaped headlights. This mould was short lived, a new one was issued 1953 now with concave shaped headlights. It also had Büssing written to the rear, and a new baseplate which was more authentically modelled.

In the early 1960s the mould was reworked again. Now the model was issued without Büssing being moulded in and with another new version of the baseplate. Baseplate, seats and lower body were now fixed together and only the clear plastic roof was detachable.

The latest version of this model has now been released painted in the wine red livery of the former “Deutsche Bundesbahn”. This livery was in use until the 1970s. It also has silver printed mouldings for the first time.

Büssing Trambus – re-issue February 2018

 

Different versions of the Trambus: from right first one of 1951, to left, the actual re-issue.

 

Side views of the different versions

 

Different chassis : right the first one, left the current release

 

Front of the 2018 re-issue (left) and the first release (right)

The Trambus of 1951 is shown to the right of photograph.

 

Rear of the first Trambus with “BÜSSING”

 

Rear of the re-issue in 2018

 

Components of the Trambus from 1951, on the re-issue is only the roof is detachable.


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News from the Continent April 2018 – Wiking Releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

As usual Wiking have released a number of new releases which are supplemented by re-colours of previous issues. To look at the new releases first. All models are plastic mouldings made in Europe for Germany unless otherwise noted.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 37 John Deere 7310R tractor

 

1:87 Scale

 

0315 02 Volkswagen T2 camper van

 

0102 02 Land Rover Defender 110

 

0311 49 Volkswagen Amarok GP Highline

 

 

0363 98 Claas Xerion 5000 tractor with twin tyres

 

0610 02 Magirus S 3500 fire engine

 

0420 02 Magirus S 3500 flat-bed truck with loading crane

 

0520 03 Refrigerated articulated truck with Magirus tractor

 

1:160 Scale

0946 07 THW mini-excavator HR 18

 

And now to look at the upgraded models. All familiar mouldings but either enhanced or re-coloured.

Scale 1:87

 

0018 20 Accessory pack – Cargo II – loading goods

 

0029 03 Volkswagen New Beetle

 

0205 03 Ford Mustang Coupe

 

0882 03 John Deere 2016 tractor

 

0899 38 Fendt equipment carrier

 

0371 07 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411

 

0678 04 Three-way tipper trailer

 

0678 48 Three-way tipper truck Mercedes-Benz Arocs

 

0749 01 Tram carriage

 

0750 01 Tramcar

 

0990 93 Set “Büssing 12000”

Scale 1:160

 

0922 09 Two passenger cars with caravan


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Another KTM X-BOW

By Hans Nordström

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs from the Manufacturer

Maz Woolley recently wrote about two KTM X-BOW models from Spark and Siku, click here to read. Actually there is a third KTM X-BOW model available. This has been available in 1:43 and 1:32 scale from the German slot car manufacturer Carrera. This has been available for some time as I bought the1:43 scale version back in 2008  from a toyshop in Germany and it wasn’t expensive either about 15 euros if my memory is correct.

It is not a bad model at all, though not of course not as good as the Spark one, but for the low price very good indeed. It does have a driver, like most slot cars do, and personally I prefer civilian cars without drivers, not even James Bond. But for famous racing cars it’s an altogether different matter, as part of such a car’s history, the driver is the person who made the car famous and therefore even his helmet is part of the car’s history! The colour of the model I bought is the most common KTM one orange and black!

Carrera has produced the X-BOW in several colours shown below with images from their web site.


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News from the Continent March 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs copyright of the manufacturer. Text copyright of the Author.

This article shows releases from Schuco during the first three, months of 2018 across a number of scales and ranges. All are diecast in China for Germany.

CLASSIC

 

450178200 Micro Jet “Super Sabre F100” assembling box

Piccolo

450143300 Cadillac ´54 “Happy Birthday 2018”

450510700 VW Scirocco “Model of the Year 2018 in tin box”

 

Edition 1:87

 

452627800 Porsche 356 Cabriolet – blue

452631500 Volkswagen T1c Pickup with canvas cover – blue

Military 1:87

452636800 Bell UH HD helicopter “Heer(army)”

 

Edition 1:64

 

452015400 Volkswagen T1 Bus “Police”

452015500 Volkswagen T1 box van “VW Service”

452015600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – dark red

452016100 Volkswagen T1 box van “Fire brigade”

452016200 Volkswgen T1 Bus “#53 Rally”

It is hard to believe that someone might place the rally numbers of the legendary Beetle Herbie on a transporter!

 

Edition 1:43

 

450256800 Volkswagen Split Window Beetle 1953 with roof rack

This models a 1953 split rear window Volkswagen with the correct triangular air vent windows in the doors. But has air intakes in the sides in front of the A-pillars which is from a 1951 version of the Beetle. This has been pointed out to Schuco in the past but they resist all calls for changes to be made.

450330300 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Campingbus with trailer, loaded with a BMW Isetta.

450256900 Porsche 356 Cabriolet “Edition 70 Years of Porsche” – beige

Edition PRO.R43

 

450887800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – red

450887900 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – grey

450891900 Porsche 911 Coupe – green

Edition PRO.R43

 

450895300 Porsche Master tractor – red

450902800 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor

450902700 Hürlimann DH6 tractor – red

Edition 1:32

 

450772200 John Deere 7710 tractor

450781000 IHC 1255XL tractor – red

450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 6W – green

450780300 Hanomag Robust tractor with fairground trailer


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

The models shown were due for release by Schuco at the end of 2017. Editors Note: Schuco retail prices seem to have increased very considerably in the UK. I don’t know whether this is a result of the drop in the value of the pound and/or increased ex-factory prices from Schuco.

Edition 1:43

450335400 Mercedes-Benz L319 Werbewagen “Schuco Micro Racer” with Piccolo Volkswagen Beetle

450347600 Volkswagen T3a “Joker” Camper Van – medium blue

Edition PRO.R43

450901500 Opel Blitz Sattelschlepper “Porsche Renntransporter”

Edition 1:32

450780200 Hanomag Robust 900 Tractor “Christmas 2017”

Edition 1:18

450028600 Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus – green/white

450016600 McCormick 0326 Tractor – red

Edition PRO.R18

450010900 Goggomobil Coupe 250 cc – beige/dark grey

Edition 1:87

452628100 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S – silver

452627900 Porsche 911 2.7 RS – blood orange

452627000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS “concept black”

452626800 Volkswagen T1c Samba Bus “Rally”

Strange to place the race numbers of the legendary “Herbie” from the Disney movies on a micro bus !

452626900 Volkswagen T2a Camper Van

452628200 Porsche 918 Spyder “Martini”

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

452629900 Porsche 911 R (991) – white/red

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

Porsche 911 R (991) – white/green

452632000 Volkswagen T1c Samba bus – black/white

452631600 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

(Editor’s Note Hans-Georg’s latest articles have been delayed due to illness which lead to him having to stay in hospital for a while. He is home now and insisted on finishing his articles for our readers whilst recuperating.  I am sure our readers will join the team at MAR in wishing Hans-Georg a speedy recovery to full health.)

All photographs supplied by Wiking except for those marked HG-S taken by Hans-Georg.

The models shown below are planned for release in December 2017, except for the detailed reviews which are based on October Issues.

New Models

1:32 Scale

 0778 31  Oehler ZDK 120 B two axle hay bale trailer

 

0778 35   Bergmann TSW 6240 S universal spreader

1:87 Scale

0378 11  Lemken Solitair/Zirkon till and drill combination

 

0378 19  Lemken Solitair/Heliodor till and drill combination

 

0368 01  Mercedes Benz Unimog U 401 “Frogeye”

 

0788 08  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a Microbus

 

0056 05  Fire brigade – passenger vehicle trailer

 

0601 28  Volkswagen Touareg “Fire Brigade”

 

0227 04  Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive estate

 

0663 61  Still RX 60 forklift truck

 

0800 48  Magirus Saturn articulated Tanker “BP”

 

0681 48  MAN TGS Euro6/Liebherr Concrete mixer

 

0662 03  Magirus/Fuchs Municipal Mobile Crane

 

Improved and upgraded Models

1:160 Scale

 

0961 39  Magirus TLF16  Fire brigade

 

0949 39  Hanomag Henschel articulated low loader, loaded with cable drum
1:87 Scale

 

0228 04  Volvo Amazon saloon – light blue

 

0892 05  Ferguson TE tractor

 

0011 02 Jeep

 

0300 02  Volkswagen Transporter Type 1b delivery van “Jacobs coffee”

 

0018 17  Accessory pack “Pedestrians”

 

0866 34  Kaelble dumper

 

0456 01  Mercedes-Benz 2223 with drawbar trailer and canvas covers

 

0990 92  ASG Set

Extended Reviews

I received three items released in October 2017 and provide ann extended review below.

0006 24  WIKING Magazin 2017

This yearly magazine allows readers to explore the world of Wiking in great detail with much insider information being included. The newly released Mercedes-Benz Unimog “Frogeye” is shown together with many early Unimog models, then old and new Land Rover miniatures are described. The Volkswagen Transporter Type 1a without the air intake above the windscreen is covered in detail in a chapter of its own. As is the Magirus edged bonnet and a number of 1:32 scale agricultural vehicles. The “Wiking Day”, celebrating the 85th anniversary of the firm is pictured with highlights of models made across this period. Dioramas showing models of the wire-axle era and all the models produced in 2016 round up the content.

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0863 99  Magirus LF 16 fire engine

The Magirus-Deutz Mercur with its typical round bonnet was the base for the LF16, which was used by the fire brigades in Germany and worldwide in the 1950s.

This legendary fire engine is commemorated by Wiking. The body with four-door cabin and equipment area are accurately shaped and moulded in typical ruby red with black fenders. Blue lights, ladders, searchlight and the fine moulded hose reel are separately inserted. (1:87 Scale)

0861 43  Magirus-Deutz flatbed truck with canvas cover “Fire brigade”

When a truck was needed by fire brigades for transporting equipment or fire debris most of the fire brigades chose a Magirus-Deutz during the 1950s. Wiking has released one of these trucks with authentic shape, chassis moulded in black, and upper body in ruby red. The driver’s cabin is fitted with a single blue light. Some mouldings are silver printed.  (1:87 scale)


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Emmy Models AFM type 50

By Mario Monti

Mario Monti is the owner of Emmy models based in Switzerland. This article is adapted from his press release for the model. Mario is a long time friend of MAR who often donated models for MAR competitions.

AFM type 50

 

In 1950 Alex von Falkenhausen from Munich presented his new creation: the AFM type 50. This Formula Two single seater was based on the type 49 which had been quite successful in races in Germany (don’t forget, Germans were not allowed to participate in international events during the immediate post-war years).

The type 50 carried on several remarkable features of it’s predecessor, like the spur gear ahead of the differential on the rear axle, which allowed the drive train to be placed lower than usual as well as to allow changing transmission ratio very quickly. The dual circuit brakes made it possible to adjust the degree of braking between front and rear wheels. The lightweight rims with built-in brake drums were another remarkable feature (a bit like pre-war Bugatti-wheels).

From the beginning the car was designed to be powered either by the improved BMW 328 engine or the new V8 by Küchen. Rudolf Schleicher supplied the mechanical parts, cast parts came from BMW and the body was made by Willy Huber.

Cars were ordered by Willy Heeks, Karl Gommann, Helmut Niedermayr, Fritz Riess and Hans Stuck. They were all powered by the BMW-based six cylinder except for Hans Stuck’s car which initially had a Küchen V8 that was later replaced by a Bristol engine.

Car Facts

capacity                      1971 ccm                   wheelbase                 216 cm

power                    about 130 hp                   track                            115 cm

Gewicht                            480 kg                   length                         385 cm

wheels                        16 inches

The AFM type 50 by Emmy

 

The model by Emmy is based on the car that Fritz Riess from Germany drove in the 1950 Formula Two Grand Prix of Switzerland.

Riess who was not familiar with the difficult track in Bern finished the race in 7th place. The following week-end he won at the Eifelrennen (Nürburgring).

Emmy have modelled the car in both 1:43 and 1:32 scales and both are the same price. Price and ordering details may be found on  Emmy’s web site.

This is another interesting historic racing model from Emmy unlikely to be made by anyone else.

Note: we have not been too lazy to produce some detail of the underside of the car. The underside  of the AFM 50 was covered by a panel and was almost flat as shown in the photograph above.


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