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News from the Continent February 2019 – Preiser

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Preiser specialise in figures, buildings and scenic items to bring model railway layouts and dioramas to life. Many collectors like to include models in their model displays so the new Preiser figures will be of interest. It seems that Preiser have re-discovered MAR Online as these are the first samples that I have received in a long time.

1:87 Scale

10697 On the lawn

People in various positions with mats and tennis players.


10704 At the campsite

Six attractive women in summer clothes suitable for wearing at a holiday campsite


10707 Stacking firewood

Three men at work with wood and various logs


10745 Soccer fans (1)

Four men and three women in standing positions


10752 Drivers for electric utility vehicles

5 men in various positions, designed for use with set 17126


10758 Soccer team and referee; white shirts,black shorts

Eleven players and a referee


10759 Soccer team and referee; blue shirts and shorts


10760 Soccer team and referee; red shirts, blue shorts


10761 Soccer team and referee; orange shirts and shorts

10762 Soccer team and referee; white shirts and shorts


16359 Medieval festival (1)

125 unpainted miniature figures in various positions and in different outfits ancient and modern


16360 At the window

6 unpainted figures in different positions and 16 curtains in 5 different colours


16361 Housework and gardening

33 unpainted miniature figures in appropriate poses with accessories


16572 Motorcycle BMW R12 “The German Reich 1939-1945”

This kit includes unpainted components for three motorcycles


17126 Electric vehicle with three trailers (German railways – Epoch III) suitable for use with the figures already seen above. The components are moulded in different colours


17188 Wardrobe interior, lockers

Kit for four units with different doors and bases. Components are moulded in different colours.


18217 Quarrystone walls with doorways and doorway arches, corner posts

A combination kit. The wall parts are fully detailed on both sides. It comes with suitable extras to join sections realistically.


24761 Medieval festival (2)

Two women and four men in authentic medieval outfits – painted.


24762 Knights in a combat

Four knights with weapons and shields

24763 Knight´s tournament with horses

Two knights with lances charging one another.


24767 Medieval clothes on stands

Six realistic multi-coloured painted clothes for well off Medieval women


28150 Wedding couple on “Vespa”


28199 Female German police officer

29504 Young zebra


29506 Camel


29515 Tiger


29517 Stag


31024 Fire brigade dressing room

Kit for 3 movable hall-stands, 3 wall-fixed models, clothes and accessories, all moulded in different colours

1:22.5 Scale (For garden model railways)

44928 Gardening

Two young women with spray can and watering can


44929 Working in the Garden

Two young women with rake and hedge clippers


1:32 Scale

63200 Seated Passengers

Six sitting painted persons, four men and two women


63201 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men


1:43 Scale

65500 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted people, three women and three men


65501 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men

1:160 Scale (Non British N Gauge)

79229 Cows, light brown

Six cows in different positions

Accessories

97000 Base plates, crystal clear, 84 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 10 x 7 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87


97001 Base plates, crystal clear, 108 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 7 x 5 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87

Gesamtkatalog PK 27 – Complete Catalogue PK 27

In 352 pages the Preiser catalogue contains the whole output of the company. Miniature figures in different scales and related accessories. All items shown in colour photographs. The book appears in an A4 paperback.


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News from the Continent February 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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 February 2019 – Wiking

Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is a round up of the models expected from Wiking in February 2019.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 26 Krampe hook lift THL 30 L – roll off container with Big Body 750


1:87 Scale

0335 02 Tempo Matador low-side flatbed


0227 09 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate S213 “Avantgarde”


0438 03 Magirus Sirius Flatbed Lorry with vehicle-mountable tank for BV ARAL heating oil


0636 07 MAN TGL Euro 6 ADAC breakdown service


0612 46 MAN TGM Euro 6 Rosenbauer AT LF fire engine


0864 42 Mercedes-Benz L408 flatbed lorry “German Police”


0457 02 Scania 111 drawbar with box bodies


0682 05 Magirus Deutz Transport concrete mixer


0389 13 Claas Lexion 770 TT combine harvester with Conspeed corn header


Model Upgrades

1:87 Scale

0879 43 Allgaier single axle trailer

0880 09 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof


0658 06 HR 18 mini excavator


0660 08 O&K Crawler excavator


0796 04 Opel Commodore B saloon


0163 02 Porsche 904 GTS


0150 01 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer saloon


0260 03 Mercedes-Benz O 319 Panorama Bus



0267 01 Mercedes-Benz 207D Camper van


0425 01 Magirus 100 D box truck


0534 03 Mercedes-Benz 1620 articulated chemical container truck


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London ToyFair 2019 Part Two

By Maz Woolley

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

This the second in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Corgi. The first article can be found here.

The article today looks at the Hornby stand and in particular the Corgi Toys area. The largest displays on the stand are from Airfix,Hornby and Scalextric. There were both a railway layout with a Hogwarts theme and a racing track provided to show off the products. The Hogwarts rail layout featured the Wamping Willow from the Harry Potter films with an Oxford Diecast Ford Anglia in its branches showing the revived use of Oxford OO scale models in Hornby packaging.

Some Vanguards pre-production models were shown, though not the planned new casting of series two Jaguar XJ and Daimler Double-Six models or the VW Camper. Photographs of the models are shown below. These are all pre-production samples and will not fully reflect the final version as they are hand finished and some parts are 3D printed rather than moulded.

Red Arrows Van
RAF Station Commander
RAF Police Mini
Triumph Herald 13/60
Herald comes with hood up or hood down display options
Audi Quattro and Grampian Police Rover SD1
Don Hayter’s MGB V8 Roadster and a Morris MInor Convertible
Graham Hill Lotus Cortina with Ford Cortina Mark III in very period purple paint.
A pair of Ford Sierra Cosworths. Left the RS500 and on the right Sussex Police RS 4×4
3.0 Litre Cortina Mark IV on left and Ford Granada Mark II 2.8i Ghia
Escort Mark II Mexico

Other Corgi products were on display showing the range now available.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2019 style

Corgi’s release of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be notable for being the first for some time that features all the original features. Moulds have been located to allow them to make all the wings, figures and the full working mechanism. It is a shame that this could not have been released last year to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary but I am sure that it will sell well this year as will the James Bond model sets.

The photographs above show the models included in the RNLI Lifeboats release to supplement the models already available in this charity’s liveries. A donation to the charity will be made for the sale of each set.

The 50th Anniversary models for the Apollo 11 mission were on display in pre-production form. Although very simple models they will look very good in packaging when launched later this year.

The Paddington Bear TX4 taxi is a well made toy and is expected to remain one of the best sellers, particularly in London where the tourist market is substantial for such toys.

A substantial part of the stand was given over to the new Chunkies range, seen above in the dealer display packs Corgi hope to get into the shops. They are made to appeal to young buyers, and their parents. The models are very well made and finished and to my surprise cabs, chassis and some other parts are diecast and the plastic looks strongly moulded and well designed for play. Although the generic shapes may not appeal to collectors we hope that this range is a success, as if it is it will give the Corgi brand an injection of money for investment and get the Corgi brand made known to a new generation of potential model collectors.

Discussions on the Hornby stall last year suggested that that they were concerned that they needed more young collectors to build the collecting habit and brand loyalty. The Chunkies range is a sign that they are addressing this. Some more photographs of the individual models are below.

For older children Corgi have several tie-ins to the Harry Potter Films which will sell well at the Harry Potter Studio Tour store as well as in Hamleys and other large stores.

Over in the Hornby area the layout has Hogwarts Castle modelled in one corner but this appears not to be listed as an accessory on the Hornby site! But again it illustrates the intention to appeal to youngsters as do the basic layout sets featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and the budget priced Junior Express set.

Over on the Airfix stand they too are keen to bring in young modellers with a selection of the Quick Build models being expanded this year. A celebration of flower power! It will be interesting to see if any new vehicle types are produced in future years to expand the range.

Also seen on the Airfix stand was their nice 1:32 scale Jaguar E Type model, a perennial in the range but looking as well shaped as ever, as shown below. Much though many people would like many more of the 1:32 scale Airfix cars to be revived it would seem we will continue to be limited to just a few of them.

Airfix are not to be left out in celebrating the landing on the moon with a nice set which includes the lander, Astronauts in various positions, and moon buggy and other items landed on the moon.

On both Corgi and Airfix the 75th Anniversary of D Day was celebrated with both Corgi and Airfix showing D Day tie in aircraft. Some Corgi ones are shown below.


F-5E-2 Lightning 43-28619 ‘Rita/Ruth’, USAAF 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group, Eighth Air Force, Mount Farm Airfield, August 1944

Supermarine Spitfire XIV RM740, RAF No.322 (Dutch) Squadron, Deanland, August 1944

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB MN625/MR-B, RAF No.245 (Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, Homesley South Airfield, Hampshire, June 1944

So what was missing? It would have been nice to see pre-production samples of the new Jaguar/Daimler Series II but as they are not scheduled for sale until Q4 of 2019 that is perhaps not surprising. Perhaps some first shots will appear at Nuremberg. I was very surprised though that having announced a significant number of military vehicles for 2019 in both 1:50 scale and in fit the box formats Corgi displayed none at London. But again perhaps we will see photographs from Nuremberg.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The models shown are the final release from Schuco in 2018. All are made in China for Germany. The models are made in various scales as stated below and the Pro ranges have much more detail and consequently a rather higher price.

EDITION PRO.R43

450903500 Aston Martin DB6 “Shooting Brake” – dark green


450903900 Volkswagen Beetle 1600S “Super-Bug” – red


EDITION 1:32

450772800 John Deere 5125R tractor with front loader


EDITION 1:87

452633700 Volkswagen Transporter T1c bus black/red


452633800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c Camper – green/grey


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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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News from the Continent December 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs are supplied by the Manufacturer and the Author.

Wiking has announced new releases for December 2018. As usual these are a mixture of new or largely new models and a set of upgrades to existing models. Wiking models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

New Items in 1:87 Scale

0335 01 Tempo Matador high-side flatbed


0314 01 Volkswagen T2 pick up with crew cab


0861 45 Volkswagen 1600 saloon “Fire brigade”


0311 48 Volkswagen Amarok GP Comfortline


0293 07 Volkswagen T3 pick up with crew cab “THW”


0797 22 Volkswgen T1 Samba Bus


0570 02 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 beverages truck


0523 04 MAN articulated Container truck


0440 01 Hanomag Henschel refrigerated with draw bar trailer


0990 94 “ASG” Set

Upgraded Models

1:160 Scale

0949 05 Magirus box truck


1:87 Scale

0805 09 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe


0184 03 Glas Goggomobil saloon


0070 01 Opel Rekord Caravan 1957


0656 07 Site trailer


0650 05 ABG Road roller


0832 04 Mercedes-Benz 260D saloon


0388 15 Beet trailer


0386 02 Deutz-Fahr DX 4.70 tractor


0730 02 Setra S8 tour bus


0389 14 Claas Lexion 760 combine harvester with V 1050 forager headers


1:32 Scale Range Additions

0778 45 Stertil Koni mobile column lift (contents two pieces)


0778 41 AGRIbumper Claas design


0778 42 AGRIbumper Fendt design


0778 43 AGRIbumper John Deere design


0778 44 AGRIbumper black

New and Original – Some thoughts

Amongst the upgrade releases in October 2018 were some interesting models first issued in the 1960s. As I have these models in my collection I took the opportunity to compare the original with the current release. In many cases there is an interesting background history to be told. All models shown below are made to 1:87 scale.

0183 05 BMW 2002 saloon “Bavarian Police

The BMW 2002 was manufactured beween 1966 and 1971. It was in widespread use with the city police of Munich. Under the bonnet was fitted a powerful 100 hp, 2.0 litre petrol engine, and its top speed was 170 km/h. The BMW 501 in the background, its predecessor, was also made by Wiking. These cars were typical sights in the daily traffic in Munich. The BMW 501 patrol cars got the code name “Isar” and a legendary TV serial, named Isar 12, told the life of two policemen, their families and their car.


0206 01 Alfa Romeo Spyder

This is the first Alfa Romeo miniature ever modelled by Wiking. The chosen subject is the version of the Spyder made from 1966 to 1969. The body is very authentically shaped, it is moulded in bright red plastic, and the bumpers and windscreen frame are silver painted, as is the radiator grille. Head and tail lights are made from clear plastic. The interior is moulded in black with considerable detail moulded in. The baseplate is well detailed for a small model.


0620 02 Magirus S 3500 Fire Brigade turntable ladder truck 1958-1967

The “round bonnet” Magirus is one of the great classics of German fire engines of the post war era. The impressive, rounded Alligator bonnet is impressive and full of character. The the radiator grill surround encircles the contours of the cathedral of Ulm, where the vehicles were assembled.

The Magirus ladder was introduced into the Wiking model program very soon after the launch of the original vehicle. The legendary modelmaking master Alfred Kedzierski designed the first version with closed windows. Later it emerged with pierced windows and now it has been re-issued from reworked original moulds with a new baseplate.


0071 49 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan 1961 – red

The P2 Caravan is a typical early 1960s Wiking model accurate and well detailed moulding fitted windows but still with generic wheels and simple printing. Now the model has been given a ‘makeover’. The body is moulded in read and a white roof section has been printed on. Silver printing of coachwork lines, grilles and emblems is to current standards. In addition white wall tyres and replica wheels are fitted. What a contrast to the original models shown besides it!


0521 02 Articulated Box truck with Chevrolet tractor unit “Mayflower” 1955-1956

This model set could have been chosen by the late Friedrich Pelzer the founder of Wiking. A Chevrolet tractor from the 1950s pulls a contemporary trailer, which embodies a piece of Wiking history, as it appeared as one of the earliest commercial models. To the pleasure of Wiking collectors, the truck load is the furniture for a well known bungalow model. The model may enlarge the international appeal of the Wiking model range and perhaps open new export chances to the US where 1:87 scale railways are popular.

Wiking Magazine for 2018

The photographs below show a few of the interesting articles printed in this magazine. No other producer of models in 1:87 scale has such an interesting background and can tell so much stories.

it is no wonder that the publisher always surprises the reader with new subjects. In this year, the highlights are the development of the new Tempo Matador, and the classic Henschel cab of the 1950s, All of this illustrating new models from these new moulds.

There are also articles on an impressive diorama at the Sieper museum at SIKU/WIKING world. More topics are the history of the Swiss food dealer Migros and the 50th anniversary of the German Furniture Forwarder “Deutsche Möbelspedition”.

Finally their is a feature on the model ranges of 25 and 50 years ago.

0006 25 WIKING Magazine 2018


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Mercedes-Benz Pagoda Slot Cars

Two Fifty Year-Old SL Pagoda Slot Cars from Germany

By Frank Koh

MAR Online does not publish about slot cars very often, but these cars are so nice that they can act as static display models in any cabinet!  Two of my favorite slot cars are models of my favorite European sports car: the W113 Mercedes-Benz “Pagoda” SL. I took these two units out which I have owned for a couple of years now, so I could simply re-live my love affair with them.

The orange Fleischmann roadster and the maroon Stabo coupe shown above are, in my humble opinion, much more realistic than the contemporary Scalextric slot car model, which is considerably more common and well-known to slot car mavens.

The iconic Mercedes-Benz 230SL/ 250SL/ 280SL of 1963-71 needs no introduction. The “SL Pagoda” as it was fondly referred to because of its unique hardtop design was Stuttgart-Sindelfingen’s sports car of the sixties that was revered for its sparkling grand touring performance, exceptional comfort, leading-edge safety and timeless beauty.

While the real car was being produced, two West German slot car manufacturers released scale masterpieces of the Pagoda, the Stabo 230 SL Coupe and the Fleischmann 280 SL Roadster. The external dimensions of both appear to be nearly-identical; hence we can take an educated guess that these two West German beauties are spot-on at 1:32 scale.  The photos speak for themselves.

By its very nature, a closed coupe would be less susceptible to damage than an open roadster, both in real life and in slot car parlance. The Stabo SL has that distinct advantage, but there are no plans to even take a low-speed “cruise” on the slot car track with this rare, well-preserved model.

Working headlights came standard on the Fleischmann SL Roadster. I don’t know if the lenses turned yellow from age, or the manufacturer sought to replicate a “French Market” headlight setup. The photo does not do justice to the very accurate and crisp detail on that signature “SL” grille.

The W113 230SL/ 250SL/ 280SL got its “Pagoda” moniker from the unique hardtop that was designed by Bela Barenyi, and the recessed center portion with raised sides are evident from this angle. An inside joke at the design studio of Mercedes-Benz was that the roof was created when a tree fell lengthwise on the car.

While Barenyi created the roof of the SL Pagoda, it is renowned French designer Paul Bracq who penned those very pleasing, timeless lines of the overall car. With its large “greenhouse” and stately yet flamboyant stance and the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz Three Pointed Star on that lovely SL radiator grille, the SL Pagoda looks as fresh and fast today as it did when it first debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963.

The Stabo slot car featured revolutionary front wheels that “steered” in the direction the car would take on the track. Truly ingenious. While this particular unit appears to have seen some serious track use, it is nevertheless very well preserved for its half century-old age.

This particular Fleischmann unit does not appear to have been used at all. The contact brushes show practically no wear, the chassis plate is devoid of scratches, and the metal case of the high speed motor maintains a uniform shine with no abrasion. There’s even an “Ein/Aus” (“On/Off”) switch for the headlights.

Sadly, there is no public slot car track in Manila at this time; hence, these beauties will remain as display models, and “out of trouble”, indefinitely.   For any avid SL Pagoda enthusiast, this vintage pair is irreplaceable!


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The Ford in Miniature – Falcon XA, XB and XC 1972-79

By Dave Turner

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

Ford Falcon XA

Replacing the US designed Falcon XY in February 1972 the XA was the first Falcon to be completely designed and produced in Australia. While based on the preceding XY and having the same wheelbase, the bulkier and bolder styled body was a couple of inches longer. Five levels in the sedan line started with the basic version, the 500, the Futura, the Fairmont and the GT. 2 door hardtops came as the 700, the Fairmont and the GT. The wagons on a 5 inch longer wheelbase (the same as the contemporary ZF Fairlane) came as the basic version, the 700 and the Fairmont. Then there were the basic and 500 Utility and the van.

Engine choices were a couple of straight sixes in 3.2 and 4.1 litre sizes and a couple of V8s of 4.9 litres and 5.7. The four door sedans featured the ‘coke bottle’ line rather like being a larger version of the Cortina MkIII while the 2 door coupes boasted very deep rear quarters with rather sinister looking rear side windows quite different to the sedans.

As usual various options and specials add to the complexity for example the Grand Sport Rally Pack ‘boy-racered’ up the base, the 500 and the Fairmont while the proposed GT-HO Phase IV was abandoned after just one example. Just 250 of the GT – RPO 83 Falcons were made – 130 sedans and 120 hardtops, and differed only by a few mechanical upgrades with no external changes. Another limited run were the Falcon 500 Superbird RPO – 77 hardtops featuring considerable mechanical upgrades to engine, suspension, instrumentation complete with rear window louvre.

The up-market version of the Falcons were the bigger Fairlanes but these differed from the regular Falcon in size and equipment sufficiently to demand a separate feature – sometime.

Australia seems to have a reasonably healthy model car supply base with several local operations providing miniatures of their home-grown product. For example Top Gear/Trax may be the most familiar on this side of the globe although Classic Carlectibles and Oz Legends have also been imported.

Oz Legends have in fact provided quite a few models of the XA in a variety of 1:32 scale diecast sedans, hardtop and Ute versions. Most of which appear to be limited to 2,500 examples and feature opening doors, hood and trunk. Classic Carlectibles have gone the 1:18 scale route with slight variation on the same subjects.

Back on 1:32 a range on the Signature label (Yatming?) has a few sedans, hardtops and utes and inevitably concentrates on the higher performance end of the line and like the other makes includes a few customised examples. Auto Art offered some Aussie Falcon Hardtops under the Biante name in both 1:18 and 1:43 scales.

Top Gear/Trax seem to have concentrated on 1:43 for most of their vast range of Ford models but the only XA seems to be the 1972 GT Sedans in at least four colours. These came in the relatively expensive Opal Series that featured a vast amount of detail for 1:43. All four doors open as well as bonnet and boot while the interior and engine compartment are detailed to an incredible degree. The door windows are in the lowered position so that the interior can be viewed without opening the doors.

Falcon XA Models

Oz Legends
Ute 150mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT RPO-83 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT  RPO-83 150mm 1:32 diecast
Classic Carlectibles
18268 China Superbird hardtop show car 250mm 1:18 diecast
18448 China Hardtop GT RPO-83 250mm 1:18 diecast
18545 China Sedan GT HO Phase 1V 250mm 1:18 diecast
18615 China Sedan GT RPO-83 250mm 1:18 diecast
18640 China Hardtop GT 250mm 1:18 diecast
Signature
China Hardtop 351GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
China Utility GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
China Utility GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
China 2016 Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art/Biante
72725 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
72726 China Hardtop Superbird 1:18 diecast
72747 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
China Hardtop GT 1:43 diecast
Trax
T005 China 2008 Sedan GT Ltd 2400 112mm 1:42 diecast

Falcon XB

Succeeding the XA in November 1973 the XB was very similar but featured a few subtle changes to the bonnet and grille – the latter having a central divider. The sedans got larger tail lights that featured a wrap-around section at each side. Once again there were some ‘specials’ such as the Sovereign Edition based on the 500 and celebrating Ford Australia’s 50th Anniversary. The John Goss Specials were Hardtop 500s with decals and a GT bonnet named after a local race driver while the McCleod Horn Specials were produced by a Sydney Ford dealership and identified by a large strobe stripe on the body side.

The Australian model suppliers have provided even more of the XB series than of the previous one. The same names crop up again but with the addition of a new one on this subject – Hot Wheels, who offered a XB Coupe in no less than 20 versions, and apart from the unsightly wheels they are reasonably acceptable.

Most of the previously mentioned ranges offered both custom and competition versions of the standard issues while some are detailed to a commendably degree once again. For example the 1:43 Auto Art XB GT 351 Hardtop features a great deal of underside detail – even steerable front wheels while deciding not to bother with opening doors etc, and probably looks neater as a result. The Trax Opal Series XB GT 351 Sedan followed their XA in featuring a mass of detail plus opening parts quite neatly. The Oz Legends range now included a trio of Panel Vans.

Falcon XB Models

Oz Legends
Sedan GT 140mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GT 140mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GS 140mm 1:32 diecast
Panel Van GT 1:32 diecast
Panel Van 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GS 1:32 diecast
Panel Van GS 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT 1:32 diecast
Classic Carlectibles
Sedan GT 1:18 diecast
18615 Sedan GT RPO-83 1:18 diecast
Hardtop GT John Goss 1:18 diecast
Signature
Hardtop GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art/Biante
52742 China 2003 Hardtop GT 111mm 1:43 diecast
72742 China Coupe GT 1:18 diecast
72796 China Sedan GT 1:18 diecast
72881 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
72886 China Hardtop GT McCleod Horn 1:18 diecast
Trax
T006 China 2008 Sedan GT 351 112mm 1:43 diecast
Hot Wheels
2010 Malaysia 2009 Hardtop GT 351 75mm 1:64 diecast

 

Falcon XC

A second update brought us to the XC Falcon in July 1976 and this was to carry through to March 1979, late examples can be identified by featuring a Ford oval on the XCs horizontal grille. The front of the XC was given a softer look than the XB while a larger rear door window was provided by the use of the Contemporary ZH Fairlane rear doors effectively losing the ‘coke-bottle’ line. Tail lights were now horizontally divided while the GT was replaced by the GXL and the Fairmont given rectangular headlights. A limited run of 400 Cobra Hardtops were finished in white with blue racing stripes.

Models of the XC are far less well represented than the first two of the series. Oz Legends are present again but so far only the Hardtop Cobra has been recorded while the only Auto Art XC seems to be once again the Cobra but in 1:43 this time. Trax have concentrated on the Hardtop to a greater extent, they again did the Cobra first but followed it with at least six further versions, some of them in competition form as the Hardtops were a favourite with the racing fraternity. Another Cobra they did was a model of the projected Phantom that in reality didn’t go into production and this was followed by another rare subject, the GS Homologation Hardtop of which only 13 real examples were made. Finally a model of the production GS Fairmont 4.9 Hardtop was produced. A sedan Fairmont GXL was a recent issue and while it is a highly detailed resin model, it features a degree of stick-on chrome edging – none of which has peeled off yet it must be said.

Falcon XC Models

 

Oz Legends
Hardtop Cobra 140mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art
52752 China Hardtop Cobra 111mm 1:43 diecast
Trax
TR10 China 1994 Hardtop Cobra Ltd 7500 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10C China 1998 Hardtop Cobra Phantom 4500 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10F China 2004 Hardtop GS Homologation 3200 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10G China 2008 Hardtop GS Fairmont 4.9 2800 111mm 1:43 diecast
TRR 36 China 2016 Sedan Fairmont GXL 115mm 1:43 resin

Illustrations Ford Falcon XA, XB and XC

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10G, Hardtop XC GS Fairmont 4.9.

rear of TR10G

Trax 1:43 resin: TRR 36, Fairmont XC GXL

rear of TRR36

 

Hot Wheels 1:64 diecast from Malaysia: 2010, Hardtop XB GT 351 one of at least 20 versions.

 

rear of Hot Wheels

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: T006, XB Sedan GT 351.

 

rear of T006

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China : T005 XA Sedan GT.

 

rear of T005

 

Auto Art 1:43 diecast from China: 52752, XC Hardtop Cobra.

 

rear of 52752

 

Auto Art 1:43 diecast from China: 52742, XB Hardtop GT.

 

rear of 52742

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10F, XC Hardtop GS Homologation

 

rear of TR10F

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10C XC Hardtop Cobra Phantom.

 

rear of TR 10C

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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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