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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.





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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Le Mans Miniatures Q4 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by Le Mans Miniatures.

Le Mans Miniatures are a French firm famous for making accessories and slot cars in a  variety of scales. Here we look at some of their releases expected before the end of the year.

1:18 scale

A range of motor racing personalities have been produced by Le Mans Miniatures to 1:18 scale. These are detailed painted miniatures. This Autumn sees the release of Mauro Forghieiri the celebrated Ferrari designer and engineer.

1:32 Scale

The latest release of team mechanics is for Team Matra in 1974. These will liven up slot car circuits. All three mechanics are named and captured in a pit lane task.

A new slot car is the R5 Alpine Gr2 which appeared for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in 1976.  It was a heavily tuned and developed sports version of Renault 5. The racing car had the body altered to fit additional lights, wider wheels and the racing fuel fillers. Inside the car was stripped out and fitted with a roll cage and spare wheels in the back. The model shown is as raced by Guy Fréquelin and Jacques Delaval at Monte Carlo in 1978. Unlike the team on car number 19, the two drivers have a “rallye” helmet. They finished 3rd, just behind Renault 5 car number 19 of Ragnotti and Andrié, and only three minutes after the winning Porsche.

This model is also available with no race number so you can add your own.

1:43 Scale

Four new figure sets are to be released:

Set One – Racing Drivers

Jim Clark, Fangio, Pedro Rodriguez & Jo Siffert

Set Two – Team Leaders

John Wyer, Alfred Neubauer, Enzo Ferrari & Norbert Singer

Set Three – Various Figures

Robert, the photographer, Léon Swen race director and  Manfred, the mechanic

Set Four – Hawaiian Tropic Girls

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News from the Continent September/October 2017- Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs provided by, and copyright of Schuco.

Schuco models are diecast in China for Germany in various ranges to various scales.

Recent Relelases

Piccolo (1:90 Scale)

450574400 Mercedes-Benz O319 “Edelweiss Klassik 2017”

Edition 1:43 (1:43 Scale)

450389300 Volkswagen Brezel-Beetle “Wintersport” – grey

This is another strange model from Schuco. It is a split-window Beetle yet it is fitted incorrectly with small ventilator windows in the doors. The original vehicle appeared in 1952 and was also without the “rheumatism flaps” by the A-pillars. Faults on Schuco VWs are repeated again and again in spite of information being supplied to the product manager. Schuco clearly let the Chinese manufacturers do what they want.

PRO.R43 (1:43 Scale)

450893500 Magirus Deutz O6500 “German Federal Post”

PRO.R32 (1:32 Scale)


450901700 Famulus RS 14-36 tractor – green

450901800 Tracked tractor T100 M3 – grey

Edition 1:87 (1:87 Scale)


452626700 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI – silver

452627700 Porsche 356 A Speedster – red

452628300 Opel Manta A “Black Magic”

452630100 Mercedes-Benz LP608 box truck “Märklin”

452620700 Mercedes-Benz L1113 flatbed truck with tank “ARAL”

Releases expected in October 2017

EDITION PRO.R43 (1:43 Scale)


450891700 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo Cabriolet – blue

450891800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – silver

450891300 Porsche 911 Targa – Grand Prix white

450891400 Porsche 911 Targa “Rijkspolitie”

Edition PRO.R32 (1:32 Scale)


450896700 Coffee plantation tractor

Edition 1:18 (1:18 Scale)


450040200 Porsche Cayman GT4 – blue

Edition PRO.R18 (1:18 Scale)


450007300 Brütsch Mopetta scooter – red and white


450007400 Brütsch Mopetta scooter – blue and white


450010800 BMW 502 “Hearse”

Edition 1:87


452627200 Fiat 500 Rally – red

452627300 Fiat 500 Giardiniera “Sport” – white and red

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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – WIking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All  photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Wiking.

The photographs shown below show the releases planned by WIking for October 2017. Unless otherwise stated the models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

New Models

1:87 Scale


0316 03 Volkswagen T2a pickup


0229 01 Opel Cadet C Coupe “Winterfit”
0102 01 Land Rover Defender 110
0863 99 Magirus LF16 fire engine
0056 04 THW passenger vehicle trailer
0861 43 Magirus flatbed truck “Fire Brigade”
0674 48 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller dumper
0682 03 Mercedes-Benz 1620 transport concrete mixer
0438 02 Mercedes-Benz LAK flatbed tipper with vehicle-mountable tank


0503 04 Scania 111 artic. Low-loader with load

Model Upgrades

1:87 Scale
0872 02 Hanomag WD tractor
0607 01 Mercedes-Benz Binz Fire Brigade Ambulance
0228 03 Volvo Amazon two-door saloon
0220 03 Mercedes-Benz 180 ponton sedan
0122 02 DKW F89 saloon
0788 10 Volkswagen T1b micro bus
0289 03 Ford FK 1000 van
0788 07 Volkswagen T1b delivery van
0519 02 MAN Swap body truck
0679 06 MAN TGS Euro 6 / Meiller skip lorry
0006 24 WIKING Magazine 2017
1:160 Scale
0956 39 Agricultural trailer
0956 10 Magirus artic. Truck with canvas cover “German Railway Company”

1:32 Scale

This model is diecast in metal for Germany.

0778 27 Kröger HKD 302 – two-axle three-way-tipper

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News from the Continent – Busch June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by Busch.

All models are made to 1:87 scale in plastic unless otherwise stated.

June 2017 Releases

1:87 Scale


42222 Multicar with snow plough and salt spreading device

45912 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed – blue

45913 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed – green

48292 Chevrolet Pick up – Monster truck “Firestorm”

48293 Chevrolet Pick up – “Merz & Pilini Event management Showcar”

50359 Land Rover Defender “Gendarmerie”

50404 Fortschritt ZT 323 (Progress) Tractor with long timber trailer

51113 Mercedes-Benz Vito Police of Berlin

51116 Mercedes-Benz Vito German Zoll
1:32 Scale


60120 Threshing machine “Lanz” from 1911

This model is assembled from laser-cut wooden parts

EsPeWe Models to 1:87 scale


95228 IFA W50 LA TLF 16 tank-fire engine from Poland

The TLF was manufactured in 1969 in “Feuerlöschgerätewerk Luckenwalde” within the former DDR. The 4×4 fire engine saw service in the Polish town of Wolcztyn.

Busch Releases July 2017

1:87 Scale


41920 Citroen HY “´s Ochsestuebel” –Alsacian restaurant in Obenheim, France

42955 Cadillac 66 saloon – light brown

43917 Volvo 544 “Politi” – Norwegian Police

45031 Chevrolet Bel Air Cabriolet 1957 – open – pale pink

46711 Volkswagen HebmüllerCabriolet 1949 – open hood – black

46866 Mercedes-Benz W123 saloon – red with white roof

47702 Ford Model AA “Nostalgia”

48236 Chevrolet Pick-up “Black distillery”

51500 IFA G5 6×6 truck of the DDR peoples police and army

This model is a new mould from Busch which is likely to be seen in all sorts of liveries in the future.

59911 Kramer K12 Tractor with 14 hp 1 cylinder Diesel engine

59913 horse-drawn “ Field-smithy” 1857

41919 Citroen HY “Sapeurs Pompiers” – French fire brigade

42617 Ferrari 250 GTO silver – #25 – 1963 Le Mans 24 hours

44657 Dodge Ram Van – Monster truck “Stars and Stripes”

45038 Chevrolet Bel Air Cabriolet 1957 – closed – red

45038 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – closed hood – black

48237 Chevrolet Pick up “Ranch truck”

50715 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “New York Police Department”

51020 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 Military – sand coloured

51115 Mercedes-Benz Vito Ambulance – Euroyellow ambulance car of Millich Rescue Service GmbH – a district of Rostock

DreiKa Automodelle


94100 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – light blue

94101 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – red

94102 Goliath Express 1100 Kombi – grey

94120 Goliath Express Kombi “Edition Goliath Werk”




95531 IFA L60 ETK (box truck) Fortschritt (Progress) Sparts Parts Service

95229 IFA W50LA SHA chaff body

Mehlhose Modelcars


210009100 Horsedrawn vehicle – green, grey wheel rims

210009401 Long timber trailer for E-Karre – green/grey with grey wheel rims

210010112 Famulus Tractor – green/grey with red wheel rims

Originally launched as Favorit’s in 1957 they were renamed Famulus in 1958. These tractors were manufactured between 1957 and 1967 in VEB’s Nordhausen plant. They were available in multiple versions powered by two cylinder air or water cooled engines or as three cylinder diesels.

210010118 Tractor Famulus – green with red wheel rims

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Mrs JoJo from Emmy Models

By Mario Marti

Mario Marti has been a long time friend of MAR and his Emmy models have appeared in the printed magazine as well as in MAR Online. He often donated prizes of his Emmy Models when we ran prize competitions. Emmy make small runs of models of vehicles chosen by Mario and have, most recently, made several inter-war racing cars. Here he brings us news of the latest model to be produced in his 1:32 scale range. All photographs and illustrations are supplied by Mario.

I am very pleased to inform you that Emmy Models of Switzerland have just released a model of an inter-war Brooklands racer: Mrs. JoJo.

Mrs Jo Jo is an Austin Seven-based special with an illustrious history which includes winning the President’s Gold Plate racing at Brooklands in its heyday. Its 747cc four cylinder Austin 7 engine has a supercharger reputedly raising its peak power to 60bhp. It is thought to be one of the most successful Seven specials of its time and it still exists today.

The Emmy model is to 1:32 scale. The model is deliberately simple to capture the form and spirit of the prototype. We believe the shape of the model is correct and captures the essence of the car. More photographs are available if you contact us using the contact form on our website 

This model looks well with the previous 1:32 MG R and Austin Seven Ulster models from Emmy. These were made in white metal but Mrs JoJo has a body made in resin.

We sell the model for 50 GB Pounds and for a short time we will offer free postage (to European countries only) to readers and supporters of MAR Online if they make themselves known. The model can be ordered via our homepage:

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News from the Continent – Schuco March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


The new releases expected during February and March are described range by range below.

February 2017 Releases


450517600 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud “Happy Birthday 2017”


450151500 Citroen 2CV “Charleston”


450559000 Volkswagen Beetle #53 Herbie – The little rally-mechanic kit box


450955200 Mini Display II with Piccolo Ferrari 250 Le Mans #5 and AC Cobra #6


450986700 Set Schuco Espresso cup Edition VIII “Radiant” with Piccolo Barkas B1000


# 19864-19867 450559100 Porsche 911 – The little sports car mechanic kit box



450218000 BMW 507 Softtop – black with dark red soft top


450246600 Mercedes-Benz 170V saloon with wood gas generator


450369600 Volkswagen T1c Samba bus – black/white


450369700 Volkswagen T1c Camper – brown/beige



450894300 Volkswagen T1 Samba bus “Woody“ – brown/red


450899900 Mercedes-Benz AMG “Vision Grand Tourismo”



450769800 Lanz Bulldog D 9506 with wood gas generator


450898900 Lanz Bulldog with threshing machine



450030800 Porsche 356A Speedster – black


450014300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 with “Westfalia” cab


450019400 Volkswagen T2a micro-bus L- white/blue


450037000 Volkswagen T1b pick up with canvas tilt – beige

Edition 1:87


452626600 Porsche 356A Coupe


452617900 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL – open


452618000 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL – soft top


452618100 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL – open

452618200 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL – Hardtop


452618300 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – Prototype #21


452618400 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – Prototype


452618700 Mercedes-Benz SL R107 – open


Military 1:87


452623900 Boxer transport-tank with stain-camouflage – German Bundeswehr


452624000 Boxer transport-tank “ISAF” with stain-camouflage


Aviation 1:600


403551677 Airbus A350-900 Finnair


403551678 Boeing 777-300 Korean Airlines


403551679 Boeing 777-300 Cathay Pacific

March 2017 Releases



450607300 Set Piccolo Collectors catalogue 1994-2016 hard cover with Piccolo Mercedes-Benz SSKL


450986600 Set Schuco Espresso cup Edition Vii “Micro Racer” with Piccolo Volkswagen Beetle


450561500 Volkswagen Beetle “Yellow-black-racer”


450562800 Volkswagen T1 Pickup #53 – hard to believe, but it is a pickup in Herbie livery!

Edition 1:43


450211700 BMW Isetta “Landes Polizei”


450389200 Volkswagen Beetle 1600i “Summer” – lemon yellow


450274900 Mercedes-Benz O 6600 Coach “Travel-Darling”

450291700 Mercedes-Benz O 319 Coach – beige/green

Edition PRO.R32


450899200 Hanomag R 40 with roof – green

450899300 Hanomag R 40 without roof – red

Edition PRO.R18


450009200 Jaguar E-Type “Shooting Brake” – (uncredited, but it is clearly the E-Type hearse from the film Harold and Maude)

Edition 1:64


452014600 Volkswagen Beetle 1960 “PTT” – Swiss Mail


452014700 Volkswagen T3 Joker with high roof – white


452014800 Volkswagen Beetle 1960 “Fire brigade”


452014900 Mini Cooper with Sunroof – turquoise


452015000 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “German Police”


452015100 Lamborghini Huracan “concept black”

Military 1:87


452624300 Dingo armoured vehicle – stain-camouflage German Bundeswehr


452624400 Dingo I Full protection vehicle – stain camouflage “ISAF”


452624500 Yak multi-purpose wheeled vehicle “ISAF”


452624800 Fennek Armoured Scout Car – stain camouflage German Bundeswehr


452624900 Fennek Armoured Scout Car – stain camouflage “ISAF”


452625000 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 Pick up with canvas tilt German Bundeswehr


452625100 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 Ambulance German Bundeswehr


452625900 MAN 5t GL truck – stain camouflage – German Bundeswehr


452626000 MAN 7t GL truck – German Bundeswehr


452626100 MAN 10t GL truck German Bundeswehr

Aviation 1:600


403551675 Boeing 747-400 China Airlines


403551683 Airbus A350-900 Vietnam Airlines


403551684 Boeing 787-8 United Airlines

Classic Range


450004500 Mercedes-Benz 170V pick up “Schuco advertising vehicle”

Edition 1:43


450369800 Volkswagen T1c “Ferrari Automobiles Francorchamps”

Edition 1:32


450762700 Schlüter Compact 1350 tractor with power-lift and a box with a bag as load.


450775000 Fortschritt (Progress) ZT 303 “NVA” (National Peoples Army of the former DDR)

Edition PRO.R32


450896300 Volkswagen T1b Pick up with BMW Isetta Standard “Autohaus Jacobi”

Edition 1:18


450037100 Volkswagen T1b Westfalia-pick up “Porsche” Loaded with Formula V racing car

Edition 1:10


450650800 BMW R 100 RS motorcycle – blue/silver metallic

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown below should now be on sale.


450603300 Studio VI Auto Union Streamline, open wheel housing


450898700 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” I
450898800 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” II
450896600 Auwärter bus “Porsche Racing Service”


450895400 Hürlimann DH 6


450038600 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Camping bus with foldable roof in Cream/White
450018700 Volkswagen T2a Camping bus white/orange
450034600 Setra S6 Coach “Fischer”


450008100 MAN racing car transporter “Porsche”

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