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News from the Continent – Schuco and Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we look at the releases in April and May from Schuco and Solido both of whom are owned by DICKIE Spielzeug based in Germany though their models are made in diecast or resin in China.

Most models are diecast but the more expensive Pro ranges are resin cast and finished with photo etched components.

April 2019

Piccolo Models
450527600 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 “German Federal Post”

EDITION PRO.R32
450904300 Tractor Hürlimann D200 S – red

450904400 Tractor Hürlimann D 2005 with cabin – Green

EDITION 1:32
450764800 John Deere 4850 tractor – green

450772300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1600 – black

450768800 Deutz DX 250 tractor – green

450762800 Schlüter Super Trac 2500 VL – tractor

450782500 Fortschritt ZT 323 tractor – blue

EDITION 1:87
452640200 Volkswagen Beetle – blue/white

452640300 Volkswagen Beetle “German Federal Post” – yellow/black

452639500 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – blue

452639900 Porsche 911 2,7 RS – white

452643700 Airbus H145M “KSK” helicopter – grey

MILITARY 1:87
452643100 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 saloon “German Federal Army”

AVIATION 1:600
403551695 Lufthnsa “5 Starhansa” B-747-8

April Release 2

Piccolo
450561700 Volkswagen Beetle “Journey-time”

450550500 Porsche 911 “Skiing holidays”

EDITION 1:43
450260400 BMW Isetta motorcoupe with trailer and luggage “Auto-Porter”

450758900 Porsche Cayman GT4 – black

450258400 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet “Journey-time” – meissen blue

450258800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hardtop – champagne

EDITION 1:32
450888900 Lanz Bulldog with threshing machine

EDITION 1:10

450655600 BMW R25/3 motorcycle with single seat – black

EDITION 1:64
452017100 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus – red/beige

452017200 Volkswagen Transporter T3 bus – blue/white

452017300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “Fire brigade”

452017600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “German Police”

452017800 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – red

452017900 Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe – slate-grey

452018100 Land Rover Defender – green/white

452018200 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” motorhome – brown

EDITION 1:87
452634900 Kirovets K700 tractor – yellow

452634800 Deutz F4L514 tractor – green

MILITARY 1:87
452643200 Bell UH 1D rescue helicopter “SAR”

SOLIDO 1:18
421184800 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – red

421184810 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – black

421185040 Citroen HY van 1969

421184870 Volkswagen Beetle Sport saloon – yellow

421184880 Meyers Manx Buggy – blue

421184890 Meyers Manx Buggy 1970

Schuco May 2019

EDITION 1:43
450354900 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS coupe – black

450291800 Mercedes-Benz L319 Advertising vehicle “NSU Max” with Piccolo NSU-Max miniature

450313200 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 – light green

EDITION PRO.R43
450906900 Belarus MTS.50 tractor – red

EDITION 1:32
450777300 Deutz-Fahr 9340 TTV “Warrior” tractor

450770300 Lanz Bulldog with added track “Christmas Issue 2018”

EDITION 1:18
450042600 Lykan Hypersport – blue

450042700 Lykan Hypersport – grey

450042800 Lykan Hypersport – white

450042900 Lykan Hypersport – black

The company W Motors was founded 2012 in the Libanon, but moved in 2013 to Dubai and is so the first Arabian sportscar manufacturer. Their first project, the Lykan HyperSport became one of the most expensive cars in the World. Only seven cars have been manufactured so far. Fitted with a Twinturbo boxer engine from Porsche with 3.7 litres which generates 751 hp. Top speed should be about 385 km/h.


EDITION PRO.R18
450015900 Kleinschnittger F-a25 roadster with 2 passengers

EDITION 1:87
452644200 Porsche 356 cabriolet – grey

452634700 Hürlimann D70 tractor

452641100 Volkswagen Transporter T1c delivery van “German Federal Post” yellow/black
MILITARY 1:87
452642500 Mercedes-Benz O302 bus “German Federal Army”

452642200 Leopard 2A1 battle tank “German Federal Army”

452642300 Serval ISAF “KSK” with spot camouflage

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News from the Continent June 2019 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article we look at the new releases and upgrades planned for June by Wiking. Thee are all moulded in plastic in Europe to various scales unless stated otherwise.

Later in the article we look at some of the new releases in April compared to models of the same vehicle made by Wiking in previous years.

New Items for June 2019

Scale 1:32

0778 46 John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

An impressive model with working suspension and tools to remove outer set of rear wheels.


Scale 1:87

0094 01 Trailer mounted rowing boat

0071 48 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan (Estate) 1960

Liveried for West German “Telecommunications service”


0227 07 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate S213 AMG

0227 10 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 “German Police”

0669 02 Neuson 15 track dumper

0788 12 Volkswagen T1 bus “Fire brigade”

0488 03 Artic. Flatbed truck with MAN tractor “Iron & steel trading”

067049 Henschel HS3-180 six axle dumper

0652 10 Volvo L350H wheel loader

Model Upgrades for June 2019

Scale 1:160

0921 39 Two boat trailers

0955 38 Joskin feed transport trailer

Scale 1:87

0810 10 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 – Postal service

0822 03 Citroen 15 Six “Rallye”

0788 13 Volkswagen Transporter T1 delivery van “Gasolin fuel”

0018 22 Accessory pack “Construction materials II”

0653 05 Kramer wheel loader

0530 02 Articulated Cement transporter with Mercedes-Benz L 3500 tractor

1140 01 Corrugated sheet metal garage

0527 05 Hanomag Henschel articulated Flat bed truck with canvas cover

0500 48 Mercedes-Benz Furniture box with drawbar trailer

Wikings: Old and New

All photographs in the section below taken by Hans-Georg Schmitt

In the releases made by Wiking in April 2019 there were some interesting models. These were of vehicles which had appeared in the Wiking range in the past but which were now re-tooled or had modified mouldings.

As I have some of the previous generations of these models in my collection it was interesting to make a comparison between the current release and its predecessors. In some cases they have an interesting history to share. All the models shown in this section are to 1:87 scale.


0797 23 Volkswagen T1b “Samba Bus” 1963 Dr. Oetker promotional vehicle

The miniature is finely detailed and decorated. It shows the changes to the T1 model over the years in production. In comparison with the older miniatures the new model is clearly more accurate and better detailed. Note that the earlier Samba produced between 1955 and 1960 is fitted with windows in the rear left and right pillars and is not fitted with indicator lights.

The bus model in production between 1950 and 1955 has no window openings and the body is shape is influenced more by period advertising drawings then real vehicles . It has no air intake above the windscreen, which was introduced with the first big facelift to the T1 in 1955.


0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 “Globetrotter motorhome”

It is not just models that get second lives, real vehicles do too. The Unimog S 404 was used by the German Bundeswehr as light trucks, ambulances or radio vans and these were sold off as Army surplus. They were often bought by local fire brigades and fitted for use as as 4×4 fire appliances. After this second life, many were converted into motorhomes used on expeditions to parts of the world where roads are poor or non-existent.

The Wiking model is now coloured in “civil” beige and fitted with huge luggage rack on the roof. The side panels at the rear are printed with a map of the world where the new owners could show their route.


0224 47 Renault R4 “French Fire Chief´s Darling”

0225 03 Renault R4 Fourgonette (delivery van) “Renault Service”

The Renault R4 was a popular vehicle with Fire Brigades in France, and also in other European Countries too. It was cheap to buy and run, with lots of space for equipment, and with easy storage access via the tailgate. It was used for general transport work as well to attend smaller incidents.

Renault dealers and repair shops naturally used the little van which had panelled sides ideal for advertising Renault Service.

Wiking has released the fire chiefs car in a later version fitted with an ABS-plastic radiator grille. In contrast the Service Van has been issued with the original front end fitted with an aluminium radiator grille in a ‘fish mouth’ shape.


0262 06 Citroen HY small fire engine

The role of the Volkswagen Transporter van in Germany was undertaken by the Citroën H in France. And both were often used as small fire engines. The HY van with its body made from corrugated sheet metal was into production from 1947 to 1981 and was very common in France and in the Benelux countries.


The French Fire Service vehicles shown above match the newly issued German one based on a Mercedes Benz Cab and chassis previously issued as a ladder truck

0623 03 Fire brigade – heavy rescue vehicle – Mercedes-Benz L 5000

It is a number of years since the heavy rescue vehicle with Mercedes-Benz “short bonnet” driver cabin featured in the Wiking program. The original was in production from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Now Wiking has revisited the past and released a rescue vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz L 5000 cab and chassis which was manufactured up until the early 1950s, preceding the short bonnet unit it is shown with. Its a real old timer and is interesting for collectors of fire fighting vehicles as well as for the model railway modeller.

Both versions were developed by Metz of Karlsruhe, today member of the Rosenbauer group.


0290 02 Volkswagen T1b pick up “IKEA furniture house”

The Swedish furniture seller Ikea supplied their products to their customers during their early years of business in Germany using pick ups like the one shown from 1960 . Today their customers have to transport their purchases themselves or rent a transporter from IKEA itself. Nowadays the vehicles used are closed vans, so that the goods will not become wet, if it starts to rain.

The Volkswagen Pick up has a long history in the Wiking model range. It started with the Transporter T1a without an air intake above the windscreen and with only suggested windows, Later it came more detailed with the air intake peak added and was fitted with glazed windows. Initially made without indicator lights it was modified later to have them. The photograph above shows the evolution clearly.


Period picture copyright ownership not identified but acknowledged
0488 02 Articulated Flatbed truck Henschel HS 165T “Haulier Schulze”, Berlin

This model recalls Wiking‘s years as a firm based in West Berlin, years when they operated in the small Western enclave surrounded by the DDR. These dark green painted heavy trucks could be seen on the Autobahn between West-Germany and West-Berlin day and night. The trucks carried the special name “Friedrich Schulze – Berlin-Mariendorf”. The vehicle this miniature is based upon, the Henschel HS165T, was manufactured in Kassel, Hessia from 1958 to 1961. Altogether 795 trucks and tractors were built.

The dark green model with its red chassis is a reminder of the time when Berlin was separated from the rest of West Germany and was not the capital of a united Germany as it is now.


0990 95 The years of the economic miracle – On German Fields
0510 01 Articulated Flatbed truck with Magirus S 3500 tractor

In the post-war era currency reform and the US Marshal Plan put in place the conditions which underpinned what is now called “the German economic miracle” or Wirtschaftswunder. This was experienced in Western Germany where the population found that the 1950s were years of increasing prosperity and increasing purchasing power.

Agricultural demand and the available capital for investment to meet the needs of the growing population meant that farmers replaced their teams of oxen, or heavy horses, with tractors. The demand for tractors was so strong that the market was open to new suppliers. Porsche was one of them with plant at Friedrichshafen founded in 1956.

Over the next few years around 120.000 of the red tractors with their characteristic round bonnet left the assembly line. The new tractors were loaded by crane onto railroad cars or onto their own trucks for transport. The Magirus S 3500 truck modelled here was manufactured in Ulm from 1952 to 1955.

For customer-service, Porsche used Volkswagen vans. All Porsche Friedrichshafen‘s vehicles were painted in a light blue-grey colour. Later as demand fell and competition for sales increased Porsche ended the production of tractors and sold their agricultural business off to Renault in 1963.


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Recent Announcements May 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix News

Matrix has announced a new model which has only been announced as it has become available to buy. This is in 1:43 scale resin made in China for the Netherlands.

MX41302-211 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Miesen Deutches Rotes Kreuz 2018

Maxichamps

Another revived mould diecast in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. Black is a good colour for this classic Mercedes-Benz and although derived from an old master this is still an excellent model of a popular car.

940034005 Mercedes-Benz 200 1968

Minichamps

Minichamps releases in 1:43 continue to arrive on sale. The models shown are all made in China for Germany. The releases continue to mix Grand Prix cars, racing cars, and cars. It is interesting to note that the revived 1:87 scale line appears to have stopped introducing models at the moment.

PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S DIESEL SPORT TURISMO – 2017 – ACHATGRAU-METALLIC
PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S DIESEL SPORT TURISMO – 2017 – BURGUNDER-ROT-METALLIC
PORSCHE 917/10 – VASEK POLAK RACING – JODY SCHECKTER – CAN-AM MOSPORT 1973
BRABUS 850 MERCEDES-AMG S 63 S-CLASS CABRIOLET – 2016 – GOLD

Not to be left out of the firms rushing to produce bigger and bigger models Minichamps are also issuing a significant number of models in large scales and a recent announcement was this diecast 1:12 scale Porsche, another must have for the Porsche collector?

PORSCHE 911 TURBO – 1977 – OLIVE

A TSM Land Rover

TSM produce many models for car companies to be badged as dealer promotional models. These may in time also turn up produced as TSM boxed products. Here we have a model of Winston Churchill‘s famous Land Rover moulded in resin in China for Europe. The model is to 1:43 scale. This model is due in August and is priced in the UK at around the same price as a Matrix model.


Northcord Model Company

The new Northcord operation seems to be recovering after the companies failure a couple of years ago. The new Enviro400 MMC model seems to be selling well and is now into a second release of the 10.5 metre single door casting of this modern double-decker. Here it is liveried in the Bournemouth Transport Yellow Buses livery as fleet number 200 (SN17 MTO) which joined their fleet in 2017.


Le Mans Miniatures

Although primarily known for their 1:32 scale slot car range of accurate historic racing cars they also make figures suitable to show with static models in several scales. Here we look at new models in 1:32 and 1:43 scales.

1:43 scale racing managers

Here we see models of Enzo Ferrari (Scudero Ferrari), Alfred Neubauer (Mercedes-Benz), John Wyer (Porsche) Norbert Singer
(Porsche).  

1:32 scale Gendarme

Here we have a model to the larger 1:32 scale which represents a patrolman on traffic duties in the uniform which was used between 1947 and 1965.

Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.

Schuco

February 1/2019

EDITION Pro.R43
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

EDITION 1:87
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car

AVIATION 1:600
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box

450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”

A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.


450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”

EDITION 1:43
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige

This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

EDITION PRO.R32
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed

450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

EDITION 1:87
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

EDITION PRO.R43
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

452016900 Volkswagen Beetle “Lady-Bird”
452018000 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI

EDITION 1:87
452633000 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) – red

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

452637600 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster – red
452638400 Airbus Helicopter H145 “DRF”

Wiking Models March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is the latest news on the releases from Wiking in various scales. All these models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

Toy Fair “Silver News”

1:32 Scale

JCB Fasttrac 8000

John Deere 4-track 9RX – first articulated caterpillar

John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

Manitou MLT 635 telehandler

Krampe hook lift THL 30 L

1:87 Scale

Here are pre-release prototypes in plain silver plastic as shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.


DKW 3=6 transporters 1955-1962

Büssing 4500

This model has been made using new moulds.


Mercedes-Benz LP 333 “Millipede” [Tausendfuessler]

Mercedes-Benz long distance Pullman cab

Bonneted tractor units with flat bed for heavy loads

Older tractor units get new trailers.

IHC 1455 XL tractor

New hose reel accessories for Rosenbauer AT

Volvo L350H wheel loader

New Items April 2019

1:87 Scale

0652 03 Volvo L 350F wheel loader

0368 03 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

0797 23 Volkswagen Transporter T1 Samba bus

0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 globetrotter motor home

0224 47 Renault R4 fire brigade

0262 06 Citroen HY box van fire brigade
0623 03 Mercedes-Benz L 5000 fire brigade emergency vehicle

0430 20 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 makeshift wine tanker

0488 02 Henschel HS 165 T articulated flatbed truck ‘Haulier Schulze’, of Berlin.

0459 01 Mercedes-Benz 1638 drawbar for hauliers ‘Brothers Mönkemöller’

Model Upgrades April 2019

1:160 Scale


0982 42 Büssing 8000 articulated tanker ‘FINA’

1:87 Scale


0817 06 Jaguar E-Type roadster – yellow

0225 03 Renault R4 box van ‘Renault Service’

0290 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 pick up ‘IKEA’

0092 38 T&B Caravan

0510 01 Magirus S3500 articulated flatbed truck

0388 16 Joskin tipper trailer

0631 02 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet breakdown truck

0460 01 Scania 111 flat bed drawbar

0990 95 Set “Porsche Tractor”

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.


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


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


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.


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