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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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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

New Items

1:32 Scale

 

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

 

1:87 Scale

 

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

Model Upgrades

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

 

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

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News from the Continent April/May 2018 releases from Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

April 2018 releases

Piccolo

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

450559300 “The little Volkswagen mechanic”

Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter T1 bus in an assembling box

 

450153700 Setra S8 Coach

 

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

Edition PRO.R43

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

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

 

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

Edition PRO.R18

The premium resin range to 1:18 scale

 

450011300 Volkswagen Beetle “Motorhome” – yellow

 

Military 1:87

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

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

 

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

May 2018

Piccolo

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

 

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

Edition 1:43

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

 

450347500 Set “Goggomobil” Goggo Limousine and Goggo small transporter

Edition PRO.R43

Premium resin models in 1:43 scale

450902400 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

 

450902500 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue

Edition 1:32

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

 

450778500 Güldner G75 A tractor pulling fairground caravan with balcony

Edition 1:18

The large diecast range from Schuco

 

450028700 Volkswagen Transportet T1b Samba bus – black and white

Military 1:87

Diecast recent and  contemporary military models

 

452636500 Volkswagen T2a bus “German Bundeswehr”

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


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Wiking have announced the following releases in June 2018.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 32 John Deere 8500i forage harvester

1:87 Scale

 

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

 

0424 04 Magirus flatbed tipper truck

 

0673 07 MAN high-side tipper truck

 

0852 38 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet Teleservice box truck

 

0515 02 MAN articulated Flatbed truck

 

0634 05 Mercedes-Benz Pullman towing vehicle

 

0433 06 Mercedes-Benz flatbed with drawbar trailer

1:160 Scale

 

0932 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus

Model Upgrades

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

1:43 Scale

0431 97 MAN TGM Rosenbauer ATLF fire service

Scale 1:87

 

0392 05 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411 with stanchion trailer

 

0018 19 Accessory pack “stacking containers II”

 

0808 10 BMW Isetta

 

0229 02 Opel Cadet C-type Coupe GT/E

 

0830 16 Volkswagen “Split Window” Beetle

 

0266 39 Puch G

 

0028 02 Volkswagen “The Beetle Convertible”

 

0270 45 Borgward B611 camper van

 

0380 03 Fendt Xylon tractor with bale grab

 

0509 01 Magirus Heavy duty tractor unit

 

0851 33 Scheuerle low-loader trailer

1:160 Scale 

0906 02 Fendt Favorit tractor with trailer

Büssing Trambus – Old and New.

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

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

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

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

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

Büssing Trambus – re-issue February 2018

 

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

 

Side views of the different versions

 

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

 

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

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

 

Rear of the first Trambus with “BÜSSING”

 

Rear of the re-issue in 2018

 

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


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News from the Continent April 2018 – Wiking Releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 37 John Deere 7310R tractor

 

1:87 Scale

 

0315 02 Volkswagen T2 camper van

 

0102 02 Land Rover Defender 110

 

0311 49 Volkswagen Amarok GP Highline

 

 

0363 98 Claas Xerion 5000 tractor with twin tyres

 

0610 02 Magirus S 3500 fire engine

 

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

 

0520 03 Refrigerated articulated truck with Magirus tractor

 

1:160 Scale

0946 07 THW mini-excavator HR 18

 

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

Scale 1:87

 

0018 20 Accessory pack – Cargo II – loading goods

 

0029 03 Volkswagen New Beetle

 

0205 03 Ford Mustang Coupe

 

0882 03 John Deere 2016 tractor

 

0899 38 Fendt equipment carrier

 

0371 07 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U411

 

0678 04 Three-way tipper trailer

 

0678 48 Three-way tipper truck Mercedes-Benz Arocs

 

0749 01 Tram carriage

 

0750 01 Tramcar

 

0990 93 Set “Büssing 12000”

Scale 1:160

 

0922 09 Two passenger cars with caravan


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Another KTM X-BOW

By Hans Nordström

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

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

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

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


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News from the Continent March 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

CLASSIC

 

450178200 Micro Jet “Super Sabre F100” assembling box

Piccolo

450143300 Cadillac ´54 “Happy Birthday 2018”

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

 

Edition 1:87

 

452627800 Porsche 356 Cabriolet – blue

452631500 Volkswagen T1c Pickup with canvas cover – blue

Military 1:87

452636800 Bell UH HD helicopter “Heer(army)”

 

Edition 1:64

 

452015400 Volkswagen T1 Bus “Police”

452015500 Volkswagen T1 box van “VW Service”

452015600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – dark red

452016100 Volkswagen T1 box van “Fire brigade”

452016200 Volkswgen T1 Bus “#53 Rally”

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

 

Edition 1:43

 

450256800 Volkswagen Split Window Beetle 1953 with roof rack

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

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

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

Edition PRO.R43

 

450887800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – red

450887900 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – grey

450891900 Porsche 911 Coupe – green

Edition PRO.R43

 

450895300 Porsche Master tractor – red

450902800 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor

450902700 Hürlimann DH6 tractor – red

Edition 1:32

 

450772200 John Deere 7710 tractor

450781000 IHC 1255XL tractor – red

450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 6W – green

450780300 Hanomag Robust tractor with fairground trailer


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

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

Edition 1:43

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

450347600 Volkswagen T3a “Joker” Camper Van – medium blue

Edition PRO.R43

450901500 Opel Blitz Sattelschlepper “Porsche Renntransporter”

Edition 1:32

450780200 Hanomag Robust 900 Tractor “Christmas 2017”

Edition 1:18

450028600 Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus – green/white

450016600 McCormick 0326 Tractor – red

Edition PRO.R18

450010900 Goggomobil Coupe 250 cc – beige/dark grey

Edition 1:87

452628100 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S – silver

452627900 Porsche 911 2.7 RS – blood orange

452627000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS “concept black”

452626800 Volkswagen T1c Samba Bus “Rally”

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

452626900 Volkswagen T2a Camper Van

452628200 Porsche 918 Spyder “Martini”

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

452629900 Porsche 911 R (991) – white/red

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

Porsche 911 R (991) – white/green

452632000 Volkswagen T1c Samba bus – black/white

452631600 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS


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