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Pego Lancia Beta

By Maz Woolley

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

The Lancia Beta was a luxury car produced by Lancia shortly after they had been taken over by Fiat using much technology from Fiat stock rooms to bring the model to the market quickly. It was produced from 1972 to 1984. It was made in several styles but this article looks at a model of the fastback saloon which was sold as the Berline.

The car was well received by the motoring press for its quality fittings, comfort, space handling, and performance. Sadly, the first series of cars was exceptionally quick to rust so they depreciated badly and were the main factor in the decline of the Lancia brand in the UK. It is said that the cars used Soviet steel sent to Fiat in exchange for royalties to build the Lada, but as far as I know this has not been proven. Poor preparation and rust protection may also have played their part as this was the era of frequent strikes and poor build quality for many makers. Indeed so bad was the rust on relatively new cars that the UK Distributors were said to have bought back and crushed a significant number of the cars in an attempt to maintain brand loyalty.

The model is by Pego a brand that I had never heard of before and which does not seem to have a wide distribution outside Italy. The firms addresses are in Italy but I cannot find any web presence at all. They seem to have made only a few models, all of Italian cars, and all appear in multiple colours and some in rally, or rally assistance liveries too:

  • Alfa Romeo 90
  • Alfa Romeo 146
  • Alfa Romeo 33
  • Lancia Beta Berlina

Here we look at the Lancia Beta Berlina which is available in several colours and in rally assistance liveries. The model that we are looking at is in red. And as far as I can determine is the only version of the first generation Beta Berlina currently available in this scale. It is modelled to 1:43 scale and made in China with a diecast body and plastic base.

The model box and its fittings as well as the standard of the model suggests that it may have been made by Universal Hobbies for Pego. Perhaps in that case it has already appeared in a part work or may do so in the future. Though, unusually, the model has Pego moulded into the base rather than printed, and also printed on its plinth. This may mean that Pego has exclusive use of the moulding – we will see.

The Beta was an attractive car for a family saloon and the transverse front mounted engine made for a spacious interior and a large boot space. The model catches the overall shape of the body very well, though I think that the side windows are a little shallow. However this is difficult to determine as the car has the body printed silver window surrounds often also seen on Oxford Diecast models. Whilst this detracts less from the model in 1:43 scale it is still a shame as flush fitting widows would have been a much better solution.

The wheels are neat mouldings of the alloys fitted to the original car though they could have done with a darkened centre from the pictures of 1972 cars on the web.

The front grille is an excellent unit with separate light lenses inserted and though my photographs do not shown it clearly the Lancia Badge in the centre of the grille is nicely done. The front indicators in the bumper have not been mounted straight which is easily remedied with a careful push back into place. The windscreen wipers are plastic plated items produced quite finely and seem rather more realistic than some etched ones are.

At the rear we have nice separate lights, albeit that the fixing lug shows through too obviously. Curiously the rear number plate was not fitted to the car but attached by clear tape under the base. It would have been nice to have period authentic number plates printed front and rear but they are absent from this model. The Lancia badging which shows that this is a Beta 1800 LX is neatly printed on the boot lid.

Inside the model is a moulded tub in black with no details picked out. The dashboard and central console have been moulded in some detail and the door cards have the door furniture modelled in. A steering wheel is fitted with some moulding to it to match the real car. It is all is very difficult to see as the glazing unit is pretty thick.

Although model has some shortcomings it is a welcome addition to my collection. The original car sadly never lived up to its promise but hopefully my model will not rust as quickly!

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Greenlight Lincoln Continental 1965

By Maz Woolley

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This article looks at another 1:43 scale LIncoln from Greenlight. Here we have the 1965 Lincoln Continental in standard wheelbase form. The model has been produced by Greenlight in two colours Madison Grey Metallic, as featured in this article, and Wimbledon White.

The model represents the fourth generation of Lincoln Continental and its styling was a radical change from the third generation with its fussy styling and attempt to provide every body style you could ever want, though several sold in very low numbers indeed. The third generation was significantly cheaper than its predecessor but that contributed to Mercury making a substantial loss from 1958 to 1960. The fourth generation was subtle in form and detail and returned US premium car brands to styling based upon a restrained dignity. It was only available in saloon and convertible forms, though specialist coach builders did provide lengthened versions. By focusing on quality and driving down faults the car quickly gained a reputation for being well made as well as good looking.

During the model life, it ran from 1961 to 1969, there were constant changes to details and the 1964/65 cars are recognisable by having a revised front grille which is flat apart from a small bulging centre section and the secondary lights which are relocated from the bumper to the edges of the front wings.

Now to the model. The Greenlight appears to be accurately detailed for a 1965 car and the body shape seems to be excellent. I wonder whether the model is made for them by Universal Hobbies as it shares many details in common with the James Bond Collection Lincoln from Goldfinger, though that was based on the previous version of the car with a different grille and was modelled with the boot open. The roof section appears to be made out of plastic so a convertible should also be possible from the same casting.

The model has been beautifully painted with the metal and plastic parts matched in colour. The chrome features on the real car are all well replicated too with excellent bumpers, grilles and the like.

The lights are all separate plastic parts with neat chrome surrounds and even the headlights look convincing, without the visible peg that mars some budget models. Front, back and side windows are all flush fitting inserts with chrome printed on where needed. The door handles are printed over raised mouldings but they actually look finer than separate ones would have done.

The wipers are moulded and plated in silver, not etched, but that gives them three dimensions and they are quite finely moulded which makes them very acceptable. The printed badging is excellent as is the Continental emblem on the bonnet.

Inside is finished in tan leather effect seats and door cards with a darker brown rear parcel shelf. The dashboard is excellent with the black padded top moulded and the chrome strip with printed instruments in place beneath it. It also has a neat deep dished steering wheel.

Finally the wheels seem to match some 1965 cars on the Internet well. The thinner whitewalls used are appropriate as these shrank in width throughout the 1960s. The wheel centres and trim match several 1965 cars on the web.

If I have a criticism it is of the generic ’65 LNCN’ plates the car carries. Some real period US plates would have been nice. But that is a minor flaw on a good model.

All in all an excellent budget model of a very attractive car. I hope that these sell so well that Greenlight are encouraged to make more models of American classics in 1:43 scale.

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Atlas Dinky Collection – Estafette Camping

By Maz Woolley

Here we have another model from the Atlas France‘s Dinky ‘WIth Opening Parts’ collection. This did not appear in the UK Atlas Dinky Deluxe collection unlike many others from the French Collection.

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

This is French Dinky #565 Estafette Renault “Camping”. The model was launched by French Dinky in 1965 and is marked 1/43 scale on its base. It stayed in production until 1971. It only ever appeared in blue with a cream roof and it was one of many variants of the Estafette French DInky made. It was sold in a delightfully illustrated box, shown above, with two Estafette campers in a pleasant rural location next to a lake which Atlas has replicated well.

The Estafette was in many ways a forerunner of the vans of today with a front wheel drive configuration and a flat load area. It was launched in 1959 powered by the 850cc Dauphine engine re-engineered with a new gearbox for mounting at the front and it was an immensely popular and long lived van in France finally giving way to the Renault Trafic in 1980.

Here Dinky has modelled it as a camper van with the three way opening rear doors modelled as well as the sliding side door. Inside they have included a nice set of camping fittings including a gaily covered bench seat.

All in all a very nice toy which somehow manages to capture the real vehicle well and shows what would have been on continental camp sites apart from the ubiquitous Volkswagen Transporter based vans.

A shame that Atlas did not include this in the UK series as it is an excellent model. This model is sometimes seen at a reasonable price on eBay being sold by Chinese vendors.

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1:43 Scale Teslas

By John Quilter

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Just to keep the ever growing collection current, here are three of the Tesla models in 1:43 scale. The roadster and the Model S are by Schuco and Model 3 is a Bburago per the mounting plinth. It looks like a promotional model done for Tesla given the box graphics. Online sources report that it is an exclusive gift given to those who pre-ordered the Model 3. 

The latest Tesla, the Model 3, is done in an almost over the top candy apple red. A quick search does not turn up a Model X in 1:43… yet.

The Bburago model comes in a perspex box on a black mounting plinth. This is covered by a color picture sleeve which only says Tesla. The bottom of the black plinth says Bburago. The only markings on the very un-detailed model base plate is the Tesla logo, Model 3, Made in China, and a number 11746. No indication it is from Bburago.

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De Agostini Dinky UK – Ford Vedette

By Maz Woolley

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De Agostini French Dinky Toys #24 X

Ford Vedette 54

Although we are not following the DeAgostini Dinky collection in detail as we recorded the very similar collection from Atlas there have been a couple of models released by DeAgostini in the UK that were not part of the UK Atlas Dinky Collection and these are worth looking out for. All originally appeared in the Atlas French Dinky Collection series but were not issued in the UK series.

The Ford Vedette was a large family saloon car made by Ford SAF in Poissy in France from 1948 to 1954 when the French operations of Ford were bought up by Simca. It was powered by a side valve Ford V8 of 2.2 Litres derived from the unit used in pre-war Matford cars. The car was designed in Detroit and resembled early post-war Mercury models, a style that quickly dated when the three box style pioneered by Ford from about 1950 took hold.

After SImca took over the company a new version of the Vedette was launched which had been developed under Ford’s ownership and which gave the car an up to date American style similar to that used for the Taunus in Germany and Mark II Fords in the UK. Thsi was mostly sold as a Simca Vedette, but was badge as a Ford fro a few years in some overseas markets like Sweden, Netherlands, and Germany.

DeAgostini have replicated this model in blue as is shown on one side of the box. This model replaced the earlier Dinky Vedette 24 Q with the rear end well updated to the 1954 model but other parts of the model still showing 1953 features.

The 1954 update was issued in the blue shown and in grey and they were sold from 1954, the last year that the real vehicle was produced, until 1956. From 1956 to 1959 the casting was re-issued as a taxi.

The DeAgostini replica is made for them by Norev in China and the finish of the paint is so good that no original Dinky ever shone like that, and the silver work was never so neatly applied on the original either. However the model does capture the original car and model well.

The nice white tyres as fitted by Dinky France at the time of the original being made look model look very jaunty.

Although it has not been highlighted in silver the Ford V8 badge on the bonnet has been moulded neatly into the mould.

The original model captured the Vedette well and the replica does not disappoint. It is unglazed as the originals would have been and is a nice contrast to the contemporary UK Dinky models like the Standard Vanguard or Triumph Renown. Like the UK models this model has no scale marked on its base though it looks to be around 1:43 scale.

Greenlight Elvis Collection – 1971 De Tomaso Pantera

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight has a strong presence in the world of TV and Film tie-in products. These allow them to reach a wider collector base and lead to many sales to people who would not otherwise collect model cars. This has been a strong contributor to their success in recent years. The Hollywood series of models are made in several scales in their product range: 1:18, 1:24,  1:43. and 1:64.

Their Elvis licensed products have been popular and there are several currently available. In 1:18 scale there is an MGA 1600 roadster as featured in the film Blue Hawaii. In 1:43 there are two models currently available both from 1971: a Stutz Blackhawk; and a De Tomaso Pantera. This article looks at the De Tomaso Pantera. 

Elvis is said to have spent 2,400 US Dollars to buy this car as a gift to his then girlfriend Linda Thompson. Many stories are told about him shooting the car on several occasions which may or may not be entirely true, but which helped the rebel image he was struggling to retain in the early 1970s. The real car is now in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The 1971 Pantera was powered by a Ford V8 in an Italian body and was built in Italy and sold for a while by Lincoln Mercury dealers in the US. Sadly the car was not well built and was not reliable despite its strong Ford Mechanical parts.

Photographs of the car being driven by Elvis and at the museum show that the Greenlight has been finished to match the original well. I suspect that the casting is one produced by PCT Industries (Ixo parent company) as it has been produced in Bangladesh where Ixo has a factory. There is also a part work model of the De Tomaso in red which looks very similar and is also probably made by Ixo.

Items like the heavy plastic wipers, printed door handles, crooked indicator lenses, and hugely over bright chrome exhaust system all mark it out as a budget model. However, the yellow paint is well applied, and even the areas where it is thin seem to be the appropriate ones like air intakes. Inside the dashboard is printed as is the central console.

All in all a decent budget model of a vehicle with an interesting history which I am sure will be popular well beyond the normal market place for model car collectors.

Hachette Italy World Buses Part 26

By Fabrizio Panico

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Parts 76 – 78

Here three more buses from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French series “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo. Two French “police” buses, Interesting to some, but a disappointing choice for Italian collectors, and a bus with a long lifespan from the Netherlands.

No. 76 (no. 99 in the French collection) Lohr L96 Laboratoire IRCGN 1996 Lohr Industrie is a French group, based in Duppigheim (Strasbourg) specialising in the design, manufacture and marketing of goods transport systems, both on iron and rubber, and in military supplies. In 1993 the acquisition of Colmar’s famous coachbuilder Gangloff gave access to the bus market. In the mid-nineties the French Gendarmerie decided to renew part of its fleet of vehicles : the choice fell on the L96, a model of which Lohr manufactured body and fittings, whilst the German MAN supplied the chassis, the wheels and all the mechanical parts. It had a frame of metal beams with welded elements, and a body made of steel, aluminium and polyester. It was powered by a six cylinder inline diesel engine made by MAN with 220 hp, and was fitted with a Voit automatic gearbox and pneumatic suspension. The vehicle was designed to transport 25 men and their equipment, but its career was rather short. It proved to be unsuited to its intended use as it was too large to move nimbly in urban spaces, so the Gendarmerie preferred to go back to small mobile units, like the Irisbus Daily.

One of the few remaining L96 units was transformed in the “Lab’Unic”, allocated to the IRCGN (Institut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie Nationale) : a mobile analysis laboratory, which could be driven directly to the site of an accident or crime. Inside the bus there was a control centre for radio and satellite transmissions, a scientific laboratory with microscopes and spectrometers and a photographic laboratory. The “Lab’Unic” carried enough power sources to power all the equipment on site without the need for a power hook up. It is perhaps interesting to note that the Gendarmerie Nationale is one of two national police forces of France, along with the Police Nationale. While the Gendarmerie is a branch of the French Armed Forces with responsibility in smaller towns, rural and suburban areas, the Police Nationale is a civilian force, in charge of large towns, cities and their suburbs.

The scale model faithfully reproduces this one-off vehicle, very likely based on one preserved by the French Gendarmerie. It has a plastic body and metal baseplate, with only limited details on the baseplate. It also has the usual array of small plastic parts, like rear-mirrors (a nice triple set in this case), lights and so on. It wears a blue livery with white roof, with all the emblems of the Gendarmerie and of the IRCGN. A well modelled driver’s area, but a poor interior with no attempt made to reproduce the scientific apparatus. The long white box on the right side of the vehicle is probably to house an awning to be deployed when needed.

The registration plate is correct and is specific to the French Armed Forces: It starts with a number to identify the army unit (2 for Gendarmerie, 6 for the Army, 7 for the Air Force, 8 for the Navy and 9 for the General Services) this is followed by two digits to identify the year of car registration (97 for 1997) then follows a number to identify the type of vehicle (1 for cars and coaches, 3 for lorries, etc.) and finally four numbers from 0001 to 9999. The registration plates also bear the symbol of the army unit the vehicle belonged to, for instance a black anchor on a French flag for the Navy, or the eight-pointed deer horns, like our model, for the Gendarmerie.

There are no apparent differences to the French edition. More a curiosity, than a bus to remember.

No. 77 (no. 100 in the French collection) Irisbus Agora TPI Police Nationale 2002 Irisbus was founded in 1999 by the merger of the bus division of Renault with the Iveco bus division (and the later acquisition of Ikarus-bus), it was jointly controlled by Iveco and Renault Véhicules Industriels (RVI) until 2001, when it came under the full control of Iveco (Fiat Group). In 2006, the Ikarus-bus was ceded to the Hungarian Muszertechnika, while Irisbus got the entire property of the French Heuliez and the Czech Karosa. Since 2013, Irisbus was renamed Iveco Bus, a business division of Iveco, owned by CNH Industrial Group. All new buses from then on were sold under the Iveco brand.

In 1987 RVI presented the R312, the successor to the robust but dated SC10 (see part thirteen, no. 39). The squared shape offered a superior level of comfort and brightness, even though it still lacked a low floor. The R312 announced the arrival in 1996 of the Agora, the first French bus with a lowered floor. Starting from 2002 the production of the Agora range was entrusted to Irisbus : the lozenge, the Renault trademark sign, was replaced by the dolphin, logo of Irisbus, and the Renault engine by an Iveco Cursor 8. The Agora was a very reliable model, and a technical and commercial success : over 11,000 units made up to 2005, when it was replaced by the Citelis.

The scale model reproduces a special version of the Agora S, a TPI (Transport de Personnes Interpellées), a vehicle used by police forces for the transportation of “prisoners” who were carried inside a specially adapted set of cells inside the vehicle itself (a sort of “Black Maria”). The conversion of the vehicle was performed by Vehixel Carrossier Constructeur, a French manufacturer of buses, armoured vans and military vehicles. In the French collection the model is classed as a 1987 bus, but the presence of the Irisbus logo seems to disprove it. It has a plastic body and metal baseplate as usual, and the white livery sports the red and blue side bands which are characteristic of the Police Nationale. Near the front doors the DOSTL logo is featured (Direction Opérationnelle des Services Techniques et Logistiques), a branch of the Paris Police Prefecture.

This is probably based on a preserved vehicle. It has nice wheels and windows, but again a poor interior. The many printed emblems like Vehixel, Agora and the Irisbus “dolphin” have been very well reproduced. There is a correct registration plate. Here it shows the département code (75 for Paris), a letter to indicate in which area the vehicle was authorised to operate (D for the départment, R for the region, N for the national territory, E for the European Union), a dash, then four numbers from 1001 to 9999, and a final letter.

There are again no apparent differences to the French edition. Another curiosity.

No. 78 (no. 101 in the French collection) Bova Futura FHD 1987 – The Bova company can trace its origins to a timber business founded in 1878 by Jacob Bots in Valkenswaard, near Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. In 1910, when the first car bodies were made, its name was changed to Bova, from BOts and VAlkenswaard. In 1931 the company began building bus bodywork on a variety of chassis and in 1954 started making whole coaches, with engines by Mercedes-Benz, Scania or DAF.

Its first self-supporting integral coach, the Benelux, was introduced in 1969, to be replaced by the Europa and then by the Futura in 1982. The Futura featured a very distinctive convex aerodynamic front which inspired the model’s name, in contrast to the angular lines of the Europa, the prominent “bulge” below the windscreen remaining a distinctive feature through successive facelifts until the introduction of the Futura 2 model in 2010. The streamlined Futura was an almost unexpected success, and the use of DAF engines promoted in 1989 a joint venture between Bova and DAF (United Bus), which was unfortunately short-lived. The strong competition in the market pushed Bova in 2003 to merge into the VDL Groep, an international industrial and manufacturing company established in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte, hence the name VDL, a group which already owned the coachbuilder Jonckheere and the DAF Bus International operations. The vehicles were branded VDL Bova until 2010, then simply VDL. Like many other manufacturers Bova used a type code naming, eg FHD means a Futura bus (F), with high floor (H, while L was for the low one) and DAF engine (D, while M was for Mercedes-Benz), usually followed by some numbers indicating the bus length and the engine power. Total Futura production was more than 11,000 units and over the years it was subject to several facelifts, with the style of headlights providing the most immediately recognisable visual difference.

A plastic body and metal baseplate form the basis of this model sporting the white and blue livery of the Bakker Travel B.V., a North Holland company providing passenger transport for more than 35 years. With a fleet of about 40 buses and coaches it is headquartered in Wormerveer, a town part of the Zaanstad municipality, about 13 km northwest of Amsterdam. A well detailed baseplate is fitted, and it has the usual small added parts. Yet again the interior is poor with seats lacking any space for the passengers legs. Although the rear-mirror supports, the wipers and the lights are all good the rear indicators seem a bit fragile.

Yet again no apparent differences to the French edition. Another wise choice by Hachette.

Essence of the Car – New Releases May 2019

By David Roots

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

Editor’s Note: David’s ‘The ‘Essence of the Car’ range are sculptural studies of important vehicles from which a mould is created and resin models produced to 1:43 scale. They are intended to capture the shape, and spirit, of the vehicle rather being a detailed model.

Ginetta G4

The Ginetta G4 was made by Ginetta Cars, a specialist builder of racing and sports cars based in Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The G4 used the new Ford 105E engine and had a glass fibre GT-style body along with suspension updated to coil springing at the front with a Ford live axle at the rear. Whereas the G2 and G3 had been designed for racing, the G4 was usable as an everyday car but was still very competitive in motor sport with numerous successes. In 1963, a coupé variant was introduced alongside the open top variant and a BMC axle replaced the Ford unit at the rear. In road tests, the car attained a top speed of 120 mph with a 1,500 cc engine. The series III version of 1966 added pop-up headlights. Production stopped in 1968 but was revived in 1981 with the Series IV which was two inches wider and three inches longer than the III. Over 500 units were made up to 1969 with a variety of Ford engines.

As every model is made to order, most common colour choices can be accommodated.

Sunbeam Land Speed Record Car

The Sunbeam Motor Car Company found Grand Prix racing too expensive and stopped competing in 1926. Meanwhile Henry Segrave had stopped racing cars completely to focus solely on upon setting land speed records. Sunbeam had previously supplied Segrave’s Land Speed Record cars but these had been modified race cars. Louis Coatalen was the managing director of Sunbeam and understood how speed records would translate into car sales. He knew that a specially-designed LSR car would be able to achieve much higher speeds than the current record. He also knew that such a car could be built fairly inexpensively by utilising many unused parts at the Sunbeam factory. So, he agreed to build a special LSR car for Segrave, and their target was 200 mph (322 km/h).

The new LSR car was designed by John Samuel Irving in 1926 and built by the Sunbeam works in Wolverhampton. Its frame and cross members were made of channel-steel. Two Sunbeam V12 Matabele aircraft engines would be used to push the car to 200 mph. The two engines in the car had actually been salvaged from the four used in the Maple Leaf VII powerboat, which sank during the 1921 Harmsworth Trophy Race on the Detroit River in the United States. Because of its shape, the workers at the factory referred to it as ‘The Slug‘.

On 29 March 1927, Segrave set off to Daytona Beach, determined to get every bit of speed he could out of the ‘Slug’. The first run hit several problems. The car was prepared for its second run: tyres were changed, new brakes were installed, and fuel and water were replenished. A short time later, Segrave ran the Slug with the wind to the south and at the end of the course. Segrave and the Sunbeam 1,000 hp Mystery Slug had set a new LSR of 203.793 mph, an astounding 29.569 mph faster than the previous record (held by Campbell). This was the first time the 200 mph mark had been exceeded. Segrave was the first non-US citizen to make a record attempt at Daytona Beach. Likewise, the 1,000 HP Sunbeam was the first non-US car to make a record attempt at Daytona Beach. The Slug ushered in a new era of large, streamlined machines designed solely to break the LSR.

These models are available direct from the maker only. Prices, contact details, more about the models as well as the ability to order the models are available on the Essence of the Car website at

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


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 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.


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?


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

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.

Greenlight 1:43 Lincoln Continental 1941

By Maz Woolley

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Here we have Greenlight 86324 1941 Lincoln Continental diecast in China for the US. My model is in Mayfair Maroon, but it is also available in Cotswold Gray Metallic. The model also features in their movie related series in black as it appeared in The Godfather. As cars of this pre-war period era are not common, the US entered the Second World War at the end of 1941, I hope that their lovely 1:18 scale Packard Super and Duesenberg SJ are also produced in this scale.

The Lincoln Continental originated with a personal vehicle designed by Eugene T. ‘Bob’ Gregorie for Edsel Ford‘s vacation in March 1939. This was based on styling cues from the Lincoln-Zephyr and was a convertible. Keen to revive Lincoln’s successful earlier line of coupés and convertibles with modern models with more European styling the one off personal car influenced the creation of the Lincoln Continental range.

Lincoln Continentals from 1939 to 1941 were largely unaltered except in details and for purists are the classic Continental with the lovely, simple grille profile. From 1942 the car got a huge wide front grille assembly and lost its restrained beauty. The only choice the buyer had was between a coupe and a convertible and all were fitted with a 4.8 Litre V12 engine from the Lincoln Zephyr. The famous ‘Continental kit’ of a covered externally mounted spare wheel at the rear came about because of the long bonnet pushing the location of the passenger compartment back leaving only a small boot. The spare wheel had to be fitted externally to make the maximum room for luggage.

And so to the model. The base has Lincoln Continental 1941 embossed on it, and Greenlight details are only printed on in silver. The baseplate is largely flat, and from appearances it looks highly likely to me that this model has been made by Universal Hobbies for Greenlight. Looking at details of a 1941 Lincoln Coupe recently sold on the web the model has caught the shape well and the maroon paintwork appears to be fairly close to the colour of Continentals painted that colour seen on the web.

The front of the model is pretty good, although like many cars at a cheaper sales point the grille has no black wash which would have improved the excellent plated plastic mouldings. The wipers printed on the front screen are too high and have no modelling at all. Frankly they would have been better left off rather than printed on in such a heavy handed manner. The lights and sidelight fitments are good. and the vertical strip in the centre of the front has been neatly printed with the red accented V12 badge incorporated. The bonnet panel gap is almost non-existent which is a shame as it’s swooping line is an important part of the appearance of the real car. The bumper is largely accurate with the small red painted inserts all included. The twin sections in the middle of the bumper are rather thicker in appearance than those on the real car but this may be a compromise to make sure they are moulded consistently and not too fragile to handle on the assembly line.

At the rear we have nice separate lights in silver with the red lenses printed on. The rear mounted wheel and cover are also in plastic with a nicely detailed number plate, though it has no companion at the front. The raised script ‘Lincoln Continental’ that appears on the real car on the chrome centre of the spare wheel cover is missing on the model which just has the red Lincoln print like the centre of the hub caps on the wheels. The rear bumper is neatly modelled, again including the red details painted in, and the boot hinges and catches are all well printed over raised mouldings though the boot lock is not moulded in or highlighted.

Viewed from the side the thinness of the casting around the roof area becomes apparent and the chrome rain channels are cast well and printed finely. The windows are flush fitted and the window surround raised and chrome and body colour printed giving the same effect as a photo-etched insert but without the issues of keeping it glued flat. The door locks and handle are printed on raised mouldings and are quite effective as is the printed ‘chrome’ strip round the bottom of the car. The wheel covers securing bolt to the rear is moulded in but is not picked out, and the protector is present on the leading edge of the rear wing, but it may be a bit smaller than the one fitted to the real cars. Finishing the side off is the gold Lincoln Continental script on the side of the rear of the bonnet which looks to be rather overscale but that seems to be a convention amongst model makers as printed at real size it would be practically invisible. The wheels are neatly done with a body colour painted area, though the wheel embellishers may be a bit large. The small hub caps have the Lincoln script in red printed on them.

Inside the model shows its budget origins the tub is all a basic brown colour the same as the seats. The door cards are the same colour and have some moulded and highlighted fittings. It is nice to see that the dashboard has been moulded in some detail and the gold rims of the instruments and other fitments have all been printed as have faces for the instruments. The steering wheel is neatly moulded and highlighted and has the levers fitted to the steering column.

It is nice to have a model of a coupé for a change as so many models of this classic Lincoln are of the convertible version. This Greenlight model has a few small detail issues and omissions but none that spoil what is a very good basic replica of this car. That these 1:43 scale Greenlight models sell in the US for under 20 US dollars makes them a real bargain. Sadly when imported into the UK they cost much the same as a Corgi Vanguards model but even at this price they are still worth getting if you like the subject.