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1:43 scale

Wossat? Its a DKW!

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photo copyright as attributed.

Yesterday Paul West set us the challenge of identifying the model kit shown below

Photograph (c) Paul West

Two readers have quickly identified it as a 1931 DKW F1. Thanks to Harvey Goranson and Bent Danielsen for your swift responses.

F1 2-door ‘1931-1932© Audi AG

Bent has one made up in his collection and say that it is “a charming little model” . The photographs supplied shows that this is indeed a characterful item from the early days of collectors white metal models.

Photograph (c) Bent Danielsen
Photograph (c) Bent Danielsen
Photograph (c) Bent Danielsen

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Wossat?

By Paul West

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

I hope that someone can help me identify this model!

Editor: This is a Danhausen white metal model made for the Lang Brothers in the days before Paul’s Model Art/Minichamps. The packaging has a 9 on it. Does anyone know exactly which vehicle it models?


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Matrix Releases August/September 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has announced its intended releases for August and September. These models are to 1:43 scale, cast in resin and with photo-etched detailing. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Again the releases feature rare or unique hand built vehicles. All are new models though some are new versions of existing mouldings.

In a few cases pictures of the real vehicle supplied by Matrix have been used to illustrate the nature of the model to come.



MX40604-051 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale 1965

This model is of the car owned by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. It was painted a metallic green colour, Verde PInto, because green was the Prince’s favourite colour. Inside it was fitted with extensive beige leather trim.

Only 37 Ferrari Superfast cars were built and Prince Berhard’s was unique amongst these in being fitted with a 4.0 litre engine at the Prince’s request rather than the usual 5.0 litre unit. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina.

I understand that the car is currently to be seen in the Louwman Museum which is in Den Hague in the Netherlands.

MX40604-052 Ferrari 500 Superfast metallic blue 1965

Using the same moulding a metallic blue car will also be released.


MX41001-131 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Van den Plas black and red 1939

The car that this model is based upon sold for 1.4 million US Dollars in 2016. Based upon a Jaguar SS100 chassis it carries a body made by Carrosserie Van den Plas of Belgium, not the company of a similar name in England. Van den Plas were a leading Belgian Coachbuilder in the 1930s.

The bodywork was in a style pioneered by French coachbuilders, Figoni and Falashi in particular, with all the edges curved and wings and running boards in exaggerated rounded sweeping shapes.

Interestingly this 1939 chassis was exported to Belgium in 1939 but stored during the war years and the body was built when Van den Plas restarted business after the war using the only chassis they had to hand. It was shown at the Brussels show in 1948. At the time it was proposed that Jaguar‘s would be built for Europe in Van den Plas‘ Belgian factory.

This car was subsequently shipped to the US where it was restored in 1991 and where it is today. It has been seen at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

MX41001-132 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Vanden Plas white 1939

The same model painted white which presumably Matrix has identified that it has been at some point in its life.


MX40108-071 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic green 1956

The Aston Martin DB3S was a sports racing car to replace the unsuccessful heavy DB3. Only two works Aston Martin DB3S fixed head coupés were built in an attempt to improve aerodynamics over the open cars. Sadly they were unstable at speed and both crashed in the 1954 Le Mans race later being re-bodied as open cars.

Later three customer road cars were built as fixed head coupes as modelled by Matrix.

MX40108-072 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic black 1956

Using the same moulding a version of the car in black will be available from Matrix and its dealers.


MX50108-111 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 open

This car was sold for over 250,000 UK Pounds in 2012. It will certainly looks different to the DB2 models we usually see with factory bodies. This car was one of three built on a DB2 chassis by the Swiss bodybuilder Graber. After years out of sight it was bought in ‘barnfind’ condition. It was eventually completely renovated in the 1990s and then upgraded in 2011.

MX50108-112 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 closed

The same car modelled with its hood up.


MX41302-181 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 open

This car sold for in the US in 2013 for over eight million dollars. It is one of only three short windscreen models made, and the only one known to survive. The body was made by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik of Paris in 1928 although the original order was never collected by Charles Levine of Columbia Aircraft Company and the car was then sold to a director of the Standard Oil Company.

The car was totally re-built in 2010 and was 2012 Pebble Beach best of show winner.

MX41302-182 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 closed

The same car as above but with its hood up.


MX51705-091 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake #67XJ green 1930

A relative bargain when sold in the US in 2015 for just under 182,000 US Dollars. The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 and had a 7.9 litre six cylinder engine and servo assisted brakes on all four wheels. It used a lower chassis and looked sleeker than previous Rolls-Royce models.

This car was originally fitted with a Weymann fabric body as a saloon car. However the body proved to be less satisfactory than the engine and chassis so it was re-bodied as a Shooting Brake. In 1962 the Scottish car collector and sportsman, a descendant of King James V of Scotland, the Earl of Moray purchased it for his collection where it stayed until Charles Bickley of Florida acquired the car. It was then shipped to the United States where it was restored and repainted in its current dark green finish. It then joined other notable cars in his Woodie World museum.


MXR51001-021 RACE VERSION Jaguar XJ-S Coupe Group 44 Bob Tullius 1978

Bob Tullius won the 1978 Trans-Am Driver’s Championship giving Jaguar the Manufacturers Championship. It was sold in 2013 in the US for about 150,000 US Dollars. It’s five litre V12 Jaguar engine produced an estimated 500 bhp .

Jaguar US were aware of the muted response to the XJS as a replacement for the E Type Jaguar and supplied a stock XJS to the Group 44 racing team in 1977 which they modified and Bob Tulius won the Driver’s Championship. For 1978 it was decided that the car had to be even better to compete at the highest level so an acid dipped body shell was sent from the Jaguar factory in the UK and the car was hand built using lightweight components and a heavily tuned Jaguar V12 engine.

When last sold the car had been left cosmetically untouched since its outing at Daytona in late 1978.


MX41302-151 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 open

Corsica were an English firm of coachbuilders despite their Italian sounding name. Their works were in King’s Cross in London from 1920 onwards. The early 1930’s were highlights in the firm’s history with a stunning Daimler Double Six roadster and lots of bodies on the Bugatti 57 and 57C chassis. One of the Bugattis was even made for Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sadly the death of the companies founders in the Second World War meant that Corsica was closed never to re-open.

Here is one of the few cars that they built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. It was purchased new in 1935 by Sir Max Aitken, a newspaper proprietor, before being sold on to the German Ambassador to Great Britain by 1938. In 1939 it was shipped to the US where it has been restored several times over the years. and even exhibited in the late 1990s at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, in Auburn, Indiana.

MX41302-152 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX41804-071 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 open

Sold in 2011 for over half a million US Dollars this car was created in the early 1930s a time of intense competition amongst US car makers to make the best cars. Less than ten of the Super Bearcat are thought to have been produced and the car was a swansong for Stutz as by 1936 the company was closed, indeed no more cars seem to have been assembled from about 1934 and the cars sold later seem to have been sold from stock.

In May 1931, the new DV-32 engine (DV for “Dual Valve,” “32” for “four valves per cylinder”) updated the old Vertical Eight and power output increased by 40 percent to about 150 bhp. Performance and efficiency which was only bettered by the Duesenberg Model J. This engine powered the new Bearcat, a name associated with Stutz from its early days. The Super Bearcat was fitted with an ultra-light Weymann fabric bodywork and a short 116-inch wheelbase and had a tight convertible top, roll-up windows and an advanced integral luggage trunk.

This car has been in several well known US car collections over the years, the Harrah collection for example.

MX41804-072 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX50406-031 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / red 1931

Figoni built three bodies for Duesenberg chassis. The car modelled represents one which was built as a true speedster with no side windows. The cars designer was Gordon Buerig also famous for Cord and Auburn designs in subsequent years.

This car took part in the Nice to Paris rally and shown in the 1932 Cannes Concours D’Elegance.

MX50406-032 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / blue 1931

The same car as above but in a different colour scheme.


MX50108-011 Aston Martin DB2-4 Allemano Coupe #LML/761 maroon 1953

This chassis fitted with a DB3 engine was bought by Mr J. O’Hara and shipped to the Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Allemano based in Turin in Italy. It was fitted with a unique Berlinetta body designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi .

The car was shipped to the US in the late 1970s after which it was restored and shown at Pebble Beach and placed on display at the Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California.



MX11302-192 Crayford Mercedes-Benz W116 450SE Estate red 1977

This is a new version of a previously used moulding. An estate car conversion carried out by the UK bodybuilder Crayford on the Mercedes W116 Saloon.


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Oxford Diecast Bedford CF Mr. Whippy

By Maz Woolley

Oxford Diecast has begun to catch up with models originally scheduled for release last year. One model which has been keenly awaited is the 1:43 scale Bedford CF Ice Cream van 43CF001. This has been launched in the striking pink and white Mr. Whippy livery and will be available at some point later this year in their rival Mr. Softee‘s blue and white colours.

Mr. Whippy was started in the UK in 1958 serving soft ice creams made onboard their vans using Italian soft whip machines which created characteristically shaped ice creams by pumping air into a rapidly chilled UHT mix. The brand was franchised to other countries, Australia and New Zealand for example, and was sold to Walls famous for their sausages and pies as well as ice cream in 1964.

The Ice Cream van modelled was built by Morrisons a major supplier of this type of van. It was a purpose built fibreglass body fitted to a Bedford CF chassis and scuttle unit. The original vehicle was fitted with a two litre diesel engine and was made in 1975.

The Oxford model is very nicely printed and is a very convincing replica of a period van. However, current pictures of the real NDS 749N show that it is not an exact replica of the van as it is today. The current van does not have the cones fitted to the front for example and the cream painted area does not go far enough down the bonnet or the sides. The wheels are white with cream hubcaps and the external mirrors are black and not white. To the rear the compressor grille is not mesh but slatted. Even the wording on the side is different as it reads ‘Freshly made just for you‘ on the current van. At the rear the script is also incorrect as it should say ‘Watch for that Child‘, and should be on the cream panel below the rear window and not just above the bumper. Perhaps the van has been repainted and changed at some point and Oxford are using pictures of it before the repaint?

Putting aside questions of possible inaccuracy the model does look right and I am sure will prove to be a good seller as it will be when it appears in 1:76 scale.

The painting is excellent and there is no sign of feathering along the lines where pink, cream and white meet. The printed lettering and livery items are excellent as is the advertising material printed on the glazing. Inside the drivers cab is fairly basic, but the real thing was too. The dash unit has some moulded detail but no printed instruments. The door lacks cards but is nicely detailed outside with the door handle and its recess being well captured.

The interior of the rear of the model is pretty similar to the fridges and ice cream unit in the real vehicle. It might have been nice to have some nozzles and tubes on the soft ice making machine I can understand that these would have added cost and complication and would not have even been noticed by many.

The glazing is made in units that allow it to be flush fitted which works very well and although the window surrounds are printed ion the metal body they are reasonably convincing, though they might have been even better printed on the glazing unit as the silver ones are on the driver’s door glazing.

The head and tail lights are inserted small units which are well up to the standard expected. The window wipers are not bad matches to the original ones though one does not lie quite flat on the screen.

This model is in Oxford‘s lower price range for 1:43 scale models and costs no more than an inexpensive part work model in the UK. You certainly get a lot of model for your money and whilst it may not be a 100% accurate replica of the van as it is today it is nicely produced to a good standard and captures the period look extremely well. There are few models of the Bedford CF available today but it was once a common sight on UK roads. I hope that Oxford can be encouraged to make some vans, and even an Ambulance as the CF was widely operated by the NHS in a number of roles from patient transport to full emergency services.

I look forward to the forthcoming Mr. Softee van joining it in my collection later in the year.


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A rather different VW1500

By Maz Woolley

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

In a recent article on Argentinian Dodge cars based upon the Hillman Avenger platform I speculated about whether the final Avenger based car produced in South America, the Volkswagen 1500, would be produced in the series. Thank you to two MAR Online readers, Lisandro Garcia and Juan Pablo Arrighi, who quickly informed me that it had already been released! So that set me the target of finding one and luckily a Chinese eBay trader had one at a reasonable price.

So how did a car based upon a Hillman Avenger platform end up badged as a VW1500? That happened because Volkswagen bought Chrysler‘s Brazilian and Argentinian operations in 1980, a year after Chrysler has sold off its European operations to PSA Peugeot Citroën.

PSA brought production of the Avenger to an end in 1981, but the Avenger platform remained in production in Argentina as a VW1500  until 1990/1. Initially some modest restyling took place of the exterior and significant changes were made to the interior to bring it up to date.  The car was called ‘Dodge 1500, made by Volkswagen Argentina’. The last four words were shown on a sticker on the back window but later on a metal plate on the front. Mechanically, nothing changed the 1500 and 1800cc engines remained in use.

In 1982 a significant restyling of the exterior took place with new back lights, plastic energy absorbing bumpers and other components to make it more like a VW group product. The car was also badged the Volkswagen 1500 and it was the first non-German designed car to carry a VW badge in Argentina.

From 1982 on the car was available as a saloon and rural (estate car) with 1500 or 1800cc engines. Air conditioning became an option on the 1800cc versions. To encourage sales a basic economy 1500 model was introduced in 1987 at a lower price. The final changes came in 1988 when air conditioning was more widely offered across the range and a five speed gearbox was fitted.   

These cars had a reputation for strong mechanics and this explains why a relatively old fashioned vehicle went on selling. There was even an advertising slogan “It runs, it runs and it runs…”  Production in the twenty plus years versions of this platform were made in Argentine is said to have exceeded a quarter of a million units. 

Copyright of World Cars 1985 acknowledged

So to the model. This is based on the 1982 version of the car with the final external restyling. Comparing it to press photographs of the time, see above, shows that the revised casting is an excellent replica of the car. It is painted silver, a colour which became very popular in the 1980s. Sadly the paintwork on the model I received is scratched in some places, though it would otherwise be a good paint job.

The single door mirror, matt black wipers, VW grille, heavy bumpers, and blocky rear lights are all reproduced. All lights are separate plastic lenses. Inside a black tub has been moulded with quite a bit of detail but with no printing or painting. The front seats have headrests fitted bringing them up to date.

The wheels are reasonable replicas of the pressed steel wheels on the real car, though they are perhaps a little too shiny. The windows are excellent flush fit units and the B pillar is neatly incorporated in the window unit in a convincing manner.

Door handles and boot button and trim are all incorporated, and the door handles have the matt black inner section replicated. It is a pity the the silver outer and door lock are not highlighted with silver printing. The heavy impact absorbing bumpers are well replicated with the chrome inserts neatly printed, however on the model I obtained the bumpers are crooked.

The front grille is a neat replica, and has a neatly printed VW badge. Sadly the unit on my car is not fitted correctly and has large gap at one side by the indicators. The number plates are neat units but the front one has the lettering printed slightly crookedly and the rear one is fitted crookedly. Finally the black window trim outlining at the back is printed on the body and is far from crisp which shows up more strongly on the photographs.


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KIM 10-50

By Maz Woolley

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The KIM 10-50 was one of the earliest attempts at designing a smaller car for mass manufacturing in the USSR. The Ford A based GAZ had been manufactured in large numbers but was too large for most of the would be private owners and for many state organisations too.

Earlier attempts to build a cycle car called the NAMI were failures as each unit produced was more costly than the Ford A based GAZ. In December 1930 the Moscow State Automotive Assembly Plant No. 2 started to assemble Ford cars from knock down kits. It was shortly after called Kommunisticheskiy Internatsional Molodyozhi – KIM after the international young communists organisation. In 1939 a Soviet engineer A. N. Ostrovtsev, who had worked on the earlier NAMI, was tasked to create a saloon and convertible coded KIM 10.

The party bureaucrats mindful of the problems of the NAMI, and the need to develop the car quickly, dictated that the car was to be based on the UK produced Ford Prefect E93A shown below. Though I understand no licence fees were paid! The move was an obvious one as the Soviets had already considerable experience of building larger Ford products. The chassis and power unit were reverse engineered and everything converted into metric units for manufacture.

By JasonVogel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18408753

The body was designed by a GAZ designer Valentin Brodskiy and featured a nose section based on the prestigious ZIS-101. Budd in the US was engaged to develop press tools and to produce 500 primed shells which was done. In the meantime the party bureaucrats were unhappy as the designers had ignored parts of their brief and they demanded changes such as the removal of running boards, faired in lights, a cloth roof, and removal of chrome body strips, and foor doors. Some of this was done for the first production cars but a cloth roof insert never appeared. What went into production may have been based on Ford underpinnings but strongly resembled the contemporary Opel Kadett shown in the photograph below. A foor door prototype was developed but never put into production due to the onset of war.

From copy-cats.work website others copyright acknowledged.

By the time of the entry of the Soviet Union into the Second World War just over 300 saloons had been made using the bodies supplied by Budd and a few soft tops may also have been made. What could be evacuated from the KIM plant was taken to the Urals but no more cars were produced. During the siege of Moscow the former No 2 car plant was destroyed.

The resemblance to the Opel Kadett is ironical as the cars successor was the Moskvitch 400 made using the Opel tooling seized as war reparations and shipped back to the USSR.

So to the model. This is diecast to 1:43 scale in China, by PCT Industries, I believe and was sold in a Cars of the USSR part work series produced by DeAgostini and distributed in Russia and the Ukraine, models from which are now widely available on eBay and from traders.

Comparing the model to pictures of the original car it seems to capture the simple shape and utilitarian finish very well. The grey paint is excellent. Small separate parts are used for the front lights, bumpers, wipers, boot handle, fuel cap, and number plates. The plates simply say KIM in Cyrillic letters.

The front grille has been cast neatly into the body and has the chrome strips neatly tampo printed. A black wash might be a nice finishing touch but as this is a budget model it is absent. Above the grille the cars badge and small embellisher are nicely printed onto a moulded shape. As is usual for a budget model the wipers are over large and over shiny, and the front windscreen has a moulded in centre divider but this is not picked out in body colour as it was on production cars.

The wheels are excellent representations of painted pressed steel fitted with correctly narrow tyres.

Inside the interior is a black plastic unit with moulded in detail on the door cards and dashboard and appropriately basic seating. The dash has a basic instrument panel moulded in but no printed instruments. The steering wheel is neatly moulded too, with the large centre boss and three spokes well captured and looking very like steering wheels in pre-war Fords. Looking at pictures of the real car in the museum it would have been nice if the interior moulding had been done in a tan colour to better match the original.

To the rear a boot the single central rear light is moulded in and painted red. Although the body was designed in the USSR the rear end resembles the Prefect in many ways with the fuel filler in exactly the same place and with a similar rear profile. The boot handle is located in a different place which suggests that the boot lid opens upwards on the KIM rather than down as it does on the Ford.

All in all this is a good model with a few compromises and is excellent value given its budget price. The very rare original vehicle may be seen in the Moscow Museum of Transport.


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Welly Alfa Romeo 147

By Maz Woolley

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We recently featured a PEGO Lancia and some PEGO Alfa Romeos and shortly after I stumbled across a Welly 1:43 scale Alfa Romeo 147 model diecast in China which complements them.

The Alfa Romeo 147 replaced both the 145 and 146. and was available as either a three or five door hatchback. It was succeeded by the new Guiletta. It was fitted with a wide range of petrol engines from 1.6 litre up to a 3.2 Litre and a single 1.9 Litre Diesel. These engines gave it atop speed that varied between 114mph and 153mph.

Welly models have previously had limited appeal to collectors. In the past they have largely been designed for youngsters and had opening features with large panel gaps and half doors and were often to scales that do not greatly interest collectors. But fairly recently they have introduced the NEX range of 1:43 scale models with no opening parts and a decent level of detail at budget prices. Apart from the inevitable VW Beetle most of the models seem to be based on relatively modern vehicles like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Mini Cooper S, Jaguar F Type Coupé, Audi R8, Porsche 911 Carrera in hardtop and roadster, BMW X3 and 330i, VW Golf GTI, and Mercedes-Benz ML-350 and SLK-350.

The model is painted well in a nice metallic blue paint. The glazing is flush fitted and has the black window surrounds painted on it. The Alfa badges are nicely done, I think that they are decals rather than printed. On the hatchback door the badging is neatly printed and shows that this is a fairly basic model as it is badged as fitted with the 1.9 JTD Diesel engine.

The lights front and back are all separate inserted plastic lenses reflecting those fitted to the car well. Indeed the front lenses actually model the round lights within the lights. The front grille is simply modelled but has the gaps in black which makes it effective. The windscreen wipers are moulded in black plastic and fitted into a black plastic insert below the window screen which looks very convincing.

From the side the wing mirrors are well modelled and even have reflective lenses. and the alloy wheels are convincing and include the brake discs behind, albeit that they rotate with the wheels rather than remaining static. The Driver and Passenger’s windows are modelled open.

Inside the interior is moulded in black but has a lot of detail moulded into the door cards, dashboard and central console areas. Indeed the dashboard actually has printed instruments and the console has printed switches and details. The seats are neatly moulded and include central arm rest in the front.

Underneath quite a bit of detail is modelled in as is a neat dull silver exhaust box and pipe.

This model will display well next to the earlier Alfa’s from PEGO and will look their equal even though the Welly is a budget model sold for a very keen price.


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Matrix Releases for July

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has announced a set of releases for July, all bar one are new releases which have not been announced before. The other has been previously announced but has now been produced. All are resin cast in China for the Netherlands with photo-etched and printed detailing and are to 1:43 scale.


MX40205-101 Bugatti T57SC Sports Tourer Vanden Plas Chassis #57541 metallic blue open 1938

The car that the model is based upon sold for nearly ten million dollars in 2016. It is powered by an eight cylinder 3.2 Litre engine with overhead valves and a Roots-type supercharger.

In addition this model will be produced with a raised hood as:

MX40205-102 Bugatti T57SC Sports Tourer Vanden Plas Chassis #57541 metallic blue closed 1938

MX41804-051 Stutz Model M Supercharged Lancefield Coupe black 1930

The car that this model is based on sold for over a million US Dollars in 2017. It spent its early life in the UK before being shipped back to thye US in late 1940s. The engine and chassis were developed during Stutz’ attempt to win Le Mans. The car was fitted with the M engine an overhead cam eight cylinder with a supercharger and reputedly capable of producing over 180 brake horsepower.

This model will also be available with an open ‘dicky’ seat as:

MX41804-052 Stutz Model M Supercharged Lancefield Coupe black w/open trunk 1930

MX50603-031 Ford Cougar II Concept #CSX2008 metallic red 1963

The 1963 Cougar was the third iteration of Cougar concepts and was introduced as a show model “from the company which pioneered the personal car.” in 1963. It was styled by Eugene Bordinat Ford’s stylist rather than Vignale who had styled the previous Cougar Concept.

To get into the car one needed to open the electrically-operated top-hinged doors. The fastback design was shown in candy red and used a fibreglass body fitted with a Ford 260 High performance engine pack and was built on an AC-Cobra tube frame. It was intended to reach speeds of around 170mph . Although handsome the design was not taken up by Ford who were content with the runaway Mustang sales and did not feel inclined to launch something so exotic even as a competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette. Perhaps the car was just not that suitable for sales as a rear panel had to be included that opened at speed to reduce air pressure in the car.

The car still exists today, I believe that it owned by the Detroit Historical Society and shown rarely.


MX40803-022 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck black 1938

The Horch 853 is equipped with a straight eight cylinder engine of 4944 cc and develops around 120 hp. It has a conventional four speed manual gearbox and rear wheel drive. During the Second World War Voll & Ruhrbeck’s works were destroyed by allied bombing and no records were left of the cars they had built.

The silver car which was the first release of this model was captured by the French and used by Marshal Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. In the post war period the car was to be found in Switzerland during which time it changed hands several times and was restored. Perhaps at one of these points it was painted black or perhaps there were more than one originals built?


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1941 Cadillac Coupe GLM Exclusive

By Tom Dirnberger

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Our latest GLM exclusive production will be available July 15: a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe in two tone gray. These models are limited to 100 numbered pieces.

We will soon also be adding a 1956 Cadillac convertible in aquamarine and a 1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille in three color variants.

These models are available at Robert Budig (modellautos-Budig.de in Berlin, Germany; sole source in Europe), Dominion Models (dominionmodels.com), Dale Dannefer Automobilia (dannefer@att.net), and from Tom directly (dirn44@gmail.com).


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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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