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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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Some preview samples from Corgi and Oxford Diecast

By Maz Woolley

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

John Ayrey is a major UK wholeseller and hosts open days for its trade buyers several times a year. I was lucky enough to get a press invite to their July session featuring Oxford and Corgi models. I even got to walk round their impressive warehouse which was full of models I wish I could afford!

All the models photographed are pre-production prototypes and may feature combinations of fittings which will not all appear in the same combination on the released models. Some of the models shown are just becoming available whilst others will ship over the rest of 2018.

We were lucky enough to have Lyndon Davies (Taff) at the event. It was fascinating to find out more about the development of Oxford’s models and how a lot of effort has to be expended at the CAD phase to make sure the engineers in China understand the need for certain body features to be created in a particular way to facilitate printing later.

Oxford are finalising models for two years ahead and if I interpreted Taff correctly we will begin to see the results of all the work going on at Hornby soon too.

Lyndon Davies (Taff) CEO/Chairman Hornby Hobbies, and Director at, and founder of, Oxford Diecast

N Gauge 1:148 scale

 

Oxford showed a small number of models at this scale. All the models shown are due in Q3/2018.

NMA002 Mercedes Ambulance London

NLR002 Land Rover LIghtweight Military Police

NCOR3003 Cortina Mark III Sebring Red

HO Gauge 1:87 scale

Samples were shown of the forthcoming new releases in the range of small US cars. The first two are recolours due soon.

87CI61003 1961 Chevrolet Impala White/Roman Red Q3/2018

87CSD61002 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Aspen Gold Metallic

Test castings of new models were also shown

1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible (Closed)  – no production date for this version yet

87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible (Open)  Mardi Gras Red Q3/2018

87DC68001 Dodge Charger Bright Red Q3/2018

87DD69001 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona black Q3/2018

87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban Noel Green Q3/2018 – NB Catalogue does not show luggage fitted.

De Soto Taxi not shown in catalogue yet.

87DP57001 1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick up Tropical Coral/Glacier White Q3/2018

OO Gauge 1:76 Scale

 

76TCAB010 Scania T Cab short Curtainside Stuart Nichol Transport Q3/2018

76DAF004 DAF 85 Short Fridge Trailer Trevor Pye Q3/2018

76TPU002 Ford Transit Dropside Network Rail Q3/2018

76BR001 Burrell 8nhp DCC showman’s Locomotive and Caravan The Masterpiece (Dorset) Q3/2018

76JCX001 JCB 3CX Q3/2018

Combine Harvester – not shown in latest catalogue

763CX002 JCB 3CX Eco Backhoe Loader Union Jack Livery Q3/2018

76P38002 Range Rover P38 Monte Carlo Blue Q3/2018

76TR6002 Triumph TR6 Signal Red Q3/2018

76JSS006 SS Jaguar DArk Blue Q3/2018

76MGBGT003 MGB GT Glacier White Q3/2018

76CAP008 Ford Capri Signal Orange Q3/2018

76SOM001 Austin Somerset Black Q3/2018

76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green Q4/2018

76BMO02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green Q3/2018

76VW Could possibly be the pastel blue but very different shade to catalogue.

76FCC001 Ford Consul Capri Lime Green/Ermine White Q3/2018

76FDE010 Ford 400E Cargo Grey Q3/2018

76FT1008 Ford Transit Mark I Castrol Q3/2018

76RCL002 Range Rover Classic Darien Gap Q3/2018

Another sample I could not find in the catalogue of one of the later defenders with roof rack etc.

76LR2S004 Land Rover Short Wheelbase Post Office Telephones (Yellow) Q3/208

Land Rover not shown in Catalogue.

76LR2S005 Land Rover Series II SWB Civil Defense. NB Catalogue does not show luggage fitting on roof.

76LR3002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA Q3/2018

76LRFCS001 Land Rover FC Signals NATO Q3/2018

76CHT004 Churchill Tank 6th Guards Brigade 1943 Q4/2018

76TIL011 Austin Tilly No.1 MTTC Camberley 1945 (Subaltern Princess Elizabeth) Q3/2018

76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare North Western Q3/2018

76SB002 Saro Bus Maidstone and District

76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama Ribble Q3/2018

76IR6004 Irizar i6 Galleon Travel Q3/2018. Foreground is 1:148 Actros truck which I cannot find in the catalogue.

1:72 Scale Aircraft

72DV005 DH104 Devon WB534 RAF Transport Command

AC083 Henschel 123A Unit 3/SFGr 50 Lt. Hamann Q3/2018

1:43 Scale

 

43TX5001 LEVC TX Electric Taxi Black. Q3/2018

43LR3S002 Land Rover Series III SWB Hardtop AA Q3/2018

43R25002 Rolls Royce 25/30 Thrupp and Maberley Q3/2018

1:18 Scale

 

18MBC006 Messerschmitt KR200 Convertible Q3/2018

18HE003 Heinkel Kabine Yellow Q3/2018

Corgi Vanguards

Fewer samples to show here unsurprisingly. But we do get to see the two Minis to come this year.

 

VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning Press Launch Car

VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S MK 1 1275cc Almond Green


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News from the Continent Apr/May 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at the latest releases moulded to 1:87 scale by Busch and its related brands.

 

41922 Citroen HY Mobile beehive

 

44944 Horse transport trailer – black

 

44962 Tabbert caravan “Soccer-Fan”

 

46219 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2012 “Soccer-Fan”

 

48494 Piaggio Ape 50 “MB” building site staff car

 

50367 Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy 1989 “The winning car”

 

50368 Land Rover Defender “Scholpp Crane Service”

 

51258 Framo Bus V901/2 Factory fire engine “Rubber Works Waltershausen DDR”

Barkas Collecting Series

 

51288 Barkas half-bus V901/2 – Nr.1 – VEB Fahrzeugwerk Waltershausen Customer service vehicle 1957

 

51289 Barkas Half-bus V901/2 – Nr. 2 – Möwe Bicycles Mühlhausen. Customer service vehicle of the bicycle manufacturer 1957

 

51811 Robur Garant K30 box van – laundry delivery van (new mould)

 

51812 Robur Garant K 30 box van “60 Years of Busch-Toys” 60 years of quality” – Limited Edition for the company anniversary.

 

51860 Robur Garant K 30 Kombi-van “Energy supplier Halle” (new mould)

 

54902 STA trailer “Oil incident” Guben

 

54903 STA trailer Fire brigade

 

59952 Trailer loaded with motorboat “German Police”

 

59956 Heavy duty grubber B 365 A02

DreiKa Modelcars

 

94200 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – blue

 

94201 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – dark green

 

94202 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – wine red

 

94220 Goliath Express 1100 pick up “Goliath Works” limited edition of 500 pieces

Mehlhose Modelcars

 

210004701 Tractor RS09 – loading arm with shovel – green

 

210006900 Tractor Famulus with trailer – red

 

210007100 Tractor Famulus with trailer – blue


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News from the Continent June 2018- Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article I look in a little more detail at some previously released  models and at some of the releases from the first quarter of 2018.

070966 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe – red – scale 1:43

The new 911 in Coupe form. Herpa produced the first batch for Porsche, now it is available in model shops for “normal customers”. This model is diecast for Herpa.

 

307956 Ford V8 Rhein flatbed truck with canvas cover as makeshift fire engine with water tank trailer – 1:87 scale

New releases in 1:87 scale

 

All these models are moulded in plastic by Herpa in Germany .

745871 IFA L60 box truck “National Peoples Army of former DDR”

The W50/L60 trucks were the most common medium trucks in the former DDR and also used by the army as shown here.

093460 Trabant 601 Bucket car traditional car of Factury fire brigade LEAG /Brandenburg

It was quite common in the DDR for ex-,military vehicles to end up being used in other public services. Here we have a Trabant which would have started life as a military vehicle, perhaps used by the Border Guards protecting the former DDR territory. Here it is re-liveried as a Feuerwehr car perhaps used for those incidents which didn’t need a fire appliance.

745267 Mercedes-Benz Vito Bus “German Bundeswehr”

Most vehicles of the Bundeswehr are now leased, so they are  no longer in “NATO olive”, but are painted in standard consumer  colours to make them easier to sell at the end of the lease.

746281 IFA G5 crane truck of NVA

The IFA crane truck was used by the Army and Public services in the Communist DDR. The crane is full movable. Here is the military version next to an earlier model of the civil orange version made in the DDR which is not often seen.


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Oxford Diecast – Release 2 2018

By Maz Woolley

Text by the Author. All cell drawings and listings provided by Oxford Diecast.

Oxford Diecast has announced their second release of 2018. Again there is a slight increase in the price of models but not a large one like many other ranges have had in recent months.

The models are currently only illustrated by cell drawings or CAD diagrams and no pre-production shots are available to share at this point. I include the cells were they are new tooling or a particularly interesting variation on an existing casting.

For 1:43 scale collectors there are only a small number of releases and only one new tooling a Bedford CF Ice Cream Van. I am sure that in later releases that will make its way to 1:76 and 1:148 ranges too. It is a vehicle overdue for a modern model and I do hope Oxford intends to produce a conventional van or even a camper van in future releases.

A first is a model to 1:50 scale. This is extending their very successful JCB licensing into a larger scale and I am sure that it will prove to be a popular model despite it costing more than Oxford 1:18 models. Talking of which there are no new 1:18 scale models in this release.

The Westland Dragonfly looks very impressive  though there are already many questions about its authenticity as the Dragonfly was a copy of the Sikorsky built under licence and there are various fuselage features which differ from original to copy and even between the Westland versions produced.

In 1:76 highlights include a Duple Commander initially in Southdown livery but sure to appear in more liveries next release and even as 1:148 I expect at some point in the future. We also see a Ford Zodiac Mark II appear in the range to accompany the second release of the 315 Capri in a nice blue and white two tone. A Burrell traction engine appears in this scale which I believe was supposed to have the non-scale living wagon to go with it until someone got the measurements wrong in the factory.

We get to see an Austin Maxi finally appear in an industrial diecast range not my favourite colour but I am sure that it will sell well none the less. Maybe it will bee precursor to Maestros and Montegos which are often asked for by collectors.

The Range Rover 3rd generation in 1:76 will be a very popular item and apart from obvious missing links like a couple of generations of Discovery Oxford is not far off creating a full history of Land Rover. Land Rovers also appear in two new and appealing sets. One a Universities overland expedition which was the subject of a contemporary documentary and the RAF Bloodhound kit reminiscent of the old RAF Corgi set.

In 1:87 the US series gets several new castings: Chrysler 300 Convertible from 1961; a 1968 Dodge Charger; a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; aDodge D100 Sweepside pickup; and a 1946 De Soto Suburban. If these models continue to be made to the very high standard that the recent 1:87 releases have been I am sure they will all be very successful even if they area little dearer than the 1:76 scale models.

Finally to the tiny 1:148 models made with plastic bodies and a diecast baseplate.  There are a surprising number of people collecting this scale of models and not just to go with model railways. However just two new tools this time the Land Rover Discovery 4  and the Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​.

Many 1:43 collectors have been voluble online about the gradual reduction of output from Oxford in this scale especially of ordinary cars. Many have been disappointed with the few models available this time. 1:76 truck collectors have also noted the lack of new tooling this release. Keeping everyone happy and keeping an eye on product quality is obviously a big challenge for Oxford. The Showman’s wagon being made with incorrect scaling applied is perhaps a symptom that Oxford are struggling to control production in China, it certainly fits with the concern over the quality of finish on some models.

1:43 Scale

 

43CF001 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Whippy​
New Tooling

43LAN188024 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas Bronze Green (Plimsoll)​

43LR2AS003 Land Rover Series IIA SWB Station Wagon Pastel Green​

43LRL006 Land Rover Lightweight Hard Top Fred Dibnah

43RRP3003 Rolls Royce Phantom III SDV Mulliner Claret/Black​

43RRP5003 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Windsor Blue​

MIN014N Pink Floral Mini Car – Wedding Wrap​

1:50 Scale

 

50FST001 JCB Fastrac​
New Tooling

1:72 Scale Aviation

72BE002 Twin Beech – FT996-811-HF 728 Squadron RNAS Hal Far Malta 1948​

72DG003 DH84 Dragon EI- ABI IOLAR​

72WD001 Westland Dragonfly Royal Navy WH991 Yorkshire Air Museum​ New Tooling

AC089 Lavochkin LA7 Sergei Federovich Dolgushin – 156 Fighter Reg. 1945​

1:76 scale

76BM02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green​Scale: 1:76

76D28003 DAF 3300 Short Van Trailer Pollock​

76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown​
New Tooling

76DEF016 Land Rover Defender LWB Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76DXF004 DAF XF Euro 6 Livestock Transporter Skeldons​

76EC003 ERF EC Flatbed Trailer Pollock

76ETYP012 Jaguar E Type Soft Top Imperial Maroon

76ETYP014 Jaguar E Type Silver Blue

76FB6004 Fowler B6 Showmans Loco No.14425 – Carry On

76FCC002 Ford Consul Capri Caribbean Turquoise/Ermine White​

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)

76FG004 Ford Galaxy Black​

76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground​

76FS004 Ford Sierra Sapphire Moonstone Blue

76FT3008 Ford Transit Mk3 British Gas​

76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines​

76FZ001 Ford Zodiac MkII Shark Blue/Pompadour Blue​
New Tooling

76GDSF001 Burrell 8nhp DCC Showmans Locomotive Masterpiece​
New Tooling

76J4003 Austin J4 Van Southern Electricity​

76JAG2007 Jaguar MkII Carmen Red​

76JFP003 Jaguar F Pace Italian Racing Red

76JS002 JCB JS220 Millionth Machine

76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown

 

76LAN2020 Land Rover Series 2 LWB Canvas Bluebird Land Speed Record 1960​

76LR2S006 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas REME​

76LR3S002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA​

76LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy

76LRDF011 Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird

76MMS006 Morris Minor MM Saloon Clarendon Grey​

76MMT010 Morris Traveller Limeflower​

 

76MX001 Austin Maxi Tara Green​
New Tooling

76NMN007 New Mini Chili Red/White​

76NQ2002 Nissan Qashqai J11 Pearl Black Metallic​

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services​

76P4004 Rover P4 Stone Grey/Juniper Green​

76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton​

76QLD007 Bedford QLD RAF 2nd Tactical A F -84 Grp 1944

76RAN005 Range Rover Vogue Aintree Green Metallic

76REL005 Reliant Regal Supervan Blue​

76RP006 Rover P6 Corsica Blue​

 

76RR3001 Range Rover 3rd Generation Bonatti Grey​
New Tooling

76SCT007 Scania Car Transporter Robinsons Autologistics​

76SET61 3 Piece Set BMW​

76SET62 3 Piece Set Bubble Car​

76SET63 3 Piece Set Hong Kong Police​

 

76SET64 2 Piece Set First Overland

 

76SET65 Bloodhound Missile Set

76SFE010 Scania CP31 Pump Ladder Shropshire Fire & Rescue​

76SHP007 Sherpa Van Telephone Service​

76SM003 Sherman MkIII 18 Arm.Reg -4th NZ Arm.Brg.Italy 1944​

76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green​

76T4002 VW T4 Van Grey White

 

76T5V001 VW T5 Van RAC​
New Tooling

76TAC006 TACR2 RAF St. Mawgan (Red)

76TR4004 Triumph TR4 103MU – RAF Akrotiri Cyprus

76TX4008CC TX4 Taxi Coca Cola

76VEL002 Range Rover Velar SE Fuji White​

76VWS002 VW T1 Camper Turquoise/White​

76WOT002 Ford WOT1 Crash Tender RAF Catterick (Red)

76XJS006 Jaguar XJS White (The Saint)

76XR006 Ford Escort XR3i Caspian Blue​

1:87 Scale

 

87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961 (Open) Mardi Gras Red​
New Tooling

87CP65005 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 White

 

87DC68001 Dodge Charger 1968 Bright Red​
New Tooling

 

87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969 Black​
New Tooling

 

87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick Up 1957 Tropical Coral/Glacier White​ New Tooling

 

87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban 1946-48 Noel Green​
New Tooling

1:148 scale

 

NDIS001 Land Rover Discovery 4 Ipanema Sand​
New Tooling

NFDE004 Ford 400E Van Royal Mail​

NFT021 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Fleet Maintenance

NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District​

NMN007 Mini Car RAF

 

NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​
New Tooling

NNMN005 New Mini British Racing Green and Union Jack

NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire

NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars

Non-scale

 

SP140 Showmans Living Caravan​
New Tooling


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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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Oxford Diecast Pontiac Bonneville Coupe 1959

By Maz Woolley

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

Oxford Diecast has issued a re-coloured version of their 1:87 scale diecast in China for the United Kingdom 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe.

The re-colour is in sunrise coral with a white roof which is a very period look.  Our review of the original issue can be found here. The model itself is excellent with a lot of very fine printing of chrome embellishments and very neatly printed wipers and window surrounds.

The wheels are excellent and the printed badges and side chrome fine.

To the rear the rear lights, badging and chrome strips are very delicately done, remember that this model is only 1:87 scale!

Inside nothing is picked out but there is a nicely moulded interior with neat door cards and dashboard.

All in all a lovely model and a well chosen colour which is enough to persuade this collector to buy another model from the same casting.

What I cannot understand is that this lovely Pontiac model which is up to the highest standards of 1:87 metal casting and finishing is made by the same company that produced the crude Isetta shown below which we recently reviewed. How can this be? Does Oxford have multiple teams responsible for models and the resultant model is good if the A-Team do it and poor if not?

After being disappointed by the model above I went back to the London Toyfair pictures and I note that the Heinkel Trojan casting on show appears to rely on the same large central shaft to hold the base on which is a very considerable disappointment. Most 1960s toymakers didn’t resort to such crude engineering.


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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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Norev Peugeot J7 Service Autoroutes

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Peugeot J7 was a front wheel drive van produced from 1965 until 1980 with a total production of 336,220 vehicles. It was a common sight on French roads in the same way Bedford Vans were in the UK and were widely used by utilities. A contemporary Dinky model as made of the Autoroutes Service Van with opening rear and side doors and traffic cones and speed limit signs as well as a couple of yellow jacketed workers.

Here we see a Norev 1:87 scale model of this vehicle. This has lots of moulded in detail but no opening doors.

The Autoroutes livery including red and white warning markings has been printed neatly. A small orange beacon is fitted to the roof, and all the lights front and rear are small separate plastic lenses.  The wheels are very effective with fitted rubber tyres and they capture the functional finish sprayed onto the wheels.

The J7’s shape has been really well captured and the tiny Peugeot script is nicely printed. A wash on the grille might have made the front look even better but it is pretty impressive as it is.

Sadly this model is extremely fragile and the photograph above shows the broken bumper which shows the challenge that manufacturers have. Mould plastic finely as they have here and it captures the real model well but also leaves it vulnerable to damage.

The amount of fine detail moulded in and the thin walls of the casting make this look very real when placed alongside some rather thicker diecast models.


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Small French cars from Universal Hobbies – Part Four

By Maz Woolley

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

This article is the fourth in a short series looking back at models UH made to 1:87 scale which were included in a French partwork The Golden Age of French Cars which was produced in about 2009The first part featured the Citroën Traction and can be found hereThe second covered Peugeot 204s and can be found here. The third was on Peugeot 403 Cabriolets. This partwork had a case holding two 1:87 scale models which represented two different versions of the same car.  These models were all diecast in metal in China for France and are fitted with a nice turning key type fixing that allows them to be easily removed from the case for display. The models from this series that I will look at in this article are of of the Panhard Dyna Z12 from 1957.

The Panhard Dyna  140 thousand of them were produced from 1954 to 1959. It’s flat twin 851cc engine was capable of producing up to 52hp which was sufficient to propel the relatively lightweight car to 90mph despite it being a full six seater inside. The car was replaced by the updated PL17.

The UH model captures the characteristic shape of the Panhard well though again the wheels could be set a little higher than they are. The alloy mouldings fitted to the car are printed in a slightly dulled silver which is realistic and although a little to wide in places looks OK from a normal viewing distance.  The wheels are a little plastic looking but actually are reasonably accurate replicas of the real ones which had big hubcaps and rims in silver.

Again realistic number plates are not fitted simply year plates which is always a disappointment. The rear light are red “blobs” which would be nicer as clear red over silver but again from a distance they look OK. Badging is quite finely printed.

G7 taxi group dominated Paris taxis in the post war years and has gone on to build a large taxi and hire business across France. Its distinctive livery has been used on a myriad of models with Dinky Toys making a nice Peugeot 404 Taxi in the 1960s for example. Partworks models of more recent years abound too with lots of different car models featured in the red and black livery. However, in 1:87 scale this model may be the only one available.

The Taxi model is basically made and finished to the same standard as the saloon car. With the obvious addition of the external taxi meter and roof sign. The tiny yellow lettering on the rear doors says G7 Taxis.

Although not perfect these make cheerful budget models which capture the real car well in this small scale and which make a nice contrasted pair when displayed.

After the last article one of my fellow members at Coventry Diecast and Model Collectors club (CDMC), Matt, pointed out that Norev had expanded their 1:87 range in recent years and that there were quite a few on eBay. Originally Norev re-issued 1:87 models based on their 1960’s models with a few upgraded details but has since expanded the range. The expansion was speeded up by incorporating some of the UH models, so some are now available as single models in Norev packaging in different colours and finishes.


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