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News from the Continent February 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are a selection of models released in the last two months of 2018 and some from early 2019. These models are to 1:87 scale made in Europe for Germany.


309141 (309158/309165) IVECO Stralis Highway XP articulated tractor unit

The brand-new Stralis is now introduced into the Herpa range to complement the launch of the latest version of the truck. It has been moulded in white, blue or red.


094085 Audi Q7 “Audi Mobile Tradition”

The department Audi Mobile Tradition responsible for the Audi Museum runs two of the latest Audi Q7 SUV’s to transport classic vehicles pulling a closed trailer. These are often see moving cars from the Audi museum to events. Here the model is finished in the company livery.


094016 Wartburg 353 Tourist 1985 “NVA”

The National People´s Army of the former German Democratic Republic used this type of vehicle as a command vehicle. The model is authentically equipped with two different coloured beacon lights and a loudspeaker.


309509 MAN TGX XLX articulate fuel tanker “ESSO”

Herpa once again releases a fuel tanker as a limited edition. Esso, formerly known by its slogan “Put the tiger in your tank!” is the fuel provider who forms the basis for this model of the MAN TGX with a tanker trailer liveried in the current company livery.


How truck design has changed over the last 65 years!

At the beginning of the 1950s Henschel, based in Kassel, launched their ‘big’ articulated tractor HS 190 S with bi-motors. Wiking released the then huge articulated tanker with and Ellinghaus trailer in 1953 and kept it in their catalogue until 1958.

The rounded design changed into a squared one early in the 1960s, developed by the famous noted Louis L. Lepoix.

Today cabs are more rounded again, shaped using tests in a wind tunnel. The Esso Livery has changed too with the livery in red and white on white rather than on solid red.


309189 (309196) Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace 2018

This tractor unit to pull articulated trailers has been released in white and red.


309202 (309219) Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace 2018

The tractor unit has been released in white and black to pull articulated trailers.


309226 (309233) Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.5 2018

This tractor unit has been released in white and yellow.


309677 IFA G5 dump truck “VEB coal merchant”

Handpicked “people´s own” companies could get the IFA G5 in a civil version. Here Herpa releases a delivery truck of the VEB coal merchandising firm. In the DDR most of the coal available was brown coal (Lignite) which burned with a distinctive odour which was cast over the whole DDR.

The latest IFA G5 compared to an earlier release of the model which though plainer in finish has the ram to raise the tipper modelled.


309745 (309752) Scania CG 17 6×6 articulated Tractor

The new tractor unit has been released in white and red.

Unimaginative Design or diktat of the wind tunnel ?

Placing the model trucks side by side, there is a strong and rather boring resemblance. In particular the cab units all look very similar with only the grilles showing any real difference.

The wind tunnel may be responsible for the body shape, but why do the design of the lower areas below the windscreen looks so similar? That is an unanswered question.


700689 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model (estate) “Bundeswehr”

For all older German men, who have served their army time in the German Bundeswehr, the latest Bundeswehr staff cars are looking strange. The familiar matt green “NATO olive” colour which used to be used on all vehicles is gone in many cases. Today most vehicles used day to day are leased and are ordered in normal body colours, so that resale value at the end of the lease is improved.


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Preiser

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Preiser specialise in figures, buildings and scenic items to bring model railway layouts and dioramas to life. Many collectors like to include models in their model displays so the new Preiser figures will be of interest. It seems that Preiser have re-discovered MAR Online as these are the first samples that I have received in a long time.

1:87 Scale

10697 On the lawn

People in various positions with mats and tennis players.


10704 At the campsite

Six attractive women in summer clothes suitable for wearing at a holiday campsite


10707 Stacking firewood

Three men at work with wood and various logs


10745 Soccer fans (1)

Four men and three women in standing positions


10752 Drivers for electric utility vehicles

5 men in various positions, designed for use with set 17126


10758 Soccer team and referee; white shirts,black shorts

Eleven players and a referee


10759 Soccer team and referee; blue shirts and shorts


10760 Soccer team and referee; red shirts, blue shorts


10761 Soccer team and referee; orange shirts and shorts

10762 Soccer team and referee; white shirts and shorts


16359 Medieval festival (1)

125 unpainted miniature figures in various positions and in different outfits ancient and modern


16360 At the window

6 unpainted figures in different positions and 16 curtains in 5 different colours


16361 Housework and gardening

33 unpainted miniature figures in appropriate poses with accessories


16572 Motorcycle BMW R12 “The German Reich 1939-1945”

This kit includes unpainted components for three motorcycles


17126 Electric vehicle with three trailers (German railways – Epoch III) suitable for use with the figures already seen above. The components are moulded in different colours


17188 Wardrobe interior, lockers

Kit for four units with different doors and bases. Components are moulded in different colours.


18217 Quarrystone walls with doorways and doorway arches, corner posts

A combination kit. The wall parts are fully detailed on both sides. It comes with suitable extras to join sections realistically.


24761 Medieval festival (2)

Two women and four men in authentic medieval outfits – painted.


24762 Knights in a combat

Four knights with weapons and shields

24763 Knight´s tournament with horses

Two knights with lances charging one another.


24767 Medieval clothes on stands

Six realistic multi-coloured painted clothes for well off Medieval women


28150 Wedding couple on “Vespa”


28199 Female German police officer

29504 Young zebra


29506 Camel


29515 Tiger


29517 Stag


31024 Fire brigade dressing room

Kit for 3 movable hall-stands, 3 wall-fixed models, clothes and accessories, all moulded in different colours

1:22.5 Scale (For garden model railways)

44928 Gardening

Two young women with spray can and watering can


44929 Working in the Garden

Two young women with rake and hedge clippers


1:32 Scale

63200 Seated Passengers

Six sitting painted persons, four men and two women


63201 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men


1:43 Scale

65500 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted people, three women and three men


65501 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men

1:160 Scale (Non British N Gauge)

79229 Cows, light brown

Six cows in different positions

Accessories

97000 Base plates, crystal clear, 84 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 10 x 7 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87


97001 Base plates, crystal clear, 108 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 7 x 5 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87

Gesamtkatalog PK 27 – Complete Catalogue PK 27

In 352 pages the Preiser catalogue contains the whole output of the company. Miniature figures in different scales and related accessories. All items shown in colour photographs. The book appears in an A4 paperback.


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News from the Continent February 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

All the models shown below were due to be available in late December 2018 so should be available at suppliers now. Ranges entitled PRO.R are premium ranges made in resin with etchings. Most other ranges are diecast metal and plastic. Some Schuco models provide a nostalgic look back at the toys produced by Schuco in the past so include printed material in the period style as well as models. Schuco models are made in China for Germany.  

PICCOLO

450513600 Piccolo Pop Art “The Game”

Here small scale Piccolo models are packed as place markers to be used with the supplied games board and dice. It is all painted and printed in bright ‘pop art’ colours.


EDITION PRO.R43

450905600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b. Articulated race car transporter

The photograph above shows the original ‘Continental Motors’ Volkswagen based transporter with a Porsche shield on the trailer. Above that we see the Schuco model which is impressive and unusual.


EDITION PRO.R32

450782800 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Here we find the Progress (Fortschriff) fitted with a flatbed. This tractor produced in the former DDR was unusual in allowing all sorts of fitments in front of the Driving cab. It was powered by a twin cylinder diesel mounted behind the driver and driving the rear wheels.


450782900 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Hree we have the same tractor unit with a different registration and fitted with a grass cutter fitted to the vestigial chassis forward of the cab.


EDITION 1:18

450034700 Setra S6 Coach

This 1:18 scale model of a smaller coach, often used for tourist trips, is incredibly detailed with superb panoramic windows and finely fitted opening components. Here it is finished in a blue and white livery


450037600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b Samba bus

Here SChuco’s Samba is fitted with racks to carry skis and is called a “Wintersport” edition. Again there are many finely fitted opening parts. I might have expected snow chain or studded tyres though with German winter tyre laws.


450037700 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b bus

Here we have the lower specified Transporter bus fitted out with seating and fewer windows. The model is entitled ‘on the move with the family’ from the advertising strap line on the vehicle itself.


EDITION PRO.R18

450014800 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 “Tiger”

Here we have the four wheeled version of the Messerschmidt with a 500cc engine replacing the normal 175cc to 200cc engine fitted to the three wheeler. Here it is finished in red.


450014900 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 Roadster “Tiger”

Here we have the Tiger again, this time in white and with a convertible roof furled up open.


# 22771 – 22774

450006600 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet

Here we have a very expensive electric car from Mercedes-Benz in their premium Maybach range shown in blue the same colour it was premiered in in the US.


450006700 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 Coupe

In red as shown at Pebble Beach the coupe is in red. Again this is an electric vehicle, but this time as a coupe with gull wing doors.


EDITION 1:87

452629400 Porsche 924S

Here is a tiny 924 finished in white which was a common colour when the 924 was in production.


MILITARY 1:87

452636000 M47G battle tank

Here liveried for the German Army


452636100 M113 Armoured Troup Carrier

Here the armoured vehicle is an Ambulance unit of the German Army.


452636200 M113 Armoured Troop carrier

Here is the standard unit in operation with the German Army.


1:600 Aircraft

22782 Airbus A330-300 “Delta Airlines”


22783 Boeing 787-8 “China Southern Airlines


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Wiking

Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is a round up of the models expected from Wiking in February 2019.

New Items

1:32 Scale

0778 26 Krampe hook lift THL 30 L – roll off container with Big Body 750


1:87 Scale

0335 02 Tempo Matador low-side flatbed


0227 09 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate S213 “Avantgarde”


0438 03 Magirus Sirius Flatbed Lorry with vehicle-mountable tank for BV ARAL heating oil


0636 07 MAN TGL Euro 6 ADAC breakdown service


0612 46 MAN TGM Euro 6 Rosenbauer AT LF fire engine


0864 42 Mercedes-Benz L408 flatbed lorry “German Police”


0457 02 Scania 111 drawbar with box bodies


0682 05 Magirus Deutz Transport concrete mixer


0389 13 Claas Lexion 770 TT combine harvester with Conspeed corn header


Model Upgrades

1:87 Scale

0879 43 Allgaier single axle trailer

0880 09 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof


0658 06 HR 18 mini excavator


0660 08 O&K Crawler excavator


0796 04 Opel Commodore B saloon


0163 02 Porsche 904 GTS


0150 01 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer saloon


0260 03 Mercedes-Benz O 319 Panorama Bus



0267 01 Mercedes-Benz 207D Camper van


0425 01 Magirus 100 D box truck


0534 03 Mercedes-Benz 1620 articulated chemical container truck


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London Toyfair 2019 Part Three

By Maz Woolley

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

This the third in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Oxford Diecast. The previous article about the Hornby stand can be found here.

This article shows some of the models displayed on the Oxford Stand. With so many models in production the stand has an impressive display of hundreds of models in various scales.

Last year I tried to photograph models through glass in the crowded display cabinets and the pictures were not very good. This year the Oxford representatives on the stand were extremely helpful and got out a number of items for me to photograph. Although I photographed quite a few models I did not capture all the novelties on display. A few have been photographed in the cabinets as there wasn’t time to get out every model that I would have liked to photograph.

It should be remembered that many of the models pictured are made up of a special light alloy used for trial shots and 3D printed fittings. These can only suggest what the final product will look like. Even the fully painted models of unreleased items are hand finished production samples used to confirm that the model is ready to put into production and may not fully reflect the models when they go into production.

So starting with 1:43 scale. Here there was a display of all the expected re-coloured models. but also pre-production casting of the Bedford CF Ice Cream Van as shown below. Adrienne Fuller who is responsible for selecting cars and other vehicles for Oxford explained that although this is a quarter without many new 1:43 models they are still expecting to produce two to three entirely new castings in this scale this year in addition to recolours.

This mould by Oxford has really caught the look of the CF well. It should make an excellent model when it appears. It will be appearing in classic Mr. Whippy livery first, then Hockings but I am sure there will be more liveries over time especially as so many of this type of van were brought secondhand by small local firms across the UK.

The 1:43 scale Morris J2 minibus in Skyways livery from the final release of 2018 was shown and looks like an impressive model. Seen to the rear is another of the final release in 2018 the Fred Dibnah Lightweight Land Rover in 1:43 scale.

And now on to some very large 1:43 scale models. The new Weymann Fanfare South Wales – announced as an Oxford special to celebrate their 25 Years trading. The model shown below is a pre-production item and is fitted trial plastic components – the broken horn will not feature on the production model! The model features a plastic upper section with a diecast chassis. It is a striking model with the very high level of moulded and printed detail they can achieve when using plastic.

The South Wales version is not to be the only use of this moulding. Oxford were showing a Southdown version which has been announced as part of release one 2019. With a destination board for Bournemouth this model suits the Southdown livery well.

Moving on to 1:76 scale there were some interesting recolours shown. Below is another version of the J4 this time as an Austin J4 in BMC Parts livery due for later release. This is a nice livery and the Austin version of the grille seems to be very well printed.

The forthcoming Volkswagen Transporter T4 Camper looks very good and will be a popular model.

Oxford’s Transporter T1 Camper and Samba Bus in 1:76 scale both showed up looking ready to be put into production. Photographs are shown below.

Another re-use of a casting is the relatively new Leyland Sherpa now seen in Egyptian telephone livery, as seen in a well known Bond film. This model is sure to be popular even without film themed packaging. I hope that this casting soon gets used to produce models of vehicles used by the UK utilities firms.

We also saw test shots for the Volkswagen T5 Transporter which will be seen in various forms and also in a set which includes one of each generation of the Transporter from T1 to T5. Below we have test shots of the California camper

Shown below are test shots of the T5 van which will appear in several liveries starting with that of the RAC. I am sure that this will be seen in a wide range of liveries for current users.

Oxford often show models in a very early stage of development before they are announced. The Volkswagen T1 camper with surf boards shown below does not seem to exist in any current release but I am sure that we will see it in the future.

The Volkswagen T1 van casting get another release this year in Coca Cola livery. The test shot below shows the roof display with an advertising bottle on the roof.

One of the model sets which created a lot of interest when announced in the last release of 2018 was the RAF Bloodhound missile set. This was released by Corgi in the 1960s and by Airfix too. Here we have the new 1:76 scale from Oxford. The accompanying Land Rover has been well finished in RAF blue and markings.

This will make an impressive set re-creating the Jet Age long before Cruise missiles and Polaris carrying submarines.

The Oxford 1:87 scale range of US vehicles has been a strong seller. And the display showed some due for early release and others in early pre-production form.

The new Chrysler 300 Convertible can be seen in the photographs below. This casting looks good in red and the printed silver and badging looks like it could be very well done.

The forthcoming Dodge Charger Daytonas were also shown and are impressive in this scale.

The ‘standard’ Dodge Charger was shown too and looks good. It is interesting that it has been modelled with the headlights showing as many models of this car have the headlights in their concealed position.

Another model close to release is the De Soto Suburban with its roof rack. This is a rather earlier car than many in this range so it will be interesting to see if models from this period sell well. A taxi version is expected later.

Another model due soon is the Dodge D100 Sweptside which is due for release soon. The model looked very well finished and US pickups make for popular models so I expect it may sell out quickly. It is interesting that the rear seems to be a separate moulding so we may well see more variations on the D100.

Here we see very early test shots of the 1954 Pontiac Chieftain with a siren fitted to the roof. The model has been announced for release 1 2019 in two tone blue as a standard sedan so presumably police and possibly fire versions will follow later in the year.

Another very early casting shot is the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 again announced in release 1 2019. Reminiscent of the contemporary Matchbox model this is slightly smaller but promises to be impressive even in this smaller scale.

Another announced recently as part of Release One 2019 is the Chevrolet Panel van. The model may be released as an Ambulance first but clearly a van will also be forthcoming and I expect this to appear in several classic american liveries.

The early shots below show that Oxford have captured this classic 1950s van very well.

The final test casting on display in this scale is the Chevrolet Corvair Coupe announced recently. Even though this is an early shot it shows the potential for this to be a really nice model. The coupe also came in some very nice paint finishes so hopefully Oxford will be able to release it in several different authentic versions.

Oxford’s 1:148 scale range is another with upper components made in plastic. On show were some pre-production trials. These are interesting as they are made in clear plastic with 3D printed parts as shown in the photographs below.

First we have the Land Rover Discovery 4.

Then the Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter which is to appear in British Railways Western livery in 2019.

Presumably the photographs below show the pre-production test for the recently announced Hants and Dorset Bristol MW6G.

And finally in this scale the Green Goddess fire appliance expected in National Fire Service livery.


Unfortunately although samples of the new Citroën H catering van were there I did not photograph them.

I would like to thank Oxford Diecast for sharing so many pre-production and test models with us, and for so patiently getting models in and out of cabinets to allow me to photograph them.


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London Toyfair Part One

By Maz Woolley

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

Your Editor visited the 2019 London Toyfair yesterday. Model vehicles are only a small part of the displays which offer a huge range of toys and attract buyers from small shops to supermarket chains. It was good to see though that many general toy wholesalers carry lines of model cars designed to appeal to children with some stands having boxes of Kinsmart and other toy cars and vans sold out of trade packs.

Although overshadowed by the Nuremberg show it is a chance for me to see what Hornby, Oxford Diecast and some of the major model vehicle importers have on show. It is also a chance for me to catch up with the editors of Model Collector and Diecast Collector and to discuss trends. Sadly I can’t join them at Nuremberg as MAR Online’s limited income cannot fund such an expensive trip!

I will cover the London Show over the next few days with photographs taken on the stands. And to start us off I will look at Diecast Masters range of models which specialises in Caterpillar models to 1:87 and 1:50 scales. One of whose models featured in a recent article by John F. Quilter.

This is the first time that I have seen their models close up and am very impressed by the quality of manufacture and the amount of working parts. I was particularly impressed with the fully articulated metal tracks. The models I saw are all supplied with a driver figure which somehow makes them come alive, even if they could do with varying the painting of the figure from time to time.

The packaging was also interesting. The Highline series of models are supplied in a tin with a foam inner so they are secure during travel and can be stored quite easily. The tins all have a picture of the working vehicle and full Caterpillar branding. The Core Classics range which focuses on best selling Caterpillar models of the past is supplied in cardboard boxes.

The photographs below are just a selection of the models that are being imported into the UK in this range. In some cases the models are supplied with exchangeable parts where it suits the vehicles.

The level of detail can be seen on the 18M3 Motor Grader shown above where all the hydraulic lines and steel framework is clearly modelled as well as very realistic wheels and tyres. Working rams are fitted and the sections of the model articulate like the real vehicle. Although there is a high levelof working detail this is modelled without being overscale or obvious.

The importer explained that the Chinese factory producing these models also produces some very detailed and high quality slot cars and is a very modern and sophisticated manufacturing environment with a high degree of automation. The painting for example is all automated and is all done in an electrostatic environment which makes sure that the paint adheres to the metal correctly. Readers will know that yellow is a very difficult pain to get right on models and is often sprayed too thickly to stop paint thinning over shut lines and raised features. Here the authentic Caterpillar colour covers well without being too thick.

The models vary in price but here in the UK many of the 1:87 scale models sell for around the same price as a Corgi Vanguards model and the larger and very detailed models are cheaper than an Otto 1:18 scale car model. Given the level of detail and the working features this range seems to offer good value to collectors of construction vehicles.

Over the next few days I will be posting articles covering models from other stands at the Fair. From Hornby Hobbies we have photographs of some pre-production samples of some of the new Vanguards. From Oxford Diecast we also get to see some pre-production items. And from UK importers we get to look at Norev, MInichamps and others whose models were on display.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we focus on the December 2018 releases from Busch. These are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch publicity has become rather erratic. The photographs shown cover a few review models supplied by Busch as well as some publicity photographs on the web. It certainly makes your correspondents job harder chronicling the new releases!


H-GS

41679 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport red


H-GS

41680 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport white


H-GS

42847 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – blue


H-GS
H-GS

42848 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – red


H-GS

42849 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 green


43401 Cadillac 52 Saloon “Police of Coolidge,Arizona USA”


43603 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde
North Rhine-Westfalia Police


43604 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde “Beverley Hills Police”


45004 Chevrolet BelAir “Californian Police”


45909 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed hood – red


H-GS

46812 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “Oldschool”


H-GS

46813 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “ZDF Telemotor test car 1980”


47853 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “British Police generic crash support unit”


# 22562/22563


H-GS

50011 Porsche Junior tractor with band saw


50503 Lada 1500 Saloon 1973 – yellow ( CMD-Collection )


50515 Lada 1500 Saloon Police car with radar device


51702 Nagetusch caravan trailer 1958 – blue


51751 Nagetusch mobile shop trailer



H-GS

59944 Trailer loaded with roof trusses



H-GS

59959 Trailer loaded with NSU Kettenkrad

EsPeWe Models in scale 1:87

95027 HW 80 HTS Trailer with manure tank “Golden ear of corn”


95237 IFA W50 LA PV with snow plough


95239 IFA W50 LA Mexico expedition 1968/1969


95241 IFA W50 L pick up with stake “Export version for IRAK with reinforced bumper”



H-GS

95537 IFA W50 L60 Showman´s tractor


95602 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”


95603 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Voluntary Fire Brigade”



H-GS

95604 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”

The S4000 fire engines pictured above were manufactured between 1959 and 1967


95704 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – orange (new mould)


95705 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – green (new mould)



H-GS

95706 Robur LO 2500 bus “Zugvogel” – blue



H-GS

95707 Robur LO 2500 bus – green



H-GS

95708 Robur LO 2500 bus – brown



H-GS

95709 Robur LO 2500 bus – “leisure-travel” – brown


25019 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G “Croatian airforce”


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The models shown are the final release from Schuco in 2018. All are made in China for Germany. The models are made in various scales as stated below and the Pro ranges have much more detail and consequently a rather higher price.

EDITION PRO.R43

450903500 Aston Martin DB6 “Shooting Brake” – dark green


450903900 Volkswagen Beetle 1600S “Super-Bug” – red


EDITION 1:32

450772800 John Deere 5125R tractor with front loader


EDITION 1:87

452633700 Volkswagen Transporter T1c bus black/red


452633800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c Camper – green/grey


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are a selection of the releases made in the second half of 2018. All are moulded in plastic in Europe and are to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

093774 Framo 901/2 pick up with canvas tilt in “MITROPA” livery

Established in 1916, Mitropa´s role was to supply travelers in trains, at train stations and at motorway services. After 1945, Mitropa was separated into two organisations one in each ‘Germany’. Here is a vehicle from the former DDR where the company served all kinds of travellers.


094030 Volkswagen Passat Variant GTE (estate) Wolfsburg Police Service

The new Passat GTE is used by the Police in Wolfsburg, a city dominated by the Volkswagen company. The finish of this model reflects the type of reflective plastic body stickers now used by Police forces in Germany.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmidt

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

Hans-Georg has sent us a roundup of the news received too late for his last dispatch. This allows these models to be given ‘their day in the sun’ as the next dispatch will be a busy one full of the first news of new models for 2019.

Amongst the final new and upgrade releases of December 2018 are some interesting models which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original models are in my collection and so I took the opportunity to do a comparison between the original and the current release.

There are also some releases which have an interesting background history. All models are moulded in Europe for Germany in 1:87 scale.

0070 01 Opel Caravan 1957

The Caravan was issued first in 1959/1960 with catalogue number 7n, with silver painted headlights and radiator grille and red painted tail lights. Authentically detailed body had light tinted windows and no interior. Baseplate was detailed and fitted with rolling axles.

Now the model has been re-issued, moulded in bright blue and printed with white side sections. Mouldings and Opel emblems are silver printed. This time the model received an interior and a roof rack. The baseplate no longer has a hole for the hook of a breakdown lorry and the WM was changed into “WIKING”. Finally, it got special wheel rims and white wall tyres for an elegant appearance.


0184 03 Glas Goggomobile

The tiny Goggomobile was developed by the Hans Glas GmbH. at the early 1950s. It appeared in Autumn 1954 and production started in February 1955. It started life as a car for people with lower incomes, later it appealed mainly to people with only the old driver licence class IV for vehicles up to 250cc. Glas went into bankruptcy by developing bigger and bigger cars, culminating with the Glas V8 Coupe. After their take over, BMW closed all production in 1969.

Wiking modelled the tiny saloon in scale 1:87, Schuco in 1:43 and Revell in 1:18. This makes up the display shown above. The Revell model is now obsolete and only available second-hand. The difference between the three scales is impressive.


0335 01 Tempo Matador pick-up

The Matador was one of the first newly designed transporter launched in the early post-war years. It was developed by Tempo and appeared in 1949. It foreshadowed the layout of transporters of today, especially the front wheel drive and cab over design. Its engine came from Volkswagen and was placed under the seating bench. Production was cancelled in 1951, when Heinrich Nordhoff stopped supply of the engines, because by then Volkswagen had launched their own transporter.

The Matador with its typical ‘crumpled face’ entered Wiking production first in 1951, with wire-push-axles and in approximately 1:100 scale. Today it is are very rare bird and sells for very high prices. Also very rare is the promotion model shown with the new one above, which Wiking produced for Tempo in 1:48 scale. The Matador model of today is shaped authentically and is highly detailed for its scale. The ‘crumpled face’ front panel is a separately inserted part so its successor will appear later.


0314 01 Volkswagen Transporter T2a Pick up with crew cab

0293 07 Volkswagen T3 Pick up with crew cab

Modelling the Volkswagen transporters with crew cabs is usual for Wiking, the Transporter T1b appeared in 1961 and was re-issued several times later, including one moulded in green and equipped with ladder and workmen tools shown above.

The TransporterT3 has now been issued in the design of THW (Technical Rescue Work). A Transporter T2 with crew cab was long overdue. So this has now been launched with a well detailed body moulded in lemon green with a realistic beige interior.


0730 02 Setra S8 Coach

In Autumn 1950 Otto Kässbohrer and Georg Wahl started building their first frameless coach with rear mounted engine. The unit construction body was revolutionary at this time. Six men could pick up and carry the raw stud work frame. The coach was fitted with 8 rows of seats, and provided space for 35 passengers. So it was called Setra S8. Its engine developed 95 hp, good for a top speed of 90 kph. It was launched at the 1951 Frankfurt Motor Show and production started in 1952.

In 1956 the Setra appeared in the Wiking model range. An accurate and well detailed body with a separately inserted interior. The detailed baseplate and clear upper part all added up to an excellent miniature.

In the early years of production Friedrich Peltzer produced a batch as promotion models for Setra, these are very rare birds today. Over the years, the coach was re-issued several times , sometimes with a driver figurine. It has now been re-issued in two tone green, but with a new – a bit strangely placed – separate steering wheel. The upper part is printed now and is fitted with a roof rack for luggage. The baseplate has been changed to allow faster fitting of the axles.


0990 94 The Swedish Haulage Company ASG

Founded by a shipping company and then taken over by the state-owned Swedish railway company, the role of ASG trucks initially appeared to be limited to distribution and feeder services. In Sweden the distances to the customers were often larger than in other European Countries as railway connections did not reach many areas. In addition, there was an increasing volume of goods, and a need greater speed and flexibility.
The development in favour of truck traffic is also reflected in the individual ASG stations, which now cover the country nationwide. First, there were open spaces next to the freight sheds of the railway. With a further increase in freight volume, loads were increasingly merged into freight centres, where they were picked and shipped on. Accordingly, the forwarding companies’ buildings changed from a “rustic” office in a goods shed to a logistics center.

The prefabricated house made by Wiking, was a quicly erected and efficient industrial building which were widely used during the rapid growth of the ASG in the 1970s. Here in the office, the flood of paper can be handled trouble-free. The option of stationary refuelling of the vehicle fleet was often provided. An in-house forklift facilitates loading and unloading. For special cases, a humped Volvo PV544 with trailer as courier and service vehicle is ready [Not in set].

In 1998, ASG was one of the leading companies in the field of transport and logistics in Northern Europe. It employed 5,700 people and generated sales of SEK 12 billion (€ 1.35 billion). The Swiss company Danzas, which has been working with ASG since 1993, took over ASG in 1999 and was then bought by Deutsche Post AG. In 2002, Deutsche Post buys the logistics company DHL, under whose name the entire logistics division of Deutsche Post has been operating since autumn 2003. Since then the vehicles of the ASG, Danzas and the German post drive with the livery of the DHL.

For this set in memory of the Swedish haulier Wiking reactivated a number of historic original moulds in scale 1:87 including a Volvo P444 pulling a trailer. The trucks shown represent some of the ASG vehciles made by Wiking over the years.


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