Category Archives: 1:87

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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News from the Continent June 2019 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are images of the releases made by Busch Group in their ranges in March and April 2019. All the vehicles are moulded in plastic in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.


Busch Releases March 2019

41711 Pontiac TransAm muscle car – orange

42720 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – beige

42724 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – blue

42891 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with funnel

45239 Ford Thunderbird Cabriolet – closed hood – blue

46220 Smart Fortwo 2012 City cleaning

Fighter against dust and dirt in the city of Dresden


46723 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – open – red

46733 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – green

50050 Allgaier A 111L tractor

In 1906 Georg Allgaier founded Allgaier Werke GmbH in Hattenhofen in Württemberg. The A 111 Bauernschlepper was developed specially for motorising small farms and launched in 1952. It was later to form the basis of the short-lived Porsche Tractor.


50051 Hofherr-Schrantz Austro Junior 108 tractor

The Austrian company worked closely with Allgaier and later with Porsche. Porsche tractors were manufactured in Austria by Hofherr-Schrantz under licence.


51114 Mercedes-Benz Vito Halstenbeck Fire brigade

51125 Mercedes-Benz Vito Hessian Police, Germany

51259 Framo V901/2 bus Blue Postal vehicle – noise suppression service

Usually Public Service Vehicles of the DDR postal service were painted in yellow or grey. An exception to this were ones used by radio and television service.


51570 IFA G5 1956 box body – sahara beige

A prototype created to compete for an order from the Egyptian army.


51704 Nagetusch caravan – lilac and silver

51816 Robur Garant K30 box van “Circus Aeros”

51912 Land Rover Discovery “Federal Police of Germany” – mint green

51918 Land Rover Discovery “Bavarian Police”

52010 Framo V901/2 box van “Milk transport in the city of Dresden”

52011 Framo 901/2 box van HO food transporter

52200 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance Bavarian Red Cross

52201 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen Fire brigade ambulance

52202 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance, green

52203 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen hearse

54905 Transport trailer of the DDR Red Cross

59943 Trailer with steel masts

EsPeWe automobile models to 1:87 scale

95029 HW 80.11 trailer “NVA”

The trailer was manufactured from 1969 onwards in the VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Ernst Grube plant in Werdau.


Mehlhose automobile models in scale 1:87

210007701 Trailer for Multicar ‘Circus Busch’

210007800 Long timber trailer “Circus Busch”

210008300 Multicar M21 “Circus Busch”

210009901 Tractor Famulus with trailer ‘Circus Busch’
210010299 Trailer T4 ‘Circus Busch’

Busch Releases April 2019

41009 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Köhne´s travel service’

41010 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Our home country’

42740 Volkswagen Beetle, with rear split window, German Federal Post

46657 Plymouth Fury “Sheriff staff car”

46735 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – two tone green metallic

48727 Fiat 500 “on Tour”

48728 Fiat 500 “Carabinieri”

In Italy the Carabinieri are one of the main law enforcement agencies and like the French Gendarmerie it is under the control of the Military rather than civil authorities.


50557 Lada 1600 saloon – red with black roof

51138 Mercedes-Benz Vito “drain cleaning”

51139 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Heavy duty transport guiding”

51210 Framo V901 box van Potsdam Fire brigade

51211 Framo V901/2 box van Berlin Waterworks

51462 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 German Government Police unit

51571 IFA G5 1956 box truck – mobile workshop for the passenger transport organisation of Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz again)

51754 Nagetusch mobile shop for Merz and Pilini

51756 Nagetusch mobile shop “Circus Busch”

51813 Robur Garant K30 box van – Minol

51815 Robur Garant K30 box van – snow white dry cleaning

51913 Land Rover Discovery “THW”

59957 Trailer with motorboat – Bavarian Red Cross water rescue service”

59962 Trailer with high mesh siding

EsPeWe automodels to 1:87 scale

95243 IFA W50 LA with tank “German Red Cross (DDR) “

95244 IFA W50 LA/PV flatbed truck – driving school

Mehlhose automodels to 1:87 scale

210009614 Multicar M21 – grey – Exquisit

210009616 Multicar M21 – Black – Exquisit

210010005 Balkancar E-Karre – grey

210010224 Trailer T4- blue with red frame

This agricultural trailer was manufactured from 1956 to 1966 in the former DDR.


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News from the Continent June 2019 – Herpa

Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is a look at a selection of models produced by Herpa in Q1 and Q2 of 2019. All are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany at a scale of 1:87.


094351 Volkswagen Touareg SUV “German Red Cross Grevenbroich”

A German Red Cross Emergency doctor´s staff car.


Photograph of the original vehicle. Copyright holder unknown but acknowledged..
110976 Scania CR 20 HD artic. Tractor “Forwarder Maik Terpe”

A very detailed miniature produced in a limited edition. This reproduces the costly airbrushed painting of the original in fine detail.


024150-004 Wartburg 353 Tourist (estate) 1956 – light blue

Here Herpa reproduce the first version of the 353 which had a radiator grille made from anodised aluminium.


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News from the Continent June 2019 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article we look at the new releases and upgrades planned for June by Wiking. Thee are all moulded in plastic in Europe to various scales unless stated otherwise.

Later in the article we look at some of the new releases in April compared to models of the same vehicle made by Wiking in previous years.

New Items for June 2019

Scale 1:32

0778 46 John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

An impressive model with working suspension and tools to remove outer set of rear wheels.


Scale 1:87

0094 01 Trailer mounted rowing boat

0071 48 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan (Estate) 1960

Liveried for West German “Telecommunications service”


0227 07 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate S213 AMG

0227 10 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 “German Police”

0669 02 Neuson 15 track dumper

0788 12 Volkswagen T1 bus “Fire brigade”

0488 03 Artic. Flatbed truck with MAN tractor “Iron & steel trading”

067049 Henschel HS3-180 six axle dumper

0652 10 Volvo L350H wheel loader

Model Upgrades for June 2019

Scale 1:160

0921 39 Two boat trailers

0955 38 Joskin feed transport trailer

Scale 1:87

0810 10 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 – Postal service

0822 03 Citroen 15 Six “Rallye”

0788 13 Volkswagen Transporter T1 delivery van “Gasolin fuel”

0018 22 Accessory pack “Construction materials II”

0653 05 Kramer wheel loader

0530 02 Articulated Cement transporter with Mercedes-Benz L 3500 tractor

1140 01 Corrugated sheet metal garage

0527 05 Hanomag Henschel articulated Flat bed truck with canvas cover

0500 48 Mercedes-Benz Furniture box with drawbar trailer

Wikings: Old and New

All photographs in the section below taken by Hans-Georg Schmitt

In the releases made by Wiking in April 2019 there were some interesting models. These were of vehicles which had appeared in the Wiking range in the past but which were now re-tooled or had modified mouldings.

As I have some of the previous generations of these models in my collection it was interesting to make a comparison between the current release and its predecessors. In some cases they have an interesting history to share. All the models shown in this section are to 1:87 scale.


0797 23 Volkswagen T1b “Samba Bus” 1963 Dr. Oetker promotional vehicle

The miniature is finely detailed and decorated. It shows the changes to the T1 model over the years in production. In comparison with the older miniatures the new model is clearly more accurate and better detailed. Note that the earlier Samba produced between 1955 and 1960 is fitted with windows in the rear left and right pillars and is not fitted with indicator lights.

The bus model in production between 1950 and 1955 has no window openings and the body is shape is influenced more by period advertising drawings then real vehicles . It has no air intake above the windscreen, which was introduced with the first big facelift to the T1 in 1955.


0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 “Globetrotter motorhome”

It is not just models that get second lives, real vehicles do too. The Unimog S 404 was used by the German Bundeswehr as light trucks, ambulances or radio vans and these were sold off as Army surplus. They were often bought by local fire brigades and fitted for use as as 4×4 fire appliances. After this second life, many were converted into motorhomes used on expeditions to parts of the world where roads are poor or non-existent.

The Wiking model is now coloured in “civil” beige and fitted with huge luggage rack on the roof. The side panels at the rear are printed with a map of the world where the new owners could show their route.


0224 47 Renault R4 “French Fire Chief´s Darling”

0225 03 Renault R4 Fourgonette (delivery van) “Renault Service”

The Renault R4 was a popular vehicle with Fire Brigades in France, and also in other European Countries too. It was cheap to buy and run, with lots of space for equipment, and with easy storage access via the tailgate. It was used for general transport work as well to attend smaller incidents.

Renault dealers and repair shops naturally used the little van which had panelled sides ideal for advertising Renault Service.

Wiking has released the fire chiefs car in a later version fitted with an ABS-plastic radiator grille. In contrast the Service Van has been issued with the original front end fitted with an aluminium radiator grille in a ‘fish mouth’ shape.


0262 06 Citroen HY small fire engine

The role of the Volkswagen Transporter van in Germany was undertaken by the Citroën H in France. And both were often used as small fire engines. The HY van with its body made from corrugated sheet metal was into production from 1947 to 1981 and was very common in France and in the Benelux countries.


The French Fire Service vehicles shown above match the newly issued German one based on a Mercedes Benz Cab and chassis previously issued as a ladder truck

0623 03 Fire brigade – heavy rescue vehicle – Mercedes-Benz L 5000

It is a number of years since the heavy rescue vehicle with Mercedes-Benz “short bonnet” driver cabin featured in the Wiking program. The original was in production from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Now Wiking has revisited the past and released a rescue vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz L 5000 cab and chassis which was manufactured up until the early 1950s, preceding the short bonnet unit it is shown with. Its a real old timer and is interesting for collectors of fire fighting vehicles as well as for the model railway modeller.

Both versions were developed by Metz of Karlsruhe, today member of the Rosenbauer group.


0290 02 Volkswagen T1b pick up “IKEA furniture house”

The Swedish furniture seller Ikea supplied their products to their customers during their early years of business in Germany using pick ups like the one shown from 1960 . Today their customers have to transport their purchases themselves or rent a transporter from IKEA itself. Nowadays the vehicles used are closed vans, so that the goods will not become wet, if it starts to rain.

The Volkswagen Pick up has a long history in the Wiking model range. It started with the Transporter T1a without an air intake above the windscreen and with only suggested windows, Later it came more detailed with the air intake peak added and was fitted with glazed windows. Initially made without indicator lights it was modified later to have them. The photograph above shows the evolution clearly.


Period picture copyright ownership not identified but acknowledged
0488 02 Articulated Flatbed truck Henschel HS 165T “Haulier Schulze”, Berlin

This model recalls Wiking‘s years as a firm based in West Berlin, years when they operated in the small Western enclave surrounded by the DDR. These dark green painted heavy trucks could be seen on the Autobahn between West-Germany and West-Berlin day and night. The trucks carried the special name “Friedrich Schulze – Berlin-Mariendorf”. The vehicle this miniature is based upon, the Henschel HS165T, was manufactured in Kassel, Hessia from 1958 to 1961. Altogether 795 trucks and tractors were built.

The dark green model with its red chassis is a reminder of the time when Berlin was separated from the rest of West Germany and was not the capital of a united Germany as it is now.


0990 95 The years of the economic miracle – On German Fields
0510 01 Articulated Flatbed truck with Magirus S 3500 tractor

In the post-war era currency reform and the US Marshal Plan put in place the conditions which underpinned what is now called “the German economic miracle” or Wirtschaftswunder. This was experienced in Western Germany where the population found that the 1950s were years of increasing prosperity and increasing purchasing power.

Agricultural demand and the available capital for investment to meet the needs of the growing population meant that farmers replaced their teams of oxen, or heavy horses, with tractors. The demand for tractors was so strong that the market was open to new suppliers. Porsche was one of them with plant at Friedrichshafen founded in 1956.

Over the next few years around 120.000 of the red tractors with their characteristic round bonnet left the assembly line. The new tractors were loaded by crane onto railroad cars or onto their own trucks for transport. The Magirus S 3500 truck modelled here was manufactured in Ulm from 1952 to 1955.

For customer-service, Porsche used Volkswagen vans. All Porsche Friedrichshafen‘s vehicles were painted in a light blue-grey colour. Later as demand fell and competition for sales increased Porsche ended the production of tractors and sold their agricultural business off to Renault in 1963.


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Oxford Diecast 1:87 June 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Oxford Diecast has recently released some more new castings in their 1:87 scale range. At a recent Oxford Diecast Dealer Launch day at John Ayrey’s Lyndon ‘Taff’ Davies confirmed that this range continues to be a considerable success as Oxford can sell everything they produce in the range very quickly.

87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pickup 1957

There seems to be considerable confusion about the naming of this truck. According to Wikipedia this is actually a C series truck as that series ran from 1954 to 1960 and included the 1957 C-100 Sweptside. Other web pages describe the 1957 as a D100. Perhaps an American reader can confirm what the correct name should be?

In any event the Sweptside is widely regarded as the prettiest truck produced in the 1950s and has an interesting history. It was conceived as a rival to the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier. In essence it was a parts-bin special created outside of Virgil Exner’s Design Studios. It was designed and assembled by Dodge’s Special Equipment Group which was an in-house facility established to modify production trucks in order to meet the needs of individual or fleet customers.

The truck rear end used adapted two door station wagon parts to create a distinctive finned space age look to the truck bed. Though popular with dealers the model only sold in limited numbers never actually entering full series production. By 1959 it had gone.

The Oxford Diecast model is well finished with excellent two tone paint separation and excellent tampo printing of the chrome and Dodge badging. The grille area is black contrasting very well with the printed chrome lower grille parts. The lights are printed neatly front and rear. We even get license plates front and rear and the cab steps are well moulded.

The over scale printed black window surrounds merely emphasise the lack of flush glazing and leaving them off would have been better in my view especially as they are printed with ragged edges on the top of the front screen. And as the picture above shows there is an issue aligning the cab and bed units which are cast separately, see red arrows in photograph above. Oxford Diecast recognise this and I expect that later releases will have this corrected.

All in all a good model of an interesting vehicle at a reasonable price point. I am sure that American Railroaders will buy it in large numbers as well as those of us who like 1:87 scale models.


87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969

The Dodge Charger Daytona launched in 1969 was an all out racing car based upon the first generation of Dodge Charger which Oxford also model. It was a moderate success on the track, after several lean years for Chrysler, and led to the Plymouth Superbird which won yet more races. It is an iconic car and surviving vehicles are now very expensive. Its styling with the droop snout and huge rear wing were very distinctive and influenced many a custom job.

The Oxford Model is an excellent replica with finely printed lights and badging as well as a very well applied black paint coat with the orange overpainted section crisp edged.

The wheels are excellent too with even the fine red line on the tire reproduced as well as black infill between the spokes accentuating the shape of the alloys. Though I think that looking at photographs that the car sits a little low on the wheels.

The chrome window surrounds actually print into the window space up to the glazing and for once I have no complaints to make!

Both the large rear spoiler and the front lower spoiler are made in plastic but colour match so well it is not noticeable.

An excellent model at a reasonable price point. And again one that I am sure will fly off the shelves.

87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961

The model is based upon the 1961 Chrysler 300-G. And was the last of the 300 series with rear fins as the 1962 cars rounded them off. Almost all the cars were automatic and powered by a 6.8 Litre V8.

The Oxford model is again well painted and with lovely printed chrome and badging. Again the inset area of the grille has been black painted cleanly and gives the front end an excellent appearance. The Chrysler roundel on the chrome strip is neatly printed as is the rear chrome strips and lights. The boot badge printing is crisp too even though very small in this scale.

One slight issue is that the front sidelights which are located around the edge of the wing below the headlights are black printed when silver or white would have been better, and they don’t seem to capture the backward facing V shape of the unit either.

The seating unit is neat with a good matt print to seat and carpet areas as well as the door cards. The dashboard is an entirely black unit which should be extensively chromed along the lower part, instrument panel and central console and tunnel. In addition the steering wheel is entirely silver where it should have a black central section, spokes and part rim with a translucent rim in between the spoke/rim section.

The wheels are excellent with sidewalls and fine detailing that match many cars pictured on the Internet.

The screen is an excellent shape but may be a little too high. It incorporates interior colour sun visors which is a nice accurate touch. However, on my model there is a manufacturing or assembly issue as the lower edge of the vent windows on the side do not fit flat on the door top on the Driver’s side. This may make the whole unit sit higher than planned.

So again a neat model with some compromises to the interior which the price point the models sell at make acceptable. Hopefully the ill fit of the screen unit is not typical, or can be fixed before the model is issued in another colour.


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News from the Continent June 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at models released in April and May 2019. Norev models are diecast in China for France in various scales.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

182771 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

187436 Porsche 935

24h France 1979 – Newman/Barbour/Stommelen


1:43 Scale

151509 Citroen Type A 1919 – red

153172 Citroen B2 Caddy 1923 – maroon

153029 Citroen Traction /7C Faux-cabriolet 1937 – dark blue

200000 Delamare Deboutteville & Malandin 1884

This is a model of the first french petrol powered vehicle.


1:87 Scale

159925 Citroen U23 Autocar 1947 – yellow and grey

1:64 Scale Minijet series

310910 Citroen CX saloon 1974 – sand beige metallic

May Releases

1:18 Scale

183489 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – silver

183488 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2018 – grey metallic

185182 Renault Floride 1959 – Bahama yellow metallic

185152 Renault 5 1972 – red

1:43 Scale

070014 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 1964 – black with red sides

1:43 Scale – Norev Classics Series

CL6921 Berliet Stradair Tipper -orange and blue

1:18 Scale Maxi Jet Series

182065 Solex 1966 – black

1:64 Scale Minijet Series

310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

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Oxford Diecast Release #2 2019

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Illustrations used are from Oxford Diecast.

Oxford announce three releases a year and these are linked to their catalogues. The latest release is release two 2019 and the catalogue is shown below. All models are made in China in Oxford’s factory. All but the 1:148 scale models are diecast. 1:148 generally have plastic bodies.

At a recent launch session on the Oxford Diecast Collectors Facebook page Lyndon and Eloise Davies explained that there would be fewer items in this release to allow them to catch up with the previously announced releases that have not yet been produced. Inevitably some collectors will be disappointed, especially if their scale, or theme, has little to offer in this release.

What appears to be troubling is that there seems to be a rise in emails to the team at Oxford Diecast with unpleasant and unhelpful criticism. It is fair enough to draw the team’s attention to issues or concerns but hostile or rude comments are uncalled for, and worse they may encourage the team at Oxford to be less open to comments. Here at MAR Online we often criticise products from makers but hope that we do so in a constructive and encouraging way.

So on to the new announcements.

1:43 Scale

Just one new casting in this scale, a Land Rover with a body by Tickford. The remaining two models are re-liveries. No new, or re-painted, 1:43 scale cars this release.

43TIC001 Land Rover Tickford Two Tone Green

43LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy

43CF003 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Softee

1:76 Scale

Four new castings in this scale. Two of cars with one being the long awaited Bentley State Limousine. The other two are new items in the steam/agricultural ranges.

A substantial number of re-colours appearing in ranges of cars, vans, military vehicles, and lorries.

76BCGT001 Bentley Continental GT Sport 

76BSL001 Bentley State Limousine HM The Queen

76PL001 Fowler Plough Blue and Red

76WB001 Water Bowser Alan Sparkes

76BI005 Beadle Integral Thornes of Bubwith

76BR003 Burrell 8nhp DCC Showmans Locomotive No 2342 Vanguard

76CRE011 Vauxhall Cresta Versailles Green and Black

76DC003 Duple Commander II Neath and Cardiff

76FCC003 Ford Consul Capri Monaco Red and White

76FZ003 Ford Zodiac MkII Ermine White and Pink

76HE004 Heinkel Trojan Polar White

76JCX75003 Jaguar CX75 Caesium Blue

76XK005 Jaguar XK Stratus Grey

76JEN005 Jensen 541R Metallic Royal Blue

76MX003 Austin Maxi Harvest Gold

76RREC003 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Fuji White

76RRS004 Range Rover Sport SVR Fuji White

76VEL003 Range Rover Velar SE Silicon Silver

76SOM003 Austin Somerset Romney Blue

76ZEP012 Ford Zephyr Black

76FT035 Ford Transit Mk5 National Grid

76FT3009 Ford Transit MK3 Gentian Blue

76MM061 Morris 1000 Post Office Telephones Yellow

76CIT005 Citroen H Catering Van Fish and Chips

76PB009 Commer PB Van Pitchford and Miles

76SHP008 Leyland Sherpa Van Manweb Electricity

76VWS003 VW T1 Van Dove Blue

76VWS008CC VW T1 Bus and Surfboards Coca Cola

76T4004 VW T4 Van Black

76T5V003CC VW T5 Van Coca Cola

76WM007 Whitby Mondial Ice Cream Van Piccadilly Whip

76SCL004 Scania Crane Lorry Galt Transport

76TIP005 AEC Ergomatic Tipper London Brick Company

76TK016 Bedford TK Box Van Macbraynes

76LRFCA003 Land Rover FC Ambulance 24 Field Ambulance Bosnia

76LRL007 Land Rover Lightweight Canvas RAF Police

76TAC007 TACR2 Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton

76SM004 Sherman MkIII 4th and 7th Royal Dragoon Guards France 1944

76WMB007 Willys MB USAAF Tunisia 1943

76WOT003 Ford WOT 1 Crash Tender RAF Bomber Command

1:72 Scale

AC095 Gloster Meteor 5897M RAF Hednesford Staffs

AC096 Focke Wulf TA152 Stab JG301

1:87 Scale

All models in this scale are recolours. Hopefully the first versions of these models, which are overdue, will appear over the summer.

87CE57002 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 Dakota Red

87CH63002 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe 1963 Riverside Red

87CV50002 Chevrolet Panel Van 1950 Washington DC Police

87PC54002 Pontiac Chieftain 4 Door 1954 Winter White/Maize Yellow

87SET002 3 Piece 1949 Mercury Set 70th Anniversary

1:148 Scale

All new colours and liveries in this scale. And all vehicles already seen in 1:76 scale.

NMOS006 Morris Minor Saloon Clipper Blue

NFDE011 Ford 400E Van Fordson Tractors

NFT024 Ford Transit MK5 Royal Mail

NMA004 Mercedes Ambulance Scottish Ambulance Service

NTRAIL010 Mobile Trailer AA

NTRAIL014 Mobile Trailer Southdown

NSDF002 Shelvoke and Drewry Freightlifter British Rail Crimson

NVOL4007 Volvo FH4 Semi Low Loader Cadzow

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News from the Continent March 2019 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are photographs of the releases from Busch and its subsidiaries EsPeWe and Mehlhose early in 2019. These models are all made to 1:87 scale and moulded in plastic. 

Busch

42893 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with twist drilling device

The Weimar excavator was introduced by1965 and it was developed continuously. In the eastern area of Germany some are still in use today.


50372 Land Rover Defender – grey

51025 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 – grey

59958 Transport-trailer

59961 Cable-transport trailer

# 23265 – 51572 IFA G5 59 box body (DDR TV)

This is a new mould.


51606 Robur LO 1800 A box body (DDR TV)

51864 Robur Garant K30 Kombiwagen (DDR TV)

54904 TSA trailer with roof rack (DDR TV)

41320 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – red

41327 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – silver

47575 Ford Mustang Coupe

The long serving Mustang moulding has been upgraded to form the basis of a new muscle car version with new wheels and air filter appearing through the bonnet.


50371 Land Rover Defender “Camel Trophy 1989”

UAZ 469

Anyone in the armed forces or official organisations in the former Eastern Bloc who needed a robust cross country vehicle used the UAZ-469. The spartan car was manufactured by Uljanowski Awtomobilny Sawod. Later versions were named the UAZ-3151. Production started in 1972 and ended in 2003 and it was fitted with a thirsty petrol engine. When used in the former DDR, it was sometimes fitted with a Cunewalder Diesel engine.

The models shown below are produced from new moulds.

52103 UAZ 469 without roof – Voluntary Fire Brigade
52104 UAZ 469 without roof – LPG Hedersleben
52105 UAZ 469 without roof – Peoples Police
52106 UAZ 469 without roof – GST (Society of Sport and Technique)

52300 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – beige

Another new mould here.


52301 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – grey
52350 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – dark green

52351 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – Bordeaux red

51277 Framo V901/2 Half-bus RFT – DDR television manufacturer customer service van

51862 Robur Garant K30 Kombi – Rafena TV manufacturer service vehicle

EsPeWe-Model

95172 IFA W50L MK box truck with spoiler, green with white box body

MEHLHOSE modelcars in scale 1:87

210003501 Multicar M22 dumper – blue/grey

210003503 Multicar M22 dumper – red/grey

210003600 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – green/grey

210003604 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – grey

News from the Continent March 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is a view of a selection of models issued by Herpa from the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. All are to 1:87 scale mde in Europe for Germany.

309370 Scania CS HD articulatedrefrigerated box truck “GS Transports”

The city of Luckau, south of Berlin, is the base for GS Transports. Herpa has now released their new Scania tractor, which is pulling a refrigerated box trailer promoting Scan Trans Service. Do not forget Scania also belongs to Volkswagen.


094078 Porsche 924 “Police of Northrhein-Westfalia”

The Porsche 924 was acquired in 1981 and was operated by the highway police, Moers. The model features an emergency light, roof prints and the NRW logo on the bonnet.


024716-004 Skoda 1000 MB

The first rear engined passenger carmade by Skoda was launched in 1968, Its four-stroke petrol engine developed 52 hp from a 1107 cc engine. It was good for a top speed of 127 km/h. The miniature is very well detailed, and some small components are separately inserted.


309417 Volvo F 12 Canvas-cover drawbar “Deutrans”

This drawbar is issued in a revised design of the vehicles of the haulier of the “German Democratic Republic”. These trucks ran through the whole Western Europe. The drivers were always high ranked Stasi officers, who had to spy against the ‘class enemy’ as well as delivering goods.


309769/309776 Scania CG 17 4×4 rigid Tractor – white or orange

This up to date tractor unit is a new mould.


309660 Mercedes-Benz Econic Box-truck “Special Action Police NRW”

This striking vehicle will be used by the police of Northrhein-Westfalia for special environmental measurements.


23175/23176

309820 Ford Transconti drawbar with canvas cover “Haulier Offergeld”

A classic truck in the design of the haulier Offergeld from the 1970s. It is possible that the range will be enlarged with models of their trucks from the 1950s.


094382 Volkswagen Transporter T6 Multivan “Fraport Safety Car”

A black moulded body, authentically printed and fitted with a red warning light bar. This vehicle is destined for use on the internal airport area.


094337 Mercedes-Benz Atego Rosenbauer turnable ladder truck
“Firebrigade of Ingolstadt, Bavaria”

The body is authentically shaped and printed. The ladder is very finely moulded and is fully extendable.


310024 Volvo FH Gl. XL articulated refrigerated box truck “Gesuko”

The company was founded under the name “Gesunde Kost”, (healthy food). Today they own 55 articuated refrigerated trucks. The company is located in Bad Hersfeld, Hessia.


308663 IFA G5 Three-way tipper

Some of these 6×6 trucks survive and are today stars at the old timer truck meetings in the eastern part of Germany.

Here Herpa has updated the cab and given it a new body.


310215 Anniversary set “80 Years of Haulier Wandt” Brunswick, Lower Saxonia

The set is contains two articulated canvas-covered trucks in typical Wandt livery with different tractor units, MAN and Volvo FH.


Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.

Schuco

February 1/2019

EDITION Pro.R43
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

EDITION 1:87
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car

AVIATION 1:600
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box

450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”

A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.


450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”

EDITION 1:43
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige

This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

EDITION PRO.R32
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed

450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

EDITION 1:87
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

EDITION PRO.R43
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

452016900 Volkswagen Beetle “Lady-Bird”
452018000 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI

EDITION 1:87
452633000 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) – red

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

452637600 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster – red
452638400 Airbus Helicopter H145 “DRF”