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News from the Continent – Some recent Wiking re-issues compared to the original releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In the recent upgrade releases by WIking there were three models which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original releases in my collection so I have taken this opportunity to compare the originals to the re-issues.

0120 01 DKW saloon

The re-issue is in green with a white roof.

This model was launched in 1962, and modified in 1965 by adding a hook to pull a trailer. The body was moulded in brown, headlights and radiator grill painted in silver, and rear lights in red. Windows are pierced and tinted, but there is no interior. It is fitted with a well detailed baseplate.

The new release is moulded in light green, and the roof printed in white. Headlights, Radiator grille and a number of mouldings are silver printed, as are the badges and emblems. Front indicator, and rear lights are painted. The windows are clear and reveal an interior with seats and steering wheel which have been added. The good baseplate is unchanged apart from the “WM” branding has been changed to “Wiking”.

0160 39 Porsche 356 Cabriolet

The car in black is the recent re-issue.

The Porsche 356 was released originally by Wiking in 1961. It featured figures of a driver and his wife or girlfriend. The body was moulded in several colours but the example shown in in blue. The windscreen and side windows unit was glued on. Headlights, number plates and rear lights were all painted. The baseplate has good detailing.

The tiny Porsche has now been re-issued with a body moulded in black. This time, the car is empty, with red seats and a white three pointed steering wheel visible. The windows are unchanged. Head and rear lights are painted, The baseplate is similar too with WM removed and “WIKING” and “Germany” added. New wheels have been fitted with more authentic hubs and rims. The moulding on the bonnet and the grille, and the air intake on the rear engine cover are silver printed.

0210 02 Ford Continental

The car is green with a white roof is the re-issue.

This Ford Continental model was released originally in 1960 and the body has been re-issued in many colours over the years. The two-door coupe was a large car and made an impressive model even in a small scale. The windows were tinted in the original model and no interior was fitted. Again a detailed baseplate was modelled.  A hook to connect trailers was added during later years of production.

It has been re-issued with its body painted in light green, and the roof in matt white. The base now includes the “WIKING” branding. The re-issue has no hook fitted. There is still no interior fitted to the model. Radiator grille, headlights, door handles and the Continental emblem on the spare wheel cover are printed silver, and the rear lights painted red. Whitewall tyres are fitted to add to the visual appeal.


More than fifty years after these models were first issued they have been re-released with scarcely any changes to the basic mouldings. Yes, printing and painting have improved over what could be achieved in the early 1960s but the accuracy and quality of the mouldings is a tribute to the skills of Wikings tool makers and the quality of the moulds they created.


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Small French Cars from Universal Hobbies Part Two

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

This article is the second 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 2009. The first part featured the Citroën Traction and can be found hereThis partwork had a case holding two 1:87 models of 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 Peugeot 204s.

Peugeot 204 1965

The first is a plain car from 1965 when the car was launched. Over one and a half million were produced by the time production stopped in 1976. From 1969 to 1971 it was the best selling car on the French market. The design by Pininfarina was a scaled down version of the larger 304. The end result is slightly “dumpy” which is not helped in the case of the model by fact the casting is lacking in crispness and the ride height is too high.

The chrome window surrounds accentuate the fact that the casting is quite deep and windows are not flush. A complaint often made on some of Oxford Diecast‘s models even today. The side trim is printed on in a slightly heavy manner and the white paint “splits” on the panel lines.

The front grille and the printed 204 are neat and the separate lenses for the lights is nice, but the lights are not always mounted straight as can be seen above.

The rather plain rear is well caught and the rear lights are nice little separate units.

The wheels are pretty good with rubber tyres and overall it is a good model that captures the original well but far from the best in the series.

Peugeot 204 1967 Esso

Here we have the same casting as an Esso Press Car in “tiger” livery.  Unlike the Citroëns featured in the last article both cars use identical castings this time.

The side view shows the printed markings and Press Marking.

The same front but straight headlights this time.

At the rear the printed badging is different reflecting minor changes between 1965 and 1967.

Somehow the disruptive visual effect caused by the striping makes this look a larger car than the plain one but it is an optical illusion.


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Small French cars from Universal Hobbies

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Universal Hobbies seem to be primarily known today for the production of scale models of Agricultural and Construction machinery. But in the past they were active in making models to be used in partwork series, many in the James Bond series were from UH as were many 1:43 scale French partwork models. Today their 1:43 scale tractors have been used in a recent tractors partwork as well as sold in UH Packaging They also make larger tractors in 1:32 scale to compete with Britains and others.

This article is the start of 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 2009. Partworks are traditionally based upon 1:43 scale models which  are large enough for the public to see them as worthy of the cover price and not to bulky for the newstrade and delivery firms to cope with. So this partwork with a cover case holding two 1:87 models of different versions of the same car was a novelty. Having two cars did address the issue of perceived value but perhaps it was not a success as it has not been repeated and the models are still available new in France without the magazine that once came with them.

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 first models from this series that I will look at are the classic  Citroën Tractions.

Citroën Traction 7A 1934

 

The original Traction Avant was a small saloon car powered by a 1,300cc engine. It was designated 7A  and about 7,000 were made of this model with only one wiper and where all luggage had to be loaded  from the inside as there was no opening boot. The front doors were front hinged.

The model captures a car shown on the Internet in a car museum very well though that like that car the model has two wipers. Maybe that was an option or was fitted to some of the last 7As to be produced. The two tone grey and black colours are authentic and the grille and horns has been very well reproduced as have all the bonnet side fitments. The wheels are quite simple but so were the originals with a very small silver coloured hub cap contrasting to black wheel and tyre.

The rear is neatly finished with the two filler caps fitted until 1935 moulded in and highlighted in silver. The spare tyre cover is neatly painted in black with the small silver centre cap printed on. The rear lights are printed well capturing the slightly oval shape they had well.

Citroën Traction 11 légère FFI 1944

 

The 11 was built in two versions and the one that UH have modelled here is the 11BL (“légère”, or “light”), which was the same size as the 7 CV. Whilst it was similar to the 7A there were actually quite a few differences which means that UH had to produce two different castings. In 1935 the front grille was part painted and not entirely plated and the headlight covers were restyled. The changes at the back were more practical and involved an opening boot lid, re-positioned rear number plate and a single fuel filler cap. In 1936 the suspension was revised and rack and pinion steering fitted.

The UH model incorporates a new front bumper, and a  modified grille and wheels. The painting is the markings of the Free French who took over France as the allied invasion of Europe pushed the Nazis out of France. The 11 in this form has been modelled by others including Solido in 1:18 scale and Edicola, as well as UH, in 1:43 scale.

The modifications to the rear are all fully incorporated including the boot opening lines and handles and the relocated number plate.

Whilst the models in this series are not as finely moulded or detailed as Brekina or Herpa they are quite acceptable perhaps on a  par with an average Oxford Diecast 1:76 scale model.


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Minichamps for 2018

By Maz Woolley

It is the time of year for long lists of models from all the major producers. Minichamps are no exception to this. Although there are 1:43 scale releases the emphasis seems to be on the larger scales like 1:12 and 1:18 and the re-introduced 1:87 scale range and these are the ranges covered in this post. Keeping up with the times Minichamps feature a lot of new electric and hybrid vehicles and as ever a lot of sporting vehicles in multiple liveries.

1:12 Scale

The models planned are in multiple colours as listed below:

Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Red
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Silver
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Peru Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Orange Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Strawberry Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Green
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Lilac
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Pink Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 ? Silvergreen
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Yellow
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Red
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Silver
Porsche 917K – AAW Racing Team Piper Van Lennep – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
Porsche 917K – J.W. Engineering Hailwood/Hobbs – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
BMW 3.5 CSL – Plain Body Version 1976 White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Alpina-Faltz – De Fierlant Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – ‘Hermetite’   Fitzpatrick Walkinshaw – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer  Quester Nilsson – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
Porsche 934 – 1976 – Black
Porsche 934 – 1976 – White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer – Sepp Mahalter Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 3.5 CSL ? Miller/Cowart 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW M1 Procar – White – 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport  Didier Pironi – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing Niki Lauda – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Nelson Piquet – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Alan Jones – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Clay Regazzoni – Procar Series 1979
Porsche 956K – Plain Body Version White – 1982
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell  Winners Silverstone 6h 1982
BMW M1 Gr.B  Pallavicini/Winther Von Bayern – 24H Le Mans 1983
Porsche 956 K – Joest RACing – Bob Wollek Winner Zolder DRM 1983
Porsche 956K – Sorga S.A./Joest Racing Wollek/Johansson – 1000Km Nurburgring 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing Merl/Moretti Mugello 1000Km 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing ‘Bad Aachen’ – Merl/Schornstein Monza 84
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – White – 1987
BMW M3 – M-Team Zakspeed – Eric Van De Poele – Champion DTM 1987
BMW M3 – JPS Team BMW Richards/Longhurst Class Winners Bathurst 1000 Km 1987
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – Black – 1987
BMW M3 – Fina Motorsport Team  Cecotto Danner/Martin – Winners 24H Nurburgring 92
BMW M3 – M-Team Linder – Armin Hahne  DTM 1992

1:12 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Barcelona GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Silverstone GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Test Malaysia 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Test 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2017

Honda NSR – Alex Crivill? – Winner GP 500 Barcelona 1995

 

 

1:18 Scale

Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – Red
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – White
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Colzani/Pooky /Venturi – Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Hezemanns/Len – Winners Div.1 4H Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior  ‘Jagermeister – Rainer Maschke – DRM 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Picchi/Chasse – Winners Div.1 24H Paul Ricard 1971
Audi Quattro – 1980 – Silver
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport Mouton/Pons – Rallye De Portugal 1981
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport  Mouton/Pons – Winners Rallye Sanremo 1981
Audi Quattro A1 – Audi Sport Mikkola/Her Rallye Automobile De Monte Carlo 1983
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport Blomqvist Winners Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport  Ruhrl/Geist Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Schmidt Motorsport Dem Winners Int. Avd/Sth Hunsruck Rallye 1984
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun – Melvin Moh Lin Keong Wee – China GT Championship 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun  Lee/Au China Gt Championship 2017 #5
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Hong Kong ? Lee/Thong Blancpain GT Series Asia 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Land/ De Phillipp Mies/V.D.Linde – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT Muller Fussler/Frijns/Rast – 3rd Place 24H 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT  Stippl Rast/Vervisch/Muller – 24H Nurburgring 201
Audi R8 LMS – Car Collection Motorsport Saurenmann/Rocco – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Phoenix Racing ? Busch/M?lle Rockenfeller/Stippler – 24H N?rburgring 20
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Black
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Blue Metallic
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Yellow
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Black
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Red
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Silver
BMW 2002 – Autohaus Speidel – Jurg Obermos Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
BMW 2002 – Jockey Racing  Tobiasson /Nordstrom – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1972
BMW 2800 CS – BMW Alpina  Huber/Kelleners Winners 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 2800 Cs – Castrol BMW  Moorkens/Haxhe – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1971
BMW 2800 Cs – Team Schnitzer-Motul  Herzo /Heyer – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1972
BMW 2800 Cs ? Racing Team Marabout  Gaye /Braillard – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Alpina  Peltier/Menzel – 24H Spa 1973
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Italia  Grano/Joosen – Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Motorsport Hans-Joachim Stuck – Winner Norisring Trophee 1974
BMW 3.0 CSL – Faltz-Alpina – De Fierlant/G /Betzler – Zandvoort Trophy 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Garage Du Bac  ‘Depnic’ /Coulon – 24H Le Mans 1977
BMW 3.0 CSL – Jolly Club Milano  Finotto /Facetti – Winners Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – Juma Tuning  Corbisier/Joos /Berndtson – GP Nurburgring 1976
BMW 3.0 CSL – Luigi Racing – De Fierlant /Xhenceval – Winners 24H Spa 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Pricision Liegeose  Peltier /Lafosse – Winners 4H Monza 1974
BMW 3.5 CSL – A.S.P.M.-Tanday Music – Justice/Belin – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – De Fierlant/Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Hermetite Walkinshaw /Fitzpatrick – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Miller/Cowart – 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW 3.5 CSL – Sepp Manhalter  Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 323I – 1982 – Blue Metallic
BMW 323I – 1982 – Brown Metallic
BMW 325I – Joachim Winkelhock – Adac Gross Preis Der Tourenwagen Nurburgring DTM 86
BMW 325I – Vogt/Oestreich – Class Winners E.G. Trophy Etcc Zolder 1986
BMW 635 Csi – Belga Juma Racing  Winkelho /Regout/Gartner – 24H Spa 1985
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Brancatelli /Kelleners – Grand Prix Brno 1984
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Ravaglia/Berger /Winkelhock – 24H Spa 1984
BMW 635 Csi – Vogelsang Automobile Gmbh H.Grohs – 1st Bergischer Lowe Zolder 1984
BMW M1 – Auto Maass BMW – Kurt Konig – Drt Wunstorf 1982
BMW M1 – Basf Team Gs Sport Stuck/Heyer – 6h Silverstone 1981
BMW M1 – Jens Winther Racing  Winther /Mercer/Jensen – 24H Le Mans 1984
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing – HansStuck 1st Monaco Procar Series 1980
BMW M1 Procar – Tom Walkinshaw Racing – Dieter Quester – Procar Series 1979
BMW M2 Coupe – 2016 – White
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Black Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – White
BMW M6 GT3 – Autobacs RACing Team Aguri Takagi/Walkinshaw – Super GT300 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Longhurst Skaife/Ingall/Glock – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Mostert/Twig Haber – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer ? Wittmann Blomqvist/Tomczyk/Farfus – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer Collard/Eng Winners Oschersleben Gt 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Plain Body Version Matt Black – 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Blomqvist Catsburg/Spengler – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin Basseng – 10th Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin/Sims 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Palttala/Catsbu Sims 2nd Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Krohn Muller/Spengler/Wittmer – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Muller Klingmann/Onslow-Cole – 24H Nurburgring 17
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Curtis ? Imsa Grand Prix Laguna Seca 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Marks/Krohn – 12H Sebring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Krognes/Di Martino – 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Palttala/Krognes/Menze – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Schiwietz/Van Campenhoudt – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Walkenhorst/Tresson – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – White
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – 1978 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – Faberg? RACing Lee Jeans S.Graham – 2nd Oulton Park BSCC 1979
Ford Capri 3.0 – Gilden Kolsch Racing Team Schaefer/Rosberg – 24H Nurburgring 1982
Ford Capri 3,0 – Serge Power Bastos Racing – Soto/Honeger/Libert – 24H Spa 1980
Ford Capri 3,0 – V.M. Woodman Woodman /Buncombe/Clark – 3rd Place Spa 24H 1981
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970  White/Black (LHD)
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – M-Sport World Rally Evans/Barritt – Rally Guanajuato Mexico 14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – Rk M-Sport World Rally Kubica/Szczepaniak – Rally Monte Carlo ’14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Bouffier/Pnseri Rally Monte Carlo 2014
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina 2nd Place Monza Rally Show 2013
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina Winners Monza Rally Show 2012
Ford RS 1800 – Allied Polymer Group  Makinen/Liddon – Winners Lombard RAC Rally 1975
Ford RS 1800 – Li-Lo Equipe Esso  Clark/W – Lombard RAC Rally 1978
Ford RS 1800 – Rothmans Rally Team  Vatan /Richards – Acropolis Rally 1980
Ford RS 2600 – 1970 – Blue
Ford RS 2600 – Ford BP Racing Team Birre /Bourgoignie – 2nd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – 3rd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – Winners 24H Spa 1971
Ford RS 2600 – Ford-Tuning Siegen Weiss /Ludwig – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1973
Ford RS 2600 – Kent Frami Racing Team – Franck/Fritzinger – Spa 24H 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Shark Team Rouget/Geurie – Le Mans 24H 1972
Lancia Stratos – Lancia  Darniche/Mahe – Winners Tour De Corse 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Munari/Mannucci – Winners Rallye Monte Carlo 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Pirelli  Alen/Kiv – Winners Rallye San Remo 1978
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – Carbon
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982  Green Metallic
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Feuerwehr Aachen’
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Polizei Germany’
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Ellen Lohr – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Roland Asch – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Hans Heyer – Saisonfinale Hockenheim 1971
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Heyer/Betzler – 24H Nurburgring 1972
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Silve
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Cream
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Spa 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Schlesser/Baldi – Winn Wspc Nurburgring 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 ? Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Suzuka 1991
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag  2nd Place Eifelrennen Nurburgring 1937
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag Brauchitsch – 2nd Place Deutschland 1937
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Eberhard Gers Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Von Bayern /Johansson – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Haxhe/Toussai – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Pilette/Gosse – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Tuerlinx/Pile – 24H Spa 1972
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Blue
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Orange
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 906E – Porsche Of Stuttgart Mitter/Rindt – Daytona 24 Hours 1967
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Orange
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Red
Porsche 917 LH – Team Gulf Wyer – Rodrigue /Oliver – 24H Le Mans 1971
Porsche 917 LH – Team Martini Racing – Lar /Kauhsen – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 917 LH – Team Porsche Austria ? El /Ahrens – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 934 – Anny Charlotte Verney Charlotte Verney – 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Brumos Racing – Gregg/Busby – 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Lubrifilm Racing – Mueller Vanoli – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll /Pironi/Beaumont – 24H Le Mans 1976
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll ‘Steve’ – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Thierry Perrier – Perrier/Be /Salam – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1981
Porsche 956 K – Brun Motorsport Gmbh – Bru Rosberg – 1000 Km N?rburgring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – Keke Rosber – DRM Norisring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – ‘Winther’/D /Weidler – 1000 Km Spa 1985
Porsche 956 K – John Fitzpatrick Racing – Fitzpatrick – 2nd Place DRM Zolder 1983
Porsche 956 K – Porsche Kremer Racing – Kl Ludwig – DRM Norisring 1985
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell Winners Silverstone 6 Hours 1982
Porsche 956 K – Skoal Bandit Porsche Team – Boutsen/Hobbs – 1000 Km Spa 1984
Porsche 956 K – Warsteiner Team / Joest Ra Bob Wollek – Winner DRM Norisring 1983
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Red Metallic
Porsche 962 C – Team Memorex – Frank Jelin – 100 Meilen Von Nurnberg Supercup 1986
Porsche 962 C – Torno Brun Motorsport – Boutsen/Brun – Silverstone 1000 Km 1985
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Black
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Blue
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Jean-Louis Schlesser – Winner Supercup 1988
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Baldi/Acheson /Brancatelli – 2nd Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Schlesser/Jabouille /Cudini – 5Th Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Dark Blue (LHD)
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Yellow (RHD)
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Light Green Metallic
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Red
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – White
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Drk Aachen’
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Polizei Germany’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Polis Sweden’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Danmark’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Norway 2’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politie Netherlands
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Green Metallic
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Red
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – White
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Dark Blue Metallic
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Gold

1:18 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Winner Czech GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Silverstone GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Nicky Hayden – MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Hiroshi Aoyama – MotoGP ’16
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Alex Lowes – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Bradley Smith – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Pol Espargaro – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Jorge Lorenzo – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Testbike 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Catalunya GP MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – Test Valencia 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – Test 2016
Honda RC213V – Dani Pedrosa – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Jack Miller – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Esteve Rabat – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Johann Zarco – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Assen GP MotoGP

1:87 Scale

Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Black
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Green Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Red
Audi TT – 2018 – Yellow
Audi TT – 2018 – Grey
Audi TT – 2018 – White
BMW M2 – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – White
BMW M5 – 2018 – Blue Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – Black Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Blue Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Grey Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Red Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Silver
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – White Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Grey Metallic
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Blue
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – White
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Black
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Red Meta
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – White
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S- 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Black
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Silver
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 White
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Blue Metallic
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Grey
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – White
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Blue Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Yellow
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Red
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Blue Metallic W/ White Stripes
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Orange Metallic W/ Black Stripes
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Dark Blue
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Silver W/ Black Ro
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – White W/ Red Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Blue W/ Black Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Black
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Grey
Ford GT – 2018 – White W/ Black Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Red W/ White Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Black W/ Silver Stripes
Nio Es8 Light Blue Met
Nio Es8 Black
Nio Es8 White
E.Go Life – 2018 – Blue
E.Go Life – 2018 – Red
E.Go Life – 2018 – Brown
Nio Ep9 Blue
Nio Ep9 Light Blue Met.
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Black
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Dark Red Metallic
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Grey Metallic
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Yellow Metal
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Blue Metalli
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Red Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Silver
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – White
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Yellow Met
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 ? Red/Black
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Silver
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Bronze
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Red Metallic
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Red Met
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model S – 2018 – White
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model X – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Red

News from the Continent 2/1028 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown are all expected to be released by Wiking in February 2018.

New Items

Scale 1:32

0778 30 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0778 34 Claas Commandor 116CS combine harvester

 

Scale 1:87

 

0361 62 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor with twin tyres

 

0227 05 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 Exclusive T-model (estate)

 

0797 21 Volkswagen T1b Samba bus

 

0693 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “THW”

 

0645 02 MAN dump truck

 

0601 30 MAN F90 Fire brigade flatbed truck and trailer

 

0634 04 DAF towing vehicle

 

0543 01 Volvo F89 refrigerated artic. truck

 

Model Upgrades

Scale 1:160

 

0951 99 Magirus refrigerated artic. Truck

 

 

0970 07 Mercedes-Benz O 305 Urban bus

 

Scale 1:87

 

0018 18 Accessory Pack “Connections II”

 

0160 39 Porsche 356 convertible

 

0210 02 Ford Continental

 

0788 11 Volkswagen T1a delivery van “Dujardin Vinebrand”

 

0120 01 DKW Limousine

 

0881 03 Deutz D 40 L tractor

 

0601 29 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S Fire engine

 

0720 02 Büssing Trambus

 

0502 05 Magirus 135 D 11 FS artic. Flatbed truck with load of construction material

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More Colorful Model Car Brands You Might Not Have Heard Of

By Ron Ruelle

Ed. Note:  The MAR Online Editors are republishing this article from the HobbyDB blog because some of these brands might be new and fun for you.  Others might be old hat (Quiralu  or Rextoys)?   Ron’s article on unusual model car brands was also republished by MAR Online in 2016.

A while ago, HobbyDB shared a list of unusual Model Car Brands with strange histories. The response we got was terrific, so we did another list. Since then, we’ve dug up enough other odd brands to compile yet another batch of model and toy cars you may have forgotten (if you ever heard of them at all.) All in all, this round of models comes from seven different countries if you’re counting!

Dream Become True

Dream Become TrueNo, that’s not a typo, it’s just clunky translation. This company started as “Dream Become True”, possibly playing off Chinese auto company Build Your Dream. They then changed it to “Dream Becomes True” which is still kinda clunky. Their main offerings are Model Cars in 1/32 and 1/24 scale, which are fairly detailed and include working parts as well as lights and sounds.They also make some pretty basic models of mostly high end exotic cars in 1/64, including about the only model of the Koenigsegg CCX available and, even if the doors don’t open correctly.

Gay Toys

gay toys school busSimple, inexpensive toys molded in color… what could go wrong? The sheer coincidence of the name unfortunately might have became a headache for the company (parental objections, etc.), so they didn’t produce many models under this brand. And well, when you try to do a search online for them, well, just make sure you keep “safe search” turned on. Even better, look for them on hobbyDB instead.

Quiralu

QuiraluQuiralu models were made in France in the 1950s and ’60s and included several microcars. The company and their models went into hibernation for many years until the original molds were resurrected in the late ’90s. They were used again to make a limited number of models with the same body castings but slightly different tinplate base and window glazing. The colors for each generation are often loud and fun.

Radon

radon model carThe name Radon probably doesn’t have any strange connotations in Russian like it does in other parts of the world. These cars are cold war relics, from a Russian state factory. They are mostly 1:43 scale diecast Soviet vehicles, including marques that aren’t likely to be reproduced in any other country. As a bonus, they do a lot of limos and other service vehicles, which are always neat to look at.

Rextoys

rextoysThese Portugal-produced models are best known for 1930s American cars. Detail is simple, but the cars sometimes come with well-known passengers… You can get the Cadillac V16 Convertible with President Franklin D. Roosevelt riding in the back, or, if you prefer, Italian actress and politician, Cicciolina. But not together, even though that would be really awesome!

Simba

SimbaThey Farbwechsel when they Temperaturwechsel! Simba, despite the very elephantine name, was a German company that made mostly models of German marques. Their color change cars were revolutionary at the time, as they were among the first where the color depended on the temperature of the water.

Smelly Speeders

Maisto Smelly SpeedersSure, these look like standard Majorette models. Except they have some odd color combinations, especially the brightly colored tires. And when you open them, well, the reason for the name becomes obvious. Each car was scented in generally favorable aromas such as coconut or strawberry, not unlike those emanating from your car air freshener. Unfortunately, if you find one in the package, there’s a good chance the scent has worn off over the decades.

Tomte-Laerdal

Tomte-LaerdalStarting in the 1940s, this company produced primarily models of German cars but also one of an American military Jeep. Bodies were made of a single piece of rubbery plastic in a single color (some look kind of swirly) with a separate clear windshield in some cases. Details were crude at best. Later models mostly eschewed the clear parts for solid molded windows. Based on their Datsun 240Z model, it’s safe to say they were still making these at least into the early 1970s.

Starmada

StarmadaStarmada is a fairly new name to the model car business, debuting at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg in 2009. They offer mostly European marques with a heavy emphasis on Mercedes-Benz. These are sold under the name Brekina in many countries. Two really neat things about them… they make a lot of odd body styles such as limousines and hearses. And if you can believe it from the photos, these cars are 1/87 scale, some of the most detailed cars you can get for an HO railroad.

Victory Industrial Products

Victory Industrial ProductsVictory Industrial Products or VIP was a small company that began its life during the second world war in a boat house which stood directly alongside Kingston Bridge in Hampton Wick near London. It was founded by two men, Captain William John Warren and Gerald Fenner Burgoyne who set up the company to manufacture small electrical components for the Ministry of Supply. Not quite nanotechnology, but the components were useful for making model trains, 1:20 plastic models, and 1:32 slot cars. They were mostly odd, utilitarian cars, but charming in a huge way.


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Heer is acloser look at some of the models released by Herpa during the second half of 2017. These are all moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

745888 Main Soviet battle tank T34-85 “NVA”

The Soviet Second World War tank was used by the “National Peoples’ Army “ of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) during the first years after the country was founded by the Soviet government.

745796 Main Soviet battle tank T34/85 winter camouflage

The original that this model is based upon was used during the battle to lift the siege of the encircled  City of Leningrad in 1944.

 

038805 Audi A5 Coupe “Black Edition” – tango-red metallic

 

308137 Mercedes-Benz box-drawbar “DEUTRANS”

The series of Deutrans miniature models continues with this twin axle box truck with a Mercedes-Benz tractor unit pulling a typical trailer of its time with dual tyres. VEB Deutrans was the main haulier of the former DDR. Drivers were officers of the Stasi (secret service) with special training. Their trucks were running observation stations.

 

307925 MAN TGX XXL artic. curtain canvas truck “Haulier Wandt”

This is a brand new Tractor unit on this articlated lorry liveried with an advertisement for the Technical University of Brunswick. This truck with a MAN TGX XXL cab is operated by the Brunswick based forwarder Wandt. This was released by Herpa to fit in with the launch of the real lorry.

 

746083 IFA G5 Dumper “NVA”

During the early years of the “National Peoples’ Army” of the DDR the G5 6×6 trucks were the most common vehicles. Here Herpa have made it as a dumper with a movable mechanism. , fully movable, the hydraulic. The hydraulic lift for the dumper is included in the box.

 

928304 Audi A5 Cabriolet “Cars Club Model 2017

The black moulded A5 Cabriolet is the 2017 model of the year made only for members of the Herpa Modelcar Collectors Club.


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More Jerry Broz creations

By Jerry Broz

OSCAR THE TRACK CLEANER TRUCK.

Twinn-K‘s famous, highly demanded “Oscar the Track
Cleaner”, a special HO slot car difficult to keep in stock.

Over forty five years ago, the well-known HO slot car and
accessories manufacturer Maurice Winn of Twinn-K fame
introduced, through its division AJ’s National Raceways, a new,
different, purpose-built track cleaning vehicle in HO scale.
It was the first of many design projects from Broz Engineering,
a design and development service. To facilitate removal of
oxidation from the track rails, I combined an abrasive rail
cleaner beneath the front of the car with a wick saturated with
cleaning liquid extending from the rear of the car. This unique
combination cleaned the tracks and picked up any remaining dust and a small particles lying the track, thus keeping the HO track in
excellent condition. An attractive body with a driver and cleaning
liquid tank, designed to snap on/off the completed the track
cleaning truck. This very successful and popular “Oscar the
Track Cleaner” (Patent #3,789,768) led to Twinn-K’s
HO “Fun” Vehicles.

Both, the “Oscar the Track Cleaner” and the “HO Fun Vehicles” were manufactured in Hong-Kong with a metal chassis having the swing drop part carrying the motor and two part pick-up and guide pin assembly. The vehicles featured Mabuchi SM-02 motors with metal (Track Cleaner) or plastic (Fun Vehicles) worm gear sets to achieve a realistic, track service vehicle speed. For long lasting performance, all trucks were furnished with SILIKONE hard wearing tires made from a heat treated tear proof silicone and bonded to a precision, polished, and  threaded aluminum hubs. The front and back wheels were secured to the threaded front axle and threaded and knurled back axle with four 0-80 brass jamb nuts.

The Twinn-K “Fun” vehicles, aesthetically appealing and
marketed as AJ’s Race Savers, became popular
additions to HO race track layouts. The advanced body
style and implied functionality made them the latest accessory
for realistic HO racing. The three AJ’s Race Savers were:

AJ’s SPEEDWAY HOSPITAL AMBULANCE. A must for track
safety, finished in white with Red Cross markings and red body
stripe. The truck had a working emergency red light on top of
cab when in service. This vehicle was an attractive addition
to any HO race track.

AJ’s INDY WRECKER/TOW TRUCK. The HO scale tow truck
was able to hook-up any HO car on the track and haul the car
back to the pits.The model was finished in bright orange with
a working emergency red light on top of cab when in service.
This vehicle made for a realistic addition to any HO race track.

AJ’s CRASH TRUCK. This emergency fire truck is necessary
when crashes occur. It was finished in fire red and equipped
with working emergency red light on top of cab when in service
and two fire extinguishers. This vehicle provided a final touch
of realism for any HO race track.

A proposal, concept, drawing of the AJ’s RACE CAR HAULER
TRUCK . This proposed HO Race Car Hauler Truck was
supposed to be the last in the line of AJ’s Race Saver vehicles.
Unfortunately, this attractive truck which was capable of
hauling any of the Aurora, Tyco, Riggen, Bachmann, Faller,
etc., HO cars, was never produced.

In all, Twinn-K (AJ’s division) produced (as AJ’s Race Savers)
the following trucks:
OSCAR THE TRACK CLEANER – 2 yellow versions.
OSCAR THE TRACK CLEANER SPIRIT OF ’76 – 3 versions
red, white & blue.
SPEEDWAY HOSPITAL AMBULANCE – white.
INDY WRECKER/TOW TRUCK – orange.
CRASH TRUCK – red.

The last picture shows the originally carded “Oscar the Track
Cleaner” and the “Speedway Hospital” ambulance in the
special container. With the introduction of the Twinn-K “Fun
Vehicles”, all trucks, including the Oscar the Track Cleaner”,
were sold in attractive Dome Cube Container as the “AJ’s
Race Savers”, and included, inside the box, the detailed
instructions on how to operate and care for each car.

In the ’60s and ’70s, Twinn-K (the manufacturer of the
famous “Oscar the Track Cleaner”) was the largest
producers of the slot car and RC racing tires. Over the
years, Twinn-K made tires for HO, 1/32, and 1/24 slot racing
cars along with RC tires of all scales. Twinn-K was the first
to manufacture precise, ground tires, to be mounted and
glued on threaded aluminum wheels for HO slot cars. All
Twinn-K tires were quality products, superior to any other
HO tires at that time. Later in life, Maurice Winn, the owner
of Twinn-K, suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and, in 1991,
his children sold Twinn-K to an investment group. In 1993,
the company moved to Cleveland, Ohio. By early 1996,
Twinn-K was shut down completely and Maurice Winn
passed away in October 2011.

I first met Maurice when I designed the “Oscar the Track
Cleaner” in the late ’60s and then on several occasions
afterwards. He was easy going, a pleasure to work with,
and a very out-going individual. In fact, my family and I
stayed at his Indianapolis home when we went to the
Indy 500 in 1970. Maurice was a great man and a credit
to the slot racing car industry.


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the manufacturer except for the models with detailed reviews later in the article.

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

183441  Sauber-Mercedes C0  Winner 400 km Suzuka 1989 – Baldu / Schlesser

1:43 Scale

155327  Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – pearl white, black roof and silver decoration

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

184698  Chenard & Walcker 1500 kg Type CHV 1946 delivery van – green

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

185215  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo “Tour de Corse 1989 – Alain Oreille”

 

1:43 Scale

 

151398  Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Rialto yellow & Cormoran grey

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

Here are two Norev models that I have been able to review in detail.

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

The 402 was one of the earliest exponents of the folding metal roof which has been revived in recent years.

In Autumn 1935 Peugeot introduced the 402 as Saloon, Coupé, Roadster and as a two-seater Cabriolet Transformable Electrique. This was the cabriolet with a revolutionary electric movable roof. In 1937 the concept was extended and the four-seater 402 L was introduced with a manual foldable roof.

First some pictures of the car itself which is eye catching sharing the same limited luggage space that modern cars with this type of roof have!

The model is based upon the four seater 402 L and it is made to 1:18 scale. It is diecast in China for France.

The body is authentically shaped, and has been painted very well indeed and has excellent printed detail like the coachlines.

Rear hinged doors are opening and the bonnet can be opened too. Headlights are fitted behind the front grille in the characteristic Peugeot style of the period and look authentic.

The roof can be opened and closed so realistically that it really looks like a shrunken version of the original.

The boot is well detailed and is filled with two suitcases and the spare wheel.

The interior is detailed and true to the original car, coloured in light beige. The dashboard is fitted with a central instrument panel, gear lever and glove box cover. The lever to open the windscreen is not forgotten, nor is the rear view mirror and sun visors. The steering wheel is placed in the right position. Under the bonnet, the engine is  replicated to a pleasing standard.

Finally the baseplate has excellent detail included as can be seen above.

153050  Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black

 

In 1934 Andre Citroen presented the completely newly designed Traction Avant as type 7 with 34 HP and type 11 with 42 and 46 HP. The model was available as saloon, cabriolet and roadster. A few prototypes were made into a luxury version “Coupe de Ville”, which has been made by Norev. The model is die cast to 1:43 scale in China for France. The body is authentically shaped and the body has been correctly painted in two colours. Many parts are small separately inserted items.  Radiator grille, bumpers, headlights and some other parts are chrome-plated. The baseplate is disappointingly blank.

 

This new model is shown with the 11 A from 1936, the model entirely in black.

This 11A was issued in the 1970s as No. 29. The scale was also 1:43 and it was moulded in black plastic. Radiator grille, bumpers, head lights and hub caps were silver printed. The interior is well detailed and both the bonnet and the boot can be opened. Under the bonnet there is a one piece replica of the engine.

The body of the older model was moulded in one piece without separately inserted parts. The French mouldmakers of the 1970s were highly skilled as they had no CAD software or automated mould cutters. This was the time when small cars were changing from toys to collectables not to be sold to those under the age of 14 years. Although more delicately painted and detailed the newer 11 Coupé De Ville does not put the older model to shame.


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News from the Continent October/November 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Porsche Models to 1:43 scale

Three more Porsche cars to 1:43 scale are now available. These were officially launched in Spring 2016, but have only been available as Porsche promotional models till now.

071109  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Indian red with a beige interior

 

071116  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Carrara white metallic with a red interior

 

071062  Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Here painted a lustrous black paint with a beige interior.

The three Porsche miniatures are extremely accurate models with a high level of detailing and fault free paint finishes. A number of small parts are added and features like wheel rims and exhaust systems are accurate and finely modelled. The base plates are well detailed too.

Porsche set high standards for the models they sell as promotional items but still demand reasonable prices so Herpa has worked hard to produce these models to a high standard and competitive price.

Selection of recent 1:87 scale releases

 

093187  Audi A4 Avant “Police of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany”

The police in Rhineland-Palatinate don´t look only for criminals but also for new recruits. On this police car, the publicity material is incorporated in the livery with a pictures trying to persuade people to join the police. The model, has the four colour print on the rear wing as well as the eye-catching stripe decals in the rear.

 

306614  Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 refrigerated articulated box truck “Kinlochbervie GB”

Kinlochbervie is a small harbour village in the far North West of Scotland which is also the headquarters of the fisheries company featured on this model which have their own fleet of lorries. The cab features detailed printing as well as two headlight bars, one on the grill, and the other above the sun visor.

 

093224  Volkswagen Passat Variant “Zoll”

Customs in Germany still operates white vehicles with green area markings just like the Passat model from Herpa. The model features an authentic printed livery and a Hänsch DBS 4000 light bar.

 

307864  Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace Eurocombi “DB Schenker”

Deutsche Bahn – Schenker operates a new long truck. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace truck is loaded with a DB-Schenker swap container and pulls a five axle box trailer.


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