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
0778 46 John Deere 7310R with twin tyres
An impressive model with working suspension and tools to remove outer set of rear wheels.
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
0921 39 Two boat trailers
0955 38 Joskin feed transport trailer
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.
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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