By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs are supplied by the Manufacturer and the Author.
Wiking has announced new releases for December 2018. As usual these are a mixture of new or largely new models and a set of upgrades to existing models. Wiking models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.
New Items in 1:87 Scale
0335 01 Tempo Matador high-side flatbed
0314 01 Volkswagen T2 pick up with crew cab
0861 45 Volkswagen 1600 saloon “Fire brigade”
0311 48 Volkswagen Amarok GP Comfortline
0293 07 Volkswagen T3 pick up with crew cab “THW”
0797 22 Volkswgen T1 Samba Bus
0570 02 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 beverages truck
0523 04 MAN articulated Container truck
0440 01 Hanomag Henschel refrigerated with draw bar trailer
0990 94 “ASG” Set
0949 05 Magirus box truck
0805 09 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe
0184 03 Glas Goggomobil saloon
0070 01 Opel Rekord Caravan 1957
0656 07 Site trailer
0650 05 ABG Road roller
0832 04 Mercedes-Benz 260D saloon
0388 15 Beet trailer
0386 02 Deutz-Fahr DX 4.70 tractor
0730 02 Setra S8 tour bus
0389 14 Claas Lexion 760 combine harvester with V 1050 forager headers
1:32 Scale Range Additions
0778 45 Stertil Koni mobile column lift (contents two pieces)
0778 41 AGRIbumper Claas design
0778 42 AGRIbumper Fendt design
0778 43 AGRIbumper John Deere design
0778 44 AGRIbumper black
New and Original – Some thoughts
Amongst the upgrade releases in October 2018 were some interesting models first issued in the 1960s. As I have these models in my collection I took the opportunity to compare the original with the current release. In many cases there is an interesting background history to be told. All models shown below are made to 1:87 scale.
0183 05 BMW 2002 saloon “Bavarian Police”
The BMW 2002 was manufactured beween 1966 and 1971. It was in widespread use with the city police of Munich. Under the bonnet was fitted a powerful 100 hp, 2.0 litre petrol engine, and its top speed was 170 km/h. The BMW 501 in the background, its predecessor, was also made by Wiking. These cars were typical sights in the daily traffic in Munich. The BMW 501 patrol cars got the code name “Isar” and a legendary TV serial, named Isar 12, told the life of two policemen, their families and their car.
0206 01 Alfa Romeo Spyder
This is the first Alfa Romeo miniature ever modelled by Wiking. The chosen subject is the version of the Spyder made from 1966 to 1969. The body is very authentically shaped, it is moulded in bright red plastic, and the bumpers and windscreen frame are silver painted, as is the radiator grille. Head and tail lights are made from clear plastic. The interior is moulded in black with considerable detail moulded in. The baseplate is well detailed for a small model.
0620 02 Magirus S 3500 Fire Brigade turntable ladder truck 1958-1967
The “round bonnet” Magirus is one of the great classics of German fire engines of the post war era. The impressive, rounded Alligator bonnet is impressive and full of character. The the radiator grill surround encircles the contours of the cathedral of Ulm, where the vehicles were assembled.
The Magirus ladder was introduced into the Wiking model program very soon after the launch of the original vehicle. The legendary modelmaking master Alfred Kedzierski designed the first version with closed windows. Later it emerged with pierced windows and now it has been re-issued from reworked original moulds with a new baseplate.
0071 49 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan 1961 – red
The P2 Caravan is a typical early 1960s Wiking model accurate and well detailed moulding fitted windows but still with generic wheels and simple printing. Now the model has been given a ‘makeover’. The body is moulded in read and a white roof section has been printed on. Silver printing of coachwork lines, grilles and emblems is to current standards. In addition white wall tyres and replica wheels are fitted. What a contrast to the original models shown besides it!
0521 02 Articulated Box truck with Chevrolet tractor unit “Mayflower” 1955-1956
This model set could have been chosen by the late Friedrich Pelzer the founder of Wiking. A Chevrolet tractor from the 1950s pulls a contemporary trailer, which embodies a piece of Wiking history, as it appeared as one of the earliest commercial models. To the pleasure of Wiking collectors, the truck load is the furniture for a well known bungalow model. The model may enlarge the international appeal of the Wiking model range and perhaps open new export chances to the US where 1:87 scale railways are popular.
Wiking Magazine for 2018
The photographs below show a few of the interesting articles printed in this magazine. No other producer of models in 1:87 scale has such an interesting background and can tell so much stories.
it is no wonder that the publisher always surprises the reader with new subjects. In this year, the highlights are the development of the new Tempo Matador, and the classic Henschel cab of the 1950s, All of this illustrating new models from these new moulds.
There are also articles on an impressive diorama at the Sieper museum at SIKU/WIKING world. More topics are the history of the Swiss food dealer Migros and the 50th anniversary of the German Furniture Forwarder “Deutsche Möbelspedition”.
Finally their is a feature on the model ranges of 25 and 50 years ago.
0006 25 WIKING Magazine 2018
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