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A rare bird on eBay

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photograph by, and copyright of, the Author.

Selling model cars on eBay is often frustrating with a lot of time spent listing them and then you can get no bids. But on the other hand, it can also be helpful to search what is listed, sometimes rare birds will be on offer. It is important to make sure that you search for items from all other countries on eBay as sometimes you find just what you want outside your home country. I searched eBay for items sold from France including the string “Bugatti” and besides listings of some common items there was a listing of a special model of the Bugatti Type 101503 Cabriolet. This model was a special issue from the French Dinky Toys Collectors club, CDF60 from 2009. A second bidder gave one bid, but did not continue, so I won the auction for the model at an acceptable price.

The model took six days to make its way from France, and is without its original box, but is otherwise in mint condition. The finish is like typical early Dinky models and the scale is 1:48. Finally a new rare bird in the Bugatti department of my model car collection!


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Ruby Toys AEC Bus

By Jason Mitchell

Photographs are taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

I have just received the new Ruby Toys AEC Regal bus, the sister of their Leyland Tiger which was released earlier in 2017 [See photograph  at base of article].

The real vehicles, classified 15T13, were new in 1948 and the very last of London Transport’s large T class, which had originated in 1929 and encompassed a wide variety of chassis specifications and bodywork. All were AEC Regal single-deckers, but the class had little else in common across its many variants. The most famous members were probably the handsome 10T10 Green Line coaches of 1938, which have been very nicely modelled by EFE.

The 15T13s had rather plain bodywork by Mann Egerton, and the casual observer probably wouldn’t have noticed much difference in style between this 1948 bus and its 1929 predecessor. The mechanical specification was a different matter however. The petrol engine and crash gearbox had given way to a large 9.6 litre diesel, fluid flywheel and preselector gearbox as fitted to the RT double-decker, and air brakes now provided the stopping power. The old-fashioned looks would appear even more antiquated after a few years, as operators turned to modern underfloor-engined designs which eliminated the half cab and exposed radiator. Withdrawals of these fine buses started as early as 1956, as falling demand meant that London Transport found itself with more buses than it needed. Many were sold to Sri Lanka for further service. The last London survivors managed to hang on until 1962 and 1963, which was about the expected lifespan for a bus at that time.

 

Ruby Toys AEC Bus

 

The model is imposing in its 1:48 scale, and has a simple Dinky-type charm about it. Apart from the radiator, all that differentiates this from the previous Ruby Toys Leyland is the colour, as the AECs ran in London Transport’s country area and were accordingly painted Lincoln green. The real AECs, unlike the Leylands, benefitted from a door for their more rural operations, but this has not been modelled. I was a little disappointed, but I can understand the need for compromise with the casting, which was also a characteristic of the real Dinky Toys! Of course, any 1:48 scale passengers may take a dimmer view of this lack of protection from draughts.

When new the buses had white window surrounds, but they spent most of their lives in all-over green as portrayed here. Relief was provided by a thin cream band just below the windows, but the omission of this on the model isn’t a problem for me.

Ruby Toys Leyland Bus – a previous release posed in a diorama

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Scottoy Revisted

Editor’s Introduction:

(KS) There has been some discussion on the history of Scottoy online recently, so we have decided to republish this older article from Model Auto Review 208, published 7 Dec 2006.  The Editors are unsure if Scottoy continued much past 2006; certainly there are items in the proposed production list for TelModel below which we can find no trace of being produced.

The Editor and Publisher of Model Auto Review, Rod Ward,  contacted Jonathan‘s ex-partner, Antonio,  a number of times after Jonathan left to concentrate on his industrial fasteners business (bolts and screws).  See article below. After no real replies, it was assumed that Antonio was unable to find the time or enthusiasm to continue the development of Scottoy on his own. Certainly nothing more was produced to Rod or others’ knowledge.

Rod Ward’s opinion at the time was that they were wasting their time with the TelModel idea – the models fell between two stools. They were neither authentic reproductions of old toys, nor were they high-quality scale models, up to current quality standards. Rod’s store, Modelauto, had great trouble selling the TelModel Fiat 850s – the final stocks having to be disposed of on eBay at very large discounts.

The best-selling Scottoy models were initially produced to order for Modelauto – the replica scooters. Modelauto sold many hundreds of these and then Scottoy got large orders for them from other distributors as well.

Rod Ward would have liked them to produce the Costa Line cruise ships, of which Mercury had made a very interesting 1:1200 scale range. The Costa family were clients of Jonathan’s partner, so they  could have obtained permission to use their funnel logo, etc. But Rod believes that the two partners were motivated by their passion for the old Mercury toy cars, and that they were not at all interested in making ships even though the scooters Rod had encouraged them to make had been such a success.

The partners in Scottoy had started out making copies of early Mercury toy cars for their own collections, hence their lack of interest in the scooters or ships. Rod also asked if they would make copies of the very collectable Mercury aircraft, but they were similarly uninterested, unfortunately. Scottoy  was not really a ‘business’ venture, in which someone would choose the most profitable products to make. They were really just an extension of the two owners’ collecting hobby, so unless they found items interesting for their own collections, they wouldn’t make them.


‘Beam me up, Scottoy’ says co-founder Jonathan Scott

Written by Jonathan Scott in late 2004. Now published to mark Jonathan’s departure in 2006 from the firm he co-founded.

Scottoy has reached ten years old. Incredible! I would never have believed that I would ever be able to say that, when I began the long and difficult road that has led to today. Here is the story of Scottoy: Antonio Pezzini, a dentist from Genoa, and Jonathan Scott, maker of industrial fixings from Genoa, later Varese, had both been collectors since childhood. In 1993 they saw a demand for replacement parts for obsolete Italian diecast models, especially Mercury, like the Dinky and Corgi parts sold in England. Antonio had access to the technology through his work, so their destiny was decided. Initially they looked into production methods and registration of the Scottoy and Mercury names, and realised that they could reproduce the entire models in white metal, rather than just the parts. Our first products were shown at the Marco Bossi swapmeet in Turin in 1993 and proved to be of great interest to visitors. This first batch included the Fiat 600 Multipla, Fiat 1100/103, Alfa Giulietta (never before issued), Fiat 600 and Alfa Romeo 1900.

The Lancia Appia 1st series was initially sold exclusively in the UK via Modelauto.

First production: 1994-95-96 - quantity made
01 Fiat 600 dark blue, green, red 1994 - 450
02 Fiat 600 Multipla blue-white, red-black 1994 - 450
03 Alfa Giulietta saloon blue, green, red 1994 colour test black - 10
04 Alfa Romeo 1900 dark blue, red, 1994 - 370 colour test ivory - 10
05 Fiat 1100/103 1953 Red, green, lt blue 1994 - 450
19 Lancia Appia 1st ser black, green, grey, ivory 1994 - 200. First exclusively for UK, Denmark, Holland

From 1996 some models were supplied with windows. The first Scottoy buyers were mostly Mercury enthusiasts, then marque collectors and one-make club members.

Second production: 1994-95-96 - quantity made
PR2 Fiat 600 Multipla Green-white 1995 - 85 Made for Aquilone Torino
02 Fiat 600 Multipla white-lt blue, black-red 1995 - 20 colour error
PR3 Fiat 600 Multipla Taxi yellow 1996 - 30 Made for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
PR4 Fiat 600 Multipla Vigili del Fuoco Red 1996 - 30 Made for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
06 Cadillac Eldorado black, blue, red, yellow 1994 - 340
07 Innocenti-BMC 950 Spider red, lt blue 1994 - 325
08 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint lt blue, red, yellow, dark blue 1994 - 450
09 Fiat 500 red, green, white, ice 1995 -215
10 Lancia Appia 3rd ser dk blue, lt blue, grey 1995 -  195
11/PR5 Autobianch Bianchina red-black , green-ivory, grey-lt blue 1996 - 330. First batch sold exclusively in UK and through the Club Bianchina Italia.
12/24 Fiat 1800 saloon blue-grey, red-ivory, white-black, brown-cream 1996 - 85. Test batch.
13/36 Lancia Flaminia grey, dark blue, white-ivory 1996 - 60. test batch, some sold to Lancia Club Holland.

The second series of the 600 Multipla was on a modified prototype base, a short series for Aquilone in Turin and Bruce Sterling in USA. The 1800, Flaminia and the last Innocenti 950, Sprint and 500 were given windows. Our UK distributor Modelauto (publishers of MAR), asked in Summer 1994 if we could produce a short series of Vespa and Lambretta scooters. So we made an initial series of 200 each type, initially exclusively for the UK. Along with the Ape three wheeler derivation of the Vespa, these were major sales successes in the Scottoy range.

Vespa and Lambretta models 1994 onwards
17 Vespa 125  dark red, ivory, ice white, pink, 1994 
17 Vespa 125 red fuoco, green  yellow, lt blue 1996
17 Vespa 125 dark green, white, ivory 1998
17 Vespa 125 French blue, pale blue, ivory 2000
17 Vespa 125 met green, silver, dark blue, grey 2002
17 Vespa 125 amaranth 2004 - Total all versions: 4800
17o Vespa 125 50th anniversary gold 1997 - 500
PR1 Vespa KIT 1995 - 150 exclusive for Modelauto UK
18 Lambretta 125 Sage, ivory, green 1994
18 Lambretta 125 Rosa, white, red, dark blue 1995
18 Lambretta 125 lt blue, lemon yellow, ice white 1998
18 Lambretta 125 Red - 2000
18 Lambretta 125 apple green, silver, ivory 2002
18 Lambretta 125 met green 2004 - total all versions: 2950
18s Lambretta 125 50th anniversary gold 1999 - 200
13 Lambretta 125D Sage, yellow, red, ivory 1998 Total of all versions: 1250
13 Lambretta 125D silver, metallic green, red 2001
13 Lambretta 125 dark blue 2004
13s Lambretta 125D 50th anniversary gold 1999 - 200
13LC Lambretta125LC Closed red, white , ivory, sage, light blue 2000 - 800
13LC Lambretta125LC Closed metallic green 2004
13LCo Lambretta125LC 50th anniv gold  2002 - 160

Modelauto had two exclusive versions: pink Vespa and Vespa kit. The last scooters were in 1998, the Lambretta 125D with spare wheel, and in 2000 the Lambretta 125LC with enclosed engine compartment.

When the frenzy of scooter production abated, we returned to cars, but we had production problems when making the Fiat 1800 (which turned out well) and the Lancia Flaminia, which  went to Club Lancia Holland in 1994, and was recast in 2001. Also in this period I moved from Genoa to Varese. To help with production we enlisted the help of others, first Enrico Niccolini of Off ’43 models, Angelo Bellotti, an associate of Mr Niccolini and proprietor of the Giocher range, and pattern maker Faustino Mattei. From 1996 our main distributor was Miniminiera, Piergiorgio and Luca Casati.

Italian cars, second series 1996 to 2004 
09 Fiat 500 fire red, green, white 1996  865. In 1998 35 were test-built in sky blue, of which 12 were finished in promo livery Nastro Azzurro. Amaranth and dark blue were new colours for 2004 
11 Autobianch Bianchina sky blue, green, fire red 1996 - 940. Grey was a new colour for 2004 
11ab Autobianch Bianchina Abarth red 1998 - 100
11vf Autobianch Bianchina Vd fuoco red 1998 - 100
10 Lancia Appia 3rd series grey, green, light blue 1997 - 450. Amaranth was a new colour for 2004
25 Lancia Appia 3rd series Taxi green-black 1998 - 340 with interior
30 Lancia Appia 3rd series Vigili del fuoco red 1999 - 315 with interior
30a Lancia Appia 3rd series AGIP Yellow 1999 - 100
19 Lancia Appia 1st series black, green, grey, dark blue 1997 - 400
19 Lancia Appia 1st series Cream, light grey, black, green 2000 - 185. From 2000 with windows.
26 Lancia Appia 1st series Taxi green-black 1998 - 350 with windows and interior
29 Lancia Appia 1st series  Vigili del fuoco red 2000 - 100 with windows and interior
19s Lancia Appia 1st series 50th anniv gold 2004 - 100
23 Fiat 1500 long Taxi green-black 1998 - 535
24 Fiat 1500 black, red-white, white-black, blue-white 1999 - 320
24a Fiat 1500 AGIP Yellow 2000 - 80
07 Innocenti-BMC 950 Spider mustard, white, blue 1999 - 240. Grey was a new colour for 2004
08 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint red, white, dark green 2000 - 180. Dark blue was a new colour for 2004
08s Alfa Giulietta Sprint 50th anniv gold 2004 - 100
33 Fiat 600 grey, cream, pale blue 1999 - 240 with windows and interior. Dark blue new colour for 2004
33a Fiat 600 AGIP Yellow 1999 - 100 windows & interior
33E Fiat 600 Esso red 2004 - 80 windows and interior
33? Fiat 600 Polizia Stradale olive 2004 - 80 with windows and interior.
33p Fiat 600 Polizia grey 2000 - 200 windows, interior
33vdf Fiat 600 Vigili del Fuoco red 2002 - 110 with windows and interior
03 Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon blue, red 1999 - 250. with windows and interior. Black new colour for 2004
03a Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Abarth red 1999 - 110 with windows and interior
31 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Polizia 1956 Grey  1999 - 210. with windows and interior
31pv Alfa Romeo  Giulietta Polizia 1960 olive 2002 - 110 with windows, interior and beacon
03? Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Esso red 2004 - 75 with windows and interior
03vdf Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon Vigili del Fuoco red 2004 - 75. with windows, interior and beacon
04 Alfa Romeo 1900 Ivory, green, amaranth 2000 - 150
04vdf Alfa Romeo 1900 Vigili del Fuoco red 2000 - 100
04P Alfa Romeo 1900 Polizia Stradale olive 200 - 100
21 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) black, grey, iivory 1999 - 350. 1999 test colour: 5 in BRG. Green new colour 2004
22 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Taxi 1999 - 430
28P Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Polizia Stradale 2004 - 75
28 Fiat 1100/103 (1953) Vigili del Fuoco 1999 - 300
28A Fiat 1100/103 (1953) AGIP 1999 - 100
21o Fiat 1100/103 (1953) 50th anniv gold 2004 - 1100
36 Lancia Flaminia silver, white , amaranto 200 - 1215
36 vdf Lancia Flaminia Vigili del Fuoco red 2002 - 190
36P Lancia Flaminia Polizia Stradale olive 2002 - 90
23S Fiat 1500 Spyder green, white, red, blue 200 - 210
23sc Fiat 1500 Spyder red, yellow 2002 - 80

Following the scooters, in 1997 we made the Ape (bee) three wheeler, a replica of the Mercury in its open version; but we wanted a box body as well. This was crafted by Antonio Pezzini using materials he uses in his dental practice. Our first Ape promo livery was for Brill, then Abarth plugs, plus a standard version. For BEA srl Mr Antonini had a Christmas edition for his customers, the first in a long series. Miniminiera ordered others, in Gaggia, Campari and Martini liveries. Other promos included Take-off, Foritex and Piaggio France.

Ape three wheeler: produced 1997 onwards
20 Ape open grey , red, cream, 1997
20 Ape open grey-yellow, red-green, red-cream 1997
20 Ape open amaranth-yellow, blue-white 2004 Total of all versions: 1650
PR27 Ape open red-olive 2001 - 100 for Take-off snc
PR6 Ape van (open driver) BEA Blue-white 1997 - 250
15 Ape van (open driver) Brill yellow 1998 - 370
15a Ape van (open driver) Abarth plugs Red 1998 - 325
14 Ape van (open driver) Blue-white, red- white, green-sand - 1998 Total of all versions: 400
21 Ape box body blue-yellow, dk blue-white 2000
PR7 Ape box body Gaggia olive-sand 1998 - 40
PR8 Ape box body Martini red-white 1998 - 40
PR9 Ape box body Campari blue-white 1998 - 40
15e Ape box body Esso red 2004 - 75
16ol Ape box body Olio Sasso green-/white 2004 - 75
16ram Ape box body Ramazzotti black-red 2004 - 75
16sc  Ape box body Scottoy yellow-red 2004 - 75
PR43 Ape box Piaggio France blue-white 2004 - 200
PR31Ape tubes Foritex met green-beige 2001 - 100

The first pattern maker for  Scottoy was Dr Pezzini, using techniques and materials from his dental practice to modify castings or add pieces (such as taxi signs). These elaborations led to the question, are they Mercury or not? We just described the Scottoy range as 1:48 models in the style of the fifties and sixties, adding police, fire or taxi versions as demanded by modern collectors, continuing in the spirit of Mercury.

From 1998 we made non-Italian cars; Beetle, Continental, Eldorado, Golden Hawk and Bentley S3, the latter with right hand drive!

Foreign cars second series (1998-onwards)
12 Ford-Lincoln Continental sand, blue, red, green, red 1998 - 700
06 Cadillac Eldorado red, ivory, blue, green 1998 - 350 Interior slightly modified, test run approx 30 in pink
32 VW Beetle grey, red, green, bluel 2001 - 380 2002 15 test white. 2004: yellow, amaranth, dk blue
PR38 VW Beetle BLU 3 promo white  2002 - 150
34 Studebaker Golden Hawk silver, amaranth, blue 2001 - 165
38 Bentley S3 RHD Ivory, white, dark blue 2001 - 165

Having made big cars and little scooters, in 1999 we made a small scale model of the massive Fiat-Viberti fuel tanker from the 1950s. We planned 300 of each version.

Fiat-Viberti (1999-onwards)
A27E Viberti Esso red 1999 - 220
27A Viberti Agip Yellow 1999 - 225
27M Viberti Mobil Red 2000 - 75
27F Viberti Fina Blue 2001 - 75
PR2 Viberti promo Tectubi dark yellow 2000 - 120
27S Viberti Shell Yellow-Red 2001 - 75
27PC Viberti Petrol Caltex Red 1999 - 145
27PL Viberti Petrolea Red 2002 - 70
27MIL Viberti green military 2003 - 70
27AI Viberti Aquila blue-white 2003 - 70

In 1999, as Scottoy was approaching the new millennium, questions arose as to our future direction. Should we go into diecast? We spoke to Rio, Progetto-K and Brumm, to ensure that any new product would not conflict with their plans; and we decided to produce a 1:43 scale Fiat 850. Giocher were already making the Fiat 600 Multipla and Coriasco, and could handle the 850 parts, so Faustino Mattei made a prototype, and we calculated that tooling costs would break even at 15,000 pieces, if we could sell them. The birth of TelModel! The 850 made less concessions to the ‘Scottoy style’ but continued the Mercury sixties approach, with a minimum of components, unlike many current ‘handbuilt kits’ with too many parts.

Telmodel (2000 onwards)
TEL 01 Fiat 850 saloon 1964 red, sable, grey, blue 2000
Total of all versions: 1170 blue, white 2001 green 2003
PR22 Fiat 850 1964 promo UAN pink 2000 - 100
TEL 02 Fiat 850 Carabinieri 1966 dark blue 2000 - 325
TEL 03 Fiat 850 1964 Polizia Sq Mobile olive 2001 - 210
TEL 04 Fiat 850 1964 Vigili del Fuoco Red 2000  - 230
TEL 13 Fiat 850 1964 AGIP Yellow 2001 - 150
TEL 05 Fiat 850 1964 driving school blue 2000 - 160
TEL 06 Fiat 850 1964 Croce Rossa It. White  2000 - 230
TEL 09 Fiat 850 1964 Guardia Finanza grey 2001 - 110
TEL 10 Fiat 850 Pol Strad Autosole olive 2001 - 210
TEL 12 Fiat 850 Croce Bianca Milano blue 2001 - 210
TEL 08 Fiat-Abarth 1000 road silver, white 2001 - 325
TEL 07 Fiat 850 Carabinieri 1964 Green 2002 - 160
TEL 11 Fiat 850 1964 Italian army Green 2002 - 160
TEL 15 Fiat-Abarth 1000 Yellow, Green, grey 2003 - 120
TEL 16 Fiat 850 1964 Ramazzotti Red 2003 - 60
TEL 14 Fiat 850 1964 Esso Red 2003 - 70
TEL 100 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 60L Red 2003 - 100
TEL 101 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 65L Green  2003 - 100
TEL 102 Fiat Ritmo 3 door 1978 75L White 2003 - 100
TEL 103 Fiat Ritmo 3 dr 1978 75CL Bronze 2003 - 100
TEL 104 Fiat Ritmo 3 dr 1978 60CL grey-blue 2003 - 100

The gestation was slow, but the 850 was an immediate success. At the end of 2003 the second TelModel appeared; a Fiat Ritmo. Meanwhile, the biggest activity at Scottoy was producing promotional models…

Special models and promotionals (R000 = Brumm)
PR1 Vespa KIT 1995 - 150 exclusive for Modelauto UK
PR2 Fiat 600 Multipla green-/white 1995 - 85. Exclusively for Aquilone, in Turin
PR3 Fiat 600 Multipla TAXI Yellow 1996 - 30 special for Bruce Sterling Toys USA
PR4 Fiat 600 Multipla Vigili del Fuoco red 1996 - 30 special for Bruce Sterling Toys, USA
PR5 Bianchina red-black, green-ivory, grey-blue 1996 - 50. Promo for Club Bianchina Italia
PR6 Ape box body BEA dk blue-white 1997 - 250 promo
PR7 Ape box Gaggia olive-sand 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR8 Ape box Martini red-white 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR9 Ape box Campari Blue-white 1998 - 40 Miniminiera
PR10 Alfa Romeo F12 Maitech USA Yellow 1998 - 280
PR11 Alfa Romeo F12 Bufab Norge White promo 1998 - 300. These Alfa vans all on base of Off '43.
PR12 Alfa Romeo F12 BEA White promo 1998 - 150
PR13 Alfa 'Romeo' van BEA White, blue top 1998 - 150
PR14 Alfa Romeo F12 BEA Nederland White 1998 - 50
PR15 Alfa 'Romeo' van BEA Nederland White, blue top 1998 - 50. All on Off '43 base models.

Special models (R000 = Brumm) continued
PR16 Fiat 1100E van BEA dark blue-white 1999 - 300 on Brumm R177, finished by Scottoy
PR17 Fiat 1100E van BEA Nederland dark blue-white 1999 - 50. On R177.
PR18 Fiat 1100E IPS  yellow-black 2000 - 350 R177.
PR19 Fiat 1100E Maitech USA yellow 2000 - 350 R177.
PR20 Fiat 1100E Bufab Norge green 2000 - 450.R177.
PR21 Fiat-Viberti tanker Tectubi  yellow 2000 - 120
PR22 Fiat 850 UAN promo pink 2000 - 100
PR23a Fiat 600 Multipla BEA blue-white 2000 - 170. Promo on Brumm R250 first 170 with decal livery.
PR23b Fiat 600 Multipla BEA blue- white 2000 - 130. Brumm R250 tampo printed.
PR24 Fiat 600 Multipla BEA Nederland Blue-white 2000 - 50. On Brumm R250.
PR25 Fiat 600 Multipla Saudi BEA blue-white 2000 - 100. On Brumm R250.
PR26 Fiat 600 Multipla Bufab Norge green 2001 - 30 R250
PR27Ape open red-olive 2001 - 100 for Take-off snc
PR28 Lancia Aprilia BEA white 2001 - 300. Brumm R061
PR29 Lancia Aprilia BEA Nederland White 2001 - 50 R061
PR30 Lancia Aprilia Saudi BEA White 2001 - 250. R061
PR31 Ape Foritex beige-met green promo 2001 - 100
PR32a, PR32b Fiat 500B Servizi PT Statali grey 2002-3 Exclusive for Poste Italiane. On Brumm R050
PR33a-PR33b Fiat1100E Servizi PT Statali grey 2002 Exclusive for Poste Italiane. On Brumm R177
PR34 Jaguar XK120 Convertible Bufab Norge light green 2002 - 315. On Brumm R101
PR35 Ferrari 500/F2 BEA dark blue 2002 - 300. R035
PR36 Ferrari 500/F2 BEA Nederland dk blue 2002 - 50
PR37 Ferrari 500/F2 Saudi Bea dark blue 2002 - 200
PR38 VW Beetle 1200 BLU 3 promo White 150 - 2002
PR39 Jaguar XK120 Bufab Norge green 2003 - 365
BS019, S03/08, PR40 Cooper T53 F1 BEA Blue 2003 - 350 Promo on Brumm R300
BS020, S023A, PR41 Cooper T53 F1 BEA Nederland Blue 2003 - 50 Promo on Brumm R300
BS021, S023B, PR42 Cooper T53 F1 Saudi Bea dark blue 2003 - 50 Promo on Brumm R300
BS022, S023C, PR43 Ape van Piaggio France promo blue-white 2004 - 200
PR44 Fiat 1100E Dental Ambulance Dott Pezzini Genova beige 2004 - 44. based on Brumm R179, modified by Scottoy with approval of Brumm.
BS023a, S04/26a, PR45 Fiat 1100E dental ambulance Dott i Pratolongo-Farina Genova beige 2004 - 44
BS023b, S04/26b, PR46 Fiat 1100E dental ambulance Dott i Foglia-Ferraggiaro Genova beige 2004 - 44
BS023c, S04/26c, PR47 Fiat 600D Bufab Norge light green 2004 - 325 promo on Brumm R349 by Scottoy
BS024, S04/19, PR48 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 BEA dk blue 2004 - 350. On Brumm R036 by Scottoy
BS025, S04/17A, PR49 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 BEA Nederland dark blue 2004 - 50. On Brumm R036.
BS026, S04/17B, PR50 Alfa Romeo 158 F1 Saudi Bea dark blue 2004 - 75. On Brumm R036.
BS027, S04/17C, PR51 Fiat 1100E van Glamal Engineering silver-dark green 2004 - 320 Brumm R177.

Our first collaboration with another maker to produce promo models was with Off ’43, but from 1999 we made an important link with Rio Tattarletti of Brumm, with whom we produced 30 special issues in five years, including major issues for Poste Italiane.

For the tenth anniversary of Scottoy we made a new series of the Fiat 600 Multipla. Other plans include the Mercury 2000 series in 1:43 scale, such as the Fiat 124, 125 and 132, in many versions, and Fiat 682 truck.

Tel Model plans include Fiat Ritmo five door and Fiat 1500. Mercury classic models in the 1:40 Series, limited production.  New Scottoy models made from the end of 2004 include the Bianchina Panoramica, the Fiat 1100/103E (central light), the Lancia Flavia and the Fiat 1300.

Thanks: To everyone who has contributed to our development, in chronological order:

CLM Hitech di Genova, Messrs Destrero and Lavagetto, Grifo fusioni, Mr Ivaldi,   Beniamini prototipi, Elettren Castellanza,  Bruno Boracco, L’Aquilone Torino, Bruno Romano, Scatolificio San Giorgio, Genova,  Alfredo Albertini, Ruoteclassiche and Quattroruotine, Danilo Castellarin, Modelli Auto di Duegi Editrice, Modelauto UK, Rod and Val Ward Modelshop Cana, Japan , Bruce Sterling Toys, USA, La F1 del Modellismo di Franco Spreafico, Lorenzi Modellismo/U.A.N. S.a.s. di Agostino Zacchello, Bianchina Club, Dr Viceconte,  Alessandro Rigatto, Lancia Club Olanda, Mr Okke Mouissie,   Formula 43, Argus Miniature, M Flament,  Angelo Bellotti, Giocher, Enrico Niccolini, Off ’43,   Faustino Mattei prototipi, La Miniminiera di Piergiorgio Casati S.a.s, SMF AG Sonder Modell, Silvano Minari, M Models, Germac stampi, Mr. Agostino   –   Vamarplast, Mr Lino, La Tranciatura, Mr Bosoni,  Effegi, Mr Arnaboldi, Torneria Automatica, Mr Maverna, Microfusioni Artistiche, Mrnora Folli,   Silvia Cucchi, Zanchetti decal, Mr Sanchetti,   Bea Srl, Mr Antonini, Bufab Norge, Mr Willy Jensen,   Brumm, Rio Tattarletti, IPS Srl, Mr, ra Morra, Maitech International, J B Kale, Foritex srl, Mr, Bollani,   Poste Italiane Spa., Piaggio France SA,   Top Model, Pasquale De Stasio,  Francesco Calabro, Auto d’Epoca …   Everybody else who I forgot to mention … And all collectors everywhere.

As announced in MAR 207, I have handed over my part of Scottoy to my friend and partner Antonio Pezzini, so my role in the company has finished. It was a difficult decision, but after 13 years I decided that it was time to finish and spend more time with my family and personal life.  Good Collecting!


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Corgi July to December 2017

By Maz Woolley

All pictures used to illustrate this article are from Corgi’s web site. Most are mock ups or 3D renderings rather than examples of the final models. 

Business Background

I make no apologies for starting this article with news about the Hornby Hobbies business as June is not only when they announce the second half models but it is also their financial year end.

Already this year we have seen the company drop its plans to build a visitor centre to replace the one lost when they sold their headquarters site. This was followed in April by a major shareholder,  New Pistoia Income Limited, calling for the removal of Roger Canham the Executive Chairman. Before the Annual Results New Pistoia decided to cut their losses and sold the 20% they held in Hornby hobbies for 32 pence a share to Phoenix Asset Management Partners the biggest shareholder who now have 55% and have now to offer to buy any other shareholders shares at 32 pence.

Whilst all this upheaval took place the annual results were announced and the CEO/Chairman Roger Canham’s resignation as well. A growing underlying pre-tax loss of over six million pounds was widely reported in the Financial columns. Whilst their cash situation has significantly improved this will still leave them little capital to invest in new products so only the fast selling products with the highest level of margin will get any investment. The shareholders have not had a dividend for several years now and the shares values have flat lined over the last year so they are all losing money on the shares which cannot go on for ever.

Why does this matter to collectors of model vehicles? Well Corgi is hardly mentioned in any discussions of Hornby at all and apart from the 1:48 Lightning model investments in new mouldings are non-existent apart from a single 1:50 truck not even listed in the second half release section of their web pages.  The company states that its turnround is well under way with a belief that all UK brands have been maintained despite all the cost cutting measures taken, lower sales, and restrictions in the sales channels they are servicing. I am not sure that that does not count as what are now known as “alternate facts”. Collectors are right to be uneasy when they see that the  Corgi brand is not mentioned once in the plans for the next stage of the turnround.

It is against this background that Corgi announced their July to December catalogue. Almost everything in it is a new version of a casting already used several times in the past. Some castings  like the Vanguards Morris Minors and Mini are now several generations old and simply not up to the standards of Oxford Diecast, or PCT made models for part works or ranges like Whitebox. Looking at the Corgi Forum the posts about the new releases are mostly negative which I know reflects several MAR Online readers views as well. Corgi have not even listed some models on their web site that Hattons has listed like the re-released Basil Fawlty Austin  or yet another Mr Bean Mini.

I believe that the situation is clear: Hornby has no intention of investing in any significant level of new tooling for the Corgi ranges. Their sole idea of keeping Corgi alive is to produce re-paints of old castings and hope that they sell enough to milk some contribution from the brand to their financial recovery. In my opinion Corgi is now a spent force and Hornby is deluding itself if they expect collectors to pay nearly thirty pounds for Vanguards models made from  ageing moulds when DeAgostini/Atlas and others offer more for less money.

Corgi 2017 Second Half Catalogue

The models listed below are those listed by Corgi on their web site for the second half of 2017. Their January 2017 announcement was already reported here.  When checking a supplier website there are models available to order that are not in the catalogue such as five re-released James Bond vehicles, Mr Bean’s Mini, and Basil Fawlty’s 1100. There is also a single 1:50 scale lorry, Scania R (Face Lift) Flatbed Trailer & Brick Load “Ian Craig Haulage Ltd, Falkirk, Scotland”,  claimed to be new tooling. If these are new it seems strange that Corgi did not include them on their website listing.

My observations on the models offered are:

  1. The Royal Wedding Anniversary models are crude and horrid and quite expensive for the type of souvenir shop likely to want to stock them. I can’t see collectors wanting them at all.
  2. I hope the metallic models are not made with reflective flakes the size showing in pictures
  3. How many times are they going to release that Mini casting – it was not good when first released and looks even worse now compared to modern models?
  4. Who lined up all that awful thick silver detailing on the Minor Police Car windows?
  5. Why are they using the same moulds used already for re-paints recently so soon like the Sunbeam Alpine?
  6. Why is an “export” Rover 3500 fitted with UK number plates?
  7. Why keep on flogging the “New London Bus” to death when the new Mayor has cancelled buying any more of them?
  8. Why keep on releasing Land Rovers when Oxford will be doing them and charging significantly less?
  9. Why bother with the Captain Scarlett car? It has now slipped out of fashion again.
  10.   Many earlier releases of the re-used castings are available on eBay and at Toy Fairs for much less money why buy a new one?
  11. How can anybody at Corgi say they are “proud to introduce the July to December 2017 Corgi range, featuring a host of new introductions

Aviation Archive

English Electric Lightning F6 XR728/JS , RAF Binbrook

 

Albatros D.Va D.7327/17, Lt. Lothar Weiland, Jasta 5, Seefrontstaffel 1

 

Fokker DR.1 Triplane 213/17 ‘K’, Lt. Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Kempf, Jasta 2

 

Sopwith Camel F.1 B6313, Major William George ‘Billy’ Barker RAF

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-97880/DF-F ‘Little Miss Mischief’ USAAF

 

Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA461, RAF No.15 Squadron, Special Scheme

 

Dornier Do17Z-2 U5-BH, 1./KG.2 ‘Holzhammer’ Operation Marita

 

Junkers Ju-88C-6 F8+BX, 13./KG40, Battle over the Biscay

 

Short Sunderland Mk.III W3999/ RB-Y No.10 Squadron RAAF, Early 1942

 

Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XW538/S, RAF No.16 Squadron, RAF Gutersloh

 

Hawker Typhoon lB RB389/I8-P ‘Pulverizer IV’, No.440 Sqn RCAF

 

Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 G9+LN, Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer

 

Westland Puma HC.1 XW220/AC, RAF No.72 Squadron, Aldergrove, 1997

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2359/YB-J, ‘Winged Popeye’, RAF No.17 Sqn

 

Gloster Sea Gladiator N5519/G6A, No,802 NAS, HMS Glorious, 1939

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 ‘Yellow 1’ Oblt. Gerhard Schopfel, Battle of Britain

 

Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 P8127 ‘White 47’, Robert ‘R.T’ Smith, 3rd Sqn AVG

 

North American P-51D Mustang 44-13586/C5-T ‘Hurry Home Honey’, USAAF

Vanguards

 

Volkswagen Beetle, Type 1 Export Saloon Horizon Blue

 

Land Rover Series 1 80” RAC Road Service Vehicle

 

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3 Prairie Yellow

 

Austin Se7en Deluxe, Vanden Plas ‘Mini’ Lord Austin’s Daughter Irene Austin, Princess Blue-Grey Metallic

Morris Minor 1000 The Lothians and Peebles Constabulary

 

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E Automatic Sahara Beige

 

Ford Cortina Mk2 Twin Cam (Lotus) Red II

 

Rover P6 3500S Scarab Blue, Export Specification, RHD

 

Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Modena Green

 

Ford Sierra XR4i Strato Silver

 

Ford Capri 2300GT Mk1 1969 Tour de France Automobile

 

Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 1979 Lombard RAC Rally of Great Britain

 

Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Quartz Blue Metallic

 

Morris Minor 1000 Traveller Bermuda Blue

Original Omnibus

 

New Routemaster, Go-Ahead London, 88 Camden Town

 

New Routemaster, Go Ahead London, 88 Clapham Common

 

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Shuttle Bus

Others

 

Paddington Bear New Routemaster

 

Captain Scarlet Classic Spectrum Saloon Car

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Mini

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Routemaster

Bloodhound SSC Super Hauler

 

Corgi Christmas Super Hauler

Closing thoughts

Long time MAR readers will know that I have been a collector of Corgi models in the past and have been getting more and more restive with each underwhelming release announcement. I know many of you feel the same. I think that the thing I find most insulting to collectors is the pretence that the Corgi range is active and vibrant. Some honesty and openness about the role Hornby think Corgi has going forward would be welcome. Some of us have been Corgi Collectors since our childhood.

What do you the reader think?

Last thought. If  Hornby can’t make anything of the range, it would surely be better to sell it to someone else who can?


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Atlas Dinky – 80b Hotchkiss Jeep

By Maz Woolley

As we have come to expect the latest in this series from Atlas is another French Dinky replica seen already in the Continental Dinky collection. The Hotchkiss Willys Jeep 80b.

For once the Postman had no problems delivering this through the letter box. The box seems tiny compared to other vehicles in this series at only just over 7cm in length and under 4cm in height. The Atlas replica box may convey the spirit of the original but the end flap is re-arranged as some text has been removed, “C’EST UNE FABRICATION MECCANO” the lowest line on the original box is absent. In addition French Dinky credited the artist who created the box art but on the reproduction the signature of J. Massé is absent.

Hotchkiss made about 32,000 Jeeps under licence from Willys in France until the mid 1960s. Production was originally at a factory in St. Denis in Paris but was later moved out to Stains which is a suburb to the north of Paris. It would appear that these were largely assembled from parts taken from Jeeps left in Europe when the US forces went home after the Second World War.

French Dinky had already sold a WiIlys Jeep as number 25 J in the early 1950s but I believe that this was the same casting as the Dinky UK Jeep which is considered to be less accurate than 80b. 80b was introduced in 1958 and was short lived being re-numbered as 816 in 1959. Some models were fitted with a driver but this replica is not and there is no hole in the casting for one to fit in either.

This replica has lovely even matt paint and the lights are neatly coloured. The tinplate screen is well replicated and the three spoke steering wheel is on a delicate shaft. The scale of this model is said to be 1:48.


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Atlas Classic Dinky Models 532 Lincoln Premiere

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest model issued here in the UK is another French Dinky. This time it is 532 Lincoln Premiere. A large model and one Dinky France made to 1:48 scale when they normally made models to 1:43. Despite this it is an impressively long model.

The model was introduced in 1959 and withdrawn by 1965. The model is most commonly seen in metallic green with a dark green roof or in sky blue with a grey roof.  Atlas have chosen to have it painted in metallic grey with a garnet red roof which was a much rarer version.

The model is well made with features replicating those on the original well down to the domed chrome wheels and white tyres.

The large window unit has been well replicated though it has a clarity that I doubt the original models ever had and that emphasises the lack of any interior.

The Dinky itself rather simplifies some of the original cars details, particularly at the rear .

If Atlas provide more replicas of the French produced US cars it may encourage people to stay with the collection.


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Extreme Steam

By Robin Godwin

This article was originally hosted on the first MAR Online website. As access to that site is no longer available from zeteo.com we have copied over a number of articles to ensure that they are saved for the future. This article has been adapted from its original form to appear in this blog. NB the product cost and sales site details are now out of date.

TWH Collectibles by Robin Godwin

100 ton shovel at work c.1919

There’s no doubt that Brits have a curious affinity for Steam Traction Engines, especially Showman’s Engines, to whit, models by Matchbox, a complete range by Corgi and now Oxford Diecast getting into the fray. Doubtless, the same type of vehicle was employed here in North America as industrialization took hold and perhaps some even saw use as Showman’s Engines. But one doesn’t see the same level of interest in miniature diecast, even though die casting toy vehicles was essentially an American invention, pioneered by the Dowst Manufacturing Company, Tootsietoys, during the time when steam engines would still have been in use. To be honest, I find that most of the Showman’s models basically look alike, and I’m sure the same casting is used with different liveries on occasion. From my perspective, it seems North American interest in steam driven vehicles, excluding trains, extends more to the construction industry, with many toy ranges featuring period steam shovels, excavators, and steam rollers. It’s not my intention to review steam shovels or rollers as a complete subject, more to focus on a single magnificent steam driven vehicle that was produced by TWH Collectibles a few years back as a special for the US magazine Toy Trucker and Contractor. I’m talking about the 1:48 scale TWH021-08001 Bucyrus Steam Shovel, the 95 ton rail-mounted steam shovel famous for its use in the construction of the Panama Canal. This astonishing all-metal model could have appeal to steam, construction (cable excavators), and O gauge rail enthusiasts alike. The model is still available at it’s original price of 300 US Dollars from the magazine website at http://www.toytrucker.com/construction-models.html You only need to examine the photos to realize that ‘it’s a steal’ at that price. It can also be found on eBay, but at a premium.

A leaflet that comes with the model describes the actual vehicle history best: ‘The 95 ton steam shovel was the largest of 12 steam shovels that Bucyrus offered between 1895 and 1901 and was marketed as the the most powerful shovel ever built. Bucyrus steam shovels comprised 77 of the fleet of 102 steam shovels used to dig the Panama Canal, one of the largest excavation projects of the early 20th century’. This machine was rail car mounted and self-powered via a chain drive. Workers would build the rail bed forward as the machine advanced against the rock face. A second rail line with open box cars parallelled the excavator line to enable removal of the rock.

Mere words are inadequate to describe this model, however the leaflet again outlines some of the working functions:

‘The major functions of the Steam Shovel, including the raising and lowering of the dipper, boom swing, and chain drive locomotion are key-operated using fully functional winches of chain and ropes. Other functioning components include the dipper door trip rope, pivoting operator handles, and hinged adjustable outriggers. The undercarriage of the Steam Shovel features functional trucks, removable rear hitch, individually-linked drive chain, and a brake. The removable house is complete with sliding doors and hinged windows with prop rods. The interior of the house reveals the most impressive workings of the model. Reciprocating pistons and operational gears lead rearward to the nickel-plated boiler piping. The boiler is detailed down to the rivets with a functional coal door inside the hinged coal platform. Prop rods support the hinged back door’.

Few companies can or do build to the standards exhibited by TWH who are regrettably now out of business. There are two UK based websites that provide independent reviews of plant and construction models and both rave about this particular item. One is Miniature Construction World edited by Steven Downes http://www.twh-reviews.co.uk/index.php?menuID=bucyrus&contentID=bucyrus-steam and the other is Cranes Etc edited by Ian Webb http://www.cranesetc.co.uk/library/twhreviews/021/021review.htm. As Ian says ‘This is one of those few models that is such a quality item that almost anyone would be happy to have it on a mantelpiece, even if they have no interest in collecting models, or the machine itself. The detail and features are excellent, and the quality is first class. Hopefully some day all quality models will be made this way’.

Truly a unique and extreme steam machine.


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Happy New Year 2017… With a Dinky Snow Plough

By Chris Sweetman

Dinky Toys Supertoys 958 Guy Warrior Snow Plough 

Dinky Toys released their Guy Warrior Snow Plough in January 1961 under their Supertoys brand, and it remained in their range until 1966. In the July 1964 catalogue it was in the M Group price category and retailed at 13/- in the UK. Price categories were introduced by Lines Brothers after their take-over of the Meccano Group on Valentine’s Day 1964 to simplify price structure and make it easy for both dealers and customers alike. M could be short for miscellaneous as all models in this group were different prices.

What one got for 13/- was an impressive model complete with windows, an elevating plough unit which raised and lowered by means of two ‘hydraulic’ units and a drop down tailgate on the low-sided rear bed. To provide an indication that this was an emergency or safety vehicle, the model was provided with a blue plastic roof mounted ‘light’ and came in a spectacular colourway of yellow and black, the standard colours of natural warning worn by wasps! The plough unit was available in either black/yellow or silver grey. The former is more the likely version that you can find. Although no scale is quoted in any Dinky Toys catalogues it is likely to be 1:48th scale as this was a popular one for the Supertoys range. Marked on the baseplate: dinky supertoys snow plough made in england meccano ltd.

 

History of the Real Deal

In 1954 Guy entered the heavy vehicle market with the “Invincible” and the “Warrior” appeared in 1957. 1958 saw the introduction of the of the Mark II versions of these vehicles. The “Warrior” was available in either 8 or 10 ton chassis and was suitable for use as a truck, tipper, pantechnicon, and a tractor unit. The cab was a Motor Panels design and the top part could be removed to allow access to the engine and other mechanical units for easier servicing. This cab design was still available on the Otter chassis in 1966 but had been replaced by a modern design for the “Warrior” which featured a wraparound windscreen also made by Motor Panels.

Despite searching the internet and looking at my books, I still haven’t found any images of a Guy Snow Plough.

www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/commercial/Guy/Warrior.htm


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ASAM Leyland Marathon 2

By John Quilter

All photographs by the author.

1980 Leyland Marathon brochure

ASAM models, which used to be A Smith Models, produces a huge range of European and British truck all in white metal kit form.   Sometime in the past they produced a few American trucks such as the Ford LTL 9000 highway tractor.  Now their range includes such items as vintage AEC, Bedford, Foden, Dennison, MAN, Scammel, Thorneycroft, and some military items such as tanks and tank carriers all in 1:48th scale, a common collecting scale for large commercial vehicles.   Their range is quite astounding but they seem to be sort of in the background and not commonly featured, at least in MAR.  A browse through their website  http://www.asam.co.uk will show the extensive offerings and provides pricing and ordering information.

Since I enjoy building the occasional kit and love to replicate anything British Leyland, and other interesting British vehicles, passenger, commercial and heavy commercial, the ASAM kits are a great hobby.   The kits come with a parts listing, photo pages showing the parts laid out and assembled.   Step by step instructions such as would be provided with a Revell or AMT plastic kit are not included.  Therefore, there is a bit more knowledge and skill needed for assembly.   As with any white metal kit there is some fine filing and finishing needed for some of the parts.  Trial fitting is essential before final assembly.  I find that painting many of the items before final assembly is useful.    There are decals in the kit such as the LEYLAND letters for the front and with this kit there was  livery decal “British Road Services UK-Iran”.   I chose to make the final color more generic without the livery.   Google images will provide many, many idea on color schemes.   I also chose not to fit the livery board at the top of the cab or the “tropical” raised roof but did use the air-conditioning unit.   In fact for some reason there were duplicate parts supplied in the parts bags for some reason but that is better than missing parts.

This truck was known as the  Leyland Marathon 2 and was available as a two or three axle truck with a day cab or a sleeper cab.  Engines were Leyland TL12, Leyland 11 of 200 BHP  or Cummins in 10 and 14 litres up to 330 BHP.  The cab was a raised and modified version of the Ergomatic cab launched in 1965.  Production began in 1973 and continued until 1977 when the Marathon 2 was launched and produced until the still newer Leyland T45 Roadtrain was in production.  ASAM also makes kits of various versions of this truck as well.

The trailer in the photos is a separate item from my collection and not part of the ASAM kit.

1980 Leyland Marathon side (2) 1980 Leyland Marathon kit painted #2 1980 Leyland Marathon front 1980 Leyland Marathon and trailer LH


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US National Park Transport

By John Quilter                                               Nov 2014


In 1936 four companies were asked to produce prototypes of a bus that could be used in US National Parks. Yosemite National Park was chosen as the test area for the prototype. After evaluation, the prototype, produced by White Motor Company using a 318 cubic inches six cylinder engine won the nod largely due to its powerful engine’s ability to deal with a fully loaded bus in the sometimes hilly or high altitude national parks. The striking upright grille was a design of Russian immigrant Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky who had also produced the radiator grille for Packard. The body of the bus was a combined effort of Herman Bender and the president of White, F. W. Black.

Yellowstone Park ordered the first 27 buses but by 1940 there were 98 in operation there in a yellow and black livery. Glacier National Park also ran 36 of them in a red and black livery. Known as “jammers” due to their non-synchronized gearboxes many were used up until the 1960s but were gradually phased out as major maintenance became necessary. Some were bought by the Skagway, Alaska Street Car Company and run until the 2000s. In 1989 many were upgraded to more modern automatic transmissions and engines that could run on either propane or gasoline and power steering, thus ending the era of the “crash box” although drivers are still known as jammers. Interestingly this work was carried out by the Ford Motor Company. In the interests of history bus number 78 was preserved in its original specifications and is kept at the East Glacier Montana maintenance facility.

Now to the model. A small firm known as the Open Top Bus Company has launched a replica of these White 706 buses in multiple liveries. The bus I reviewed is dark green with black fenders and has a logo on the side of the model maker, Open Top Bus Company. Other versions are a red and black issue with Glacier Park logo, and a yellow and black one with Yellowstone logo. Made in 1:48th scale to be compatible with American O gauge model railroading they are very close to the common 1:50th scale used for commercial vehicles and buses by Corgi and others.

They are great replicas of an historic American vehicle and detailing is good with the railroad lantern style rear lights, period wheels with holes, twin large rear view mirrors, a four spoke steering wheel and a gear lever for the jammer gearbox. The base shows a ladder type chassis, engine sump, gearbox and exceptionally long propshaft. Except for the drivers door all doors are on the right side. The packaging is a simple windowed cardboard box with a period photograph reproduced on the back. Much greater detail and history is available at their website: fomentek.com. And the very long and interesting turbulent history of the White Motor Company is available at Wikipedia for those who are real students of history.


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