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Mercury La Collezionne Part Five

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Here we have three more models: #10 to #12, in the Mercury partwork collection being sold in Italy by Hachette.

Hachette no. 10 is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Bern taxi, a 1:48 scale model, based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta already seen (Hachette n. 5, Mercury n. 17). This is in reality a 1956 or 1957 prototype of a model for the Swiss market, like the Fiat Nuova 1100 Bern taxi we have already seen (Hachette n. 3). The livery is red and yellow like the 1100, but it is slightly different. It is unknown how many prototypes were made, or why the model never reached production. Maybe the fact that the Giulietta was never used as a taxi in Switzerland might have played a part.


Hachette no. 11 is the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury n.16) from 1955. Another simple model, just a painted shell on wheels, but very faithful to the real one. Available in many different colours, it was produced in three different “series”. Here Hachette has replicated the first one including features like the front lights made from small aluminium nails inserted into the body. It has no windows or interior, and is painted light blue. The Alfa Romeo 1900 was introduced at the 1950 Paris Motor Show, it was the first Alfa with a unitary body, the steering wheel on the left, and built on a “real” assembly line. It had a famous marketing slogan “The family car that wins races”. In 1951 the saloon was joined by a short wheelbase version. In 1954 the 1900 Super received a slightly larger engine and some small detail changes. It was produced until 1959, when it was replaced by the boxier 2000.


Hachette no. 12 is the Lancia Flavia first series, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 31) from 1961. Like the Alfa 1900, the Flavia model was produced in three different “series”. Here it is replica of the first series with windows but no interior. It is painted a deep blue (almost green) colour and has very detailed rear lights. Later the model received seats and steering wheel, but some details were simplified. A very nice decal is used on the boot reproducing the model name badge with the same style of letters as the real one, the script on the baseplate is similar. The real Lancia Flavia was, like all the previous Lancias, a very innovative model: front-wheel drive, a four cylinder boxer engine, and all round disk brakes. It was introduced at the 1960 Turin Motor Show with a rather underpowered 1,500 cc engine, and a steep price. The Flavia was soon made available with a more powerful 1,800 cc engine, rather better suited to its size and weight. In 1962 the four-door saloon was joined by a coupé version by Pininfarina (reproduced by Mercury as no. 32), a convertible by Vignale and a Sport by Zagato. A new body design was presented in 1969, then in 1971 the “Flavia” badge was discontinued. Production lasted until 1974 when it was replaced by the Beta. Like the previous Aprilia, Ardea, Aurelia, Appia and Flaminia, the Flavia was named after a Roman road, the Via Flavia, leading from Trieste to Dalmatia.


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Mercury La Collezionne – Part Four

By Fabrizio Panico

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

More Mercury by Hachette Parts 7 – 9

Here we have three more models, #7 to #9, in the Mercury partwork collection being sold in Italy by Hachette.

Hachette no. 7 is the Lancia Appia 1st series, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 14) from 1955. As usual a simple model, but very faithful to the real one. The headlights are like small aluminium nails, inserted into the body, no windows or interiors are present, green livery. The real one was launched in 1953, smaller than the Aurelia
the Lancia flagship, but similar in outline. In 1956 the 2nd series was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, same front but a new rear body end with a more modern look. A coupé, by Pininfarina, and a cabriolet, by Vignale, were now available. In 1959 there was the 3rd series, with a new front, inspired by the Flaminia, the Aurelia’s successor (both were reproduced by Mercury, the 3rd series as no. 5, the Flaminia as no. 8).


Hachette no. 8 is the Mercedes W196 formula 1 carenata, a 1:43 scale model (Mercury no. 56) from 1956. Quite a heavy model, larger than the previous ones, and really faithful. It has a very nice front grille, painted in matt black with the “star” emblem. The driver’s seat is painted in blue, and the steering wheel is present. Racing numbers are added on the satin silver livery. The “carenata” was reproduced by many other brands, but Mercury was the only one to reproduce both versions, the “carenata” and the “cigar shaped” one (Mercury no. 55). Mercury also reproduced the “carenata” in 1:60 scale (Mercury no. 22).


Hachette no. 9 is the Autobianchi Bianchina, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 6) from 1958. Another simple but very faithful model, very small (only 63 mm), and fitted with windows. In the beginning it was produced only in single colours, later it was presented in nice two-colours liveries (here light green and grey). All the details were carefully reproduced, down to even the smallest ones. The small box was enhanced by a colour reproduction of the car, whilst the model name “bianchina” was reproduced in the script used by the manufacturer on the car on both the box and the model baseplate.

The real Bianchina was the result of a joint agreement amongst Fiat, Bianchi and Pirelli: It was a success, and the car was followed by a cabriolet and estate “Panoramica” versions (the Panoramica was reproduced by Mercury as no. 11).


Hachette Mercury Volkswagen Reproduction – a comparison

By Robin Godwin

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

I have just received the reproduction Mercury Volkswagen Beetle in Swiss Post (PTT) livery from an Italian dealer. The package includes model, box and a pamphlet (in Italian only) specific to the model, which retails in Italy for 14.99 Euros.

The Volkswagen is number 6 in a series of reproductions of early Mercury vehicles from the 50s, generally done to a scale of 1:48. [Editor – more about this range of reproductions may be found in articles written by Fabrizio Panico elsewhere on this website]. The Beetle itself was initially issued in 1955 (the PTT version came along in 1956), hence the casting is pretty much the same level of fidelity as contemporary Dinky Toys and the recent reproductions of that range. Interestingly, the Dinky reproductions were cast by Norev, and marketed by DeAgostini or Editions Atlas, with the Dinky trademark owned by Mattel. The included pamphlet indicates that Mercury is a registered trademark used under license, but doesn’t indicate who owns it, and nowhere does it say who casts it. The pamphlet also identifies Marco Batazzi as the reference for the historical background. Marco is an acknowledged Volkswagen expert/author, and has also written an excellent book on Volkswagen toys, which compliments both the Houchangnia and Schroeder VW Beetle books. The great Italian collector/author Paolo Rampini is credited with some of the photos of original Swiss PTT models. So it is clear that there has been some real collector input into this effort.

In this article, I’ll provide a photo comparison of an original Mercury Volkswagen, a Scottoy reproduction in white metal, and this Hachette model. Jonathan Scott did a series of reproductions of early Mercurys around the turn of the millennium. These were covered in print versions of MAR at the time. The Scottoy shown here was purchased in 2002. The original Mercury was purchased 30 years ago at a French toy show (and wasn’t inexpensive then).

Left, Hachette; centre, original Mercury; right, Scottoy, which came with windows and an interior. You can just discern that the windscreen opening is larger on the Hachette

Easy to see that the Hachette (left) is from a new master/mould in the engine vents, license plate fairing and the plate mounting itself. Close inspection of the Scottoy (right)strongly suggests that an original Mercury (centre)was the master for the white metal version

It’s impossible to mistake either reproduction for an original

Original box in the middle features stronger colours and a smaller font size for the “15”

Hachette box on bottom features cleaner printing and more of a maroon band than red

Hachette box, left, has the maroon/red band running continuously around one whole edge of the box. The original is offset. The original also has a hole in the middle of one side to view the colour of the enclosed model without having to remove it – missing on the repro box. There are no markings on the repro to indicate it is a Hachette reproduction, so future buyers of mint/boxed original Mercurys should be aware of the box differences. At least the Atlas/DeAgostini Dinky boxes have lots of additional legal information on one side of the box, which is a dead giveaway that they are a repro. I believe the PTT version was sold in the standard box, but the Mercury book by Bocco, Clemente, Coen, Perego and Pontoni illustrates a PTT version sitting atop an early #15 non-illustrated manilla toned box, featuring blue descriptive printing.

The pamphlet cover is a reproduction of the 1950 Mercury catalogue cover. Beautiful evocative artwork, but it predates the models that are being reproduced by Hachette

A trio of fairly recent PTT VolkswagensHachette, left, Editions Atlas Dinky Toy, middle, and a proper 1:43 Minialuxe, right. The original Mercury came with three different PTT logos with the differences conveniently illustrated by these three models. Original Mercury logo was a decal, but the Hachette is tampo. Yellow/black colour separation is better on the Hachette than the original (based on photos in the pamphlet and other sources).

All-in-all, it’s a good reproduction and well worth the 15 Euros.


Mercury La Collezionne Part Three

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Here we have the latest parts, #4 to #6, in the Mercury partwork collection being sold in Italy by Hachette.

No. 4 is the Lancia D24, a 1:43 scale model from 1957. A simple model, but very faithful to the real one. Proving this is the inclusion of the small air scoop over the right headlight.

Alas, they didn’t add the windscreen and the rear lights. But it is a worthy reproduction of a car that won so many races, from the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, to the 1954 Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.


No. 5 is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta saloon, in a rare two-colour livery, very likely available originally only on the Swiss market as it was produced at the special request by the Swiss importer, Count Giansanti Coluzzi.

The real car was never offered by Alfa Romeo with a two-tone finish, but some were painted like that by Italian coachbuilders. The Giulietta is a 1:48 scale model from 1956, and the Hachette reproduction is faithful to its first version, where the headlights are like small aluminium nails, inserted into the body.


No 6 is a Volkswagen Beetle in PTT livery. The Beetle was a ‘must’ for all toy car ranges from the early 1950s onwards. Models in the PTT livery have featured in many ranges right up to the current date.

The Volkswagen Beetle was introduced into the Mercury range as model #15. This was produced in several colours with three shades of blue alone! The model represents a 1954 oval rear window Volkswagen and #15A was the same casting finished in PTT livery. There were variations on this model with Paolo Rampini‘s Modelcars in the World showing models with different colour tyres: black and grey tyres. Hachette has chosen to use black tyres and has created a convincing replica.

The next model due in the collection with be the Lancia Appia.


Mercury – la collezionne Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Here a few pictures of the second and third model to be released in the Mercury partwork being sold in Italy by Hachette.

 Fiat 600 Multipla

The second part is again issued on a large card to attract the attention of the customer to the series and the model being sold at a discounted price. This card is huge and must cause news stands and shops in Italy a lot of issues finding space to display them. The model looks tiny in its cover mount.

On the rear of the card we again get a display showing us what is to come and a taster for the third model which will be at the standard price for the collection.

The red and black Fiat 600 model shown below is the replica from Hachette sitting on the replica box..

The green and grey model shown in comparison below is an original Mercury model from my collection.

There are no big differences between the two though the baseplate is engraved upside down on the new replica as shown below (NB the cars are positioned on the wrong boxes with the new Mercury on the right on the old Mercury box, and vice versa.) .

The Hachette box is also slightly altered from the original as it lacks the hole that Mercury had punched in to allow buyers to see the colour of the model inside. Even the weight is similar with the Hachette being a few grams lighter.

Fiat 1100 Taxi

Here the third model from the Hachette partwork. The Fiat nuova 1100 taxi in the livery of Berne (Berna in Italian) in Switzerland.

Hachette has chosen to model a very rare Mercury as they were only sold in Berne and consequently are very sought after by collectors. Unfortunately I do not have one to compare it with so I have shown it below with the standard 1100 that it is based on.

Again the Hachette box lacks the ‘spyhole’ which shows the colour of the model.


More on Mercury Partwork

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Questions have been asked about the baseplates on the reproduction Mercury Models being sold as partworks in Italy by Hachette.

The first model in the series is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta shown above and its baseplate is as shown below. NB the axle retainers replicated from the original. The base cannot be confused with one on the original model as the copyright has been altered, Hachette’s name added, and ‘Made in China’ stated clearly.

The attached magazine shows a clear picture of the original baseplate on a ‘real’ Mercury model. which lacks the A.P. next to the logo, Hachette’s name, and has ‘Made in Italy’ included.

Collectors often wonder about these replicas being passed off as originals. Here any collector with any interest in Mercury models would quickly see that this is a replica and not the original model.


New Italian Partworks for 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

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

2019 brings with it two new partworks running in Italy. One is based upon vans already seen in the Vadis Eaglemoss Liveried Vans series with new liveries, whilst the other will produce replicas of the models produced by the famous Italian brand Mercury.

Veicola Commerciale D’Epoca [Vintage Commercial Vehicles]

The first part comes attached to a very large card to make a splash at the news stands and to highlight the cheap first part. and to encourage people to collect the series.

Front of card with attached model and magazine.
Rear of the card with details of some of the models to come.

All the models shown appeared in the earlier Veicoli Pubblicitari D’Epoca [Vintage Advertising Vehicle]   published by Vadis Eaglemoss. The new publication is produced by Eaglemoss as the website www.veicoliepoca.it shows. As in the previous series virtually all of the models shown to come are from Italian makers apart from the VW Transporter.

The cover of the first magazine shows that the models have all been made by Ixo which is unusual, but it shows how the Ixo brand has established itself in the European market place as a producer of good value models.

The Galbani liveried Fiat 100 van which is sold as the discounted first model is shown above.


Mercury – la collezionne [the collection]

A series featuring new replica castings of Mercury Models. Mercury were a famous Italian diecast model maker. Like so many others they grew before World War Two making industrial diecastings and turned to toys after the war becoming the first Italian maker of diecast cars. Models were produced in various scales but the company ran out of steam in the late 1970s closing in 1978.

Card advertising the series
Leaflet showing models to come.

The first model included in this series is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in a lovely replica box as shown below.

This model, a 1950s classic, is nicely replicated in the manner of the Atlas Dinky range. It is produced to the 1:48 scale used by Mercury initially.

The magazine accompanying the model includes some nice printed reproductions of original Mercury advertising.

The rear cover is another enticing view of what is to come.

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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