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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

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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



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



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 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 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 and the other is Cranes Etc edited by Ian Webb 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.

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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 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.

Open Top Bus Company 1937 White 1:48

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: 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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Ford in Miniature – The Lincoln Zephyr

The First Genuinely Successful Car of The Modern Age.

By Dave Turner

Previously exclusively producers of very high priced top-end motors, Lincoln realised in the early 1930s that the economic situation would make things almost impossible for them and other manufacturers in the same high-end sector. A mid-range offering was essential if Lincoln was to survive.

As a first step, the Sterkenberg is often quoted and this was a styling/design exercise dreamed up by John Tjaarda based on aero industry construction techniques. Briggs, Lincoln’s main body supplier managed to interest Edsel Ford in the whole concept, no doubt as a means of stemming the decline in demand that was already being experienced. Several more prototypes followed, some front and some rear engined, but traditionalist Henry Ford made sure that the engine was going to be at the front as well as insisting on transverse springs and mechanical brakes.

A relatively short front end dictated the use of a correspondingly short engine, and so a new V12 of 267 cubic inches capacity was featured when the new ‘streamlined’ Zephyr appeared in November 1934 for the 1935 season. Compared to contemporary styling the new Lincoln must have looked as if it came from outer space, with its ‘V’ shaped front end and faired-in headlights and not a sharp edge in sight. Initially just two and four door Sedans were available and rather strangely the trunk accommodated only the spare wheel, luggage being stowed behind the folding rear seat.

A three passenger coupe and a town limousine were added to the range for 1937, and a more practical trunk and spare wheel arrangement was adopted. 1937 Zephyrs can be identified by the four sets of twin plated bars on the grille. For 1938 convertible sedans and coupes were added, at the same time an additional three inches was added which took the wheelbase to 125” while a split grille of fine horizontal bars made identifying the 1938 model easy. Hydraulic brakes arrived in 1939 whilst the fine bars in the two-part grille were now vertical, the central section of the front bumper was now open and the body sides curved out to hide the running boards. The latter disappeared altogether for 1940 when the headlights became sealed beam and thus vertical rather than sloped, the windows and trunk were also enlarged, as was the engine, to 292 cubic inches. The convertible sedan was dropped but a new five seat club coupe was added to the range.

A fine plated border to the two-part grille appeared for 1941 together with small combined parking and direction lamps which were now mounted on top of the front fenders. The 1942 season was cut short in February by world events but styling of that years Zephyr was considerably changed by squaring up the fenders, fitting a heavier grille and enlarging the engine, yet again to 305 cubic inches. When production resumed for 1946, the engine reverted to 292 cubic inches in size while the appearance was changed by the adoption of a rather Cadillac-esque grille. The Zephyr name was dropped, the range being simply Lincoln. Identifying 1947 and 1948 cars is simple since they had Lincoln script on the side of the hood in place of the previous plated strip and the return to pull-out type exterior door handles. Production of the erstwhile Zephyr terminated in January 1948 in anticipation of the significantly different 1949 cars.

As the first Lincoln Zephyr was such an eye-catching design, contemporary toy makers inevitably featured them in their product line. A few toys were even based on the prototype Doodlebug and in some cases were subsequently turned into actual early Zephyrs, the diecast Tootsietoy for example. Their actual Zephyr initially came as a four door sedan or as a wrecker with a crude crane mounted at the rear. Hubley produced cast iron Doodlebugs and Zephyrs during the later 1930s while another US name from the past, Erie offered two sizes of toy four door Zephyrs.   in New Zealand began their range of sandcast aluminium toys with a four door Zephyr in 1944, although it was the shortest lived of their range lasting just one year.

Kingsbury made pressed steel toys and included a two door Zephyr that came with a caravan although the distinctive fenders on the real car were simplified beyond recognition. The only modern day 1936 miniature Zephyr so far recorded came from the National Motor Museum Mint Range, and was a 1:32 four door sedan with opening hood and front doors that reveal some basic plastic interior and engine detail. The model sits rather low on a chassis that features extremely low profile white wall tyres and incorrect longitudinal springs rather than transverse.

Moving to 1937, just two examples have been recorded to date, a toy clockwork plastic bodied four door sedan was offered by Wells Brimtoy, steered by a lever below the grille. Unfortunately the tinplate base doesn’t shrink with age to keep pace with the body, the latter having lost over 8mm on the example to hand. At the other end of the extreme, a superb 1:18 model of the new for 1937 Zephyr Coupe from Ertl Precision 100 made its appearance in 2002 and despite the passing of nearly 12 years, its quality and accuracy has still been equalled by very few models. In fact the days when the Chinese made models to this quality and detail, at a price one could afford have gone and will probably not return. Everything opens that should, even the vent in front of the windscreen. The spare wheel tilts in the trunk behind which is a tool roll full of tools and there is even a key in the ignition! Contemporary model reviewers were ecstatic but forecast even then that such quality could not be continued.

The Arcade cast iron 1938 Zephyr four door sedan must be among their final toys as production ceased with World War Two and it’s price today reflects this. The next miniature 1938 Zephyr didn’t arrive until 1989 when Durham Classics created just 200 handbuilt models of the three passenger coupe for the Toronto Toy Show. This subsequently became a regular model and was eventually reworked to produce models of the convertible coupe. Detail on these is rather limited, even inside the re-worked convertible. Next along came Matchbox with another convertible coupe in the Great Marques sub-series of their Models of Yesteryear range. Unlike the Durham these are diecast, the plastic interior offering more detail that featured variations in the painted detail applied in subsequent issues. The most pleasing model 1938 came from Brooklin in 2004, their cannon smoke metallic painted four door sedan comes up to their well-established standard of accuracy and finish, and of course being a sedan made a welcome change from all the recent more ‘exotic’ convertibles that latter day model makers seem to prefer. Not only has there been a kiddies pedal car by Steelcraft based on a 1938 Zephyr, but Hallmark produced some die cast miniatures of it.

Models of cars from the Tin Tin stories have offered some interesting subjects, another 1938 Zephyr convertible coupe was featured in the Seven Crystal Balls story as the car of Captain Haddock, and while not pretending to be a scale model the Atlas Editions miniature has much appeal. Moving on to 1939 and we have to thank the Yatming range from China for a pair of very nice convertible coupes. To stand alongside the superb Precision 100 1937 there is the Road Signature 1:18 scale model, obviously less expensive than the Ertl and with less fine detail but very nice nonetheless. It came with a choice of top up, or a cover for the top when down, whilst a range called Fairfield Mint had them produced in a different colour and re-packaged. Obviously employing the same background work, this big model has a little brother in the shape of a 1:32 scale version of the same subject, available with the top up or with the top down. Commendably this boasts all opening parts and steerable front wheels.

Another 1939 Zephyr model has been recorded under the Marty Martino label but the author has never seen one. These are said to be highly detailed aluminium 1:6 scale models, and sound intriguing. 1940 Zephyrs received a plated surround to the twin grilles, and as such theDinky example falls into this category. This was probably the first toy car I received back in the 1940s, a claim that will be familiar with many other current and long since abandoned “collectors”. This depicted the rakish three passenger coupe and must have inspired many young enthusiasts to become life-long admirers of cars in general, and the more stylish in particular. Many years ago the opportunity was taken to acquire what was advertised as the prototype of the Buccaneer model Zephyr and this turned out to be the Dinky body together with a base plate built up in brass inscribed simply “Buccaneer 1937 Lincoln Zephyr”. If the body was intended to be substantially modified at the front to create a ’37 was not known, but illustrations of an actual Buccaneer model show the Dinky 1940 details plain and simple.

A range that enjoys the title Essence of the Car depicts well known motoring subjects as a simple but recognisable solid shape, one of these represents a Zephyr, the exact identity of which is probably not intended but appears closer to a 1941 three passenger coupe than any other. New for 1940 were the sealed beam headlights which were still enclosed behind the teardrop shaped rims but for 1941 the headlight outline was now circular and vertical rather than smoothed into the curve of the front fender. Styling got a significant change for the short lived 1942 season with the rather heavy looking full width sub-grille surmounted by a shallow vertical section. A 1:25 scale resin kit for a two door coupe version was produced in the US byGuy Cantwell in the 1980s while just twenty examples of a slush cast miniature of the same subject were made by Steve Lovan of St. Louis. The latter were illustrated in MAR 76.

A contemporary toy of the 1946 Lincoln came from the Auburn Rubber company in the US, depicting the convertible coupe in open form. Of chunky and robust build they were claimed to be soft and non-damaging to furniture etc., however with age they will now be quite hard. Some examples featured round headlights while for some reason others had rectangular shaped lights. Another very early toy 1946 Convertible Coupe came from Mercury in Italy, and while the Auburn’s rubber content hardens with age, the Mercury diecast material simply disintegrates and the delicate windscreen and side window frames will be lucky to have survived. Much later, and hopefully more resistant to time, are the trio of handbuilt 1948s from now defunct and much missed Western Models in the UK who offered four door sedan, club coupe and convertible versions. Despite the technology of their white metal model cars going back to the days of chunky plated parts and bright strips being created by simply scraping the paint away, they do have undeniable appeal. It appears that they have re-located to Israel and now concentrate on aircraft models.

Photographs below include:

1. Matchbox 1:43 diecast from UK: YY64, 1938 Convertible


2. Tootsie diecast from USA: 6015, 1936 Four Door Sedan.


3. Unknown tinplate from USA: Prototype.


4. Erie 1:37 diecast from USA: 1936 Four Door Sedan.


5. Wells Brimtoy 1:34 plastic/tin from UK: 9/43, 1937 Four Door Sedan with clockwork motor and shrunken plastic body.


6. Erie 1:58 diecast from USA: 1936 Four Door Sedan.


7. Signature 1:19 diecast from China: 102, 1939 Convertible shown with top fitted.


8. Dinky 1:50 diecast from UK: 39c, 1940 Coupe.


9. Matchbox 1:43 diecast from UK: YY64 1938 Convertible rear.


10. Brooklin 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 106, 1938 Four Door Sedan.


11. Steelcraft 1:5 pedal car from USA: 1938 Convertible in front of a real ’37.


12. Western 1:43 handbuilt from UK : 83, 1948 Four Door Sedan.


13. Auburn 1:46 rubber from USA: A17, 1946 Convertible.


14. Mercury 1:43 diecast from Italy: 5, 1946 Convertible, showing part of the windscreen frame missing.


15. Ertl/Precision 100 1:17 diecast from China: 32890 1937 Coupe


16. Nation Motor Museum Mint 1:31 diecast from China: 23600 1936 Four Door Sedan


17. Signature 1:34 diecast from China: 32333 1939 Convertible


18. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 105 1948 Club Coupe


19. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 83 1948 Four Door Sedan


20. Western 1:42 handbuilt from UK: 109 1948 Convertible


21. Durham Classics 1:44 handbuilt from Canada: 4, 1938 Coupe, CTCA first issue.


22. Auburn 1:46 rubber from USA: A17 1946 Convertible


23. Atlas Editions 1:48 diecast from China: 12, 1938 Convertible from the Tin Tin Collection.


24. Buccaneer 1:50 kit prototype from UK: 1940 Coupe, Dinky Toy body fitted with brass base for the kit



Lincoln Zephyr

Fun Ho NZ 1944-45 108 Four Door Sedan 180mm 1:29 Sandcast Aluminium
NMMM China 2006 23600 Four Door Sedan 165mm 1:31 Diecast/Plastic
Erie USA 1930s Four Door Sedan 140mm 1:37 Diecast
Erie USA 1930s Four Door Sedan 88mm 1:58 Diecast
Tootsie USA 1937-8 6016 Four Door Sedan Tow Truck Diecast
Tootsie USA 1937-9 6015 Four Door Sedan Diecast
Hubley USA 1937 Two Door Sedan 150mm 1:34 Diecast
Kingsbury USA 1939 Two Door Sedan Steel

1937 Models

Brimtoy UK 1949 9/43 Four Door Sedan clockwork 152mm 1:34 Plastic and tin
Ertl/Precision 100 China 2002 32890 Coupe 295mm 1:17 Diecast/Plastic
Autoworld China 205 Cuoupe – Pepsi Cola livery 295mm 1:17 Diecast/Plastic

1938 Models

Arcade USA 1930s /40s Four Door Sedan 216mm 1:24 Cast Iron
Arcade USA 1930s/40s 1590 Four Door Sedan Yellow Cab 216mm 1:24 Cast Iron
Matchbox UK 1992-6 YY64 Convertible 123mm 1:43 Diecast/Plastic
Durham Classics Canada 1989 4 Coupe 120mm 1:44 Metal
Durham Classics Canada 1991 8 Convertible Closed 120mm 1:44 Metal
Durham Classics Canada 1991 9 Convertible Open 120mm 1:44 Metal
Atlas Editions France 2002 12 Convertible “Tin Tin” 110mm 1:48 Diecast
Brooklin UK 2004 106 Four Doord Sedan 127mm 1:42 metal
Steelcraft USA Pedal Car 40 inches 1:5 Steel
Hallmark China Pedal Car 102mm 1:9 Diecast

1939 Models

Marty Martino USA Coupe 1:6 Aluminium
Yatming China 2004 102 Convertible Signature 282mm 1:19 Diecast/Plastic
Fairfield China Convertible as above repacked 282mm 1:19 Diecast/Plastic
Yatming China 2008 32333 Convertible Signature 156mm 1:34 Diecast/Plastic

1940 Models

Hubley USA 2237 Cast Iron
Dinky UK 1939-50 9c Coupe 106mm 1:50 Diecast
Buccanner UK Coupe Repro of Dinky 106mm 1:50 Diecast

1942 Models

Cantwell USA 1980s Coupe 1:25 Resin Kit
St Louis USA 1992 Coupe 1:43 Slushcast

1946 Models

Mercury Italy 1950 5 Convertible 126mm 1:43 Diecast
Auburn USA 1950s A17 Convertible 119mm 1:46 Rubber

1948 Models

Western UK 1990s 83 Four Door Sedan 131mm 1:42 Metal
Western UK 2000 105 Club Coupe 131mm 1:42 Metal
Western UK 2000 109 Convertible 131mm 1:42 Metal

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Ford in Miniature 1933-34 Trucks

1933-34 Ford Trucks

by Dave Turner

Dave Turner continues his exploration of Ford Vehicles in Miniature with details of the range of models available of 1933-34 Ford Trucks in a variety of scales and materials. This feature continues after the gallery.

The fabled side-valve V8 engine entered Ford history in 1932 and became extremely popular for use in both cars and commercial vehicles. Up to that time Ford styling for both cars and trucks had followed the same lines but when the new for 1933 Ford cars got a new modern rakish theme, the truck line continued the 1932 style, albeit with some subtle changes. Most noticeable was the gently raked-back grille that on its own gave the trucks a more modern appearance than the previous bolt-upright stance of 1932 models.

The smaller of the two ranges of Ford trucks for 1933 was perhaps confusingly called the ½ Ton Commercial Car, its wheelbase extended six inches to 112 inches from the previous year, which placed the rear axle significantly further back beneath the body. Alternatively the 1½ Ton BB range was adapted for everything else. It came on two additional chassis length of 131½ inches or 157 inches, while many applications such as buses had further chassis extensions.

Still in use were the 200 cubic inch four-cylinder and 221 cubic inch V8 engines, although the four was phased out for trucks during 1934. Examples of 1934 trucks can be easily identified by the Ford oval on the hood sides, the fine bright surround in the grille and the additional strengthening pressing on the rear of the cab just below the back window.

An interesting variety of models has been found, and as is often the case, AMT starts off the summary, their 1:25 plastic kits of 1934 pickups go back to 1962 continuing through numerous re-issues into the late ‘70s and then being re-issued twenty years later by Lindberg. Inevitably they were popular as a basis on which to construct the various resin transkits that US modellers favoured for many years, such as the half-ton panel van from All American Modelsin 1994.

Going back to the 1930s, the huge range of Arcade cast iron toys is said to include at least two 1934 Ford trucks, a pickup and a car carrier, but the very nature of many of these toys makes exact identification a matter of guesswork until an example is seen in the flesh. The US 0-gauge model railroad scene sometimes offers up some interesting vehicles, and among its specialist suppliers, Berkshire Valley included some metal and resin kits of 1934 pickups and stake-bed trucks in their range. These are 1:48 scale, and have been available for around 20 years and continue to be advertised on the internet.

While the majority of the more recent models of 1933-34 Ford trucks have come from the Tins Toys 1:43 and 1:24 range. Other names applied to them tend to add confusion as far as accurate recording is concerned. For example the 1:43 157 inch trucks can come with theUnique Replicas logo under the left-side cab step, or adapted with a pull-back motor on the rear axle, on the casing of which is the ‘Tins Toys’ logo, and featuring slightly less detail in their finish. They usually, but not always, lack exterior mirrors. In all cases seen so far the cab doors and the hood sides open, the latter revealing a reasonable likeness of the flat-head V8. While they are only claimed to be inexpensive toys they are excellent models with quite a decent amount of detail. They have a diecast cab with the various bodies in plastic, often with interesting loads although the tanker, dairy truck and tow truck feature more metal than the others. Inevitably the grille surround is un-prototypically plated in most cases reflecting their toy intentions.

The larger 1:24 versions sometimes feature Crown Premiums cast under the cab step while others have the SpecCast logo stamp. Too good to be toys, they are scaled up from the 1:43 versions and are in fact banks with a hidden coin slot and a release lever hidden within the spare wheel. The tow truck decals are identical on both sizes of model, down to the drivers name ‘Bob’ on the doors. The larger versions do have some extra detail but again the grille surrounds are plated, and the opening doors are still rather untidy.

During the 1990s Hobbycar of Lausanne Switzerland issued a whole diecast fleet of early 1930s Ford cars and small commercials in 1:43 under the Eligor banner. While the cars were all 1932, the trucks also came as 1932 as well as 1933-34 vehicles despite the base of all those seen being marked 1932. Many leaflets were issued of the models, some exclusively Ford, and these listed the 1932 trucks correctly, but the rest seemed to be given 1933 or 1934 dates at random. In fact none were 1934 vehicles, as they omitted the hood-side emblem as well as the cab rear feature. The number of liveries employed on all of these is both endless and unknown, but there are a few in the appropriate Ford uniform.

Jordan’s Highway Miniatures range of intricate 1:87 plastic kits includes a 1934 21-seater bus that takes a degree in watchmaking to assemble satisfactorily, but it makes for an unusual entry to the subject. Yatming produce various scales of model vehicles which come under various names, for example a nice 1934 Pickup in 1:43 scale is marked Road Signature and apart from some rather silly custom wheels and modern tail-indicator lights it represents a stock pickup. It lacks any Ford or V8 badges, but features the 1934 cab back panel. It was also sold in the USA as part of the K-Line model railroad range. The same thing in 1:18 scale is marked Road Legends and this features the same rear lights but more realistic wire wheels, albeit two inches too small, plus the correct for 1934 Ford V8 badges on the hood sides, and a towing frame mounted in the pickup box.

The National Motor Museum Mint issued many models from many makers. Three of the Tins Toys 1:43 1934 Fords, tow truck, tanker and stakeside, have been sold under the NMMM banner as well as the 1:43 Yatming pickup. A couple of additional 1934 trucks in 1:32 scale from NMMM have only their own name under the base. What they called a ‘Fence Truck’ was meant as a stakeside but looked more like a flatbed with a fence around it. The other was a flatbed with some loose chains. Both came on the same cab-chassis casting, the wheelbase of which was, unfortunately six inches too short, the 1932 pattern in fact, resulting in rather strange overall proportions.

US H0-gauge railroad accessories again and Wheel Works offer a huge range of Ford miniatures in white metal kit form. The parent company is called Micro Engineering, and that is what is required here. Low melt solder is by far the neatest method of construction but a moment’s lack of concentration can easily render the whole thing defunct; the steering and suspension are all in separate castings!

At the other end of the extreme, the ‘Let’s Get Small’ range of 1:8 scale resin kits by the late George Zurowsky included a 1934 Ford pickup, but whether it was ever made is uncertain.


Eligor France 1990’s 1059 Pick Up “wood” box 105mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1069 Pick Up “wood” box covered 109mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1070 Panel Van 108mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1080 Pick Up step side 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1087 Tow Truck 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1089 Tanker 1:43 Diecast


AMT USA 1962 T143 Pick Up/Tow Truck 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1962 T134 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1962 2134 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1966 2334 Pick Up/Tow Truck 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1968 T233 Pick Up “Hillbilly Hauler” 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1969 T314 Pick Up/Stake Bed 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1967 3204 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1974 T145 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1977 T234 Pick Up/Stake Bed 1:25 Plastic Kit
All American Models USA 1994 Half Ton Panel Van 1:25 Resin Transkit
Lindberg USA 1992 72155 Pick Up (AMT) 1:25 Plastic Kit
Lindberg USA 1993 72157 Pick Up/Tow Truck/Stakeside 1:25 Plastic Kit
Arcade USA 1930s Pick Up Cast Iron
Arcade USA 1930s Car Carrier Cast Iron
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 200 Pick Up 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 201 Stake Bed 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 202 Stake Bed Long 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tipper 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T4 157″ Box Van 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T7 157″ Flatbed 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T8 157″ Refrigerator Van 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18356 157″ Dairy Truck 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18903 157″ Stakeside 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18902 157″ Towtruck 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tanker 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Stakeside 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Towtruck 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tanker 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Flatbed 1:24 Diecast
Jordan USA 229 Bus 1:87 Plastic Kit
NMMM China 2000 F34FTR “Fence” Truck  145mm 1:32 Diecast
NMMM China Flatbed  160mm 1:32 Diecast
Yatming China 2000 94232 Pick Up “Road Signature”  104mm 1:43 Diecast
Yatming China 2000 92257 Pick Up “Road Legend”  250mm 1:18 Diecast
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 101 Pick Up 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 102 Panel Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 103 Stake Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 108 Chassis Cab 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 109 Stake Truck Short 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 112 Tandem Log Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 113 Rail Wheel Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 114 Express Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 117 Service Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 127 Flatbed 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 128 Flatbed with Trailer 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 129 Dump Truck 1:87 Metal Kit