Category Archives: 1:50

Crouch Recovery 30th Anniversary Model

By Mick ‘Mixxy’ Russell

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

Picture from Crouch Recovery website. Copyright acknowledged.

Based in the Leicestershire village of Kibworth Harcourt, Crouch Recovery was established in 1948 by George (known as Old Jack) and Mary Jane Crouch. The husband and wife team ran a small local filling station which also offered a vehicle recovery service – something which, at that time, was unique to the area. For the next 20 years or so, the business grew steadily and in the 1970’s, they were joined by their son, David who helped his parents with the day to day running of the filling station. David, however, took a particularly active interest in developing the recovery side of the business – something which, as evidenced by today’s operation, proved to be a sound strategic decision! Whilst the filling station is no more, David and his wife, Barbara, have gone on to oversee the evolution of the business into one of the fastest growing recovery operators in the UK and Europe. Moreover, with their sons, Adam and Richard, also fully involved in the business, it now embraces three generations of the Crouch family.

With new, purpose built headquarters just a stone’s throw away from the site of the original filling station (the buildings and recovery yard of which still remain owned and used by the business), Crouch Recovery now operates a 24 / 7 control room to manage breakdown and recovery requests. Operating from 6 depots, the Company’s “home territory” covers the whole of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire but extends the length and breadth of the UK and into Europe via a strong network of agents. And being based in the Midlands has the added geographical advantage of allowing quick access to routes to the rest of the UK, as well as across to the Continent.

They have an impressive fleet of over seventy Heavy and Light Recovery Vehicles, ranging from service vans and light recovery vehicles to heavy duty low loaders, mobile cranes and specialist winching units.

Commissioned to mark the occasion of Crouch Recovery’s 70th anniversary, the model is produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles and is a certificated Limited Edition.

The model is a rendition of A4 TOW a Volvo FMX 8×4 fitted with Boniface heavy recovery gear, however the model is fitted with Falkom heavy gear, Crouch agreed to this. Falkom is a Dutch firm that has been producing recovery gear for over 30 years, anything from a light slidebed to the gear depicted on the model.

The model comes complete with spectacle lift and an attachment for recovering draw bar trailer units. These items are in a separate bag with small pins and screws in, the draw bar attachment fits to one side of the model at the rear and, in reality would swing round to a central point above the main boom and be pinned in place. I was not about to attempt this with the model!

The detail is, as is usual with WSi nowadays, outstanding. Their models seem to keep getting better and more detailed. Search Impex was established in 1993 by Jim and Brenda Newsome, who started by having Lledo Transit vans finished in Ryder livery made in the UK. Now most of their truck models are made for them by WSI, Tekno, Conrad and Eligor.

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Chinese Type 99A Tank by Terebo

By Robin Godwin

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

Terebo is a Chinese manufacturer of metal models, mostly aircraft in 1:72 scale. There are a huge number of manufacturers of aircraft models these days, but Terebo makes mainly indigenous Chinese military aircraft in what appear to be relatively standard scales of 1:72, 1:144 and 1:200 (but an internet search turns up some Raptors, F-35s, F-16s and Tomcats by Terebo). A catalogue included with this tank model illustrates Chinese fighter, transport, airborne early warning, helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft. Also illustrated is a Dong Feng DF-21 mobile anti-ship ballistic missile, and an aircraft carrier, but scales are not specified. 

But this posting is about an outstanding 1:50 scale (claimed) metal model of the Chinese third generation Type 99A main battle tank. (The third generation of main battle tanks is characterised by composite armour and computerised stabilised fire control systems, which allow firing on the move as well as very high first hit probability on targets up to 2,000 metres awayWikipedia). This model arrived at my door from a Chinese eBay dealer for an unbelievably reasonable total cost of $US 62.00.

The big news is – working metal tracks, which to my knowledge is the first such military application since the demise of the old Solido. (The new Solido markets tanks in 1:72 scale lack these as they are “badge engineered” from earlier partworks via the War Master range).  The Terebo effort is brilliant, superbly cast with 10 opening hatches, photo etched engine screens, terrific ancillaries such as machine guns and smoke grenade launchers, and a superb pixilated or digital camouflage paint scheme. It is big and heavy, being almost entirely metal, and weighs over one pound in weight on my kitchen scale. That said, as with all metal tracked tanks in this scale, these are inaccurate (although better than Solido, but in fairness, that design is over 55 years old!), and have way fewer individual links per side. It’s that old conundrum; plastic tracks are usually moulded much more accurately but tend to come mostly in black, whereas metal tracks are just more visceral, but difficult to get accurate in 1:50. A question of accuracy vs. functionality in a small scale, I suppose. Some purists would likely say that moving tracks are unnecessary in a display model, but these move smoothly and efficiently and one has to admire the engineering that has gone into their production.

Speaking of scale, even allowing for some minor inaccuracy of my Model Collector Scale Rule (see pictures), and possible design error at Terebo, Wikipedia gives the hull length as 23 ft, but the model measures out at over 25 scale ft, not counting the external fuel tanks. By comparison, my resin WarTanks (France) M1 Abrams is labelled 1:48 scale and it measures out around 25 ft hull length (you’ll notice some parallax error in the photo), with a real length of just over 26 ft. Given that resin shrinks over time, the WarTank may be more accurate scale-wise.

I must make an observation here concerning both Corgi and Solido. Corgi is reissuing some of their earlier 1:50 WWII tanks and military vehicles for 2019. These are nicely finished but there was some criticism from experts on the earlier issues. I am not sure if they have been improved (doubt it) – more likely just a paint job to give the impression of a different version. My point is that these reissues are priced at US$ 65 (49 Pounds Sterling), and that’s before shipping if you are buying online. You can find the originals on eBay at lower prices, so I can’t fully appreciate Corgi’s marketing strategy here. Did they just not do their homework? Or are these an easy way to maximise profit since no new masters or moulds are needed? As for Solido, a print hobby journal interviewed the new product managers of the brand a few years back, and they waxed enthusiastically about re-introducing the 1:43 scale (sic – all Solido tanks were 1:50 scale) tank range. What we got were 1:72 War Masters (perhaps changed a bit to make them unique) badged as Solido, but with origins in an Ixo supplied partwork – all at three times the price of the original partworks! On the bright side, the War Masters are detailed models and the original Solido tanks were always toys, lacking details collectors expect today.

Digital camouflage not so effective against a tabletop. Hard to see in this photo, but the base of each antenna is just wound wire, which fits over a cast post – effective, but it detracts from the overall appearance. These wire antennae would not meet toy standards with their sharp ends – simple plastic would have been more effective. Antenna at the top of the picture has a Chinese flag paper sticker. Driver is situated just in front of the turret to the left of the gun barrel. His hatch operates as well, but it is a lift-and-swivel design rather than hinged, for obvious reasons

Six of ten opening hatches visible in this shot. Engine screens are photo etched. Basic engine detail visible. Even the inside surfaces of the opening hatches seen here are detailed

The Gunner sits on the left, and those are presumably sighting/aiming control screens. The Commander is on the right but his machine gun is missing. The two antenna anchor posts are visible just inboard of the central stowage basket supports

Handy ruler would suggest that the Terebo Type 99 is larger than 1:50, perhaps 1:48, but that scale is not indicated on the rule

This 1:48 resin Warfighter Abrams tank measures out about the same as the Type 99 despite it being a larger scale and a longer tank

This size comparison also illustrates modern tank  design similarities. Warfighter resin with non-moving tracks is on the left

ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour – ‘Google it’ – very interesting) plates are well cast on the leading edges of the Type 99. One last criticism, and I may be wrong since I have no means of measuring, but the Type 99 tracks don’t seem quite wide enough for a tank of this size and weight, and appear narrower than online photos would suggest. But this is otherwise a brilliant model of a modern tank. I only wish someone would make an Abrams in 1:50 scale metal 

Solido PT-76 Russian Amphibious tank on the left for comparison (note introduction date cast on the base).  The track links are finer on the newer Chinese model, with better detail, but they are still inaccurate. The joins are in the wrong place, but this may be a diecasting limitation.

This is how the track should look and also shows the correct number of teeth on the drive sprocket (11). This is an aftermarket replacement metal track for 1:35 plastic kits. (photo from internet original copyright acknowledged)

The Terebo (above) has fewer links than the real thing, with the scale links each being longer. This causes the teeth in the drive sprocket at the rear to be spaced further apart with the result that there are only six teeth on the sprocket. However, the teeth do fit the gaps between the links and both look authentic and operate smoothly. Solido (below) has teeth represented on the drive wheel, but these are inside the main circumference – they do not engage the track. Tracks remain in place guided by the visible cast pins. Solido tracks are cast in two lengths with two “master links” but I cannot find any similar joins on the Terebo. An article in Model Collector, May 2013 by Jacques Dujardin described the Solido manufacturing process. The small-pin-in-a-big-hole appearance is the space required for tiny elements of the mould that fill that gap in the manufacturing process. Terebo tracks are much finer, with no perceptible gaps between pins and holes, so the diecasting process must be different, but the net results are basically the same   

WSI ACH Volvo F12

By Mick ‘Mixxy’ Russell

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

Copyright of Aston Clinton Haulage acknowledged

ACH or Ashton Clinton Haulage started life in the village of the same name in the Vale of Aylesbury back in the 1930’s, run by the late Les Fowler. The firm moved all sorts of loads, but by the 1970s New Holland was one of their main contracts and lead to them delivering loads all over Europe..

ACH moved to Leighton Buzzard before being bought by the French haulier Norbert Dentressangle. This Volvo F12 Globetrotter was driven by Pete Chaundy from new and the vehicle still exists and is based in County Down, Ireland.

The model is made by WSI  to 1:50 scale and was commissioned by Anglo Dutch Model. It is to be limited to a production run of 200. It is to WSI’s usual high standard of detail and finish, however it appears to have too big a gap between the cab and trailer. This could be cured by moving the trailer pin and landing legs back 5mm, but this also means cutting down the side impact bars. For me personally, i’ll be leaving as is!

London Toyfair Part One

By Maz Woolley

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Your Editor visited the 2019 London Toyfair yesterday. Model vehicles are only a small part of the displays which offer a huge range of toys and attract buyers from small shops to supermarket chains. It was good to see though that many general toy wholesalers carry lines of model cars designed to appeal to children with some stands having boxes of Kinsmart and other toy cars and vans sold out of trade packs.

Although overshadowed by the Nuremberg show it is a chance for me to see what Hornby, Oxford Diecast and some of the major model vehicle importers have on show. It is also a chance for me to catch up with the editors of Model Collector and Diecast Collector and to discuss trends. Sadly I can’t join them at Nuremberg as MAR Online’s limited income cannot fund such an expensive trip!

I will cover the London Show over the next few days with photographs taken on the stands. And to start us off I will look at Diecast Masters range of models which specialises in Caterpillar models to 1:87 and 1:50 scales. One of whose models featured in a recent article by John F. Quilter.

This is the first time that I have seen their models close up and am very impressed by the quality of manufacture and the amount of working parts. I was particularly impressed with the fully articulated metal tracks. The models I saw are all supplied with a driver figure which somehow makes them come alive, even if they could do with varying the painting of the figure from time to time.

The packaging was also interesting. The Highline series of models are supplied in a tin with a foam inner so they are secure during travel and can be stored quite easily. The tins all have a picture of the working vehicle and full Caterpillar branding. The Core Classics range which focuses on best selling Caterpillar models of the past is supplied in cardboard boxes.

The photographs below are just a selection of the models that are being imported into the UK in this range. In some cases the models are supplied with exchangeable parts where it suits the vehicles.

The level of detail can be seen on the 18M3 Motor Grader shown above where all the hydraulic lines and steel framework is clearly modelled as well as very realistic wheels and tyres. Working rams are fitted and the sections of the model articulate like the real vehicle. Although there is a high levelof working detail this is modelled without being overscale or obvious.

The importer explained that the Chinese factory producing these models also produces some very detailed and high quality slot cars and is a very modern and sophisticated manufacturing environment with a high degree of automation. The painting for example is all automated and is all done in an electrostatic environment which makes sure that the paint adheres to the metal correctly. Readers will know that yellow is a very difficult pain to get right on models and is often sprayed too thickly to stop paint thinning over shut lines and raised features. Here the authentic Caterpillar colour covers well without being too thick.

The models vary in price but here in the UK many of the 1:87 scale models sell for around the same price as a Corgi Vanguards model and the larger and very detailed models are cheaper than an Otto 1:18 scale car model. Given the level of detail and the working features this range seems to offer good value to collectors of construction vehicles.

Over the next few days I will be posting articles covering models from other stands at the Fair. From Hornby Hobbies we have photographs of some pre-production samples of some of the new Vanguards. From Oxford Diecast we also get to see some pre-production items. And from UK importers we get to look at Norev, MInichamps and others whose models were on display.

Small Scale Paving

By John F. Quilter

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

Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Illinois, is a major construction equipment company in the USA and probably the world with exports and overseas plants producing a huge variety of yellow construction equipment. Apparently there is quite a following for their products in miniature as the catalogue that came with my Diecast Masters vibratory compactor model has an amazing range of almost 100 1:50th scale replicas of all sorts of Caterpillar devices, from dump trucks, bulldozers, excavators, back hoes, etc, etc. I picked up a vibratory roller, known as a compactor, and from another maker of Caterpillar replicas, Norscot, an asphalt paver known in Caterpillar speak as an AP655D.

So once these were in hand I used my Whitebox Dodge 10 wheel dump truck to set up a small paving scene. The asphalt material loads had to be created with some mortar solution moulded in the shape of the truck bed and the bin for the paver. Once dry it was painted gloss black. The roadway is a strip of coarse black sand paper. I added a seated figure for the paver though the roller came with an operator. While the Cat equipment is 1:50 scale the Dodge is to 1:43 but they seem to work together acceptably. Well doesn’t every 1:43 scale collector (or 1:50 scale collector) need nice smooth road for his miniatures?

News from the Continent December 2018 – Conrad

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs all supplied by the manufacturer. 

Here we look at the releases from Conrad during the second half of 2018. Conrad are a German maker of construction related vehicles. These are diecast to 1:50 scale in Germany. 

Art.No. 2515/01 DELMAG RH 18/200

Rotary drilling rig on the SR 25 E base unit.

Art.No. 2114/02 GROVE GMK 6300L

This large all terrain crane is fitted with a working jib extension; It is in Wiesbauer livery. Weisbauer have ordered many of these units from Terex.

Art.No. 2114/05 GROVE GMK 6300L

Here is the same all terrain crane unit with a working jib extension; here liveried for SARENS a Belgian provider of cranes from mobile units like this to huge tower cranes.

Art.No. 5516/0 BUCHER Municipal City Cat 5006

This compact vehicle for street cleaning is made by German firm specialising in supplying equipment to local authorities. Other divisions supply snow ploughs, airport maintenance equipment and the like. The City Cat range is designed to be very low emissions. 

This is the first release in plain manufacturer’s livery. I expect future releases to be in various city and town liveries.

ZOELLER X2 Garbage truck

Zoeller are a German company specialise in waste disposal units of varying types. Here Conrad models the Zoeller equipment on a MAN TGS M Euro 6 chassis.

This is a first release in the manufacturers livery.

Art.No. 2210/01 KOBELCO SK500LC-10 tracked excavator

Here we have a US version of the Kobelko crawler excavator. This is built in Hiroshima in Japan and exported to US and Europe in considerable numbers.

Art.No. 2767/0 SANDVIK TH663 Dumper

This is a large dumper from Sandvik which is a Swedish firm which specialises in huge mining equipment. 

Again this is a first release of this model and will I am sure also appear in operator’s liveries at some point. 

Art.No. 2441/02  SANDVIK LH621 Tunnel loader 2016

Another model in Sandvik livery.  This model is a 21-metric-ton loader and hauler designed to allow operation underground. 

Art.No. 2115/0 TEREX RT90 Rough terrain crane

This Terex crane is designed to operate on rough terrain and has a five section boom. The model also has a extending boom. It is in Terex livery and is the first release of this model which will appear later in operator liveries.

Art.No. 2115/01 TEREX RT100 US Rough terrain crane

 Here is the US version of the crane designated RT100. 

Art.No. 2106/07 LIEBHERR MK88 mobile building site cran

Another livery on this mobile crane which opens up to create a mounted tower crane capable of reaching multi-storey buildings.


Art.No. 2209/01 LIEBHERR R920 Compact tracked excavator with movable jib

This model has a working two part boom and is in operator Wörmann’s livery.

Art.No. 76213/0  FAYMONVILLE Variomax articulated Deep-bed lowloader on MAN TGX SLT 4axle

Faymonville trailer building spreads across Europe with operations in Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland, Italy and even assembly from kits in Russia. This model is a low bed semi-trailer with pendle axle chassis between the gooseneck and the low bed.

Here it is in its first release using the MAN tractor unit already in the Conrad range. 

Art.No. 78179/0 DOLL long timber truck with Mercedes-Benz Arocs

Here is another new release with the timber truck modelled in its “outward bound” configuration. Liveried for Doll a specialist German trailer maker. It seems to be based on their M2K -10 timber unit.

Art.No. 78183/0 Doll short timber transport with Mercedes-Benz Arocs

Here we have timber lorry with trailers from Doll. These appear to be based upon their Logo range.  Again this appears to be a new release.

Art.No. 78227/01 PUTZMEISTER PUMI 25-4 Concrete mixer on Mercedes-Benz Arocs 4 axle

A second version on this casting. Here in the livery of Putzmeister the manufacturer. Putzmeister are a large maker of concrete pumps producing in Europe and with a division in the US.

Art.No. 1616/01 MAN TGE flat bed truck

Here we have a second livery on this truck which is a recent introduction by MAN which is part of the Volkswagen group and which is based upon the Crafter van. 

Art.No. 2449/07 TORION 1914 wheel loader

The Torion 1914 is the low end model in CLAAS’s medium to heavy loader range. It has been seen already in Conrad range many times.

Art.No. 2737/11 LIEBHERR LG 1750 lattice mast crane

Here this huge mast crane model is seen in MEDIACO livery.

Art.No. 5517/0 GOLDHOFER AST-2 airfield tractor

Another new model, here in the makers livery.  This is the new towbarless aircraft moving unit from that maker. 

Art.No. 76238/0 MAN TGX XLX Euro 6 3-axle truck with Palfinger loading crane

WÖRMANN livery on this MAN truck makes it an impressive unit with its large loading crane. Again this is a new version and is likely to appear in many liveries.

News from the Continent July 2018 – Conrad

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by the, and copyright of the Author. Photographs are from the Manufacturer.

Here are some of the latest releases from Conrad who specialise in industrial and construction related subjects as well as municipal and utility vehicles. Their models are all diecast in Germany and are to a scale of 1:50 unless otherwise stated.

New Releases


Art.Nr. 2515/01 DELMAG RH 18/200

A rotary drill on carrier SR 25 E

Art.Nr. 2114/02 GROVE GMK 6300L

An all terrain crane with long cantilever in WIESBAUER livery


Art.Nr. 2114/05 GROVE GMK 6300L

Another version of the all terrain crane with long cantilever this time in SARENS livery.


Art.Nr. 5516/0 BUCHER Municipal City Cat 5006 compact vehicle

Street sweeper from Bucher without any livery for a specifc authority.


Art.Nr. 7739/0 ZOELLER X2 refuse collection vehicle on the chassis of the MAN TGS M Euro 6

Again a plain version without any operators markings.


Art.Nr. 2210/01  KOBELCO SK500LC-10 tracked excavator

Here the model is based upon the US version of this excavator in manufacturer’s livery.



Art.Nr. 2767/0 SANDVIK TH663 Dumper

Another model in the manufacturer’s livery.


Art.Nr. 2441/02 SANDVIK LH621 tunnel loader design 2016

Another Sandvik liveried construction vehicle.


Art.Nr. 2115/0  TEREX RT90 rough terrain crane

Again in Manufacturers livery.


Art.Nr. 2115/01 TEREX RT100 US rough terrain crane

A very similar model to the last one but with minor detail changes to replicate the US version of the crane.

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Supermini and Minimac – more photos

By Karl Schnelle

In our previous post about these Brazilian model trucks, we asked if any readers knew more about them.  Several replied with many, many photos.  Since these diecast from Brazil are not well documented anywhere that we know about, we will show them here.

Arpra Trucks

Here are several more 1:50 Supermini Mercedes trucks (made by Arpra).  Three different versions of the Mercedes 1513 refrigerated box are below, from Ivan a collector in Brazil, collector Robert  Brodowski in the US, and the author. It’s fun to see them all together (at least in print).

Many of Robert’s have been sold off over the years, but he still has these photos.  Here is his Mercedes 1513 dump truck (same cab as above).

This next Arpra Supermini Mercedes Benz 1924A truck tractor was not sold in the US as a cab unit, but was very popular in the 1980s as a delivery truck (with single round headlights) and well into the 1990s with rectangular headlights like this one.

Here are the round and square headlight versions together.

Two Scanias from Robert are the LKS 141 and Talbert dump trailer (sold as a set or separately)…

and the 112M truck tractor and gas trailer.

The boxes from the dump truck set are very nice and reflect the ’80s!

Minimac Construction

Robert says most collectors will be familiar with the excellent construction models from Conrad, NZG, and Norscott. There are many other lesser known but just as good (or even better) brands such as Minimac from Brazil. This Dresser A450E motorgrader from Minimac is so well done with the best articulation he’s ever seen on a 1:50 scale model.

Arpra Catalogs

Robert, Ivan, and Sergio Sergio Luis Dos Santos from Brazil sent us photocopies of catalogs that have been in their collections.  We have some very knowledgeable MAR Online readers!

Here is a black and white sheet, taken in 2 photos.

A second sheet (or the backside of the one above) shows that Arpra sold the cabs and trailers separately.

These color sheets show some of the same models and could be folded up to include in the box.  No dates are evident on these catalogs, so the black and white sheets might be older?

Finally, another box insert is shown below.  Here is the full view.

Each section is blown up below.

Thanks again to our readers for supplying these images!

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Supermini and Minimac – A Blast from the ’80s!

By Karl Schnelle and Maz Woolley

One of our readers asked the Editors if they had more information on some specific 1:50 Brazilian trucks from our retrospective reviews of the 1985 (Mercedes fire appliance) and 1989 Model Auto Reviews (the Coca-Cola Scania).  Both Editors dug into it and discovered a little bit about each one.

The two trucks originally were made in Brazil.  Actually the Mercedes is a Brazilian/English ‘hybrid’.  Here is what MAR reported in the 1980’s about these two trucks and the companies that made them.

Sun Motor Mercedes Fire Appliance (Supermini base)

The Mercedes fire appliance was a Sun Motor Co 1/50 handbuilt. The chassis/cab was from Arpra/Supermini of Brazil, while the resin body and diecast fittings came from from Britain. It was to be a  limited edition of 150, according to MAR back in 1985.

Sun Motor Co was owned by Rod Ward at that time; he is now the MAR Online Consultant Editor and Founder.  Here is what he says about these models: “Yes, we handled Arpra Supermini in the UK at that time, and we had a lot of fire appliance collectors who couldn’t get enough different and interesting models. We commissioned a pattern from Geoff Moorhouse for a resin body and other parts. I think Geoff actually built them for us as well. It was a pleasing little model, and it sold out quickly. I can’t remember the total quantity actually made – it depended on how many of the Arpra Mercedes we could get hold of. It was certainly no more than 100, maybe only 60 or so, as that was the expected life of a resin mould at that time.”

“It was in the early days of the Sun Motor Co, when we mostly made up the range from adaptations of diecast, etc., models (like this one) or models adopted from defunct or moribund ranges (like Geoff’s AGM range, from which we adopted a number of models, including the DeSoto and Bristol 450). Geoff made a few more patterns for us, before he began his own new truck range, and we moved on to other pattern makers.”

The Modelauto shop, also owned by Rod, were the importers of the Brazilian models into UK at the time and also used them as a basis for their own conversions. Sadly the Sun Motor Company built models are very scarce as they were made in such small numbers and were sold by mail order all over the world.

Minimac Scania

The Coca-Cola Scania L76 was by Minimac of Brazil, also in 1:50 scale.  In 1989, this was a restock item at Modelauto. No other information was shown, but it appeared in color twice in Mar in 1989.

A Jeep 4×4 was also shown in similar Coca-Cola livery.

At that time, Modelauto was also selling the Scania is Plus Vita livery.

More Information

Digging around some more in the old 1980’s issues of MAR, two articles were found on Brazilian models.   In MAR #3, Winter 1982, many pages of a then-current Supermini catalog were published: trucks, construction equipment, and a bus.

Then, in MAR #11,  Extra 1984, frequent contributor Clive Chick wrote a two-page summary of Brazilian cars and trucks from a  recent trip of his.   He pictured Supermini and Minimac on the first page.

He also found Muky, Corgi Juniors by Kiko, Schuco-REI, and Solido, all made in Brazil

We would love to hear from other readers who collect these older Brazilian toys or know the history of these companies.

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News from the Continent June 2018- Conrad

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

Here are some models recently announced by Conrad. These are all diecast for Germany for the small family run company and are to 1:50 scale.

Art.No. 2210/0 KOBELCO SK500LC-10

Crawler excavator in Kobelco Livery


Art.No. 2211/0 MECALAC 15MC

Crawler excavator: fitted with an offset two-piece boom attachment and liveried in “Communal” markings


Art.No. 2212/0 MECALAC 15MWR

This is similar to the previous model but this time it is a wheeled excavator with the same offset two-piece boom attachment


Art.No.2453/0 Liebherr L 509 

A  twin wheel loader in the manufacturers livery


Art.No. 2768/0  MECALAC 6MDX

A site dumper again liveried in maunufacturer’s finish.


Art.No. 77235/0 MAN Euro 6 TGS CIFA Energya E8-E9

A  four axle concrete mixer with CIFA livery


Art.No. 2117/0 GROVE GRT8100

This is a very substantial telescopic crane developed for use on rough terrain.


ArtNo. 2202/07 CASE CX250D

This is a CASE liveried crawler excavator


ArtNo. 2968/01  POCLAIN TY2P

Wheeled crane with crane boom in the manufacturers colours


ArtNo. 2925/0  POCLAIN TY45

A hydraulic excavator with shovel in the manufacturers colours

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