Category Archives: 1:50

Oxford Diecast – Release 2 2018

By Maz Woolley

Text by the Author. All cell drawings and listings provided by Oxford Diecast.

Oxford Diecast has announced their second release of 2018. Again there is a slight increase in the price of models but not a large one like many other ranges have had in recent months.

The models are currently only illustrated by cell drawings or CAD diagrams and no pre-production shots are available to share at this point. I include the cells were they are new tooling or a particularly interesting variation on an existing casting.

For 1:43 scale collectors there are only a small number of releases and only one new tooling a Bedford CF Ice Cream Van. I am sure that in later releases that will make its way to 1:76 and 1:148 ranges too. It is a vehicle overdue for a modern model and I do hope Oxford intends to produce a conventional van or even a camper van in future releases.

A first is a model to 1:50 scale. This is extending their very successful JCB licensing into a larger scale and I am sure that it will prove to be a popular model despite it costing more than Oxford 1:18 models. Talking of which there are no new 1:18 scale models in this release.

The Westland Dragonfly looks very impressive  though there are already many questions about its authenticity as the Dragonfly was a copy of the Sikorsky built under licence and there are various fuselage features which differ from original to copy and even between the Westland versions produced.

In 1:76 highlights include a Duple Commander initially in Southdown livery but sure to appear in more liveries next release and even as 1:148 I expect at some point in the future. We also see a Ford Zodiac Mark II appear in the range to accompany the second release of the 315 Capri in a nice blue and white two tone. A Burrell traction engine appears in this scale which I believe was supposed to have the non-scale living wagon to go with it until someone got the measurements wrong in the factory.

We get to see an Austin Maxi finally appear in an industrial diecast range not my favourite colour but I am sure that it will sell well none the less. Maybe it will bee precursor to Maestros and Montegos which are often asked for by collectors.

The Range Rover 3rd generation in 1:76 will be a very popular item and apart from obvious missing links like a couple of generations of Discovery Oxford is not far off creating a full history of Land Rover. Land Rovers also appear in two new and appealing sets. One a Universities overland expedition which was the subject of a contemporary documentary and the RAF Bloodhound kit reminiscent of the old RAF Corgi set.

In 1:87 the US series gets several new castings: Chrysler 300 Convertible from 1961; a 1968 Dodge Charger; a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; aDodge D100 Sweepside pickup; and a 1946 De Soto Suburban. If these models continue to be made to the very high standard that the recent 1:87 releases have been I am sure they will all be very successful even if they area little dearer than the 1:76 scale models.

Finally to the tiny 1:148 models made with plastic bodies and a diecast baseplate.  There are a surprising number of people collecting this scale of models and not just to go with model railways. However just two new tools this time the Land Rover Discovery 4  and the Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​.

Many 1:43 collectors have been voluble online about the gradual reduction of output from Oxford in this scale especially of ordinary cars. Many have been disappointed with the few models available this time. 1:76 truck collectors have also noted the lack of new tooling this release. Keeping everyone happy and keeping an eye on product quality is obviously a big challenge for Oxford. The Showman’s wagon being made with incorrect scaling applied is perhaps a symptom that Oxford are struggling to control production in China, it certainly fits with the concern over the quality of finish on some models.

1:43 Scale

 

43CF001 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Whippy​
New Tooling

43LAN188024 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas Bronze Green (Plimsoll)​

43LR2AS003 Land Rover Series IIA SWB Station Wagon Pastel Green​

43LRL006 Land Rover Lightweight Hard Top Fred Dibnah

43RRP3003 Rolls Royce Phantom III SDV Mulliner Claret/Black​

43RRP5003 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Windsor Blue​

MIN014N Pink Floral Mini Car – Wedding Wrap​

1:50 Scale

 

50FST001 JCB Fastrac​
New Tooling

1:72 Scale Aviation

72BE002 Twin Beech – FT996-811-HF 728 Squadron RNAS Hal Far Malta 1948​

72DG003 DH84 Dragon EI- ABI IOLAR​

72WD001 Westland Dragonfly Royal Navy WH991 Yorkshire Air Museum​ New Tooling

AC089 Lavochkin LA7 Sergei Federovich Dolgushin – 156 Fighter Reg. 1945​

1:76 scale

76BM02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green​Scale: 1:76

76D28003 DAF 3300 Short Van Trailer Pollock​

76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown​
New Tooling

76DEF016 Land Rover Defender LWB Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76DXF004 DAF XF Euro 6 Livestock Transporter Skeldons​

76EC003 ERF EC Flatbed Trailer Pollock

76ETYP012 Jaguar E Type Soft Top Imperial Maroon

76ETYP014 Jaguar E Type Silver Blue

76FB6004 Fowler B6 Showmans Loco No.14425 – Carry On

76FCC002 Ford Consul Capri Caribbean Turquoise/Ermine White​

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)

76FG004 Ford Galaxy Black​

76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground​

76FS004 Ford Sierra Sapphire Moonstone Blue

76FT3008 Ford Transit Mk3 British Gas​

76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines​

76FZ001 Ford Zodiac MkII Shark Blue/Pompadour Blue​
New Tooling

76GDSF001 Burrell 8nhp DCC Showmans Locomotive Masterpiece​
New Tooling

76J4003 Austin J4 Van Southern Electricity​

76JAG2007 Jaguar MkII Carmen Red​

76JFP003 Jaguar F Pace Italian Racing Red

76JS002 JCB JS220 Millionth Machine

76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown

 

76LAN2020 Land Rover Series 2 LWB Canvas Bluebird Land Speed Record 1960​

76LR2S006 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas REME​

76LR3S002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA​

76LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy

76LRDF011 Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird

76MMS006 Morris Minor MM Saloon Clarendon Grey​

76MMT010 Morris Traveller Limeflower​

 

76MX001 Austin Maxi Tara Green​
New Tooling

76NMN007 New Mini Chili Red/White​

76NQ2002 Nissan Qashqai J11 Pearl Black Metallic​

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services​

76P4004 Rover P4 Stone Grey/Juniper Green​

76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton​

76QLD007 Bedford QLD RAF 2nd Tactical A F -84 Grp 1944

76RAN005 Range Rover Vogue Aintree Green Metallic

76REL005 Reliant Regal Supervan Blue​

76RP006 Rover P6 Corsica Blue​

 

76RR3001 Range Rover 3rd Generation Bonatti Grey​
New Tooling

76SCT007 Scania Car Transporter Robinsons Autologistics​

76SET61 3 Piece Set BMW​

76SET62 3 Piece Set Bubble Car​

76SET63 3 Piece Set Hong Kong Police​

 

76SET64 2 Piece Set First Overland

 

76SET65 Bloodhound Missile Set

76SFE010 Scania CP31 Pump Ladder Shropshire Fire & Rescue​

76SHP007 Sherpa Van Telephone Service​

76SM003 Sherman MkIII 18 Arm.Reg -4th NZ Arm.Brg.Italy 1944​

76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green​

76T4002 VW T4 Van Grey White

 

76T5V001 VW T5 Van RAC​
New Tooling

76TAC006 TACR2 RAF St. Mawgan (Red)

76TR4004 Triumph TR4 103MU – RAF Akrotiri Cyprus

76TX4008CC TX4 Taxi Coca Cola

76VEL002 Range Rover Velar SE Fuji White​

76VWS002 VW T1 Camper Turquoise/White​

76WOT002 Ford WOT1 Crash Tender RAF Catterick (Red)

76XJS006 Jaguar XJS White (The Saint)

76XR006 Ford Escort XR3i Caspian Blue​

1:87 Scale

 

87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961 (Open) Mardi Gras Red​
New Tooling

87CP65005 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 White

 

87DC68001 Dodge Charger 1968 Bright Red​
New Tooling

 

87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969 Black​
New Tooling

 

87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick Up 1957 Tropical Coral/Glacier White​ New Tooling

 

87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban 1946-48 Noel Green​
New Tooling

1:148 scale

 

NDIS001 Land Rover Discovery 4 Ipanema Sand​
New Tooling

NFDE004 Ford 400E Van Royal Mail​

NFT021 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Fleet Maintenance

NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District​

NMN007 Mini Car RAF

 

NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​
New Tooling

NNMN005 New Mini British Racing Green and Union Jack

NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire

NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars

Non-scale

 

SP140 Showmans Living Caravan​
New Tooling


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Budget Models from Maisto/Bburago

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of, the Author as well as photographs from the London Toy Fair. All other images supplied by the Manufacturer.

As the price of models made specifically for collectors spiral ever higher it is unlikely that they will draw many into the hobby. At the same time the future of subscription series and part works is very much in the air with the effective closure of Atlas by DeAgostini. which may limit another way collectors might start. So what is left to inspire new collectors in 1:43 and above? We have looked at Oxford Diecast and Greenlight recently who are obvious firms to turn to in the UK and US. Another option traded internationally is Maisto and Bburago whose models are made by the May Cheong Group in China.

These models are produced in a wide range of scales and the quality has been improving over the last few years. Although some classic vehicles are offered there is a strong emphasis on current and recent models that new collectors may want to own as well as lots of Grand Prix and other sporting vehicles. For new collectors for whom 1:18 scale OttO or GT Spirit are much too expensive there are models on offer for less than even the budget Solido 1:18 range.

At the London Toy Fair earlier this year their UK distributor had a substantial number of the models on show and they were surprisingly detailed and well finished for the price they were intended to sell at.

 

Some Maisto on Display
Bburago Display

The  remainder of this article looks at some of the cars and motorbikes that they have announced as available over the last two months. There is a regular flow of models from these firms although re-colours do form a good part of the output.

1:18 Scale Bburago

 

B18-11040BK 1:18 Bugatti Chiron 42

 

B18-11042Y 1:18 Lamborghini Urus

1:24 Scale Bburago

 

B18-21083 1:24 Fiat 124 Spider

1:24 Scale Maisto

 

 

M32509 1:24 Bugatti Chiron “Design Collection”

 

 

M31256 1:24 Dodge Charger R/T “Harley Davidson Custom range”

M32527 1:24 Datsun 510 1971 “Design Collection”

Bburago 1:43 Scale Models

 

B18-36031/BC 1:43 Laferrari Aperta

 

B18-36032/BC 1:43 Ferrari 812 Superfast

 

B18-31018 1:43 Mercedes Benz230 GE Papamobile

Bburago 1:50 Scale Construction

 

B18-32085 1:50 A25G Articulated Hauler

B18-32086 1:50 EC220E Excavator

Maisto 1:18 Scale Motorcycles

 

M34007-07024 Ducati 1098S

M34007-08011 Ducati 848
M34007-11092 Ducati 1199
M34007-17040 Ducati Supersport S
M34007-321 Yamaha YZF-R1

M34007-07081 Yamaha YZF-R6

M34007-04049 Yamaha YZ450F

M34007-311 Yamaha TT-R 250

M34007-07082 Honda CBR1000RR

M34007-10021 Honda CRF450R

M34007-336 Honda CR250R

M39300-335 Honda XR400R

 

M34007-03138 Kawasaki Z1000

M34007-04045 Kawasaki KX250F

M34007-06187 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

M39300 Kawasaki KLX250SR

M34007-359 Suzuki GSX-R600

M34007-04047 Suzuki RM-Z250

M34007-05232 Suzuki GSX-R1000

M34007-349 Suzuki RM250

M34007-08010 BMW HP2 Sport

M34007-351 BMW F650 GS

M34007-06186 Triumph Daytona 675

M34007-342 Triumph Speed Triple

M34007-346 Triumph Thunderbird

M34007-16909 Husqvarna FC450

M34007-04043 KTM 525SX

M34007-09266 KTM 690 Duke

M34007-353 KTM 640 Duke

Bburago 1:18 Scale Motorcycle

 

B18-51039 Triumph Rocket


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Conrad

By Hans – Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, Conrad.

Conrad produce commercial vehicles and construction equipment diecast in Germany to 1:50 scale. The images shown below are of models that they intend to release this Autumn.

Art.No. 1615/03 MAN TGE Box van

 

Art.No. 2116/02 TEREX 3160 Challenger Mobile crane “Felbermayr”
Art.No. 2206/0 Liebherr R920 Compact tracked excavator with monobloc jib
Art.No. 77165/02 MAN TGS M Euro 6 tipper with loading crane

 

Art.No. 77217/02 MAN TGS M 3axle Euro 6 Meiller roll on/roll off dumper “COLAS” –
Art.No. 2519/02 Vögele Super 800-3i tracked surfacelayer – “COLAS”

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News from the Continent – Conrad June/July 2017

By Hans Georg-Schmitt

All photographs supplied by Conrad, and their copyright is recognised.

Conrad plan to release the following new models by July 2017. All are diecast and to 1:50 scale for Germany. Conrad are well known for their high quality construction equipment in authentic liveries. Most of the models shown are new liveries and fitments on previously used castings.

2107/08 DEMAG AC 100-4L Telescopic crane – WIESBAUER


2114/03 GROVE GMK 6300 L All-Terrain Crane including jib extension – Felbermayr


 

2202/07  CASE CX 250D tracked excavator – Case Livery


 

76230/01 NOOTEBOOM articulated low loader on MAN TGX XXL Euro 6 2-axle tractor


 

2968/01 POCLAIN TY2P with jig


 

2441/02 SANDVIC tunnel loader LH 621


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Catalog Corner: Tekno Part II

by Karl Schnelle

Part II of this series focuses on the more unusual Tekno catalogs:   from France, Japan, and Holland.  Maybe they are not so much unusual but just different from the normal catalogs shown in Part I.

As in Part I, most of these catalogs have no dates listed, so their dates are approximated based on the newest models shown.

France

I have seen three leaflets from France, all printed in blue or black ink. All three were produced by Solido, because they had a marketing and production agreement with Tekno.  In fact, the regular Solido catalogs (in French) from 1966-71 had 3-5 pages each of Tekno models.  The 1972 catalog did not, so perhaps their agreement ended in 1971.

Around 1962, this 1-page, black & white sheet came out from Solivac, the parent company of Solido.  Click image below for larger version.

Then, in 1964 or 65, this blue and black printed sheet came out.  The Solido and Tekno names were shown in equal proportions this time.

A year later or so (65 or 66), this blue and black tri-fold page came out in French with no mention of Solido. Notice that the traditional Tekno script has been changed, and they are now refereed to as marvelous Danish miniatures!

Japan

I assume the Japanese importer produced these catalogs.   From 1964-65, the next catalog is a completely different size and color than any other Tekno catalogs.  It is only 4 pages and measures 26cm x 18cm.

Next up is a smaller multi-fold brochure from 1971 that resembles some of the colors that Kirk used (black background, close up photos, etc).  Kirk produced Tekno cars under Tekno and then Kirk brands for a while.  The front of the 16 pages shows a Toronado with black hood (bonnet), while the back shows a nice shot of a disassembled Mercedes bus!  Both of these were made by Kirk, in fact,

Finally, the regular 1968-69 catalog has been seen with Japanese characters.   Were the other newer catalogs also translated into Japanese?  The cover is identical to the one in Part I.  [Photo credits: Tom Eitnier]

Holland

 After Tekno Denmark went out of business, Tekno Holland bought out the name and some of the models and started operations again in 1974.   Living in Copenhagen in 1981, I went to every toy store I could find to see if they had any Danish old stock left.  In one former toy store that was completely empty, there  was this sticker still on the window.  “Tekno Again” announced that Teknos were being sold again in Denmark after an hiatus of 2 years.  The dimensions of the sticker are  exactly the same as the previous three catalogs.

Just to finish the story, a  few years later, this multi-fold catalog was included in Tekno boxes from Holland.  The same Tekno Holland orange is used! The front and back are shown below.

This brings us to the end of my catalog story.  As a keen collector, I am still searching for more examples of Tekno Denmark catalogs. I am sure there are more out there somewhere!

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Catalog Corner: Tekno Part I

by Karl Schnelle

A year ago, we published Catalog Corner: Marklin RAK, so it is about time for another!  This time, Karl’s Katalog Korner will be about Tekno, mostly from Denmark.   Part II will mention Tekno Holland. Even though Tekno started pre-war in Copenhagen, my catalogs only go back to the late 1950s.  Let us know if you have any earlier ones!  I also have seen a few other catalogs pictured online so I know there are more out there than what are shown here.  See  tekno-vilmer.dk for example

The Royal Library in Denmark has 2 remarkable catalogs, from 1940 and 1958.  I have never seen them for sale.   The blue 1940 has construction kits, doll furniture, and wooden toys, but only the last few pages have vehicles: tinplate fire trucks and a tinplate ambulance plane. The tall, skinny red calalog from 1958 has many diecast cars and trucks but is from 18 years later!

The red one is also on this Danish site, along with a larger dealers catalog (undated) in a red binder, but only the cover is shown.

Tekno made a lot of engineering or construction sets (like Meccano) – their catalogs and instruction manuals are not included in this review.

1956

The first two catalog sheets are dated by the models shown on them, so 1956 is just an estimate.  (Click on all images for larger versions.) They are both large two-sided, single sheets that fold up to small rectangles (the middle section with the blue Thunderbird).    This one is in English.

1957

Because this one has the new Ford Taunus van, I dated it to 1957 when that van was introduced by Tekno.   It’s the same size as the previous one but easy to tell the difference by the color of the car in the middle; a green Thunderbird.  This one is in French, so I assume that these 2 sheets came in multiple languages each.

1958/59

These next two are other early catalogs that I have and are very similar to each other but much smaller than the previous two.  Really they are just 4-section foldouts with the back being a pricelist and the middle drawings of more cars with their reference numbers.  The one on the left has English/French/German text inside (no prices), but the one on the right is for the Swedish market (with prices in Swedish krona).   The three trucks on the right are also Swedish versions of more common Teknos. The catalogs are dated to around 1958 or 59 by the newest cars pictured inside.

1961

The next three catalogs are the same size as the previous (10 cm x 15.5 cm) but are now in booklet form.  They are again dated by when the newest cars illustrated were released. They are easy to put in order because they have numbers circled on the top right of the cover.  From what I have gathered, these are not catalog numbers (if so, where are 1 to 24?) but are the price in Danish øre (100 øre per kroner).

This catalog has a collector’s name stamped on it, I think, as opposed to the more common dealer or store stamp (see the 2nd catalog above).   The Scania-Vabis fire truck is a beautiful example of their work in the 1960s.  I also love the different versions of the Mercedes-Benz ambulance:  black Falck ambulance and black/red fire department ambulance.  The yellow metal flag is sitting in a hole on the roof and is usually missing now-a-days, if you can find one at all.

1963

The following year (more or less) saw the same format but with different cars and trucks on the cover.  Plus, price increased to 30 øre.  The Scania-Vabis excavator is pictured in the common colors it came in, but the two Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs are much brighter and more colorful than any Tekno I have seen.

The bar at the bottom of the cover changes to yellow background, where symbols for features are described in six languages: suspension, steering, and interior seats!  [Ed. Note:  Date was corrected to 1963 per Peter Frandsen.]

1966

The third in this little series again has a Scania-Vabis truck plus a car on the cover.  The front and back cover are shown above. Price goes up to 35 øre, and seven languages are now on the yellow bar!

The back of my copy (with six airplanes) is stamped Schuco Toy Company Inc, New York, – an interesting connection!

1968-69

Tekno modernized in 1968 by going to color photography and adding a date to their catalogs.  Two Ford D-800 dump trucks are featured as well as two very serious-looking Danish kids.    A newer Mustang and Monza are shown (opening features not shown!).  The older Scania-Vabis Esso tanker is shown in the background as well as half an old beetle on the left.  The size increases to 20 cm x 15 cm, as well, for this one, as well as the next two.

1970-71

These three larger catalogs all have two years printed on their covers – perhaps they were made for the Christmas season which was always huge for Tekno.  In any case, 70-71 was very hard to find years ago but now seems to be just as common as the other two on current auction sites.  On the cover is another kid who is playing with the Scania CR-76 bus.  Lots of play value was included with this bus:  opening doors, steering, and driver!   Even as a kid, I always liked the skylights so you could peek in and see the seats and full interior!  I never had this catalog as a kid, but I did have the bus!

1971-72

I did find a few of these catalogs as a kid, in two toy stores on the Walking Street in Copenhagen in 1972.   The Ford D-800 appears again but with cargo bed this time.  The rear sides fold down, as well as the rear tailgate.  The rear bed is all plastic but adds lots of play value.  Doors open and cab tips up, but this is not shown in the cover photo.

These are all the common catalogs I have seen.  In Part II (coming soon), we will explore the Japanese, French, and Dutch connections.


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News from the Continent January 2017 – Conrad

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Images of the models supplied by the Manufacturers.

The latest releases from Conrad are shown below. They are all diecast to 1:50 Scale.

#2767/0 SANDVIK Dumper TH663

 


#77181/07 MAN TGS Euro & MEILLER 3-axles Three-sided-tipper

 


#2116/0 TEREX 3160 Challenger Mobile crane

 


#99919/01 CONRAD Extra – Load set ballast set RAL 1007


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New Historic Greyhound Bus Models

By John Quilter

 

Two different model makers have recently introduced 1:50th scale models of historic Greyhound buses. The 50th scale is a common collector’s scale for commercial vehicles and buses. Corgi, based in the UK, have over the past decades made a number or American and English buses and coaches in this scale and a company known as Royal Coach http://www.royalcoachbuses.com/ also make and distribute a number of buses in this scale.

The subjects of this article are a pair of historic Greyhound buses. The earliest one is a 1931 Mack Parlor Coach which was commonly used by Greyhound during the 1930s. This is a front engine bus with a wheelbase of about 219 inches and an overall length of about 394 inches or just over 32 feet. One interesting feature of this bus is a grilled rear in the style of the rear of the observation vestibule of passenger rail cars of the era. While styled in the idiom there was no access from the inside of the bus and the space was often used simply to store a pair of spare tires.

The model has two rectangular signs one of which says, San Francisco New York Express. Above this rear feature is a ladder to the rear of the roof that served as baggage storage. This was long before the later development of underfloor baggage space. All the passenger windows have drapes. The passenger capacity appears to be 26 with mostly forward facing seats except for the rear most area where there are eight seats facing each other.

The model shows two large domed cylinder like features just in front of the radiator which are air shock absorbers that in smaller versions were also sometimes seen on passenger cars in this period. There are two large low mounted headlamps and a spot light on the driver’s side roof pillar. A pair of chrome horn and a pair of running lamps adorn the forward part of the roof. Long before the era of air-conditioning the roof has eight louvered vents for ventilation. The model has nicely printed signs some of which show a selection of cities that Greyhound served San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Omaha, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Philadelphia and New York. And of course, there are multiple examples of the Greyhound symbol, the running dog. A transcontinental trip in one of these Parlor Coaches must have been quite a scenic adventure in the early 1930s. The undercarriage shows some detail of what appears to be standard truck based design with a front engine, half elliptic springs, a long propshaft and even longer exhaust system. The Greyhound maintains a restored version of this Mack bus in their museum fleet of historic buses, this being the earliest bus in their collection. The power plant on Greyhound’s Macks was a six cylinder gasoline (petrol) engine of 126 horsepower which Mack advertised as the most powerful bus in America. Reports also indicate that at least one experimental bus was tested with a Cummins diesel. During this era White, Faegol, Yellow Coach (a GM subsidiary), and ACF built intercity buses which all were of quite similar design. Because these, and the Mack, did not have underfloor baggage storage all were relatively low compared to later designs and the Mack used an innovative hypoid bevel drive differential that made it possible for the lower floor. Exterior and interior was aluminum paneling over white ash wood framing.

This attractive scale model is a product of Iconic Replicas www. IDDReplicas.com. Its design is done in the USA but the model is a product of China.

 



Now, jumping a more than a full decade to 1945 and an ACF Brill IC-41 bus which was produced from 1945 to 1950 during which time 1374 were built to supplement the Greyhound fleet that at the time was using many GM built Yellow 743 rear engine diesel buses and the later GM PD-3751 often known as the Silversides for its fluted aluminum flanks. Continuing with their earlier experience, the ACF Brill continued to use a gasoline Hall Scott six cylinder engine laying over on its side pancake style and mounted mid chassis under the floor for this 37 passenger coach. It was first offered with a 190-2 engine and later a 190-5 which also drove the optional air-conditioning system. Gearboxes were four speed Spicer units. Minor styling changes took place on these buses from an early 1946-47 version with a small upright “grill” in front to a wider horizontal barred grill to a still wider almost full width barred grill in 1948 to the 1951 model with no grill. Some buses had plain painted metal sides and others had the aluminum fluted sides. Finally in March 1952, a Cummins NHHB-600 four cycle diesel was made available. ACF Brilll owned Hall Scott so this was a deviation from their in-house engine. An interesting feature of his bus was the entry behind the right front wheel which allowed two seats in the very front opposite the driver which must have been quite desirable for those wanting the best view of the road ahead. Common users of these postwar Brills were Greyhound and Trailways but other operators were customers as well.

The model of this bus is a 1948 version, in Southeast Greyhound livery. Again in 1:50th scale this replica is a product of American Heritage Models at www.AmericanHeritageModels.com

This Chinese made replica features accurate but delicate photoetched windscreen wipers, chrome grill and bumpers, fluted aluminum sides with a white top. The running dog logo is now much larger and prominently displayed on the flanks. Undercarriage detail is minimal except for an exhaust pipe. The Southeastern livery comes with many different destination signs to cater to markets in cities such as, Memphis, Miami, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans, Savannah, Tallahassee, Tampa and others. Pick your favourite city. Also offered are versions in two different Trailways liveries.


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News from the Continent – Conrad Summer 2016

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

These are special models announced by Conrad and expected over the summer months. All are diecast to 1:50 scale unless otherwise stated.

18704 Conrad 2946_02_Liebherr_A920_2016-Bieber

2946/02 Liebherr A 920

Hydraulic excavator with bucket and grader blade in the livery of Georg Bieber


18705 Conrad 2107-06 TEREX AC100-4L_MERKEL_web

2107/06 Terex AC100/4L

Telescopic crane in Merkel livery.


18706 Conrad 2941_02_Liebherr_R9100_

2941/02 Liebherr R9100

Tracked excavator with Bucket


18707 Conrad 75156-98004 MAN TGS Abrollcontainer und Tieflader_WÖRMANN_web

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Nacoral vs. Tekno – a Volvo FB89 comparison

by Karl Schnelle

In my last post, I talked about the first Tekno car; now I would like to discuss the last Tekno truck!  Volvo came out with their 3-axle FB 88 heavy truck in 1965 and Tekno’s version appeared in their 1968-69 catalog as new and with a photo of the real double-truck (3-axle truck + 2-axle trailer).   Their 1970-71 and 1971-72 catalogs  showed the actual toy in 2 versions: ASG transport-spedition and transport-spedition.

However, in 1972 a larger 12 liter turbodiesel engine was introduced by Volvo, easily distinguished by its wider black radiator – this was called the FB 89.   The same year in August, Tekno Denmark was declared bankrupt and sadly out of business, so the FB 89 never made it into a catalog.    This version must have been made for only a few months so could be the very last Tekno truck from Denmark!

I have had a #425 Tekno FB 89 for many years and have heard rumors that Nacoral of Spain copied Tekno’s.  So I recently acquired a copy to do the face-to-face comparison.  Volvo ended the series in 1977 so I assume the two companies made their 1:50 versions around the same time frame.  The orange Nacoral is on the left (below) and the blue Tekno on the right.

Volvo FB89 f

The front of the cabs show that the Nacoral has slightly smaller windows and an air intake behind the cab.  This version of the Tekno has a signboard (other versions did not).  The front bumper design is very different as well.  Both cabs tip to reveal the big engine.

The doors of the Nacoral have window frames – more delicate and nicer than the Tekno, I think.  the canopy is plastic (Tekno’s is tinplate).

Nacoral Volvo FB89

The Tekno has the nice paint job and decals of a real Swedish transport company, ASG.  This same version as well as plain ones was released by Tekno Holland and shown in their 77/78 catalog.  So The Dutch did acquire the Danish molds for this truck and trailer.

Tekno Volvo FB89

Like the front, the rear ends are different.  The rear lights on the Nacoral are plastic lenses, not decals.  The design details of the entire rear are different as well. Both have a tow hook for the trailer that both also made to go with the truck.

Volvo FB89 b

Finally the undersides reveal several similarities and differences.  The truck frames are similar but not identical with plastic parts hanging off on different sides.  The Tekno has sophisticated steering while the Nacoral is much simplified with a plain front axle.   The printing on the cab is in the same location and the rear suspension is the same design.

Tekno Nacoral Volvos

Everything so far could be accounted for by two companies making a good quality 1:50 scale toy of the same truck – similarities in the toy design are bound to happen when the prototype is the same thing.  However, if you look at the mechanism that hold the rear axle up (not needed when the truck has no load), that extra play feature looks identical.   The Tekno has the sliding bar engaged; the Nacoral has the axle free and the bar slid to the right.

In conclusion, I think that Nacoral took the Tekno design as inspiration and improved it (window frames, more detailed front and rear bumpers, etc) but liked the sliding axle mechanism and kept that design exactly as-is.  Tekno had it on their FB 88 since 1968, while Nacoral probably introduced theirs around 1973 (source: http://nacoral.jimdo.com/inter-cars/).  That’s just my opinion; what do you think?


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