Category Archives: 1:50

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.

 

Re-releases

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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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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