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Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.

Schuco

February 1/2019

EDITION Pro.R43
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

EDITION 1:87
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car

AVIATION 1:600
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box

450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”

A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.


450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”

EDITION 1:43
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige

This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

EDITION PRO.R32
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed

450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

EDITION 1:87
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

EDITION PRO.R43
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

452016900 Volkswagen Beetle “Lady-Bird”
452018000 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI

EDITION 1:87
452633000 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) – red

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

452637600 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster – red
452638400 Airbus Helicopter H145 “DRF”

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Norev Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

This article features models released by Norev in the first quarter of 2019. These are in a variey of scales but all are diecast in China for France. A more detailed review of a few of the more noteworthy releases can be found towards the end of the article.

Please note that some models are pre-production samples and may be marked as such, others may be final pre-production samples.

February Releases

1:18 Scale

181626 Citroen GS “Basalte” 1978 – black and red features

Only 1,800 of these were allocated to French Dealers and they were the first special edition of the GS designed to encourage purchases at a time when the GS was beginning to get ‘long in the tooth’.

183568 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 1969 – brown

Fitted with a two and a half litre straight six engine the 250E was a strong seller in the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz range. The convertible was much rarer and more expensive. Similar in some ways to its predecessor it was noted for the squared off rear wings. The age of the fin was over.

Doors, boot, and bonnet all open without spoiling the lines of the model when closed.

183459 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 1976 – Inca red metallic

Mercedes-Benz flagship car from 1975 to 1981 and made in small numbers. It featured hydro-pneumatic rear suspension based on the same principles as Citroen used all round.

It had a high specification interior and was powered by a 6.9 Litre V8 engine with a three speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential.

Again lots of opening parts.

188053 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – dark grey metallic

Launched on the Japanese market in 2007 it eventually reached Europe in 2009 as a Performance Centre had to be built in any country that it was sold in.

Built in aluminium, steel and carbon fibre it is assembled on a jig like a F1 car. Powered by a V6 engine of nearly 4 Litres which could produce nearly 400 BHP and had a top speed of nearly 200 MPH.

Again opening parts seem to have good shut lines and reveal the fairly detailed interior.

187412 Porsche 962 C Winner Supercup 1987 – H.-J. Stuck

The World Sportscar Championship was a world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992. It combined events in North America and Europe and was an important target for the major racing car outfits. The Norev model represents the winning car in the 1987 series a time when Porsche dominated this area of racing.

This diecast model has no opening parts but has a lot of detailed printing to a high standard.

185742 Simca 9 Aronde 1953 – Amarante red

Here we see the first generation of the SImca Aronde, two years after its launch in 1951. A clean modern shape for its time when many car makers models still had wings and vestigial running boards.

Powered by an engine of just over 1200cc it was capable of a top speed of just under 80MPH though it took over 30 seconds to get from 0 to 60 MPH. In 1953 production of the Aronde reached over 100,000 showing its popularity with buyers


1:43 Scale Models

270353 AC ACE 1957 – grey metallic
270357 AC ACECA 1957 -blue metallic
170020 DS 3 Crossback “La Premiere 2019” – black with red roof
170021 DS 3 Crossback 2019 – blue and black roof
170022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019 – pearl and black roof
170001 DS X E-Tense 2018
270575 Ford 12M saloon 1954 – blue metallic
474604 Peugeot 406 saloon 2003 – Banquise white
474653 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 – Banquise white
151413 Citroen 2CV AZU 1959 – “Wegenwacht”
156076 Citroen 2CV Pick-up with ladder 1963
474654 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 “SMUR”

1:18 Scale MAXI_JET

182056 Motobecane AV 65 1965 -blue

1:64 Scale MINIJET

310810 Citroen 2CV 4×4 – etna grey

March Releases

1:18 Scale

181625 Citroen GS Club 1972 – Camargue blue

Another outing for the GS moulding. This time in an earlier GS version in a more basic trim level.

183478 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – dark blue metallic

An up to date top of the range Mercedes-Benz. Modelled in a considerable level of detail with all doors, boot, and bonnet opening. The interior looks to be modelled to a high level of detail.

183423 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – bluegrey

This will be a large model. It has impressive opening parts, though no opening bonnet.

183471 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet 2018 – blue metallic

Here we have the latest top-end convertible from Mercedes-Benz. opening parts, lots of interior detail, and even fitted luggage in the boot makes this an excellent model in this larger scale.

188523 Volkswagen 1303 superbug 1972 – green metallic

1:43 Scale

517864 Box Alpine A110 Pure & Legende 2018 – Limited Edition of 500.
517865 Alpine A110 Legende 2018 – Alpine blue
270504 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1964 – night blue
830040 Audi Q8 SUV 2018 – white
479820 Peugeot 2008 2013 – white
479849 Peugeot 2008 GT Line 2016 – Perla Near Black
870067 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Savile grey
150091 Citroen 2CV Cogolin 1961 “Fire brigade”
479821 Peugeot 2008 2013 “City Police”
479822 Peugeot 2008 2016 “Gendarmerie”

Extended Reviews

Here I look at some remarkable models, issued by NOREV and worthy of a closer examination.

183701 Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 in 1:18 scale

Norev released this first real automobile in excellent detail in 1:18 scale. Initially only for the Daimler Benz Company, now it is available to collectors through retailers.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year´s Eve 1879. Benz had so much commercial success with this engien that he was able to devote more time to his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a petrol engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0,75 hp (0,55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model No. 1.(23238)

Not too far from Benz, Gottlieb Daimler developed also a four-stroke gasoline engine, but he placed this unit into a former horse drawn coach, into a boat and into a railway engine.

Some years ago, Daimler built a number of replicas of this car shown above. One was shown at Techno Classica driven by a young woman to commemorate Bertha Benz, who made the first long distance trip in an automobile upgraded by her husband Carl.

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue – scale 1:43

The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina. It used a type AZ chassis with a 425 cc engine developing 12 bhp. Both chassis and and engine were made in France while the bodywork ( for both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the “boot design” cars was built in 1973. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroen factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.

Production of the 2CV in Chile started in 1953 as a way of boosting local employment. Initially, they were laughed at as they seemed small, under powered and insubstantial compared to the US imports of the time.

Soon the Chilean designers created a body to suit the country´s specific needs. The car needed to be useful for both city dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables, hens or even pigs. Thus an open boot was included to help this and the “decapotable” roof abandoned.

The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets were filled with this “French Miracle” as they were nicknamed. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car, since before the 2CV there wasn´t any car available at such a low price.

The model is well detailed, with a number of separate parts used to detail it. It is an interesting supplement to every 2CV collection.

270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – Beluga black – 1:43 Scale

The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.

The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.

351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale

The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.

However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.

But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor: rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.

The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.


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Greenlight Estate Wagons Series One Part Two

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. A previous article looked at a pair of Fords. This article looks at another two wagons from the first release, both Chevrolets.

All the wagons are in the same generic series one blister packs with only the insert holding the model and a slip of paper being different between the Fords and Chevrolets. These are clearly intended to catch the eye when hung on a rack in the store but make for a large pack for a 1:64 scale model.

The two models covered in this article are: 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten Handyman and the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad. The picture below shows line drawings of the Two-Ten body styles available with the Handyman at the bottom.

Copyright of 55ClassicChevy.com website acknowledged

The Chevrolet Nomad was the fully loaded two door estate car with a rakish curved door and window surrounds unique to the model. Fitted with full carpeting and a lots of chrome on the sides and round the windows it was available with a new, OHV V8 engine option. The styling was influenced by one of the cars at the 1954 Motorama presentations which mated a Chevrolet Corvette front end to a rear end similar to that of the Nomad.

In contrast the Two-Ten Handyman was a two door mid-range wagon with the One-Fifty wagon being the base model. The Two-Ten Townsman was similar wagon but with four doors. As can be seen in the photograph below the Two-Ten has more conventional upright B and C posts than the Nomad and has partial hubcaps rather than full wheel trims. Inside it would also have been rather less well equipped in standard form than a Nomad, and more likely to be fitted with a straight 6 rather than a V8, It was also significantly cheaper to buy.

Looking at the models the printed badging is excellent as are the lights and the other printing. The Chevrolet badge and bonnet ornament are well captured. The ‘chrome’ line on the Nomad surrounding the front lights and carrying on to the front wings is in the correct place but is perhaps a little too broad.

The Two-Ten Handyman has body colour pillars which is entirely correct and the ‘chrome’ trim to the rear is again correct but slightly too heavy. However the trim on the front wing seems to be incorrect for this model. From the illustrations and photographs on the web the Two-Ten models did not have trim on the front wing. Maybe it was a dealer option or fitted to a restored car used by Greenlight when designing the model? I hope that it is not printed on in future releases. I would remove it, but its close proximity to the finely printed and correct Chevrolet script on the front wing means that it might risk damaging the script.

To the rear the tailgate of the Nomad has the characteristic vertical chrome strips as featured on the Motorama car and the small gold coloured Nomad badge on the tailgate. It also has the correct Bel-Air script and logo on the rear wings.

The Handyman, below, is plainer but features a nice badge on the tailgate. Both models have somewhat oversize tow bar units made to allow them to tow trailers like the ones from the Hitched Homes series. However to give Greenlight their due the tow bar at least tries to look like the real article rather than being modelled as a simple peg.

One missing feature on these models is registration plates which are absent front and back. Period correct plates would be nice even if they were supplied as decals so you could choose your state.

These models are reasonably priced in North America and are are very collectable especially as their competitors M2 and AutoWorld seem to be scaling back new castings in their 1:64 scale ranges at the current time.


Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Part One

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. This article looks at two wagons from the first release, both Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985.

Ford had a Country Squire model in their range from 1950 to 1991 only adding the LTD part of the name in 1968 when a small plate with LTD on appeared on the bodywork. 1979 introduced the sixth generation of the Country Squire which lasted until 1991 at which point Ford discontinued production of the full size wagons in favour of the faster selling Explorer and SUVs.

The differences between the 1979 and 1985 models were limited to cosmetic changes , mainly to the front end so it is easy for Greenlight to ring the changes with a small separate plastic nose section and body printing. In fact even the final 1991 wagon looks like it could be replicated by Greenlight with a modified front panel. Production numbers were always small only 66,000 or so were made in 1979, more than half without the wood effect sides, and this had fallen to just over 30,000 in 1985, and under 4,000 in the last year of production. Engine choice was limited to a 4.9 and a 5.7 litre engine and all had automatic gearboxes.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The Greenlight 1979 car is in midnight blue and the 1985 car is in light wheat. They are both fitted with a tow bar so will presumably also appear as ‘hitch and tow’ cars later. The printed ‘wood effect’ sides are neatly done on both as are the excellent wheels and tyres. Flush fit glazing is good, though the inset glazing does have a slightly large gap on the sides and the silver printing on the plastic appears to be slightly fuzzy at the edges in close up pictures. Having said that you wouldn’t notice from normal distances and the flush glazing and the fine castings are excellent for a budget range.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The tailgate opens, though it takes a bit of a tug. It is neatly printed including ‘wood’ trim, badging and a number plate. Rear lights are printed but quite effective.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Front lights are printed in white and are a good contrast with the chrome surrounds. Grille units and large bumpers are also moulded well and ‘chromed’ with black finish printed where appropriate for the model year front and rear. There is no front number plate on either model. Unfortunately the paint finish on the front panel of the 1979 car has been spoilt a little by allowing the blue paint to overspray the silver printed grille on one side of its top. Indeed the paint is slightly transluscent so the chrome partly shines through even the overprinted areas. There are no problems with the finish of the front panel on the 1985 car.

The interior is modelled with the rear seat up in both cases. The carrying capacity with the seats up is massive, with the seats down they would be cavernous. The 1979 has a blue interior and the 1985 a light brown one. Both appear to be the same and the level of detail is low so the minor changes undertaken over time are not reflected. The door cards and dash board are modelled but without any fine detail.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Side printed ‘wooden’ panels are good with the slightly different different badging in each model year reflected properly. The roof racks are the same on each model and are neat plastic fittings and as the originals were hefty units the moulding does not look overscale.

Finally a word about quality. I have already pointed out a few minor issues but the biggest problem was that when the 1985 car was taken from its blister pack the front end dropped off. as shown above. It doesn’t look like this damage was done in transit as there is no evidence that the lugs ever existed on the front panel to fit into the main body. This is not difficult to remedy with a bit of glue but it suggest to me that quality control in whoever’s factory in China Greenlight use to produce these cars could be improved.

There are other cars in this series and i hope to show more of them in future articles.


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Another Greenlight Grumman

By Maz Woolley

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

Photo Attribution: Kristoferb at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

The 1:64 scaleUS Mail Grumman from Greenlight was covered in a recent post which can be found here. The Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV)  was made only for postal services in the US and Canada. Based on a Chevy Blazer chassis it was made to meet the specific needs of local delivery and longevity with RHD to allow easy kerbside operation.. Whilst the US Mail took most of the production it was also operated by Canada Post (Postes Canada) in significant numbers. In 2010 Canada Post decided to replace them with Transit Connect vans.

The Greenlight model is essentially the same as the US Mail one except for the Canada Post livery which has been neatly tampo printed and which includes even the small operator contact details and of course all the bi-lingual branding.

Like the US version it comes with a postbox in the correct red colour for Canada. However, the shape of the box remains that of a typical US one and not the squarer Canadian kind.

The rear door opens and inside there is a generalised interior though it would look a little more convincing with a pile of parcels ready to deliver.

The rear lights are all printed on as is the vehicle identifier on the roof. The massive bumpers are well moulded and a nice dull colour.

The chunky look and impressive mirrors can be seen from every angle. All in all a nice model of a vehicle that was once a common site on Canadian roads.


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Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Toyota Crown Van Deluxe

By Maz Woolley

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LV-N163b Toyota Crown Van Deluxe

Here is another 1:64 scale model diecast in China for Japan. The Tomica Limited ranges are premium ranges generally to 1:64 scale, unlike the standard Tomica range which is a ‘fit the box’ range like Matchbox. The Vintage ranges focus mainly upon classic Japanese vehicles of the past.

Here we have the Toyota Crown Estate, though I was interested to see that the Japanese call this style of vehicle a van. The Crown was a full size luxury model and the model shown here was the fourth generation of this vehicle sold between 1971 and 1974 generally fitted with a 2.6 litre engine but also available in smaller engines too.

Outside Japan everyone had round headlights as shown on the box whilst in Japan they had squarer lights which were early halogen lights. The model is fitted with the squarer units. Unfortunately for Toyota the styling did not find favour in the US and so sales were restricted. I think that there were a limited number of these cars imported into the UK.

The Tomica model is excellent. The level of detail is above expectations for a 1:64 scale model putting many of its competitors to shame. Fabulous flush glazing allows the windows surrounds to be printed beautifully and convincingly. There is even a tiny script on the C pillar which reads Crown Deluxe as well as tiny scripts on the tailgate. The wheels are excellent mouldings reproducing the period hubcaps well and they are fitted with nice rubber tyres.

Inside a black moulded tub represents the interior well, though there is an awkward lug in the rear luggage area presumably to fix the base plate in some way.

The car was from a period when heavy use of chrome work was expected on Japanese cars and the printed chrome is very realised. All lights are plastic self coloured inserts except for the front indicators and the grille is another plastic insert and moulded in detail.

All in all an excellent model and a model of a car from an era where few remain.


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Some Smaller Promotionals

By Fabrizio Panico

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Whilst browsing the January posts on MAR Online I re-read the one about the 1:64 True-Scale models, and I realised that up to now I never posted anything about a huge part of my promotional models collection : the smallest ones and easiest to store, the c.1:64 scale models from Norev.

These are so easy to store that I have already more than nine hundred in my collection. About twenty years ago the main French car manufacturers started to have small promo models made for them by Norev : Renault, then Peugeot and Citroen and now DS are reproducing their whole range. There are also regular updates for the usual half-life facelifts. The models are produced in various original colours and with accurate details.

These models released later among the regular ‘public’ issues, usually with fewer printed details. They are usually called ‘three inch’ models or fit to the box, but with a few exceptions 1:64 scale is generally used. In contrast the early ones were often 1:55 or 1:57 scale. All of them are diecast in metal, the first ones with a metal baseplate, nowadays with a plastic one. While the ‘public’ models can be found in many toy shops, the promotional ones are usually sold by the firms car dealers in their service departments, and more recently on the internet in the manufacturers own ‘on-line shops’,

Price of these models seldom exceeds five Euros. Alongside the ‘dealer promotionals’ and ‘public’ releases there is a third category: promotional models produced for industrial companies (and also football teams) for their own use. Firms like Darty, Vanden Borre, and La Poste have commissioned these as well as various charities who use them for fund raising.

This provides scope for a very large collection and they are not limited to French Car Makers as many other car manufacturers have requested promotional models for their own use : Opel, Lancia, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Mini, for example.

A really comprehensive and useful web site is the one regularly maintained by Mike Branderhorst, also known as MjrttNrv, from the Netherlands (http://www.mjrttnrv.nl/ ). Here you can see many pictures and details about small Norev and Majorette models.


Photo 1 shows some recent issues by Citroen : C5 Aircross 2018, Berlingo Combi 2018, Berlingo Van 2018, 2 CV6 1975 and the famous Traction.


Photo 2 shows some of the the different colours available for the models in photo 1


Photo 3 shows a Mercedes M-Class, an AMG-Mercedes C-Class DTM 2006, and a Renault Electric Kangoo commisioned by La Poste with an opening side door


Photo 4 shows a Ligier Quadeo for La Poste, a Peugeot Partner Van by Vanden Borre for charity, and an Opel Corsa;


Photo 5 shows an early Renault Kangoo and a Renault Twizy by the FCRA (Fédération Francaise de Clubs Renault & Alpine);


Photo 6 shows a selection of Peugeot 107 and 1007 models with their dedicated promotional boxes.

Happy collecting !


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Going on Vacation with Greenlight

By Maz Woolley

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Greenlight have expanded very quickly. US headquartered with all production in China they span multiple scales from 1:18 to 1:64 with a number of themed ranges. Much of their output is licensed products to tie-in with TV or Films but others are more general themes like ‘Blue Collar‘, Club V-Dub, Hitch and Tow, and Holiday Homes. Greenlight are now pushing to sell more products around the world with a strong presence at the Nuremberg Toyfair, their stand at the Nuremberg Toyfair this year is shown below.

Provided by Greenlight on Facebook

This article takes a look at a couple more new castings in the Hitched Homes range, and a new Volkswagen and teardrop trailer in the Hitch and Tow range.

1959 Holiday House 1:64

Holiday House trailer production started in 1959 in Oregon and was based on the standard US practice of aluminium panels fitted to a wooden frame. But although the build was conventional the appearance was space-age and very different to the other US trailers. By February 1960 production was in full swing. Though stylish and well made Holiday Homes were more expensive than most competitors and by 1962 production ceased.

Today the Holiday House styling has many followers and they are often re-built to preserve them as there is a strong classic trailer following in the US.

The Greenlight model shown is from the Hitched Homes Series 4 and is in the usual format with no interior or opening parts. Given the very detailed modelling and tampo printing the lack of an interior is not a major issue.

The trailer is in aluminium and white with a red accent line. In series five it turns up in aluminium and pink , and in series six it is the same as in series four but with a blue accent. Greenlight make sure every casting gets many re-colours.

The wheels are good as is the rear bumper which is a separate plastic part. The usual hitch arrangement is on the front with same gas bottles as well as the screw fitting you fit yourself to hold up the caravan when it is not hitched. As is now the usual case the screw is in a slot in the bubble pack and you have to fit it yourself.

The casting has lots of good surface mouldings to represent lights, extractors, utility panels and other features. All of this is complemented with neat printing. The door looks like it should open, but it doesn’t.


1971 Airstream Land Yacht Safari

Airstream Caravans are an iconic US brand. The polished aluminium streamlined shape dates back to the 1930s when the first were based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. Construction again followed the aluminium panel on a wooden frame format common in the US. A few models have been specially made for Europe where they have to be made much smaller to fit our narrower roads.

There is another aircraft connection as Airstream travel trailers are apparently commonly used to transport American officials around the world. The trailers are strapped down inside military cargo planes. The trailers feature leather seats, air conditioning and climate control, wood panelling, porcelain toilet, LED televisions, surround sound, and Blu-ray players.

Airstream travel trailers have many followers and for those who cannot afford a new one there is a thriving business in renovating older trailers and putting them back into service. The Land Yacht Safari modelled was the development of a model which had been around from at least the late 1950s.

The model is lower, and wider, than the Holiday House but longer. The shape is classic Americana like the Zippo lighter. Greenlight have caught the shape well and the separately fitted detailed extractors, the moulded access panels, riveting and other features are neat. The printed on lighting is good too . Tiny Land Yacht scripts appear on the side and the larger Airstream on the front and rear.

The rear bumper is an extension of the metal base plate and the hitch unit at the front extends for the front of this plate. Again the customer is left to fit the screw in the hitch unit. The Airstream Land Yacht features again in Hitched Homes series five where it is finished as an unrestored trailer.

My only quibble, and one quite easily fixed with a tub of enamel paint, is that the gas tanks are white. On the examples I have seen they are polished metal like the trailer itself. Looking at the base the pressures of turning out the product are obvious as one of the spun over rivets is scarcely there and part of the base is cut away where the device doing the spinning over clearly slipped. But as this is not seen I am not too concerned by it.


1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback and Teardrop Trailer.

The Typ 3 Volkswagen saloon car arrived in 1961 with a 1500cc engine in the rear and was supposed to replace the Beetle. IN 1962 the Variant was launched. It later gained a 1600cc engine and a fast back TL version .

It seems that Greenlight may have mislabelled the model as a 1961 car as production in Europe only started in 1962 and Wikipedia suggests that the US did not start importing the Squareback until 1966. We know the model as the Variant in europe but in US it was called a Squareback and never used Variant Badging.

The car is well modelled with a large plastic roof rack with simulated wooden slats. Most glazing is flush with door windows open on bothe passnger and drivers sides. The interior is moulded black plastic with quite a bit of moulded in detail on the dashboard and door cards.

The wheels have neat domed caps with VW logo embedded but erratic silver finishing. Good fine plated bumpers are fitted and there are nicely printed rear lights with coloured paint over silver. An opening rear door is not too badly fitted and shows how much carrying space these cars had even with a rear mounted engine..

A ice number plate is printed on the rear with a lot of Volkswagen badging but the number plate is missing from the front where the clear plastic headlight lenses do not stand out and need some silver trim on side to look the part. The moulded and printed amber indicators are good as is the VW badge printed on the bonnet.sidelights

The teardrop trailer included in the set is new and has yet to appear in the Hitched Homes series perhaps because it is so small that it would seem poor value on its own. It first appeared in this set in Hitch and Tow series 14, and appears again towed by a Jeep CJ-5 in series 16 though with differently painted sides in green and white.

This type of trailer was often made by home builders and from kits in the past and there are many different types still available today. Basically it is a mix of plywood sides and aluminium panels on a steel chassis. The more deluxe models like this have a rear opening door which gives access to a storage space, or in this case storage a fitted ‘grille’. Inside the trailer is a flat floor with bedding entirely filling the space. Basically a tent you didn’t need to erect at each stop!

The Greenlight trailer has wood effect printed sides with an alloy effect roof and rear door panel. The lower section looks like painted wood panels and the wings and chassis are a single part metal unit.

Doors and windows are just printed on and the standard hitch screw fiiting seems huge on this model. The hub caps on the trailer have VW embossed on their centre.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

In this article I look at the last two Norev releases from 2018. These models are produced in China for France and are diecast unless otherwise noted. 

November 2018 Releases
1:12 Scale

127500 Porsche 917K

Le Mans 24 Hours 1970 – Driven by Siffert and Redman and suffered an engine failure after 12 hours. The picture from Norev is marked to show clearly how large the model is at this scale.


127501 Porsche 917K

Winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race 1970 – Driven by Attwood and Herrmann.


1:18 Scale

185300 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – blue


183303 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 . white with red striping


185301 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – Gendarmerie


183268 BMW M535i Saloon 1980 – gold metallic


183593 Mercedes-Benz S600 saoon 1997 – green metallic


183497 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2018 – black metallic


184833 Peugeot 404 saloon 1965 – Antique green


Scale 1:43

153051 Citroen Light 15 saloon 1949 – Dark blue and Cream


158218 Citroen GS 1220 Club 1973 – Tholonet beige metallic


154205 Citroen Xantia 1993 – Mauritius blue


475447 Peugeot 504 Pick-up with canvas cover – clear blue


511317 Renault Duster Oroch 2015 – white


517728 Renault Megane R.S. 2018 – Platinum silver


517732 Renault Scenic 2016 – Cassiopee grey and black


518399 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – silver


574055 Simca Vedette Marly 1957 – Pale yellow and black


840029 VW Touran 2015 – white


518393 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – “Fire Brigade”


Norev Classics 1:43 scale

CL2711 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – adriatic green


CL2712 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – aquamarine


1:87 scale

517818 Alpine A310 1977 – Alpine blue


574116 Matra-Simca Bagheera 1975 – Sun yellow


451731 Panhard PL 17 saloon 1961 – Atlantide blue


518582 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery La Meuse with bottle crates


518583 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery Jean Renard with barrels


530262 IVECO Bus Crossway LE 2014 “Car du Rhone”


530263 IVECO Bus Urbanway 2014 “TCL”


December 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

183224 BMW M1 1980 – blue


181592 Citroen DS 21 Break 1970 – Bordeaux


183400 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955 – blue


183567 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE Cabriolet 1990 – Bornite metallic


185169 Renault Dauphine 1958 – Medicis black


1:43 Scale

517863 Alpine A110 2017 – white and blue test version


830074 Audi 200 Quattro 1989 – white


270321 Bentley Continental GT coupe 2018 – silver


270061 Jaguar E-Type Coupe 1964 – grey


351305 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – ruby red metallic


351175 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – silver


475825 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Amazonite grey


475626 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Pearl white


517791 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Glacier white


517799 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – red


517963 Renault Symbioz Salon of Francoforte 2017


517962 Renault R.S. 2017 Vision Salon of ShangHai 2017


840096 Volkswagen Corrado G80 1990 – silver


517796 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs”


517798 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs” – red and yellow stripes

517794 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale”


517795 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale Intercommunale”


MINIJET Scale 1:64

310908 Peugeot 508 SW 2018 – white


310904 Renault Symbioz 2017 – copper


310905 Renault R.S. 2017 – black and gold


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Robin’s new Models

By Robin Godwin

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

The photograph above shows a new colour for the second issue of the Matchbox 1959 Chevrolet Brookwood station wagon. All the details are the same as the original red version reviewed and posted 3 Jan 2017. The canoe load is the same, but in a slightly lighter shade of brown. I opened the original red version, but am tempted to keep this one in its blister on the card. That card artwork is superb, and obviously unique to this version of this model – almost like a colour spot on old Dinky boxes.

The second photograph shows a recent Norev release in its approximately 3 inch range of cars. It is a passable Volkswagen 1303 Beetle (Super Beetle with curved windscreen). It lacks quarter window frames, and the interior is basic, with a steering wheel nearly horizontal. Livery is accurate, at least for a much earlier VW, as shown in the third photograph below.

Source: Google Photographs

S.A.M.U stands for Service d’Aide Medicale Urgente, which shouldn’t require translation. Moissac is a French town. To the best of my knowledge, this is the third version of this casting from Norev, following a plain dark green version, a ‘near Herbie’ version (a number 53 car, but just short of copyright infringement). It is the first version with a roof light. The Norev is shown for comparison next to an M2 “chase model” (or a deliberate rarity as the editor calls it), in reasonably accurate 1:64 scale.


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