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News from the Continent June 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at models released in April and May 2019. Norev models are diecast in China for France in various scales.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

182771 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

187436 Porsche 935

24h France 1979 – Newman/Barbour/Stommelen


1:43 Scale

151509 Citroen Type A 1919 – red

153172 Citroen B2 Caddy 1923 – maroon

153029 Citroen Traction /7C Faux-cabriolet 1937 – dark blue

200000 Delamare Deboutteville & Malandin 1884

This is a model of the first french petrol powered vehicle.


1:87 Scale

159925 Citroen U23 Autocar 1947 – yellow and grey

1:64 Scale Minijet series

310910 Citroen CX saloon 1974 – sand beige metallic

May Releases

1:18 Scale

183489 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – silver

183488 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2018 – grey metallic

185182 Renault Floride 1959 – Bahama yellow metallic

185152 Renault 5 1972 – red

1:43 Scale

070014 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 1964 – black with red sides

1:43 Scale – Norev Classics Series

CL6921 Berliet Stradair Tipper -orange and blue

1:18 Scale Maxi Jet Series

182065 Solex 1966 – black

1:64 Scale Minijet Series

310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

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Greenlight C30 Chevrolet Ramp Truck and Z-28 Camaro

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight has developed a range of ramp trucks carrying an appropriate car. Most are in the HD Trucks series and are to 1:64 scale. There are two ramp trucks used a Ford F-350 and a Chevrolet C30 but both are finished as different model year cabs in different sets. Both appear to be fitted with an identical ramp section. These models are diecast in China for the US.

This article looks at the set featuring a Chevrolet C30 from 1970 paired with a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28. Both are painted black and look well together.

Chevrolet C-30 Ramp Truck 1970

This ramp truck is nicely made and even the sides of the ramp section are cast in metal, though the side rails, protection bar and deck are plastic inserts with the metal tread areas finished in silver.

This is a model of the second generation C30 which was in production from 1967 to 1972 with minor changes to the styling along the way.

Unlike many other Greenlight models the bonnet does not open. The cab is a nice casting with the key features of the 1970 Grille modelled and badging neatly printed. The windscreen wipers are neatly done as body mouldings into the screen surround and all is finely printed in silver. Greenlight’s contracted producers show that they can print silver into the window openings very effectively, something some other manufacturers factories seem to be unable to do. Body side lights, door handles, and locks are all printed in silver in a neat manner.

The rear of the ramp area is a little disappointing. There should clearly be more lights. Just two printed in the central section is not convincing. One expects some drop down units below the hinge area for the ramps. The ramps are also an issue. All the Greenlight publicity shows them in a vertical position clipped onto the hinge areas on the bed, but mine don’t clip on at all. They can be posed resting on the hinge area for loading but the indent in them is nowhere near the correct size to clip on to the bed. This is a shame.

Inside the model is black with no picked out details. A wide bench seat sits in front of a steering wheel and dash board with quite a bit of moulded detail for instruments, stalks on steering column, and the steering wheel seems to have a central section moulded in a Chevy logo shape. All this can be seen as the cab glazing has been modelled with the windows down.

The wheels are neatly moulded and fitted with good rubber tyres, the rear set is double wheels which would have been fitted to allow the ramp to hold a heavy load. The ‘chroming’ is perhaps a little bright but custom wheels were often fitted to such trucks.

Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro 1971

Here we do get an opening part, the bonnet lifts to reveal a bright orange painted V8 engine with a large silver air filter on top.

This is a second generation Camaro as made from 1970 to 1981. Introduced to counter the runaway success of the Ford Mustang The Z-28 was a special version fitted with a V8 from the Corvette and given the twin body stripes. It was a homologation special to allow Chevy to race against Ford’s Mustangs which they did with considerable success.

This model captures the shape of the second generation car well and even shows the live rear axle and cart springs amongst the detail on the base. The body stripes are neatly printed but the white is perhaps printed a little thinly, though it does have the fine outline borders printed very effectively. The front lights are printed in white and the grille has been well modelled and printed in black with the Z-28 badge overprinted finely. Bumper and grille surround are printed well in silver.

The glazing features fully open sides allowing a view of the interior which has no printed detail but does have a nicely modelled set of seats, central console and dashboard. Looking at pictures of the Z-28 interior from that year it seems well modelled and the steering wheel appears to be correct too. The window rims are printed silver where applicable and again into the casting so no lines of body colour appear within them. The silver could have been better applied on the back screen where the silver is not a consistent width and finish on one side.

The side badging, lights and door fitments are all printed well, as is the chrome strip along the sills. The wheels are excellent replicas of the originals though they would have looked even better with a black wash. The printed name details on the tyres are excellent.

To the rear the lights are printed in red over a silver base print. The base silver is straight but the red overprint is off centre rather spoiling the effect. The bumpers are neatly moulded in and overprinted in silver and the Z-28 badging on the boot lid is very tiny but accurately printed in several colours.

As with the C30 no number plates are printed on.


In the US these 1:64 models sell for many times more US Dollars than a standard range Hot Wheels or Matchbox model, though they are still far from expensive. The level of detail and finish is superior to the cheaper models and justifies the higher prices charged. This is a nice set marred slightly by the fact the ramps do not fit properly and the rear light printing was not registered correctly, others may find that neither of these faults afflict their models.


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Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Two

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight has released a second series of Estate Wagons to 1:64 scale made in China for the US. They have designed their large 1980s Ford Wagon so that the front end can be varied allowing them to produce different versions. They have already modelled two Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985 in series one. Here using the same basic casting we get the Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon from 1986 and the Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park. Greenlight have taken advantage of the fact that Ford used the same platform for many years with minor cosmetic changes to the front end between marques and model years. For more on the Fords from Release one click here.

Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon 1986

The previous Ford wagons featured in series one were both Country Squire models with the stick on wood effect panels. Here we have the LTD Crown Victoria which was the same vehicle as the Squire but without the wood effect side panels. The LTD Crown Victoria wagon was available in both base and upmarket versions.

By 1986 the days of the sales of large Ford Estates were in decline with sales levels being less than 40% of the levels in 1979 when the model was launched.

The Greenlight model is neatly done though the flake in the metallic paint is very overscale. As with all the other wagons in this series there is no attempt to model any bonnet ornaments.

The grille and white and amber printed lights are well reproduced and the badging at the rear and on the sides is excellent. The Ford badge on the front grille is to scale and is so small you could easily miss it. The Ford badge, brake light and other tailgate details are neatly printed too.

The tailgate opens to give access to the huge load area and the car is also fitted with the Greenlight hitch so that the car can be used to tow the many trailers Greenlight now has in 1:64 scale. The rear lights, although only printed on, are effective.

On the roof the roof rack is neatly modelled. All glazing is flush glazed with neatly printed chrome window surrounds and the chrome trim is printed on the sides effectively. The wheels are neatly done with thin white walls, good wheel trims and the logo printed on the wheel centre. The tyres are over wide which is a shame but does not harm the appearance too badly.

Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park 1989

This model is of the sixth generation of this vehicle made from 1979 to 1991. It was built on the Ford LTD platform with detail changes from the Ford Model, and Mercury badging. It was smaller than the preceding generation but had a similar huge load area. The Mercury was available as standard with seating for eight. The car was placed in the Grand Marquis model group which was top of the Mercury range at that time.

This Mercury sold in smaller numbers than the equivalent Ford Wagons and also saw a progressive decline in sales from the year it was introduced to its withdrawal with the 1989 cars selling at about 60% of the level when the model was introduced.

The model is good except for the front clip which is ill-fitting and misaligned. Straightening it quickly broke it, it is pictured before I attempted to try to straighten it. Having glued it back on with contact adhesive it is a little better fitting but still a little large for the gap it is intended to fill.

The detailing on this model is to the same standard as the Ford looked at above. There are a few nice touches like the faux wood inserts on the roof rack and the faux wood printing on the side is neatly carried out. Glazing is again flush and the rear door drops down in the same way as that on the Ford.

The wheels are again overwide but with nicely detailed wheel trims and a period authentic thin whitewall. The interior moulding is bland and is identical to the one used in the Ford leaving no sign of the folded down third row of seats. Underneath the model is the same baseplate as the Ford with only the printed on model name differing. Some minimal details of the engine, propshaft, suspension and exhaust are moulded into the base.

These models capture the final days of the classic US Estate Wagon as they were withdrawn by Ford in the 1990s due to the rise in popularity of the new breed of people carrier and the new generation of less utilitarian 4x4s. It is good to see that US 1:64 scale models continue to capture a wide range of US post-war vehicles.


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”

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 !