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The History of Roly Toys, Part III

By Miguel Stefanelli and Sergio Luis dos Santos

All text and images are copyright of Miguel Stefanelli, except where noted.

As a follow-up to  Part II, we now discuss model numbers 8 to 11. Roly Toys did not produce a catalogue showing these newer models; their one previous catalogue only showed models 1 to 7.

Roly Toys Nº 8 – Centurion Mk III tank

The approximate scale for this model is 1:112. It´s a mystery why Roly Toys introduced this model into its line.  Further analysis suggests that the model is a mix based on two well know Centurions. The body looks like a Dinky Nº 651, but the chassis shows its connection with Matchbox´s Mk III version, available in Major Pack M3: Transporter and Centurion Mk III Tank.

Most common colors for this model are a light sand or an olive green, but like other Roly Toys models, there are always questions and surprises. Years ago on the former Die Cast Cult Virtual Magazine, a collector posted a few images of his camouflaged Centurion in light and medium brown. Another one was offered on a Brazilian auction site in a camouflage with two shades of green. Unfortunately, there are no other details or better images to check their originality.

At least two versions of the rubber tracks are know: a “solid” one in black and a  gray version with perforated tracks.  Four small plastic rollers keep the tracks on place.

Roly Toys Nº 9 –Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Convertible – flat chassis

Brazil was the only country to produce the VW Karmann Ghia outside Germany, so it caused a sensation when it was released.

Roly Toys introduced some improvements compared to their older models in this one:  integrated wipers, a rear view mirror in the windshield, and a more detailed interior with pedals, shifter and hand brake. Inside the chassis there is a small “step” where a plastic piece is sandwiched in, providing a suspension effect.  The flat chassis has a corrugated finish, which we call a “granulated chassis”.

The windshield is very fragile, so finding a perfect one takes a lot of luck!

Roly Toys Nº 10 – Interlagos – flat chassis

Roly Toys introduced a newer Willys Interlagos with some changes from the previous Nº 1 version. The same upgrades as described above on the Karmann Ghia are found, with the granulated chassis. Another interesting detail is the removal of the ‘Berlineta’ name. This version is very rare.

Roly Toys Nº 11 – Scania-Vabis L76 Dump Truck

Roly Toys also introduced a new Scania-Vabis Dump truck into its lineup, very similar to the previous Nº 4 model. The chassis is now closed and shows a few more details like engine, gear box and prop shaft among other items. The support tab design under the dump changed from a rectangular one to a single pin that locks into a small hole or cradle in the chassis. This design change makes the dump more steady when closed.

They also changed the colors. Earlier Nº 4 models had two different cabin and dump colors, with a black chassis, but this new version is only know in a single color livery, nicknamed the “Monochrome Scania”.  None of the trucks from the Roly Toys line had glazing or interior.

Differences between Scania-Vabis Nº 4 and Nº 11 are shown below.

Scania-Vabis nr 4 chassis
Scania-Vabis nr 11 chassis

The Bólidos Roly Toys

In 1968, a small revolution hit the toy market: Hotwheels released its first series of models with “fast rolling” wheels. A new sensation with fast moving cars in shiny, metallic colors and chrome details, plus tracks to play with!

Hotwheels 1968: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/history

Their success was soon followed by other manufacturers like Johnny Lightning and Matchbox that released their “Superfast” version.

Johnny Lightning 1969: http://johnnylightning.com/about-us/

Matchbox Superfast 1969: http://bestride.com/news/entertainment/your-first-car-the-history-of-matchbox-toys

Roly Toys a short time later entered this new era with two models.  The following documentation shows that Roly Toys applied for a registration of the name “Rodas Quentes” (which means Hot Wheels in Portuguese) in December 1969, but in January 1970, they applied for the name Bólidos. In the end, they chose the Bólidos name, which in Portuguese means meteor or fast car, hence ‘superfast”!

                   

Roly Toys Nº 9 –VW Karmann-Ghia Convertible – Bólidos chassis

Using the same body from the regular Nº 9, Roly introduced their new chassis, axles and wheels. A new plastic insert was secured with bolts in the chassis to provide a suspension effect. Like other brands, metallic colors were introduced, sometimes even on the regular models.

This metallic red is another great find with the windsheld intact!

Roly Toys Nº 10 – Willys Interlagos – Bólidos chassis

Again, Roly Toys used the previous body and numbering with the new Bólidos chassis. Roly Toys never produced the plastic tracks to race on, but these models could run on the Hotwheels or Matchbox tracks.

The image below shows the difference between the flat chassis from the Nº 1 version and the new Nº10 Bólidos version. The new plastic part holds both axles and provides the suspension effect.

Photo credit: Automodelli – Projeto Fênix

Part IV will bring more info on these models as well as more Roly Toy curiosities about these small jewels manufactured in Rio de Janeiro from 1964 to 1970.


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Models 56 by Armco and a Load of Cobras: Part 2 Cobras

By Mick Haven

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs will be found at the end of the article.

As mentioned previously in MAR Online, Gateway Models near Brisbane, which Graeme referred to, is the trader I have dealt with the longest, probably seventeen years or so. I was fortunate enough to pay them a visit while down there in September 2017. From the outside it looks nothing like a model shop. Appearances are deceptive. It takes something special to keep me quiet but I was temporarily speechless there, and I didn’t see all of it. The place is stacked with model cars.

He also mentions the Falcon ‘Cobra’ GT, although I’m not sure that ‘GT’ is the correct title as I believe the correct designation is ‘XC’. The XC followed on from the very successful XA/XBGT ranges, produced from 1973 to 1976. The XC family was introduced in 1976, and would include a GS500 ‘Hardtop’, a large coupe, not dissimilar to the afforementioned Torino. In October 1977, Allan Moffat, partnered by Formula 1 legend, Jacky Ickx, would win the legendary Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst in an XC GS500 Hardtop, in the famous ‘1-2 form finish’ for Team Moffat. By the end of the race his car was virtually brakeless and should have come second, but he was team owner and orders is orders.

By the end of 1977, Ford Australia had built 13 ‘special order’ XC GS500 Hardtops. The modifications on these cars would become the basis for the Cobra XC ‘Option 97’. The company decided to capitalise on the 1977 Bathurst result and wanted to go racing so they needed a suitable car. Four hundred examples of whatever they chose had to have been built to meet CAMS homologation rules. It just so happened they had four hundred XC bodies left over with no buyers when production of the big coupe ceased in April 1978.

Rather than scrap them, Edsel Ford II, who was Ford Australia Managing Director. at the time, suggested they be saved and could be offered to the public as a road going race car. Production began in July of that year. I believe I read some time ago that Carroll Shelby was approached for permission to call the car ‘Cobra’, and to use the familiar Shelby stripes and Cobra badging. By coincidence, the colour scheme was the international colours for American racing cars, as seen on the Le Mans Cunninghams of the 1950s, e.g. Britain had its British Racing Green, Italy was red, France blue and so on.
Four hundred blue and white road going Cobra XCs were built, in two variants, Option 96 and Option 97. Of the four hundred, only 30 were Option 97s. These were numbered from 002 to 0031, and would be known as ‘Bathurst Specials’. The first two hundred would have a 5.8L 351 cu.in. motor, the remainder would have a 4.9L 302 cu. in. Two exceptions were car number 001 which would have the 302 cu. in. motor, and car number 351 which had a motor of that capacity.

There are a number of differences between the two, mainly under the skin, but the most obvious externally is the addition of a ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet of the Option 97 in addition to the two ‘flared nostril’ intakes already in place on the Option 96, and on previous XAs, XBs and XCs, including four door saloon, estate, Ute and van variants. The XC Cobras would also have their own blue and black seats and ‘Globe’ alloy wheels. I’ve got three of these, one in 1:64th scale, one in 43rd scale and one in 1:18th, all by Biante. In model and 1:1 scale, Option 97s are sought after. A genuine full size Option 97 can command big dollars if and when one comes up for sale. Even the Option 96 doesn’t come cheap, but these do get offered from time to time, with prices usually around $100,000 AUD, some more, some less.

Graeme makes mention of its size, citing, ‘some views show it to be a compact’. I’ve referred to it as the ‘big coupe’. So how big were they? They are, or were, easily on a par with the Holden (Vauxhall) Monaro and Audi A5 coupe familiar on UK roads today. For comparison the XAGT coupe was 4808 mm L x 1969 W x 1369 H. The Monaro and A5 are 4789 L x 1841 W x 1397 H and 4673 L x 2029 W x 1371 H respectively, so compact they weren’t. It weighed in at 3500 lbs. I did see one at Ford Fair some years ago and compact it wasn’t. Also, some time ago, I exchanged e mails with a guy who lived in the Oxfordshire countryside and he had an XC Cobra. Negotiating those narrow country lanes with it was interesting to say the least. Attached are the pics he sent me. What I didn’t know at the time was that there were the two variants. Looking at the pics while writing this, I noticed that it’s an Option 97. How much is that worth today? I think he worked for TWR at the time as one picture shows the car outside TWRs premises. I know he emigrated to Australia taking the XC with him. There is much racing footage of them on You Tube. I imagine they were a real handful at racing speeds and they would clock up to 170 mph down Conrod Straight.

From a collecting perspective, the 1:43rd scale is one which I’ve had as long or longer than virtually of all my Australians, for at least fifteen years, possibly more. It almost certainly came from those good ol’ boys at Gateway. The 1:18th scale came next, bought at a Ford dealership near Melbourne, and the 1:64th example by Biante Minicars would eventually follow some years later. Even so, I’ve had that since at least 2011, as it was in a display of Ford models I showed when the club, South Hants Model Auto Club put on a display at Ford fair that year. I also had another one in 1:87 scale by Cooee Road Ragers (Made under contract by Oxford Diecast). The Biante Minicars 1:64 example is my only Option 97 Cobra XC in the familiar white with blue stripes colour scheme, the other two being Option 96s. The total number of Option 97s I have in three scales is eight, of which two are 1:18 scales two are 1:64 scale, and the remainder in 1:43.

One is the Allan Moffat/John Fitzpatrick GS 500 Hardtop ‘Federation’ car number 25 from Bathurst 1979, and I have one of those in 1:43rd scale and one by Biante Minicars. The other 1:18 scale is Biante’s Carter/Lawrence ‘Brian Wood Ford’ from Bathurst 1978, resplendent in its overall dark blue with red and yellow stripes with wide yellow ‘Magnum’ five slot racing wheels with slick tyres. Two of the 1:43rd scales are as raced in 1978 and 1979, by Dick Johnson, the latter a car which he co-drove with ex Formula 1 and Le Mans winner Vern Schuppan at Bathurst. The ‘79 car would be dubbed ‘reverse Cobra’, owing to the body colours being ‘the other way round’ i.e. with white stripes over blue, rather the more familiar blue stripes on a white body. A unique feature about the stripes was in their application and defied the norm. Apparently, rather than take a white body and then apply the blue stripes across the body and along the sides, the blue bits  were applied first, then taped over and the car painted white. Very odd.

Another one is the 1978 Bathurst XC Cobra of once again, Moffat and Ickx, carrying race #1, relating to their win the year before. They couldn’t repeat the heroics of 1977 and the car was a DNF. The other model shown is of the Garry Wilmington/Jeff Barnes 1978 Bathurst runner. This model was produced by Trax in 1993, by whom I have two Falcon road coupes, one of which is an Option 97. Trax also released a Cobra XC Option 96 and a small number of other XBGT and XCs in 1:43 scale, including the # 25 Federation car and the ‘Brian Wood Ford’. They also produced a model of the Jack and Geoff Brabham car from Bathurst 1977. The total number of XA/XB and XC coupes in my collection is twenty seven in three scales, including, aside from the Moffat/Ickx ’77 car, the XAGT Bathurst winners from 1973 and ’74, plus one XBGT saloon by Trax from their Opal range. There are a number of XC Cobra models in other scales by other manufacturers. OzLegends have both Option 96 and 97 in 1:32 scale and these can be found on eBay. Dinkum Classics is another manufacturer of the popular coupe. Models of XA/XB GTs can occasionally be found on eBay, and some via dealers ‘down under’, of which I’m happy to report, there are still a large number. Biante’s XC Cobra in 1:43 scale is rarer, while an Option 96 in 1:18 scale, although slightly less rare, commands good money, see below. Those with deeper pockets may be interested in XA/XB and XCs in 1:18 scale. For example, at the time of writing, Hobby_Link have a Biante Auto Art Moffat/Ickx 1978 Bathurst XC in that scale, for a mere £462.56 plus just £13.11 shipping, or $809.95 + $22.95 AUD if you prefer. Gateway have an Option 96 for just £227.87 + £51.40 shipping, or $489.00 including shipping. Seen on eBay is the Moffat #25 car at £313.46 + £40.68 shipping. This model doesn’t even have the  ‘Camel’ sponsor decals, owing to tough Australian tobacco advertising laws. They can be obtained from other sources. As with all internet buys, prices vary from seller to seller. Then there’s always the added danger of getting stung by Customs and Royal Mail. Ouch! Sometimes I’ve been caught, other times I’ve got lucky and paid nothing. As an owner of more than twenty 1:18th scales by both Biante and Classic Carlectables, I should add that they are superb and worth every penny.

When I first started collecting them all those years ago, I was astonished at the quality and detail to be found on them, and at the time, with a good exchange rate, great value for money too. Many have opening doors boot and bonnet, steerable wheels and fully detailed engines with plug leads etc, and detailed undersides and interiors, despite being well over ten years old. Biante’s FPV GT nee Falcon XR8, even has a carpeted boot mat and a fire extinguisher. Although a tad more expensive these days, they still make great value. The race cars are truly magnificent. Collectors of Scalextric are not ignored either. There are many fine slot car models of Australian race cars which would make great display models. There’s a plethora of them on eBay including the XA/XB XCs and V8 Supercars. Earlier in the year I took delivery of their Dick Johnson Sierra RS500 1989 Bathurst winner and very nice it is too. Shame about the driver figure. Is that really the great man? How fortunate I am that neither my house or my wallet are overly large.

 

Just for the record, for any MAR Online readers who may be interested in exploring the wonderful world of Australian die casts, I can thoroughly recommend the following traders; Biante, Gateway, Motorfocus, Kollectable Kaos, Jays Models, Pit Stop Models, Top Gear aka Trax, Ace Models, Replicars and Automodelli among many others. There’s always eBay of course from where I got many of mine, but beware, many sellers on eBay au, won’t post up here. If they do they’ll be on eBay UK. A model shop, where you can browse to your hearts content, still exists in Australia. In the early days, I was even ordering them from main car dealers, who usually stock a fine selection of models appertaining to the brand of car, e.g. Ford or Holden. DJR race car models can also be ordered directly from DJR/Team Penske. Classic Carlectables, another fine brand, cannot be sourced directly from them, but the XA, XB and XC doesn’t feature in their range. Their excellent web site does list every model they have ever produced, including a picture of each one and the release date. Biante’s web site does list all their releases since 1998 under the heading, ‘customer service’, then ‘view the list here’, but it stops at 2014 and there are no pictures. The coupes were released long before that.

Give the above traders and models, and eBay a look, you won’t be disappointed. Appreciation for some of the above goes to ‘Wiki’ and to Bill Tuckey from his book   ‘True Blue’ 75 Years of Ford in Australia.


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News from the Continent September 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The newsletters from Norev continue to announce a wide range of models in a variety of scales. This article looks at releases from August and September.

Releases August 2018

1:12 Scale

 

121562 Citroen DS 19 Saloon 1959

Prototype shown of this very large model painted Marron glace and Carrara white.

1:18 Scale

 

183200 BMW X6 M 2016

Another prototype image showing opening parts, painted silver

 

185726 Caravan Henon 1955

As modelled by Dinky in the 1950s. Here made in a large sacle with opening components. Painted the typical white colour.

 

185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993

Model of the special edition associating Renault with their partners in Formula One Williams  – Finished in blue with the characteristic special wheels.

 

188442 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1990

Photographs of the prototype model showing opening features. Painted in grey metallic paint as so many originals were.

 

188419 Volkswagen Golf GTI “20th Anniversary 1996”

Another GTI to contrast with the 1990 car. This time in silver

1:43 Scale

 

154543 Citroen HY van 1962 – silver

 

509001 Dacia Duster 2018 – Vision brown

 

509003 Dacia Duster 2018 – Dune beige

 

517594 Renault Clio R.S. 2013 – Flame red

 

530040 Saviem S105M Coach 1969 – “Bordeaux”

1:87 Scale

 

151477 Citroen 2CV AU 1951 – grey

 

474337 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet 1957 – black

 

475462 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1971 – silver

 

576085 Simca Aronde Montlhery Speciale 1962 – grey metallic

1:43 Scale JET-CAR

 

471713 Peugeot 205 GTI 1986 – red

 

310608 Citroen C3 WRC “Rally of Mexico 2017”

310607 Renault R.S. 01 – 2015 “Oregon Team”

Releases September 2018

1:18 Scale

 

183230 BMW 507 Cabriolet 1956 – silver

 

181615 Citroen DS5 2011 – pearl white

 

181616 DS5 2015 – ink blue, white, or red

 

183464 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL saloon 1990 – Pearl blue metallic

 

183594 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 – red

 

183598 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting break 2015 – black

 

183592 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – black

 

183479 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – Iridium silver

 

183483 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – Ruby pearl metallic

 

185145 Renault Alpine A442 – Winner France 24 hours 1978 drivers Pironi / Jaussaud

1:43 Scale

 

155560 Citroen C5 Aircross 2018 – Pearl white & red decoration

155561 Citroen C5 Aircross 2018 – Volcano red & silver decoration

 

170013 DS7 Crossback Performance line 2018 – Platinum grey

 

472403 Peugeot 204 Coupe 1967 – Maroon

 

472443 Peugeot 204 Cabriolet 1967 – beige metallic

 

476503 Peugeot 605 saloon 1998 – white

 

475821 Peugeot 508 saloon 2018 – dark blue,white, or red

 

475820 Peugeot 508 GT Saloon 2018 – Ultimate red

 

473887 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Pearl white

 

517704 Renault Megane RS Trophy 2014 – Pearl white

 

517744 Renault Talisman 2016 – Palatine silver

 

870054 Volvo XC90 2015 – Magic blue, white, or red

NOREV CLASSICS to 1:43 Scale

 

CL5811 Talbot-Lago T26C 1949 #24 – Louis Rosier

 

CL5812 Talbot-Lago T26C 1950 #8 – Georges Grignard

PLASTIGAM to 1:43 Scale

431020 Camion Renault Trucks D 2.1 “Eboueur” (dustbin lorry)

 

431025 Camion Renault Trucks D 2.1 “Depanneuse” (breakdown truck”

 

431035 Camion Renault Trucks D 2.1 “Benne” (dump truck)

MINIJET 1:64 Scale

 

310808 Citroen 15/6 saloon 1939 – black

 

310809 Citroen 15/6 saloon 1939 – grey

 

310704 Citroen SM 1971 “French Gendarmerie”

 

310906 Citroen C5 Aircross 2018 – grey & orange

 

310909 DS7 Crossback 2018 – gold

 

310907 Peugeot 508 saloon 2018 – blue, white, or red

 

310806 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade”


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A few new Aussies from 2018

By Mick Haven

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

Having just read Dave Turner’s Aussie Ford feature, happy to say I’m the proud owner of many of those pictured, and some!

Pictured below are some of the models that I’ve been able to obtain from ‘down under’ over the last year. An interesting mix of racing and street cars.

Biante Minicars Falcon XD and XE

 

 

Dick Johnson’s Mustang

 

 

New Biante Falcon

 

 

Trax Falcon

 

 

Trax Mk II Zephyr Ute

 


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The Ford in Miniature – Falcon XA, XB and XC 1972-79

By Dave Turner

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

Ford Falcon XA

Replacing the US designed Falcon XY in February 1972 the XA was the first Falcon to be completely designed and produced in Australia. While based on the preceding XY and having the same wheelbase, the bulkier and bolder styled body was a couple of inches longer. Five levels in the sedan line started with the basic version, the 500, the Futura, the Fairmont and the GT. 2 door hardtops came as the 700, the Fairmont and the GT. The wagons on a 5 inch longer wheelbase (the same as the contemporary ZF Fairlane) came as the basic version, the 700 and the Fairmont. Then there were the basic and 500 Utility and the van.

Engine choices were a couple of straight sixes in 3.2 and 4.1 litre sizes and a couple of V8s of 4.9 litres and 5.7. The four door sedans featured the ‘coke bottle’ line rather like being a larger version of the Cortina MkIII while the 2 door coupes boasted very deep rear quarters with rather sinister looking rear side windows quite different to the sedans.

As usual various options and specials add to the complexity for example the Grand Sport Rally Pack ‘boy-racered’ up the base, the 500 and the Fairmont while the proposed GT-HO Phase IV was abandoned after just one example. Just 250 of the GT – RPO 83 Falcons were made – 130 sedans and 120 hardtops, and differed only by a few mechanical upgrades with no external changes. Another limited run were the Falcon 500 Superbird RPO – 77 hardtops featuring considerable mechanical upgrades to engine, suspension, instrumentation complete with rear window louvre.

The up-market version of the Falcons were the bigger Fairlanes but these differed from the regular Falcon in size and equipment sufficiently to demand a separate feature – sometime.

Australia seems to have a reasonably healthy model car supply base with several local operations providing miniatures of their home-grown product. For example Top Gear/Trax may be the most familiar on this side of the globe although Classic Carlectibles and Oz Legends have also been imported.

Oz Legends have in fact provided quite a few models of the XA in a variety of 1:32 scale diecast sedans, hardtop and Ute versions. Most of which appear to be limited to 2,500 examples and feature opening doors, hood and trunk. Classic Carlectibles have gone the 1:18 scale route with slight variation on the same subjects.

Back on 1:32 a range on the Signature label (Yatming?) has a few sedans, hardtops and utes and inevitably concentrates on the higher performance end of the line and like the other makes includes a few customised examples. Auto Art offered some Aussie Falcon Hardtops under the Biante name in both 1:18 and 1:43 scales.

Top Gear/Trax seem to have concentrated on 1:43 for most of their vast range of Ford models but the only XA seems to be the 1972 GT Sedans in at least four colours. These came in the relatively expensive Opal Series that featured a vast amount of detail for 1:43. All four doors open as well as bonnet and boot while the interior and engine compartment are detailed to an incredible degree. The door windows are in the lowered position so that the interior can be viewed without opening the doors.

Falcon XA Models

Oz Legends
Ute 150mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT RPO-83 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT  RPO-83 150mm 1:32 diecast
Classic Carlectibles
18268 China Superbird hardtop show car 250mm 1:18 diecast
18448 China Hardtop GT RPO-83 250mm 1:18 diecast
18545 China Sedan GT HO Phase 1V 250mm 1:18 diecast
18615 China Sedan GT RPO-83 250mm 1:18 diecast
18640 China Hardtop GT 250mm 1:18 diecast
Signature
China Hardtop 351GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
China Utility GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
China Utility GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
China 2016 Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art/Biante
72725 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
72726 China Hardtop Superbird 1:18 diecast
72747 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
China Hardtop GT 1:43 diecast
Trax
T005 China 2008 Sedan GT Ltd 2400 112mm 1:42 diecast

Falcon XB

Succeeding the XA in November 1973 the XB was very similar but featured a few subtle changes to the bonnet and grille – the latter having a central divider. The sedans got larger tail lights that featured a wrap-around section at each side. Once again there were some ‘specials’ such as the Sovereign Edition based on the 500 and celebrating Ford Australia’s 50th Anniversary. The John Goss Specials were Hardtop 500s with decals and a GT bonnet named after a local race driver while the McCleod Horn Specials were produced by a Sydney Ford dealership and identified by a large strobe stripe on the body side.

The Australian model suppliers have provided even more of the XB series than of the previous one. The same names crop up again but with the addition of a new one on this subject – Hot Wheels, who offered a XB Coupe in no less than 20 versions, and apart from the unsightly wheels they are reasonably acceptable.

Most of the previously mentioned ranges offered both custom and competition versions of the standard issues while some are detailed to a commendably degree once again. For example the 1:43 Auto Art XB GT 351 Hardtop features a great deal of underside detail – even steerable front wheels while deciding not to bother with opening doors etc, and probably looks neater as a result. The Trax Opal Series XB GT 351 Sedan followed their XA in featuring a mass of detail plus opening parts quite neatly. The Oz Legends range now included a trio of Panel Vans.

Falcon XB Models

Oz Legends
Sedan GT 140mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GT 140mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GS 140mm 1:32 diecast
Panel Van GT 1:32 diecast
Panel Van 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GS 1:32 diecast
Panel Van GS 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GT 1:32 diecast
Classic Carlectibles
Sedan GT 1:18 diecast
18615 Sedan GT RPO-83 1:18 diecast
Hardtop GT John Goss 1:18 diecast
Signature
Hardtop GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Hardtop GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GT 150mm 1:32 diecast
Sedan GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Ute GS 150mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art/Biante
52742 China 2003 Hardtop GT 111mm 1:43 diecast
72742 China Coupe GT 1:18 diecast
72796 China Sedan GT 1:18 diecast
72881 China Hardtop GT 1:18 diecast
72886 China Hardtop GT McCleod Horn 1:18 diecast
Trax
T006 China 2008 Sedan GT 351 112mm 1:43 diecast
Hot Wheels
2010 Malaysia 2009 Hardtop GT 351 75mm 1:64 diecast

 

Falcon XC

A second update brought us to the XC Falcon in July 1976 and this was to carry through to March 1979, late examples can be identified by featuring a Ford oval on the XCs horizontal grille. The front of the XC was given a softer look than the XB while a larger rear door window was provided by the use of the Contemporary ZH Fairlane rear doors effectively losing the ‘coke-bottle’ line. Tail lights were now horizontally divided while the GT was replaced by the GXL and the Fairmont given rectangular headlights. A limited run of 400 Cobra Hardtops were finished in white with blue racing stripes.

Models of the XC are far less well represented than the first two of the series. Oz Legends are present again but so far only the Hardtop Cobra has been recorded while the only Auto Art XC seems to be once again the Cobra but in 1:43 this time. Trax have concentrated on the Hardtop to a greater extent, they again did the Cobra first but followed it with at least six further versions, some of them in competition form as the Hardtops were a favourite with the racing fraternity. Another Cobra they did was a model of the projected Phantom that in reality didn’t go into production and this was followed by another rare subject, the GS Homologation Hardtop of which only 13 real examples were made. Finally a model of the production GS Fairmont 4.9 Hardtop was produced. A sedan Fairmont GXL was a recent issue and while it is a highly detailed resin model, it features a degree of stick-on chrome edging – none of which has peeled off yet it must be said.

Falcon XC Models

 

Oz Legends
Hardtop Cobra 140mm 1:32 diecast
Auto Art
52752 China Hardtop Cobra 111mm 1:43 diecast
Trax
TR10 China 1994 Hardtop Cobra Ltd 7500 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10C China 1998 Hardtop Cobra Phantom 4500 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10F China 2004 Hardtop GS Homologation 3200 111mm 1:43 diecast
TR10G China 2008 Hardtop GS Fairmont 4.9 2800 111mm 1:43 diecast
TRR 36 China 2016 Sedan Fairmont GXL 115mm 1:43 resin

Illustrations Ford Falcon XA, XB and XC

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10G, Hardtop XC GS Fairmont 4.9.

rear of TR10G

Trax 1:43 resin: TRR 36, Fairmont XC GXL

rear of TRR36

 

Hot Wheels 1:64 diecast from Malaysia: 2010, Hardtop XB GT 351 one of at least 20 versions.

 

rear of Hot Wheels

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: T006, XB Sedan GT 351.

 

rear of T006

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China : T005 XA Sedan GT.

 

rear of T005

 

Auto Art 1:43 diecast from China: 52752, XC Hardtop Cobra.

 

rear of 52752

 

Auto Art 1:43 diecast from China: 52742, XB Hardtop GT.

 

rear of 52742

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10F, XC Hardtop GS Homologation

 

rear of TR10F

 

Trax 1:43 diecast from China: TR10C XC Hardtop Cobra Phantom.

 

rear of TR 10C

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The History of Roly Toys, Part II

By Miguel Stefanelli and Sergio Luis dos Santos

In Part I, we gave a little history of the company, the people,  and the toys.  Now we concentrate on the Roly Toys Catalog.  [All photos are copyright of Miguel Stefanelli.]

The Catalog

The only known catalog of the Roly Toys showed photos and the numbers for miniatures 1 to 7.

Just remembering which miniatures refer to which numbers:

Nº 1 – Willys Interlagos (in street and racing car versions).

Nº 2 – DKW Vemaguet (in street car versions, in Departamento Nacional de Estradas de Rodagem – DNER (National Department of Roads), and in Unit AP-18 Fire Brigade.

Nº 3 – VW Kombi (street car version, Medical Assistance, and Unit AP-18 Firemen’s vehicle ).

Nº 4 – Scania-Vabis L76 – Tipper truck, with working dumper mechanism.

Nº 5 – VW ‘sedan’ – Volkswagen made the Beetle, nicknamed the Fusca, in Brazil in 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1600 models! The Roly Toys came in two versions:  opening or fixed doors.

Nº 6 – Jeep Willys – Multi-purpose utility vehicle.

Nº 7 – Mercedes-Benz LP 321 – Tank truck, in the colours of Esso, Shell and Texaco fuel distributors.

Later on, they launched miniatures Nr. 8 to 11, but they were not recorded in any catalogs.

It should be noted that the miniatures of Nr. 1 to Nr. 6 were sold in cardboard boxes. Miniatures from Nr. 7 to Nr. 11 were sold in plastic boxes, with a base and lid.

The details of the miniatures, more pictures and the boxes will be the subject of Part III! See you later!


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The History of Roly Toys, Part I

By Miguel Stefanelli and Sergio Luis dos Santos

About the Company

ROLY TOYS INDÚSTRIA E COMÉRCIO DE BRINQUEDOS LTDA was established in 1964 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, with the purpose of producing miniatures vehicles in metal, using the metal alloy Zamac, an acronym for the chemical elements that constitute it: zinc (its major component at about 95% of the alloy), aluminum, magnesium and copper. The strength and durability of the Zamac alloy would be reflected in the words printed on their small cardboard boxes: “Practically unbreakable”. [All photos are copyright of Miguel Stefanelli.]

Its founder was Mr. Maurício Nhuch, an entrepreneur who, seeing the success, acceptance and explosion of Matchbox miniatures, decided to create his own company.  His priority was the production of miniature vehicles manufactured in Brazil.

In his endeavor he had the valuable support of Mr. David Kupperman, a chemical engineer who had responsibility for all the technical parts of the company, and who had an important role in the development of the designs of the molds and the specification of the paint to be applied in the miniatures.  Another prominent company official was Mr Kurt Adolf Hamberger, who was responsible for the polishing and finishing of the cast parts. In this division of labor, Mauricio led the company’s management, as well as the commercial dividion (Soares, Tumminelli and Santos, 2002).

Products Manufactured

The company produced its own miniatures, because of the people mentioned above, during a very short period: from 1964 to the beginning of 1970.  Roly Toys  produced only eleven miniature models, which received numbers stamped on the chassis from Nr. 1 to Nr. 11.

According to the Roly Toys Catalog of the time, the following miniatures were identified:

Nr. 1 – Willys Interlagos, in the versions of car of walking and the reproduction of the model of a race car of Interlagos Nr. 22 of Team Willys of Racing, where, Emerson Fittipaldi (“Emmo”), had started his brilliant career of racing pilot.

Nr. 2 – DKW Vemaguet, in versions for street, fire, and DNER (National Highway Department).

Nr. 3 – VW Kombi, in street, fire and ambulance versions.

Nr. 4 – Scania-Vabis, reproduction of the L-76 tipper truck.

Nr 5 – VW Sedan, reproduction of the Volkswagen 1200.

Nr. 6 – Willys Jeep.

Nr. 7 – Mercedes-Benz, reproduction of the LP-321 tank truck, with the colors of the gasoline companies: ESSO, SHELL and TEXACO.

At that time the catalog mentioned that the Mercedes-Benz was still in preparation, but it was indeed manufactured.

Subsequently, other products were manufactured by Roly Toys, the following models are known:

No. 8 – Centurion tank.

No. 9 – VW Karmann-Ghia, in the convertible version.

Nº 9 – VW Karmann-Ghia, convertible model, of the series called “Bólidos”.

Nº 10 – Willys Interlagos.

Nº 10 – Willys Interlagos, of the series “Bólidos”.

Nº 11 – Scania-Vabis, reproduction of model L-76, tipper truck, with some light modifications from the model nr. 4.

There is no knowledge of any other Roly Toys Catalog, which might have included a more complete list of the actual vehicles produced.

We intend to return again with more information about these Brazilian “pearls”, bringing to you details about measurements and scales.  At this moment, it is important to say that the scale of the cars is about 1:64. The trucks’ scale is 1:100.

In the next part, we’ll show you more details about chassis, scales and a lot of new photos.  Bye!


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The Ford in Miniature – 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

By Dave Turner

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

When Ford celebrated their Centenary in 2003 a whole series of concepts were unleashed, along with the many other related events. Most, if not all, these special productions were conceived to recall one of the memorable and significant vehicles of Ford’s past.

Among these was the Shelby Cobra that resulted when Carroll Shelby inserted a big US Ford V8, first a 4.2 and for production a 4.7, into the front of an unsuspecting AC Ace. This had previously been the home of the old 6 cylinder 2 litre AC engine that dated back to the 1920s and from April 1956 there was the option of a straight 6 Bristol 2 litre. For just over a couple of years from March 1961 the 2,553cc Ford straight 6 was employed.

Since the production of the first Cobras ended in Jan 1969 there have been many copies and kit cars replicating the Cobra, in fact Carroll Shelby produced a very limited number of 2 seater roadsters in the late 1990s that had a degree of GM content and called simply Shelby Cobra.

The 2004 Concept car was produced by Ford and featured an all-aluminium 6.4 litre V10 engine that was claimed to be able to propel the car to 267mph – although it was actually electronically limited to 100mph. Its chassis was based on that of a Ford GT, modified to be front engined but with the transmission in the rear. It was not registered for road use but was subsequently purchased by one of its designers, Chris Theodore, at auction for $825,000, the proceeds going towards the restoration of Henry Fords Fairlane Estate.

Models of the Shelby Concept as might be expected appeared in the few years following the real cars appearance. Auto Art gave us no less than three quite different models, a big 1:17 scale diecast and much smaller one in 1:64 and in between a plastic slot car in 1:32. Mattel also produced the model in two sizes, their Hot Wheels examples came in at least eleven versions and in many cases almost being little models rather than pure toys. Their larger 1:18 diecast were excellent despite coming in a variety of colours, the real car was only ever silver.

Matchbox also issued a small diecast Shelby that looks very like the Hot Wheels version and it came in at least six versions. Minichamps issued their 1:43 Shelby in a three part “The Ford Power Trilogy” set in 2005 along with 2005 Mustang and 2005 GT, all finished in the silver/white stripe colour scheme. The Shelby was then issued separately for a couple of years.

Model Listing

Auto Art  China 20541 1:64 diecast
Auto Art  China 13101 slot car 1:32 plastic
Auto Art China 73031 228mm 1:17 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia G6687 67mm 1:60 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia H3051 215mm 1:18 diecast
Matchbox 42 1:60 diecast
Minichamps  China 146430 93mm  1:43 diecast

Illustrations 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

 

Mattel Hot Wheels 1:60 diecast from Malaysia: G6687, in authentic colour scheme.
Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 146430, also came in set 402 058000 “The Ford Power Trilogy”
Rear of Minichamps

 

Interior of Minichamps

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News from the Continent March 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs copyright of the manufacturer. Text copyright of the Author.

This article shows releases from Schuco during the first three, months of 2018 across a number of scales and ranges. All are diecast in China for Germany.

CLASSIC

 

450178200 Micro Jet “Super Sabre F100” assembling box

Piccolo

450143300 Cadillac ´54 “Happy Birthday 2018”

450510700 VW Scirocco “Model of the Year 2018 in tin box”

 

Edition 1:87

 

452627800 Porsche 356 Cabriolet – blue

452631500 Volkswagen T1c Pickup with canvas cover – blue

Military 1:87

452636800 Bell UH HD helicopter “Heer(army)”

 

Edition 1:64

 

452015400 Volkswagen T1 Bus “Police”

452015500 Volkswagen T1 box van “VW Service”

452015600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – dark red

452016100 Volkswagen T1 box van “Fire brigade”

452016200 Volkswgen T1 Bus “#53 Rally”

It is hard to believe that someone might place the rally numbers of the legendary Beetle Herbie on a transporter!

 

Edition 1:43

 

450256800 Volkswagen Split Window Beetle 1953 with roof rack

This models a 1953 split rear window Volkswagen with the correct triangular air vent windows in the doors. But has air intakes in the sides in front of the A-pillars which is from a 1951 version of the Beetle. This has been pointed out to Schuco in the past but they resist all calls for changes to be made.

450330300 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Campingbus with trailer, loaded with a BMW Isetta.

450256900 Porsche 356 Cabriolet “Edition 70 Years of Porsche” – beige

Edition PRO.R43

 

450887800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – red

450887900 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – grey

450891900 Porsche 911 Coupe – green

Edition PRO.R43

 

450895300 Porsche Master tractor – red

450902800 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor

450902700 Hürlimann DH6 tractor – red

Edition 1:32

 

450772200 John Deere 7710 tractor

450781000 IHC 1255XL tractor – red

450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 6W – green

450780300 Hanomag Robust tractor with fairground trailer


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Greenlight accessing new markets

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise attributed.

To continue to grow firms producing diecast models need to extend their market to a wider group than existing collectors. To do this they not only need to create models that appeal to a wider audience they also need reach that audience who doesn’t read the diecast press or visit toyfairs. Greenlight has been working hard to produce models appealing to custom car, TV and Film fans as well as general model collectors. In addition specials have been made for Walmart and Hobbystores to access the general market. The latest tie-in deal that I have come across is with Lootcrate. Lootcrate is a US based venture which allows people to subscribe a monthly amount and to receive a box of “goodies” on the theme of their choice.   It styles itself as “fan commerce” and you can subscribe to various popular culture and gaming themes. This posting shows two Greenlight 1:64 models which have been produced to tie into the Movie theme with a simple card window box with movie theme printing and a large Lootcrate exclusive panel and smaller Greenlight Hollywood  logos. These models are very similar to models which have already been released in Greenlight’s own Hollywood series.

“Gone in 60 Seconds” “Eleanor” 1967 Ford Mustang

This car is from the Disney re-make of this film starring Nicolas Cage which used this customised 1967 Mustang rather than the 1971 Mustang that featured in the original cult film

A neat casting with rather nice wheels even they are somewhat simpler than pictures of the film car but they do have lovely rubber tyres of a reasonable width fitted. All the extra lights are moulded into the front with some picked out in white. The rear lights are very well captured. Badging is tampo printed as are the “go faster stripes”.  The opening bonnet reveals a simple moulding of a V8 engine.

“Supernatural – Join the Hunt” 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan

Supernatural is a TV series featuring two brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. The 1967 Chevy is their means of transport.

Again  a good basic 1:64 casting of a 1967 Chevrolet with all lights printed with colour highlights and trim printed in silver.  The interior is basic but the dashboard and door cards are in tan whilst the seating is in black.  The only criticism I have is off the wheels where we have Johnny Lightning style hugely over wide tyres fitted which is a bit of a letdown for a good model.

I hope that some of the Lootcrate subscribers decide to buy other Greenlight Hollywood models for their collections and get  drawn into the world of model collecting.


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