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Autocult News December 2018/JAnuary 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

December 2018

A glitch means that the December announcement by AutoCult did not arrive in the editor’s email. As there were some interesting models announced we have summarised them here.

#05024 Bentley Type R Gooda

This model is of a sports racer built on a Bentley R type chassis in 1966. It was created for Robert (Bob) Gooda by Peel Coachworks who fitted it with a shorter fastback body with a significantly lower weight, Bob Gouda gave the racer its only public outing at the Bentley Driver’s Club race that was held at the Silverstone circuit in August of 1967. In the hands of co-owner Brian Dumps, the car started with race number 21 and did its laps on the wet racetrack.


#06028 Skoda 440 Spartak Polytex

In 1955 Škoda launched the Type 440 sedan and it remained in production with evolutionary upgrades until 1971. Once in production an idea was developed to build a sports version and Czeck architect Otakar Diblik was commissioned to design a suitable car body.

The new body was in fibreglass hand laid in one piece. The doors and hood were formed as separate pieces fitted to the main body. A removable roof was fitted that used Plexiglass, which was completely clear. With a total weight of only 56 kg (123.2 pounds), the body was very light. The prototype used the standard 1,089cc Skoda four cyclinder engine with only 40HP and the car struggled to go faster than 70MPH. The warping of the body lead to the exrcise being consigned to history and the project car was left in a boiler room. Today, the prototype has been restored in a form very close to the original, although the roof is different.


#09009 Berggren Future Car

In 1951 28 year old Swede Sigvard Berggren started to create a car based upon his own futuristic vision. The base was a chassis from a 1938 Dodge originally used on a taxi. Berggren and his assistant, Lennart Josefson, welded a tubular structure made from lightweight steel tube based on contemporary aircraft construction. The framework also acted as a roll cage in the event of an accident. Shaped body panels were fitted over the steel structure and the result looked like an aircraft without wings. The driver sat ahead of the front wheels and the large air intakes fitted to each side provided cooling for the 100HP flathead Ford V-8 engine.

As often happens, the novelty wore off and the owner lost interest with the car being passed to the Museum Svedinos in Ugglarp, Sweden.


January 2019

The announcements for the first release of 2019 are another set of curiosities. Ranging from the streamlined Horch 930 S Stromlinie through a Cadillac Coupe de Ville prototype from Raymond Loewy to a South American small series car the FNM Alfa Romeo Furia G.


Horsch 930S Streamliner

Initially shown at the 1939 Berlin Motor Show this vehicle showcased Horsch ability to create a streamliner, a style that was very fashionable in Germany due to the new Autobahns which allowed journeys to be made at high average speeds. The car was fitted with luxury touches like a radio and a sink!

The Second World War stopped production after two or three were made and a couple with modified front ends were built from parts in 1945. But at that point the Zwickau was part of the DDR and such luxury cars were no longer any priority for the newly nationalised car industry.


Cadillac Coupe de Ville prototype Raymond Loewy

Raymond Loewy the well know US car designer designed this car to appear at the 1959 Paris motor show. Based on a standard Cadillac Coupe de Ville the cars body work was largely re-created in only a few days by a French coachbuilder Pichon-Parat. After the show Loewy drove the car round Europe bringing it back to the US. The car has recently been fully restored to show condition.


FNM Alfa Romeo Furia G.

FNM ( Fábrica Nacional de Motores ) made Alfa Romeo cars under license in their factory in Rio de Janiero. With models based on the 1900 saloon being a strong seller in the local market. In 1968 Alfa Romeo actually bought FNM from the Brazilian state.

The Furia was made after came about after a tie-up with
Tony Bianca of Comionauto another local factory, who made his own sports model to compete in Brazilian races. The Alfa tie-in was based on the FNM 2000 chassis and a handful of prototypes were made of this pretty car before Cominauto terminated the project.

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Atlas Dinky Deluxe 530 Citroën DS23

By Maz Woolley

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

My latest shipment from Atlas is a replica of French Dinky 530 DS 23 Citroën which was originally made in Spain by Pilen for Dinky from 1970. Whilst the earlier 530 Citroën DS 19 was sold by UK Dinky the DS 23 never was.

The model is finished in metallic red with a matt black roof which is a good replica of the only colour the original was made in. The original model was sold for just two years. The box replicates the late style box with a drawing of the model but no scenic background. Unusually the picture matches the model colour pretty well.

The DS 23 car was introduced in 1972 though the faired in front headlights making the streamlined shape even more attractive than before came in 1967 in the DS21 Dinky never modelled. In most respects the car remained unchanged from the DS21 except for the increase in engine size to 2.3 litres. The model was launched in 1973 and was withdrawn in 1975 giving it a short production life.

The Atlas model is a good replica though the front wings have clear vertical mould lines which presumably were where the front end was modified for the DS 23 tool. Unfortunately the reference pictures that I can see of the original dinky casting are not clear enough to see of this was there on the original mould.

The base is clearly marked as Atlas and licensed by Mattel as usual and states the 1:43 scale used for the model. The base is metal but my source books suggest that the base may have been made in plastic on the original.

Opening bonnet and boot are included which are good close fits though the bonnet will not stay open without being held.

The paint and limited mask spraying are all well carried out.

All in all a rather nice model of a DInky from the last years of Dinky France.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we focus on the December 2018 releases from Busch. These are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch publicity has become rather erratic. The photographs shown cover a few review models supplied by Busch as well as some publicity photographs on the web. It certainly makes your correspondents job harder chronicling the new releases!


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41679 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport red


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41680 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport white


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42847 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – blue


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42848 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – red


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42849 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 green


43401 Cadillac 52 Saloon “Police of Coolidge,Arizona USA”


43603 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde
North Rhine-Westfalia Police


43604 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde “Beverley Hills Police”


45004 Chevrolet BelAir “Californian Police”


45909 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed hood – red


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46812 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “Oldschool”


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46813 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “ZDF Telemotor test car 1980”


47853 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “British Police generic crash support unit”


# 22562/22563


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50011 Porsche Junior tractor with band saw


50503 Lada 1500 Saloon 1973 – yellow ( CMD-Collection )


50515 Lada 1500 Saloon Police car with radar device


51702 Nagetusch caravan trailer 1958 – blue


51751 Nagetusch mobile shop trailer



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59944 Trailer loaded with roof trusses



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59959 Trailer loaded with NSU Kettenkrad

EsPeWe Models in scale 1:87

95027 HW 80 HTS Trailer with manure tank “Golden ear of corn”


95237 IFA W50 LA PV with snow plough


95239 IFA W50 LA Mexico expedition 1968/1969


95241 IFA W50 L pick up with stake “Export version for IRAK with reinforced bumper”



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95537 IFA W50 L60 Showman´s tractor


95602 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”


95603 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Voluntary Fire Brigade”



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95604 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”

The S4000 fire engines pictured above were manufactured between 1959 and 1967


95704 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – orange (new mould)


95705 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – green (new mould)



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95706 Robur LO 2500 bus “Zugvogel” – blue



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95707 Robur LO 2500 bus – green



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95708 Robur LO 2500 bus – brown



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95709 Robur LO 2500 bus – “leisure-travel” – brown


25019 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G “Croatian airforce”


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Abrex Cararama Lancia Ypsilon

By Maz Woolley

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

The second generation Lancia Ypsilon was Introduced in 2003 and was produced until 2011. Like the Alfa Romeo MiTo it was a small three door car designed appeal to buyers who wanted something with a bit more style than the standard Fiat group offerings and who were prepared to pay a premium for it.

It quickly became the best selling car in the Lancia range with an annual production of over 60,000 units. Initially assembled at the Fiat plant in Melfi in June 2005 production was moved to Sicily at the plant in Termini Imerese Palermo until the factory was closed by Fiat. The car has a three-door body and the design was said to be inspired by the historic Lancia Ardea.

The unitary body used a shortened version of the Fiat Group B platform which underpinned the Fiat Punto , Fiat Idea and Lancia Musa. The engine is transversely mounted at the front, with front wheel drive. The usual smaller capacity Fire and Multijet engines were on offer. 

The interior had plastic inserts on door panels and the instrument panel is covered with Airtex fabric, leather or Alcantara depending on the model. There is two-tone upholstery and plastic inserts mimic aluminium. 

I don’t believe that the car was officially imported into the UK as the Lancia brand was withdrawn from the UK market in 1995 and has never re-appeared though the third generation Ypsilon which was made in Poland and based on the smaller Panda/500 minicar chassis was sold here badged as a Chrysler until 2015 when Chrysler pulled everything other than Jeep out of the UK market.

The model shown here is branded Abrex/Cararama and is diecast to 1:43 scale in China presumably at the Hongwell plant in Hong Kong. It is packed simply in a cardboard box with clear plastic panel to view the model and when it can be found in the UK it is often sold for significantly less than an Oxford Diecast 1:43 model. Like most Cararama models it is an excellent casting which has been well finished and detailed.

Looking at the front the Italian number plate with the EU symbol is very neatly printed as is the Lancia badge on the nicely reproduced grille. The main and subsidiary lights at the front are well modelled and separately inserted. 

The interior is a black plastic moulding which has a lot of detail with a good dashboard and central console as well as nicely moulded door cards. There is no printing to highlight the interior and no attempt is made to provide two tone upholstery.

Along the side the wing mirrors are beautifully moulded and the alloy wheels well captured down to the small Lancia roundel printed in the centre. The black window surrounds and pillars are nicely done, printed on the plastic glazing insert. The momo DESIGN logo is neatly printed on the B pillar. The door handles are moulded into the casting but with undercutting giving them a realistic shape.

The anthracite coloured silk effect roof and rear hatch is painted really effectively and the roof has the typical Fiat group small aerial to the rear.

At the rear the high level brake light, number plate and Lancia badging is all printed finely. The rear lights are separately inserted and all painted the correct colours on the reverse.

Altogether an excellent budget model of an interesting car. 


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The models shown are the final release from Schuco in 2018. All are made in China for Germany. The models are made in various scales as stated below and the Pro ranges have much more detail and consequently a rather higher price.

EDITION PRO.R43

450903500 Aston Martin DB6 “Shooting Brake” – dark green


450903900 Volkswagen Beetle 1600S “Super-Bug” – red


EDITION 1:32

450772800 John Deere 5125R tractor with front loader


EDITION 1:87

452633700 Volkswagen Transporter T1c bus black/red


452633800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c Camper – green/grey


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are a selection of the releases made in the second half of 2018. All are moulded in plastic in Europe and are to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

093774 Framo 901/2 pick up with canvas tilt in “MITROPA” livery

Established in 1916, Mitropa´s role was to supply travelers in trains, at train stations and at motorway services. After 1945, Mitropa was separated into two organisations one in each ‘Germany’. Here is a vehicle from the former DDR where the company served all kinds of travellers.


094030 Volkswagen Passat Variant GTE (estate) Wolfsburg Police Service

The new Passat GTE is used by the Police in Wolfsburg, a city dominated by the Volkswagen company. The finish of this model reflects the type of reflective plastic body stickers now used by Police forces in Germany.


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True Scale Models 1:64 scale 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

TSM (True Scale Models) are already well known in the UK and Europe for their 1:18 scale models, many made for manufacturers like JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) as dealer editions. But UK wholesalers are now distributing a 1:64 scale Mini GT TSM line which looks to be of high quality, and reasonably priced in the UK too, at a recommended retail price similar to the newly announced Hornby 1:76 models (made by Oxford in Hornby specific colours/liveries and boxed as Hornby).

Although here in the UK 1:64 scale has generally been left to Hot Wheels and Matchbox collectors it is a big seller in the US from Greenlight, M2, and Auto World, and in Japan and the far east there are 1:64 ranges like Tomy Vintage and Kyosho Minicar. In the last few years collectors of Oxford 1:76 scale models have grown greatly in number and I am informed that 1:76 outsells 1:43 scale models by a considerable factor. Maybe new collectors will take to 1:64 here in the UK if more high quality models arrive here at a reasonable price.

Looking at the models in the manufacturers images they appear to be very similar to Kyosho 1:64 models which are beautifully made and printed . Only three basic vehicles are currently available: Honda Civic, McLaren and Nissan GT-R. All these are made in various sporting versions with different liveries and in both RHD and LHD. So let’s look at the announced models which all seem to have excellent painting and printing along with very nice wheels.

TSM MGT00001-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8)


TSM MGT00003-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 Grey


TSM MGT00004-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 Blue

TSM MGT00009-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1, Rear Wing Version 1 Matt


TSM MGT00010-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Championship White With Modulo Kit


TSM MGT00012-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Rallye Red (RHD)


TSM MGT00013-R McLaren Senna Victory Grey (RHD)


TSM MGT00015-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Crystal Black (RHD)



TSM MGT00017-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Aegean Blue with Modulo Kit RHD


TSM MGT00018-R McLaren Senna Mira Orange (RHD)


TSM MGT00023-L Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Customer Racing Study (LHD) 


TSM MGT00024-L Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Time Attack 2018 (LHD)


TSM MGT00025-L Honda NSX GT3 Presentation (LHD)


TSM MGT00026-L Honda NSX GT3 Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 (LHD)


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A Car Transporter Conversion

By Maz Woolley

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


Car transporter at Standard Triumph’s Canley Factory in Coventry in the early 1960s
Copyright owner unknown.

My conversion was inspired by finding the black and white photograph of a Progressive Deliveries transporter collecting Standard Triumph cars from the factory in Canley in Coventry shown above.

Car transporters are a good way to show off a group of models, especially if you collect 1:76 scale models. Collectors will be familiar with the EFE transporter, shown below, which was produced over many years in several liveries with either an Atkinson or Bedford TK tractor unit. Although slightly simplified the trailer does capture the look of period transporter trailers from Carrymore and others. A model like the one below provided the chassis of the tractor unit and the trailer.

Photograph by Hattons copyright acknowledged

My first challenge was finding a suitable Leyland cab unit to fit on the tractor unit chassis. Here I had the choice of two different 1:76 scale Leyland Comet cabs from small suppliers here in the UK. One from Langley in white metal and one from Road Transport Images (RTI) in resin. After careful comparison of the cabs and the black and white photograph I decide to use the RTI cab unit. This was a nice clean unit which came with a simple interior and vacform. I was lucky that I bought this cab several months before Frank Waller passed away. Since his death RTI products have not been available as his family has not yet been able to find someone to take the company on as a going concern.

The RTI cab is a 1:76 scale Leyland Comet short door LAD (Leyland/Albion/Dodge) cab from 1958 when it was introduced as the third geneneration of the Comet. This cab was made by Coventry Motor Panels for the truck makers and was styled slightly differently for each manufacturer.

Starting from a black and white photograph did not make things easy. My initial guess was that the unit could have been painted in yellow and black but a fellow member of CDMC (Coventry Diecast and Model Club) was kind enough to ask fellow modellers in the Coventry area and not only was the colour of the original livery identified but suggestions for suitable spray paints to match were supplied too!

The steps in the conversion process are described below. Unfortunately I didn’t think to photograph the work in progress.

  • EFE tractor and trailer stripped and completely disassembled
  • Front bumper cut off tractor chassis
  • Paint stripped from trailer and chassis
  • All spray painted in Acrylic grey primer
  • Repainted Cab in Ford Olympic Blue (Light blue)
  • Masked upper part of cab
  • Sprayed lower part of tractor cab with Ford Royal Blue Acrylic spray paint and removed masking.
  • Spray upper part of trailer in Olympic blue
  • Spray lower part in Royal Blue
  • Spray tractor chassis in Royal Blue
  • Cut dash and sterring wheel from Atkinson tractor unit interior to re-use
  • Glue Atkinson wheel/dash to the RTI cab interior
  • Spray RTI seats and cab interior in primer and then in satin black
  • Decals designed and printed on injet decal paper – clear for items on cab and upper part of trailer and printed on white backed decal for lower trailer as clear deacls with light blue lettering did not work.
  • paint lights and fill with acrylic to make main headlight lenses
  • Apply decals on cab and trailer and overspray with clear acrylic paint
  • Glue windows in Cab
  • Glue interior in cab
  • Cut plasticard packing to attach cab to chassis at correct height and spray black
  • Glue plasticard insert into cab chassis
  • Glue Cab onto plasticard insert in chassis
  • Re-assemble rest of components

The conversion went well though I did manage to break one of the small lugs that holds the folding rear ramp in place trying to get it back into place. It was finished in time for a chop night at CDMC and I was lucky enough to win one of the awards on the night for my efforts.

The car shown on the transporter is also a conversion. It started life as a John Day Vehicle Scenics Standard Vanguard Phase III. This has been altered to represent a Standard Ensign which used the Vanguard body but had a smaller four cylinder engine and much simpler grille as well as a more basic interior. They sold quite well to companies and to the Armed Forces where the Fleet Manager was happy with lower costs than the Vanguard but the same durability.

The conversion consisted of:

  • remove the Vanguard’s protruding grille unit
  • open out the grille area to create a flat recess and file off wing side light area
  • remove all overriders from bumpers
  • file off Triumph badge from bonnet
  • make a decal printed on ink jet paper of the ensign grille and badging from an image found on the web.
  • Clean and paint model
  • Highlight lights and sidelights in silver/silver/red, and white
  • Fit vacform glazing
  • Assemble model
  • Finish wheels off
  • Apply decals

So here we have a couple of models which display well together with a conversion I did of the John Day Vehicle Scenics Standard 9cwt van into a Standard Triumph Livery shown many years ago in the printed MAR magazine. This was also created from a black and white photograph and it is possible that the van should actually be in dark green rather than black.

Both the base John Day models shown in this article are still available from Daryle Toney who owns the John Day Vehicle Scenics range, his website can be found at http://johndaymodels.webplus.net/ . The EFE transporter model is not shown on the Bachmann website so is now presumably obsolete, but it is frequently available on eBay. For the moment the Langley X27 Leyland cab would have to be used to do a similar conversion as the RTI one is not currently available.

More googling has uncovered the Rootes Group transporters run for them by British Road Services and pulled by Commer tractor units. This will be my next challenge!


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Making a Jaguar XF Sportbreak

By John F. Quilter

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

Picture copyright of Car Magazine

A few years ago Jaguar launched the estate version of the midsize XF saloon which was introduced around 2010. One of my model vendors had Whitebox 1:43 scale models of the XFR at a bargain price and combined with that, and the fact I did not have a model of the Sportbreak, Jaguar’s name for their estate, I decided to make one myself. Currently no model maker does a Sportbreak so my Jaguar collection was lacking.

The process, which replicates to some extent things I have done before, entailed first, a complete disassembly and strip down of the red Whitebox XFR. Off came the base plate, interior, lights and in this case even the door handles which are not cast into the model. Then out came the jeweler’s saw to cut off the rear quarter of the top and the boot lid area.

I was in luck on this model as Jaguar’s massive sales brochure had outstanding photos of both the saloon and the estate as 90 degree side shots, 90 degree front and rear shots. These, and photos found on Google are invaluable in getting the shape and details correct. The rear portion of the diecast roof which was not cut off was gently bent upwards to replicate the angle of the estate roof. Then using sheet aluminum an extension of the roof was created and new side window frames from the B pillar back were cut out and shaped.

Since the Sportbreak has a large glass roof I filled in the existing smaller sunroof opening. To create the glass roof effect I simply painted this in gloss black as these roof panels are heavily tinted for sun protection.

A spoiler, (or is it a rear mounted sun visor?) was made from a section of aluminum sheet. I noted that the Sportbreak is from the “facelift” XF so that meant that some details had to be changed, minor shape differences to the tail lamps, relocation of the exhaust pipes, the shape of the front valance side vents and the vent below the central grill. The vents on the bonnet had to be eliminated and the front wing vents reshaped. Side window glazing was some clear plastic from a food container and since this was flat, presented no special issues. The rounded rear tailgate window was also a piece of repurposed food container with a suitable curvature.

My spare parts inventory contained a black rear window wiper that fit well. Photos from the sales brochure showed an interior and seats in two tone black and grey so the stock Whitebox all black interior was enhanced with some grey panels to the seats.

Final paint was with a “rattle can” of Krylon white, finished a few days later with a clear coat of Testors Model Master clear gloss enamel. This is a new technique to me and it does give a superior finish almost to the extent of a factory built model. One must remember that the gloss enamel takes a number of days to fully dry so one must resist the temptation to start handling the model for a number of days after painting.

So this Sportbreak represents the second production Jaguar estate, the first being the X Type which was done in 1:43 scale by Premium X. It appears that now many of the current Jaguar and Land Rover models are being done by TSM, (True Scale Models) who I’m told are a client of Premium Collectibles Trading (Editor: the group which produces Ixo and Premium X brands as well as making models under contract for many others like DeAgostini and White Box). In 1:43 scale they currently make the two crossover Jaguars the F Pace, and E Pace, as well as the electric I Pace. Time will tell if they launch a Sportbreak making my effort redundant.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – M4 Models

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M2 Models are the group responsible for Art, Best and Rio models. These are all made to 1:43 scale in Italy. The models shown in this article were due for release in December 2018.

ART

ART396 Ferrari 860 Monza

This car was second at the 1000 km at the Nurburgring in 1956 driven by Fangio and Castelotti Chassis #0602


ART397 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

This car was raced at the Mille Miglia in 1949 driven by Taruffi and Nicolini


BEST

BEST9025/2 Ferrari 250 LM

This Ferrari came in 6th in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1965 driven by A.Noller and D.Spoerry


BEST9257/2 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

This car was run in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1972 where it did not finish after its involvement in an accident. It was driven by Stuppacher and Roser.


BEST9732 Porsche 550 RS

This car took part in the Governator´s Trophy in 1958 driven by F.Campell


BEST9733 Ferrari 330 GTS 1967

This is a model of a Ferrari that would cost several million at auction. Here it is painted in an unusual Hazelnut metallic colour.


RIO

RIO4583 Lamborghini Miura P400 1966

Styled by Bertone this model is the classic Muira coloured in the bright orange popular in the late sixties, here called Miura orange.


# 22537/22538

RIO4584 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1968

Again styled by Bertone this later Miura in lime green has the modified chrome headlight surrounds fitted from 1968 on and the chrome window surrounds introduced that year as well. The model marks the 50th anniversary of this car often called the Muira S to distinguish it from its predecessor.


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