Here are a few more 1:18 scale promotional models which Santa Claus’ found in his bag for my collection, Audi this time, and once again by Norev. As usual the models’ bodies are diecast in metal with the usual additional plastic components, all hand assembled in China. Engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, and a deep paint finish. All four doors can be opened, as can the bonnet (hood) and the boot (trunk). Here are some more beautiful models to add to your collection.
Audi A8 L 2017
The scale model (code no. 501.17.080.51, finished in Myth black metallic) is based on the L (long) version of the car. A nice model, but compared to similar promotional models made by Norev for BMW or Mercedes-Benz, it seems to be less detailed and made to a lower budget. Safety belts are missing (there are only the buckles), the boot (rear trunk) isn’t flocked, and the usual screwdriver and soft tissue are missing.
No need to introduce the A8, flagship of the “four rings” brand, now in its fourth generation. Unveiled to the public at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB-evo platform ( like the Lamborghini Urus or the Bentley Bentayga), This is not a real physical platform but a strategy for its vehicles with longitudinal engine orientation (Modularer Längsbaukasten), based on the uniform positioning of all motors and transmissions in order to cut down on engineering costs and weight/complexity. In a few words it creates a standardised, interchangeable set of parts from which to build a wide variety of cars. As in previous generations, it retains the Audi Space Frame aluminium construction method co-developed with Alcoa. Available with V6, V8 and W12 petrol and V6 and V8 diesel engines, all cars feature all-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Produced at the Neckarsulm plant, exterior styling is similar to the previous generation, the real changes are inside, with a virtual cockpit and touchscreen controls replacing the old knob between the seats. One new feature (not available in USA) is the “Traffic Jam Pilot”, consisting of level 3 autonomous driving at speeds up to 60 km/h when on a highway. A beautiful set of wheels, indeed.
Audi Q8 2018
The new Q8 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV coupé, at last a direct competitor to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupé. Audi clearly preferred to wait and see if the new bodystyle became a sales success for other brands. Nowadays SUVs are increasingly popular in the luxury segment and very likely the Q8 will sell in higher number than the A8. Produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava plant, like the current A8 it is based on the MLB-evo platform, and introduces a new design for the brand’s SUVs, with a larger octagonal grill, plus full-laser headlamps and tail lamps. Inside it features an enlarged virtual cockpit and three touchscreens. Compared to the Q7 it is slightly shorter (in terms of both length and height) and wider, with less cargo space and lacking the third-row seats, yet with a near 2,200 kg weight. Available with a V6 petrol engine or a V6 diesel, featuring a mild hybrid technology, with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Later there will be a V8 twin turbo with over 600 hp.
The scale model (code no. 501.17.086.51, in Samurai grey) is based on the V8 TDI version, and has the same minor shortcomings seen on the A8 seen above.
Audi e-tron 2018
The e-tron is the first example of the Audi new electric age. Head of what will be a large family, it represents the debut of the “four rings” brand in mass-production of electric vehicles. Another muscular SUV, all-wheel drive, two asynchronous engines, a peak power of more than 400 hp and a claimed 400 kilometres range. But with a weight of over 2,500 kg (more than 3,100 kg at full load), and a length near to five metres, I’m wondering if it is really what we need to save our planet.
Exterior styling is marked by the shoulder line and the virtual rear view mirrors, and it has an exceptionally low drag factor. The interior is essentially minimalist with the virtual cockpit and two touchscreens. It is produced at the Bruxelles plant. According to some reviews the e-tron is more oriented to comfort than handling, easy to understand given the weight. It is also heavily handicapped by the lack of the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles almost everywhere. A beautiful toy for rich people, but not a practical solution to our general needs.
The scale model (code no. 501.18.206.51, in Antigua blue) actually has a flocked rear trunk.
So thee are beautiful models, but with minor imperfections. But I question whether there should be such imperfections on so expensive models?
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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.
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
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
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”
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.
The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.
The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.
351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale
The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.
However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.
But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor:rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.
The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.
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Here are a selection of models released in the last two months of 2018 and some from early 2019. These models are to 1:87 scale made in Europe for Germany.
309141 (309158/309165)IVECO Stralis Highway XP articulated tractor unit
The brand-new Stralis is now introduced into the Herpa range to complement the launch of the latest version of the truck. It has been moulded in white, blue or red.
094085 Audi Q7 “Audi Mobile Tradition”
The department Audi Mobile Tradition responsible for the Audi Museum runs two of the latest Audi Q7 SUV’s to transport classic vehicles pulling a closed trailer. These are often see moving cars from the Audi museum to events. Here the model is finished in the company livery.
094016 Wartburg 353 Tourist 1985 “NVA”
The National People´s Army of the former German Democratic Republic used this type of vehicle as a command vehicle. The model is authentically equipped with two different coloured beacon lights and a loudspeaker.
309509 MAN TGX XLX articulate fuel tanker “ESSO”
Herpa once again releases a fuel tanker as a limited edition. Esso, formerly known by its slogan “Put the tiger in your tank!” is the fuel provider who forms the basis for this model of the MAN TGX with a tanker trailer liveried in the current company livery.
How truck design has changed over the last 65 years!
At the beginning of the 1950s Henschel, based in Kassel, launched their ‘big’ articulated tractor HS 190 S with bi-motors. Wiking released the then huge articulated tanker with and Ellinghaus trailer in 1953 and kept it in their catalogue until 1958.
The rounded design changed into a squared one early in the 1960s, developed by the famous noted Louis L. Lepoix.
Today cabs are more rounded again, shaped using tests in a wind tunnel. The Esso Livery has changed too with the livery in red and white on white rather than on solid red.
This tractor unit has been released in white and yellow.
309677 IFA G5 dump truck “VEB coal merchant”
Handpicked “people´s own” companies could get the IFA G5 in a civil version. Here Herpa releases a delivery truck of the VEB coal merchandising firm. In the DDR most of the coal available was brown coal (Lignite) which burned with a distinctive odour which was cast over the whole DDR.
The latest IFA G5 compared to an earlier release of the model which though plainer in finish has the ram to raise the tipper modelled.
For all older German men, who have served their army time in the German Bundeswehr, the latest Bundeswehr staff cars are looking strange. The familiar matt green “NATO olive” colour which used to be used on all vehicles is gone in many cases. Today most vehicles used day to day are leased and are ordered in normal body colours, so that resale value at the end of the lease is improved.
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This the second in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Corgi. The first article can be found here.
The article today looks at the Hornby stand and in particular the Corgi Toys area. The largest displays on the stand are from Airfix,Hornby and Scalextric. There were both a railway layout with a Hogwarts theme and a racing track provided to show off the products. The Hogwarts rail layout featured the Wamping Willow from the Harry Potter films with an Oxford Diecast Ford Anglia in its branches showing the revived use of Oxford OO scale models in Hornby packaging.
Some Vanguards pre-production models were shown, though not the planned new casting of series two Jaguar XJ and Daimler Double-Six models or the VW Camper. Photographs of the models are shown below. These are all pre-production samples and will not fully reflect the final version as they are hand finished and some parts are 3D printed rather than moulded.
Other Corgi products were on display showing the range now available.
Corgi’s release of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be notable for being the first for some time that features all the original features. Moulds have been located to allow them to make all the wings, figures and the full working mechanism. It is a shame that this could not have been released last year to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary but I am sure that it will sell well this year as will the James Bond model sets.
The photographs above show the models included in the RNLI Lifeboats release to supplement the models already available in this charity’s liveries. A donation to the charity will be made for the sale of each set.
The 50th Anniversary models for the Apollo 11 mission were on display in pre-production form. Although very simple models they will look very good in packaging when launched later this year.
The Paddington Bear TX4 taxi is a well made toy and is expected to remain one of the best sellers, particularly in London where the tourist market is substantial for such toys.
A substantial part of the stand was given over to the new Chunkies range, seen above in the dealer display packs Corgi hope to get into the shops. They are made to appeal to young buyers, and their parents. The models are very well made and finished and to my surprise cabs, chassis and some other parts are diecast and the plastic looks strongly moulded and well designed for play. Although the generic shapes may not appeal to collectors we hope that this range is a success, as if it is it will give the Corgi brand an injection of money for investment and get the Corgi brand made known to a new generation of potential model collectors.
Discussions on the Hornby stall last year suggested that that they were concerned that they needed more young collectors to build the collecting habit and brand loyalty. The Chunkies range is a sign that they are addressing this. Some more photographs of the individual models are below.
For older children Corgi have several tie-ins to the Harry Potter Films which will sell well at the Harry Potter Studio Tour store as well as in Hamleys and other large stores.
Over in the Hornby area the layout has Hogwarts Castle modelled in one corner but this appears not to be listed as an accessory on the Hornby site! But again it illustrates the intention to appeal to youngsters as do the basic layout sets featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and the budget priced Junior Express set.
Over on the Airfix stand they too are keen to bring in young modellers with a selection of the Quick Build models being expanded this year. A celebration of flower power! It will be interesting to see if any new vehicle types are produced in future years to expand the range.
Also seen on the Airfix stand was their nice 1:32 scale Jaguar E Type model, a perennial in the range but looking as well shaped as ever, as shown below. Much though many people would like many more of the 1:32 scale Airfix cars to be revived it would seem we will continue to be limited to just a few of them.
Airfix are not to be left out in celebrating the landing on the moon with a nice set which includes the lander, Astronauts in various positions, and moon buggy and other items landed on the moon.
On both Corgi and Airfix the 75th Anniversary of D Day was celebrated with both Corgi and Airfix showing D Day tie in aircraft. Some Corgi ones are shown below.
So what was missing? It would have been nice to see pre-production samples of the new Jaguar/Daimler Series II but as they are not scheduled for sale until Q4 of 2019 that is perhaps not surprising. Perhaps some first shots will appear at Nuremberg. I was very surprised though that having announced a significant number of military vehicles for 2019 in both 1:50 scale and in fit the box formats Corgi displayed none at London. But again perhaps we will see photographs from Nuremberg.
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A look at recent 1:43 Scale releases
These models are diecast in metal for Herpa in China and are to 1:43 scale. They were sold initially in Porsche packaging as ‘exclusive models’ but are now available as standard Herpa issues.
071000 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 991 II – black
071017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 991 II – white
070973 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 991 II – achatgrey metallic
All three models are authentically shaped and lovingly finished. Visually, the differences are hardly noticeable between the Carrera and the Carrera S. But the individual derivatives of the cars can not only be distinguished by a single letter in the type designation but also by a number of small details which can be recognised when examined. A Porsche fan is able to tell exactly which engine is fitted by looking at the rim design or the shape of the exhaust system.
Whilst the Carrera Coupe comes standard with 370 hp, the “S” variant with 420 hp. Herpa model the detailed exhaust systems fitted to the two cars.
A look at Herpa’s recent releases in 1:87 scale
420297 Audi A6 saloon – brilliant black ( 430630 – carat beige metallic)
Shortly after the launch of the new Audi A6 Herpa launched the new car in saloon form in miniature. The all-new body is well captured and the beautifully replicated new rims make the model to a real piece of art.
The haulier Scheufler, from Wohratal in Hessia, is known for their attractively liveried vehicles. This DAF XF tractor too, was designed by Walter Rosner. The elaborately printed model was produced as one-time-edition.
746335 military – Mercedes-Benz 3000 tank truck “fighting group wing 1”
From 1944 to 1945, during the war and for a short time after, Daimler produced the Opel Blitz 3 ton truck under licence. Due to the shortages of steel at the end of war the driver’s cab was made from chipboard.
Herpa H-Edition Models
In Germany vehicles over 30 years old are issued with a registration plate with a ‘H’ on it. This indicates that it is an ‘historic vehicle’ and is taxed accordingly. Here Herpa make use of some older moulds to create some historic cars bearing ‘H’ plates.
028950 Volkswagen Passat saloon 1988
The saloon was designed by the Frenchman Patrick Le Quement. The striking feature when launched was the missing radiator grille. Today few cars survive as many have rusted away. The miniature is painted in ‘Mars red’ with a black interior.
028967 Opel Vectra A – saloon 1988
The car was designed by the same designer who created the legendary Opel GT, the Manta A and the Calibra: Erhard Schnell, who is now 91 years of age.
The model is in “snow white” with red interior.
More Classic Vehicles
093972 Opel Rekord E1 Panel van 1977-1982 “Shell”
Classic vehicles are often produced by Herpa. The Opel Rekord E1 was produced as a panel van with closed side windows based on the the estate, which was known as the ‘Caravan‘. It printed with Shell logos but the alloy wheels should have been replaced by steel wheels on this workhorse
093859 Volkswagen T6 Bus “German Red Cross, City of Stuttgart – Kältebus”
The German Red Cross in Stuttgart operates the current VW T6 bus as a “Winter Bus” to care for homeless people. The white vehicle is released in an authentic livery of luminous red and silver.
Herpa Cars Club Model
932585 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been chosen as the CarsClub model for 2018. It is moulded in glossy black and fitted with a chrome-plated radiator grille and spare wheel cover. It will be sent out only to members of the Herpa Cars Club. More info about the club can be founds at www.herpa.de.
Throughout all sports it’s fairly common to find family dynasties where generations from the same family play the same sport. In motorsports it’s the same. We may remember some well known racing dynasties, from short-lived ones like Hill, Villeneuve and Senna, to the longest ones like the Andretti, Piquet or Fittipaldi, just to name a few.
Here are some models from the Brazilian family Negrão: Alexandre Furnari Negrão (Xandi Negrão), Alexandre Sarnes Negrão (Xandinho Negrão or Alexandre Negrão Jr.) , Antônio Augusto Furnari Negrão (Guto Negrão) and André Negrão.
All models are in 1:43 scale. [Click photo for larger image.]
Audi TT-R – Mil Milhas de Interlagos 2004 – Xandi Negrão, Xandinho Negrão and Guto Negrão. Schuco.
Ferrari F 430 GT2 – Mil Milhas Brasileiras 2007 – Alexandre Negrão, Alexandre Negrão Jr and Andreas Mattheis – ProModelTek.
Aston Martin DBR9 – 24 Hours Le Mans 2008 – Xandinho Negrão with Peter Hardman and Nicki Leventis – IXO.
Aston Martin DBR9 – 24 Hours Le Mans 2008 – Xandinho Negrão with Peter Hardman and Nicki Leventis – Spark.
Alpine A-470 – 24 Hours Le Mans 2017 – André Negrão with N. Panciatici and P. Ragues – Spark.
And here are views of their other ends!
I hope you like them.
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The latest releases from Autocult should now be available. These are made in resin in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. This release has models from the following series: Engineers/Limited production vehicles; Streamliners; and Protoypes. As ever unusual subjects.
05023 Zunder Cupé – Argentina 1964
The Zunder was the brainchild of the brothers Nelson José and Eligio Oscar Bongiovanni, two entrepreneurs who in the early years of the 1960s build their own car factory in Río Cuarto with the backing of the state as Argentina was then a government controlled economy. Their best known product made was the Zunder 1500, already modelled by Autocult. This was a Porsche powered plastic car with unusual styling.
The Zunder 1500 was not a commercial success so the brothers developed a coupé based on the same underpinnings. The car is clearly inspired by the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and only two of the coupés were made before the funding ran out and the factory shut.
04018 Audi Berlin-Rome Streamline Coupé – Germany 1938
The idea of a long distance race using the new Autobahns and Autostradas was born in 1937 when imagined by Adolf Hühnlein leader of the National Socialist Automobile Corps and his Italian colleague Count Alberto Bonacossa who was a close associate of Benito Mussolini . The first race was scheduled to take place between the capitals Rome and Berlin in 1938.
German car makers took the race very seriously with the Porsche Typ 64 being perhaps the best known as this set the scene for the post war Porsche. TSM and Premium Classix have both modelled this car to 1:43 scale.
In the late 1930s Audi was a member of the Auto Union group alongside Horch, DKW, and Wanderer. Auto Union had concentrated increasingly on smaller cars by the end of the 1930s, so by 1938 very few Audis were made and DKW was the companies major seller. Against that background the top executives at Auto-Union felt compelled to compete in the Berlin to Rome long-distance race. It was clear that none of their standard production cars were fast enough to win this race and the board signed off a budget to develop some extra-fast cars which could compete in the race. The internal project name was “Stromlinien-Limousine” (Streamlined Saloon). Different versions of the car were to be made each carrying a different group brand name. Here we have the Audi based on the type 920 underpinnings wearing an aluminium bodywork designed by Paul Jaray for aerodynamic efficiency which was built by the bodymaker Hornig. Internal testing suggested that this car could reach 160 KPH which was 30 KPH more than a standard 920.
Auto-Union, and other makers, had their cars all readied for the competition, but the long distance race was first postponed from 1938 to 1939 and with the outbreak of war ultimately completely cancelled.
06022 Mercedes-Benz 1.2l Prototype – Germany 1948
After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz passenger car production commenced with the successful 170 V model, initially as an ambulance, police patrol car and delivery van. In July 1947, production of the Saloon variant also recommenced. At the same time a number of completely new vehicles were designed, some of which were unusual creations.
In 1948, a particularly small car, at least for a Mercedes-Benz, was designed. It was compact with an overall length of only 3.70 metres. It only had two doors, and inside a bench seat was fitted in the front to seat three people and a small seat was fitted in the rear for small passengers. It was to be powered by a four-cylinder OHC engine of 1.2 Litres created by shortening the 1.8-litre six-cylinder engine which was also in the project stage.
The Chief Engineer of Daimler-Benz Fritz Nallinger is quoted as saying in March 1949 ‘The design of a light, 2- to 2½ seater car (560 kg) decided on at that time has seen a great deal of progress in the meantime and is showing some promising results.’ However the vehicle, along with the two engines, remained stuck at the project stage. The prototype was to be influential as its styling introduced the Ponton styling which was to become a hallmark of 1950s Mercedes-Benz cars.
This line of models is distributed by Autocult. The latest Avenue 43 model is a special version of the Mustang the Ford Mustang Milano.
In 1970 Ford showcased the Milano Mustang concept car at the Chicago Auto Show. It was to show of design features which might make its way onto the next version of the Mustang. This ultra-violet coloured coupé was inspired by the pro-touring vehicles that drove around the northern Italian city. This new Mustang design featured just two seats and an almost horizontal fastback and according to Ford it was the most “radical” Mustang seen to date. The rear glass of this concept car was sloped at 67 degrees and sported an almost horizontal electronically-powered rear deck lid. Had Ford not badged the car as a Mustang many people might not have realised that this car derived directly from the 1970 Mustang SportsRoof.
One unique feature, never seen on a road car, was the colour-changing tail lamps that glowed green during acceleration, red when the brakes were applied, and then turned back to amber when coasting. The wheel design imitated wire wheels but were actually in aluminium and inspired many similar wheels on production cars.
Inside the purple theme continued with seats in purple leather with blue-violet cloth inserts and deep purple mohair carpeting. So ‘period’ now in the age of much blander interiors.
Whilst this exact car didn’t make it into production the design influenced not only the 1971 Mustang but also the Australian 1974 Falcon XB coupe, the car featured in the first two Mad Max movies.
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Heer is acloser look at some of the models released by Herpa during the second half of 2017. These are all moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.
745888 Main Soviet battle tank T34-85 “NVA”
The Soviet Second World War tank was used by the “National Peoples’ Army “ of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) during the first years after the country was founded by the Soviet government.
745796 Main Soviet battle tank T34/85 winter camouflage
The original that this model is based upon was used during the battle to lift the siege of the encircled City of Leningrad in 1944.
038805 Audi A5 Coupe “Black Edition” – tango-red metallic
308137 Mercedes-Benz box-drawbar “DEUTRANS”
The series of Deutrans miniature models continues with this twin axle box truck with a Mercedes-Benz tractor unit pulling a typical trailer of its time with dual tyres. VEB Deutrans was the main haulier of the former DDR. Drivers were officers of the Stasi (secret service) with special training. Their trucks were running observation stations.
307925 MAN TGX XXL artic. curtain canvas truck “Haulier Wandt”
This is a brand new Tractor unit on this articlated lorry liveried with an advertisement for the Technical University of Brunswick. This truck with a MAN TGX XXL cab is operated by the Brunswick based forwarder Wandt. This was released by Herpa to fit in with the launch of the real lorry.
746083 IFA G5 Dumper “NVA”
During the early years of the “National Peoples’ Army” of the DDR the G5 6×6 trucks were the most common vehicles. Here Herpa have made it as a dumper with a movable mechanism. , fully movable, the hydraulic. The hydraulic lift for the dumper is included in the box.
928304 Audi A5 Cabriolet “Cars Club Model 2017
The black moulded A5 Cabriolet is the 2017 model of the year made only for members of the Herpa Modelcar Collectors Club.
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Porsche Models to 1:43 scale
Three more Porsche cars to 1:43 scale are now available. These were officially launched in Spring 2016, but have only been available as Porsche promotional models till now.
071109 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
This version is in Indian red with a beige interior
071116 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
This version is in Carrara white metallic with a red interior
071062 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
Here painted a lustrous black paint with a beige interior.
The three Porsche miniatures are extremely accurate models with a high level of detailing and fault free paint finishes. A number of small parts are added and features like wheel rims and exhaust systems are accurate and finely modelled. The base plates are well detailed too.
Porsche set high standards for the models they sell as promotional items but still demand reasonable prices so Herpa has worked hard to produce these models to a high standard and competitive price.
Selection of recent 1:87 scale releases
093187 Audi A4 Avant “Police of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany”
The police in Rhineland-Palatinate don´t look only for criminals but also for new recruits. On this police car, the publicity material is incorporated in the livery with a pictures trying to persuade people to join the police. The model, has the four colour print on the rear wing as well as the eye-catching stripe decals in the rear.
Kinlochbervie is a small harbour village in the far North West of Scotland which is also the headquarters of the fisheries company featured on this model which have their own fleet of lorries. The cab features detailed printing as well as two headlight bars, one on the grill, and the other above the sun visor.
093224 Volkswagen Passat Variant “Zoll”
Customs in Germany still operates white vehicles with green area markings just like the Passat model from Herpa. The model features an authentic printed livery and a Hänsch DBS 4000 light bar.