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News from the Continent February 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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.


309189 (309196) Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace 2018

This tractor unit to pull articulated trailers has been released in white and red.


309202 (309219) Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace 2018

The tractor unit has been released in white and black to pull articulated trailers.


309226 (309233) Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.5 2018

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.


309745 (309752) Scania CG 17 6×6 articulated Tractor

The new tractor unit has been released in white and red.

Unimaginative Design or diktat of the wind tunnel ?

Placing the model trucks side by side, there is a strong and rather boring resemblance. In particular the cab units all look very similar with only the grilles showing any real difference.

The wind tunnel may be responsible for the body shape, but why do the design of the lower areas below the windscreen looks so similar? That is an unanswered question.


700689 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model (estate) “Bundeswehr”

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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London ToyFair 2019 Part Two

By Maz Woolley

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

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.

Red Arrows Van
RAF Station Commander
RAF Police Mini
Triumph Herald 13/60
Herald comes with hood up or hood down display options
Audi Quattro and Grampian Police Rover SD1
Don Hayter’s MGB V8 Roadster and a Morris MInor Convertible
Graham Hill Lotus Cortina with Ford Cortina Mark III in very period purple paint.
A pair of Ford Sierra Cosworths. Left the RS500 and on the right Sussex Police RS 4×4
3.0 Litre Cortina Mark IV on left and Ford Granada Mark II 2.8i Ghia
Escort Mark II Mexico

Other Corgi products were on display showing the range now available.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2019 style

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.


F-5E-2 Lightning 43-28619 ‘Rita/Ruth’, USAAF 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group, Eighth Air Force, Mount Farm Airfield, August 1944

Supermarine Spitfire XIV RM740, RAF No.322 (Dutch) Squadron, Deanland, August 1944

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB MN625/MR-B, RAF No.245 (Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, Homesley South Airfield, Hampshire, June 1944

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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News from the Continent January 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

November 2018 Releases
1:12 Scale

127500 Porsche 917K

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


127501 Porsche 917K

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


1:18 Scale

185300 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – blue


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


185301 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – Gendarmerie


183268 BMW M535i Saloon 1980 – gold metallic


183593 Mercedes-Benz S600 saoon 1997 – green metallic


183497 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2018 – black metallic


184833 Peugeot 404 saloon 1965 – Antique green


Scale 1:43

153051 Citroen Light 15 saloon 1949 – Dark blue and Cream


158218 Citroen GS 1220 Club 1973 – Tholonet beige metallic


154205 Citroen Xantia 1993 – Mauritius blue


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


511317 Renault Duster Oroch 2015 – white


517728 Renault Megane R.S. 2018 – Platinum silver


517732 Renault Scenic 2016 – Cassiopee grey and black


518399 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – silver


574055 Simca Vedette Marly 1957 – Pale yellow and black


840029 VW Touran 2015 – white


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


Norev Classics 1:43 scale

CL2711 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – adriatic green


CL2712 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – aquamarine


1:87 scale

517818 Alpine A310 1977 – Alpine blue


574116 Matra-Simca Bagheera 1975 – Sun yellow


451731 Panhard PL 17 saloon 1961 – Atlantide blue


518582 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery La Meuse with bottle crates


518583 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery Jean Renard with barrels


530262 IVECO Bus Crossway LE 2014 “Car du Rhone”


530263 IVECO Bus Urbanway 2014 “TCL”


December 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

183224 BMW M1 1980 – blue


181592 Citroen DS 21 Break 1970 – Bordeaux


183400 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955 – blue


183567 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE Cabriolet 1990 – Bornite metallic


185169 Renault Dauphine 1958 – Medicis black


1:43 Scale

517863 Alpine A110 2017 – white and blue test version


830074 Audi 200 Quattro 1989 – white


270321 Bentley Continental GT coupe 2018 – silver


270061 Jaguar E-Type Coupe 1964 – grey


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


351175 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – silver


475825 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Amazonite grey


475626 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Pearl white


517791 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Glacier white


517799 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – red


517963 Renault Symbioz Salon of Francoforte 2017


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


840096 Volkswagen Corrado G80 1990 – silver


517796 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs”


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

517794 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale”


517795 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale Intercommunale”


MINIJET Scale 1:64

310908 Peugeot 508 SW 2018 – white


310904 Renault Symbioz 2017 – copper


310905 Renault R.S. 2017 – black and gold


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News from the Continent December 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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.


308892 DAF XF SSC refrigerated artic. Box truck “Scheufler”

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.

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The Negrão Racing Dynasty

By Sergio Luis dos Santos

All text and photographs copyright of the Author.

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.]

  1. Audi TT-R – Mil Milhas de Interlagos 2004 – Xandi Negrão, Xandinho Negrão and Guto Negrão. Schuco.
  2. Ferrari F 430 GT2 – Mil Milhas Brasileiras 2007 – Alexandre Negrão, Alexandre Negrão Jr and Andreas Mattheis – ProModelTek.
  3. Aston Martin DBR9 – 24 Hours Le Mans 2008 – Xandinho Negrão with Peter Hardman and Nicki Leventis – IXO.
  4. Aston Martin DBR9 – 24 Hours Le Mans 2008 – Xandinho Negrão with Peter Hardman and Nicki Leventis – Spark.
  5. 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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Autocult and Avenue 43 August 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs by the manufacturer.

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.

Avenue 43

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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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

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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News from the Continent October/November 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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.

 

306614  Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 refrigerated articulated box truck “Kinlochbervie GB”

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.

 

307864  Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace Eurocombi “DB Schenker”

Deutsche Bahn – Schenker operates a new long truck. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace truck is loaded with a DB-Schenker swap container and pulls a five axle box trailer.


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More 1:18 scale Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

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Here are another couple of 1:18th scale promotional models, again from Kyosho and iScale.

The 2016 BMW M6 GT3 Sportstrophy by Kyosho (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 557) is the scale model of a racing car assembled from the basis of the M6 (F13) by BMW Motorsport, according to the FIA GT3 regulations. Usually I prefer touring car models, but its shape was so alluring that I was unable to resist buying it.

Since 2010 BMW GT3 customers had to be satisfied by the small Z4 GT3, but its short wheelbase and the limits of its six cylinder engine forced BMW to find a more suitable vehicle. Only the M6 had a V8 engine and being a large and heavy coupé needed extensive changes. A new transaxle allowed the gearbox to move to the rear for better weight distribution, likewise the driver’s seat moved backward, the outer skin of the steel body was made of carbon fibres, and the engine was modified to improve oil cooling and turbo charging was added.

Aerodynamics had to be adjusted to racing requirements and the total weight was reduced more than 600 kgs. Starting in January 2016 the M6 GT3 began competing around the world, with victories at Nurburgring and Francorchamps.

The Kyosho model has a metal diecast body with no opening parts. Lots of aerodynamics appendages are fitted and it carries the “official” livery of BMW Motorsport. As usual quality is very high, all the smallest details are present. The interior is very impressive: look at the roll cage, the racing seats and the steering wheel. The rear wing is another really impressive feature. A savage “small” racing car.


 

The 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder by iScale (Audi no. 501 16 185 51, in Suzuka grey) is the natural companion to the 2015 R8 V10 coupé. Introduced in 2006 the real R8, always an Audi Sport GmbH product, has already reached its second iteration. It is based on the same structures as the Lamborghini Huracan (the first generation was based on the Gallardo) with a newer Audi SpaceFrame, new interior, and re-designed exterior.

Besides the V10 (397 kW) and the V10 Plus (449 kW), a full-electric eTron version is now available (335 kW). The convertible version was presented at the 2016 New York Motor Show, at first only with the standard V10 engine.

Also available in red as no. 501 16 185 52, the iScale model is indeed a nice reproduction of the original. It is diecast in metal with doors and bonnet opening, but alas the rear engine cover stays shut.

The previous model of the 2010 R8 5.2 FSI V10 quattro spyder by Kyosho (Audi no. 501 09 185 25, in teak brown) had a rear engine lid that could be opened by a button on the chassis underside and there was a second button near to it to operate the rear spoiler! Anyway the new 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder is a worthwhile reproduction, ready to grace our collections.


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Replica Märklins spotted

By Robin Godwin, Hans-Georg Schmitt, and Maz Woolley

Others copyright to all images shown recognised.

Every now and again items show up on eBay that surprise us. So it is with these replica Märklin models spotted recently on eBay by Robin Godwin. He spotted two models on offer: a Ford Capri and an Opel Manta A as shown in the photographs below.

Märklin 18103-02 Ford Capri

This is claimed to be 1:43 and appears to be available in Grey and Sapphire Blue on eBay currently


Märklin 18103-01 Opel Manta A

This can be seen on eBay in yellow and red on eBay


The Märklin brand is now owned by Schuco-Dickie and Hans-Georg was aware of Schuco-Dickie’s plans to  issue a model of the obsolete Krupp forward control lorry with drawbar from the 8000 range, as shown below, using the original tools. However he has not heard of any plans to remake any cars.

After a bit more web searching it turned out that these replicas are not recent releases as we thought but were produced before Märklin were taken over by Schuco-Dickie. It appears that they were originally sold only in a “one-off” set of 12 models shown below from an old Märklin website image. The set comprised of four different castings each in three colours made using the original moulds and all packed in “period style” cardboard boxes to add to the nostalgic feel:

  • Audi 100 Coupe
  • BMW 2002
  • Ford Capri
  • Opel Manta A

So the models currently being sold on eBay are almost certainly from this set. Having found this out it was possible to find pictures of the Audi 100 and BMW 2002 from this series.

Märklin 18103-03 Audi 100 Coupe

The Audi shows that all the original working features like bonnet, doors and boot are all reproduced on these models.

Märklin 18103-04 BMW 2002

 

The BMW box shown above suggests that only four boxes were made, one for each casting, with each having the colour of the model within manually marked.


 

Hans-Georg has made a detailed comparison of the photographs of the Ford Capri against an original model from his collection and he confirms that the replica matches the original casting though the wheels, which are said to be plastic on the re-issues, are different.

So Schuco-Dickie are not issuing replicas of the Märklin models but there seem to be plenty being made available from the sets made some time ago. Since they seem to be so freely available on eBay it may be that some unsold stock has been found in storage recently. If you collect Märklin cars, or just one of the four cars in the series, now would seem to be a good time to get the replicas if you do not already have them.


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