Category Archives: Audi

When is a Kyosho not a Kyosho?

By Fabrizio Panico

 

I would like to correct my previous news about the Audi R8 V10 plus (see March 2016) http://www.maronline.org.uk/audi-promotional-118-scale-r8-v10-plus-coupe-2015.

When I bought the model there were no indications at all about the maker, only the usual Audi ones. A bit of enquiries led me to understand it was produced by Kyosho. My fault! It seems that it was produced by Kyosho Deutschland GmbH (european distributor of brands such as Kyosho, Hitec etc) not by the Kyosho Corporation, and it is an iScale model.

According to what you can read on the iScale web site (www.iscale.eu/en). “In the year 2012 a branch office in Aachen was established concentrating on diecast miniature models only, and the brand “iScale” was founded. Under this name countless miniature-models were developed and manufactured for the German car industry. As these models have been produced without indication of our brand or logo often and are distributed via the official sales-channels of the car industry only, many collectors may own “iScale” models without knowing”.

Now I must check many of my promo models to understand which kind of “Kyosho” they are !!


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News from the Continent – Cars to dream of

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Announcements of models first shown at Nuremberg are now being sent out as prototypes turn into finished models. Some of these are models of cars only seen at motor shows and others few will ever own but which everyone will see in magazines and on television.

Looksmart

These beautiful resin  models are made to 1:43 scale by an Italian company who specialise in models of the latest vehicles from a range of up market car makers. Here are pictures from the company of their latest models.

LSAUDITTSB Audi TT Sportback Concept Scale 1 43 b

The Audi TT Sportback Concept car was shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2014. It is a rather practical sports car with 4 doors and seats for 5 people. and a show car which looks likely to influence what Audi may produce in the future.

LSAUDITTSB Audi TT Sportback Concept Scale 1 43 c

The next model is of the Bugatti Chiron announced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. This car made by the Volkswagen group replaces the Veyron.

LS459I Brown Carbon Scale 1 43

The Chiron is capable of huge speeds and will only ever be owned by a few.

LS459E Red Carbon Glacier Scale 1 43 LS459A Le Patron Bugatti Light Blue Sport Scale 1 43

This model will be available in multiple paint finishes from the end of April.

MR Collection

This is another small Italian firm making high quality resin models and their Bugatti Chiron model in 1:18 scale is due for release in June. Some pictures from MR Collection below, again publicity shots for the real car rather than pictures of prototype models.

BUG06A Le Patron Bugatti Light Blue Sport Scale 1 18 BUG06B Nocturne Italian Red Scale 1 18 BUG06G Brown Carbon Silk Scale 1 18

Le Mans Miniatures

Celebrating 25 years in the business Le Mans Miniatures continue to develop figurines suitable for display with Le Mans cars.  Their latest was first shown at Nuremberg in 2014 and represents a running driver from the 1950s suitable for Le Mans or Sebring displays. It is 200mm high which makes it to about 1:9 scale. Publicity images supplied by the manufacturer are shown below.

LE Mans Miniatures 1950s driver

Le Mans Miniatures 1950s driver rear


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Audi Promotional 1:18 Scale – R8 V10 Plus Coupe 2015

By Fabrizio Panico

Here is a new promotional model of the 2015 R8 V10 Plus Coupe from Audi made to 1:18 scale for them by Kyosho. Opening doors and hatch are featured on this model. This is unlike resin promotionals being issued by many car manufacturers where there is a high level of detail but no play value!

 


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News from the Continent February 2016: Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are some of my photographs and comments on some Herpa releases of the  fourth quarter of  2015.
028561/038560  Audi A4 Limousine  brilliant black / argus brown metallic
Herpa Audi A4 Limousine (3)
This is the latest version of the A4 recently launched. This 1:87 scale miniature has now been released by Herpa. The model was developed with the co-operation of the Audi design department.
745314  IFA L 60 Pick up truck with canvas cover “NVA fire service”
IFA L 60 Pick up truck with canvas cover NVA fire service
The well used moulding of the IFA truck appears now in the typical finish of the DDR fire service.
091879  Mercedes-Benz Atego 2010 DLK L32A
Mercedes-Benz Atego 2010 DLK L32A (2)
This a turntable laddered fire a based upon the Mercedes-Benz Atego Chassis. It is liveried for fire brigade of Frankfurt/Main in white and daylight red. This model is highly detailed and is fully movable. A number of small accessories are included in the box.

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Ricko 1:87

By Maz Woolley

Ricko are a Hong Kong based model maker. They launched a range of 1:87 scale models in 2004 made in plastic. The range covered modern, classic and vintage vehicles as it developed but sales were not as high as expected and no new models have been announced for many years though existing models have remained in stock  at many suppliers. Some sellers have reduced the prices to clear unsold stocks in recent months.

Like Neo, which has ceased its premium priced 1:87 range in favour of a simplified and cheaper BoS range, Ricko set high quality standards in this scale. The initial prices were too high for the US 1:87 market which was flooded at the time Ricko launched with cheap diecast models from Model Power, Malibu and others. And of course the German market was already dominated by the existing 1:87 makers like Wiking, Herpa and Busch.

The author has previously described some Ricko 1:87 vehicles in the now defunct Model Auto Review magazine. This article focuses upon a few of the vintage models made by Ricko which the author had not previously covered.

Audi Alpensieger

August Horch, who founded the Audi car manufacturing company, won the Austria Alpine Rally with this car in June 1914. The car was dubbed ‘Alpensieger’ (Alpine Champion) after winning that rally in three consecutive years between 1912 and 1914. Later models were military versions as 1914 saw the start of the Great War.

The Audi Alpensieger was not a specialized racing car, but rather a sporty touring car. The mountain legs of the Alpine rallies called for a car with a powerful engine capable of handling rough terrain. A total of around 1,400 examples were built. An example of this vehicle can be seen on the web site of the Deutsches Museum.

The Ricko model shown has finely detailed features like the lovely headlights with inserted lenses. The brass effect finish is also very well modelled. The dashboard and footwell are moulded in some detail but are not picked out. The “wire” wheels are incredibly fine and show what can be achieved in this scale.

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Like the Audi pictured above the Silver Ghost appeared before the Great War and later examples were used as military vehicles. In 1906 Rolls-Royce exhibited two examples of a new car designated the 40/50 hp. The 40/50 hp was so new that the show cars were not fully finished. The first finished examples were not provided to the press for testing until March 1907.

The car was continuously developed and famously completed many reliability trials helping to make Rolls Royce’s name as quality manufacturers.

The Ricko model is delightful. with a superb spirit of ecstasy mascot and fine radiator and lights. Inside the dashboard is wood effect with instruments showing. Like the Audi very good wire wheels are included. A nice touch is the two occasional seats in the upright position in the rear. Fine rear lights and even an exhaust embellisher are featured.

Lincoln Model K

This car dates from 1931 when the Model K appeared with a new chassis with a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Factory bodies included a two or four door phaeton. The 6.3 Litre  engine was a derivative of the earlier L-series V8 which had been developed to produce 120 HP. The car was also bodied by contemporary coach builders and competed with the Chrysler Imperial, Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Mercedes-Benz 770, Duesenberg Model J, Packard Eight, and the Cadillac Series 355. 

This is another fine model with period correct white walls and lovely fine wheels. The radiator and mascot are very fine indeed as are the lights front and back both with separate lenses. Small details abound like the chrome grab rail in the rear and the nicely modelled folded hood. The dashboard again has some neat details and the winders and door furniture have also been picked out.

Maybach Typ SW35

Maybach became part of Daimler Benz in 1960 and since then has only featured rarely in the Daimler Benz line up. Most recently as arrange of very luxurious long wheelbase vehicles sold and leased in small numbers. Maybach was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and made high quality products and was closely associated with the Zeppelin company too.

The SW35 was built in the lead up to the Second World War being produced from 1935 to 1938 and started with a 3.5 Litre engine. It was smaller than the Maybach Zeppelin but still a car for the rich and powerful.

The Ricko model appears to be identical to a car displayed at Sinsheim Museum in pictures from 2000. Again this is a very fine model with the steel wheels and hubcaps captured perfectly. At the rear the fine rear lights on slender stalks are modelled so finely they are at real risk of being broken when handling the model. On the dashboard instruments are picked out with chrome printing. The front lights and radiator are again very detailed and the mascot is well reproduced as a tiny fine etching.


There are other vintage vehicles available in this series from a tiny BMW Dixi to an inter-war Wanderer and Mercedes Benz.


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News from the Continent 12/2015: Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here is the news about a selection of Herpa releases in the final quarter of  2015.

1:43 scale

Two more 1:43 scale models have been released. The models are diecast to a high standard of finish and packed in a show case with a clear plastic cover.
070904  BMW X4 black
070911  BMW X4 mineral white metallic
The new BMW X4 comes again as a “crossover” a mixture of a saloon, a coupe and a SUV. Fitted with a  4×4 drive system, four doors and a design similar to the BMW X6. The rear body design is more pleasing on the X4 I think.
The body shape is well replicated. A brown interior is visible through the neatly glazed windows and sunroof. Lots of detailed parts are added and the wheels are nicely made with calipers clearly visible through castings. The model is rounded off with a detailed base plate.
The bonnet and tailgate open and a detailed engine is visible.
070942  Volkswagen Touareg – black
070950  Volkswagen Touareg – Sand gold metallic
This is the latest re-working of Volkswagen’s big SUV and it has been excellently modelled by Herpa.
The contours are true to the original with the gaps between doors, lids, and filler flaps finely engraved. The paint coat is finely applied and fault free. Many small parts are used to add additional detail. The interior is also an authentic replica even the cupholders in the centre console have not been forgotten. Again the wheels are good showing the brakes mounted behind clearly. Finally the baseplate is well detailed with the rear exhaust a separate component for greater realism.

1:87 Scale

745154  GTK Boxer transport vehicle – decorated
The latest armoured military transporter. Developed to meet the needs of the German Bundeswehr today. The miniature is authentically shaped and fitted with a cannon for self-defence. It is  painted in camouflage tan and green.
745161 GTK Boxer Ambulance vehicle – decorated
An Ambulance developed from the military transport vehicle described above.
The military vehicles are released in newly designed boxes for showing the new “Herpa Military” model range. New moulds are quickly joining re-workings of the former ROCO models to build this new series.
305020  Roman Diesel articulated concrete mixer
In the former Soviet states the Roman Diesel was a design licensed from the West German manufacturer MAN. It was common in the GDR. Here it is released as a detailed model of an articulated concrete mixer.
305136  Volvo FH Gl bulk drawbar “Wandt”
The forwarder Wandt operates the new Volvo. It can be seen in the customers livery as well as that of this Brunswick based company.
092142  Wartburg 353 1985 Volkspolizei
The Wartburg saloon is issued again. Now in the 1985 version as a patrol car of the former DDR Volkspolitzei. The body is moulded in white and the lower area of the body is printed in authentic brown-green. The roof carries two blue warning lights and a loudspeaker.
305273  Scania Bonnet tractor with articulated bulk-container
The Dutch company Boere, located near Rotterdam, runs this articulated container transporter using a Scania bonneted tractor unit.
028493 / 038492  Volkswagen Touran pure white/pacific blue metallic
After the Golf and Polo, now the Touran has been updated to adopt  the current design line of the Volkswagen Group. A lot of detail is printed including fine roof racks and even the trim underneath the bumper is embossed.
028561 Audi A4 saloon – brilliant black / 038560  Audi A4 saloon – argus brown metallic
Only just released this model was developed in co-operation with Audi Design and Construction department so it could be released at the same time as the real car. A nice model with nice paint and small parts to detail it.
027694  Audi A4 saloon with camouflage pattern
The new Audi A4 in the decoration applied to the development mules for the the final road tests.
027717  Audi R8 V10 Plus
Here the body painted in matt black with contrasting chromed wheel rims.
028523  Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe indian red
038522  Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe sapphire blue metallic
The Porsche Coupe is well modelled and finished. Featuring fault free printing and a realistic interior.
920421  Audi Q7 “Herpa Cars Club Model 2015”
Members of the Herpa Cars Club get given a special model each year. This year it is a Audi Q7 moulded in deep glossy black. More about Herpa modelcar collectors club can be found at www.herpa.de

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