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Final Matrix Models of 2018

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has recently announced some new models to be issued in December. These are all 1:43 scale resin cast models made in China for the Netherlands.


MX20301-212 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine Black 1970

This is the second version made from this mould. This time it appears in black. A colour often to be seen for formal cars.


MX20303-022 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton LeBaron gold 1941

This is the second version of this car, originally released in cream. Here it has been made with a gold paint finish. 


MX40307-012 Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan creme closed 1931

The Cord Phaeton has already been seen in the range with its hood down. Here we have the hood and rear windows erected.


MX41302-142 Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourer Mayfair #123689 red closed 1934
 
Another model where the basic casting has already been released in a hood down form. Here the second version in the same red colour but with the hood up.


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1966 Cadillac Variations

By John F. Quilter

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

The Mexican partworks series offers a gold 1966 Cadillac Coupe De Ville which is, I believe, an Ixo production. This diecast is quite well shaped, of correct 1:43 scale and accurate in most details although most of these would have had white wall tires, at least when new. Since the partworks series cannot be subscribed to by USA residents I was able to find some enterprising vendors on eBay who were selling these and some others in the series. So I got three, one to leave stock, one to convert into a Sedan De Ville (which is actually a pillarless four door hardtop) and one to convert into a top of the line Eldorado convertible.

 

The sedan conversion was relatively easy as the roof length is the same on the coupe as the sedan but I still needed to break it down, strip off the gold paint and scribe in the four door configurations. Then it was just picking a colour for the exterior and interior and using my technique of making thin white walls using flattened thin gauge wire painted white. All these models benefit from a black wash to the egg crate grill.

 

The second conversion was the convertible and I chose to do the top of the line Eldorado which has its own side chrome trim and some badge differences. A jeweller’s saw is used to cut the roof off the coupe and a piece of sheet lead is used to form the convertible top boot. The side moulding is a piece of silver coloured wire laid on with some glue then painted with the model to ensure good attachment and finally scraped back to the chrome colour.

A coat of Testors Model Master gloss clear enamel adds the final touch of high gloss to the Krylon Fusion red base colour picked from Google images of period Cadillac colours for the Eldorado.

 


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News from the Continent July/August 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Busch Group produce models under three different brands: Busch; ESPEWE, and Mehlhose.  Busch models are of vehicles from Europe and America including some vehicles from the former DDR. ESPEWE covers subjects from the former DDR often using moulds from former East German producers, and Mehlhose agriculture/rural industry related subjects. All the models shown in this article are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

July Releases

Busch

 

40152 American Motorcycle – blue metallic

Note that the term American Motorcycle is used to avoid the need to licence a specific brand.

 

40153 American Motorcycle – red metallic

 

40157 American Motorcycle – grey metallic

 

42840 Tractor Fortschritt (Progress) with iron wheels to compress the silage.

 

49704 Mercedes-Benz R-Class “Fire brigade”

 

51021 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 “Military version”
51900 Land Rover Discovery red (new mould)
51901 Land Rover Discovery green  (new mould)
51902 Land Rover Discovery white (new mould)
51910 Land Rover Discovery “Fire brigade” (new mould)

 

51911 Land Rover Discovery “German Police”  (new mould)
59953 Long timber trailer
ESPEWE Automodelle

Before DeAgostini stopped Atlas Editions launching any new series a venture had been planned with Busch Group to produce a special Series of ESPEWE models liveried as they would have been when in use in the former DDR. This series was cancelled by DeAgostini but Busch now intend to regularly release the models that would have appeared in that series.

95170 IFA W50L Fire engine LF16-TS8 GW-hazardous freight
95235 IFA W50LA Fire engine TLF-16 tank with low-pressure tyres

Mehlhose Modelcars

 

009504 Multicar trailer

August Releases

Busch

41407 Mercdes-Benz 170V “Taxi”

 

48014 Citroen DS 19 “Taxi”

 

51126 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Taxi”

 

41441 Mercedes-Benz 170V Duotone

 

43459 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Ambulance”

 

43467 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Hearse”

 

43667 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model Elegance “Fire brigade”
43818 Mercedes-Benz MK94 1424 fire engine
46718 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – brown
46732 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – light blue

 

50924 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430 – dual use tractor (roads and rail road tracks)

 

51123 Mercedes-Benz Vito “German Federal Police”
51247 Barkas box van V 901/2 EMW Service (Eisenach Motor Works)

 

51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Simson bicycle works Suhl
51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Car manufacturer  Horch, Zwickau – The original in 1955 was not decorated with the Horch emblemfor political reasons.
51416 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “German Border protection – today German Federal Police”

 

51507 IFA G5 1956 “aircraft manufacurer Dresden”
51551 IFA G5 1960 drinking water transporter
52000 Framo V901/2 box van – green/beige
52001 Framo V901/2 box van – blue/white
52002 Framo V901/2 box van – red/beige
ESPEWE Automodelle
95026 HW 80.11 agricultural trailer
95534 IFA L60 ETK box truck “Tractor service”
95535 IFA L60 ETK box truck “German Post”

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Catching up on Autocult and others

By Maz Woolley

All text copyright of the Author and photographs provided by Autocult.

It is some time since we last looked at Autocult whose releases have continued through the year. Here we look at some of the curious vehicles from releases 6 and 7. All the models shown are resin cast to 1:43 scale in China for Germany.

#04017 Arzens La Baleine

Paul Arzens (1903–1990) was a Paris born French industrial designer of railway locomotives and motor cars. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and was able to live reasonably well on the sales of his paintings. This gave him time to pursue an interest in engineering and design.

In 1935 Arzens became involved in the production of cars. He designed and constructed a six-speed automatic transmission which he installed in an old Chrysler and proved to work. Robert Peugeot tried the car and was impressed, although hopes that the system might be adopted for the Peugeot 402 came to nothing, possibly because Peugeot had recently signed a deal with Cotal involving their pre-selector transmission.

Two years later Arzens came up with an eye-catching and streamlined two seater cabriolet prototype built on the chassis of an old Buick. The car was christened “La Baleine” (the whale). With its integrated headlights, panoramic curved windscreen (of ‘plexiglas’) and ‘ponton’ format styling the design anticipated sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The car subsequently joined the Bugattis of the Schlumpf Collection at what has become the National Motor Museum in Mulhouse.

#05021 Fiat 2100 Berlina Speciale

The Fiat 1800 and 2100 were six-cylinder saloons produced by Fiat between 1959 and 1968. Both six-cylinder models appeared in 1959 and in 1963, a four-cylinder 1500 cc version was added to the range. The 1800/2100 were designed in-house by Dante Giacosa famous for designing the Cisitalia as well as many cars produced during his time as Lead Engineer for Fiat.

The 2100 was Fiat’s flagship car much used by officials and industrialists. It introduced the crisp three box formula that was to serve Fiat well when used for the smaller Fiat 1500 and then 124/125 and 128 saloons. The 2100 had a 2054 cc six-cylinder engine and a simple but stylish interior with the instruments clustered on the then fashionable single panel in front of the steering wheel with a ribbon speedometer. In autumn 1959, the 2100 Speciale, as modelled here by Autocult, was introduced. It had a lengthened wheelbase and different front grille. The Speciale was used by diplomats and officials. The 2100 was discontinued in Italy during 1961, when the Fiat 2300 became available.

 

#06027 Monteverdi Palm Beach

The Monteverdi Palm Beach was a concept car built by Swiss manufacturer Monteverdi in 1975. It was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1975.  The car never went into production and remained a one-off.  It was built on a shortened Monteverdi High Speed 375C chassis and was painted copper with an interior made of cream-coloured leather. The purchase price of the Palm Beach was given as 124,000 Swiss francs.

The outside of the Palm Beach was influenced by the Montiverdi Berlinetta coupe particularly its low front end with the striking narrow radiator grille and the square twin headlamps. To the rear the tail lights were from a Triumph TR6 were used. Underneath the Palm Beach used the 375C chassis and drive train as well as the conventional 7.2 litre Chrysler V8 .

 

#07010 Moskvich G2

Every now and then the Soviet Union allowed its designers to develop something which was ‘fun’ rather than solely utilitarian. Though often, as here, the underpinnings were fairly basic. The Moskvitch G2 was a sports car derived from the earlier Moskvitch G1. Instead of an open wheel car it was now fitted with an aerodynamic body (spider or hard-top) and was capable of a top speed of 139 mph. This was a very credible speed given that the mid-mounted 70 hp 1,074 cc inline 4-cylinder flathead engine was derived from an engine developed for the pre-war Opel Kadett.

The G2 broke several speed records in the USSR in 1956. In 1959, the engine was replaced with a unit based on the engine from the Moskvitch 407 and a rollbar was installed above the driver’s seat. The G2 was decommissioned in late 1963.

#09006 Mercedes-Benz G bimobil Husky 235

The bimobile is a German demountable camper system similar to those commonly fitted to US pickups though in this case it is designed to directly attach to the host vehicles chassis.  Obviously the key sales point is that you may use the host vehicle for other uses when not going camping and you may replace the host vehicle and fit it to the new one in turn. You may even by a small crane to help you take the unit off the chassis and to re-attach it. The unit is fitted with jacks so can even be lived in when it is not mounted on the chassis.

The bimobil started with a unit fitted to a Peugeot 504 but has been fitted to a wide range of chassis since including the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen as modelled by Autocult which gave it a real ‘go anywhere’ capability.

#10003 Opel Blitz Ludewig Aero

Germany in the 1930s was the home to a wide range of new vehicles and a strong trend towards aerodynamic solutions inspired by the new Autobahn network.  The small bodybuilders Ludewig Brothers of Essen bagan a fruitful collaboration with Opel from the early 1930s.  After the launch of the Opel Blitz three ton truck the Ludewig Brothers workshop developed some prototype bodies for this vehicle, one of them was a bus with a new body of streamlined and rounded form.

The style of the radiator grille was unusual – the Ludewig studio designers deviated from the traditional Opel shape, as generally seen on trucks and other buses, and created a new, rounded form for the front of the body. The engine cowling was rather elegantly combined with the rounded-off wings over the front wheels. To the rear of the body there was an aerodynamic crest reminiscent of the fin of a huge fish.  Two interior styles were seen: in the first the passenger seats were arranged at an angle of 45 degrees to the windows for the optimum view; and in the second the passengers sat on sofa-like chairs.

This bus was coachbuilt by the Ludewig Brothers in very small numbers to order because a mass produced version would have cost more than the market would pay. About seven or eight are known to have been built and many were used to ferry foreign visitors to the 1936 Olympics around as part of the Nazi propaganda effort. They were briefly in service with OBI, an Essen based tour operator after the Olympics. The fate of these vehicles was to be commandeered for use as military transport at the onset of the Second World War.

 

 

Avenue 43

 

Autocult act as distributors for this range of vehicles.

 

#60012 Dodge Charger III

This was a concept car widely shown in the late 1960s but never turned into a road going car. Indeed the shape seems to owe much to the Chevrolet Corvette. The prototype was created for the US national auto show circuit in 1968 and was designed by the staff at Chrysler’s advanced styling studios. The construction of the show car was sub-contracted to the Detroit based fabrication team of Vince Gardner and Paul Shedlik. An automotive prodigy, Gardner was barely out of his teens when he helped Gordon Buehrig craft the original clay model for the Cord 810, while his own designs included the Ford Vega sports car and the Studebaker Gardner Special. The Charger III was one of many projects Gardner and Shedlik tackled for the bigger car makers. The two-man team personally crafted the fibreglass body shell for the Chrysler show car, which was 74 inches wide, only 42 inches tall, and had a 100-inch wheelbase.

The prototype had no engine or drivetrain installed. However, the automaker’s press materials suggested that a Dodge 426 Street Hemi could be installed under the low-profile hood. As there was no engine fitted the power required to operate the Charger III’s numerous display functions, including the clamshell-style cockpit canopy, was actually provided by a 120-volt electrical cable. Photos indicate that the Charger III had at least two different paint finishes: the gold featured at the Chicago Auto Show, and the brilliant Candy Apple Red as shown on the Avenue 43 model.

Like so many show cars it is thought the original was broken up at some point though some more fibreglass bodies found their way into the world of drag racing so the shape lived on.

#60013 Porsche 645 Spyder “Mickymaus”

Developed from the 550 A and 1500 RS Porsche this 1956 prototype nicknamed “Mickey Mouse” had a wheelbase of 2,000 mm and a reduced track width. This change allowed a smaller front profile and higher top speed. The central tail section was raised to house a cooling fan as well as housing two rear facing openings for the air intakes for carburettor and cooling system. The vehicle was powered by an air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine with four camshafts (two on each side), which were powered by vertical shafts. It had dual ignition with two separate ignition manifolds, two ignition coils and two twin choke Weber 40 DCM carbs.

At a race on the AVUS course on September 16, 1956, Richard von Frankenberg had an accident with the Mickey Mouse. The car crashed over the north curve’s steep slope into the paddock, about fifteen feet below, and burned; Frankenberg, who had been thrown out, remained almost unhurt. The 645 project ceased and work was devoted to the Porsche 718 1500 RSK Spyder which appeared in the middle of 1957.

Matrix new Announcement

This Matrix model is resin cast in China for the Netherlands to 1:43 scale.

MX20301-183 Cadillac Superior Funeral car 1970

Matrix has just announced a ‘surprise model’ which had not been previously announced but which will ship soon. This Cadillac Funeral Car looks to be a nice model of a classic Cadillac.


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Hot Wheels Cadillac Elmiraj

By Maz Woolley

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

The Cadillac Elmiraj  is a concept car from General Motors. They say that the Elmiraj Concept “re-imagines 2-door design for the next generation of luxury drivers”.  And that it is “Driving forward with a beautiful look back. The stunning Elmiraj exterior is based on the classic El Dorado design” and GM say that “An elongated wheelbase, clean body lines, and wide swinging doors emphasise luxury and elevate status.  It was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and It continues the development begun by the Cadillac Ciel concept car. It was named for the El Mirage dry lake bed that was used for high speed runs.

The car is a two door, four seat US full-size luxury coupe. It is powered by a 4.5 litre twin turbocharged V8 driving the rear wheels and delivering an estimated 500 hp. It features a pillar less hardtop , a body style abandoned by U.S. car makers since the late 1970s.  It is obviously an attempt to show that GM can complete with cars like the Audi A8BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Though to the Author it looks like an overgrown Lexus.

The model is diecast in Malaysia for Mattel and features in their Hot Wheels Factory Fresh range. It also appears in blue and red in HW City and Black in HW Exotic ranges as well as on blister cards with no range stated. All appear to be made to a similar standard which is to quite a high level of finish compared to some other Hot Wheels.

The front end has had a fair amount of detail with blackened grill, Cadillac symbol and chrome work round grille and along bonnet printed silver as well as the front lights.

The front and rear windows have the edges picked out in black and the side windows are left open to emphasise the fact it is an open coupe.

However that is pretty much the end of the detailing applied by Mattel and rear lights, window surrounds and rear Cadillac symbol are all just left unpainted. However, I could not resist the temptation to add silver and red to the rear lights, and silver paint for the rear crest, as well as painting the side window surrounds. NB the somewhat messy appearance was because I handled the car and spread the clear red lacquer whilst photographing it – the paintwork has been tidied up since!

Though the wheels are very much plastic “Hot Wheels” the general shape actually apes the huge alloys on the concept car well.

The interior of the car is a creamy brown moulding with a little detail which doesn’t attempt to capture the complex seat shapes but does try to echo in a basic form the cars dashboard.

As far as I can determine this is the only model of this car whose design cues clearly influenced the development of the smaller Cadillac ATS  Coupe even if that is not a pillar less hardtop. And it is great that as a pocket money toy I don’t have to worry about detailing the model  as it cost little in the first place.

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News from the Continent March 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

CLASSIC

 

450178200 Micro Jet “Super Sabre F100” assembling box

Piccolo

450143300 Cadillac ´54 “Happy Birthday 2018”

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

 

Edition 1:87

 

452627800 Porsche 356 Cabriolet – blue

452631500 Volkswagen T1c Pickup with canvas cover – blue

Military 1:87

452636800 Bell UH HD helicopter “Heer(army)”

 

Edition 1:64

 

452015400 Volkswagen T1 Bus “Police”

452015500 Volkswagen T1 box van “VW Service”

452015600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – dark red

452016100 Volkswagen T1 box van “Fire brigade”

452016200 Volkswgen T1 Bus “#53 Rally”

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

 

Edition 1:43

 

450256800 Volkswagen Split Window Beetle 1953 with roof rack

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

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

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

Edition PRO.R43

 

450887800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – red

450887900 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – grey

450891900 Porsche 911 Coupe – green

Edition PRO.R43

 

450895300 Porsche Master tractor – red

450902800 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor

450902700 Hürlimann DH6 tractor – red

Edition 1:32

 

450772200 John Deere 7710 tractor

450781000 IHC 1255XL tractor – red

450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 6W – green

450780300 Hanomag Robust tractor with fairground trailer


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From Part Work to Unique Model – 1966 Cadillac Four Door Hardtop De Ville.

By John Quilter

All Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

By 1965 Cadillac styling had become more subdued in comparison to the wild chrome laden, tail-finned cars of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Perhaps the tail fin had run its course as a styling gimmick. Or perhaps the popularity of the conservatively styled Lincoln Continental sedans and four door convertibles launched in 1961 was the beginning of a new trend. While American luxury cars were still huge by any international standards they were, by the mid 1960s at least not so over styled.

Cadillac’s 1965 cars wore all new styling and this body shell carried over to 1966 with only minor rear tail lamp, front grill and other trim changes. These were the most conservatively styled Cadillacs in well over a decade. Still massive with a 224 inch length and 129.5 inch wheelbase for the base de Ville series, they were powered by a 429 CID (7 liter) V8 driving through a relatively new three speed Turbo Hydromatic 400 automatic gearbox.

A part works series from Mexico has featured a diecast version of the 1966 Coupe de Ville in a gold colour. Nicely done in an accurate 1:43 scale, the only nitpick is that it has blackwall tires which would have been decidedly unlikely on a new car at the time.

Some of these partworks series are leaking out via sellers on eBay and this Mexican subscription series includes a large number of interesting cars, American, Japanese, French, German and others.

The count of the planned models stands at 61 as of this writing. Details can be found at:

http://coleccionescheveres.blogspot.com/2016/05/coleccion-grandes-autos-memorables-143.html

Authors side note: this website even has a feature that shows where those that have visited the site are located. Quite interesting and shows there is a fair amount of interest in these cars from outside Mexico.

The Cadillac is one that I acquired in duplicate with the intention of plying my modification skills once again. This time it was a conversion from a Coupe de Ville to a four door Hardtop De Ville. Unlike some car companies, Cadillac assisted me in this effort by having a standard length top and a uniform “Dutchman” panel between the trunk and the rear window. Therefore the conversion only required a removal of the base plate, all chrome pieces, glazing, and a paint striping. Another bonus was the windscreen and rear back light were the same from coupe to sedan.

The real work was on the side where I had to score in new door shut lines using Google images as a guide. The side windows were created with clear plastic (clam shell clear plastic food containers provide a good source of this material) with a chrome chart tape divider between the front and rear side windows. I chose a representative green colour from the available colours for the 1966 model year. Again easily researched on Google but I also have copies of the original factory sales brochures as guides.

The grills on both were improved with a black wash and both got thin whitewall tires using a new method I have perfected. This is done by forming four rings of the correct diameter using an appropriate gauge wire. Once all are formed and checked for uniformity I spray them white and when dry simply glue them to the tire. While not absolutely flat they still are a fair representation of this era of whitewall.

I’ve also been working with new paints to approximate the factory colours since I like to keep to originality and have had good success with them and a “Testors Model Master” clear coat on top to provide almost production model gloss. A flat black vinyl top could have been done as these were optional on the cars in 1966 but I chose a single colour green for roof and body. The diecast has a small tampo printed ridge for the full length side moulding but I accentuated this with a 1/64″ wide piece of chrome graphic art tape made by Letraset.


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Oxford Diecast 1:87 Scale Yank Tanks

By Maz Woolley

All photographs taken by, and copyright of the Author.

Regular readers may remember my criticisms of the last release of 1:87 scale American subjects by Oxford Diecast. It wasn’t that they were bad models it was just that some details were not finished correctly and the models could have been much better. If you wish to refresh your memory of the shortcomings click here.

This time round I am happy to say that the latest release of new castings are impressive and very good value for money here in the UK. There are a few minor details that could be better but overall these are as close to excellent as I would expect for the price point. All the models in this release are licensed by General Motors.

87CI61001 Chevrolet Impala 1961 Convertible.

The third generation of the Chevrolet Impala was considerably less flamboyant than the previous generations. US cars were going through a period of transformation as the fins retreated and squarer body styling gradually asserted itself.

The 1961 Impala was based upon the GM B platform and could be bought with a 3.8 Litre Straight six or a range of V8s from 4.6 Litres to 6.7 Litres.

The Oxford model is excellent with really fine printing of badging and number plates. The wheels capture the real ones excellently with the correct narrower whitewalls and the elaborate wheel covers. Inside the chromed dashboard has been moulded and picked out.

The rear lights have been cast in well and are neatly picked out. In the photographs you can see that even the button to open the boot has been printed on.

All these models have the chassis moulded in some detail for their size.

The windscreen is a single part plastic moulding and it may be possible that Oxford intend to model the very rare two door saloon or a coupe as it would just need a different plastic top and interior tub.

87CSD61001 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 1961

This is based on the second generation of the DeVilleCadillac restyled and re-engineered the model for 1961. Gone was the wrap around windscreen and the fins were had shrunk. Even the suspension was no longer by air. All Cadillac DeVille’s had lots of accessories fitted as standard with power brakes, steering, automatic transmission all coming with every car.

The roof of this car is again moulded in plastic allowing for much thinner chrome printing than is usually seen on small Oxford Models.  And of course it allows for flush windows which look the part. Again fine badges and chrome tampo printing is visible especially when magnified. The small chrome strip with a slight rise to the front on each front wing is modelled and printed. The grille is black washed as was the Chevrolet’s which certainly highlights the fine mouldings.

Wheels are neatly represented with a correct thin white wall and the elaborate wheel covers too. The rear of the vehicle is nicely modelled though the centre section is a bit less crisp than it could be and the printed chrome may extend too high as well. The fins lack the chrome on their end section and on one side mine has a minor casting fault on the inner part of the fin. Not perfect but at this scale it is not immediately obvious either.

87PB59001 Pontiac Bonneville  Coupe 1959

This was third generation of the Bonneville which was Pontiac‘s costliest and most luxurious model throughout the 1960s. The distinctive front end was based on a 1930s design feature and stayed in use throughout the 1960s.

The Bonneville differed from the models lower down in the range like the Catalina and Star Chief counterparts. It had luxurious interior trim with upgraded cloth and vinyl, as well as walnut veneer trim on instrument and door panels.   Hydra-Matic gearboxes were standard on the 1961 car but power steering and brakes, and air conditioning were all additional cost options. The Bonneville also had more powerful standard V8 engines than other full-sized Pontiacs including the 6.4 litre and 6.6 litre V8s with four-barrel carburetors.

The Oxford model is lovely. The plastic roof with its excellent tampo printing gives he huge windows a really excellent finish.  Looking in detail a lot of tiny badging can be seen on the rear wing and at the rear of the front wing. Chrome side features are delicately printed too especially notable are the four chrome features on the rear wing. The front wing top chrome with its spear like front edge is also well modelled.

At the rear the delicate modelling of the rear lights and panel are a tribute to the modeller who made the master. And impressively even the boot release button has been printed on the rear panel.

At the front the Pontiac “nose” is beautifully modelled though it would have been nice if Oxford had managed to model the grille or even just print it on. But again this is not a major issue.

As the roof is plastic it is possible that we will see this car as a convertible at a later date .

87OR50001 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Coupe 1950

The Rocket 88 was featured in a record by Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner in 1951 which was one of the first Rock and Roll records. The Oldsmobile 88 was one of the cars that set the style in the early 1950s and was noted for its track performances making it a fashionable car for a type of motorist who would not have bought Oldsmobiles before. Indeed some suggest that with a small and relatively light body and big powerful V8 it was the first “muscle car“. The 1950 model featured a single piece screen for the first time and a Hydra-Matic automatic came as standard unless it was deleted when ordering. The 88 famously won the 1950 Carrera Panamerica.

The Oxford model is all metal. The glass fitting was so flush I couldn’t believe that the roof was not plastic and I took the model apart to check. The car is fitted with plastic windows that push into the window openings to flush fit, a technique I wish they would introduce for all their new 1:76 models.  The front grille again gets a black wash

The tampo printing is excellent with tiny badging and lettering evident when looking at enlarged pictures.  It is a shame that the moulded in bonnet mascot has not been printed too. The wheels and tyres are good with the wider early 50s style white walls and neat chromed wheels finishers and hub caps.

At the rear the Oldsmobile badge and lettering, Rocket 88 symbol , and printed chrome are all well done with simple but effective painted on rear lights. The painted cream roof seems to have rather thick paint which fills the fine shut lines round the upper parts of the doors though later colours for the model may not have the same issue.


So Oxford continues to delight me with some releases and frustrate me with others. These four new 1:87 scale models may have some flaws but they are well made and finished like the recent 1:76 scale Rolls Royces and I am sure that they will be popular items.


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Neo and BoS September/October 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, ModelCarWorld.

Market Positioning

Over the last year we have seen prices steadily rising from many suppliers. ModelCarWorld who own Neo, MCG, BoS and other ranges appear to be trying to contain their price rises in the same way that Oxford Diecast are. For example Neo models are now about 25% cheaper than Matrix models and MCG 1:18 scale models are about the same price as a 1:43 MaxiChamp. In contrast their BoS 1:87 scale models have crept up in price and now look rather expensive though their only competition is German made and is quite expensive too.

Many of the models shown are re-colours of previously released castings.

1:18 Scale

ModelCarWorld have models made for them in China to 1:18 scale. BoS models are resin cast and Model Car Group are diecast. Neither range has opening parts.

BoS-Models.

 

213751 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Black 1949

 

213725 Triumph TR 7 DHC, Metallic Beige, RHD 1976

 

215128 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, Black 1967

 

214628 Jaguar XJ 4.2C, Yellow/Black, RHD 1974

 

214633 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano, Red 1960

 

Model Car Group (MCG)

 

220257 Barkas B 1000 Halbbus, Volkspolizei 1970

 

209979 Tatra 87, Silver and Dark Red 1937

 

220256 Wolga M24-10, Red 1985

1:43 Scale

Neo

All these models are moulded in resin in China for Germany.

There have been few 1:43 BoS releases lately and some recent Neo models have been regarded as BoS finish for Neo prices. Comments have been made suggesting the red shade shown in the pictures of the second issue of the Humber Sceptre is too bright and is also incorrectly sprayed at the rear where the red colour should go into the “V” round the rear lights and does not.

ModelCarWorld are certainly getting the most out of their S & S 1966 Ambulance moulding producing it in a variety of colours and equipment. The Buick Flxible Premier has recently been seen modelled by Ixo in the German Atlas series of Ambulances which may limit the sales of the Neo.

 

186011 Humber Sceptre MK I, Red and White, RHD 1963

 

186015 Morgan Plus 4 Plus, Red, RHD

 

180791 Cadillac S&S Ambulance Fire Rescue

 

156253 Cadillac S&S Ambulance, White 1966

 

215306 Dodge Sportsman, Metallic Green and White 1973

 

213737 Mercedes C111-IID, Metallic dark Orange 1976

 

156314 Cadillac S & S Ambulance, Red/White 1966

 

167757 Cadillac S&S Landau Hearse, Black

 

215577 Buick Flxible Premier,Red/White 1960 Ambulance

 

192388 Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, Black and Brown  1935

1:87 Scale

BoS Models

These resin models made in China for Germany replaced the previous Neo 1:87 range which was expensive and sold slowly with ModelCarWorld still having some available for bargain prices long after the range was stopped. The BoS 1:87 Range was supposed to offer similar interesting subjects but with less expensive finishing. Even so some models still feature p-e parts and some fine details.

For me the most interesting of this months releases are the tractor units from Pegaso and Bernard, though these are quite a bit more expensive than the cars. They certainly add options for 1:87 collectors and if they stick to cab units that the mainstream 1:87 producers are unlikely to release they could sell well.

215516 Mercedes AMG G 63 6×6, Metallic-Beige 2013

 

215124 Pegaso Comet, Beige and Brown 1964

 

218690 Horch 853 Special Coupe, Black 1937

 

214786 Studebaker Commander Starliner, red/white 1953

215122 Bernard TD 150, Light Blue 1955


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Manufacturer.

The releases from Busch, and allied brands, expected by the end of September are shown below. All models are moulded for Germany to 1:87 scale.

Mercedes-Benz 170V

The pleasing shaped 170V was first presented to the public in February 1936 during the 26th International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin.

41448 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone green/cream
41450 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone red/cream

 

Cadillac 66 Saloon

42958 Cadillac 66 Saloon “Metallica” – silver
42960 Cadillac 66 saloon “Metallica” – blue metallic

 

Toyota Land Cruiser Crawler

43038 Toyota Land Cruiser crawler vehicle

This special power train has been in use for 15 years and has even passed strict military tests.

Mercedes-Benz 300 Landaulet

44807 Mercedes-Benz 300 State Landaulet

Only three of this type of body were built. This was in the early 1950s and they users were the German Federal Public for state occasions, the Pope for his tours, and an Arab State.

Chevrolet Bel Air

More variations upon the old Revell-Monogram 1957 Chevy moulding bought by Busch.

45045 Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – grey metallic
Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – red metallic

 

Cadillac Eldorado

Another long running moulding in the Busch range. Here with custom wheels and a metallic paint job.

45118 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – brown metallic
45119 Cadillac Eldorado Cabrioet, open, “Metallica” – green metallic
45121 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – silver

 

Ford Probe

The Ford Probe 24V was made from Summer 1988 to Autumn 1997 in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. It was imported into Europe too though it was never a strong seller.

47413 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” silver
47414 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” red
47420 Ford Probe 24V “Sport” blue

 

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

In the livery of the German motor rescue outfit.

 

48546 Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift “ADAC”

Land Rover Defender

50361 Land Rover Defender “Carabinieri”

Caribinieri are a special Police Force unit in Italy.

 

50363 Land Rover defender “DLRG” with surfboard

This vehicle is equipped for rescue activities. The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG)  is the German Life Saving Group and is the biggest such organisation in the world.

Smart Fortwo

50712 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “German Police”

Mercedes-Benz V and G Class

Many public services represented here. From the Fire Brigade to the Emergency Doctor Service and the Technical Assistance Service.

51169 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Fire Brigade of Karlstein
51411 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 Emergency Doctor
51460 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 THW

EsPeWe IFA W50

95231 IFA W50LA TLF16 GMK “Fire brigade of Ellrich

The TLF16 appliance went into production in 1985 based upon the 4×4 chassis of the IFA W50.


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