By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.
This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red
421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white
450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box
450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box
450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”
450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”
A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.
450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige
This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver
450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black
450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle
450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed
450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue
450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989
421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R
421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014
421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow
421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981
Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue
450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange
The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.
452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow
Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.