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Brooklin Latest February 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Brooklin has recently shared some pictures of their latest models. Please note that the first three are pre-production tests with decals rather than photoetching on their sides. The final model is a test casting and is missing its vacform and rear bumper.

As the photographs show the level of detail on the models continues at the higher level introduced over a year ago.

All these models are cast in white metal in the United Kingdom nd are to 1:43 scale.

BML-28 1934 Chevrolet 2-door sedan


BML-29 1942 DeSoto DeLuxe Foor Door Sedan


BRK227 – 1957 Pontiac Safari Two Door Station Wagon


BRK-226 Buick GS 455 Hardtop

As can be seen the castings from Brooklin are rather thinner than they used to be and the chromed castings finer too. The increased use of chromed cages to represent the window surrounds has also increased the level of realism on the 1950s models in particular.


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Autocult and Avenue 43 February 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

The latest Autocult and Avenue 43 models have now been announced. All are resin made in China to 1:43 scale for Europe.

The Autocult models are from the following categories:

  • Streamliners – Hewson Rocket
  • Delivery Vehicles – DAF Pony
  • Past Brands – Amilcar G36 Pegase Grand Prix
  • Engineers/Small Series – MGB Jaques Coune

The Avenue43 models that they distribute have two new models;

  • Maserati 3500 GT Special Spyder Vignale
  • Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT

Autocult

04019 Hewson Rocket (USA, 1946)

In 1946 William Hewson owned dealerships in Los Angeles. He wanted to capture the market with a $1,000 Dollar car but had to find someone to design and make one for him. he turned to Coachcraft a Californian company created in 1940 who made everything from small cars to custom luxury ones. Coachcraft survived in business until 1966.

Coachcraft’s prototype had a curvy aluminium body fitted to a chassis strong enough to make a stressed roof unnecessary, but in true US Style customers were to be offered three types of roof: a soft top, a clear plastic top and a metal top. There was a choice between two different engines; a four cylinder and a six cylinder installed in the rear.

Sadly when Coachcraft finished its development work Hewson could not pay the 16,000 US Dollars due so the car never went into series production and remained owned by Coachcraft who sold it on to a car dealer for 650 US Dollars in 1959. It is now part of the collection at the Lane Motor Museum in the United States.



#08010 DAF Pony (NL, 1968)

The DAF pony was developed to tender for a US Military contract for a light terrain truck. Sadly for DAF they did not win the tender so they turned the design into a vehicle that ran from 1968 to 1969 and sold seven hundred units.

The vehicle was powered by the twin boxer engine from the DAF 44 and power was delivered by DAFs favoured Van Doorne Variomatic system.

The idea was to offer a small, individual truck for retail shops, and small business users, which was specially suited to inner city work in Amsterdam and other historic cities in the Netherlands with narrow streets. Available as a platform truck or as a tractor-trailer combination DAF probably had hopes of cornering a specialist market sector. Sadly buyers were few as van based pickup trucks were not much larger and could carry greater loads.



#02017 Amilcar Typ G36 Pegasé Grand Prix Roadster(F,1935)

Designed by Géo Ham who was famed for his aircraft and automobile designs, and built by Figoni & Falaschi body builders, this model aimed for sales to the moneyed classes. The new roaster was based on Amilcar‘s model G 36 Pegasé, which was introduced in 1935. Its four cylinder overhead valve engine was supplied by Delahaye and tuned with bigger valves and an improved oil pump system to provide 25hp more than the standard engine. But the performance was still not good enough to provide the thrill that rich individuals were seeking and which competitors were providing.

The design with its elegant curved bumpers, chromed footsteps, flowing wings, and spectacular rear lights was undoubtedly stylish but this was simply not enough to attract people who could buy what they liked. The company, founded in 1921 ceased production during the Second World War and never produced any more cars.



#05011 MG B Jacques Coune (BE, 1964)

In 1963 he had his works create a coupé on the underpinings of the MG MGB Roadster introduced that year. It was presented to the public in 1964 and was widely praised. Encouraged by this he put the car into limited production using parts from many cars to keep the costs down. The lights came from the Simca 1000 and both the front as well as the rear window came from the Renault 8.

In the mid-1950s Jacques Coune had a workshop and sales organisation in the Avenue de la Couronne in Brussels. He had agencies for Abarth and Iso and was well known for his racing activities. But his real passion was to have cars built to his own design.

Compared to the MGB Roadster the Coupé was more than 50 kg lighter and was therefore able to accelerate to a top speed of 180 km/h. MG are said to have test driven the car but they never expressed any interest in taking it up. Apparently the British Engineers said the design was “… too Italian”.

After two years production and 56 cars being built production ended. This coincided with MG introducing the MG MGB GT a practical coupé of their own.

Coune also converted other standard cars from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and BMW.


Avenue 43


Maserati 3500 GT Special Spyder Vignale

The 3500 GT Spyder by Carrozzeria Vignale, designed by Michelotti, was introduced at the 1960 Salon International de l’Auto. In 1961 it became the first fuel-injected Italian production car. It was fitted with  Lucas mechanical fuel injection and was fitted with a standard 5 speed gearbox. Curiously the convertibles were only called Spyders for overseas markets.


Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT

The Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT was built as a prototype in 1962 based on the earliest version of the Chevrolet Corvair. It never went into production but was toured widely round the US to gather interest in the Corvair brand and finally the shape was used in Disneyland for the cars used  in the World of Tomorrow car ride attraction.

Bill Mitchell was the Design Studio Director and the Corvair Monza GT coupe was designed by Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine and owed much to the Bertone designed Testudo concept car. Like the earlier design, the GT doors swung upward and were actually a front hinged canopy that extended into the B section. The rear engine cover also hinged at the rear.

The engine fitted was a standard Corvair unit of 145 cu in (2,380 cc) Unlike the production Corvair, the GT engine was mounted ahead of the transaxle, turned around 180 degrees and mounted as a mid-engine layout. Besides its streamlined appearance, the Monza GT had some innovative features: magnesium-alloy wheels; 4-wheel disc brakes; and fixed seats with adjustable pedals. 

Some of the styling features of the GT, notably the rear end, were the inspiration for the 1965–1969 Corvair. Perhaps more notably the design would also influence the 1965 Chevrolet Mako Shark II concept car and the 1968-1982 Corvette (C3) that clearly resembled it.

Today, the Corvair Monza GT concept car is to be found in the GM Heritage Collection.


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Take-Off Wheels – Chevrolet Camaro

By Robert Brodowski

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Several years ago, MAR Online published articles about two Corgi Toys with Golden Jacks and Take-off Wheels: the Rolls-Royce and the Chevrolet Corvette. Now, we present another Corgi with Take-off Wheels! One of their best toy cars was number 338, the Chevrolet Camaro, with Take-Off Wheels from 1968-71. The Camaro had a black plastic top that was removable and a red interior.

In the photo above you can see a mechanic removing a wheel – he is from another Corgi Toy from that period. The front end is jacked up with the built-in Golden Jack, and the Take-off Wheel has already been removed! What play value!

The back of the box shows how the Take-off wheel mechanism works. It also shows the front headlights have small plastic covers that can be slid sideways at night!

The picture above shows the covers slid back to reveal the jeweled headlights.


The front of the box shows that the original price in $US was not very cheap for the time but quite a bargain now. The front SS stripe can be easily seen as well.

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London Toyfair 2019 Part Three

By Maz Woolley

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This the third 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 Oxford Diecast. The previous article about the Hornby stand can be found here.

This article shows some of the models displayed on the Oxford Stand. With so many models in production the stand has an impressive display of hundreds of models in various scales.

Last year I tried to photograph models through glass in the crowded display cabinets and the pictures were not very good. This year the Oxford representatives on the stand were extremely helpful and got out a number of items for me to photograph. Although I photographed quite a few models I did not capture all the novelties on display. A few have been photographed in the cabinets as there wasn’t time to get out every model that I would have liked to photograph.

It should be remembered that many of the models pictured are made up of a special light alloy used for trial shots and 3D printed fittings. These can only suggest what the final product will look like. Even the fully painted models of unreleased items are hand finished production samples used to confirm that the model is ready to put into production and may not fully reflect the models when they go into production.

So starting with 1:43 scale. Here there was a display of all the expected re-coloured models. but also pre-production casting of the Bedford CF Ice Cream Van as shown below. Adrienne Fuller who is responsible for selecting cars and other vehicles for Oxford explained that although this is a quarter without many new 1:43 models they are still expecting to produce two to three entirely new castings in this scale this year in addition to recolours.

This mould by Oxford has really caught the look of the CF well. It should make an excellent model when it appears. It will be appearing in classic Mr. Whippy livery first, then Hockings but I am sure there will be more liveries over time especially as so many of this type of van were brought secondhand by small local firms across the UK.

The 1:43 scale Morris J2 minibus in Skyways livery from the final release of 2018 was shown and looks like an impressive model. Seen to the rear is another of the final release in 2018 the Fred Dibnah Lightweight Land Rover in 1:43 scale.

And now on to some very large 1:43 scale models. The new Weymann Fanfare South Wales – announced as an Oxford special to celebrate their 25 Years trading. The model shown below is a pre-production item and is fitted trial plastic components – the broken horn will not feature on the production model! The model features a plastic upper section with a diecast chassis. It is a striking model with the very high level of moulded and printed detail they can achieve when using plastic.

The South Wales version is not to be the only use of this moulding. Oxford were showing a Southdown version which has been announced as part of release one 2019. With a destination board for Bournemouth this model suits the Southdown livery well.

Moving on to 1:76 scale there were some interesting recolours shown. Below is another version of the J4 this time as an Austin J4 in BMC Parts livery due for later release. This is a nice livery and the Austin version of the grille seems to be very well printed.

The forthcoming Volkswagen Transporter T4 Camper looks very good and will be a popular model.

Oxford’s Transporter T1 Camper and Samba Bus in 1:76 scale both showed up looking ready to be put into production. Photographs are shown below.

Another re-use of a casting is the relatively new Leyland Sherpa now seen in Egyptian telephone livery, as seen in a well known Bond film. This model is sure to be popular even without film themed packaging. I hope that this casting soon gets used to produce models of vehicles used by the UK utilities firms.

We also saw test shots for the Volkswagen T5 Transporter which will be seen in various forms and also in a set which includes one of each generation of the Transporter from T1 to T5. Below we have test shots of the California camper

Shown below are test shots of the T5 van which will appear in several liveries starting with that of the RAC. I am sure that this will be seen in a wide range of liveries for current users.

Oxford often show models in a very early stage of development before they are announced. The Volkswagen T1 camper with surf boards shown below does not seem to exist in any current release but I am sure that we will see it in the future.

The Volkswagen T1 van casting get another release this year in Coca Cola livery. The test shot below shows the roof display with an advertising bottle on the roof.

One of the model sets which created a lot of interest when announced in the last release of 2018 was the RAF Bloodhound missile set. This was released by Corgi in the 1960s and by Airfix too. Here we have the new 1:76 scale from Oxford. The accompanying Land Rover has been well finished in RAF blue and markings.

This will make an impressive set re-creating the Jet Age long before Cruise missiles and Polaris carrying submarines.

The Oxford 1:87 scale range of US vehicles has been a strong seller. And the display showed some due for early release and others in early pre-production form.

The new Chrysler 300 Convertible can be seen in the photographs below. This casting looks good in red and the printed silver and badging looks like it could be very well done.

The forthcoming Dodge Charger Daytonas were also shown and are impressive in this scale.

The ‘standard’ Dodge Charger was shown too and looks good. It is interesting that it has been modelled with the headlights showing as many models of this car have the headlights in their concealed position.

Another model close to release is the De Soto Suburban with its roof rack. This is a rather earlier car than many in this range so it will be interesting to see if models from this period sell well. A taxi version is expected later.

Another model due soon is the Dodge D100 Sweptside which is due for release soon. The model looked very well finished and US pickups make for popular models so I expect it may sell out quickly. It is interesting that the rear seems to be a separate moulding so we may well see more variations on the D100.

Here we see very early test shots of the 1954 Pontiac Chieftain with a siren fitted to the roof. The model has been announced for release 1 2019 in two tone blue as a standard sedan so presumably police and possibly fire versions will follow later in the year.

Another very early casting shot is the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 again announced in release 1 2019. Reminiscent of the contemporary Matchbox model this is slightly smaller but promises to be impressive even in this smaller scale.

Another announced recently as part of Release One 2019 is the Chevrolet Panel van. The model may be released as an Ambulance first but clearly a van will also be forthcoming and I expect this to appear in several classic american liveries.

The early shots below show that Oxford have captured this classic 1950s van very well.

The final test casting on display in this scale is the Chevrolet Corvair Coupe announced recently. Even though this is an early shot it shows the potential for this to be a really nice model. The coupe also came in some very nice paint finishes so hopefully Oxford will be able to release it in several different authentic versions.

Oxford’s 1:148 scale range is another with upper components made in plastic. On show were some pre-production trials. These are interesting as they are made in clear plastic with 3D printed parts as shown in the photographs below.

First we have the Land Rover Discovery 4.

Then the Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter which is to appear in British Railways Western livery in 2019.

Presumably the photographs below show the pre-production test for the recently announced Hants and Dorset Bristol MW6G.

And finally in this scale the Green Goddess fire appliance expected in National Fire Service livery.


Unfortunately although samples of the new Citroën H catering van were there I did not photograph them.

I would like to thank Oxford Diecast for sharing so many pre-production and test models with us, and for so patiently getting models in and out of cabinets to allow me to photograph them.


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Robin’s new Models

By Robin Godwin

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The photograph above shows a new colour for the second issue of the Matchbox 1959 Chevrolet Brookwood station wagon. All the details are the same as the original red version reviewed and posted 3 Jan 2017. The canoe load is the same, but in a slightly lighter shade of brown. I opened the original red version, but am tempted to keep this one in its blister on the card. That card artwork is superb, and obviously unique to this version of this model – almost like a colour spot on old Dinky boxes.

The second photograph shows a recent Norev release in its approximately 3 inch range of cars. It is a passable Volkswagen 1303 Beetle (Super Beetle with curved windscreen). It lacks quarter window frames, and the interior is basic, with a steering wheel nearly horizontal. Livery is accurate, at least for a much earlier VW, as shown in the third photograph below.

Source: Google Photographs

S.A.M.U stands for Service d’Aide Medicale Urgente, which shouldn’t require translation. Moissac is a French town. To the best of my knowledge, this is the third version of this casting from Norev, following a plain dark green version, a ‘near Herbie’ version (a number 53 car, but just short of copyright infringement). It is the first version with a roof light. The Norev is shown for comparison next to an M2 “chase model” (or a deliberate rarity as the editor calls it), in reasonably accurate 1:64 scale.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Here we focus on the December 2018 releases from Busch. These are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch publicity has become rather erratic. The photographs shown cover a few review models supplied by Busch as well as some publicity photographs on the web. It certainly makes your correspondents job harder chronicling the new releases!


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41679 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport red


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41680 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – sport white


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42847 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – blue


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42848 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 – red


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42849 Tractor Progress ZT 303 4×4 green


43401 Cadillac 52 Saloon “Police of Coolidge,Arizona USA”


43603 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde
North Rhine-Westfalia Police


43604 Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon Avantgarde “Beverley Hills Police”


45004 Chevrolet BelAir “Californian Police”


45909 MG Midget TC Cabriolet – closed hood – red


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46812 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “Oldschool”


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46813 Mercedes-Benz W123 T-model “ZDF Telemotor test car 1980”


47853 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “British Police generic crash support unit”


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50011 Porsche Junior tractor with band saw


50503 Lada 1500 Saloon 1973 – yellow ( CMD-Collection )


50515 Lada 1500 Saloon Police car with radar device


51702 Nagetusch caravan trailer 1958 – blue


51751 Nagetusch mobile shop trailer



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59944 Trailer loaded with roof trusses



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59959 Trailer loaded with NSU Kettenkrad

EsPeWe Models in scale 1:87

95027 HW 80 HTS Trailer with manure tank “Golden ear of corn”


95237 IFA W50 LA PV with snow plough


95239 IFA W50 LA Mexico expedition 1968/1969


95241 IFA W50 L pick up with stake “Export version for IRAK with reinforced bumper”



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95537 IFA W50 L60 Showman´s tractor


95602 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”


95603 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Voluntary Fire Brigade”



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95604 IFA S4000 TLF 16 “Fire Brigade”

The S4000 fire engines pictured above were manufactured between 1959 and 1967


95704 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – orange (new mould)


95705 Robur LO 2500 bus “travel agency” – green (new mould)



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95706 Robur LO 2500 bus “Zugvogel” – blue



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95707 Robur LO 2500 bus – green



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95708 Robur LO 2500 bus – brown



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95709 Robur LO 2500 bus – “leisure-travel” – brown


25019 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G “Croatian airforce”


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News from the Continent December 2018 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Wiking has announced new releases for December 2018. As usual these are a mixture of new or largely new models and a set of upgrades to existing models. Wiking models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

New Items in 1:87 Scale

0335 01 Tempo Matador high-side flatbed


0314 01 Volkswagen T2 pick up with crew cab


0861 45 Volkswagen 1600 saloon “Fire brigade”


0311 48 Volkswagen Amarok GP Comfortline


0293 07 Volkswagen T3 pick up with crew cab “THW”


0797 22 Volkswgen T1 Samba Bus


0570 02 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 beverages truck


0523 04 MAN articulated Container truck


0440 01 Hanomag Henschel refrigerated with draw bar trailer


0990 94 “ASG” Set

Upgraded Models

1:160 Scale

0949 05 Magirus box truck


1:87 Scale

0805 09 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe


0184 03 Glas Goggomobil saloon


0070 01 Opel Rekord Caravan 1957


0656 07 Site trailer


0650 05 ABG Road roller


0832 04 Mercedes-Benz 260D saloon


0388 15 Beet trailer


0386 02 Deutz-Fahr DX 4.70 tractor


0730 02 Setra S8 tour bus


0389 14 Claas Lexion 760 combine harvester with V 1050 forager headers


1:32 Scale Range Additions

0778 45 Stertil Koni mobile column lift (contents two pieces)


0778 41 AGRIbumper Claas design


0778 42 AGRIbumper Fendt design


0778 43 AGRIbumper John Deere design


0778 44 AGRIbumper black

New and Original – Some thoughts

Amongst the upgrade releases in October 2018 were some interesting models first issued in the 1960s. As I have these models in my collection I took the opportunity to compare the original with the current release. In many cases there is an interesting background history to be told. All models shown below are made to 1:87 scale.

0183 05 BMW 2002 saloon “Bavarian Police

The BMW 2002 was manufactured beween 1966 and 1971. It was in widespread use with the city police of Munich. Under the bonnet was fitted a powerful 100 hp, 2.0 litre petrol engine, and its top speed was 170 km/h. The BMW 501 in the background, its predecessor, was also made by Wiking. These cars were typical sights in the daily traffic in Munich. The BMW 501 patrol cars got the code name “Isar” and a legendary TV serial, named Isar 12, told the life of two policemen, their families and their car.


0206 01 Alfa Romeo Spyder

This is the first Alfa Romeo miniature ever modelled by Wiking. The chosen subject is the version of the Spyder made from 1966 to 1969. The body is very authentically shaped, it is moulded in bright red plastic, and the bumpers and windscreen frame are silver painted, as is the radiator grille. Head and tail lights are made from clear plastic. The interior is moulded in black with considerable detail moulded in. The baseplate is well detailed for a small model.


0620 02 Magirus S 3500 Fire Brigade turntable ladder truck 1958-1967

The “round bonnet” Magirus is one of the great classics of German fire engines of the post war era. The impressive, rounded Alligator bonnet is impressive and full of character. The the radiator grill surround encircles the contours of the cathedral of Ulm, where the vehicles were assembled.

The Magirus ladder was introduced into the Wiking model program very soon after the launch of the original vehicle. The legendary modelmaking master Alfred Kedzierski designed the first version with closed windows. Later it emerged with pierced windows and now it has been re-issued from reworked original moulds with a new baseplate.


0071 49 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan 1961 – red

The P2 Caravan is a typical early 1960s Wiking model accurate and well detailed moulding fitted windows but still with generic wheels and simple printing. Now the model has been given a ‘makeover’. The body is moulded in read and a white roof section has been printed on. Silver printing of coachwork lines, grilles and emblems is to current standards. In addition white wall tyres and replica wheels are fitted. What a contrast to the original models shown besides it!


0521 02 Articulated Box truck with Chevrolet tractor unit “Mayflower” 1955-1956

This model set could have been chosen by the late Friedrich Pelzer the founder of Wiking. A Chevrolet tractor from the 1950s pulls a contemporary trailer, which embodies a piece of Wiking history, as it appeared as one of the earliest commercial models. To the pleasure of Wiking collectors, the truck load is the furniture for a well known bungalow model. The model may enlarge the international appeal of the Wiking model range and perhaps open new export chances to the US where 1:87 scale railways are popular.

Wiking Magazine for 2018

The photographs below show a few of the interesting articles printed in this magazine. No other producer of models in 1:87 scale has such an interesting background and can tell so much stories.

it is no wonder that the publisher always surprises the reader with new subjects. In this year, the highlights are the development of the new Tempo Matador, and the classic Henschel cab of the 1950s, All of this illustrating new models from these new moulds.

There are also articles on an impressive diorama at the Sieper museum at SIKU/WIKING world. More topics are the history of the Swiss food dealer Migros and the 50th anniversary of the German Furniture Forwarder “Deutsche Möbelspedition”.

Finally their is a feature on the model ranges of 25 and 50 years ago.

0006 25 WIKING Magazine 2018


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Chevrolet Impala SS 510 Prototype

The Summum Bonum of Full Size American Sedans

By Frank Koh

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Chevrolet was enjoying the immense popularity and the consequent record-breaking sales of the introduced-in-1991 Caprice series. Because of its swoopy, Bauhaus-like contours, the Caprice earned the moniker “The Jellybean”, but Canadian cops fondly referred to it as “The Suppository”. The car handled exceptionally well despite its 4100+ lb curb weight, and the high performance LT1 motor with 260 bhp was ready for fitment into the Caprice 9C1 Police Package variants in 1993.

Product planners realized the immense sales potential of a large American grand touring sedan, and in due time the prototype of the Impala SS 510 was being developed. AutoArt released a fabulous 1:18 scale replica of the prototype SS 510 around 2002-03, and the photos speak for themselves. Actually the AutoArt SS 510 was a modification of the UT Models casting of the regular production Impala SS that the company produced around 1998.  Right before that, mother company Gateway Global phased out the UT Models brand and subsequently ruled that AutoArt would become the surviving entity. And the rest is model car industry history.

I love big old full-size/full-chassis General Motors B-Body cars; hence, this 1:18 scale Chevrolet Impala SS 510 Prototype is one of my favorite models from the brand. The AutoArt version is vastly improved over the UT Models, with opening rear doors, flocked carpeting, correct wheels and tires, and an accurate representation of the heavily modified 510 cubic inch V8 that was used in the actual prototype.

This model is from the early batches of AutoArt models, and it did not stay in production for very long. I certainly hope that the real Impala SS 510 SS prototype is in good hands today. It is a very historic car, because it served as the development mule for the 1994-1996 Impala SS.

AutoArt did a great job in replicating the SS 510 prototype’s wide, meaty alloy rims and high performance steel belted radials. The earlier UT Models Impala SS was criticized for the use of “undersized” wheels and tires which literally made it look like a football player wearing ballet shoes.

That “510” rear license plate proclaims what’s under the hood of this prototype. Regular production Impala SS vehicles got the LT1 260 bhp engine, essentially a detuned version of the engine in the C4 Corvette of the era.

The shape of the the B-Body 1991-1996 Caprice/Impala SS was ahead of its time. The outward visibility of the large “greenhouse” of the car was close to 360 degrees, in fact.

Unlike the UT Impala SS models whose rear doors did not open (despite being cast as separate pieces), the AutoArt SS 510 featured all four doors that would open independently. There was flocked carpeting and an accurate rendering of the modified 510 cubic inch V8 too.

All 3 variants of the UT Models regular production 1996 Impala SS in all the three actual exclusive colors of the real car: Black, Teal Green and Dark Cherry. This is as good (and as complete) as it’ll ever get.

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News from the Continent December 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Here we look at the new releases announced for the Busch group companies which should have become available in November 2018. All are moulded i plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch Models

41802 Ford E-350 Ambulance “German Red Cross Fulda”


44035 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department”


44036 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department Brush I


44037 Dodge Power Wagon US Army


45056 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe – two tone green with custom wheels 


46135-04 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – I drive you home”

48135-05 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – Rhineland Express”


47513 Ford Mustang Cabriolet “Metallica” – red


47573 Ford Mustang Coupe “Stripes” – silver


50366 Land Rover Defender “French Police”


51122 Mercdes-Benz Vito “German Red Cross – Emergency Doctor”


51166 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Emergency Doctor Fire Brigade of Essen”


51418 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “Fire Department City of Essen”


EsPeWe Models

EsPeWe models are based upon vehicles produced in the former DDR.

95171 IFA W50L BTP (Building crew Vehicle DDR mail)


95600 IFA S4000 TLF 16 – Fire Department

This is a new mould. The S4000, seen here as a tank fire engine, was manufactured between 1959 and 1967. The crew cabin was made to seat 6 people.


95601 IFA S4000 TLF 16

Here the new mould is used to create a mining accident rescue vehicle.


Robur Bus LO 2500

Another new mould. Here in the form of a bus that was manufactured between 1961 and 1964. 

95700 Robur LO 2500 bus – orange


95701 Robur LO 2500 bus – blue


95702 Robur LO 2500 bus “DDR Interflug)


95703 Robur LO 2500 bus – red


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A Brazilian in Australian V8 Supercars

By Sergio Luis dos Santos

I live in Brazil and collect 1:43 scale cars from Brazilian drivers but no “open wheels” like Formula 1 or Indy cars. This makes my collection very specialized and keeps me on the hunt for hard-to-find and special editions, as well as some modified models.

As for the Australian V8 Supercars, Max Wilson raced there from 2002 to 08;  some info his career is here: https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/max-wilson/. Unfortunately,  only the cars from 2002, 03 and 04 seasons were released by Biante. They are also found in 1:64 and 1:18 scale. They are hard to find outside Australia so my search went through Australian eBay and some local shops that would ship the models to Brasil.

The Biante cars are:
  1. Ford AU Falcon Nº 65, 2002 season. Model nº 286 of 2000 released.
  2. Ford BA Falcon Nº 18, 2003 season. Model nº 193 of 2000 released.
  3. Ford BA Falcon Nº 888, 2004 season. Model nº 242 of 1000 released.

The models are very finely done (good details and tampo printing) but were manufactured years ago.  Looking at Biante’s current offerings, they may look even better.  Since there are no more Brazilian drivers racing them, I haven´t bought any of the newer releases.  Maybe one day Biante will release the other Max Wilson cars so I could fill in the gap years: 2005 to 08.

To show some further models, here are two more cars raced by Max Wilson in Brasil.
  1. Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI Nº 19. He raced at Interlagos, São Paulo, in the ITC Championship in 1996.  An easy mod using an HPI model.
  2. Chevrolet Sonic Nº 65 from the Brazilian Stock Car partworks. He raced this car in the 2016 season.

I hope you enjoy these photos!

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