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Hachette Italy – World Buses Part Three

By Fabrizio Panico

 

Three more models from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.

In this third part we are back with buses from France and USA, then a new country : Spain, but all of them quite distinctive.

No. 7 (no. 10 in the French collection) GMC 6000 School bus 1989

Since the second half of the 19th century, in many rural areas of the United States and Canada there was clear the need of a transportation system for those students who lived beyond practical walking distance from school. From farm wagons to horse-drawn carriages, switching then to horseless vehicles, upgrading the body design as long as time and requirements advanced, up to 1939 when the design and production of school buses were “standardised” in a set of rules to be adopted by all body manufacturers.

Those standards were then upgraded, but one of them remains a key part of every school bus in North America today : the adoption of a standard paint colour for all school buses, named National School Bus Glossy Yellow, considered easiest to see in dawn and dusk. Another North American icon was born. GMC, the commercial vehicles division of General Motors since 1912, developed from 1940 a series of dedicated chassis for school duty : the baby boom of the 50s validated this choice, the demand from the school districts growing without end. Today almost half a million school buses are in constant use. GMC based the following B-series on its medium-duty trucks series 6000 : a cowled ladder chassis produced in three separate generations; introduced in 1966, the B-series was redesigned in 1984 and 1993. A strong and reliable chassis, with a wide range of engines : gasoline and diesel, and then alternative fuels like LPG (propane) and CNG (compressed natural gas). The body was usually produced by local suppliers, according to the national standards.

Quite an heavy model, metal body and plastic chassis. Dashboard and seats are a bit basic, but the exterior is really beautiful : it well represents the sturdiness of a vehicle found almost in every town of the States. The classic “yellow” livery is beautifully reproduced, rich with tampo printings. There is  nice modelling of all the different mirrors, flashing lights and the swinging (alas not operative) STOP sign on the left side. The front grille is very well represented with the GMC logo behind it.

Licence plates are from Pennsylvania, Loysville School District, oddly an area rich in Amish communities.. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.

No. 8 (no. 6 in the French collection) Pegaso Z-403 Monoscocca 1951

Pegaso was a Spanish manufacturer of industrial vehicles and, for a short while, sports cars. Its parent company, ENASA (Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones S.A.), was created in 1946, based on the nationalization of the Hispano-Suiza Spanish assets, under the direction of automotive engineer Wifred Ricart, of Alfa Romeo fame. ENASA belonged to the state-owned INI (Instituto Nacional de Industria) industrial holding, established in 1941 to promote the development of Spanish industry and economy. INI included a broad range of companies, including SEAT, later on sold to VW. IVECO took over ENASA in 1990, and the Pegaso name disappeared in 1994 after building more than 350,000 vehicles.

The Z-403 Monocasco was a two-level monocoque (chassis-less) coach, fitted with a 125 hp diesel engine asymmetrically mounted amidships, and built between 1951 and 1957. For maximum comfort, independent front-wheel suspension was used, with transverse arms and torsion bars. The Z-403 structure allowed a better use of space, with all the mechanical units located on the underside of the vehicle, isolated from the passenger compartment, allowing great comfort, good weight distribution and high stability. Its structure, which later on inspired the Scenicruiser, was made up of steel profiles covered with steel panels combined with corrugated sheets of light alloy. The roof was made entirely of light alloy. All of them were structurally important parts. Highly though of because of its safety, comfort and passenger amenities, like radio, bar and even a bookcase, 50 vehicles it were produced in Barcelona. Primary customers were Iberia and Aviaco airlines and Atesa tour operator. No survivors are known to exist.

A very interesting model, beautifully reproduced, with many details that add to its value. Metal body and plastic baseplate, with a silver exhaust system. On the baseplate the model is correctly called “Monocasco”, the Spanish word for a monocoque body. The silver and white livery has a red streak along its sides and front. ENASA title and logo on the sides. Two “metal bars” protect the upper deck windscreens from tree branches, whilst the inside luggage racks are well represented. Licence plate says “1950” while the bus is reported being 1951, very likely a manufacturer test plate. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.

 

No. 9 (no. 9 in the French collection) Citroën U55 Currus Cityrama 1955

Creativity, technology. audacity : three words that well represent André Citroën adventure from 1919. A pioneer not only in the automotive field, but also in advertising, sales and even toys, obviously he couldn’t ignore commercial vehicles. The Citroën truck type 55 launched in 1953, remaining in production until 1965, was available with either a petrol or diesel engine inherited from the Type 45. It had a payload in the order of 5 tonnes and was available in three wheelbases and in 2 x 4 and 4 x 4 versions. An economical and robust chassis, with easy maintenance and a straight six petrol engine: the ideal choice for Jean-Louis Dubreuil, the founder of Cityrama, when he decided to modernise its open top bus fleet. For his futurist project the company Currus would build a double-decker bus with stylishly curved, wrap-around windows, like the famous “bateaux-mouches”. Currus was a company founded in 1900, buying and then renaming the old carriage manufacturer Perrotin and Bollinger (Currus is the latin for carriage), and then in 1906 buying Chastel and David, another carriage manufacturer founded in 1805. By becoming their successor Currus could proclaim itself the oldest body maker in France!

Currus had to overcome many technical problems : the structure had to be as light as possible and visibility at a maximum. Steel profiles and panels were used for the body; curved glass was still in its infancy and plexiglass was often used in its place. The roof was transparent, and could be removed so the upper deck could be used for open air touring in the summer months. Two more buses were built in 1957, and the previous one was facelifted to their shape. Later on four more were produced using a chassis by Saviem. They were retired at the end of the 80s.

Wow, this is really quite a strange model, but it well represents the original vehicle. Due to its complicated shape the body is part metal, part plastic, while the chassis is plastic. The silver livery has the Cityrama logo and red and blue accents. Nice details are included like the open top of the upper deck and the green windows to reduce solar radiation. The interior is basic though the driver’s area is a bit more detailed. Correctly the upper deck seats are in rows of two (right side) plus one (left side), but they are of the new simpler type, without the integrated individual speakers. The lower deck seats are arranged in rows of two plus two, but all the pictures showing the older seats have them in rows of two plus one. Is it possible that the new seats allowed an increased capacity? Maybe a reader can answer the question?

The body represents the vehicle after the 1957 “update” with three front grilles to help prevent the radiator overheating in the heavy Parisian traffic. The licence plate is from the Paris department, and is the plate on the first 1955 Cityrama Currus. The frontal “rostrum” sports the “Ville de Paris” shield, with the legendary Isis boat. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Citroen Traction and Triumph TR2

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in December 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Comments posted on bulletin boards in 2016 suggest that some collectors are disappointed with the models sent out in recent months. Many have been French Dinky issues which are not in keeping with the way that the collection was originally advertised as featuring British Dinky models. Another disappointment is the re-use of castings, this is what Dinky did but in a limited collection it means less to surprise and please collectors.

24 N Citroen Traction 11 BL

A good model with the tinplate front bumpers very nicely replicated. The black paint is very good too. A very nostalgic model. The original was in the French Dinky range from 1949 but as modelled it appears to be a model from 1951.

Although the box has Citroen Flying Fifteen printed on one flap I can see evidence in my reference works that this was ever sold in the UK as part of the Dinky range.


105 Triumph TR2 Sports

 

A very well replicated model. This casting has already been seen in the range in the pink sports version with a racing driver and roundels.

 

My personal preference is for this street version which Dinky sold from 1957 to 1960 in grey or yellow.


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News from the Continent June/July 16 – M4 Modelcars

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The following releases are all expected in July 2016. All the models listed are diecast to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

 

ART Models

18602 ART343 18603 ART343bART343 Ferrari 857 S

Grand Prix of Cuba 1957 – A. De Portago #12 – Chassis No. #0584


18604 ART344 18605 ART344b

ART344 Ferrari 500 Mondial

Palm Springs 1955 – B.Kessier #7 – Chassis No. #0448 (Made from Resin)


BEST Models

18606 BEST9625 18607 BEST9625b

BEST9625 Ferrari 330 GTC

This is based upon a car owned by the Italian film star Marcello Mastroianni


18608 BEST9626 18609 BEST9626b

BEST9626 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

This now appears in light green metallic paint


18610 BEST9627 18611 BEST9627b

BEST9627 Porsche 908/03

Nurburgring Interserie 1972 –R.Jost #41


18612 BEST9010_2 18613 BEST9010_2b

BEST99010/2 Ferrari 250 LM

Le Mans 1965 – Dumay/Gosselin #26


RIO Models

18614 RIO4500 18615 RIO4500b

RIO4500 Fiat 238

Knorr delivery van 1974


18616 RIO4501 18617 RIO4501b

RIO4501 Citroen DS21

Rally Monte Carlo 1970, drivers Salomon and Saintigny #62


18618 RIO4502 18619 RIO4502b

RIO4502 Volkswagen Beetle

German Lufthansa staff car 1957


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Resin Roundup – Matrix

By Maz Woolley with contributions from Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The marketplace for 1:43 scale resin models seems to be growing all the time. Once the preserve of small specialists making small batches of highly detailed models it now dominates the middle grounds of the collectors market and white metal models are much less common in this scale than they were. This article takes a look at some of the latest resin releases in this scale, and future releases, using pictures supplied by Matrix.

As ever Matrix mix a few standard vehicles like the Riley RM with a selection of other vehicles with rare or in some cases unique bodies. The models also cover a wide period from the 1930s through to the 1980s. The models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in China for Matrix.

MX40201-091 Bentley MkVI Pininfarina Coupe blue and blue 1952MX40201-091 Bentley MkVI Pininfarina Coupe blue and blue 1952

MX50407-011 Delage D8 105S Aerodynamic Coupe maroon and white 1935MX50407-011 Delage D8 105S Aerodynamic Coupe maroon and white 1935

MX51311-011 Maserati V4 Sport Zagato green 1929MX51311-011 Maserati V4 Sport Zagato green 1929

MX10304-041 Citroen CX Heuliez Corbillard Hearse maroon 1986MX10304-041 Citroen CX Heuliez Corbillard Hearse maroon 1986

MX11705-101 FLM Panelcraft Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Estate brown metallic 1980MX11705-101 FLM Panelcraft Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Estate brown metallic 1980

MX41604-011 Peugeot 604 Heuliez green metallic 1980MX41604-011 Peugeot 604 Heuliez green metallic 1980

MX30905-022 ISO IsettaCarro Furgon green 1957MX30905-022 ISO IsettaCarro Furgon green 1957

MX32105-051 VW Thing Limousine white 1979
MX32105-051 VW Thing Limousine white 1979

MX40406-021 Duesenberg SJ 572-2596 Convertible Coupe SWB Bohman & Schwarz Maroon 1935
MX40406-021 Duesenberg SJ 572-2596 Convertible Coupe SWB Bohman & Schwarz Maroon 1935

MX41704-021 Riley RME green and black 1952
MX41704-021 Riley RME green / black 1952

MX40102-071 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodynamica Jankovitz blue 1934MX40102-071 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodynamica Jankovitz blue 1934

MX50205-031 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet VanVooren Shah of Iran black 1939MX50205-031 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet VanVooren Shah of Iran black 1939

MX50303-021 Chrysler Imperial Custom Five-Passenger Phaeton #7803657 green metallic 1933MX50303-021 Chrysler Imperial Custom Five-Passenger Pheaton #7803657 green metallic 1933

MX50408-011 Delahaye 235 Coupe Chapron creme and blue 1953MX50408-011 Delahaye 235 Coupe Chapron cream and blue 1953

MX51302-011 Mercedes-Benz 230SLX Frua Combi white 1962MX51302-011 Mercedes-Benz 230SLX Frua Combi white 1962
MX51705-181 RR Phantom III Sport Torpedo Thrupp & Maberly #3BU86 blue 1938MX51705-181 RR Phantom III Sport Torpedo Thrupp & Maberly #3BU86 blue 1938

July to September releases

Matrix have announced new releases and where trial castings have been made they are shown below. The expected month of release is shown after the model description.

MX20301-211 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine red metallic 1970 July

MX40102-061 Alfa Romeo 6C Pininfarina gold metallic 1946 JulyMX40102-061 Alfa Romeo 6C Pininfarina gold metallic 1946 July

MX40402-041 Daimler DB18 Empress Convertible Hooper light green and green 1951 July

MX41302-081 Mercedes-Benz G4 Kastenwagen blue 1939MX41302-081 Mercedes-Benz G4 Kastenwagen blue 1939

MX41311-051 Maserati 150GT Spider by Fantuzzi white 1957MX41311-051 Maserati 150GT Spider by Fantuzzi white 1957 July

MX41607-061 Porsche 356 Zagato Spyder silver 1958 JulyMX41607-061 Porsche 356 Zagato Spyder silver 1958 July

MX50307-011 Cord L-29 Speedster Brook Stevens black and white 1930 JulyMX50307-011 Cord L-29 Speedster Brook Stevens black and white 1930 July

MXLM02-1311 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider metallic blue 1956 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION AugustMXLM02-1311 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider metallic blue 1956 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION August

MX41311-021 Maserati A6G Grand Sport Spider Frua metallic blue 1957 SeptemberMX41311-021 Maserati A6G Grand Sport Spider Frua metallic blue 1957 September


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Atlas Dinky – 535 Citroen 2CV

By Maz Woolley

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

The latest Atlas Dinky collection model shipped is a Citroen 2CV that has been seen on MARs pages before. Again this is a French Dinky model already seen in the continental collection and many collectors will like me have already bought one cheaply on eBay in the past. I wonder how many collectors are cancelling their subscription to this collection? It was originally advertised as including the Dinky toys from the UK but that is seldom the case now.

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

The box is marked 535 and 24T but the model is blue and fitted with the later wheels so is a later model. The model was in production from 1959 to 1963 and the body shape was already out of production a year after the model was launched.

Atlas Dinky 535 2CV Atlas Dinky 535 2CV

A good replica but not perhaps what collectors want from this series.


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A look at the latest Autocult models

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Autocult.

Again Auto Cult’s releases mix the obscure with the every day. Auto Cult’s models are resin cast to 1:43 scale in China for Germany.

Auto Cult Intermechanicca Murena 429GT

#05006 Intermeccanica Murena 429 GT

Two Americans, Joseph “Joe” Vos and Charles Scwendler partnered the Italian company Intermeccanica to produce a luxury two door estate car similar in some ways to the Reliant Scimitar from the UK. The long bonnet concealed a Ford 7 Litre V8. The car had premium leather seats for all four passengers, a stereo sound system, air-conditioning, electrically operated windows, and high quality carpets in the floor area. Shown for the first time at the New York Auto Show in 1969 at the booth of the Murena Motor Corporation. The car cost over 14.000 US$, and despite its style and exclusivity  between 1969 and 1970 just ten cars were sold before Joe Vos and Charles Scwendler called it a day.

Auto Cult Mercedes C111 study Bruno Sacco

#06008 Mercedes-Benz C111 Sacco-Studie

The Classic uncompromisingly angular C111 with its gull wing doors often in vivid orange is a well known Classic which trialled the Wankel rotary engine which promised much but never made it into routine production vehicles at Daimler Benz.
This version was a car styled by Bruno Sacco and used as a test car in the C111 programme. This neat car has shades of Opel Junior and Ferrari Dino styling and although pretty lacks the presence of the better known C111 cars.

Auto Cult Otto Mathe Fetzenflieger

#07002 Otto Mathé Fetzenflieger

Otto Mathé was well-known in Austria in 1950s car racing circles. His “do-it-yourself” car made from VW components and a 130 bhp  Porsche engine created a “beast” which upset even significantly better financed factory teams from time to time.
In 1952 he had created one of the first mid-engined sports cars. The car was skillfully covered by an aluminum skin with open access to plugs and carburettors.

Today the car is on exhibition at the Automuseum PROTOTYP in Hamburg

Auto Cult Citroen 350 Belphegor Guinard

#12002 Citroén 350 Belphégor Guinard

Here is a rather more prosaic vehicle, but a rather attractive one. In 1965, the French manufacturer Citroen produced its first truck and production of trucks under the Citroen name continued until the 1970s. This truck was nicknamed Belphegor, though officiall, it was simply called the type 350.

The truck had idiosyncratic styling which was not to everyone’s taste but which I find distinctive in an era when everything was becoming box shaped. Like a BMC FG small windows at the height of the feet to enabled the driver a better visibility on the street and allowed easier parking.The type 350 was the smallest version in the modular system with a four cylinder petrol or diesel engine.

Many fire services used this model where the driver´s cab was integrated in the body which had a second row of seats fitted leaving storage space for equipment behind.  A large roof track allowed further tools to be carried. This vehicle started in service in the fire department “D´incendie et de secours du haut-rhin” which later became Departement SDIS 68, of the city Colmar.


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New Minialuxe 1:66 Models

By Robin Godwin

Minialuxe Volkswagen Beetle 1_66

Minialuxe were a classic brand of plastic model cars made in France which ended production in the later part of the 1970s.
The new Minialuxe brand is based in France but has models diecast in China. The output has a decidedly retro characteristic like Dan Toys or Atlas Dinky Collection. The Volkswagen Beetle models to 1:43 scale have already appeared in previous articles by the Author.

A new feature advertised heavily on their web site is the use of Swarovski crystals to form the lights.

Recently a range of 1:66 scale models has been introduced which is not even shown on the Minialuxe web site but which is already being sold through an eBay shop.  This range includes the following vehicles, photographs are shown in a gallery below:

  • Citroen DS19
  • Citroen DS21
  • Citroen 2CV
  • Mini
  • Renault R8 Gordini
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Volkswagen Transporter

The models seem to have a “Bub like” character with some heavy printing of chrome around some of the crystal lights with some alignment issues. Some may wonder why 1:66 and not 1:64. Well many European ranges of 1060s and 1970s were to 1:66. Schuco Safir, Norev, Politoys Penny Toys and others all made models in this scale.


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