Category Archives: Citroen

Atlas Germany Ambulance Collection – Part Six

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are two more issues in the Ambulance cars series. They are to 1:43 scale 1:43

Volkswagen Transporter T1b Krankenwagen – 7 495 112

The Volkswagen Transporter T1a was launched in 1959, series production started on 8th March 1950 with ten vehicles per day. The first “factory made” Ambulance left the assembly line on 13th December 1951. It was developed jointly by the Volkswagen Works, the German Ambulance Service and the German Red Cross.

For the 1960 model year the transporters received “wart-shaped” indicators, which were changed two years later into bull´s eye shapes. This followed the changes to the Beetle. So the miniature is a vehicle from 1962. The body is an accurate shape with good paint finish and several small components moulded separately and inserted.

Front doors are printed with “German Red Cross – Readiness Hage”,. The registration plates are from region of Aurich in the North-West of Germany. The baseplate shows no special detail, except the exhaust system.

 

Citroen C25 Ambulance Heuliez – 7 495 113

According to the motto “One for All”, the manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot and Talbot offered in 1982 a van on the same platform. Best known was the Fiat Ducato, the most versatile one the Citroen C25. The C25 was built from January 1982 up to August 1990.

Short after the launch of the C25, the coachwork company Heuliez developed an ambulance car on its base. The roomy van offered space for the comprehensive equipment for the medical emergency service. The miniature comes as vehicle of the SAMU, Service dÁide Medicale Urgente.

The original vehicle was based in Rouen, department 76 Seine-Maritime, in North-West of France. The miniature is accurately shaped, well painted and printed with a livery that is true to the original. Some small parts are inserted separately like lights, aerials, and door mirrors which adds to the accuracy of the model.   A number of parts was separate inserted. The baseplate has basic details.


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the manufacturer except for the models with detailed reviews later in the article.

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

183441  Sauber-Mercedes C0  Winner 400 km Suzuka 1989 – Baldu / Schlesser

1:43 Scale

155327  Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – pearl white, black roof and silver decoration

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

184698  Chenard & Walcker 1500 kg Type CHV 1946 delivery van – green

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

185215  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo “Tour de Corse 1989 – Alain Oreille”

 

1:43 Scale

 

151398  Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Rialto yellow & Cormoran grey

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

Here are two Norev models that I have been able to review in detail.

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

The 402 was one of the earliest exponents of the folding metal roof which has been revived in recent years.

In Autumn 1935 Peugeot introduced the 402 as Saloon, Coupé, Roadster and as a two-seater Cabriolet Transformable Electrique. This was the cabriolet with a revolutionary electric movable roof. In 1937 the concept was extended and the four-seater 402 L was introduced with a manual foldable roof.

First some pictures of the car itself which is eye catching sharing the same limited luggage space that modern cars with this type of roof have!

The model is based upon the four seater 402 L and it is made to 1:18 scale. It is diecast in China for France.

The body is authentically shaped, and has been painted very well indeed and has excellent printed detail like the coachlines.

Rear hinged doors are opening and the bonnet can be opened too. Headlights are fitted behind the front grille in the characteristic Peugeot style of the period and look authentic.

The roof can be opened and closed so realistically that it really looks like a shrunken version of the original.

The boot is well detailed and is filled with two suitcases and the spare wheel.

The interior is detailed and true to the original car, coloured in light beige. The dashboard is fitted with a central instrument panel, gear lever and glove box cover. The lever to open the windscreen is not forgotten, nor is the rear view mirror and sun visors. The steering wheel is placed in the right position. Under the bonnet, the engine is  replicated to a pleasing standard.

Finally the baseplate has excellent detail included as can be seen above.

153050  Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black

 

In 1934 Andre Citroen presented the completely newly designed Traction Avant as type 7 with 34 HP and type 11 with 42 and 46 HP. The model was available as saloon, cabriolet and roadster. A few prototypes were made into a luxury version “Coupe de Ville”, which has been made by Norev. The model is die cast to 1:43 scale in China for France. The body is authentically shaped and the body has been correctly painted in two colours. Many parts are small separately inserted items.  Radiator grille, bumpers, headlights and some other parts are chrome-plated. The baseplate is disappointingly blank.

 

This new model is shown with the 11 A from 1936, the model entirely in black.

This 11A was issued in the 1970s as No. 29. The scale was also 1:43 and it was moulded in black plastic. Radiator grille, bumpers, head lights and hub caps were silver printed. The interior is well detailed and both the bonnet and the boot can be opened. Under the bonnet there is a one piece replica of the engine.

The body of the older model was moulded in one piece without separately inserted parts. The French mouldmakers of the 1970s were highly skilled as they had no CAD software or automated mould cutters. This was the time when small cars were changing from toys to collectables not to be sold to those under the age of 14 years. Although more delicately painted and detailed the newer 11 Coupé De Ville does not put the older model to shame.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part Five

By Hans-Georg  Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are the latest three issues in the Ambulance series from Atlas Editions Germany. These are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Atlas.

7 495 009  Citroen CX Heuliez Ambulance

The new Citroën CX saloon was introduced in October 1974, and the estate followed in September 1975. Heuliez developed an ambulance based upon the CX , which became very common in France. The CX was built up to 1990, and its successor was the XM.

The miniature is an accurate shape and the decorations are authentic. The front doors have the blue “Star of Life” used in France printed. This shows that the ambulance the model is based upon is a rescue vehicle. A number of parts are moulded and inserted such as the air vents, beacon, aerial and lights. The baseplate has only limited detail moulded in.

7 495 010  Simca Marly

When the Ford Motor Company left France, Simca took over the plant in Poissy near Paris and launched the new Vedette with pontoon body, but with an old fashioned V8 engine. Besides the saloon, an estate was also manufactured, named “Marly”. Its body had a long wheelbase and was therefore suitable for use as an ambulance car. Most of them were used as “Ambulance Municipale” , i.e. for the local transport of patients in a stable condition.

The model is authentic in shape and has excellently printed livery. Lots of small separate parts are used to make it a well detailed replica. Again the baseplate has minimal detail moulded in.

7 495 011  RAF 2203 Latvija

When the RAF company (Rigas Autobusu Fabrika) was founded in 1949, Latvia and their capital Riga belonged still to the Soviet Union. In 1976, production of the 2203 started in the plant. One version was an ambulance, which was upgraded by Tamro in Helsinki, Finland, into an RTW, emergency doctor´s car, in small numbers.

Tamro added a high roof, so that the emergency team could stand upright to work on the patient(s). The vehicle was fully equipped to allow the treatment of heavily injured patients. It formed a rolling intensive care unit. The model is authentic in shape and markings. Lots of small separate parts are used for all the lights, spotlights, light bars and so on.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 587 Camionette Citroën “Philips”

By Maz Woolley

Al photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The latest model I have received in the Atlas Dinky Trucks subscription series is #587 Camionette Citroën “Philips”. The original Dinky 587 is a highly collectible model as it is a colourful and accurate depiction of a Philips display vehicle.

The original model is based upon a Citroën HY bodied by Currus for Philips as a vehicle for displaying their products,  at events. The model includes the opening rear and side doors, has a sliding ramp and plastic moulded interior painted to suggest products, like a fridge, on display. Different sources quote different dates of production but it was certainly made in 1964 and gone in 1965.

The box shows the Philips logo on the cab doors but this is not carried out on the model. Pictures on the web suggest that these logos do not exist in Philips publicity shots.

Pictures of the original vehicle can still be seen from Philips publicity magazine. The Dinky was a good replica though door handles have been modified so all small fingers to open them, the roof sign may have had a yellow backing and not a clear one, and the Philips logo and lettering on the plain side did not have an extended golden border on the example in the contemporary magazine.

The original model is now quite rare, and expensive, in complete condition so it is highly likely that many of the Atlas remakes will donate parts like the roof signs to bring original models back to complete condition.

The reproduction is not scarce with many already finding their way to the UK already from the Far East when they were made for the continental subscription series. Collectors should not that the copyright date on the base of the boxes issued by Atlas in the UK is 2017 and not the earlier date printed on the ones in the continental series.

Although hardly a truck in my eyes I am sure that there will be few complaints from Subscribers about this model, except perhaps from those who have already bought an example on eBay from  the far east.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part 4

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Parts six to eight of this subscription collection have now been published. They continue to be diecast in China for Atlas Editions in Germany and all are accompanied by a booklet similar to those issued as part works.

7 495 106 Volvo 264

With the 264, Volvo produced an executive class car. Released in 1974 the impressive car was built as a saloon 264 and an estate 265 until 1982. The powerful engine in the spacious estate was a good base for developing an ambulance car. The car is a faithful replica of the original which was used in the Netherlands. The model is well detailed with many small separate parts inserted.

The accompanying leaflet contains a remarkable fault. It states that the big Volvo was fitted with front wheel drive when of course this was a front-engined, rear wheel drive car.


 

7 495 107 Volvo 145 Express

The Volvo 144 replaced the Amazon in 1966 and a year later the 145 estate appeared.  This estate car was used in Sweden converted into an ambulance car. The reliable and economical vehicle was widely used in Northern Sweden.

The miniature is an accurate shape with good detailing and small separate parts added to enhance it.  This time the booklet correctly states that it is rear wheel drive.


7 495 108 Citroen Type HY

The original for this replica entered service in 1965 for the German Red Cross in the Heidelberg area . The French Red Cross helped to fund the vehicle which was converted by the company Christian Miesen into a rescue vehicle.

The HY was so high that the emergency doctor could work standing upright beside the accident victim. A change from the cramped working space of an Ambulance car.  Today this early emergency doctor vehicle is exhibited in the Red Cross Country Museum of Baden-Württemberg in Geislingen (www.rotkreuz-landesmuseum.de).

The model is well finished to a high level of detail. Its corrugated sides are well replicated. Small parts such at the emergency beacons, headlights and red cross signs are separate parts.


As is general in this series all three miniatures have minimal baseplate detail.


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Atlas Dinky Toys – 562 H Citroën 2CV Wegenwacht

By Maz Woolley

The latest model I have received in this series is a reproduction of French Dinky 562 H Wegenwacht 2CV Citroën van. This was model originally produced specially for the Netherlands in the livery of their national breakdown service.

The box is reproduced with all printing in Dutch except for the Dinky Toys elements and the Atlas details. The model was on sale from 1965 to 1968 and good examples are quite expensive to buy at auctions.

The opening rear door was a play feature though it is not easy to open for little, or even big, fingers. It also revealed the fact that there were no seats or other internal details.

The model has the Wegenwacht livery neatly printed though the originals came with decals or paper stickers. There are also quite a lot of lights and reflectors picked out in paint.

The ribbed rear section and bonnet are nicely captured and the yellow paint is not too heavily applied though at points it is a little thin on ridges.

All in all a nice model though I do wonder if we will ever see a UK Dinky Toy in this series again.


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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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