By Maz Woolley
All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, ModelCarWorld.
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.
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.
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
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
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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