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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by the Author. Photographs, unless otherwise stated, have been provided by the Manufacturer.

M4 Modelcar group make their cars in Italy to 1:43 scale. Most are made in diecast metal but a few are made in resin.  Here is a look at the models that they expected to release in May 2018. They have three model lines: Art, Best and Rio.

ART

 

ART387 Ferrari 500 TR – 8th in Grand Prix of Cuba 1957 – Masten Gregory #42

 

ART388 Ferrari 250 P – 2nd in 12 hours of Sebring 1963 – Mairesse/Vaccarella/Bandini #31

 

BEST

BEST9706 Ferrari 308 GTS 1979 – Magnum TV Series – first series

 

BEST 9707 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – Tour de Corse Historique 2011 – Adhina/Ruppert #151

 

BEST9708 Porsche 550 RS – 10th in Le Mans 1958 – Kerguen/”Franc” #34

RIO

 

RIO4567 Alfa 24 HP Torpedo 1910 – First prototype Alfa Project by Guiseppe Merosi

RIO4568 KdF-Wagen (Volkswagen Beetle) – This replicates the  the first KdF-Wagen from 1942. It was handed over to agents of the SS. This time Rio has made a Volkswagen model with authentic. features. It is painted in the right paint, the right bumpers are fitted, and only the chrome plated rings around the authentic covered headlights are wrong as they should also be in matt black.


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Trip Report – 1/43 and Others in Italy, Part II

By Karl Schnelle

Continuing my car journey across northern Italy started in Part I

After being inundated with Ferraris in Modena and Maranello, we moved out into the Italian countryside. The Maserati museum collection was sold in the 1990s when they went through a restructuring, but a private collector saved it with the help of the local government.  It is open to the public at his dairy farm.  Cows and cars – what a combination!  A side benefit is that you can also taste and buy their cheese!   Inside the museum, I could not get close enough to his 1/43 display cabinet, but he had a few Masers in there!

The original highlight of this trip, the reason I signed up, was a visit to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.   Ever since I had my 1976 Alfetta, I have wanted to visit.  Then in 2011, it closed down and I was bummed out.  Re-opened in 2015, it was back on my bucket list!

A funny story – I walked over to the Carabinieri in the Subaru and asked if they had any Alfas in their fleet.  One of the four said they have one in Milano, but he never got to drive it!  I guess they were parked there in the back to be on call if needed.  It was a big day at the museum because the 400 classic cars of the Mille Miglia were passing by out front!

After the overload at the museum, we headed to Lake Como for a little non-car downtime. That meant time for me to search out any model shops.  Just 5 minutes from the hotel was this jam-packed store.   Previously, the one in Bologna was already closed, the one in Maranello was at 3-hour lunch, and the two in Milano were closed on Sunday like every store, so I was happy to get to at least one store during business hours.  Many 1/43 Alfas were examined, but none that I needed…  Prices were about the same as the internet in the US, but it’s always nice to see them in-person and up-close.

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Up next was the second private collection:  really amazing ‘Pebble Beach’ quality Alfas and Lancias in a nondescript warehouse outside Milan.

For some reason, the owner had a case of 1/43 Gulp handbuilt Alfas there.  Perhaps, they are there because they made his rare Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Carrozzeria Aprile!

By happy coincidence, the private Vespa museum was nearby and the owner was around to open it up for us.  It pays to have a tour guide who speaks Italian. Of course, he had the requisite partworks in his display cabinets.  There must have been 100s of full scale mopeds on display above his Vespa parts business.

Next day, it was off to Turin to stay at the ex-Fiat factory at Lingotto.  Their 1923 test track is still on the roof!  Did you happen to see the original Italian Job?

A short walk from factory is perhaps the best automobile museum in Europe, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile.  Redesigned in 2011, it is a fun place for any car guy or girl to visit.  But why do they have a boxed Dinky Toy BMW Isetta;  Dinky never made one!  I think they previously had ‘Dinky’ 24L Vespa 400 in there that must be out on a temporary exhibit somewhere!

The other 1/43 mystery was why they had a large Brooklin Model display.  After further investigation, the new silent partner (or owner) at Brooklin is Nicola Bulgari, and two of his newly-restored American cars are on display in this Turin museum now!

Another fun display is the new Fiat 500 covered with >500 500s!  I think they are 1/55 Majorettes…

And finally because our esteemed Editor has been writing a lot about Atlas and DeAgostini lately, we zipped by this place on the A4 Autostrada on the way back to Malpensa airport to end our long, glorious trip.

I hope that these two posts has not been too much for you.  However, if you would like more details or photos from anywhere we visited, please let me know via the contact info below. Arrivederci!


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Trip Report – 1/43 and Others in Italy, Part I

By Karl Schnelle

I have been home from Italy a couple weeks now and just got my 500 car photos organized.   It was a trip of a lifetime, I have said several times!  The Alfa Romeo Owners Club (USA) had organized a tour of Italy, and I happened to see their ad.  I immediately signed up and then asked my wife.  Not as bad a mistake as you may think, as she happily added on four extra days (with absolutely no car activities)!

The plan was to see the Alfa Romeo Museum (naturally), the Ferrari museum, the private Maserati museum, Lamborghini factory, Ducati factory, and 2 private collections.   In hindsight now, I don’t know which was more amazing.  Perhaps that we timed it just right to be at the start of the Mille Miglia was the highlight!  [Click to enlarge the photos,]

I did hunt out some model car stores and looked for any 1/43 Alfas to add to my collection, but that was really low priority compared to all the other sights to see!  What follows then is a photo travelogue of some of my model car sightings over the ten-day trip.

We started our tour with two factory tours near Bologna (‘no photos please’); both Ducati and Lamborghini had museums attached to their factories.  The Ducati gift shop had lots of nice motorcycle models for sale, but I am more of a car guy. Lambo strangely had no gift shop or models for sale.

Next stop was a private collection at a farm out in the countryside, truly amazing pre and post-war cars. mostly Italian.

We had time for an extra stop in Modena at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari.  They had a nice 1/43 display of Enzo’s first workshop – when he worked for/on Alfa Romeos!  Is that a Brumm Bugatti out front???

In the display cases were two vintage, large scale models: a Ferrari liquor container and a Maserati wind tunnel model.

The next day we were off to Brescia for the start of the Mille Miglia.  While we were there, we also saw the Mille museum.  They had a few 1/43s for sale, but had 2 full cases of 1/43 Mille cars inside the museum: handbuilts on wooden bases as well as the Italian Hachette Mille partworks series!

Later we also went to the Ferrari museum in Maranello near the current factory.  A recreation of Enzo’s office had a few 1/43s on his cadenza.

My favorite full scale might have been this gorgeous 250 Europa.

In the F1 room, they had a whole wall of 1/43 Ferrraris.  Here is the middle section.

Their gift shop was stocked with high end, handbuilt 1/43s. At that price, they could be BBR, MR, or Looksmart, or even better!

Of course, just go across the street to an independent store if you want more reasonable prices for the same cars!

I’ll take a break now and post Part II later.  Hopefully this has not been too many photos all at once.   If you would like more details or photos from anywhere we visited, please let me know via the contact info below.  Ciao…


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News from the Continent – M4 Model Car Group March 2018

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by the manufacturer.

All the models listed below are made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART381 Ferrari 500 TR

Winner SCCA Laguna Seca 1957 – Pete Loylely #125

 

ART382 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spider America 1958 – red

 

ART383 Ferrari 860 Monza

3rd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Luigi Musso #556

 

ART384 Ferrari 625 LM

8th in GP Venezuela 1956 – Pierro Drogo #36

 

ART385 Ferrari 860 Monza

2nd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Collins/Klementaski #551

 

ART386 Ferrari 500 TRC

12 hours of Sebring 1957 – 1st in 2.0 litre class – Hively/Ginter #28

 

BEST Models

BEST9694 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

Test car 1967 (new resin)

 

BEST 9695 Porsche 550 RS

Le Mans 1958 – 5th Godin de Beaufort/Linge #32

 

BEST9696 Jaguar E-Type Spyder

Elton John´s personal car.

 

BEST9697 Simca 1150 Abarth Rally 1963

 

BEST9698 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

9th in Targa Florio 1969 – Munari/Aaltonen (new resin)

 

BEST9699 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Test car 1965

 

BEST9700 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Pernis von Innsbruck/Tirol 1965 – Heini Walter #2 first in class

 

BEST9701 Porsche 550 RS

2nd in Targa Florio 1959 – Mahle/Strähle/Linge #118

 

BEST9702 Ferrari 330 GTC 1966

light blue metallic

 

BEST9703 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

Interseries Norisring 1970 – Niki Lauda #39

 

Image of car – no model shot available
BEST9704 Abarth 2000 SE

Mont Ventoux 1969 – Arturo Merzario #49 – 2nd – 1st in its class

 

BEST9705 Alfa Romeo TZ2

Pergusa Jolly Hotel Rally 1965 – De Adamich/Lini #148

 

RIO Models

RIO4560 Fiat 238 Tetto Alto

Service Van Lancia Racing 1975-1977

 

RIO4561 Volkswagen Beetle with skis 1953

This is again a very strange looking model. This Beetle has an oval rear window from 1953, but lacks the quarter lights in the doors and has the bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4562 Fiat 1500 6C

Police 1950

 

RIO4563 Fiat 519

Italian Red Cross 1932

 

RIO4564 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Green

 

RIO4565 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe 1953

Bordeaux red

Once again a very strange looking model and unauthentic. Oval rear window from 1953, but no quarter lights fitted at that time.bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has again been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4566 Fiat 18 BL truck 1918

Italian Army


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – M4 Modelcars Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturers

Here are the details of the releases expected from the M4 modelcars group in January 2018. These are all made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART380 Ferrari 500 TR

Brynfan Tyddyn Road Races 1956 – Winner Carrol Shelby #128 – Chassis nr. 0614

 

ART149-2 Ferrari 500 TRC

Targa Florio 1958 – Winner in class Starrabba/Cortese #90 – Chassis No. 0682

BEST

BEST9690 Ferrari 512 BB LM

Le Mans 24 hours 1980 – O´Rourke/Phillips/Down #78 – Limited and numbered Edition of 50 pieces.

 

BEST 9691 Ferrari 250 LM

6 hours of Perth Caversham 1965 – Winner Martin/McKay #1

 

BEST9692 Ferrari 250 GTL

Steve McQueen’s personal car 1964

 

BEST9693 Porsche 356B Abarth

Le Mans 24 Hours 1960 – Winner in GT Class 1,6 litre Linge/Walter #35

 

RIO

RIO4557-P Mercedes-Benz 770K

“Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg Reichsparteitag Parade 1938

 

RIO4558 Volkswagen Beetle

Monte Carlo Rally 1954 – Mourier/Ramsing #310

This is again a very strange looking model, with mixed up details. The body is that of a Beetle with oval rear window from 1953, but without the little triangle-windows in the doors and fitted with bumpers from 1948. The rear lights are round, but in 1953 they were oval.

RIO4559 Mercedes-Benz SSKL

Stelvio Mountain race 1932 – Winner Hans Stuck #68


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – M4 Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturers.

All the models pictured should now be available as they were announced for release in June/July 2017.  All the models listed are to 1:43 scale and are diecast unless stated otherwise. All the models are made in Italy.

ART Models

 

ART371 Ferrari 246 SP – 2nd in the 3 hours of Daytona 1962 – Hill/Rodriguez – #0796

 

ART372 Ferrari 750 Monza – Targa Florio 1955 – Maglioli/Sighinolfi – #0486
ART373 Ferrari Dino 268 SP – Caracalla 1997 – Vaccarella – 50th anniversary of the first Ferrari victory 1947 – #27
ART374 70th Anniversary of Ferrari 1947-2017 – Iron Anniversary – limited edition of 70 pieces Ferrari 340 Mexico Spyder – Ferrari 250 California

BEST Models

BEST9671 Ferrari 512 BB LM – Winner of 24 hours of Le Mans 1981 – Andruet/Ballot/Lena – Class GTX
BEST9672 Ferrari 312 P Spyder – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1969 – Rodriguez/Amon
BEST9673 Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth – Testcar 1960
BEST9674 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – 14th Tour de Corse Historique 2014 – Aghina/Ruppert #242
BEST9675 Porsche 908-03 – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1971 – Siffert/Bell #2
BEST9676 Ferrari 250 LM – Targa Florio 1966 – Swanson/Ennis – #170
BEST9677 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1600 HF Fanalone – 1968 – street version – yellow

RIO Models

RIO4543 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of Mille Miglia 1931 – Rudolf Carraciola
RIO4544 Fiat 1100/103 E – Carabinieri Service Vehicle 1953
RIO4545 Fiat 1500 Ambulance 1936
RIO4546 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of German Grand Prix 1931 Nurburgring – Rudolf Caracciola #8
RIO4547 Mercedes-Benz 300 L 1951 “Adenauer” – white
RIO4548 Renault Type X Saloon Taxi 1907 – green

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Matrix 1:18 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix.

Matrix latest announcement is of a 1:18 scale 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe styled by Vignale. This model is being released in two colour schemes. The 212 replaced the 166 and 195 models and was again a car that could be used to race or use on the road. As was typical various Italian stylist produced bodies for this car.

The photographs show that this model has been very finely made with wire wheels that look like real ones!

MXL0604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

MXL0604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale black / metallic green 1953


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Amalgam Collection

By Maz Woolley

All photographs are by the manufacturers.

I recently stumbled over a company that I had never heard of before whose sales are targeted only at the richest model collectors. Amalgam models based in Bristol in the United Kingdom create large scale exhibition standard models to the orders of racing teams and wealthy car owners as well as a few batches of models of classic subjects for more general sale. These models are all to large scales between 1:18 and 1:8 and often include fine scale opening features and a very high standard of finish. The models are targeted at the wealthy who buy  luxury brand chronometers and fine and classic cars as you can see on their website  http://www.amalgamcollection.com/

The company was created in 1985 by four model makers making scale buildings for Architects practices, They still work in that field and for Naval Architects as well as making the Amalgam Collection of model cars.  They focused on supplying the leading F1 teams and Europe’s luxury car manufacturers.  It is now owned by a US media company, Motorsport Network. In recent years cars from Ralph Lauren’s collection  have been modelled and sold in his flagship stores. They offer a bespoke service building a model of your car to order.

As might be expected these are very expensive models. A 1:8 scale racing Aston Martin costs about the same as a small new car in the UK. Their standard 1:18 scale models such as the one shown below are slightly more expensive than an equivalent hand built model model from BBR.

 

I have selected two cars they have modelled from different ends of the collection to look at. The first one has been modelled many times to different standards and is from their 1:18 collection. The Ferrari 250 LM #21 which was the overall winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1965 driven by Jochen Rindt, and Masten Gregory. This model is to 1:18 scale.

The model appears from the photographs to be well moulded  and detailed as one would expect.  A lot of attention has been lavished on the box and all the luxury add-ons and presentation.

The interior appears to be detailed to the same standard as the exterior. The tiny Ferrari badge in the centre of the steering wheel is present and the wood effect wheel rim nicely modelled.

Perspex sliding windows are well modelled and the fuel filler and air inlets are nicely captured and convincing.

Front and rear detailing is well done and wheels and tyres are excellent as well.

Finally by way of comparison is a picture of the BBR model of the 250 from 1967. To my eye the Amalgam model is roughly on a par with BBR ones in standards as well as price though not marketed to collectors in the same way.

At the other end of the offerings from Amalgam are hand made 1:8 scale models such as this of the Aston Martin DBR9 which raced at Sebring in 2005. which is currently out of stock.

There are no opening or moving parts on this model which is made to be displayed. The model is finished to an extremely high standard with the wheels and brakes being particularly beautifully executed.

All the logos are incredibly well reproduced and details like the town point are captured well. The fine modelling of the rear wing is excellent though it looks fragile even in this large scale.

The overhead view on a plinth is the only view where it looks like a model rather than a real car.

 

All in all a wonderful scale model but then it needs to be one could buy a new Hyundai i10 for less money than such a model would cost!

Few collectors could afford these models or will see them unless they attend manufacturers exhibitions. However they are interesting as they show a corner of the model making industry not generally seen in the general press.


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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

This posting covers the releases for  September/October 2016 by M4 companies: ART, BEST and RIO. All models are to 1:43 scale and diecast unless stated otherwise and photographs have been supplied by M4.

ART Models

 

ART352 Ferrari 375 Plus – Winner of Le Mans 1954 – Gonzalez/Trintignant #4 – Chassis #036 (Resin)

ART353 Ferrari 850S – Tourist Trophy 1955 – Maglioli/Trintignant #5 – Chassis #0578 – 8th

ART354 Ferrari 750 Monza – Tourist Trophy 1954 – Hawthorn/Trintignant #15 – Chassis #0440

ART355 Ferrari 250 California – Winner of 2 hour Relay Marlboro 1961 – A.Wylie #2 – Chassis # 1085

BEST Models

 

BEST9637 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 – 1965 – Saratoga white


BEST9638 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 HF – Tour de Corse 1965 – Cella/Gamenara. #119 – Amaranto Montebello (Official debut of Lancia in Rally Racing)

BEST9639 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Test 1000 km Nürburgring 1971 – Von Hohenzollern/von Bayern #5

BEST9640 Alfa Romeo 33.2 – 6 hours of Watkins Glen 1968 – Kwech/Martino #33

BEST9641 Ferrari 308 GTB4 LM – Test Fiorano 1976 – Niki Lauda

BEST9642 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Le Mans 1973 – Wicky/Cohen Oliver/Carron #52

BEST9643 Abarth 1000 SP – Rovereto/Asiago 1971 – M.Baldo #364

BEST9644 Lola T70 Coupe – 12 hours of Sebring 1968 – Bonnier/Axelsson #10

RIO Models

RIO4511 Fiat 1500 6C – Guardia Nazionale Republicana 1941 (Police)

RIO4512 Fiat 1500 6C – Fire Brigade 1948 – red

RIO4513 Volkswagen Beetle 1949 Cabriolet closed – grey

RIO4514 Citroen DS21 – Rally Monte Carlo 1970 – Pouderoux/Vincent #27

RIO4515 Fiat 1500 C6 – Taxi Milano 1940

RIO4516 Fiat 238 – Service car Lancia Rally Team

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News from the Continent – Looksmart and BBR 1:18 scale September 2016

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Looksmart

Looksmart have now released four new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 models in 1:18 scale resin moulded in China for Germany.

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LS18_05C Huracan GT3 Team Imperiale 2nd Monza 2016 Race 1


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LS18_05E Huracan GT3 Konrad Motorsport 24h Daytona 2016


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LS18_05F Huracan GT3 Carbonium with Silver Roof


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LS18_05H Huracan GT3 Full Carbonium


BBR

 

BBR has recently announced a new 1:18 scale resin model originated in Italy of the ever popular Ferrari 365 California as owned by Charles Bronson.  Photographs supplied by BBR are shown below.

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