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Matrix Models April 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has recently announced last release in April and future releases for May 2019. As ever a fascinating mix of models with a significant number of historical sports cars in addition to the coach built specials we expect to see.

All the models announced are moulded in resin to 1:43 scale and finished with photo-etchings. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Unfortunately there are only a few illustrations of the models available, most being illustrated by photographs of the real car which do not give us any chance to evaluate how good the model is.

Most of the models shown are new mouldings and announced for the first time, whilst others are new models that have been announced previously.

Expected April 2019

MX40604-062 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

Another version of the 212 Inter in well chosen colours and with Matrix good wire wheels. The interior models the tan leather seating well.

Expected May 2019


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-022 Bugatti T40 Roadster yellow / black 1921

MX40205-071 Bugatti T55 Roadster yellow / black 1932

A nice model of a classic Bugatti with typical nice Bugatti wheels well captured and the yellow stripe round the wings and running boards well applied.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-072 Bugatti T55 Roadster black / red 1932


MX41001-021 Lister – Jaguar racing green 1958

A British motor racing classic. Designed around the straight six Jaguar engine that had powered the D Type.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41001-102 Jaguar Pirana Bertone green metallic 1967


MX51001-061 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept silver 1990

This is a design study that looks to the Author like a stretched Rover 75 and it was yet another attempt by an Italian designer to clothe Jaguars in a newer style of body in an era where they were determinedly traditional.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX51001-062 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept green 1990

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier


MXR41001-021 Lister-Jaguar Daily Express Silverstone Moss #29 first green 1958

Malcolm Campbell was fond of fast cars for private use as well as for setting records. He had raced Type 37A Bugatti cars in grand prix races in France before he set his sight on world record breaking. His private cars were painted the same colour as the Bluebird record cars. A tradition his son, Donald Campbell, kept up. The model looks like it captures the Bugatti lines very well and the colour is convincing.

MX40205-091 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-092 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue half open 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41607-082 Singer Design Porsche 911 orange 2014

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX50205-022 Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe green 1951

A curious beast! Campers seem to be very popular models at the moment with a continental partwork given over entirely to them. Here Matrix do not credit the maker of the camper section and a whilst a search of the internet showed up a photograph of this camper at a show it did not give details of the maker. Perhaps the printed details to the rear of the caravan might give the maker away but the photograph’s resolution is not detailed enough to see what it says.


MX50304-061 Citroen ID Camper blue / gold 1973


MXR41302-011 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia Jenkinson / Moss #722 winner 1955

The famous winner of the Mille MIglia modelled here with tyhe passenger area covered and with what looks like two flyscreens. This is curious as the car run in the race had a single one piece full with screen and was open on passenger and driver’s sides as Denis Jenkinson sat there alongside Stirling Moss.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-012 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR RAC TT Moss/Fitch #10 first silver 1955

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-013 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR GP Sweden Fangio #1 winner silver 1955

M4 Model Cars Italy March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Group in Italy both design and manufacture in Italy. Models are diecast to 1:43 scale unless stated otherwise.

February 2019 Releases

We start with the releases made in February across their ranges.

ART Models

ART400 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

As run at the Grand Prix of Luxemburg, Findel in 1949 – driven by Luigi Villoresi – R.R. Winner


ART401 Ferrari 857 S

As run at the 1000 km Paris/Monthlery in 1956 – 5th position driven by De Portago and Hill


BEST Models

BEST9738 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

This is a Group 5 test car Varano 1979 this was driven by Riccardo Patrese and has been issued in a limited edition of 79 pieces with figurine.


BEST9739 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1200 HF

As driven in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally by Cella and Lombardini. It finished 5th over all and 1st in their class.


BEST9294/2 Ferrari 275 LM

A driven at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1968 by M.Gregory and C.Kolb


RIO Models

RIO4588 Fiat 1500 – 1936

Here the existing Fiat 1500 Casting is fitted with a roof rack carrying skis and a container for their fittings.


RIO4589 Ford 999

As used in Baltimore in 1904 to set a world speed record by Henry Ford. This is one of the early speed record holders produced by Rio over the years.


RIO4590 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1969

Another release of the Muira 400S. Here painted gold.


RIO4591 Mercedes-Benz 20-35 Landaulet 1909

Here the model is based upon a car featured at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. However, the Rio product manager has had the name stated incorrectly. This car is a Daimler as it was produced before the company merger that formed Mercedes-Benz took place in 1926..


March 2019 Releases

ART Models

ART034/2 Ferrari Dino 246 SP

Here modelled as the winner of 1000 km Nurburgring 1962 driven by Hill and Gendebien.


ART402 Ferrari 212 Export

Here the car is finished as first in class winner and fourth in class and second overall at SCCA Pebble Beach in 1952 driven by A. Stubbs


BEST Models

BEST9740 Porsche Carrera Abarth

Finished as the car which finished 7th at the 12 hour race at Sebring in 1962 driven by Gurney and Holbert.


BEST 9741 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

A very unusual open Fulvia as entered in the 1000 km at Nurburgring in 1969. It finished 1st in the 1.6 class driven by Munari and Aaltonen.


BEST9742 Ferrari 308 GTS 1980

The Best 308 GTS finished in the colours used in the US TV series Magnum.


RIO Models

RIO4592 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Another release of the 128 Saloon from Rio. Here in a pale blue and in Rally trim level. Looking at the photograph I hope that production models are not as heavily painted as this as the shut lines seem to lack crispness on the photograph. The front sidelight created by simply tampo printing a silver square also looks like a compromise that reduces the quality of the model.


RIO4593 KdF (Volkswagen) Cabriolet

Here is a KdF modelled after the car given as a gift to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday on 20.April 1939. And accompanied by a period publicity photograph.


RIO4594 Fiat Balilla Ambulance car Africa 1935

This must have been of limited use as a military ambulance as it is a very short van body. It would also have been limited use off road as it was a conventional two wheel drive chassis.


RIO4595 Mercedes-Benz SSK

The Rio SSK casting here finished as a car that ran at Le Mans in 1932 driven by Foucret and Foucret. This wire wheels on this model reflect the age of the casting and need upgrading to meet current standards.


BoS 1:87 Resin Models

By Maz Woolley

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

BoS (Best of Show) is one of the car brands owned by the owners of ModelCarWorld retail outfit in Germany. They have had BoS models made in many scales but this article looks at some of the 1:87 scale models moulded in resin in China for Germany and released over the last few months.

The BoS 1:87 range was introduced to replace the Neo 1:87 range, which was also owned by ModelCarWorld. The Neo range was beautifully made and finished but it proved to be too expensive for its target market and the BoS range was introduced at a lower price point with fewer details. However, these are still premium models being priced at twice the price of a Brekina Model in Germany for example.

The photographs below are supplied by the maker and show the models at greater than life size which may show up limitations not seen when looked at a normal distance.


Amphicar 770 Polizei 1961

The Amphicar was built with a Triumph Herald engine which drove either the road wheels or propellers. Production in West Germany ran from 1961 to 1968 and less than 4,000 were made.

They were seen in police livery in the 1962 film Le spie uccidono a Beirut and were actually used by the Hamburg Police.

The model is not painted to match Hamburg’s cars or those in the film and seems a little out of proportion with the real car.



Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950 with cover

A famous British Truck producer and a favourite with diorama builders. These models will presumably appeal to those with OO (1:87) scale British outline railway layouts set in the 1950s. For HO collectors there are already a wide range of 1:76 Atkinson models selling much cheaper than this.

The model seems generally good but the starting handle looks very overscale, perhaps it is made larger as it is so vulnerable to breakage. The chassis seems to be very simplified and the headboard seems to have been bent!


Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950

This is essentially the same truck but with an empty flat bed rather than with a sheeted load. The tampo printing is well done. Again a simplified chassis and oversized starting handle.


Aurus Senat 2018.jpg

The latest in Russian Presidential transport. A V8 powered armoured limousine to show off the power of the Russian State and its industry. Any resemblance to a Rolls-Royce or Bentley is, I am sure, entirely intentional.

The model does not seem to capture the complex curved panels on the side of the car and the front end seems too sloped from this photograph as the radiator on the real car is fairly upright. The chrome bumper elements either side of the radiator also seem to be rather heavier and to lack the multiple curves featured in the real car.

Still if you want a model of a Aurus then there don’t seem to be others available yet.


Cadillac Fleetwood 75 1941

A classic American car. And one available in 1:43 scale made by GLM.

The model has a lot of detail but some, like the window surrounds, does seem to be too large and flat in this scale. However this may not seem t be the case when seen from a normal viewing distance. The front grille, lights and badging all seem good.


Ferrari 512 BB 1976

Widely modelled in 1:43 scale from BBR to Mattel. Here it is in 1:87.

The wheels seem nicely replicated and the printed black side window framing is effective. However the bonnet seems to be curiously wavy with the light shutlines large and much too rounded. Again a feature than may look less obvious in the flesh.


Ferrari 308 GTS 1977

Another modelled by Italian makers like Best and BBR in 1:43 scale as well as Ixo and others. Here shrunk to a smaller size.

The photograph suggests that the model is not as long, or as low as the real car. Though the grille and wheels seem rather well done, the bonnet and light shutlines seem too rounded and large. The moulding also seems to lack the sophisticated lines of the original car which mixes smooth surfaces with slight ridges emphasising its sleek form.


Ford Transit Mark 1 German Fire Service 1965

A neat Mark One Transit here in twin wheel long wheelbase form. The Transit grille has been printed in quite fine detail a solution also adopted by Oxford Diecast for their slightly larger Mark One models.

The headlights have been well picked out with the cowling getting the correct highlighting and the vehicle has fine mirrors fitted that would need care when handling the model. The overall shape looks good as do the wheels .

A small ladder is fitted to the roof, though the original vehicle would I am sure have an extending ladder as the modelled one is not big enough to even get a cat down from a tree.


Lotus Esprit S1 1977

A car best remembered from the James Bond Film The spy who loved me. Models of car this abound in many scales. A Miber model was issued many years ago in 1:87 but that is now scarce and not up to modern standards.

Here the BoS follows the Oxford Diecast example of printing window frames on the body shell, and it is looks no better, with the body casting thickness immediately becoming obvious and spoiling the effect.

The over large bonnet and front pop up light panel lines do not seem as oversized as the Ferraris and the bonnet seems to have a less wavy surface. But maybe that is just the effect of the thick non metallic white paint.


Mercedes-Benz 770 (W150) Tourer 1938

The large parade car gets an outing in a small scale. Here the windows and the pillars look very effective and the body chrome seems very well applied. The Grille and lights seem to lack the shiny finish you might expect but a tiny Mercedes-Benz star sits on the top of the radiator.

The wheels and tyres seem to be very well done, and the huge folded roof is nicely matte and wrinkled. Just visible is a finely modelled steering wheel.


Morris Minor Van Royal Mail 1960

This model seems ‘dumpy’ from all angles. Like the Oxford Diecast it is not the best model of this car. If I am truthful the moulding seems to be vague with pressed in shapes blurred by a lack of definition. If it were diecast one might think the mould was wearing out, here it is clear that the master was far from crisp.

The front end is much poorer than the Brekina Morris Minor car in this scale and the wheels look almost like Hornby Dublo ones.


Reliant Regal Supervan III 1969

At first sight I thought that this was another Royal Mail vehicle but in this case it is liveried for Jim’s Toy Store. Sadly the address is unconvincing as here in the UK we put the street number before the name and not after.

The model seems to be similar in construction to the Oxford, and the bigger Vanguards, with button lights painted silver and a one piece body. Again the moulded body seem very blurred and rounded. In addition the rear wheels seem to be mounted too low and too far way from the body.

It would seem to me the only reason to buy this is if you are modelling a 1:87 scale UK railway scene as there are better 1:76 alternatives at a much cheaper price.


Renault Fuego 1980

The French answer to the Ford Capri. A car very much of its time and now the real ones are becoming very collectable. Solido do a very nice 1:43 model, as did Ixo in the James Bond Collection.

This model again suffers from externally printed black window frames and would have been much better with flush glazing and the frames printed directly on the window fitting.

The shape of the real car seems to be well caught in this case and body shut lines crisper than on some of the others.


Zil 111 1958

The Zil 111 was nicely modelled by Ixo for Ist, and the various partworks of Russian cars, as well as the James Bond Collection. But these were all 1:43 scale models.

The Zil 111 was introduced in 1958 and was clearly influenced by US cars of the early 1950s, Packard is often claimed as the primary influence. A large six litre V8 powered the heavy limousine and it was only provided for use by key party figures.

The model captures the car pretty well though the front grille has been simplified from the very ornate one used on the real car. The large printed chrome areas seem slightly dull in the photograph from the makers, but perhaps this is not the case when the model is held in the hand.


Merit 1:24 Scale Racing Car Kits

By Aldo Zana

All text, photographs and models by, and copyright of, Aldo Zana.
Reprinted with permission of VeloceToday.com on-line magazine
.

When the editor of Veloce Today was collecting Merit kits in the late
1950s, he could not have known that another writer-to-be was doing
exactly the same thing, at the same time, but in faraway Italy. His
Italian counterpart, Aldo Zana tells us all about these British models.

The whole range of the Merit 1:24-scale plastic kits assembled and painted in period liveries: mid-Fifties. Front line: British F1 and the Jaguar D-Type. Mid row: Italian F1 and Grand Prix racers and the Lotus 11. Rear row: French racers, Mercedes W196, Cooper 500 MkIX and Aston Martin DB3S.

It was hard times in the second half of the Fifties for European kids in love with Formula One and longing to become part of its world by collecting and playing with model racers. We Italians faced especially limited choices: the hard-to-find die-cast Nigam, the elusive Zax, or the old Mercury racers of the Forties: oddly scaled, with questionable faithfulness and tires fit for an all-terrain army truck. The rise of globalisation brought from the UK to the best Italian toy shops the die-cast Dinky Toys and the first Corgi Toys. The former listed obsolete F1/F2 single seaters of the early Fifties in its catalogue. Corgi featured more updated models of British production: however, merely two, already non-competitive in real life against our all-conquering Ferraris and Maseratis after Mercedes-Benz’ withdrawal in 1955. And they looked too small alongside the Dinkies and Mercuries. And then, out of the blue, cameMerit, although quite difficult to locate among the contemporary fast-growing and highly visible offerings of plastic (polystyrene) kits dominated by the leading US brands of Monogram, Revell, and Aurora.

Italian racers of the Forties and Fifties. From the left: Maserati 250F, Maserati 4CLT/48, Lancia Ferrari, Alfa Romeo 158.

In 1957 Merit produced precise 1:24 scale models of current Formula One protagonists: Lancia-Ferrari V8, Maserati 250F, Gordini T-16, as well as milestones of the pre-1952 F1 seasons: Alfa Romeo 158, Talbot-Lago T26, Maserati 4CLT/48 San Remo”. And thanks to a flurry of new offers in a few months’ span, we could also buy and build the emerging British single-seaters striving for the limelight after a decade of playing second fiddle to the Italians in the form of the Connaught B-Type “Syracuse” 1956, BRM P25 1956, and the Vanwall VW4 1956.

It became easier for Italian kids to become loyal to Merit’s growing offer of racing cars. The company enlarged its range with three sports car icons, all made in the UK: the well-known multiple winner
Jaguar D-Type, the lesser known Aston Martin DB3S and the as yet unknown Lotus Mk XI, a name on the verge of becoming a leader.

All British: the three sports cars in the series. From the left: Aston Martin DB3S, Lotus 11, and Jaguar D in Ecurie Ecosse livery.

The Merit kits came from a company called J & L Randall Ltd., based in the town of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, north of London. They were all sold in a standard, nondescript box, the same for every model: small and unappealing at a time when competing US brands already showcased their products on box-lids with colourful and attractive art to win the prime spots in shop windows . The only way to select the right Merit kit was a small label glued on one of the narrower sides.

The Alfa Romeo 158 with the standard box in the background. The box was the same for every kit.

They were quite expensive for the period, too: 1,100 Liras, when
the average monthly salary of a worker was about 45,000 Liras.
By comparison, a Mercury die-cast model racer cost 180 Liras and a Dinky 230-250 Liras.

The kits were moulded in flawless plastic; the surface was so clean and regular that it was possible to skip painting the body. It wasn’t a simple task for a kid to smoothly hand brush the Humbrol enamels; airbrushes for modellers were still a long way into the future. The solvent used at that time by Humbrol allowed, nevertheless, a clean and uniform finish even when working with the brush.

The instruction sheet of the 4CLT/48 Maserati. The front side tells in short the history and the races of the real car, the back side presents a clear illustration of the easy assembly procedure.

Assembly was quite straightforward too: the body was split in two halves, top and bottom. Axles and driver seat had to be glued to the bottom half, other details (exhaust pipes, windscreen, dashboard, steering wheel) to the top section, before joining these two sub-assemblies. Each wheel/tire was moulded in two halves and the tire had to be carefully painted matte black. The spokes were a decal (transfer, in British parlance) to be applied on a little transparent celluloid disc, subsequently set onto the outside of the wheel prior to gluing the hub cap. The quality of the decals was only fair and I preferred to avoid them.

The racing number decals were usually quite hard and dry, prone to
cracking. Yet, it was possible to soften them using highly diluted vinyl glue, given the lack of softening liquids on the market. The instruction sheet had a pedantic list of building steps on the front, ending with the painting scheme, but a clear assembly drawing on the back. More interesting was, at the top of the first page, a short presentation of the real car, a summary of its main successes as well as a basic description of its technical characteristics and performance.

Talbot-Lago T26, 1949, one of the two “super” kits featuring engine detail. The body was left unpainted. Note the smoothness of the plastic injection.

Two kits were super-detailed to include the engine and a removable engine bay cover: the 1950 Alfa Romeo 158 and the 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 4.5 litre. Both were probably made so detailed because the moulds were already available when pressure to launch new models forced the company to simplify and shorten the production cycle.

The whole range of 1956 F1 and Sports cars went on sale in 1957,
a remarkably short time to market: Lancia-Ferrari, Maserati 250F,
BRM P25, Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, Gordini T16, Vanwall VW4. A very British choice was the addition of the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956.

A tribute to the former German dominance was the kit of the Mercedes-Benz W196, the 1954 road-racing version mistakenly presented as the 1955 model. The Maserati 4CLT/48 was another obsolete racer in the series. The kit didn’t have the inner details of the Alfa Romeo and the Talbot-Lago. It was an unusual selection of a car that wasn’t a winner, yet it was well-known being driven by Thailand’s Prince Bira and Brit Reg Parnell.

A real piece of history outside F1 and sports cars, the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956, recalls a glorious period of British racing. Body unpainted.

A final touch of class was the colour of the ink used for the instruction sheets: dark red for the Italians, British Racing Green for the British, blue for the French. The Mercedes sheet fell outside the paradigm, printed in dark blue as the historically correct white or silver would have been impossible to read.

The boxes of the later kits contained a small multi-page
educational leaflet on Motor Racing, a more detailed description of the prototype, and a promotional bottom line advertising the brand of motor oil used in races by the car. The leaflet on the Vanwall doubled to eight pages and ended with a tribute to Tony Vanderwell who “raised the prestige of British Automobile Engineering throughout the world”.

The four-page leaflet in the Jaguar D-Type box. A good recap of the car’s history. Britain still ruled. And the following year it also became true in F1.
Below, all fourteen of the Merit models in individual photos. You won’t see this often!
Vanwall VW4, 1956, when the Brits knocked at the forefront of F1. Decals are original.
1956 Lancia Ferrari. The Merit kits was on sale early 1957, a remarkably short time-to-market.
Gordini six-cylinder F2, 1952. Humbrol paint (“Enamel” on the original British tin) to cover the body.
Alfa Romeo 158 with engine cover removed to show the inner details. The other “super” kit together with the Talbot-Lago
Alfa Romeo 158, 1950, hood in place.
Talbot-Lago T26, 1949. A good representation of the engine.
Mercedes W 196, 1954, open wheel version. Decals are original including the chequered cover of the driver’s seat
The diminutive Cooper Mk IX, 1956. The silver exhaust was easier to paint.
Maserati 4CLT/48 in Argentinian livery, as raced by Fangio in Europe.
Aston Martin DB3S, 1956. The yellow trim is an addition of the kit builder.
Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, 1956. Quite a rare bird in real and scale model worlds.
Lotus 11, 1956. Airbrush repainted after 60 years when the plastic suffered signs of shrinking.
Jaguar D-Type, 1954. The gap at the rear end of the front section of the body is due to having modified the part to make it tilting forward like the real thing.
Maserati 250F, 1956 version.
BRM P25, 1956. To use the brush for the semi-metallic finish was quite a brave endeavour over- sixty years ago.

Matrix March 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Here are the details of the latest releases from Matrix. These models are all moulded in resin to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All are produced in limited quantities and two have already sold out on dealer’s pre-orders so may be particularly difficult to obtain.

Matrix prices have risen very considerably over the last few years but they seem to have steadied a little in recent months. I hope that this continues as I feel that sales must have declined as some Matrix models crossed the 100 UK pounds price point.

New Models

MX10108-031 Aston Martin DB6 Volante grey metallic 1966

The DB6 was an in-house styling exercise with the major emphasis upon wind tunnel testing to stop the back end lift that was experienced on the DB5, and re-engineering the height to give more space inside. The solution was a Kamm tail with a small lip spoiler at the rear. It was in production from 1965 to 1970 when it was replaced by the DBS. The convertible was made as the ‘Volante‘ from 1966 and only 140 were made.

This model is in silver with the hood down.


MX10108-032 Aston Martin DB6 Volante red metallic closed 1966

Here is the same model painted red and with its hood up. A neat presentation of the hood. It follows the earlier Matrix DB6 coupe which was painted a bright yellow.


MX 40108-011 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt red 1953

This DB2/4 was a one of its kind Bertone bodied fixed head coupe commissioned by Stanley H ‘Wacky’ Arnolt. There is also speculation that the lost Arnolt chassis, LML/503, may also have been bodied in this style. The car was delivered by Arnolt to a French customer in 1955. The design was by Franco Scaglione, It is powered by the later DB2/4 2.9 litre engine.

This model is painted red the colour that the car was in when delivered from Bertone.


MX40108-012 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt white 1953

The same car as above, literally in the case of the 1:1 scale car. Bertone was proud of this styling work and the car was seen in white at a Turin Motor Show. In more recent times the car made its way to the US where it currently resides. The car never went into series production because David Brown decided to stop supplying Aston Martin rolling chassis to Coach Builders.


MX40604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe “Bumblebee” Vignale #0197EL black / yellow 1952

This model is another that dealers have taken up the whole output already clearly expecting this unusual variation to sell out quickly.

Vignale built about 153 Ferraris from 1950 to 1954. Not all were stylistic successes. The 212 Export Lungo modelled here by Matrix is known as ‘bumble bee’ due to the yellow and black colours used. They have vestigial rear fins and the classic Ferrari egg crate grille.

This car was originally delivered to a French customer, then was exported to the States before ending up in the UK where it was fully restored to its original finish before travelling back to the US again.


Another version of the same VIgnale Ferrari. This time in classic red. Less distinctive than its sister model but perhaps more typical of the colour selected by customers.

MX40604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red 1952


New Versions

MX20302-372 Chevrolet Suburban K10 brown metallic 1978

Dealers have pre-ordered the entire run of this model so they obviously anticipate them being popular with collectors.

The model is of a seventh generation Suburban which was the longest lasting being in production from 1973 to 1991 though there were considerable changes in styling and engine line up over the long run. The Suburban was a truck like full sized SUV typical of the time.


MX20303-072 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon black 1942

The Town and Country wagon was introduced in 1941 and production was suspended in 1942 as the US turned to full scale war production after their entry into the Second World War.

The Matrix model captures the original well with the narrow chrome strips making up the grille and on the rear wing neatly added. The pictures suggest that the wooden panels have been simulated well too.

The Town and Country returned to production in 1948 but only as a sedan or convertible. The pre-war eight passenger wagons were the last of their kind.


MX40201-062 Bentley 4.25 litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton grey metallic 1937

Editor: Reader Kenneth Hodges has kindly pointed out to the Editor that the Coachbuilder is Carlton as stated by Matrix and that the car is not Carlton grey as the editor had incorrectly assumed. So the original non-italicised text in the paragraph below is incorrect. Carlton were an English Coachbuilder based in London. They were noted for building modern looking cars and were quite productive until the Second World War. After that, staff previously involved with Carlton, had a business re-bodying pre-war Rolls-Royce chassis in a more modern style but as demand for that fell they faded away.

Matrix do not tell us which coachbuilder the car was made by. From the styling a continental coachbuilder seems more likely than a traditional UK firm. The lack of a running board and the way that the rear wings have been handled suggest a French origin perhaps?

In any event the model is excellent with the dramatic lines around the faired in rear wheel being very crisply captured.

The grey seems to suit the model better, in my opinion, than the blue and white colours used on its previous appearance in the range.


MX51311-041 Maserati Mexico Speciale by Frua red metallic 1967

The Maserati Mexico was derived from a 2+2 prototype shown on the Vignale stand at the October 1965 Turin Salon. It used a 4.9-litre 5000 GT chassis which had been damaged. After the show the prototype was sold to the Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos so the model became known as the Mexico. Vignale’s prototype was so well received that Maserati put it into production debuting in August 1966.

The car modelled by Matrix is not a standard Maserati Mexico. In May 1967 a German Maserati importer had a special Mexico  made by Maserati and bodied by Frua.  Appearing like a 4-seat Mistral but built on the 3500 GTs tubular chassis this prototype ‘Mexico’ was fitted with the Mistral’s six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte.


News from the Continent February 2019 – M4 Model Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

All the models shown below were scheduled to be released in January 2019 so should be available in retailers now. Unless otherwise stated the models are diecast in Italy to 1:43 scale. As is usual all the models are re-liveries or re-colours on long established castings

Art Models

ART398 Ferrari 335 S

Fourth placed at the Swedish Grand Prix 1957 driven by Hawthorn and Musso – Ferrari chassis #674


ART399 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

This placed second at a six hours race at Sebring in 1950 and was first in the two litre class driven by Kimberly and Lewis. This represents Ferrari chassis #0010

BEST Models

BEST9734 Ferrari 330 GTC 1966

Styled by Pininfarina this is a rare and expensive car. One in a similar colour sold recently for over 600,000 US Dollars. Here the Best model is stated as being painted in a hazelnut brown metallic finish.


BEST9735 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1,3 HF

Here the Fulvia casting is liveried for the car which finished third in the Coppa delle Alpi in 1968 driven by Trautmann and Trautmann.


BEST9736 Lancia Fulvia Rally 1,6 HF Fanalone 1969

‘Fanalone’ is the name for the cars with the large twin headlights fitted towards the end of the Fulvia’s run. Here it is in Corsa red with the distinctive front styling.


BEST9737 Porsche 550 RS

Here the RS is finished as it appeared when it ran in the Mille Miglia in 1957 driven by Heinz Schiller.


RIO Models

RIO4585 Lamborghini Miura P400 1966

Styled by Bertone this model is in the yellow colour many of these cars were finished in. IN fact it looks very similar to the 1967 car Jay Leno has which was originally bought by Dean Martin.


RIO4586 Citroen DS 21

Here finished as the 1.000.000th DS car produced and painted in gold. Unfortunately the painting has rather flooded all the scored body lines. Further issues include the front amber indicators being printed crookedly and the front bumper is missing the many black inserts fitted on the real car.


RIO4587 Fiat 1100/103

Here the RIo Fiat 1100 casting is seen again, this time as an Italian Police car from 1954.


Brumm Automodelli – 100% made in Italy

By Jerry J. Broz with Rio Tattarletti

Text by and copyright of Authors.
Photographs provided by the Brumm Automodelli snc.

Located in one of the beautiful parts of Italy, near Lake Como, is one of the Italy’s oldest, family-owned manufacturer of 1:43 scale collectable die-cast metal model cars, Brumm Automodelli snc.

The name Brumm comes from the term Brumista a Lombard dialect term for a “cabbie” that was adopted by horse-drawn carriage cab drivers from Milan who named the carriages Brumm de Milan.

In 1952, after the end of the Second World War, Reno, one of the three sons of Giuseppe and Aide Tattarletti, founded the Fratelli Tattarletti company. Then in 1961, he founded Stampoplastica to produce dies for a well known electric model train manufacturer Rivarossi and the famous manufacturer of scale model cars Dugu Miniautotoys, as well as for a variety of products and equipment produced by other companies. This led to the founding of RIO Models in 1962 which produced its own line of 1:43 scale model cars.

In the following ten years, from 1962 to 1972, Reno Tattarletti and his  brothers Nilo and Diego operated Rio and Stampoplastica companies. In 1972, Reno left Rio to his brothers (who continued to produce 1:43 scale model cars) and left Stampoplastica to his best employees, Molteni and Bianchi.  From 1972 to 1975, Molteni & Bianchi produced tooling for other companies and were primary suppliers to Rio. At the same time they started to develop the coach collection for themselves.

During this time, Reno devoted his time to collecting real cars and constructing a museum-like building in which to showcase and store his collection of various cars. Some tooling machines were also moved into the building with the collection. Molteni & Bianchi eventually partnered with Reno Tattarletti and formed the Brumm Automodelli snc.

For Reno Tattarletti, and Brumm’s co-founders Virginio Bianchi and Emilio Molteni, the carriages were memories of their youth. Because of this, the Brumm and Historical series, dedicated to Carriages and Horse-drawn Carriages, were the first of Brumm’s series. These were soon followed by Old Fire series. All three initial series were produced in plastic. The subsequent Revival series, which came after the Carriages and Horse-drawn Carriages series was the first produced in metal.

Throughout the evolution of Brumm, additional products have been added, and are divided into seven major groups: Newsletters (listing the dates and numbers), News (listing all the news of the years – from 2012 to 2018), Series (grouping of the models), Brand (marques of the car modelled), Category (list of models’ functions), Street (list of model types), and Racing (list of racing types). Each group features historic, vintage,classic, production, sports and racing cars and car related items.

Special cars, collections, drivers and events are instantly accessible
through the following lists:  Ferrari, Porsche 917, GTO Collection,
Gilles Villeneuve, Fiat 500, Formula 1, World Champions, Le Mans,
Lupin, Transporters, Carousel, Monza, and Drivers.

Eventually the current owner of Brumm, Rio Tattarletti (son of the Brumm founder Reno), and co-owners, Emilio Molteni and Virginio Bianchi, mainly focused on producing 1:43 scale die-cast metal models of Italian racing, sports and street cars. Later on, the model library was expanded to include similar styles of 1:43 scale die-cast metal models from Germany, Britain, France, and other countries. Some of the cars were made in several different liveries.

Today, Brumm primarily produces new models and a few older die-cast models of 1:43 scale Formula One Ferrari and other F1 and Sports racing cars.  Additionally, they produce an assortment of out-of-production racing cars and other vintage, classic, sports and street models of collectable, die-cast metal model cars. One special type of model they make are “damaged replicas” of Formula One models which accurately recreate damaged bodywork and deflated

tires and which form part of the Autostory Collection. This also includes diorama sets and figures such as drivers with and without umbrellas, as well as spare tires and wheels, spare wings, mechanics, garage equipment and tools. There are even paddock girls and pit stop mechanics with and without umbrellas, various spectators. These all help us recreate “Great Moments of Motorsport” like:

  • Villeneuve’s spectacular accidents
  • The domination of Porsche at Le Mans
  • The 1955 Mille Miglia Mercedes 300SLR
  • The 1951 British Grand Prix Ferrari 375
  • The famous 1981 duel between the Ferrari 126CK Turbo and the F 104 Starfighter

Race Transporter Sets come with trucks and cars and are made with the cooperation of another small Italian company “Old Cars” improving and updating  some of their transporter products. For example, the set of Transporter 642RN includes three Ferrari
156 cars, 2 drivers, 2 mechanics, and 2 sets of tires.

A new product line, called the “Commercial Series” which included a “Carousel“, was added featuring models of Fiat 500, 600, 600 Multipla, and Fiat 1100 in different promotional liveries. This includes Campari Rum, Coca-Cola, Pasta Buitoni, Macchine Singer, Galbani, and others. The models were also presented in nationalist themed sets such as a Porsche Speedster with Eva Peron markings, a Fiat 500 for the Pope Habemus Papam Francesco, and others.

Production for the promotional market is growing and Brumm is becoming more and more involved in that market. Every promotional model made is unique and unrepeatable. The production of a promotional model, including development of the packaging, must be done quickly and meet the buyer’s specifications, timing and budget.

The “Anniversaries Series” as well as the 50th Anniversary Series
spanning 1968-2018 have been added to Brumm’s output. These editions were limited to 100 pieces each and presented in commemorative box sets. One of the first of these editions celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic
band, Pooh.Another to appear is a replica of the legendary “Fiat 600 Multipla” car which appeared in the 1981 video of Chi Fermera la Musica” (“Who will Stop the Music“).

Another release from Brumm celebrated Jim Clark 50th Anniversary 1968-2018. This featured the two time Formula One World Champion and his Lotus 25 race car. And let’s not forget the 50th Anniversary of Ed. Lupin, the famous Japanese gentleman thief.

Brumm recently introduced models of the “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” atomic bombs dropped by U.S. on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, at the end of the Second World War.  Each bomb was presented in a display inscribed with the date, time of detonation, and location. Although well accepted by collectors, Brumm was criticised for making the models of the atomic bombs, even though these are part of world history and the atomic age.

Occasionally, Brumm produce items unrelated to model cars like the Happy Easter 2016 Greeting Card with a picture of Chocolate model car, a true, full scale driving simulator, for visitors of the Brumm stand at Hobby Model Expo 2014, and the 2017 Fiat 500 Babbazza Merry Christmas diorama.

The “Fairs and Events Series” highlights Brumm’s participation in the Hobby Model Expo in Milano, the International Nuremberg Toy Fair in Nuremberg, the Model Expo in Verona, and the 35th and 45th anniversary of Brumm itself. In previous years Toy Fair models were also sold to customers in shops as well as used as promotional items at the Fairs themselves.

The beautiful Brumm exhibits at various Expos and Fairs attract Brumm model car enthusiasts and curious visitors. The series
also lists and highlights photographs of participation at the various events. Brumm exhibits at a wide range of shows and collectors meetings such as Miss Brumm 2007. Some displays have been very special such as the unforgettable Brumm exhibit/stand at the 2009
Nuremberg Toy Fair. The “Fairs and Events Series highlights many of the other Brumm activities besides their model cars.

Continuing the long family tradition, 100% of everything in Brumm’s factory is made in Italy, thus the promotion line “Brumm Automodelli -100% made in Italy” / “Brumm Automodelli – Prodotto Italiano Al 100%“. This makes the Brumm models different from all other Italian die-cast model car companies whose products are not entirely made in Italy. Brumm’s lines differ from other companies through their long life, the fact they are made entirely in Italy and the wide range of models offered. The company remains a private business and is still producing models today when many competitors have closed or have been swallowed up by international companies producing elsewhere.

During the last two years, the Brumm Factory has organised at least five tours each year dedicated to collectors and car enthusiasts.  This year the owners of Ferrari model cars were treated to a special event during which they had access to real Ferrari cars and their owners.

Brumm’s die-cast, metal model cars and accessories are made in 1:43 scale using state-of-the-art computerised equipment to digitise photographs and measure actual cars in order to produce the tooling and steel dies needed for plastic components and metal casting. The models and accessories are hand spray-painted, oven dried, tampo printed,and decaled (numbering, striping, national colours as needed for a driver or race). They are detailed with photo-etched parts.  After assembly, each model is inspected (road tested) before being packaged and sent to dealers around the world. The historically accurate models are available at an affordable price and are very popular with collectors world-wide. Note Brumm models are not toys and are recommended for ages 14 and up.

In 2018, Brumm manufactured and delivered 120 different items, (30 new, 2 promotionals, 62 re-runs, and 26 updated models). The complete catalogue has an assortment of 595 different model cars and accessories available exclusively in 1:43 scale. The current status of those 595 models is: one not available, 390 out of
production, and 102 available to pre-order).

The wide availability of Brumm models and accessories is a great reason to start an enviable 1:43 scale collection.  To see what is available view the Brumm website (www.brumm.it) and request the General Catalog, Year-book or the current Qui Brumm Catalog (announcing the new models). The Brumm Store newsletter can be subscribed to from the right hand bar on their website. Collectors may also follow Brumm on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube,
Google, Pinterest, Instagram as well.

Collectors are highly recommended Danilo Castellarian’s “Brumm Librumm 1972/2002 a story of models“. This is very well written and illustrated and consists of 64 pages of the Brumm Modelli Company evolution and 180 pictures of Brumm history, production facilities, catalogues and products. The book is available in English,Italian, French and German.

Also available are Brumm Newsletter #078 / November News 2018 and the Qui brumm 2018 News Catalogue featuring all news, updates and promotional materials of the current year. The Qui brumm 2018 (updated catalogue with all the 2018 news) is available in hard copy or digital format.

E N C O R E !

                          2019  PREVIEW:  Ferrari 312 T4 “snowplow”.

Brumm has chosen the Ferrari 313 T4 Grand Prix car to introduce the first Brumm 1:43 scale model with steering front wheels.
Currently, this is the only model car on the 1:43 scale die-cast model market with steerable front wheels. About 10 years ago, “Quartzo”, a brand name used by Sun Star company, made the 1:43 scale model of Renault F1 R330B N 15 with steerable front wheels.


News from the Continent January 2019 – M4 Models

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M2 Models are the group responsible for Art, Best and Rio models. These are all made to 1:43 scale in Italy. The models shown in this article were due for release in December 2018.

ART

ART396 Ferrari 860 Monza

This car was second at the 1000 km at the Nurburgring in 1956 driven by Fangio and Castelotti Chassis #0602


ART397 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

This car was raced at the Mille Miglia in 1949 driven by Taruffi and Nicolini


BEST

BEST9025/2 Ferrari 250 LM

This Ferrari came in 6th in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1965 driven by A.Noller and D.Spoerry


BEST9257/2 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

This car was run in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1972 where it did not finish after its involvement in an accident. It was driven by Stuppacher and Roser.


BEST9732 Porsche 550 RS

This car took part in the Governator´s Trophy in 1958 driven by F.Campell


BEST9733 Ferrari 330 GTS 1967

This is a model of a Ferrari that would cost several million at auction. Here it is painted in an unusual Hazelnut metallic colour.


RIO

RIO4583 Lamborghini Miura P400 1966

Styled by Bertone this model is the classic Muira coloured in the bright orange popular in the late sixties, here called Miura orange.


# 22537/22538

RIO4584 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1968

Again styled by Bertone this later Miura in lime green has the modified chrome headlight surrounds fitted from 1968 on and the chrome window surrounds introduced that year as well. The model marks the 50th anniversary of this car often called the Muira S to distinguish it from its predecessor.


News from the Continent December 2018 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of,  the Author. Photographs from the manufacturer unless otherwise stated.

The models shown below should all have been released by the time this article is published. All the models shown are diecast unless stated otherwise and are made to 1:43 scale in Italy.

ART

ART395 Ferrari 250 P – Nassau, Governator’s Trophy 1963 -2nd Place Pedro Rodriguez

ART161/2 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – 24 hours of Le Mans 1949 – Drivers Lucas/Helde

BEST9728 Porsche 550 – SCCA National – Thompson 1959 – 9th Joe Trotter

BEST9729 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Turbo –  Daytona
24 hours 1981 Drivers Alboreto / Ghinzani / Gabbani

BEST9730 Ferrari 250 LM – Winner of Grand Prix of Angola, Luanda 1964 Willy Mairesse

BEST9731 Ferrari 512 BB 1977 – gold and black – single sample Sotheby`s auction 2018

RIO4579 Lamborghini Miura Roadster Bertone – Motor Show Brussels 1968

RIO4580 Volkswagen Beetle Rally Monte Carlo 1954 – Drivers Prager/Culbert

RIO4581 Fiat 1100 E – Rally Monte Carlo 1955 – Drivers Dunod/Sampigny

RIO4582 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe 1953

Its hard to believe but they don’t learn from others. Yet again the two Beetle models introduced this month have a number of faults. The oval rear window is right for 1953/1954, but the triangular ventilators in the front door are missing. The small brake lights at the rear are also incorrect. The bumpers are from a 1948 model, the twin exhaust pipes from 1956,  and as a special “highlight” the air intake slots between the windscreen wipers were not introduced until 1968!


A look around in November 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs provided by manufacturers and wholesalers.

There is a huge range of models being released in the final quarter of this year. This article looks at models from a wide range of manufacturers that we do not often review.

Bburago and Maisto

Both brands from the same maker. Well known for budget models and often selling in toy shops and stores which offer few other model vehicles. The models are often in larger scales but 1:43 models also feature.

B18-11040 1:18 Bugatti Chiron


Bburago Triumph Bobber 1:18


M31409 1:10 Honda Repsol 2017 Marc Marquez #93

Ready painted assembly kits 1:24 ferarri FXX-X


M39124 1:24 Build your own Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

B18-31456 Mercedes Benz car transporter with 1 x 1:43 die cast car

B18-30393 1:43 Suburu WRX STI 2017 sold from trade pack

 

CMC

 

CMC models are famed for being both expensive and beautifully modelled. Here we see a group of Ferrari racing cars built to their usual very high standards. All the models date back to the classic 1950s racing scene.

CMC M183 Ferrari D50, 1956, GP Italy (Monza) #26 Collins/Fangio


CMC M184 Ferrari D50 yellow GP Belgium #20 Pilette and Lancia D50 #6 Ascari


CMC M185 Ferrari D50,1956 long nose, GP Germany #2 Collins

Ixo

Many of the Atlas Jaguar models have yet to be seen under the Ixo brand. Here we have the Mark Ten which appeared in the Atlas series with a rather ‘tip-toes’ appearance in maroon. Here we see it in a pale blue with slightly more detailed wheels. It still has Jaguar on the number plates rather than realistic ones.

 

IXO CLC291 Jaguar MK 10, metallic-light blue, 1961

Almost Real

They are makers of detailed 1:18 scale resin models, many sold in as promotionals by the manufacturers. This is a model of one of the last Defenders made.

ALM 810307 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage Collection Green

Road Kings

Following the Scania recently looked at in MAR Online  there is now a new model. Again this is a classic tractor unit, this time from Mercedes-Benz. Again it looks a large and impressive diecast model.

Mercedes LPS 1632 1969 blue/red/black 1:18

Tecnomodel

These resin kits are very detailed resin models mostly to 1:18 scale and are made in Italy.

TEC 18111C Lotus Evora 410 met green 2017

These models are made in small batches. Batches are also to be made in yellow, silver and black


TEC 1897A Bizzarrini P538 Le Mans 1966 #10

Driven by Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky. The same mould has been used to produce two press versions in red and blue. There is also to be a blue Can-Am version.

CMR (Classic Model Replicars)

CMR make diecast models in China. They make a wide range of classic racing models. Most models are in 1:18 scale.

CMR 045 Porsche 917 LH #18 24h LeMans 1971 Rodriguez, Oliver


CMR 070 Ferrari 340 Berlinetta Mexico #20

3rd placed in the Carrera Panamericana  in 1952 driven by Chinetti and Lucas


CMR 111 Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe #12 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Schlesser and Grant


CMR 112 Shelby Cobra Daytona #59 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Harper and Sutcliffe


CMR 113 Aston Martin DBR1 #5 Winner 24h LeMans 1959

Driven by Shelby and Salvadori

CMR 12006 Ferrari 330 P4 #21 2nd 24h LeMans 1967 1:12 Scale

Driven by Scarfiotti, Parkes

BoS (Best of Show)

Best of Show is a brand produced for ModelCarGroup in Germany. The models are made in resin in China. Initially BoS models were made in 1:43 and 1:18 scale at a lower standard than the premium brands MCG own like Neo. After they stopped making 1:87 scale Neo models they introduced a slightly less detailed range of resin 1:87 scale models under the BoS brand. Here we see two of the Renault cars available which feature good wheels and detailing.

Renault 18, rot, 1978


Renault Fuego, metallic-dunkelbeige, 1980

CMF

Another MCG brand made in China from resin to 1:18 scale. These are detailed models and considerably dearer than their MCG diecast 1:18 scale range.   Following the fashion to model the immediately pre-war German streamliners that is popular with many ranges this year.

Maybach DS8 Stromlinien-Cabriolet Spohn, light grey and black  1934


Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, black and beige 1935