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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


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



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

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


LS18_05C Huracan GT3 Team Imperiale 2nd Monza 2016 Race 1


LS18_05E Huracan GT3 Konrad Motorsport 24h Daytona 2016


LS18_05F Huracan GT3 Carbonium with Silver Roof


LS18_05H Huracan GT3 Full Carbonium



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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News from the Continent June/July 16 – M4 Modelcars

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


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


ART Models

18602 ART343 18603 ART343bART343 Ferrari 857 S

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

18604 ART344 18605 ART344b

ART344 Ferrari 500 Mondial

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

BEST Models

18606 BEST9625 18607 BEST9625b

BEST9625 Ferrari 330 GTC

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

18608 BEST9626 18609 BEST9626b

BEST9626 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

This now appears in light green metallic paint

18610 BEST9627 18611 BEST9627b

BEST9627 Porsche 908/03

Nurburgring Interserie 1972 –R.Jost #41

18612 BEST9010_2 18613 BEST9010_2b

BEST99010/2 Ferrari 250 LM

Le Mans 1965 – Dumay/Gosselin #26

RIO Models

18614 RIO4500 18615 RIO4500b

RIO4500 Fiat 238

Knorr delivery van 1974

18616 RIO4501 18617 RIO4501b

RIO4501 Citroen DS21

Rally Monte Carlo 1970, drivers Salomon and Saintigny #62

18618 RIO4502 18619 RIO4502b

RIO4502 Volkswagen Beetle

German Lufthansa staff car 1957

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Resin Roundup – Looksmart and BBR

By Maz Woolley with contributions from Hans-Georg Schmitt


Whilst the number of Formula One models from mainstream manufacturers seems to have slowed down Looksmart and BBR are both making detailed resin models available.


P18132A (1)P18132A Ferrari 126C2 G.P. USA Long Beach 1982

This model is in BBRs Project 18 range and is made in resin to 1:18 scale. Designed by Harvey Postlethwaite and based on a new chassis this car eventually won 1982 Constructors championship.  The car show is as driven by Jacques Villleneuve. The model is to be released shortly.

BBR also continue to  produce detailed models of contemporary Ferrari cars. Two new models are shown below.

P18122 (1)

P18122 Ferrari 488 GTE press version

This model is to 1:18 scale from BBR’s Project 18 range.

P18123 (2)

P18123 Ferrari 488 GT3 2015

Another model in 1:18 scale from the Project 18 range.


There are no pictures of these models available yet as the models are not expected until September 2016. The car is to be modelled to 1:43 and 1:18 scale.

LSF103 – Ferrari SF15-T Sebastian Vettel Belgium 2015 900th GP Scale 1:43
LS18F103 – Ferrari SF15-T Sebastian Vettel Belgium 2015 900th GP Scale 1:18

Another Looksmart model announced recently is the special edition of the current Aventador coupe that pays tribute to the Miura. Created by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam department, the Aventador Miura Homage reflects the colors and specifications of original Miura models. The upper body in one color is complemented by the lower body and sill in a contrasting tone.

The models to be produced to 1:43 scale are:

LS384MHA – Rosso Arancio Miura / Gold – Black Interior
LS384MHB – Verde Scandal / Gold – Black Interior
LS384MHC – Blu Tahiti / Gold – Terra Emilia Interior
LS384MHD – Giallo Fly / Silver – Black Interior
LS384MHE – Giallo Miura / Silver – Terra Emilia Interior

And the same prototypes are also modelled to 1:18 scale

LAMBO06MHA – Rosso Arancio Miura / Gold – Black Interior
LAMBO06MHB – Verde Scandal / Gold – Black Interior
LAMBO06MHC – Blu Tahiti / Gold – Terra Emilia Interior
LAMBO06MHD – Giallo Fly / Silver – Black Interior
LAMBO06MHE – Giallo Miura / Silver – Terra Emilia Interior

Looksmart Bentley Speed Six

Finally from Looksmart to 1:43 scale is a model of the famous Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train”. This model looks to be a fine model of this well known Bentley. In this car Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato raced and beat the famous “Train Bleu” northwards from the Côte d’Azur to Calais.

Looksmart Bentley Speed Six b


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Resin Roundup – ABC, Looksmart, Technomodels, BBR

By Maz Woolley with help from Hans-Georg Schmitt


ABC Brianza models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in Italy. Some are available as kits as well as ready built.  Pictures from the manufacturer of some of their latest releases are shown below.

ABC232M - ROLLS ROYCE SILVER WRAITH INSKIP 1947ABC232M – Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Inskip 1947

ABC328S - ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH CHASSIS WXA106 CARR. ERDMANN and ROSSI 1938 SilverABC328S – Rolls Royce Wraith chassis WXA106. Carr. Erdmann and Rossi 1938 Silver

ABC329 ALFA ROMEO 2300 GRABER 1939ABC329 Alfa Romeo 2300 Graber 1939


1:18 Scale resin cast in China for Germany.

The latest car to bear the Disco Volante name is being made in this large scale in their Mythos range.

Technomodel Alfa Romeo Disco Volante 1 18 Scale Metallic GreenAlfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring


This German based firm which has its 1:43 scale resin models moulded in China has announced two versions of the Ferarri SF16 Formula 1 car.

  • LSF104  Ferrari SF16-H No.5 Australia GP 2016 – Sebastian Vettel
  • LSF105  Ferrari SF16-H No.7 Bahrain GP 2016 –  Kimi Raikkonen


BBR continue to release models in 1:43 and 1:18 scale resin. All are mastered in Italy.

BBRC1801 Ferrari 250 Testarossa Winner Targa Florio 1958BBRC1801 Ferrari 250 Testarossa Winner Targa Florio 1958

These cars were introduced at the end of the 1957 season in preparation for the regulations restricting sports cars to 3 litres for Le Mans and World Sports Car races from 1958. This car is to 1:18 scale.

BBRC1811B ABARTH 695 Biposto Record 2015BBRC1811B ABARTH 695 Biposto Record 2015

Created to celebrate the 133 records Abarth hold. The 696 Biposto Record has a self-locking differential and is highly tuned. This car is to 1:18 scale.

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News from the Continent – BBR Models

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Here are some of the latest releases from BBR. Photographs have been supplied by BBR.

18152 BBR CAR32 (1)-1
BBR CAR32 Ferrari 365 California 1993 – blue
Scale 1:43 – edition of 72.
The model is based upon a Ferrari 365 California restored and presented at Pebble Beach in 1993 by William Kontes, a well known Ferrari collector.

18155 BBR1203BCF (2)
BBR1203BCF  Ferrari 488 GTB
Scale 1:12  – edition of 48
Painted in iron grey. The model will be supplied on a handmade display contained in a wooden box.

18162 BBR CARS1804 (6)
BBR CARS1804  Ferrari 275 GTB/$ Spider NART Conversion S/N 10917 2011
Scale 1:18 – edition of 36

18164 BLM1809 (7)
BBR BLM1809  Ferrari 340/375 MM s/n 0286AM  1959
Scale 1:18; edition of 150
The drivers Phil Hill and Richie Ginther were placed second in the 5th Carrera Panamericana  in 1954. The car was modified by Allen Guiberson, who had repainted it white and added a headrest and an aerodynamic fin. In 1955 this 340 MM was used successful by Carroll Shelby in the Torrey Pines Race

18168 BBR39 (7)
BBR39 Ferrari 375 AM “G. Agnelli” 1955
Scale 1:43
Painted in metal green and red. Ferrari and Pininfarina, who were just entering a mutual beneficial relationship, wanted to impress each other and the Fiat boss with the creation of the Agnelli 375. The demanding build resulted in an timeless and striking Ferrari. This last 375 America, chassis 0355AL, was shown at the Salon of Turin 1955.

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