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Hachette Italy World Buses Part 25

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Parts 73 to 75

After a short delay (sorry), here is the 25th part of my summary of the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo. Here we’ll see another GM “New Look”, an interesting (but not very successful) Italian Fiat and an iconic Chausson.


No. 73 (no. 96 in the French collection) General Motors “New Look” TDH-5303 1965 – We have already seen the GM history and how the New Look bus (see part 20, no. 59) was introduced in 1959 to replace the previous transit buses, soon becoming an iconic North American sight, and gaining the “fishbowl” nickname after its six-piece rounded windscreen. The huge window surfaces, the higher and longer body and the more “dynamic” styling (a bit reminiscent of the Scenicruiser) made the New Look very welcome to the public, especially when compared to the slightly clumsy “Old Look”. The denomination (TDH-5303) says it all: a transit bus (T), diesel engined (D) and with a hydraulic transmission (H), a long chassis (53 for 12,20 metres), third series (03). Indeed the four series are all aesthetically very similar, only the GM monogram and the interior design underwent modifications.

This scale model sports the dark green and grey livery of the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, with a plastic body and metal baseplate, it is well detailed and has an added silver exhaust. It is a very large model, with a correct interior and driver’s area. Based on the previous model of the New Look TDH-5301 (no. 59) the only difference seems to be the addition of a box on the roof, very likely an air conditioning system, plus new rear lights and engine panel. A few reflectors have been added on the sides, but the chassis still indicates TDH 5301. The route is 41, from White Plains Road (Bronx) to 142nd Street (Upper Manhattan). There are no apparent differences to the French edition. Another smart re-use of a previous mould, but we would have preferred something new!


No. 74 (no. 97 in the French collection) FIAT 412 Aerfer 1961 – A double decker in Rome? Why not! In 1905 a Thornycroft 24 HP double decker bus was seen on Roman roads used bySocietà Romana Tramways Omnibus (SRTO), and in 1930 the Lancia Omicron Duplex was seen in Campidoglio Square, only to be surpassed in 1932 by a gargantuan “two deckers and a half” on the road from Rome to Tivoli. Beautiful pictures of them all can be found at the following web page. Established in 1909 as AATM, the Roman transport company changed its name almost immediately to ATM (Municipal Tramways Company) and started its commercial service in 1911. It then gradually absorbed SRTO‘s lines and rolling stock, which ran most of the urban tramways network. In 1926 the City of Rome was replaced by the Governorship of Rome, ATM changed its name to ATG, and two years later to ATAG (Bus and Tramways Company of the Governorship). In 1944, the city returned to its original status, so the ATAG became ATAC.

In the 1960s, following the withdrawal of the tramways network there was a drastic reduction of transport capacity, ATAC decided to try double deckers again, which had not been very successful in the 1930s. Two prototypes were tested in 1964, built on a Fiat 412 chassis, derived from the contemporary 410 and improved through a double skeleton of longitudinal and cross beams (for the Fiat history see part 8 no. 23). The bodywork was of aeronautical type, developed by AERFER of Naples using a stiffened shell structure in light aluminium alloy (Costruzioni Aeronautiche e Ferroviarie, Aeronautical and Railway Constructions, later merged in Aeritalia). The engine was a six cylinder diesel developing 176 HP, installed in a semi-horizontal position and placed transversely at the rear. The floor was partially lowered between the two axles, with three quadruple doors and two inside staircases to the upper floor, the front one for the ascent and the rear for the descent. But the 412 had been designed for characteristics entirely different from the Italian ones (a South American order, later cancelled), and soon the 412 revealed itself to be unsuitable for the road network of Rome. The people, fearful of being unable to get off at the desired stop, preferred to crowd the lower floor (which could contain 12 persons seated and 80 standing), leaving the 45 seats of the upper deck unused. Only 58 of these buses were used by ATAC, out of the ten years production total of only 127 units. Many large Italian towns tested the 412 (Bari, Bologna, Florence, Naples, Verona), but with poor results.

The scale model is based on a bus from Florence, route 17 from Viale Duse to Piazza Puccini (roughly from Coverciano to the Cascine park). The model is superb: made with a metal lower body and plastic upper body and chassis. It is well detailed and quite heavy. Livery is the typical green bicolour of Italian buses of the era, enhanced by an aluminium fascia, and the printed lettering is accurate. However, the interior is poor, spoiled by metal supports, and the staircases are only partially modelled. Good value for money despite this. There are no apparent differences to the French edition. Hachette must be congratulated for the choice of such a rare vehicle.


No. 75 (no. 98 in the French collection) Chausson APH 47 1947 – Nice to meet Chausson and its products again. After the 1950 APH (see part five, no. 14), the 1956 ANG coach (see part eighteen, no. 53) and the 1953 APU/53 (see part twenty two, no. 66), it is now the turn of the 1947 APH 47 to appear in the collection. Based in the Paris region from 1907, and a initially a supplier of components to the automotive industry, after the 1930s Chausson started producing car and unitary bus bodies. During the post war boom Chausson supplied thousands of buses to many French cities, but in 1959 Saviem acquired all their bus related activities and Chausson left that market. After the Second World War the first Panhard engined buses were soon joined by a petrol Hotchkiss engined one, this choice needed to extend the bus front cover to accommodate it. So was born the “nez de cochon” or “pig’s nose”, which later became the standard design. In 1947, APH 47 was the new name of the previous APH2, powered by a four-in-line Panhard diesel engine, developing 100 HP. A light and efficient vehicle, it was constantly improved in the following years leading to strong sales. It was employed by the RATP mainly on suburban lines, but it was found everywhere else in France.

A plastic body and metal baseplate feature on this model sporting the classic RATP livery: dark green and cream. There is a well detailed baseplate, and the model has all the usual small added parts. Again this model has a poor interior, the seats seem to lack any space for the passengers legs. It is quite similar to the APU/53 (no. 66), but it is likely that they are from different moulds. The route shown is 297, from Porte d’Orléans to Chilly Mazarin, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, about 17 km from the centre of town, near Orly International Airport. The adverts on the side are very interesting: Dubonnet Quinquina was an aromatised wine-based aperitif, containing a small amount of quinine. It was created in 1846 in response to a competition run by the French Government to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine (It is very bitter, but was needed to combat malaria). In the Italian partwork booklet the model is shown with a smaller decal, but the model sports the wider one, like the French model. On the rear of the bus there is an ad for the “Le Chat” soaps, cube-shaped soaps produced originally in Marseille, but now taken over by Henkel.

There are no apparent differences to the French edition. A model of a bus much loved by all the French.


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.


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.


Mercury – la collezionne Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Here a few pictures of the second and third model to be released in the Mercury partwork being sold in Italy by Hachette.

 Fiat 600 Multipla

The second part is again issued on a large card to attract the attention of the customer to the series and the model being sold at a discounted price. This card is huge and must cause news stands and shops in Italy a lot of issues finding space to display them. The model looks tiny in its cover mount.

On the rear of the card we again get a display showing us what is to come and a taster for the third model which will be at the standard price for the collection.

The red and black Fiat 600 model shown below is the replica from Hachette sitting on the replica box..

The green and grey model shown in comparison below is an original Mercury model from my collection.

There are no big differences between the two though the baseplate is engraved upside down on the new replica as shown below (NB the cars are positioned on the wrong boxes with the new Mercury on the right on the old Mercury box, and vice versa.) .

The Hachette box is also slightly altered from the original as it lacks the hole that Mercury had punched in to allow buyers to see the colour of the model inside. Even the weight is similar with the Hachette being a few grams lighter.

Fiat 1100 Taxi

Here the third model from the Hachette partwork. The Fiat nuova 1100 taxi in the livery of Berne (Berna in Italian) in Switzerland.

Hachette has chosen to model a very rare Mercury as they were only sold in Berne and consequently are very sought after by collectors. Unfortunately I do not have one to compare it with so I have shown it below with the standard 1100 that it is based on.

Again the Hachette box lacks the ‘spyhole’ which shows the colour of the model.


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 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!


News from the Continent September 2018 – M4 Model Cars Italy

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

Here is a look at the September and October releases from M4 Model car group. These models are made in Italy and are diecast to 1:43 scale unless otherwise noted.

September2018

ART Models

 

ART392 Ferrari 860 Monza

3rd at 1000 km of Nurburgring 1956 – drivers Hill / De Portago / Gendebien


 

ART393 Ferrari 500 TR

3rd in Grand Prix of Rome 1956 – Paul Frere


Best Models

 

BEST9721 Ferrari 308 GTB – American Version 1976

Red standard road car finish


 

BEST9722 Porsche 550 RS – 12 hours of Sebring 1957

8th overall and 1st in Class S1.5 – Bunker /Wallace


 

BEST9723 Ferrari 512 BB 1976

Bi-colour yellow and black


 

BEST9724 Ferrari 512 BB LM

1000 km of Fuji 1981 – drivers Griswold/Bond


Rio Models

 

RIO4572 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Police 1961

From the collection of the Museum of Rome


 

RIO4573 Volkswagen Beetle 1953 “Police”

Another strangely inaccurate model from Rio. There is an oval rear window but no triangular ventilators in the front doors and the bumpers and tail lights are from a 1948 car.


 

RIO4574 Citroen DS 21 saloon 1969

In Paris Taxi livery.


October 2018

ART Models

 

ART394 Ferrari 290 S

15th at Watkins Glen 1964 – J. Flynn


 

ART256/2 Ferrari 860 MONZA

Winner of 12 hours race at Sebring 1956 – Drivers Fangio /Castellotti


Best Models

 

BEST9725 Ferrari 250 GTL

Here modelled as the car of Jay Kay in blue


 

BEST9726 Porsche 908/02 Flunder

10th at Nurburgring 1000 km 1971 – drivers Wicky / Cabral


 

BEST9727 Porsche 550RS

Winner of 10 hours race at Messina – drivers Heinz / Strahle


Rio Models

 

RIO4575/P Mercedes-Benz 770

In German Wehrmacht Africa Corps camouflage markings from 1941. Figures of Field Marshall Rommel and driver.  The authenticity of this model is questionable as no photo exists of the large Mercedes-Benz 770 in khaki camouflage, In the many photographs of Rommel he is in a captured British armoured vehicle or a KdF Kubelwagen.


 

RIO4576 Fiat 18 BL

Here this early Fiat truck is in the livery of the Peroni beer company.


 

RIO4577 Citroen DS 19 Break

Here the DS Break has been fitted with the trappings of a hearse.


 

RIO4578 Fiat 238 1972

Here the 238 van with a high roof extension has been fitted with a roof mounted loudspeaker  and liveried for the “Italian Police”.


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Two 1923 Fiat Mephistopheles

By Karl Schnelle

After editing and publishing the Dugu series here at MAR Online, I wanted to search out their 1/43 Fiat SB4 “ELDRIDGE”.  I had had the Brumm version for many years and thought a comparison would be fun.  So after two years of searching, I have the Dugu in hand now.

The Brumm is r14 in their Revival Oro series which started in 1977 so it had to have come out soon after that.  Brumm discontinued it in 2001 according to their website.  They called it a Fiat Mefistofele  Eldrige [sic]  1923 on the box. Mefistofele is the “demon with whom Goethe’s Faust wagered his soul with the devil. …the fire-spitting beast of a car was indeed a terrifying sight.” (ultimatecarpage, downloaded 9/2018)

Their short history on the bottom of the box (in 4 languages!) stated that “English Sir Ernest A.D. Eldrige” put a Fiat A 12 bis aero engine from World War I into a 1908 Fiat chassis.  It was nicknamed Mefistofele and set a record at Arpajon, France, of 234 km/hr in 1924.   Of course the Italian spelling of Mefistofele  uses ‘f’s; it is a Fiat after all!

The Dugu is not marked Dugu on the model or the box at all.  It was produced from their molds after the factory went out of business by the Milanese model car store, Zeppelin. They did spell Eldridge correctly though!

With the two models side-by-side, it is easy to distinguish them: the Brumm has  a brighter white Fiat on the radiator and a larger white section of the exhaust pipe.  Otherwise, they look very, very similar and have the same dimensions.  Both use metal bodies and other parts in plastic.

It’s hard to favor one over the other but the Dugu was limited to 1000 pieces and numbered on the box and chassis. Both have separate engine hood straps – the Brumm is plastic, but the Dugu seems to be real leather!

Further Reading

There are a few good websites with the history of the car and the owner.  Eldridge was a fascinating character.  Some good photo galleries are also online: ultimatecar and favcars. The car was at Goodwood 2001 and 2011, so I think some of those photos are from there;  it’s currently in the Centro Storico Fiat in Turin.

In addition to wiki,  the English journal Motor Sport has their historical issues digitized, where they discuss Mephistopheles: 1961, 1925. and again 1925.  Fascinating reading!


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More Pocket Money Toys – Majorette

By Maz Woolley

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

Majorette were once regarded as the ‘French Matchbox‘ as they made small ‘fit in  a three inch box’ models sold at pocket money prices in French shops and supermarkets. Once part of a group with Solido they both ended up as part of the German Simba-Dickie group, owners of Schuco,  after they went bankrupt in 2009.

In a previous article I have looked at some of their limited editions but here are two models from their ‘Street Cars‘ series which are sold all around Europe on bubble cards like Matchbox or Hot Wheels. These models are diecast in Thailand to variable scales as they are designed to fit a standard blister pack which is used for all models in the range and doesn’t even have the make and model of the car on it..

Fiat 500

This model of the popular small Fiat is not based on the current version as the rear light printing has yet to be altered to create the body coloured panel in the middle. But it is a neat model of Fiat’s baby with the Fiat badges being neatly printed and small enough to need magnification before you can see how accurate they are. The baseplate states that it has been modelled to 1:55 scale.

The side profile is excellent and the standard fit ‘speed wheels’ even look like some of the more extreme alloys fitted to small cars. The painting even has a slight hint of the pearlescent sheen often used on these small Fiats.

At the front the 500 logo used in advertising is well printed as is the badge and front decorations. Lights are just printed areas of silver paint but they are quite effective.

To the rear the rear hatch, lights and number  plate areas are well modelled. Though the lights could be properly divided up to reflect the light clusters better.

The interior has no door cards but the seats are well represented and the moulded dash board is a good shape and the Fiat gear level mounted in the dash is well modelled.

Renault Twingo

Another popular car with the young, and the first saloon car in a long time with a rear mounted engine. Very much Renault‘s competitor to the Fiat 500 though its four doors make it the more practical and utilitarian of the two.  The detailing is pretty close to the current Twingo production model. The baseplate states that this has been modelled to 1:55 scale.

The side profile captures the car well. The ‘speed wheels’ again look like some aftermarket alloys fitted to small cars so do not look too out of place.

From the front the Twingo lights and grille are exceptionally well represented for a budget model. A dark plastic insert is used which is very effective. Painted small additional  lights and the black bumper panel complete a good front end.

Again the rear has been well captured with the badging nicely done. Printed rear lights are basic and again should be striped with amber and silver as well as red.

Inside again we get no door cards but a convincingly moulded set of seats, dashboard and steering wheel.

Pocket money toys they may be but they are also good, and reasonably detailed, models of every day cars that can be recognised from the streets.


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