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MAR Online Reader to Win an Unique Goldvarg

By Maz Woolley

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

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the pre-production models produced to make sure that the final product is right and that the selected paint colours come out correctly? Well in the case of the Goldvarg Collection Sergio has decided to share some of them with collectors. He is entering everyone who is subscribed to his website before he selects the winner in March 2019 a chance to win a unique colour sample which has already been shown here in MAR Online

Now Sergio Goldvarg has kindly offered a superb prize for one lucky MAR Online reader in celebration of the announcement of his new issues for 2019 , click here to see an article about the Goldvarg 2019 releases.

So what is the prize? Sergio will send the lucky winner a unique pre-production sample of the 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint in white. The production model is due to ship in the first half of 2019 but the winner will get a pre-production sample which will be a great addition to their collection. The photographs below from Sergio show the model to be won.

To win this prize you need to send an email to me at maronlineeditor@gmail.com with: your answers to the five questions below; your name and country of residence; and your preferred email contact address. All those who send an email with the details above and the correct answers to the questions below which arrives in the email box by the end of the closing date of April 2nd 2019 will have their names placed in a hat and one will be selected as the winner. The lucky winner will be contacted by email after the draw so that they can provide a delivery address for Sergio to send them the model.

QUESTIONS

  1. Who was the maker of Sergio’s first toy vehicle?
  2. What country was the final white metal Goldvarg model made in?
  3. What is Sergio’s Profession?
  4. Which comic strip characters were used in adverting for the Ford Falcon?
  5. What is the first name of Sergio’s Wife?

Now don’t forget!

Email your answers to maronlineeditor@gmail.com with your full name and your country of residence and state your preferred email contact address should you win.

For those who love the model, but don’t win the competition, the full production version of this car will be GC-010 B 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Polar White and it is expected to be available to buy by mid-year.


Terms and conditions

The editor’s judgement on the correctness of answers is final.

Only a single entry per person is allowed and only those entries which include a full name, country of residence, email address, and correct answers will be entered in the draw.

Only emails which are in the editors email box by the end of April 2nd 2019 will be eligible for the competition.

The winner will be contacted by email after the draw to obtain their full postal address and their name will be announced in an article following the draw in April 2019.

The model will be send to the winner by post by Sergio Goldvarg.

Listed members of the MAR Online editorial team are excluded from the competition. However, our contributors are free to enter.

Please note that any email addresses supplied will not be added to any contact or mailing lists or used for any other purpose than to run this competition.


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Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Part One

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. This article looks at two wagons from the first release, both Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985.

Ford had a Country Squire model in their range from 1950 to 1991 only adding the LTD part of the name in 1968 when a small plate with LTD on appeared on the bodywork. 1979 introduced the sixth generation of the Country Squire which lasted until 1991 at which point Ford discontinued production of the full size wagons in favour of the faster selling Explorer and SUVs.

The differences between the 1979 and 1985 models were limited to cosmetic changes , mainly to the front end so it is easy for Greenlight to ring the changes with a small separate plastic nose section and body printing. In fact even the final 1991 wagon looks like it could be replicated by Greenlight with a modified front panel. Production numbers were always small only 66,000 or so were made in 1979, more than half without the wood effect sides, and this had fallen to just over 30,000 in 1985, and under 4,000 in the last year of production. Engine choice was limited to a 4.9 and a 5.7 litre engine and all had automatic gearboxes.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The Greenlight 1979 car is in midnight blue and the 1985 car is in light wheat. They are both fitted with a tow bar so will presumably also appear as ‘hitch and tow’ cars later. The printed ‘wood effect’ sides are neatly done on both as are the excellent wheels and tyres. Flush fit glazing is good, though the inset glazing does have a slightly large gap on the sides and the silver printing on the plastic appears to be slightly fuzzy at the edges in close up pictures. Having said that you wouldn’t notice from normal distances and the flush glazing and the fine castings are excellent for a budget range.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The tailgate opens, though it takes a bit of a tug. It is neatly printed including ‘wood’ trim, badging and a number plate. Rear lights are printed but quite effective.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Front lights are printed in white and are a good contrast with the chrome surrounds. Grille units and large bumpers are also moulded well and ‘chromed’ with black finish printed where appropriate for the model year front and rear. There is no front number plate on either model. Unfortunately the paint finish on the front panel of the 1979 car has been spoilt a little by allowing the blue paint to overspray the silver printed grille on one side of its top. Indeed the paint is slightly transluscent so the chrome partly shines through even the overprinted areas. There are no problems with the finish of the front panel on the 1985 car.

The interior is modelled with the rear seat up in both cases. The carrying capacity with the seats up is massive, with the seats down they would be cavernous. The 1979 has a blue interior and the 1985 a light brown one. Both appear to be the same and the level of detail is low so the minor changes undertaken over time are not reflected. The door cards and dash board are modelled but without any fine detail.


Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Side printed ‘wooden’ panels are good with the slightly different different badging in each model year reflected properly. The roof racks are the same on each model and are neat plastic fittings and as the originals were hefty units the moulding does not look overscale.

Finally a word about quality. I have already pointed out a few minor issues but the biggest problem was that when the 1985 car was taken from its blister pack the front end dropped off. as shown above. It doesn’t look like this damage was done in transit as there is no evidence that the lugs ever existed on the front panel to fit into the main body. This is not difficult to remedy with a bit of glue but it suggest to me that quality control in whoever’s factory in China Greenlight use to produce these cars could be improved.

There are other cars in this series and i hope to show more of them in future articles.


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Goldvarg Collection for 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

It is only about 18 months since Sergio Goldvarg’s Goldvarg Collection was re-launched. Aimed at a relatively modest price point for high quality models made in resin with fine etched parts, the models have found a ready market with collectors . Many who have watched Brooklin and others becoming increasingly expensive over the same time period have welcomed a more affordable collection. Goldvarg models have not just had price on their side but also quality. The releases to date have provided an interesting range of models which in many cases are the first modern models of the subjects. Up to now the focus has been on US produced vehicles for which there is a strong demand.

Sergio is very happy about the sales he has made since introducing the range, with retailers regularly ordering the latest releases. The first six models GC-001 to GC-006 have all completely sold out and others are selling fast.

One interesting feature of the Goldvarg Collection development process is how Sergio has used the Internet to allow keen and knowledgeable collectors to comment on his choice of subjects, colours, and the accuracy of his pre-production samples. This appears to have been a very creative process with issues being identified and ironed out well before models are launched, and accurate and attractive colours being chosen. For collectors it offers a unique degree of participation in the development of a model range.

Looking forward to the next set of releases due in March/April 2019 models from the 1960s are to the fore. We also see one of the classic car based vans with US Airline related livery. Please note that the models shown below are mostly samples, some even early pre-production tests and the final releases may differ slightly from what you see below.

GC-007 A 1970 Ford Galaxie Grey Metallic & Black roof


GC-007 B 1970 Ford Galaxie Caramel Bronze & white roof


GC-008 A 1965 Mercury Ocean Turquoise & White Roof


GC-008 B 1965 Mercury Gold Poly


GC-009 A 1969 Ford Torino Calypso Coral


GC-009 B 1969 Ford Torino Yellow



GC-010 A 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Rangoon Red


GC-010 B 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Polar White


June to October 2019 Releases

GC-011 A 1961 Chevrolet Impala Turquoise Metallic


GC-011 B 1961 Chevrolet Impala Fawn Metallic


GC-015 A 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Sunfire Red/ Marimba Red


GC-015 B 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Aquamarine /Yorktown Blue


GC-017A 1961 Pontiac Catalina Twilight Mist


GC-017B 1961 Pontiac Catalina Rose Metallic


GC-019A 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Camelot Rose W/roof rack


GC-019B 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Marlin Blue no roof rack


GC-022 A 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone  Jamaican Yellow with vinyl black roof


GC-022 B 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone red with white roof

GC-PAA-001 1953 Ford Courier Pan American “The System of the Flying Clippers”


GC-BI-001 1953 Ford Courier “Braniff Airways”

GC-PAA-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Pan American Airways”


GC-BI-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Braniff Airways”


Also planned for later in 2019

GC-012 A 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Verona Green
GC-012 B 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Lauderdale Blue

GC-014 A 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Sun Gold Yellow
GC-014 B 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Seaspray Green


GC-016 A 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Aztec Turquoise(tba)
GC-016 B 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Royal Lilac.(tba)


GC-018 A 1963 Chevy Nova Laurel Green Poly
GC-018 B 1963 Chevy Nova Saddle Tan Poly


GC-026 A 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door  Gunmetal grey metallic & Sun Gold
GC-026 B 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door Silvertone Green & Seaspray Green


GC-020A 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Red Metallic with white roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-020B 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Green Metallic with white roof

GC-021 A 1960 Oldsmobile Charcoal Mist Poly & White roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-021 B 1960 Oldsmobile Palmetto Mist Poly


So collectors of US cars in 1:43 scale have quite a few interesting models to look forward to during the course of 2019 from Goldvarg as well as the models expected from Esval, Matrix, Neo and others.


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The Ford in Miniature – Lincoln 1952-1955

By Dave Turner

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

“Modern Living” Lincoln 1952-1955

The combination of the establishment of a new engineering development department and the chief engineer Earl MacPherson – an expert in suspension design – produced what was described at the time as “the finest road car available” – the 1952 Lincoln.

Sharing the overall styling with the smaller Ford and Mercury cars, the Lincoln came in two levels, Cosmopolitan and Capri, featuring a massive grille, in effect a hefty mid-height bumper. The cars lines suggested eagerness and thrusting emphasised by the forward slant of the rear fender decoration. Both versions of the new Lincoln came in sedan and coupe form while the Capri could be had as a convertible.

An ohv engine for the first time in a Lincoln came at 318ci. While it was said at the time the the cars road holding was beyond the capacity of the tyres. Great emphasis was put on quality throughout these cars, especially as far as the interior finish and trim was concerned with separate electric motors for window lifts and seat adjustment etc. so that the cars general characteristics match those of other aspects of “Modern Living”. A total of 29,110 1952 Lincolns were produced and early examples of the new for 1953 version were entered in the Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race in November 1952 gaining the first four places in the big stock division – overall 7,8,9 and 10th.

The 1953 production cars had their engines uprated from 160 to 205bhp and are identified at the front by having the insignia moved down from the hood into the grille while a couple of projecting guards were added to the big bumper. The rear window was now one-piece and featured a wide plated moulding while the rear fenders sported a ‘V’ emblem next to the forward slash. Total for 1953 was 40,762. Lincolns once again managed the first four places in class in the Mexican event, no less than 7 of the first ten in class were Lincolns.

1954 cars had their rear bumpers extended round the corner while a plated ‘stoneguard’ replaced the forward slash on the rear fender. A Lincoln script appeared on the front fender while three vertical bars now occupied the lower grille aperture. A plated side strip ran almost full length from the front to back. ’54 production was down slightly to 36,993 while total domination of the Mexican event was fading, only the first two places in class were taken by Lincolns for this final event.

Still on the same wheelbase for the last year, the 1955 cars can be identified by their fine horizontal bars in the grilles and the new treatment of the rear fenders with a raised sculptured area around the wheel opening. Cosmopolitan was now replaced by Custom as a model name but sales were dropping (27,222) as the big car buying public were now more impressed by pure size – 1955 Cadillacs had a 6” longer wheelbase while the Imperial was an inch longer than that.


The Models.

In 1991 BBR produced some resin ‘road race Lincolns’ which fell into their preference for competition vehicles and while it was claimed that 1000 in total were made, 70% were of the Mexican road race decorated variety. Looking extremely impressive with high gloss finish (that has sustained for getting on for 30 years) together with loads of plated and etched parts, it would appear that the emphasis was on the ‘competition’ aspect, in fact the Lincolns soon disappeared from the range as BBR decided that only items marked “Ferrari” were worthy of modelling. All three are based on the same base and claimed to be 1952, 1953 and 1954. Two are identical and feature the 1952 pattern grille but the 1953 rear fender ‘V’ insignia and trunk lid lock decoration, so are incorrect for either. Their own illustrated catalogue shows them as such. At least their 1954 has the correct bumpers but the Lincoln script should be on the bumper and not the back panel while there should not be one on the front of the hood.

Motor City was among the most admired (and expensive) of 1:43 handbuilt models and quite a few Lincolns of this period were produced. Their 1952 Capri Hardtop came in at least four colours while their 1953 Capri Convertible could be had in open or closed form in at least six colours. Similarly their 1955 hardtop and convertibles came in a variety of colours. In the mid 1990s these models were listed in the US at $249 although it is understood that a subsequent move to direct selling allowed this figure to be reduced somewhat. Their quality is without question however.

Precision Miniatures could be thought of as a predecessor of Motor City as Gene Parrill was among the chief operatives of both. PMI evolved during the late 1970s and by the mid 1980s their 1952/3 Lincolns had made their appearance. Initially a 1952 open convertible Capri and a 1953 Capri Hardtop were produced and as this was pre-etched components there were some fine plated castings for the numerous bright parts required for these cars. MAR 100 (April 1996) featured an appreciation of this then quite old model by Bruce Arnold. A ‘special’ limited to just 350 for Christmas 1986 was an open 1953 Convertible complete with Santa behind the wheel and piles of ‘presents’ on the seats.

In complete contrast if we go back to the 1950s there is the Tootsietoy 1952 Capri Hardtop in hollow diecast. Despite the slightly anonymous front end it can be dated as a 1952 because Tootsie went to the trouble of depicting the divisions in the three-part rear screen, and quite neatly. Very similar and produced in both three and six inch, a 1953 Capri was produced by Goodee ToysExcel Products of New Jersey – in the 1950s.

What must be the most impressive so far and certainly by no means the most expensive is the big 1952 Capri hardtop from Road Signature complete with full engine detail opening doors and hood and the optional extra lights built into the front bumper guards. This is also understood to have been supplied in “Lucky” packaging.

On yet another tangent, there have been a couple of ‘road race Lincolns’ done as toy banks. Banthrico are believed to have produced a 1953 Sedan as a bank as well as a 1954 Coupe, the latter re-issued by Century-Mark Ltd as described by Don Elliott and Phil Campbell in MAR 81 (April 1994)

Back in the mid 1980s a US based operation under the name Marty Martino produced a limited run of just 25 1:16 scale 1953 Capri hardtops made of fibreglass with plated parts. They originally sold for $350. Remaining on the kit scene, the US liking for 1:25 and similar resin body shells, that in some cases utilise many parts such as wheels that come with plastic kits, has created a huge range of subjects from numerous small scale producers. In the early 1990s Miller Memorabilia offered a 1953 Capri sedan and a 1954 Capri in both Hardtop and Convertible form. Another large range of these kits came from TKM and they included a 1953 Capri Convertible, a 1954 sedan and 1955s as both hardtop and convertible. However while no personal experience of these can be recounted there are some quite colourful reviews of them on the internet. Yet more 1:25 resin kits came from Guy Cantwell including a 1953 sedan, and both hardtop and convertible 1954 Capris.

Back to the 1:43 story, among the many characters one came across was Richard Briggs of MiniMarque 43, and for a long time his assistant became familiarly known as “Little Richard” It was in the early 1990s that the latter decided to have a go on his own and one of the results was a 1953 Capri convertible in 1:43. MAR 78 (Dec 1993) included an illustration of the item.

Brooklin entered the “road race Lincoln” arena around 2012 with a 1955 Capri Sedan in the extremely heavy chunky character they made their own, the various plated castings being nicely produced and fitted but leaving much of the finer brightwork like window surrounds in a painted finish. An alternative method was to employ photo etched parts – not always successful while another was to scrape the metal shiny, just as tricky to get right. Western used a combination of plated castings and carefully scraped detail on their 1955 Capri Coupe and Convertible in 1997 and on the example to hand it seems to have worked out fine. While separate inside door and window handles have been fitted, the entire facia/dash is left simply in a cream painted finish, on the open model this seems a tad barren. The rear bumper looks odd because its projecting bumper guards are too far apart, most noticeable when ‘parked’ alongside Brooklins 1955.

Invariably associated with hefty diecast toy trucks, the Smith-Miller range included one car – a 1953 Capri Coupe, that usually came with a large house trailer – caravan. Apparently the hardtop of the Capri was removable.

One piece plastic car shapes have been quite popular probably since the 1950s as they were cheap enough to be given away with household items such as breakfast cereals etc. One of the many lines was appropriately called Plasticville, one of their tiny creations is actually marked ‘Lincoln’ on the trunk lid and it is apparently intended to represent a 1954 Capri Sedan.


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Illustrations: Lincoln 1952-1955

Road Signature 1:19 diecast from China: 92808, 1952 Capri Coupe


Precision Miniatures 1:42 metal from USA: 32, 1952 Capri Convertible


Precision Miniatures 1:42 metal from USA : 31 1953 Capri Hardtop


BBR 1:43 resin from Italy: 17A, 1952 Capri Coupe having the ’53 rear fender insignia.


BBR 1:43 resin from Italy: 17E, 1953 Capri Coupe, having the wrong 1952 pattern grille.


BBR 1:43 resin from Italy: 17I, 1954 Capri Coupe, should not have a Lincoln script on the hood.


Plasticville 1:103 plastic: 1954 Capri Sedan



Tootsietoy 1:38 diecast from USA: 1952 Capri Coupe


Brooklin 1:43 metal from UK: 197, 1955 Capri Sedan


Western 1:42 metal from UK: 74x, 1955 Capri Convertibe


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


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Modelling my Father’s Fairlane

By Luciano J. Pavloski

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

My Dad’s 1955 Fairlane in 1:43 scale

Until the early 1950s Brazil did not make its own cars, buses and trucks. There were already some factories, like VW, Ford and General Motors, but they only assembled imported models in Brazil.

This began to change in 1956, when the newly installed President, Juscelino Kubitscheck , strengthened plans for the manufacture of automobiles and trucks in the country. Earlier that year the first Mercedes-Benz truck was manufactured in the country (a L-312), and the first car, the Romi-Isetta, a version of ISO / BMW Isetta, too.

From 1957 national production grew quickly with the production of the Volkswagen Transporter Bus (Kombi), Ford and General Motors trucks, Willys-Overland Jeeps and FNM trucks (a local brand that produced under license trucks from Isotta Fraschini and cars from Fiat). Since then the range of models and brands produced in Brazil has grown significantly. We have American, European, and Japanese manufacturers based here in addition to the small local manufacturers. But before that happened Brazil imported cars and trucks of various origins, a large part of them American.

My father owned a 1955 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan, which I did not get to know but is present in dozens of old family photos. It is also a car that my father fondly remembers. For those reasons I wanted one as part of my 1:43 model collection. However, there is simply no such model in 1:43 scale. What I found was the 1956 Fairlane made by Ixo, which has almost the same body as the 1955 model, and a Crown Victoria 1955 made by Yat Ming, from which I could take advantage of the grille and other pieces. And so I started my project!

This was my father’s Fairlane. Next to the car, my brother in the late 60’s.

The 1956 from Ixo is the closest to my Father’s car, but the grille, side trim and hood trim differ.

So I used a 1955 Crown Victoria from Yatming (right above) to donate pieces

After a few cuts and some adjustments and the grille was fitted into the Ixo model.

The 1955 model needed new trim on the sides, this involved modifications using a “Dremel”, hobby files and epoxy filler.

I used the Yat Ming instrument panel but it needed some adjustments

The panel after considerable work. Tools used are shown with it on the bench

The original car with extra features added by the Author’s Father.

I decided to model the car at a time when my father had “upgraded” it a little more. I discovered that he used the wheels caps from a Simca Jangada (Brazilian version of Simca Marly). Luckily, this model car exists in the Brazilian car collection (Ixo). So I bought one just to use the wheels!

And there’s my dad’s Fairlane in 1:43! I put his name on the base as a tribute.

Inside the car was a “baby pacifier” (a fashion in the 60s) hanging from the mirror…

… which I reproduced in the model.

The model has the same yellow Brazilian plates, typical of that time

The rear end of the model

And side view of the completed model

Before and after. The Ixo base car and the finished modified one.

It is great to have this special miniature in my collection, but it was also lovely to see the joy on my 87 years old Father’s face when he saw the model.

And what was the end of the real Fairlane?

Well, in the 1970s Brazilian industry had become self-sufficient to the point where the government banned the importation of vehicles. This, added to the greater difficulty of obtaining parts, made imported cars unpopular even though many were superior to those produced in the country. The cars imported up to this point were seen as a “problem”… And so my father traded the beautiful Fairlane 1955 for a small field and acquired a 1974 Ford Corcel, a genuinely Brazilian model. But that’s another story, for the day I reproduce this car too in 1:43…

Editor: Luciano is a 1:43 scale model collector from Brazil and this is his first article for MAR Online. We hope that he writes more articles about model collecting from a Brazilian viewpoint in the future.


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More Capri’s in the Print Edition of Model Auto Review

By Karl Schnelle, US Editor

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

Dave Turner wrote a series of articles on the Ford Capri over the years. His last article on the Capri III was published by MAR Online in 2017. Because of reader interest, we recently republished his Capri I article, part one, from our previous print edition, Model Auto Review 49, Feb/Mar 1991.

After publishing part one from MAR 49, Dave Turner published in the next two issues, MAR 50 and 51. Here are the covers and Table of Contents for these 2 issues.

MAR 50
MAR 51

The back cover of MAR 50 had this old Dinky Toys small poster for retailers reproduced!

Then Dave published his Capri II article in MAR 265, October 2012. Again here is the cover and TOC.

MAR 265

In addition to the yellow Capri II on the Cover, the following color page was included with the article.

Our Editor, Maz Woolley, has scanned these three articles as PDFs. Please contact us via email or Facebook for copies.


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The Ford in Miniature – Capri I (Part One)

By Karl Schnelle, US Editor

A MAR Online reader noticed that Dave Turner’s recent article on Ford Capri’s mentioned that he had written several previous parts. Our reader wanted to read those other installments so we aim to please!

Dave published Part I many years ago in Model Auto Review 49, Feb/Mar 1991. Here is the front cover and Table of Contents from that issue.

The Capri article had some B&W photos and the text spread across two pages. We hope you can read it; click on the images to see larger versions.

To be continued…


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The Ford in Miniature – 1942/47 Trucks

By Dave Turner

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

Pre and Post World War Two US Trucks 1942-47

We looked at the preceding 1940/41 US trucks back in the printed Model Auto Review magazine #173 (June 2003) but at least there was an interesting variety of models of them to create something to talk about. Unlike these rather neglected individuals that are in no way less interesting but of which very few models have been recorded.

In fact on the introduction of the new for ’42 models in the fall of 1941 it was of significance that the new ‘truck’ frame for the pick ups and light trucks finally replaced the use of a modified passenger car chassis that had been employed hitherto. At the same time the single transverse leaf springs were replaced by a pair of longitudinal springs front and back and the wheel base lengthened by a couple of inches to 114” in the case of the smaller examples. Larger ’42 trucks could be of at least 158” wheelbase and many more were extended by having an additional axle and frame extension mounted to the rear. The previous seasons COE (cab over engine). range was continued with little change.

Engines could be 119 ci 4 cylinder; 226ci six cylinder; or V8s in 221ci or 239ci capacities. They were easily identified by their new front end grafted onto the 1941 cab and hood and featuring a central ‘waterfall’ grille of five groups of vertical bars flanked by headlamps fitted flush into the front panel. Unfortunately world events got in the way of Fords progress with these latest examples of their commercial vehicles. Production of vehicles for the civilian market was stopped in February 1942, along with those from other US vehicle producers. Ford had to convert to military production as soon as possible, eventually B-24 bombers were being turned out at the rate of one an hour!

Normal vehicle production (initially of trucks) re-started in 1945, in May 1945 the 31,000,000 Ford vehicle was produced and this was a pick up: passenger cars were not yet back in production. Henry himself retired in September, Henry II taking over and after surrounding himself with a team of very able staff he set about re-structuring the whole company.

No big changes came for 1946 or 1947 although the COE range was once again re-introduced in the 1946 programme. Move on to 1948 and the famous F Series of trucks made there appearance.

As hinted earlier, the choice of models to represent this section of Fords motoring history is incredibly sparse, considering that the real trucks were produced over a period of six years.

For example, the Auto Buff range of 1:43 metal kits presents far more questions than answers. I have managed to complete the full list of 50 subjects – all Fords, after many years of research. Various model publications have carried short articles on the subject and usually come to the conclusion that only a small number of the 50 were actually produced by Auto Buff themselves while the numerous small operations reputed to have taken over the remnants of the original range are thought to have produced a couple at most. Sum total of my own findings comes to a dozen. Their listing of 1947 pick up and stake trucks has not even resulted in a single illustration to prove their existence.

On the other hand the 1:24 Danbury Mint ’42 pick up is probably the best known and despite being around 25 years old is regarded as top quality today. Robert Gunn illustrated an example in one of his pick up articles in MAR magazine #126 (November 1998). Numerous further illustrations can be found on the internet. I found one at a toy fair some years ago and it was purchased from under my nose by an equally determined individual!

Very often subjects of this sort can be found listed by suppliers of H0 (1:87) model railroad accessories but only one has so far been recorded by Dyna models in the form of painted or unpainted metal kits.

Robert Gunn managed a couple of different examples of the 1:43 Gearbox pick up in his collection of pick up illustration in MAR magazine #216 ( October 2007). The amount of detail Gearbox managed to cram in is quite amazing, Opening hood and doors reveal plenty of interior and engine detail – albeit all in black plastic but no doubt some have had additional painted detail added. Even the front wheels are steerable. It can be dated as the rear licence plates reads “1942”

Quite different are the simple toy castings by Hubley that undeniably represent 1946 Ford Trucks of various sorts. First made in 1948 they capture the front end shape and detail in an extremely simple way. The same subjects are sometimes produced in at least two sizes. As a bonus they are extremely well illustrated in a couple of books on the Hubley subject by Steve Butler (Schiffer Publishing, 2001/2).

Also recorded from a now forgotten source are a couple of diecast toy trucks from Denmark in the BP range of toys, a tractor unit and a dropside truck. The range was mentioned by Clive Chick in MAR magazine #39 (August 1989) but with no reference to these two Ford trucks.


Models 1942-47 US Trucks.
Illustration 1942-47 Ford Trucks.
Gearbox 1:43 diecast from China: 56953 1942 Pick up “John Deere”
Gearbox 1:43 diecast from China: 56953 rear view

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Brumm Automodelli – 100% made in Italy

By Jerry J. Broz with Rio Tattarletti

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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.


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