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News from the Continent – Some recent Wiking re-issues compared to the original releases

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text and Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

In the recent upgrade releases by WIking there were three models which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original releases in my collection so I have taken this opportunity to compare the originals to the re-issues.

0120 01 DKW saloon

The re-issue is in green with a white roof.

This model was launched in 1962, and modified in 1965 by adding a hook to pull a trailer. The body was moulded in brown, headlights and radiator grill painted in silver, and rear lights in red. Windows are pierced and tinted, but there is no interior. It is fitted with a well detailed baseplate.

The new release is moulded in light green, and the roof printed in white. Headlights, Radiator grille and a number of mouldings are silver printed, as are the badges and emblems. Front indicator, and rear lights are painted. The windows are clear and reveal an interior with seats and steering wheel which have been added. The good baseplate is unchanged apart from the “WM” branding has been changed to “Wiking”.

0160 39 Porsche 356 Cabriolet

The car in black is the recent re-issue.

The Porsche 356 was released originally by Wiking in 1961. It featured figures of a driver and his wife or girlfriend. The body was moulded in several colours but the example shown in in blue. The windscreen and side windows unit was glued on. Headlights, number plates and rear lights were all painted. The baseplate has good detailing.

The tiny Porsche has now been re-issued with a body moulded in black. This time, the car is empty, with red seats and a white three pointed steering wheel visible. The windows are unchanged. Head and rear lights are painted, The baseplate is similar too with WM removed and “WIKING” and “Germany” added. New wheels have been fitted with more authentic hubs and rims. The moulding on the bonnet and the grille, and the air intake on the rear engine cover are silver printed.

0210 02 Ford Continental

The car is green with a white roof is the re-issue.

This Ford Continental model was released originally in 1960 and the body has been re-issued in many colours over the years. The two-door coupe was a large car and made an impressive model even in a small scale. The windows were tinted in the original model and no interior was fitted. Again a detailed baseplate was modelled.  A hook to connect trailers was added during later years of production.

It has been re-issued with its body painted in light green, and the roof in matt white. The base now includes the “WIKING” branding. The re-issue has no hook fitted. There is still no interior fitted to the model. Radiator grille, headlights, door handles and the Continental emblem on the spare wheel cover are printed silver, and the rear lights painted red. Whitewall tyres are fitted to add to the visual appeal.

More than fifty years after these models were first issued they have been re-released with scarcely any changes to the basic mouldings. Yes, printing and painting have improved over what could be achieved in the early 1960s but the accuracy and quality of the mouldings is a tribute to the skills of Wikings tool makers and the quality of the moulds they created.

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M2 Econolines

By Maz Woolley

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

The first generation of the Ford E-Series van ran from 1961 to 1967 and was a very common sight in films and TV shows set in US cities in the Sixties.  They were widely used by Utilities like Bell Telephone and were also a popular van for conversion into a camper.

Based on the mechanical underpinnings of the compact Ford Falcon automobile, the Ford Econoline was said to be based on sketches started in 1957 when the British Ford Thames 400E it resembles was launched in the UK. The van competed with the Volkswagen Transporter, Chevy Greenbrier and Dodge A100.

The vehicle was sold in van and pick up form as an Econoline and the station bus passenger van was sold as a Ford Falcon Club Wagon.

The van was fitted with a 2.4 Litre inline 6 initially and engine sizes grew to 2.8 Litre and then 3.9 Litre over the years. The front mounted engine was in the centre of the cab and gave the van “nose heavy” characteristics so Ford fitted a 165 lb (75 kg) counterweight over the rear wheels.

The van was also sold as a Mercury. Initially made in Canada the Mercury production was later shifted to the US and was always a low volume exercise.

This article looks at two of the many Econolines produced by M2 to 1:64 scale diecast in China. M2 are premium price 1:64 models which compete with AutoWorld and Greenlight rather than Mattel Hot Wheels. M2 have produced these models as custom vehicles, lowered and with special paint jobs as well as the more conventional versions seen here.

1965 Mercury Econoline Van

The Mercury van differs little to the Ford other than in badging, but this passenger van would have been badged as a Falcon Club van when sold by Ford. The side view shows that the split two tone paint has been very neatly applied and the windows have been made in such a way that they push fit into the aperture to give a more realistic finish.

The black surround to the front window is not very well printed with distinctly wobbly lines on the one I have. This is a shame as all the other printing like wipers and air vents is very good.

Wheels and tyres are very good. and the front light inserts with the grilles to the side of the lights well realised. The panel lines showing how the van was welded together from multiple pressings are well engraved and the paint covers them well without obscuring any detail.

At the rear the Mercury script is neatly printed and the lights printed effectively.

1965 Ford Econoline Camper Van

This is available in two versions. One with the full elevated roof as shown here and the other with a raised panel which could be folded up with a canvas side when parked.

This model shows how different the US and UK were in the 1960s. On top of the cab is fitted an air conditioning unit something we would not see in the UK on smaller campers until much later.

The raised roof dominates the model. It is nicely modelled in plastic but the windows are printed on. In front of it sits the air-con unit which is another separate plastic item. Below it, the middle windows are moulded-in sloping as if they have been propped open from within. A table and some low side units are moulded in the interior as well as some thicker seating which will clearly become the bed when the van pulls up.

The two tone paint separation on the side is again neatly done as is the tiny Econoline script on the cab doors. Again the wheels and tyres are well modelled.

To the front the Ford Script is clearly printed and other features are like the Mercury above, except for the bumpers which are made to resemble white painted metal ones. Again the black printed screen surround is poorly done one an otherwise well printed model.

Underneath both models, M2 have moulded in some chassis features.

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The Ford Car in Miniature – 5th Generation Mustang Part One Concept cars

By Dave Turner

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

“Freedom To Soar” – Fifth Generation Mustang

Part One Concept cars

In production for ten years from 2005, the fifth incarnation of the Mustang can be divided into pre and post 2010 as a subtle re-skin took place for the second half of the run. The basic concept for this generation of the long running Mustang story was settled by 1999 on the theme of re-creating numerous cues from past Mustangs in an up to date flavour. As an appetiser Ford unveiled pre-production show cars in 2003 in both hardtop and convertible form, the nose of which was said to reflect that of the 1967/8 cars while the rear quarter window was meant to suggest that on the 1966 Shelby.

Some thought that these 2003 prototypes looked a bit too retro but generally they were greeted with enthusiasm. They were the first series of Mustang to be based on an exclusive floorpan – the first cars were Falcon based, the Mustang 11 had Pinto underpinnings while both the third and fourth generations employed Fairmont origins and that brought us to 2004. When production started for 2005 some subtle changes from the 2003 concept cars included moving the front wheels six inches forward to give the car a more balanced look, with the result that the front end became a tad flatter while the air slots on the forward end of the hood were deleted. The rear got smaller tail lights that were separated by a painted panel while the exhaust tailpipes emerged below the rear valance rather than through it.

So impressive were those two prototypes that quite a number of contemporary models of them were inspired. Beanstalk for example produced both the silver coupe and red convertible in 1:18 scale and these are simply superb. Opening features reveal masses of detail – they share the front part of the interior, although the coupes rear roof section lifts, beneath which is the spare wheel. These were remarkable inexpensive when new but apparently Beanstalk no longer produces model cars. Maisto did their 1:24 concept convertible as a pre-painted diecast kit that was extremely quick and easy to build. MotoMax also did a red diecast convertible in 1:24.

Mattel is invariably associated with the small diecast Hot Wheels toys but at the other end of the scale they produced a 1:10 scale plastic convertible in 2003 that depicts the open concept car extremely well – albeit in a very simple way. Apart from the wheels, only the exterior mirrors can be moved – and they fall off easily! while some extremely over scale seat belts begs the question – who should be occupying the seats? A glance at the front licence plate shows the script “Barbie” – another example of an unlikely source of an appealing miniature.

There have been at least seven issues of the concept coupe from Matchbox one of which was in the correct silver colour while the others came in an assortment of shades that varied in realism. This was usually of less importance with the Mattel Hot Wheels models and they did a version of the coupe, and again a silver example was offered along with at least fifteen others, most of which were in police livery of one sort or another.

A rather dubious looking 1:87 scale plastic object loosely resembles the 2003 Concept although its base reads simply – “Safari Ltd Sports Car China” so it has been included here.

2003 Mustang Concept models.

Beanstalk China 2003 10018/10035 Coupe 255mm 1:18 diecast
Beanstalk China 2003 10016/10030 Convertible 255mm 1:18 diecast
Maisto 2004-8 31970 Convertible 1:24 pre-painted diecast kit
Matchbox Thailand 2003-6 609 Coupe 7 versions 74mm 1:62 diecast
Mattel China 2003 B6283 Convertible 445mm 1:10 plastic
Mattel Hot Wheels 2004-15 Coupe 16 versions 1:64 diecast
MotoMax 73299D Convertible 1:24 diecast
Safari China Coupe 31mm 1:87 plastic


Mattel 1: 10 plastic from China: B6283, 2003 Concept convertible “Barbie”
Beanstalk 1:18 diecast from China: 10016/10030, 2003 Concept convertible.
Beanstalk 1:18 diecast from China: 10018/10035, 2003 Concept Coupe.
Matchbox 1:62 diecast from Thailand: 609, Two of the 7 versions of the 2003 Concept Coupe.
Safari 1:87 plastic from China: 2003 Concept Coupe.


In the next article we will  look at the models of the early years of production of the 5th Generation Mustang.

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Suddenly it’s 1960 (A little later then planned)

By Graeme Ogg

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

Upper Photograph is from an Anonymous source on the Internet. Lower is the Author’s Handiwork

A few years ago I got hold of a Brooklin Models 1960 Edsel convertible and in one of those moments of rash enthusiasm decided to scratchbuild an estate roof on to it to make a Villager wagon, which would fill a gap in my Edsel collection. This was a rare bird (only 275 built before Ford finally pulled the plug on Edsel production) which essentially shared the 1960 Ford body, and I found the wagon roofline particularly attractive. Unfortunately I ran into problems with the build and chickened out (it’s a long, sad story) and set the whole thing aside. For about 5 years.

Meanwhile, fellow chopper John Quilter took the sensible approach to building his own Villager by making resin castings of the Brooklin bumpers and grille and fitting them into the Ixo body. I could have done the same, but clung to the idea I could make my Brooklin conversion work. Then along came the Ixo 1960 Ford wagon. I bought a couple of them and found that the roof was a remarkable good fit for the half-demolished Brooklin body.


After carefully sawing it off the Ixo body I glued it in place and it only needed a touch of filler here and there to blend it into the lower body. The rear fins on the wagon, curving their way around the tail-lights, differ from both the Edsel sedan and the Ford wagon, so those had to be fabricated. After that it was only (hah!) a matter of tidying and detailing.

I had kept the Brooklin seats but the Ixo seating unit sat better in the “blended” body so I used that, but tarted up the seats a little to make them look more like the Edsel upholstery pattern.  I replaced the Ford wheels with the Brooklins.

The Edsel wasn’t exactly lacking in brightwork, so a fair bit of work was needed with the Bare Metal Foil. I was going to foil the grille and bumpers but they looked bright enough to match the BMF so I left them alone, although I did drill out the metal headlamps and front sidelights and fitted plastic lenses, which brightened up the front quite nicely.

I also remembered to add the “gunsights” on the front corners that weren’t originally fitted to the Brooklin.

And that would have been it, really, except that when it came to the knee-trembling stage of final detailing and re-assembly, my nerve went again, and the model just sat there unfinished. However, in the past few weeks I finally got my whatsit back into gear and completed the job.

Of course (as a country barmaid once confessed to me) when you start fooling around with the country squire[*] it can be hard to stop. Pretty soon I was attacking another Ixo wagon. I’ve always admired the styling of the 1960 big Fords but only have a very warped plastic Galaxie (Anguplas) and a Starliner coupé (Motorhead Miniatures) in my collection, so I launched into a sedan conversion. For some reason I found the particular variation of the “Thunderbird” roofline used on the 1960 Galaxie less convincing than on some other Fords of that era, so switched my attention to the Fairlane 500 Town Sedan, with its slimmer rear pillars and huge back window (interesting that in 1960 Ford, GM and Chrysler all featured outsize “bubble” rear windows on some models).

While Ixo kindly provided a suitable lower body and roof structure, the whole back end had to be changed, with a new rear deck and the cropped fins of the wagon extended forwards and inwards, and the boot lid that sits lower than the rear wings, with the centre of the rear window dropping down into the valley. After more than 5 years without laying hands on an X‑Acto blade or a needle file, it was an interesting exercise in reviving old skills. (Skills? Surely you jest.)

I did at least successfully revive the old trick of carving the rear window in balsa and push-moulding it into heated plastic, with only minor charring of some domestic furnishings, although I did have to take the batteries out of the smoke detectors. And the moulding came out pretty well in the end.

The distinctive chevrons on the rear flanks were snipped from small staples. Fairlane 500s had a crest on the nose rather than “Ford” script, so that was done with a tiny colour photocopy. I put “Fairlane” on the boot lid in proper 1:43 lettering and it was pretty much invisible, so I went for over-scale lettering which may have been a bad idea (not helped by the elderly decal sheet having yellowed somewhat) but I wasn’t going to scrape it all off. Since I can’t print badges in chrome or white, I put “Fairlane 500” script on the front wings in black, which sounds like another daft move but if you look at photos of real cars the script is often half in shade and could almost be black …. OK, don’t believe me. At least it gives the impression that there’s a badge there.

The grossly over-scale chrome gunsights used by Ixo were replaced by something a little more delicate.

Building working steering into a model that will just sit on a shelf was a spectacularly pointless exercise and I don’t know what possessed me. (In retrospect, I think it was a bit of displacement activity at a tricky moment in the build.)

The Ford was done at the same time as the Edsel, and sat around unfinished for just as long, so I am just glad to get these models completed at last. It has to be said that doing a decent paint job, applying BMF tidily and putting small pieces of trim back neatly are all things that benefit from regular practice, so after the long lay-off this was not my finest hour in those areas. Close up, there are too many raggedy details, and after spending so long trying to get things right, it’s a little discouraging (said he, apparently calm but inwardly fuming). Of course I don’t plan on letting you get that close. Just stand back and enjoy the general impression. No, a bit further.  Further.  That’s it.  Nice, eh?

And here it is alongside an original Ford brochure photo.

Upper Photograph from period Ford Brochure, lower the Authors Handiwork.

[*] OK, so the Ixo is officially a Ranch Wagon, not a Country Squire. Listen, if you’re going to be difficult ….

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Another Miniature Ford Prefect 100E?

By Mike Harvey

Article text copyright of the Author. Photographs by, and copyright of the Author except where otherwise credited.

Editor: This article is based upon Mike’s recent posting on our Facebook page which is so interesting that it is reproduced here so all our readers may share it. This follows up Dave Turner’s recent article on the 1953 Ford Prefect which can be found here

I have just rediscovered my Premier’s plastic kit of an English Ford. Despite the box front artwork the kit is a left hand drive 100E but with a Prefect grille. The box side artwork shows a left hand drive car but with a missing B pillar on the driver’s side. Moulded in light blue plastic it scales out at 1:25.

There are two tone chromed parts with wheel hub caps a slightly different colour to the surrounds, and the grille surround different from the slatted part. The chromed V emblem for the bonnet top helps date it. 

The instructions for putting the parts together are shown below.

I have not had the heart to put it together, and dry runs show that 60+ years after manufacture a considerable amount of fettling would be needed to produce a good result now.

Mike points out that although the grille and other fitting are clearly those of a Ford Prefect it has a two door body shell and the Prefect was a four door in the UK. Perhaps Ford sold two door cars with Prefect trimmings in other markets or maybe the car is a hybrid between a Prefect and Anglia.

This model  was joined by several other UK cars in the original series. In addition to the Triumph TR3 shown on the box side below there were also a Jaguar XK120 as well as a Nash Rambler a.k.a.  Austin Metropolitan.

Editor: Mike also pointed us to the Onethirtysecond web site where there is a page dedicated to the kit and the one piece resin body created from it. Onethirtysecond was run as a hobby company and seems to currently be on a back burner due to the owner’s other commitments so the resin reproduction may no longer be available.

onethirtysecond 100E Photo © onethirtysecond

onethirtysecond Ford 100E Photo © onethirtysecond


Matt Irvine, famous for his books on making plastic kits, confirmed to onethirtysecond  that Premier was a kit line made in the US making it a puzzling choice for a US maker.

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Another Taxi Partwork!

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs are by, and copyright of the Author, unless otherwise stated.

Another partwork is now being sold in Italy, this time from Centauria, looking like a copy of the previous similar partwork from Altaya in 2002-2004. Which then appeared as a DeAgostini partwork in Northern Europe. But there are changes: the models are now marked as from LeoModels but they do appear to be identical in many respects to the models made by Ixo for Altaya.

The scale seems to vary from the claimed 1:43 with models often more like 1:45 to 1:46. The collection has been announced as having 39 parts, what a strange number?

First issue is a Ford Crown Victoria 1998, even if the box says 1992, somewhat smaller and different to the Altaya one. The second issue is the Fiat 1400, similar to the Ixo one, perhaps a bit smaller. After the first issues the price will be €14.99 I’m wondering if this collection is really needed, the Ixo models, which were much better,  are still freely available at modest prices on eBay or at the various toys fairs everywhere.

Centauria is part of the Fabbri group of publishers better known in the UK for the James Bond Collection. Their products are aimed at the news stand market and they have a range of partworks such as fairy tale collections, Great Musicians encyclopaedias, and the art works series “The Masters of Colour”,

The boxed Ford Crown Victoria looking rather small on the standard sized plinth.


The first part in its packaging selling at half price to encourage people to collect the series. NB the model is claimed to be 1:43 scale.


To the rear of the launch card mount we see some of the proposed models all of which seem very familiar! It means that Volkswagen collectors and London cab collectors have yet another target to chase.


The first model unpacked.

The second Model unpacked.A FIAT taxi as already seen in the Altaya series.

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Avon Calling! Fords from Avon

By Dave Turner

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Ed: With a challenge like a GM Avon Corvette how could a Ford man resist showing off the range of Ford products from Avon!

These were actually featured by Don Elliott in MAR 16 back in December 1985 and this black Model T produced in 1969/70 was described by him as a Touring T. Approximating to 1911 before the Tourer got doors for the driver the label under this calls it simply “Veteran Car” and it contained 180cc of “Windjammer” after shave. The part of the moulding that represents the steering wheel is centrally located while based on the wheelbase it scales out to around 1:25. An extremely basic black plastic moulding represents the roof and front screen frame while the stopper is the spare wheel cover on the tail. This same casting was issued again in 1978 exactly the same but this time finished in silver and was illustrated in MAR 18.

In MAR 17 a further but slightly later Model T was illustrated and was issued by Avon in 1973 called “Country Vendor”. This represented an open sided van that was often called an express in 1921, from which produce etc was displayed and sold. Most of the upper body on this decanter was a plastic mounding.

Going back to MAR 16 in which Avons 1930 Model A Roadster was illustrated although Don described it as 1928. The flat topped and tall hood would suggest that it is a ’30. Once again this contained “Windjammer” after shave (120cc) the stopper being located inside the plastic rumble seat/spare wheel moulding. These were issued by Avon 1972-74. Again using the wheelbase as a guide this is slightly smaller than the T being closer to 1:29.

Produced 1976/7, Avon issued a 1936 Five Window Coupe in around 1:28 scale containing “Oland” aftershave this time measured as 5 fluid oz. A plastic complete rear end hides the stopper in this case while stick-on labels represent the grille and wheels.

A smaller size of decanter began with a 1955 Thunderbird hardtop for 1974/75 containing just 2 fluid oz of “Wild Country” after shave. This works out at around 1:34 scale and was followed for 1976-78 by a 1964 Mustang Coupe in which was 2 fluid oz of “Tai Winds” aftershave, this container working out to 1:38.

The most recent Ford so far found as an Avon decanter is the F Series pick up in Ranger package form that was issued for 1972-74 as a Camper with a plastic camper body that dispensed talcum in addition to the 5 fluid oz. of “Wild Country” aftershave in the cab section. The grille, windows, wheels and striping are in the form of stick-on labels although the grille pattern appears to combine a mixture of the ’71 and ’73 details. For 1978/9 this was issued once again but without the camper top. The entire pick up body aft of the cab is a plastic moulding concealing the stopper. As for the scale, assuming we have a ’73 F250 it is around 1:31.

While on the Avon theme, a couple of Fords came in their 1984 pewter collection. These took the form of rather poorly proportioned 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop and 1964 Mustang Coupe, the same as their decanters. The Thunderbird especially is obviously far too narrow in relation to its length the Mustang a trifle less so, both have rather ‘lowline’ roofs and are extremely heavy!


1 and 2 Avon 1:29 ceramic decanter: 1930 Model A Roadster.

3 and 4 Avon 1:28 ceramic decanter: 1936 Five Window Coupe

5 and 6 Avon 1:25 ceramic decanter: 1911 Model T Tourer

7 and 8 Avon 1:38 ceramic decanter: 1964 Mustang Coupe

9 and 10 Avon 1:34 ceramic decanter: 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop

11 and 12 Avon 1:48 pewter : 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop

13 and 14 Avon 1:53 pewter: 1964 Mustang Coupe

15 Avon Thunderbird and Mustang underside.

16 and 17 Avon 1:31 ceramic decanter: 1972(?) F250 Ranger

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The Ford Car in Miniature – Fiesta Mark III

By Dave Turner

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. They may be found at the base of the article.

Fiesta Mark 111 1989-1995
“There’s A Little More of Everything”

It is apparent that as we move forward in time to study a range of vehicles that the complexity and myriad variations become increasingly difficult to describe in simple and understandable terms. Fords first series of small Fiesta cars was extremely successful but when a successor was launched it coincided with a general downturn in affluence while the new car itself was decidedly bland and unexciting. No doubt as a result the number of production changes and appearance of ‘Special Editions’ in an effort to promote sales occurred every few months.

The Fiesta Mk 111 took five years and £550 million to develop and the result could best be described as bland but aerodynamic. Interior accommodation was greatly increased by extending the wheelbase by over 6” although the overall length was less than 4” greater and the width just under 1” more than before. One result of this was that a five door version could be created but the softer springing and suspension was said to make the driving response ‘stodgy’ when compared to the preceding Fiesta.

Launched in April 1989 the new cars featured engines in the various models that stretched from the 1000cc HCS units up to the 1.8 diesel. The initial model line up consisted of Popular, Popular Plus, L, LX, Ghia and S but the first XR2i came in October and the RS Turbo the following June – both initially with 1.6 CVH engines. The first of the numerous specials appeared in July 1990 as the Bonus while during the following year more arrived – Bonus 11, Flight, Fresco and Quartz 11.

August 1991 and the range was revised, the Popular name was gone the base level was simply badged ‘Fiesta’ and then L, LX, Ghia, SX and XR2i, the RS doesn’t appear to have been included in the regular sales material until late in its lifetime in early 1994. In May 1992 both XR2i and RS got Zetec 1800 engines and later that year the L model disappeared, but two new badges appeared – LA with automatic transmission and DL with 1.8 litre diesel engine. More specials came on the scene – another Bonus and a Freestyle.

Developments in 1994 included a stronger structure that included side impact protection although the range was simplified at the same time and featured – Fiesta, LX and a new badge – ‘Si’ that featured heavier bumpers, that at the front incorporating a ‘smiley’ grille that eventually became a Ford characteristic – for a while. The Ghia remained although the XR2i was replaced by the RS 1800 in sales material. More specials came along – Azura, Java, Mistral, LX Mistral, Sapphire, LX Sapphire, Equipe, LX Equipe and Finesse.

The next Fiesta Mark 1V came along in October 1995 but the Mark 111 continued into 1996 as the Classic, Classic Quartz and Classic Cabaret.

From the model aspect, the initial series of Fiestas were covered in MAR 212/3 (May/June 2007) but relatively few miniatures were inspired by the subsequent Mk 111s.

Autosculpts range of little resin/aluminium castings included a Mk 111 Fiesta, in fact the only Fiesta in that range. It depicts in a quite appealing way the five door with sufficient detail to identify it as a Ghia version by the specific detail on the wheel covers. This range changed hands a few years ago but the lists of re-produced models so far doesn’t seem to include this little gem. Looking exactly like the Autosculpt is the little five door metal kit from Lion Models in Germany, almost the same size and even the wheels are the same Ghia pattern.

A mystery in this section is the Gama model 1990 Fiesta recorded as their number 1002, but as yet no trace of it has been found. An unusual source of vehicle miniatures was the Lladro name that is normally associated with decorative porcelain products but they produced a couple of delicate looking Ford subjects at the end of the 1980s. One was a 1990 Escort, the other a five door 1989 Fiesta depicting a an ‘L’ model – sufficient detail on the wheels and side strips suggest this. Also, reflecting its Spanish origins the Lladro Fiesta has the windscreen wipers as appropriate for a left hand drive example. Lladro had previously done a similar creation of a 1976 Fiesta and it is likely that all these were obtained through Ford themselves.

A recent development in the world of model cars has been the adoption of resin for many of the 1:18 scale offerings, giving a rather solid and heavy character that invariably omits any opening parts, the only moveable items are the wheels. Otto is a range of these and has produced a series of models of high performance Fords from the 1980s/90s. Among these is a RS Turbo, the real car ran for just less than two years from June 1990 and had reputation of being an extremely uncomfortable but exhilarating experience. The detail both inside and outside is superb, let down only by the surprisingly cheap sticky label for the “Fiesta RS Turbo” badge on the bool lid. Apparently there were only 1,250 examples of this model .

Even more limited was the 1:43 scale model of the RS Turbo from Kess, of which just 204 examples are said to have been made. Scalextric issued numerous versions of their XR2i slot racer in the early 1990s and that had the driver on one side of the interior in some versions, the opposite side in others. The simple one-piece plastic body captures the character nicely, the exterior mirrors probably not lasting long on seriously raced examples. The wheel pattern depicts that on the 1.6 cvh early Mk 111 XR2i.

The Fiesta based Courier van and Kombi were mentioned in the Courier piece in MAR 279 (2014) but were an important part of the Mk 111 Fiesta story. While the van lent itself to a variety of liveries – at least a dozen, the Kombi on the other hand appeared only as a red issue. From the packaging of the “Courier” van and the Kombi these could have been Ford promos. The Matchbox van depicts the ‘Standard’ version of the Courier, it has the side rubbing strips that are absent on the ‘Popular’ version.

the German range of Schabak model Fords from the early 1990s were also some sort of promos through Ford and the model trade in general. Very well made XR2is came in both 1:43 and 1:25 scales. Both had very neatly done opening parts although the doors on the smaller model only the lower half opened while the wheels on that size don’t appear to represent any in the Ford catalogue. Both had engines were sufficiently well detailed to identify the 1.6 CVH type. Interestingly these were produced in both left and right hand drive as they were obviously intended for both markets.

Ford Fiesta Mk 111 1989-1995
Autosculpt UK F17 5 Door Ghia 42mm 1:89 resin/aluminium
Lion Germany 41 5 door Ghia lhd 43mm 1:88 metal kit
Gama Germany 1002 produced ?
Lladro Spain 7608 5 door ‘L’ lhd  264mm 1:14 porcelain
Otto China 120 3 door RS Turbo lhd 209mm 1:18 resin
Kess China 15021 3 door RS Turbo lhd 1:43 resin
Scalextric UK C287 3 door XR2i 1.6 lhd/rhd 118mm 1:32 plastic slot racer
Schabak Germany 1085/1086  XR2i  1.6  lhd/rhd  88mm 1:43 diecast
Schabak Germany 1520/1521  XR2i  1.6  lhd/rhd 151mm 1:25 diecast
Matchbox China 198 Courier Standard van   lhd 75mm 1:54 diecast
Matchbox China 199 Kombi lhd 75mm 1:54 diecast
Illustrations Ford Fiesta Mk 111
Autosculpt 1:89 resin/aluminium from UK: F17, 5 door Ghia
Lion 1:88 metal kit from Germany: 41, 5 door Ghia
Lladro 1:14 porcelain from Spain: 7608, 5 door ‘L’
Otto 1:18 resin from China: 120, 4 door RS Turbo.
Scalextric 1:32 plastic slot racer from UK: C287, 3 door XR2i 1.6
Schabak 1:43 diecast from Germany: 1086, XR2i 1.6 the right hand drive version.
Schabak 1:25 diecast from Germany: 1521, XR2i 1.6 the right hand drive version.
Matchbox 1:54 diecast from China: 198, Courier Standard van
Matchbox 1:54 diecast from China: 199 Kombi.

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Goldvarg F100 on its way soon.

By Maz Woolley

All images supplied by Goldvarg.

The first release of Goldvarg’s new resin models of American cars has been very successful with almost all showing as sold out perhaps to the frustration of US collectors.

Sergio has now released pre-production pictures of the 1965 Ford F-100. This will appear in  Tropical Turquoise and Rangoon Red and looks very close to release. This 1965 car appeared in many TV series in the 1960s and epitomises the typical US Pickup used for work and play. Here the Goldvarg is presented with lots of the options that make this an attractive vehicle.

I look forward to seeing the pre-production pictures of the forthcoming 1960 Mercury Park Lane.

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The Ford Car in Miniature – Ford Prefect 1953

By Dave Turner

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

“The First Light Cars in the Five Star Class”

Ford Prefect 100E/107E 1953-1961

Ford UKs smaller cars had remained in production virtually unchanged from their pre-World War Two form right through into the 1950s but the much needed development of a new modern replacement had been under way since 1951. In the event a continuation of the old upright styled cars of the 1930s in the shape of the old Anglia (now re-named Popular) did continue alongside the thoroughly modern new 100E range.

Totally different to their predecessors, the new cars featured unitary construction with MacPherson strut front suspension and conventional rather than the old torque tube rear drive. A side valve engine was continued to avoid further development costs whilst the only other left-over feature was the vacuum operated windscreen wipers. In appearance the new models presented a refined but scaled down image of the Consul/Zephyr range.

Derivations of the 100E range were varied with two and four door saloons, vans and estate cars but in the interests of practicality the four door Prefect will be the subject of this review of miniatures – the rest will follow eventually.

On the market from December 1953, changes in the production of the Prefect were usually minimal but sometimes significant – for example in October 1955 a De Luxe version was created featuring a more attractive flat facia and identified by the waistline plated strips.   At the same time both versions got a separate rear flasher light below the circular reflector. From May 1957 the bonnet mascot changed from the winged style to a flat V but big changes came five months later in October when a larger rear screen was accompanied by slimmer bumpers and the Prefect name now in script on the boot lid. At the same time the rear reflector became a larger rectangular design, a new instrument panel arrived along with a locking glovebox on De Luxe examples and a triangular badge replaced the long rectangular pattern on the front wings. Another worthwhile change happened in September 1959 when the overhead valved engine from the new Anglia replaced the old side valve. unit.  These cars were designated 107E as a result. The only external evidence of this was the short piece of plated strip on the forward part of the front wing, plus many sported the same pattern hub caps as the 105E Anglia. In May 1961 the Prefect came to an end – in theory replaced by the Consul Classic that appeared the following month.

The Models

A strange result of the research into miniature Prefects was the number of projected models in the 1:43 metal/handbuilt category. One of these – Sanger – was a rather mysterious range that issued a quite extensive list of models in the mid 1990s that included eight Ford subjects. Minimarque 43 also listed a couple of 100E Prefects but as far as this column is aware issued only an Anglia and Popular were produced in 1994 while Pathfinder also listed a Prefect that has yet to be seen in the metal. The majority of the miniature Prefects that were made are in the smaller scales but among the smallest is the 1:88 resin/aluminium solid from Autosculpt. This is so well detailed despite its modest size that it can be more or less identified as a late example of the 100E De Luxe – triangular front wing badge, Prefect script on boot lid. V bonnet mascot, bumper over riders, rectangular reflectors and waist line plated strips. An even smaller example came from Skytrex in their range of hollow castings intended for use on N gauge model railways.

Meccano launched a range of vehicles to accompany their Hornby Dublo model railways under the Dulbo Dinky Toy label. Their Prefect appeared in 1958, a rather badly proportioned effort to say the least both the bonnet and boot lid being noticeably too long while the detail would best be described as ‘minimal’. As Matchbox also produced the self same Ford Prefect in a much better fashion at the time the Dublo item was soon deleted in 1959. While the railway scale is 1:76, the over-long dimensions of the Dublo Prefect result in that it scales out, by its overall length, at 1:66. This didn’t prevent a repro of the Dublo item being produced in later years by Bob Wharrier.

The Matchbox was made from 1957 and is a much better likeness, despite it being from the time that door shut lines etc were depicted by projecting rather than inserted casting details. From the early type of bonnet mascot it can be dated as representing a pre- May ’57 example. As was also frequent at the time the Matchbox Prefect features a relatively huge tow hook. Like the Dublo Dinky, the Matchbox has also inspired copies, at least a couple, one from Midget models and another in the Scale Link range of model railway accessories. the latter including seats, previously missing. An anonymous plastic Prefect that is very likely derived from the Matchbox has been included here, it could be from the Blue Box range of cheap copies but has several differences.

In the 1950s DCMT produced many diecast toys in their Lone Star Series, however a small range of simple diecast vehicles were made under the River Series banner, including a Prefect. The shape is almost a caricature of the real thing with a long bonnet, short boot and high roof. Apparently the tooling was loaned to Lincoln Industries in New Zealand where more Prefects were made, and that wasn’t the end as the tools then found their way to Israel and Prefects then appeared in the Gamda range of toys. At least the latter had clear plastic windows installed.

At least one superb 1:43 model of the Prefect is available and that came from Brooklin’s Lansdowne range of UK vehicles. This depicts a very early example of the De Luxe series in that it retains the early pattern of rear lights that lacked the separate flasher below the reflector. This is acceptable simply because Fords own sales material from October 1955 shows a car so equipped.  The model displays an appropriate registration – SLJ 980 – a late 1955 issue from Bournemouth.

Wells Brimtoy were well-known toy makers in the post war years but an unusual issue from them in the late 1950s was a plastic Prefect, along with a companion Squire estate. These were said to be used as promos by Ford, although no evidence of that has been found. Despite the modest size – 1:60 – there is a lot of subtle detail, just enough to date it as a later 100E, only the rectangular reflectors are missing. No interior or any markings on the base however.

The Classix range of 1:76 vehicles includes almost the whole range of 100E/107E Fords, the Prefect example depicts a 1961 107E and is an excellent model – even the facia is the correct pattern. while the licence plates show 718 BLC – a London issue from 1961. The real car is itself well known in the Ford Sidevalve Owners Club and had its regular column in their club mag. Whether the realistically applied sun visor on the model is from the real cars early life is possible – it was missing in later photos.

Ford Prefect Models 1953-1961


Autosculpt UK 2000 F14 1958De Luxe 43mm 1:88 resin/aluminium
Dublo Dinky Toys UK 1958/9 061 1954 58mm 1:66 diecast
Bob Wharrier UK 1990 061 1954 copy 58mm 1:66 metal
DCMT River Series UK 1950s 1954 96mm 1:40 diecast
Lincoln New Zealand 1957-60 1954 re-issue 96mm 1:40 diecast
Gamda Israel 1960s 12 1954 re-issue 96mm 1:40 diecast
Lansdowne UK 2000 59 1955 De Luxe 90mm 1:43 metal
Lansdowne UK 2012 59a 1955 De Luxe 90mm 1:43 metal
Matchbox UK 1957-61 30 1956 55mm 1:70 diecast
Midget Models UK 1990 21 1956 copy 53mm 1:70 metal kit
Scale Link UK 2000 213 1956 copy 53mm 1:70 metal kit
Unknown copy 53mm 1:70 plastic
MiniMarque 43 UK 30a 1953 not issued? 1:43 metal
MiniMarque 43 UK 30b 1957 not issued? 1:43 metal
Pathfinder UK 27 not issued? 1:43 metal
Sanger UK not issued? 1:43 metal
Skytrex UK 106 26mm 1:147 metal
Wellsotoy UK 1957 63mm 1:60 plastic
Classix China 2010 76864 1961 107E 50mm 1:76 diecast

Illustrations: Ford Prefect 1953-1961.

Autosculpt 1:88 resin/aluminium from UK: F14, 1958 De Luxe
Dublo Dinkly Toys 1:66 diecast from UK : 061, 1954
Bob Wharrier 1:66 metal from UK: 061, repro of Dublo Dinky Toy
River Series 1:40 diecast from UK: 1954
Gamda 1:40 diecast from Israel: 12, repro of River Series

Lansdowne 1:43 hand built from UK: 59, 1955 De Luxe
Matchbox 1:70 diecast from UK: 30, 1956
Midget Models 1:70 metal kit from UK: 21, copy of Matchbox
Scale Link 1:70 metal kit from UK: 213, copy of Matchbox
Unknown 1:70 plastic: copy of Matchbox?
Skytrex 1:147 metal from UK: 106, for ’N’ gauge model railways.
Wellsotoy 1:60 plastic from UK: 1957
Classix 1:76 diecast from China: 76864, 1961 107E

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