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Models 56 by Armco and a Load of Cobras:  Part 1                                                 

By Mick Haven

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

Graeme Ogg’s recent article in MAR Online about his Ford Falcon Landau by Ace Models, and Falcon Cobras interested me, as I have a passion for Australian models. For quite some time now I’ve had seven models from a small Aussie company called Models 56 by Armco. Made in resin, they are Frank Gardner’s Boss Mustang 302 and Chevy Corvair, Jim Richard’s Sidchrome Boss Mustang 351, another Corvair, albeit the same car as above but as raced by Allan Grice, a 1967 Mustang GTA and a 1972 Falcon XYGT-HO, both raced by Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan, and a Falcon Landau.


I believe that at the time, Models 56 were the only model maker to produce models of these particular cars. Frank Gardner’s Mustang needs little introduction, as it was the ex-Bud Moore Kar Kraft Trans Am car with which he was runner up in the 1970 B.S.C.C. championship. I saw it race on numerous occasions. The Jim Richards car was one which he raced predominantly in the 1973/74 sports sedan championship in both his native New Zealand and Australia. ‘Pete’ Geoghegan raced Mustangs to win the Improved Production class in the 1966 Australian Touring Car Championship, which he would repeat in 1967, ’68 and ’69.

As for the Corvairs, they were hugely successful to put it mildly, so successful in fact they were surrounded by controversy, at least Frank Gardner’s original car was. Having spent a number of very successful years in Europe, including testing the very first Porsche 917, ‘Jack of all Trades’, Frank Gardner, returned home to Australia in 1975 to contest the Sports Sedan Championship. He acquired a Chevy Corvair, built a spaceframe chassis, carried out numerous modifications, wrapped the whole thing with the Corvair body, and installed a 5.0 motor from a Lola Formula 5000 single seater, a formula very popular in the U.K. and Europe in the 1960s and ‘70s. The car was outrageously powerful, so much in fact that other teams started to pay close attention to its legality, some even lodging complaints about it. In its first year it won almost every race, except when it rained. It was so dominant and Gardner so hacked off with the complaints, he offered to start from the back of the grid even if he had claimed pole position, which he did, frequently. He easily won the Sports Sedan Championship in 1977.  He sold the car to Allan Grice who would be champion with it in 1978 and ’79. It’s my understanding that the Corvair may well be inadvertently responsible for the demise of the championship.

The Landau is a model which I have long treasured having in my Aussie collection. The car first saw the light of day in 1973 and was based on the recently introduced XAGT. It was distinguished from the standard XAGT by its vinyl roof and all black full width grille behind which were hidden its foldaway headlamps, similar to those on a Mercury Cougar and the 1970 Ford Torino. The family resemblance between the Torino and XAGT is very evident. The ‘Enemy’ car seen in the ‘Mad Max 2’ film, also looks to have its origins in the Landau, certainly in respect of the grille and vinyl roof. This model is part of the two car set by Auto Art in both 1:43 and 1:18 scales. They also produce a ‘dirty’ version, which can be expensive, if you can find one!

If memory serves me correctly, the Models 56 model was originally offered with either polished ‘five slot’ alloy wheels, like mine, or with full width covers, or those shown on the gold car in Graeme’s pictures. There were various colours, black, with a black vinyl roof, metallic blue and yellow, each with a white roof, and one in a metallic blue/grey with a black roof. At the time I bought the Armco’s, I was receiving regular e mails from founder, John Pisani with updates about their models, many of which sold out very quickly. Communication ceased some while ago and their own web site no longer exists.

There is a web site, ceases for Armco Models/56, which states that production had ceased, dated May 23rd 2017. I’d bought my models long before that. There is also a picture of many of the models which they had produced. I used to have a brochure but this has long since disappeared. All of their models were superb examples of the type and many were very different from offerings by the ‘major’ Australian model manufacturers. Did anybody else produce a model of Bryan Thompson’s VW 1600 Fastback with its 5 litre Chevy engine, or the late great Peter Brock’s tiny A35 with its huge wing extensions covering very wide racing wheels. There was also a black road going version of this model. All of the above refers to models in 1: 43 scale, many of which sold out very quickly. The cruel irony is that for such a small company with limited resources, they produced superb models, easily as good as anything produced in the northern hemisphere.

For more than fifty years I’ve been an admirer of the Minilite brand of racing wheel. The Geoghegan XYGT-HO and Mustang models have a set of them, as does the Frank Gardner Mustang. The wheels on these models are excellent examples of the famous British race wheel, as are those on the Jim Richards Mustang, which were built ‘in house’ in New Zealand by the car’s builder Murray Nunn, a close pal of Jim Richards.

With the demise of Models 56 I was surprised to see what might ‘appear to be’ the resurrection of some of their moulds under the Ace banner, are these the self same models? I was surprised when what appeared to be former Models 56 models in Graeme’s ‘Ace’ article last year. They have got to be them, haven’t they? Especially bearing in mind that until I saw that article, in all my years of collecting Australian models, I had never heard of Ace Models. All of my Models 56 came direct from Armco. That Models 56 by Armco no longer exists, to me is a great shame.

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Hachette Italy World Buses Part 18

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Parts 52 to 54

This time we’ll look at one of the most popular British buses, a quite rare one from France and another “ethnic” one, from Colombia. All of them are from 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.


No. 52 (no. 41 in the French collection) Bedford OB 1947 – We have already seen the Bedford history and its TJ Rocket (see part 11, no. 33). And how, established as a subsidiary of Vauxhall in 1930 to manufacture commercial vehicles, it soon became a leading international brand, with substantial export sales throughout the world. Its success was due in large part to the smooth running in-line six cylinder engine with overhead-valves, of Chevrolet origin (the famous stove-bolt six). The semi-forward control “O” type lorry chassis was introduced in August 1939, with a coach-chassis version named “OB“. Duple Coachbuilders modified their Hendonian body to fit the chassis, which was longer than the previous WTB model. Only 73 OB buses were built before production stopped due to the outbreak of the Second World War, After the war it reappeared largely unchanged and was produced till 1951, with a total of almost 13,000 produced.

Duple developed the new “Vista” as the standard coachwork for the postwar OB with elegant curved roof and waistlines. Seating capacity was normally 29 with overhead luggage racks, whilst the rear luggage boot was also used to store the spare wheel. The OB is one of the most popular preserved coaches: more than 180 are still in existence, with nearly 70 in roadworthy condition. They regularly appear in period television programs and movies. Duple Coachbuilders was active from 1919 until 1989 : its name was intended to convey the principle of a single vehicle being suitable for a dual role. Ex-military Ford model Ts were converted to a small touring car body that could be transformed into a van by removing the decking at the rear and fitting a van top. This dual-purpose body was then built also on Morris Cowley and Oxford chassis, production ceasing around the end of the 1920s.

Coachwork had been built since the inception of the company, but in 1928 it was decided to make an effort to increase output of this body type. By the middle of the 1930s bus bodies were produced in quite large numbers with a busy export business. After the war there was a move towards metal-framed bodies, but the 1950s brought a difficult time for the coachbuilding industry as there was a rapid decline in orders and competition became intense. The 1980 deregulation of coach services for journeys of over 30 miles caused the market for light coach chassis to collapse. Duple’s output fell from 1,000 bodies in 1976, to 340 in 1983. In July 1989, the decision was made to close down the Duple operation, some parts of it sold to domestic rival Plaxton.

The scale model is based on one of the preserved buses, with the usual combination of a metal body and a plastic baseplate with minimal detail. It is in a bright livery in cream and green. The destination plate reads Dartmouth, and the operator is Southern National.

The registration was issued by Devon County Council. The model is quite heavy. It is true to the original shape and the livery and registration plate seem to be authentic, but why is the side indicator near the door gold instead of orange? Many small separate parts are fitted, lights, mirrors, and wipers for example. A very nicely modelled front grille is fitted with the Bedford logo and script. The Duple logo is printed on the bonnet sides.  A basic interior is fitted but the drivers area is well modelled. The tyres are nicely moulded but the wheels are ugly.  The identical coach has been reproduced in 1:24th scale by Sun Star (but in that case it is indicated as from 1949). There are no apparent differences to the French edition. A nice reproduction of a once familiar sight on British roads.


No. 53 (no. 42 in the French collection) Chausson ANG 1956 – We have already met Chausson, its history and its succesful APH bus from 1950 (see part 5, no. 14) and how, beside making components for the automotive industry, they 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 buses activities and Chausson left that market. In 1954 Chausson developed the AN type, a bus family based on the concept of the monocoque body, an assembly of tubes and ribbed and bent steel plates, welded together, assuring an high rigidity. According to the builder, it was the one that would be able to impose itself in all continents, even intended to be delivered in spare parts to be assembled as a “Meccano”, with easy completion with left or right hand drive, and with identical rear and front faces, pneumatic doors and large side luggage compartments. But the initial version, the ANH, suffered from many early defects: a poor visibility towards the front, an engine with too little power, and poor cooling.

Chausson reacted very quickly, and introduced a new version from 1957: the ANG. The small split windscreen was replaced by a single panoramic one, while an Hispano-Suiza engine, lying under the floor with 150 hp, replaced the previous Hercules engine. The clients were still doubtful and when Chausson sold its bus operation to Saviem the ANG production was stopped, to reappear in 1960 in the form of a new Saviem bus, the SC-5 of 36 seats, using many elements of its previous bodywork but with an engine placed in the front. Less than 300 ANG versions were produced.

The scale model is quite heavy, with a plastic body and metal baseplate. The registration plate is from the Seine-et-Marne department (Île-de-France) and the destination plate says Fontainebleau, famous for its royal castle.

The model is accurately shaped and the red and cream livery is correct, but its symmetrical body is quite ugly. A nice interior is fitted with a well detailed drivers cockpit. Good side windows and wheels are fitted. There are the usual added parts like bumpers, lights, mirrors and wipers (three of them). No apparent differences to the French edition. A correct reproduction of an unsuccessful French bus.


No. 54 (no. 43 in the French collection) Ford F600 “Chiva” rural bus 1990 – The mountainous geography of the Andean regions, like Colombia and Ecuador, requires the use of very strong vehicles for their rural public transport network. These are usually built on a truck or bus chassis with an artisan built open wood body with basic fitments and bench like seats. They are characterised by the use of bright colours (usually the yellow, blue, and red colours of the national flags) and elaborate ornamental paint work.

They are fitted with a ladder to a large and strong rack on the roof which is used for carrying people, livestock and merchandise. Locally they are called “chiva” (Spanish for goat) or “escalera” (Spanish for ladder). Chivas were first introduced in the Medellin region in the early 20th century, soon becoming a natural solution to the need of moving both cargo and passengers simultaneously. Through the years their aesthetic approach became a cultural trademark of rural Colombia, evolving into works of folk art. Others regard them as a symbol of underdevelopment. A similar approach, but based on a Willys Jeep, is called “jeepao”.

Sometime you could find these unique buses also in New York, were the “chiva” has developed into a customised bus, carrying party goers around the city. The “chiva” modelled in this collection is based on a Ford “F600” truck chassis, usually with a V8 diesel engine, famous for its endurance and longevity. The first-generation Ford F-Series (light trucks and pickups) was introduced in late 1947 and assembled at sixteen different Ford factories. All F-series were available with optional “Marmon-Herrington All Wheel Drive” until 1959.


Their design evolved steadily and successive generations followed each other constantly. According to the year indicated by Hachette this “chiva” should be based on the eighth generation of the Ford F-Series produced from 1986 to 1991, their engine lineup was updated with both the inline-6 and the V8 converted to fuel injection, while the the diesel V8 from International (Navistar) was enlarged from 420 to 444 cubic inches.

The scale model sports the red, light blue and yellow colours of the Colombian flag, and is made with the usual combination of plastic body and metal baseplate. It is a large and fairly heavy model. Near the engine cover an oil bath air filter is correctly reproduced (compulsory because of the dusty tracks), with a vertical silver exhaust at the rear which leads up to the roof, in order to avoid smoke being drawn in to the passenger area. Correctly, it is a very basic bus, but it is enriched by the details: printed artwork, ladder, roof rack, mirrors, and grille. Nice front wheels are fitted. A correct Colombian registration plate is fitted, with the municipality of issuance “Andes” embossed at the bottom of the plate itself.  Again there are no apparent differences to the French edition. A colourful choice, adding a “Spanish American touch” to the collection.

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The Ford in Miniature – 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

By Dave Turner

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

When Ford celebrated their Centenary in 2003 a whole series of concepts were unleashed, along with the many other related events. Most, if not all, these special productions were conceived to recall one of the memorable and significant vehicles of Ford’s past.

Among these was the Shelby Cobra that resulted when Carroll Shelby inserted a big US Ford V8, first a 4.2 and for production a 4.7, into the front of an unsuspecting AC Ace. This had previously been the home of the old 6 cylinder 2 litre AC engine that dated back to the 1920s and from April 1956 there was the option of a straight 6 Bristol 2 litre. For just over a couple of years from March 1961 the 2,553cc Ford straight 6 was employed.

Since the production of the first Cobras ended in Jan 1969 there have been many copies and kit cars replicating the Cobra, in fact Carroll Shelby produced a very limited number of 2 seater roadsters in the late 1990s that had a degree of GM content and called simply Shelby Cobra.

The 2004 Concept car was produced by Ford and featured an all-aluminium 6.4 litre V10 engine that was claimed to be able to propel the car to 267mph – although it was actually electronically limited to 100mph. Its chassis was based on that of a Ford GT, modified to be front engined but with the transmission in the rear. It was not registered for road use but was subsequently purchased by one of its designers, Chris Theodore, at auction for $825,000, the proceeds going towards the restoration of Henry Fords Fairlane Estate.

Models of the Shelby Concept as might be expected appeared in the few years following the real cars appearance. Auto Art gave us no less than three quite different models, a big 1:17 scale diecast and much smaller one in 1:64 and in between a plastic slot car in 1:32. Mattel also produced the model in two sizes, their Hot Wheels examples came in at least eleven versions and in many cases almost being little models rather than pure toys. Their larger 1:18 diecast were excellent despite coming in a variety of colours, the real car was only ever silver.

Matchbox also issued a small diecast Shelby that looks very like the Hot Wheels version and it came in at least six versions. Minichamps issued their 1:43 Shelby in a three part “The Ford Power Trilogy” set in 2005 along with 2005 Mustang and 2005 GT, all finished in the silver/white stripe colour scheme. The Shelby was then issued separately for a couple of years.

Model Listing

Auto Art  China 20541 1:64 diecast
Auto Art  China 13101 slot car 1:32 plastic
Auto Art China 73031 228mm 1:17 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia G6687 67mm 1:60 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia H3051 215mm 1:18 diecast
Matchbox 42 1:60 diecast
Minichamps  China 146430 93mm  1:43 diecast

Illustrations 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept


Mattel Hot Wheels 1:60 diecast from Malaysia: G6687, in authentic colour scheme.
Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 146430, also came in set 402 058000 “The Ford Power Trilogy”
Rear of Minichamps


Interior of Minichamps

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Autocult and Avenue 43 August 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs by the manufacturer.

The latest releases from Autocult should now be available. These are made in resin in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. This release has models from the following series: Engineers/Limited production vehicles; Streamliners; and Protoypes. As ever unusual subjects.

05023 Zunder Cupé – Argentina 1964

The Zunder was the brainchild of the brothers Nelson José and Eligio Oscar Bongiovanni, two entrepreneurs who in the early years of the 1960s build their own car factory in Río Cuarto with the backing of the state as Argentina was then a government controlled economy. Their best known product made was the  Zunder 1500, already modelled by Autocult. This was a Porsche powered plastic car with unusual styling.

The Zunder 1500 was not a commercial success so the brothers developed a coupé based on the same underpinnings. The car is clearly inspired by the Volkswagen Karmann  Ghia and only two of the coupés were made before the funding ran out and the factory shut.


04018 Audi Berlin-Rome Streamline Coupé – Germany 1938

The idea of a long distance race using the new Autobahns and Autostradas was born in 1937 when imagined by Adolf Hühnlein  leader of the National Socialist Automobile Corps and his Italian colleague Count Alberto Bonacossa who was a close associate of Benito Mussolini . The first race was scheduled to take place between the capitals Rome and Berlin in 1938.

German car makers took the race very seriously with the Porsche Typ 64 being perhaps the best known as this set the scene for the post war Porsche. TSM and Premium Classix have both modelled this car to 1:43 scale.

In the late 1930s Audi was a member of the Auto Union group alongside  Horch, DKW, and Wanderer.  Auto Union had concentrated increasingly on smaller cars by the end of the 1930s, so by 1938 very few Audis were made and DKW was the companies major seller.  Against that background the top  executives at Auto-Union felt compelled to compete in the Berlin to Rome long-distance race. It was clear that none of their standard production cars were fast enough to win this race and the board signed off a budget to develop some extra-fast cars which could compete in the race. The internal project name was “Stromlinien-Limousine” (Streamlined Saloon). Different versions of the car were to be made each carrying a different group brand name. Here we have the Audi based on the type 920 underpinnings wearing an aluminium bodywork designed by Paul Jaray for aerodynamic efficiency which was built by the bodymaker Hornig. Internal testing suggested that this car could reach 160 KPH which was 30 KPH more than a standard 920.

Auto-Union, and other makers,  had their cars all readied for the competition, but the long distance race was first postponed from 1938 to 1939 and with the outbreak of war ultimately completely cancelled.


06022 Mercedes-Benz 1.2l Prototype – Germany 1948

After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz passenger car production commenced with the successful 170 V model, initially as an ambulance, police patrol car and delivery van. In July 1947, production of the Saloon variant also recommenced. At the same time a number of completely new vehicles were designed, some of which were unusual creations.

In 1948, a particularly small car, at least for a Mercedes-Benz, was designed. It was compact with an overall length of only 3.70 metres. It only had two doors, and inside a bench seat was fitted in the front to seat three people and a small seat was fitted in the rear for small passengers. It was to be powered by a four-cylinder OHC engine of 1.2 Litres created by shortening the 1.8-litre six-cylinder engine which was also in the project stage.

The Chief Engineer of Daimler-Benz Fritz Nallinger is quoted as saying in March 1949 The design of a light, 2- to 2½ seater car (560 kg) decided on at that time has seen a great deal of progress in the meantime and is showing some promising results. However the vehicle, along with the two engines, remained stuck at the project stage. The prototype was to be influential as its styling introduced the Ponton styling which was to become a hallmark of 1950s Mercedes-Benz cars.

Avenue 43

This line of models is distributed by Autocult. The latest Avenue 43 model is a special version of the Mustang the Ford Mustang Milano.

In 1970 Ford showcased the Milano Mustang concept car at the Chicago Auto Show. It was to show of design features which might make its way onto the next version of the Mustang. This ultra-violet coloured coupé was  inspired by the pro-touring vehicles that drove around the northern Italian city. This new Mustang design featured just two seats and an almost horizontal fastback and according to Ford it was the most “radical” Mustang seen to date. The rear glass of this concept car was sloped at 67 degrees and sported an almost horizontal electronically-powered rear deck lid. Had Ford not badged the car as a Mustang many people might not have realised that this car derived directly from the 1970 Mustang SportsRoof.

One unique feature, never seen on a road car, was the colour-changing tail lamps that glowed green during acceleration, red when the brakes were applied, and then turned back to amber when coasting. The wheel design imitated wire wheels but were  actually in aluminium and inspired many similar wheels on production cars.

Inside the purple theme continued with seats in purple leather with blue-violet cloth inserts and deep purple mohair carpeting. So ‘period’ now in the age of much blander interiors.

Whilst this exact car didn’t make it into production the design influenced not only the 1971 Mustang but also the Australian 1974 Falcon XB coupe, the car featured in the first two Mad Max movies.

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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are the latest releases from Norev. The models are diecast in China to various scales for Norev of France. As usual a mixture of new and historic vehicles.

June 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale


181632 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – winner Mexico 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle


181633 Citroen C3 WRC No. 9 – Corsica 2017 – S.Lefebvre/G.Moreau


181634 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – Winner Spain 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle


183420 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 – silver


1:43 Scale


351339 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 – green metallic


511322 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade”


511395 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade- fire chief staff car”


511326 Renault Kangoo van 2013 “Fire brigade V.L.U.”


511327 Renault Kangoo Van 2013 “Fire Brigade – medical rescue service”


511323 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale”


511324 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale – yellow and blue striped”


511325 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Gendarmerie Outre-mer”


511328 Renault Kangoo 2016 “Vigipirate”


July 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale


183591 Mercedes-Benz 300 saloon 1952 – dark grey


183457 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – blue grey metallic


188520 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle saloon 1972 – red


188521 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle cabriolet 1972 – orange

Scale 1:43


517856 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue


155476 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Aluminium grey & black decoration


155477 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – deep purple & white decoration


518783 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade first aid”


518784 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV”


518785 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV yellow bumpers”


1:43 Scale – Jet Car Range


350009 BMW M3 E30 2-door saloon 1986 – black


270559 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white


750033 Porsche 911 Turbo 19878 – green


517522 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue


840062 Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 1990 – red


155365 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 “Official Presentation Version

Second Release July 2018

1:18 Scale


182752 AC Cobra 289 1963 – white


182754 AC Cobra 289 1963 – black



181480 Citroen DS19 saloon 1956 – green & champagne


181481 Citroen DS19 saloon 1959 – Marron & Carrare white


187770 Fiat 500L 1968 – blue


183577 Mercedes-Benz 200 saloon 1966 – moss green


183589 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe 1980 – blue metallic


183467 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Inca red


183453 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 2017 – silver


183421 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 – blue metallic


187663 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 -blue metallic


187595 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 1993 – black


188433 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1995 – red

1:43 Scale


155584 Citroen C5 Tourer 2011 “SMUR de Forez”


474218 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 light green


479818 Peugeot Partner 2010 “Fire Brigade medical service”



530023 Chausson AP52 Coach 1955 – clear grey & blue


1:87 Scale


153028 Citroen 7A 1934 – blue & black


153027 Citroen 11A 1937 – grey


155054 Citroen ID19 Break 1960 – light brown


158511 Citroen SM 1972 – Scarabee brown metallic


451896 Panhard Dyna Z12 1957 – Narcissus yellow

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Ford LTD Landau 1975 – Ace Models

By Graeme Ogg

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Ford (Australia) LTD Landau 1975

In July last year I posted about some forthcoming items from Ace Models in Australia, including a 1975 Ford Landau coupé which was then in final pre-release form. I checked their website recently and it said “All the Landaus are now on their way”. I wasn’t sure if that meant “they are on their way from China” or “they have all gone to people who pre-ordered them”. I e‑mailed to check on availability but got no reply, so I found my way to a well-known Australian dealer called Gateway Models, who turned out to be offering them for rather less than from Ace themselves, and with a shipping charge to the UK less than half what Trax routinely charge these days. My Ford Landau in Grecian Gold (No 28 of 75 made in that colour) duly arrived within a week and even managed to escape customs duty, so I was well pleased.

In photographs, from some angles the real car looks like a big, mean, long, low and wide full-size “muscle car”

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although other views show it is rather more compact, since it is actually an Australian Ford Falcon dressed up with the front end of the longer-wheelbase Fairlane and given a unique swoopy roofline for the 2-door version. So it is no relation to the US LTDs and Landaus (also assembled by Ford Brazil for the South American market) which were full-sized cars rather than compacts or intermediates.

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The model is a pretty good representation of the real thing, and finish and detailing are well up to the best Chinese standard.


The borders of the ”vinyl” roof are crisp, and details like the ribbed covers for the concealed headlights stand up to close inspection.

The model has also been issued in a dark Ivy Green, Port Wine and Cosmic Blue (again, 75 made of each colour).

It’s an interesting subject, more dramatic-looking than the standard LTD Town Car sedan that sold alongside it.

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Unfortunately the real car didn’t sell very well. Only about 1300, I think I read somewhere. Although aimed at people wanting a “personal luxury” sports coupé its compact interior dimensions and low roofline and seating position meant that although it was well-appointed and a fine open road car, it felt somewhat cramped and claustrophobic for the luxury buyer. It was also perceived as a dressed-up and heavier Falcon, with less performance and a relatively sloppy ride, and a higher price. If you wanted a sporty ride to go with the sporty looks you could buy the GT version of the XB Falcon it was based on (as modelled by Trax in their “Opal” series)

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Manufacturer’s photograph

or if you were more serious you could have gone for the Ford GT (as modelled here by AutoArt).

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Photograph by Manufacturer

And if you really wanted to drive a serious sports coupe there was also the GT Cobra (again modelled here by AutoArt)

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Photograph by Manufacturer

In 1976 the “P5” Australian LTD/Landau was replaced by the P6, which was essentially the same car but with delusions of Rolls Royce/Lincoln Continental grandeur about the front end.

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and given the poor sales of the previous coupé, there was no Landau version.

Anyway, whatever the fate of the real car, I’m pleased to have it as an unusual addition to the Australian fleet.

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The Ford Car in Miniature – GT 2004-6

By Dave Turner

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For their 100 year celebrations Ford had numerous events and special products designed to make the world take notice. As for events, well, the shows around Dearborn will probably never be bettered, a week was not sufficient to see and absorb everything. Special products included the well publicised GT Concept that celebrated the racing success of the late 1960s GT40s.

In 1995 there was a GT90 concept that may have been a hint of what was to come but in 2002 a project named ‘Petunia’ suggested that a production version of what looked very like the GT40 was a possibility. By the following year 3 pre-production examples had been made and while they certainly resembled the GT40 they were considerably bigger in all respects… 18” longer, 7” wider and 4” higher. This was in order to make the production GT a bit less impractical as a road car.

Examples began to roll off the line in late 2004 but the GT40 name was still owned by Safir Engineering who had been producing road going replica GT40s since the 1980s so the new car had to be badged simply ‘Ford GT’ . At a starting price of around $150,000 this was the most expensive production Ford ever while numerous “extras and upgrades” could push this figure up considerably. In total 4038 were made up to the end of 2006.

A 5.4 litre supercharged V8 produced 550hp and a prepared example managed 293.6mph. Spin-offs include a GTX1 open Roadster around 100 of which were produced by Gennadi Design plus a GT1 and GT3 built to comply with those rules while for 2006 there was a Heritage version, finished in the blue and orange Gulf colours.

Naturally there has been plenty of model GTs in various forms and sizes, and while the real car came in a choice of just six colours, the vast majority of models – in this collection at least, are in Speed Yellow.

Auto Art produced a variety of GTs in three scales, described variously as 2004 or 2005. Their 1:64s came in both Speed Yellow and Mk IV Red while their 1:18 models came additionally in Mk11 Black, Centennial White, Titanium Grey plus the Gulf Heritage example as well as models finished as competition cars. If you have the space their 1:12 GTs came in Black and Red. The quality of these need not be described as Auto Art models leave nothing to be desired. A curious thing about these GT models is that some have a single fuel filler on the right side and others have one each side…. Auto Art have a single filler. another mystery is why some models feature a separate rear bumper and others omit one.

Another very nice 1:18 GT came from the Beanstalk Group in 2003. At that date they were obviously based on the pre-production car and were actually produced in the same factory as Kyosho models. Like the Auto Art, opening doors and engine cover reveal masses of detail although in this case a pair of fuel fillers were featured.

Models under the Jada label invariably feature a reasonably nice body spoiled by huge wheels and some 1:24 GTs were produced in this fashion. However a smaller range sub-titled Dub City included a 1:57 GT in Mk II black on which the wheels are only slightly oversize.

Mysteriously the entry for the 2005 pewter model in Fords Calendar Collection was listed as a GT, the year would suggests that it was in fact a 2005 GT. When the 1:43 GT appeared in the D’Agostini series, unusually that name was cast into the underside, along with the incorrect ‘GT40’ title. The model itself was from Ixo and more than acceptable although the dark windows hide the fact that the blank facia has no instrument detail present.

Surprisingly few 1:43 GTs have surfaced although Minichamps have contributed a large proportion of them. Starting in 2003 and issuing a variety of colours over the following ten years or so they featured both double and single fuel fillers, Those earlier issues are the examples with the two fillers while the model to hand seems to sit a tad lower than the other makers miniature GTs.

Another big GT came from MotorMax who in fact did what they described as the Concept GT in both 1:24 and 1:12. The larger models came in every one of the real cars production colours despite it still being called the Concept GT and they featured masses of detail inside both the engine compartment and the cockpit.

We have to go to the inexpensive New Ray series of diecasts to find a reasonable miniature GTX1 and this captures the essence of the real car in a simple but accurate way. The unique wheels have been reproduced and the windscreen features the extreme tint of the real one. New Ray also produced a regular GT in 1:33 in a slightly chunky manner – its toy like character of the example to hand being emphasised by a rather loose door.

Not quite as big as the Auto Art/MotorMax 1:12 offerings is the plastic battery driven radio controlled GT from Nikko. One-piece plastic body is quite flexible to accommodate the expected hard life while no less than six AA batteries are required for operation. At 1:16 It is considerably smaller than the 1:10 scale claimed on various sales websites.

With the usual reservations the Hot Wheels GTX1 is included with its huge wheels so loved by collectors of that range. It is basically a three piece item, die cast body (quite acceptable in its own way) plated plastic interior/engine/tail lights and black plastic base.

More plastic came from Polar Lights which is part of RC2, in their 1:25 pre-painted plastic kit series. Originally supplied in Red or Yellow, and later unpainted, this kit was capable of creating an excellent model although there were occasionally missing/incorrect parts – not addressed by the makers but eventually overcome by The Hobby Heaven Message Board on which exchanges between frustrated kit builders could be arranged.

Plastic in another variation were the slot cars from Scalextric depicting extremely nice 1:32 GTs that could be ‘driven’. With the motor correctly located behind the driver an almost complete interior was possible – complete with driver figure. Successive issues each year from 2004 offered various authentic colours as well as competition versions.

Among the small scale GTs Yatming’s tidy model in their Road Signature Series is in the 2006 catalogue as part of their 1:72 Collection. Despite this small scale the detail is quite striking even inside, although actually being able to see it is not easy through the tiny windows. A slightly bigger diecast from Johnny Lightning, now part of RC2, has a tad less detail despite having a bit more size but the plated rather than silver aluminium wheels detract from its realism. Almost the same size is the Matchbox, not intended to be a scale model but a toy depiction of the real thing it is basically correct, difficult to see through the smoky windows it has a black plastic interior of roughly the correct shape. While not as outrageous as those on the Hot Wheels, the wheels on the Matchbox are more than a bit too big.

Having a pull-back motor in a miniature certainly makes it appear as a toy but the 1:37 scale GT from Kinsmart is nicely finished with reasonably neat opening doors and an acceptable black plastic interior. A slightly smaller GT in the same vein came from Apolo/MSZ (Metal Speed Zone) and this lacks a little of the finesse of the Kinsmart, with less tidy opening doors and for some reason a huge spoiler mounted on the tail. Another version called ‘Try Me’ featured lights and engine sounds.

Model Listing

Auto Art 20351/20352 2011 2004 Red/Yellow 1:64 Diecast
Auto Art 73021/73022 2005 2004 Red/Yellow 1:18 Diecast
Auto Art 73023/4/5 2011 2004 Black/White/Grey 1:18 Diecast
Auto Art 12101/12102 2007/11 2005 Black/Red 1:12 Diecast
Beanstalk 10020/1/2/3 China 2003 2003 Yellow/White/Gulf/Red 258mm 1:18 Diecast
Jada/Dub City 12002 China 2005 Black 80mm 1:58 Diecast
Ford Calendar Collection 2005 Pewter
Ixo/D’Agostini White/Red 107mm 1:43 Diecast
Minichamps 82320/1/4 China 2003/4 2004/3 White/Yellow 107mm 1:43 Diecast
Minichamps 84200/1/4 China 2005/6/12 2005/4 Red/White/Black 107mm 1:43 Diecast
Minichamps 58000 China 2006 2005 Silver (part of a set) 107mm 1:43 Diecast
MotorMax 73297 China 2003 Silver/Blue 1:24 Diecast
MotorMax 73001 China 2003 All colours 385mm 1:12 Diecast
New Ray 59731 China 2006 GTX1 107mm 1:43 Diecast
New Ray 666309 China 2005 Several colours 145mm 1:32 Diecast
Nikko 160127 China 2005 Battery driven 283mm 1:16 Plastic
Hot Wheels Malaysia 2006-13 2006 GTX1 20 versions 71mm 1:65 diecast
RC2/Polar Lights 53026 2006 2005 Red/Yellow/Gulf pre-painted kit 1:25 Plastic
Scalextric C2570C2661/C2734/C2823 China 2004/5/6/7 2003 White/Red/Yellow/Blue
Scalextric C2984 China 2009 2003 Top Gear 145mm 1:32 Plastic
Road Signature 72268 China 2006 2005 White/Red 64mm 1:72 Diecast
RC2/Johnny Lightning China 2005 2005 Yellow 75mm 1:62 Diecast
Matchbox P2926 Thailand 2005-16 2005 15 versions 74mm 1:62 Diecast
Kinsmart 5092 China 2009 2006 Yellow/Black/Red/White 125mm 1:37 Diecast
Apolo/MSZ 6424E China Yellow/White/Red 115mm 1:40 Diecast

Illustrations: Ford GT 2004-6


Beanstalk 1:18 diecast from China: 10020, 2003 GT from the Kyosho factory. Speed Yellow.

Dub City Jada 1:58 diecast from China: 12002, 2005 GT.Mk11 Black.

Ixo/D’Agostini 1:43 diecast: GT, Centennial White, also available in Mk1V Red.

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 82321, 2003 GT.Speed Yellow.

MotorMax 1:12 diecast from China: 73001, 2003 Concept. Centennial White.

New Ray 1:43 diecast from China: 59731, 2006 GTX1. Speed Yellow.

New Ray 1:33 diecast from China: 666309, 2005 GT. Centennial White.

Nikko 1:16 plastic radio controlled from China: 160127, 2005 GT. Speed Yellow.

Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: V5565, 2006 GTX1, Mk1V Red. one of 20 variations.

Scalextric 1:32 plastic slot car from China: C2570, 2003 GT one of at least five colours. Centennial White.

Yatrming/Road Signature 1:72 diecast from China: 72268, 2005 GT . Mk1V Red.

Kinsmart 1:37 diecast from China: 5092, 2005 GT. Speed Yellow.

RC2/Johnny Lightning 1:62 diecast from China: 2005 GT. Speed Yellow.

Apolo/MSZ 1:40 diecast from China: 6424E, GT. Speed Yellow.

Matchbox 1:62 diecast from Thailand: P2926, 2005 GT. Chrome, one of 15 variations.

MotorMax 1:24 diecast from China: 73297, 2003 GT Mk11 Black, also in Quick Silver and Midnight Blue

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More on Bathurst models

By Mick Haven

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

As an avid collector of Australian models, I currently have around 210 across three scales, I read the contribution from Frank Koh/Karl Schnelle about the Trax Holden Commodore with interest. Although I’ve got a reasonable number of Trax models, this is one I haven’t got. I first started collecting them because of a number of trips ‘down under’.

The floodgates opened with 1:43 scales when I started collecting road cars, the first one in 2002. This was Biante’s Holden VT Concept car in blue/black. Its stablemate, the mustard gold example would follow sometime later. These were a real eye opener. They had a fully detailed interior and chassis, and steerable front wheels! At just $55 Australian Dollars they cost me about 25 UK Pounds. Astonishing! I’d never seen anything like them. The real car, a two door coupe based on Holden’s popular Commodore four door saloon, was shown at the 1998 Sydney Motor Show for no other reason than to test public reaction for a production consideration. Reaction was positive to say the least. Production began and it would be released in 2001. It would be known by the resurrected name, Monaro, although Holden‘s designation was CV-8, appertaining to Coupé V8. VT was the designation for the range of Commodore models in production at the time.

The year before, i.e. 2001, in a model shop in a Melbourne suburb I had bought for the measly sum of 59 Australian Dollars a ‘Classic Carlectables‘, 1:18 scale Ford Falcon V8 Supercar. “Classic Carlectables”, I asked myself, “who the devil are they”? I’d never heard of them, neither had I heard of Biante, Trax, Dinkum Classics or any other home grown brands. Although basic by comparison to today’s excellent offerings from Carlectables, they were superb and like nothing I had seen before. They were easily on a par with or better than, the popular brands we were more used to here in the UK at that time. V8 Supercars was something else I knew little about back then. That would change. I kept in touch with the shop, who put by two more for me, at a very reasonable, ‘two for $100’ due to my impending return in 2002. With the exchange rate at around two to the pound, they represented astonishing value. From then onwards, I was trawling the ‘net almost daily for them, getting them from model shops down there, and also from car dealerships, either by visiting them while on holiday or from their web site. many car dealers had a stock of model cars equal to many a hobby shop, although as you would expect they were only relevant to the brand of car, i.e Ford or Holden. To offer models from ‘the opposition’ is treason, a hanging offence, well almost. They would also stock a superb range of clothing and other memorabilia, none of which were or are available here.

In 2011, it was suggested to me that I collect models of all the winners from the Bathurst 500 (miles) as it was from 1963 until 1973, when it would become the ‘1000‘, as in kilometres, which it still is. After my initial reticence had subsided, I set about the task in hand, as I already had some, along with models of cars from the A.T.C.C., the Australian Touring Car Championship. I currently need seven models to complete the set from 1963 to 2017. Unfortunately, the set is unlikely to ever be completed, either because a certain car has not been made, or if one has, because they are rare and consequently too expensive for me to buy even if found. Those wanted are Holden Commodores from 1993 and 1995, the 1997 B.M.W. 320i, Holden Commodores from 2001,2003,2004 and 2017. The 1993 and 1995 winners were produced by Classic Carlectables but only in 1:18 scale. Although they did release a model similar to the winning car, it is not, the winner. The B.M.W. raced to victory by David and Geoff Brabham, sons of the great, Sir Jack, is unlikely to be released, due, apparently, to no manufacturer wanting to take a gamble on the possibility of poor sales. The BMW won at the time of the European touring car invasion in the 1990s, which didn’t sit well with die hard Ford and Holden fans. The winners from 2001, 2003 and 2004 have been released, but are hard to find, are very expensive if they are found, and the seller, usually in Australia, quite often won’t post to the UK. The 2003 car can be found in 1:64 scale but like the 1:18 models, would be out of context in a cabinet full of 1:43 scale models.

I’m not aware of the 2017 winning Holden being released thus far, and I haven’t heard as yet if one will be. I hope so because 2018 is final year in the epic battles between the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, dating back to 1967, the year which was a victory for ‘The Blue Oval’ with the first ever win for a car with a V8 engine. It will be a tad ironic if the last ever race between the two protagonists is also won by a Falcon, which currently heads the V8 Supercars championship.


This year I have added three more winners, all of which were must haves. The first two, which arrived back in May, are the late great Peter Brock‘s 1972 Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1, and Dick Johnson’s fearsome Sierra RS 500 from 1989.

The third model is another Peter Brock car, his 1982 Holden Commodore VH. This would be his third win out of a record nine times.

The model is the ACE Commodore referred to.


The Torana and the Sierra are by the former Apex Models and the Commodore is from Ace Models, a brand written about in a previous MAR by Graeme Ogg. Apex have recently been taken over by Biante, so I expect some interesting models forthcoming from that amalgamation. A word of thanks to Graeme Ogg for introducing me to Ace Models, a name I wasn’t aware of until he wrote about them in MAR. I subsequently ordered one of their superb Falcon BA Utes from Gateway, my favourite Australian dealer.


One other Aussie which came this year is a model of Dick Johnson’s 1985 Greens Tuf Bathurst Mustang. Although the car wasn’t a winner, it’s an excellent example of the type. The model was professionally built for me from an Automodelli kit, sourced here in the UK from Grand Prix Models. At the time of writing, I’m waiting on the release of another Automodelli Dick Johnson Mustang, his J.P.S. liveried car from the Wellington 500 in 1986, although no doubt it will be the Greens Tuf casting, with J.P.S. decals added. Can’t wait. So, as for the remaining Bathurst winners, I don’t hold out much hope of ever completing the set. Fortunately, those I have got, along with the A.T.C.C. cars, make a fine collection and have given hours of satisfaction finding and collecting them.

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The Ford Car in Miniature 5th Generation Mustang Part Four 2010-2013

By Dave Turner

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

“Freedom To Soar” – Fifth Generation Mustang

Part Four 2010 to 2013

Halfway through the fifth series of Mustang and there were many very subtle changes during a bit of a re-skin. They are in the main hard to determine in the real car, so in miniature form it is almost impossible. For a start the front end got a wider grille – echoing that of the previous Shelby pattern with the amber lights now inboard of the outer headlights, except for the new Shelby where they are outboard of them as that grille is now wider. The previous quite flat hood has now a ‘Powerdome’ with a slightly raised central section. The lower body sides now have a very slight recess below the door handle line while the previously flat tail is now very gently angled at each side. The tail lights are now angled up along their lower edge with much larger vertical back up lights rather than the tiny rectangular pattern in the lower inner corners.

Engines continued more or less the same as before but for 2011 the V6 became a Duratec while the V8 became all aluminium and the car sported the “5.0” legend on the front fender. For 2012 a Boss 302 was added to the range reviving a 1967-70 name and featuring the 5.0 V8 with quad pipe exhaust plus side pipes and the option of the Trackey – for selecting specific ignition settings. A Leguna Seca Package added enough tune-up items to make the cars almost racetrack ready.

A new front facia arrived for 2013 with a larger grille and a black panel across the rear accommodating the tail lights. The rear licence plate was now accommodated in a wider recess that featured a black coloured ‘grille’ at each end. Despite the pending arrival of the sixth generation cars for 2015 quite a few changes came with the 2014 Mustangs. Some of them anticipated features on the next cars like certain things about the front panel.

2010 Models

Models of the second half of the fifth incarnation of Mustang include some superb 1:18 diecasts and a variety of 1:64 toys. Auto Art continued their interest in these cars and in 2012 offered a nice straightforward GT in 1:18 along with the more dramatic Shelby GT, both in Coupe form. Greenlight were actually in front of Auto Art, issuing their similar choice of subjects early in 2010. Features from Greenlight include scale hood hinges and a hood prop, a ‘Premium’ interior package, cloth seat belts and appropriate engine detail. A small illustration was included in MAR 241 (April 2010).

Mattel came along with their usual vast assortment of the subject in the Hot Wheels stable, some quite attractive and a realistic likeness to the real thing while others are at the other end of the spectrum. Subjects covered include GT, Shelby GT500 and Shelby Super Snake.

Shelby Collectibles offered 1:24 and 1:18 models of GT500s and Super Snakes at least one example was featured in MAR 244 (August 2010). Quite a variety of models came from MaistoGT and Roush 427R Convertibles in 1:18 and a 1:41 GT Convertible aimed at the toy end of the market with opening doors and pull-back motor on the rear axle.

Revell represented the plastic kit department with 1:25 GT kits for both Coupe and Convertible as well as a bigger 1:12 Shelby GT 500 Coupe. The smallest 2010 recorded so far was the little GT Coupe from Tomy at 1:67 and they managed to incorporate opening doors.



Auto Art 72911 GT Coupe various colours 1:18 diecast
Auto Art 72913 Shelby GT 500 various colours 1:18 diecast
Greenlight 12870 GT Coupe various colours 1:18 diecast
Greenlight 12824 Shelby GT 500 Coupe various colours 1:18 diecast
Hot Wheels 9988 Malaysia GT Coupe various colours 74mm 1:65 diecast
Hot Wheels CFH 35 Malaysia Shelby GT500 Coupe various colours 74mm 1:65 diecast
Hot Wheels 9673 Malaysia Shelby GT500 Super Snake 74mm 1:65 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 09074 Shelby GT 500 Coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles SC344 Shelby GT500 Super Snake 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 2035 Shelby GT 500 coupe 1:24 diecast
Maisto 31158 China GT Convertible 1:18 diecast
Maisto 31669 China Roush 427R Convertible 1:18 diecast
Maisto China GT Convertible 117mm 1:41 diecast
Maisto China GT Coupe 76mm 1:63 diecast
Revell 85-1963 GT Convertible 1:25 plastic kit
Revell 85-4272 GT Coupe 1:25 plastic kit
Revell 85-2623 Shelby GT500 coupe 1:12 plastic kit
Tomy 60 Vietnam GT Coupe 71mm 1:67 diecast
2011 Models

Greenlight produced a plethora of small diecast 2011 Mustangs in a variety of different series but at least they offered a very nice Shelby GT500 in 1:18. This is immediately noticeably different to their 2010 version by having narrower stripes.

A name new to this column is Toy City, produced in China to 1:43 a 2012 Shelby GT 500 ticks all the boxes in a clinical kind of way, even the wheels depict the 19” painted forged aluminium of the real car to a reasonable degree.

Naturally the arrival of the re-incarnated Boss 302 for 2012 inspired more models. One model 302 came from Auto World in 1:64 who managed a neat opening hood with some engine detail included in the casting effectively highlighted by paint detail. This model also sported what was painted to represent the glass roof option.

The ever present Hot Wheels line included various 2012 Mustangs including a Laguna Seca version of the Boss 302.

Identifying some of these small Mustangs gets a trifle uncertain as some makers mix and match some of the real cars features. For example the real Boss 302 had its striping changed for 2013 to design in which the vertical stripe on the front fender continued over the hood as illustrated in MAR 274 (Oct 2013) in which the Schuco Pro R 1:43 resin Boss 302 is featured. For 2013 the rear licence plate had a black ‘grille’ at either end in a longer depression in the back panel and this is also featured on the little 1:62 Maisto. Majorette on the other hand produced at least seventeen versions of their 1:61 Boss but produced the striping in a mix of the 2012 and 2013 pattern.

Greenlight 12825 Shelby GT500 Coupe 1:18 diecast
Greenlight 13100 Shelby GT500 Coupe 1:64 diecast
Greenlight 29770 GT Coupe 1:64 diecast
Toy City 00315 04333B China Shelby GT500 Coupe 111mm 1:43 diecast
Auto World 164-011 China Boss 302 75mm 1:64 diecast
Hot Wheels 5570 Malaysia Boss 302 Laguna Seca 75mm 1:64 diecast
Maisto China 11530 Boss 302 77mm 1:62 diecast
Majorette Thailand 204A Boss 302 79mm 1:61 diecast
Schuco 450883100 Boss 302 1:43 resin

Illustrations Fifth Generation Mustang 2010-2013


Tomy 1:67 diecast from Vietnam: 60, 2010 GT Coupe.


Maisto 1:63 diecast from China: 2010 GT Coupe


Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: 9988, 2010 GT Coupe.


Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: CFH 35, 2010 Shelby GT500 Coupe.


Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: 9673, 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Coupe,


Auto World 1:64 diecast from China: 164-011, 2012 Boss 302.


Hot Wheels 1:64 diecast from Malaysia: 5570, 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca


Maisto 1:64 diecast from China: 11530, 2013 Boss 302.


Majorette 1:61 diecast from Thailand: 204A, 2013 Boss 302.


Toy City 1:43 diecast from China: 00315 04333B, 2012 Shelby GT 500

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Corgi – July/December Announcements

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Illustrations provided by Hornby Hobbies.

Hornby Hobbies has recently announced the Corgi products for the second half of 2018. There are no new castings and little sign that any major changes being made by the new management team. Perhaps we will start to see those in 2019? Though the fact that prices are not being significantly increased shows that Hornby are finally realising that the market for their models is price sensitive.

Product Revivals

The sales of the film and TV tie-in products from Corgi are substantial and the products are carried by a wider range of retailers. Of recent years the emphasis has been on reproductions of earlier James Bond models but this time the models celebrate 50 year anniversaries of two films: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Magical Mystery Tour.

I am sure that Beatles fans the world over will buy the re-released models and that the Chitty will sell in respectable numbers as nostalgia for childhood and for the films of the late 60s is still strong.

03502CC Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 


05401CC Yellow Submarine 

42418CC Magical Mystery Tour Bus 


85925CC Paddington Bear Taxi

This will come in special packaging and will include a
Paddington Bear Figure. This will certainly be a good tie-in but Hornby need to be quicker with negotiiating deals like this Paddington 2 has already been released so the model is coming along a bit late to catch the maximum sales.


Aviation Archive

Here Corgi has created new liveries on castings which have already been seen in a variety of other liveries. Whilst the liveries are undoubtedly attractive ones one wonders how many versions of the same casting Corgi can sell. Looking on eBay many of the previous versions of these castings sell for considerably less than the latest models recommended price and only very popular and scarce ones attract a premium.


34018AA Consolidated B24H Liberator

‘Male Call’ of 453rd Bombardment Group 8th AF 1944
Jimmy Stewart


38109AA Sopwith F.1 Camel, No.3 Squadron RNAS

Lloyd S Breadner
Bray Dunes Aerodrome 1918


38808AA Do17Z-10 R4+LK I/NJG 2

Gilze – Rijen October 1940 – sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.



38906AA Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4649/18

‘Seven Swabians’ Alfred Bader Jasta 65 September 1918

Sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.


Original Omnibus


46514AOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL2 Ilford Station

46514BOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL1 Thames View Estate

46713AOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats


46713BOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Bradford via Bingley



At the risk of repeating myself we are seeing the same small range of castings again and again in different colours. Whilst some of the new colours are quite eye catching and may well persuade people to buy another version of the model the market for yet more of the same must be shrinking.

In many cases the castings are now looking old and basic. The Morris Minor for example has cast in window ventilators which are painted body colour, black printed line round the screen and a clumsy grille. Partwork models are superior to this in many cases.

The Land Rover in Military Police livery is different and will I suspect be a popular release as will the 1275 Mini in Special Tuning livery.

But taken as a whole the release is disappointing as it has been for about 3 years now.  I hope that this is just a  holding exercise before the new management re-launch Vanguards with some new castings.


VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1, Almond Green


VA05212 Ford Granada Mk1 3.0 Ghia, Jade Green


VA05810 Morris Minor 1000Turquoise


VA06713 Triumph Spitfire, Mk3 Saffron


VA09524 Ford Escort Mk1 Twincam, Blue Mink


VA10111 Triumph Stag Mk2, British Racing Green


VA10509 Triumph TR7 FHC, Triton Green


VA10712 MGB Roadster, Acconite Purple


VA10818 Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Arizona Bronze


VA11117 Land Rover Series 1 80”, Military Police


VA11509 Triumph TR5, Jasmine Yellow


VA12612 Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico, Signal Yellow (Forrest Arches)


VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning, Press Launch Car,
Auto Car Magazine


VA13605 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI

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