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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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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article covers two sets of news from NOREV. Unless otherwise stated all models are diecast in China for France.

April 2018

1:18 Scale

181622 Citroen Dyane 6 1977 “Caban”


181650 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Hello Yellow & Black Airbump


181651 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Pearl White & Chocolate Airbump


181660 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Emeraude Blue & White deco


183455 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – green metallic This model sold out on pre-orders before even being released to the shops.


184881 Peugeot 309 Gti16 1991 – Miami blue


185242 Renault 4 Parisienne 1964 – black & red


185225 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Tonic orange

1:43 Scale


820313 DKW 3=6 Coupe 1958 – black

1:18 Scale MAXIJET


182056A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue


Peugeot 103 L 1972 – Orange

Minijet “3 inches” – made to fit box


310611 Citroen C3 2016 – Red & Black


310901 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Sirius yellow


310903 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Orange

May 2018 Announcements ‘Norev stay in the Race !’

1:18 Scale


181630 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 – Official Presentation Version


182719 Ford Capri Mk. III 2,8 Injection 1982 – chrystal green metallic


183452 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2018 – red


183635 Opel Manta A 1970 – Lemon green metallic


185226 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Sirius yellow


Scale 1:43


830027 Audi 80 quattro saloon 1985 – blue metallic


820302 Dkw f89 Delivery van “German Post”


517961 Renault Trezor Salon de Paris 2010


840095 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1981 – Anthracite grey metallic

1:18 Scale MAXIJET


182065A Solex 1966 – black

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News from the Continent June 2018- Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article I look in a little more detail at some previously released  models and at some of the releases from the first quarter of 2018.

070966 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe – red – scale 1:43

The new 911 in Coupe form. Herpa produced the first batch for Porsche, now it is available in model shops for “normal customers”. This model is diecast for Herpa.


307956 Ford V8 Rhein flatbed truck with canvas cover as makeshift fire engine with water tank trailer – 1:87 scale

New releases in 1:87 scale


All these models are moulded in plastic by Herpa in Germany .

745871 IFA L60 box truck “National Peoples Army of former DDR”

The W50/L60 trucks were the most common medium trucks in the former DDR and also used by the army as shown here.

093460 Trabant 601 Bucket car traditional car of Factury fire brigade LEAG /Brandenburg

It was quite common in the DDR for ex-,military vehicles to end up being used in other public services. Here we have a Trabant which would have started life as a military vehicle, perhaps used by the Border Guards protecting the former DDR territory. Here it is re-liveried as a Feuerwehr car perhaps used for those incidents which didn’t need a fire appliance.

745267 Mercedes-Benz Vito Bus “German Bundeswehr”

Most vehicles of the Bundeswehr are now leased, so they are  no longer in “NATO olive”, but are painted in standard consumer  colours to make them easier to sell at the end of the lease.

746281 IFA G5 crane truck of NVA

The IFA crane truck was used by the Army and Public services in the Communist DDR. The crane is full movable. Here is the military version next to an earlier model of the civil orange version made in the DDR which is not often seen.

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The Ford Car in Miniature 5th Generation Mustang Part Three 2007-2009

By Dave Turner

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

“Freedom To Soar” – Fifth Generation Mustang

Part Three- 2007 to 2009

After studying Ford’s 2007 sales material it seems that there were no noticeable exterior changes to the Mustang, however the publication is full of ‘dress-up’ features that succeed in confusing the identity and exact model. As well as continuing the previous years California Special there was now a GT Appearance pack that can make the V6 look like the regular V8 GT and the Performance Packs add a variety of features. Topping all this is the arrival of the Shelby GT500 for 2007 complete with 5.4 litre supercharged V8 and easily identified by the wider grille and twin air intakes on the hood.

Much the same for 2008 in fact some of the sales brochure is almost the same for both years although things got a tad more involved for 2009. For a start the V6 and GT V8 could now be had in a Premium version that sported a variety of fancy extras mainly inside. At the same time the already brutal GT500 could now come as the GT500KR with even more power and associated features. A 45th Anniversary Model came with a glass roof while further package options included the “Pink” version sales of which contributed to to cancer research, a “Bullitt” model finished in Dark Highland Green and a “Pony” package featuring the running pony inside a bright surround in the grille. The 2009 Mustang brochure features a choice of no less than twenty wheel designs!

2007 Models

For models we have a few excellent 1:18 scale items and rather more small diecast toys to mention. Auto Art provided four superb versions of the ’07 – The California Special, the GT with Appearance Package and GT with Shelby features plus a Saleen S281. Some of these came in more than one colour.

Another nice 1:18 came from Shelby Collectibles depicting a GT500 Coupe of course and the detail inside and out is extremely impressive although the ten spoke wheel pattern doesn’t match exactly that in the 2007 brochure! However, illustrations of other examples show the wheels to be correct. Several colours have been noted as well as competition versions.

At the other end of the scale Greenlight have produced quite attractive 1:64 scale 2007 in Shelby GT350 and GT/CS as both coupes and convertibles in a variety of colours. An example was featured in Model Auto Review 210 (March 2007). Several more small toy 2007s have been recorded, the vast majority of them inevitably depict the Shelby GT500, Dickie among them although theirs omitted their name on the base. Matchbox did a sports cars series that ran to 100 entries, number 7 was a Shelby GT500 convertible that is quite acceptable, intended as a child’s plaything with its black plastic interior and accurate casting shape albeit with simple finish. Johnny Lightning offered a similarly sized GT Coupe and of course the Hot Wheels operation produced many variations of both the GT coupe and Shelby GT500 coupe in the familiar 1:64  scale but a very nice 1:18 GT 500 Coupe was also produced under the Hot Wheels banner.

Slightly smaller at 1:24 were a couple of excellent models from Franklin Mint, the Shelby GT 500 Coupe was a limited run of 500 while the GT Convertible ran to 5000.

A couple of large examples came from Welly – a 1:24 Shelby GT500 coupe and a 1:18 Saleen S281E coupe and despite their size came in the inexpensive category. Yet another GT500 coupe and GT coupe came from Kinsmart although this time in 1:38.

Something completely different is the model of the Guigiaro concept Mustang from Yow Modelli. A design by Giorgetto Guigiaro who also styled the Bertone Mustang in 1965 this is more than a re-skin, being wider than the production item with a one-piece glass windscreen roof and rear screen. Doors open scissor like from the A post while there are no exterior mirrors – instead cameras provide a rearward view. The model is extremely light, wheels are fixed but shining a light through the dark ‘roof’ glass reveals the mass of interior detail. Notable are the tiny external cameras mounted at the forward end of the doors.

Auto Art China 73111/73112 GT/CS Coupe 2 colours 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73116 GT Coupe with Appearance Package 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73117 GT Shelby Coupe 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73059 Saleen S281 Coupe 1:18 diecast
Greenlight 29620 Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible 1:64 diecast
Greenlight GT/CS coupe and convertible 1:64 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 075001 Shelby GT500 coupe 265mm 1:18 diecast
Yow Modelli Japan 009 Guigiaro concept 189mm 1:45 resin
Dickie China 1220 Shelby GT 350 coupe 67mm 1:71 diecast
Matchbox Thailand 7 Shelby GT500 convertible 73mm 1:73 diecast
Johnny Lightning R2164 GT Coupe 1:64 diecast
Hot Wheels Thailand P3547 GT Coupe 72mm 1:65 diecast
Hot Wheels Malaysia Shelby GT500 Coupe 73mm 1:66 diecast
Hot Wheels J2913 Shelby GT 500 coupe 1:18 diecast
Franklin Mint E680 Shelby GT 500 Coupe 1:24 diecast
Franklin Mint E558 GT Convertible 1:24 diecast
Welly 12569 Saleen S281E Coupe 1:18 diecast
Welly 22473 Shelby GT500 coupe 1:24 diecast
Kinsmart 5310D Shelby GT500 coupe 1:38 diecast
Revell 9089 Shelby GT-H Convertible 1:18 diecast

2008 Models


Auto Art provided a 1:18 model of the Bullitt GT in appropriate Highland Green while both Revell and Shelby Collectibles produced a selection of 1:18 scale 2008 cars that mirror each other to the point that the question is unavoidable are they one and the same. The Revell examples were described and illustrated by Hans-Georg Schmitt in MAR 233, June 2009.

Auto Art 73066 Bullitt GT Coupe 1:18 diecast
Revell 9093 GT Convertible 1:18 diecast
Revell 9087/8 Shelby GT500KR Black/Silver Coupe 1:18 diecast
Revell 9090 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Coupe 1:18 diecast
Revell 9091 Shelby Terlingua Coupe 1:18 diecast
Revell 9092 Shelby GT Coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 294 GT Barrett Jackson Coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 303 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 299 Shelby GT500 KR Coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles Shelby Terlingua coupe 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles Shelby GT Convertible 1:18 diecast
Shelby Collectibles 08118 Shelby Terlingua coupe 1:64 diecast

2009 Models

Still in 1:18 scale. Auto Art came back with a 2009 Cobra Jet complete with some wild decals and their usual complement of great details. At the other end of the scale a 1:64 scale Cobra Jet Coupe came from Greenlight.

Auto Art 72921 Cobra Jet Coupe 1:18 diecast
Greenlight 27850 Cobra Jet Coupe 1:64 diecast


Shelby Collectibles 1:18 diecast, 075001, 2007 Shelby GT 500 Coupe.

Yow Modelli 1:45 resin from Japan: 009, 2007 Guigiaro Concept.


Hot Wheels 1:66 diecast from Malaysia: 231/247, 2007 Shelby GT 500 Coupe.

Dickie 1:71 diecast from China: 1220, 2007 Shelby GT 500 Coupe.

Hot Wheels 1:66 diecast from Malaysia: 2007 Shelby GT 500.

Matchbox 1:65 diecast from Thailand: 2007 Shelby GT 500 Convertible.

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Greenlight accessing new markets

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise attributed.

To continue to grow firms producing diecast models need to extend their market to a wider group than existing collectors. To do this they not only need to create models that appeal to a wider audience they also need reach that audience who doesn’t read the diecast press or visit toyfairs. Greenlight has been working hard to produce models appealing to custom car, TV and Film fans as well as general model collectors. In addition specials have been made for Walmart and Hobbystores to access the general market. The latest tie-in deal that I have come across is with Lootcrate. Lootcrate is a US based venture which allows people to subscribe a monthly amount and to receive a box of “goodies” on the theme of their choice.   It styles itself as “fan commerce” and you can subscribe to various popular culture and gaming themes. This posting shows two Greenlight 1:64 models which have been produced to tie into the Movie theme with a simple card window box with movie theme printing and a large Lootcrate exclusive panel and smaller Greenlight Hollywood  logos. These models are very similar to models which have already been released in Greenlight’s own Hollywood series.

“Gone in 60 Seconds” “Eleanor” 1967 Ford Mustang

This car is from the Disney re-make of this film starring Nicolas Cage which used this customised 1967 Mustang rather than the 1971 Mustang that featured in the original cult film

A neat casting with rather nice wheels even they are somewhat simpler than pictures of the film car but they do have lovely rubber tyres of a reasonable width fitted. All the extra lights are moulded into the front with some picked out in white. The rear lights are very well captured. Badging is tampo printed as are the “go faster stripes”.  The opening bonnet reveals a simple moulding of a V8 engine.

“Supernatural – Join the Hunt” 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan

Supernatural is a TV series featuring two brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. The 1967 Chevy is their means of transport.

Again  a good basic 1:64 casting of a 1967 Chevrolet with all lights printed with colour highlights and trim printed in silver.  The interior is basic but the dashboard and door cards are in tan whilst the seating is in black.  The only criticism I have is off the wheels where we have Johnny Lightning style hugely over wide tyres fitted which is a bit of a letdown for a good model.

I hope that some of the Lootcrate subscribers decide to buy other Greenlight Hollywood models for their collections and get  drawn into the world of model collecting.

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Hachette Italy World Buses Part 14

By Fabrizio Panico.

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

Parts 40 to 42

This time we travel to three continents : Europe, America and Australia. A French bus made in Poland, another American Greyhound and an Aussie Ford, all of them from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.

No. 40 (no. 34 in the French collection) Berliet Jelcz PR100 1973 – We have already seen the Berliet history and its Cruisair (see part 8, no. 22) and PHL 10 ranges (see part 10, no. 30) and how during the fifties Berliet was successful, but then, lacking the resources to innovate, it was acquired by Citroën, already owned by Michelin. After the 1973 oil crisis, Michelin decided to concentrate on its tire business and Citroën was sold to Peugeot and Berliet  to Renault. Renault merged Berliet with Saviem to form Renault Véhicules Industriels (RVI) in 1978. After the merger, the Berliet name was phased out and the last Berliet bus in production, the 1971 PR100, continued to be sold as a Renault until 1993.

The PR100 was a full-size step-entrance single-decker city bus, with over 13,500 buses of the PR100 range produced in France alone. The original PR100 was developed and manufactured based on German practices of the late 1960s, with a self-supporting body and a chassis with a central beam and a welded framework of squared tubes. Available with a rear Berliet diesel V8 engine producing 170 bhp, it was 11.25 m long with three basic variations of seating/standing combinations.

The PR100 was mainly used in France, with some exported to Algeria, Australia (usually badged Mack) and Morocco. The design was licensed to Jelcz in Poland, and used in many Polish cities. Jelcz is a Polish company (Jelczanskie Zaklady Samochodowe) which produced trucks, buses and trolley buses in the communist era. It currently manufacturies offroad military trucks. In 1952 a former German armaments factory in Jelcz-Laskowice near Wroclaw, newly part of  western Poland, was selected to develop and build bodies for Lublin and Star trucks. A company called “Zaklady Budowy Nadwozi Samochodowych” (Car-body Construction Works) was established, and soon produced a small bus on a Star truck chassis. But there was no time to develop new prototypes and in 1958 it was decided to produce under license the Skoda 706 RO (we’ll see it as no. 48 in part sixteen).

In 1972 the Berliet PR100 was chosen for a mass production under license, but soon there were issues with the structure of the body itself as it was not suited to the rough Polish roads (same problem already seen with the ZIS 154, see no. 37 part thirteen) because of the poor quality of the Polish components and the welding process. In 1975 it was replaced by the PR110, now 12 m long, with an higher floor, a better structure, a third door and a more powerful engine, licensed from Leyland.

The scale model is probably based on one of the preserved buses (there are many pictures of it on the web). It feels the “right” weight as the plastic body is fitted with a metal baseplate. It has a bright livery in cream and red, typical of Warsaw (see its famous mermaid insignia on the sides). Many small separate plastic parts are fitted, like lights, bumpers, mirrors and wipers. The model has the correct “square” original shape and the large windows. It has a basic and authentic interior. Nice rear engine grilles are included as is a neat Berliet crest on the front. Correct black registration plates, WA for Warsaw, capital of the Polish Masovian voivodeship (an administrative subdivision, like Italian provinces, of Poland). There are no apparent differences to the French edition. A nice model of a bus quite common in Poland.


No. 41 (no. 54 in the French collection) GMC PD-3751 Greyhound 1947 – Greyhound and General Motors have already been our guests, the beautiful Super Scenicruiser as no. 4 in part two, and the GMC history in no. 29 part ten. Greyhound Lines Inc was born in Minnesota in 1914, adopting the famous Greyhound name and insignia from 1929, and after many spin-offs, mergers, and bankruptcies it is nowadays the largest motorcoach operator in the United States and Canada. Its whole history can be easily found on the web,

Here we have the famous “Silversides”, forerunners of the Scenicruisers and Super Scenicruisers. In 1936 General Motors and the Yellow Coach Company showed a groundbreaking coach, the 719 Super Coach, partly financed by Greyhound, an inter-city transport with aluminium semi-monocoque chassis, rear transverse engine, angle-drive transmission, raised platform with large underfloor luggage compartments and much more.

In 1939 it evolved into the PD/PG-3701 and PD/PG-4101, the iconic “Silversides” from their corrugated aluminium sheet side panels. Their name said all : P as Parlor Coach, D as Diesel, G as Gasoline, 37 or 41 as the number of seats. But the Second World War limited production to less than 1,000 units.

When Greyhound plans for a revolutionary postwar bus design did not materialise, 2,000 buses of the familiar prewar Silversides pattern were ordered from General Motors and delivered in 1947 and 1948 : the PD-3751 and PD-4151. The chassis was now 2 feet longer and the engine was the famous Detroit Diesel 6-71 producing 190 hp, a two-stroke inline six, used in many different military vehicles during the Second World War.

The scale model is named GMC, but in reality GMC badges did not appear until 1968, replacing GM, GM Coach and Yellow Coach badges previously fitted. Its striking styling is reproduced well. It has the usual plastic body and metal baseplate. It sports the “classic” blue and silver livery, beautifully reproduced, complete with all the Greyhound decorations. The 1947 registration plate is from California, while the destination board reads “San Francisco”. Very nice wheels, seats and the driver’s area. Many small separate parts are used and nicely “chromed bumpers”. The steering wheel seems to be a bit too big but that is a small point. No apparent differences to the French edition. A good model of an iconic bus, seen in many black and white US movies.

No. 42 (no. 60 in the French collection) Ford Super Coach Greyhound 1937 – Another Greyhound ? not exactly, despite all similarities Greyhound Australia has never had any affiliation with the FirstGroup-owned Greyhound Lines, or their out of USA companies. Greyhound Australia is Australia’s only long national distance coach operator running services in all mainland states and territories. It was formed in 1928 with a service between Toowoomba and Brisbane, creating a full national coach company in the 1970s.

Today it is owned by KordaMentha, an Australian advisory and investment firm. Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is the Australian subsidiary of US Ford Motor Company. It was founded in Geelong, Victoria, in 1925 as an outpost of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. At that time, Ford Canada was a separate company from Ford USA, Henry Ford having granted the manufacturing rights of Ford motor vehicles in the British Empire (later the Commonwealth), excepting the UK, to Canadian investors.

Ford Australia’s first products were Model Ts assembled from complete knock-down (CKD) kits provided by Ford of Canada, followed by Model A and V8. After the Second World War Ford Australia assembled imported Ford models. Initially, they assembled the UK sourced Pilot, then a range of British cars, including the Prefect, Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac. Ford also assembled the Canadian Ford V8 and later fully Australian design like the Falcon. Due to noncompetitive manufacturing costs and poor sales, production ceased in 2016, but Ford are continuing to design and develop cars and trucks for the Asia/Pacific region.

The Greyhound Super Coach is a one-off, built on the chassis of a truck and bodied by the Watt Brothers Coach of Brisbane, with a wood framework and plywood panels covered in sheet metal. Very likely the engine was the classic Ford V8 producing 85 hp. Chassis and body were found some time ago in a local junkyard (see pictures on the web), but it has not yet been restored. Due to its Australian origins, there is a central door on the left side only.

The scale model is true to the original streamlined shape and the white livery seems to be authentic judging by the many old pictures. A plastic body and metal baseplate are used, with an added “chromed” exhaust and front and rear plastic lower fairings. Some plastic parts are added like lights and bumpers. It is basic model with no rear mirrors and one wiper only. A basic interior is fitted but it does have a nice dashboard. A large baggage area with rails is fitted on the roof, but there is no ladder. The registration plates were issued by New South Wales, the “First State”, black on yellow with the prefix Metro, as required for commercial buses in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong districts. As usual there are no apparent differences to the French edition. A nice model of an almost unknown bus.

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The Ford Car in Miniature 5th Generation Mustang Part Two 2005/6

By Dave Turner

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

“Freedom To Soar” – Fifth Generation Mustang

Part Two – Production Cars2005/2006

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.

Base engine of the 2005 production Mustang was the Cologne block 4.0 litre V6 while the GT got a 4.6 litre V8 and was easily identified by the pair of fog lights in the grille – reflecting the same treatment on early Mustang GTs together with sports seats and a rear spoiler. Both lines came in De Luxe or Premium level of equipment the main difference being in the sound system, interior and seats.

Models of the first year of the Mustangs fifth generation have been numerous to say the least. In fact just those produced under the Auto Art banner takes some getting your head around. For a start some were described as the 2004 Motor Show car (not the 2003 concept) while others were the 2005 production item – with little or no discernible difference. They came in 1:64; 1:43 and 1:18 scale and can only be described as superb in all respects. On top of that a 1:32 plastic slot car took that genre to new heights of delicate accuracy.

For some reason Ixo listed their excellent GT Coupe as in their ‘Junior’ series, despite being 1:43. Extensive interior detail is worthy of study, while the simple base has no more than “1:43 Ford Mustang GT” for identification – quite common with models from Ixo who prefer to remain anonymous.

Many entries on the ‘master list’ seem to defy further investigation, for example a plastic radio controlled 2005 Mustang has an entry under the Chinese maker Guokai, from where the info came is long forgotten. Another entry under ‘Micro’ lists a 2005 GT. A remote control GT Mustang came from Maisto who also produced numerous other 2005 Mustangs in several scales. Their 1:43 example carries a rear licence plate “Made in Detroit” that was repeated on a rather weird creation from them that appears to come apart to create something entirely different.

On the subject of curiosities acquired over the years, a 1:22 2005 Mustang marked “2004 Hasbro” appears to be a simple plastic model car but lifting the top half off reveals a miniature race track inside, on which another ’05 Mustang in 1:130 scale operates.

The inevitable plethora of issues from Hot Wheels run to at least 29 versions of the ’05 but just to prove that Mattel can issue some nice models an acceptable 1:18 GT Coupe has been added to the listing – it’s not quite in the same league as the Auto Art of course.

Minichamps not only issued at least four different colours of the ’05 Mustang GT but a further example came in their Ford Power Trilogy set along with a Cobra Concept and ’an 05 GT celebrating the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. They feature faultless detail inside and out plus some delicate looking suspension underneath. A very similar 1:43 coupe came from Schuco with the Welly name on its base and unlike most of the other model ‘05s this features the solid spoke GT wheels rather than the optional split spoke pattern.

In 2006 a highly detailed 1:25 plastic kit for the GT coupe came from Revell while the Kyosho operation has a 1:87 range under the Ricko label and included were some nicely detailed ’05 GTs in coupe and convertible form – the latter both open and closed. Not quite as small was the 1:73 GT Coupe from the small Yatming Road Signature series and this is quite nicely done, even the interior is well detailed.

By treating the real GT Mustangs to some tune-up mods for 2006, the Shelby name was once again linked to the Mustang, while Hertz had their own rental versions added to their fleet. At the same time, the 2006 Mustang GTs could be treated to the California Special package that featured among other things a deeper front spoiler, side scoops and GT/CS decals.

No significant changes took place to the cars in general but even so a few models were listed as 2006. For example the very nice little 1:64 GT Convertible from Greenlight is described as such on its base – the overall look of its underside looks just like the old Johnny Lightnings finish. So neat is the opening hood that it was discovered by accident.

Quite different are the Ford Calendar Collection models that were produced for Ford to distribute to their chosen recipients. Just who made these has been a mystery for many years while it appears that they ceased after 2007 so the 2006 Mustang just got in! It is actually marked “2005 2006” Made to 1:32 they are all-metal other than the windows and tyres, and very heavy. The finish is chrome plate.

Meanwhile back with ‘regular’ models Maisto listed a GT coupe as 2006 in various colours complete with opening hood and doors. Kinsmart offered a model of the same car in 1:38.

2005/6 Mustang Models


2005 Mustang Models
Auto Art China 20301 GT Coupe 2 versions 1:64 diecast
Auto Art China 52761 GT Coupe ’04 Show car 1:43 diecast
Auto Art China 52762 GT Coupe 1:43 diecast
Auto Art China 13051 GT Coupe slot car 1:32 plastic
Auto Art China 73011-3 GT Coupe ’04 Show car 3 versions 263mm 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73014-5 GT Coupe 2 versions 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73061-2 GT Convertible 2 versions 1:18 diecast
Guokai China 042/559 plastic radio controlled
Ixo CIXJ 31 GT Coupe 111mm 1:43 diecast
Maisto 15044 GT
Hasbro China GT Coupe containing a 1:130 Coupe 215mm 1:22 plastic
Mattel Hot Wheels Malaysia 6725 GT Coupe 29 versions 73mm 1:66 diecast
Mattel Hot Wheels China G7157 GT Coupe 259mm 1:18 diecast
Micro 48680/48785 GT
Minichamps China 84120-4 GT Coupe 4 versions 111mm 1:43 diecast
Revell 07355 GT Coupe 1:25 plastic kit
Ricko China 38870-1 GT Coupe /Convertible 2 versions 55mm 1:87 plastic
Schuco/Welly China 43008 GT coupe 111mm 1:43 diecast
Road Signature China 72258 GT coupe 65mm 1:73 diecast
2006 Mustang Models
Greenlight China 29620 GT Convertible 74mm 1:64 diecast
Ford Calendar Collection 2006 GT coupe 149mm 1:32 metal
Maisto 34997 GT Coupe 1:24 diecast
Kinsmart 5091D GT Coupe 1:38 diecast



Auto Art 1:18 diecast from China: 73012, 2004 Show Car GT Coupe.

Hot Wheels 1:18 diecast from China: G7157, 2005 GT Coupe.

Auto Art 1:32 plastic slot car from China: 13051, 2005 GT Coupe.

Schuco/Welly 1:43 diecast from China: 43008, 2005 GT Coupe.

Ixo 1:43 diecast from China: CIXJ31, 2005 GT Coupe.

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 84120, 2005 GT Coupe.

Maisto “transformer” ?

Hot Wheels 1:66 diecast from Malaysia: 6725, 2005 GT Coupe, one of 29 versions.

Yatming Road Signature 1:73 diecast from China: 72258, 2005 GT Coupe.

Ricko 1:87 plastic from China: 38870, 2005 GT Convertible.

Hasbro 1:22 plastic from China: 2005 GT Coupe, race track and car inside.

The Hasbro opened up.

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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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