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De Agostini Dinky UK – Ford Vedette

By Maz Woolley

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

De Agostini French Dinky Toys #24 X

Ford Vedette 54

Although we are not following the DeAgostini Dinky collection in detail as we recorded the very similar collection from Atlas there have been a couple of models released by DeAgostini in the UK that were not part of the UK Atlas Dinky Collection and these are worth looking out for. All originally appeared in the Atlas French Dinky Collection series but were not issued in the UK series.

The Ford Vedette was a large family saloon car made by Ford SAF in Poissy in France from 1948 to 1954 when the French operations of Ford were bought up by Simca. It was powered by a side valve Ford V8 of 2.2 Litres derived from the unit used in pre-war Matford cars. The car was designed in Detroit and resembled early post-war Mercury models, a style that quickly dated when the three box style pioneered by Ford from about 1950 took hold.

After SImca took over the company a new version of the Vedette was launched which had been developed under Ford’s ownership and which gave the car an up to date American style similar to that used for the Taunus in Germany and Mark II Fords in the UK. Thsi was mostly sold as a Simca Vedette, but was badge as a Ford fro a few years in some overseas markets like Sweden, Netherlands, and Germany.

DeAgostini have replicated this model in blue as is shown on one side of the box. This model replaced the earlier Dinky Vedette 24 Q with the rear end well updated to the 1954 model but other parts of the model still showing 1953 features.

The 1954 update was issued in the blue shown and in grey and they were sold from 1954, the last year that the real vehicle was produced, until 1956. From 1956 to 1959 the casting was re-issued as a taxi.

The DeAgostini replica is made for them by Norev in China and the finish of the paint is so good that no original Dinky ever shone like that, and the silver work was never so neatly applied on the original either. However the model does capture the original car and model well.

The nice white tyres as fitted by Dinky France at the time of the original being made look model look very jaunty.

Although it has not been highlighted in silver the Ford V8 badge on the bonnet has been moulded neatly into the mould.

The original model captured the Vedette well and the replica does not disappoint. It is unglazed as the originals would have been and is a nice contrast to the contemporary UK Dinky models like the Standard Vanguard or Triumph Renown. Like the UK models this model has no scale marked on its base though it looks to be around 1:43 scale.


Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Two

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight has released a second series of Estate Wagons to 1:64 scale made in China for the US. They have designed their large 1980s Ford Wagon so that the front end can be varied allowing them to produce different versions. They have already modelled two Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985 in series one. Here using the same basic casting we get the Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon from 1986 and the Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park. Greenlight have taken advantage of the fact that Ford used the same platform for many years with minor cosmetic changes to the front end between marques and model years. For more on the Fords from Release one click here.

Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon 1986

The previous Ford wagons featured in series one were both Country Squire models with the stick on wood effect panels. Here we have the LTD Crown Victoria which was the same vehicle as the Squire but without the wood effect side panels. The LTD Crown Victoria wagon was available in both base and upmarket versions.

By 1986 the days of the sales of large Ford Estates were in decline with sales levels being less than 40% of the levels in 1979 when the model was launched.

The Greenlight model is neatly done though the flake in the metallic paint is very overscale. As with all the other wagons in this series there is no attempt to model any bonnet ornaments.

The grille and white and amber printed lights are well reproduced and the badging at the rear and on the sides is excellent. The Ford badge on the front grille is to scale and is so small you could easily miss it. The Ford badge, brake light and other tailgate details are neatly printed too.

The tailgate opens to give access to the huge load area and the car is also fitted with the Greenlight hitch so that the car can be used to tow the many trailers Greenlight now has in 1:64 scale. The rear lights, although only printed on, are effective.

On the roof the roof rack is neatly modelled. All glazing is flush glazed with neatly printed chrome window surrounds and the chrome trim is printed on the sides effectively. The wheels are neatly done with thin white walls, good wheel trims and the logo printed on the wheel centre. The tyres are over wide which is a shame but does not harm the appearance too badly.

Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park 1989

This model is of the sixth generation of this vehicle made from 1979 to 1991. It was built on the Ford LTD platform with detail changes from the Ford Model, and Mercury badging. It was smaller than the preceding generation but had a similar huge load area. The Mercury was available as standard with seating for eight. The car was placed in the Grand Marquis model group which was top of the Mercury range at that time.

This Mercury sold in smaller numbers than the equivalent Ford Wagons and also saw a progressive decline in sales from the year it was introduced to its withdrawal with the 1989 cars selling at about 60% of the level when the model was introduced.

The model is good except for the front clip which is ill-fitting and misaligned. Straightening it quickly broke it, it is pictured before I attempted to try to straighten it. Having glued it back on with contact adhesive it is a little better fitting but still a little large for the gap it is intended to fill.

The detailing on this model is to the same standard as the Ford looked at above. There are a few nice touches like the faux wood inserts on the roof rack and the faux wood printing on the side is neatly carried out. Glazing is again flush and the rear door drops down in the same way as that on the Ford.

The wheels are again overwide but with nicely detailed wheel trims and a period authentic thin whitewall. The interior moulding is bland and is identical to the one used in the Ford leaving no sign of the folded down third row of seats. Underneath the model is the same baseplate as the Ford with only the printed on model name differing. Some minimal details of the engine, propshaft, suspension and exhaust are moulded into the base.

These models capture the final days of the classic US Estate Wagon as they were withdrawn by Ford in the 1990s due to the rise in popularity of the new breed of people carrier and the new generation of less utilitarian 4x4s. It is good to see that US 1:64 scale models continue to capture a wide range of US post-war vehicles.


Oxford Diecast Ford Zodiac Mark II

By Maz Woolley

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

Oxford Diecast‘s Ford Zodiac Mark II has arrived on the market in a nice colour combination: Shark Blue and Pompadour Blue. Looking at the dashboard it appears to be a ‘highline’ model, the form that the car was launched in in 1956 replacing the original Zephyr-Zodiac, which was replaced in turn by the ‘lowline’ car in 1958. The clearest evidence of this is the rounded top of the speedometer as the ‘lowline’ had a modified dashboard with a flatter and wider speedometer cap as well as a lower roofline.

The Mark II Zodiac was a very comfortable car with a front mounted straight six engine of 2,533cc driving the rear wheels through a four speed gearbox. It was top of the Ford range of cars and came as standard with white sidewalls, gold Zodiac scripts, wheel embellishers, and two tone paint. It had unique chromework on the sides with the front wing having a line from the leading edge to the front wheel arch. A top speed of just under 90mph was recorded by testers but tuners like Raymond Mays threw away the standard exhaust system and replaced it with better designed piping, and with a few more tweaks, found it easy to push the car to over a hundred miles an hour.

The Zodiac was modelled by Matchbox as 33a with roof and 39a as a convertible. In 1:43 scale it was modelled as a Corgi Classic which went on the be used in the Vanguards range after the takeover of Lledo.

Here we look at Oxford Diecast 76FZ001 the first of many issues I am sure as there are quite a few paint schemes that could be used on this car, though as the Police bought the cheaper, but similarly engined, Zephyr it would not look very realistic as a patrol car. I had high hopes of this model as Oxford have shown how well they can make smaller cars recently with the Rolls-Royces and the range of US 1:87 scale models.

The casting is a nice one for the most part though the handling of the front indicators/grille could be better. The indicators stood within the grille with a clear grille line outside them all the way down their outer side which was well captured by Matchbox in the 1950’s and is not so well modelled by Oxford.

The grille itself could have done with a little more detail in the top section which on the real car has lots of small vertical bars, as shown on photograph below, on the model there is just a gap. The horizontal grille bars are well modelled, but on the car there are some vertical strips behind the grille that show through and make the grille look like it is divided so it does not capture the original 100% there either.

From a copy of the original Ford Brochure.

Staying at the front the front light prints are not central in the lighting cowl which gives a poor effect. Looking on the Internet and the brochure above the earlier Zodiacs do seem to sometimes have body colour headlight cowls so that is accurate.

To the rear the boot (trunk) opening button is missing off the lid altogether, something Matchbox included on their model in the 1950s.

Image taken from period Ford Brochure

The rear lights and rear chrome panel are also not as finely modelled as they could have been. The rear panel is all in ridged chrome which extends out to form the lower parts of the rear lights, see brochure illustration above. On the Oxford model this is just tampo printed flat silver with no texturing. The tampo printed rear lights are poorly applied not giving wide enough areas of amber or red which make the rear light chrome holders look much to large, in addition the reflector seems to be printed too low on the light fitting. The silver part of the rear light cluster looks to me printed too far back along the wing as well.

On the real car there is a small pressed curved line from the top part of the rear wing to the chrome line starting just above the name badge as shown in the brochure picture above. On the Oxford this has been entirely omitted

On the side the chrome trim is a correct shape but would have been more accurate and effective printed at about half the current width. The V shaped Ford badging on the front wing is a curious shape which seems to me like a round bump with a bit of a raised area above. The door handles are very simplified losing the button in the fitting beneath each handle and the circular door locks fitted below the handles on the front doors are mot printed.

At last Oxford has stopped printing chrome lines on the outside of the body shell a scale inches away from the windows they were meant to surround and the model looks a lot better for it. It could have done with the fillet of chrome on the C pillar though fitted to Zodiacs. The windscreen wipers are moulded into the front screen and then over printed. Sadly, the print bleeds out some way either side of the raised area which makes them look clumsy. The Zodiac badges are all printed in gold and over scale but for them to be visible some exaggeration is needed. The Zodiac letters printed round the grille are fine and all there but a magnifying glass is needed to really appreciate them.

There has been some frustration on Facebook pages about the wheels fitted to this car. The centres are just a simple dome and do not reflect the fact that the real cars had a wide flattened pressed circle in the centre which is completely missing. As already noted the cars came with whitewalls originally and the model does not have these. Some have drawn the attention to the fact that the faults on the wheels are identical to those on the old Corgi Classic! Finally the track of the car is much too narrow with the outside of the wheels being almost in line with the inner line of the headlights whereas in real life the outer edge of the tyres should line up with the middle of the side light/indicator unit and the middle of the headlamps. It is the same at the rear where the outside of the model’s tyres line up with the inside of the rear lights and not the centre line of the fitment.

In summary the car is well shaped and moulded for the most part and does look nice in the two tone finish. But is let down by a number of details which could have been better handled. As Oxford Diecasts are fairly inexpensive here in the UK it still offers value for money. Indeed, I am sure that most owners of the model will ignore, or not even notice, these issues. Personally, I think that Oxford could have done better as they have shown what they can do on other models that they make.


News from the Continent March 2019 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are photographs of the releases from Busch and its subsidiaries EsPeWe and Mehlhose early in 2019. These models are all made to 1:87 scale and moulded in plastic. 

Busch

42893 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with twist drilling device

The Weimar excavator was introduced by1965 and it was developed continuously. In the eastern area of Germany some are still in use today.


50372 Land Rover Defender – grey

51025 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 – grey

59958 Transport-trailer

59961 Cable-transport trailer

# 23265 – 51572 IFA G5 59 box body (DDR TV)

This is a new mould.


51606 Robur LO 1800 A box body (DDR TV)

51864 Robur Garant K30 Kombiwagen (DDR TV)

54904 TSA trailer with roof rack (DDR TV)

41320 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – red

41327 Horch 853 Cabriolet – closed – silver

47575 Ford Mustang Coupe

The long serving Mustang moulding has been upgraded to form the basis of a new muscle car version with new wheels and air filter appearing through the bonnet.


50371 Land Rover Defender “Camel Trophy 1989”

UAZ 469

Anyone in the armed forces or official organisations in the former Eastern Bloc who needed a robust cross country vehicle used the UAZ-469. The spartan car was manufactured by Uljanowski Awtomobilny Sawod. Later versions were named the UAZ-3151. Production started in 1972 and ended in 2003 and it was fitted with a thirsty petrol engine. When used in the former DDR, it was sometimes fitted with a Cunewalder Diesel engine.

The models shown below are produced from new moulds.

52103 UAZ 469 without roof – Voluntary Fire Brigade
52104 UAZ 469 without roof – LPG Hedersleben
52105 UAZ 469 without roof – Peoples Police
52106 UAZ 469 without roof – GST (Society of Sport and Technique)

52300 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – beige

Another new mould here.


52301 Framo V901/2 with flat bed – grey
52350 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – dark green

52351 Framo V901/2 with flat bed and canvas cover – Bordeaux red

51277 Framo V901/2 Half-bus RFT – DDR television manufacturer customer service van

51862 Robur Garant K30 Kombi – Rafena TV manufacturer service vehicle

EsPeWe-Model

95172 IFA W50L MK box truck with spoiler, green with white box body

MEHLHOSE modelcars in scale 1:87

210003501 Multicar M22 dumper – blue/grey

210003503 Multicar M22 dumper – red/grey

210003600 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – green/grey

210003604 Multicar M22 – three way tipper – grey

Ford Econoline Club Wagon and Variations

By John F. Quilter

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

Ford launched the first generation Econoline van in 1961.  It was modelled after the English Ford Thames 400E which was also a forward control vehicle with the engine under a box between the seats.   The early Econoline was badged as a Falcon and used the original Falcon engine, an OHV inline six of only 144 CID (2.3 litres), this was later supplemented with a 170CID version and some were as large as 240CID.   A manual 3 speed gearbox was standard with an automatic optional.   A V8 engine did not come about until the second generation Econoline circa 1968.    

Whitebox now has launched a version of the window van, known as a Club Wagon,  in two tone,  metallic turquoise and white.  A variant of this casting was previously seen in a Mexican part works series. Relatively inexpensive, these make great opportunities for conversion into other versions such as the pickup and service/delivery van without side windows. 

The pickup conversion required sawing off the rear two thirds of the body above the belt line, removing the two rear bench seats, creating a rounded cab back, with wrap around corner windows (although only the deluxe versions had the corner windows) and affixing a spare tire to the inside of the bed.  The tall “FORD” script on the tail gate was created with thin wire, glued in place then painted white to replicate the raised lettering on the actual truck.  Some door seams had to be filled in and other seams scribed in on the bed sides.    I chose to finishing it in a factory teal colour as seen on a number of examples on Google images.  Interior details include a teal fascia inner door panels, and black rubber floor covering. 

The no-window van was a bit simpler as  it just required removal of the seats and filling of the side windows.  I used printer’s metal glued to the inside and filled the openings with styrene plastic smoothed off with automotive body shop finishing putty.  Care must be taken with much smoothing and sanding to get a good surface before painting.  My only decision was,  do I leave the bumpers chrome (that would have been an optional extra) or painted white as would have been supplied on standard models.


1963 Mustang II Concept from Automodello

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

With the stunning debut of the Mustang I concept in the summer of 1962, Ford had a problem, and became—in a sense—a victim of its own success. The little 2-seat, mid-engine sports car had generated tremendous excitement, but it was essentially a hand built experimental prototype sports racer, New Ford boss Lee Iacocca had greenlighted production on a sporty little production car called the Mustang, but it would be based on Ford Falcon mechanicals and share virtually nothing with that original concept but the name. Ford needed to direct all the excitement over the prototype toward a more production-ready version of the Mustang, and thus the 1963 Mustang II Concept was born.

Development on the production Mustang was well underway in preparation for its April 1964 release, so unlike the traditional concept car, the Mustang II would not shape the street car’s configuration—it would follow and foreshadow it. That was its purpose: to bridge consumer expectations and get the public ready to accept the production pony. The Mustang II Concept was actually built on one of the production Mustang prototypes by Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST)—a fabrication company Ford had used for this type of job previously.

DST yanked off the bumpers and designed a special front grille and valence, establishing the corralled pony grille trim that would be such an iconic part of the production ’64 model. Special spear-shaped front fenders were designed and incorporated mesh-covered headlight recesses. In fact, that valence and the front fenders are all a single piece of steel grafted onto the front of the production-spec Mustang. The rear got similar treatment, with the rear cap being extended, the triple taillights elongated into the lower valence and quad exhaust tips extended through it.

The car started life as a notchback hardtop, but DST sliced it into a roadster that mimicked the look of the production convertible, but no folding top was installed. Instead they built a one-off removable hardtop. Under the hood sat a largely stock 271hp Hi-Po 289 with a few tricks to enhance showmanship, like trick lifters specifically designed to make the Mustang rumble like a race car.

Working in close concert with Ford, and following its 1:24 replica of the 1962 Mustang I Concept, Automodello now offers collectors the chance to own another essential chapter of the Mustang story rendered in 1:24 resin with photoetched metal detail and trim.

The Mustang II Concept, as it appeared in 1963 in white with blue stripes, will be produced in 299 pieces as the Standard Edition, while a special Tribute Edition specifically authorized by Ford comes in just 50 hand-numbered examples wearing Tribute Red. Both include a removable hardtop.

For MAR Online subscribers, a coupon code is available for 10% off, for these two models – 24MustangMAR – that is good through May 31, 2019.

The 50,000,000th Ford in 1:43

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Two 1/43rd scale hand built white metal models of significant cars in automotive history were introduced at the 2019 National 1:43rd Scale Model Car Expo. The Expo was held in conjunction with the Countryside Toy Collectors Show, March 17th in Countryside, IL, USA. They are the 50,000,000th Ford produced, a Colonial White Fairlane 500 Galaxie 4-door sedan and the 2,000,000th DeSoto built, a Firedome Sportsman hardtop in Pearl White/Castilian Red, both by WMCE. It just so happened that these milestone cars were both manufactured in the 1959 model year.

The actual Ford had been the property of and on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan until it went to auction and is now in private hands.

There is no record as to the whereabouts of the 1959 DeSoto. These cars were both one-offs and were used for dealer promotional purposes back in the day.

A very limited number of these white metal models are now available. For more information, please visit www.route66modelcarstore.com or phone Buz in the US at 708-246-1543.


M4 Model Cars Italy March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Group in Italy both design and manufacture in Italy. Models are diecast to 1:43 scale unless stated otherwise.

February 2019 Releases

We start with the releases made in February across their ranges.

ART Models

ART400 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

As run at the Grand Prix of Luxemburg, Findel in 1949 – driven by Luigi Villoresi – R.R. Winner


ART401 Ferrari 857 S

As run at the 1000 km Paris/Monthlery in 1956 – 5th position driven by De Portago and Hill


BEST Models

BEST9738 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

This is a Group 5 test car Varano 1979 this was driven by Riccardo Patrese and has been issued in a limited edition of 79 pieces with figurine.


BEST9739 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1200 HF

As driven in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally by Cella and Lombardini. It finished 5th over all and 1st in their class.


BEST9294/2 Ferrari 275 LM

A driven at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1968 by M.Gregory and C.Kolb


RIO Models

RIO4588 Fiat 1500 – 1936

Here the existing Fiat 1500 Casting is fitted with a roof rack carrying skis and a container for their fittings.


RIO4589 Ford 999

As used in Baltimore in 1904 to set a world speed record by Henry Ford. This is one of the early speed record holders produced by Rio over the years.


RIO4590 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1969

Another release of the Muira 400S. Here painted gold.


RIO4591 Mercedes-Benz 20-35 Landaulet 1909

Here the model is based upon a car featured at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. However, the Rio product manager has had the name stated incorrectly. This car is a Daimler as it was produced before the company merger that formed Mercedes-Benz took place in 1926..


March 2019 Releases

ART Models

ART034/2 Ferrari Dino 246 SP

Here modelled as the winner of 1000 km Nurburgring 1962 driven by Hill and Gendebien.


ART402 Ferrari 212 Export

Here the car is finished as first in class winner and fourth in class and second overall at SCCA Pebble Beach in 1952 driven by A. Stubbs


BEST Models

BEST9740 Porsche Carrera Abarth

Finished as the car which finished 7th at the 12 hour race at Sebring in 1962 driven by Gurney and Holbert.


BEST 9741 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

A very unusual open Fulvia as entered in the 1000 km at Nurburgring in 1969. It finished 1st in the 1.6 class driven by Munari and Aaltonen.


BEST9742 Ferrari 308 GTS 1980

The Best 308 GTS finished in the colours used in the US TV series Magnum.


RIO Models

RIO4592 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Another release of the 128 Saloon from Rio. Here in a pale blue and in Rally trim level. Looking at the photograph I hope that production models are not as heavily painted as this as the shut lines seem to lack crispness on the photograph. The front sidelight created by simply tampo printing a silver square also looks like a compromise that reduces the quality of the model.


RIO4593 KdF (Volkswagen) Cabriolet

Here is a KdF modelled after the car given as a gift to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday on 20.April 1939. And accompanied by a period publicity photograph.


RIO4594 Fiat Balilla Ambulance car Africa 1935

This must have been of limited use as a military ambulance as it is a very short van body. It would also have been limited use off road as it was a conventional two wheel drive chassis.


RIO4595 Mercedes-Benz SSK

The Rio SSK casting here finished as a car that ran at Le Mans in 1932 driven by Foucret and Foucret. This wire wheels on this model reflect the age of the casting and need upgrading to meet current standards.


Norev Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article features models released by Norev in the first quarter of 2019. These are in a variey of scales but all are diecast in China for France. A more detailed review of a few of the more noteworthy releases can be found towards the end of the article.

Please note that some models are pre-production samples and may be marked as such, others may be final pre-production samples.

February Releases

1:18 Scale

181626 Citroen GS “Basalte” 1978 – black and red features

Only 1,800 of these were allocated to French Dealers and they were the first special edition of the GS designed to encourage purchases at a time when the GS was beginning to get ‘long in the tooth’.

183568 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 1969 – brown

Fitted with a two and a half litre straight six engine the 250E was a strong seller in the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz range. The convertible was much rarer and more expensive. Similar in some ways to its predecessor it was noted for the squared off rear wings. The age of the fin was over.

Doors, boot, and bonnet all open without spoiling the lines of the model when closed.

183459 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 1976 – Inca red metallic

Mercedes-Benz flagship car from 1975 to 1981 and made in small numbers. It featured hydro-pneumatic rear suspension based on the same principles as Citroen used all round.

It had a high specification interior and was powered by a 6.9 Litre V8 engine with a three speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential.

Again lots of opening parts.

188053 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – dark grey metallic

Launched on the Japanese market in 2007 it eventually reached Europe in 2009 as a Performance Centre had to be built in any country that it was sold in.

Built in aluminium, steel and carbon fibre it is assembled on a jig like a F1 car. Powered by a V6 engine of nearly 4 Litres which could produce nearly 400 BHP and had a top speed of nearly 200 MPH.

Again opening parts seem to have good shut lines and reveal the fairly detailed interior.

187412 Porsche 962 C Winner Supercup 1987 – H.-J. Stuck

The World Sportscar Championship was a world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992. It combined events in North America and Europe and was an important target for the major racing car outfits. The Norev model represents the winning car in the 1987 series a time when Porsche dominated this area of racing.

This diecast model has no opening parts but has a lot of detailed printing to a high standard.

185742 Simca 9 Aronde 1953 – Amarante red

Here we see the first generation of the SImca Aronde, two years after its launch in 1951. A clean modern shape for its time when many car makers models still had wings and vestigial running boards.

Powered by an engine of just over 1200cc it was capable of a top speed of just under 80MPH though it took over 30 seconds to get from 0 to 60 MPH. In 1953 production of the Aronde reached over 100,000 showing its popularity with buyers


1:43 Scale Models

270353 AC ACE 1957 – grey metallic
270357 AC ACECA 1957 -blue metallic
170020 DS 3 Crossback “La Premiere 2019” – black with red roof
170021 DS 3 Crossback 2019 – blue and black roof
170022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019 – pearl and black roof
170001 DS X E-Tense 2018
270575 Ford 12M saloon 1954 – blue metallic
474604 Peugeot 406 saloon 2003 – Banquise white
474653 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 – Banquise white
151413 Citroen 2CV AZU 1959 – “Wegenwacht”
156076 Citroen 2CV Pick-up with ladder 1963
474654 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 “SMUR”

1:18 Scale MAXI_JET

182056 Motobecane AV 65 1965 -blue

1:64 Scale MINIJET

310810 Citroen 2CV 4×4 – etna grey

March Releases

1:18 Scale

181625 Citroen GS Club 1972 – Camargue blue

Another outing for the GS moulding. This time in an earlier GS version in a more basic trim level.

183478 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – dark blue metallic

An up to date top of the range Mercedes-Benz. Modelled in a considerable level of detail with all doors, boot, and bonnet opening. The interior looks to be modelled to a high level of detail.

183423 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – bluegrey

This will be a large model. It has impressive opening parts, though no opening bonnet.

183471 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet 2018 – blue metallic

Here we have the latest top-end convertible from Mercedes-Benz. opening parts, lots of interior detail, and even fitted luggage in the boot makes this an excellent model in this larger scale.

188523 Volkswagen 1303 superbug 1972 – green metallic

1:43 Scale

517864 Box Alpine A110 Pure & Legende 2018 – Limited Edition of 500.
517865 Alpine A110 Legende 2018 – Alpine blue
270504 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1964 – night blue
830040 Audi Q8 SUV 2018 – white
479820 Peugeot 2008 2013 – white
479849 Peugeot 2008 GT Line 2016 – Perla Near Black
870067 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Savile grey
150091 Citroen 2CV Cogolin 1961 “Fire brigade”
479821 Peugeot 2008 2013 “City Police”
479822 Peugeot 2008 2016 “Gendarmerie”

Extended Reviews

Here I look at some remarkable models, issued by NOREV and worthy of a closer examination.

183701 Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 in 1:18 scale

Norev released this first real automobile in excellent detail in 1:18 scale. Initially only for the Daimler Benz Company, now it is available to collectors through retailers.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year´s Eve 1879. Benz had so much commercial success with this engien that he was able to devote more time to his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a petrol engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0,75 hp (0,55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model No. 1.(23238)

Not too far from Benz, Gottlieb Daimler developed also a four-stroke gasoline engine, but he placed this unit into a former horse drawn coach, into a boat and into a railway engine.

Some years ago, Daimler built a number of replicas of this car shown above. One was shown at Techno Classica driven by a young woman to commemorate Bertha Benz, who made the first long distance trip in an automobile upgraded by her husband Carl.

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue – scale 1:43

The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina. It used a type AZ chassis with a 425 cc engine developing 12 bhp. Both chassis and and engine were made in France while the bodywork ( for both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the “boot design” cars was built in 1973. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroen factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.

Production of the 2CV in Chile started in 1953 as a way of boosting local employment. Initially, they were laughed at as they seemed small, under powered and insubstantial compared to the US imports of the time.

Soon the Chilean designers created a body to suit the country´s specific needs. The car needed to be useful for both city dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables, hens or even pigs. Thus an open boot was included to help this and the “decapotable” roof abandoned.

The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets were filled with this “French Miracle” as they were nicknamed. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car, since before the 2CV there wasn´t any car available at such a low price.

The model is well detailed, with a number of separate parts used to detail it. It is an interesting supplement to every 2CV collection.

270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – Beluga black – 1:43 Scale

The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.

The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.

351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale

The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.

However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.

But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor: rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.

The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.


1955 Ford Convertible by CCC

John F. Quilter

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

There was an old French kit of a 1955 Ford Sunliner found on eBay so I purchased it and built it as a companion to my earlier CCC model of a 1955 Crown Victoria “glass top”.

This kit contains a resin body, white metal interior parts and base, and chrome bumpers and hubcaps. The hub caps were of the small type, colloquially known as “dog dish” hub caps but virtually all up market convertibles would have come with the full wheel covers. So using photos and the full size ones on my Victoria I created full size ones with some chrome rivets and wire rings.

The kit was so old that the black wall tires broke apart when trying to place them on the wheels but I was able to substitute more realistic white walls from my inventory of bits and pieces for model building. Using Google images and the colour brochure web site I chose a dark blue and light blue two tone colour combination which is quite handsome.

The interior got the correct factory two tone in white and light blue. Also found in my spares a white roof from a long ago project of converting a Solido 1950 Buick convertible into a woody station wagon with a Provence Moulage transkit. (where has the transkit activity gone? It was great fun back in the day) Editor: I understand that sales were poor as the cost of a base car and transkit was about the same as buying a full kit. Certainly the interesting Kager kits, made by Provence Moulage, seemed to be part of shops price lists for a long time after they were launched suggesting that they were poor sellers..

As with many low production 1:43 scale kits there is always some trial and fitting and fettling work to produce a good result. Most interestingly, the decal sheet that came with the kit has decal badges for Country Squire (the wood sided wagon) the Country Sedan wagon, the Ranch Wagon, (which was the two door version) the Customline sedan, and a Town Sedan. I really wonder if the producer of CCC kits was planning more versions that never came about. Much later Trax of Australia has done the mid line Customline sedan in both maroon and green.