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News from the Continent – Schuco and Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we look at the releases in April and May from Schuco and Solido both of whom are owned by DICKIE Spielzeug based in Germany though their models are made in diecast or resin in China.

Most models are diecast but the more expensive Pro ranges are resin cast and finished with photo etched components.

April 2019

Piccolo Models
450527600 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 “German Federal Post”

EDITION PRO.R32
450904300 Tractor Hürlimann D200 S – red

450904400 Tractor Hürlimann D 2005 with cabin – Green

EDITION 1:32
450764800 John Deere 4850 tractor – green

450772300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1600 – black

450768800 Deutz DX 250 tractor – green

450762800 Schlüter Super Trac 2500 VL – tractor

450782500 Fortschritt ZT 323 tractor – blue

EDITION 1:87
452640200 Volkswagen Beetle – blue/white

452640300 Volkswagen Beetle “German Federal Post” – yellow/black

452639500 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – blue

452639900 Porsche 911 2,7 RS – white

452643700 Airbus H145M “KSK” helicopter – grey

MILITARY 1:87
452643100 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 saloon “German Federal Army”

AVIATION 1:600
403551695 Lufthnsa “5 Starhansa” B-747-8

April Release 2

Piccolo
450561700 Volkswagen Beetle “Journey-time”

450550500 Porsche 911 “Skiing holidays”

EDITION 1:43
450260400 BMW Isetta motorcoupe with trailer and luggage “Auto-Porter”

450758900 Porsche Cayman GT4 – black

450258400 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet “Journey-time” – meissen blue

450258800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hardtop – champagne

EDITION 1:32
450888900 Lanz Bulldog with threshing machine

EDITION 1:10

450655600 BMW R25/3 motorcycle with single seat – black

EDITION 1:64
452017100 Volkswagen Transporter T1 bus – red/beige

452017200 Volkswagen Transporter T3 bus – blue/white

452017300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406 “Fire brigade”

452017600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “German Police”

452017800 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – red

452017900 Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe – slate-grey

452018100 Land Rover Defender – green/white

452018200 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” motorhome – brown

EDITION 1:87
452634900 Kirovets K700 tractor – yellow

452634800 Deutz F4L514 tractor – green

MILITARY 1:87
452643200 Bell UH 1D rescue helicopter “SAR”

SOLIDO 1:18
421184800 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – red

421184810 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Coupe – black

421185040 Citroen HY van 1969

421184870 Volkswagen Beetle Sport saloon – yellow

421184880 Meyers Manx Buggy – blue

421184890 Meyers Manx Buggy 1970

Schuco May 2019

EDITION 1:43
450354900 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS coupe – black

450291800 Mercedes-Benz L319 Advertising vehicle “NSU Max” with Piccolo NSU-Max miniature

450313200 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 – light green

EDITION PRO.R43
450906900 Belarus MTS.50 tractor – red

EDITION 1:32
450777300 Deutz-Fahr 9340 TTV “Warrior” tractor

450770300 Lanz Bulldog with added track “Christmas Issue 2018”

EDITION 1:18
450042600 Lykan Hypersport – blue

450042700 Lykan Hypersport – grey

450042800 Lykan Hypersport – white

450042900 Lykan Hypersport – black

The company W Motors was founded 2012 in the Libanon, but moved in 2013 to Dubai and is so the first Arabian sportscar manufacturer. Their first project, the Lykan HyperSport became one of the most expensive cars in the World. Only seven cars have been manufactured so far. Fitted with a Twinturbo boxer engine from Porsche with 3.7 litres which generates 751 hp. Top speed should be about 385 km/h.


EDITION PRO.R18
450015900 Kleinschnittger F-a25 roadster with 2 passengers

EDITION 1:87
452644200 Porsche 356 cabriolet – grey

452634700 Hürlimann D70 tractor

452641100 Volkswagen Transporter T1c delivery van “German Federal Post” yellow/black
MILITARY 1:87
452642500 Mercedes-Benz O302 bus “German Federal Army”

452642200 Leopard 2A1 battle tank “German Federal Army”

452642300 Serval ISAF “KSK” with spot camouflage

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News from the Continent June 2019 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs are supplied by the Manufacturer and the Author.

In this article we look at the new releases and upgrades planned for June by Wiking. Thee are all moulded in plastic in Europe to various scales unless stated otherwise.

Later in the article we look at some of the new releases in April compared to models of the same vehicle made by Wiking in previous years.

New Items for June 2019

Scale 1:32

0778 46 John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

An impressive model with working suspension and tools to remove outer set of rear wheels.


Scale 1:87

0094 01 Trailer mounted rowing boat

0071 48 Opel Rekord P2 Caravan (Estate) 1960

Liveried for West German “Telecommunications service”


0227 07 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate S213 AMG

0227 10 Mercedes-Benz E-Class S213 “German Police”

0669 02 Neuson 15 track dumper

0788 12 Volkswagen T1 bus “Fire brigade”

0488 03 Artic. Flatbed truck with MAN tractor “Iron & steel trading”

067049 Henschel HS3-180 six axle dumper

0652 10 Volvo L350H wheel loader

Model Upgrades for June 2019

Scale 1:160

0921 39 Two boat trailers

0955 38 Joskin feed transport trailer

Scale 1:87

0810 10 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 – Postal service

0822 03 Citroen 15 Six “Rallye”

0788 13 Volkswagen Transporter T1 delivery van “Gasolin fuel”

0018 22 Accessory pack “Construction materials II”

0653 05 Kramer wheel loader

0530 02 Articulated Cement transporter with Mercedes-Benz L 3500 tractor

1140 01 Corrugated sheet metal garage

0527 05 Hanomag Henschel articulated Flat bed truck with canvas cover

0500 48 Mercedes-Benz Furniture box with drawbar trailer

Wikings: Old and New

All photographs in the section below taken by Hans-Georg Schmitt

In the releases made by Wiking in April 2019 there were some interesting models. These were of vehicles which had appeared in the Wiking range in the past but which were now re-tooled or had modified mouldings.

As I have some of the previous generations of these models in my collection it was interesting to make a comparison between the current release and its predecessors. In some cases they have an interesting history to share. All the models shown in this section are to 1:87 scale.


0797 23 Volkswagen T1b “Samba Bus” 1963 Dr. Oetker promotional vehicle

The miniature is finely detailed and decorated. It shows the changes to the T1 model over the years in production. In comparison with the older miniatures the new model is clearly more accurate and better detailed. Note that the earlier Samba produced between 1955 and 1960 is fitted with windows in the rear left and right pillars and is not fitted with indicator lights.

The bus model in production between 1950 and 1955 has no window openings and the body is shape is influenced more by period advertising drawings then real vehicles . It has no air intake above the windscreen, which was introduced with the first big facelift to the T1 in 1955.


0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 “Globetrotter motorhome”

It is not just models that get second lives, real vehicles do too. The Unimog S 404 was used by the German Bundeswehr as light trucks, ambulances or radio vans and these were sold off as Army surplus. They were often bought by local fire brigades and fitted for use as as 4×4 fire appliances. After this second life, many were converted into motorhomes used on expeditions to parts of the world where roads are poor or non-existent.

The Wiking model is now coloured in “civil” beige and fitted with huge luggage rack on the roof. The side panels at the rear are printed with a map of the world where the new owners could show their route.


0224 47 Renault R4 “French Fire Chief´s Darling”

0225 03 Renault R4 Fourgonette (delivery van) “Renault Service”

The Renault R4 was a popular vehicle with Fire Brigades in France, and also in other European Countries too. It was cheap to buy and run, with lots of space for equipment, and with easy storage access via the tailgate. It was used for general transport work as well to attend smaller incidents.

Renault dealers and repair shops naturally used the little van which had panelled sides ideal for advertising Renault Service.

Wiking has released the fire chiefs car in a later version fitted with an ABS-plastic radiator grille. In contrast the Service Van has been issued with the original front end fitted with an aluminium radiator grille in a ‘fish mouth’ shape.


0262 06 Citroen HY small fire engine

The role of the Volkswagen Transporter van in Germany was undertaken by the Citroën H in France. And both were often used as small fire engines. The HY van with its body made from corrugated sheet metal was into production from 1947 to 1981 and was very common in France and in the Benelux countries.


The French Fire Service vehicles shown above match the newly issued German one based on a Mercedes Benz Cab and chassis previously issued as a ladder truck

0623 03 Fire brigade – heavy rescue vehicle – Mercedes-Benz L 5000

It is a number of years since the heavy rescue vehicle with Mercedes-Benz “short bonnet” driver cabin featured in the Wiking program. The original was in production from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Now Wiking has revisited the past and released a rescue vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz L 5000 cab and chassis which was manufactured up until the early 1950s, preceding the short bonnet unit it is shown with. Its a real old timer and is interesting for collectors of fire fighting vehicles as well as for the model railway modeller.

Both versions were developed by Metz of Karlsruhe, today member of the Rosenbauer group.


0290 02 Volkswagen T1b pick up “IKEA furniture house”

The Swedish furniture seller Ikea supplied their products to their customers during their early years of business in Germany using pick ups like the one shown from 1960 . Today their customers have to transport their purchases themselves or rent a transporter from IKEA itself. Nowadays the vehicles used are closed vans, so that the goods will not become wet, if it starts to rain.

The Volkswagen Pick up has a long history in the Wiking model range. It started with the Transporter T1a without an air intake above the windscreen and with only suggested windows, Later it came more detailed with the air intake peak added and was fitted with glazed windows. Initially made without indicator lights it was modified later to have them. The photograph above shows the evolution clearly.


Period picture copyright ownership not identified but acknowledged
0488 02 Articulated Flatbed truck Henschel HS 165T “Haulier Schulze”, Berlin

This model recalls Wiking‘s years as a firm based in West Berlin, years when they operated in the small Western enclave surrounded by the DDR. These dark green painted heavy trucks could be seen on the Autobahn between West-Germany and West-Berlin day and night. The trucks carried the special name “Friedrich Schulze – Berlin-Mariendorf”. The vehicle this miniature is based upon, the Henschel HS165T, was manufactured in Kassel, Hessia from 1958 to 1961. Altogether 795 trucks and tractors were built.

The dark green model with its red chassis is a reminder of the time when Berlin was separated from the rest of West Germany and was not the capital of a united Germany as it is now.


0990 95 The years of the economic miracle – On German Fields
0510 01 Articulated Flatbed truck with Magirus S 3500 tractor

In the post-war era currency reform and the US Marshal Plan put in place the conditions which underpinned what is now called “the German economic miracle” or Wirtschaftswunder. This was experienced in Western Germany where the population found that the 1950s were years of increasing prosperity and increasing purchasing power.

Agricultural demand and the available capital for investment to meet the needs of the growing population meant that farmers replaced their teams of oxen, or heavy horses, with tractors. The demand for tractors was so strong that the market was open to new suppliers. Porsche was one of them with plant at Friedrichshafen founded in 1956.

Over the next few years around 120.000 of the red tractors with their characteristic round bonnet left the assembly line. The new tractors were loaded by crane onto railroad cars or onto their own trucks for transport. The Magirus S 3500 truck modelled here was manufactured in Ulm from 1952 to 1955.

For customer-service, Porsche used Volkswagen vans. All Porsche Friedrichshafen‘s vehicles were painted in a light blue-grey colour. Later as demand fell and competition for sales increased Porsche ended the production of tractors and sold their agricultural business off to Renault in 1963.


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Wiking Models March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is the latest news on the releases from Wiking in various scales. All these models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

Toy Fair “Silver News”

1:32 Scale

JCB Fasttrac 8000

John Deere 4-track 9RX – first articulated caterpillar

John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

Manitou MLT 635 telehandler

Krampe hook lift THL 30 L

1:87 Scale

Here are pre-release prototypes in plain silver plastic as shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.


DKW 3=6 transporters 1955-1962

Büssing 4500

This model has been made using new moulds.


Mercedes-Benz LP 333 “Millipede” [Tausendfuessler]

Mercedes-Benz long distance Pullman cab

Bonneted tractor units with flat bed for heavy loads

Older tractor units get new trailers.

IHC 1455 XL tractor

New hose reel accessories for Rosenbauer AT

Volvo L350H wheel loader

New Items April 2019

1:87 Scale

0652 03 Volvo L 350F wheel loader

0368 03 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

0797 23 Volkswagen Transporter T1 Samba bus

0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 globetrotter motor home

0224 47 Renault R4 fire brigade

0262 06 Citroen HY box van fire brigade
0623 03 Mercedes-Benz L 5000 fire brigade emergency vehicle

0430 20 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 makeshift wine tanker

0488 02 Henschel HS 165 T articulated flatbed truck ‘Haulier Schulze’, of Berlin.

0459 01 Mercedes-Benz 1638 drawbar for hauliers ‘Brothers Mönkemöller’

Model Upgrades April 2019

1:160 Scale


0982 42 Büssing 8000 articulated tanker ‘FINA’

1:87 Scale


0817 06 Jaguar E-Type roadster – yellow

0225 03 Renault R4 box van ‘Renault Service’

0290 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 pick up ‘IKEA’

0092 38 T&B Caravan

0510 01 Magirus S3500 articulated flatbed truck

0388 16 Joskin tipper trailer

0631 02 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet breakdown truck

0460 01 Scania 111 flat bed drawbar

0990 95 Set “Porsche Tractor”

News from the Continent January 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The models shown are the final release from Schuco in 2018. All are made in China for Germany. The models are made in various scales as stated below and the Pro ranges have much more detail and consequently a rather higher price.

EDITION PRO.R43

450903500 Aston Martin DB6 “Shooting Brake” – dark green


450903900 Volkswagen Beetle 1600S “Super-Bug” – red


EDITION 1:32

450772800 John Deere 5125R tractor with front loader


EDITION 1:87

452633700 Volkswagen Transporter T1c bus black/red


452633800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c Camper – green/grey


News from the Continent December 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Two releases of models took place in November 2018. Each is described separately below. Schuco-Dickie are a long established German Group which also produces Solido models following their acquisition by the Group. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless stated otherwise. The ranges shown vary in scale and in detail with the Pro ranges being the most detailed and most expensive.

PICCOLO

450533600 Volkswagen T1 microbus “Surfer-Bus”



EDITION 1:43

450185600 Piccolo Gift-Set B


450292900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Kreidler” with Kreidler Florett motorcycle and driver figurine

450293900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Horex” with Horex motorcycle and driver figurine

450249600 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-wing coupe, dark blue


450368900 Set “Volkswagen T1b Samba bus, box van; Pick up with crew cab and Pick up


450374300 Volkswagen Transporter T1b Samba bus, red and beige



EDITION 1:32

450769900 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof and manure barrel trailer


450781300 Fendt Favorit 622 LS tractor


450781500 Fendt 211 Vario tractor, green


450781700 Fendt 211 V Vario tractor, green


450765900 Set “Legendary tractors” – 3 models in a wooden box



EDITION PRO.R32

450903600 Steyr 1300 System Dutra tractor



EDITION 1:18

450041000 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, red/beige


450041100 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, blue/grey


450033300 Porsche 550A Spyder”Edition 70 Years of Porsche”, white



EDITION PRO.R18


450008600 Porsche Master tractor, red



EDITION 1:64

452019300 Set ‘Volkswagen Transporter T1’ ( three models )



EDITION 1:87

452632800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c box van with trailer, loaded with Porsche tractor


452634100 Mercedes-Benz O 321 Bus “German Bundespost”



MILITARY 1:87

452636360 MAN 7t gl. KAT1 Rocket launcher Lars II, German Bundeswehr

452636400 MAN 5t gl KAT1 tank truck with spots-camouflage



AVIATION 1:250

403551694 Junkers Ju52/3m


403551682 Ju-Air, Junkers Ju52/3m



AVIATION 1:600

403551691 Boeing 777-300 Air France ‘Olympia 2024’

Second Release November 2018

PICCOLO

450559500 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Piccolo Assembling Box ‘The little Gullwing-Mechanic’



EDITION 1:43

450310300 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck “German Reichspost”


450310400 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck ‘Christmas 2018’


450367600 Porsche 911 S – sepia brown



EDITION PRO.R43

450904100 Magirus Deutz O 6500 ‘Soccer World Champion Germany 1954’



EDITION 1:32

450769300 Lanz Ackerluft Tractor with half track


450778600 Güldner G60A tractor with roof and front loader


450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 8W with log


450779900 Hanomag Robust 900 tractor with front loader



Edition 1:18

450011700 K.L. Bulldog tractor – red


450011900 Lanz Bulldog halftrack -blue


450014700 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wild boar – green



EDITION PRO.R18

450006800 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

450006900 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue



AVIATION 1:600

403551690 Airbus A330-300 “KLM”


403551693 Boeing 777-300 “Japan Air Force 1”