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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.


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Large Scale Lamborghini LM002

By Matt Beaumont

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

The LM002 is an off-road vehicle and just over 300 were manufactured by Lamborghini from 1986 until 1993. It was an unusual departure for Lamborghini which, at the time, was primarily known for high-performance, hand-built, super/sports cars. The LM002 was not the first of its kind to be built by Lamborghini. Two prototype vehicles, the Cheetah and the LM001 paved the way for LM002. Both were intended for military use, but were not well received. The LM001 introduced the idea of using a front mounted Countach V12 to power the car which was carried forward to the next model, the LM002, which was the first of the three to see series production by Lamborghini. The LM002 is part of a series of vehicles, the Lamborghini Militara,

This was, in its day, a beast of a car measuring nearly 5 metres long and 2 metres wide and it weighing 2700kg. This physical mass was probably one of the reasons it had a 40ft turning circle.

Other big numbers, for the time, relating to this car were: an engine of 5.2 litres or even an optional 7.0 litre; the fuel tank which held 169 litres; the massive 325/65 VR 17 tyres; and the performance which was a maximum speed of 130mph 0-to 62mph in a very respectable 7.8 seconds.

The Model

I would like to say that this review is based on my own opinion, and my views of the model that I bought.

The model is produced by GT Spirit (GTS) under their own brand and also made for Kyosho. At the moment there are two versions: a white one with a red interior (the subject of this review) marketed by GT Spirit; and a black one with a white interior marketed by Kyosho. Both versions are limited to a batch of 500. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale in China. This is GT Spirit’s standard material for their models.

The Exterior

GT Spirit have done a very good job in replicating the LM002’s looks, note I didn’t say good looks!. And the model is up to their usual standard. The wheels look very crisp and have the tyre valves present in the cast of the wheel, the massive balloon tyres are very nicely done as well, Glazing is up to the usual resin model standard of GT Spirit, Otto and the like.

 Some really nice touches include the replicated chequer plate in the rear section of the car and the hand rails around the top of the same area. Seats are fitted in the external passenger area for troops or bodyguards I suspect.

Lighting has been done very nicely as well, with bulbs visible in the main head lamps.

The Underside

Not a lot to say about this. There is the usual GT Spirit fair but minor detailing. The base also features the metal plaque with the number in the edition and the 2 cross head screws holding the model together.

The Interior

This can be only viewed through the window apertures as this is a sealed resin model. What can be seen looks well done, for instance you can clearly see switch gear wood trim displayed on the dash and the stereo head unit in the overhead console between the driver and front passenger. I am not sure that I would have specified the red leather interior that they use, but it is well modelled.  I did try to take the model apart to get a better look but the base did not want to separate from the shell and being resin I did not want to force the issue.

In Summary

Personally I am very pleased with this model and I was fortunate to find it on e-bay at a reasonable price, but if you are tempted to buy one shop carefully as some traders seem to be applying a premium to this model as they do with all of the GT Spirit and Otto releases, and I’ve seen some being sold at more than twice the price that I paid. For some reason the black Kyosho version is often dearer than the white GT Spirit, why I don’t know as they were both limited to the same number in the edition.

So if you’re a fan of this big old beast from Sant’Agata there’s nothing really to to stop you buying it as no one else currently produces it in 1:18 scale though Look Smart are rumoured to be releasing it later this year.

CMF produced a version some years ago though I have never seen one in the flesh.  T.R.L Models advertised models in a range of colours: red, white, matte black, green and in full camouflage ‘dress’.  Each colour was limited to an edition of 99. The red one featured the OZ alloy wheels, the rest all have the same wheel design as the GTS model. Be cautious if you go down this route as  I have read that they had issues with paint discolouration emerging on the white version over time.


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News from the Continent February 2019 – M4 Model Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

All the models shown below were scheduled to be released in January 2019 so should be available in retailers now. Unless otherwise stated the models are diecast in Italy to 1:43 scale. As is usual all the models are re-liveries or re-colours on long established castings

Art Models

ART398 Ferrari 335 S

Fourth placed at the Swedish Grand Prix 1957 driven by Hawthorn and Musso – Ferrari chassis #674


ART399 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

This placed second at a six hours race at Sebring in 1950 and was first in the two litre class driven by Kimberly and Lewis. This represents Ferrari chassis #0010

BEST Models

BEST9734 Ferrari 330 GTC 1966

Styled by Pininfarina this is a rare and expensive car. One in a similar colour sold recently for over 600,000 US Dollars. Here the Best model is stated as being painted in a hazelnut brown metallic finish.


BEST9735 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1,3 HF

Here the Fulvia casting is liveried for the car which finished third in the Coppa delle Alpi in 1968 driven by Trautmann and Trautmann.


BEST9736 Lancia Fulvia Rally 1,6 HF Fanalone 1969

‘Fanalone’ is the name for the cars with the large twin headlights fitted towards the end of the Fulvia’s run. Here it is in Corsa red with the distinctive front styling.


BEST9737 Porsche 550 RS

Here the RS is finished as it appeared when it ran in the Mille Miglia in 1957 driven by Heinz Schiller.


RIO Models

RIO4585 Lamborghini Miura P400 1966

Styled by Bertone this model is in the yellow colour many of these cars were finished in. IN fact it looks very similar to the 1967 car Jay Leno has which was originally bought by Dean Martin.


RIO4586 Citroen DS 21

Here finished as the 1.000.000th DS car produced and painted in gold. Unfortunately the painting has rather flooded all the scored body lines. Further issues include the front amber indicators being printed crookedly and the front bumper is missing the many black inserts fitted on the real car.


RIO4587 Fiat 1100/103

Here the RIo Fiat 1100 casting is seen again, this time as an Italian Police car from 1954.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – M4 Models

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M2 Models are the group responsible for Art, Best and Rio models. These are all made to 1:43 scale in Italy. The models shown in this article were due for release in December 2018.

ART

ART396 Ferrari 860 Monza

This car was second at the 1000 km at the Nurburgring in 1956 driven by Fangio and Castelotti Chassis #0602


ART397 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

This car was raced at the Mille Miglia in 1949 driven by Taruffi and Nicolini


BEST

BEST9025/2 Ferrari 250 LM

This Ferrari came in 6th in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1965 driven by A.Noller and D.Spoerry


BEST9257/2 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

This car was run in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1972 where it did not finish after its involvement in an accident. It was driven by Stuppacher and Roser.


BEST9732 Porsche 550 RS

This car took part in the Governator´s Trophy in 1958 driven by F.Campell


BEST9733 Ferrari 330 GTS 1967

This is a model of a Ferrari that would cost several million at auction. Here it is painted in an unusual Hazelnut metallic colour.


RIO

RIO4583 Lamborghini Miura P400 1966

Styled by Bertone this model is the classic Muira coloured in the bright orange popular in the late sixties, here called Miura orange.


# 22537/22538

RIO4584 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1968

Again styled by Bertone this later Miura in lime green has the modified chrome headlight surrounds fitted from 1968 on and the chrome window surrounds introduced that year as well. The model marks the 50th anniversary of this car often called the Muira S to distinguish it from its predecessor.


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News from the Continent December 2018 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of,  the Author. Photographs from the manufacturer unless otherwise stated.

The models shown below should all have been released by the time this article is published. All the models shown are diecast unless stated otherwise and are made to 1:43 scale in Italy.

ART

ART395 Ferrari 250 P – Nassau, Governator’s Trophy 1963 -2nd Place Pedro Rodriguez

ART161/2 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – 24 hours of Le Mans 1949 – Drivers Lucas/Helde

BEST9728 Porsche 550 – SCCA National – Thompson 1959 – 9th Joe Trotter

BEST9729 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Turbo –  Daytona
24 hours 1981 Drivers Alboreto / Ghinzani / Gabbani

BEST9730 Ferrari 250 LM – Winner of Grand Prix of Angola, Luanda 1964 Willy Mairesse

BEST9731 Ferrari 512 BB 1977 – gold and black – single sample Sotheby`s auction 2018

RIO4579 Lamborghini Miura Roadster Bertone – Motor Show Brussels 1968

RIO4580 Volkswagen Beetle Rally Monte Carlo 1954 – Drivers Prager/Culbert

RIO4581 Fiat 1100 E – Rally Monte Carlo 1955 – Drivers Dunod/Sampigny

RIO4582 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe 1953

Its hard to believe but they don’t learn from others. Yet again the two Beetle models introduced this month have a number of faults. The oval rear window is right for 1953/1954, but the triangular ventilators in the front door are missing. The small brake lights at the rear are also incorrect. The bumpers are from a 1948 model, the twin exhaust pipes from 1956,  and as a special “highlight” the air intake slots between the windscreen wipers were not introduced until 1968!


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A look around in November 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs provided by manufacturers and wholesalers.

There is a huge range of models being released in the final quarter of this year. This article looks at models from a wide range of manufacturers that we do not often review.

Bburago and Maisto

Both brands from the same maker. Well known for budget models and often selling in toy shops and stores which offer few other model vehicles. The models are often in larger scales but 1:43 models also feature.

B18-11040 1:18 Bugatti Chiron


Bburago Triumph Bobber 1:18


M31409 1:10 Honda Repsol 2017 Marc Marquez #93

Ready painted assembly kits 1:24 ferarri FXX-X


M39124 1:24 Build your own Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

B18-31456 Mercedes Benz car transporter with 1 x 1:43 die cast car

B18-30393 1:43 Suburu WRX STI 2017 sold from trade pack

 

CMC

 

CMC models are famed for being both expensive and beautifully modelled. Here we see a group of Ferrari racing cars built to their usual very high standards. All the models date back to the classic 1950s racing scene.

CMC M183 Ferrari D50, 1956, GP Italy (Monza) #26 Collins/Fangio


CMC M184 Ferrari D50 yellow GP Belgium #20 Pilette and Lancia D50 #6 Ascari


CMC M185 Ferrari D50,1956 long nose, GP Germany #2 Collins

Ixo

Many of the Atlas Jaguar models have yet to be seen under the Ixo brand. Here we have the Mark Ten which appeared in the Atlas series with a rather ‘tip-toes’ appearance in maroon. Here we see it in a pale blue with slightly more detailed wheels. It still has Jaguar on the number plates rather than realistic ones.

 

IXO CLC291 Jaguar MK 10, metallic-light blue, 1961

Almost Real

They are makers of detailed 1:18 scale resin models, many sold in as promotionals by the manufacturers. This is a model of one of the last Defenders made.

ALM 810307 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage Collection Green

Road Kings

Following the Scania recently looked at in MAR Online  there is now a new model. Again this is a classic tractor unit, this time from Mercedes-Benz. Again it looks a large and impressive diecast model.

Mercedes LPS 1632 1969 blue/red/black 1:18

Tecnomodel

These resin kits are very detailed resin models mostly to 1:18 scale and are made in Italy.

TEC 18111C Lotus Evora 410 met green 2017

These models are made in small batches. Batches are also to be made in yellow, silver and black


TEC 1897A Bizzarrini P538 Le Mans 1966 #10

Driven by Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky. The same mould has been used to produce two press versions in red and blue. There is also to be a blue Can-Am version.

CMR (Classic Model Replicars)

CMR make diecast models in China. They make a wide range of classic racing models. Most models are in 1:18 scale.

CMR 045 Porsche 917 LH #18 24h LeMans 1971 Rodriguez, Oliver


CMR 070 Ferrari 340 Berlinetta Mexico #20

3rd placed in the Carrera Panamericana  in 1952 driven by Chinetti and Lucas


CMR 111 Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe #12 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Schlesser and Grant


CMR 112 Shelby Cobra Daytona #59 24h LeMans 1965

Driven by Harper and Sutcliffe


CMR 113 Aston Martin DBR1 #5 Winner 24h LeMans 1959

Driven by Shelby and Salvadori

CMR 12006 Ferrari 330 P4 #21 2nd 24h LeMans 1967 1:12 Scale

Driven by Scarfiotti, Parkes

BoS (Best of Show)

Best of Show is a brand produced for ModelCarGroup in Germany. The models are made in resin in China. Initially BoS models were made in 1:43 and 1:18 scale at a lower standard than the premium brands MCG own like Neo. After they stopped making 1:87 scale Neo models they introduced a slightly less detailed range of resin 1:87 scale models under the BoS brand. Here we see two of the Renault cars available which feature good wheels and detailing.

Renault 18, rot, 1978


Renault Fuego, metallic-dunkelbeige, 1980

CMF

Another MCG brand made in China from resin to 1:18 scale. These are detailed models and considerably dearer than their MCG diecast 1:18 scale range.   Following the fashion to model the immediately pre-war German streamliners that is popular with many ranges this year.

Maybach DS8 Stromlinien-Cabriolet Spohn, light grey and black  1934


Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, black and beige 1935


 

Supercars UK Partwork

Edited by Maz Woolley with contributions from Mike Allen and Jeffrey Stevenson.

Text by, and copyright of, the respective Authors. Photographs as credited. If no credit stated photograph by, and copyright of, the Editor. 

Just as my editorials had questioning the future of part works here in the UK both Mike Allen and Jeffrey Stevenson drew my attention to a new partwork being sold in the UK. This is currently being advertised on UK TV where Jeffrey saw the advert and was tempted to buy one, Supercars: The world’s greatest cars in miniature. The first part is in the shops now and I’ll let Mike take over the story:  “The format is similar to previous partworks – a huge piece of cardboard with a model car, a magazine about the car and information on future models. As usual the first one is sold at a very low price: 2.99 GB Pounds. After that the next one is 5.99 and then the remainder 10.99.

Photo Credit: Mike Allen

Mike says of the model: “The first model, a 1:43 scale Ferrari LaFerrari 2013 (most models have the year date in the description, a good idea), is in a hard plastic display box. Good features for me are the deep rich red colour, engine details, highlighted disc pads and the Ferrari logo on the centre of the steering wheel. The magazine is informative, but I wish it had some photos of real cars on roads as well as artwork and studio shots. For an additional £1.50 an issue subscribers get three 1:24 scale models, which look to have opening parts. The full collection is 60 models.”

Jeffrey says of the model: “It’s a nicely finished model with no opening features, but with glazed front lights, very good wheels, windscreen wipers and mirrors. The interior is clearly visible and looks good and there is a representation of the engine visible behind the passenger cabin. The base plate has a blank space where a maker’s name might appear on a different issue of the model.”

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Stevenson

Of the magazine Jeffrey says: “Each car comes with a magazine. This isn’t bad – a bit of a ‘showroom glossy’ type of magazine, but not bad.

With reviews like that, and the bargain price, I went to a newsagent and bought myself the La Ferrari to see what it was like and dissembled it to see if I could find any clue as to its maker. But no part had any markings other than a code number . If asked to guess I would say that this was made by either Universal Hobbies or PCT Industries (Ixo‘s parent)and is finished to a good standard for a budget model.

To find out more I initially went to the UK Panini site and there is absolutely no mention of the collection there.  However ‘Googling‘ quickly lead me to www.modelsupercarcollection.com which is the dedicated site for the collection. Browsing the site soon made it clear that the collection is distributed in the UK by Panini but is actually originated by Centauria whose logo appears on the cover of the magazine that comes with the model. Further investigation suggest that they, like DeAgostini, are substantial players on the Italian partwork market. In fact they are running both a Supercars series and Ferrari series  currently in Italy.

If any reader decides to collect this series we at MAR Online would  love to see a photograph or two of each model and to have your comments on how good they are. The models advertised as coming in the future are:

  • McLaren P1 2013
  • Ferrai Panamerica 2018
  • Bugatti Chiron 2016
  • Aston Martin DB11 2016
  • Lamborghini Aventador 2103
  • Ferrari 812 Superfast 2017

For subscribers only  the following additional models will be sent:

  • Maserati Bora Gruppo 4 1973
  • Lamborghini  400 GT Flying Star II
  • Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
  • Ferrari F60 America 2015
  • Ferrari Portofino 2018

With a standard subscription there are additional free gifts: A binder for your magazines and a book called Living the Supercar Dream. If you take out a premium subscription, which adds £90 to the cost of your collection if there are 60 parts, you also get three 1:24 scale cars which are all Ferraris with some opening parts.


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Trip Report – 1/43 and Others in Italy, Part II

By Karl Schnelle

Continuing my car journey across northern Italy started in Part I

After being inundated with Ferraris in Modena and Maranello, we moved out into the Italian countryside. The Maserati museum collection was sold in the 1990s when they went through a restructuring, but a private collector saved it with the help of the local government.  It is open to the public at his dairy farm.  Cows and cars – what a combination!  A side benefit is that you can also taste and buy their cheese!   Inside the museum, I could not get close enough to his 1/43 display cabinet, but he had a few Masers in there!

The original highlight of this trip, the reason I signed up, was a visit to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.   Ever since I had my 1976 Alfetta, I have wanted to visit.  Then in 2011, it closed down and I was bummed out.  Re-opened in 2015, it was back on my bucket list!

A funny story – I walked over to the Carabinieri in the Subaru and asked if they had any Alfas in their fleet.  One of the four said they have one in Milano, but he never got to drive it!  I guess they were parked there in the back to be on call if needed.  It was a big day at the museum because the 400 classic cars of the Mille Miglia were passing by out front!

After the overload at the museum, we headed to Lake Como for a little non-car downtime. That meant time for me to search out any model shops.  Just 5 minutes from the hotel was this jam-packed store.   Previously, the one in Bologna was already closed, the one in Maranello was at 3-hour lunch, and the two in Milano were closed on Sunday like every store, so I was happy to get to at least one store during business hours.  Many 1/43 Alfas were examined, but none that I needed…  Prices were about the same as the internet in the US, but it’s always nice to see them in-person and up-close.

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Up next was the second private collection:  really amazing ‘Pebble Beach’ quality Alfas and Lancias in a nondescript warehouse outside Milan.

For some reason, the owner had a case of 1/43 Gulp handbuilt Alfas there.  Perhaps, they are there because they made his rare Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Carrozzeria Aprile!

By happy coincidence, the private Vespa museum was nearby and the owner was around to open it up for us.  It pays to have a tour guide who speaks Italian. Of course, he had the requisite partworks in his display cabinets.  There must have been 100s of full scale mopeds on display above his Vespa parts business.

Next day, it was off to Turin to stay at the ex-Fiat factory at Lingotto.  Their 1923 test track is still on the roof!  Did you happen to see the original Italian Job?

A short walk from factory is perhaps the best automobile museum in Europe, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile.  Redesigned in 2011, it is a fun place for any car guy or girl to visit.  But why do they have a boxed Dinky Toy BMW Isetta;  Dinky never made one!  I think they previously had ‘Dinky’ 24L Vespa 400 in there that must be out on a temporary exhibit somewhere!

The other 1/43 mystery was why they had a large Brooklin Model display.  After further investigation, the new silent partner (or owner) at Brooklin is Nicola Bulgari, and two of his newly-restored American cars are on display in this Turin museum now!

Another fun display is the new Fiat 500 covered with >500 500s!  I think they are 1/55 Majorettes…

And finally because our esteemed Editor has been writing a lot about Atlas and DeAgostini lately, we zipped by this place on the A4 Autostrada on the way back to Malpensa airport to end our long, glorious trip.

I hope that these two posts has not been too much for you.  However, if you would like more details or photos from anywhere we visited, please let me know via the contact info below. Arrivederci!


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Trip Report – 1/43 and Others in Italy, Part I

By Karl Schnelle

I have been home from Italy a couple weeks now and just got my 500 car photos organized.   It was a trip of a lifetime, I have said several times!  The Alfa Romeo Owners Club (USA) had organized a tour of Italy, and I happened to see their ad.  I immediately signed up and then asked my wife.  Not as bad a mistake as you may think, as she happily added on four extra days (with absolutely no car activities)!

The plan was to see the Alfa Romeo Museum (naturally), the Ferrari museum, the private Maserati museum, Lamborghini factory, Ducati factory, and 2 private collections.   In hindsight now, I don’t know which was more amazing.  Perhaps that we timed it just right to be at the start of the Mille Miglia was the highlight!  [Click to enlarge the photos,]

I did hunt out some model car stores and looked for any 1/43 Alfas to add to my collection, but that was really low priority compared to all the other sights to see!  What follows then is a photo travelogue of some of my model car sightings over the ten-day trip.

We started our tour with two factory tours near Bologna (‘no photos please’); both Ducati and Lamborghini had museums attached to their factories.  The Ducati gift shop had lots of nice motorcycle models for sale, but I am more of a car guy. Lambo strangely had no gift shop or models for sale.

Next stop was a private collection at a farm out in the countryside, truly amazing pre and post-war cars. mostly Italian.

We had time for an extra stop in Modena at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari.  They had a nice 1/43 display of Enzo’s first workshop – when he worked for/on Alfa Romeos!  Is that a Brumm Bugatti out front???

In the display cases were two vintage, large scale models: a Ferrari liquor container and a Maserati wind tunnel model.

The next day we were off to Brescia for the start of the Mille Miglia.  While we were there, we also saw the Mille museum.  They had a few 1/43s for sale, but had 2 full cases of 1/43 Mille cars inside the museum: handbuilts on wooden bases as well as the Italian Hachette Mille partworks series!

Later we also went to the Ferrari museum in Maranello near the current factory.  A recreation of Enzo’s office had a few 1/43s on his cadenza.

My favorite full scale might have been this gorgeous 250 Europa.

In the F1 room, they had a whole wall of 1/43 Ferrraris.  Here is the middle section.

Their gift shop was stocked with high end, handbuilt 1/43s. At that price, they could be BBR, MR, or Looksmart, or even better!

Of course, just go across the street to an independent store if you want more reasonable prices for the same cars!

I’ll take a break now and post Part II later.  Hopefully this has not been too many photos all at once.   If you would like more details or photos from anywhere we visited, please let me know via the contact info below.  Ciao…


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News from the Continent March 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs copyright of the manufacturer. Text copyright of the Author.

This article shows releases from Schuco during the first three, months of 2018 across a number of scales and ranges. All are diecast in China for Germany.

CLASSIC

 

450178200 Micro Jet “Super Sabre F100” assembling box

Piccolo

450143300 Cadillac ´54 “Happy Birthday 2018”

450510700 VW Scirocco “Model of the Year 2018 in tin box”

 

Edition 1:87

 

452627800 Porsche 356 Cabriolet – blue

452631500 Volkswagen T1c Pickup with canvas cover – blue

Military 1:87

452636800 Bell UH HD helicopter “Heer(army)”

 

Edition 1:64

 

452015400 Volkswagen T1 Bus “Police”

452015500 Volkswagen T1 box van “VW Service”

452015600 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon – dark red

452016100 Volkswagen T1 box van “Fire brigade”

452016200 Volkswgen T1 Bus “#53 Rally”

It is hard to believe that someone might place the rally numbers of the legendary Beetle Herbie on a transporter!

 

Edition 1:43

 

450256800 Volkswagen Split Window Beetle 1953 with roof rack

This models a 1953 split rear window Volkswagen with the correct triangular air vent windows in the doors. But has air intakes in the sides in front of the A-pillars which is from a 1951 version of the Beetle. This has been pointed out to Schuco in the past but they resist all calls for changes to be made.

450330300 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Campingbus with trailer, loaded with a BMW Isetta.

450256900 Porsche 356 Cabriolet “Edition 70 Years of Porsche” – beige

Edition PRO.R43

 

450887800 Porsche 911 (993) Speedster – red

450887900 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – grey

450891900 Porsche 911 Coupe – green

Edition PRO.R43

 

450895300 Porsche Master tractor – red

450902800 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor

450902700 Hürlimann DH6 tractor – red

Edition 1:32

 

450772200 John Deere 7710 tractor

450781000 IHC 1255XL tractor – red

450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 6W – green

450780300 Hanomag Robust tractor with fairground trailer


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