By Hans-Georg Schmitt
Text and some photos by, and copyright of the Author. Other Photographs are from the Manufacturer.
Here are the Wiking Releases for October 2018. As ever this is a mix of new items and re-colours and upgrades which will be shown separately. Wiking models are made in plastic and in the EU for Germany unless otherwise stated.
All photographs in this section provided by Wiking.
Latest Wiking Publication
0006 25 Wiking magazine 2018
0433 07 Mercedes-Benz LP 2223 high-sided flatbed truck with loading crane
0661 49 Krupp Ardelt crawler crane
0206 01 Alfa Romeo Spider
0183 05 BMW 2002 Police car
0227 08 Mercedes-Benz E-class S213 estate “Taxi”
0601 31 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U20 with loading crane “Fire Brigade”
0645 03 Magirus dump truck
0620 02 Magirus S 3500 turntable ladder “fire brigade”
0672 05 MAN TGX Euro 6c Meiller roll on-roll off dump truck
0949 04 Magirus flat bed truck “German Red Cross”
0953 04 Hanomag R16 with trailer
0877 05 Fahr tractor
0844 37 Hanomag K55 crawler tractor
0802 08 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
0071 49 Opel Rekord P2 1961 Caravan estate car
0149 25 Mercedes-Benz 250 T-model (estate) “Taxi”
0789 05 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab
0521 02 Chevrolet articulated Box truck loaded with furniture
0382 38 Joskin vacuum barrel trailer
0806 98 Henschel HS 14/16 articulated Tanker
0518 45 Mercedes-Benz 1620 articulated Stanchion trailer truck
Then and Now
All photographs in this section by the Author.
In the last set of upgraded models there were some interesting ones which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original models in my collection and so I took the opportunity to do a comparison between the original release and the current one. It also unearthed some interesting background history. All models are to 1:87 scale.
0797 33 Volkswagen T1c 1963
Camping vans were an early use of the Microbus. Westfalia was the most popular manufacturer, and they converted the buses into “campmobiles”, many of which were exported to the United States of America. The latest release shows up to the minute details like printed curtains and a roof rack. The accurate model has the US specification vehicle with the second bumper at the front. It is a 1963 model with a widened tailgate.
Also shown are older Microbus models released by Wiking.
0368 02 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401
A former Daimler-Benz aero-engine engineer developed this vehicle after the end of the Second World War. He named it “Universalmotorgerät”, in short UNIMOG. In 1948 the U 411 was shown to the public. Limited production capacity led to production being moved from the Boehringer company to Mercedes-Benz in Gaggenau.
From Autumn 1953 onwards the Unimog was available with a closed driver’s cabin, which was made by Westfalia during the earlier years. The first miniature of this type was launched by Wiking in 1956 when their range was still not glazed.
The new model is based upon the same real vehicle and the difference between the models shows the huge progress in quality and detail mould making has undergone in the last 60 or so years. The new miniature is highly detailed, some parts are moulded separately and then inserted like the radiator grille. Looking through the windows on the new model the interior can be seen. The wheels are fitted with realistic tyres with different rims front and rear. Finally the printed “UNIMOG” badging is clearly readable.
0513 22 Saviem artic. Box truck “Kronenbourg Beer”
Created when MAN and Saviem cooperated in the 1960s, when a common cabin was used for both manufacturers tractor units. It was quite easy for Wiking to create a Saviem tractor for this articulated French beer truck. Kronenbourg SAS is the biggest French brewery. It was formerly located in the Cronenbourg area of Strasbourg. In 2001 they moved to Obernai, a small Alsatian town. In a rural area there was much more space for economic expansion. Kronenbourg has a beer market share in France of 30 %. The consolidation of the brewing industry means that today Kronenbourg is a subsidiary company of Carlsberg.
In the 1950s and 1960s different model trucks were issued in Kronenbourg like the JRD truck with a Berliet tractor shown in the photograph above.
0526 02 Volvo F89 articulated container truck 20´ “ASG”
In 1935 AB Svenska Godsbilcentraler was founded as a transport company. In 1978 it was re-named ASG. In 1999 the Swiss company DANZAS bought ASG and was itself bought by the German Post/DHL. ASG model trucks have long featured in the Wiking model range. So the new model of the Volvo F89 tractor with an articulated trailer carrying a 20′ container is a ‘new pearl in the string of pearls’. The model is shown above with a Scania 110 drawbar which would have operated in the ASG fleet at the same time.
0794 34 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 “Herbie”
In the small scale of 1:87 there was no model of Herbie available. Wiking has now released the movie star on four wheels with authentic decoration and open sun roof. However, they have made the same mistake that Tekno did many years ago Tekno in their 1:43 model. The original movie-Herbie was fitted with double-bumpers, which were developed especially for the USA, but it could be ordered as option also in Europe. Mattel/Elite fitted their models of Herbie in both scales 1:43 and 1:18 with the correct bumpers and with correct decorations but Wiking and Tekno did not.
0861 44 Mercedes-Benz 180 saloon “Fire Chief”
The 180 saloon is a re-issue of an old mould, which has been changed over the years. The latest release now looks like a mixture of different versions. The front doors have no vent windows like the first 180, which was manufactured between 1953 and 1957 and the rear bumper is also fitted with overriders from this time. The front end is closer to version 180b, which was manufactured between 1959 and 1962, with a widened radiator grille and bumper without overriders
0100 04 Land Rover
In 1962 the Land Rover 99 appeared in a civilian version, most were moulded in green and came with or without a driver, and with canvas cover or without. A few years ago, it was issued in a range of Army vehicles, which were used in Berlin. Now it has been released moulded in the dark blue livery of the Royal Air Force, authentic logo has been printed with the blue-white-red national emblem. It also now has the spare wheel at the bonnet.
0279 01 Borgward mobile shop “MIGROS”
The mobile shop with movable blinds revealing a fully equipped sales room first appeared in the Wiking range in 1963. It was moulded in white or light blue. The cab front showed a moulded radiator grille, but lacked the Borgward emblem, indeed the company was already bankrupt at this time. Now it has been re-issued with same features, but the old radiator grille was removed and the flat surface printed with a radiator grille with the Borgward emblem, the rhombus. The new model was is moulded in the colour of the Swiss company MIGROS and carries their livery on this mobile shop.
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