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Creating a Kyosho Ouisa Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition

By Matt Beaumont

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

A bit of background

Manufacturer’s Publicity Photograph – Copyright acknowledged.

Land Rover introduced a special edition version of the Range Rover Evoque, the Landmark Edition, which was announced on the 8th of  May 2017. It celebrated 6 years of production of the Evoque. By that date more than 600,000 units had been produced solely in the U.K. An Evoque rolled off the Halewood production line every 170 seconds, Eighty percent of which were exported to 130 markets around the world.

The Evoque had more awards than any other vehicle in the Range Rover family at this time with more than 200 awards.

To celebrate this the Evoque Landmark Edition was produced In three colours: Yulong White and Corris Grey both standard Land Rover colours, and Moraine Blue, a colour that was solely available on the Evoque Landmark Edition. All came with the dynamic trim level body kit and grey exterior design details including a Carpathian Grey contrast panoramic roof, 19-inch Gloss Dark Grey alloy wheels and Graphite Atlas lettering on the bonnet and tailgate. The lettering coordinated with Graphite Atlas coloured grille, fender vent, bonnet and bumper inserts. Dark grey accents continue on the interior in the form of brushed satin centre console trim finishers surrounded by grained Ebony leather seats with contrasting Light Lunar stitching and a perforated mid-section. The car cost about £39,000 when new in the UK without any options.

The Model

Sadly no model of the Evoque Landmark edition was produced, I always thought what a lovely colour Moraine Blue was, so when I managed to obtain a Kyosho Ousia 1:18 Scale Evoque, a sealed diecast model, for the ‘right money’ my next stop was my local automotive bodyshop supplier where I had an aerosol made up to the correct colour code “JHL”

I started by dismantled the model. The base and shell are held together by 6 small Philips headed screws.  The construction of the model is not unlike a 1:43 scale model, or indeed a 1:18 scale resin model.

The glass, lights and grille assemblies were all gently unclipped and removed. The roof features a panoramic glass insert which turned out the be stuck on with 4 double sided sticky pads. All went well until I started to remove the rear most section of the roof when disaster struck and the roof cracked.

My first action was to contact Kyosho themselves to see if I could buy a new roof, sadly Kyosho do not stock spares. My next stop was to see if there were any suitable spares on eBay, or a damaged model that might lend its self to sort the issue out but I had no luck there either.

Thinking laterally I then went online to see if any of the Landmarks had solid roofs without the glass insert but research showed that they were all fitted with glass roofs.

Blocked at every turn I had to come up with an alternative. Finally I had an Idea, window tinting film could be used to cover the broken transparent section and conceal the crack. I masked the clear section and whilst doing this created a template for the window tint film when it arrived. Whilst waiting for this I sprayed the bare body with Moraine Blue paint, and then retouched the detailing on the repaired roof, wing vents, bonnet vents and wheels with a suitable grey metallic. This was done with an Aston Martin paint which I had left over from a previous project.

Once dry the car was reassembled and I waited for the tinted film. Once this arrived a few days later the crack was covered up. I placed the tinted film over the rearmost section only, covering the area over the rear seats. This isn’t correct as the car has a uniform tint across the whole roof but I wanted to retain the ability to see the interior through the roof.

I have taken a few liberties as the car is fitted with some parts which were not generally fitted to the Landmark Edition. For example the wheels are of the wrong style and size as they represent the upgraded 20” wheel. In addition the Landmark Edition cars do not have a two tone seat trim as fitted to the Kyosho Model I started with but I retained it as I preferred it that way.

There are a few areas that need to be revisited. The badge painting could be significantly improved for example. But other than these I am pretty happy with the way it turned out as I am no master model maker.

I have include some pictures with the base model as I already had one of them and wished to keep that one factory “fresh”.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have, you may be pleased to know that I will soon do a review of the standard Kyosho Evoque model and some other 1:18 scale diecast models that have recently been added to my collection.


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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 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are images of the releases made by Busch Group in their ranges in March and April 2019. All the vehicles are moulded in plastic in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.


Busch Releases March 2019

41711 Pontiac TransAm muscle car – orange

42720 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – beige

42724 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – blue

42891 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with funnel

45239 Ford Thunderbird Cabriolet – closed hood – blue

46220 Smart Fortwo 2012 City cleaning

Fighter against dust and dirt in the city of Dresden


46723 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – open – red

46733 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – green

50050 Allgaier A 111L tractor

In 1906 Georg Allgaier founded Allgaier Werke GmbH in Hattenhofen in Württemberg. The A 111 Bauernschlepper was developed specially for motorising small farms and launched in 1952. It was later to form the basis of the short-lived Porsche Tractor.


50051 Hofherr-Schrantz Austro Junior 108 tractor

The Austrian company worked closely with Allgaier and later with Porsche. Porsche tractors were manufactured in Austria by Hofherr-Schrantz under licence.


51114 Mercedes-Benz Vito Halstenbeck Fire brigade

51125 Mercedes-Benz Vito Hessian Police, Germany

51259 Framo V901/2 bus Blue Postal vehicle – noise suppression service

Usually Public Service Vehicles of the DDR postal service were painted in yellow or grey. An exception to this were ones used by radio and television service.


51570 IFA G5 1956 box body – sahara beige

A prototype created to compete for an order from the Egyptian army.


51704 Nagetusch caravan – lilac and silver

51816 Robur Garant K30 box van “Circus Aeros”

51912 Land Rover Discovery “Federal Police of Germany” – mint green

51918 Land Rover Discovery “Bavarian Police”

52010 Framo V901/2 box van “Milk transport in the city of Dresden”

52011 Framo 901/2 box van HO food transporter

52200 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance Bavarian Red Cross

52201 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen Fire brigade ambulance

52202 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance, green

52203 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen hearse

54905 Transport trailer of the DDR Red Cross

59943 Trailer with steel masts

EsPeWe automobile models to 1:87 scale

95029 HW 80.11 trailer “NVA”

The trailer was manufactured from 1969 onwards in the VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Ernst Grube plant in Werdau.


Mehlhose automobile models in scale 1:87

210007701 Trailer for Multicar ‘Circus Busch’

210007800 Long timber trailer “Circus Busch”

210008300 Multicar M21 “Circus Busch”

210009901 Tractor Famulus with trailer ‘Circus Busch’
210010299 Trailer T4 ‘Circus Busch’

Busch Releases April 2019

41009 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Köhne´s travel service’

41010 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Our home country’

42740 Volkswagen Beetle, with rear split window, German Federal Post

46657 Plymouth Fury “Sheriff staff car”

46735 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – two tone green metallic

48727 Fiat 500 “on Tour”

48728 Fiat 500 “Carabinieri”

In Italy the Carabinieri are one of the main law enforcement agencies and like the French Gendarmerie it is under the control of the Military rather than civil authorities.


50557 Lada 1600 saloon – red with black roof

51138 Mercedes-Benz Vito “drain cleaning”

51139 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Heavy duty transport guiding”

51210 Framo V901 box van Potsdam Fire brigade

51211 Framo V901/2 box van Berlin Waterworks

51462 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 German Government Police unit

51571 IFA G5 1956 box truck – mobile workshop for the passenger transport organisation of Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz again)

51754 Nagetusch mobile shop for Merz and Pilini

51756 Nagetusch mobile shop “Circus Busch”

51813 Robur Garant K30 box van – Minol

51815 Robur Garant K30 box van – snow white dry cleaning

51913 Land Rover Discovery “THW”

59957 Trailer with motorboat – Bavarian Red Cross water rescue service”

59962 Trailer with high mesh siding

EsPeWe automodels to 1:87 scale

95243 IFA W50 LA with tank “German Red Cross (DDR) “

95244 IFA W50 LA/PV flatbed truck – driving school

Mehlhose automodels to 1:87 scale

210009614 Multicar M21 – grey – Exquisit

210009616 Multicar M21 – Black – Exquisit

210010005 Balkancar E-Karre – grey

210010224 Trailer T4- blue with red frame

This agricultural trailer was manufactured from 1956 to 1966 in the former DDR.


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Top Speed Land Rover Discovery Sport L550

By Matt Beaumont

The Land Rover Discovery Sport (codename L550) is a compact luxury SUV produced by British automotive company Land Rover. The vehicle went on sale during September 2014, with first deliveries in early 2015. It replaced the Freelander 2 in a revised Land Rover range of vehicles, with Discovery joining Range Rover as a sub-brand.

The Discovery Sport is based on the D8 Platform for off-road applications (Shared with Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar E-Pace). It is powered by a range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A three cylinder Hybrid is due to follow. Discovery Sport is the only version available in both five and seven seat layouts.

Official Publicity shot from Land Rover Copyright acknowledged.

The Model

I would like to say that this review is based on my own opinion, and my views of the model that I have bought. It is made by Top Speed (TSM) and I believe that it is currently only officially available through the Land Rover Dealer Network in a Land Rover branded box. 

The model is a sealed resin item presented on a black base with a metal plaque to one corner, the car depicted is the pre facelift Discovery Sport HSE Luxury in Corris Grey with a panoramic roof and 20″ Style 5089, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Silver alloy wheels.

The Exterior

It’s finish is up to TSM / Top Speed‘s usual standards and is a very good representation of the subject matter. Care has to be taken when handling, especially the panoramic roof as it is a sheet of thin clear plastic and can deform easily and could possibly be dislodged. The lighting is very nicely modelled both front and rear. The badging is well realised using well applied decals. It wears a set of dealer, “showroom”, Land Rover plates.

The wheels, tyres and brake assemblies have been done very well with wheel nuts, tyre valves, and centre caps all clearly visible and the brake calipers painted a silver grey colour. Sadly there are no tyre branding markings present.

The Base

As is usual with most of these large scale resin models the underside is fairly plain. Here there is little to be seen with just the Top Speed logo and a very basic moulded exhaust and suspension.

The Interior

As is usual with these sealed resin models, like their 1:43 scale counterparts, what you can normally see of the interior is very limited as peering through the windows only gives a limited view. Fortunately with an SUV you have quite a big glass area and on this vehicle the added bonus of a Panoramic roof that allows a good view of the interior. That said it’s still quite a dark place but there is some really nice detailing in the car giving a true representation of the subject matter,  I took the model apart to get some more pictures and as you can see they show that there is some nice detailing in places,  but nothing particularly special.

In Summary

TSM Top Speed have done a very good job on this vehicle. Based on the models I have had from them in the past, more reviews to follow, they are now expected to produce a high standard of models. I hope that they keep up the good work!

The U.K Land Rover Dealer price for this model is competitive, and Land Rover are to be commended for not ‘loading’ the price in the way that some makers do. Long may this continue,

In my opinion TSM‘s standard of finish is to a higher standard than competitors like Otto mobile, B.O.S and even GT Spirit. Perhaps closer to the standards set by Spark, the better Look Smarts (LS) and Technomodels.

I can recommend this model to anyone who collects off-roaders, SUVs, or to anyone who owns a Discovery Sport and wants a model of their pride and joy.  If you want to get one have a look at the official Land Rover web site’s model car section. It is available on the UK website with product code/part number of 51LDDC005GYW. I am not sure what the availability will be outside the UK as not all countries local Land Rover sites will carry the full range of official Land Rover models.


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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

Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article looks at the new models month by month in the first quarter of 2019 from Schuco and their subsidiary Solido. Both firms models are made in China for Europe and are mainly diecast. Both ranges have models in a variety of scales as shown below. The Schuco Pro ranges are made in resin.

Schuco

February 1/2019

EDITION Pro.R43
450897800 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Coupe – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

EDITION 1:87
452632700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer, loaded with Mini race car

AVIATION 1:600
403551676 Asiana Airlines – Airbus A380-800

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421284550/S1801202 Alpine A310 Pack GT – red

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

450559700 “The little VW Split Window Mechanic” Piccolo Assembling Box

450559800 “The little Sportscar Mechanic” Porsche 356 Piccolo Assembling Box

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

450607400 Set Piccolo Collector Catalogue 1994-2018 with Mustang
450133700 Mini “Mr. B.”

A thinly disguised attempt to model the ‘Mr. Bean’ Mini from the television series of the same name, starring Rowan Atkinson, whilst presumably avoiding paying royalties to the programme’s producers. It lacks many of the special features added to the TV car and appears to be based on the earlier version of the Mini than the one used on TV.


450502700 Land Rover Mk.I with trailer and Aston Martin DB5 “British Car Service”

EDITION 1:43
450374200 Volkswagen Transporter T1b pick up with crew cab and trailer, loaded with “Ovali Beetle”, “53 Racing” – beige

This set shows once more that Schuco do not always pay attention to detals. The Beetle with oval rear window, launched in late 1953, has air intakes modelled, the so called rheumatism flaps, which were only used in the model year 1951/1952. The number “53” is intended to provoke reminiscences of the movie star Herbie.


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

450902300 Volkswagen Transporter T1a pick up “Schwäbisch Hall building society advertising vehicle

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

EDITION PRO.R32
450900300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wooden flat bed

450905700 Chain tracked tractor T100 M3
450907500 Belarus MTS-50 tractor -blue

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

EDITION 1:87
452637500 Porsche 911R, gulfblue/orange

SOLIDO

1:18 SCALE
421184820/S1801503 BMW E30 DTM race car 1989

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

Please note that Solido part numbers differ when shown on the Solido section of the Schuco web site to those on the dedicated Solido site.


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

EDITION PRO.R43
450900400 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – blue

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

The headlights seem to be mounted to illuminate the sky rather than the road. I hope that production models have headlights properly fitted.


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

Another car with headlights mounted at a ridiculous angle which will hopefully be rectified on production models.


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

452016900 Volkswagen Beetle “Lady-Bird”
452018000 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I GTI

EDITION 1:87
452633000 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) – red

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

452637600 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster – red
452638400 Airbus Helicopter H145 “DRF”

London Toyfair 2019 Part Three

By Maz Woolley

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

This the third in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Oxford Diecast. The previous article about the Hornby stand can be found here.

This article shows some of the models displayed on the Oxford Stand. With so many models in production the stand has an impressive display of hundreds of models in various scales.

Last year I tried to photograph models through glass in the crowded display cabinets and the pictures were not very good. This year the Oxford representatives on the stand were extremely helpful and got out a number of items for me to photograph. Although I photographed quite a few models I did not capture all the novelties on display. A few have been photographed in the cabinets as there wasn’t time to get out every model that I would have liked to photograph.

It should be remembered that many of the models pictured are made up of a special light alloy used for trial shots and 3D printed fittings. These can only suggest what the final product will look like. Even the fully painted models of unreleased items are hand finished production samples used to confirm that the model is ready to put into production and may not fully reflect the models when they go into production.

So starting with 1:43 scale. Here there was a display of all the expected re-coloured models. but also pre-production casting of the Bedford CF Ice Cream Van as shown below. Adrienne Fuller who is responsible for selecting cars and other vehicles for Oxford explained that although this is a quarter without many new 1:43 models they are still expecting to produce two to three entirely new castings in this scale this year in addition to recolours.

This mould by Oxford has really caught the look of the CF well. It should make an excellent model when it appears. It will be appearing in classic Mr. Whippy livery first, then Hockings but I am sure there will be more liveries over time especially as so many of this type of van were brought secondhand by small local firms across the UK.

The 1:43 scale Morris J2 minibus in Skyways livery from the final release of 2018 was shown and looks like an impressive model. Seen to the rear is another of the final release in 2018 the Fred Dibnah Lightweight Land Rover in 1:43 scale.

And now on to some very large 1:43 scale models. The new Weymann Fanfare South Wales – announced as an Oxford special to celebrate their 25 Years trading. The model shown below is a pre-production item and is fitted trial plastic components – the broken horn will not feature on the production model! The model features a plastic upper section with a diecast chassis. It is a striking model with the very high level of moulded and printed detail they can achieve when using plastic.

The South Wales version is not to be the only use of this moulding. Oxford were showing a Southdown version which has been announced as part of release one 2019. With a destination board for Bournemouth this model suits the Southdown livery well.

Moving on to 1:76 scale there were some interesting recolours shown. Below is another version of the J4 this time as an Austin J4 in BMC Parts livery due for later release. This is a nice livery and the Austin version of the grille seems to be very well printed.

The forthcoming Volkswagen Transporter T4 Camper looks very good and will be a popular model.

Oxford’s Transporter T1 Camper and Samba Bus in 1:76 scale both showed up looking ready to be put into production. Photographs are shown below.

Another re-use of a casting is the relatively new Leyland Sherpa now seen in Egyptian telephone livery, as seen in a well known Bond film. This model is sure to be popular even without film themed packaging. I hope that this casting soon gets used to produce models of vehicles used by the UK utilities firms.

We also saw test shots for the Volkswagen T5 Transporter which will be seen in various forms and also in a set which includes one of each generation of the Transporter from T1 to T5. Below we have test shots of the California camper

Shown below are test shots of the T5 van which will appear in several liveries starting with that of the RAC. I am sure that this will be seen in a wide range of liveries for current users.

Oxford often show models in a very early stage of development before they are announced. The Volkswagen T1 camper with surf boards shown below does not seem to exist in any current release but I am sure that we will see it in the future.

The Volkswagen T1 van casting get another release this year in Coca Cola livery. The test shot below shows the roof display with an advertising bottle on the roof.

One of the model sets which created a lot of interest when announced in the last release of 2018 was the RAF Bloodhound missile set. This was released by Corgi in the 1960s and by Airfix too. Here we have the new 1:76 scale from Oxford. The accompanying Land Rover has been well finished in RAF blue and markings.

This will make an impressive set re-creating the Jet Age long before Cruise missiles and Polaris carrying submarines.

The Oxford 1:87 scale range of US vehicles has been a strong seller. And the display showed some due for early release and others in early pre-production form.

The new Chrysler 300 Convertible can be seen in the photographs below. This casting looks good in red and the printed silver and badging looks like it could be very well done.

The forthcoming Dodge Charger Daytonas were also shown and are impressive in this scale.

The ‘standard’ Dodge Charger was shown too and looks good. It is interesting that it has been modelled with the headlights showing as many models of this car have the headlights in their concealed position.

Another model close to release is the De Soto Suburban with its roof rack. This is a rather earlier car than many in this range so it will be interesting to see if models from this period sell well. A taxi version is expected later.

Another model due soon is the Dodge D100 Sweptside which is due for release soon. The model looked very well finished and US pickups make for popular models so I expect it may sell out quickly. It is interesting that the rear seems to be a separate moulding so we may well see more variations on the D100.

Here we see very early test shots of the 1954 Pontiac Chieftain with a siren fitted to the roof. The model has been announced for release 1 2019 in two tone blue as a standard sedan so presumably police and possibly fire versions will follow later in the year.

Another very early casting shot is the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 again announced in release 1 2019. Reminiscent of the contemporary Matchbox model this is slightly smaller but promises to be impressive even in this smaller scale.

Another announced recently as part of Release One 2019 is the Chevrolet Panel van. The model may be released as an Ambulance first but clearly a van will also be forthcoming and I expect this to appear in several classic american liveries.

The early shots below show that Oxford have captured this classic 1950s van very well.

The final test casting on display in this scale is the Chevrolet Corvair Coupe announced recently. Even though this is an early shot it shows the potential for this to be a really nice model. The coupe also came in some very nice paint finishes so hopefully Oxford will be able to release it in several different authentic versions.

Oxford’s 1:148 scale range is another with upper components made in plastic. On show were some pre-production trials. These are interesting as they are made in clear plastic with 3D printed parts as shown in the photographs below.

First we have the Land Rover Discovery 4.

Then the Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter which is to appear in British Railways Western livery in 2019.

Presumably the photographs below show the pre-production test for the recently announced Hants and Dorset Bristol MW6G.

And finally in this scale the Green Goddess fire appliance expected in National Fire Service livery.


Unfortunately although samples of the new Citroën H catering van were there I did not photograph them.

I would like to thank Oxford Diecast for sharing so many pre-production and test models with us, and for so patiently getting models in and out of cabinets to allow me to photograph them.


London ToyFair 2019 Part Two

By Maz Woolley

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

This the second in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Corgi. The first article can be found here.

The article today looks at the Hornby stand and in particular the Corgi Toys area. The largest displays on the stand are from Airfix,Hornby and Scalextric. There were both a railway layout with a Hogwarts theme and a racing track provided to show off the products. The Hogwarts rail layout featured the Wamping Willow from the Harry Potter films with an Oxford Diecast Ford Anglia in its branches showing the revived use of Oxford OO scale models in Hornby packaging.

Some Vanguards pre-production models were shown, though not the planned new casting of series two Jaguar XJ and Daimler Double-Six models or the VW Camper. Photographs of the models are shown below. These are all pre-production samples and will not fully reflect the final version as they are hand finished and some parts are 3D printed rather than moulded.

Red Arrows Van
RAF Station Commander
RAF Police Mini
Triumph Herald 13/60
Herald comes with hood up or hood down display options
Audi Quattro and Grampian Police Rover SD1
Don Hayter’s MGB V8 Roadster and a Morris MInor Convertible
Graham Hill Lotus Cortina with Ford Cortina Mark III in very period purple paint.
A pair of Ford Sierra Cosworths. Left the RS500 and on the right Sussex Police RS 4×4
3.0 Litre Cortina Mark IV on left and Ford Granada Mark II 2.8i Ghia
Escort Mark II Mexico

Other Corgi products were on display showing the range now available.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2019 style

Corgi’s release of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be notable for being the first for some time that features all the original features. Moulds have been located to allow them to make all the wings, figures and the full working mechanism. It is a shame that this could not have been released last year to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary but I am sure that it will sell well this year as will the James Bond model sets.

The photographs above show the models included in the RNLI Lifeboats release to supplement the models already available in this charity’s liveries. A donation to the charity will be made for the sale of each set.

The 50th Anniversary models for the Apollo 11 mission were on display in pre-production form. Although very simple models they will look very good in packaging when launched later this year.

The Paddington Bear TX4 taxi is a well made toy and is expected to remain one of the best sellers, particularly in London where the tourist market is substantial for such toys.

A substantial part of the stand was given over to the new Chunkies range, seen above in the dealer display packs Corgi hope to get into the shops. They are made to appeal to young buyers, and their parents. The models are very well made and finished and to my surprise cabs, chassis and some other parts are diecast and the plastic looks strongly moulded and well designed for play. Although the generic shapes may not appeal to collectors we hope that this range is a success, as if it is it will give the Corgi brand an injection of money for investment and get the Corgi brand made known to a new generation of potential model collectors.

Discussions on the Hornby stall last year suggested that that they were concerned that they needed more young collectors to build the collecting habit and brand loyalty. The Chunkies range is a sign that they are addressing this. Some more photographs of the individual models are below.

For older children Corgi have several tie-ins to the Harry Potter Films which will sell well at the Harry Potter Studio Tour store as well as in Hamleys and other large stores.

Over in the Hornby area the layout has Hogwarts Castle modelled in one corner but this appears not to be listed as an accessory on the Hornby site! But again it illustrates the intention to appeal to youngsters as do the basic layout sets featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and the budget priced Junior Express set.

Over on the Airfix stand they too are keen to bring in young modellers with a selection of the Quick Build models being expanded this year. A celebration of flower power! It will be interesting to see if any new vehicle types are produced in future years to expand the range.

Also seen on the Airfix stand was their nice 1:32 scale Jaguar E Type model, a perennial in the range but looking as well shaped as ever, as shown below. Much though many people would like many more of the 1:32 scale Airfix cars to be revived it would seem we will continue to be limited to just a few of them.

Airfix are not to be left out in celebrating the landing on the moon with a nice set which includes the lander, Astronauts in various positions, and moon buggy and other items landed on the moon.

On both Corgi and Airfix the 75th Anniversary of D Day was celebrated with both Corgi and Airfix showing D Day tie in aircraft. Some Corgi ones are shown below.


F-5E-2 Lightning 43-28619 ‘Rita/Ruth’, USAAF 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group, Eighth Air Force, Mount Farm Airfield, August 1944

Supermarine Spitfire XIV RM740, RAF No.322 (Dutch) Squadron, Deanland, August 1944

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB MN625/MR-B, RAF No.245 (Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, Homesley South Airfield, Hampshire, June 1944

So what was missing? It would have been nice to see pre-production samples of the new Jaguar/Daimler Series II but as they are not scheduled for sale until Q4 of 2019 that is perhaps not surprising. Perhaps some first shots will appear at Nuremberg. I was very surprised though that having announced a significant number of military vehicles for 2019 in both 1:50 scale and in fit the box formats Corgi displayed none at London. But again perhaps we will see photographs from Nuremberg.


News from the Continent December 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we look at the new releases announced for the Busch group companies which should have become available in November 2018. All are moulded i plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch Models

41802 Ford E-350 Ambulance “German Red Cross Fulda”


44035 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department”


44036 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department Brush I


44037 Dodge Power Wagon US Army


45056 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe – two tone green with custom wheels 


46135-04 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – I drive you home”

48135-05 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – Rhineland Express”


47513 Ford Mustang Cabriolet “Metallica” – red


47573 Ford Mustang Coupe “Stripes” – silver


50366 Land Rover Defender “French Police”


51122 Mercdes-Benz Vito “German Red Cross – Emergency Doctor”


51166 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Emergency Doctor Fire Brigade of Essen”


51418 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “Fire Department City of Essen”


EsPeWe Models

EsPeWe models are based upon vehicles produced in the former DDR.

95171 IFA W50L BTP (Building crew Vehicle DDR mail)


95600 IFA S4000 TLF 16 – Fire Department

This is a new mould. The S4000, seen here as a tank fire engine, was manufactured between 1959 and 1967. The crew cabin was made to seat 6 people.


95601 IFA S4000 TLF 16

Here the new mould is used to create a mining accident rescue vehicle.


Robur Bus LO 2500

Another new mould. Here in the form of a bus that was manufactured between 1961 and 1964. 

95700 Robur LO 2500 bus – orange


95701 Robur LO 2500 bus – blue


95702 Robur LO 2500 bus “DDR Interflug)


95703 Robur LO 2500 bus – red


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