Category Archives: Mercedes-Benz

Some Forthcoming Releases

By Maz Woolley

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

News of models to be released from August onwards across many ranges is now being circulated. This round up looks at some ranges which we may not cover regularly but which offer some interesting models, particularly for those who like models in larger scales.

AUTOart

The AUTOart models shown are moulded in resin and built with photoetched detailing in China for Japan.

Aston Martin DB11 Skyfall Silver

This moulding will also be available in green metallic paint.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Flame Red

This will also be available as Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White and Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.


McLaren 675LT Napier Green

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster Argento Centenario

Motor Max

These releases are expected July/August. All are diecast to 1:24 scale in China.


Corvette ZR1 2019 Orange 1:24

This will also be available in yellow.


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 2019 Black

This will also be available in silver


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Rebel 2019 Red

This will be available in white as well.


BMW i8 Coupe 2018 Blue

This will be available in copper and white as well.


Cult 1:18

These models are moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands to 1:18 scale. Models announced for later this year include the following, though few pre-production images are yet available.

  • Jaguar 2.4 MK I Black 1955
  • Mercedes-Benz 600SEC C140 Red/Met 1992
  • Fiat Dino Spyder White 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Blue Metallic 1990
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Orange Metallic 1990

TSM Model Scale Miniatures

This range is True Scale’s 1:64 offering which has caused a great deal of interest as it covers vehicles which are popular with followers of tuned and fast cars.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Super White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Artcar Manga 2018 Paris Autoshow

BMW M3 (E30) Alpine White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Renaissance Red (LHD)

Also to be shipped in RHD.


Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 LB Works Rear Wing Version 2 (LHD)

Another that will also be available in RHD.


Pagani Huayra Roadster Rosso Monza (LHD)

RHD will also be available.


Honda NSX GT3 NO.30 24HR Spa 2018 Honda Racing (LHD)

Acura NSX GT3 NO.86 Uncle Sam 2017 IMSA Watkins Glen

Porsche 991 Turbo GT2RS GT Silver Metallic (LHD)

RHD also to be released.

Nissan GT-R35 LB Works Type 1 Rear Wing Version White (LHD)

RHD will also be made.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White TE37 (LHD)

Technomodel

These Technomodels is an Italian firm producing resin models. All the models shown are made in small batches to a scale of 1:18 and are due for release in September 2019.

Ferrari 312 F1/68 French GP #26 1968 Jacky Ickx

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Dutch GP #10 1968 Jacky Ickx 1968

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Nurburgring GP #9 1968 Jacky Ickx 

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Watkins Glen GP #7 1968 Derek Bell 

Ferrari 312 B3 Winner Spain GP 1974 #12 Niki Lauda 

Ferrari 312 B3 German GP 1974 #11 Clay Regazzoni

Ferrari 312 B3 Test Monza GP Clay Regazzoni

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Matrix Releases August/September 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has announced its intended releases for August and September. These models are to 1:43 scale, cast in resin and with photo-etched detailing. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Again the releases feature rare or unique hand built vehicles. All are new models though some are new versions of existing mouldings.

In a few cases pictures of the real vehicle supplied by Matrix have been used to illustrate the nature of the model to come.



MX40604-051 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale 1965

This model is of the car owned by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. It was painted a metallic green colour, Verde PInto, because green was the Prince’s favourite colour. Inside it was fitted with extensive beige leather trim.

Only 37 Ferrari Superfast cars were built and Prince Berhard’s was unique amongst these in being fitted with a 4.0 litre engine at the Prince’s request rather than the usual 5.0 litre unit. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina.

I understand that the car is currently to be seen in the Louwman Museum which is in Den Hague in the Netherlands.

MX40604-052 Ferrari 500 Superfast metallic blue 1965

Using the same moulding a metallic blue car will also be released.


MX41001-131 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Van den Plas black and red 1939

The car that this model is based upon sold for 1.4 million US Dollars in 2016. Based upon a Jaguar SS100 chassis it carries a body made by Carrosserie Van den Plas of Belgium, not the company of a similar name in England. Van den Plas were a leading Belgian Coachbuilder in the 1930s.

The bodywork was in a style pioneered by French coachbuilders, Figoni and Falashi in particular, with all the edges curved and wings and running boards in exaggerated rounded sweeping shapes.

Interestingly this 1939 chassis was exported to Belgium in 1939 but stored during the war years and the body was built when Van den Plas restarted business after the war using the only chassis they had to hand. It was shown at the Brussels show in 1948. At the time it was proposed that Jaguar‘s would be built for Europe in Van den Plas‘ Belgian factory.

This car was subsequently shipped to the US where it was restored in 1991 and where it is today. It has been seen at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

MX41001-132 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Vanden Plas white 1939

The same model painted white which presumably Matrix has identified that it has been at some point in its life.


MX40108-071 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic green 1956

The Aston Martin DB3S was a sports racing car to replace the unsuccessful heavy DB3. Only two works Aston Martin DB3S fixed head coupés were built in an attempt to improve aerodynamics over the open cars. Sadly they were unstable at speed and both crashed in the 1954 Le Mans race later being re-bodied as open cars.

Later three customer road cars were built as fixed head coupes as modelled by Matrix.

MX40108-072 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic black 1956

Using the same moulding a version of the car in black will be available from Matrix and its dealers.


MX50108-111 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 open

This car was sold for over 250,000 UK Pounds in 2012. It will certainly looks different to the DB2 models we usually see with factory bodies. This car was one of three built on a DB2 chassis by the Swiss bodybuilder Graber. After years out of sight it was bought in ‘barnfind’ condition. It was eventually completely renovated in the 1990s and then upgraded in 2011.

MX50108-112 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 closed

The same car modelled with its hood up.


MX41302-181 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 open

This car sold for in the US in 2013 for over eight million dollars. It is one of only three short windscreen models made, and the only one known to survive. The body was made by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik of Paris in 1928 although the original order was never collected by Charles Levine of Columbia Aircraft Company and the car was then sold to a director of the Standard Oil Company.

The car was totally re-built in 2010 and was 2012 Pebble Beach best of show winner.

MX41302-182 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 closed

The same car as above but with its hood up.


MX51705-091 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake #67XJ green 1930

A relative bargain when sold in the US in 2015 for just under 182,000 US Dollars. The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 and had a 7.9 litre six cylinder engine and servo assisted brakes on all four wheels. It used a lower chassis and looked sleeker than previous Rolls-Royce models.

This car was originally fitted with a Weymann fabric body as a saloon car. However the body proved to be less satisfactory than the engine and chassis so it was re-bodied as a Shooting Brake. In 1962 the Scottish car collector and sportsman, a descendant of King James V of Scotland, the Earl of Moray purchased it for his collection where it stayed until Charles Bickley of Florida acquired the car. It was then shipped to the United States where it was restored and repainted in its current dark green finish. It then joined other notable cars in his Woodie World museum.


MXR51001-021 RACE VERSION Jaguar XJ-S Coupe Group 44 Bob Tullius 1978

Bob Tullius won the 1978 Trans-Am Driver’s Championship giving Jaguar the Manufacturers Championship. It was sold in 2013 in the US for about 150,000 US Dollars. It’s five litre V12 Jaguar engine produced an estimated 500 bhp .

Jaguar US were aware of the muted response to the XJS as a replacement for the E Type Jaguar and supplied a stock XJS to the Group 44 racing team in 1977 which they modified and Bob Tulius won the Driver’s Championship. For 1978 it was decided that the car had to be even better to compete at the highest level so an acid dipped body shell was sent from the Jaguar factory in the UK and the car was hand built using lightweight components and a heavily tuned Jaguar V12 engine.

When last sold the car had been left cosmetically untouched since its outing at Daytona in late 1978.


MX41302-151 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 open

Corsica were an English firm of coachbuilders despite their Italian sounding name. Their works were in King’s Cross in London from 1920 onwards. The early 1930’s were highlights in the firm’s history with a stunning Daimler Double Six roadster and lots of bodies on the Bugatti 57 and 57C chassis. One of the Bugattis was even made for Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sadly the death of the companies founders in the Second World War meant that Corsica was closed never to re-open.

Here is one of the few cars that they built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. It was purchased new in 1935 by Sir Max Aitken, a newspaper proprietor, before being sold on to the German Ambassador to Great Britain by 1938. In 1939 it was shipped to the US where it has been restored several times over the years. and even exhibited in the late 1990s at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, in Auburn, Indiana.

MX41302-152 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX41804-071 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 open

Sold in 2011 for over half a million US Dollars this car was created in the early 1930s a time of intense competition amongst US car makers to make the best cars. Less than ten of the Super Bearcat are thought to have been produced and the car was a swansong for Stutz as by 1936 the company was closed, indeed no more cars seem to have been assembled from about 1934 and the cars sold later seem to have been sold from stock.

In May 1931, the new DV-32 engine (DV for “Dual Valve,” “32” for “four valves per cylinder”) updated the old Vertical Eight and power output increased by 40 percent to about 150 bhp. Performance and efficiency which was only bettered by the Duesenberg Model J. This engine powered the new Bearcat, a name associated with Stutz from its early days. The Super Bearcat was fitted with an ultra-light Weymann fabric bodywork and a short 116-inch wheelbase and had a tight convertible top, roll-up windows and an advanced integral luggage trunk.

This car has been in several well known US car collections over the years, the Harrah collection for example.

MX41804-072 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX50406-031 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / red 1931

Figoni built three bodies for Duesenberg chassis. The car modelled represents one which was built as a true speedster with no side windows. The cars designer was Gordon Buerig also famous for Cord and Auburn designs in subsequent years.

This car took part in the Nice to Paris rally and shown in the 1932 Cannes Concours D’Elegance.

MX50406-032 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / blue 1931

The same car as above but in a different colour scheme.


MX50108-011 Aston Martin DB2-4 Allemano Coupe #LML/761 maroon 1953

This chassis fitted with a DB3 engine was bought by Mr J. O’Hara and shipped to the Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Allemano based in Turin in Italy. It was fitted with a unique Berlinetta body designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi .

The car was shipped to the US in the late 1970s after which it was restored and shown at Pebble Beach and placed on display at the Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California.



MX11302-192 Crayford Mercedes-Benz W116 450SE Estate red 1977

This is a new version of a previously used moulding. An estate car conversion carried out by the UK bodybuilder Crayford on the Mercedes W116 Saloon.


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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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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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News from the Continent June 2019 – M4 Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Modelcars have three brands: Art Models, Best Models, and Rio. The models shown were scheduled for release in April and May and should available. All models shown are designed and diecast or made in resin in Italy to 1:43 scale.

April Releases

ART Models

ART207/2 Ferrari Dino S Coupe

Le Mans 24h 1966 – Salmon/Hobbs


ART403 Ferrari Dino 206 S

6th in Grand Prix of Brands Hatch 1966, 1st in class; Mike Parkes


ART404 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta

Winner of Palm Springs 1951 M.Lewis


BEST Models

BEST9743 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

Targa Florio 1969; drivers Maglioli/Pinto


BEST9744 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole 1982

In classic red.


RIO

RIO4596/P Alfa Romeo P3

Winner of Coppa Ciano 1932 – Tazio Nuvolari


RIO4597 Mercedes-Benz SSK

Mille Miglia 1932 – Broschek/Sebastian


RIO4598 Mercedes-Benz SSK

1st Grand Prix of Monaco 14.April 1929; Rudolf Caracciola 3rd.


RIO4599 Isotta Fraschini 8A Torpedo 1925

Blue with White bonnet accent


Releases May 2019

ART Models

Photograph supplied by M4 Modelcars to show car that the model is to be based on.
ART405 Ferrari 375 Plus

Winner of Carrera Panamericana 1954 – U.Maglioli . NB this model will be cast in resin.

BEST Models

Photograph supplied by M4 Modelcars to show car that the model is to be based on.
BEST9745 Ferrari 512 BB – Le Mans Classic 2010

Driven by Paul Knapfield


Photograph of car that the model will be based on
BEST9746 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4

Winner of CI Vallelunga 1978 – Carlo Facetti


Photograph of car the model is to be based on supplied by M4 Modelcars
BEST9032/2 Porsche 908/03

Winner of 1000 km of Nurburgring 1970. Elford/Ahrens Jr.

Photograph of car the model is to be based on supplied by M4 Modelcars
BEST9132/2 Alfa Romeo TZ1

13th in Le Mans 194 – 1st in GT 1.6 Litre class – Businello/Deserti


RIO

RIO4600 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B

Ruote gemellate 1935


RIO4601 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B

Winner of Grand Prix of Montreux (CH) 1934. Carlo Felice Trossi (The racing debut of Alfa Romeo)


RIO4252/2 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

Scuderia Ferrari 1932 – Chinese Red


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Matrix New for June 2019

By Maz Woolley

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Here we have the latest announcements by Matrix. These are all resin cast in China for the Netherlands to 1:43 scale and as usual they largely focused on classic cars from coachbuilders.

The first two models are new versions of previous moulds.

MX40803-022 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster black 1938
MX41302-082 Mercedes-Benz G4 Geländewagen black 1939

The remaining models are new mouldings. NB not all versions have been shown by Matrix yet.

MX41302-161 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezialroadster Sindelfingen #421987 dark green 1939
MX 41302-162 Mercedes Benz 540K Spezialroadster Sindelfingen black 1939

MX50201-081 Bentley 8 Litre Dottridge Brothers Tourer #YX5125 black 1932
MX50201-082 Bentley 8 Litre Dottridge Brothers Tourer #YX5125 black closed 1932

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Dinky Toys in 2006

By Karl Schnelle

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Yes, there were Dinkys in 2006!

Mattel had owned the trademark and issued some as the Dinky Collection and then as Matchbox Collectibles up until 2000. Of course, these were not the traditional Dinky Toys but just renamed 1:43 Matchbox! A few years later, I assume Mattel was looking to keep the Dinky brand alive and issued four Dinky Toys in 2006. These were in clear display cases with a classic-style Dinky box under each model. Only these four were issued. A few years later in approx. 2008, Mattel decided to have their retro series of original style Dinkys reproduced by Atlas Editions.

All four of these 2006 Dinkys were originally in the Matchbox Collectibles range; they received similar numbers but different color schemes and packaging. The first one was the silver 1962 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing in June and numbered DY033/b. The black Dinky Collection a few years earlier was DY033/A. (Release dates were reported by moyshop.de.)

In July 2006, the blue 1960 Jaguar XK 150 was issued and was numbered DY036/b. In examining all this packaging, it seems you would have to destroy the thin interior plastic to extract the model.

All four models were packed identically, as seen in the third one issued the next month: the red DY25/b 1958 Porsche 356A!

The final model was the Citroen 2 CV, planned for October, 2006, and numbered DY32/b. All the boxed are copywritten 2006, so I assume this is when they were released.

Also, a grey-green recolor of the Gullwing has been seen online for the Modell Hobby Spiel 2006. If you know of other “interim” Mattel Dinky Toys, please let us know!

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News from the Continent June 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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This article looks at models released in April and May 2019. Norev models are diecast in China for France in various scales.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

182771 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

187436 Porsche 935

24h France 1979 – Newman/Barbour/Stommelen


1:43 Scale

151509 Citroen Type A 1919 – red

153172 Citroen B2 Caddy 1923 – maroon

153029 Citroen Traction /7C Faux-cabriolet 1937 – dark blue

200000 Delamare Deboutteville & Malandin 1884

This is a model of the first french petrol powered vehicle.


1:87 Scale

159925 Citroen U23 Autocar 1947 – yellow and grey

1:64 Scale Minijet series

310910 Citroen CX saloon 1974 – sand beige metallic

May Releases

1:18 Scale

183489 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – silver

183488 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2018 – grey metallic

185182 Renault Floride 1959 – Bahama yellow metallic

185152 Renault 5 1972 – red

1:43 Scale

070014 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 1964 – black with red sides

1:43 Scale – Norev Classics Series

CL6921 Berliet Stradair Tipper -orange and blue

1:18 Scale Maxi Jet Series

182065 Solex 1966 – black

1:64 Scale Minijet Series

310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

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Autocult Releases 4/5 2019

By Maz Woolley

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This article looks at the last two releases of models by Autocult. These are cast in resin to 1:43 scale with photoetched details, and are made in China for Germany. As ever they represent rare of unusual vehicles from across a wide time frame.

Release 4


This release features:

  • Steyr 100 “Asien Stey – from the category ‘past brands
  • Benz 35/40 Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen – from the category ‘the early beginnings
  • Thompson House Car – from the category ‘camping vehicles’
  • Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato – from the category ‘prototypes
#02018 Steyr 100 ‘Asien-Steyr’  (Austria, 1934)

Max Reisch was born in Kufstein in the Austrian Tyrol in 1912 and made a name for his long distance motorcycle journeys. Using the reputation he had earned he approached Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG in 1934 for material and financial support for his next trip.

Instead of a motorbike they offered him the recently launched Steyr 100 so that the trip would be combined with a major promotional tour for the new car. Max Reisch accepted and the first step was to get the expedition car changed to his suggestion of a pick-up version.

The trip began in April 1935 and Max Reisch along with his partner Helmuth Hahmann left Vienna and travelled to Palestine, Syria and Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. From there they went via Pakistan, India, Burma, Thailand and Laos to Vietnam and China. After 14 months they arrived at their final destination Shanghai.

When they arrived in Shanghai instead of finishing they decided to continue their journey and took a passage on a ship to Japan and to the USA. After a brief pause the men and their Steyr headed to Mexico from where they sailed back to Bremerhaven.

Circumnavigating the world would be an amazing feat now but in 1935 with minimal engineering and spares back up it was an incredible achievement.

#01001 Benz 35/40 Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen (Germany, 1906)

The Benz 35/40 was the pinnacle of the Benz company output early in 1900. It was powered by a 3,380cc four cylinder engine producing 35 to 40 horsepower which could power the car up to 55 MPH via a leather lined clutch and chain or cardan drive. It was one of the fastest vehicles on the public roads at the time.

This was an expensive chassis and was generally fitted with a luxurious bodywork.

Albert Wilhem Heinrich of Prussia; the brother of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, was an early motoring enthusiast and Benz owner. His Benz 35/40 double phaeton modelled here participated in the 1,700 kilometers long-distance race “Herkomer-Konkurrenz” on 6-12 of June 1906.

#09010 Thompson House Car (USA, 1934)

Little is known of Arthur Thompson, who was said to have been a watchmaker from Ontario in California, the creator of this vehicle.

This 1930s vehicle took seven years to develop and build. It was based upon a Studebaker chassis fitted with a six-cylinder engine. Onto the chassis he formed a car body, passenger and camper compartment, all made out of aluminium. Over the conventional, solid structure he fixed another almost identical structure, which could be lifted like the popup campers of today. It was connected to the body by a combination of rods and fold-able fabric parts and was driven by an ingenious series of gears. Once in place it was possible for an grown person to stand upright.

It is not clear how many of these campers were built some references quote four, others no definite figure. One still existed in a museum in Sacramento in 2007 as photographs on the web show.

#06032 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato (Italy, 1974)

In 1968, the last year of production of the Ferrari 330 GTC, chassis number 10659 was shipped to the USA. The buyer was the US-American Ferrari importer and former race driver Luigi Chinetti.

The car was first sold to Robert V. Kennedy of Cambridge, Massachusetts who sold it on to an unknown owner before it was accident damaged and ended back the hands of the US importer in the early 1970s. Instead of simply reconditioning the car he gave it to Zagato for a completely new design. Elio Zagato and his team created a new body for the Italian sportscar in the new style, without any curves and with several extravagant design features, which were new on a Ferrari. The most prominent feature were the front lights behind plexiglass covers, but the rear to had special features. Beside the eye-catching body there were new safety features built in underneath that could not be seen.And the whole car was topped off by a removable targa top.

This unique car was exhibited by Zagato at the Geneva Motor Show in 1974 and was shown at the Concour d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in 1996.


Release 5

This release features:

  • Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe Figoni & Falaschi – from the category ‘past brands’
  • BMW 340/1 Roadster – from the category ‘prototypes’
  • Bedford SB3 Mobile Cinema – from the category ‘buses’
  • Mercedes-Benz 150H Sport-Limousine from the category ‘racing cars’.
#02019 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé (France, 1949)

In the years following the Second World War things were hard for most people and the pre-war days of outrageous spending and glamour were replaced by a more serious and less frivolous era. In such a market pre-war bodybuilders such as Figoni & Falaschi found a lot fewer takers for their extravagant designs.

The model made by Autocult is one of their last designs based on the chassis of a Talbot Lago T26 . The car was ordered by the ‘Zipper King’ Mister Fayolle and featured a zipper-like string of horizontal chrome strips on its front hood. The car then made its way to the United States, where Lindley Locke bought it in 1960. But Locke’s interest in the exclusive French car was passing and soon the car was garaged and forgotten.

47 years later the car saw the light of the day again. After its restoration it was presented for the first time at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in 2018; exactly 70 years after its creation. The Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe was one of the highlights of the show.

#06029 BMW 340/1 Roadster (Germany, 1949)

In August 1946 the BMW plant in Eisenach was taken into the state owned AWTOWELO AG. In the spring of 1948 the first prototypes of a new car were finished, and in October 1949 series production of the new BMW 340 sedan began. After international legal battles between West and East German companies over the right to use the BMW name the East Germans changed the name of their cars to EMW, after their place of manufacture Eisenacht Motoren Werke.

Whilst the saloon version was being developed designer Hans Fleischer designed a sporty two-seater. The BMW 340/1 was a prototype based on the 340. It was a convertible with a sleeker body and lower bonnet line and greatly modified grille. The sports car was fitted with the 55 hp six-cylinder engine from the 340.

The project was taken seriously by the Soviet dominated German industry and it was publicly exhibited on the AWTOWELO stand at a trade fair in Leipzig in 1949. Long distance testing and some road racing were all undertaken to prove the car but it never went into series production. This is thought to be because there was little place for a sports car in the planned economy of a war ravaged country struggling to rebuild itself and which needed utilitarian vehicles much more.

#10004 Bedford SB3 Mobile Cinema (Great Britain, 1967)

In the early 1960s the then Prime Ministerof the UK, Harold Wilson, made a speech about the “White heat of Technology”, and the challenges that faced the UKs industries to adapt and exploit the new developments in science and engineering. A Ministry of Technology was created and its role was to inform manufacturing industry about new production techniques and opportunities.

Nowadays this outreach would be done by a team of consultants creating web sites, emails, and tweets and hoping that people round the country would interact with them. But in the 1960s the officials realised that they had to get out and visit Industry face to face round the country to spread the message. One way to do this was to take films and lecturing staff to visit key staff at industrial companies.

To allow this to take place the Ministry of Technology ordered seven trucks and trailers in 1967. The equipment was produced by Coventry Steel Caravans (CSC) a company based in Warwick which was famous for the trailers they had produced in the war, for the MInistry of Agriculture, and for industrial customers, as well as for making Caravans. CSC also built the bodywork for a cinema on wheels on a Bedford SB 3 coach chassis. With a capacity of up to 24 seats managers could watch the films on a cinema screen that was located at the rear end of the interior. The cinematic equipment was controlled from a Plexiglas dome above the driver’s cab. Inside the trailer displays were fitted to complement the films.

Seven Bedford trailer combinations were on the roads across the United Kingdom between 1967 and 1974 managed by the state and Industry sponsored Production Engineering Research Association (PERA).

#07015 Mercedes-Benz 150H Sport-Limousine (Germany, 1934)

The 1934 Mercedes-Benz Type 150 was unusual with its mid-engine. After the W30 the Type 150 was the second Mercedes-Benz which had its engine positioned as far as possible toward the centre of the vehicle. Never suited to mass production it was however very suitable for racing. The influences of Tatra and others are clear in the styling of this car.

Six such sports cars were built by Mercedes-Benz all built to compete in the class “V” in the second ‘2000 km durch Deutschland’ (2000 km of Germany). On July 21, 1934, at 5:35 am, all six were positioned on the starting line. All models were fitted with a 1.5 litre, water-cooled ohv four-stroke engine with a power rating of 55 hp. The engine closely related to that fitted to the Type 130. Four drivers finished their race with a gold medal. After the 2000 km of Germany the cars competed in another race in August 1934; the rally Liège-Rome-Liège. The driver Hans-Joachim Bernet led the field between Rome and Pisa and completed the section perfectly with the score of “zero penalty points”.

Despite this racing history Mercedes-Benz had no use for the six cars and in the end all the vehicles were destroyed. Several parts of the bodies and the chassis were reused for the development of a conventional front engined roadster which was launched in 1935.


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