Category Archives: Mercedes-Benz

Autocult and Avenue 43 August 2018

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs by the manufacturer.

The latest releases from Autocult should now be available. These are made in resin in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. This release has models from the following series: Engineers/Limited production vehicles; Streamliners; and Protoypes. As ever unusual subjects.

05023 Zunder Cupé – Argentina 1964

The Zunder was the brainchild of the brothers Nelson José and Eligio Oscar Bongiovanni, two entrepreneurs who in the early years of the 1960s build their own car factory in Río Cuarto with the backing of the state as Argentina was then a government controlled economy. Their best known product made was the  Zunder 1500, already modelled by Autocult. This was a Porsche powered plastic car with unusual styling.

The Zunder 1500 was not a commercial success so the brothers developed a coupé based on the same underpinnings. The car is clearly inspired by the Volkswagen Karmann  Ghia and only two of the coupés were made before the funding ran out and the factory shut.

 


04018 Audi Berlin-Rome Streamline Coupé – Germany 1938

The idea of a long distance race using the new Autobahns and Autostradas was born in 1937 when imagined by Adolf Hühnlein  leader of the National Socialist Automobile Corps and his Italian colleague Count Alberto Bonacossa who was a close associate of Benito Mussolini . The first race was scheduled to take place between the capitals Rome and Berlin in 1938.

German car makers took the race very seriously with the Porsche Typ 64 being perhaps the best known as this set the scene for the post war Porsche. TSM and Premium Classix have both modelled this car to 1:43 scale.

In the late 1930s Audi was a member of the Auto Union group alongside  Horch, DKW, and Wanderer.  Auto Union had concentrated increasingly on smaller cars by the end of the 1930s, so by 1938 very few Audis were made and DKW was the companies major seller.  Against that background the top  executives at Auto-Union felt compelled to compete in the Berlin to Rome long-distance race. It was clear that none of their standard production cars were fast enough to win this race and the board signed off a budget to develop some extra-fast cars which could compete in the race. The internal project name was “Stromlinien-Limousine” (Streamlined Saloon). Different versions of the car were to be made each carrying a different group brand name. Here we have the Audi based on the type 920 underpinnings wearing an aluminium bodywork designed by Paul Jaray for aerodynamic efficiency which was built by the bodymaker Hornig. Internal testing suggested that this car could reach 160 KPH which was 30 KPH more than a standard 920.

Auto-Union, and other makers,  had their cars all readied for the competition, but the long distance race was first postponed from 1938 to 1939 and with the outbreak of war ultimately completely cancelled.

 


06022 Mercedes-Benz 1.2l Prototype – Germany 1948

After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz passenger car production commenced with the successful 170 V model, initially as an ambulance, police patrol car and delivery van. In July 1947, production of the Saloon variant also recommenced. At the same time a number of completely new vehicles were designed, some of which were unusual creations.

In 1948, a particularly small car, at least for a Mercedes-Benz, was designed. It was compact with an overall length of only 3.70 metres. It only had two doors, and inside a bench seat was fitted in the front to seat three people and a small seat was fitted in the rear for small passengers. It was to be powered by a four-cylinder OHC engine of 1.2 Litres created by shortening the 1.8-litre six-cylinder engine which was also in the project stage.

The Chief Engineer of Daimler-Benz Fritz Nallinger is quoted as saying in March 1949 The design of a light, 2- to 2½ seater car (560 kg) decided on at that time has seen a great deal of progress in the meantime and is showing some promising results. However the vehicle, along with the two engines, remained stuck at the project stage. The prototype was to be influential as its styling introduced the Ponton styling which was to become a hallmark of 1950s Mercedes-Benz cars.

Avenue 43

This line of models is distributed by Autocult. The latest Avenue 43 model is a special version of the Mustang the Ford Mustang Milano.

In 1970 Ford showcased the Milano Mustang concept car at the Chicago Auto Show. It was to show of design features which might make its way onto the next version of the Mustang. This ultra-violet coloured coupé was  inspired by the pro-touring vehicles that drove around the northern Italian city. This new Mustang design featured just two seats and an almost horizontal fastback and according to Ford it was the most “radical” Mustang seen to date. The rear glass of this concept car was sloped at 67 degrees and sported an almost horizontal electronically-powered rear deck lid. Had Ford not badged the car as a Mustang many people might not have realised that this car derived directly from the 1970 Mustang SportsRoof.

One unique feature, never seen on a road car, was the colour-changing tail lamps that glowed green during acceleration, red when the brakes were applied, and then turned back to amber when coasting. The wheel design imitated wire wheels but were  actually in aluminium and inspired many similar wheels on production cars.

Inside the purple theme continued with seats in purple leather with blue-violet cloth inserts and deep purple mohair carpeting. So ‘period’ now in the age of much blander interiors.

Whilst this exact car didn’t make it into production the design influenced not only the 1971 Mustang but also the Australian 1974 Falcon XB coupe, the car featured in the first two Mad Max movies.


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News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are the latest releases from Norev. The models are diecast in China to various scales for Norev of France. As usual a mixture of new and historic vehicles.

June 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

 

181632 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – winner Mexico 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle

 

181633 Citroen C3 WRC No. 9 – Corsica 2017 – S.Lefebvre/G.Moreau

 

181634 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – Winner Spain 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle

 

183420 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 – silver

 

1:43 Scale

 

351339 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 – green metallic

 

511322 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade”

 

511395 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade- fire chief staff car”

 

511326 Renault Kangoo van 2013 “Fire brigade V.L.U.”

 

511327 Renault Kangoo Van 2013 “Fire Brigade – medical rescue service”

 

511323 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale”

 

511324 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale – yellow and blue striped”

 

511325 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Gendarmerie Outre-mer”

 

511328 Renault Kangoo 2016 “Vigipirate”

 

July 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

 

183591 Mercedes-Benz 300 saloon 1952 – dark grey

 

183457 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – blue grey metallic

 

188520 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle saloon 1972 – red

 

188521 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle cabriolet 1972 – orange

Scale 1:43

 

517856 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue

 

155476 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Aluminium grey & black decoration

 

155477 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – deep purple & white decoration

 

518783 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade first aid”

 

518784 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV”

 

518785 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV yellow bumpers”

 

1:43 Scale – Jet Car Range

 

350009 BMW M3 E30 2-door saloon 1986 – black

 

270559 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

 

750033 Porsche 911 Turbo 19878 – green

 

517522 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue

 

840062 Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 1990 – red

 

155365 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 “Official Presentation Version

Second Release July 2018

1:18 Scale

 

182752 AC Cobra 289 1963 – white

 

182754 AC Cobra 289 1963 – black

 

 

181480 Citroen DS19 saloon 1956 – green & champagne

 

181481 Citroen DS19 saloon 1959 – Marron & Carrare white

 

187770 Fiat 500L 1968 – blue

 

183577 Mercedes-Benz 200 saloon 1966 – moss green

 

183589 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe 1980 – blue metallic

 

183467 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Inca red

 

183453 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 2017 – silver

 

183421 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 – blue metallic

 

187663 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 -blue metallic

 

187595 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 1993 – black

 

188433 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1995 – red

1:43 Scale

 

155584 Citroen C5 Tourer 2011 “SMUR de Forez”

 

474218 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 light green

 

479818 Peugeot Partner 2010 “Fire Brigade medical service”

 

 

530023 Chausson AP52 Coach 1955 – clear grey & blue

 

1:87 Scale

 

153028 Citroen 7A 1934 – blue & black

 

153027 Citroen 11A 1937 – grey

 

155054 Citroen ID19 Break 1960 – light brown

 

158511 Citroen SM 1972 – Scarabee brown metallic

 

451896 Panhard Dyna Z12 1957 – Narcissus yellow

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Gama Mercedes-Benz 300TD

By Frank Koh

This old diecast Mercedes-Benz 300TD diesel wagon was introduced by Gama in the late 1970s. From the 50s thru the very early 90s, this West German toy company established by George Adam Mangold produced some very interesting miniatures from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Opel, Audi/NSU, Volkswagen, and even an occasional non-German marque. Gama was even commissioned by the German auto manufacturers to produce some official dealer promotional models, mostly in diecast metal, but a few Gama cars were made in plastic and were battery-operated or friction-powered.

Personal favorites of mine from the Gama line included the Mercedes-Benz and Opel vehicles. In the late eighties and early nineties, many European manufacturers were hit hard by globalization, and Gama was one of the better known casualties. I miss this brand.

Like the real W123 series Mercedes-Benz station wagon, this 1:26-ish scale diecast model is built to last. The real 300TD was manufactured from 1978-85, so perhaps Gama stopped producing this one as well around 1985.   It is also the first factory-built Mercedes-Benz station wagon of modern times!

This Gama is all-metal construction, including a heavy chassis plate, resulted in a little car that can become a deadly weapon in the wrong hands.

In the quarter of a century that I have owned it, I have taken great care to avoid having this exceptionally heavy miniature roll off the table and land on my foot. Truth be told, they really don’t make model vehicles the way they used too.


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News from the Continent June/July – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Solido models are diecast in China for France. Solido is part of the same group of companies as Schuco.

June 2018

1:18 Scale

S1800405 Citroen Acadiane “La Poste”

 

S1800903 Citroen Traction 11 CV

 

S1801106 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR

 

S1800802 Subaru Impreza #5 Rally Monte Carlo 1995

 

S1800823 Alpine A110 1800S #1 Tour de Corse 1973

 

S1801501 BMW M3 Sports Evo black 1990

 

S1801502 BMW M3 saloon – red – 1986

 

1:43 Scale Models

 

S4302600 Bugatti T35B 1928 – blue

 

S4302700 Mercedes-Benz 190E saloon – 1984 – silver

 

S4302800 Renault Fuego 1982 – blue

 

S4302900 Simca Rally 2 1974 – yellow

 

S4303000 Jaguar D-Type 1952 – British Racing Green

 

S4303100 FIAT Panda 1990 – red

 

More SOLIDO 1:18

 

S1800305 Citroen Dyane 1974 – blue

 

S1800406 Citroen Acadiane “Michelin”

 

S1800506 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 SCCA Rally

 

S1800804 Porsche 911 SC Group 4 Rally dÁrmor 1979

 

S1801105 Porsche 911 RSR Sunoco 24 h of Daytona

 

S1801402 Fiat 500L 1969 – pink

 

421184670 Citroen 2CV6 “Cochonou”

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News from the Continent July 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text and photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

This article looks at a selection of the models released during the second quarter of 2018 and the re-issue of an older moulding too. All the Herpa models shown in this article are moulded in plastic in Europe for Herpa of Germany to 1:87 scale.

 

028820 Skoda 110L 4-door saloon 1969-1976

The rear mounted engine of 1108 cc gave a top speed of 138 km/h.

 

308601 Scania CS HD heavy-duty four axle articulated tractor unit – red

 

308816 Scania CR 20 HD 6×2 articulated tractor unit – light beige

 

746298 Volkswagen T6 bus “Feldjäger” – From the Military Range

Liveried for the military police of the German Army. The body is moulded in white and then over printed in olive and yellow.

 

028998/038997 Opel Senator saloon 1978-1982

This model is released in white or gold metallic as shown here.

This model was originally issued by Herpa in 1979. Now they have released it again as a special edition using today’s techniques to include improved wheel rims and a higher level of printed details.

 

308922 MAN TGX XLX Euro 6c Tandem trailer drawbar “Forwarder Wandt”

Tandem trailer trucks are operated on a daily basis by the Brunswick-based forwarder Wandt. Herpa  releases the MAN TGX XLX with replaceable bodies in the forwarder´s familiar design.


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News from the Continent July/August 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Busch Group produce models under three different brands: Busch; ESPEWE, and Mehlhose.  Busch models are of vehicles from Europe and America including some vehicles from the former DDR. ESPEWE covers subjects from the former DDR often using moulds from former East German producers, and Mehlhose agriculture/rural industry related subjects. All the models shown in this article are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

July Releases

Busch

 

40152 American Motorcycle – blue metallic

Note that the term American Motorcycle is used to avoid the need to licence a specific brand.

 

40153 American Motorcycle – red metallic

 

40157 American Motorcycle – grey metallic

 

42840 Tractor Fortschritt (Progress) with iron wheels to compress the silage.

 

49704 Mercedes-Benz R-Class “Fire brigade”

 

51021 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 “Military version”
51900 Land Rover Discovery red (new mould)
51901 Land Rover Discovery green  (new mould)
51902 Land Rover Discovery white (new mould)
51910 Land Rover Discovery “Fire brigade” (new mould)

 

51911 Land Rover Discovery “German Police”  (new mould)
59953 Long timber trailer
ESPEWE Automodelle

Before DeAgostini stopped Atlas Editions launching any new series a venture had been planned with Busch Group to produce a special Series of ESPEWE models liveried as they would have been when in use in the former DDR. This series was cancelled by DeAgostini but Busch now intend to regularly release the models that would have appeared in that series.

95170 IFA W50L Fire engine LF16-TS8 GW-hazardous freight
95235 IFA W50LA Fire engine TLF-16 tank with low-pressure tyres

Mehlhose Modelcars

 

009504 Multicar trailer

August Releases

Busch

41407 Mercdes-Benz 170V “Taxi”

 

48014 Citroen DS 19 “Taxi”

 

51126 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Taxi”

 

41441 Mercedes-Benz 170V Duotone

 

43459 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Ambulance”

 

43467 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Hearse”

 

43667 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model Elegance “Fire brigade”
43818 Mercedes-Benz MK94 1424 fire engine
46718 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – brown
46732 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – light blue

 

50924 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430 – dual use tractor (roads and rail road tracks)

 

51123 Mercedes-Benz Vito “German Federal Police”
51247 Barkas box van V 901/2 EMW Service (Eisenach Motor Works)

 

51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Simson bicycle works Suhl
51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Car manufacturer  Horch, Zwickau – The original in 1955 was not decorated with the Horch emblemfor political reasons.
51416 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “German Border protection – today German Federal Police”

 

51507 IFA G5 1956 “aircraft manufacurer Dresden”
51551 IFA G5 1960 drinking water transporter
52000 Framo V901/2 box van – green/beige
52001 Framo V901/2 box van – blue/white
52002 Framo V901/2 box van – red/beige
ESPEWE Automodelle
95026 HW 80.11 agricultural trailer
95534 IFA L60 ETK box truck “Tractor service”
95535 IFA L60 ETK box truck “German Post”

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Catching up on Autocult and others

By Maz Woolley

All text copyright of the Author and photographs provided by Autocult.

It is some time since we last looked at Autocult whose releases have continued through the year. Here we look at some of the curious vehicles from releases 6 and 7. All the models shown are resin cast to 1:43 scale in China for Germany.

#04017 Arzens La Baleine

Paul Arzens (1903–1990) was a Paris born French industrial designer of railway locomotives and motor cars. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and was able to live reasonably well on the sales of his paintings. This gave him time to pursue an interest in engineering and design.

In 1935 Arzens became involved in the production of cars. He designed and constructed a six-speed automatic transmission which he installed in an old Chrysler and proved to work. Robert Peugeot tried the car and was impressed, although hopes that the system might be adopted for the Peugeot 402 came to nothing, possibly because Peugeot had recently signed a deal with Cotal involving their pre-selector transmission.

Two years later Arzens came up with an eye-catching and streamlined two seater cabriolet prototype built on the chassis of an old Buick. The car was christened “La Baleine” (the whale). With its integrated headlights, panoramic curved windscreen (of ‘plexiglas’) and ‘ponton’ format styling the design anticipated sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The car subsequently joined the Bugattis of the Schlumpf Collection at what has become the National Motor Museum in Mulhouse.

#05021 Fiat 2100 Berlina Speciale

The Fiat 1800 and 2100 were six-cylinder saloons produced by Fiat between 1959 and 1968. Both six-cylinder models appeared in 1959 and in 1963, a four-cylinder 1500 cc version was added to the range. The 1800/2100 were designed in-house by Dante Giacosa famous for designing the Cisitalia as well as many cars produced during his time as Lead Engineer for Fiat.

The 2100 was Fiat’s flagship car much used by officials and industrialists. It introduced the crisp three box formula that was to serve Fiat well when used for the smaller Fiat 1500 and then 124/125 and 128 saloons. The 2100 had a 2054 cc six-cylinder engine and a simple but stylish interior with the instruments clustered on the then fashionable single panel in front of the steering wheel with a ribbon speedometer. In autumn 1959, the 2100 Speciale, as modelled here by Autocult, was introduced. It had a lengthened wheelbase and different front grille. The Speciale was used by diplomats and officials. The 2100 was discontinued in Italy during 1961, when the Fiat 2300 became available.

 

#06027 Monteverdi Palm Beach

The Monteverdi Palm Beach was a concept car built by Swiss manufacturer Monteverdi in 1975. It was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1975.  The car never went into production and remained a one-off.  It was built on a shortened Monteverdi High Speed 375C chassis and was painted copper with an interior made of cream-coloured leather. The purchase price of the Palm Beach was given as 124,000 Swiss francs.

The outside of the Palm Beach was influenced by the Montiverdi Berlinetta coupe particularly its low front end with the striking narrow radiator grille and the square twin headlamps. To the rear the tail lights were from a Triumph TR6 were used. Underneath the Palm Beach used the 375C chassis and drive train as well as the conventional 7.2 litre Chrysler V8 .

 

#07010 Moskvich G2

Every now and then the Soviet Union allowed its designers to develop something which was ‘fun’ rather than solely utilitarian. Though often, as here, the underpinnings were fairly basic. The Moskvitch G2 was a sports car derived from the earlier Moskvitch G1. Instead of an open wheel car it was now fitted with an aerodynamic body (spider or hard-top) and was capable of a top speed of 139 mph. This was a very credible speed given that the mid-mounted 70 hp 1,074 cc inline 4-cylinder flathead engine was derived from an engine developed for the pre-war Opel Kadett.

The G2 broke several speed records in the USSR in 1956. In 1959, the engine was replaced with a unit based on the engine from the Moskvitch 407 and a rollbar was installed above the driver’s seat. The G2 was decommissioned in late 1963.

#09006 Mercedes-Benz G bimobil Husky 235

The bimobile is a German demountable camper system similar to those commonly fitted to US pickups though in this case it is designed to directly attach to the host vehicles chassis.  Obviously the key sales point is that you may use the host vehicle for other uses when not going camping and you may replace the host vehicle and fit it to the new one in turn. You may even by a small crane to help you take the unit off the chassis and to re-attach it. The unit is fitted with jacks so can even be lived in when it is not mounted on the chassis.

The bimobil started with a unit fitted to a Peugeot 504 but has been fitted to a wide range of chassis since including the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen as modelled by Autocult which gave it a real ‘go anywhere’ capability.

#10003 Opel Blitz Ludewig Aero

Germany in the 1930s was the home to a wide range of new vehicles and a strong trend towards aerodynamic solutions inspired by the new Autobahn network.  The small bodybuilders Ludewig Brothers of Essen bagan a fruitful collaboration with Opel from the early 1930s.  After the launch of the Opel Blitz three ton truck the Ludewig Brothers workshop developed some prototype bodies for this vehicle, one of them was a bus with a new body of streamlined and rounded form.

The style of the radiator grille was unusual – the Ludewig studio designers deviated from the traditional Opel shape, as generally seen on trucks and other buses, and created a new, rounded form for the front of the body. The engine cowling was rather elegantly combined with the rounded-off wings over the front wheels. To the rear of the body there was an aerodynamic crest reminiscent of the fin of a huge fish.  Two interior styles were seen: in the first the passenger seats were arranged at an angle of 45 degrees to the windows for the optimum view; and in the second the passengers sat on sofa-like chairs.

This bus was coachbuilt by the Ludewig Brothers in very small numbers to order because a mass produced version would have cost more than the market would pay. About seven or eight are known to have been built and many were used to ferry foreign visitors to the 1936 Olympics around as part of the Nazi propaganda effort. They were briefly in service with OBI, an Essen based tour operator after the Olympics. The fate of these vehicles was to be commandeered for use as military transport at the onset of the Second World War.

 

 

Avenue 43

 

Autocult act as distributors for this range of vehicles.

 

#60012 Dodge Charger III

This was a concept car widely shown in the late 1960s but never turned into a road going car. Indeed the shape seems to owe much to the Chevrolet Corvette. The prototype was created for the US national auto show circuit in 1968 and was designed by the staff at Chrysler’s advanced styling studios. The construction of the show car was sub-contracted to the Detroit based fabrication team of Vince Gardner and Paul Shedlik. An automotive prodigy, Gardner was barely out of his teens when he helped Gordon Buehrig craft the original clay model for the Cord 810, while his own designs included the Ford Vega sports car and the Studebaker Gardner Special. The Charger III was one of many projects Gardner and Shedlik tackled for the bigger car makers. The two-man team personally crafted the fibreglass body shell for the Chrysler show car, which was 74 inches wide, only 42 inches tall, and had a 100-inch wheelbase.

The prototype had no engine or drivetrain installed. However, the automaker’s press materials suggested that a Dodge 426 Street Hemi could be installed under the low-profile hood. As there was no engine fitted the power required to operate the Charger III’s numerous display functions, including the clamshell-style cockpit canopy, was actually provided by a 120-volt electrical cable. Photos indicate that the Charger III had at least two different paint finishes: the gold featured at the Chicago Auto Show, and the brilliant Candy Apple Red as shown on the Avenue 43 model.

Like so many show cars it is thought the original was broken up at some point though some more fibreglass bodies found their way into the world of drag racing so the shape lived on.

#60013 Porsche 645 Spyder “Mickymaus”

Developed from the 550 A and 1500 RS Porsche this 1956 prototype nicknamed “Mickey Mouse” had a wheelbase of 2,000 mm and a reduced track width. This change allowed a smaller front profile and higher top speed. The central tail section was raised to house a cooling fan as well as housing two rear facing openings for the air intakes for carburettor and cooling system. The vehicle was powered by an air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine with four camshafts (two on each side), which were powered by vertical shafts. It had dual ignition with two separate ignition manifolds, two ignition coils and two twin choke Weber 40 DCM carbs.

At a race on the AVUS course on September 16, 1956, Richard von Frankenberg had an accident with the Mickey Mouse. The car crashed over the north curve’s steep slope into the paddock, about fifteen feet below, and burned; Frankenberg, who had been thrown out, remained almost unhurt. The 645 project ceased and work was devoted to the Porsche 718 1500 RSK Spyder which appeared in the middle of 1957.

Matrix new Announcement

This Matrix model is resin cast in China for the Netherlands to 1:43 scale.

MX20301-183 Cadillac Superior Funeral car 1970

Matrix has just announced a ‘surprise model’ which had not been previously announced but which will ship soon. This Cadillac Funeral Car looks to be a nice model of a classic Cadillac.


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Atlas Dinky #541 Autocar Mercedes-Benz

By Maz Woolley

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

Models from the now completed continental Atlas Dinky series frequently appear on eBay to be shipped from China with no certificate but fully boxed. As many of these are unlikely to be easily available in future I buy the ones I like as and when they are listed. Dinky 541 issued in 1963 and withdrawn in 1973 is a model that I bought recently. It was worth getting as it included the reproduction of the lovely period box art showing the bus full of tourists taking in the scenery.

The Mercedes-Benz O 319 series of small buses was based upon its L 319 van introduced in 1955. The bus variant was made available to provide a fourteen seater which was larger than Volkswagen‘s ubiquitous Transporter. It was often produced with panoramic windows like those fitted to the Volkswagen Samba. Powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines from the passenger car range it was a stylish step up from the Transporter and a practical size for local work and tourist trips.

Despite the picture on the box the model was made by Dinky France with a white upper and red lower portion as it is modelled here. However, Atlas also made it with a silver upper section and yellow lower with a PTT logo. Some sources say that only a handful of the original models in this livery are known suggesting that it was perhaps a colour trial and never issued. Obviously the Atlas models in the attractive PTT finish were very popular with collectors but even this reproduction from Atlas appears to be scarce.

The French Dinky model is well replicated and like the original is sparing with the silver highlights which are only used on the front for grille, bumper and chrome trim. To the rear only the bumpers are highlighted. The sides are devoid of any highlighting for the door handles, side indicators or trim strips.

Although silver highlights are not applied the side strips are modelled and as is the Mercedes-Benz logo on the boot lid. Side and rear lights are moulded but left in body colour.

On the roof the panel joins and the small ventilator are moulded in as are the panoramic windows.

Inside the seats and interior are modelled to a good standard for models made in the 1960s.

All in all a rather nice replica of the original Dinky model and one I am pleased to add to my collection.


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 releases from Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs have been provided by the Manufacturer.

Here we look at models released by Schuco from April 2018 onward. We will look at April and May in turn. As usual quite a variety of models will be produced across the various ranges.

April 2018 releases

Piccolo

This is Schuco’s nostalgia range to approximately 1:90 scale. It is inspired by the classic Piccolo toys of the past.

450559300 “The little Volkswagen mechanic”

Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter T1 bus in an assembling box

 

450153700 Setra S8 Coach

 

450128900 Mercedes-Benz Pullman tractor with low loading trailer and Porsche tractor

Edition PRO.R43

This is the 1:43 scale section of Schuco’s premium resin range of detailed models.

450887300 Triumph TR5 with closed Surrey Top, red and black interior

 

450887400 Triumph TR5 with open Surrey Top, black and red interior

Edition PRO.R18

The premium resin range to 1:18 scale

 

450011300 Volkswagen Beetle “Motorhome” – yellow

 

Military 1:87

This is a diecast range of military items with a  focus on current vehicles.

452635600 Yak three-axle truck “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

 

452635500 Gepard Anti-aircraft tank “German Bundeswehr” with camouflage

May 2018

Piccolo

More nostalgic material in this rang. Piccolo models used as game figures for an old fashioned board game. No computers just drawing and dice here!

 

450513500 “The big Piccolo tractors race” board game with 4 Piccolo tractors

Edition 1:43

The standard diecast range with these made to 1:43 scale

 

450347500 Set “Goggomobil” Goggo Limousine and Goggo small transporter

Edition PRO.R43

Premium resin models in 1:43 scale

450902400 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

 

450902500 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue

Edition 1:32

Here Schuco are competing with Britains, Ros and others with 1:32 scale diecast agricultural, and agricultural derived models.

 

450778500 Güldner G75 A tractor pulling fairground caravan with balcony

Edition 1:18

The large diecast range from Schuco

 

450028700 Volkswagen Transportet T1b Samba bus – black and white

Military 1:87

Diecast recent and  contemporary military models

 

452636500 Volkswagen T2a bus “German Bundeswehr”

452636700 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “Commander staff car German markings


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs all provided by the manufacturer.

This article covers two sets of news from NOREV. Unless otherwise stated all models are diecast in China for France.

April 2018

1:18 Scale

181622 Citroen Dyane 6 1977 “Caban”

 

181650 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Hello Yellow & Black Airbump

 

181651 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Pearl White & Chocolate Airbump

 

181660 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Emeraude Blue & White deco

 

183455 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – green metallic This model sold out on pre-orders before even being released to the shops.

 

184881 Peugeot 309 Gti16 1991 – Miami blue

 

185242 Renault 4 Parisienne 1964 – black & red

 

185225 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Tonic orange

1:43 Scale

 

820313 DKW 3=6 Coupe 1958 – black

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182056A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

 

Peugeot 103 L 1972 – Orange

Minijet “3 inches” – made to fit box

 

310611 Citroen C3 2016 – Red & Black

 

310901 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

310903 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Orange

May 2018 Announcements ‘Norev stay in the Race !’

1:18 Scale

 

181630 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 – Official Presentation Version

 

182719 Ford Capri Mk. III 2,8 Injection 1982 – chrystal green metallic

 

183452 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2018 – red

 

183635 Opel Manta A 1970 – Lemon green metallic

 

185226 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

Scale 1:43

 

830027 Audi 80 quattro saloon 1985 – blue metallic

 

820302 Dkw f89 Delivery van “German Post”

 

517961 Renault Trezor Salon de Paris 2010

 

840095 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1981 – Anthracite grey metallic

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182065A Solex 1966 – black


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