Category Archives: Mercedes-Benz

Recent Announcements May 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix News

Matrix has announced a new model which has only been announced as it has become available to buy. This is in 1:43 scale resin made in China for the Netherlands.

MX41302-211 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Miesen Deutches Rotes Kreuz 2018

Maxichamps

Another revived mould diecast in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. Black is a good colour for this classic Mercedes-Benz and although derived from an old master this is still an excellent model of a popular car.

940034005 Mercedes-Benz 200 1968

Minichamps

Minichamps releases in 1:43 continue to arrive on sale. The models shown are all made in China for Germany. The releases continue to mix Grand Prix cars, racing cars, and cars. It is interesting to note that the revived 1:87 scale line appears to have stopped introducing models at the moment.

PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S DIESEL SPORT TURISMO – 2017 – ACHATGRAU-METALLIC
PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S DIESEL SPORT TURISMO – 2017 – BURGUNDER-ROT-METALLIC
PORSCHE 917/10 – VASEK POLAK RACING – JODY SCHECKTER – CAN-AM MOSPORT 1973
BRABUS 850 MERCEDES-AMG S 63 S-CLASS CABRIOLET – 2016 – GOLD

Not to be left out of the firms rushing to produce bigger and bigger models Minichamps are also issuing a significant number of models in large scales and a recent announcement was this diecast 1:12 scale Porsche, another must have for the Porsche collector?

PORSCHE 911 TURBO – 1977 – OLIVE

A TSM Land Rover

TSM produce many models for car companies to be badged as dealer promotional models. These may in time also turn up produced as TSM boxed products. Here we have a model of Winston Churchill‘s famous Land Rover moulded in resin in China for Europe. The model is to 1:43 scale. This model is due in August and is priced in the UK at around the same price as a Matrix model.


Northcord Model Company

The new Northcord operation seems to be recovering after the companies failure a couple of years ago. The new Enviro400 MMC model seems to be selling well and is now into a second release of the 10.5 metre single door casting of this modern double-decker. Here it is liveried in the Bournemouth Transport Yellow Buses livery as fleet number 200 (SN17 MTO) which joined their fleet in 2017.


Le Mans Miniatures

Although primarily known for their 1:32 scale slot car range of accurate historic racing cars they also make figures suitable to show with static models in several scales. Here we look at new models in 1:32 and 1:43 scales.

1:43 scale racing managers

Here we see models of Enzo Ferrari (Scudero Ferrari), Alfred Neubauer (Mercedes-Benz), John Wyer (Porsche) Norbert Singer
(Porsche).  

1:32 scale Gendarme

Here we have a model to the larger 1:32 scale which represents a patrolman on traffic duties in the uniform which was used between 1947 and 1965.

Mercury La Collezionne – Part Four

By Fabrizio Panico

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

More Mercury by Hachette Parts 7 – 9

Here we have three more models, #7 to #9, in the Mercury partwork collection being sold in Italy by Hachette.

Hachette no. 7 is the Lancia Appia 1st series, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 14) from 1955. As usual a simple model, but very faithful to the real one. The headlights are like small aluminium nails, inserted into the body, no windows or interiors are present, green livery. The real one was launched in 1953, smaller than the Aurelia
the Lancia flagship, but similar in outline. In 1956 the 2nd series was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, same front but a new rear body end with a more modern look. A coupé, by Pininfarina, and a cabriolet, by Vignale, were now available. In 1959 there was the 3rd series, with a new front, inspired by the Flaminia, the Aurelia’s successor (both were reproduced by Mercury, the 3rd series as no. 5, the Flaminia as no. 8).


Hachette no. 8 is the Mercedes W196 formula 1 carenata, a 1:43 scale model (Mercury no. 56) from 1956. Quite a heavy model, larger than the previous ones, and really faithful. It has a very nice front grille, painted in matt black with the “star” emblem. The driver’s seat is painted in blue, and the steering wheel is present. Racing numbers are added on the satin silver livery. The “carenata” was reproduced by many other brands, but Mercury was the only one to reproduce both versions, the “carenata” and the “cigar shaped” one (Mercury no. 55). Mercury also reproduced the “carenata” in 1:60 scale (Mercury no. 22).


Hachette no. 9 is the Autobianchi Bianchina, a 1:48 scale model (Mercury no. 6) from 1958. Another simple but very faithful model, very small (only 63 mm), and fitted with windows. In the beginning it was produced only in single colours, later it was presented in nice two-colours liveries (here light green and grey). All the details were carefully reproduced, down to even the smallest ones. The small box was enhanced by a colour reproduction of the car, whilst the model name “bianchina” was reproduced in the script used by the manufacturer on the car on both the box and the model baseplate.

The real Bianchina was the result of a joint agreement amongst Fiat, Bianchi and Pirelli: It was a success, and the car was followed by a cabriolet and estate “Panoramica” versions (the Panoramica was reproduced by Mercury as no. 11).


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

Atlas Dinky – Mercedes-Benz 230SL

By Maz Woolley

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

Well the Atlas Dinky Deluxe series has finished without delivering all the models shown on the original advertising. If you study the picture below you will see the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Mercedes-Benz 230SL which I believe were not delivered to any subscribers here in the UK. So DeAgostini’s management of Atlas’ closure is responsible for subscribers being sold short. It is not as if the models are not available, as DeAgostini is selling the missing models on its own website for a higher price, all marked Atlas on the boxes and bases.

Banner from Atlas Editions web site – part of the advertising for the collection.

The equivalent French market collection from Atlas, Dinkies with opening parts, ran to many more parts and included the missing models shown on the UK advertising as well as many more. The French Atlas organisation no longer has any trace of these series on its website with the whole site now changed to Altaya Model Space, Atlaya being another DeAgostini brand.

So here is a look at one of the models that subscribers were expecting which I obtained from DeAgostini, but the box and the base of the model are both clearly marked Editions Atlas.

French Dinky #516 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL launched in 1964 and withdrawn in 1970, is a model from the peak of Dinky France‘s model making. The box has a lovely attributed period illustration with the car emerging from a mountain tunnel and being driven by a cool guy in his shades. Of course the yellow painted car was never actually produced as the model came in silver, metallic grey, and red. Here Atlas has chosen to model it in metallic red which suits the car well. The car is as ever marked 1:43 on its base which carries full Mattel and Atlas licensing details.

The model captures the original cars slim but sturdy shape very well. and the metallic paint is nicely applied, albeit that the bonnet seems a little darker than the rest.

The car features a removable hood which lifts off with all the windows to create an open car.

The interior is modelled fairly basically, though the nicely shaped front seat backs tip to give access to the rear shelf. Like many other French Dinkies there is no cutaway below the dashboard for the drivers legs. Although the interior tub is fully sized there are no door card details either. But then this was sold as a toy for children.

In addition to the plastic detachable roof both bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) open and a neat representation of the engine with Mercedes-Benz star on top is moulded in plastic and fitted in the engine compartment.

Tyres are as usual well presented but do not have Dunlop imprinted as so many other French Dinkys do. The wheel hubs are the standard shiny steel wheels. Lights at the front are separate plastic lenses and painted at the rear. The grille, body mouldings and badges are all well moulded and the bumpers are part of the base plate.

All in all this is a very nice model and well worth seeking out by those who have the Dinky Deluxe Collection, though why we should have to pay DeAgostini an extra couple of pounds for the pleasure of owning what we expected to be shipped in the collection I do not know.


Wiking Models March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here is the latest news on the releases from Wiking in various scales. All these models are moulded in plastic in Europe for Germany.

Toy Fair “Silver News”

1:32 Scale

JCB Fasttrac 8000

John Deere 4-track 9RX – first articulated caterpillar

John Deere 7310R with twin tyres

Manitou MLT 635 telehandler

Krampe hook lift THL 30 L

1:87 Scale

Here are pre-release prototypes in plain silver plastic as shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.


DKW 3=6 transporters 1955-1962

Büssing 4500

This model has been made using new moulds.


Mercedes-Benz LP 333 “Millipede” [Tausendfuessler]

Mercedes-Benz long distance Pullman cab

Bonneted tractor units with flat bed for heavy loads

Older tractor units get new trailers.

IHC 1455 XL tractor

New hose reel accessories for Rosenbauer AT

Volvo L350H wheel loader

New Items April 2019

1:87 Scale

0652 03 Volvo L 350F wheel loader

0368 03 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

0797 23 Volkswagen Transporter T1 Samba bus

0360 01 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 globetrotter motor home

0224 47 Renault R4 fire brigade

0262 06 Citroen HY box van fire brigade
0623 03 Mercedes-Benz L 5000 fire brigade emergency vehicle

0430 20 Mercedes-Benz L 3500 makeshift wine tanker

0488 02 Henschel HS 165 T articulated flatbed truck ‘Haulier Schulze’, of Berlin.

0459 01 Mercedes-Benz 1638 drawbar for hauliers ‘Brothers Mönkemöller’

Model Upgrades April 2019

1:160 Scale


0982 42 Büssing 8000 articulated tanker ‘FINA’

1:87 Scale


0817 06 Jaguar E-Type roadster – yellow

0225 03 Renault R4 box van ‘Renault Service’

0290 02 Volkswagen Transporter T1 pick up ‘IKEA’

0092 38 T&B Caravan

0510 01 Magirus S3500 articulated flatbed truck

0388 16 Joskin tipper trailer

0631 02 Mercedes-Benz short bonnet breakdown truck

0460 01 Scania 111 flat bed drawbar

0990 95 Set “Porsche Tractor”

Matrix Models April 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has recently announced last release in April and future releases for May 2019. As ever a fascinating mix of models with a significant number of historical sports cars in addition to the coach built specials we expect to see.

All the models announced are moulded in resin to 1:43 scale and finished with photo-etchings. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Unfortunately there are only a few illustrations of the models available, most being illustrated by photographs of the real car which do not give us any chance to evaluate how good the model is.

Most of the models shown are new mouldings and announced for the first time, whilst others are new models that have been announced previously.

Expected April 2019

MX40604-062 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

Another version of the 212 Inter in well chosen colours and with Matrix good wire wheels. The interior models the tan leather seating well.

Expected May 2019


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-022 Bugatti T40 Roadster yellow / black 1921

MX40205-071 Bugatti T55 Roadster yellow / black 1932

A nice model of a classic Bugatti with typical nice Bugatti wheels well captured and the yellow stripe round the wings and running boards well applied.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-072 Bugatti T55 Roadster black / red 1932


MX41001-021 Lister – Jaguar racing green 1958

A British motor racing classic. Designed around the straight six Jaguar engine that had powered the D Type.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41001-102 Jaguar Pirana Bertone green metallic 1967


MX51001-061 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept silver 1990

This is a design study that looks to the Author like a stretched Rover 75 and it was yet another attempt by an Italian designer to clothe Jaguars in a newer style of body in an era where they were determinedly traditional.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX51001-062 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept green 1990

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier


MXR41001-021 Lister-Jaguar Daily Express Silverstone Moss #29 first green 1958

Malcolm Campbell was fond of fast cars for private use as well as for setting records. He had raced Type 37A Bugatti cars in grand prix races in France before he set his sight on world record breaking. His private cars were painted the same colour as the Bluebird record cars. A tradition his son, Donald Campbell, kept up. The model looks like it captures the Bugatti lines very well and the colour is convincing.

MX40205-091 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-092 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue half open 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41607-082 Singer Design Porsche 911 orange 2014

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX50205-022 Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe green 1951

A curious beast! Campers seem to be very popular models at the moment with a continental partwork given over entirely to them. Here Matrix do not credit the maker of the camper section and a whilst a search of the internet showed up a photograph of this camper at a show it did not give details of the maker. Perhaps the printed details to the rear of the caravan might give the maker away but the photograph’s resolution is not detailed enough to see what it says.


MX50304-061 Citroen ID Camper blue / gold 1973


MXR41302-011 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia Jenkinson / Moss #722 winner 1955

The famous winner of the Mille MIglia modelled here with tyhe passenger area covered and with what looks like two flyscreens. This is curious as the car run in the race had a single one piece full with screen and was open on passenger and driver’s sides as Denis Jenkinson sat there alongside Stirling Moss.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-012 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR RAC TT Moss/Fitch #10 first silver 1955

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-013 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR GP Sweden Fangio #1 winner silver 1955

M4 Model Cars Italy March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Group in Italy both design and manufacture in Italy. Models are diecast to 1:43 scale unless stated otherwise.

February 2019 Releases

We start with the releases made in February across their ranges.

ART Models

ART400 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

As run at the Grand Prix of Luxemburg, Findel in 1949 – driven by Luigi Villoresi – R.R. Winner


ART401 Ferrari 857 S

As run at the 1000 km Paris/Monthlery in 1956 – 5th position driven by De Portago and Hill


BEST Models

BEST9738 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

This is a Group 5 test car Varano 1979 this was driven by Riccardo Patrese and has been issued in a limited edition of 79 pieces with figurine.


BEST9739 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1200 HF

As driven in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally by Cella and Lombardini. It finished 5th over all and 1st in their class.


BEST9294/2 Ferrari 275 LM

A driven at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1968 by M.Gregory and C.Kolb


RIO Models

RIO4588 Fiat 1500 – 1936

Here the existing Fiat 1500 Casting is fitted with a roof rack carrying skis and a container for their fittings.


RIO4589 Ford 999

As used in Baltimore in 1904 to set a world speed record by Henry Ford. This is one of the early speed record holders produced by Rio over the years.


RIO4590 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1969

Another release of the Muira 400S. Here painted gold.


RIO4591 Mercedes-Benz 20-35 Landaulet 1909

Here the model is based upon a car featured at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. However, the Rio product manager has had the name stated incorrectly. This car is a Daimler as it was produced before the company merger that formed Mercedes-Benz took place in 1926..


March 2019 Releases

ART Models

ART034/2 Ferrari Dino 246 SP

Here modelled as the winner of 1000 km Nurburgring 1962 driven by Hill and Gendebien.


ART402 Ferrari 212 Export

Here the car is finished as first in class winner and fourth in class and second overall at SCCA Pebble Beach in 1952 driven by A. Stubbs


BEST Models

BEST9740 Porsche Carrera Abarth

Finished as the car which finished 7th at the 12 hour race at Sebring in 1962 driven by Gurney and Holbert.


BEST 9741 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

A very unusual open Fulvia as entered in the 1000 km at Nurburgring in 1969. It finished 1st in the 1.6 class driven by Munari and Aaltonen.


BEST9742 Ferrari 308 GTS 1980

The Best 308 GTS finished in the colours used in the US TV series Magnum.


RIO Models

RIO4592 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Another release of the 128 Saloon from Rio. Here in a pale blue and in Rally trim level. Looking at the photograph I hope that production models are not as heavily painted as this as the shut lines seem to lack crispness on the photograph. The front sidelight created by simply tampo printing a silver square also looks like a compromise that reduces the quality of the model.


RIO4593 KdF (Volkswagen) Cabriolet

Here is a KdF modelled after the car given as a gift to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday on 20.April 1939. And accompanied by a period publicity photograph.


RIO4594 Fiat Balilla Ambulance car Africa 1935

This must have been of limited use as a military ambulance as it is a very short van body. It would also have been limited use off road as it was a conventional two wheel drive chassis.


RIO4595 Mercedes-Benz SSK

The Rio SSK casting here finished as a car that ran at Le Mans in 1932 driven by Foucret and Foucret. This wire wheels on this model reflect the age of the casting and need upgrading to meet current standards.


Norev Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article features models released by Norev in the first quarter of 2019. These are in a variey of scales but all are diecast in China for France. A more detailed review of a few of the more noteworthy releases can be found towards the end of the article.

Please note that some models are pre-production samples and may be marked as such, others may be final pre-production samples.

February Releases

1:18 Scale

181626 Citroen GS “Basalte” 1978 – black and red features

Only 1,800 of these were allocated to French Dealers and they were the first special edition of the GS designed to encourage purchases at a time when the GS was beginning to get ‘long in the tooth’.

183568 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 1969 – brown

Fitted with a two and a half litre straight six engine the 250E was a strong seller in the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz range. The convertible was much rarer and more expensive. Similar in some ways to its predecessor it was noted for the squared off rear wings. The age of the fin was over.

Doors, boot, and bonnet all open without spoiling the lines of the model when closed.

183459 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 1976 – Inca red metallic

Mercedes-Benz flagship car from 1975 to 1981 and made in small numbers. It featured hydro-pneumatic rear suspension based on the same principles as Citroen used all round.

It had a high specification interior and was powered by a 6.9 Litre V8 engine with a three speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential.

Again lots of opening parts.

188053 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – dark grey metallic

Launched on the Japanese market in 2007 it eventually reached Europe in 2009 as a Performance Centre had to be built in any country that it was sold in.

Built in aluminium, steel and carbon fibre it is assembled on a jig like a F1 car. Powered by a V6 engine of nearly 4 Litres which could produce nearly 400 BHP and had a top speed of nearly 200 MPH.

Again opening parts seem to have good shut lines and reveal the fairly detailed interior.

187412 Porsche 962 C Winner Supercup 1987 – H.-J. Stuck

The World Sportscar Championship was a world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992. It combined events in North America and Europe and was an important target for the major racing car outfits. The Norev model represents the winning car in the 1987 series a time when Porsche dominated this area of racing.

This diecast model has no opening parts but has a lot of detailed printing to a high standard.

185742 Simca 9 Aronde 1953 – Amarante red

Here we see the first generation of the SImca Aronde, two years after its launch in 1951. A clean modern shape for its time when many car makers models still had wings and vestigial running boards.

Powered by an engine of just over 1200cc it was capable of a top speed of just under 80MPH though it took over 30 seconds to get from 0 to 60 MPH. In 1953 production of the Aronde reached over 100,000 showing its popularity with buyers


1:43 Scale Models

270353 AC ACE 1957 – grey metallic
270357 AC ACECA 1957 -blue metallic
170020 DS 3 Crossback “La Premiere 2019” – black with red roof
170021 DS 3 Crossback 2019 – blue and black roof
170022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019 – pearl and black roof
170001 DS X E-Tense 2018
270575 Ford 12M saloon 1954 – blue metallic
474604 Peugeot 406 saloon 2003 – Banquise white
474653 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 – Banquise white
151413 Citroen 2CV AZU 1959 – “Wegenwacht”
156076 Citroen 2CV Pick-up with ladder 1963
474654 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 “SMUR”

1:18 Scale MAXI_JET

182056 Motobecane AV 65 1965 -blue

1:64 Scale MINIJET

310810 Citroen 2CV 4×4 – etna grey

March Releases

1:18 Scale

181625 Citroen GS Club 1972 – Camargue blue

Another outing for the GS moulding. This time in an earlier GS version in a more basic trim level.

183478 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – dark blue metallic

An up to date top of the range Mercedes-Benz. Modelled in a considerable level of detail with all doors, boot, and bonnet opening. The interior looks to be modelled to a high level of detail.

183423 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – bluegrey

This will be a large model. It has impressive opening parts, though no opening bonnet.

183471 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet 2018 – blue metallic

Here we have the latest top-end convertible from Mercedes-Benz. opening parts, lots of interior detail, and even fitted luggage in the boot makes this an excellent model in this larger scale.

188523 Volkswagen 1303 superbug 1972 – green metallic

1:43 Scale

517864 Box Alpine A110 Pure & Legende 2018 – Limited Edition of 500.
517865 Alpine A110 Legende 2018 – Alpine blue
270504 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1964 – night blue
830040 Audi Q8 SUV 2018 – white
479820 Peugeot 2008 2013 – white
479849 Peugeot 2008 GT Line 2016 – Perla Near Black
870067 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Savile grey
150091 Citroen 2CV Cogolin 1961 “Fire brigade”
479821 Peugeot 2008 2013 “City Police”
479822 Peugeot 2008 2016 “Gendarmerie”

Extended Reviews

Here I look at some remarkable models, issued by NOREV and worthy of a closer examination.

183701 Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 in 1:18 scale

Norev released this first real automobile in excellent detail in 1:18 scale. Initially only for the Daimler Benz Company, now it is available to collectors through retailers.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year´s Eve 1879. Benz had so much commercial success with this engien that he was able to devote more time to his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a petrol engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0,75 hp (0,55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model No. 1.(23238)

Not too far from Benz, Gottlieb Daimler developed also a four-stroke gasoline engine, but he placed this unit into a former horse drawn coach, into a boat and into a railway engine.

Some years ago, Daimler built a number of replicas of this car shown above. One was shown at Techno Classica driven by a young woman to commemorate Bertha Benz, who made the first long distance trip in an automobile upgraded by her husband Carl.

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue – scale 1:43

The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina. It used a type AZ chassis with a 425 cc engine developing 12 bhp. Both chassis and and engine were made in France while the bodywork ( for both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the “boot design” cars was built in 1973. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroen factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.

Production of the 2CV in Chile started in 1953 as a way of boosting local employment. Initially, they were laughed at as they seemed small, under powered and insubstantial compared to the US imports of the time.

Soon the Chilean designers created a body to suit the country´s specific needs. The car needed to be useful for both city dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables, hens or even pigs. Thus an open boot was included to help this and the “decapotable” roof abandoned.

The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets were filled with this “French Miracle” as they were nicknamed. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car, since before the 2CV there wasn´t any car available at such a low price.

The model is well detailed, with a number of separate parts used to detail it. It is an interesting supplement to every 2CV collection.

270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – Beluga black – 1:43 Scale

The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.

The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.

351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale

The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.

However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.

But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor: rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.

The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.


BoS 1:87 Resin Models

By Maz Woolley

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

BoS (Best of Show) is one of the car brands owned by the owners of ModelCarWorld retail outfit in Germany. They have had BoS models made in many scales but this article looks at some of the 1:87 scale models moulded in resin in China for Germany and released over the last few months.

The BoS 1:87 range was introduced to replace the Neo 1:87 range, which was also owned by ModelCarWorld. The Neo range was beautifully made and finished but it proved to be too expensive for its target market and the BoS range was introduced at a lower price point with fewer details. However, these are still premium models being priced at twice the price of a Brekina Model in Germany for example.

The photographs below are supplied by the maker and show the models at greater than life size which may show up limitations not seen when looked at a normal distance.


Amphicar 770 Polizei 1961

The Amphicar was built with a Triumph Herald engine which drove either the road wheels or propellers. Production in West Germany ran from 1961 to 1968 and less than 4,000 were made.

They were seen in police livery in the 1962 film Le spie uccidono a Beirut and were actually used by the Hamburg Police.

The model is not painted to match Hamburg’s cars or those in the film and seems a little out of proportion with the real car.



Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950 with cover

A famous British Truck producer and a favourite with diorama builders. These models will presumably appeal to those with OO (1:87) scale British outline railway layouts set in the 1950s. For HO collectors there are already a wide range of 1:76 Atkinson models selling much cheaper than this.

The model seems generally good but the starting handle looks very overscale, perhaps it is made larger as it is so vulnerable to breakage. The chassis seems to be very simplified and the headboard seems to have been bent!


Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950

This is essentially the same truck but with an empty flat bed rather than with a sheeted load. The tampo printing is well done. Again a simplified chassis and oversized starting handle.


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The latest in Russian Presidential transport. A V8 powered armoured limousine to show off the power of the Russian State and its industry. Any resemblance to a Rolls-Royce or Bentley is, I am sure, entirely intentional.

The model does not seem to capture the complex curved panels on the side of the car and the front end seems too sloped from this photograph as the radiator on the real car is fairly upright. The chrome bumper elements either side of the radiator also seem to be rather heavier and to lack the multiple curves featured in the real car.

Still if you want a model of a Aurus then there don’t seem to be others available yet.


Cadillac Fleetwood 75 1941

A classic American car. And one available in 1:43 scale made by GLM.

The model has a lot of detail but some, like the window surrounds, does seem to be too large and flat in this scale. However this may not seem t be the case when seen from a normal viewing distance. The front grille, lights and badging all seem good.


Ferrari 512 BB 1976

Widely modelled in 1:43 scale from BBR to Mattel. Here it is in 1:87.

The wheels seem nicely replicated and the printed black side window framing is effective. However the bonnet seems to be curiously wavy with the light shutlines large and much too rounded. Again a feature than may look less obvious in the flesh.


Ferrari 308 GTS 1977

Another modelled by Italian makers like Best and BBR in 1:43 scale as well as Ixo and others. Here shrunk to a smaller size.

The photograph suggests that the model is not as long, or as low as the real car. Though the grille and wheels seem rather well done, the bonnet and light shutlines seem too rounded and large. The moulding also seems to lack the sophisticated lines of the original car which mixes smooth surfaces with slight ridges emphasising its sleek form.


Ford Transit Mark 1 German Fire Service 1965

A neat Mark One Transit here in twin wheel long wheelbase form. The Transit grille has been printed in quite fine detail a solution also adopted by Oxford Diecast for their slightly larger Mark One models.

The headlights have been well picked out with the cowling getting the correct highlighting and the vehicle has fine mirrors fitted that would need care when handling the model. The overall shape looks good as do the wheels .

A small ladder is fitted to the roof, though the original vehicle would I am sure have an extending ladder as the modelled one is not big enough to even get a cat down from a tree.


Lotus Esprit S1 1977

A car best remembered from the James Bond Film The spy who loved me. Models of car this abound in many scales. A Miber model was issued many years ago in 1:87 but that is now scarce and not up to modern standards.

Here the BoS follows the Oxford Diecast example of printing window frames on the body shell, and it is looks no better, with the body casting thickness immediately becoming obvious and spoiling the effect.

The over large bonnet and front pop up light panel lines do not seem as oversized as the Ferraris and the bonnet seems to have a less wavy surface. But maybe that is just the effect of the thick non metallic white paint.


Mercedes-Benz 770 (W150) Tourer 1938

The large parade car gets an outing in a small scale. Here the windows and the pillars look very effective and the body chrome seems very well applied. The Grille and lights seem to lack the shiny finish you might expect but a tiny Mercedes-Benz star sits on the top of the radiator.

The wheels and tyres seem to be very well done, and the huge folded roof is nicely matte and wrinkled. Just visible is a finely modelled steering wheel.


Morris Minor Van Royal Mail 1960

This model seems ‘dumpy’ from all angles. Like the Oxford Diecast it is not the best model of this car. If I am truthful the moulding seems to be vague with pressed in shapes blurred by a lack of definition. If it were diecast one might think the mould was wearing out, here it is clear that the master was far from crisp.

The front end is much poorer than the Brekina Morris Minor car in this scale and the wheels look almost like Hornby Dublo ones.


Reliant Regal Supervan III 1969

At first sight I thought that this was another Royal Mail vehicle but in this case it is liveried for Jim’s Toy Store. Sadly the address is unconvincing as here in the UK we put the street number before the name and not after.

The model seems to be similar in construction to the Oxford, and the bigger Vanguards, with button lights painted silver and a one piece body. Again the moulded body seem very blurred and rounded. In addition the rear wheels seem to be mounted too low and too far way from the body.

It would seem to me the only reason to buy this is if you are modelling a 1:87 scale UK railway scene as there are better 1:76 alternatives at a much cheaper price.


Renault Fuego 1980

The French answer to the Ford Capri. A car very much of its time and now the real ones are becoming very collectable. Solido do a very nice 1:43 model, as did Ixo in the James Bond Collection.

This model again suffers from externally printed black window frames and would have been much better with flush glazing and the frames printed directly on the window fitting.

The shape of the real car seems to be well caught in this case and body shut lines crisper than on some of the others.


Zil 111 1958

The Zil 111 was nicely modelled by Ixo for Ist, and the various partworks of Russian cars, as well as the James Bond Collection. But these were all 1:43 scale models.

The Zil 111 was introduced in 1958 and was clearly influenced by US cars of the early 1950s, Packard is often claimed as the primary influence. A large six litre V8 powered the heavy limousine and it was only provided for use by key party figures.

The model captures the car pretty well though the front grille has been simplified from the very ornate one used on the real car. The large printed chrome areas seem slightly dull in the photograph from the makers, but perhaps this is not the case when the model is held in the hand.


Merit 1:24 Scale Racing Car Kits

By Aldo Zana

All text, photographs and models by, and copyright of, Aldo Zana.
Reprinted with permission of VeloceToday.com on-line magazine
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When the editor of Veloce Today was collecting Merit kits in the late
1950s, he could not have known that another writer-to-be was doing
exactly the same thing, at the same time, but in faraway Italy. His
Italian counterpart, Aldo Zana tells us all about these British models.

The whole range of the Merit 1:24-scale plastic kits assembled and painted in period liveries: mid-Fifties. Front line: British F1 and the Jaguar D-Type. Mid row: Italian F1 and Grand Prix racers and the Lotus 11. Rear row: French racers, Mercedes W196, Cooper 500 MkIX and Aston Martin DB3S.

It was hard times in the second half of the Fifties for European kids in love with Formula One and longing to become part of its world by collecting and playing with model racers. We Italians faced especially limited choices: the hard-to-find die-cast Nigam, the elusive Zax, or the old Mercury racers of the Forties: oddly scaled, with questionable faithfulness and tires fit for an all-terrain army truck. The rise of globalisation brought from the UK to the best Italian toy shops the die-cast Dinky Toys and the first Corgi Toys. The former listed obsolete F1/F2 single seaters of the early Fifties in its catalogue. Corgi featured more updated models of British production: however, merely two, already non-competitive in real life against our all-conquering Ferraris and Maseratis after Mercedes-Benz’ withdrawal in 1955. And they looked too small alongside the Dinkies and Mercuries. And then, out of the blue, cameMerit, although quite difficult to locate among the contemporary fast-growing and highly visible offerings of plastic (polystyrene) kits dominated by the leading US brands of Monogram, Revell, and Aurora.

Italian racers of the Forties and Fifties. From the left: Maserati 250F, Maserati 4CLT/48, Lancia Ferrari, Alfa Romeo 158.

In 1957 Merit produced precise 1:24 scale models of current Formula One protagonists: Lancia-Ferrari V8, Maserati 250F, Gordini T-16, as well as milestones of the pre-1952 F1 seasons: Alfa Romeo 158, Talbot-Lago T26, Maserati 4CLT/48 San Remo”. And thanks to a flurry of new offers in a few months’ span, we could also buy and build the emerging British single-seaters striving for the limelight after a decade of playing second fiddle to the Italians in the form of the Connaught B-Type “Syracuse” 1956, BRM P25 1956, and the Vanwall VW4 1956.

It became easier for Italian kids to become loyal to Merit’s growing offer of racing cars. The company enlarged its range with three sports car icons, all made in the UK: the well-known multiple winner
Jaguar D-Type, the lesser known Aston Martin DB3S and the as yet unknown Lotus Mk XI, a name on the verge of becoming a leader.

All British: the three sports cars in the series. From the left: Aston Martin DB3S, Lotus 11, and Jaguar D in Ecurie Ecosse livery.

The Merit kits came from a company called J & L Randall Ltd., based in the town of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, north of London. They were all sold in a standard, nondescript box, the same for every model: small and unappealing at a time when competing US brands already showcased their products on box-lids with colourful and attractive art to win the prime spots in shop windows . The only way to select the right Merit kit was a small label glued on one of the narrower sides.

The Alfa Romeo 158 with the standard box in the background. The box was the same for every kit.

They were quite expensive for the period, too: 1,100 Liras, when
the average monthly salary of a worker was about 45,000 Liras.
By comparison, a Mercury die-cast model racer cost 180 Liras and a Dinky 230-250 Liras.

The kits were moulded in flawless plastic; the surface was so clean and regular that it was possible to skip painting the body. It wasn’t a simple task for a kid to smoothly hand brush the Humbrol enamels; airbrushes for modellers were still a long way into the future. The solvent used at that time by Humbrol allowed, nevertheless, a clean and uniform finish even when working with the brush.

The instruction sheet of the 4CLT/48 Maserati. The front side tells in short the history and the races of the real car, the back side presents a clear illustration of the easy assembly procedure.

Assembly was quite straightforward too: the body was split in two halves, top and bottom. Axles and driver seat had to be glued to the bottom half, other details (exhaust pipes, windscreen, dashboard, steering wheel) to the top section, before joining these two sub-assemblies. Each wheel/tire was moulded in two halves and the tire had to be carefully painted matte black. The spokes were a decal (transfer, in British parlance) to be applied on a little transparent celluloid disc, subsequently set onto the outside of the wheel prior to gluing the hub cap. The quality of the decals was only fair and I preferred to avoid them.

The racing number decals were usually quite hard and dry, prone to
cracking. Yet, it was possible to soften them using highly diluted vinyl glue, given the lack of softening liquids on the market. The instruction sheet had a pedantic list of building steps on the front, ending with the painting scheme, but a clear assembly drawing on the back. More interesting was, at the top of the first page, a short presentation of the real car, a summary of its main successes as well as a basic description of its technical characteristics and performance.

Talbot-Lago T26, 1949, one of the two “super” kits featuring engine detail. The body was left unpainted. Note the smoothness of the plastic injection.

Two kits were super-detailed to include the engine and a removable engine bay cover: the 1950 Alfa Romeo 158 and the 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 4.5 litre. Both were probably made so detailed because the moulds were already available when pressure to launch new models forced the company to simplify and shorten the production cycle.

The whole range of 1956 F1 and Sports cars went on sale in 1957,
a remarkably short time to market: Lancia-Ferrari, Maserati 250F,
BRM P25, Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, Gordini T16, Vanwall VW4. A very British choice was the addition of the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956.

A tribute to the former German dominance was the kit of the Mercedes-Benz W196, the 1954 road-racing version mistakenly presented as the 1955 model. The Maserati 4CLT/48 was another obsolete racer in the series. The kit didn’t have the inner details of the Alfa Romeo and the Talbot-Lago. It was an unusual selection of a car that wasn’t a winner, yet it was well-known being driven by Thailand’s Prince Bira and Brit Reg Parnell.

A real piece of history outside F1 and sports cars, the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956, recalls a glorious period of British racing. Body unpainted.

A final touch of class was the colour of the ink used for the instruction sheets: dark red for the Italians, British Racing Green for the British, blue for the French. The Mercedes sheet fell outside the paradigm, printed in dark blue as the historically correct white or silver would have been impossible to read.

The boxes of the later kits contained a small multi-page
educational leaflet on Motor Racing, a more detailed description of the prototype, and a promotional bottom line advertising the brand of motor oil used in races by the car. The leaflet on the Vanwall doubled to eight pages and ended with a tribute to Tony Vanderwell who “raised the prestige of British Automobile Engineering throughout the world”.

The four-page leaflet in the Jaguar D-Type box. A good recap of the car’s history. Britain still ruled. And the following year it also became true in F1.
Below, all fourteen of the Merit models in individual photos. You won’t see this often!
Vanwall VW4, 1956, when the Brits knocked at the forefront of F1. Decals are original.
1956 Lancia Ferrari. The Merit kits was on sale early 1957, a remarkably short time-to-market.
Gordini six-cylinder F2, 1952. Humbrol paint (“Enamel” on the original British tin) to cover the body.
Alfa Romeo 158 with engine cover removed to show the inner details. The other “super” kit together with the Talbot-Lago
Alfa Romeo 158, 1950, hood in place.
Talbot-Lago T26, 1949. A good representation of the engine.
Mercedes W 196, 1954, open wheel version. Decals are original including the chequered cover of the driver’s seat
The diminutive Cooper Mk IX, 1956. The silver exhaust was easier to paint.
Maserati 4CLT/48 in Argentinian livery, as raced by Fangio in Europe.
Aston Martin DB3S, 1956. The yellow trim is an addition of the kit builder.
Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, 1956. Quite a rare bird in real and scale model worlds.
Lotus 11, 1956. Airbrush repainted after 60 years when the plastic suffered signs of shrinking.
Jaguar D-Type, 1954. The gap at the rear end of the front section of the body is due to having modified the part to make it tilting forward like the real thing.
Maserati 250F, 1956 version.
BRM P25, 1956. To use the brush for the semi-metallic finish was quite a brave endeavour over- sixty years ago.