Category Archives: Mercedes-Benz

The Essence of the Car – 2018 plans

By David Roots

All photographs provided by the Author.

The next four models to be released in the Essence of the Car range will be the cars described below. All have distinctive shapes which will suit the simple approach of this range of models made to 1:43 scale.

 

Mercedes Benz W129 540K.

The body, designed by Paul Jaray originally built for the 540 K Streamliner was designed to allow it to drive at high speeds for long periods of time and as efficiently as possible, and to that end it also incorporated a number of weight-saving technologies.

It was meant to compete in the Berlin-Rome race that never happened — WWII intervened. Powered by a 5-litre inline-eight helped by a supercharger, the car produced an impressive 180 hp.

 

Quantum V Sports Car.

The Quantum V was the last model designed by Walter Kern of Quantum Motor Cars in the United States 1965 and only one was produced. The Quantum V was manufactured using a modified Ginetta fibreglass body and used Saab mechanical parts.

 

Volkswagen Type 60K10

Also known as the Type 64, it is considered by many to be the first car from what was to become the Porsche company, and a true design precursor to the post-war production model. The model number comes from the fact that it was built mainly from design drawings for the Type 64 “record car”. Most mechanical parts came from the 1938 prototype series.

 

Ginetta G4.

Because the Quantum V used a modified Ginetta G4 fibreglass body. The natural progression will be to add this car to the collection.


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Atlas Germany Ambulance Collection – Part Seven

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The Atlas Ambulance Cars collection continues to be issued with two more items to 1:43 scale appearing since my last report.

7 495 114 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

On 1st February 1979 production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class began in the Austrian city of Graz. The first Mercedes-Benz cross-country vehicle since the Second World War was developed in co-operation between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch which started in 1977.

The vehicle has since been used by businesses, private individuals, by utility firms, and for military purposes. Its suitability for off-road rescues because of its permanent four-wheel-drive.was identified early in its life.  Different rescue organisations are still using the G-class as emergency doctor´s cars today. The miniature shows an “Emergency Doctor Action Vehicle”, this means, that the doctor does first aid and prepares the patient for transfer to hospital by Ambulance and then moves on to the next call.

The model is true to the original shape and the livery is authentic. Many small separate parts are fitted and a baseplate with some detail fitted. The German registration plates are issued by Neustadt an der Waldnaab, not far away from the “Richard Wagner Town”, Bayreuth.

 

7 495 115 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi

In 1949 the Swedish aircraft manufacturer started their car production with the Saab 92. After many years with moderate success, the automobile production was sold to General Motors, who did not manage to grow the brand as they had hoped, and they sold Saab to the Dutch super sports car manufacturer Spyker who, under-capitalised and inexperienced in mass manufacturing, led the firm into insolvency in 2011.

The Saab 9-5 saloon was launched in 1997 and the estate appeared in 1999.

Outside major cities, Sweden is a sparsely populated country and so the emergency doctors often have long journeys to reach their patient. For this use the 9-5 estate was fitted as “AKUTBIL” with a huge range of medical equipment to help the Doctor cope with a wide range of emergency procedures.

The model is shaped accurately and the livery authentic and neatly printed. Many parts are small separately inserted ones. The baseplate has some detail. It is fitted with accurate Swedish registration plates.

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Matrix Models Announced to May 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs are of prototypes supplied by Matrix

Matrix have now announced a whole group of new models shipping over the next few months. Most of these are also new mouldings being seen for the first time in their range. As ever luxury coach built vehicles are to the fore.  Some models do not yet have a prototype ready to be shown but most do and these are shown below.

A re-colour of an existing model is expected in March

MX10108-053 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake by Harold Radford 1964 Silver

 

All the remaining vehicles listed are wholly new models.

No prototype picture available

MXLM03-1608 Pegaso Z-102 BS 2.5 Cupola Coupe yellow 1953 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION Expected April

 

MX41002-091 Jensen Interceptor Series II FF 1970 silver Expected April

 

MX41302-111 Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D (W07) Hermann Göring 1937 Blue Expected April

 

MX41302-121 Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D 1938 black Expected April

 

MX50806-041 Hispano-Suiza H6B Park Ward Coupe #11608 1927 green Expected April

 

MXLM03-1705 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Special Saloon Vignale 1954 silver LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION Expected April

 

MX41302-131 Mercedes-Benz 500K Spezial Stromlinienwagen Tan Tjoan Keng 1935 white Expected May

 

No prototype picture available

MX41607-071 Porsche 356 America Roadster 1952 green Expected May

 

MX50307-021 Cord L-29 Speedster by LaGrande 1931 maroon and cream Expected May

 

No prototype picture available

MX50406-021 Duesenberg JN 559-2587 Rollston 1935 brown
Expected May

 

MX51601-011 Packard Super 8 Sport Sedan by Darrin 1940 green Expected May

 

MX51705-081 Rolls-Royce Phantom Tourer by Barker #820R 1929 yellow and aluminium Expected May

 

MX51705-251 Rolls-Royce Freestone & Webb Silver Wraith Limousine #FLW26 1957 maroon and black Expected May

 

MX52108-021 Voisin C28 Aerosport silver 1935 Expected May

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AutoCult February 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

AutoCult has announced three models for release this month. In their series “Prototypes” they model the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Concept car. In their series “Delivery Vehicles” they have created the Willys FC-150 Pickup. Finally in the series of “Buses”  there is a Mercedes-Benz OP312 an Rooijen.

 

1/43 #06020 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket (USA, 1956)

Oldsmobile has been part of General Motors since 1908.  In the 1950s their designs came from the department headed by Harley J. Earl. It was the time of the “space race” and the futuristic influence of rocket shapes was felt in the concept cars made by all the big US car makers.

The car modelled by Auto Cult is an Oldsmobile made specially for the 1956 General Motors Motorama, a show where GM showed off concept cars in a bid to attract visitors who could be persuaded to buy their latest production cars which were also on show.

Its split rear screen and thrusting wings and light bearing winglets were to be seen on production cars in the future. The car body was made in fibreglass  and it was fitted with a V8 engine with 275 hp.

 

1/43 #08009 Willys Jeep FC-150 Pick-Up (USA, 1956)

By the mid-1950s the WIllys range looked rather old-fashioned and so Willys planned the launch of a new delivery truck with a new and striking design. The management brought in the well-known designer Brooks Stevens. Stevens’ concept was influenced by the design of heavy-duty trucks. The engine was positioned right underneath the driver’s cab. Due to its cab over engine design the delivery truck got the designation “Jeep-Forward-Control”, or “FC” for short.

It did not need a long development phase to get the van into production as parts like the chassis and the engine were already in in use. The chassis came from the in-house 1954 SUV “CJ-5” and the engine was the “Hurricane” type. On November 29, 1956, the first of these vehicles were presented at a special event for dealers.

The wheelbase of the small delivery truck was strikingly short at just two meters. It also had a small turning circle. But, the narrow width of only 1.2 metres gave it undesirable handling traits. Two years later this was addressed by broadening the truck to 1.4 metres whilst retaining the same load bed length.

Altogether the production of this style of truck lasted from 1957 to 1964.  All variations added together sold no more than 30,000 units which was considerably less than Willys had hoped.

 

1/43 #10002 Mercedes-Benz OP312 van Rooijen (NL, 1958)

 

The DUKW has inspired many vehicles. Some built buses looking like boats and some built ones that could also perform as one. Tours are available in Prague today in a bus-boat based on a modern coach which is amphibious. But the bus modelled by Auto Cult was based on a series of buses inspired by the style of boats but which could not travel in water.

This special boat-bus, named `Huwelijksboot’ (Dutch for wedding boat), was one of three identical vehicles. All three buses were built by the body maker van Rooijen in the 1950s. The body maker was  based in Montfort (Netherlands).  The buses were styled to look boat shaped and fitted with wood and railings and even funnels to make it look the part.  There were even tyres on the vehicles ship’s side just like the ones used to protect a normal boat as it landed at a pier.

All three boat-buses were built on the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz OP 312, had an engine with a performance of 120 hp, and offered space for 32 passengers. These vehicles provided a comfortable ride with a special style.


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – M4 Modelcars Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturers

Here are the details of the releases expected from the M4 modelcars group in January 2018. These are all made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART380 Ferrari 500 TR

Brynfan Tyddyn Road Races 1956 – Winner Carrol Shelby #128 – Chassis nr. 0614

 

ART149-2 Ferrari 500 TRC

Targa Florio 1958 – Winner in class Starrabba/Cortese #90 – Chassis No. 0682

BEST

BEST9690 Ferrari 512 BB LM

Le Mans 24 hours 1980 – O´Rourke/Phillips/Down #78 – Limited and numbered Edition of 50 pieces.

 

BEST 9691 Ferrari 250 LM

6 hours of Perth Caversham 1965 – Winner Martin/McKay #1

 

BEST9692 Ferrari 250 GTL

Steve McQueen’s personal car 1964

 

BEST9693 Porsche 356B Abarth

Le Mans 24 Hours 1960 – Winner in GT Class 1,6 litre Linge/Walter #35

 

RIO

RIO4557-P Mercedes-Benz 770K

“Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg Reichsparteitag Parade 1938

 

RIO4558 Volkswagen Beetle

Monte Carlo Rally 1954 – Mourier/Ramsing #310

This is again a very strange looking model, with mixed up details. The body is that of a Beetle with oval rear window from 1953, but without the little triangle-windows in the doors and fitted with bumpers from 1948. The rear lights are round, but in 1953 they were oval.

RIO4559 Mercedes-Benz SSKL

Stelvio Mountain race 1932 – Winner Hans Stuck #68


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Heer is acloser look at some of the models released by Herpa during the second half of 2017. These are all moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

745888 Main Soviet battle tank T34-85 “NVA”

The Soviet Second World War tank was used by the “National Peoples’ Army “ of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) during the first years after the country was founded by the Soviet government.

745796 Main Soviet battle tank T34/85 winter camouflage

The original that this model is based upon was used during the battle to lift the siege of the encircled  City of Leningrad in 1944.

 

038805 Audi A5 Coupe “Black Edition” – tango-red metallic

 

308137 Mercedes-Benz box-drawbar “DEUTRANS”

The series of Deutrans miniature models continues with this twin axle box truck with a Mercedes-Benz tractor unit pulling a typical trailer of its time with dual tyres. VEB Deutrans was the main haulier of the former DDR. Drivers were officers of the Stasi (secret service) with special training. Their trucks were running observation stations.

 

307925 MAN TGX XXL artic. curtain canvas truck “Haulier Wandt”

This is a brand new Tractor unit on this articlated lorry liveried with an advertisement for the Technical University of Brunswick. This truck with a MAN TGX XXL cab is operated by the Brunswick based forwarder Wandt. This was released by Herpa to fit in with the launch of the real lorry.

 

746083 IFA G5 Dumper “NVA”

During the early years of the “National Peoples’ Army” of the DDR the G5 6×6 trucks were the most common vehicles. Here Herpa have made it as a dumper with a movable mechanism. , fully movable, the hydraulic. The hydraulic lift for the dumper is included in the box.

 

928304 Audi A5 Cabriolet “Cars Club Model 2017

The black moulded A5 Cabriolet is the 2017 model of the year made only for members of the Herpa Modelcar Collectors Club.


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

The models shown were due for release by Schuco at the end of 2017. Editors Note: Schuco retail prices seem to have increased very considerably in the UK. I don’t know whether this is a result of the drop in the value of the pound and/or increased ex-factory prices from Schuco.

Edition 1:43

450335400 Mercedes-Benz L319 Werbewagen “Schuco Micro Racer” with Piccolo Volkswagen Beetle

450347600 Volkswagen T3a “Joker” Camper Van – medium blue

Edition PRO.R43

450901500 Opel Blitz Sattelschlepper “Porsche Renntransporter”

Edition 1:32

450780200 Hanomag Robust 900 Tractor “Christmas 2017”

Edition 1:18

450028600 Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus – green/white

450016600 McCormick 0326 Tractor – red

Edition PRO.R18

450010900 Goggomobil Coupe 250 cc – beige/dark grey

Edition 1:87

452628100 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S – silver

452627900 Porsche 911 2.7 RS – blood orange

452627000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS “concept black”

452626800 Volkswagen T1c Samba Bus “Rally”

Strange to place the race numbers of the legendary “Herbie” from the Disney movies on a micro bus !

452626900 Volkswagen T2a Camper Van

452628200 Porsche 918 Spyder “Martini”

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

452629900 Porsche 911 R (991) – white/red

 

Picture of real car. Picture of model not available.

Porsche 911 R (991) – white/green

452632000 Volkswagen T1c Samba bus – black/white

452631600 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS


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Hachette Italy – World Buses Part 11

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Parts 31 to 33

At last another British bus, but produced and bodied in Pakistan, and one each from France and Germany, the last two from manufacturers already previously seen in this listing, all of them from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French  “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo. We should be arrived to the second part of the collection, but the French one is still going on: originally planned for 60 models, this collection was initially extended to 80 and then to 100 models!

No. 31 (no. 25 in the French collection) Mercedes-Benz O 302 1972 – We have already met Mercedes Benz (see fourth part, no. 11), after the O 10000 (1938) and the Lo 3100 (1936) this time we see the O 302, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz between 1965 and 1974 at the Mannheim plant.Launched as a replacement for the O 321, it was sold as both a chassis and as an integral bus with Mercedes-Benz supplying the body, designed to an austere Bauhaus style, mostly as a coach. Over 32,000 were built over an eleven-year period (the O 321 reached 20,000 units in 13 years), it was later superseded by the O 303 which reached an even higher production volume, but over a longer period. “One for all” or “Jack of all trades” could well describe the O 302 : urban or country bus, touring coach, the “universal” bus everyone was waiting for. But it was the last of its kind. From the last half of the 1970s buses became specialised. The O 321 was a design of the 1950s (rounded contours and small windows), while the O 302 styling features were typical of the 1960s : basic squared shape with steeply angled front, generous side windows with slim pillars, and large rear screen.

While the regular service versions had plain side windows, the touring coaches featured curved windows extending into the roof, a truly “panoramic” bus. Available with four wheelbase lengths between 9.6 and 11.9 meters (from R10 to R13, according to the number of rows of seats), doors, equipment and seating varied greatly, ranging from practical urban buses to luxury touring coaches. Over the chassis was mounted a body of semi-integral construction, while the six in-line direct injection diesel engine was installed transversely at the rear. Different engine displacement and power levels were available, according to the vehicle dimensions and use. Air suspensions were standard on the urban buses and on the larger touring coaches.

This was the first touring coach from Mercedes-Benz to feature individual nozzle ventilation for every passenger seat, and the first to have an option of air conditioning. For the first time the driver had a genuine instrument panel in front of him. A worldwide success, the O 302 was exported everywhere , even in the States featuring typical stainless-steel side panelling. It was also produced in countries like Turkey or Korea. A last technical achievement: in 1969 the OE 302 was presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show as the world’s first hybrid bus. Power was more than sufficient for an urban bus, but the range was limited to 55 kilometers.

The scale model has the usual plastic body and metal chassis with a few details and the exhaust system enhanced in silver. The inscriptions on the chassis define it as a type 10R, but there are only nine seat rows. The livery is white with a red roof and a low side stripe, also in red. On the side the lettering “Rundfahrten Pulay” refers to “Pulay Reisen” a family travel company from Leobersdorf, lower Austria. But the registration plate is from Esslingen, a district in the centre of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and according to the “H” it is a registration for “historic” vehicles. Very likely the scale model is a faithful reproduction of a restored vehicle.

Very nice detailing of the front grille with the Mercedes-Benz emblem, good too are the front lights, rear mirrors and wipers. The side windows are nicely replicated as are the rear engine cooling grilles. Nice wheels with the typical chromed hubcaps are also in evidence.

 

No. 32 (no. 24 in the French collection) Isobloc 656 DH Panoramique 1956 – We have already illustrated the short history of Isobloc (see sixth part, no. 17), this time we’ll met the last coach produced, when Isobloc had already declared bankruptcy and had been absorbed by the SACA (Société d’automobiles et carrosseries d’Annonay) of Sylvain Floirat. At the request of the new owner a new autobus was developed, the 655 DHU, and a new panoramic coach, the 656 DH. The 656 DH Panoramique was a groundbreaking vehicle, very comfortable and adaptable to different uses. Seating could range from 30 to 42, or to 52 when the toilet and the wardrobe were not installed.

The passenger platform was raised in the rear, to allow high visibility to all the seats, below it were huge luggage compartments. In the rear most had a toilet, a wardrobe, and a space for the hostess complete with refrigerator and cooker. The whole vehicle was air conditioned, thanks to forced air circulating on dry ice, whilst the seats were adjustable and had a  radio integrated in the headrest. It was 11.9 metres long and the rear housed a 7 litre supercharged diesel engine by Hispano Suiza in a longitudinal position with a Wilson pre-selection gearbox with five speeds, fitted just in front of the rear axle. It was indeed a flagship coach. But its life was very short, at the end of 1957 SACA was bought by Saviem (Société Anonyme de Véhicules Industriels et d’Equipements Mécaniques) and its production was stopped after only a few units. They could still be seen full of tourists in the streets of Paris until 1968.

This model has a plastic body (a bit flimsy) and a metal chassis with a few details and the exhaust system painted in silver. The livery in blue and grey is typical of Transcar, a branch of the SGTD (Société Générale des Transports Départementaux), specifically dedicated to the organisation of excursions and leisure trips. They were created in 1955 and still in business under the TRANSDEV banner.

The destination plate reads “Normandie – Cote d’Azur”, while the registration plate is from Paris. There is a very nice front grille with the Isobloc emblem, as well as plastic rear mirrors, front and fog lights which are separately fitted parts.

The airy glasshouse and the wheels, with chromed hubcaps and whitewall tyres, are nicely reproduced. A beautiful model, to be shown alongside the Greyhound Scenicruiser, the Pegaso Z-403 and the Citroen Cityrama, to be fully appreciated.

 

No. 33 (no. 26 in the French collection) Bedford TJ Rocket 1980Bedford was established as a subsidiary of Vauxhall in 1930 to manufacture commercial vehicles Bedford’s were based initially on Chevrolet mechanical parts as Vauxhall was bought by General Motors in 1925. It was a leading international brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks throughout the world. Its heavy trucks business was divested by GM as AWD Ltd in 1987, whilst the Bedford brand continued to be used until 1991 on light commercial vehicles and car-derived vans based on Vauxhall/Opel, Isuzu and Suzuki designs; subsequent GM Europe light commercial vehicles were branded as either Vauxhall or Opel, according to the market. Before 1925 General Motors assembled trucks in Britain from parts manufactured at their Canadian works, and marketed as “British Chevrolet“. In 1925 production was transferred from Hendon to Luton, Vauxhall’s headquarters, in Bedfordshire, from here the “Chevrolet Bedford” name, and from 1931 “Bedford” was used alone. Its success was due in large part to the smooth running in-line six cylinder engine with overhead-valves, of Chevrolet origin (the famous stove-bolt six).

The TJ was introduced in 1958 and was an updated version of the TD range. It was available in UK until 1975, after which it was manufactured only for export until 1986, and after that it was manufactured by AWD into the early 1990s. Petrol and diesel engines were available. It was never a big seller in the home market but a big export earner in developing countries, due to its basic layout and specification. Many assembly plants were established overseas in places like Pakistan and India.

In Pakistan the TJ is very popular. It has a cult status among drivers and is known for its power, reliability and durability. Many trucks and buses are highly customised and decorated by their owners. External decoration may include structural changes, paintings, calligraphy, and ornamental decor like wooden carvings and chains and pendants dangling off the front bumper. Usually the body is rebuilt in mogano wood, capable of absorbing vibrations and not splitting like the welded steel. Also the chassis is heavily modified: the height from the ground is increased and the suspension is strengthened. The luggage area on the roof is often used to transport more passengers, while the access to the interior is from the left side, like in the UK.

The scale model has the usual plastic body and metal baseplate, with basic details of the chassis. Quite an overdecorated livery for this Pakistani bus, sporting a Peshawar registration plate. It is quite difficult to see the interior, the windows being completely covered by the decorations. The exterior ladders are nice, and there are some nice added parts like the mirrors, lights and the front bar.

Only one wiper is fitted (very likely rain is optional in Pakistan). A well reproduced scale model, but not to everyone’s taste. No apparent differences to the French edition.


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1:18 Scale Promotional Models from Minichamps and Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Here are two more promotional models made for car manufacturers to 1:18 scale.

BMW M4 GTS

 

To celebrate 30 years of the iconic M3, BMW presented an extreme interpretation of the M4, the GTS, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  It was launched as a limited edition of only 700 cars to go on sale from spring 2016. It immediately sold out. It was devastatingly quick with times on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring of 11 seconds less than the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio.

This performance was the result of an innovative 6-cylinder 3.0 litre engine with water injection which was capable of delivering 500 horsepower and a torque of 600 Nm, and by a 20% reduction in weight over the base M3 to 1,510 kilograms, which gave a power to weight ratio of a CV per 3.0 kg.

Clearly the weight reduction affected both the interiors and the external structure, with a large use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics. Rear wheel drive was combined with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, whilst the alloy wheels were shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, the front ones measuring 265/35 R19 and the rear ones 285/30 R20. Lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes guaranteed precise and effective deceleration even when subjected to repeated use on the track.

The diecast metal scale model (no. 80 43 2 411 555) by Minichamps wears a matt grey livery, with acid orange accents to the front spoiler, the alloy wheels and the interiors. The two doors and the bonnet can be opened, showing a nice reproduction of the engine. At the rear a large wing interrupts the flowing line of the body. Inside a roll over protective structure doesn’t interfere with the luxury interior, complete with an extinguisher. Very well reproduced alloy wheels and chassis, which displays a massive exhaust system. An interesting and valuable model of a real car few of us will be ever able to see.

 

 

Mercedes Benz S-class V222 MOPF 2017

 

First of all let’s clarify the meaning of MOPF. it stands for “Modell Pflege” (model maintenance), which means that this is a “restyling” of the 2013 V222 model.

When introduced in 2013 the W222 (and its long wheelbase version V222) was a car aimed at being the best “executive” saloon in the world with a high level of high tech and luxury and was intended to replace the previous W221, and the Maybach 57 and 62. The external style of the car body remained that of a saloon car or limousine but with some distinctive features. The side view is characterised by a high belt line and a parabolic pattern that descends towards the tail: a third volume designed to promote the aerodynamic penetration.

There was a long list of electronic devices for the comfort and safety of the occupants. It was also the first car in the world completely free of incandescent bulbs, both externally and internally: only LED lights were fitted. In April 2017 restyled W222 and V222 were presented . A different grille was fitted for models with 6 and 8 cylinders, a new bumper for the whole range and the new headlights now had a new design that optimised the beam of light in the dark. The real news was the new range of engines, almost completely revolutionised by the arrival of the new family of modular engines, both petrol and diesel, with 6 or 8 cylinders. The previous 3 litre V6 was replaced by a new engine, but now with 6-cylinders inline, while the 4.7-litre V8 was replaced by the 4-litre bi-turbo V8. The only V12 engine remaining was the carried over 6-litre bi-turbo. As for diesel engines, there was the debut of the new 6-cylinder  inline 2.9-litre available with two power outputs. It is also worth noting that hybrid versions were not included. Mercedes preferred to replace them with traditional engines with increased efficiency and equipped with alternative technologies such as the mild-hybrid system integrated in the petrol engines.

A large number of devices to aid comfort and safety took the vehicles another step closer to autonomous driving.

The metal scale model (no. B6 696 1273) by Norev has obsidian black metallic paintwork, and looks very formal. It is also available as no. B6 696 1272 in “Designo Allanite Grey Magno” (a light grey, almost a silver). As usual the model’s body is diecast metal with plastic components. It is a high quality model hand assembled in China. All four doors can be opened, as can the hood and the trunk.

The engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, enhanced by the transparent roof. Comparing the 2017 MOPF to the 2013 version (also by Norev, no. B6 696 0158) the difference in front and rear bumpers and the front grille is clear.

Alas, the devices for the autonomous driving spoil the beauty of the grille itself. The same is true on the real car: why not a better (and more aesthetic) solution? Please, Daimler Benz …..

Anyway, this is another beautiful model to add to your Mercedes collection.


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News from the Continent September/October 2017 – Herpa.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are some thoughts on two releases Herpa made in July 2017. These are moulded in plastic to 1:87 in Germany.

307574 IFA G5 Dumper – orange

After the recent fire brigade version, the IFA G5 is now released as a bright yellow dumper. This vehicle was developed for the National Peoples Army of the former DDR and the 6×6 G5 was also used for civil purposes, especially when The Warsaw Pact forces standardised on Soviet trucks. The new  tipper has working action as shown in the photographs below where it can be seen next to the earlier dark orange and Military versions from the DDR Modelcars range.

700665 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 13 double-cab with flat bed and Tilt German Army – “Bundeswehr”.

It seems hard to believe but today German Army vehicles can be seen painted in white or silver in use on the roads. This approach is designed to make it easier to sell secondhand vehicles in these colours, rather than the traditional matt green, when the army no longer want them.


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