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Atlas Dinky Collection – Estafette Camping

By Maz Woolley

Here we have another model from the Atlas France‘s Dinky ‘WIth Opening Parts’ collection. This did not appear in the UK Atlas Dinky Deluxe collection unlike many others from the French Collection.

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

This is French Dinky #565 Estafette Renault “Camping”. The model was launched by French Dinky in 1965 and is marked 1/43 scale on its base. It stayed in production until 1971. It only ever appeared in blue with a cream roof and it was one of many variants of the Estafette French DInky made. It was sold in a delightfully illustrated box, shown above, with two Estafette campers in a pleasant rural location next to a lake which Atlas has replicated well.

The Estafette was in many ways a forerunner of the vans of today with a front wheel drive configuration and a flat load area. It was launched in 1959 powered by the 850cc Dauphine engine re-engineered with a new gearbox for mounting at the front and it was an immensely popular and long lived van in France finally giving way to the Renault Trafic in 1980.

Here Dinky has modelled it as a camper van with the three way opening rear doors modelled as well as the sliding side door. Inside they have included a nice set of camping fittings including a gaily covered bench seat.

All in all a very nice toy which somehow manages to capture the real vehicle well and shows what would have been on continental camp sites apart from the ubiquitous Volkswagen Transporter based vans.

A shame that Atlas did not include this in the UK series as it is an excellent model. This model is sometimes seen at a reasonable price on eBay being sold by Chinese vendors.


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Schuco and Solido Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

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

Schuco

February 1/2019

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

EDITION PRO.R18
450008400 Opel Blitz Porsche race car transporter

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

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

SOLIDO

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

421184460/S1801201 Alpine A310 Pack GT – white

Schuco

February 2/2019

PICCOLO

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

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

450570900 Charger “Happy Birthday 2019”

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

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


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

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

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


EDITION PRO.R43
450879800 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – silver

450879900 Porsche 356 Gmünd Coupe – black

23081/23082

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

450900200 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet – blue

EDITION 1:32
450775100 Tractor Progress ZT 303 – red

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

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

450907400 Famulus RS 14/36 tractor – red

EDITION PRO.R18
450011400 Volkswagen Beetle Motorhome – blue

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

SOLIDO

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

421184760/S1801801 Caterham Seven 275R

421184770/S1801802 Caterham Academy 2014

421184780/S1800704 Citroen DS Speciale – yellow

421184830/S1800105 Renault 4L “Jogging” 1981

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


SCHUCO

March 3/2019

PICCOLO
450559600 Piccolo Assembling Box Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401

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

450900500 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – white

EDITION 1:32
450760700 Mercedes-Benz Trac 1800

EDITION 1:64
452016500 BMW Isetta beige/orange

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


452016600 Citroen 2CV “007” – yellow

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


452016700 Mini Cooper “Union Jack” – red

452016800 Volkswagen Beetle – green/beige

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

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

452633100 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) – silver

452635000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe – white

452635100 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa – silver

452635200 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet – blue

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

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”

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.


Aurus Senat 2018.jpg

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.


Some more Small Promotionals For France

By Fabrizio Panico

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

It is anniversary time. 2019 is the year that Citroën celebrates its first centenary, and it is nice to see that among all the media presentations and public events that there is place for model collectors with an array of new models in the “three inches” (or “fit the box”) category, all under the “Origins” label, the official “1919-2019” theme. After the 2CV and the Traction already seen at the end of last year, which are re-issues of previous models, it is now time for a copious harvest of completely new ones.

The 2CV AZL 4×4 Sahara (code AMC 019 1026) is available in three different colours, like the 2CV Fourgonnette (AMC 019 1107), while the 1947 bus U23 (AMC 019 1099) is available in two different two-colour liveries, very nice, one of them sports the Citroen logo on the side. Another new issue is the 1933 “La Petite Rosalie”, a record car to promote the new 8CV, in blue with a white clad driver (AMC 019 1097). Also new is the CX (AMC 019 1191) which is a bit small, and is available in two colours.

Among further re-issues there are the DS23 Pallas (AMC 019 1192) in two colours, and the Mehari (AMC 019 1194) also in two colours. Very likely there will be other re-issues, perhaps the SM coupé and the HY van, which are already available in the “public” collection. A well deserved applause to Citroën.

Last year Renault celebrated its 120 years, but chose to release only two 1:55 scale models, the R4 and the R5, both by Welly and already seen, each in four different colours, with a special “120 years” box, similar to the type usually used by Norev for Renault.

Back to Norev “dealer” releases : Renault completed its “concept cars” series with the RS 2027 Vision (code 315381) and the 2017 Symbioz (code 315382) and released a set (code 315383) completed with the 2016 Trezor (code 315380), already seen. Previously there was the 2018 Megane RS, in orange (code 315148) or yellow (code 315149), while Citroën released a second issue of the 2018 C5 Aircross (code AMC 019 1183) in four different colours. Small, but very very nice.

Happy collecting !


Hachette Italy World Buses – Part 24

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Here we are at part 24 of this series covering the releases from ‘Autobus dal mondo’. Something of  record to reach two years of issues of models and history.  And there are still more to go!

Parts number 70 to 72

At last a Swedish bus and two more French buses: a gas-fed war-time Renault and a Saviem used in Morocco (former French protectorate). They are from the Italian Hachette partwork ‘Autobus dal mondo’”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French series ‘Autobus et autocars du monde’”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.


No. 70 (no. 93 in the French collection) Renault TN4 F (Gaz de ville) 1940 – This is the fifth Renault in the collection. Aside from those produced after mergers in the French bus and coach industry which combined Latil, Renault and Somua, into Saviem in 1955 . Later Isobloc and Chausson. were also absorbed. After the AGP Saharien (see part seven, no. 19), the TN6-C2 (see part twelve, no. 34), the R4192 (see part nineteen, no. 55 and part twenty one, no. 61) it is now the turn of another TN, a TN4 F modified to run on city gas, due to the scarcity of fuels during the Second World War. The STCRP (Société des Transport en Commun de la Région Parisienne) had already tested the use of a gasifier (tried on over 300 buses) and a mixture of alcohols (with poor results), and in 1940 decided to use uncompressed city gas (a mixture of methane and hydrogen). This choice needed each vehicle to have a very large storage tank (about 17-20 cubic metres) and it gave a very limited range on one fill (about 20 kilometres, just a round trip).

A container in rubberised canvas (from the stocks of balloons manufactured by Goodrich, in the outskirts of Paris) was placed on the roof, protected by a large fairing made of wood fibre panels. Over 500 buses were converted, TN4 F/H and TN6 only, but fuel wasn’t the sole problem; the scarcity of oil, tires and spare parts soon left many buses out of service and in June 1944 only 275 bus were still operative. Besides, the population preferred to move by the underground, the bus fleet being heavily affected by requisitions and evacuations. The result was a reorganisation of the Parisian transport system, with the STCRP and the Compagnie du chemin de fer Métropolitain de Paris (CMP) merging from 1942 to officially become the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) in 1949. It is interesting to note that despite the exceptional height (4.10 metres) and the extreme flammability of the gas there were never any major incidents.

The original bus, the first TN4 (a bus with a length of 9.5 metres, more powerful engine and with a larger capacity of up to 50 passengers) was introduced in 1931 at the request of the STCRP. It was the first Renault bus with the radiator in front of the engine instead of behind as used on previous ones. The first TNs had an open platform and an inline four cylinder engine of 58 CV, while in 1932 the TN6 received an inline six cylinder engine of 68 CV. After the war, all the TNs in service were refurbished, even adopting a more enclosed cabin to protect the driver. They were then slowly phased out, the last in 1971.

The scale model is a faithful reproduction of thevehicle from the large “AMTUIR” collection (Association du Musée des Transports Urbains, Interurbains et Ruraux), its museum is now located in Chelles, Seine-et-Marne, part of the Parisian agglomeration (see www.amtuir.org). But TN4F No. 3158 is a replica. A false raised roof was placed on the vehicle and the vehicle is currently running on petrol (all roof fairings were eliminated during general revisions, completed in 1948).

As usual there is a plastic multi-part body with a metal chassis. Classic green and cream livery is well reproduced, and is lacking any advert. Like the chassis (where a printed name replaces the original one) and the interiors, the central part of the body is common with the previous TN6-C2 (no. 34), whilst the driver’s cab is now an open one. Many separate small items are fitted. Note the blacked-out headlight. It is a shame that there is a shiny metal support inside the rear platform. There are no apparent differences to the French release. A fair witness of past war times.


No. 71 (no. 94 in the French collection) Saviem SC1 1960 – We have already met the Saviem SC10 U (see part thirteen, no. 39), and how at the end of 1955 Renault, faced with strong competition from Berliet, and lacking factory capacity, decided to merge with Somua and Latil creating LRS Saviem, later incorporating Isobloc and Chausson. In 1949 Renault presented the R4000 series, the first “modern” Renault bus (previously they were based on a truck chassis, heavy and uncomfortable) with a unitary structure. The engine was now placed horizontally on the right hand side between the two axles, and the body had a rounded shape with a chromed grille. It was an instant success and was produced in many different versions (the R 4192 was a low roof version with a more powerful diesel engine). Following the mergers in 1955 it gained a Saviem logo, in 1957 it was restyied and renamed the Saviem ZR20. In 1960 a new engine was fitted and the SC1 name used. In 1964 the S45 name was used and it stayed in production up to 1993 with periodic updates.

Compared to the R4192 (see part nineteen, no. 55 and part twenty one, no. 61) the SC1 presented the same new front and rear “panoramic” screens already seen on the ZR20, a simplified front grille and improved wipers. But much more important were the new engine, the Fulgur diesel six with 150 CV (30 CV more than the previous one, which was aptly named “fainéant” or loafer), and the Grégoire suspension, the “aérostable”, a variable flexibility system, which gave a very comfortable ride.

The scale model is a faithful reproduction of an interesting vehicle, a bus exported to Morocco, which was up to 1955 a French protectorate. As usual there is a plastic body and a metal chassis, very likely partly recycled from the previous R4192. The name on the baseplate is now printed, but the front and rear of the body are entirely new. The white and blue livery shows the logo of CTM, the Compagnie de Transport au Maroc, the line Casablanca-Marrakech, is still active today. Since its creation in 1919, the history of CTM accompanied that of modern Morocco, contributing to its development. In 1969 CTM merged with Lignes Nationales and extended its services to the whole Morocco.

It was the first Moroccan company privatised in 1993, at the same time as it was introduced on the stock exchange of Casablanca. Very nice white-wall tires and driver’s cab feature. The usual luggage rack is fitted to the roof and a large ladder provided for access. Many separate parts are used and the headlights pods are particularly notable. The characteristic long bars are fitted along the roof which are used to fix the canvas to protect the baggage. No apparent differences to the French series. Nice to have something from another continent.


No. 72 (no. 95 in the French collection) Volvo B375 1957 – Nice to see a Swedish bus at last. Today the Volvo Group (Aktiebolaget Volvo, shortened to AB Volvo) is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg, and its main activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment. Automobile manufacturer Volvo Cars was part of AB Volvo until 1999, when it was sold to the Ford Motor Company, and then re-sold in 2010 to the Chinese Geely Holding Group. The brand name Volvo means “I roll” in Latin, conjugated from “volvere”. Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of SKF, a ball bearing manufacturer however both Volvo Group and Volvo Cars regard their founding to be in 1927, when the first Volvo car left the assembly line. The first truck debuted in 1928, an immediate success soon exported in Europe, while the first bus, named B1, was launched in 1934. After a very complicated (and too tedious to report here) sequence of partnerships, purchases and sales, the Volvo Group is focused on heavy vehicles and its operations include among other things Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Mack Trucks, and Renault Trucks.

The Volvo Brage/Starke/Raske was a series of medium size trucks produced between 1954 and 1972 : the L370 Brage was named after the Norse god Bragi and sported an overhead valve petrol engine, in parallel with the Brage Volvo offered a diesel version called L375 Starke (Strong), likewise with a payload of 4.5 tonnes, to be replaced in 1961 by the sturdier L475 Raske (Swift) with a payload of 5 tonnes. From the L375 (L as in Lastbil, Swedish for truck) Volvo derived the B375 (B as in Buss, for bus), with the same chassis and mechanics of the truck. The engine was a diesel six in-line, with 95 CV. Early trucks had a non-synchronised four-speed gearbox, soon replaced by a synchronised five-speed transmission by ZF. The body was usually built by local coachbuilders, in this case a Danish one, V. Frandsen Karosserifabrikk. This long distance bus had a very long body, far outweighing the rear overhang and could carry 31 passengers. The spare wheel was hung at the rear externally, freeing more space for luggage compartments. A bus not avant-garde, not specially original, and lacking modernity, but very suitable for difficult Scandinavian roads.

The scale model has the usual plastic body and metal chassis, with an added exhaust, in front of a rear wheel, it is not very well connected either. The red and white livery is well applied, but there is no indication of the transport company. The destination board reads “Ystad (Rønne)”. Ystad is a town in Skåne County, in the south of Sweden, dating back to the 11th century, nowadays more famous for being the primary set for the detective series “Wallander”. Rønne is the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, just in front of Ystad and connected to it by ferry.

The registration plate seems to be Danish, the yellow one for buses and trucks. A very nice radiator grille is fitted with the Volvo logo on show. The headlights and indicators are well modelled too. There is a well reproduced interior though the steering wheel seems to be a bit oversize. There is no apparent difference to the French edition. A similar bus, with a different livery, was produced in 1:72 scale by Editions Atlas. This is a nice reproduction of a classic bus, worthy of the long wait.


News from the Continent February 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are the models announced by Norev for introduction in January 2019. As usual these are diecast models made in China for France unless otherwise stated. Many pictures are of pre-production samples and those are over printed to make it clear that changes may occur before the models ship.

1:18 Scale Models

181730 Citroen SM 1971 – Gold Leaf


183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886 – green


183492 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Akka


184856 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami Blue


184770 Peugeot 905 Winner France 24 hours 1992

Winner driven by Dalmas / Warwick / Blundell


184773 Peugeot 905 Le Mans 1993

Third placed driven by Bouchut / Brabham / Helary


1:43 Scale

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue


155328 Citroen C3 Aircross 2017

Grey and white roof with orange decoration details


270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – black


509003 Dacia Duster 2018 – Dune beige


509004 Dacia Duster 2018 – Cosmos blue


351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black


473888 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – Platinium grey


517790 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Cosmos Blue


517792 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Gendarmerie”


517789 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Police Nationale”


517797 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Fire Brigade”


NOREV CLASSIC 1:43

This range is modelled on the Atlas Dinky or Dan Toys ranges both actually made in Norev’s Chinese plant too. These versions carry interesting period liveries in boxes in a style used by Norev when they made their models in plastic.

CL6911 Berliet GAK pick up with canvas cover “Moutarde de Dijon”


CL6912 Berliet GAK “Sirop des Comptoirs Francais”


Retromobile 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

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

Once again February brings us back to Paris, both for Retromobile, and for the traditional auctions of Artcurial, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams, a visual overdose enriched by a certain elegance, even if you start to perceive some slight fogging due to the changing tastes of the public. On the other hand it is for the market to dictate the show and not our personal interests.

This year Paris greeted us with windy days, but fortunately without the snow of last year. Alas the defections of the big automakers continue from their previous showcase of the Champs Elysées. First Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota left, now Peugeot has left its showroom too, leaving only Renault in the place that was a symbol of French motoring. How much longer before there are no showrooms on the Champs Elysées?

As usual, the Parisian show has attracted fans from all over the world. It is rich in novelties, celebrations of anniversaries, and exhibitions dedicated to specific brands. Even here there were alternate presences and absences: FCA is back, the absence of Mercedes-Benz is alas confirmed. Brand and/or model clubs attend in abundance, although their grouping together in Hall 3 reduces their presence a little.

Big celebrations took place of the centenary of Citroen with a great review of cars and prototypes, unfortunately narrow corridors meant the exhibits were difficult to walk around. Peugeot was a little poorly represented , maybe we had become used to better shows in previous years, whilst Renault chose to devote itself entirely to the ‘Turbo Years’, with the result of a series of cars of relative ‘aesthetic’ interest.

The general impression was of a reduced presence of real “vintage” cars in flavor of newer ‘classics’, which are evidently the most requested by the public today. This is the market! Fortunately the Teuf Teuf Club and the Compiègne Museum exhibited a rich collection of De Dion Bouton vehicles, while a specific exhibition was dedicated to the Bédélia, a classic of French cyclecars.

Another ‘gem’ on show was the monstrous Berliet T100, a giant destined for the African deserts and whose journey from Lyon to Paris constituted an adventure, considering its dimensions are ‘out of the norm’.

A rich collection of motorcycles from Gnome & Rhone was on show, as well as a display of the Citroen DS Chapron, in all their variants. Honda was celebrating the twenty years of the S2000 (too new in the Author’s opinion to be at such a show). The long suspension bridge between Hall 1 and 2 housed the Mini exhibition, celebrating their 60 years. There was an interesting cutaway Mini, but perhaps they could have included more variants : the Moke and the Mini Marcos appeared a bit lonely. As usual, the Saumur museum presented two tanks, a Sherman and a Panzer IV.

After lookinmg at all the displays there were plenty of opportunities to spend your money. There were many Dealers with their “jewels” and of course scale models, spare parts, books, and accessories. Add to that the wide range of goods from the many artists and artisans.

Again a show not to be missed where there is so much on offer that everyone can find lots of interest. The photographs below show some of the highlights of the show.

Citroën – 100 Years Display


Citroen GS Camargue Bertone 1972


Renault 1000kg Voltigeur 1956


Delahaye 135 M Figoni Falaschi 1946


BMW 320 Group 5 Junior Team 1977


Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione 1955


Lancia Rally 037 1982


Abarth 1000 monoposto record 1960


Jensen CV8 Mark III 1965


Classic early Léon Bollée advertising material


Wolseley Hornet Mark III 1969


Gnome Rhone motorcycle and side car outfit


Bédélia BD2 1912


Tiffany Golden Spirit 1986


Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1939


Scale Models Club display on the theme – Peugeot


News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


Atlas Deluxe Dinky Spanish #1416 Renault 6

By Maz Woolley

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

Atlas models seem to be shipped regularly now. Perhaps with so few series left running they have the stocks set aside in the warehouse all ready to go. One wonders how long the Deluxe Dinky series will last as I am sure that the number of subscribers must be tailing off with many put off by the fact that it has turned into a series of French Dinkies. On the other hand, if there are many left over models from the French series, I expect they will get shipped to us until there is nothing new left.

The model shown here is a replica of French Dinky #1416, a Renault 6 to 1:43 scale. This model is a later one sold from 1969 and produced in Spain for Dinky by Pilen. If it looks familiar that is because we have already had the earlier French made 1416 in Red in this series which you can read about here.

As if often the case the box art work shows the car in a colour never issued by Dinky. It is a curious picture as it shows the front doors open with no window frame featured yet the whole door is modelled. As is usual with the later pictures no artist is credited and there is no interesting background to liven up the box.

I will not repeat the information about the Renault 6 you will find in the original article here, just take a look at the Spanish made model. This differed from the earlier French made model as it had modifications to the front grille and lights to represent an updated version of the R6 and the bonnet opening mechanism actuated by pushing down the steering wheel in the French made car, and the earlier Atlas replica, was not included.

It continued using the same number plate from the previous version which was a sign that Dinky were no longer paying as much attention to detail as they had in earlier years. The poor fit of the opening front doors was not addressed and they still let down the rest of the casting.

The base is plastic and the front bumper has lost its overriders despite them still being shown on the box. The car also sits strangely low at the rear when the R6 always seemed to ride higher at the rear than the front.

Perhaps not an exciting model or even particularly welcomed by collectors when the earlier model has already been collected.

The next car in the series has already arrived and it is #1420 Opel Commodore.