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Recent Announcements 5/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers.

Here are few models recently announced that have caught the eye.

LS Collectibles

These models have been recently announced. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale for France.  As is so often the case with detailed 1:18 resin models there are no opening parts.

The Porsche models are not of 911 or Boxster variations for a change and look to capture the real cars very well. The Mitsubishi GTO is a car seldom seen on the road now but certainly looks a nice model in black. Finally we get another Dodge Viper a model that may sell better outside the UK where we saw few of them.

LS016A Dodge Viper GTS 1996

LS019B Mitsubishi 3000 GTO 1992

LS021A/B Porsche 944 Turbo S

LS022A Porsche 928 S4

Minichamps

A mixed group of releases here. Racing cars again dominating the release. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.

Porsche 906K Vögele and Siffert – Sebring 12 hours 1966.

A classic late 60s shape with sloping front and Kamm tail. A lot of detail like sun strip and lights seems to be included.

Porsche 917/10 Kauhsen and Dr, Heinemann “Farewell in the snow” Nürburgring 1973,

This model is to 1:18 scale and shows how much advertising has grown over the years with a minimal sponsorship livery.

 

 

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Kevin Magnussen – 2016 1:43 resin

Renault team cars from the end of 2016 modelled to 1:43 scale in resin.  Models for someone who has to have the whole grid or for fans of Renault or the individual drivers.

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Jolyon Palmer – 2016 1:43 resin

 

McLaren Honda MP4/5 Ayrton Senna 1989

This model is to 1:18 scale and is bound to be popular with Senna fans. Sadly McLaren’s current form makes one wonders if their drivers will ever be seen on the podium again.

McLaren Ford MP4/8 Ayrton Senna 1993 

This model is to 1:43 scale and even MInichamps web site does not state what material it is made of.

 

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BMW 520 – 1972 – Silver or Yellow

These budget re-releases from the Minichamps back catalogue are nice models capturing the BMW 5 Series of the early 1970s which was a very popular car.

Best of Show

ModelCarWorld originally produced some Neo models to 1:87 with photo-etching and a lot of detail. These appear to have been regarded as much too expensive by 1:87 scale collectors and so MCW is releasing its 1:87 models at a lower level of detail and at a lower price point as Best of Show. Many of the models presented have already been seen in BoS or Neo 1:43 ranges. When compared to the detail and accuracy of Herpa, Wiking, and Brekina I think that BOS models leave a lot to be desired. Oversized window frames and rather crude wheels seem to be common. However, they do focus on models that the main German 1:87 producers would not release. Some of their latest releases are shown below.

All models are moulded in resin in China to 1:87 scale for Germany.

Mercedes 180 (W120) Bakkie, BoS-Models, 1:87

Aston Martin DB5, BoS-Models, 1:87

Opel Manta B Mattig, BoS-Models, 1:87

 

Jaguar XJ-S, BoS-Models, 1:87


 

 

Renault Vivasix Models from Norev then and now.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Renault – Something for Everyone

 

The giant Renault 40 CV passenger cars with their luxury coach-built bodies are well known. But Renault also manufactured cars for “normal” people.

The two examples above were manufactured by Norev, both to 1:43 scale. There is 50 years between the launch of each of these models. The first, the type NN 1 was launched in 1969. And this year Norev produced the Vivasix PG2.

The original model of the NN 1 was made from plastic which has unfortunately deformed over the years.  It had an opening coal shovel shaped bonnet and tiny replica of the engine but no baseplate details.

The new model is die-cast and should remain free of any distortion. A number of small separate parts have been included to capture then finer details and a detailed baseplate is fitted.


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Alpine A110 – Rebirth of a Legend

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

In 1955 the “Societe des Automobiles Alpine“ was founded by Jean Redele as a sports car brand name. He introduced the first Alpine model, the A106.

In 1962 the premiere of the A110 took place. The sports car reached its first victory in the Rally Monte Carlo in 1971, and in the same year won of the International Rally Manufacturer Championship. In 1973 they won the first Rally World Championship and Alpine was purchased by Renault. Renault stopped producing Alpine Sports Cars in 1995.

Then in 2012 Renault announced the launch of a new Alpine Project. The first pre-production cars were shown at Le Mans, Goodwood and Dieppe in 2015 and in 2016 the Alpine re-launch was officially announced.

With the new A110, Alpine celebrated a impressive return to the Geneva Motor Salon in March 2017. Alpine is again a independent brand name in the Renault Group. The new A110 go on sale in Europe an the end of 2017. In the tradition of previous Alpines the new sports car combines exciting design, light weight and compact dimensions. The new 1.8 litre turbo petrol engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan-Alliance and optimised by Alpine engineers. A comparison between the A110 from 1969 and the new car shows the distinctly larger dimensions of the new car.

When the A110 won her first victories in second half of the 1960s, it was a subject of great interest for model car manufacturers. Norev launched the 1964 version in 1969 and a year later it appeared with two additional headlights and two rear-view mirrors. Also in this year the version “Gendarmerie“, fitted with a red warning light and aerial on  the roof, was introduced. On all versions, front and rear bonnets can be opened and an engine replica is fitted. The bodies made in 1969 were made from plastic which unfortunately generally becomes deformed over time.

The latest original A110 model is based on a 1969 car. It is accurately shaped with excellent detail, and painted in a realistic solid metallic blue. There are many small additional parts and a well detailed baseplate.

The other model shown one is the Celebration model from 2015, which has been shown to give buyers an idea of what the production version of 2017 will be like.It is again an accurate model and highlights its larger size than the original Alpine.

A Comparison of the Solido 1970 with Norev 2017

A comparison of the Solido 1970 1:43 and Bburago 1:24 of around the same time

Still more manufacturers launched models of the the A110 at the beginning of the 1970s. Even the former DDR had a model made by Max Krätzer VEB Leipzig. They released the Alpine 1600 S in 1:43 scale in 1984. Various colours were available.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Studebaker Coupe, Renault 4 and Bedford CA

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in September 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

39F Studebaker Coupe

Again taking full advantage of castings that Norev made for the Continental series where this model appeared in an almost metallic blue.

Here in the UK series it is issued in a solid dark blue. Originally introduced in 1939 the model more closely resembles a post war issue with ridged hubs.

The model was phased out in 1950. It is based upon a Studebaker State Commander Coupe. The post war colours offered in the UK were grey, green, blue, red, brown and yellow.


518 Renault 4L

This is a French Dinky model which was sold in the UK for a short time from 1962 to 1963 and only ever in mid-brown.

Here we have the model in pale blue a French colour. This model is of course to 1:43 scale and several details show how much better products from France were at this time.

The nicely moulded interior with the seat rails even reproduced was way ahead of the generally vague interior details. When originally issued in France this model was offered in brown, blue, light blue and red.

A Renault 4L is dark blue was the last model issued in the original French Atlas Dinky series. Although numbered 518 this features an updated casting with the later full width Renault 4 grille.


481 Bedford 10 cwt Van Ovaltine

Introduced by Dinky in 1955 the model was deleted in 1960 by which time the CA had been significantly restyled.

The model was made in three liveries “Dinky Toys”, which has already appeared in the Atlas Dinky Collection, Ovaltine and Kodak.

The model replicates the original Dinky well capturing the shade of blue used originally well.


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Milena Rose Models

By Maz Woolley

 

All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

 

 

1:43 scale resin models of interesting subjects have been released by Milena Rose, a French company owned by Frederic Cros. Frederic is well-known for his 1:43 scale Silas models of British cars and his Milena Rose dioramas, but the French cars branded Milena Rose are a new direction for his business.

The cars modelled are examples of French cars made under licence in other countries with realistic detailing for the local version. They are resin models made in China for France.

 

#MR43002b Renault 12 Alpine 1978 (Argentine)

 

The R12 Alpine made in South America was an expensive car with the added cost of imported components. It was a sports version primarily intended to add some glamour to the whole range. The imported parts were also sometimes added to the more basic TL version when prepared for rallying. The car was certainly sporting with a top speed of about 109MPH from a 1397cc engine as used in the R5 Alpine which was built locally but from imported parts. The handling was also reported to be excellent too. Only 439 of these cars were made between 1977 and 1980 as they were essentially hand built and Renault Argentina had no capacity to increase production.

The Milena Rose model captures the special characteristics of this model well. The strange wheels are particularly well represented as is the bonnet bulge and the Alpine striping and script.

The photos suggest that a lot of effort has been made to capture the large number of dials on the dashboard and the special seating fitted. The registration plates are also in an Argentinian format.


 

 

#MR43003a IKA Renault Gordini DA-2V

Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced nearly 100,000 Dauphines and Gordinis under license from Renault License in the Santa Isabel factory between 1960 and 1970. The strange front bumper was required by laws in Argentina and give the car a very different look from its French equivalent.

 

The photo above shows clearly the very different bumper unit as well as the local badging which has been faithfully reproduced.

The front and read have realistic local registration plates and the lighting is all separate lenses neatly fitted.

The Renault and Gordini badges are separate parts fitted neatly to the side. My one criticism is that the chrome window surrounds on this model look a little heavy.


#MR43003b Alfa Romeo Renault Dauphine

 

Alfa Romeo built the Dauphine under license between 1959 and 1964 in Portello, Milan. Differences from the French model are limited apart from Magnetti-Marelli 12 volt electrics and the logo “Dauphine Alfa Romeo” or “Ondine Alfa Romeo”. It is said that this model was produced to broaden the Alfa Romeo range and it sold quite successfully for a time.

The photo above shows clearly the special badging as well as the Milan registration plate.

 

And the special Alfa Romeo badge has been reproduced at the from of the car as well. The front wing has the Dauphine Alfa Romeo script as well to complete the local features.


#MR43003c Henney Kilowatt (Renault Dauphine)

The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car made in the United States and launched for the 1959 model year. It was based upon a Renault Dauphine body and had batteries and electric motors fitted. It was built by Henney Coachworks for the Eureka Company.

The 1959 models all ran on a 36-volt system of 18 two-volt batteries in series. The 36-volt cars had a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and could run approximately 40 miles (64 km) on a full charge. After the 36-volt system was proven to be inadequate the Kilowatt drivetrain was redesigned by Eureka Williams as a 72-volt system for the 1960 model year. It employed 12 six-volt batteries in series. The 72-volt models were much more practical than the 1959 36-volt models. The 1960 Kilowatt boasted a top speed of nearly 60 mph  with a range of over 60 miles on a single charge.

According to the official Eureka Company corporate history there were a total of 100 Henney Kilowatts manufactured during the entire two year production run, but of those 100 cars only 47 were ever sold. Few examples exist today.

 

The Milena Rose model replicates key features such has the Kilowatt badging and the heavier bumpers for the US market.

A New York City number plate has been included as has the special badge on the bonnet.


An interesting set of models of less common versions of very popular French vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this range develops.

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Atlas Dinky Toys 564 Miroitier Estafette Renault

By Maz Woolley

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I now have the latest model shipped by Atlas in the Atlas Dinky collection in the UK. Again it is a French Dinky model and one already seen in the Continental series.  This model first appeared in 1963 re-using some of the components of 563 Estafette pickup to create a Glaziers vehicle and was deleted in 1965.

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The original model is usually missing the spare wheel and glazing panes that are easily lost but these are all included in this replica. The spare wheels being held in the plastic tray the vehicle rests on ready to be placed in the pick up bed.

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This model was never made available by UK Dinky so is rare here. It only ever came in one colour as shown with matching wheel hubs and black tyres.

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The replica comes with two sheets of ‘glass’, one clear and the other mirrored and the Saint Gobain brand is carried on the frame to hold the glass.

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This is another nice replica but a long way away from the spirit of the original adverts which focused heavily on UK Dinky toys which seem no longer to be being replicated for the series. One wonders if the number of collectors has fallen below the level where it is worthwhile to get new moulds made but is still high enough to make it worth getting more models from the continental Dinky Toys collection made and used to keep the collection going.


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New Minialuxe 1:66 Models

By Robin Godwin

Minialuxe Volkswagen Beetle 1_66

Minialuxe were a classic brand of plastic model cars made in France which ended production in the later part of the 1970s.
The new Minialuxe brand is based in France but has models diecast in China. The output has a decidedly retro characteristic like Dan Toys or Atlas Dinky Collection. The Volkswagen Beetle models to 1:43 scale have already appeared in previous articles by the Author.

A new feature advertised heavily on their web site is the use of Swarovski crystals to form the lights.

Recently a range of 1:66 scale models has been introduced which is not even shown on the Minialuxe web site but which is already being sold through an eBay shop.  This range includes the following vehicles, photographs are shown in a gallery below:

  • Citroen DS19
  • Citroen DS21
  • Citroen 2CV
  • Mini
  • Renault R8 Gordini
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Volkswagen Transporter

The models seem to have a “Bub like” character with some heavy printing of chrome around some of the crystal lights with some alignment issues. Some may wonder why 1:66 and not 1:64. Well many European ranges of 1060s and 1970s were to 1:66. Schuco Safir, Norev, Politoys Penny Toys and others all made models in this scale.


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