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News from the Continent December 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here we look at the new releases announced for the Busch group companies which should have become available in November 2018. All are moulded i plastic to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

Busch Models

41802 Ford E-350 Ambulance “German Red Cross Fulda”


44035 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department”


44036 Dodge Power Wagon “American Fire Department Brush I


44037 Dodge Power Wagon US Army


45056 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe – two tone green with custom wheels 


46135-04 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – I drive you home”

48135-05 Smart Fortwo 07 “Car2go – Rhineland Express”


47513 Ford Mustang Cabriolet “Metallica” – red


47573 Ford Mustang Coupe “Stripes” – silver


50366 Land Rover Defender “French Police”


51122 Mercdes-Benz Vito “German Red Cross – Emergency Doctor”


51166 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Emergency Doctor Fire Brigade of Essen”


51418 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “Fire Department City of Essen”


EsPeWe Models

EsPeWe models are based upon vehicles produced in the former DDR.

95171 IFA W50L BTP (Building crew Vehicle DDR mail)


95600 IFA S4000 TLF 16 – Fire Department

This is a new mould. The S4000, seen here as a tank fire engine, was manufactured between 1959 and 1967. The crew cabin was made to seat 6 people.


95601 IFA S4000 TLF 16

Here the new mould is used to create a mining accident rescue vehicle.


Robur Bus LO 2500

Another new mould. Here in the form of a bus that was manufactured between 1961 and 1964. 

95700 Robur LO 2500 bus – orange


95701 Robur LO 2500 bus – blue


95702 Robur LO 2500 bus “DDR Interflug)


95703 Robur LO 2500 bus – red


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Promoting smart cars

By Fabrizio Panico

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

A “smart” family

The “smart” history (lower-case only) is too well-known to need re-telling in detail, suffice to remember the many tentative initial steps, from the Swatchmobile idea to the initial agreement with Volkswagen, to the deal with Daimler Benz and the birth of the joint company MCC (Micro Compact Car AG), then the start of production and the final buy-out by Daimler-Benz, becoming “smart GmbH” and then a Mercedes-Benz Cars division of Daimler AG.  Perhaps less known are the origin of the “smart” name (Swatch Mercedes ART) or of its emblem, a “c” and an arrow (respectively for “compact” and “forward thinking“).

From the start the promotional miniature side was well catered for: in 1:18 scale Maisto and Kyosho were able to present the full production, from the City-coupè (C450) to the City-cabrio (A450), even the Brabus and Crossblade variants, the models often including double plastic body panels, so you could change panels on the model just like the real car.

Kyosho reproduced the Roadster-cabrio (C452) and the Roadster-coupè (R452), and the first Forfour (W452) even in different versions like the Pulse or the Passion.   Minichamps reproduced the 2007 second generation : fortwo (C451) and cabrio (A451). For the 2014 iteration (third generation) Renault was to share its Twingo platform with the new forfour, and it was Norev’s time to present the new fortwo coupè (C453), fortwo cabrio (A453) and forfour (W453) scale models, this time with standard Mercedes-Benz code numbers (B6 696 xxxx).

Here are the third generation smart cars in pictures and data, nice models, accurate representations of the real cars, but strangely lacking any safety belts ! The double bodypanels have been skipped, but a small screwdriver and a dust cloth are now present.

fortwo coupé (C453) 2014

 

B6 696 0280     white + lava orange     (passion edition #1)
B6 696 0281     titanium + black           (passion version)  
B6 696 0282     midnight + white          (proxy version)        

fortwo cabrio (A453) 2014

 

B6 696 0289     yellow + black
B6 696 0290     titanium + silver
B6 696 0291     white

forfour (W453) 2014

B6 696 0298   graphite + lava orange (passion version)
B6 696 0299   hazel + black         (prime version)
B6 696 0300   cadmium + black        (prime version)


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