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News from the Continent June 2019 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Here are images of the releases made by Busch Group in their ranges in March and April 2019. All the vehicles are moulded in plastic in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.


Busch Releases March 2019

41711 Pontiac TransAm muscle car – orange

42720 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – beige

42724 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with oval rear window – blue

42891 Weimar Mobile Excavator T174-2 with funnel

45239 Ford Thunderbird Cabriolet – closed hood – blue

46220 Smart Fortwo 2012 City cleaning

Fighter against dust and dirt in the city of Dresden


46723 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – open – red

46733 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – green

50050 Allgaier A 111L tractor

In 1906 Georg Allgaier founded Allgaier Werke GmbH in Hattenhofen in Württemberg. The A 111 Bauernschlepper was developed specially for motorising small farms and launched in 1952. It was later to form the basis of the short-lived Porsche Tractor.


50051 Hofherr-Schrantz Austro Junior 108 tractor

The Austrian company worked closely with Allgaier and later with Porsche. Porsche tractors were manufactured in Austria by Hofherr-Schrantz under licence.


51114 Mercedes-Benz Vito Halstenbeck Fire brigade

51125 Mercedes-Benz Vito Hessian Police, Germany

51259 Framo V901/2 bus Blue Postal vehicle – noise suppression service

Usually Public Service Vehicles of the DDR postal service were painted in yellow or grey. An exception to this were ones used by radio and television service.


51570 IFA G5 1956 box body – sahara beige

A prototype created to compete for an order from the Egyptian army.


51704 Nagetusch caravan – lilac and silver

51816 Robur Garant K30 box van “Circus Aeros”

51912 Land Rover Discovery “Federal Police of Germany” – mint green

51918 Land Rover Discovery “Bavarian Police”

52010 Framo V901/2 box van “Milk transport in the city of Dresden”

52011 Framo 901/2 box van HO food transporter

52200 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance Bavarian Red Cross

52201 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen Fire brigade ambulance

52202 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen ambulance, green

52203 Mercedes-Benz VF 123 Miesen hearse

54905 Transport trailer of the DDR Red Cross

59943 Trailer with steel masts

EsPeWe automobile models to 1:87 scale

95029 HW 80.11 trailer “NVA”

The trailer was manufactured from 1969 onwards in the VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Ernst Grube plant in Werdau.


Mehlhose automobile models in scale 1:87

210007701 Trailer for Multicar ‘Circus Busch’

210007800 Long timber trailer “Circus Busch”

210008300 Multicar M21 “Circus Busch”

210009901 Tractor Famulus with trailer ‘Circus Busch’
210010299 Trailer T4 ‘Circus Busch’

Busch Releases April 2019

41009 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Köhne´s travel service’

41010 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach ‘Our home country’

42740 Volkswagen Beetle, with rear split window, German Federal Post

46657 Plymouth Fury “Sheriff staff car”

46735 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet – closed – two tone green metallic

48727 Fiat 500 “on Tour”

48728 Fiat 500 “Carabinieri”

In Italy the Carabinieri are one of the main law enforcement agencies and like the French Gendarmerie it is under the control of the Military rather than civil authorities.


50557 Lada 1600 saloon – red with black roof

51138 Mercedes-Benz Vito “drain cleaning”

51139 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Heavy duty transport guiding”

51210 Framo V901 box van Potsdam Fire brigade

51211 Framo V901/2 box van Berlin Waterworks

51462 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 German Government Police unit

51571 IFA G5 1956 box truck – mobile workshop for the passenger transport organisation of Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz again)

51754 Nagetusch mobile shop for Merz and Pilini

51756 Nagetusch mobile shop “Circus Busch”

51813 Robur Garant K30 box van – Minol

51815 Robur Garant K30 box van – snow white dry cleaning

51913 Land Rover Discovery “THW”

59957 Trailer with motorboat – Bavarian Red Cross water rescue service”

59962 Trailer with high mesh siding

EsPeWe automodels to 1:87 scale

95243 IFA W50 LA with tank “German Red Cross (DDR) “

95244 IFA W50 LA/PV flatbed truck – driving school

Mehlhose automodels to 1:87 scale

210009614 Multicar M21 – grey – Exquisit

210009616 Multicar M21 – Black – Exquisit

210010005 Balkancar E-Karre – grey

210010224 Trailer T4- blue with red frame

This agricultural trailer was manufactured from 1956 to 1966 in the former DDR.


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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


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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