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Hans-Georg has sent us a roundup of the news received too late for his last dispatch. This allows these models to be given ‘their day in the sun’ as the next dispatch will be a busy one full of the first news of new models for 2019.
Amongst the final new and upgrade releases of December 2018 are some interesting models which were first issued in the 1960s. I have the original models are in my collection and so I took the opportunity to do a comparison between the original and the current release.
There are also some releases which have an interesting background history. All models are moulded in Europe for Germany in 1:87 scale.
0070 01 Opel Caravan 1957
The Caravan was issued first in 1959/1960 with catalogue number 7n, with silver painted headlights and radiator grille and red painted tail lights. Authentically detailed body had light tinted windows and no interior. Baseplate was detailed and fitted with rolling axles.
Now the model has been re-issued, moulded in bright blue and printed with white side sections. Mouldings and Opel emblems are silver printed. This time the model received an interior and a roof rack. The baseplate no longer has a hole for the hook of a breakdown lorry and the WM was changed into “WIKING”. Finally, it got special wheel rims and white wall tyres for an elegant appearance.
0184 03 Glas Goggomobile
The tiny Goggomobile was developed by the Hans Glas GmbH. at the early 1950s. It appeared in Autumn 1954 and production started in February 1955. It started life as a car for people with lower incomes, later it appealed mainly to people with only the old driver licence class IV for vehicles up to 250cc. Glas went into bankruptcy by developing bigger and bigger cars, culminating with the Glas V8 Coupe. After their take over, BMW closed all production in 1969.
Wiking modelled the tiny saloon in scale 1:87, Schuco in 1:43 and Revell in 1:18. This makes up the display shown above. The Revell model is now obsolete and only available second-hand. The difference between the three scales is impressive.
0335 01 Tempo Matador pick-up
The Matador was one of the first newly designed transporter launched in the early post-war years. It was developed by Tempo and appeared in 1949. It foreshadowed the layout of transporters of today, especially the front wheel drive and cab over design. Its engine came from Volkswagen and was placed under the seating bench. Production was cancelled in 1951, when Heinrich Nordhoff stopped supply of the engines, because by then Volkswagen had launched their own transporter.
The Matador with its typical ‘crumpled face’ entered Wiking production first in 1951, with wire-push-axles and in approximately 1:100 scale. Today it is are very rare bird and sells for very high prices. Also very rare is the promotion model shown with the new one above, which Wiking produced for Tempo in 1:48 scale. The Matador model of today is shaped authentically and is highly detailed for its scale. The ‘crumpled face’ front panel is a separately inserted part so its successor will appear later.
0314 01 Volkswagen Transporter T2a Pick up with crew cab
0293 07 Volkswagen T3 Pick up with crew cab
Modelling the Volkswagen transporters with crew cabs is usual for Wiking, the Transporter T1b appeared in 1961 and was re-issued several times later, including one moulded in green and equipped with ladder and workmen tools shown above.
The TransporterT3 has now been issued in the design of THW (Technical Rescue Work). A Transporter T2 with crew cab was long overdue. So this has now been launched with a well detailed body moulded in lemon green with a realistic beige interior.
0730 02 Setra S8 Coach
In Autumn 1950 Otto Kässbohrer and Georg Wahl started building their first frameless coach with rear mounted engine. The unit construction body was revolutionary at this time. Six men could pick up and carry the raw stud work frame. The coach was fitted with 8 rows of seats, and provided space for 35 passengers. So it was called Setra S8. Its engine developed 95 hp, good for a top speed of 90 kph. It was launched at the 1951 Frankfurt Motor Show and production started in 1952.
In 1956 the Setra appeared in the Wiking model range. An accurate and well detailed body with a separately inserted interior. The detailed baseplate and clear upper part all added up to an excellent miniature.
In the early years of production Friedrich Peltzer produced a batch as promotion models for Setra, these are very rare birds today. Over the years, the coach was re-issued several times , sometimes with a driver figurine. It has now been re-issued in two tone green, but with a new – a bit strangely placed – separate steering wheel. The upper part is printed now and is fitted with a roof rack for luggage. The baseplate has been changed to allow faster fitting of the axles.
0990 94 The Swedish Haulage Company ASG
Founded by a shipping company and then taken over by the state-owned Swedish railway company, the role of ASG trucks initially appeared to be limited to distribution and feeder services. In Sweden the distances to the customers were often larger than in other European Countries as railway connections did not reach many areas. In addition, there was an increasing volume of goods, and a need greater speed and flexibility. The development in favour of truck traffic is also reflected in the individual ASG stations, which now cover the country nationwide. First, there were open spaces next to the freight sheds of the railway. With a further increase in freight volume, loads were increasingly merged into freight centres, where they were picked and shipped on. Accordingly, the forwarding companies’ buildings changed from a “rustic” office in a goods shed to a logistics center.
The prefabricated house made by Wiking, was a quicly erected and efficient industrial building which were widely used during the rapid growth of the ASG in the 1970s. Here in the office, the flood of paper can be handled trouble-free. The option of stationary refuelling of the vehicle fleet was often provided. An in-house forklift facilitates loading and unloading. For special cases, a humped Volvo PV544 with trailer as courier and service vehicle is ready [Not in set].
In 1998, ASG was one of the leading companies in the field of transport and logistics in Northern Europe. It employed 5,700 people and generated sales of SEK 12 billion (€ 1.35 billion). The Swiss company Danzas, which has been working with ASG since 1993, took over ASG in 1999 and was then bought by Deutsche Post AG. In 2002, Deutsche Post buys the logistics company DHL, under whose name the entire logistics division of Deutsche Post has been operating since autumn 2003. Since then the vehicles of the ASG, Danzas and the German post drive with the livery of the DHL.
For this set in memory of the Swedish haulier Wiking reactivated a number of historic original moulds in scale 1:87 including a Volvo P444 pulling a trailer. The trucks shown represent some of the ASG vehciles made by Wiking over the years.