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News from the Continent February 2018 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

All the models shown below were due to be available in late December 2018 so should be available at suppliers now. Ranges entitled PRO.R are premium ranges made in resin with etchings. Most other ranges are diecast metal and plastic. Some Schuco models provide a nostalgic look back at the toys produced by Schuco in the past so include printed material in the period style as well as models. Schuco models are made in China for Germany.  

PICCOLO

450513600 Piccolo Pop Art “The Game”

Here small scale Piccolo models are packed as place markers to be used with the supplied games board and dice. It is all painted and printed in bright ‘pop art’ colours.


EDITION PRO.R43

450905600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b. Articulated race car transporter

The photograph above shows the original ‘Continental Motors’ Volkswagen based transporter with a Porsche shield on the trailer. Above that we see the Schuco model which is impressive and unusual.


EDITION PRO.R32

450782800 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Here we find the Progress (Fortschriff) fitted with a flatbed. This tractor produced in the former DDR was unusual in allowing all sorts of fitments in front of the Driving cab. It was powered by a twin cylinder diesel mounted behind the driver and driving the rear wheels.


450782900 Tractor Progress RS09-GT124

Hree we have the same tractor unit with a different registration and fitted with a grass cutter fitted to the vestigial chassis forward of the cab.


EDITION 1:18

450034700 Setra S6 Coach

This 1:18 scale model of a smaller coach, often used for tourist trips, is incredibly detailed with superb panoramic windows and finely fitted opening components. Here it is finished in a blue and white livery


450037600 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b Samba bus

Here SChuco’s Samba is fitted with racks to carry skis and is called a “Wintersport” edition. Again there are many finely fitted opening parts. I might have expected snow chain or studded tyres though with German winter tyre laws.


450037700 Volkswagen Transporter Typ 1b bus

Here we have the lower specified Transporter bus fitted out with seating and fewer windows. The model is entitled ‘on the move with the family’ from the advertising strap line on the vehicle itself.


EDITION PRO.R18

450014800 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 “Tiger”

Here we have the four wheeled version of the Messerschmidt with a 500cc engine replacing the normal 175cc to 200cc engine fitted to the three wheeler. Here it is finished in red.


450014900 FMR (Messerschmitt) TG 500 Roadster “Tiger”

Here we have the Tiger again, this time in white and with a convertible roof furled up open.


# 22771 – 22774

450006600 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet

Here we have a very expensive electric car from Mercedes-Benz in their premium Maybach range shown in blue the same colour it was premiered in in the US.


450006700 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Vision 6 Coupe

In red as shown at Pebble Beach the coupe is in red. Again this is an electric vehicle, but this time as a coupe with gull wing doors.


EDITION 1:87

452629400 Porsche 924S

Here is a tiny 924 finished in white which was a common colour when the 924 was in production.


MILITARY 1:87

452636000 M47G battle tank

Here liveried for the German Army


452636100 M113 Armoured Troup Carrier

Here the armoured vehicle is an Ambulance unit of the German Army.


452636200 M113 Armoured Troop carrier

Here is the standard unit in operation with the German Army.


1:600 Aircraft

22782 Airbus A330-300 “Delta Airlines”


22783 Boeing 787-8 “China Southern Airlines


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Going on Vacation with Greenlight

By Maz Woolley

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

Greenlight have expanded very quickly. US headquartered with all production in China they span multiple scales from 1:18 to 1:64 with a number of themed ranges. Much of their output is licensed products to tie-in with TV or Films but others are more general themes like ‘Blue Collar‘, Club V-Dub, Hitch and Tow, and Holiday Homes. Greenlight are now pushing to sell more products around the world with a strong presence at the Nuremberg Toyfair, their stand at the Nuremberg Toyfair this year is shown below.

Provided by Greenlight on Facebook

This article takes a look at a couple more new castings in the Hitched Homes range, and a new Volkswagen and teardrop trailer in the Hitch and Tow range.

1959 Holiday House 1:64

Holiday House trailer production started in 1959 in Oregon and was based on the standard US practice of aluminium panels fitted to a wooden frame. But although the build was conventional the appearance was space-age and very different to the other US trailers. By February 1960 production was in full swing. Though stylish and well made Holiday Homes were more expensive than most competitors and by 1962 production ceased.

Today the Holiday House styling has many followers and they are often re-built to preserve them as there is a strong classic trailer following in the US.

The Greenlight model shown is from the Hitched Homes Series 4 and is in the usual format with no interior or opening parts. Given the very detailed modelling and tampo printing the lack of an interior is not a major issue.

The trailer is in aluminium and white with a red accent line. In series five it turns up in aluminium and pink , and in series six it is the same as in series four but with a blue accent. Greenlight make sure every casting gets many re-colours.

The wheels are good as is the rear bumper which is a separate plastic part. The usual hitch arrangement is on the front with same gas bottles as well as the screw fitting you fit yourself to hold up the caravan when it is not hitched. As is now the usual case the screw is in a slot in the bubble pack and you have to fit it yourself.

The casting has lots of good surface mouldings to represent lights, extractors, utility panels and other features. All of this is complemented with neat printing. The door looks like it should open, but it doesn’t.


1971 Airstream Land Yacht Safari

Airstream Caravans are an iconic US brand. The polished aluminium streamlined shape dates back to the 1930s when the first were based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. Construction again followed the aluminium panel on a wooden frame format common in the US. A few models have been specially made for Europe where they have to be made much smaller to fit our narrower roads.

There is another aircraft connection as Airstream travel trailers are apparently commonly used to transport American officials around the world. The trailers are strapped down inside military cargo planes. The trailers feature leather seats, air conditioning and climate control, wood panelling, porcelain toilet, LED televisions, surround sound, and Blu-ray players.

Airstream travel trailers have many followers and for those who cannot afford a new one there is a thriving business in renovating older trailers and putting them back into service. The Land Yacht Safari modelled was the development of a model which had been around from at least the late 1950s.

The model is lower, and wider, than the Holiday House but longer. The shape is classic Americana like the Zippo lighter. Greenlight have caught the shape well and the separately fitted detailed extractors, the moulded access panels, riveting and other features are neat. The printed on lighting is good too . Tiny Land Yacht scripts appear on the side and the larger Airstream on the front and rear.

The rear bumper is an extension of the metal base plate and the hitch unit at the front extends for the front of this plate. Again the customer is left to fit the screw in the hitch unit. The Airstream Land Yacht features again in Hitched Homes series five where it is finished as an unrestored trailer.

My only quibble, and one quite easily fixed with a tub of enamel paint, is that the gas tanks are white. On the examples I have seen they are polished metal like the trailer itself. Looking at the base the pressures of turning out the product are obvious as one of the spun over rivets is scarcely there and part of the base is cut away where the device doing the spinning over clearly slipped. But as this is not seen I am not too concerned by it.


1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback and Teardrop Trailer.

The Typ 3 Volkswagen saloon car arrived in 1961 with a 1500cc engine in the rear and was supposed to replace the Beetle. IN 1962 the Variant was launched. It later gained a 1600cc engine and a fast back TL version .

It seems that Greenlight may have mislabelled the model as a 1961 car as production in Europe only started in 1962 and Wikipedia suggests that the US did not start importing the Squareback until 1966. We know the model as the Variant in europe but in US it was called a Squareback and never used Variant Badging.

The car is well modelled with a large plastic roof rack with simulated wooden slats. Most glazing is flush with door windows open on bothe passnger and drivers sides. The interior is moulded black plastic with quite a bit of moulded in detail on the dashboard and door cards.

The wheels have neat domed caps with VW logo embedded but erratic silver finishing. Good fine plated bumpers are fitted and there are nicely printed rear lights with coloured paint over silver. An opening rear door is not too badly fitted and shows how much carrying space these cars had even with a rear mounted engine..

A ice number plate is printed on the rear with a lot of Volkswagen badging but the number plate is missing from the front where the clear plastic headlight lenses do not stand out and need some silver trim on side to look the part. The moulded and printed amber indicators are good as is the VW badge printed on the bonnet.sidelights

The teardrop trailer included in the set is new and has yet to appear in the Hitched Homes series perhaps because it is so small that it would seem poor value on its own. It first appeared in this set in Hitch and Tow series 14, and appears again towed by a Jeep CJ-5 in series 16 though with differently painted sides in green and white.

This type of trailer was often made by home builders and from kits in the past and there are many different types still available today. Basically it is a mix of plywood sides and aluminium panels on a steel chassis. The more deluxe models like this have a rear opening door which gives access to a storage space, or in this case storage a fitted ‘grille’. Inside the trailer is a flat floor with bedding entirely filling the space. Basically a tent you didn’t need to erect at each stop!

The Greenlight trailer has wood effect printed sides with an alloy effect roof and rear door panel. The lower section looks like painted wood panels and the wings and chassis are a single part metal unit.

Doors and windows are just printed on and the standard hitch screw fiiting seems huge on this model. The hub caps on the trailer have VW embossed on their centre.


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London Toyfair 2019 Part Three

By Maz Woolley

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

This the third in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Oxford Diecast. The previous article about the Hornby stand can be found here.

This article shows some of the models displayed on the Oxford Stand. With so many models in production the stand has an impressive display of hundreds of models in various scales.

Last year I tried to photograph models through glass in the crowded display cabinets and the pictures were not very good. This year the Oxford representatives on the stand were extremely helpful and got out a number of items for me to photograph. Although I photographed quite a few models I did not capture all the novelties on display. A few have been photographed in the cabinets as there wasn’t time to get out every model that I would have liked to photograph.

It should be remembered that many of the models pictured are made up of a special light alloy used for trial shots and 3D printed fittings. These can only suggest what the final product will look like. Even the fully painted models of unreleased items are hand finished production samples used to confirm that the model is ready to put into production and may not fully reflect the models when they go into production.

So starting with 1:43 scale. Here there was a display of all the expected re-coloured models. but also pre-production casting of the Bedford CF Ice Cream Van as shown below. Adrienne Fuller who is responsible for selecting cars and other vehicles for Oxford explained that although this is a quarter without many new 1:43 models they are still expecting to produce two to three entirely new castings in this scale this year in addition to recolours.

This mould by Oxford has really caught the look of the CF well. It should make an excellent model when it appears. It will be appearing in classic Mr. Whippy livery first, then Hockings but I am sure there will be more liveries over time especially as so many of this type of van were brought secondhand by small local firms across the UK.

The 1:43 scale Morris J2 minibus in Skyways livery from the final release of 2018 was shown and looks like an impressive model. Seen to the rear is another of the final release in 2018 the Fred Dibnah Lightweight Land Rover in 1:43 scale.

And now on to some very large 1:43 scale models. The new Weymann Fanfare South Wales – announced as an Oxford special to celebrate their 25 Years trading. The model shown below is a pre-production item and is fitted trial plastic components – the broken horn will not feature on the production model! The model features a plastic upper section with a diecast chassis. It is a striking model with the very high level of moulded and printed detail they can achieve when using plastic.

The South Wales version is not to be the only use of this moulding. Oxford were showing a Southdown version which has been announced as part of release one 2019. With a destination board for Bournemouth this model suits the Southdown livery well.

Moving on to 1:76 scale there were some interesting recolours shown. Below is another version of the J4 this time as an Austin J4 in BMC Parts livery due for later release. This is a nice livery and the Austin version of the grille seems to be very well printed.

The forthcoming Volkswagen Transporter T4 Camper looks very good and will be a popular model.

Oxford’s Transporter T1 Camper and Samba Bus in 1:76 scale both showed up looking ready to be put into production. Photographs are shown below.

Another re-use of a casting is the relatively new Leyland Sherpa now seen in Egyptian telephone livery, as seen in a well known Bond film. This model is sure to be popular even without film themed packaging. I hope that this casting soon gets used to produce models of vehicles used by the UK utilities firms.

We also saw test shots for the Volkswagen T5 Transporter which will be seen in various forms and also in a set which includes one of each generation of the Transporter from T1 to T5. Below we have test shots of the California camper

Shown below are test shots of the T5 van which will appear in several liveries starting with that of the RAC. I am sure that this will be seen in a wide range of liveries for current users.

Oxford often show models in a very early stage of development before they are announced. The Volkswagen T1 camper with surf boards shown below does not seem to exist in any current release but I am sure that we will see it in the future.

The Volkswagen T1 van casting get another release this year in Coca Cola livery. The test shot below shows the roof display with an advertising bottle on the roof.

One of the model sets which created a lot of interest when announced in the last release of 2018 was the RAF Bloodhound missile set. This was released by Corgi in the 1960s and by Airfix too. Here we have the new 1:76 scale from Oxford. The accompanying Land Rover has been well finished in RAF blue and markings.

This will make an impressive set re-creating the Jet Age long before Cruise missiles and Polaris carrying submarines.

The Oxford 1:87 scale range of US vehicles has been a strong seller. And the display showed some due for early release and others in early pre-production form.

The new Chrysler 300 Convertible can be seen in the photographs below. This casting looks good in red and the printed silver and badging looks like it could be very well done.

The forthcoming Dodge Charger Daytonas were also shown and are impressive in this scale.

The ‘standard’ Dodge Charger was shown too and looks good. It is interesting that it has been modelled with the headlights showing as many models of this car have the headlights in their concealed position.

Another model close to release is the De Soto Suburban with its roof rack. This is a rather earlier car than many in this range so it will be interesting to see if models from this period sell well. A taxi version is expected later.

Another model due soon is the Dodge D100 Sweptside which is due for release soon. The model looked very well finished and US pickups make for popular models so I expect it may sell out quickly. It is interesting that the rear seems to be a separate moulding so we may well see more variations on the D100.

Here we see very early test shots of the 1954 Pontiac Chieftain with a siren fitted to the roof. The model has been announced for release 1 2019 in two tone blue as a standard sedan so presumably police and possibly fire versions will follow later in the year.

Another very early casting shot is the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 again announced in release 1 2019. Reminiscent of the contemporary Matchbox model this is slightly smaller but promises to be impressive even in this smaller scale.

Another announced recently as part of Release One 2019 is the Chevrolet Panel van. The model may be released as an Ambulance first but clearly a van will also be forthcoming and I expect this to appear in several classic american liveries.

The early shots below show that Oxford have captured this classic 1950s van very well.

The final test casting on display in this scale is the Chevrolet Corvair Coupe announced recently. Even though this is an early shot it shows the potential for this to be a really nice model. The coupe also came in some very nice paint finishes so hopefully Oxford will be able to release it in several different authentic versions.

Oxford’s 1:148 scale range is another with upper components made in plastic. On show were some pre-production trials. These are interesting as they are made in clear plastic with 3D printed parts as shown in the photographs below.

First we have the Land Rover Discovery 4.

Then the Shelvoke & Drewry Freightlifter which is to appear in British Railways Western livery in 2019.

Presumably the photographs below show the pre-production test for the recently announced Hants and Dorset Bristol MW6G.

And finally in this scale the Green Goddess fire appliance expected in National Fire Service livery.


Unfortunately although samples of the new Citroën H catering van were there I did not photograph them.

I would like to thank Oxford Diecast for sharing so many pre-production and test models with us, and for so patiently getting models in and out of cabinets to allow me to photograph them.


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London ToyFair 2019 Part Two

By Maz Woolley

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

This the second in a short series of articles based upon the Author’s recent visit to the London Toyfair, a large trade show featuring toys of all kinds, where vehicle models for the UK market are shown by wholesale importers as well as Hornby and Corgi. The first article can be found here.

The article today looks at the Hornby stand and in particular the Corgi Toys area. The largest displays on the stand are from Airfix,Hornby and Scalextric. There were both a railway layout with a Hogwarts theme and a racing track provided to show off the products. The Hogwarts rail layout featured the Wamping Willow from the Harry Potter films with an Oxford Diecast Ford Anglia in its branches showing the revived use of Oxford OO scale models in Hornby packaging.

Some Vanguards pre-production models were shown, though not the planned new casting of series two Jaguar XJ and Daimler Double-Six models or the VW Camper. Photographs of the models are shown below. These are all pre-production samples and will not fully reflect the final version as they are hand finished and some parts are 3D printed rather than moulded.

Red Arrows Van
RAF Station Commander
RAF Police Mini
Triumph Herald 13/60
Herald comes with hood up or hood down display options
Audi Quattro and Grampian Police Rover SD1
Don Hayter’s MGB V8 Roadster and a Morris MInor Convertible
Graham Hill Lotus Cortina with Ford Cortina Mark III in very period purple paint.
A pair of Ford Sierra Cosworths. Left the RS500 and on the right Sussex Police RS 4×4
3.0 Litre Cortina Mark IV on left and Ford Granada Mark II 2.8i Ghia
Escort Mark II Mexico

Other Corgi products were on display showing the range now available.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2019 style

Corgi’s release of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be notable for being the first for some time that features all the original features. Moulds have been located to allow them to make all the wings, figures and the full working mechanism. It is a shame that this could not have been released last year to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary but I am sure that it will sell well this year as will the James Bond model sets.

The photographs above show the models included in the RNLI Lifeboats release to supplement the models already available in this charity’s liveries. A donation to the charity will be made for the sale of each set.

The 50th Anniversary models for the Apollo 11 mission were on display in pre-production form. Although very simple models they will look very good in packaging when launched later this year.

The Paddington Bear TX4 taxi is a well made toy and is expected to remain one of the best sellers, particularly in London where the tourist market is substantial for such toys.

A substantial part of the stand was given over to the new Chunkies range, seen above in the dealer display packs Corgi hope to get into the shops. They are made to appeal to young buyers, and their parents. The models are very well made and finished and to my surprise cabs, chassis and some other parts are diecast and the plastic looks strongly moulded and well designed for play. Although the generic shapes may not appeal to collectors we hope that this range is a success, as if it is it will give the Corgi brand an injection of money for investment and get the Corgi brand made known to a new generation of potential model collectors.

Discussions on the Hornby stall last year suggested that that they were concerned that they needed more young collectors to build the collecting habit and brand loyalty. The Chunkies range is a sign that they are addressing this. Some more photographs of the individual models are below.

For older children Corgi have several tie-ins to the Harry Potter Films which will sell well at the Harry Potter Studio Tour store as well as in Hamleys and other large stores.

Over in the Hornby area the layout has Hogwarts Castle modelled in one corner but this appears not to be listed as an accessory on the Hornby site! But again it illustrates the intention to appeal to youngsters as do the basic layout sets featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and the budget priced Junior Express set.

Over on the Airfix stand they too are keen to bring in young modellers with a selection of the Quick Build models being expanded this year. A celebration of flower power! It will be interesting to see if any new vehicle types are produced in future years to expand the range.

Also seen on the Airfix stand was their nice 1:32 scale Jaguar E Type model, a perennial in the range but looking as well shaped as ever, as shown below. Much though many people would like many more of the 1:32 scale Airfix cars to be revived it would seem we will continue to be limited to just a few of them.

Airfix are not to be left out in celebrating the landing on the moon with a nice set which includes the lander, Astronauts in various positions, and moon buggy and other items landed on the moon.

On both Corgi and Airfix the 75th Anniversary of D Day was celebrated with both Corgi and Airfix showing D Day tie in aircraft. Some Corgi ones are shown below.


F-5E-2 Lightning 43-28619 ‘Rita/Ruth’, USAAF 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group, Eighth Air Force, Mount Farm Airfield, August 1944

Supermarine Spitfire XIV RM740, RAF No.322 (Dutch) Squadron, Deanland, August 1944

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB MN625/MR-B, RAF No.245 (Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, Homesley South Airfield, Hampshire, June 1944

So what was missing? It would have been nice to see pre-production samples of the new Jaguar/Daimler Series II but as they are not scheduled for sale until Q4 of 2019 that is perhaps not surprising. Perhaps some first shots will appear at Nuremberg. I was very surprised though that having announced a significant number of military vehicles for 2019 in both 1:50 scale and in fit the box formats Corgi displayed none at London. But again perhaps we will see photographs from Nuremberg.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article I look at the last two Norev releases from 2018. These models are produced in China for France and are diecast unless otherwise noted. 

November 2018 Releases
1:12 Scale

127500 Porsche 917K

Le Mans 24 Hours 1970 – Driven by Siffert and Redman and suffered an engine failure after 12 hours. The picture from Norev is marked to show clearly how large the model is at this scale.


127501 Porsche 917K

Winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race 1970 – Driven by Attwood and Herrmann.


1:18 Scale

185300 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – blue


183303 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 . white with red striping


185301 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – Gendarmerie


183268 BMW M535i Saloon 1980 – gold metallic


183593 Mercedes-Benz S600 saoon 1997 – green metallic


183497 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2018 – black metallic


184833 Peugeot 404 saloon 1965 – Antique green


Scale 1:43

153051 Citroen Light 15 saloon 1949 – Dark blue and Cream


158218 Citroen GS 1220 Club 1973 – Tholonet beige metallic


154205 Citroen Xantia 1993 – Mauritius blue


475447 Peugeot 504 Pick-up with canvas cover – clear blue


511317 Renault Duster Oroch 2015 – white


517728 Renault Megane R.S. 2018 – Platinum silver


517732 Renault Scenic 2016 – Cassiopee grey and black


518399 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – silver


574055 Simca Vedette Marly 1957 – Pale yellow and black


840029 VW Touran 2015 – white


518393 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – “Fire Brigade”


Norev Classics 1:43 scale

CL2711 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – adriatic green


CL2712 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – aquamarine


1:87 scale

517818 Alpine A310 1977 – Alpine blue


574116 Matra-Simca Bagheera 1975 – Sun yellow


451731 Panhard PL 17 saloon 1961 – Atlantide blue


518582 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery La Meuse with bottle crates


518583 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery Jean Renard with barrels


530262 IVECO Bus Crossway LE 2014 “Car du Rhone”


530263 IVECO Bus Urbanway 2014 “TCL”


December 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

183224 BMW M1 1980 – blue


181592 Citroen DS 21 Break 1970 – Bordeaux


183400 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955 – blue


183567 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE Cabriolet 1990 – Bornite metallic


185169 Renault Dauphine 1958 – Medicis black


1:43 Scale

517863 Alpine A110 2017 – white and blue test version


830074 Audi 200 Quattro 1989 – white


270321 Bentley Continental GT coupe 2018 – silver


270061 Jaguar E-Type Coupe 1964 – grey


351305 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – ruby red metallic


351175 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – silver


475825 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Amazonite grey


475626 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Pearl white


517791 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Glacier white


517799 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – red


517963 Renault Symbioz Salon of Francoforte 2017


517962 Renault R.S. 2017 Vision Salon of ShangHai 2017


840096 Volkswagen Corrado G80 1990 – silver


517796 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs”


517798 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs” – red and yellow stripes

517794 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale”


517795 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale Intercommunale”


MINIJET Scale 1:64

310908 Peugeot 508 SW 2018 – white


310904 Renault Symbioz 2017 – copper


310905 Renault R.S. 2017 – black and gold


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Robin’s new Models

By Robin Godwin

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The photograph above shows a new colour for the second issue of the Matchbox 1959 Chevrolet Brookwood station wagon. All the details are the same as the original red version reviewed and posted 3 Jan 2017. The canoe load is the same, but in a slightly lighter shade of brown. I opened the original red version, but am tempted to keep this one in its blister on the card. That card artwork is superb, and obviously unique to this version of this model – almost like a colour spot on old Dinky boxes.

The second photograph shows a recent Norev release in its approximately 3 inch range of cars. It is a passable Volkswagen 1303 Beetle (Super Beetle with curved windscreen). It lacks quarter window frames, and the interior is basic, with a steering wheel nearly horizontal. Livery is accurate, at least for a much earlier VW, as shown in the third photograph below.

Source: Google Photographs

S.A.M.U stands for Service d’Aide Medicale Urgente, which shouldn’t require translation. Moissac is a French town. To the best of my knowledge, this is the third version of this casting from Norev, following a plain dark green version, a ‘near Herbie’ version (a number 53 car, but just short of copyright infringement). It is the first version with a roof light. The Norev is shown for comparison next to an M2 “chase model” (or a deliberate rarity as the editor calls it), in reasonably accurate 1:64 scale.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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The models shown are the final release from Schuco in 2018. All are made in China for Germany. The models are made in various scales as stated below and the Pro ranges have much more detail and consequently a rather higher price.

EDITION PRO.R43

450903500 Aston Martin DB6 “Shooting Brake” – dark green


450903900 Volkswagen Beetle 1600S “Super-Bug” – red


EDITION 1:32

450772800 John Deere 5125R tractor with front loader


EDITION 1:87

452633700 Volkswagen Transporter T1c bus black/red


452633800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c Camper – green/grey


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Here are a selection of the releases made in the second half of 2018. All are moulded in plastic in Europe and are to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

093774 Framo 901/2 pick up with canvas tilt in “MITROPA” livery

Established in 1916, Mitropa´s role was to supply travelers in trains, at train stations and at motorway services. After 1945, Mitropa was separated into two organisations one in each ‘Germany’. Here is a vehicle from the former DDR where the company served all kinds of travellers.


094030 Volkswagen Passat Variant GTE (estate) Wolfsburg Police Service

The new Passat GTE is used by the Police in Wolfsburg, a city dominated by the Volkswagen company. The finish of this model reflects the type of reflective plastic body stickers now used by Police forces in Germany.


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmidt

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

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.


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News from the Continent December 2019 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Two releases of models took place in November 2018. Each is described separately below. Schuco-Dickie are a long established German Group which also produces Solido models following their acquisition by the Group. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless stated otherwise. The ranges shown vary in scale and in detail with the Pro ranges being the most detailed and most expensive.

PICCOLO

450533600 Volkswagen T1 microbus “Surfer-Bus”



EDITION 1:43

450185600 Piccolo Gift-Set B


450292900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Kreidler” with Kreidler Florett motorcycle and driver figurine

450293900 Hanomag L28 Delivery van “Horex” with Horex motorcycle and driver figurine

450249600 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-wing coupe, dark blue


450368900 Set “Volkswagen T1b Samba bus, box van; Pick up with crew cab and Pick up


450374300 Volkswagen Transporter T1b Samba bus, red and beige



EDITION 1:32

450769900 Lanz Bulldog tractor with roof and manure barrel trailer


450781300 Fendt Favorit 622 LS tractor


450781500 Fendt 211 Vario tractor, green


450781700 Fendt 211 V Vario tractor, green


450765900 Set “Legendary tractors” – 3 models in a wooden box



EDITION PRO.R32

450903600 Steyr 1300 System Dutra tractor



EDITION 1:18

450041000 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, red/beige


450041100 BMW Isetta Export motorcoupe, blue/grey


450033300 Porsche 550A Spyder”Edition 70 Years of Porsche”, white



EDITION PRO.R18


450008600 Porsche Master tractor, red



EDITION 1:64

452019300 Set ‘Volkswagen Transporter T1’ ( three models )



EDITION 1:87

452632800 Volkswagen Transporter T1c box van with trailer, loaded with Porsche tractor


452634100 Mercedes-Benz O 321 Bus “German Bundespost”



MILITARY 1:87

452636360 MAN 7t gl. KAT1 Rocket launcher Lars II, German Bundeswehr

452636400 MAN 5t gl KAT1 tank truck with spots-camouflage



AVIATION 1:250

403551694 Junkers Ju52/3m


403551682 Ju-Air, Junkers Ju52/3m



AVIATION 1:600

403551691 Boeing 777-300 Air France ‘Olympia 2024’

Second Release November 2018

PICCOLO

450559500 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Piccolo Assembling Box ‘The little Gullwing-Mechanic’



EDITION 1:43

450310300 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck “German Reichspost”


450310400 Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 Flatbed truck ‘Christmas 2018’


450367600 Porsche 911 S – sepia brown



EDITION PRO.R43

450904100 Magirus Deutz O 6500 ‘Soccer World Champion Germany 1954’



EDITION 1:32

450769300 Lanz Ackerluft Tractor with half track


450778600 Güldner G60A tractor with roof and front loader


450776000 John Deere Harvester 1270G 8W with log


450779900 Hanomag Robust 900 tractor with front loader



Edition 1:18

450011700 K.L. Bulldog tractor – red


450011900 Lanz Bulldog halftrack -blue


450014700 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U401 with wild boar – green



EDITION PRO.R18

450006800 BMW 850i Cabriolet – red

450006900 BMW 850i Cabriolet – blue



AVIATION 1:600

403551690 Airbus A330-300 “KLM”


403551693 Boeing 777-300 “Japan Air Force 1”


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