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News from the Continent – M4 Model Car Group March 2018

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by the manufacturer.

All the models listed below are made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART381 Ferrari 500 TR

Winner SCCA Laguna Seca 1957 – Pete Loylely #125

 

ART382 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spider America 1958 – red

 

ART383 Ferrari 860 Monza

3rd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Luigi Musso #556

 

ART384 Ferrari 625 LM

8th in GP Venezuela 1956 – Pierro Drogo #36

 

ART385 Ferrari 860 Monza

2nd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Collins/Klementaski #551

 

ART386 Ferrari 500 TRC

12 hours of Sebring 1957 – 1st in 2.0 litre class – Hively/Ginter #28

 

BEST Models

BEST9694 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

Test car 1967 (new resin)

 

BEST 9695 Porsche 550 RS

Le Mans 1958 – 5th Godin de Beaufort/Linge #32

 

BEST9696 Jaguar E-Type Spyder

Elton John´s personal car.

 

BEST9697 Simca 1150 Abarth Rally 1963

 

BEST9698 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

9th in Targa Florio 1969 – Munari/Aaltonen (new resin)

 

BEST9699 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Test car 1965

 

BEST9700 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Pernis von Innsbruck/Tirol 1965 – Heini Walter #2 first in class

 

BEST9701 Porsche 550 RS

2nd in Targa Florio 1959 – Mahle/Strähle/Linge #118

 

BEST9702 Ferrari 330 GTC 1966

light blue metallic

 

BEST9703 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

Interseries Norisring 1970 – Niki Lauda #39

 

Image of car – no model shot available
BEST9704 Abarth 2000 SE

Mont Ventoux 1969 – Arturo Merzario #49 – 2nd – 1st in its class

 

BEST9705 Alfa Romeo TZ2

Pergusa Jolly Hotel Rally 1965 – De Adamich/Lini #148

 

RIO Models

RIO4560 Fiat 238 Tetto Alto

Service Van Lancia Racing 1975-1977

 

RIO4561 Volkswagen Beetle with skis 1953

This is again a very strange looking model. This Beetle has an oval rear window from 1953, but lacks the quarter lights in the doors and has the bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4562 Fiat 1500 6C

Police 1950

 

RIO4563 Fiat 519

Italian Red Cross 1932

 

RIO4564 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Green

 

RIO4565 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe 1953

Bordeaux red

Once again a very strange looking model and unauthentic. Oval rear window from 1953, but no quarter lights fitted at that time.bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has again been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4566 Fiat 18 BL truck 1918

Italian Army


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The Essence of the Car – 2018 plans

By David Roots

All photographs provided by the Author.

The next four models to be released in the Essence of the Car range will be the cars described below. All have distinctive shapes which will suit the simple approach of this range of models made to 1:43 scale.

 

Mercedes Benz W129 540K.

The body, designed by Paul Jaray originally built for the 540 K Streamliner was designed to allow it to drive at high speeds for long periods of time and as efficiently as possible, and to that end it also incorporated a number of weight-saving technologies.

It was meant to compete in the Berlin-Rome race that never happened — WWII intervened. Powered by a 5-litre inline-eight helped by a supercharger, the car produced an impressive 180 hp.

 

Quantum V Sports Car.

The Quantum V was the last model designed by Walter Kern of Quantum Motor Cars in the United States 1965 and only one was produced. The Quantum V was manufactured using a modified Ginetta fibreglass body and used Saab mechanical parts.

 

Volkswagen Type 60K10

Also known as the Type 64, it is considered by many to be the first car from what was to become the Porsche company, and a true design precursor to the post-war production model. The model number comes from the fact that it was built mainly from design drawings for the Type 64 “record car”. Most mechanical parts came from the 1938 prototype series.

 

Ginetta G4.

Because the Quantum V used a modified Ginetta G4 fibreglass body. The natural progression will be to add this car to the collection.


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Volkswagen Variations

By Mike Allen

Photograph by, and copyright of, the Author.

Whilst the UK the Atlas Dinky collection included a Volkswagen Beetle it was as a replica of 262 Swiss Postal Service. #181 did appear in a light blue with chrome spun hubs in the Atlas Dinky continental collection but not in the UK series.  DeAgostini are now selling number 4 in their new Dinky series here in the UK, and yet again #181 appears but this time in the standard cast hubs  as it appeared in Italy. My picture below shows the two versions of #181 Volkswagen together.


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – M4 Modelcars Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the Manufacturers

Here are the details of the releases expected from the M4 modelcars group in January 2018. These are all made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART380 Ferrari 500 TR

Brynfan Tyddyn Road Races 1956 – Winner Carrol Shelby #128 – Chassis nr. 0614

 

ART149-2 Ferrari 500 TRC

Targa Florio 1958 – Winner in class Starrabba/Cortese #90 – Chassis No. 0682

BEST

BEST9690 Ferrari 512 BB LM

Le Mans 24 hours 1980 – O´Rourke/Phillips/Down #78 – Limited and numbered Edition of 50 pieces.

 

BEST 9691 Ferrari 250 LM

6 hours of Perth Caversham 1965 – Winner Martin/McKay #1

 

BEST9692 Ferrari 250 GTL

Steve McQueen’s personal car 1964

 

BEST9693 Porsche 356B Abarth

Le Mans 24 Hours 1960 – Winner in GT Class 1,6 litre Linge/Walter #35

 

RIO

RIO4557-P Mercedes-Benz 770K

“Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg Reichsparteitag Parade 1938

 

RIO4558 Volkswagen Beetle

Monte Carlo Rally 1954 – Mourier/Ramsing #310

This is again a very strange looking model, with mixed up details. The body is that of a Beetle with oval rear window from 1953, but without the little triangle-windows in the doors and fitted with bumpers from 1948. The rear lights are round, but in 1953 they were oval.

RIO4559 Mercedes-Benz SSKL

Stelvio Mountain race 1932 – Winner Hans Stuck #68


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Atlas Germany Ambulance Collection – Part Six

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are two more issues in the Ambulance cars series. They are to 1:43 scale 1:43

Volkswagen Transporter T1b Krankenwagen – 7 495 112

The Volkswagen Transporter T1a was launched in 1959, series production started on 8th March 1950 with ten vehicles per day. The first “factory made” Ambulance left the assembly line on 13th December 1951. It was developed jointly by the Volkswagen Works, the German Ambulance Service and the German Red Cross.

For the 1960 model year the transporters received “wart-shaped” indicators, which were changed two years later into bull´s eye shapes. This followed the changes to the Beetle. So the miniature is a vehicle from 1962. The body is an accurate shape with good paint finish and several small components moulded separately and inserted.

Front doors are printed with “German Red Cross – Readiness Hage”,. The registration plates are from region of Aurich in the North-West of Germany. The baseplate shows no special detail, except the exhaust system.

 

Citroen C25 Ambulance Heuliez – 7 495 113

According to the motto “One for All”, the manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot and Talbot offered in 1982 a van on the same platform. Best known was the Fiat Ducato, the most versatile one the Citroen C25. The C25 was built from January 1982 up to August 1990.

Short after the launch of the C25, the coachwork company Heuliez developed an ambulance car on its base. The roomy van offered space for the comprehensive equipment for the medical emergency service. The miniature comes as vehicle of the SAMU, Service dÁide Medicale Urgente.

The original vehicle was based in Rouen, department 76 Seine-Maritime, in North-West of France. The miniature is accurately shaped, well painted and printed with a livery that is true to the original. Some small parts are inserted separately like lights, aerials, and door mirrors which adds to the accuracy of the model.   A number of parts was separate inserted. The baseplate has basic details.


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Customised Volkswagen Beetles and Transporter T1 and T2 Trucks, Vans and Minibuses

By Jerry J Broz

All pictures by, and copyright of the Author.

Upon leaving Formula One in 1999, I continued my subscription to F1 magazines, followed F1 on TV,  and collected F1 memorabilia and model cars and kits.  On the suggestion of my wife, I started collecting old and new Beetles, and Transporter Type 1 trucks, vans, and buses. Since then, I’ve gathered a large collection of diecast and resin models in 1:43 scale as well as kits of all scales.  I also established and maintain a library of pictures as a reference source for making models of existing concept, converted, and customised cars. Various web-sites, featuring photographs of customised cars, are good sources of ideas for converted model cars.  Subscribing to one of the full size Volkswagen magazines, such as the French “Super VW Magazine“, for example, is another exceptionally good source of ideas for all kinds of Volkswagen Beetles (old and new) and Volkswagen T1 and T2 trucks, vans and buses. The New Beetle models have great customising potential and full size VW Beetle and Transporter T1 and T2 commercials are among the most customised cars in the world. No matter how much these cars are changed they always retain the character of the original.  Few other cars can claim this strong identity and public recognition.

Whether made in metal, resin, or plastic models, and in whatever scale, these Volkswagens may be customised in endless creative configurations and settings. The following photographs show a few of my customised VW Beetles and Transporters.

Based on a 1:24 scale VW Transporter Type 1 truck, the rest of the “Search & Rescue” model is built out of the parts-box items. The dog figure is from Animal Den. The lights (blinking and others, as well as siren), all work. The wording on the side of the truck is created and printed on the P-touch labelling system, using 18mm/0.7″ laminated, white on clear, TZe tape. The decals are computer generated and Inkjet printed onto clear waterslide decal paper. The tracks are from a toy tank. The paint is airbrushed Tamiya Acrylic Red.

 

Based on the 1:24 scale Jada double-cabin truck converted into
“two-girls” service truck, the hard hat, ladders, search light, short wave antenna, tow/hoist chains, fire extinguisher, and other add-on parts are from the part-box. The traffic cones are from a Radio Shack Radio Control model car kit. The girl figures are from the toy set with sculptured dresses and repositioned arms and legs. All the lights work.

The wording on the side of the truck is created and printed on P-touch labelling system, using 18mm/0.7″ laminated, white on black, TZe tape. The heads of girls on the side of the truck are copied
from one of the web-sites to the computer, reduced, Inkjet printed
on the white, waterslide decal paper and cut out from the background.

The Vespa scooter is a New Ray model painted to match the colour of the truck.

 

A magazine picture inspired me to build this 1:24 scale box-stock
Jada VW Old Beetle . The air conditioner, front window visor, wheels, spare tire cover, and cargo box are parts-box items. The Coca-Cola cooler, and metal/wood roof rack are all scratch built. The side decoration is wallpaper thinned down to decal thickness and applied to the body via Futura. The paint is Tamiya Acrylic Bright white and the red stripe is a decal.

 

This is a VW Transporter Type 1 pick-up converted to a dragster. Chopped, shortened, and lowered body with a hand-made wheelie bar and working roof hatch. Large (dip dish) and small (with simulated wire) wheels and tires, as well as all the other parts are from the parts-box. Two-tone painting is Tamiya Acrylic white and Racing red with a black accent. The waterslide decals,
including the flames, are from the decal-box.

 

Built from a Jada Toys VW Old Beetle box-stock, this concept
model has a detailed interior and spoked wheels from parts-box.
The working gulf-wing doors were carefully cut out from the body
with a jewellers saw before they were attached to the centre of the
roof with a hinge  The paint is Tamiya Acrylic dark maroon.

 

Valentine’s Day inspired me to built this “Girls and their heart decorated new Beetle” ready to depart for evening of fun. The scene is based on the Maisto 1:32 scale, diecast new VW Beetle. The body of the car and the wheels are decorated from commercially available sheet of a hearts. The interior includes two-colour seats, painted headrests, and detailed dashboard. Dressed up, accessorised, and posed girls are from commercially available sets, the dog figure (Poodle ) is from Animal Den. The car is airbrushed with Tamiya Acrylic black.

 

A friend in Netherlands owns a real horse pulled “half-a-VW Beetle
wagon. A Revell kit was used to create this model, along with
a horse from Animal Den, and the driver, a seated Adam, is from
 American Diorama. Everything else is scratchbuilt including the
spoked wheels and horse harness. The paint is airbrushed Tamiya
Acrylic yellow.

 

Custom built for a client in California who owns a 1:1 three-seat tricycle built from part of the old Beetle. The rear part of the Beetle body and rear wheels and tires are from the Revell 1968 VW Beetle plastic kit. Front fork, wheel and tire are from a commercially available motorcycle kit. The rest of the tricycle is scratch-built from parts-box pieces and from sheet plastic, aluminium sheets and rods. The windshield is cut from clear plastic sheet.

 

A Maisto 1:32 scale New Beetle, re-designed as a practical Fresh Fruit shop delivery pickup. The wooden bed is scratchbuilt and Coca-Cola bottles in a yellow case are from Town Square Collection. Custom-made and Inkjet-printed waterslide decals are used. The finish is airbrushed Tamiya Acrylic spring green paint.

 

Based on 1:32 scale Kinsmart Old and New Beetles, this is  a prototype model built for the French “Retro Assurance” auto insurance company insuring “Old and Modern” (Anciennes et Modernes) cars of the same marque. The model is a combination of New Beetle (front body part) and Old Beetle (rear body part) including the appropriate wheels. The finish is Tamiya Acrylic light green and light blue.

This “Wolfsburg High” school bus is based on a 1:24 scale Revell
kit. I only used the front part of the body and the chassis, The rear
view mirrors and wheels/tires are from the parts-box. Everything else is scratchbuilt. The body is made from White Styrene sheets glued together with Bondene Solvent Cement for strong and permanent bonding.The windows are made from blue matte coloured film. There is no interior fitted. The “Stop” sign is functional. Painted in Dupli-Color Acrylic Enamel – School Bus yellow.

 

Built from 1:32 scale Maisto metal model of old VW Beetle.  A reshaped body painted in Tamiya’s spray-can acrylic yellow paint, includes a working roof hatch and computer designed and Inkjet printed waterslide decals. The detailed interior includes seat with seat belts, dashboard with steering wheel, and fire extinguisher. Model has a completely wired and plumbed engine. The wheels and tires are from parts-box.

 

A 2007 French “Super VW Magazine“,  had an article entitled “Papy’s Story”  which set out McBeetle’s (Victor W. McBottle) concept of a desert racer, the highly modified VW Beetle motivated me to build this land speed racer from a Revell 1:24 scale VW Beetle kit. Plenty of scratch-building and reshaping went into this model. There’s very little left of the stock Revell kit. The wheels with chrome hub caps. covers and tires, as well as a driver and parachute are from the parts-box. The airbrushed paint is Tamiya Acrylic Gloss red applied over a white primer.

 

This model is based on an editorial illustration in French magazine “Super VW Magazine“. It is built from a box-stock Polar Lights/Disney plastic kit and painted with Tamiya Acrylic yellow. The windows were painted from inside with Tamiya Acrylic clear orange. The model also has darkened headlights lenses, hand-made
front and rear bumpers and hood pins as well as deep dish wheels. The side decals were based upon the magazine picture and computer cleaned, brightened and Inkjet printed on clear waterslide decal paper.

 

Built from a Jada Toys VW Old Beetle box-stock, this concept model has detailed interior and special wheels from the partsbox. The working “suicide” doors were carefully cut out from the body with a jewellers saw before they were attached to the body by a hand-made hinge. The paint is Tamiya Acrylic gloss black.

 

This concept of a  “Beach Beetle” started with a Welly 1:32 scale New Beetle diecast. Using a rotary tool I removed the portion of the door and a body, I then filed it to the correct curvature, and sanded the opening smooth. After removing the original paint, the body was primed and painted in Tamiya Acrylic, desert yellow. Reshaped  mirrors, the jewellery chain for protection, and the antenna with a ball topper are added. The lowered windshield is tinted.

Built from a box-stock Welly 1:32 scale VW New Beetle and painted
using an airbrush in Tamiya Acrylic, Italian (Ferrari) red. The only scratchbuilt part is the rear wing and rear wing side panels. The wheels and tires are from parts-box and decals are from decal-box.

 

Based on a Kinsmart 1:32 scale New Beetle, this is a model of Retro-Designs‘ VW New Beetle with stylised Bentley front and rear end with a fully detailed interior and chrome plated typical Bentley radiator. Painted in Tamiya Acrylic bright white.


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News from the Continent October/November 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

Porsche Models to 1:43 scale

Three more Porsche cars to 1:43 scale are now available. These were officially launched in Spring 2016, but have only been available as Porsche promotional models till now.

071109  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Indian red with a beige interior

 

071116  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Carrara white metallic with a red interior

 

071062  Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Here painted a lustrous black paint with a beige interior.

The three Porsche miniatures are extremely accurate models with a high level of detailing and fault free paint finishes. A number of small parts are added and features like wheel rims and exhaust systems are accurate and finely modelled. The base plates are well detailed too.

Porsche set high standards for the models they sell as promotional items but still demand reasonable prices so Herpa has worked hard to produce these models to a high standard and competitive price.

Selection of recent 1:87 scale releases

 

093187  Audi A4 Avant “Police of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany”

The police in Rhineland-Palatinate don´t look only for criminals but also for new recruits. On this police car, the publicity material is incorporated in the livery with a pictures trying to persuade people to join the police. The model, has the four colour print on the rear wing as well as the eye-catching stripe decals in the rear.

 

306614  Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 refrigerated articulated box truck “Kinlochbervie GB”

Kinlochbervie is a small harbour village in the far North West of Scotland which is also the headquarters of the fisheries company featured on this model which have their own fleet of lorries. The cab features detailed printing as well as two headlight bars, one on the grill, and the other above the sun visor.

 

093224  Volkswagen Passat Variant “Zoll”

Customs in Germany still operates white vehicles with green area markings just like the Passat model from Herpa. The model features an authentic printed livery and a Hänsch DBS 4000 light bar.

 

307864  Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace Eurocombi “DB Schenker”

Deutsche Bahn – Schenker operates a new long truck. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace truck is loaded with a DB-Schenker swap container and pulls a five axle box trailer.


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Avenue 43

By Maz Woolley

All pictures supplied by, and copyright of, the Manufacturer

Auto Cult are distributing  a new series of resin models – Avenue 43 –  made in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. The owners of the new range have appointed Auto Cult as distributors as their models are made to similar standards and the subjects are complementary to the Auto Cult range.

Here are the first three releases are shown below.

Sauter Porsche Bergspyder

Kurt Sauter built this car for Heini Walter. Powered by a 1500cc engine it was built with a fibreglass body and took part in a slalom race at Dübendorf in May 1956 , followed by other races including the Avus. Crashed later and rebuilt the car still exists.

Volkswagen 1500 Type 3 Cabriolet

12 prototypes of this cabriolet were said to have been made and some copies of Volkswagen advertising material for the car are also to be seen on the Internet. But pretty as it was this car was it was never put into production. Perhaps Volkswagen feared that this car would limit sales of the Karmann Ghia based on the same platform?

 

BMW 2800 Spicup Bertone

This concept car was shown in 1969 and was based upon design work by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. It was never developed into a BMW car but many of the styling features, particularly the cowled front end, were to be used again by Bertone for the Alfa Romeo Montreal. The roof style was also to re-appear later in a  re-worked form on the Fiat X-19. The show car was based upon a shortened BMW E3 floorpan fitted with a 2.8 litre engine which required the bonnet to have a specially raised areas fitted to clear the straight six engine.


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Auto Cult November 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of , Auto Cult.

Another release from Autocult with a wide range of subjects. All are made in resin in China to 1:43 scale for Germany.

Early Years of Motoring Series

#01005 Fiat S76 “Beast of Turin“ 1911

Nicknamed “The Beast of Turin” this  28.35 Litre four cylinder Fiat was built to beat the records created by the “Blitzen-Benz”. The huge cylinders with three spark plugs produced  290hp and were mounted in a  very basic chassis. Racing at Brooklands the car was timed at nearly 200KPH. Attempts on the Benx records failed as the speed could only be broken in one direction of the record attempt.

The Auto Cult model captures the car well with fine wire wheels and the chain drive nicely captured.

 

 

Engineer’s Limited Production Series

#05019 Beutler Special Cabriolet 1953

Swiss brothers Ernst and Fritz Beutler  built attractive bodywork with Bentley’s amongst the chassis they clothed. In 1948 Porsche cars were given attractive bodies.

In the early 1950s they created an attractive Volkswagen Beetle based cabriolet with a supercharged and tuned engine. Attractive though it was Volkswagen did not take up the proposals as they were already working on a similar car with Karmann in Germany.

 

Racing Cars Series

#07008 VW Transporter T1 Double Cab Long pickup 1963

Hardly a racing car itself this long backed Volkswagen Transporter was built to carry Volkswagen racing cars as well as their mechanics.  This vehicle will make a nice companion to the Ford Thames with long back for racing cars already made by Auto Cult.

These “DoKa’s” as the double cab is known were popular across Europe and even in the United States.

Camping Vehicles Series

#09005 Johnson Wax House Car 1939

Designed by Brook Stevens famous for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Wagoneer and Harley Davidson FLH Hydra Glide. This vehicle was based upon a bus chassis and created for S.C.Johnson and Sons the famous US polish makers.

The big camper was presented at a fair in New York 1939. By the standards of the time the interior was markedly luxurious. The facilities included running water, a separate bathroom, a gas powered refrigerator and a foldout desk. Even a small laboratory was on-board. The boss of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Herbert F. Johnson, planned to use the motorhome in Brazil, where his company was in search of carnauba palms. From the leaves of the carnauba palm they obtained the so-called carnauba wax, which was used as a versatile lubricant. However the search was abandoned in 1940 and the vehicle returned  home to Wisconsin.

When the USA entered the Second World War the motorhome got a ‘second life’ and served as a mobile recruiting office for soldiers in the state Wisconsin. Later it was used as a mobile blood donation centre, before it vanished without a trace.


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Corgi’s latest Volkswagen Beetle

By Maz Woolley

Photographs of the model by, and copyright of, the Author. Photograph of the real car by, and copyright of, the Car’s owner Robin Allen. Design Cell copyright of Corgi.

From time to time one hears that a particular car has been chosen to be the basis of a model. In this case it was the Volkswagen Beetle owned by South Hants Model Auto Club member Robin Allen.  Corgi’s latest Volkswagen Beetle VA01208 is based upon his car shown in the photograph below.

Robin tells of the history of this attractive car.

‘The car was built in May 1957 and shipped directly to London where it was first registered in June 1957. Unfortunately there is no more early history with it, but DVLA records show that by 1966 it had moved to the Portsmouth area. I bought the car in 1989, and having a bit of spare cash from my redundancy at the same time, in 1990 I put it in to a VW specialist in Bournemouth for a bare metal strip and respray. When purchased it had been subjected to a poor repaint in a mid-blue colour although under the wings and interior were still in the original Horizon Blue. Having stripped the car I received a phone call saying “Do you realize how good this car is? There’s practically no rust at all. Can we spend a bit more and lift it off the chassis and clean and detail the underside too?” I agreed. Shortly before all this the engine suddenly began knocking badly and I sourced a spare to keep it going. During the rebuild in Bournemouth they pulled my old engine apart to discover the crankshaft had snapped. I had another spare engine from which the crankshaft appeared ok and my old one was rebuilt. Unfortunately the old engine continued to rumble a bit and leak oil everywhere. Even so I made trips to VW shows in Holland, Germany and around the UK, but the engine really wasn’t happy or as smooth as my other two Beetles’. I intended to get another engine for the car but then I received the “Birth Certificate” from Wolfsburg and was pleased to be told that the car was still running the original engine with which it left the factory in 1957.

Last month I finally took the plunge and sent it off to  under go a high quality engine rebuild. Stripped down, I received a call from them to go and have a look.”‘We really don’t know how this engine was still running” was their comment. The centre rib in the crankcase that supports the crankshaft had a huge crack and appeared to be just about to fall apart. The crankshaft had been hammering around with so much play that everything was getting damaged and worn. The sensible answer was to find another engine. The expensive answer was to have the crankcase repaired and machined by a specialist which would cost as much, if not more than the engine rebuild. Having a “matching numbers” car is highly sought after in the VW World and adds a bit to the desirability and value of the car, so I’m having it done. Let’s just hope the most expensive Beetle engine rebuild ever will prove worth it.’

Robin tells us about Corgi deciding to reproduce his car.

“When I was first approached for permission to make this model I was honoured with the idea – I still am. They had seen and photographed the car when it was on the Historic Volkswagen Owners Club stand at the NEC in November 2015, but only approached me about producing a model via the club at the beginning of this year.”

Corgi then carried out their measurements and produced a design cell which Robin has kindly copied for MAR Online and which is shown below.

Original discussions with Corgi indicated that they wished to replicate the blinds over the rear window that are fitted to Robin’s car but in the end these were not replicated. Commenting on the model Robin says:

‘…..the shape of the model isn’t too bad, the Beetle seemingly very difficult to replicate accurately.

Apart from the blinds which did not make it to the Corgi model other features are also missing, or not quite correct, as Robin points out:

(You would need to add) the side-mount radio aerial, the blinds and the centre part of the wheel hubs between hubcaps and rims which should be white. My car also has chrome rim embellishes so you can’t actually see much blue on the wheels on the actual car, unlike the model. The headlights on these Corgi Beetles are a bit disappointing, if you compare their plain chromed blob with the separate lens and rim on other models. My car also has headlight “eyebrows” but I wouldn’t expect anyone to try to model them.

Photographs of the model can be seen below. Please note that the photographs show the model slightly grey in colour, and less blue than it is.

Robin’s comments about the wheels are clearly demonstrated if you compare the photograph of his real car to the picture above.  My model also has an issue with the fitting of a hubcap which is far from central.

At the rear the blind is not modelled and the rear lights are pretty poor by today’s standards. A bump with a lick of red paint , rather than a fitted red lens, is now associated with budget models and part works not a full priced model.

The side view shows that Corgi has printed the stone guards fitted to Robin’s model. The rear view mirrors are incorrectly shaped with Robin’s being a rounded wedge shape and the Corgi’s being circular.

Looking inside the car the dashboard is the correct body colour and the steering wheel a nice period white. The cell produced by Corgi records a dark blue for the seats and doors but the seat/interior unit is actually black and the doors have no cards fitted and just show the horizon blue of the painted body shell.

From the front Robin’s criticism of the headlights is justified. Most partwork ranges now have separate headlight lenses as do the generally cheaper Oxford Diecast 1:43 models. It is nice to see that Corgi has printed air vents on the front wings even if they look a little too high to me.

From the rear the correct oval window and venting is modelled and the correct period number plate. The handle to open the engine cover is moulded in and highlighted.

So all in all although the Corgi is not an exact match it does capture the essence of the real car with the main details largely right. With a bit of added detailing I am sure that it will capture Robin’s car very well indeed.


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