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News from the Continent March 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

1:43 Scale

Here I look at a special selection of models made by Herpa from the second half of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The models in 1:43 scale are diecast metal and the 1:87 models are moulded in plastic.

071147 Porsche 911 Targa 4 – red – scale 1:43

071123 Porsche 911 Targa 4S – white – scale 1:43

The new 911 is also available in a Targa version. This has four wheel drive as standard. The 4 engine develops 370 hp, but the 4S has 420 hp and can raech 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds from a standing start.

The different exhaust systems on the 4 and 4S are correctly replicated by Herpa on these models.

The first batch were made for Porsche but now the models are available from model dealers for  “normal customers”.

Scale 1:87

 

307628 IFA L60 flat-bed truck with load under a canvas cover

The W50/L60 were the most common medium trucks in the former DDR.

746038 Battle-tank T-55 “Vietnamese Peoples Army”

One result of the arms agreement between the Soviet Union and the Peoples Republic of North Vietnam was the supply of Russian T-55 tanks for use fighting the American army.

74605 Battle tank T-34/76 with German commander dome

A number of captured T-34 tanks of the Soviet army were converted for use by the German Wehrmacht. Here the original was fitted with a German commander dome with cannon and correctly repainted in the blue-grey of the German Wehrmacht. At the end of the war each captured tank was used as it was as the German Army was so short of materials.

028899/038898 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet racing yellow or night blue metallic

Visually the 4S cabriolet differs from the standard model. With four exhaust pipes rather than two. This is authentically replicated here.

093507 Porsche 911 Carrera “Austrian Police”

No chance for speeding motorists. From June 2017 the Austrian Federal Country of Kärnten operates this Porsche 911 for catching  those breaking the speed limits on their motorways.

093385 Trabant 601 Universal “German Red Cross Löbau/Saxonia”

The German Red Cross in Löbau still operates a Trabant estate. The rear side windows are painted in body colour, this feature is replicated in the miniature.

307741 Volvo FH Gl. XL Artic. Curtain canvas truck “Schreglmann”

The haulier Schreglmann from Oberviechtach in Bavaria has a weakness for extraordinarily decorated vehicles. This truck is on tour with airbrushed adverts for the concrete block manufacturer Godelmann.

308502 MAN TGX XLX Euro &c Articulated Silo truck “Melmer Pitztal, Austria”

“Pitztal, the roof of the Tyrol” is the slogan on this bright red painted truck of the haulier Silo Melmer. This one-off limited edition model is part of Herpa´s Silo Melmer model series.

746274 IFA G5 box truck “National Peoples Army, DDR”

The IFA G5 truck was released in March 2018 with a new body. This time it is appears as a mobile workshop of the NVA (People’s Army of the DDR).

The photograph below shows this new Herpa alongside the 1:43 scale model released by Atlas some years ago. It shows the difference in sizes between the two scales very well.


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A Polistil Volvo 164E from JFK

by Frank Koh

Here’s a very special Polistil Volvo 164E 1/25 scale model from my teenage years. It was acquired at, of all places, a hobby shop in the John F. Kennedy International Airport. It proved to be a foreboding of great things to come: my undying love for Volvo automobiles.

The Acquisition

In the sixties and seventies,  many of the more prominent international airport departure terminals had hobby shops that carried some of the best models in the market. On a trip with my family from New York to Manila in 1976, I found this 1/25 scale Volvo in the hobby shop (yes!) at the Northwest Airlines departure area of JFK International Airport.  It was “Love At First Sight”, and thankfully my grandfather gladly bought it for me. I fondly remember how careful I was to avoid damaging it, considering I had to forcibly stuff it into my already overloaded (with countless other model cars!) carry-on baggage.

Then when I wasn’t busy stuffing my face with airline food, I would peek into my travel bag and admire the Volvo for the duration of the very long flight. For a mid seventies model car, it was packed with so many innovative features. The trunk and hood opened, and so did ALL FOUR DOORS! The detail and realism of the Polistil Volvo were exceptional. An accurate miniature rendition of the Volvo inline six, the “battering ram” impact-absorbing bumpers, the detailed undercarriage, windshield wipers that were separate pieces and those crisply-molded steel-belted radial tires mounted on life-like steel rims with authentic Volvo hubcaps!

The Model

Polistil  made this model in Italy in the 1970’s and did a great job overall.  However, durability and safety considerations plus manufacturing constraints of that time dictated that the door window frames on the Polistil Volvo 164E be a tad thicker than they should, but this was a small price to pay for achieving an accurate opening door which included the window frame, just like on the real car. Well, those nicely cast road wheels with Volvo hubcaps more than made up for that minor concession.

While this  Polistil Volvo of the mid seventies was not the first diecast model car that featured four opening doors, it was one of the few, if not the first of its kind in this large scale where the rear doors could be opened while the front doors remained closed. Other such models which had four opening doors required that the front doors be opened before the rear ones could likewise be opened. This brilliance of engineering made it easier for the “imaginary miniature rear seat passenger” to board the car and alight from it without the “assistance” of the driver or front passenger!

Everything opened on the 164E. What is not seen in the pictures is that the front seats actually recline, just like on the real car. When this model was released in the mid seventies, the flagship Volvo 164 series was about to be replaced as the top model in the line by the Volvo 264 sedan and 265 station wagon that was powered by a 2.7 liter V6 engine shared by Volvo, Peugeot and Renault. This Polistil model of the 164E therefore features what could probably be the last miniature replica of the 164 series 3.0 liter inline six engine, the exclusive product of Volvo engineering and design.

The all-diecast metal chassis has exceptional details.  And the intricate tread design of those radial tires comes to life in this photo. Another world-beating design feature was the use of ultra-thin, ultra-rigid thin axles that effectively resulted in low-friction “speed wheels”, similar to those used in Hot Wheels and Matchbox Superfast models of the era.

This model was an auspicious introduction to a life-long love affair with the Volvo marque. For that reason, this Italian-made Polistil classic remains one of my favorite Volvo model cars.


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The Volvo 265 Estate in 1/43

The 1976-81 Volvo 265 Estate
The Rapid Transit System for Families with Class

by Frank Koh

It was the top-of-the-line Volvo station wagon of its era, and the first-ever Volvo estate powered by a six-cylinder engine. As the flagship of the 240 series estate fleet, most 265 models were heavily-optioned to justify their upscale yet no less utilitarian character. Unfortunately, the 2.7 liter “Douvrin” V6 that Volvo shared with the Peugeot 604 and Renault 30 TS highline models was plagued with lubrication issues that often led to premature valve train failure. Coincidentally that same engine was used in the ill-fated DeLorean sports car. While the Volvo 240 series remained in production thru 1993, the rare and desirable 265 was phased out when the all-new Volvo 760 GLE Estate debuted in 1982.

Leather interior and “Corona” alloy wheels were two popular options that most Volvo 265 variants were equipped with. Only the contemporary limited edition Volvo 262C Bertone coupe was more expensive than the 265.

Atlas Editions

Even Volvo 265 model miniatures are rare.  This black 1/43 scale diecast is from the Europe-only Volvo Atlas Editions line and could be obtained only by subscription a few years ago.  Even today, it seldom turns up on the secondary market.  Aside from this Atlas Editions 265, the only other genuine Volvo 265 model miniatures are the vintage Norev 1/43 scale wagon erroneously labeled as a “264” sedan (the Norev wagon and sedan use the same baseplate) and the even older Dinky Volvo 265 DL Estate in 1/36 scale, one of my all-time favorites.

The raised leading edge of the”Coffin Nose” hood and exclusive grille of the 264 sedan and the 265 wagon (used also in some early-to-mid eighties North American-spec 240 four cylinder models) exuded elegance and power. The less expensive four cylinder Volvos from this range had a flat hood and less chrome on their grilles.

The Atlas Edition Volvo models came with a really cool black plinth that featured a separate plastic chrome Volvo emblem. Unfortunately, the Atlas Volvos did not come with their own clear acrylic cases.

Dinky Toys

This is the COMPLETE line of Dinky Toys Volvo 265 DL Estate variants, produced from around 1977 thru 1979 when the original Dinky Toys entity owned by Meccano Ltd. went out of business. All the Dinky models in this pic were made in England, except two, namely the orange civilian car in the center and the white police car on the extreme right, which were made in Italy because the Dinky Binns Road factory in the U.K. had closed down by then.

Norev

In the late seventies/early eighties Norev of France came out with a 1/43 scale Volvo 264 sedan, and soon after a Volvo 265 wagon variant was released. The latter was erroneously labeled also as a “264” because both sedan and wagon used the same “Volvo 264” baseplate. While most of these vintage Norev pieces were made in France, this particular example has a baseplate that says “Made in Portugal”. Strange indeed. This is the only Norev model I know of that was made in Portugal.

My Own Car

This Atlas Editions, Dinky Toys, and Norev are joined in this topic by another Volvo wagon,  my personal 1:1 scale Volvo 240 wagon, a 1992 U.S.-spec 5-speed manual car named Queenie.  My wife likes the car because its lack of performance keeps me out of trouble!

If you notice the #409 Wine Red Metallic Dinky in the photo above,  it is customized with the same paint as my car in the background.  We used the same paint to re-shoot Queenie last year.


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Station Wagons Make Great Ambulances, Sometimes

An In-Depth Review of the Matchbox Super Kings Volvo Ambulance
By Frank Koh

The Matchbox Super Kings K-96 Volvo Ambulance was made by Lesney, England, starting in 1982.  With this ambulance, one would be responding to medical emergencies in style.

When Matchbox released its Super Kings K-74 Volvo Estate casting in 1979, coming out with a meat wagon variant was a logical consequence. Raise the roof by way of a plastic hump fitted with a light bar, antenna and even a diecast horn/loudspeaker, spray on some eye-catching ambulance graphics and throw in a pair of vinyl paramedics carrying a sick/injured bloke lying on a stretcher for maximum play value.

Don’t forget to modify the interior by ditching the rear seats and fitting a lengthwise platform where the patient on the stretcher can be secured. Even though this model features tinted windows presumably to ensure privacy, the overall effect is like that of a well-stocked sushi display chiller in a Japanese restaurant. Looking at the contents is free, but doing something about it will cost you money.

Very imposing, exceptionally convincing, ambulance graphics are on this Volvo Super Kings model by Lesney. It is joined in the photos by a dark red civilian Volvo Estate, reportedly the most common variant in the K-74 lineup, and the very, very rare K-69 Volvo and Caravan set. The latter brings forth the questionable logic of a Volvo station wagon packing just a little more than a hundred horsepower pulling a camper trailer that weighs several thousand pounds. Well, that’s the nice thing about toy cars… a great deal of the fun is derived from letting the imagination reach its outer limits. Now, would the glacial acceleration of the Volvo 240 series enable the ambulance crew to get the unfortunate patient to the hospital in time?

My research yielded two variants for the poor patient on the stretcher. The first one featured a patient who was secured in the supine position by what looked like a thick blanket. That version was nicely detail painted. Then there’s this unpainted, molded-in-white version of what appears to be a severely injured accident victim, complete with a makeshift cast on the left leg, a head bandage, a thick pillow that serves as a neck support and a tourniquet on the right arm. It’s difficult to see it in the pic, but the figure’s facial expression is that of agony, perhaps even abject fear of leaving the physical world too soon. And if you allow your imagination to go to the next level, then it wouldn’t be difficult to convert your take on this meaningful accessory from “emergency patient” to “mummified remains”. Macabre indeed, but in a cool, almost comical, way.

Aside from the tinted glass which appears to have been exclusive to the K-96 Volvo Ambulance, the plastic interior casting was different from all other K-74 Volvo Estate variants. The patient-on-the-stretcher figure fit nicely into the platform on the left of the vehicle, which means that diners could view the smorgasbord delights that lay behind the left-hand side windows, in traditional “turo-turo” fashion.

Two other features defy logic and prudence as well: (1) An all-orange interior (color last seen on the actual 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car) that would have caused severe eyestrain to all those on board; (2) A sunroof/skylight on the roof extension of the model would have been more appropriate on a camper van than on an ambulance.

While the real Volvo 240/245 Estate was a roomy, comfortable conveyance, its adaptation to ambulance duties was questionable without substantial modifications to the internal/external dimensions of the vehicle, not to mention its anemic four cylinder inline engine.

Despite the evident lack of wisdom in planning and producing a real Volvo 240/245 Ambulance in this particular iteration, this Lesney Super Kings model has become a favorite of mine. Heartfelt thanks go out to my good friends Alexander and Kit for procuring this lovely piece from the Netherlands and sending it to me.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part 4

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Parts six to eight of this subscription collection have now been published. They continue to be diecast in China for Atlas Editions in Germany and all are accompanied by a booklet similar to those issued as part works.

7 495 106 Volvo 264

With the 264, Volvo produced an executive class car. Released in 1974 the impressive car was built as a saloon 264 and an estate 265 until 1982. The powerful engine in the spacious estate was a good base for developing an ambulance car. The car is a faithful replica of the original which was used in the Netherlands. The model is well detailed with many small separate parts inserted.

The accompanying leaflet contains a remarkable fault. It states that the big Volvo was fitted with front wheel drive when of course this was a front-engined, rear wheel drive car.


 

7 495 107 Volvo 145 Express

The Volvo 144 replaced the Amazon in 1966 and a year later the 145 estate appeared.  This estate car was used in Sweden converted into an ambulance car. The reliable and economical vehicle was widely used in Northern Sweden.

The miniature is an accurate shape with good detailing and small separate parts added to enhance it.  This time the booklet correctly states that it is rear wheel drive.


7 495 108 Citroen Type HY

The original for this replica entered service in 1965 for the German Red Cross in the Heidelberg area . The French Red Cross helped to fund the vehicle which was converted by the company Christian Miesen into a rescue vehicle.

The HY was so high that the emergency doctor could work standing upright beside the accident victim. A change from the cramped working space of an Ambulance car.  Today this early emergency doctor vehicle is exhibited in the Red Cross Country Museum of Baden-Württemberg in Geislingen (www.rotkreuz-landesmuseum.de).

The model is well finished to a high level of detail. Its corrugated sides are well replicated. Small parts such at the emergency beacons, headlights and red cross signs are separate parts.


As is general in this series all three miniatures have minimal baseplate detail.


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Oxford Diecast Volvo 760

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by the Author.

Oxford Diecast continue to release the models promised for 2017. Here I look at a new 1:76 scale model diecast at Oxford’s Chinese factory for the UK.

76VO001 Volvo 760 Gold Metallic

This is the first time that we have seen this casting from Oxford and it captures the real car well. The wedge shape so fashionable in the early 1980s is well caught and the paint is a good representation of the popular metallic finish which can be seen on many photographs of the car.

Wherever you look there are impressive small details like the Volvo badging printed on the wings which is hardly noticeable without magnification but which is there as it should be.

I don’t think that the model is one of Oxfords best for a number of reasons. Firstly the rear light cluster looks like eight separate lights, see above, whereas on the rear car it was one continuous light with different colour sections and a silver trim horizontally in the centre. Secondly the tyres had to be taken off and refitted. If you look at the picture below you can see extra rubber sticking out and on other wheels the tyres did not actually reach the hub. All correctable but avoidable. The hubs themselves appear to be a bit vague and do not match the alloys that I can see on cars pictured on the web and have no Volvo badged centre cover.

The last issue can also be seen on the photograph above. Where are the mirrors? A large blank area of the door looks like the mirrors should have been fitted there. Indeed the picture Oxford provides of the next use of this casting shows mirrors drawn on, see below.

So my conclusion is that this is a good model without reaching the standards that Oxford can achieve. It is also good to have models from the early 1980s in affordable diecast ranges.


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News from the Continent – Herpa June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs are by the Author, except where otherwise acknowledged.

Here is a selection of models from releases made by Herpa between January and May 2017.  All are to 1:87 scale except where otherwise stated.

1:43 Scale

The Porsche 911 miniatures announced in 2016 have now arrived on the general market. The three 911 models shown below are also sold in Porsche shops which perhaps explains why the quality and finish is first class. These are all to 1:43 scale.

071024/071031 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 991 II

The Cabriolet is modelled open with the body painted a choice of racing yellow or deep metallic black. The accurate body shape is complemented by the fault free paint. The Porsche emblem on the bonnet is a small insert as are many other details.

Lettering below the engine cover are exact replicas of the real car and are printed in silver. The Interior has a detailed dashboard and steering wheel, as well as a well moulded centre console, seats and door cards. All in all this gives an excellent impression of the real car. The 5 star alloy wheels are well moulded and reveal the excellent brake discs and calipers. A fairly detailed baseplate is fitted and the exhaust system is executed well and includes the two chromed end pipes.

 

070980/070997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet 991 II

The Cabriolet in “S” version has a more powerful engine. This is also modelled open. This time in a white or metallic sapphire blue. The general level of finish is the same as the black and yellow Carrera models seen above. Note that the exhaust system is different on this model replicating the differences to be seen on the real cars.

 

071048/071055 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Here the body in available in white or metallic rhodium silver. The body is true to the prototype shape and immaculately painted. Many small separate parts are used for lights and other features. The interior is in a brownish red shade. Dashboard, steering wheel and centre console are excellent replicas  of the original car as are the seats.

At the rear end, the four exhaust pipes of the 4S show the correct features unique to this version of the Carrera. Again lovely replica alloy wheels reveal the neatly modelled brake discs and calipers.

1:87 scale models

 

745475 Ford FK 3000 Cologne lorry with flatbed and canvas cover “German Army”

The Cologne was produced by Ford between 1951 and 1955. The newly founded West-German Bundeswehr (Army) ordered a batch of them as basic transport. The accurately shaped miniature is not painted in the correct shade of matt olive green for the Bundeswehr, the accurate colour would be more of a Silk matt olive.

 

092760 Volkswagen T6 with trailer, loaded with Vespa motorscooter

For short inner city work the Brunswick based haulier Wandt had a restored Vespa painted in the shade of green used in its livery. This Vespa will be released as part of the one-off set with a Volkswagen T6 box body van and trailer also in Wandt livery.

 

Copyright in the image above belongs to dreamstime.com

306713 Volvo FH Gl. XL Eurocombi “Ristimaa Apache”

As can be seen from the photographs above Herpa has re-created this flamboyant show truck faithfully. Juha Ristimaas create custom trucks to the highest standard. This impressive “Giga-Liner” is in the livery of Kuljetus Ristimaa a Finish Haulier. It was first displayed at the annual trucking event “Power Truck Show 2016” in Alaharma, Finland. The four axle Volvo FH16 650 pulls a five axle trailer.

 

307062 Scania 142 articulated concrete mixer

The classic Scania bonnetted trucks are always a highlight in the Herpa program. Here the model is of a 6×4 tractor with a day cab and trailer with a concrete mixer mounted on it. It adds to the Herpa construction models.

 

307024 Volvo FH16 Gl. XL Eurocombi “Tynjälä Oy” Finland

Another oversized drawbar outfit from Finland. Over 50 print processes were needed to reproduce the livery.

 

159173-006 Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace rigid tractor, traffic-yellow

 

158299-004 Mercedes-Benz Actros M 08 all wheel drive 3-axle rigid tractor

Power to all three axles for best traction. Cabin in white which allows modellers to apply their own decals.

 

307161 Iveco with Interchargable Boxes and drawbar trailer “Deutrans”

In the end of the 1980s, the German Democratic Republic haulier Deutrans simplified its truck design and sent their trucks on the road in white with blue and orange stripes. The carefully selected drivers of all vehicles carrying traffic to the West had to prove a certain loyalty to the party line and fulfilled spying orders during their tours.

 

307352 Volvo FH Gi Lowliner curtain canvas articulated truck “Willi Betz”

The haulage group Willi Betz operates multiple companies across Europe serving many customers and has an annual turnover of around 250 million Euros a year.

The founder Willi Betz recently escaped jail due to a serious illness after a lawsuit was taken against the family for bribery, social security fraud and tax evasion. His son was not so lucky and had to pay a 2.1 Million Euros fine and must go into prison for five years.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Jaguar XK120 and Volvo 122

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in March 2015. It is one of the items which we collected from the old site before it is was turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

This series is made by Norev in China for Atlas. These are not made from the original moulds but are copies of the originals. The UK Atlas Dinky collection was launched in 2014 whilst the continental series ran for over three years.

157 Jaguar XK120

 

This Dinky casting of the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was issued in 1954 just as the XK120 was replaced by the XK140.

Atlas have chosen to have it painted it in one of the two-tone finishes released in 1956 and produced until 1959.

The yellow and grey paint finish has been well replicated. Like all Dinky two tone finishes the colour scheme has been chosen to please the toy buyer and does not replicate an offering from Jaguar.

The reproduction box shows a different two tone scheme on each side and includes a colour dot to indicate which model is in the box on the end flap.

184 Volvo 122S

 

This casting was launched in 1961 and stayed in the UK range until 1965.

The original was mainly seen in red or white apart from models painted and assembled by Dinky’s South African importer which also used mid-blue and the lilac shade Atlas has chosen to reproduce.

The model has already seen in the continental range where it was painted in white.

The reproduction box is in English on one side and Africaans on the other.


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Oxford Diecast Latest Releases March 2016

By Maz Woolley

Several new castings to 1:43 scale have just been released by Oxford Diecast. All are diecast to 1:43 scale in Oxford’s Chinese factory.

VA001 Volvo Amazon Light Green

The Volvo Amazon was made from 1956 to 1970 and was known in many countries as the 120 series. It sold well and was exported to the US from 1959 onwards. Volvo’s advertising at the time made the most of the fact that the car included many safety features and towards the end of the 1960s Volvo’s longer than average life span featured strongly in all Volvo advertising here in the UK.

This model from Oxford is based on a 1967 car which has been shown at Car Shows in the UK. The model is well made with chrome work neatly printed, good wheels and lights though mainly printed very convincingly done.  The wipers are rather thinner than many partworks ones which is good. The interior is neatly moulded with the “padded” dash top and linear speedometer housing nicely moulded in. The seats and door panels are in mid green.   An excellent model from Oxford which will form the basis of many more releases.

AMDB2001 Aston Martin DB2 Mark III Saloon

The first model to appear in the new Oxford Aston Martin packaging. The original car was a beautifully styled with every panel hand beaten so no two are actually identical. The Oxford model captures the lovely lines of the original very well and the printed chrome widow surrounds and lights are excellent. The grille moulding is very finely done.  The wire wheels are very fine in the usual Oxford manner with a clear disk behind to form the actual wheel structure. The interior is moulded in tan and there is a painted wooden steering wheel, instruments picked out on the dash and a separate gear lever. This will all be seen to more effect when the convertible version of this car is released by Oxford. I do hope that Oxford produces the DB4, DB5, and DB6 to a similar standard and even ventures into the DBS era.

The car that the model is based upon has featured in a book about its restoration. From being stored for many years in a lock up garage in Weybridge to its recommissioning by  Aston Works Service at Newport Pagnell in 2009.

VF001 Vauxhall Firenza Sport SL Bluebird

Vauxhall’s answer to the Ford Capri was a pretty car even though it did not prove to be anywhere near as big a seller. Based upon the Viva HC floor pan, mechanicals, and seating it was a more stylish vehicle than the base HC Viva. This Firenza was fitted with a 2.3 Litre engine which was more than adequate power for this light vehicle. The vehicle has been made in white metal before but the only contemporary diecast was a Lone Star Flyer which has been much sought after.  The oxford model is excellent capturing the shape very well and featuring nicely finished front grille and lights. The rear lights are printed and are acceptable even if separate moulded lights would have been nice.  The printed chrome trim and body stripe are well done too. The interior is all black which was pretty typical of the period and the dash has instruments picked out in silver.

The car that the model is based upon was first registered in 1972 and pictures on the web show that the car has been modified and has a small spoiler fitted below the bumper and non-standard wheels. Oxford have chosen to model the car as it would have left the assembly line which will allow them to make a range of authentic versions including versions with the vinyl roof.

 


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