By Mario Monti
Mario Monti is the owner of Emmy models based in Switzerland. This article is adapted from his press release for the model. Mario is a long time friend of MAR who often donated models for MAR competitions.
AFM type 50
In 1950 Alex von Falkenhausen from Munich presented his new creation: the AFM type 50. This Formula Two single seater was based on the type 49 which had been quite successful in races in Germany (don’t forget, Germans were not allowed to participate in international events during the immediate post-war years).
The type 50 carried on several remarkable features of it’s predecessor, like the spur gear ahead of the differential on the rear axle, which allowed the drive train to be placed lower than usual as well as to allow changing transmission ratio very quickly. The dual circuit brakes made it possible to adjust the degree of braking between front and rear wheels. The lightweight rims with built-in brake drums were another remarkable feature (a bit like pre-war Bugatti-wheels).
From the beginning the car was designed to be powered either by the improved BMW 328 engine or the new V8 by Küchen. Rudolf Schleicher supplied the mechanical parts, cast parts came from BMW and the body was made by Willy Huber.
Cars were ordered by Willy Heeks, Karl Gommann, Helmut Niedermayr, Fritz Riess and Hans Stuck. They were all powered by the BMW-based six cylinder except for Hans Stuck’s car which initially had a Küchen V8 that was later replaced by a Bristol engine.
capacity 1971 ccm wheelbase 216 cm
power about 130 hp track 115 cm
Gewicht 480 kg length 385 cm
wheels 16 inches
The AFM type 50 by Emmy
The model by Emmy is based on the car that Fritz Riess from Germany drove in the 1950 Formula Two Grand Prix of Switzerland.
Riess who was not familiar with the difficult track in Bern finished the race in 7th place. The following week-end he won at the Eifelrennen (Nürburgring).
Emmy have modelled the car in both 1:43 and 1:32 scales and both are the same price. Price and ordering details may be found on Emmy’s web site.
This is another interesting historic racing model from Emmy unlikely to be made by anyone else.
Note: we have not been too lazy to produce some detail of the underside of the car. The underside of the AFM 50 was covered by a panel and was almost flat as shown in the photograph above.
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