By Hans-Georg Schmitt
Photographs are from Wiking and by the author.
Here is the news of the Wiking releases due in February 2016. As usual there is a mix of repaints, new liveries as well as some new mouldings.
New Items in 1:87 scale
0363 10 Claas Arion 640 tractor
0361 60 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor
0184 02 Glas Goggomobil Coupe
0104 49 Volkswagen Tuareg GP Police
0262 04 Citroen HY sales vehicle “Spar”
0856 01 Büssing 8000 flatbed truck and trailer
0640 01 Magirus Sirius Municipal services – street sprinkler
0674 49 Mercedes-Benz Arocs Meiller 8-wheel tipper
0626 49 Rosenbauer FLF Panther 6×6 2015 Fire service
New items in 1:160 scale
0947 02 Büssing 8000 artic. Timber truck
Upgraded Models in 1:87 scale
0226 02 Morris Mini Minor
0187 98 BMW 1600 GT Convertible
0317 03 Volkswagen T1b Samba Bus
0864 39 Volkswagen T2a Bus “Polizei”
0265 02 Mercedes-Benz L 319 Panel Van
0695 07 Mercedes-Benz G-Model “Bundeswehr – Military Police”
0537 08 Mercedes-Benz Actros articulated curtain tarpaulin truck “John Deere”
0730 01 Setra S8 Coach
0863 38 Magirus TLF 16 fire appliance
0573 11 Mercedes-Benz Actros drawbar with exchangeable body
New Items – Scale 1:32
0773 91 Wheel Set with chains for Fendt 828 tractor
0778 18 Claas Tucano 570 combine with Conspeed corn header 8-75
0773 49 Fendt 1050 Vario tractor
0778 11 Claas Arion 420 tractor
0778 13 Fendt Katana 85 forage harvester
A look in detail at some of the Wiking December releases:
0990 89 Set “Filling Station GASOLIN”
The set contains an authentically styled 1960s filling station in design of the Gasolin brand. It also includes a car wash and signage as well as two water cans, an articulated tanker with a Henschel tractor unit and a MAN recovery vehicle.
GASOLIN was founded on 23. March 1920 as Olea Mineral oil works AG in Frankfurt on Main. After a number of takeover´s and re-brandings, on 4th May 1926 the company became German Gasolin AG. In 1935, Gasolin was one of the big 5 filling station chains in Germany. After the war, more consolidation took place and eventually Gasolin AG was merged with ARAL and the red and white coloured filling stations and fleet vehicles were repainted in ARALs blue and white.
The model is a nostalgic reminder of those years when the fuel price was much lower than today , but wages were lower then too.
0838 03 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith saloon
After the Second World War the first model to be produced carrying the Rolls Royce radiator, was the Silver Wraith. The earliest batch of chassis were ready in late 1946 and by end of the year two cars had been delivered, both bodied by Hooper. The Wiking miniature looks like a car bodied by Hooper around 1950. It has been re-issued now in new colours, medium and light blue. This model has been significantly upgraded from its earlier releases with printed chrome work and much more detailed wheel sets.
0862 34 Magirus DL25h Turnable ladder truck
The Magirus DL25 was introduced at the beginning of 1950s. The model is very detailed indeed for 1:87 scale. The ladder is a working part and can be extended to an impressive height as seen in the photograph below.
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