News from the Continent: Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are from Wiking and by the author.

 17914 Wiking_018402_00_Glas Goggomobil
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

17921 Wiking_094702_00_Langholztransporter Büssing 8000

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
Wiking Rolls Royce Silver Wraith a
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

Wiking Magirus Fire Appliance a

 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.
Wiking Magirus Fire Appliance b

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