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Atlas Dinky Truck Collection – 25 V Ford Benne à Ordures

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The latest model in the Atlas Dinky Trucks series is again a replica of a French Dinky model. 25 V Ford Benne à Ordures, a tipping refuse truck with sliding covers.

This particular model was made between 1950 and 1955 and uses a Ford cab and chassis already used for a flatbed, a drop-side, a tanker, a stake truck and a tipper. The dropside was later to gain a towing fitment to become a service vehicle.

The refuse truck offered lots of play value with the ability to slide two covers on the top, op things in the truck and then tip them out later using the handle to operate the cogged tipper mechanism at which point the rear door would open to allow the “refuse” to fall out. Here in the UK we would be playing with Dinky 252 Refuse truck with its spiral gear to raise the rear section to tip the rubbish out.

The Atlas model is nicely made with a much glossier finish than original would have had even on first release. The tipping mechanism works as well as I expect the original did. The rear door is a tight fit over the lugs cast in to stop it flapping when closed and the sliding covers can pop off if pulled too far back. Maybe a reader can tell me whether these issues also afflict the original?

According to Atlas Customer Services this collection is also close to finishing which is adding to the nervousness of those who have yet to receive their Regent Tanker. Quite a number of collectors have told me that they are still waiting for it so I hope that Atlas are getting another batch made for them.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 587 Camionette Citroën “Philips”

By Maz Woolley

Al photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The latest model I have received in the Atlas Dinky Trucks subscription series is #587 Camionette Citroën “Philips”. The original Dinky 587 is a highly collectible model as it is a colourful and accurate depiction of a Philips display vehicle.

The original model is based upon a Citroën HY bodied by Currus for Philips as a vehicle for displaying their products,  at events. The model includes the opening rear and side doors, has a sliding ramp and plastic moulded interior painted to suggest products, like a fridge, on display. Different sources quote different dates of production but it was certainly made in 1964 and gone in 1965.

The box shows the Philips logo on the cab doors but this is not carried out on the model. Pictures on the web suggest that these logos do not exist in Philips publicity shots.

Pictures of the original vehicle can still be seen from Philips publicity magazine. The Dinky was a good replica though door handles have been modified so all small fingers to open them, the roof sign may have had a yellow backing and not a clear one, and the Philips logo and lettering on the plain side did not have an extended golden border on the example in the contemporary magazine.

The original model is now quite rare, and expensive, in complete condition so it is highly likely that many of the Atlas remakes will donate parts like the roof signs to bring original models back to complete condition.

The reproduction is not scarce with many already finding their way to the UK already from the Far East when they were made for the continental subscription series. Collectors should not that the copyright date on the base of the boxes issued by Atlas in the UK is 2017 and not the earlier date printed on the ones in the continental series.

Although hardly a truck in my eyes I am sure that there will be few complaints from Subscribers about this model, except perhaps from those who have already bought an example on eBay from  the far east.


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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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Atlas Dinky Toys – 543 Renault Floride

By Maz Woolley

Photographs by, and copyright of the Author.

The latest model sent to me by Atlas in the Dinky Toys series is another model originally released by Dinky France: 543 Renault Floride. Regular readers of MAR will have seen this model some time ago when the Author bought a copy from the Far East when it was released in the French Series from Atlas.

Atlas has chosen to reproduce the model in the rare white colour as it did in the French series. DINKYCOLLECT an expert on Dinky models says “The white Dinky Toys model was made specially to be given to some visitors of the Bobigny factory. A few were also sold through toy shops”.

The box shows the model in blue but no models in that colour are documented which is a shame as it looks good in that colour. Most of the models were in bronze, green, and gold metallic paint. All rather more interesting than the white chosen by Atlas however scarce the model is in this colour.

DINKYCOLLECT explains a little background to the car. “Designed by Ghia, the Floride like the Peugeot D3A van was not made by Renault. The body was pressed by Brissonaud et Lotz who also assembled the car. Today Brissonaud is part of Alstom and builds high speed trains and tram cars”.  The Floride was built in three variants a coupé, cabriolet and convertible, and Dinky chose to model the first. Later in the production the car was known as the Caravelle.

Based upon Dauphine, and later R8, mechanicals the Floride and Caravelle sold between 1958 and 1968.

As the Dinky Toys II collection has now started one wonders how long Atlas will prolong the original collection which now consists entirely of re-releases of French Dinkies in the same livery that they appeared in the French series.

As for the Floride, UK collectors will be more familiar with 222 Renault Floride from Corgi which models the same car but has an interior fitted.


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Atlas/Oxford Dennis F106 Fire Appliance

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by the Author.

Oxford Diecast has made several Fire Appliances to 1:76 scale. These are diecast in China in their own factory. Some of these models have been produced under contract for Atlas Editions and sold in their Fire Service Vehicles subscription series. It should be noted that even the models sold by Atlas have Oxford on their bases.

The Dennis F106, as modelled here, was made between 1963 and 1968. Ninety-nine vehicles were built. The version modelled is the rear pump variant with white tips to the roof ladders and an escape ladder that can be removed, though not extended, as shown below. The London Fire Brigade crest is printed  on the side lockers on both sides and a lot of detail has been printed on including climbing slots and the water hose attachment points.

The Oxford model is excellent and also appears in their own range with a different registration and without the bell on the cab roof.

The escape ladder fits neatly onthe vehicle by two pins inserted into slots in the roof.

The modelling includes printing on the visibility panel in the front cab doors. Although the flashing lights on the roof are painted the translucent blue over silver paint is very effective.

The wheels too are good moulded replicas of the full size ones with the silver hub caps on the front wheels well detailed.

The front of the vehicle has an excellent grille, well printed lights and a finely printed Dennis badge. Inside the cab a basic interior is provided and the chassis underneath is a flat largely detail-less plate.


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky Toys

By Maz Woolley

Atlas‘ web site is now showing the new Deluxe Dinky Toys range with models with opening parts as test marketed in mid 2015.  The starter model at a reduced price is the Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and it will then be followed by:

  • Honda S800
  • Simca 1500 Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz 230L
  • Ford Galaxie 500
  • Citroën DS 19

So all the follow up models promised in the new series are French Dinkies and no indication that any of the models originally shown in the test marketing will be made available. The original test marketed list of models was:

  • 164 Ford Zodiac Mark 4
  • 129 Volkswagen Deluxe Saloon
  • 212 Ford Cortina Rally Car
  • 151 Vauxhall Victor 101
  • 135 Triumph 2000
  • 250 Police Mini Cooper
  • 116 Volvo 1800S

In France the arrival of this series happened as the original Dinky Series was concluded one wonders if that will now happen here?


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Atlas Dinky Trucks 514 Guy Van Slumberland

By Maz Woolley

The latest in the Dinky Trucks series has arrived. This is a reproduction of the 514 Guy Van already seen in this series. This time it is seen in Slumberland livery.

The model comes in a reproduction of the original box which changed later to having blue and white stripes. The model was sold between 1949 and 1952 and was the first of several liveries on this casting including the Lyons Swiss Rolls one already seen in this range.

Atlas Dinky Toys Slumberland

The model is based upon the Guy Otter chassis which appeared shortly before the Second World War and gained a diesel engine when relaunched after the war. They were widely used by the nationalised British Road Services though Dinky never produced them in that livery.

Play value was added to the model with the opening rear doors.

The livery is beautifully printed. Slumberland are a UK firm producing mattresses and are a well known brand name even today.

The model had several different types of hubs over time but here Atlas have had the classic simple early type fitted.

To the front the lights and grill are neatly printed and the Slumberland logo is nicely reproduced on the raised van section.

This is another model from Atlas that I am sure will please many collectors and again it is a UK Dinky model which means that this series at least is meeting the original expectations set.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 25JJ Ford Calberson

By Maz Woolley

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The latest Atlas Dinky Truck series model to be sent to me is French Dinky 25JJ Ford Poissy in Calberson livery.  Dinky France made extensive use of this cab. originally as a flatbed with or without end boards, then as a truck, a tanker, a high sided truck, a tipper, a dustcart and a tow truck before making the covered truck with a liveried tilt in Calberson, Grand Moulins De Paris and SNCF liveries. The final version was as a Nestlé milk lorry fitted with churns like the Studebaker already seen in the Atlas series.

Calberson are now part of the major French logistics company Geodis Calberson.   They first started road haulage work in 1921 and by the end of the 1940s Calberson was set on expansion buying up smaller hauliers to grow the business. So in the early 1950s more and more vehicles would have been seen on French roads in the distinctive yellow with red grille and wheels.

25JJ was introduced in 1949 and deleted in 1952. Despite the short run multiple variations exist as the decals were changed several times. Dinky also made an articulated truck in Calberson Livery based upon the Panhard lorry.

Ford opened their Poissy plant in 1940 only for it to be taken over after the German invasion and for its output to be dedicated to the German war machine managed from Ford’s Cologne works. After liberation its output was then switched to supporting the Allies across Europe. Production of the 5 ton Ford F698W nicknamed “Poissy” started in 1946 . It was a development of the Matford  F917WS  trucks produced during the war.

The Atlas model has been nicely produced replicating the original well with an early version of the Calberson livery showing the outline of France with a train and lorry superimposed. The later liveries replace France with a globe with aircraft and ship images superimposed reflecting Calbersons livery changes as the company grew and became an international as well as a national carrier. The yellow paintwork with red contrasted grille and wheels has been well replicated and even the cast in tow hook is there at the rear.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part 3

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

The fourth and fifth items released in the new Editions Atlas Ambulance series in Germany are a Citroen ID Ambulance and a Barkas B1000.

7 495 104 Citroen ID19 Ambulance (estate)

The new DS models from Citroen, designed by the legendary Flaminio Bertoni, appeared in 1955. A cheaper version without the complicated hydraulic system was launched as the ID. In 1957 an estate version followed, the model name depended upon the number of rear seats, and could be Break, Familiale or Commerciale. With its comfortable suspension system, the car was predestined for use as an ambulance car. The use of ID 19 ambulance cars was widespread in France and an unknown number of lives were saved by these fast and comfortable vehicles.

The miniature is authentically shaped. The flowing lines of the body  are exactly reproduced. The lower part is painted in grey, the roof in white. Many small separate parts are used and even the typical roof rack is not forgotten. The Interior is well executed, only the distance between driver seat and the typical Citroen style steering wheel with bent steering column is a bit too short. The rear windows are covered by blinds so the interior is obscured which helps hide the fact that the stretcher is missing, though a seat for the emergency doctor is included. The wheels are accurate, but the base is only lightly detailed.


7 495 105 Barkas B 1000 “SMH – Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe”

The Barkas B 1000, launched in 1961, was manufactured until the end of the DDR in 1990. In spite of its modest three cylinder two-stroke engine of 991 cc, which supplied only 42 hp, it was very widely used in the former DDR as a van and by the rescue services. In 1976, the “Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe” was introduced so citizens of the DDR would receive help when and where it was needed.

This model is one of a unit used by the emergency doctor service and is on the base of the ubiquitous Barkas B 1000. The Barkas SMH 3 has a special coachbuilt body to provide enough space inside for patients, rescue services, and all the medical equipment.

The miniature captures the original well and is well painted in white and red. Wording and other details are well executed. A lot of small parts are fitted to represent special equipment like the three blue warning lights, a loudspeaker, a search light and two fog lamps. The Interior is very good with a dashboard showing instruments, and well modelled steering wheel and phone equipment. The stretcher can be seen in the rear. Both the wheels and base plate have been modelled in some detail.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part 2

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The third model in this new range of Ambulances from Atlas to a scale of 1:43 has now been sent to subscribers.  Part 1 shows the first two models in this new range.

7 495 103 EMW 340/4 Sanitätskraftwagen (Ambulance car)

BMW presented the model 326 at the International Car and Motorcycle Exhibition in Berlin 1936. This mid-range car was manufactured in their plant at Eisenach in Thuringia. After end of the Second World War the Eisenach BMW plant found itself in the Soviet occupied part of the former Third Reich.

Under Soviet control and supervision the the newly founded state  Avtovelo company developed a new car based on the BMW 326, This was named the BMW 340 ,and after a lost lawsuit in 1952 it was renamed the EMW 340. An estate car was created based upon the saloon car, and this was in turn converted into an Ambulance.

The EMW 340 was powered by a six cylinder petrol engine developing 57 hp with a four speed gearbox providing drive to the rear wheels. In all just over 21,000 BMW/EMW 340s of all kinds were built between 1949 and 1955.

The model is very accurately shaped. It has already issued in the model series “Commercial vehicles of the former DDR”. That version was painted a slightly more ivory colour and was rather more detailed than this issue. Here it is in beige, and with less detail presumably to reduce manufacturing costs. The red and white emblems on the hub caps are missing, the front indicator lights are now only printed and not separate plastic mouldings. The base moulding is fairly basic.

Not only has the model been made to a lower specification but quality control problems at the maker are obvious. The windscreen wipers were not properly attached and one side window was broken.  However, the signal flag was better fixed than on the previous version of this casting.


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