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More 1:18 scale Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author,

Here are another couple of 1:18th scale promotional models, again from Kyosho and iScale.

The 2016 BMW M6 GT3 Sportstrophy by Kyosho (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 557) is the scale model of a racing car assembled from the basis of the M6 (F13) by BMW Motorsport, according to the FIA GT3 regulations. Usually I prefer touring car models, but its shape was so alluring that I was unable to resist buying it.

Since 2010 BMW GT3 customers had to be satisfied by the small Z4 GT3, but its short wheelbase and the limits of its six cylinder engine forced BMW to find a more suitable vehicle. Only the M6 had a V8 engine and being a large and heavy coupé needed extensive changes. A new transaxle allowed the gearbox to move to the rear for better weight distribution, likewise the driver’s seat moved backward, the outer skin of the steel body was made of carbon fibres, and the engine was modified to improve oil cooling and turbo charging was added.

Aerodynamics had to be adjusted to racing requirements and the total weight was reduced more than 600 kgs. Starting in January 2016 the M6 GT3 began competing around the world, with victories at Nurburgring and Francorchamps.

The Kyosho model has a metal diecast body with no opening parts. Lots of aerodynamics appendages are fitted and it carries the “official” livery of BMW Motorsport. As usual quality is very high, all the smallest details are present. The interior is very impressive: look at the roll cage, the racing seats and the steering wheel. The rear wing is another really impressive feature. A savage “small” racing car.


 

The 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder by iScale (Audi no. 501 16 185 51, in Suzuka grey) is the natural companion to the 2015 R8 V10 coupé. Introduced in 2006 the real R8, always an Audi Sport GmbH product, has already reached its second iteration. It is based on the same structures as the Lamborghini Huracan (the first generation was based on the Gallardo) with a newer Audi SpaceFrame, new interior, and re-designed exterior.

Besides the V10 (397 kW) and the V10 Plus (449 kW), a full-electric eTron version is now available (335 kW). The convertible version was presented at the 2016 New York Motor Show, at first only with the standard V10 engine.

Also available in red as no. 501 16 185 52, the iScale model is indeed a nice reproduction of the original. It is diecast in metal with doors and bonnet opening, but alas the rear engine cover stays shut.

The previous model of the 2010 R8 5.2 FSI V10 quattro spyder by Kyosho (Audi no. 501 09 185 25, in teak brown) had a rear engine lid that could be opened by a button on the chassis underside and there was a second button near to it to operate the rear spoiler! Anyway the new 2016 Audi R8 V10 spyder is a worthwhile reproduction, ready to grace our collections.


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More iScale Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

The models shown below were announced a long time ago but are only now widely available. These are the latest iScale models made for BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate (S213)

 

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class series represents the fifth-generation of this famous range of executive cars. The range includes the saloon (W213) and station wagon (S213). A high-performance E63 AMG version has also been available, while later there will be the coupé and the cabriolet. Sold from 2016 as a 2017 model, it replaces the successful W212/S212 E-Class models and according to Mercedes it is the most technologically advanced car Mercedes has ever produced. They claim to have produced more than 1,200 prototypes.

The 2017 E-Class has a design similar to that of the larger W222 S-Class and the smaller W205 C-Class, called the “Sensual Purity” design philosophy. While the W212 E-Class had a tighter surface and harder edges, the new model is curvier and more flowing. As on other recent models, the 2017 E-Class features two distinct front-end treatments : a traditional chrome grille and a more sporting blade grille.

The launch of the 2017 E-Class saw Mercedes-Benz move a step closer to autonomous driving, using many of the features already seen in the latest S-Class and taking them on to a new level.

The iScale model of the S213 was announced in August 2016 on the web site of the German MBMC (Mercedes-Benz Modellauto Club), but I was able to get it only last month.

The S213 model, available from Mercedes-Benz in cavansite metallic blue as # B6 696 0383, and in iridium metallic silver as # B6 696 0384, is indeed a very nice model. It is beautifully detailed right up to the microscopic “star” on the engine lid. The model’s body is diecast metal with the usual plastic components, all hand assembled. Quality is very high, as usual, engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced. The interiors are similarly excellently modelled and the paint is beyond reproach. All four doors can be opened, like the hood and the tailgate. It is interesting to note that to open the hood iScale choose to use a button on the chassis underneath. It reminded me of one of the first models I met with such a device: it was very likely in 1963 and it was an English Dinky Toys, the Ford Corsair (no. 130). Inside the box there was a paper slip saying “to open bonnet! press button between front wheels on underside of the car”. They say that the sands of time run like quicksilver, but somethings never change.


BMW 750 Li (G12) xDrive

 

The new BMW 7 series (G11) was launched in 2015 as a 2016 model to replace the previous 2008 sedan (F01). As usual the extended wheelbase versions carry their own series designation, G12 in this case, and are identified by an “L” for “lang” (long) in the model name, not to be confounded with the “L” of “leicht” (light) as used in the sports models.

The car looks slimmer than its predecessor, and it is also lighter thanks to the widespread use of CRFP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer), tensile steel and aluminium, the latter applied to doors, boot lid, brake system, wheel hubs and rear suspension arms.

Aerodynamics have been improved, for example the front grille has shutters that will only open when an increase of air flow to the engine bay is required, while self-levelling air suspensions are now completed by electronically-controlled shock absorbers. Active anti-roll system and four-wheel steering are optional. Advanced driver assistance systems are more “autonomous driving” oriented and touchscreens, radar sensors, stereo cameras, 3D scanners and a lot of “electronics” are present, as expected from a luxury car of this kind.

The powertrain line-up consists of a 4.4 litre V8, two 3.0 litre inline-sixes in petrol and diesel form, and a 2.0 litre inline-four, and includes also the hybrid model. Now a V12 is also available (760).

The 750 Li model from iScale is available from BMW in mineral white metallic as #80 43 2 405 587, in dark blue metallic as #80 43 2 405 586, and in dark grey metallic as #80 43 2 405 585. The model shows the high level of quality provided by iScale. As usual the model’s body is diecast metal with the usual plastic components, all hand assembled in China. Engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, enhanced by the transparent roof, and a deep paint finish. All four doors can be opened, like the hood and the trunk. The wheels are very nice with the correct BMW insignia in their centre. Another beautiful model to add to your collection.


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BMW Hommage models from Norev – Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

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The third item in the “Hommage Collection” is the BMW 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. This is presented by Norev in its striking “acid” yellow livery (BMW part no. 80 43 2 413 753).

The concept car was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the E9 CSL. It clearly reflected the later version of the CSL coupe, better known as the Batmobile,  which is a real cult car for every BMW fan.

It is a working and driveable car. It is an hybrid with a 3 litre twin-turbo straight-six up front plus an e-motor in the rear, developing 500 bhp which is delivered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. It is fitted with vast 21 inch tyres (265/35 and 325/30). Aluminium and carbon fibre are almost everywhere in order to keep the weight to a minimum.

The minimalist interior is DTM inspired. It is a very race-oriented cockpit, with a few retro touches, but many details are clearly inspired by avionics and competition cars. The exterior is a constant reminder of the original CSL, from the imposing rear wing to the black longitudinal splitters riding the front wings.  From the front low set air dam to the double rear spoilers, from the wildly flared wheel arches to the full-length black rallye stripes. It’s all there, lovingly re-created.

 

But much more than a rolling celebration of the wide-bodied menace that scared Capris and Carreras in the 1970s, it wants to be an elegant and dynamic image of one of BMW’s finest hours. Suffice to say that later in 2015, at Pebble Beach, BMW presented the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, a white monster much more akin to the original Batmobile, indeed a competition version of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Will we ever see it in 1:18th scale? Norev, please ….

Needless to say the Norev model faithfully reproduces the real one: every small detail is present, from the central single-arm wiper resting in an upright position to the two tiny cameras doing the job of wing mirrors, and the wrap-over wings. A real gem, the doors open on a beautifully detailed interior, but lot of details are almost lost in the dark interior, indeed to do it justice you need to look with a torch.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism that could be made is of the box graphics which are, let’s say, a bit “wild”. This is the same as the other boxes already released, (See photograph below). The graphics are quite untypical of BMW, but that’s my personal opinion.

The BMW E9 was a coupé built by Karmann from 1968 to 1975 and developed from the 2000 CS, enlarged to hold the straight-six engine used in the E3 saloon and with the front restyled to resemble the same E3.

There were three different iterations : the carburettor-fed 180 hp MkI (1971-72), the fuel-injected 200 hp MkII (1972-73) and the 206 hp “Batmobile” (1973-75). Developed from the E9 in conjunction with Alpina, the “Batmobile” attained almost instant cult status thanks to its outrageous aero kit and full dominance of the European Touring Car championship through the 1970s, with drivers of the standard of Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Niki Lauda.

The 3.0 CSL was indeed a homologation special : initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, was then given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003cc to allow the CSL to be raced in the “over three litre” racing category.

Then in 1973 it was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153cc (192.4 cu in). This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing (not installed at the factory, but left in the boot for installation after purchase, because the wings were illegal for use on German roads). The full aero package earned the racing CSL the nickname “Batmobile”.

The Minichamps model (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 550) is another beautiful gem: diecast in metal with many opening parts and a very detailed chassis.

Engine, gearbox, suspension and exhaust system are all faithfully reproduced, only the screw fixing points spoiling them.

The livery is the standard white (the real one was available only in white or in silver), but if you want a close comparison to the Hommage edition, you can find it in the same yellow in a limited edition model from MInichamps which is not features in BMW stores (Minichamps no. 180 029028).


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BMW Hommage Collection by Norev Part One

By Fabrizio Panico

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When I presented pictures of the 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 last February I wrote “models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual …….”, I was wrong indeed ! In a very short time BMW and Norev have produced not one more concept car, but three of them.

The group is called “Hommage Collection” and it is composed of (for the moment) the 2008 M1 Hommage, the 2011 328 Hommage, and the 2015 CSL Hommage. Three great show cars, and three missed opportunities according to BMW fans, who asked vainly for production versions. According to Karim Habib (ex-BMW Chief Designer, now at Infiniti): ‘There is so much else that needs addressing right now – autonomous driving, CO2, connectivity..The Hommage cars make sure that old-fashioned excitement is alive and kicking. And don’t worry : we have more than enough ideas for the next three or four iterations…’. So BMW fans must be satisfied by scale models!

The 328 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 751), is based upon the Vision Connected Drive Concept revealed in Geneva. It is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car from the 1930s and was produced to mark its 75th Anniversary. It shares the 1936 philosophy: “low weight = high performance”.

Here magnesium and aluminium are replaced by CRFP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), for aestethic and functional elements. Fine hides, satin or polished aluminium are all cleverly blended into a recipe that expresses the essence of the sport roadster just as the original 328 did. The two part alloy wheels of the Hommage reinterpret the characteristic perforated design of the original ones.

Instrumentation is minimalist like the original: a single circular tachometer, with indicators of oil temperature, oil pressure, and water temperature built in. And to the right a few control lights. The car is equipped with 4-point seat belts and ergonomically designed shell seats. Under the bonnet the Hommage sports a three litre six cylinder engine.

The 328 Hommage is reproduced well by Norev. It is diecast metal and has no opening parts. The car is finished in carbon black paintwork with a tan interior. Alas, all the characteristic “belts” over the engine cover are simply “painted”, well done, but only painted.


 

 

 

The M1 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 752) was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1. The concept vehicle uses a mid-engine layout and borrows styling cues from both the original M1 and the BMW Turbo show car.

The design was created by Giorgio Giugiaro who got his idea from the BMW Turbo designed by Paul Bracq which was rich in advanced technical innovations. The front sports double head lights (not the pop-up type that are on the original M1) and the usual trademark kidney grille.

Like the original M1 there are double badges on the back of the car. No photographs of the interior, or its technical specifications, have been released to the public. The BMW i8, which is based on the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, is perhaps influenced by the M1 Hommage. Maybe BMW was using the Hommage concept to test the waters of the styling of the, then, upcoming i8. It is no coincidence that the Hommage concept was followed by the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept which then became the i8.

The M1 Hommage is well reproduced by Norev in a striking orange metallic paint. The windows are obscured as no-one but BMW know what the interiors look like.  The model is made of diecast Metal and has no opening parts.

 


My next article will look at the CSL Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 753). I will compare it to its famous ancestor which was nicknamed “the Batmobile”.


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More Mercedes Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by the Author.

All the models shown here have been made by iScale for Mercedes-Benz to use as promotional items and to sell in their sales operations. They are made to 1:18 scale and feature many opening components a great deal of detail.

 

The first one is a 2016 E-Class (W213) saloon “AMG Line” in what Mercedes calls “designo selenite gray magno”, matt grey in simpler words (Mercedes Benz no. B6.696.0379).

In reality the “AMG Line” is only a trim level of a comfort oriented luxury saloon, not one offering a sports experience and handling of a real AMG. A conservative exterior clothes a fabulous cabin, rich in technology and really comfortable for passengers, coupled to a powerful engine and an obedient gearbox.

The model is very accurate, all four doors are opening, like the hood and the trunk. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, same for the transparent roof, engine and chassis. Metal die cast body and plastic components.


 

 

The second model is a 2016 GLC Coupé (C253) in “brilliant blue” (MB no. B6.696.0805).

According to Mercedes it “combines the powerful figure of an SUV and dynamic shapes of a Coupé” : its exterior tries to be sleek, but the shape is a bit massive (like many SUVs). Perhaps not to everyone taste, but that seems to be the future philosophy. It is really a sporty coupé, with the ability to tackle a little bit of off roadaction. It is rich in comfort and technology like all recent Mercedes.

The model’s body is metal die cast with the usual plastic components. It is hand assembled from over 120 parts. All four doors can be opened, as well as the hood and the tailgate. Quality is high, as usual, with engine and chassis faithfully reproduced.


 

 

The third one is a 2016 C-Class cabriolet (A205) in “designo diamond white bright” (MB no. B6.696.0613).

How to enjoy summer all year long. A car for every season of the year thanks to the optional equipment available, like the AIRCAP system (an automatic wind deflector, causing the airflow to describe an arc above the passenger compartment), the AIRSCARF (heating for the head area) already seen on previous cabriolets, and the fully automatic fabric top which can operate at up to 50 km/h.

As usual the model’s body is metal die cast, with plastic components. Doors, hood and trunk can be opened, engine and chassis are well reproduced. There is a nice plastic reproduction of the fabric top, in order to display the model in open or closed form.

The cabin is fully detailed with even air vents picked out out.


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When is a Kyosho not a Kyosho?

By Fabrizio Panico

 

I would like to correct my previous news about the Audi R8 V10 plus (see March 2016) http://www.maronline.org.uk/audi-promotional-118-scale-r8-v10-plus-coupe-2015.

When I bought the model there were no indications at all about the maker, only the usual Audi ones. A bit of enquiries led me to understand it was produced by Kyosho. My fault! It seems that it was produced by Kyosho Deutschland GmbH (european distributor of brands such as Kyosho, Hitec etc) not by the Kyosho Corporation, and it is an iScale model.

According to what you can read on the iScale web site (www.iscale.eu/en). “In the year 2012 a branch office in Aachen was established concentrating on diecast miniature models only, and the brand “iScale” was founded. Under this name countless miniature-models were developed and manufactured for the German car industry. As these models have been produced without indication of our brand or logo often and are distributed via the official sales-channels of the car industry only, many collectors may own “iScale” models without knowing”.

Now I must check many of my promo models to understand which kind of “Kyosho” they are !!


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