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Emmy Models AFM type 50

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.

Car Facts

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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Le Mans Miniatures Q4 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by Le Mans Miniatures.

Le Mans Miniatures are a French firm famous for making accessories and slot cars in a  variety of scales. Here we look at some of their releases expected before the end of the year.

1:18 scale

A range of motor racing personalities have been produced by Le Mans Miniatures to 1:18 scale. These are detailed painted miniatures. This Autumn sees the release of Mauro Forghieiri the celebrated Ferrari designer and engineer.

1:32 Scale

The latest release of team mechanics is for Team Matra in 1974. These will liven up slot car circuits. All three mechanics are named and captured in a pit lane task.

A new slot car is the R5 Alpine Gr2 which appeared for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in 1976.  It was a heavily tuned and developed sports version of Renault 5. The racing car had the body altered to fit additional lights, wider wheels and the racing fuel fillers. Inside the car was stripped out and fitted with a roll cage and spare wheels in the back. The model shown is as raced by Guy Fréquelin and Jacques Delaval at Monte Carlo in 1978. Unlike the team on car number 19, the two drivers have a “rallye” helmet. They finished 3rd, just behind Renault 5 car number 19 of Ragnotti and Andrié, and only three minutes after the winning Porsche.

This model is also available with no race number so you can add your own.

1:43 Scale

Four new figure sets are to be released:

Set One – Racing Drivers

Jim Clark, Fangio, Pedro Rodriguez & Jo Siffert

Set Two – Team Leaders

John Wyer, Alfred Neubauer, Enzo Ferrari & Norbert Singer

Set Three – Various Figures

Robert, the photographer, Léon Swen race director and  Manfred, the mechanic

Set Four – Hawaiian Tropic Girls


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – M4 Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturers.

All the models pictured should now be available as they were announced for release in June/July 2017.  All the models listed are to 1:43 scale and are diecast unless stated otherwise. All the models are made in Italy.

ART Models

 

ART371 Ferrari 246 SP – 2nd in the 3 hours of Daytona 1962 – Hill/Rodriguez – #0796

 

ART372 Ferrari 750 Monza – Targa Florio 1955 – Maglioli/Sighinolfi – #0486
ART373 Ferrari Dino 268 SP – Caracalla 1997 – Vaccarella – 50th anniversary of the first Ferrari victory 1947 – #27
ART374 70th Anniversary of Ferrari 1947-2017 – Iron Anniversary – limited edition of 70 pieces Ferrari 340 Mexico Spyder – Ferrari 250 California

BEST Models

BEST9671 Ferrari 512 BB LM – Winner of 24 hours of Le Mans 1981 – Andruet/Ballot/Lena – Class GTX
BEST9672 Ferrari 312 P Spyder – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1969 – Rodriguez/Amon
BEST9673 Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth – Testcar 1960
BEST9674 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – 14th Tour de Corse Historique 2014 – Aghina/Ruppert #242
BEST9675 Porsche 908-03 – 1000 km of Nurburgring 1971 – Siffert/Bell #2
BEST9676 Ferrari 250 LM – Targa Florio 1966 – Swanson/Ennis – #170
BEST9677 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1600 HF Fanalone – 1968 – street version – yellow

RIO Models

RIO4543 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of Mille Miglia 1931 – Rudolf Carraciola
RIO4544 Fiat 1100/103 E – Carabinieri Service Vehicle 1953
RIO4545 Fiat 1500 Ambulance 1936
RIO4546 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of German Grand Prix 1931 Nurburgring – Rudolf Caracciola #8
RIO4547 Mercedes-Benz 300 L 1951 “Adenauer” – white
RIO4548 Renault Type X Saloon Taxi 1907 – green

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A Pair of Old Corgi Race Cars

By Harvey Goranson

Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. Click on them to enlarge.

Every once in a while I stumble across an old diecast or two that I missed out on back in the days before anyone conceived of 1:43 white metal and resin. For some time now I have wanted earlier versions of my Corgi Toys 150S Vanwall and 152S BRM Formula 1 racers (the ‘S’ denoting suspension), since the red and turquoise colors are basically horrid.

Recently I spotted more proper early green versions at a UK auction site and won them. I also tried for an early Lotus 11 in silver but missed out on the hat trick. These original castings have no suspension, nor are driver figures supplied. Boxes were stained, worn, and marked on, but complete.  My new acquisitions are pictured below on the right.

Corgi 150 represents the Type VW 5 from 1957. Some were even made as Sir Stirling Moss’s winning car from the European GP at Aintree that year, with white No. 20 on nose and sides.

Per Marcel Van Cleemput’s tome, The Great Book of Corgi, No. 150 was introduced in July 1957; 317,000 were made before withdrawal in 1961.

Corgi 152 is the BRM P25, 195,000 of which were made from 1958 to 1961.

The BRM’s Green may be more of a “David Piper” green than BRG, but still better than the later 152S.

Moss almost won the F1 drivers’ championship in 1958, but Vanwall grabbed the constructors’ championship. This might explain why more Corgi 150s were sold compared to 152. And why Dinky, Solido, and even Crescent wanted one for their ranges.

In September of 1961 the garish suspended versions appeared, with Corgi attempting to get more life out of the castings before kids caught on to the fact that front-engined F1 cars were becoming as extinct as dinosaurs. Corgi’s designers were probably already then working on No. 154, the rear-engine Ferrari 156.


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News from the Continent – M4 Modelcars June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs have been supplied by M4.

All the models shown were expected to be released by the end of July. They are all made to 1:43 scale by M4 Modelcars in Italy who are the group producing models in the Art, Best and Rio ranges.

ART Models

 

ART367 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Winner of Coppa d´Oro delle Dolomiti 1950 driven by G.Marzotto


 

ART368 Ferrari 330P – Road America 1967 – drivers Cooper/Drexler


 

ART369 Ferrari 860 Monza-Bridgehampton 1958 – Driver B.Grossman


 

ART370 Ferrari 500 TRC – Targa Florio 1965 – drivers Tagliavia/Semilia #0670


Best Models

 

BEST9663 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – red metallic


 

BEST9664 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1,3 HF – 36th Rally Monte Carlo 1967 Drivers Andersson/Davernport


 

BEST9665 Alfa Romeo 33.2 Coupe – 7th in 12 hours of Interlagos 1970 – Driver Marivaldo Fernandes


 

BEST9666 Porsche 908-02 – Targa Florio 1969 – Redman/Attwood


 

BEST9667 Alfa Romeo 33.2 Spyder – Winner of 3 hours of Rio de Janeiro 1969 Carlos Pace


 

BEST9668 Ferrari 250LM – Winner in class S of 24 hours of Daytona 1968 – Drivers Gunn/Ortega/Merello


 

BEST9669 Fiat Abarth 850 Zagato – Winner of 500 km of Nurburgring 1960 – Drivers Castellina/Vinatier


 

BEST9670 Porsche 908-02 – Targa Florio 1969 – 3th place for Rolf Stommelen/Hans Herrmann


Rio Models

 

RIO4535 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of the Eifelrennen Nurburgring 1927 Rudolf Caracciola


 

RIO4536 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Berlina – Rally Monte Carlo 1963.  Drivers Nielsen/Henriksen


 

 

RIO4537 Fiat 238 Anticendio Pista Fiorano 1970


 

RIO4538 Mercedes-Benz SSK Rally Monte Carlo 1930 – Driver Howey


 

RIO4539 Fiat 128 – 4 door saloon 1969 – yellow Positano


 

RIO4540 Fiat 128 – Rally 1971 – white


 

RIO4541 Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Winner of Grand Prix of Argentina / 500 miles of Rafaela 1931 – drivers Zatuszek/Brendt


 

RIO4542 Citroen DS Break “Ferrari Chronometrage Service – dark red and cream


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Minichamps 2017 Grand Prix Cars

By Maz Woolley

At the time of writing the Grand Prix teams will be collecting in Melbourne for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix next weekend. Practice has not yet even started and Minichamps are already publicising their models of the cars appearing in this race which may be a little premature as they are stated as shipping in December 2017.

Interestingly the Ferrari models codes start BBR so it may be that Minichamps are “re-badging” BBR models in this case. In any event Ferrari are about the only contenders not included in the 1:43 scale list.

It looks like another season where F1 collectors will have a good selection of quality models but they will need deep pockets if they wish to collect the whole starting grid!

1:18 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – SEBASTIAN VETTEL
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

1:43 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – ROMAIN GROSJEAN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – NICO HÜLKENBERG
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – JOLYON PALMER
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – SERGIO PÉREZ
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – ESTEBAN OCON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – MARCUS ERICSSON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – PASCAL WEHRLEIN
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – DANIIL KVYAT
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – CARLOS SAINZ JR.
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO

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Atlas Jaguar Collection – XJR-9

By Maz Woolley

 

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in December 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Jaguar XJR-9

This appears to have been made for Atlas by Ixo and is very similar to a model previously available from Ixo under their own brand.

A nicely printed model with lots of sponsors details including tobacco brand details which are sadly often left unprinted due to concerns over infringing tobacco advertising rules.

The fine details are well done with the front lights being particularly finely made and the wheels and tyres being excellent.

The rear wing and diffusers are nicely realised. This is a model worthy of inclusion in this series.


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Panini F1 UK Partwork

A new F1 partwork to 1:43 scale is being heavily publicised here in the UK. The cars do not have any drivers fitted to them, though their names are printed on the car, and as is usual the tobacco company advertising is missing making some look rather naked. If the series “takes off” I am sure aftermarket decals with logos for Embassy, John Player Special, Gold Leaf and Marlborough will be sold on eBay. Each car is mounted to a plinth modelled to look like a chicane.

The partwork’s web site is www.f1carcollection.com and pictures shown seem to show models similar to ones that have already been seen in partworks on the continent and also sold as RBA models. It is interesting that the partwork has been launched by Panini who are presumably trying to move into areas their former co-owner DeAgostini would see as their “territory”.

Lauda Brabham e tyrell p34 e schumacher e Lauda Ferrari

Although the publicity says Formula 1 from 1950 onwards all the models pictured are from the 70’s onwards. All pictures shown above are from the web site publicity.

If any MAROnline reader is collecting these models we would be interested to see your pictures and assessments. I am sure that collectors round the world who would appreciate seeing them.


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Replicarz Indy Cars

By Harvey Goranson                                        March 2015

US dealer Replicarz has gone into business with their own brand of 1:43 and 1:18 scale racing cars. The first to appear in the smaller scale are three versions of the Deidt/Offenhauser Blue Crown Spark Plug Special that won the Indy 500 in three consecutive years from 1947 to 1949.


 

The models are resin, mounted on plinths with engraved plates and display case, and packed in lift-cover boxes similar to those used for Brooklin’s Buick collection. Each is limited to only 333 examples, and a very small number of other dealers have been allowed to sell them. A word of caution, given to me as I bought these recently: unlike Spark, Matrix, Neo, etc. the display covers are NOT affixed with those little oval pieces of tape, so take appropriate care when removing them from the box.


 

1947: Lou Moore entered Diedt-Offenhauser cars for veteran driver Mauri Rose and rookie Bill Holland. Sponsored by Blue Crown, the cars smoked the competition and were 1-2 late in the race. Holland, thinking he was a lap ahead, waved Rose by at some point, only to finish second.


 

Here it is with the Milestone / 43rd Avenue 1947 Nash Indy Pace Car. Nash was chosen to pace for 1947 but simply had no open car in their lineup. So this Nash was the first closed car to ever pace at Indy, and was driven by George Mason.


 

1948: Another victory for Mauri Rose, in the identical (or similar?) car.


 

Motor City made the pace car, a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Six.


 

1949: Bill Holland finally got his win, and the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special got a snazzy new blue paint job.


 

Once again I happen to have the pace car, a 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 by Motor City. The pace car was driven for the second year in a row by Wilbur Shaw, who, up until then, was the only threepeat Indy winner. Shaw was also responsible for getting Tony Hulman interested in saving the Speedway from becoming a housing development just after the Second World War.


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