Tekno Wossat – Shedding some light

By Robin Godwin

Photographs are by, and copyright of the Author.

Back in November 2016, the editor posted my Wossat article on an unidentified Jaguar E-Type Roadster in 1:43 scale that had clearly been copied from the earlier Tekno model http://www.maronline.org.uk/tekno-wossat/

Well, I can now shed some light on the topic (hopefully you will forgive me for that as you read on) as I have now found a second, more complete example. The pictures show that this must have been a (possibly commercial) display model of some sort. I didn’t realise it when inspecting the first model for the earlier article, but the headlights are operative! The unexplained hole in the base is the pass through for the wiring to the headlights, and on re-inspection of my first model, I can see wires thru the hole in the base leading to the lights that were cut to make it a static display model.

The model is mounted to a chromed circular base with screws via the two screw holes discussed in the first article. A rotary switch turns the headlights on and off. But there is more – there’s an electric motor hidden in the chrome base with the drive axle protruding from the bottom, so it is evident that the whole chromed brace would rotate with the model fixed on it. I know nothing about electricity (except on and off), so cannot verify if the light switch also activated the motor via the two AA batteries, but if that were true, then my motor is inoperative. I don’t see any further attachment points for electricity supply, nor is there a pass through in the plastic insert for additional wires if the power source was exterior to the batteries housed in the chromed base. That said, there is obviously still something missing, as this whole structure would have been mounted to something else, but what? Of note, both the electric motor and white plastic insert to the chromed base, visible in the pictures, are marked “Japan” so that may be a clue to it’s origin. Japan has an early history of copying models, and the original Tekno E-Type was from the 1960s, but I can only speculate here.

I’ll continue to try to get to the bottom of this mystery.


4216 Lights on and firmly attached to chrome base


4218 This angle shows the on/off switch for lights and perhaps even for rotation of the whole unit

4221 Plastic disc on left fits snugly into the round chrome base. Hole in centre allow for axle of electric motor to pass thru, but no room for anything else. Motor is firmly attached to the chrome base, so the whole unit would have rotated on an additional base of some sort

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