Monday, June 28, 2010

BRUMM 1/43 FIAT 508 'EIAR'


This is the Fiat 508C EIAR (Ente Italiano Audizioni Radiofoniche) of 1948. Once again a fairly basic car, but also again very well modelled. The casting is very thin, so although the glazing is not flush, it gives the appearance of being so. As always the general level of finish is to a high standard. Buy it now

SCHUCO 1/32 MERCEDES-BENZ TRAC 1800 TRACTOR




The MB Trac was developed by Mercedes-Benz from their Unimog truck platform. Mercedes built Trac’s from 1973 to1991 in a variety of configurations, and has since sold the design to another German company that continues to build them. The Unimog truck was originally intended as an agricultural platform, so in the early ‘70s Daimler Benz evolved the design into the MB Trac, aimed at larger scale farming. The new tractor crossed the Unimog technology of all-wheel drive and a robust power transmission to four large equal-sized wheels, with the appearance of a tractor: slim hood, with an angular, elevated driver cab. From the initial MB Trac, a broad product range developed, culminating in the heavy duty MT Trac 1800 Intercooler with 180 hp engine. When Daimler Benz ended production in 1991, 41,000 vehicles were produced, of which 30,000 are still in service. Buy it now

SCHUCO 1/43 MERCEDES-BENZ GLK


The Mercedes-Benz GLK is a compact luxury crossover released as a 2010 model in North America after its public debut at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show. It is built in Bremen, Germany, and its design has been heavily influenced by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans. A variety of engines and transmissions are available, as the GLK can be purchased with 4-wheel drive or conventional rear-wheel drive. Buy it now

CORGI 'GOLDEN OLDIES' : BEDFORD S 'SPRATT'S'


More of the 'Golden Oldies' have appeared, recalling the days when the colorful liveries on commercial vehicles appealed to the young toy-buying public.

Indeed, the Bedford S van comes along in Spratt's livery, which was always popular on the orinal Dinky Toy and certainly looks attractive in its lastes guise. This model has added silver trim for door handles, hinges, and so on. Buy it now

Friday, June 25, 2010

CMC 1/18 - 1954 MERCEDES RACING CAR TRANSPORTER DIECAST MODEL

1954 Mercedes Racing Car Transporter Diecast 1/18 Blue Die Cast Car Model by CMC


This is the 1954 Mercedes Benz Blue Wionder racing transporter. Super high quality and extreme detail, you will marvel for hours inspecting the accuracy and attention to the small detail that CMC is known for. This will be a prized addition to any 1:18 collection. Includes stainless steel ramps, detailed engine, authentic paint and interior. Dimensions approximately L-15, W-4.5, H-4.5 in.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CORGI 1/50 THAMES TRADER BOX VAN 'FOX'S GLACIER MINTS'


A model series from Corgi sees the Thames Trader box van in the livery of Fox's Glacier Mints. The deep blue with white roof highlights the pleasing Fox's livery perfectly. See more

Sunday, June 20, 2010

SIKU 1/55 MERCEDES 'FAUN' REFUSE TRUCK


This is a very nice model of a Mercedes Benz-mounted 'Faun' refuse truck. The 'business end' of the model has a revolving 'compactor', lifting rear end, sliding inner wall, tipping body and, of course, a 'wheelie' bin. It has great 'play' value and it really quite good looking -change the plastic wheels and do a little judicious detailing and this could pass for a much more expensive diecast. Shop here

Saturday, June 19, 2010

HOT WHEELS 1/43 FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA SWB



This 1:43 scale Ferrari is one of a variety of collectible vehicles approved by Ferrari for authentic styling and decoration. Beautifully crafted and highly detailed, this car makes a great collectible or gift for any auto enthusiast. One of the most important GT racers of its time, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB was first unveiled at the 1959 Paris Salon. The designation SWB indicated the short wheelbase chassis designed for better handling compared to the former long wheelbase version. The car was available in competition specification with an aluminum body, lightweight interior trim and with the engine in a higher state of tune. 176 samples were built and sold from 1959 to 1963. After its release the car was hugely successful in racing. It was capable of beating many larger-engine cars. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 SWB fifth on a list of the ten greatest Ferraris of all time. At the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB with race #22 proved its competitiveness by taking 4th to 7th place overall and sweeping 1st through 4th place of the GT class. Among the four SWBs, Dernier / Noblet took 6th in a gray with blue stripe SWB number 22.

The Ferrari 250 is a series of sports cars built by Ferrari from the 1950s and early 1960s. It was the company's most successful early line of vehicles, produced for over a decade from 1953 to 1964 and resulting in several variants. Here it is proposed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans version of 1960. In the hands of Leon Dernier and Pierre Noblet this Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Based had no problem keeping the 6th place until the end of that race. Several technical innovations have made this car really competitive in international races. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960 the Ferrari contenders were not able to compete: at the end of the race six different versions of the Ferrari 250 had entered the first seven places. Buy it now

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BRUMM 1/43 WORLD CUP FIAT CELEBRATION 2006





Italian makers Brumm have certainly started the year as they mean to go on with some unusal and very welcome releases of some unique subjects. The Italian style and humour is certainly present in these models and they represent a breath of fresh air on the diecast scene. It take a look at their 1/43 Fiat Panda, marked in celebration of Italy's World Cup win - check out the female in the sunroof. Including 2 metal figures hand-painted flag and two of which rests on the hood and the other already flown! Buy it now

Sunday, June 13, 2010

CORGI 1/50 FODEN S21 8 WHEEL PLATFORM LORRY EDDIE STOBART


Established in Carlisle in 1970 Eddie Stobart Ltd has developed into one of the leading transport and warehousing organisations in the UK.

Foden 8 wheel platform loory, model length 18cm comes with a limited edition certificate. Buy it now

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

IXO 1/43 FERRARI 250P - LE MANS 1963


The real car was crewed by John Surtees and Willy Mairesse. Unfortunately they did not finish the race, due to an acident and fire. This is another super modle to add to the ever increasing range of historic Ferrari racers being produced of late by IXO. Buy it now

OXFORD MODEL 1/43 JAGUAR MK VII BRICH GREY


The Jaguar Mark VII was a large four door sports sedan launched by Jaguar Cars of Coventry at the 1950 London Motor Show. The chassis came from the Jaguar Mark V with which the Mark VII shared its 10 feet (3,048.0 mm) wheelbase. But for this latest offering Jaguar designed a modern and streamlined looking body, featuring fully integrated headlights and mudguards along with an increased rear overhang which gave the car enhanced presence. As on the Mark V, the upper part of the rear wheels was covered by the body work. In place of its predecessor's flat windscreen, the Mark VII design included a two piece front screen, which would late become one when the MKVIII was launched. It had of just over 100 mph (163 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 13.7 seconds -17.5 miles to the gallon and all for just under ฃ1700. This is the second casting set in the range of cars from our Oxford Automobile range. Buy it now

Sunday, June 6, 2010

SCHUCO 1/43 CITROEN HY AMBULANCE


The Citroën HY Van was a light delivery van produced by the French car maker between 1947 and 1981. It was developed as a simple front wheel driven van after WWII. A total of 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in France and Belgium. The engine, gear box and many smaller parts are borrowed from other Citroën models. For example, the engine and gearbox are nearly the same as the Traction Avant automobile, only mounted with the engine to front. For many years, the head lights and speedometer were identical to the classic 2CV. The distinctive corrugated body work was inspired by German Junkers aircraft of the 1930s. The ribs added strength without adding weight, and needed only simple, low cost tools, which was ideal for a cash-strapped, post-WWII Citroën. The flat body panels were braced on their reverse side by box sections, set at right angles to the ribs. Buy it now

CMC 1/18 PORSCHE 901 COUPE, 1964 CHAMPAIGN YELLOW LIMITED EDITION






On the 12th of September in 1963, Porsche introduced the Type 901 as the successor of the Porsche 356 at the IAA in Frankfurt. Just one year later, with the 901 poised to go into series production, it was presented to the public eye again at the Parisian Autosalon. Peugeot intervened, because they owned the copyright for all three digit model designations with a 0 in the middle. But before Porsche was able to make the amends, production of the Type 901 had already got off the ground on September 14, 1964, and a total of 82 units were delivered by the factory. All of them carried the type designation 901. Subsequently, the 901 became the 911, a legendary 3-digit designation that still raises the heartbeat of every sports car enthusiast. Back in the 1950’s, Porsche was rethinking the configuration of car bodies. A final design was developed by his son Ferdinand Alexander. Based on an aesthetics that emphasized clear and simple beauty, he worked out a line management that was fully in tune with the spirit of the 60s. Ferry Porsche was succinct, when he said later: "This type shaped the unique character of all Porsche sports cars." Even little boys started to dream of owning a 911 in the future. Those who were unable to afford one eventually, had received at least a miniature as a birthday present, and the treasured gift tended to be assigned a place of honor on their rack. By now the 901, or the subsequent 911, has won an established spot in the sports car Olympus. To those that are still dreaming, and essentially to all model fans, CMC now offers the 901 in a most faithful and gorgeously-crafted replication. It is composed of 971 single parts. Finally the Porsche 901 has a miniature that does justice to its original and unparalleled beauty. Buy it now

Friday, June 4, 2010

CORGI 1/36 JAMES BOND LOTUS TURBO FROM FOR YOUR EYES ONLY


The classic British sports car with its 2.2 litre turbo-charged engine proved more than a match for Bond's enemies. This 1:36 scale replica features precisely matched metaillic orange paintwork, spoked wheels, full body and interior decoration - and 007's skis strapped to the roof.
The Directors Cut range is a selection of the most popular cars from all the Bond Films, all highly detailed down to the high tech gadgetry that made them so famous. From the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day featuring front firing missilies and spiked tyres to the legendary Lotus Espirit Underwater from The Spy Who Loved Me featuring sub-aquatic wings and propellors, this is surely the most comprehensive Bond range ever. Buy it now

CORGI 1/36 JAMES BOND ASTON MARTIN DB5 AND FIGURE





Perhaps the most famous model produced by Corgi, the DB5 remains the most enduring car in the 007 range. This detailed die-cast replica from Goldfinger has spoked wheels, full body decoration and interior detail. It has features including wing mirrors, an ejector seat, rear tyre slasher, machine guns and rear bullet proof screen.

Corgi’s James Bond range is a selection of the most popular vehicles featured in the James Bond films. From the first James Bond car and possibly the most famous vehicle in the world, this Aston Martin DB5 as featured in Goldfinger, through to the most recent and remarkable Aston Martin DBS as featured in Quantum of Solace, this collection is hailed as the most comprehensive Bond vehicle range ever.

The 1:36 scale range are highly detailed, with nods to the high-tech gadgetry that made the cars so famous. Now it's easy to re-live those unforgettable moments from the James Bond films that everyone remembers so fondly. Buy it now

Thursday, June 3, 2010

SCHUCO 1/43 VW T2A CREW CAB/COMBI WITH TRAILER AND BEAMS


In 1968, the second generation Volkswagen T2 Minibus was introduced. It was built in Germany until 1979. Models before 1971 are called T2a while models after 1972 are called T2b. This second-generation Minibus was slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. At 1.6 liter displacement and 48 hp, the engine was also slightly larger. The new model had half-shaft axles fitted with CV joints, which raised ride height. The T2b was introduced by way of gradual change over three years. The first models had unique body features, such as curvaceous bumpers with the front bumper wrapping around to form the step when the door was opened, front doors that opened to 90 degrees from the body and crescent air intakes in the D pillars. They also had unique engine hatches, and up until 1972 front turn signals set low on the nose, giving rise to their German nickname 'Low Lights'. Over its long life, VW made the T2 in a wide variety of configurations including the classic Minibus, delivery van, and the Combi, a useful platform for custom commercial designs. See more

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

ERTL 1/25 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON WRECKER HAVOLINE MOTOR OIL





After WWII, GIs returning home wrote to Dodge and asked, "Where can we get a truck like the ones we used in the war"? Dodge responded by building the Power Wagon. Virtually unchanged from its introduction in 1946 to when domestic sales ended in 1968, the Power Wagon is the exemplary four-wheel drive truck. This diecast is complete with towing package, winch and 1940s Havoline logo on the doors. The 1/25th scale replica features a diecast cab, bed, and chassis, as well as opening doors and butterfly-hinged hood with detailed engine compartment. Mini metal chains wrap around the working winch mounted on the front of the chassis. The highly detailed interior features a separate floor-mounted stick shift, low-gear selector, and functional steering wheel. The truck bed holds the towing arm and cables with tow hook, and include a working tailgate with chains. See more

AUTO ART 1/18 2000 TOYOTA MR2 SPYDER





Borrowing a name from the recent past, Toyota launched a mid-engined, rear-drive, two-passenger sports car as a late 2000 model. The name and configuration had last been seen in 1995, in the form of an MR2 coupe. This time, Toyota made the MR2 a Spyder convertible instead. Priced to go against the popular Mazda Miata roadster, the MR2 Spyder also competed against the more costly BMW Z3-Series and Honda's S2000. Built on a modified version of the Corolla sedan platform, the MR2 held a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, adapted from the one in the larger Celica sport coupe. See more

CMC 1/18 AUDI 225 FRONT ROADSTER LIMITED EDITION





The rise of the company "Audi" is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating stories in the 100-odd years of automobile history. It began with one special name: August Horch. In June 1909, the top management of Horch decided that its founder August Horch had to leave the company. Undaunted by this twist of fate, August sought to launch a new automobile plant on his own. Only four weeks later, his dream virtually came true: The "August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH" was officially registered in Zwickau, Saxony on July 16, 1909. But the Horch plants took August to court, claiming exclusive use rights of the name "Horch" for themselves. August Horch lost the trial and had to find a new name. He wound up renaming his new plant “Audi”, the imperative case of the Latin verb "audire" meaning "Horch." in German. 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of Audi. This is reason enough for CMC to introduce a real classic miniature: the Audi Front 225 Roadster. First presented to the public in 1935, the car proved to be a real sensation for its time. Sporty and graceful, its body was a feast for the eyes. The aerodynamic line management enhanced the charming sporty look of its overall configuration in particular. CMC offers this ravishingly beautiful hand-assembled miniature of more than 1,600 single parts in three different two-tone color versions. M-075A is finished in black and yellow (black interior), M-075B, in blue and silver (red interior), and M-075C, in red and white (black interior). Each color combination brings out the glamour of this extraordinary model in a special way. The highly-detailed interior features a fully-instrumented dashboard and leather-upholstered seats, among others. The detail-exact undercarriage includes metal leaf springs, bonded brake cables, and a simulated wood frame. Mounted on the rear of the car is the removable spare wheel. Celebrate with us 100 years of Audi. See more

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

OXFORD MODEL 1/43 AUSTIN CAMPER


This month we have a camper with the roof raised which is part of a series of models covering the leisure market. The J2 was such a versatile vehicle that many were worked around the clock meaning few survived. Fortunately the campers had on easier life and it’s not surprising that some of these are still to be found. Coachwork firms were quick to take up the J2 for specialist conversions as the versatility of the chassis and standard body panels meant that a huge variety of vehicles could be built. The reverse side of the model has a second slide variant with two windows, the rear door is the single slide version. Shop here