In December 2009, we presented the Mercedes-Benz Modellauto Club (MBMC) Newsletter, for the first time. Now we have the latest Newsletter.

News Nr. 1 – January 2010

Did you survive last year? Yes? OK!!
Me too…barely! So let’s get cracking, and let’s start with year ten of the News (formerly known as the “Newsflash”). By the way, since last year, the News can also be read – in English – on the German MBMC website

Late last year, I also had talks with Mr.Thilo Wessel from Daimler AG, to completely absorb the north-american MBMC-website into one of Daimler’s official websites, and thus to make the News available to an
even broader worldwide audience, but so far we’ve only had initial talks. Let’s see where we’ll stand at the end of 2010…

Before we start, I want to thank the MBMC-members and the friends of the MBMC, in particular those (who will recognize themselves) from Australia, Austria, Angola, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, and the United States, who at the end of 2009 have expressed their appreciation of my work, and encouraged me to continue with the News.

Obviously, January is usually a bit of a “dry” month, as far as new releases of scale models are concerned. Nevertheless, ca. 8 or 9 years after the German company NZG produced the 1:43 model of the then brand new CITARO urban transit bus, RIETZE, best known for their 1:87 (HO) scale models, released just before Christmas the 1:43 scale CITARO in its latest “Euro 4” configuration, and in the colour-scheme of the “Freiburger Verkehrs AG (VAG)” transit system (you know, Freiburg im Breisgau, close to the Black Forest – where those famous cakes and cuckoo-clocks come from).

If it’s true what the old song says: “what a difference a day makes…”, then it certainly is true to say (or sing, if you can !) “What a difference 8 years make…” Indeed, this RIETZE model not only gives us an excellent outside, but an accurate, impressively detailed representation of the inside of the bus as well.

In addition, at 65.00 € (plus S&H), the price of this 1:43 model (Rietze order number: 14206) is quite reasonable, in particular when compared to the price some other makers are asking for their 1:43 scale buses. It is also my understanding that this 1:43 scale CITARO transit bus will soon be available in the light blue livery of another transit system, yet unnamed. You can order this bus from Mini-Auto Bunte at

The Collector Studio in Toronto (Canada) recently advised me of their latest offerings, a 1:8 scale Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing”, available in black and in silver, extremely detailed and complete with the special luggage set. You only need to put 85 one-hundred Canadian Dollar bills on the counter (plus S&H), and the model, including its display box, is yours! That’s roughly 5,400.00 €. A real steal!

Also from the Collector Studio, a W196R Grand Prix racer, in 1:8 scale, mounted on a platform, accurately reproducing every little detail of the car with the starting number 18, driven to victory by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1954 French Grand Prix. This model is priced at CAN $ 6,250.00 (+ S&H),or about 3950 €.

For those of you, who are interested in catalogues and books relating to the Mercedes-Benz cars, the scale models of which you are collecting, the Collector Studio also has a range of newly arrived items:

a brochure of the 1935 Mercedes 500K, for CAN $ 595 (about 375 €). There is also a brochure of the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, available for CAN $ 995 (ca. 630 €), and an interesting linen bound operating manual for the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K in great condition, for CAN $ 3995 (ca. 2500 €).

Last but not least, there is also a very “art déco” brochure of a 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS available, in French, in excellent condition, for 2295 CAN Dollars (ca. 1450 €). If interested, contact the Collector Studio at: or visit their website:

The MBMC around theworld:
The entire group making up the MBMC-Region Saarland went to the 1st Mercedes-Benz Collector’s Fair held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum on Nov.28th 2009. Here a picture of the members: all of them “Young Classics” !

Next month, the International Toy Fair will once more open its doors in Nuremberg, Germany. Let’s see what and how many interesting new models will come out of that exhibition.

Author: Bernd D. Loosen