News Nr. 7 – April 2010
Easter is just around the corner….
Yes, but unless you see one with a big bow on the roof in your driveway, or perhaps a smaller version inside a “KINDER© surprise”, you’ll be hard pressed to find a really new Mercedes-Benz nestled among the hidden chocolate eggs, a 1:43 scale model, that is! A couple of colour variants maybe, an open roof versus a closed roof variant, yes, but that’s about all you’re going to get!
In fact, the only really new release comes from Autoart with their 1970 vintage Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 (W 109 III), in white, and in the 1:18 scale. The price of this model: depending who you buy it from: ca. 110 € plus S & H.
What can we look forward to?
If all goes according to plan, the LP333 “Millipede” truck should be released fairly soon, meaning in about a month or so, in the Altaya press-collection “Camions d’autrefois”, which so far has apparently been quite a success in France. Of course, it’ll be a somewhat less luxurious version than the limited edition LP333 described in the News Nr.5 of March 2010, but I’m told it nonetheless will be a very attractive version, at an unbeatable price, and well worth adding to your collection. I’ll write more about this Altaya-version, as soon as I can.
To close this somewhat short bulletin, there is a fairly recent HO-scale (1:87) model worth mentioning, namely the Mercedes-Benz 170 SV “Geländesportwagen” (W 149 I) from 1938 – 1939, made by PremiumClassiXXs in its BUB-Series.
Will we ever see this car in 1:43 scale?
It certainly is an interesting sports two-seater, which for sure deserves to be “modeled” in a scale larger than 1:87… With this thought, let me wish you a Happy Easter, and all the best until next time.
Author Bernd D. Loosen