News Nr. 8 – April 2010
Fascinated with the past, the future is bright eyed!

This year’s motto of the world’s largest vintage and classical car show – the Techno Classica in Essen, Germany – which ran from April 7 to April 11, 2010, was “Fascination”. And it was fascinating indeed, for the approximately 200,000 visitors, old and young alike.

Once more, the MBMC was well represented at the Mercedes-Benz stand, with the club’s display cases presenting seven different areas of the scale model world (variety of scales, mechanicals, special bodies, detailing, objects of exception, miniatures, and special MBMC models).

For the duration of the Techno Classica, the MBMC stand was manned on a rotating basis by most of the members of the MBMCRegion Rhine-Ruhr, headed by Thomas Kaufmann, Heinz Nowack, and Roland Rittmann, as well as by Ad and Marij Dankers from the MBMC Netherlands Region, who specially came from Holland to support their Club-friends in Germany.

The following are a few impressions of the 2010 Techno Classica, all pictures copyright and courtesy of Roland Rittmann, Essen.

A new Mercedes-Benz L406D by Norev
Okay, “new” is stretching it somewhat, the 1:43 scale L406D panel van by Norev having first been seen in 2008 in the livery of a “Mercedes-Benz Service” van.

Now Norev has in fact released what I consider a variant, in the looks of a French Fire Department command car, or “fire chief” car, if you will. For app. 40 Euros, you get a few added gadgets like a siren, a revolving light, three antennas, a couple of darkened side window representations and a few other lights and things. Is it worth the money? I’ll let you be the judge!

Back in the nineteen-seventies the now defunct Italian firm Idea3 made among others a 1:43 scale model (available finished or as a kit) of a streamlined 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K “Innenlenker”, which was somewhat different in shape from the 500K “Autobahn-Kurier”.

Rumors have it, that this car went to the Netherlands after WWII, but no-one really knows its whereabouts. The model Idea3 made in its time was rather crude, to say the least. Unfortunately, since then, no model maker large or small has ever shown any interest in producing a new and better model, even though with today’s technology, the result could be a hot little item. There was, a couple of years ago, an attempt made to produce one in the Ukraine. Regrettably, once he had made the first prototype, the artisanmodel maker lost interest and reneged on his commitment. Recently, at the beginning of April, a kit of the – admittedly quite rare – Idea3 model surfaced on e-bay, and sold for…257 Euros! That, in spite of the in my view already rather inflated price-tag of 95€, which was clearly visible on the advertisement’s picture.

One hundred years ago, in 1910…
…the “Automobile Corps of the Imperial Russian Army” was created. A fact which normally wouldn’t concern us MBMC scale-model collectors much or at all, if it weren’t for the fact that one of our Russian MBMC-Club members (who is living in Germany for nearly 20 years now), namely our Stanislav Kiriletz, is a real car history addict, specializing in the early years of the automobile in Czarist Russia, right up to the 1917 October Revolution.

Over the years, he has researched the subject to such an extent and depth, that he now can rightfully be considered one of the foremost Russian authorities on this particular aspect of automobile history. He has written a book (for “policy” reasons officially – but not factually – co-authored by a retired lieutenantcolonel of the Russian Army) entitled “The Automobiles of the Russian Imperial Army”, which is presently being printed in Russia.

Unfortunately, the book will only be available in Russian. And now I’m coming to the point: for his work in reviving the history of this particular army corps, Stanislav has just been decorated by the Russian Defense Ministry with the commemorative medal which has been specially created to celebrate this 100th anniversary of the Russian Army’s Automobile Corps.

Congratulations, Stanislav!

Until next time, and keep enjoying your models!

Author Bernd D. Loosen