New Product Releases
First Quarter 2014
Micro-Trains Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV)
Micro-Trains Line released an ITTX 89-foot flatcar in early March with two cast resin Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicles as loads. These 21st Century military vehicle kits can now be purchased as a 2-pack without the flatcar.
Classic Metal Works releases three “2-packs” of the 1953 Ford Courier sedan delivery.
#50343 has one Courier in a U.S. Mail paint scheme and the other decorated as an ambulance.
#50344 features American Standard Heating & Plumbing lettering on one Courier, while the second model is decorated as a RCA Television Repair Service unit.
#50345 includes a Rexall Drugs Courier and a One Hour Martinizing Courier.Two-door “panels” like the Ford Courier were common service vehicles before the automakers began producing small vans in the 1960s.
More Herpa MINIs
#065252-002 is Herpa’s fourth release of the popular MINI 2-pack. This release features one white MINI with a black top and hood stripes and one red MINI with a black top and hood stripes. This is the second release of a red MINI in a 2-pack. However, in the earlier release, the red MINI came with a white top and hood stripes.
More vehicle models from RAILNSCALE
N2012 - Dethleffs Tourist caravan (Era II-III)
From 1934 to the early 1970s Dethleffs built this type of caravans, or pop-up camp trailers. The caravans were equipped with a roof that can be raised. The kit has the roof as a separate part, so it is possible to build the model in travel or camping mode. The Dethleffs consist of three unpainted parts: the chassis, the body and the lift able roof. This allows proper painting the kit and possibly modification of the kit. Model is delivered unpainted.
N2031 - SAG Fire Engine + crew (Era I-III)
In 1905 the Süddeutsche Automobil-Fabrik Gaggenau (SAG) built the world’s first gasoline powered fire truck. By 1912, SAG had been completely taken over by Benz. The model shown is a fire engine from 1911, but similar vehicles were used into the 60s (era I-III). The model is very richly detailed with rotating reels, ladders, bell, chain drive, spoke wheels and couplings and nozzles for the fire hoses. The kit also contains a crew of ten members. The SAG model consists of 14 unpainted parts. This allows proper painting the kit and possibly modification of the kit.
N2032 - SAG Fire Engine (Era I-III)
Identical to N2031 but without the firemen
N2042 - BMW 328 + Driver (Era II)
The BMW 328 was one of the dream sport cars from its era (1936-1939) with 464 built. The model is equipped with a driver that fits nicely in the driver’s seat. The level of detail consists of the leather bands over the bonnet (hood), central nut wheel mountings and the spare wheel. The BMW consists of two unpainted parts: the chassis with seats and the body. This allows for the proper painting the kit as well as modifications. Model and driver are delivered unpainted, and while the windshield is not included, one can easily be made from clear plastic.
N2512 - SET Opel Olympia Limousine + Dethleffs Tourist (Era II)
This is basically the combination of N2012 and N2048 kits, with the exception that the Opel has trailer hitch.
Once again thanks to Maurice Pierik and Joris Hoogelander of RAILNSCALE for the photos and descriptions. Visit the RAILNSCALE web site for ordering information, and to view all of the RAILNSCALE models.
Showcase Miniatures releases four new truck model kits to kick off 2014
Showcase Miniatures #53 is an “I” Type day cab equipment service truck kit. The “I” Type cab used for all four models bears a strong resemblance to the International 4000 Series cab from the late 1980s through early 2000s.
Showcase Miniatures #54 is an “I” Type crew cab equipment service truck kit.
Showcase Miniatures #55 is an “I” Type short bed dump truck that contains the parts to build one truck model with either single or tandem rear axles.
Showcase Miniatures #56 is an “I” Type semi-tractor kit that contains the parts to build one truck model with either single or tandem rear axles.
The models are available direct from Showcase Miniatures. Also be sure to check the growing selection of vehicle details from Showcase. A special thank you goes out to Walter Vail and Joe Warren for the photos and product descriptions.
New models for 2014 from RAILNSCALE
N2005 - Opel Blitz Ludewig Aero (Era II)
Beginning in 1936 the Ludewig brothers built few rare streamlined buses on Opel Blitz chassis. Because of the futuristic appearance, the ‘street Zeppelins’ were often used to show the German industrial capabilities. Apart from propaganda usage, the buses were used for touring. The model contains many nice details such as grille, striping, tail fins and an interior with rotated seats. The model consists of two unpainted parts: the chassis with seats and the body. This allows for the proper painting of the kit as well as for modifications.
N2047 - Opel Olympia Cabrio-Limousine (Era II)
The Opel Olympia is German’s first massed produced car with a monocoque body shell. For the first time, an Opel had integrated headlights. The Opel Olympia proved to be a highly successful car. The shown model is the original soft-top version for the 1935-1937 model years. The model has many nice details such as grille, soft-top, original wheel caps and a spare wheel. The Opel consists of two unpainted parts: the chassis with seats and the body. This allows for the proper painting of the kit as well as for modifications.
N2048 - Opel Olympia Limousine (Era II)
Like the N2047 Opel Olympia Cabrio-Limousine, RAILNSCALE N2048 is the saloon (hardtop) version of the Opel Olympia. The Opel consists of two unpainted parts: the chassis with seats and the body. This allows for the proper painting of the kit as well as for modifications.
N2547 – Set of 2 Opel Olympias
This set is a combination of items N2047 and N2048.
Thanks to Maurice Pierik and Joris Hoogelander of RAILNSCALE for the photos and descriptions. Visit the RAILNSCALE web site for ordering information, and to view all of the RAILNSCALE models.
Busch Volkswagen Passat (Quantum) 2-packs
The 2-pack of green and orange VW Passat models (Quantum in North America) that was announced in the Busch 2013 catalog has been released.