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Displaying items by tag: 42to55mm
Thursday, 02 January 2014 23:22


The basis of the Höfler Company was laid in 1923 when the 3 Höfler brothers, Johann, Georg and Leonhard, started a Company for production of metal products in Fürth. In the 1930’s, Johan decided to build his own toy Company, named "Metallspielwarenfabrik Johann Höfler". He produced cheap penny toys, like cars, planes, figurines, trains, etc. In the early forties, the Company was for...

Published in HÖFLER - JEAN BS
Thursday, 02 January 2014 03:45


KoHo (Koch und Hofmockel) produced this plastic VW bus toy model with solid windows and details of the front, headlights and door seams. They came as regular passenger bus as well as Samba bus. No chassis and the white plastic wheels with axles snap onto the body Only a front bumper and no rear bumper. No markings. Those toys were sold in plastic pouches with a mixture of d...

Published in KOHO BS
Thursday, 02 January 2014 03:41


A plastic body in the shape of a VW Panel Bus with solid windows and details of the front and headlights. No chassis and the wheels are molded into the body. Only a front bumper and no rear bumper. Two round mold marks. It is believed to be part of a game with other makes, like a Tempo Matador and a VW Split Window Beetle (see UNKNOWN SPLIT VW PLASTIC 22).

Sunday, 29 December 2013 04:46


Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd., New Zealand, first began producing scale model cars in 1939 under the trademark of FUN HO! (Note that the trademark always had an exclamation point, though the baseplates on the toys often did not!) The cars were similar to DINKY models of the era, being cast in heavy aluminum until after the war. The zinc diecast range of small-scale cars known as MIDGET M...

Published in FUN HO! BS
Friday, 20 December 2013 20:16


PILOT was founded in 1932 by Henning Cortsen. In the pre war years they mainly produced lead shipmodels, airplanes, trams, trains and figures. Due to shortage of lead in the war era (needed for the weapons industry) Pilot switched to using zinc. In the early 1950's PILOT started to make plastic models (using WIKING molds and adapting them) in 1/87. Henning Cortsen and WIKING-founder Fried...

Published in PILOT BS
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:22


Gebrüder Märklin & Cie. GmbH (MÄRKLIN) was founded in 1859 by Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin and is based in Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It originally specialized in doll house kitchen accessories, but after 1891, the sons of Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin focused on tin toys and trains when they acquired the toy firm of Ludwig Lutz. Although they were most f...

Published in MÄRKLIN BS
Friday, 06 December 2013 19:34

WIKING SPLIT VW Small Scale V1-V2-V3

This is a group photo of the WIKING SPLIT VW Small Scale V1, V2 and V3 at a local WIKING SHELL Tankstelle somewhere in Germany.

See individual listings for description of the small Wiking variations.

Friday, 22 November 2013 21:42


Manfred Urban Plastikspielwaren (MANURBA), Bamberg, Germany produced these plastic VW Busses with solid windows and details of the front and rear sections, doors and headlights. Plastic wheels and metal or plastic (post 1963) axles attached to the body. This VW Bus was specially produced by MANURBA for the Austrian Company called Heinerle, who included the cars in their pouches with many differ...

Published in MANURBA BS
Friday, 22 November 2013 21:37


A VW Bus model, produced by MANURBA (Manfred Urban Plastikspielwaren, Bamberg, Germany), with solid windows on white, black or red plastic wheels on metal axles. On the Samba version, there is no chassis and two round mould marks inside the roof area. On the Pickup version, there is a chassis with one round mould mark.  In the early 60’s the metal axles were replaced by plastic axles. Th...

Published in MANURBA BS
Friday, 22 November 2013 18:34


ROCO was founded in 1960 by Mr. and Mrs. Roessler after Mr. Roessler recognized that plastic injection moulding (which was quite a new development then) made it possible to manufacture models with greater detail compared to the metal models that were produced at the time. Initially ROCO made Minitank models only, but entered the model railroading market a few years later with HO and O-sca...

Published in ROCO
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