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BMW M4 DTM Nurburgring 2017 #11 Wittmann
Aston Martin DBR1 2nd Le Mans 1959 #6 Trintignant/Frere
Forti FG01 Australia 1995 #21 Diniz
Alpine A110 1600S 1971 Blue 1:18
Brabham BT44B Spain 1976 #33 de Villota

Visually a Hybrid, technically a Swabian  

The International Motor Show in Berlin 1939 – from February 17 until March 15 – marked the public birth of the Mercedes Benz Type 230-W 153. Due to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the potential success of the new Mercedes in convincing the customers was limited in time. Nevertheless some car enthusiasts saw the potential of the Mercedes, with a modified car body, to be a real luxury car from the beginning.   The Swiss industrialist Ernst Rufener, owner of a textile company based in Langenthal, also held this opinion. He had the wish for a special design according to his ideas and employed the renowned Swiss company Carrosserie Graber. Rufener envisioned a two-door convertible with four seats. The rear was supposed to resemble the Bugatti Type 57, which was designed by Graber in 1937. Distinctive feature of the French car was its long and pointed rear that also completely covered the rear wheels. The Swiss engineers adopted this design for the rear end of their new car body, whereas the whole front end was designed matching the look of the Stuttgart original. Contrary to the rear-hinged front doors of the standard Mercedes it was decided to mount two large front-hinged doors, which was quite uncommon in 1939. The pointed rear end did not only elongate the car visually, but also gave the car the flair of a large sedan. It remained a matter of taste whether an open or a closed top additionally strengthened the long-drawn-out silhouette of the car. The feature to countersink the soft top completely into the car body was also a quite an uncommon at that time.

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JarMark: first time we have seen its bespoke hand made 1:43 1995 Forti FG01 models modified from Tameo Minardi kit of the same year...
Tamiya: Q1 2019 is the suggestion for the release of two 1:24 plastic kits - street Ford GT and the Lancia Stratos Turbo with a matt metal finish...
Italeri: is to offer a plastic kit in 1:24 of the Lamborghini Miura Jota SVJ due during 2019...
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New Book: looking forward to getting our hands on 'IMSA 1969 to 1989' from authors Mitch Bishop & Mark Raffauf in February. Pre-order book open now...
RPM: in discussion about more future plans, we can tell you to look forward to 1:43 resin/metal kits & hand builts of the first non American NASCAR race winner, Al Keller's Jaguar XK120 Linen Airport 1954 & 1971 Ford 'Supervan' which will have open rear doors and Weslake engine detail...
Books: a couple of new titles arrived with DPD this morning and take a look at the 'Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 1967' & 'Berlinetta ‘60s; Exceptional Italian Coupes of the 1960s'...
CMC: delivers its first of the 1:18 premium diecast super-detailed Jaguar C-Types in British Racing Green along with Fangio's 1956 British Grand Prix Lancia-Ferrari D50...
Kess: twice in one week! This time we have the 1961 Maserati 5000GT in silver and very nice it looks too...
Looksmart: has sent over 1:18 Ferrari 312T5 Canada 1980 Gilles Villeneuve & 1:43 Ferrari J50 in blue which suits very nicely...
FSW Weekly: the last seven days were busy ones with plenty of deliveries of back orders and new items. Take a look at the news page and PDF detailing all we received from Spark, Bizarre, Autocult, KK Scale, Virage, Studio 27, Tabu, Bare-Metal, Norev, Oxford, Minichamps, MEA, Hiro, Kess, Schuco, Looksmart, TrueScale, Top Speed & Hasegawa...
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Bizarre: 1:43 land speed record 1919 Packard, 1938 Railton & 1973 Opel models are now in stock...
Hiro: announce a 1:12 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider resin/metal super detailed kit that may well be its last Ferrari kit for a while as its contract expires at the end of the month...
Matrix: January shipment will include something new. Four limited editions - either alternative colours or roof configuration of existing subjects...
Ixo: adds 1:18 diecast Ford Escort RS1800 & Alitalia Fiat 131 Abarths to its 2019 future production plans...
Schuco Pro.R43: resincast 1:43 model of a VW T1b articulated transporter...
Autocult: has sent us its new resincast 1:43 Bentley Type R Gooda Special, Berggren Future & 1:18 Skoda 935 (late after recent false start breakages)...
Norev: issued January production schedule for 1:18 BMW, Citroen, Mercedes & Renault plus 1:43 Alpine, Bentley, Jaguar, Mercedes, Renault & VW diecast models...
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Hiro: will have two highly detailed resin/metal 1:12 kits of the 1967/1968 Lotus 49. How good is that for news?...
KK Scale: every day is KK Scale news day it seams! Today we have taken delivery of its new 1:18 Ferrari 275GTS Pininfarina Spider models...
Hasegawa: reissue its 1:24 1989 WSPC Mercedes C9 plastic kit...
Tron-Club: 1:43 hand built only, here's a pretty Alfa Romeo 2500SS styled by Zagato in 1949 and called the 'Panoramica'...
SilverLine: January release for all new 1:43 metal kit of the 1979 Belgian Grand Prix Alfa Romeo 177 driven by Bruno Giacomelli...
Norev: additional diecast model releases today are a traditional metallic blue 1:18 Alpine A110, 1:43 2018 Renault Megane RS & 1980 BMW M535i...
Oxford: release 1:43 Jowett Jupiter and Land Rover 88 S1 diecast models...
12 Art: 1:12 Jaguar XK120 OTS in either green or silver will become available during January...
Trofeu: suggest we are to look forward to Q1 2019 delivery of RAC rally Saby Alpine & Malcolm Wilson Escort, Clark Safari Cortina, Vila Real BMW & Daytona Momo Porsche 935J diecast models...
Spark: loads of new announcements are included in the Q2 2019 production schedule incuding many Formula 1, Pikes Peak VW ID-R, IMSA Kudzu, 2008 Porsche Sebring winner, DRM Toyota Celica Turbo and street Porsches & Subaru...
Bare-Metal: restocks of chrome, aluminium & black self-adhesive foils plus clear & white decal papers suitable for inkjet & laser printers...
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