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spur1info readers have known for a while that it's coming: the DR's 02 0314 experimental steam locomotive for Gauge 1. And we have another idea for Märklin.

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Schuco has also this year a large and interesting range of vehicles for gauge 1.

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MarGe Models from the Netherlands is constantly developing new modern truck models in 1/32nd scale. With two trucks, hurry is the order of the day.

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MiniArt will soon launch a kit of the Tempo E 400 high loader flatbed.

Unimog 406 (Foto: weise-toys)

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Manfred Weise has handed over his model tractor brand weise-toys to a Dutch distributor.

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Schuco again has an extensive program in 1/32nd scale for 2021, and there are two surprises.

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For the 2nd Advent it is high time to present the Schuco Christmas carriage 2020. Besides there are some bargains for gauge 1.

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Swiss tractors had their own design language and character. A supplier from Switzerland offers 1:32 models based on Hürlimann & Co. prototypes, which are also available in Germany.

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MO-Miniatur is expanding its small assortment for rail-bound vehicles and announces Roll on/Roll off Cars. There is also a novelty for the depot.

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In the obscure world of military model making there are sometimes useful accessories for civilian purposes. Besides the traditional 1:35 scale, there are also models in 1:32 scale, matching the 1-gauge.

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MarGe Models has new modern trucks in the pipeline - and really long trailers that are shaping the 21st century's roads.

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Tractors are the farmer's best friends. German farmers use the green monsters to demonstrate against too low prices for their products. Schuco has quite a number of novelties for tractor collectors – and something that has been missing for ages.

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Schuco has released the Deutz F3 M 417 universal tractor, built between 1942 and 1952, as a 1:32 scale die-cast model. This interesting tractor model is suitable for 1-gauge dioramas and layouts of epochs II to IV. A presentation with 27 images.

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MiniArt has released a new car kit that fits well to epoch III. And quite by chance we learn why a related Mercedes-Benz looked very similar to a Volkswagen Beetle - or was it the other way round?

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Modern railways are no longer a pure niche topic for gauge 1. Modern commercial vehicles are needed as cargo and for road scenes. The Volvo FH16 750 truck from MarGe Models is the first in 1:32. 34 pictures of a fine truck model.

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MarGe Model in Zwolle, the Netherlands, has manufactured a 1:32 scale Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van in China. The model comes in a glossy black box and has a Daimler license, but no specific designation. On the rear side 316 CDI can be read under the magnifying glass. It must be the W 906 built between 2006 and 2013. It is also available as Dodge Sprinter with a slightly modified radiator grille.

The almost 19 cm model has a die-cast body and a plastic chassis. The headlights, rear lights and vents are also made of plastic, as are the interior fittings of the driver's cab. The steering wheel rotates against the direction of travel of the steering axle. The buttons and knobs on the dashboard are delicately printed. The rubber tyres are finely profiled.

All doors are movable. The sliding door can be opened with a handle under the car floor. For the four doors with a minimal gap, a kind of plastic crowbar is included to open the doors. With this aid it is easier to reach into the door handles than with your fingernails. The hinges of the rear doors are somewhat coarser than on the original - this is the only way with injection moulding.

The loading space is painted from the inside and invites to loading scenes. The mirrors are equipped with mirror foil, the side fenders are plastic parts. A spare wheel is mounted under the floor of the car. The step can be replaced by an enclosed towing hook. License plates for ten European countries are also included.

I can highly recommend this model. In silver, black and white, the Sprinter costs 67 €, with Veenhuis, Nooteboom or Claas printing € 69,95.

The high-gloss finish was a particular challenge when photographing. Of course, everything is reflected, you have to work with large light shapers like automobiles. And if you move the flash units, there will be differences like in pictures 6 and 7. This slightly cloudy varnish is also found in the products of the automotive industry, but the effect is greatly increased on the model. The railway industry paints locomotives, multiple units and coaches glossy. But I now understand that the model railway industry prefers to use matt to semi-matt paints. As the Sprinter model demonstrates, even the smallest dust particles and fingerprints become visible. They are easy to remove, but they are not fun to photograph, clean or digitally edit.

MarGe Models