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Model construction and model cars: What’s hot in 2021

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Mercedes-Benz SSKL from CMC
Mercedes-Benz SSKL from CMC

CMC presented many fascinating detailed classic sports cars in 1:18 scale. The range starts with the legendary Mercedes-Benz SSKL race car, nicknamed "the White Elephant". It was driven in 1931, including by Hans Stuck at the German Grand Prix. The elaborately crafted and gilded Ferrari 275 GTB/C model stands out nobly from the crowd. (CMC Classic Model Cars, Germany) 

Chengzhen International presents itself as contemporary, with a whole range of modern sports cars in 1:43, 1:32 and/or 1:24 scales. Fans of two wheels will also be able to find what they are looking for – amongst the current motorbikes in 1:12 or 1:18 scale. (Chengzhen International Limited (MSZ in brand), Hong Kong, SAR China)

Trucks for every taste

semitrailer Hollenhorst from Herpa
semitrailer Hollenhorst from Herpa

First presented as a prototype in 2019, the Iveco S-Way is one of the new 1:87 semitrailer highlights from Herpa. It can be supplied in a range of finishes, either as a tractor unit alone or complete with a 3-axle trailer. The finely detailed MAN TGX GX Heavy-duty Tractor with register coupling and the Volvo FH Gl. XL Tractor are also well worth seeing. (Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH)

Wiking presented a large number of 1:87 truck models with examples from the 1950s through to the 1970s. A modern Rosenbauer AT fire engine on MAN chassis comes in both 1:87 and 1:43. (WIKING, Germany)

Scania V8 730S 4x2 Car Transporter from Modelle
Scania V8 730S 4x2 Car Transporter from Modelle

The Scania V8 730S 4x2 Car Transporter in 1:18 scale from NZG Modelle is an imposing 124cm in length and 10.3 kilogrammes in weight. The driver's cab of the tractor has a sprung chassis can be titled and steered. Countless details are revealed upon closer inspection, such as adjustable armrests, an opening service flap and a reproduction V8 engine. (NZG Modelle, Germany)

 

Fun for fans of construction machinery

RTG Pile Drive RG21T with Hydraulic Vibrator from Bymo
RTG Pile Drive RG21T with Hydraulic Vibrator from Bymo

Bymo presented a number of detailed construction vehicles in 1:50 scale. The Sumitomo Excavator SH210LC-6LR is brand new, features a two-part long ream boom and is supplied with a second excavator bucket. Due to follow in the spring, the Bauer Drilling Rig BG30 ValueLine with drilling bucket will need a really tall display case. The RTG Pile Drive RG21T with Hydraulic Vibrator, also made of 80% metal, will follow in the autumn. (BYMO Modelle, Germany)

New, intricately detailed Caterpillar machines available in 1:87 or 1:50 scale were presented by Diecast Masters. The Railroad Wheeled Excavator M323Fin 1:50 scale, for example, has opening doors and hatches. It is also compatible with 0n gauge model railways. Other models are less detailed but remote-controlled, including a chain excavator and a mining truck by Diecast Masters –both produced in 1:24 and 1:35 scale. (Diecast Masters, Germany)

Sophisticated remote-controlled models

New Holland T7.315 from Siku
New Holland T7.315 from Siku

The 1:32 scale model New Holland T7.315from Siku features proportional remote control via Bluetooth. It not only lifts and lowers the front shovel finely and precisely, it also does the same for the rear coupling. In addition, the shovel can be replaced with a pallet fork, allowing the tractor to be transformed into a forklift truck. The remote control works either through the free smartphone app or, alternatively, the model can be supplied with a conventional Bluetooth remote control handset. (Siku, Germany)

For DIY construction of model helicopters without auxiliary rotor plane, freakware offers the Microbeast Plus, which features a compact 3-axis steering unit with integrated 6-axis MEMS sensor for precise capture of rotational movements and accelerations. The neXt CGN RC Heli Flight Simulatoris also new, as is a glider with a 2.6 metre wingspan. (freakware GmbH / BEASTX, Germany)

A small 2.4 GHz radio control forms part of the kit for the Ferrari FXX K Evo by Jamara in 1:18 scale. Assembly of the 84 component parts is possible without glue or tools. Other 1:18 construction sets with remote control were also presented, including the BMW M8 GTE and a Lambourghini Sián FKP 37. (Jamara e.K., Germany)

Creative model making

Shelby GT350 from Revell
Shelby GT350 from Revell

Revell has combined the joys of model car construction with a 3D puzzle in the US racing sports legend, the Shelby GT350, while even assuring a replica of the engine. The Fendt F20 Dieselroß "diesel horse" tractor in 1:24 scale is, on the other hand, a classic easy-click construction kit made from plastic parts. (Revell GmbH / Revell 3D Puzzle, Germany)

The 3D puzzles from CubicFun are in part so detailed that they seem just like normal models. Assembly of the EPS and paper foam parts is possible without glue or tools. The 88cm-long model of the Titanic, the National Geographic Tower Bridge, which is almost as long, and the 32cm-tall Hogwarts Castle are also impressive new products. (CubicFun, China)

Fokker
Fokker "Red Baron"  from Invento

The detailed Metal Earth 3D metal construction kits from Invento make for a small but perfectly formed present. Both the 11 x 11cm laser cut steel sheets for the model of the legendary Fokker "Red Baron" are entirely colour-printed. Glue is not necessary, construction fans only need tweezers and needle nose pliers. The metal construction kit for Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter films, complete with snow covering, is significantly bigger. (Invento Metal Earth, Germany)

The cool tool offers model-making machines suitable for challenging DIY projects. The extremely robust Unimat MetalLine 6in1 set can be converted into a lathe, vertical mill, horizontal mill, hand-held drill, centre drill machine and hand-held/disc sander in a few simple steps. (The cool tool, Austria)

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About the author:

Peter Pernsteiner, Engineer and freelance journalist, discovered his love of technical journalism while doing an electrical engineering degree and soon after that ended up in the editorial department of a large ICT trade journal. Since 1994, he has worked as a freelance journalist for many magazines – also in the model railway sector. In 2016, he also started up a YouTube channel for technology reports, which has since attracted worldwide attention.