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Old 01-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Around 1970 I bought a couple of 1:200 models made by Wiking of Germany from a toy store, a Convair 340 and Viscount 800. Both were molded in gray plastic, had clear discs for "spinning" props, no gear and a simple stand. They were plain and without livery but quite accurate in shape. Is anyone else familiar with these?

I ran across what looks like a computer-generated image of a Wiking Lufthansa Starliner but I'm thinking it never actually happened.

I found a few pics of other Wiking models, couldn't find any of the airliners.
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Interesting exposé.

Curious: Do you still have your Wiking Convair and Viscount?
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Wiking were originally produced in Nazi Germany as ID recognition models during WWII. SO there are many Wiking models around, here are a few examples of the early originals:



Post war there was a small development on the original Wiking line, and there were a few cold war era aircraft produced, mainly RAF and German aircraft. They also produced a few airliners, the Viscount etc. They are really quite accurate as they were for identification purposes, and some rarer WWII examples can fetch a lot of money.

Ron Crawford developed the idea of the ID models and tried to finish off the project by producing resin 1:200 scale models to fill the gaps. These are under the guise of HBM. Here are a few examples:



They were produced in the same style as Wiking, no gear, plastic disks for props etc.

I collect many of these myself but prefer to detail them by adding props and gear etc, here is my original Wiking Javelin:

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Interesting exposé.

Curious: Do you still have your Wiking Convair and Viscount?
I don't. Can't remember what I did with them. Might have sold them on feeBay.

It amazes me how some manufacturers manage to get all the shapes and component sizes right while others haven't a clue. These were just silly little nothing models but just about as accurate as they come.
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I don't. Can't remember what I did with them. Might have sold them on feeBay.
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It amazes me how some manufacturers manage to get all the shapes and component sizes right while others haven't a clue. These were just silly little nothing models but just about as accurate as they come.
I guess it just boils down to 'priorities'.
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I have the Convair. It is a very crisp model. Not just gray plastic like an ID model, but also has a blue cheat line, passenger windows represented and the cockpit windows shaded in a darker gray. I got the model in 1986 at a toy show near Chicago.

At some time during the 1980s I saw the Herpa 1:200 scale airplanes on display and for sale at Dannhausen in Aachen and remember that they were mostly military models. I do not remember any 1049 or 1649 - surely I would have bought one if I had seen one.

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Around 1970 I bought a couple of 1:200 models made by Wiking of Germany from a toy store, a Convair 340 and Viscount 800. Both were molded in gray plastic, had clear discs for "spinning" props, no gear and a simple stand. They were plain and without livery but quite accurate in shape. Is anyone else familiar with these?

I ran across what looks like a computer-generated image of a Wiking Lufthansa Starliner but I'm thinking it never actually happened.

I found a few pics of other Wiking models, couldn't find any of the airliners.
Try this link wiking flugzeug in Modellautos | eBay

I almost fell off my chair and choked on my coffee when I saw the starliner ! I never saw it before. Probably a fantasy as you suggest, but wow! I've had the Super connie (leaves a lot to be desired and not typical of the Wiking usual high standard). Sold it a long time ago.

The link shows whats on German ebay right now. Interesting....
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Wow! Terrific to see a thread on these great models. I took my Convair and Viscount out of storage last week so I just shot them now. I have an additional Viscount unboxed also. By the way, the Convair has the correct exhaust for a 340. [It would be great if Gemini would use the correct exhaust for any 340 models they build in the future.] I picked the three models up at the Newark Airline Show sometime in the early 1990's. That was the only time I saw them. I'd love to get any Constellation in the series. The helicopter looks great as well! Thanks for a great thread!

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Wow! Terrific to see a thread on these great models. I took my Convair and Viscount out of storage last week so I just shot them now. I have an additional Viscount unboxed also. By the way, the Convair has the correct exhaust for a 340. [It would be great if Gemini would use the correct exhaust for any 340 models they build in the future.] I picked the three models up at the Newark Airline Show sometime in the early 1990's. That was the only time I saw them. I'd love to get any Constellation in the series. The helicopter looks great as well! Thanks for a great thread!
Thanks for the pics - it's good to see them again!

I had a some more memory come back - I recall applying titles above that blue Convair cheatline but I don't remember what exactly. Then I had an extra set of BOAC Comet decals from an old Lindberg Line kit, so the Viscount turned into a BOAC Viscount - without knowing if BOAC every flew the Viscount. I remember being really irritated by the lack of markings.

Regarding the Starliner - I wonder why someone would create that image to begin with? The site where I found it was of no help - someone had just posted the pic on a plain web page.
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Here's the web page where I found the LH pic

http://www.die-wikingsammler.de/pic/dwsso0010.jpg

Here's the main page: Klaus

Is this someone's personal website?

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