Siku No. 1943

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When I saw the vehicle above in this Siku catalog (where I got the pictures from), I was very surprised. To the best of my knowledge, Siku never made any fantasy scale models. I just found out that the Volkner Mobil Performance is an actual vehicle.

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The middle garage is a hydraulic drop down-slide out vehicle cargo bay.

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A wall-out expands the interior space. The model has a scale of 1:55.

Siku No. 5601

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SIKU’s new models for 2014 have been announced. One of my favorites is the Starter Set farmer. It seems to be in a 1:50 scale.

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It contains: 9 plates, partially printed with one hilly plate; 8 connection buttons; 1 barn with roof and gates; 10 trees; 1 movable silo; 1 bag with litter; 15 fence elements including gate; 2 cows; and 1 tractor with trailer.

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I got the images from here. Note that it refers to the the Starter Set farmer as 5601 and as 5691 (the latter most likely a typo).

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Siku No. 0870

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The Siku No. 0870 Tank has a metal body and a plastic base. Its control tower can be rotated and the plastic main gun can be slightly raised or lowered. It has four hidden wheels underneath; its continuous tracks are decorative and non-functional.

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It seems like I made a mistake in the pictures in an earlier post. The control tower there is shown facing backwards.

Military vehicles

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As a child, I had a few scale model military vehicles: a Matchbox #K108 M3A1 Half Track APC, a Matchbox #32e Field Gun, a Matchbox #30e Swamp Rat, and an unidentified tank. I don’t have them any more.

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A few years ago, I bought a Tomica #114 JSDF light armoured vehicle and was amazed by its quality. (It’s shown on the right in the pictures here.) I was recently able to buy a Siku #0870 Tank (shown in the middle) and a Siku #0871 Armoured Reconnaissance Tank (shown on the left).

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I find it ironic that Tomica is a Japanese brand, Siku is a German brand, and these scale models are all made in China.

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The picture below should give an idea of the amazing detail on these models. I’ll be blogging about each of them in the future.

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School buses

sbsiku Aside from collecting weird-looking vehicles, my wife and I also like to collect scale models of school buses. A recent addition is the Siku US School Bus #1319 shown on the left which I bought in Rustan’s in Alabang for around 180 pesos.

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Shown above are some Maisto school buses. (I mentioned the one on the left in a previous post.)

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The Matchbox GMC School Bus shown above left is really beautiful. It and the Hot Wheels School Bus shown above right come in many variations.

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We currently have three versions of the Hot Wheels Surfin’ School Bus. We bought the one above without a card. It seems to be a 2005 Red Lines Series collector number 96 made in Malaysia. The pictures in the cards below show the ridiculously small lone door.

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SIKU: 2013 Catalogue

There were two items in the SIKU 2013 catalogue that caught my attention.  (Both pictures below are from the catalogue.)

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Shown above is SIKU Super 1872, a 1:87 heavy haulage truck with tank. Shown below is SIKU World 5501. (The scale is not given, but I suspect it is 1:50.) It includes “1 petrol station with 2 fuel pumps, 8 semi pairing buttons, 4 entire pairing buttons, 9 printed street elements, 6 road signs, 4 traffic lights, 2 adapters, 1 street lamp, 1 sign gastry, and 3 trees.”

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SIKU: 2012 Catalogue

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/101/Siku-2012-Catalogue on June 17, 2012 3:34 AM)

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A few weeks ago I got the SIKU 2012 catalogue I ordered.  I was quite surprised to receive it; I didn’t expect they would actually send it for free.

Some of my favorites are the scale 1:32 dog with kennel, the scale 1:87 pulling tractor I mentioned in a previous blog entry, and the three school buses 1319, 1864 (1:87), and 3731 (1:55).

SIKU: John Deere tractors

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/91/Siku-John-Deere-tractors on March 3, 2012 12:49 AM)

I didn’t have much interest in farm machinery until I saw these two John Deere tractors by SIKU. The one above is a John Deere 8630RT track tractor. (I got the picture from here.) The one below is a John Deere 9560R tractor with dual tires. (I got the picture from here.) Perhaps SIKU will make some triple tire models in the future.