Big things with little cars

Forty 3rd: Teutonic Tuesday - "Das Polizeiauto ist hier."

Greetings and welcome to Forty 3rd which focuses on models within the 1/43 - 1/50 scale.

“The Police car is here” shouted a bystander as the Minichamps Mercedes-Benz 180 arrives in police livery.


The Mercedes-Benz name first appeared in 1926 under Daimler-Benz, but traces its origins to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft’s 1901 Mercedes and to Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first gasoline-powered automobile. Mercedes-Benz’s slogan is “The Best or Nothing”.

The 180, introduced in 1953, marks the transition for Mercedes-Benz to the modern three-box design principle with its all-enveloping body. It got the name “Ponton” (German for pontoon) Mercedes because its silhouette resembles the cross section of a pontoon bridge. Unlike the prewar models, the 180 features an integral design in which the body and chassis form a single unit.


Ever wondered what the 3 pointed-star logo represents? The star symbolized Adolf Daimler’s aims for universal motorization: on land, water and in the air.

Made by Minichamps which was founded as Paul’s Model Art GmbH in 1990 in Aachen, Germany, best known for its 1:43 scale models.


Inspired by the size of die cast put out by Corgi and Dinky, I decided to plunge into 1/43 collectibles and test the water starting with a few samples like this Minichamps model that I acquired online and I must say the details on this model are fantastic. What can only betray this as just a model instead of a real car are the door handles which are molded on the body and painted on. A closer look at the 3-star logo at the trunk and you can tell it’s painted on as well.


Yet even those should not distract you from adding this to your collection. However if you imagine something playable like Corgi or Dinky with opening parts then this model may not be for you. Below is a nice 1:1 for comparison.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

I gave it 4.5 out of 5 in detail, 5 out of 5 in quality control and 3.0 out of 5 for playable. Of course as with this kind of detail, caution in handling is required.

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