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

From Italy we now travel to Germany for this seldom heard brand called ‘57 Framo V901 pickup or also called Barkas Framo. So what or who is Framo?

A research indicated a few info about it. Framo was founded by the Danish engineer Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen and two colleagues (Paul Figura, and Richard Blau) as a components supplier in 1923. Located in Frankenberg, Saxony, Rasmussen had earlier founded DKW, and the Framo factory was created to produce components for DKW motorcycles. Rasmussen played an important role in the establishment of the Auto Union group, and DKW is represented by one ring of the four rings of the Audi brand today.

In 1934, the company moved to Hainichen which is also in Saxony and was subsequently rebranded as FRAMO-Werke GmbH, Hainichen. Framo is a made-up word based on FRAnkenberg and MOtorenwerk


After WW2, the Americans occupied the Western part of Saxony while the Soviet Union occupied the Eastern part. The entire Saxony eventually came under Soviet control due to the London Protocol so it is now part of what used to be East Germany.

The factory restarted the assembly of the pre-war-model (V 501/2) in 1949. The newly developed postwar models V 901 and V 902 entered the market in 1951.


Made by IXO under their Ist Models (pronounced like “EAST”) brand, most of their models I believed are based on Eastern Europe vehicles that were under the Soviet thus the pronunciation of “East” on IST.

picture borrowed from Ayrey.


It was good that IXO had created this market for people outside the influence of the Soviet Union who may be curious or likes to collect models of the Soviet era.

The truck looks amazing except for the thick side mirrors on the fenders. This is of course a necessity as making it thinner would be fragile unless you would like to keep it in the display case forever which I am not.


The cab is made of metal while much of the other parts are made of delicate plastic which makes it not recommendable to kids.


Below is a 1:1 that was probably restored. Comparing the turn signals, there is a slight difference on the position between model and the real truck. I also saw another photo where the turn signals are in the same position as the model. Whether it is just a variation depending on the year I am not sure.

Picture borrowed from


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.

Bis zum nächsten Mal, till next time, auf Wiedersehen