Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Forty 3rd: "Heckflosse" series

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

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Still in Germany, the next car is a classic Mercedes-Benz 200 known for its “Fintail” series also made by Minichamps.

This Mercedes started as W110 which was the entry level line of their midsize automobiles in the mid-1960s. It was initially available with either a 1.9 L M121 gasoline or diesel inline-four.

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The W110 line was refreshed in July, 1965 to become the 200 and Diesel 200D (model year 1966 for North America).

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This model is probably the second series that started in 1965 - 1968. Besides Germany, a few other countries during that time including Hong Kong and Greece had used Mercedes as Taxis.

Like all Mercedes during that era, the 3 pointed-star emblem is prominently displayed at the top of the hood and on the trunk.

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Like the previous Minichamps Mercedes that was featured yesterday, the look and detail on this does not disappoint. Even the door handles are separate parts. This model was issued in limited quantity.

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Below is the 1:1 car that almost resembles the model.

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I gave it 4.8 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.

This will be my last 1/43 German car for now so I will say auf Wiedersehen to Germany.

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