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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Johnny_Bravo » Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:36 pm

i would love to see that miller submarine golden....that is one i will get. i will be watching this thread, sounds great.

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Paulius43 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:29 am

800 projects! :o :shock: :shock:

I'd only add that please do check on your competitors, there is no need to re-model cars that have been released by other manufacturers, in particular when we are talking about such obscure items (for example Premium Classixxs 1/43 Borgward Traumwagen - BoS has made it in 1/18, hopefully they wont release it in 1/43, there are too many other subjects to be modelled)..
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:25 am

Dear Paulus43,
of course, we are watching competitors. Sometimes it is not possible to avoid double development (we have 9 months development time) and we already started a project from Prototype status on it is not possible to stop.
I think with our ideas it will be 99% for sure that nobody will follow and will make the same. When you mentioned the Borgward Dreamcar it is existing in 1/43 from Premium ClassiXXs.... 1/18 has an own market and for my point of view it would have been nice in a better quality.... But anyway there will be 1/18 AutoCult in future too but not so much - we name it "sculptures" of Designs and we will not release more than 3 per year.
In 1/43 crazy ideas will be each month and we hope that nobody understand our market niche we are working. Sometime we do not understand ourselves.... :-)
Best regards from Germany.
Thomas

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby BertOne » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:18 pm

AutoCult wrote:Dear Paulus43,
of course, we are watching competitors. Sometimes it is not possible to avoid double development (we have 9 months development time) and we already started a project from Prototype status on it is not possible to stop.
I think with our ideas it will be 99% for sure that nobody will follow and will make the same. When you mentioned the Borgward Dreamcar it is existing in 1/43 from Premium ClassiXXs.... 1/18 has an own market and for my point of view it would have been nice in a better quality.... But anyway there will be 1/18 AutoCult in future too but not so much - we name it "sculptures" of Designs and we will not release more than 3 per year.
In 1/43 crazy ideas will be each month and we hope that nobody understand our market niche we are working. Sometime we do not understand ourselves.... :-)
Best regards from Germany.
Thomas

Thomas - I love your attitude and enthusiasm - I'm not sure my wallet is going to be so keen!
You mention elsewhere that you're going to make models in 12 different project ranges. Now, we know 3 of them, (streamliners, small cars and racing cars), but what are the other 9?

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby mikeC » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:52 pm

I love the idea of a series of streamliners; I can see me starting a new theme soon... 8-)

... especially if there's a Burney, a Gerin, a North Lucas, GP Voisin... I'll have to make an appointment with my bank manager :lol:
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:42 am

To Bertone:
Thank you for your kind comment. I know we are petrol heads but without that attidude we could not make such a collection..... :-)
I think you should know 5 categories:

1. Streamliner (not more than 8 projects per year): f. e. Schlörwagen
2. Micro Cars (not more than 12 projects per year): f. e. Alca Volpe
3. Prototypes (not more than 12 projects per year): f. e. Alamagny, Pinguin
4. forgotten brands (not more than 12 projects per year): f. e. Aero Minor
5. small series (not more than 12 projects per year): f. e. IMP Intermeccanica
6. Race Cars (not more than 8 projects per year): f. e. Petermax-Müller World Record Car
7. The beginning (not more than 4 projects per year)...... (we will start in October)
8. Vans (not more than 8 projects per year)........ (we will start in November)
9. Camping vehicles (not more than 6 projects per year)....... (we will start in December)
10. busses (not more than 4 projects per year)....(we will start in January 2016)
11. Trucks (not more than 6 projects per year)....(we will start in September)
12. Rescue vehicle (not more than 6 projects per year...... (we will start in November)

So you see we have a very clear schedule not to extend your financial possibilities too much ..... I think each collector can decide to collect one or two categories because some projects are difficult to decide in which project it fits... So everybody can decide by himself and -of course- regarding his vallet.....
The most important point in our selection of models is to tell "unknown" car history world wide. A lot of US development will be also a part of our collection because it is really interesting that there were a lot of parallels in the 1920 - 1940 between US and Europe but in totally different directions.... After WWII many things changed and Western Europe followed a long time the US direction and Eastern Europe has its own way as you know. Later the development were self standing again..... Our book "AutoCult - Edition 2015" will tell exact that stories in a -for my point of view- detailed but easy way and is written by a German Car specialist with our research background. The English version is written by a Car Enthusiast and a guy that has a fantastic Car history background and worked for a long time for an US model kit manufacturer. I know this guy from Michigan a long time and he do me the favor to start this advanture to write with us on the book without any German language background. It is an adventure for me too but I love it.....

To mikeC:
I do hope so! I think the story of the streamliners are going to be very interesting together with the stories we found out..... Nearly in each range you find streamliners but nobody is telling the story that you can understand and start a new theme..... that was exactly our intention for AutoCult but without telling anything - that means telling history, story and in the end to discuss with you as our customers it would have been impossible to start AutoCult so successful as it did...... Here I have to thanks our partners world wide with them we discussed about our philosophy and how we understand the market since beginning of this year. Most of them have understand and are doing really a great job...... you can see on Schlörwagen - it is sold out in our stock (of course there should be some on retail side available) but that was exactly our target that we do not have too much on the market with 333pcs. limit world wide and the collector do not need to worry about the price issue too much.... To much irritation is on the market - here and there!

Thanks for all your comments and I really like to read them all and sometimes I will give you some comments - sometimes short , sometimes more detailed like today...... Hope you like the discussion with us!

Greetings from Germany, Thomas

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby BertOne » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:50 am

Thanks for the clarification. There is some relief in that only the first 5 categories are likely to have models of interest to me so my bank balance may not be in as much danger as it could have been!

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Baxter » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:06 pm

In the Forgotten brands series, I would like to recommend the 1955 Kaiser Manhattan. I can't find a great picture that fits the size limits of the forum so this one will have to do.

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Rat » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:09 pm

Or how about this close relative of the Aero Minor?

1935 Jawa 750
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:01 pm

.... both are very interesting..... to Rat: no need to wait too long... :-)
to Baxter: really interesting.... :-) lets do research.... :-)

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Jager » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:37 pm

For your racing car series, maybe you would like to consider the 1950 M.A.P. - the first ever diesel to race at Le Mans. It's also an unusual shape - one of those cars that looks like its being driven backwards !

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:31 pm

Thanks for that really good suggestions! But do not discover too much ..... :-) and pls send us an e-mail on info@autocult.de if you have interesting suggestion to us..... Thank you!

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:00 am

1/43 #11000 Diamond T Doodlebug tanker

At the beginning of the 1930s, Howard W. Kizer, a fleet manager for the American oil brand “Texaco”, came up with an idea on how to modernize the “image” of heating fuels.
He thought, tanker trucks were already a specialty built vehicle so why not design a modern version that would capture the imagination of the people.

For better understanding, a major part of the American population were still heating their homes by coal, but the American oil industry wanted to convince the American people to start using oil for heat. A major part of their strategy was to use a modern brand presentation campaign.

In 1933, a design studio by the name of Bel Geddes was instructed to create a modern tanker.
In 1934, six vehicles were commissioned. The chassis was built by the company Heil Co., a coachbuilder in Alabama. The Heil Company was founded by Julius P. Heil, a German emigrant, and still exists today as a manufacturer of truck bodies. They now specialize in design and production of waste collection trucks.

To follow the modern streamlined design, a Hercules six-cylinder rear-mounted engine was installed into the car. This allowed the driver to sit very close to the floor which was necessary due to the streamlined design. Another issue that arose was the driver was not going to be able to shift the gearbox appropriately because he could not hear the engine revs.
The designers considered installing a tachometer, but the cable was not able to stretch the length of the truck. So the designers mounted a microphone in the engine compartment and wired it to a speaker in the cabin – just like some automakers do these days in order to make the car sound more exciting.
The vehicle had a length of 8 meters, but only a height of 1.80 meters. This means that the Doodlebug tanker was not even higher than a `34 Ford at that time!

The end result was exactly what Texaco wanted, a modern brand presentation for the American oil industry.

Because of this revolutionary performance by Texaco, other American oil companies were forced to follow this way. So that some streamlined tankers were built in the 1930s.
As mentioned before, only six examples were built of the Diamond T Doodlebug tanker in total; however none of the original vehicles exist today.
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:01 am

1/43 #03001 Buckle Dart

The Dart was developed in 1957 in Sidney, and was based on the “Goggomobil” micro car that was sold by the famous Australian car dealer, Buckle Motors Pty Ltd. After seeing the surprising success of the Goggomobil in Australia, Bill Buckle, President of Buckle Motors, wanted to offer a sports-oriented and faster version of this mobile for the Australian market. For this purpose, Bill Buckle travelled to Dingolfing and convinced Hans Glas, the senior director, of his idea and got the license to build the Goggomobil as well as the Dart.

The Dart was based on a serial floor assembly with corresponding mechanical components which included the drive unit and gear unit. Everything was imported from Germany to Australia.

The Dart had no doors, had a windshield of acrylic glass, covered headlamps and a soft top, as well as a significant rear fin. It was also equipped with a roll bar and a small luggage compartment in the front of the nose. Because of the left-hand-traffic in Australia, the car was always running as a right-hand-drive.

Just like the sedan version, the small roadster was powered by a rear mounted twin cylinder two stroke motor available in both 300cc and 400cc variants and produced 15hp and 20hp respectively. With its fiberglass car body, a fully assembled Dart weighed only 345kg, and actually offered a much better driving performance than original Goggomobil. The Dart had much better acceleration than the Goggo as well, and it could achieve a maximum speed of 100 or 110 km/h.

The special feature was that there were no visible marks of the Dart’s actual Australian manufacturer. All vehicles like the Dart, the Goggomobil which was produced under license in foreign countries or the most original and independent modified Goggomobil-derivatives, were bearing the manufacturer´s brand – the letter “G”, which stood for the company Glas.

Production lasted until 1961, and there were about 700 Darts produced.
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:02 am

1/43 #05001 Glasspar G2

The inventor of the Glasspar G2 Roadster was Bill Tritt. During World War II he was working for Douglas Aircraft, doing product planning and design. Then after the war, he began studying architecture and boat building before eventually he started his own business.

1947 was a very busy time for Bill. His main project was developing a race boat with a length of about 20 meters. He built four of these boats, and he used a new material called fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). This new formula led to great things for Bill and Glasspar. The company experienced tremendous growth, and moved into new facilities in Santa Ana, California. In the early 50s, Glasspar was producing 15 to 20 percent of all fiberglass boats sold in the USA.

The Glasspar G2 automobile was born in 1949, and it was the first production of a fiberglass sports car body. The idea of the Glasspar G2 came to Bill Tritt while he helped his friend to design a hotrod vehicle. The hotrod consisted of a stripped down Willys Jeep chassis with a highly modified V8 engine mounted on it. This vehicle was called the “Brooks Boxer” and was a fiberglass Roadster which was shown in 1951 for the first time at the Los Angeles Motorama. The Boxer mold was then modified and used to produce the beautiful Glasspar G2 sports car later that year. About this time, the Korean War was raging, and Bill Tritt was having difficulty acquiring the poly resin material needed for the fiberglass. He also realized that he was going to need investors to make production a reality so he took The Glasspar Company public and sold stock to raise capital.

Eventually, only a few Glasspar G2s vehicles were manufactured as complete cars. Most of them would be sold as car bodies and were assembled on different chassis. This experience led Bill to realize what the core business of his company was, building high quality boats. A few of the Glasspar G2 cars still exist today, and are viewed as a representation of a wonderful time of innovation in Glasspar’s history.
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:02 am

1/43 #06003 Denzel 4-seater


Last of its kind

Wolfgang Denzel was born in 1908 in Graz. During his high school years, he taught his schoolmates how to build racing bikes, and during his college years he constructed his first motorcycle, the „Denzel-Villers“. At the age of 22, he went to work at his father´s company and worked in the department for electro-medical devices. However, his true love was always motorcycles and motorsports.
After numerous victories, especially for BMW, he obtained in 1937 the motor cycles representation for Austria and in 1938 he got an additional car representation for the Austrian states Steiermark and Kärnten.
During the war, Wolfgang Denzel managed restoration shops for vehicles and engines. During the first post-war years, he restored wrecked Volkswagen back to roadworthy delivery trucks, and in 1948 Denzel started his first sports car production, called “WD-Equipment” on the Gumpendorfer Strasse.
Despite some difficulties, a series production was started between 1949 and 1959. 300 examples of the Denzel-Roadster and Coupé were produced and exported around the world. Around 50 examples of the Roadster and Coupé still exist today and are in a good driving condition.

A very special example of this vehicle can be admired in the car collection of the automobile museum PROTOTYP in Hamburg. The slim silver convertible is the first Denzel sports car with an all-steel-body. As the plastics car body of the formerly built Denzel sports car were very delicate and became friable, so this vehicle is also worldwide the oldest survivor of the Denzel. But that´s not all: it is the last existing 4-seater.
Equipped with a Kübelwagen-chassis, this vehicle is one of the first built Denzel sports cars. Later, Wolfgang Denzel was using strongly new manufactured Volkswagen chassis, besides Kübelwagen-chassis and if known, he built further six VW-based WDs with an all-steel-body, most of them as a 4-seater.
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Johnny_Bravo » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:19 am

beautiful presentations, thank you for them. i will get some from you but since i don't care to tell history in my collection i will wait for the beautiful models (that kaiser would be one).

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Tom » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:26 am

What an interesting, refreshing selection. Love them all, and I know all from magazines and books.

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby JSB33 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:41 am

What a wonderful selection of cars and trucks to model. The Doodlebug just oozes charm. And the Glasspar is a car that i have always admired.
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Glen » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:46 am

That tanker is really cool.

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Rat » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:52 pm

I really enjoy reading the story behind each model and while they're all so "cute", I will only focus on the "must haves", in this case the tanker. What a great model.

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Marcellix » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:22 pm

I do enjoy reading about your philosophy and enthusiasm. I sure hope you will be successful. For my budget, I hope they will not be too tempting for me to start a new sub-collection ;)

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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby Paulius43 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:36 am

Love the tanker, just the other day I was admiring its pictures and could not even think that it is going to be modelled!!! Not sure if it fits my theme but I like it a lot.

The last Denzel streamlined roadster is just incredible to have a Kubelwagen chassis.. 2 unmatchable things :lol:
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Re: AutoCult 2015

Postby AutoCult » Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:52 am

Dear All,
I really appreciate your positive response and you like reading our short stories about each model. We are working with passion on our model cars and we are still excited how interesting the not-told car history is - day by day during our research we found out a lot of crazy stories in each epoch.
Success is one thing, of course we need it to survive and to pay salaries to our team members. But I think with our passion and our straight way success is on thing that it comes itself and the most important thing is that we love what we are doing and we enjoy that you enjoy it! Really.
We hope that we can bring more interesting news to you in future and month by month one more hidden car history story is uncovered and told - by Autocult and we want to bring all back alive.
Best from Wendelstein.
Thomas from AutoCult


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