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Classic Miniature Vehicles Made in Italy

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Author/s Dr. Edward Force
Type of Media Paperback
Publishing Date 1992
Publisher Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Language/s English
ISBN-10 0-88740-443-2

A cataloguing of model vehicles made in Italy, covering all manufacturers and scales ranging up to about 1/36. Models covered date from the dawn of Italian model manufacture in the immediate post-war period up to the late 1980s.

Nicely-designed in a softback cover, the book features approximately 100 pages of colour photos of models made in Italy, arranged by manufacturer and in order of serial number, followed by about 80 pages of text, consisting of brief histories of the manufacturers and brief descriptions of all the individual models, with salient information like colour and years produced noted, along with lists of details like opening features.

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I can only confirm the remarks of baskingshark, the previous reviewer. I bought my second hand copy from amazon.com. I use it a lot more than I had expected.

 

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An excellent primer in Italian model vehicles, this book sets out to cover a very wide scope. While it's impossible to fully cover this information in detail in a book of this relatively-small size, it does a fairly decent job. The photographs are very useful in helping the reader get an idea of castings, although there isn't room to show more than one colour variant in most cases.

The book is very complete in terms of the manufacturers it covers, including well-known makers like Polistil and Mebetoys alongside companies like ICIS and Ra-Ro. It is also very thorough in terms of the model lines covered, showing virtually all the models in each series (although the author does state explicitly that he is limiting the scope of the book to models smaller than 1/24, which is understandable, but does truncate the completeness for some companies like Bburago and Polistil). Furthermore, it should be noted that the models covered are not just die-cast as several of the companies listed also made models in plastic and these are photographed and covered as well.

What's there in the information section is well-written, especially given space constraints, but it is by no means complete in terms of the colour variants it lists (and especially with regard to rare or unusual colour variants), and there are a few typos, both in the picture captions and in the text section. My issue is dated 1992 and I am not certain if there is a later or revised printing, but collectors would be wise to ignore the brief price guide in the back of the book as this is extrmely out-of-date and inaccurate now.

 
 
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