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TOPIC: 50 French diecast manufacturers

50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #1

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Baskingshark and I have a bet and I need your help to win it!  I said that there are or have been 50 French diecast companies and he disputes it.  Let\'s prove him wrong. 

Please post images of example of different French diecasts here.

Here a Quiralu to start

Quiralu.JPG


Last Edit: 10 years, 7 months ago by Joschik.

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #2

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Hmmmmmmmmmm, well let\'s see......


French Dinky:




Solido:





Majorette:






Norev:



CIJ:



Now, if somebody could oblige us with an FJ, and an Eligor, I think that will pretty much be that...



Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #3

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google is so much fun... not sure about photos just yet.

7.Atalante Models (France, kits and ready made models, 1/87th to 1/8th scale)
8. Autominiature 54 (France, wide range of model cars being currently produced)
9. Calandre (France, wide range of diecast and handbuilt models)
10. Dan-Toys (France, current models for collectors and exclusive re-editions of old Dinky Toys and Quiralu models)
11. MAFMA Model Cars (France, handbuilt models from France and other countries)
12. Tacot (France, model car specialist in Strasbourg)

twelve would\'ve made it...

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #4

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8. http://www.autominiature54.com/ - diecast car shop in Nancy, France
9. http://www.boutiquecalandre.com/ - famous Paris model car shop
11. http://www.mafma.com/ - lots of Italian and French handmade resin 1/43 for sale online
12. http://www.tacot.com/ - model car shop in France - diecast!


What about Cle, Minialuxe (plastic only?), RAMI, Safir, Jouef, ...?  Wish I had pictures!

Ed Force (1991) also lists Ador, Bonex, Bourbon, BS, Calabut, Cofalu, D.E.L., ...  Never seen or heard of, ... by me?

Last Edit: 10 years, 7 months ago by karls.

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #5

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Super Champion:

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #6

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RAMI:

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #7

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karl, best to use the number sequence so we don\'t get too befuddled.

We\'re halfway with 25 out of 50

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #8

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26(?) Eligor:


Last Edit: 10 years, 7 months ago by karls.

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #9

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Sorry - I thought we had to post pictures to have it count as proof!

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #10

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This is getting a bit confusing cos we didn\'t actually define \"diecast\" and some of these companies, like Cle, only made plastic models - although I\'m inclined to count them as they were cast in a die, even if it wasn\'t in metal - and others, like Bonux (the one Force had down as Bonex) only made small snap-together plastic kits of vintage cars (as far as I know - I have half of a Bonux Dusenberg somewhere...) and which I wouldn\'t count.

Also, I\'m not entirely sure about how many of those links are to online shops and how many have their own brands vs. how many have other brands for sale on them that are French? I pulled out a few more brands from some of them that are definitely French, but there are others listed I\'m not sure about and I think are Italian or from elsewhere.

Giving Bonux the benefit of the doubt, I have 26 now, as follows in alphabetical order:


Ador
Atalante Models
Autominiature54
BD
Bonux
Bourbon
Calabut
CIJ
Cle
Cofalu
DEL
Dinky France
Eligor
FJ
Jouef
Majorette
Minialuxe
Miniatures du Chateau
Norev
Provence Miniatures
Quiralu
RAMI
Safir
Solido
Super Champion
Tacot



Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #11

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Now, to make things even more confusing, it transpires that Bonux was made by Cle - but they\'re all small, soft plastic kits.


Maybe this should be 50 French toy companies who made toy or model cars (although I don\'t doubt that with this loose definition we\'d get to 50 in no time!!!!)

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #12

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Well, doing that cuts your own throat so to speak. as far as the original post goes but I see you point. You guys lost me back at Solido and Majorette. Don\'t know of most of the rest although I have heard of some. Good luck on the next 24 or is it 25 as one seems to have been disqualified.

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #13

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I thought Tacot was a (large) diecast retailer with a great magazine but am happy to count them in.
Here No. 27, Ma Collection
Ma_Collection_Bugatti.jpg

and No. 28 would be Imit Toys, you can see their complete production in ToyPedia.

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #14

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...and let me say thanks for all the help so far, Baskingshark, there is no way you win this one.  Assuming that white metal counts and you offer a suitable enticement I might accept an increase to a 100!

Re:50 French diecast manufacturers 10 years, 7 months ago #15

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Find 22 or 23 more confirmed brand names, then we\'ll talk about who does or doesn\'t win... The highest number I see on here so far is 28, some of which are a little shaky to say the least!


Technically the definition of \"diecast model car\" is one made of Zamac, not White Metal or Plastic, which would exclude everything except the first few brands we discussed. Personally I\'ve never understood why that is - the models Norev made of hard plastic, for example, were cast in a die, hence surely they are diecast (as opposed to, for example, slush-cast). So as I say, if we\'re playing Strict Rules of Diecast (ie Zamac only), you will most definitely lose! If we\'re playing loosest-possible definition, then you will most certainly win! It\'s all about the ground rules!