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(25 July 2011) - Once again I missed my own self-imposed deadline, but the 1959 Burke streamliner is indeed on the way and will be available, let's say, sometimes between now and Xmas 2011...
(1 February 2011) - Thanks to contact with the current owner, I am resuming work on the 1959 Burke streamliner, which I hope to release before the summer of 2011 (yes!).
As of 1 January 2011, I am no longer distributing Omicron models. This will not affect Omicron 10, Infinity jet car, which is in fact a Fadini model, based on an Omicron master that I purchased and reworked. Models 8 and 11, the two Mercedes W25 record cars will also continue to be available while stocks last, as the master also belongs to me (although it is 100% Omicron work).
(8 February 2010) - In addition to The Phoenix, Ugo Fadini 14, The Redhead, is no longer available: that means that even if the total of 200 numbered has not been reached yet, I ran out of moldings and before I venture into ordering a new (and final) run, I need to collect at least 10 orders. The same applies to the Baymo Heishman BMW 1994 (and pretty soon 1995 too). Please do not hesitate to place your order, but you will have to be very patient!
Availability of every single model is now indicated in the price list. I will do my best to keep the list updated, but I cannot guarantee that the model listed as available off-the-shelf will still be there by the time you place your order!
(16 December 2009) - Collectors have been wondering wether they will ever see new models from myself or Omicron or Tom and it is time for an update. (14 February 2009) - While I do not have any new models to offer, I obtained the remaining stock of parts for the Baymo Heishman BMW Bonneville streamliner, released a few years ago, and I am offering it again in built form in the 1994 and 1995 versions. Read the story of the car. (27 December 2008) -
The Burkland streamliner story pages have been updated with the 2007/2008 activity and the new FIA International mile record set last September.
(3 March 2008) - The only news at the moment are that, at long last, The Phoenix diesel truck (Ugo Fadini #18) is available again. The minimum of orders needed to produce a new run of mouldings has been reached in the fall of 2007, mouldings have been ordered and models have been built to fulfill those orders. More can now be built to order, as long as the mouldings will last. This will really be the last chance, so please order yours without delay! (21 December 2007) - At long last, here is a quick update on new models and future plans for myself, Omicron and Tom. (6 November 2006) - IMPORTANT! - The Phoenix diesel truck is no longer available. (20 October 2006) - No new models yet, but please note I only have one left of The Phoenix diesel truck. Although the limit of 200 has not been reached, the small number I could sell does not justify investment in a new run of mouldings, so this will be the last and the model will go out of production. You have been warned! (10 September 2006) - After a year of silence, it's time for a quick update. (22 September 2005) - NEW from Omicron is #12, the Djelmo LSR car as driven by Giulio Foresti at Pendine Sands in 1927, when his attempt ended with a spectacular crash. (15 May 2005) - NEW model in the SPEEDONsalt range by Ugo Fadini is the legendary Shadoff Special streamliner in the red 1954 SCTA Speed Week version, when it set a new C class record. As usual, you can read the full story of the Shadoff Spl., with photos and a list of records. (30 December 2004) - NEW from Omicron is #11, Mercedes W25 rekordwagen 1934, the open cockpit sister car to the "Rennlimousine". The history page, which tells the story of both cars, has been updated with more photos of the open car and a list of all records set.
1 February 2011 - several pages updated, mainly to bring stock situation and future plans up-to-date
The situation of economy in the last couple of years and the competition of Chinese manufacturers, with prices impossible to even imagine for quality European modelers, have made it risky to venture into producing new models in general, and those that have a limited appeal in terms of market in particular. "Niche" markets are fine as long as the niche does not get too small! It will depend on you, the collectors, wether we can go on offering new models or you prefer to wait for the Chinese to fill the gaps in your collection. It may work for the main LSR vehicles, but it is doubtful wether they will ever pay attention to such specialized themes like Bonneville cars. So it is really up to you.
That said, TOM is more a Bonneville enthusiast willing to model cars that he likes than a pro model maker, and he has a regular job, but at least the blue 1963 version of the Summers Bros streamliner will definitely see the light in 2010 and also quite possibly the long awaited Herbert-Steen streamliner.
The model maker behind Omicron has lately decided to turn his attention to themes with a wider appeal than LSR vehicles, but has at least a master almost complete, the Guzzi-powered Stanguellini Colibrô, that will probably be the object of another joint-venture with myself, also in 2010.
As to myself, in 2010 there will be new versions of the Shadoff (1957) and Hill-Davis (1955) streamliners and if these will provide enough income and the economy will recover a little I might venture into releasing the long, long, long awaited Fred H. Stewart Enterprise, for which the master is half-ready, but was kept on hold so far in view of the high production costs: it is quite an intricate model, resulting in too many parts to be molded separately.
And now that the small stock of Baymo Heishman BMW I was able to build from old parts is almost sold out, I may be producing myself the original 1990 version (finless and with a different nose and wheel streamlining), which Baymo did not make. More about this one later.
IMPORTANT! - once again The Phoenix diesel truck is no longer available.
The new mold released in 2008, after gathering the dozen orders I needed to make it feasible, has worn out much quicker than expected and only produced some 22 (very costly) bodies. All have now been sold (reaching a total of 99 built of 200 planned) and I am again at that turning point where I cannot afford to produce a new run of moldings unless I have a dozen pre-orders, so, if you are interested, please place an order now and cross your fingers! Last time it took about a year to collect the orders, so you will need patience.
As a side effect, by ordering the model you will help me to keep alive the memory of one of the most extraordinary land speed vehicle, built and raced by two visionary racers that unfortunately are no longer with us, Carl Heap and R.B. Slagle. Read the story of The Phoenix here.
For different reasons, none of us was very active over the last year or so, which explains why the website was not updated. While Omicron and Tom will be on hold for a while longer, I have now resumed work on new models. As you probably guessed one reason for the long pause was to figure out wether the competition from Chinese manufactured models would make it impossible to stay in business.
Two recent facts have convinced me to give it another try. On one side some unexpected interest from new collectors, on the other the quality of the most recent LSR releases from China. As some of you may have noticed , while their building and finish level is unquestionably high for the price, some of their recent LSR releases were not up to the expectations in terms of accuracy (I mean the basic shape of the bodies: Goldenrod and Thrust 2 are fair examples). So perhaps there is still room for models of a better quality, which cost more not just because they are made in Europe, but also because they involve a lot more time and hard work to get them "right".
Wether my guess is right, it will be up to you to decide!
A revised release schedule will be posted soon, but while you wait you may give a thought to a couple of semi-new releases, which will be produced in very limited numbers.
The Fiat-Abarth 750 Bertone, Salone di Torino 1956 (#19). This is how the first Abarth record car looked, just out of the Bertone workshop, before Abarth and his team chopped and modified it for the sake of performance rather than beauty, much to the dislike of Nuccio Bertone! With a longer fin and higher wheel arches, without the "grilled" tail it looks much cleaner and sexier, slightly reminiscent of the BAT Alfas.
Production of this model, which some of you might think unnecessary, was prompted by the disappointement casued to me by a cheap model recently released, based on an older kit, that obviously tries to recreate this particular variation at low cost, without any mould changes, just using a minimum of (wrong) decals...
I love this beautiful little car, so I felt I had to put the things right!
The run will be limited to 150 numbered.
The Cooper Avus F3 race 1953 (#16C) is not strictly a record car... It is of course the same car that ran at Montlhéry in 1951 and 1952 and then at Bonneville in 1954/55 to set records, but shows how versatile the little streamliner was.
The model uses the existing moulding, but has open front wheels, a different windshild, rear view mirrors and new decals.
It will be made to order and limited to 50 numbered, the race number the car had when raced by John Cooper to win the F3 race at the Avus in 1953. Check the story here.
A new run of moulds could be ordered only if I can gather a minimum of a dozen new orders, otherwise the cost would not justify the investment.
If you ever seriously wanted to have this model and counted on the fact that it would be available for a long time and you would have plenty of time to decide, well, that time is over and you have to make a quick decision. If a dozen of you will place an order, the model will become available again, otherwise it will be gone forever.
This is your last opportunity to get the only existing model of a most extraordinary land speed vehicle, built and raced by two visionary racers that unfortunately are no longer with us, Carl Heap and R.B. Slagle. Read the story of The Phoenix here.
- price will be the same as before, 450,00 euro, but if you place your order within 15 December, you will have a 10 per cent discount and free shipping.
- your order will be confirmed ONLY if I will receive 12 orders by the end of 2006.
- if that number is not reached within that deadline, you will be notified that your order is cancelled and the model will no longer be offered.
- if your order will be confirmed, then you will have to wait at least a further 3 months or more (depending on your position on the waiting list) for delivery, while a new run of parts is moulded and then painted and assembled.
The Burkland streamliner history pages have been updated after the 2006 campaign.
For various different reasons, since September 2005 there have been no new models released by any of the model makers represented on this site, i.e. myself, Omicron and Tom. Tom has had serious personal problems, but Omicron has indeed been working and has produced the master for a model that had not been announced, Craig Breedlove's American Spirit piston engined aborted record breaker, but is still uncertain wether it is worth producing it, considering the high costs of both the moudling (a three wheeler is always a problem!) and the paintwork (similar to the Spirit of America 3-wheeler), which might make the retail price too high for today's market, dominated by China-made cheap, but high quality models that make the price of a hand made model produced in Europe look too expensive. More about it whenever he decides what to do about it.
As to myself, the same market situation has suggested me to be very very careful, but after receiving quite a few inquiries about the fate of the announced model of the Fred H. Stewart Enterprise, I convinced myself that there might be just enough interest for it to justify the investment, so I have restarted work on the master model, which I had abandoned a few months ago when it was about 65% finished, and there is a chance that it may be ready by the end of the year.
In the meantime, as originally planned, l released the 1953 version of the Shadoff Spl. streamliner in the SPEEDONsalt range, painted a dark metallic blue as it first appeared on the salt to break several AAA/FIA International records (see the Shadoff's story for details).
All other projects are currently on hold, while I try to understand wether it makes sense to keep releasing new models of LSR vehicles at all.
A full history of this unsussessful but interesting car will be added within the next few days.
All other models are late on schedule (as usual...).
To make it easier for collectors to decide what they need, the current models page now allows you to see all the models listed either by brand or by type of record (LSR, wheel-driven LSR, SCTA etc).
Also in the SPEEDONsalt range, the Hill-Davis streamliner is now available in the blue metallic 1953 Bob Estes Mercury livery, used both during the SCTA Speed Week and the AAA Speed Trials.
(This version has been released earlier than planned in order to avoid it being released by unfair competitors based on copies of my model - see "IMPORTANT NOTE" below - please note this person has tried to sell one of his copies on ebay describing it as "possibly made by Ugo Fadini" - this says it all...).
Work is progressing on the next model in the main Ugo Fadini range, Norman "Wizard" Smith's 1932 "Fred H. Stewart Enterprise", the first World Land Speed record challenger from Australia. Only partially successful (it only set 10 kilo and 10 mile records), but quite a serious contender and a striking looking vehicle. Model is due for release sometime during the summer.
As to Omicron and Tom, they should have their new models out before the summer.
Check models to come page for details.
Please note that, unlike with Omicron #10 Infinity, which ended up as an 80% Ugo Fadini model, this one is a regular Omicron model, made and released by Omicron. My collaboration has been limited to the usual documentation support.
Also NEW in the SPEEDONsalt range is a new version of the Hill-Davis (City of Burbank) streamliner, in the Bob Estes Mercury bright red livery the car wore to set FIA International records at the AAA Speed Trials in September 1952. The 1953 version (blue metallic) will follow shortly. Check the history page for more details about the car's achievements.
IMPORTANT NOTE: although my intention to issue more versions of the City of Burbank had been announced since the original model was first released, the same Bob Estes AAA Speed Trials version has been recently advertised, and possibly released, by a new belgian/ french company. I am told by independent sources that the mould may have been made using one of my models as the master-model. I have not seen my competitor's model other than in photo so I cannot confirm and I sincerely hope this is not true, but it is a fact that the same company is using on their web site text and a photo copied from my site (and more from other sites too), without crediting the source (rather, crediting a copyright to themselves) and this is not a good indication of their honesty. Please remember that my model is sold under the brand SPEEDONsalt and if you see a model that looks the same but has a different brand name, it is NOT my model!
More on this disturbing subject as soon as I will have been able to see the french model with my eyes.
Master model for the next SPEEDONsalt release, the famous Shadoff Special streamliner is now ready for moulding, so the first version should be released on schedule in February 2005, to be followed by other versions at regular intervals to avoid copies in different versions being released by unfair competitors...
The next model in the Ugo Fadini range is also under way: an important gap in the history of the outright Land Speed record will be filled with the realease, scheduled for late spring 2005, of aussie Norman "Wizard" Smith's Enterprise. The car, designed along the lines of the famous Golden Arrow, but showing two tail fins behind the wheels, gradually assumed quite an odd look when a huge radiator was mounted on the nose to help inusfficient engine cooling. Eventually Smith failed to set the WLSR, but did set the 10 km and 10 miles records on the Ninety Miles Beach in New Zealand in 1932.
TOM has announced the 1963 (blue metallic) version of the Summers Brothers streamliner to be issued in early 2005, while Omicron has confirmed that the Pendine 1927 failed attempt versions of Giulio Foresti's Djelmo will be released by mid-2005.
Check the models to come page for an updated schedule of future releases in the Ugo Fadini, SPEEDONsalt, Omicron and TOM ranges.
(for older news go to the news archive)
Updates to the web site
14 February 2009 - Heishman BMW streamliner model and history pages created.
27 December 2008 - Burkland streamliner history pages updated.
21 December 2007 - Abarth Bertone models page updated.
21 December 2007 - Abarth Bertone history updated.
21 December 2007 - #16 Cooper streamliner page updated.
21 December 2007 - current models and models to come pages updated.
30 October 2006 - Burkland streamliner history pages updated.
22 September 2005 - New page created for Omicron #12 Djelmo 1927. Page for Omicron #9 Djelmo 1924 also revised with new photos.
6 September 2005 - Current models page completely revised.
15 May 2005 - Shadoff Spl. and Hill-Davis model pages updated.
29 March 2005 - Shadoff Special streamliner history completed.
9 January 2005 - new model and history pages created for Shadoff Special streamliner (still under construction).
30 December 2004 - Hill-Davis City of Burbank model page updated with new version. Corrections and updates to several other pages.
16 December 2004 - Mercedes W25 history page updated.
20 November 2004 - page created for Omicron #11 Mercedes W25 Rekordwagen 1934 model
16 October 2004 - new Burkland latest update page created
16 December 2003 - The Phoenix story page and model page updated. All connected pages also updated
12 October 2003 - The Phoenix story page created
28 August 2003 - The Phoenix model page created
10 August 2003 - Omicron #10 Infinity model page updated with photos of production model
10 August 2003 - Omicron, current range, how to order pages updated
29 June 2003 - photo of pre-production model added to Omicron #10 Infinity model page
20 June 2003 - New pages created for Omicron #10 Infinity model and the history of the real car
20 June 2003 - Omicron and Articles &stories pages updated
20 June 2003 - Links page updated and corrected
6 June 2003 - Frequently asked questions page updated
4 May 2003 - Frequently asked questions page added to about Ugo Fadini models page
2 May 2003 - Hill-Davis City of Burbank model page created
2 May 2003 - TOM models page updated with new Studebaker model
2 May 2003 - models to come, current range, how to order pages updated
12 March 2003 - Hill-Davis City of Burbank history page created
11 March 2003 - Models to come and articles and stories index pages updated
11 March 2003 - Cooper later streamliners story updated with new photos and record lists, on separate new page
11 February 2003 - Corrections and additions made to the Cooper streamliner history page
26 November 2002 - Al Teague's "Spirit of 76" page updated with new records
17 August 2002 - discussion of "wheel-driven" and "piston-engined" records updated and page arrangement revised
17 August 2002 - history page for Al Teague's "Spirit of 76" updated
10 August 2002 - history of Vesco Turbinator, Redhead, Hoffman-Markley and Mercedes W25 moved to separate pages from models, with some updates and revisions
4 August 2002 - photos added to model #17 Burkland streamliner page
4 August 2002 - current range page updated
22 July 2002 - New page added to historical notes on the Burklands, with details and photos of their earlier Bonneville cars
16 July 2002 - historical pages for model #17 Burkland streamliner created
2 June 2002 - photo of master model added to model #17 Burkland streamliner page
2 June 2002 - models to come page updated and new photos added
2 June 2002 - historical text for Omicron #8 Mercedes W25 "Rennlimousine" revised again, and new photos added
10 April 2002 - Fiat-Abarth 1956 model page updated and separate Fiat-Abarth Bertone 1956 history page created.
5 March 2002 - Corrections and new photo added to Cooper streamliner history page
28 February 2002 - historical text for Omicron #8 Mercedes W25 "Rennlimousine" revised
4 February 2002 - photos added to Omicron models and Omicron #8 Mercedes W25 "Rennlimousine" pages
30 January 2002 - Omicron #8 Mercedes W25 "Rennlimousine" history page created
27 December 2001 - Omicron models range page created
27 December 2001 - photo of model #16B Cooper Bonneville 1954 added to Cooper streamliner page
27 December 2001 - Cooper streamliner history page updated with more photos
27 December 2001 - price list on how to order page updated to new euro currency
30 October 2001 - photos of model added to #16 Cooper streamliner page
30 October 2001 - separate Cooper streamliner history page created
30 October 2001 - photo of 2000 version model added to #12 Al Teague's streamliner page
30 October 2001 - separate Al Teague's streamliner history page created
30 October 2001 - TOM models page created
30 October 2001 - how to order page updated with #16 Cooper and TOM models
19 October 2001 - "Who holds the "wheel-driven" LSR article and #15 Turbinator pages updated
25 September 2001 - minor corrections to some pages. New photo of Turbinator in 1996 in #15 Turbinator page
10 September 2001 - photos added to history in new #16 Cooper streamliner page
26 July 2001 - model #16 Cooper streamliner introduced and new #16 Cooper streamliner page created
26 July 2001 - model #12B Al Teague's Spirit of 76, Speed Week 2000 version now available
26 July 2001 - How to get them and Models to come pages updated
14 March 2001 - photos added to Models to come page
14 March 2001 - new Home, Current Range, Models to come and Articles & Stories pages created
20 January 2001 - About Ugo Fadini page added
12 January 2001 - Who holds the "wheel-driven" record? article added
12 January 2001 - list of records added to Al Teague's "Spirit of 76" story
6 January 2001 - what's new page added
29 December 2000 - links page added
29 December 2000 - discontinued models section added
20 December 2000 - list of records added to Abarth page
10 December 2000 - list of records added to Redhead page
1 December 2000 - web site opened
(14 February 2009) - While I do not have any new models to offer, I obtained the remaining stock of parts for the Baymo Heishman BMW Bonneville streamliner, released a few years ago, and I am offering it again in built form in the 1994 and 1995 versions. Read the story of the car.
(27 December 2008) - The Burkland streamliner story pages have been updated with the 2007/2008 activity and the new FIA International mile record set last September.
(3 March 2008) - The only news at the moment are that, at long last, The Phoenix diesel truck (Ugo Fadini #18) is available again. The minimum of orders needed to produce a new run of mouldings has been reached in the fall of 2007, mouldings have been ordered and models have been built to fulfill those orders. More can now be built to order, as long as the mouldings will last. This will really be the last chance, so please order yours without delay!
(21 December 2007) - At long last, here is a quick update on new models and future plans for myself, Omicron and Tom.
(6 November 2006) - IMPORTANT! - The Phoenix diesel truck is no longer available.
(20 October 2006) - No new models yet, but please note I only have one left of The Phoenix diesel truck. Although the limit of 200 has not been reached, the small number I could sell does not justify investment in a new run of mouldings, so this will be the last and the model will go out of production. You have been warned!
(10 September 2006) - After a year of silence, it's time for a quick update.
(22 September 2005) - NEW from Omicron is #12, the Djelmo LSR car as driven by Giulio Foresti at Pendine Sands in 1927, when his attempt ended with a spectacular crash.
(15 May 2005) - NEW model in the SPEEDONsalt range by Ugo Fadini is the legendary Shadoff Special streamliner in the red 1954 SCTA Speed Week version, when it set a new C class record. As usual, you can read the full story of the Shadoff Spl., with photos and a list of records.
(30 December 2004) - NEW from Omicron is #11, Mercedes W25 rekordwagen 1934, the open cockpit sister car to the "Rennlimousine". The history page, which tells the story of both cars, has been updated with more photos of the open car and a list of all records set.
1 February 2011 - several pages updated, mainly to bring stock situation and future plans up-to-date
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