Preiser Tour de France in Miniature
Preiser (of Germany) makes high-quality molded plastic accessories for model railroading. They offer top-quality human and animal figures, vehicles, machinery and cargo for use in scale models and railroad diaramas.
Cor de Preiser
A 'suggested use' from the box the Unpainted Cycle Racer kit #16340 comes in.
A dirt road mountain climb diarama with riders, spectators, support motos, vendors, sunbathers, a picnic, hikers/hitchikers and even random parked cars. Just imagine this in the middle of someone's model railroad set-up. COOL!
Cycle Racers (#25004)
Set of three ready-to-use bicycle racers in three poses; hands overhead in victory, out of the saddle hands on hoods and standing beside the bike as if inspecting the bike after a crash. This model (#25004) is painted - plain yellow jersies with black shorts with a white stripe). Other sets of three are available in six different team colors and poses, either three of the same pose or in a 'variety' pack like this one.
Unpainted Cycle Racer Kit (#16340)
The Mother Lode! Eighteen riders and bikes unassembled and unpainted. Includes all the parts to create racer types not found in the finished sets. Each 'rider' comes as six parts - two halves of a body, two arms, a head and a bike. Four bikes in this set apparently have disk wheels. Arms and heads (with hats and without) can be positioned or rotated whatever way suits you. As you can see, the suggestions they show are; hand raised waving, out of saddle in drops, V for victory, in saddle in drops, in saddle on tops, in saddle passing a banana, walking and crashed on his ass. It looks like all the riding positions look reasonable, or are adjustable to your personal taste. The banana, walker and crash victim add a somewhat lighthearted touch. Painting instructions and a set of number decals included.
36 Finished Cycling Spectators (#16340)
Thirty six figures in all. Shown above with the barricades from kit #25175 (not actually included with this spectator set). All kinds of figures are in there including photographers, folks with binoculars, cheering fans of all types and even a grandpa with child on shoulders. Alternative unfinished kit would be #16337 with 120 figures, (leaving out the 18 carrying baggage or using some of them as they did in the "Cor de Preiser" suggestion above).
25102 Press Motorcycles with Photographers
VERY RARE! MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!
I snapped this one up at a local model railroad convention. Three R-series BMW's with drivers, a seated 35mm and video shooter and one standing video shooter. Comes with a few glue-on accessories: extra radio/TV antennae, running lights, center stands and crashbars. Entirely too cool!
Why you should order now!
Now you're probably asking, Why did he show us all these Preiser items?
When I found out "The Tour de France Collection" existed, I made inquiries around my home town (Houston) concerning purchase of Preiser cycling-related items. Finding nothing locally in stores, I found two distributors in the States with some stock on hand. I've picked up the few itemsI needed to populate some engineering models I'm making - now I simply want to help Preiser out.
If I can't convince Preiser to keep making the collection by increasing their sales, hopefully with this small effort these rare items will at least fall into the RIGHT HANDS!
Below is the list I made from the Preiser catalog of things you might use in any bike race diarama. If you have access to a Preiser, E-R or Walthers catalog where you live, great. Take my advice - once you've seen what's available, order them immediately. The liklihood is high that the production of these items could stop at any moment.
Assembled/painted Preiser items for possible cycling use:
10062 Film and television crew (5 people, 2 cameras, 1 Kleig light)
Other fun bicycle race support items:
33226 Police Van (van + 2 cops, 1 citizen)
16331 Police (? how many - assortment)
Other auto/van items from the catalog:
33201 Mitsubishi L300 (D)
If you want to check prices, availability or make an order, make a list
and drop either E-R or Walthers a line.
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