Kedzierski’s classic Normag Faktor I makes its début in the 1:87 scale
This model is a tribute to the years when WIKING’s first started out by manufacturing both the fledgling series of unglazed models in the 1:100 scale and industrial orders in a larger scale. In this vein, WIKING’s new products in 2021 will include a miniaturised version of the classic Normag Faktor I tractor, which master model maker Alfred Kedzierski used to make available as a 1:50 advertising model – to the great delight of the manufacturer. The traditional model makers found it a cinch to use the large sibling model as a tool to craft the 1:87 model. The matching proportions and the true-to-the-original engravings make it possible to attain a level of miniaturisation that lives up to the ambitious character shared by all tractor classics. Recreated based on the NG 16 original with 15 hp, which was only produced for one year between 1951 and 1952 and later replaced by the more powerful F16, the model will be available with a cutter bar and plough – just as the 1:50 prototype. The model makers have given the attached twin-steering swing axle complete movability. The radiator grille features the signature vent slots, while the air filter is attached on the left. The headlamps are inserted in a bid to reproduce the authenticity of the large original in the 1:87 scale. These features give recognition to WIKING’s esteemed tradition, which would be practically incomplete without the Normag Faktor I.
Clark forklift truck as a miniature of the large WIKING original
All of the most beautiful prototypes were built by WIKING themselves! This also applies to the Clark forklift truck, which was manufactured as a 1:25 advertising model nearly 70 years ago. The model launched now offers the same level of perfection thanks to the designers’ ability to scale down the model prototype to 1:87 with faultless accuracy. The 1:87-scale miniature of the chassis with superstructure looks just as compact as the original. The forklift truck sports a tilting forklift mast with a movable fork. Moreover, a separate seat and a new steering wheel with attached console have been inserted as well. The history of the Clark forklift truck exemplified the times when all of Germany was absorbed in rebuilding the economy in the 1950s. And, Hugo Stinnes in Mülheim was no exception: the company opened a repair service for forklift trucks made by US manufacturer Clark in 1947 and started building the first Clark units under licence in 1952. Founded by Eugene B. Clark, the American forklift truck maker gained renown as the world’s cradle of forklift manufacturing – when they helped the first “Tructractor” enter series production. WIKING founder Peltzer entered the scene at the right moment. He was commissioned to manufacture a promotional industrial model, which was supposed to serve as a display item and win over customers with a wealth in detail and a level of functionality that is true to the original.