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WIKING was founded by Friedrich Karl Peltzer in 1932. WIKING's beginnings were in producing ship models in 1:1,250 scale. Before and during World War II these models, made of lead based zamac, were used by the German military for training purposes. They were usually marked "WM" on their bases. Before starting production of model cars, ships, planes, etc., WIKING produced prototypes and consequently made moulds of those models.

These prototypes were produced, up until the end of the 1950’s, of Linden wood. This wood is quite soft and can easily be worked, formed and processed. Starting from the end of the 1950’s prototypes were made out of a special kind of resin or plastic. 

The 1:40 Linden wood VW prototype model (WIKING SPLIT VW LARGE SCALE PROTOTYPE V1) was accepted very well, and in 1948 a second, much more detailed linden wooden prototype in 1:40 (WIKING SPLIT VW LARGE SCALE PROTOTYPE V2) was built by Alfred Kedzierski. It was painted grey and the body, interior and engine were much more detailed than the first prototypes.

In fact, this prototype was identical to the later plastic versions. It featured the ultra-rare rubber tires and already had a driver figure.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: WIKING MODELLE
  • Scale: 1/40
  • Length: 105mm
  • Production Era: 1948
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Wood
  • Color: Gray
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