the text of the orginal article didn't survive the scanning here is the
complete English text. The original is in three languages, German, English
and French. The English and French texts are shortened versions of the
original German text.
The story of the Wiking
Models from Berlin
When Friedrich Peltzer -
born in Berlin, and from his childhood on surrounded by hobbycraft
utensils - wanted to start large- scale production of his favorite
miniature models in 1930, an experienced friend told him: "You might
as well throw your money out the window right now !" But slowly
collectors and model fans became the first customers; the enterprise
started growing. The quality of the models was further improved.
Wiking products were already
sold to Belgium, France, Sweden, Holland, England, and the U.S.A., where
also general agencies were set up. In the prewar years airplane and
traffic models (scale 1:220) were added to the ship models (scale 1:1250).
The manufacture of airplane models resulted in an extension of production
methods to thermoplastic die casting; new mouldmaking methods were found;
then the war broke out. After reconstruction of the partly destroyed works
the production was in 1949 successfully switched to the new series of
Wiking traffic models (scales 1:100 and 1:90). Wiking models now not only
served as toys, but also as demonstration and teaching aids for
motor-schools, traffic police, and law courts.
At the same time Wiking took
up the production of special models. Concentrating on the two model groups
of 1:90 and 1:40 scales and observation of highest quality standards
resulted in a rising turnover and a constant expansion of the firm, which,
together with its Kiel subsidiary, is today employing about 250 persons
and producing over five million models (without accessories) a year. The
assortment comprises over 140 types. Leading automobile manufacturers have
their models made by Wiking for advertising purposes and the engineers are
exultant about the precision of these miniature models.