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PIC-R

Founded in 1932 by Henning Cortsen, the company started making shipmodels from lead in 1/1250 and expanded their program to models of airplanes, trams, trains and figures in later years. All of these models were made from lead, but since lead was a metal that was needed for the weapons industry Pilot switched to zinc models during the 1940s. From about 1947 onward Pilot started making carmodels in 1/200, and produced about fourty different types. The plastic models listed here were made from the early 1950s until the early 1960s which made Pilot the first Danish manufacturer of models in 1/87. 

There is a striking similarity between some of the Pilot models and early Wiking models, this is easily explained because it is caused by the fact that Henning Cortsen and Wiking-founder Friedrich Peltzer had already been in close contact since both companies interchanged moulds for the 1/1250 shipmodels. This cooperation was renewed when Wiking loaned several moulds for carmodels to Pilot which made it possible for Pilot to create a series of different models without having to invest too much in moulds.

The production of these 1/87 models stopped in the early 1960s, around that time both Wiking and LEGO had clearly surpassed Pilot in terms of quality, detail and actuality. Pilot continued to produce shipmodels for shipping companies and ship-building yards until the death of Henning Cortsen in 1974 after which the company ceased to exist.

These are the models we have been able to find sofar:

Ref# Model Approx. scale
201 Garage -
202 Ford FK1000 1/87
206 1949 Chevrolet flatbed truck with crane 1/90
207 Gas station -
211 Open sportscar (2-seater, BMW 328 ?) 1/90
213 1948 GMC tanktruck 1/90
214 1949 Chevrolet flatbed truck, long bed 1/90
215 White with open semitrailer 1/90
221 Roadroller ?
224 White with tanktrailer 'Shell' 1/90
226 Short trailer with load 1/90
227 Willys Jeep (with frontwindow) 1/90
228 1948 GMC tanktruck 'Shell' 1/90
229 Long flatbed trailer 1/90
231 Opel Kapitšn 1954 'Politi' (police) 1/90
233 Ford Anglia (without glazing)  1/87
234 Volkswagen 1200 1/90
235 Renault 4 CV   1/80
236 Simca / Ford Vedette 1956 1/80
237 Opel Kapitšn 1954  1/90
238 Maserati 6CM F1 (1936, 2 versions, wide and narrow track) 1/90
239 Trailer with motorboat (possible Matchbox copy) ?
240 Sedan (?) ?
? Ford Anglia 105E (with glazing) 1/87
? Opel Kapitšn 1956 1/80
? Opel Rekord P1 (with glazing)  1/87
? Volkswagen van T1 1/90
? Volkswagen 1200 convertible (existence not confirmed) ?
? Volkswagen 1200 (oval rear window) 1/80
? Open sportscar (fourseater) 1/90
? US limousine (sedan) 1/90
? US limousine (hatchback)  1/90
? US stationwagon 1/90
? US stationwagon - ambulance  1/90
? US stationwagon - post 1/90
? US stationwagon - delivery 1/90
? US pick-up 1/90
? US pick-up with crane 1/90
? Willys Jeep (without frontwindow) 1/90
? Vanwall F1 1/90
? Cooper F1 (identical to the Wiking model, 'Pilot' marking on the bottom between the front wheels) 1/90
? David Brown tractor 1/90
? Tempo (?) three-wheeler 1/90
? Bus 1/90
? Dodge truck with flatbed 1/90
? Dodge truck  1/90
? Dodge tanktruck   1/90
? Fiat truck with flatbed 1/90
? Fiat truck 1/90
? Fiat truck tanktruck 1/90
? Ford 3500 firetruck (ladder) ?
? 1949 Chevrolet, short chassis, both open and closed 'window' versions known (6 versions: cementtruck, flatbed, open truck, silotruck, towtruck, military version)  1/90
? 1949 Chevrolet, long chassis, both open and closed 'window' versions known (5 other versions known: cementtruck, open truck, silotruck, towtruck, military version)  1/90
? 1948 GMC, short chassis, both open and closed 'window' versions known (6 other versions known: cementtruck, flatbed, open truck, silotruck, towtruck, military version) 1/90
? 1948 GMC, long chassis, both open and closed 'window' versions known (6 versions, cementtruck, flatbed, open truck, silotruck, towtruck, military version) 1/90
? 2 car garage -
? 2-axle trailer for tractors ?
? 1-axle flat trailer for trucks ?
1-axle small trailer for cars ?


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