Wiking models

A leading German manufacturer of 1:87th models in plastic, covering a wide range of vehicles. The company has also produced in 1:43rd scale. See also Siku.

It was to become the road to success: the hobby of Friedrich Karl Peltzer developed into a profession - and with this came the first thoughts and first steps towards the making of WIKING models. Friedrich Karl Peltzer is born on February 5th 1903 in Berlin. The son of an officer of the Imperial Navy, he is introduced to seafaring at an early age. So it's no wonder that he soon develops an interest in making models of ships. He impresses outsiders with his extraordinary and love of detail. It was the starting point for an ambitious enterprise. On December 3rd 1939 'Wiking-Modellbau Peltzer & Peltzer' appears in the Register of Companies. An entry of just a few lines in the Register of Companies for Greater Berlin signifies the production of miniatures of ships to a scale of 1:1250 in the district of Lichterfelde. This scale was later modified to 1:1275. However, the so-called 'Waterline' models do not remain the only area of activity of the young firm for long. On request, the model-maker takes to producing model ships to a larger scale - admittedly made to order. Word of his ability quickly spreads.

On water, on land and in the air: in addition to the quickly established series of WIKING model ships, the WIKING workshops now start producing model planes. These are kept to a scale of 1:200 and are made using plastic as early as 1939. WIKING Wehrmacht models are also produced, miniatures of military vehicles in cast metal with fixed wheels which can be used as visual aids. At the autumn trade fair in Leipzig in 1938, we see the first examples of 1:200 WIKING model vehicles. These are also to be seen as non-moving models which have a considerable weight to them due to the cast metal used.

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Wiking value and price guide

What's your Wiking worth? Here are some recently sold items.

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miniature wiking volkswagen t1 1 40 1958 tres bon Miniature Wiking Volkswagen T1 1 40 1958 Tres Bon... 04/2021 £1 069.35
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1961 wiking vw volkswagen samba bus 1 40 promo 1961 Wiking Vw Volkswagen Samba Bus 1 40 Promo... 04/2021 £463.60
1955 wiking vw volkswagen glass bus 1 40 promo 1955 Wiking Vw Volkswagen Glass Bus 1 40 Promo... 04/2021 £434.49
1961 wiking vw volkswagen beetle 1 40 promo mint 1961 Wiking Vw Volkswagen Beetle 1 40 Promo Mint... 04/2021 £391.05
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Comments (2)
Dennis - December 26, 2012
I am looking for a log loader and also a forklift. Thanks
On this website I found: Wiking forklifts and a few wiking log loaders.
Heidi - June 20, 2012
Hi there , first time I saw anything about Wiking Autos in North America . I tried e-bay before but could not fing the W.Autos but now I did .Are they as nuts about these cars like the ones in Germany ?We have some from the late '40's to early '50's .Any serious collectors around here ? I'm in Canada ... closer to the US than Germany .We just discovered that these " darn little cars " have value .Any site where one could find these collectors ?There is an auction house in Koeln - Cologne - which has beautiful pictures of what gets sold . The pics on e-bay are rather small but people buy ?a reply would be good since we want to sell a few .Thank you !!Heidi