MÄRKLIN & RAILROADS
www.trains-and-trains.dk : A personal view by Christian Vinaa
Logo : © Vollmer
Vollmer is / was a German producer of plastic kits for model railroads since the 1950ties.
What is less known is that Vollmer also produced many of the plastic parts for Porsche cars.
Vollmer kits are generally of high quality with many details.
In the beginning of 2014 it was official that Vollmer would stop production around summer 2014.
The factory and the ground in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen was bought by their neighbor; Porsche Automobiles.
But what about the original Vollmer molds ??
It was for some time uncertain if someone would buy the Vollmer molds and continue producing the kits.
Speculations were that Märklin, who already had some of the Vollmer buildings produced as Märklin products, would take over - or that Auhagen or another company would buy the Vollmer molds and product-line.
Finally in late summer 2014 it was announced that Viessmann had taken over the Vollmer product line from mid-september 2014, apparently just like Viessmann had continued the KIBRI brand. Press-release in english.
Vollmer wrote in 2013-2014 the following about themselves on their website :
Photo : © SWR - Eisenbahn-Romantik
I had the great pleasure of meeting the current director, "Firmenchefin", Susanne Tochtermann, born Vollmer, the daughter of Wolfram Vollmer, on various fairs and exhibitions, where she took a personal interest in the company; - giving the company a "face".
A very pleasant person to talk to.
The Vollmer kits are now produced by Viessmann, who so far has kept the old Vollmer ➚ website.
You can still download the assembly-instructions from the Vollmer website.
Worth noting :
The previous 4-digit Vollmer item-Nos. have additionally a "4" in front now.
Example: H0 Trainstation Neuffen, previous item No. 3510 - new item No. 43510.
I have always liked the Vollmer kits.
They are very detailled and the plastic colors are soft and easy to paint.
The parts fit very well together, and they are generally easy to assemble. The instructions are logical.
Being from Stuttgart, Vollmer style was oriented towards Baden-Württemberg and Bayern.
Vollmer has a lot of alpine and rural buildings to use in a country scene.
There was a variety of different stations to choose from.
Vollmer does not have a lot of movement / moving items as i.e. Faller was known for, but they have a lot of detail; often several pieces to put together where other manufacturers would do with one piece.
Take a look at these examples of typical Vollmer kits that I remember way back from the 1960ties :
Photos © Vollmer.
Go to this page to see more of my own VOLLMER kits.
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