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(derived from the abbreviation "SPW" for "Spezial-Prägewerke", German for "special embossing works") was the most commonly used brand name for 1/87th scale plastic model cars made in the GDR. The biggest model car factory in the country was located in Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains and started production in 1961. Besides 1/87th scale models of contemporary domestic cars, buses and trucks, the range also included military vehicles and a series of plastic and diecast classic car models in 1/50th scale, in which various German cars were modelled, as well as a 1916 Rolls-Royce. Three special models of this series were released in 1970 to commemorate Lenin's 100th birthday: the Rolls Royce already mentioned before as the revolutionary's staff car, the locomotive of the train by which he returned from exile to Russia in spring 1917, and the armoured car on which he held a speech to workers and soldiers in Petrograd some days later. In the 1980s the Plasticart
brand name was also used for the Espewe models, and after 1989 s.e.s
from Berlin continued to produce some of these models. In 2011, production and distribution of Espewe models were taken over by Busch
Model manufacturer: Espewe
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