Conrad Modelle (previously Gescha) is a German manufacturer of diecast scale models primarily in 1:50 scale for use both as toys and promotional models by heavy equipment manufacturers. Conrad had the Caterpillar line of construction vehicles starting late 1960s through about 1992, but the licenses changed over to Norscot.
Conrad is a name that stands for the art of taking a different view of things, which is what this business is all about. Only at first glance does the appeal of a miniature lie in its size – what is much more important is the ability of discovering maximum detail in minimum dimensions. This process begins in the mind – or, more accurately, with a well-trained eye.
The company’s special approach of realising small-scale models is both based on the aspects of tradition as well as innovation to ensure the products high quality and visible accuracy in detail.
Günther Conrad has been running the company since 1987. Supported by his wife Gerdi – and now also by their daughter Christine – the Conrad company is a perfectly managed family-owned company.
Saturday, June 25th 2016 Conrad Modelle celebrated in grand style the 60th anniversary of the company.
At the open house to celebrate the 60th anniversary were family, friends, relations and collectors from around the world treated to a huge event in and around the company. Outside were 1:1 examples of the scale models produced by Conrad. Inside there was the opportunity to visit both the museum as well the very rare chance to see the production facility where one could assemble the 60th anniversary model itself. A unique glimpse behind the scenes
Friend, Caterpillar scale model collector and professional photographer Thomas Wilk from TCC Photowork was invited and made an exclusive photo shoot of his visit to this special day in the history of Conrad Modelle in Nuremberg.
Curious? Click on the picture and enjoys his photo album!
This year, for the first year, Conrad Modelle chose not to have a stand at the Spielwarenmesse, but to invite its relations to make the trip to the other side of Nuremberg with the help of a luxury shuttle bus for a unique visit to the company.
In addition to the warm welcome by the family and its staff, all new scale models for 2016 were of course unveiled and we were also given the opportunity to visit the new Conrad museum in which numerous showcases with almost (Caterpillar) 2000 scale models show a perfect time image of 60 years of Conrad Modelle to admire.
Friend, Caterpillar collector and custom builder Ad Gevers and I visited the Conrad Museum together with Thomas Wilk and each made our own photo impressions.
Enjoy watching! Ad, Thomas and Wouter
Friend, Caterpillar scale model collector and professional photographer Thomas Wilk also has made an Exclusive (Caterpillar) photo report during his visit to Conrad Modelle so we can taste the atmosphere of the Conrad Museum.
Curious? Click on the photo and enjoys all his albums!