By Maz Woolley
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
My deliveries of models in this collection seem to be a month behind some others who have just received a Peugeot 404 Commerciale. The model I had delivered this month is a replica of 1424 G, a Renault 12 Gordini.
Dinky made the most of this casting releasing both a R12 and R12TL as 1424. As I understand it this was produced from 1969 in France and then later in Spain.
A considerable effort was involved in creating the Gordini version which had filler cap re-positioned, bumpers removed, and a new front grille. This was made in France first, then later by Pilen for Dinky in Spain with yellow headlights.
The replica captures the original well. Though the opening front doors are curious as they are fully glazed but do not have the upper door frames. This is the kind of compromise that Dinky Toys and others made at the time.
Sadly the model has standard silver spun hubs and not the Gordini Alloys shown on the Box.
The shiny grille from the original model is dropped for a matte black one as fitted to the Gordini. But without extra printing the grille lacks the silver lines and Renault badge that are there on the original vehicle.
The rear view is rather severe as only the lights and number plate bear any printing. The Renault badge and boot catch are there but are not picked out. The “go faster” stripes are pretty accurately positioned but the printing is a little thin and doesn’t cover as well as might be desired on the bonnet.
Some have complained that the drivers door does not stay shut. Looking at the mechanism it is quite different to a standard UK Dinky one. The door card is actually metal and fixed onto the door shell and extends to form the hinge rather than the door being cast with an integral hinge. This makes the hinge much less intrusive and the door open in a more realistic way. A nice model well reproduced by Atlas but like others before it in this series many will have already bought this from China on eBay after its release in France.
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