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News from the Continent – Norev June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

Norev releases from April and May are shown here. These are diecast in China for France.

April Releases

1:18 Scale


183267 BMW M535i saloon 1987 – blue metallic


181499 Citroen 2CV AZL Malle Bombee 1957 – grey

181498 Citroen 2CV 6 1976 “Basket”


181496 Citroen 2CV 6 Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow



185174 Renault Estafette 1965 – beige



185717 Simca Aronde Monthlery Speciale saloon 1962 – grey metallic

188488 Volkswagen Golf V GTI 2009 – tornado red


Scale 1:43


150011 Citroen 2CV 4×4 Sahara 1961 – Panama yellow


511621 Renault 16 TX 1976 – Elysee grey metallic


517853 Box set Alpine Celebration 2015 – Limited Edition 


Scale 1:43 Classics


CL4511 Panhard 24 CT 1964 – plum body/grey roof


CL5112 Renault R8 Major saloon 1964 – Galapagos beige metallic

 May 2017

1:18 Scale


181565 Citroen DS19 Saloon – Champagne & Aubergine – Salon de Paris 1955


183417 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van “German Post” grey


183588 Mercedes-Benz 280CE 1980 – silverblue metallic


185151 Renault Caravelle 1964 – Finland blue metallic


185168 Renault Estafette 1972 “Assistance Renault”


182070A Gitane Motorcycle Test Champion Super 1973 – blue


182048A Peugeot motorcycle 103L 1972 – beige


1:43 Scale


473883 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – pearl white


517742 Renault Talisman saloon 2015 – Vison brown


517743 Renault Talisman Estate 2016 – Dune beige


351334 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – brown metallic


870068 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – bright silver

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Atlas Sports Cars – AC Aceca

By Maz Woolley


Some time ago Atlas sold a series entitled “Sports Cars”. The models were often ones already seen elsewhere like the Jaguar E Type and Aston Martin DB5. Others like the Fiat Dino and Peugeot sports had also appeared elsewhere but were rather cheaper in this series than when produced by Norev. The entire series was diecast to 1:43 scale in China. This is an obsolete series and models are now only available on the secondary market and not from Atlas themselves.

Two models in the series stood out for me the Daimler SP250 and the AC Aceca. Both were based on Norev originals and good models of models that had not appeared in a modern diecast at that point. Of course this meant that prices on the secondary market rocketed and reached levels that I would not pay. In fact in some cases the Atlas models were being priced more highly than the more detailed Norev models that they were based upon. Oxford‘s SP250 has been launched since then and I live in hope that the Atlas price will gradually reduce due to that. No-one else has made an Aceca yet and I was surprised to be able to pick one up for no more than Atlas would charge for it.

The Aceca is a coupé version of the AC Ace the car that was turned into a Cobra in the States. The car originally had a two litre AC engine but the similar two litre Bristol-engined Aceca-Bristol was also available alongside the original from 1956 to 1963. A few cars were built from 1961 to 1963 with a tuned 2553 cc Ford Zephyr engine and these were sold as the Aceca 2.6.

The Atlas model’s number plate is correct for one of the final cars in 1963 and browsing pictures of the car on the web the mid blue colour Atlas have had it painted is shown on several cars.

The model has lots of good features like the wood effect steering wheel rim and silver metal effect spokes. Neat separate grille and light lenses and door and hatch handles are all used. I also like the four piece glazing which allows for excellent flush glazing with silver printing which will not “pop” like so many P-E windows parts are doing. Less good are the the windscreen wipers which are a bit heavy as is the interior mirror. The wire wheels are good without being exceptional.

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News from the Continent – Norev to March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


This post looks at the latest releases from Norev

February 2017

1:18 Scale


185137 Renault R.S. 01 2016 “Interceptor” – Jean Ragnotti


185708 Simca 1000 Rally 2 1976 – Maya yellow

1:43 Scale


517820 Alpine Renault A110 1973 – blue

517850 Alpine Celebration Le Mans 2015

517851 Alpine Celebration Goodwood 2015

517852 Alpine Celebration Dieppe 2015

475448 Peugeot 504 Pick up 4×4 Dangel 1985 – red and yellow

473410 Peugeot 304 Cabriolet S 1973 – Alaska white

471704 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami blue

519514 Renault 40 CV MC 1924 “Gaston Doumergue”

519515 Renault Type PG2 Vivasix 1928 – cream

513077 Renault Dauphine 1963 – Montijo red

517521 Renault Clio Williams 1996 – blue

1:43 Scale Classics Range


CC1511 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Monte Carlo blue and Orient blue

CC1512 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Jura green and Argent grey metallic

1:87 scale


453003A Facel Vega III Cabriolet 1963 – silver

471712A Peugeot 205 GTI 1984 – Meije white

571092A Simca 1000 GLS 1968 – Murphy grey metallic

571093A Simca 1000 Rally 2 1974 – Sumatra red

“3 inch” Minijets


310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

310503 Citroen ID19 Saloon Rally Monte Carlo 1959 #176

310507 Citroen Mehari 1978 – orange

310504 Peugeot 205 GTI 1988 – blue metallic

310505 Renault 4 Parisienne 1966 – dark red

310501 Renault 5 Turbo Rally Monte Carlo 1981 #9

310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 1973 #53

March 2017

1:18 Scale

181497 Citroen 2CV A 1950 – 4 opening parts – grey

182718 Ford Capri2800 1986 – Brooklands green metallic

183700 Daimler Motorcoach 1886

183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886

183579 Mercedes-Benz S500 saloon 1997 – red metallic

183450 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2014 – black

184707 Peugeot D4A van 1955 with ladders “Fire Brigade”

184710 Peugeot 4DA van 1956 “Bicycles Peugeot”

184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

1:43 Scale


518396 Renault Koleos 2016 – universal white

870065 Volvo V90 2016 – Twilight Bronze

530232 Irisbus Magelys 2007 “Savac”

1:18 Scale Maxi-Jet


182056A Peugeot 103 L 1972 – orange

182047A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

“3 inch” Minijets


310600 Citroen C4 Picasso 2016 – blue metallic

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Renault Vivasix Models from Norev then and now.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Renault – Something for Everyone


The giant Renault 40 CV passenger cars with their luxury coach-built bodies are well known. But Renault also manufactured cars for “normal” people.

The two examples above were manufactured by Norev, both to 1:43 scale. There is 50 years between the launch of each of these models. The first, the type NN 1 was launched in 1969. And this year Norev produced the Vivasix PG2.

The original model of the NN 1 was made from plastic which has unfortunately deformed over the years.  It had an opening coal shovel shaped bonnet and tiny replica of the engine but no baseplate details.

The new model is die-cast and should remain free of any distortion. A number of small separate parts have been included to capture then finer details and a detailed baseplate is fitted.

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Alpine A110 – Rebirth of a Legend

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


In 1955 the “Societe des Automobiles Alpine“ was founded by Jean Redele as a sports car brand name. He introduced the first Alpine model, the A106.

In 1962 the premiere of the A110 took place. The sports car reached its first victory in the Rally Monte Carlo in 1971, and in the same year won of the International Rally Manufacturer Championship. In 1973 they won the first Rally World Championship and Alpine was purchased by Renault. Renault stopped producing Alpine Sports Cars in 1995.

Then in 2012 Renault announced the launch of a new Alpine Project. The first pre-production cars were shown at Le Mans, Goodwood and Dieppe in 2015 and in 2016 the Alpine re-launch was officially announced.

With the new A110, Alpine celebrated a impressive return to the Geneva Motor Salon in March 2017. Alpine is again a independent brand name in the Renault Group. The new A110 go on sale in Europe an the end of 2017. In the tradition of previous Alpines the new sports car combines exciting design, light weight and compact dimensions. The new 1.8 litre turbo petrol engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan-Alliance and optimised by Alpine engineers. A comparison between the A110 from 1969 and the new car shows the distinctly larger dimensions of the new car.

When the A110 won her first victories in second half of the 1960s, it was a subject of great interest for model car manufacturers. Norev launched the 1964 version in 1969 and a year later it appeared with two additional headlights and two rear-view mirrors. Also in this year the version “Gendarmerie“, fitted with a red warning light and aerial on  the roof, was introduced. On all versions, front and rear bonnets can be opened and an engine replica is fitted. The bodies made in 1969 were made from plastic which unfortunately generally becomes deformed over time.

The latest original A110 model is based on a 1969 car. It is accurately shaped with excellent detail, and painted in a realistic solid metallic blue. There are many small additional parts and a well detailed baseplate.

The other model shown one is the Celebration model from 2015, which has been shown to give buyers an idea of what the production version of 2017 will be like.It is again an accurate model and highlights its larger size than the original Alpine.

A Comparison of the Solido 1970 with Norev 2017

A comparison of the Solido 1970 1:43 and Bburago 1:24 of around the same time

Still more manufacturers launched models of the the A110 at the beginning of the 1970s. Even the former DDR had a model made by Max Krätzer VEB Leipzig. They released the Alpine 1600 S in 1:43 scale in 1984. Various colours were available.

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1:18 Scale BMW promotional models by Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs by the Author.

A few weeks ago I received two new 1:18 scale BMW promotional models made for them in China by Norev.

The first one is a 2016 BMW M3 (F80) Competition Package (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 553) – The M3 is a powerful and light four door car with 431 HP, and a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission from DKG. It is fitted with many aluminium parts and a carbon fibre roof. Add to that the new “Competition Package” developed by BMW M GmbH and you get a 450 HP monster with adaptive suspension and exterior trim in “Shadow Line” option in gloss black and with exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior sports M branded seats and seat belts with the “tricolor” flag of BMW M.

The model, in a beautiful “Sakhir orange metallic”, is really accurate and faithful to every detail of the real car. Diecast in metal, all four doors open as do the bonnet and the boot. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, as are the carbon fibre roof, engine and chassis.




The second one is a 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 (BMW no. 80 43 2 406 146) – This concept car is a prototype summarising the thought of the German group about the mobility of the future.

Presented at the Centenary Event in Munich, it aims to represent the coexistence of autonomous driving and the self driving pleasure typical of any BMW. Electric and hybrid powertrains are already transforming the way we think about cars, the premium products of the future will rely on the highest levels of connectivity, cutting edge technologies and tailoring to the taste of each client.

The futuristic design of the body is well reproduced by Norev, in an elegant “light brown metallic”,

The model is diecast with no opening parts. The minimalist interior is well reproduced. Models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual so this one is noteworthy as it perhaps gives us a glimpse of the future.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

The December 2016 and January 2017 releases planned by Norev and their sub-range CIJ are shown below.

1:18 Scale

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184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

185208 Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1986 – red

187574 Porsche 911 Turbo 3,3 L 1977 – silver

187561 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2010 – white and black trim

1:43 Scale

474706 Peugeot 407 saloon 2006 – Montecristo Plum

474754 Peugeot 407 SW 2004 – Aluminium silver

473885 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Emerald crystal blue

473886 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Amazonite grey

579516 Renault Viva Grand Sport ACX2 1935 – black

517731 Renault Scenic 2016 – white and black

518391 Renault Koleos 2016 – Purple

518020 Renault Trafic 2014 – white

517854 Alpine Vision Monaco 2016

1:87 Scale

472371A Peugeot 203 1954 – blue

513213A Renault 4CV 1955 – Rouen blue

513076A Renault Dauphine 1956 – Mediterranee blue

CIJ 1:43 Scale

C80910 Box “Salon de Paris 1949”
Citroen 2CV – Ford Vedette – Peugeot 203

C80906 Box „SIMCA 80th Anniversary“
Simca 8 Sport – Simca 9 Aronde – Vedette Regence

Releases January 2017

1:18 Scale

185280 Renault Fregate Saloon 1959 – Capri blue

1:43 Scale

155174 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2014 – Sebastien Loeb

155176 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – Y. Muller

155177 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – J.M. Lopez

473206 Peugeot 302 Darl´Mat Roadster 1937 – blue metallic

475449 Peugeot 504 Pick up 1985 – white

475813 Peugeot 508 Saloon 2014 – Bourrasque blue

472819 Peugeot 208 2015 – Rubi red

519510 Renault Type K 1902

519155 Renault Celtaquatre Saloon 1936 – Dark blue & black

1:87 Scale

453002A Facel Vega II Coupe 1961 – Facel blue metallic

519108A Renault 300 kg delivery van 1948 – Lazuli blue

513214A Renault 4CV 1955 “Police”

511256A Renault 12 Saloon 1974 – orange

Renault 12 Gordini 1971 – Bleu-de-France blue


PM0104 Citroen Cxperience Concept Salon de Paris 2016

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DeAgostini Dinky – Italian Partwork

By Fabrizio Panico


DeAgostini started a partwork about “Dinky Toys” here in Italy last September. I think the biggest difference with similar offerings in France and in UK is that the models are available directly at newsstands, or as usual by subscription by mail. In Italy there is a mild distrust about packages in the mail, much better to buy the models at the newsstand, without getting angry with the mail that is lost or damaged. Clearly it is much better to order all the collection or part of it at your preferred newsstand in order to be sure of the availability, but there a few newsstands that order more than just reserved models.

Editors note: The Dinky reproduction series in France and United Kingdom are merchandised by Atlas, a subsidiary of DeAgostini, who only sell by subscription and will not sell single models or to newsagents. DeAgostini did a test marketing exercise in the UK of four parts of a DeAgostini partwork in 2016 with cars already issued by Atlas but in different colours and with DeAgostini on the base plate. This was terminated and there are no indications whether DeAgostini will re-launch it in UK.

The Italian collection will be composed of 70 (seventy !!) models, which seem to come from the French and UK Atlas series. The partwork is issued every two weeks, at a reasonable price; 15,00 Euro. The models are produced in China by Norev as they were for Atlas collections.

Up to now nine models were already delivered :

no. 1 – Citroen DS 19 (copy 24CP) in green
no. 2 – Fiat 600 D (copy 520) in cream
no. 3 – Volkswagen Beetle (copy 181) in blue
no. 4 – Morris Mini Traveller (copy 197) in cream
no. 5 – Citroen 2 CV (copy 24T) in dark red
no. 6 – Jaguar XK120 coupé (copy 157) in dark green
no. 7 – Renault 4L (copy 518) in brick red
no. 8 – Triumph TR2 sports no. 25 (copy 111) in pale blue
no. 9 – Fiat 1200 Granluce (copy 531) in bronze


The list of the first 22  models is shown above, but the delivery order has already changed. Next one to be sold will be the Studebaker Commander coupé (copy 24Y) in red.

Colours differ sometimes from the France and UK partworks, but the biggest difference is in the baseplate, where it not longer says  “Atlas”, but “de Agostini”.  Quality seems to be adequate. The yellow boxes are a bit larger then the original ones, but the partwork is good so far.

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Norev 1:18 Scale Mercedes Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico


All pictures were taken by the Author.

Mercedes-Benz continue to issue 1:18 scale promotional models made for them by Norev. They are made in China and include opening components, engines and alternative hoods for convertible cars.

As the picture above shows these cars are painted and built to a consistently high standard. Unlike some other promotional models they have many opening components. The models covered in this article are detailed in the table below.

B6 696 0351 Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake 2014 X117   (CLA-klasse) mountain grey
B6 696 0359 Mercedes Benz GLE coupé 2015 C292   (GLE coupé) citrine brown
B6 696 0354 Mercedes Benz S-klasse cabriolet 2015 A217     (S-klasse) magnetite black metallic
B6 696 0362 Mercedes Benz GLC-klasse 2015 X253     (GLC) designo diamond white bright

B6 696 0351 Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake 2014 X117 (CLA-klasse) mountain grey


B6 696 0359 Mercedes Benz GLE coupé 2015 C292 (GLE coupé) citrine brown



B6 696 0354 Mercedes Benz S-klasse cabriolet 2015 A217 (S-klasse) magnetite black metallic



B6 696 0362 Mercedes Benz GLC-klasse 2015 X253 (GLC) designo diamond white bright


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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Here are the releases Norev plan for November 2016. These are all diecast in China for France except those stated as made in resin.

1:18 scale


181600 Citroen 2CV Fourgonnette 1956 “Assistance Berliet”

181568 Citroen DS23 Pallas 1973 saloon – Massena red

181536 Citroen Ami 6 1964 – Jade green

183418 Mercedes-Benz L 319 Van 1957 “Lindt & Sprüngli

183520 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 1969 – red

183566 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE-24 Cabriolet 1990 – black

184821 Peugeot 302 Darl´Mat Roadster 1937 – blue

188487 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1976 – black

188417 Volkswagen Golf VR6 1996 – purple metallic

1:43 scale


157078 Citroen DS23 Pallas saloon 1973 – green metallic

155269 Citroen C3 2009 – Lucifer red

155473 Citroen C4 Cactus 2016 – Baltic blue

PM0103 DS E-TENSE – Salon de Geneve 2016 (Resin)

474104 Peugeot 401 Longue Taxi 1935 – dark red/black

690000 Berliet GAK “Benne” 1960 – grey

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