Category Archives: Norev

News from the Continent June/July 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author.  All photographs provided by the manufacturer.

Here are the latest releases from Norev. The models are diecast in China to various scales for Norev of France. As usual a mixture of new and historic vehicles.

June 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

 

181632 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – winner Mexico 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle

 

181633 Citroen C3 WRC No. 9 – Corsica 2017 – S.Lefebvre/G.Moreau

 

181634 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 – Winner Spain 2017 – K.Meeke/P.Nagle

 

183420 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 – silver

 

1:43 Scale

 

351339 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 – green metallic

 

511322 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade”

 

511395 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Fire Brigade- fire chief staff car”

 

511326 Renault Kangoo van 2013 “Fire brigade V.L.U.”

 

511327 Renault Kangoo Van 2013 “Fire Brigade – medical rescue service”

 

511323 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale”

 

511324 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Police municipale – yellow and blue striped”

 

511325 Renault Kangoo 2013 “Gendarmerie Outre-mer”

 

511328 Renault Kangoo 2016 “Vigipirate”

 

July 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

 

183591 Mercedes-Benz 300 saloon 1952 – dark grey

 

183457 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – blue grey metallic

 

188520 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle saloon 1972 – red

 

188521 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle cabriolet 1972 – orange

Scale 1:43

 

517856 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue

 

155476 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Aluminium grey & black decoration

 

155477 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – deep purple & white decoration

 

518783 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade first aid”

 

518784 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV”

 

518785 Renault Master 2014 “Fire brigade VSAV yellow bumpers”

 

1:43 Scale – Jet Car Range

 

350009 BMW M3 E30 2-door saloon 1986 – black

 

270559 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – white

 

750033 Porsche 911 Turbo 19878 – green

 

517522 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue

 

840062 Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 1990 – red

 

155365 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 “Official Presentation Version

Second Release July 2018

1:18 Scale

 

182752 AC Cobra 289 1963 – white

 

182754 AC Cobra 289 1963 – black

 

 

181480 Citroen DS19 saloon 1956 – green & champagne

 

181481 Citroen DS19 saloon 1959 – Marron & Carrare white

 

187770 Fiat 500L 1968 – blue

 

183577 Mercedes-Benz 200 saloon 1966 – moss green

 

183589 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE Coupe 1980 – blue metallic

 

183467 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Inca red

 

183453 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 2017 – silver

 

183421 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 – blue metallic

 

187663 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 -blue metallic

 

187595 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 1993 – black

 

188433 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1995 – red

1:43 Scale

 

155584 Citroen C5 Tourer 2011 “SMUR de Forez”

 

474218 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 light green

 

479818 Peugeot Partner 2010 “Fire Brigade medical service”

 

 

530023 Chausson AP52 Coach 1955 – clear grey & blue

 

1:87 Scale

 

153028 Citroen 7A 1934 – blue & black

 

153027 Citroen 11A 1937 – grey

 

155054 Citroen ID19 Break 1960 – light brown

 

158511 Citroen SM 1972 – Scarabee brown metallic

 

451896 Panhard Dyna Z12 1957 – Narcissus yellow

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DeAgostini Dinky 268 Renault Minicab

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs are  by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

The model discussed in this article is the sixteenth release in the DeAgostini Classic Dinky Toys collection and one that has a strong appeal as it did not appear in the Atlas Dinky series. It has been made for them by Norev in China. It is #268 Renault Dauphine MInicab. It is unusual for this series by being a UK Dinky release, though based on a well established Dinky France casting #524 from 1959 with fitted windows which replaced the same car without windows sold as 24E from 1957. So why did Dinky UK adopt this French model?

In the early 1960s a small firm called Carline realised that the Black Cab (mainly Austin FX3s and FX4s) monopoly in London was based on them being the only service allowed to ply for hire but that if people ordered a car over the phone to a central office who dispatched the cars the service could be provided outside the Hackney Carriage regulations. Starting with a small fleet of Ford Anglias Carline’s minicabs began to hit the streets of London in early 1961.

Shortly after that Michael Gotla a young, and publicity conscious, entrepreneur started Welbeck Motors who went on to be the public face of the early Minicab. He ordered a large number of red Renault Dauphines and also gained further income by applying adverts to them, something that only happened to Black Cabs in the 1980s.  Dialling WELbeck 0561 would summon a car for one shilling per mile, considerably cheaper than a Black Cab. At this time Black Cabs were not keen to leave Central London as it made picking up the next fare more difficult so calling a minicab was often quicker as well as cheaper particularly in Outer London suburbs.

There were several pubic conflicts between Black Cabs and Minicabs, as there have been recently between Taxis and Uber drivers in a number of Cities. This generated a lot of publicity and press coverage which encouraged Dinky to show themselves as up to date by modelling the minicabs which were being regularly pictured in the press and seen on TV. After all all they had to do was get raw castings and glazing sent to them from France, create a new baseplate and box,  apply some red paint, and add transfers.

Following an unfavourable court case the first generation of minicabs faded away in London only to return later when regulations became more favourable. The short period of operation  of Wellbeck Motors didn’t matter to Dinky who sold the model from 1962 to 1967.

The model from DeAgostini differs from the original Dinky in one key way. Unable to get a license from Meccano to reproduce their advert on the model DeAgostini had Kenwood printed on both sides which reduces the accuracy of the replica though sets of transfers are available if anyone wanted to add a Meccano advert over one of the Kenwood adverts.

The Dinky France Renault Dauphine was a good casting though already over five years old when used as a minicab. It captures the real car well and it is 1:43 scale unlike most UK Dinkys of the time, though this is not stated on the UK made baseplate.  The printing of the adverts is well done on the replica with some depth to it replicating the bulk of a transfer, though of course the absolute accuracy and well aligned prints are perhaps ‘better than new’.

Certainly an interesting model for DeAgostini to offer and one that it is worth seeking out by those who are not collecting the series because they already have the Atlas Dinky Collection.


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs all provided by the manufacturer.

This article covers two sets of news from NOREV. Unless otherwise stated all models are diecast in China for France.

April 2018

1:18 Scale

181622 Citroen Dyane 6 1977 “Caban”

 

181650 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Hello Yellow & Black Airbump

 

181651 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Pearl White & Chocolate Airbump

 

181660 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Emeraude Blue & White deco

 

183455 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – green metallic This model sold out on pre-orders before even being released to the shops.

 

184881 Peugeot 309 Gti16 1991 – Miami blue

 

185242 Renault 4 Parisienne 1964 – black & red

 

185225 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Tonic orange

1:43 Scale

 

820313 DKW 3=6 Coupe 1958 – black

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182056A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

 

Peugeot 103 L 1972 – Orange

Minijet “3 inches” – made to fit box

 

310611 Citroen C3 2016 – Red & Black

 

310901 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

310903 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Orange

May 2018 Announcements ‘Norev stay in the Race !’

1:18 Scale

 

181630 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 – Official Presentation Version

 

182719 Ford Capri Mk. III 2,8 Injection 1982 – chrystal green metallic

 

183452 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2018 – red

 

183635 Opel Manta A 1970 – Lemon green metallic

 

185226 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

Scale 1:43

 

830027 Audi 80 quattro saloon 1985 – blue metallic

 

820302 Dkw f89 Delivery van “German Post”

 

517961 Renault Trezor Salon de Paris 2010

 

840095 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1981 – Anthracite grey metallic

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182065A Solex 1966 – black


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1:18 Scale Norev Mercedes-Benz Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

This article is about another triplette of Mercedes-Benz 1:18th scale promotional models by Norev.  All of them are diecast in metal as usual, with plastic baseplates and interiors.

Mercedes-Benz CLS (C257) 2018                                         (part no. B6 696 0546) in graphite grey metallic

 

The CLS is a mid-size luxury 4-door fastback sedan (marketed as a four-doors coupé) positioned above the E-Class and below the S-Class. The first generation (designated as the C219/W219) was launched in 2005 and based on the W211 E-Class. Designed to combine the charisma of a coupé with the comfort and practicality of a sedan, the CLS was a huge success (more than 170,000 units produced) and started a real fashion, soon copied by many manufacturers. The second generation (designated C218/W218) was introduced at the end of 2010 : main changes included a front design derived from the SLS AMG, heavily rounded fenders, particularly the rear ones, and lots of LED technology in the front lights. In 2012 from the sedan was derived the Shooting Brake version (designated X218), also built in Sindelfingen. The third generation (designated C257) was presented at the end of 2017 retaining the fundamental characters of the previous models, but markedly redesigned : the characteristic roofline still tapers towards the rear which ends in a low but voluminous tail, but the body lines are now reduced to the essential, according to the new style trends at Mercedes-Benz (I think this is more elegant than before).

 

The scale model is accurately reproduced: all four doors can be opened, as can the trunk and the hood.

Engine and chassis are very detailed, and the model has a rich interior. The high quality is a result of hand assembling in China. The CLS is also available in red metallic as part no. B6 696 0545. It is interesting to remark that the C219 was reproduced as a 1:18th scale promotional model for Mercedes-Benz by Maisto (part nos. B6 696 2203/2204 and 2205), the C218 by Norev (part nos. B6 696 1296/1297 and 1298) and the X218 by Norev (part nos. B6 696 0115/0116 and 0117).

A really nice collection of CLS models, now we are waiting for the new Shooting Brake to be modelled!

Mercedes-AMG GT C roadster 2017                              (part no. B6 696 0443) in brilliant blue metallic

The AMG GT is a 2-seat sports car presented as a coupé (C190) at the end of 2014 and also as a roadster (R190) at the end of 2016.  After the SLS AMG (that replaced the SLR McLaren) it is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. It went on sale with two performance options (GT and GT S) plus a GT3 racing variant later in 2015. Along with a facelift in 2017 there was the introduction of the GT C, a performance oriented variant where the engine is tuned to an output of 550 hp, with a wider body and active rear steering. The GT R is an even higher performance variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT and was presented in June 2016. From the GT R has been derived a GT4 racing version, targeted at semi-professional drivers. Shortly after the GT R variant the roadster versions of the GT and GT C were announced. The roadsters feature a three-layer fabric roof built around a very light structure, and which can open and close in 11 seconds up to speeds of 50 km/h.

The scale model is a bit disappointing: like many cheaper models it has no opening parts at all. The shape is correctly reproduced, like the chassis, and being an open model there is no difficulty in seeing and admiring the amazing interior, but the canvas roof is missing and you cannot see the engine (or more correctly its large plastic cover).

This means the model fails to reach the standard of  other promotional models. It is also available in matt grey metallic as part no. B6 696 0444. The 2015 GT S has been reproduced as a 1:18th scale promotional model for Mercedes-Benz by Norev (part nos. B6 696 0342/0342 and 0343, plus B6 696 0614 as the “Laureus” version), while there were also many GT3 racing versions, also by Norev (part nos. B6 696 0389/0390 and 0391, plus B6 696 0415 and B6 696 0452/0453). A model for everyone indeed.

Mercedes-AMG GT R 2017                                                        (part no. B6 696 0416) in AMG green “hell magno”

As already noted the AMG GT R is a high-performance variant of the AMG GT and was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2016. The engine is tuned to an output of 577 hp and the GT R has a claimed top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h). In addition to the GT C fitments it gains manually adjustable coilover springs, an active underbody fairing, a manually adjustable rear spoiler, and a 9-mode AMG Traction Control system. The styling is comparable to that of the GT3 race car, with several cosmetic changes like the vertical slats in the front grille, a fixed rear wing, new front air intakes and new front and rear diffusers. Some of these were passed to the standard cars with the 2017 facelift. It is clearly the flagship model of the House of Affalterbach and it is available in five colours, including the exclusive hue Green Hell Magno, homage to the track (the Nürburgring Nordschleife obviously) on which it was tuned and where it completed a lap in 7:10.92, in a test conducted by German magazine Sport Auto.

The scale model is correctly reproduced, with the characteristic matt green livery.

The doors and the hood can be opened, in the best Norev tradition. On the box there is the “watch out for the beast” (of the green hell) moniker. An impressive model to add to your collection.


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky 537 Renault 16

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Despite the Atlas UK company being wound up some collections continue to be supplied by Atlas in Switzerland. DeAgostini also seem to be using Atlas stored email addresses for mail shots of DeAgostini goods which may be a dubious practice under the new European Data regulations.

The Deluxe Dinky collection continues, though with substantial gaps between the dispatch of each model.

The latest model to arrive with me is the recreation of French Dinky 537 Renault 16 in mid-blue first sold in France in 1965. It was also sold in a light blue and metallic grey. Interestingly the blue shown on the box was never issued by Dinky France but when Dinky UK re-used the mould for #166 in 1967  they issued it in a dark metallic blue even though the box illustration showed the car in gold which it was never released in as a model!

The mould was used further for a Spanish made French model #538 of the R16 TX which was coloured metallic purple though the box art showed it in dark red.

As usual the French Dinky box features a nicely painted scene with the car making its way round a Parisian roundabout with fountains and classic buildings in view. Pretty, but the complete lack of other vehicles make it unlikely event!

The box lets us know that Renault gave special permission for French Dinky to create this model whilst the real car was being prepared and to launch it on the same day that the real car was launched.

The French Dinky model is excellent in many ways far superior to contemporary UK made Corgi or Dinky models as it is made to 1:43 scale and although it includes opening features they do not intrude too much upon the shape.  It even has clear plastic inserts for headlamps which was far from common on other toys in 1965.

Dinky included Renault lettering to the rear which is rather over scale but this was a toy! The rear lights are also just a quick dab of red paint which doesn’t cover the whole light unit.

Under the bonnet we find the spare wheel cast in. Fitting wheels under the bonnet was done in many Citroëns and even the Mark IV Zephyr and Zodiac. Only minimal details are moulded in and little picked out.

The rear door opens to reveal the luggage area which can be enlarged by sliding the rear seat using the red button underneath, as shown below.

Along the side at the rear the moulding is cast in though not highlighted. It does not look the same as the moulding on the cars shown on the Internet which had a Renault script to the rear and then a sharply pointed line in front of it. The one cast in looks like it has a a chrome line with a  circular badge cast in half way along. Did Renault change the badging when developing the car too late for Dinky to re-do the master?

The wheels and tyres are standard French Dinky items with no attempt to replicate those of the real car. The car has the usual French Dinky steering mechanism which works as well as it does on other vehicles, i.e. not very well due to the design.

Some collectors are a model ahead of me and they have recently received the Simca 1100 which I look forward to soon. I also hope that some of the Ford Galaxie 500, Mercedes 230SL, and Alfa Romeos being sold on DeAgostini ModelSpace have been reserved for Deluxe Dinky Collectors as the first two appeared in all the series marketing!

As the Dinky collection models are not being dumped I assume that licensing contracts prevent that happening and that Atlas will continue to send subscribers models stockpiled from the French collection as long as they stay subscribers and stock is large enough. I expect they will then dispose of surplus using the DeAgostini website or even an Italian partwork.


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BMW Hommage Models from Norev – Part Three

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

This is the third article in a series covering the 1:18 scale models made by Norev forming the BMW Hommage Collection. The other articles may be seen elsewhere, part one is here, and part two here.

In part two I wondered if Norev would ever produce the racing version of the CSL 3.0 Hommage, the R, presented at the Pebble Beach Elegance Contest in August 2015. And, surprise! Here it is.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept is the fourth item in the BMW “Hommage Collection” by Norev (BMW part no. 80 43 2 454 782). BMW Motorsport was founded in 1975, and 40 years later BMW was paying homage to the 3.0 CSL race car, so successful on track and winner of the constructor championship in its rookie year.

Much of the aesthetics of the car reproduced the appearance of the concept car presented at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, in May 2015, but the designers created a new front grille and decorated the 21-inch alloy wheels with a gold and black finish, both faithfully reproduced by Norev.

The livery was a special white paint with blue and red stripes that emulated the colours of the Motorsport department referring to the original BMW 3.0 CSL of which the Hommage R also uses the iconic number “25”.

The interior includes new racing seats in carbon fibre covered with leather and equipped with safety belts with six points, and an extended roll cage in composite material. Every detail is present on the new Norev model, and comparing the two models you can check for them, but as usual you would need a strong light to see inside the dark interior. Other differences related to the driver, missing here, with a head-up display projected on the helmet visor and a racing suit specially designed by Puma for a perfect fusion between driver and car.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism we had in part two has been corrected: the box’s graphics are now much more typical of BMW (and elegant), showing the blue and red stripes and the number “25”. Well done, worthy of the Ultimate Driving Machine.


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Norev Peugeot J7 Service Autoroutes

By Maz Woolley

Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Peugeot J7 was a front wheel drive van produced from 1965 until 1980 with a total production of 336,220 vehicles. It was a common sight on French roads in the same way Bedford Vans were in the UK and were widely used by utilities. A contemporary Dinky model as made of the Autoroutes Service Van with opening rear and side doors and traffic cones and speed limit signs as well as a couple of yellow jacketed workers.

Here we see a Norev 1:87 scale model of this vehicle. This has lots of moulded in detail but no opening doors.

The Autoroutes livery including red and white warning markings has been printed neatly. A small orange beacon is fitted to the roof, and all the lights front and rear are small separate plastic lenses.  The wheels are very effective with fitted rubber tyres and they capture the functional finish sprayed onto the wheels.

The J7’s shape has been really well captured and the tiny Peugeot script is nicely printed. A wash on the grille might have made the front look even better but it is pretty impressive as it is.

Sadly this model is extremely fragile and the photograph above shows the broken bumper which shows the challenge that manufacturers have. Mould plastic finely as they have here and it captures the real model well but also leaves it vulnerable to damage.

The amount of fine detail moulded in and the thin walls of the casting make this look very real when placed alongside some rather thicker diecast models.


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News from the Continent March 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by the manufacturer.

In this article I look at the models announced by Norev in the first three months of the year.

Announcements made in January 2018

1:18 scale

 

185148 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue

 

181495 Citroen 2CV 6 – 1972 – Rio Red

 

181494 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Meije white & Cormoran grey

 

183412 Mercedes-Benz O319 Bus 1957 – blue & beige

 

183569 Mercedes-Benz 280SE saloon 1969 – ivory

 

183451 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 2017 – yellow metallic

 

183442 Sauber-Mercedes C9

Winner French 24h 1989 – Maas/Reuter/Dickens

 

184832 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet 1967 – Mendoza blue

 

187575 Porsche 911 Turbo 3,3 Coupe 1977 – olive green

 

185727 Simca Vedette Chambord saloon 1960 – tropic green & China ivory

1:43 Scale

 

517860 Box with Alpine A110 1973 & 2017 – Limited Edition

 

517820 Alpine Renault A110 1973 – blue

 

154103 Citroen ZX 1991 – Quartz grey

 

155619 Citroen C6 2012 – Mativoire beige

 

155654 Citroen C-Crosser 2007 – white

 

155653 Citroen C-Crosser 2011 “SMUR de Montlucon”

 

270521 Ford Transit Van 1965 – red

 

270553 Ford Mondeo 2014 – red

270250 Jensen Interceptor 1976 – dark green

 

351337 Mercedes-Benz GLC 2015 – white

 

351349 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2017 – green metallic

 

831018 NSU Prinz 4 1964 – white

 

473412 Peugeot 304 Cabriolet S 1973 – red

 

473413 Peugeot 304 Coupe S 1974 – Alaska white

 

 

473884 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – ultimate red

 

510039 Renault 4 1974 – orange

 

517726 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Tonic orange

 

517727 Renault Megane R.S. Test version GP Monaco 2017

 

518392 Renault Koleos 2016 – brown metallic

 

518025 Renault Trafic 2014 “Police Municipale”

518024 Renault Trafic 2014 “SAMU”

 

810043 Saab 900 Turbo 16 Cabriolet 1992 – white

 

840094 VW Corrado G60 1990 – dark burgundy metallic

 

AV4109 Box with 8 traffic signs

 

3 inches Minijet

 

310700 Citroen DS23 Pallas saloon 1972 – green metallic

 

310701 Citroen SM 1970 – beige metallic

Announcements February 2018

1:12 Scale

 

121561 Citroen DS 19 saloon 1958 – Narcissus yellow/Triennale grey metallic

1:18 Scale

 

182770 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1986 – grey metallic

 

183486 Mercedes-Benz V-Class AMG-Line 2017 – black metallic

 

184831 Peugeot 404 Coupe 1967 – Arosa white

184825 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – Arosa white

 

184826 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

188404 VW Golf Cabriolet “Bel Air” 1992 – blue metallic

 

1:43 Scale

 

517862 Box Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – Limited Edition

 

517856 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue

155265 Citroen C3 2016 – Ice blue & black

 

155362 Citroen C3 WRC No. 8 Rally Monte Carlo 2017 –S.Lefebvre/G.Moreau

 

155363 Citroen C3 WRC No. 7 Pologne 2017 – A.Mikkelsen/A.Jaeger

 

155364 Citroen C3 WRC No.8 Corse 2017 – C.Breen/S.Martin

 

155924 Citroen Jumper 2013 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

 

509000 Dacia Duster 2018 – Platine silver

 

511320 Renault Kangoo Street 2013 – brown

 

511321 Renault Kangoo Van 2013 – white

 

511316 Renault Duster Oroch 2016 – silver

 

518398 Renault Alaskan Pick-up Van 2017 – white

 

518397 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – dark grey

 

810033 Saab 900 Turbo 16 Coupe 1991 – grey metallic

Publications

 

NOREV Catalogue 2018 144 pages

 

Announcements March 2018

1:18 Scale

 

181623 Citroen GS 1971 – Maple beige

 

181624 Citroen GS X3 1979 – Mimosa yellow

 

187724 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1968 – Positano yellow

 

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183494 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Daytona 2017 – 3rd place GT Daytona Class

 

1:43 Scale

 

270554 Ford Mustang Fastback 2015 – yellow

 

800631 Mazda Carol 360 1962 – white & blue

 

800602 Mazda Cosmo Sport L10B 1968 – white

 

800642 Mazda Luce Rotary Coupe 1969 – white & black

 

800613 Mazda Savanna RX-3 1972 – dark green

 

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Coupe 2015 – blue metallic

 

518026 Renault Trafic Combi 2015 – Cassiopee grey

 

518782 Renault Master 2014 – white

 

517598 Set Renault Sport 2017 – Clio R.S. 16 & Megane R.S. (2 cars)

 

517599 Renault Clio R.S. 16 2016 – concept car

 

1:64 Scale MINIJET

 

310703 Alpine A110 “Monte Carlo 1971”

 

310807 Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – orange & white

 

310509 Mini Cooper S 1963 – green & white

 

310902 Renault Trezor 2017 – silver


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The Volvo 265 Estate in 1/43

The 1976-81 Volvo 265 Estate
The Rapid Transit System for Families with Class

by Frank Koh

It was the top-of-the-line Volvo station wagon of its era, and the first-ever Volvo estate powered by a six-cylinder engine. As the flagship of the 240 series estate fleet, most 265 models were heavily-optioned to justify their upscale yet no less utilitarian character. Unfortunately, the 2.7 liter “Douvrin” V6 that Volvo shared with the Peugeot 604 and Renault 30 TS highline models was plagued with lubrication issues that often led to premature valve train failure. Coincidentally that same engine was used in the ill-fated DeLorean sports car. While the Volvo 240 series remained in production thru 1993, the rare and desirable 265 was phased out when the all-new Volvo 760 GLE Estate debuted in 1982.

Leather interior and “Corona” alloy wheels were two popular options that most Volvo 265 variants were equipped with. Only the contemporary limited edition Volvo 262C Bertone coupe was more expensive than the 265.

Atlas Editions

Even Volvo 265 model miniatures are rare.  This black 1/43 scale diecast is from the Europe-only Volvo Atlas Editions line and could be obtained only by subscription a few years ago.  Even today, it seldom turns up on the secondary market.  Aside from this Atlas Editions 265, the only other genuine Volvo 265 model miniatures are the vintage Norev 1/43 scale wagon erroneously labeled as a “264” sedan (the Norev wagon and sedan use the same baseplate) and the even older Dinky Volvo 265 DL Estate in 1/36 scale, one of my all-time favorites.

The raised leading edge of the”Coffin Nose” hood and exclusive grille of the 264 sedan and the 265 wagon (used also in some early-to-mid eighties North American-spec 240 four cylinder models) exuded elegance and power. The less expensive four cylinder Volvos from this range had a flat hood and less chrome on their grilles.

The Atlas Edition Volvo models came with a really cool black plinth that featured a separate plastic chrome Volvo emblem. Unfortunately, the Atlas Volvos did not come with their own clear acrylic cases.

Dinky Toys

This is the COMPLETE line of Dinky Toys Volvo 265 DL Estate variants, produced from around 1977 thru 1979 when the original Dinky Toys entity owned by Meccano Ltd. went out of business. All the Dinky models in this pic were made in England, except two, namely the orange civilian car in the center and the white police car on the extreme right, which were made in Italy because the Dinky Binns Road factory in the U.K. had closed down by then.

Norev

In the late seventies/early eighties Norev of France came out with a 1/43 scale Volvo 264 sedan, and soon after a Volvo 265 wagon variant was released. The latter was erroneously labeled also as a “264” because both sedan and wagon used the same “Volvo 264” baseplate. While most of these vintage Norev pieces were made in France, this particular example has a baseplate that says “Made in Portugal”. Strange indeed. This is the only Norev model I know of that was made in Portugal.

My Own Car

This Atlas Editions, Dinky Toys, and Norev are joined in this topic by another Volvo wagon,  my personal 1:1 scale Volvo 240 wagon, a 1992 U.S.-spec 5-speed manual car named Queenie.  My wife likes the car because its lack of performance keeps me out of trouble!

If you notice the #409 Wine Red Metallic Dinky in the photo above,  it is customized with the same paint as my car in the background.  We used the same paint to re-shoot Queenie last year.


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1:18 Scale Promotional Models from Minichamps and Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are two more promotional models made for car manufacturers to 1:18 scale.

BMW M4 GTS

 

To celebrate 30 years of the iconic M3, BMW presented an extreme interpretation of the M4, the GTS, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  It was launched as a limited edition of only 700 cars to go on sale from spring 2016. It immediately sold out. It was devastatingly quick with times on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring of 11 seconds less than the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio.

This performance was the result of an innovative 6-cylinder 3.0 litre engine with water injection which was capable of delivering 500 horsepower and a torque of 600 Nm, and by a 20% reduction in weight over the base M3 to 1,510 kilograms, which gave a power to weight ratio of a CV per 3.0 kg.

Clearly the weight reduction affected both the interiors and the external structure, with a large use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics. Rear wheel drive was combined with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, whilst the alloy wheels were shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, the front ones measuring 265/35 R19 and the rear ones 285/30 R20. Lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes guaranteed precise and effective deceleration even when subjected to repeated use on the track.

The diecast metal scale model (no. 80 43 2 411 555) by Minichamps wears a matt grey livery, with acid orange accents to the front spoiler, the alloy wheels and the interiors. The two doors and the bonnet can be opened, showing a nice reproduction of the engine. At the rear a large wing interrupts the flowing line of the body. Inside a roll over protective structure doesn’t interfere with the luxury interior, complete with an extinguisher. Very well reproduced alloy wheels and chassis, which displays a massive exhaust system. An interesting and valuable model of a real car few of us will be ever able to see.

 

 

Mercedes Benz S-class V222 MOPF 2017

 

First of all let’s clarify the meaning of MOPF. it stands for “Modell Pflege” (model maintenance), which means that this is a “restyling” of the 2013 V222 model.

When introduced in 2013 the W222 (and its long wheelbase version V222) was a car aimed at being the best “executive” saloon in the world with a high level of high tech and luxury and was intended to replace the previous W221, and the Maybach 57 and 62. The external style of the car body remained that of a saloon car or limousine but with some distinctive features. The side view is characterised by a high belt line and a parabolic pattern that descends towards the tail: a third volume designed to promote the aerodynamic penetration.

There was a long list of electronic devices for the comfort and safety of the occupants. It was also the first car in the world completely free of incandescent bulbs, both externally and internally: only LED lights were fitted. In April 2017 restyled W222 and V222 were presented . A different grille was fitted for models with 6 and 8 cylinders, a new bumper for the whole range and the new headlights now had a new design that optimised the beam of light in the dark. The real news was the new range of engines, almost completely revolutionised by the arrival of the new family of modular engines, both petrol and diesel, with 6 or 8 cylinders. The previous 3 litre V6 was replaced by a new engine, but now with 6-cylinders inline, while the 4.7-litre V8 was replaced by the 4-litre bi-turbo V8. The only V12 engine remaining was the carried over 6-litre bi-turbo. As for diesel engines, there was the debut of the new 6-cylinder  inline 2.9-litre available with two power outputs. It is also worth noting that hybrid versions were not included. Mercedes preferred to replace them with traditional engines with increased efficiency and equipped with alternative technologies such as the mild-hybrid system integrated in the petrol engines.

A large number of devices to aid comfort and safety took the vehicles another step closer to autonomous driving.

The metal scale model (no. B6 696 1273) by Norev has obsidian black metallic paintwork, and looks very formal. It is also available as no. B6 696 1272 in “Designo Allanite Grey Magno” (a light grey, almost a silver). As usual the model’s body is diecast metal with plastic components. It is a high quality model hand assembled in China. All four doors can be opened, as can the hood and the trunk.

The engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, enhanced by the transparent roof. Comparing the 2017 MOPF to the 2013 version (also by Norev, no. B6 696 0158) the difference in front and rear bumpers and the front grille is clear.

Alas, the devices for the autonomous driving spoil the beauty of the grille itself. The same is true on the real car: why not a better (and more aesthetic) solution? Please, Daimler Benz …..

Anyway, this is another beautiful model to add to your Mercedes collection.


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