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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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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the manufacturer except for the models with detailed reviews later in the article.

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

183441  Sauber-Mercedes C0  Winner 400 km Suzuka 1989 – Baldu / Schlesser

1:43 Scale

155327  Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – pearl white, black roof and silver decoration

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

184698  Chenard & Walcker 1500 kg Type CHV 1946 delivery van – green

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

185215  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo “Tour de Corse 1989 – Alain Oreille”

 

1:43 Scale

 

151398  Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Rialto yellow & Cormoran grey

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

Here are two Norev models that I have been able to review in detail.

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

The 402 was one of the earliest exponents of the folding metal roof which has been revived in recent years.

In Autumn 1935 Peugeot introduced the 402 as Saloon, Coupé, Roadster and as a two-seater Cabriolet Transformable Electrique. This was the cabriolet with a revolutionary electric movable roof. In 1937 the concept was extended and the four-seater 402 L was introduced with a manual foldable roof.

First some pictures of the car itself which is eye catching sharing the same limited luggage space that modern cars with this type of roof have!

The model is based upon the four seater 402 L and it is made to 1:18 scale. It is diecast in China for France.

The body is authentically shaped, and has been painted very well indeed and has excellent printed detail like the coachlines.

Rear hinged doors are opening and the bonnet can be opened too. Headlights are fitted behind the front grille in the characteristic Peugeot style of the period and look authentic.

The roof can be opened and closed so realistically that it really looks like a shrunken version of the original.

The boot is well detailed and is filled with two suitcases and the spare wheel.

The interior is detailed and true to the original car, coloured in light beige. The dashboard is fitted with a central instrument panel, gear lever and glove box cover. The lever to open the windscreen is not forgotten, nor is the rear view mirror and sun visors. The steering wheel is placed in the right position. Under the bonnet, the engine is  replicated to a pleasing standard.

Finally the baseplate has excellent detail included as can be seen above.

153050  Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black

 

In 1934 Andre Citroen presented the completely newly designed Traction Avant as type 7 with 34 HP and type 11 with 42 and 46 HP. The model was available as saloon, cabriolet and roadster. A few prototypes were made into a luxury version “Coupe de Ville”, which has been made by Norev. The model is die cast to 1:43 scale in China for France. The body is authentically shaped and the body has been correctly painted in two colours. Many parts are small separately inserted items.  Radiator grille, bumpers, headlights and some other parts are chrome-plated. The baseplate is disappointingly blank.

 

This new model is shown with the 11 A from 1936, the model entirely in black.

This 11A was issued in the 1970s as No. 29. The scale was also 1:43 and it was moulded in black plastic. Radiator grille, bumpers, head lights and hub caps were silver printed. The interior is well detailed and both the bonnet and the boot can be opened. Under the bonnet there is a one piece replica of the engine.

The body of the older model was moulded in one piece without separately inserted parts. The French mouldmakers of the 1970s were highly skilled as they had no CAD software or automated mould cutters. This was the time when small cars were changing from toys to collectables not to be sold to those under the age of 14 years. Although more delicately painted and detailed the newer 11 Coupé De Ville does not put the older model to shame.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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