Category Archives: 1:18

James Bond’s Hot Wheels

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the author.

CMC94 Aston Martin DB10 “Spectre 007”

It was a really breathtaking car, specially made just for the film and impressive in its metallic silver paint.

The Aston Martin DB10 which James Bond drove in his latest adventure “Spectre” was beautiful though as seems to be the case of all of Bond’s cars it ended up in a big crash. The small number of surviving film cars are all now worth a great deal of money.

Now Mattel has launched the DB10 in its Elite range of 1:18 scale models. The aggressively styled body is accurately captured and the paint is immaculate. Opening bonnet, hinged doors and boot lid are fitted as can be seen in the photograph below.

Even the steering works though only over a small range. The interior has a realistic looking dashboard, steering wheel and centre console, with leather looking seats with safety belts modelled too.

As the photograph above shows under the bonnet a detailed replica of the engine is visible. Underneath it has a detailed baseplate and the wheels reveal well modelled brake calipers and discs. These really are “hot wheels” for James Bond collectors.


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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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Recent Announcements 5/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers.

Here are few models recently announced that have caught the eye.

LS Collectibles

These models have been recently announced. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale for France.  As is so often the case with detailed 1:18 resin models there are no opening parts.

The Porsche models are not of 911 or Boxster variations for a change and look to capture the real cars very well. The Mitsubishi GTO is a car seldom seen on the road now but certainly looks a nice model in black. Finally we get another Dodge Viper a model that may sell better outside the UK where we saw few of them.

LS016A Dodge Viper GTS 1996

LS019B Mitsubishi 3000 GTO 1992

LS021A/B Porsche 944 Turbo S

LS022A Porsche 928 S4

Minichamps

A mixed group of releases here. Racing cars again dominating the release. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.

Porsche 906K Vögele and Siffert – Sebring 12 hours 1966.

A classic late 60s shape with sloping front and Kamm tail. A lot of detail like sun strip and lights seems to be included.

Porsche 917/10 Kauhsen and Dr, Heinemann “Farewell in the snow” Nürburgring 1973,

This model is to 1:18 scale and shows how much advertising has grown over the years with a minimal sponsorship livery.

 

 

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Kevin Magnussen – 2016 1:43 resin

Renault team cars from the end of 2016 modelled to 1:43 scale in resin.  Models for someone who has to have the whole grid or for fans of Renault or the individual drivers.

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Jolyon Palmer – 2016 1:43 resin

 

McLaren Honda MP4/5 Ayrton Senna 1989

This model is to 1:18 scale and is bound to be popular with Senna fans. Sadly McLaren’s current form makes one wonders if their drivers will ever be seen on the podium again.

McLaren Ford MP4/8 Ayrton Senna 1993 

This model is to 1:43 scale and even MInichamps web site does not state what material it is made of.

 

MaxiChamps

BMW 520 – 1972 – Silver or Yellow

These budget re-releases from the Minichamps back catalogue are nice models capturing the BMW 5 Series of the early 1970s which was a very popular car.

Best of Show

ModelCarWorld originally produced some Neo models to 1:87 with photo-etching and a lot of detail. These appear to have been regarded as much too expensive by 1:87 scale collectors and so MCW is releasing its 1:87 models at a lower level of detail and at a lower price point as Best of Show. Many of the models presented have already been seen in BoS or Neo 1:43 ranges. When compared to the detail and accuracy of Herpa, Wiking, and Brekina I think that BOS models leave a lot to be desired. Oversized window frames and rather crude wheels seem to be common. However, they do focus on models that the main German 1:87 producers would not release. Some of their latest releases are shown below.

All models are moulded in resin in China to 1:87 scale for Germany.

Mercedes 180 (W120) Bakkie, BoS-Models, 1:87

Aston Martin DB5, BoS-Models, 1:87

Opel Manta B Mattig, BoS-Models, 1:87

 

Jaguar XJ-S, BoS-Models, 1:87


 

 

Amalgam Collection

By Maz Woolley

All photographs are by the manufacturers.

I recently stumbled over a company that I had never heard of before whose sales are targeted only at the richest model collectors. Amalgam models based in Bristol in the United Kingdom create large scale exhibition standard models to the orders of racing teams and wealthy car owners as well as a few batches of models of classic subjects for more general sale. These models are all to large scales between 1:18 and 1:8 and often include fine scale opening features and a very high standard of finish. The models are targeted at the wealthy who buy  luxury brand chronometers and fine and classic cars as you can see on their website  http://www.amalgamcollection.com/

The company was created in 1985 by four model makers making scale buildings for Architects practices, They still work in that field and for Naval Architects as well as making the Amalgam Collection of model cars.  They focused on supplying the leading F1 teams and Europe’s luxury car manufacturers.  It is now owned by a US media company, Motorsport Network. In recent years cars from Ralph Lauren’s collection  have been modelled and sold in his flagship stores. They offer a bespoke service building a model of your car to order.

As might be expected these are very expensive models. A 1:8 scale racing Aston Martin costs about the same as a small new car in the UK. Their standard 1:18 scale models such as the one shown below are slightly more expensive than an equivalent hand built model model from BBR.

 

I have selected two cars they have modelled from different ends of the collection to look at. The first one has been modelled many times to different standards and is from their 1:18 collection. The Ferrari 250 LM #21 which was the overall winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1965 driven by Jochen Rindt, and Masten Gregory. This model is to 1:18 scale.

The model appears from the photographs to be well moulded  and detailed as one would expect.  A lot of attention has been lavished on the box and all the luxury add-ons and presentation.

The interior appears to be detailed to the same standard as the exterior. The tiny Ferrari badge in the centre of the steering wheel is present and the wood effect wheel rim nicely modelled.

Perspex sliding windows are well modelled and the fuel filler and air inlets are nicely captured and convincing.

Front and rear detailing is well done and wheels and tyres are excellent as well.

Finally by way of comparison is a picture of the BBR model of the 250 from 1967. To my eye the Amalgam model is roughly on a par with BBR ones in standards as well as price though not marketed to collectors in the same way.

At the other end of the offerings from Amalgam are hand made 1:8 scale models such as this of the Aston Martin DBR9 which raced at Sebring in 2005. which is currently out of stock.

There are no opening or moving parts on this model which is made to be displayed. The model is finished to an extremely high standard with the wheels and brakes being particularly beautifully executed.

All the logos are incredibly well reproduced and details like the town point are captured well. The fine modelling of the rear wing is excellent though it looks fragile even in this large scale.

The overhead view on a plinth is the only view where it looks like a model rather than a real car.

 

All in all a wonderful scale model but then it needs to be one could buy a new Hyundai i10 for less money than such a model would cost!

Few collectors could afford these models or will see them unless they attend manufacturers exhibitions. However they are interesting as they show a corner of the model making industry not generally seen in the general press.


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New Neo and Model Car Garage May 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs provided by Model Car World.

Model Car Group 

This brand is one of the many owned by Model Car World in Germany. It produces diecast and plastic models to 1:18 scale which are diecast in China for Germany. They are very competitively priced  in Europe offering a 1:18 scale diecast for only a little more than many mainstream 1:43 diecasts.

MCG #209972 Rover 3500 V8, Dark Yellow, RHD 1974

This casting has already been seen in police car livery but here it is in civilian form in a typical period “mustard” colour and with the optional boot fitting for the spare wheel which then allowed you to get your golf clubs in the boot.

The photographs suggest that key features like the “egg crate” grille, the wheel covers, and badging are all nicely captured.

 

MCG #209974 Saab 96 V4, blue 1971

Another seventies car and one that looks like an excellent model in the manufacturers photographs. The grille looks very good and the light lenses seem excellent too. The Saab logo on the mudflaps is a nice touch.

MCG #209973 Saab 96 V4, beige 1971

The beige version looks to be identical to its blue companion. Both colours are accurate for the period and I would not be surprised to see the car in the deep red which was often seen on seventies Saabs at a later date.

Neo

Neo is another Model Car World brand. In this case the models are made in resin in China for Germany and the cars shown below are to 1:43 scale. This range is more expensive than the MCG cars shown above.

Neo #176744 Ford Ranchero GT, white and orange, 1972

This complements the version of an earlier model of the Ranchero Neo did in black, and the Torino cars that it introduced some time ago. Photographs suggest that this model captures the original well with its car front end and truck like rear.

Neo #169249 Glas 1700 GT, silver 1965

Neo has already made the earlier Glas Isar T700 and here is the later 1700 GT. The Glas GT was a sports coupé produced by Hans Glas GmbH at Dingolfing. It was launched in September 1963 with a 1300cc engine at the Frankfurt Motor Show and production started in March 1964. The larger engined 1700 GT was launched  in May 1965.

In 1967 BMW acquired Glas and a number of cars were built with BMW engines and badges before BMW ceased production of the inherited Glas models in 1968.


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Promotional Porsche Models – revisited

By Fabrizio Panico

This article was originally written for the old MAR Online site hosted as part of Zeteo.com. Now there is no access to that site anymore we have reformatted this article for the new site. Please note that this article was written some time ago and these models may now be unavailable from Porsche.

 

Macan Turbo

Porsche continues to have 1:18 scale promotional models made for them by Minichamps. The first model shown is the new Macan Turbo (WAP 021 154 0E) in sapphire blue metallic. It is a superb model.

 


 

918 Spyder

 

The second model shown is of the 918 Spyder (WAP 021 020 0E) in “liquid metal”. The 2011 model (WAP 021 191 0B) was of the concept car, quite different from the production one. It is interesting to see the many differences between concept and production vehicles.


Panamera Turbo

 

The final model shown is another 1:18 scale promotional by Minichamps for Porsche (WAP 021 012 0E), a nice Panamera Turbo S (latest facelifted version) in metallic dark blue. This is not a bad model, but a little disappointing if you compare it with the previous 1:18 Panamera promotional made by Norev for Porsche.

On the Minichamps only the front doors open, the windscreen wipers are moulded into the body, and many fine details simply do not exist. Seats and interior fittings are just “plastic” while the Norev ones suggested more expensive material. What can I say? After the Macan and the 918 I didn’t expect such a cheaply finished model from Minichamps, especially at a premium price.

 

It is noticeable that Porsche seem to be moving towards 1:18 scale “resin” models with the number in their catalogue growing but this means that prices are skyrocketing. In my opinion over 250 Euros is too expensive for a model with no opening features.


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New and re-cycled Minichamps 4/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Minichamps.

New MiniChamps

Minichamps have announced some new liveries on their diecast 1:18 scale Porsche 911 GT3 R. These are diecast in metal and made in comparatively large editions by current standards so there must be a lot of collectors of Porsche racing models even in this large scale.

 

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – HENZLER/DUMBRECK/RAGGINGER/IMPERATORI – ADAC ZÜRICH 24H RENNEN 2016 L.E. 504 pcs.

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – MANTHEY RACING – NÜRBURGRING TEST 2015 L.E. 402 pcs.

 

Re-cycled MaxiChamps

 

These diecast models are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Minichamps. The MaxiChamps range consists of re-releases of older Minichamps models produced to a lower price point then current Minichamps models. The photographs below show the original Golf based Volkswagen Scirrocco from the mid-70s.  The models are roughly the same standard as many part works reach now and lack the fine detail that the latest Minichamps would include.
VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO – 1974


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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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News from the Continent – Schuco March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The new releases expected during February and March are described range by range below.

February 2017 Releases

Piccolo

450517600 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud “Happy Birthday 2017”

 

450151500 Citroen 2CV “Charleston”

 

450559000 Volkswagen Beetle #53 Herbie – The little rally-mechanic kit box

 

450955200 Mini Display II with Piccolo Ferrari 250 Le Mans #5 and AC Cobra #6

 

450986700 Set Schuco Espresso cup Edition VIII “Radiant” with Piccolo Barkas B1000

 

# 19864-19867 450559100 Porsche 911 – The little sports car mechanic kit box

EDITION 1:43

 

450218000 BMW 507 Softtop – black with dark red soft top

 

450246600 Mercedes-Benz 170V saloon with wood gas generator

 

450369600 Volkswagen T1c Samba bus – black/white

 

450369700 Volkswagen T1c Camper – brown/beige

EDITION PRO.R43

 

450894300 Volkswagen T1 Samba bus “Woody“ – brown/red

 

450899900 Mercedes-Benz AMG “Vision Grand Tourismo”

EDITION 1:32

 

450769800 Lanz Bulldog D 9506 with wood gas generator

 

450898900 Lanz Bulldog with threshing machine

EDITION 1:18

 

450030800 Porsche 356A Speedster – black

 

450014300 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 with “Westfalia” cab

 

450019400 Volkswagen T2a micro-bus L- white/blue

 

450037000 Volkswagen T1b pick up with canvas tilt – beige

Edition 1:87

 

452626600 Porsche 356A Coupe

 

452617900 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL – open

 

452618000 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL – soft top

 

452618100 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL – open

452618200 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL – Hardtop

 

452618300 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – Prototype #21

 

452618400 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – Prototype

 

452618700 Mercedes-Benz SL R107 – open

 

Military 1:87

 

452623900 Boxer transport-tank with stain-camouflage – German Bundeswehr

 

452624000 Boxer transport-tank “ISAF” with stain-camouflage

 

Aviation 1:600

 

403551677 Airbus A350-900 Finnair

 

403551678 Boeing 777-300 Korean Airlines

 

403551679 Boeing 777-300 Cathay Pacific

March 2017 Releases

Piccolo

 

450607300 Set Piccolo Collectors catalogue 1994-2016 hard cover with Piccolo Mercedes-Benz SSKL

 

450986600 Set Schuco Espresso cup Edition Vii “Micro Racer” with Piccolo Volkswagen Beetle

 

450561500 Volkswagen Beetle “Yellow-black-racer”

 

450562800 Volkswagen T1 Pickup #53 – hard to believe, but it is a pickup in Herbie livery!

Edition 1:43

 

450211700 BMW Isetta “Landes Polizei”

 

450389200 Volkswagen Beetle 1600i “Summer” – lemon yellow

 

450274900 Mercedes-Benz O 6600 Coach “Travel-Darling”

450291700 Mercedes-Benz O 319 Coach – beige/green

Edition PRO.R32

 

450899200 Hanomag R 40 with roof – green

450899300 Hanomag R 40 without roof – red

Edition PRO.R18

 

450009200 Jaguar E-Type “Shooting Brake” – (uncredited, but it is clearly the E-Type hearse from the film Harold and Maude)

Edition 1:64

 

452014600 Volkswagen Beetle 1960 “PTT” – Swiss Mail

 

452014700 Volkswagen T3 Joker with high roof – white

 

452014800 Volkswagen Beetle 1960 “Fire brigade”

 

452014900 Mini Cooper with Sunroof – turquoise

 

452015000 Mercedes-Benz /8 saloon “German Police”

 

452015100 Lamborghini Huracan “concept black”

Military 1:87

 

452624300 Dingo armoured vehicle – stain-camouflage German Bundeswehr

 

452624400 Dingo I Full protection vehicle – stain camouflage “ISAF”

 

452624500 Yak multi-purpose wheeled vehicle “ISAF”

 

452624800 Fennek Armoured Scout Car – stain camouflage German Bundeswehr

 

452624900 Fennek Armoured Scout Car – stain camouflage “ISAF”

 

452625000 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 Pick up with canvas tilt German Bundeswehr

 

452625100 Mercedes-Benz Unimog S 404 Ambulance German Bundeswehr

 

452625900 MAN 5t GL truck – stain camouflage – German Bundeswehr

 

452626000 MAN 7t GL truck – German Bundeswehr

 

452626100 MAN 10t GL truck German Bundeswehr

Aviation 1:600

 

403551675 Boeing 747-400 China Airlines

 

403551683 Airbus A350-900 Vietnam Airlines

 

403551684 Boeing 787-8 United Airlines

Classic Range

 

450004500 Mercedes-Benz 170V pick up “Schuco advertising vehicle”

Edition 1:43

 

450369800 Volkswagen T1c “Ferrari Automobiles Francorchamps”

Edition 1:32

 

450762700 Schlüter Compact 1350 tractor with power-lift and a box with a bag as load.

 

450775000 Fortschritt (Progress) ZT 303 “NVA” (National Peoples Army of the former DDR)

Edition PRO.R32

 

450896300 Volkswagen T1b Pick up with BMW Isetta Standard “Autohaus Jacobi”

Edition 1:18

 

450037100 Volkswagen T1b Westfalia-pick up “Porsche” Loaded with Formula V racing car

Edition 1:10

 

450650800 BMW R 100 RS motorcycle – blue/silver metallic


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More Mercedes Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by the Author.

All the models shown here have been made by iScale for Mercedes-Benz to use as promotional items and to sell in their sales operations. They are made to 1:18 scale and feature many opening components a great deal of detail.

 

The first one is a 2016 E-Class (W213) saloon “AMG Line” in what Mercedes calls “designo selenite gray magno”, matt grey in simpler words (Mercedes Benz no. B6.696.0379).

In reality the “AMG Line” is only a trim level of a comfort oriented luxury saloon, not one offering a sports experience and handling of a real AMG. A conservative exterior clothes a fabulous cabin, rich in technology and really comfortable for passengers, coupled to a powerful engine and an obedient gearbox.

The model is very accurate, all four doors are opening, like the hood and the trunk. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, same for the transparent roof, engine and chassis. Metal die cast body and plastic components.


 

 

The second model is a 2016 GLC Coupé (C253) in “brilliant blue” (MB no. B6.696.0805).

According to Mercedes it “combines the powerful figure of an SUV and dynamic shapes of a Coupé” : its exterior tries to be sleek, but the shape is a bit massive (like many SUVs). Perhaps not to everyone taste, but that seems to be the future philosophy. It is really a sporty coupé, with the ability to tackle a little bit of off roadaction. It is rich in comfort and technology like all recent Mercedes.

The model’s body is metal die cast with the usual plastic components. It is hand assembled from over 120 parts. All four doors can be opened, as well as the hood and the tailgate. Quality is high, as usual, with engine and chassis faithfully reproduced.


 

 

The third one is a 2016 C-Class cabriolet (A205) in “designo diamond white bright” (MB no. B6.696.0613).

How to enjoy summer all year long. A car for every season of the year thanks to the optional equipment available, like the AIRCAP system (an automatic wind deflector, causing the airflow to describe an arc above the passenger compartment), the AIRSCARF (heating for the head area) already seen on previous cabriolets, and the fully automatic fabric top which can operate at up to 50 km/h.

As usual the model’s body is metal die cast, with plastic components. Doors, hood and trunk can be opened, engine and chassis are well reproduced. There is a nice plastic reproduction of the fabric top, in order to display the model in open or closed form.

The cabin is fully detailed with even air vents picked out out.


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