Category Archives: Fit the Box

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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Hot Wheels Cadillac Elmiraj

By Maz Woolley

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

The Cadillac Elmiraj  is a concept car from General Motors. They say that the Elmiraj Concept “re-imagines 2-door design for the next generation of luxury drivers”.  And that it is “Driving forward with a beautiful look back. The stunning Elmiraj exterior is based on the classic El Dorado design” and GM say that “An elongated wheelbase, clean body lines, and wide swinging doors emphasise luxury and elevate status.  It was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and It continues the development begun by the Cadillac Ciel concept car. It was named for the El Mirage dry lake bed that was used for high speed runs.

The car is a two door, four seat US full-size luxury coupe. It is powered by a 4.5 litre twin turbocharged V8 driving the rear wheels and delivering an estimated 500 hp. It features a pillar less hardtop , a body style abandoned by U.S. car makers since the late 1970s.  It is obviously an attempt to show that GM can complete with cars like the Audi A8BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Though to the Author it looks like an overgrown Lexus.

The model is diecast in Malaysia for Mattel and features in their Hot Wheels Factory Fresh range. It also appears in blue and red in HW City and Black in HW Exotic ranges as well as on blister cards with no range stated. All appear to be made to a similar standard which is to quite a high level of finish compared to some other Hot Wheels.

The front end has had a fair amount of detail with blackened grill, Cadillac symbol and chrome work round grille and along bonnet printed silver as well as the front lights.

The front and rear windows have the edges picked out in black and the side windows are left open to emphasise the fact it is an open coupe.

However that is pretty much the end of the detailing applied by Mattel and rear lights, window surrounds and rear Cadillac symbol are all just left unpainted. However, I could not resist the temptation to add silver and red to the rear lights, and silver paint for the rear crest, as well as painting the side window surrounds. NB the somewhat messy appearance was because I handled the car and spread the clear red lacquer whilst photographing it – the paintwork has been tidied up since!

Though the wheels are very much plastic “Hot Wheels” the general shape actually apes the huge alloys on the concept car well.

The interior of the car is a creamy brown moulding with a little detail which doesn’t attempt to capture the complex seat shapes but does try to echo in a basic form the cars dashboard.

As far as I can determine this is the only model of this car whose design cues clearly influenced the development of the smaller Cadillac ATS  Coupe even if that is not a pillar less hardtop. And it is great that as a pocket money toy I don’t have to worry about detailing the model  as it cost little in the first place.

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KTM X-Bow Miniatures

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs by, and copyright of the manufacturers.

The KTM X-BOW is built in Graz Austria and KTM say that  “We took Colin Chapman’s idea of a spartan, lightweight sports car reduced to the bare essentials and transferred it into the new millennium – with as many technological innovations as possible”. The X-BOW is the first four-wheeler in KTM’s history

It comes in four models: GT4 with a full bodywork, RR which is race ready, R the road version, or GT which is also road ready. All use a 2 Litre engine in various states of tune and Audi gearboxes. The lightweight gives them blistering acceleration and makes the fast cars ideally suited to track day use and club racing.

Despite the striking styling I can only find two models of this car. One a quality resin and the other a cheap and cheerful diecast.

Spark has done several versions of this car as it has evolved. The photographs show the latest release Spark S5662 KTM X-BOW RR.

 

The Spark model looks to be extremely accurate capturing the cars looks and a lot of detail. It is made in Resin in China to 1:43 scale.  They also made previous year’s models in different versions with a full windshield.

Now to the “cheep and cheerful” model. This is Siku 1436 an X-BOW GT. This is in Siku’s Super range which varies in scale to fit the box. Ignore traders that claim that this model is to 1:87 scale, it is not claimed to be by Siku, and will be closer to 1:60.

Whilst this is a budget model sold as a toy it has quite a good level of detail, though much of the bodywork is simplified to make it suitable for die casting in metal in China for Germany.

An exciting looking car with as yet a limited number of models. I expect that one of the 1:18 scale manufacturers will make one at some point and that could make a spectacular model.


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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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Majorette Limited Edition

By Maz Woolley

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

Majorette are part of the SImba-Dickie group makers of Schuco and many other brands. Majorette toys are made to fit in the box like Matchbox or Hot Wheels and are aimed at the same customers. The current limited edition range caught my eye recently and it contains some nice models of cars in a mildy custom form.

Both models shown below are from Series 2 of the Limited Edition range which includes:

  • Audi R8
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Citroën DS4
  • Ford Mustang
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS
  • Mini Cooper
  • Porsche GT3 911
  • VW Golf VII GTI
#3 Citroën DS4 1:64

The DS range was created by Citroën to use its existing chassis to create distinctive premium cars to compete with Mini, Alfa Romeo and BMW. The DS4 was based on the C4 its competitor to the Focus and Golf.

The slightly wild colours on this model complement the DS which is often painted in strong colours and has a range of eye catching features. Here the rims are fitted with a nice reflective line echoing the paint work which is a matt type finish.

The model has neatly printed details, and unusual for a budget range separate clear light lenses on the front. A simple black interior has some details moulded in and the DS badging is neatly printed.

 

#7 Mini Cooper 1:57

Again we have a matt effect paint and some eye catching orange graphics including “Go faster” orange stripes. The Mini and Cooper badging is nicely printed albeit a bit over scale.

The front lights are again separate plastic items though blacked out to fit the theme as are the windows making the car far from street legal in the UK. The wheels with orange rim are again nice wild alloy replicas.

 

Although clearly made as toys both these cars have an appeal and look good on the shelf.


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