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Norev Q1 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

This article features models released by Norev in the first quarter of 2019. These are in a variey of scales but all are diecast in China for France. A more detailed review of a few of the more noteworthy releases can be found towards the end of the article.

Please note that some models are pre-production samples and may be marked as such, others may be final pre-production samples.

February Releases

1:18 Scale

181626 Citroen GS “Basalte” 1978 – black and red features

Only 1,800 of these were allocated to French Dealers and they were the first special edition of the GS designed to encourage purchases at a time when the GS was beginning to get ‘long in the tooth’.

183568 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 1969 – brown

Fitted with a two and a half litre straight six engine the 250E was a strong seller in the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz range. The convertible was much rarer and more expensive. Similar in some ways to its predecessor it was noted for the squared off rear wings. The age of the fin was over.

Doors, boot, and bonnet all open without spoiling the lines of the model when closed.

183459 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 1976 – Inca red metallic

Mercedes-Benz flagship car from 1975 to 1981 and made in small numbers. It featured hydro-pneumatic rear suspension based on the same principles as Citroen used all round.

It had a high specification interior and was powered by a 6.9 Litre V8 engine with a three speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential.

Again lots of opening parts.

188053 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – dark grey metallic

Launched on the Japanese market in 2007 it eventually reached Europe in 2009 as a Performance Centre had to be built in any country that it was sold in.

Built in aluminium, steel and carbon fibre it is assembled on a jig like a F1 car. Powered by a V6 engine of nearly 4 Litres which could produce nearly 400 BHP and had a top speed of nearly 200 MPH.

Again opening parts seem to have good shut lines and reveal the fairly detailed interior.

187412 Porsche 962 C Winner Supercup 1987 – H.-J. Stuck

The World Sportscar Championship was a world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992. It combined events in North America and Europe and was an important target for the major racing car outfits. The Norev model represents the winning car in the 1987 series a time when Porsche dominated this area of racing.

This diecast model has no opening parts but has a lot of detailed printing to a high standard.

185742 Simca 9 Aronde 1953 – Amarante red

Here we see the first generation of the SImca Aronde, two years after its launch in 1951. A clean modern shape for its time when many car makers models still had wings and vestigial running boards.

Powered by an engine of just over 1200cc it was capable of a top speed of just under 80MPH though it took over 30 seconds to get from 0 to 60 MPH. In 1953 production of the Aronde reached over 100,000 showing its popularity with buyers


1:43 Scale Models

270353 AC ACE 1957 – grey metallic
270357 AC ACECA 1957 -blue metallic
170020 DS 3 Crossback “La Premiere 2019” – black with red roof
170021 DS 3 Crossback 2019 – blue and black roof
170022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019 – pearl and black roof
170001 DS X E-Tense 2018
270575 Ford 12M saloon 1954 – blue metallic
474604 Peugeot 406 saloon 2003 – Banquise white
474653 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 – Banquise white
151413 Citroen 2CV AZU 1959 – “Wegenwacht”
156076 Citroen 2CV Pick-up with ladder 1963
474654 Peugeot 406 Break 2003 “SMUR”

1:18 Scale MAXI_JET

182056 Motobecane AV 65 1965 -blue

1:64 Scale MINIJET

310810 Citroen 2CV 4×4 – etna grey

March Releases

1:18 Scale

181625 Citroen GS Club 1972 – Camargue blue

Another outing for the GS moulding. This time in an earlier GS version in a more basic trim level.

183478 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG-Line 2018 – dark blue metallic

An up to date top of the range Mercedes-Benz. Modelled in a considerable level of detail with all doors, boot, and bonnet opening. The interior looks to be modelled to a high level of detail.

183423 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – bluegrey

This will be a large model. It has impressive opening parts, though no opening bonnet.

183471 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet 2018 – blue metallic

Here we have the latest top-end convertible from Mercedes-Benz. opening parts, lots of interior detail, and even fitted luggage in the boot makes this an excellent model in this larger scale.

188523 Volkswagen 1303 superbug 1972 – green metallic

1:43 Scale

517864 Box Alpine A110 Pure & Legende 2018 – Limited Edition of 500.
517865 Alpine A110 Legende 2018 – Alpine blue
270504 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1964 – night blue
830040 Audi Q8 SUV 2018 – white
479820 Peugeot 2008 2013 – white
479849 Peugeot 2008 GT Line 2016 – Perla Near Black
870067 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Savile grey
150091 Citroen 2CV Cogolin 1961 “Fire brigade”
479821 Peugeot 2008 2013 “City Police”
479822 Peugeot 2008 2016 “Gendarmerie”

Extended Reviews

Here I look at some remarkable models, issued by NOREV and worthy of a closer examination.

183701 Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 in 1:18 scale

Norev released this first real automobile in excellent detail in 1:18 scale. Initially only for the Daimler Benz Company, now it is available to collectors through retailers.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year´s Eve 1879. Benz had so much commercial success with this engien that he was able to devote more time to his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a petrol engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0,75 hp (0,55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model No. 1.(23238)

Not too far from Benz, Gottlieb Daimler developed also a four-stroke gasoline engine, but he placed this unit into a former horse drawn coach, into a boat and into a railway engine.

Some years ago, Daimler built a number of replicas of this car shown above. One was shown at Techno Classica driven by a young woman to commemorate Bertha Benz, who made the first long distance trip in an automobile upgraded by her husband Carl.

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue – scale 1:43

The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina. It used a type AZ chassis with a 425 cc engine developing 12 bhp. Both chassis and and engine were made in France while the bodywork ( for both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the “boot design” cars was built in 1973. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroen factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.

Production of the 2CV in Chile started in 1953 as a way of boosting local employment. Initially, they were laughed at as they seemed small, under powered and insubstantial compared to the US imports of the time.

Soon the Chilean designers created a body to suit the country´s specific needs. The car needed to be useful for both city dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables, hens or even pigs. Thus an open boot was included to help this and the “decapotable” roof abandoned.

The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets were filled with this “French Miracle” as they were nicknamed. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car, since before the 2CV there wasn´t any car available at such a low price.

The model is well detailed, with a number of separate parts used to detail it. It is an interesting supplement to every 2CV collection.

270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – Beluga black – 1:43 Scale

The Continental GT is not only a fast and luxurious car, but it also secured Bentley’s survival. 66.000 GT coupes have been sold since 2003. The third generation was launched in 2018, and has been reworked extensively. A longer bonnet and a lower front profile make it look more modern. Whilst the front retains the Bentley grille, slightly enlarged, as well as the four headlight style the rear gets new ellipsoid rear lights and a general restyling.

The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. Norev provide the Bentley promotional models of this car, hence the high level of detail and quality of finish.

351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black –1:43 scale

The Mercedes G-Class is the oldest product in the Mercedes-Benz range. In the last 40 years the Swabians sold 300.000. But the time was ripe for a change. The appearance has only had a minor reworking.The body became 5 cm wider and 12 cm longer, but the boxy shape remained.

However, under the skin a revolution took place. The rigid front axle was replaced by independent suspension and a newly developed steering system give more comfort. Ground clearance, wading depth, angle of ascent and descent, are all improved.

But with the improvements comes a higher price tag, over a 100,000 Euros. Editor: rather higher than the much more luxurious Range Rover.

The miniature is accurately shaped, and well detailed, with many small separate components used to detail the model. The photographs above show the new and old versions of this model.


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Oxford Diecast AC Aceca

By Maz Woolley

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

Oxford Diecast has now released the long awaited AC Aceca in 1:43 scale at the same time as Norev are also selling one which I believe is based upon a model that has already appeared in the Atlas Sports Cars Collection. The Oxford model is based upon the AC Aceca prototype which can be seen in mid metallic blue and in the black with a green sheen colour called vineyard green shown below.

Photo Credit: (C) Bonhams

AC created the Ace in 1954 based on a design by Cliff Davis for his Tojeiro sports-racer which owed much to the Ferrari 166 Barchetta. The hardback version ,the Aceca, arrived in 1955. and in 1956 the more-powerful Bristol six-cylinder engine became available. With this the Ace/Aceca could touch 120mph. ‘VPL 441‘, the Aceca prototype, appeared on the AC stand at the 1954 Earls Court Motor Show, and following that became the works demonstrator. The car appeared in several motoring magazines of the period, and was the subject of an Autocar roadtest published on 4th March 1955. It is said to have been sold to World Land Speed Record holder Sir Donald Campbell, who became one of the first AC owners to have his car factory-converted to Aceca Bristol specification soon after. 


I am very glad to be able to say that Oxford Diecast are back on form with this car. The only ‘fault’ I can find is that the tyres have a tendency to sit back from the rims which takes only moments to fix. The casting is fine and thin making the printed screen surrounds front and back an excellent fit. It is also a lovely replica of the Aceca shape which is similar to the contemporary Aston Martin DB2 Mark 3 also modelled by Oxford.

Although the rear lights are red paint applied to silver printing they actually look very convincing. And as can be seen above the Oxford ‘wire wheels’ fitted into a black wheel are rather more convincing than some printed on a clear disk background. The side windows are printed straight on the flush fitting glazing.

At the front the grille is neatly moulded and black washed. Nice head lights are complemented by printed sidelights which look more acceptable on the model seen at a normal distance. Oxford’s number plates are improving with the letter size and shape looking a good match to the plate size.

The AC badge when magnified shows that it has been neatly printed if lacking the blue colour it shows on photographs at Goodwood.

The side view of the model shows how well it has caught the profile and stance of the car. Inside is a mix of red ‘leather’ seats, door cards and other fittings and brown wood coloured glove box and wheel rims. The dashboard is body coloured with printed instruments. The gear stick is brown shafted with a silver end to represent the gear knob.

As can be seen above the lines if the rear are well captured. Though not easily seen here the oening lines round the rear door are inscribed well and catch the light nicely without being over scale.

One feature I particularly like are the ‘bullet’ shaped mirrors fitted to the car doors which are period correct. However VPL441 does not seem to have one on the passenger door in photographs on the web unlike the Oxford Model. Another difference to the web pictures is the fitting of a front bumper. All the web photographs of this car show it with only over riders. However the car has been around since 1954 so may have been fitted with bumpers at some point.

Another excellent model from Oxford at a reasonable price here in the UK and one that I look forward to seeing in 1:76 scale too at a later date.


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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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