Category Archives: Renault

Some more Small Promotionals For France

By Fabrizio Panico

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It is anniversary time. 2019 is the year that Citroën celebrates its first centenary, and it is nice to see that among all the media presentations and public events that there is place for model collectors with an array of new models in the “three inches” (or “fit the box”) category, all under the “Origins” label, the official “1919-2019” theme. After the 2CV and the Traction already seen at the end of last year, which are re-issues of previous models, it is now time for a copious harvest of completely new ones.

The 2CV AZL 4×4 Sahara (code AMC 019 1026) is available in three different colours, like the 2CV Fourgonnette (AMC 019 1107), while the 1947 bus U23 (AMC 019 1099) is available in two different two-colour liveries, very nice, one of them sports the Citroen logo on the side. Another new issue is the 1933 “La Petite Rosalie”, a record car to promote the new 8CV, in blue with a white clad driver (AMC 019 1097). Also new is the CX (AMC 019 1191) which is a bit small, and is available in two colours.

Among further re-issues there are the DS23 Pallas (AMC 019 1192) in two colours, and the Mehari (AMC 019 1194) also in two colours. Very likely there will be other re-issues, perhaps the SM coupé and the HY van, which are already available in the “public” collection. A well deserved applause to Citroën.

Last year Renault celebrated its 120 years, but chose to release only two 1:55 scale models, the R4 and the R5, both by Welly and already seen, each in four different colours, with a special “120 years” box, similar to the type usually used by Norev for Renault.

Back to Norev “dealer” releases : Renault completed its “concept cars” series with the RS 2027 Vision (code 315381) and the 2017 Symbioz (code 315382) and released a set (code 315383) completed with the 2016 Trezor (code 315380), already seen. Previously there was the 2018 Megane RS, in orange (code 315148) or yellow (code 315149), while Citroën released a second issue of the 2018 C5 Aircross (code AMC 019 1183) in four different colours. Small, but very very nice.

Happy collecting !


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Hachette Italy World Buses – Part 24

By Fabrizio Panico

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Here we are at part 24 of this series covering the releases from ‘Autobus dal mondo’. Something of  record to reach two years of issues of models and history.  And there are still more to go!

Parts number 70 to 72

At last a Swedish bus and two more French buses: a gas-fed war-time Renault and a Saviem used in Morocco (former French protectorate). They are from the Italian Hachette partwork ‘Autobus dal mondo’”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French series ‘Autobus et autocars du monde’”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.


No. 70 (no. 93 in the French collection) Renault TN4 F (Gaz de ville) 1940 – This is the fifth Renault in the collection. Aside from those produced after mergers in the French bus and coach industry which combined Latil, Renault and Somua, into Saviem in 1955 . Later Isobloc and Chausson. were also absorbed. After the AGP Saharien (see part seven, no. 19), the TN6-C2 (see part twelve, no. 34), the R4192 (see part nineteen, no. 55 and part twenty one, no. 61) it is now the turn of another TN, a TN4 F modified to run on city gas, due to the scarcity of fuels during the Second World War. The STCRP (Société des Transport en Commun de la Région Parisienne) had already tested the use of a gasifier (tried on over 300 buses) and a mixture of alcohols (with poor results), and in 1940 decided to use uncompressed city gas (a mixture of methane and hydrogen). This choice needed each vehicle to have a very large storage tank (about 17-20 cubic metres) and it gave a very limited range on one fill (about 20 kilometres, just a round trip).

A container in rubberised canvas (from the stocks of balloons manufactured by Goodrich, in the outskirts of Paris) was placed on the roof, protected by a large fairing made of wood fibre panels. Over 500 buses were converted, TN4 F/H and TN6 only, but fuel wasn’t the sole problem; the scarcity of oil, tires and spare parts soon left many buses out of service and in June 1944 only 275 bus were still operative. Besides, the population preferred to move by the underground, the bus fleet being heavily affected by requisitions and evacuations. The result was a reorganisation of the Parisian transport system, with the STCRP and the Compagnie du chemin de fer Métropolitain de Paris (CMP) merging from 1942 to officially become the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) in 1949. It is interesting to note that despite the exceptional height (4.10 metres) and the extreme flammability of the gas there were never any major incidents.

The original bus, the first TN4 (a bus with a length of 9.5 metres, more powerful engine and with a larger capacity of up to 50 passengers) was introduced in 1931 at the request of the STCRP. It was the first Renault bus with the radiator in front of the engine instead of behind as used on previous ones. The first TNs had an open platform and an inline four cylinder engine of 58 CV, while in 1932 the TN6 received an inline six cylinder engine of 68 CV. After the war, all the TNs in service were refurbished, even adopting a more enclosed cabin to protect the driver. They were then slowly phased out, the last in 1971.

The scale model is a faithful reproduction of thevehicle from the large “AMTUIR” collection (Association du Musée des Transports Urbains, Interurbains et Ruraux), its museum is now located in Chelles, Seine-et-Marne, part of the Parisian agglomeration (see www.amtuir.org). But TN4F No. 3158 is a replica. A false raised roof was placed on the vehicle and the vehicle is currently running on petrol (all roof fairings were eliminated during general revisions, completed in 1948).

As usual there is a plastic multi-part body with a metal chassis. Classic green and cream livery is well reproduced, and is lacking any advert. Like the chassis (where a printed name replaces the original one) and the interiors, the central part of the body is common with the previous TN6-C2 (no. 34), whilst the driver’s cab is now an open one. Many separate small items are fitted. Note the blacked-out headlight. It is a shame that there is a shiny metal support inside the rear platform. There are no apparent differences to the French release. A fair witness of past war times.


No. 71 (no. 94 in the French collection) Saviem SC1 1960 – We have already met the Saviem SC10 U (see part thirteen, no. 39), and how at the end of 1955 Renault, faced with strong competition from Berliet, and lacking factory capacity, decided to merge with Somua and Latil creating LRS Saviem, later incorporating Isobloc and Chausson. In 1949 Renault presented the R4000 series, the first “modern” Renault bus (previously they were based on a truck chassis, heavy and uncomfortable) with a unitary structure. The engine was now placed horizontally on the right hand side between the two axles, and the body had a rounded shape with a chromed grille. It was an instant success and was produced in many different versions (the R 4192 was a low roof version with a more powerful diesel engine). Following the mergers in 1955 it gained a Saviem logo, in 1957 it was restyied and renamed the Saviem ZR20. In 1960 a new engine was fitted and the SC1 name used. In 1964 the S45 name was used and it stayed in production up to 1993 with periodic updates.

Compared to the R4192 (see part nineteen, no. 55 and part twenty one, no. 61) the SC1 presented the same new front and rear “panoramic” screens already seen on the ZR20, a simplified front grille and improved wipers. But much more important were the new engine, the Fulgur diesel six with 150 CV (30 CV more than the previous one, which was aptly named “fainéant” or loafer), and the Grégoire suspension, the “aérostable”, a variable flexibility system, which gave a very comfortable ride.

The scale model is a faithful reproduction of an interesting vehicle, a bus exported to Morocco, which was up to 1955 a French protectorate. As usual there is a plastic body and a metal chassis, very likely partly recycled from the previous R4192. The name on the baseplate is now printed, but the front and rear of the body are entirely new. The white and blue livery shows the logo of CTM, the Compagnie de Transport au Maroc, the line Casablanca-Marrakech, is still active today. Since its creation in 1919, the history of CTM accompanied that of modern Morocco, contributing to its development. In 1969 CTM merged with Lignes Nationales and extended its services to the whole Morocco.

It was the first Moroccan company privatised in 1993, at the same time as it was introduced on the stock exchange of Casablanca. Very nice white-wall tires and driver’s cab feature. The usual luggage rack is fitted to the roof and a large ladder provided for access. Many separate parts are used and the headlights pods are particularly notable. The characteristic long bars are fitted along the roof which are used to fix the canvas to protect the baggage. No apparent differences to the French series. Nice to have something from another continent.


No. 72 (no. 95 in the French collection) Volvo B375 1957 – Nice to see a Swedish bus at last. Today the Volvo Group (Aktiebolaget Volvo, shortened to AB Volvo) is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg, and its main activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment. Automobile manufacturer Volvo Cars was part of AB Volvo until 1999, when it was sold to the Ford Motor Company, and then re-sold in 2010 to the Chinese Geely Holding Group. The brand name Volvo means “I roll” in Latin, conjugated from “volvere”. Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of SKF, a ball bearing manufacturer however both Volvo Group and Volvo Cars regard their founding to be in 1927, when the first Volvo car left the assembly line. The first truck debuted in 1928, an immediate success soon exported in Europe, while the first bus, named B1, was launched in 1934. After a very complicated (and too tedious to report here) sequence of partnerships, purchases and sales, the Volvo Group is focused on heavy vehicles and its operations include among other things Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Mack Trucks, and Renault Trucks.

The Volvo Brage/Starke/Raske was a series of medium size trucks produced between 1954 and 1972 : the L370 Brage was named after the Norse god Bragi and sported an overhead valve petrol engine, in parallel with the Brage Volvo offered a diesel version called L375 Starke (Strong), likewise with a payload of 4.5 tonnes, to be replaced in 1961 by the sturdier L475 Raske (Swift) with a payload of 5 tonnes. From the L375 (L as in Lastbil, Swedish for truck) Volvo derived the B375 (B as in Buss, for bus), with the same chassis and mechanics of the truck. The engine was a diesel six in-line, with 95 CV. Early trucks had a non-synchronised four-speed gearbox, soon replaced by a synchronised five-speed transmission by ZF. The body was usually built by local coachbuilders, in this case a Danish one, V. Frandsen Karosserifabrikk. This long distance bus had a very long body, far outweighing the rear overhang and could carry 31 passengers. The spare wheel was hung at the rear externally, freeing more space for luggage compartments. A bus not avant-garde, not specially original, and lacking modernity, but very suitable for difficult Scandinavian roads.

The scale model has the usual plastic body and metal chassis, with an added exhaust, in front of a rear wheel, it is not very well connected either. The red and white livery is well applied, but there is no indication of the transport company. The destination board reads “Ystad (Rønne)”. Ystad is a town in Skåne County, in the south of Sweden, dating back to the 11th century, nowadays more famous for being the primary set for the detective series “Wallander”. Rønne is the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, just in front of Ystad and connected to it by ferry.

The registration plate seems to be Danish, the yellow one for buses and trucks. A very nice radiator grille is fitted with the Volvo logo on show. The headlights and indicators are well modelled too. There is a well reproduced interior though the steering wheel seems to be a bit oversize. There is no apparent difference to the French edition. A similar bus, with a different livery, was produced in 1:72 scale by Editions Atlas. This is a nice reproduction of a classic bus, worthy of the long wait.


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are the models announced by Norev for introduction in January 2019. As usual these are diecast models made in China for France unless otherwise stated. Many pictures are of pre-production samples and those are over printed to make it clear that changes may occur before the models ship.

1:18 Scale Models

181730 Citroen SM 1971 – Gold Leaf


183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886 – green


183492 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Akka


184856 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami Blue


184770 Peugeot 905 Winner France 24 hours 1992

Winner driven by Dalmas / Warwick / Blundell


184773 Peugeot 905 Le Mans 1993

Third placed driven by Bouchut / Brabham / Helary


1:43 Scale

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue


155328 Citroen C3 Aircross 2017

Grey and white roof with orange decoration details


270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – black


509003 Dacia Duster 2018 – Dune beige


509004 Dacia Duster 2018 – Cosmos blue


351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black


473888 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – Platinium grey


517790 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Cosmos Blue


517792 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Gendarmerie”


517789 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Police Nationale”


517797 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Fire Brigade”


NOREV CLASSIC 1:43

This range is modelled on the Atlas Dinky or Dan Toys ranges both actually made in Norev’s Chinese plant too. These versions carry interesting period liveries in boxes in a style used by Norev when they made their models in plastic.

CL6911 Berliet GAK pick up with canvas cover “Moutarde de Dijon”


CL6912 Berliet GAK “Sirop des Comptoirs Francais”


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Retromobile 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

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Once again February brings us back to Paris, both for Retromobile, and for the traditional auctions of Artcurial, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams, a visual overdose enriched by a certain elegance, even if you start to perceive some slight fogging due to the changing tastes of the public. On the other hand it is for the market to dictate the show and not our personal interests.

This year Paris greeted us with windy days, but fortunately without the snow of last year. Alas the defections of the big automakers continue from their previous showcase of the Champs Elysées. First Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota left, now Peugeot has left its showroom too, leaving only Renault in the place that was a symbol of French motoring. How much longer before there are no showrooms on the Champs Elysées?

As usual, the Parisian show has attracted fans from all over the world. It is rich in novelties, celebrations of anniversaries, and exhibitions dedicated to specific brands. Even here there were alternate presences and absences: FCA is back, the absence of Mercedes-Benz is alas confirmed. Brand and/or model clubs attend in abundance, although their grouping together in Hall 3 reduces their presence a little.

Big celebrations took place of the centenary of Citroen with a great review of cars and prototypes, unfortunately narrow corridors meant the exhibits were difficult to walk around. Peugeot was a little poorly represented , maybe we had become used to better shows in previous years, whilst Renault chose to devote itself entirely to the ‘Turbo Years’, with the result of a series of cars of relative ‘aesthetic’ interest.

The general impression was of a reduced presence of real “vintage” cars in flavor of newer ‘classics’, which are evidently the most requested by the public today. This is the market! Fortunately the Teuf Teuf Club and the Compiègne Museum exhibited a rich collection of De Dion Bouton vehicles, while a specific exhibition was dedicated to the Bédélia, a classic of French cyclecars.

Another ‘gem’ on show was the monstrous Berliet T100, a giant destined for the African deserts and whose journey from Lyon to Paris constituted an adventure, considering its dimensions are ‘out of the norm’.

A rich collection of motorcycles from Gnome & Rhone was on show, as well as a display of the Citroen DS Chapron, in all their variants. Honda was celebrating the twenty years of the S2000 (too new in the Author’s opinion to be at such a show). The long suspension bridge between Hall 1 and 2 housed the Mini exhibition, celebrating their 60 years. There was an interesting cutaway Mini, but perhaps they could have included more variants : the Moke and the Mini Marcos appeared a bit lonely. As usual, the Saumur museum presented two tanks, a Sherman and a Panzer IV.

After lookinmg at all the displays there were plenty of opportunities to spend your money. There were many Dealers with their “jewels” and of course scale models, spare parts, books, and accessories. Add to that the wide range of goods from the many artists and artisans.

Again a show not to be missed where there is so much on offer that everyone can find lots of interest. The photographs below show some of the highlights of the show.

Citroën – 100 Years Display


Citroen GS Camargue Bertone 1972


Renault 1000kg Voltigeur 1956


Delahaye 135 M Figoni Falaschi 1946


BMW 320 Group 5 Junior Team 1977


Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione 1955


Lancia Rally 037 1982


Abarth 1000 monoposto record 1960


Jensen CV8 Mark III 1965


Classic early Léon Bollée advertising material


Wolseley Hornet Mark III 1969


Gnome Rhone motorcycle and side car outfit


Bédélia BD2 1912


Tiffany Golden Spirit 1986


Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1939


Scale Models Club display on the theme – Peugeot


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky Spanish #1416 Renault 6

By Maz Woolley

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Atlas models seem to be shipped regularly now. Perhaps with so few series left running they have the stocks set aside in the warehouse all ready to go. One wonders how long the Deluxe Dinky series will last as I am sure that the number of subscribers must be tailing off with many put off by the fact that it has turned into a series of French Dinkies. On the other hand, if there are many left over models from the French series, I expect they will get shipped to us until there is nothing new left.

The model shown here is a replica of French Dinky #1416, a Renault 6 to 1:43 scale. This model is a later one sold from 1969 and produced in Spain for Dinky by Pilen. If it looks familiar that is because we have already had the earlier French made 1416 in Red in this series which you can read about here.

As if often the case the box art work shows the car in a colour never issued by Dinky. It is a curious picture as it shows the front doors open with no window frame featured yet the whole door is modelled. As is usual with the later pictures no artist is credited and there is no interesting background to liven up the box.

I will not repeat the information about the Renault 6 you will find in the original article here, just take a look at the Spanish made model. This differed from the earlier French made model as it had modifications to the front grille and lights to represent an updated version of the R6 and the bonnet opening mechanism actuated by pushing down the steering wheel in the French made car, and the earlier Atlas replica, was not included.

It continued using the same number plate from the previous version which was a sign that Dinky were no longer paying as much attention to detail as they had in earlier years. The poor fit of the opening front doors was not addressed and they still let down the rest of the casting.

The base is plastic and the front bumper has lost its overriders despite them still being shown on the box. The car also sits strangely low at the rear when the R6 always seemed to ride higher at the rear than the front.

Perhaps not an exciting model or even particularly welcomed by collectors when the earlier model has already been collected.

The next car in the series has already arrived and it is #1420 Opel Commodore.


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Some Smaller Promotionals

By Fabrizio Panico

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Whilst browsing the January posts on MAR Online I re-read the one about the 1:64 True-Scale models, and I realised that up to now I never posted anything about a huge part of my promotional models collection : the smallest ones and easiest to store, the c.1:64 scale models from Norev.

These are so easy to store that I have already more than nine hundred in my collection. About twenty years ago the main French car manufacturers started to have small promo models made for them by Norev : Renault, then Peugeot and Citroen and now DS are reproducing their whole range. There are also regular updates for the usual half-life facelifts. The models are produced in various original colours and with accurate details.

These models released later among the regular ‘public’ issues, usually with fewer printed details. They are usually called ‘three inch’ models or fit to the box, but with a few exceptions 1:64 scale is generally used. In contrast the early ones were often 1:55 or 1:57 scale. All of them are diecast in metal, the first ones with a metal baseplate, nowadays with a plastic one. While the ‘public’ models can be found in many toy shops, the promotional ones are usually sold by the firms car dealers in their service departments, and more recently on the internet in the manufacturers own ‘on-line shops’,

Price of these models seldom exceeds five Euros. Alongside the ‘dealer promotionals’ and ‘public’ releases there is a third category: promotional models produced for industrial companies (and also football teams) for their own use. Firms like Darty, Vanden Borre, and La Poste have commissioned these as well as various charities who use them for fund raising.

This provides scope for a very large collection and they are not limited to French Car Makers as many other car manufacturers have requested promotional models for their own use : Opel, Lancia, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Mini, for example.

A really comprehensive and useful web site is the one regularly maintained by Mike Branderhorst, also known as MjrttNrv, from the Netherlands (http://www.mjrttnrv.nl/ ). Here you can see many pictures and details about small Norev and Majorette models.


Photo 1 shows some recent issues by Citroen : C5 Aircross 2018, Berlingo Combi 2018, Berlingo Van 2018, 2 CV6 1975 and the famous Traction.


Photo 2 shows some of the the different colours available for the models in photo 1


Photo 3 shows a Mercedes M-Class, an AMG-Mercedes C-Class DTM 2006, and a Renault Electric Kangoo commisioned by La Poste with an opening side door


Photo 4 shows a Ligier Quadeo for La Poste, a Peugeot Partner Van by Vanden Borre for charity, and an Opel Corsa;


Photo 5 shows an early Renault Kangoo and a Renault Twizy by the FCRA (Fédération Francaise de Clubs Renault & Alpine);


Photo 6 shows a selection of Peugeot 107 and 1007 models with their dedicated promotional boxes.

Happy collecting !


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News from the Continent January 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

In this article I look at the last two Norev releases from 2018. These models are produced in China for France and are diecast unless otherwise noted. 

November 2018 Releases
1:12 Scale

127500 Porsche 917K

Le Mans 24 Hours 1970 – Driven by Siffert and Redman and suffered an engine failure after 12 hours. The picture from Norev is marked to show clearly how large the model is at this scale.


127501 Porsche 917K

Winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race 1970 – Driven by Attwood and Herrmann.


1:18 Scale

185300 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – blue


183303 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 . white with red striping


185301 Alpine Renault A110 1600S 1971 – Gendarmerie


183268 BMW M535i Saloon 1980 – gold metallic


183593 Mercedes-Benz S600 saoon 1997 – green metallic


183497 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2018 – black metallic


184833 Peugeot 404 saloon 1965 – Antique green


Scale 1:43

153051 Citroen Light 15 saloon 1949 – Dark blue and Cream


158218 Citroen GS 1220 Club 1973 – Tholonet beige metallic


154205 Citroen Xantia 1993 – Mauritius blue


475447 Peugeot 504 Pick-up with canvas cover – clear blue


511317 Renault Duster Oroch 2015 – white


517728 Renault Megane R.S. 2018 – Platinum silver


517732 Renault Scenic 2016 – Cassiopee grey and black


518399 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – silver


574055 Simca Vedette Marly 1957 – Pale yellow and black


840029 VW Touran 2015 – white


518393 Renault Alaskan Pick-up 2017 – “Fire Brigade”


Norev Classics 1:43 scale

CL2711 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – adriatic green


CL2712 Ford Thunderbird 1960 – aquamarine


1:87 scale

517818 Alpine A310 1977 – Alpine blue


574116 Matra-Simca Bagheera 1975 – Sun yellow


451731 Panhard PL 17 saloon 1961 – Atlantide blue


518582 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery La Meuse with bottle crates


518583 Renault Galion 1963 Brewery Jean Renard with barrels


530262 IVECO Bus Crossway LE 2014 “Car du Rhone”


530263 IVECO Bus Urbanway 2014 “TCL”


December 2018 Releases

1:18 Scale

183224 BMW M1 1980 – blue


181592 Citroen DS 21 Break 1970 – Bordeaux


183400 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955 – blue


183567 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE Cabriolet 1990 – Bornite metallic


185169 Renault Dauphine 1958 – Medicis black


1:43 Scale

517863 Alpine A110 2017 – white and blue test version


830074 Audi 200 Quattro 1989 – white


270321 Bentley Continental GT coupe 2018 – silver


270061 Jaguar E-Type Coupe 1964 – grey


351305 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 – ruby red metallic


351175 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 – silver


475825 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Amazonite grey


475626 Peugeot 508 SW GT 2018 – Pearl white


517791 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Glacier white


517799 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – red


517963 Renault Symbioz Salon of Francoforte 2017


517962 Renault R.S. 2017 Vision Salon of ShangHai 2017


840096 Volkswagen Corrado G80 1990 – silver


517796 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs”


517798 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Douanes – Customs” – red and yellow stripes

517794 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale”


517795 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – “Police Municipale Intercommunale”


MINIJET Scale 1:64

310908 Peugeot 508 SW 2018 – white


310904 Renault Symbioz 2017 – copper


310905 Renault R.S. 2017 – black and gold


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Hachette Italy World Buses Part 21

By Fabrizio Panico

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Number 61 to 63.

Three more European buses : a German, and two French. A strange mix as we have already met all of them in this collection, in one form or another. They are from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of eighty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo.

No. 61 (no. 84 in the French collection) Renault R 4192 1952 – We have already met Renault and the AGP Saharien (see part seven, no. 19), the TN6-C2 (see part twelve, no. 34) and the R4192 (see part nineteen, no. 55). Renault is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers, always facing strong competition and, thanks to its many successes, able to slowly incorporate many of its commercial vehicle making competitors after the Second World War.

The R4000 series was the first “modern” Renault bus, previously based on truck chassis, heavy and uncomfortable. Facing the Isobloc challenge (use of a self-supporting structure) in 1949 Renault presented the R4190 with a chassisless structure and the engine placed horizontally under the floor on the right side between the two axles. It was an instant success and was produced in many different versions (the R 4192 was a low roof version with a more powerful diesel engine), and it went on until 1993, with periodic updates.

The model is shaped accurately. The body is plastic whilst the chassis is metal with lot of detail. It has single rear wheels. Many additional small parts are fitted as usual: lights, front bumper, mirror (one only) and registration plates, plus a large ladder to reach the luggage area on the roof.

As already noted the mould was used on no. 55 (see part nineteen), no changes are apparent, only the livery is new, this time from Ets. Gonthier & Nouhaud, an urban and suburban passenger transport company from Periguex, a small town located in the Dordogne department in the New Aquitaine region (capital Bordeaux), south west of France.

It seems that the company was active from 1959 to 2012, when it was absorbed in the larger Régie Péribus, the transit network serving Périgueux and its wider community.

On the internet it is possible to find pictures of the real vehicle, with the same green and cream livery, the same strange advert on the front bumper and the same registration plate (24), correct for the Dordogne. No apparent differences to the French edition. A faithful reproduction of an once quite common sight on French roads.

 

 

No. 62 (no. 85 in the French collection) Berliet Crusair 3 1969 – We have already seen the Berliet history and its Crusair (see part eight, no. 22), the PHL 10 (see part ten, no. 30), the PR100 ranges (Jelcz version, see part fourteen, no. 40) and the PLR 10 (see part sixteen, no. 47). Founded in 1899, like Renault, Berliet is one of the oldest automobile manufacturer, part of Citroën from 1967, then acquired by Renault in 1974 and merged with Saviem into the new RVI in 1978.

After the Second World War only the commercial vehicle production was resumed, at first it was highly successful, but in the sixties the competition was very tough and resources to innovate were lacking, leading to the loss of its independence. The Cruisair range, developed from 1966, offered innovative technical solutions (rear engine) and a new aesthetic (straight lines and large windows), fixing new standards for the European buses.

 

Comfortable, reliable and profitable, but not free from defects, the Crusair was limited by its max length (11 metres), but achieved widespread success, and was assembled by Porto in Portugal, Heuliez in France and also in Algeria. Produced, under the Renault badge, until 1989, the Cruisair underwent few aesthetic changes: you could date the models only on the basis of updates to the front panels with a major modernisation made in 1972.

The scale model has a plastic body and a metal chassis. As usual there are small additional parts, like the front grille, bumpers, mirrors and wipers. As previously noted the mould was already used for no. 22 and no differences can be seen, only the front grille and light assembly is new, while the wheels are lacking chromed hubcaps.

According to Hachette no. 22 and no. 62 are both from 1969, but the different front grille and lights assembly dates no. 22 as a post 1972 version, while no. 62 is the original one. Also the livery is new, no. 62 sports the white and blue colours of Air France, in this case a shuttle service between the Orly and Le Bourget airports. The registration plate is coded 75, correctly from Paris (Île-de-France). Also for the Cruisair it is possible to find on internet some pictures of the very same real vehicle. No apparent differences to the French edition. A nice souvenir for lots of tourists of the Concorde years.

 

No. 63 (no. 86 in the French collection) Setra S14 1961 – We have already met the Setra company and its S215 HD, and the S14 by the Spanish Seida licensee. In 1951 the Wagenfabrik Kässbohrer in Ulm decided to create a new company dedicated only to buses. It was named Setra, short for “selbsttragend” (self supporting), referring to the integral nature of the construction. The modular system (same structure’s elements and same cockpit) allowed to change only the wheelbase, the engine power and the interior fittings.

The S14, presented in 1961, is considered one of the first modern European buses. Featuring a high windshield, with a thin central pillar, and a longitudinal rear engine by Henschel, a straight six diesel delivering 170 CV, the S14 was the mould for the whole range of Setra buses in the 60s. The S14 was a full-length 12-metre 55 seats vehicle, and despite being rather expensive it was very successful. In 1963 an agreement with Seida allowed to license-build chassisless coaches in Spain. They were equipped with Pegaso engines and marketed with simultaneous double badge as Setra Seida and Pegaso.

The model is accurately shaped and the livery seems to be authentic, on internet you could find many pictures of similar real vehicles. Anker Reisen is a travel company from Lüneburg, a “Hanseatic” town in the German state of Lower Saxony, located about 50 km southeast of the more famous Hamburg, and belongs to that city’s wider metropolitan region. The registration plates are correctly coded LG. As usual there is a plastic body and a metal chassis, The body is quite bright, helped by the red and light grey livery and plenty of windows, which are also fitted to the roof. Many small separate parts are fitted: front and rear bumpers, lights, front grille, wipers and rear view mirrors.

Hachette has created the original Setra version and partly modified the mould used for no. 24. The original details were erased from the baseplate and and new ones printed on. The body has been slightly changed with lights amended. The Kassbohrer logo has replaced the Pegaso one on the front grille and on the hubcaps. All the Seida logos have been replaced by the Setra ones. The side windows have been changed to show a different split design. There are no apparent differences to the French edition. After the integral (and a bit disappointing) re-use of the Renault R 4192 mould, it is heartening to see the effort made by Hachette to differentiate between the two S14s. We’ll see more mould re-use, it’s logical, but thankfully in some original and interesting ways. Altogether a nice and welcome model.


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Bijou Transkits

By Maz Woolley with Rod Ward

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

Looking in a dictionary “Bijou” means something small but desirable. At one time Estate Agents in the UK used it to describe very small and expensive residences in desirable locations, especially in London. Rod Ward chose it as a name of one of his model ranges which consisted of a variety of models and transkits.

Rod remembers that sales of the early Bijou models were brisk, but that the last dozen or so sold really slowly. He says that the white rubber moulds for the resin castings lasted for about 60 shots, and that they did not make a second mould for anything after BJ014. With such low sales of the later models Rod stopped production, and sold the remaining stock over a period of time. He sold the last he had left with the closure of Model Auto and now the only way to obtain them is on the secondary market.

Many of the kits were transkits providing parts to adapt an existing model to create a new version and Rod says that he didn’t think that British collectors understood the transkit ethos.  Of course with the cost of the base model and the Bijou kit the end model was fairly costly, but on the other hand it was of a model that was otherwise unobtainable. In other cases the models were “orphans” from other ranges. In some cases the models could be obtained from Rod’s Model Auto shop as finished models

The listing below has been provided by Rod Ward and gives the full detail of the Bijou range.

BJ001 Vespa parascooter as used by the French Army, fitted with a bazooka. 1:30 scale white metal KIT (based on Scottoy Mercury copy Vespa, with UK-made white metal additions)
BJ002K Bugatti T52 Baby white metal KIT or handbuilt made for us by Auto Replicas to 1:43 scale
BJ003K Austin ‘Pathfinder’ pedal car white metal KIT 1:43 scale – adapted from a plastic original
BJ006M London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Model Auto Show 1995’ promo livery
BJ006T London E1 double deck tram, 1:100 scale diecast by Herbert Kees ‘Typhoo Tea’ original livery
BJ007 Rigid Inflatable boat with outboard motor, plastic made in Portugal
BJ009 Triumph Herald estate 1:43 scale resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ010 Triumph Courier van 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Triumph Herald saloon can come with Whitbread or Standard Triumph decals (base model not included) WB
BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Reliant 3-wheel van (base model not included) WB
BJ012 Austin A35 Pickup 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A35 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ013K AOMA trailer caravan 1920s-30s timber-frame style (ex Sun Motor Co 202) 1:43 scale resin Kit ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ014K Rex trailer caravan, curved shape 1930s-40s (ex Sun Motor Co 203) 1:43 scale resin KIT ex-Dahinden (France)
BJ015 Curtiss Aerocar artic trailer caravan 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ016 Curtiss Aerocar artic ambulance trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ017 Curtiss Aerocar artic hotel bus trailer 1930s 1:43 scale resin KIT mastered by John Roberts
BJ018 Packard tow car for BJ015, BJ016, or BJ017 (1:43 scale resin transkit body only for Solido Packard, base model not supplied) mastered by John Roberts
BJ019 M8 Greyhound armoured car (ex Sun Motor Co 331, 1:50 scale resin transkit for Solido M20 scout car, base model not supplied) WB
BJ020K Sales trailer: Chips, ice cream,Refeshments, booking office, recruiting office etc (ex Sun Motor Co 204) 1:43 scale resin KIT adapted from BJ013
BJ021 Austin A60 Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin A60 saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ022. Vauxhall Victor Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Victor saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ023. Austin Allegro Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Austin Allegro saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ025. Commer ‘Cob’ Van.1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Hillman Imp saloon (base model not included) WB
BJ026. Morris Marina Estate.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ027. Morris Marina Pick-up.  1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
BJ028. Morris Marina Van. (‘Wimpey’ decals) 1:43 resin transkit to convert Vanguards Morris Marina saloon (base model not included) JQ
WB – the master was made for Model Auto by Bill Barnes of Tober Models
JQ – the master was made for Model Auto by John Quilter

The models which caught my eye at the time were the transkits. And this article shows the three I have made up, and the parts of a fourth which I have yet to paint and assemble. The kits are supplied are designed to make it quite straight forward to make up the model without too much “kit bashing” involved. Though sometimes parts from the original Vanguards model need to be cut to fit to the new model.  Care is needed though when stripping parts from the donor car such as the jewelled lights, headlight surrounds, wing mirrors etc.

BJ009 Triumph Herald Estate Car

Here the donor was easy to find as there are lots of cheap Vanguards Herald saloons as they sold them in a plain box for a cheaper price for a time. As can be seen mirrors, lights, bumpers, rear light cluster and base and wheels all come from the donor car. Inside the interior is re-used.

 

BJ011 Reliant Regal saloon

Here we have a kit to convert the Reliant Supervan made in Lledo Vanguards series into a Reliant Regal saloon. These cars were produced in significant numbers in the 1960s when their cheap tax was appealing. Always slightly dearer than the base Mini the attraction of their cheaper tax was lost on many. However, they did last well as the Fibreglass body was fairly robust, the simple chassis sturdy, and the small lightweight engine powerful enough to move the light car as quickly as was safe!

The lights, interior and base and wheels had to be swapped from the original model and a new body and vacform completed the model.

BJ024. Hillman Husky Estate.

A donor Vanguards Hillman Imp or other Imp based car is needed. From this jewelled headlights, wipers, part of interior tub, bumpers,  base and wheels are taken.  In this case the base, which also forms the cars sills and front valance, may need to be resprayed to match the new  body shell making this one of the trickier conversions. That means the steel wheels also have to be repainted in body colour.

It is always a good idea to find a donor car where the wing mirrors have not been fitted as removing them can be problematic though spares can be bought if needed.

The Husky was quite scarce so any model of this is welcome.

The Comer Cob would be identical though with blanked out rear side windows and a slightly different interior arrangement.

BJ028. Morris Marina Van

This kit was obtained on eBay in the recent past and is complete with its original Wimpey details, Wimpey are now part of Taylor Wimpey but they were previously a large general builder dealing with everything from Industrial plant to housing estates. As can be seen the kit provides a new body, interior, dash, and vacforms. To make it you need to retain the base and wheels, grilles bumpers and lights, mirrors and windscreen wipers from the donor.

The Marina van sold extremely well and was widely used. It was always a wonder why Lledo never made one originally as they could have sold it in many liveries. I look forward to making the kit up when the weather allows outside spraying again.


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