Category Archives: Renault

More Pocket Money Toys – Majorette

By Maz Woolley

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

Majorette were once regarded as the ‘French Matchbox‘ as they made small ‘fit in  a three inch box’ models sold at pocket money prices in French shops and supermarkets. Once part of a group with Solido they both ended up as part of the German Simba-Dickie group, owners of Schuco,  after they went bankrupt in 2009.

In a previous article I have looked at some of their limited editions but here are two models from their ‘Street Cars‘ series which are sold all around Europe on bubble cards like Matchbox or Hot Wheels. These models are diecast in Thailand to variable scales as they are designed to fit a standard blister pack which is used for all models in the range and doesn’t even have the make and model of the car on it..

Fiat 500

This model of the popular small Fiat is not based on the current version as the rear light printing has yet to be altered to create the body coloured panel in the middle. But it is a neat model of Fiat’s baby with the Fiat badges being neatly printed and small enough to need magnification before you can see how accurate they are. The baseplate states that it has been modelled to 1:55 scale.

The side profile is excellent and the standard fit ‘speed wheels’ even look like some of the more extreme alloys fitted to small cars. The painting even has a slight hint of the pearlescent sheen often used on these small Fiats.

At the front the 500 logo used in advertising is well printed as is the badge and front decorations. Lights are just printed areas of silver paint but they are quite effective.

To the rear the rear hatch, lights and number  plate areas are well modelled. Though the lights could be properly divided up to reflect the light clusters better.

The interior has no door cards but the seats are well represented and the moulded dash board is a good shape and the Fiat gear level mounted in the dash is well modelled.

Renault Twingo

Another popular car with the young, and the first saloon car in a long time with a rear mounted engine. Very much Renault‘s competitor to the Fiat 500 though its four doors make it the more practical and utilitarian of the two.  The detailing is pretty close to the current Twingo production model. The baseplate states that this has been modelled to 1:55 scale.

The side profile captures the car well. The ‘speed wheels’ again look like some aftermarket alloys fitted to small cars so do not look too out of place.

From the front the Twingo lights and grille are exceptionally well represented for a budget model. A dark plastic insert is used which is very effective. Painted small additional  lights and the black bumper panel complete a good front end.

Again the rear has been well captured with the badging nicely done. Printed rear lights are basic and again should be striped with amber and silver as well as red.

Inside again we get no door cards but a convincingly moulded set of seats, dashboard and steering wheel.

Pocket money toys they may be but they are also good, and reasonably detailed, models of every day cars that can be recognised from the streets.


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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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News from the Continent June/July – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

Solido models are diecast in China for France. Solido is part of the same group of companies as Schuco.

June 2018

1:18 Scale

S1800405 Citroen Acadiane “La Poste”

 

S1800903 Citroen Traction 11 CV

 

S1801106 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR

 

S1800802 Subaru Impreza #5 Rally Monte Carlo 1995

 

S1800823 Alpine A110 1800S #1 Tour de Corse 1973

 

S1801501 BMW M3 Sports Evo black 1990

 

S1801502 BMW M3 saloon – red – 1986

 

1:43 Scale Models

 

S4302600 Bugatti T35B 1928 – blue

 

S4302700 Mercedes-Benz 190E saloon – 1984 – silver

 

S4302800 Renault Fuego 1982 – blue

 

S4302900 Simca Rally 2 1974 – yellow

 

S4303000 Jaguar D-Type 1952 – British Racing Green

 

S4303100 FIAT Panda 1990 – red

 

More SOLIDO 1:18

 

S1800305 Citroen Dyane 1974 – blue

 

S1800406 Citroen Acadiane “Michelin”

 

S1800506 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 SCCA Rally

 

S1800804 Porsche 911 SC Group 4 Rally dÁrmor 1979

 

S1801105 Porsche 911 RSR Sunoco 24 h of Daytona

 

S1801402 Fiat 500L 1969 – pink

 

421184670 Citroen 2CV6 “Cochonou”

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DeAgostini Dinky 268 Renault Minicab

By Maz Woolley

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

The model discussed in this article is the sixteenth release in the DeAgostini Classic Dinky Toys collection and one that has a strong appeal as it did not appear in the Atlas Dinky series. It has been made for them by Norev in China. It is #268 Renault Dauphine MInicab. It is unusual for this series by being a UK Dinky release, though based on a well established Dinky France casting #524 from 1959 with fitted windows which replaced the same car without windows sold as 24E from 1957. So why did Dinky UK adopt this French model?

In the early 1960s a small firm called Carline realised that the Black Cab (mainly Austin FX3s and FX4s) monopoly in London was based on them being the only service allowed to ply for hire but that if people ordered a car over the phone to a central office who dispatched the cars the service could be provided outside the Hackney Carriage regulations. Starting with a small fleet of Ford Anglias Carline’s minicabs began to hit the streets of London in early 1961.

Shortly after that Michael Gotla a young, and publicity conscious, entrepreneur started Welbeck Motors who went on to be the public face of the early Minicab. He ordered a large number of red Renault Dauphines and also gained further income by applying adverts to them, something that only happened to Black Cabs in the 1980s.  Dialling WELbeck 0561 would summon a car for one shilling per mile, considerably cheaper than a Black Cab. At this time Black Cabs were not keen to leave Central London as it made picking up the next fare more difficult so calling a minicab was often quicker as well as cheaper particularly in Outer London suburbs.

There were several pubic conflicts between Black Cabs and Minicabs, as there have been recently between Taxis and Uber drivers in a number of Cities. This generated a lot of publicity and press coverage which encouraged Dinky to show themselves as up to date by modelling the minicabs which were being regularly pictured in the press and seen on TV. After all all they had to do was get raw castings and glazing sent to them from France, create a new baseplate and box,  apply some red paint, and add transfers.

Following an unfavourable court case the first generation of minicabs faded away in London only to return later when regulations became more favourable. The short period of operation  of Wellbeck Motors didn’t matter to Dinky who sold the model from 1962 to 1967.

The model from DeAgostini differs from the original Dinky in one key way. Unable to get a license from Meccano to reproduce their advert on the model DeAgostini had Kenwood printed on both sides which reduces the accuracy of the replica though sets of transfers are available if anyone wanted to add a Meccano advert over one of the Kenwood adverts.

The Dinky France Renault Dauphine was a good casting though already over five years old when used as a minicab. It captures the real car well and it is 1:43 scale unlike most UK Dinkys of the time, though this is not stated on the UK made baseplate.  The printing of the adverts is well done on the replica with some depth to it replicating the bulk of a transfer, though of course the absolute accuracy and well aligned prints are perhaps ‘better than new’.

Certainly an interesting model for DeAgostini to offer and one that it is worth seeking out by those who are not collecting the series because they already have the Atlas Dinky Collection.


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DeAgostini Dinky 518 Renault 4L

By Maz Woolley

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

DeAgostini Dinky Models seem to continue to be being sold by Tesco supermarkets here in the UK. This is very unusual as these cover mount publications usually become available by order only after part three. I would speculate that DeAgostini has a lot of the Italian Dinky collection left over and is trying very hard to sell them here in the UK. NB this is not overstocked Atlas product as the base plate does not have Atlas on it. This is part thirteen of the DeAgostini part work.

The Renault 4L from Atlas was covered on our old site and an article was brought over to this site and can be read here.  Atlas had the car painted in pale blue, a colour which never appeared on the UK market. Here DeAgostini has had it painted in brown in a colour that did appear briefly on the Dinky UK price list.

The Renault 4 was an important car for Renault to offer an option to  move to front wheel drive and the latest 5 door style. With a little more power than a Citroen 2CV or Ami, and a little more room, it is clear what the target was! At this time Renault and French Dinky cooperated on several models so that the model could be launched simultaneously with the car and this was the case with this model which was released in 1961 in several colours. Later it was used as the basis of a fire car and a post car.

The casting appears identical to the Atlas one and is a good replica of what was a fine casting.  French Dinky definitely set the standard for Dinky toys in the early sixties with quick releases of fine castings to a constant 1:43 in most cases. Sadly Dinky UK didn’t seem to see a need to produce in constant scale or to cover a wide range of new releases.

A nice period colour to add to the collection.


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News from the Continent April/May 2018 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs all provided by the manufacturer.

This article covers two sets of news from NOREV. Unless otherwise stated all models are diecast in China for France.

April 2018

1:18 Scale

181622 Citroen Dyane 6 1977 “Caban”

 

181650 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Hello Yellow & Black Airbump

 

181651 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Pearl White & Chocolate Airbump

 

181660 Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 – Emeraude Blue & White deco

 

183455 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 saloon 1976 – green metallic This model sold out on pre-orders before even being released to the shops.

 

184881 Peugeot 309 Gti16 1991 – Miami blue

 

185242 Renault 4 Parisienne 1964 – black & red

 

185225 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Tonic orange

1:43 Scale

 

820313 DKW 3=6 Coupe 1958 – black

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182056A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

 

Peugeot 103 L 1972 – Orange

Minijet “3 inches” – made to fit box

 

310611 Citroen C3 2016 – Red & Black

 

310901 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

310903 Renault Megane RS 2017 – Orange

May 2018 Announcements ‘Norev stay in the Race !’

1:18 Scale

 

181630 Citroen C3 WRC 2017 – Official Presentation Version

 

182719 Ford Capri Mk. III 2,8 Injection 1982 – chrystal green metallic

 

183452 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2018 – red

 

183635 Opel Manta A 1970 – Lemon green metallic

 

185226 Renault Megane R.S. 2017 – Sirius yellow

 

Scale 1:43

 

830027 Audi 80 quattro saloon 1985 – blue metallic

 

820302 Dkw f89 Delivery van “German Post”

 

517961 Renault Trezor Salon de Paris 2010

 

840095 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1981 – Anthracite grey metallic

1:18 Scale MAXIJET

 

182065A Solex 1966 – black


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Atlas Deluxe Dinky 537 Renault 16

By Maz Woolley

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

Despite the Atlas UK company being wound up some collections continue to be supplied by Atlas in Switzerland. DeAgostini also seem to be using Atlas stored email addresses for mail shots of DeAgostini goods which may be a dubious practice under the new European Data regulations.

The Deluxe Dinky collection continues, though with substantial gaps between the dispatch of each model.

The latest model to arrive with me is the recreation of French Dinky 537 Renault 16 in mid-blue first sold in France in 1965. It was also sold in a light blue and metallic grey. Interestingly the blue shown on the box was never issued by Dinky France but when Dinky UK re-used the mould for #166 in 1967  they issued it in a dark metallic blue even though the box illustration showed the car in gold which it was never released in as a model!

The mould was used further for a Spanish made French model #538 of the R16 TX which was coloured metallic purple though the box art showed it in dark red.

As usual the French Dinky box features a nicely painted scene with the car making its way round a Parisian roundabout with fountains and classic buildings in view. Pretty, but the complete lack of other vehicles make it unlikely event!

The box lets us know that Renault gave special permission for French Dinky to create this model whilst the real car was being prepared and to launch it on the same day that the real car was launched.

The French Dinky model is excellent in many ways far superior to contemporary UK made Corgi or Dinky models as it is made to 1:43 scale and although it includes opening features they do not intrude too much upon the shape.  It even has clear plastic inserts for headlamps which was far from common on other toys in 1965.

Dinky included Renault lettering to the rear which is rather over scale but this was a toy! The rear lights are also just a quick dab of red paint which doesn’t cover the whole light unit.

Under the bonnet we find the spare wheel cast in. Fitting wheels under the bonnet was done in many Citroëns and even the Mark IV Zephyr and Zodiac. Only minimal details are moulded in and little picked out.

The rear door opens to reveal the luggage area which can be enlarged by sliding the rear seat using the red button underneath, as shown below.

Along the side at the rear the moulding is cast in though not highlighted. It does not look the same as the moulding on the cars shown on the Internet which had a Renault script to the rear and then a sharply pointed line in front of it. The one cast in looks like it has a a chrome line with a  circular badge cast in half way along. Did Renault change the badging when developing the car too late for Dinky to re-do the master?

The wheels and tyres are standard French Dinky items with no attempt to replicate those of the real car. The car has the usual French Dinky steering mechanism which works as well as it does on other vehicles, i.e. not very well due to the design.

Some collectors are a model ahead of me and they have recently received the Simca 1100 which I look forward to soon. I also hope that some of the Ford Galaxie 500, Mercedes 230SL, and Alfa Romeos being sold on DeAgostini ModelSpace have been reserved for Deluxe Dinky Collectors as the first two appeared in all the series marketing!

As the Dinky collection models are not being dumped I assume that licensing contracts prevent that happening and that Atlas will continue to send subscribers models stockpiled from the French collection as long as they stay subscribers and stock is large enough. I expect they will then dispose of surplus using the DeAgostini website or even an Italian partwork.


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Hachette Italy World Buses – Part 12

By Fabrizio Panico

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Another lovely triplet of models from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French series “Autobus et autocars du monde”, produced in Bangladesh for Ixo. This time a real icon from Renault, an ex-pat from Leyland and an almost unknown Belgian one.

No. 34 (no. 29 in the French collection) Renault TN6-C2 1934 – We have already met Renault and its AGP Saharien (see seventh part, no. 19), but the TN is really a must for everyone, usually identified with Paris and seen in every black and white French movie. From 1931 Renault delivered its new TN chassis’s to many French towns, at first with an on-line four cylinders front engine (TN4), and with a six cylinders from 1932 (TN6A).

The Parisian buses were bodied by the STCRP (Société des Transport en Commun de la Région Parisienne), using aluminium sheets over a wood frame, with an open rear platform for the town, and a closed body for the suburbs (nicknamed “hen cage”). Much more comfortable than the previous Schneider or Renault, they were the first to use pneumatic tyres, with double wheels at the rear axle. But the engine was a bit too fragile, and it was soon replaced by a new six-in-line, powered by a ternary fuel made of a mixture of one-third of alcohol, 1/3 benzol and 1/3 petrol (TN6-C). The last version is the TN6-C2, but the difference with the first generation is above all aesthetic, with “artillery” wheels with star branches and an enlarged windscreen. They were retired in 1969, after a very long service.

The scale model is the faithful reproduction of a restored vehicle, part of the “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 Region (see www.amtuir.org).

As usual there is a plastic multi-part body and a metal chassis. Classic green and cream livery is well reproduced with a nice advert for Canigou (pet foods). There is a basic interior with a very nice drivers cab. Many separate small parts are fitted. This is a a beautiful model rich in old-world charm, it is a pity that they used an unrealistic shiny metal support inside the rear platform. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.

No. 35 (no. 30 in the French collection) Leyland Victory Mark II 1979 – Leyland Motors Ltd was a British vehicle manufacturer of trucks, buses and trolleybuses, with a long history dating back to  1896 and the foundation of the Lancashire Steam Motor Company in the town of Leyland in North West England, They were renamed Leyland Motors in 1907 when they took over Coulthards of Preston. Between the Great War and the Second World War Leyland produced many different vehicles, from luxury touring cars to light utility cars like the Trojan. During the Second World War Leyland was involved in war production, building the Cromwell tank as well as medium/large trucks such as the Leyland Hippo and Retriever. After the war the Centurion tank (of Dinky fame) was made. Many trucks companies were incorporated in Leyland, like AEC, Albion, and Scammel. It diversified into car manufacturing with its acquisitions of Triumph (1960) and Rover (1967). In 1968 it merged with British Motor Holdings to form the British Leyland Motor Corporation, to become British Leyland after being nationalised in 1975, then simply BL, and in 1986 changed its name to Rover Group. Leyland Trucks depended on British sales as well as on its established export markets, mainly centred on commonwealth and ex-commonwealth markets.

In the early 1980s export sales were drying up in many places. The business was broken up and while Leyland Bus was bought by Volvo Buses in 1988, the original Leyland Trucks business eventually became a subsidiary of PACCAR. The Leyland name and logo continues as a recognised and respected marque across India, the wider subcontinent and parts of Africa in the form of Ashok Leyland. Leyland Motors established a number of milestones that set bus industry rends, like being one of the first manufacturers to design chassis for buses that were different from trucks, with a lower chassis level to help passengers to board, They created the Titan and Tiger ranges in 1927 that revolutionised bus design, and the trend-setting Atlantean rear-engined, double-decker.

The Leyland Victory Mark II was a front-engined, double-decker bus chassis manufactured between 1978 and 1981, developed from the Guy Victory J, and specifically designed to operate in Hong Kong mainly by Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) and China Motor Bus (CMB). The body was designed by Alexander, with a narrow entrance door and a central larger one, while the engine was a Gardner six cylinders with 180 CV. The Victory had a notorious reputation as an unsafe bus, mainly due to its soft suspension and high centre of gravity, which makes it prone to overturning. It was very popular in Hong Kong and also known as “chicken” because its soft suspensions made it behave like a chicken when accelerating or decelerating. Some of the ex-CMB Victory Mark IIs have been saved for preservation, mainly in Hong Kong, while one was donated to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum.

The scale model is very likely based on one of the preserved buses, with a nice CMB livery in light blue and cream. It has a metal lower body, plastic upper body and chassis. A basic interior is fitted with a red ticket machine, and unfortunately the realism is affected by the use of un-prototypical shiny metal supports inside the body. Many small separate items are used, like lights, grille, mirrors and wipers. It has very nice wheels and side windows, though the windows are lacking horizontal bars, needed for safety reasons because of the sliding windows. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.

 

No. 36 (no. 28 in the French collection) Brossel A92 DARL 1962 – The Belgian automotive industry is often overlooked, but it is a thriving and dynamic one. In the past it could offer many revered brands, like Minerva, Imperia, Nagant, FN, Metallurgique, and Vivinus . After the Second World War domestic producers soon disappeared, but at the end of the century Belgium was one of the largest European automakers with an annual output up to 1.2 million from the assembly plants of brands like Opel, Ford, Audi, and Volvo. Its export-oriented auto industry has shrunk by half in recent years (to 500 thousand units) due to strong competition with imports from near and far Eastern producers, but today more than 90% of the vehicles produced in Belgium are still intended for export.

Brossel Frères SA was an old manufacturer of trucks, buses and autorails, based in Brussels from 1912 until its demise in 1968, when it was bought by British Leyland and its name disappeared the following year. At the end of the 1950s Brossel developed with the coachbuilder Jonckheere a high capacity urban bus powered by a rear mounted Leyland diesel engine. The French town of Lille, near the Belgian border, favoured them to replace its old Isobloc buses. Saviem (then the owner of Isobloc) wasn’t interested in the contract and Brossel won the order for more than 150 buses.

The A92 DARL (Diesel ARrière Lille) chassis was similar to the Leyland Panther one, with a considerable front level difference to reduce the height of the floor as much as possible. The double wheels on the rear axle offered excellent driving characteristics. Typical of the last DARL produced was the spherical cylindrical windshield, which reduced the light reflections experienced by the driver.

The scale model has the usual plastic body and metal chassis with  the exhaust is enhanced in silver. The destination board reads “Valenciennes” a town about 50 km from Lille, while the cream and olive green livery is that of the CGIT (Compagnie Générale Industrielle de Transports) of Lille. The registration plate is from Lille. Usual separate parts like mirrors, lights and bumpers. Very nice wheels, windows and doors. The interior is typical of the French standards in the 1960s, the few seats arranged like a sitting room, with almost all the platform left to the standing people. A nice addition of a not so common bus, only seen in France and Belgium. No apparent differences to the French edition.


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Atlas Dinky Deluxe – 1424 G Renault 12 Gordini

By Maz Woolley

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My deliveries of models in this collection seem to be a month behind some others who have just received a Peugeot 404 Commerciale. The model I had delivered this month is a replica of 1424 G, a Renault 12 Gordini.

Dinky made the most of this casting releasing both a R12 and R12TL as 1424.  As I understand it this was produced from 1969 in France and then later in Spain.

A considerable effort was involved in creating the Gordini version which had filler cap re-positioned, bumpers removed, and a new front grille. This was made in France first, then later by Pilen for Dinky in Spain with yellow headlights.

The replica captures the original well. Though the opening front doors are curious as they are fully glazed but do not have the upper door frames. This is the kind of compromise that Dinky Toys and others made at the time.

Sadly the model has standard silver spun hubs and not the Gordini Alloys shown on the Box.

The shiny grille from the original model is dropped for a matte black one as fitted to the Gordini. But without extra printing the grille lacks the silver lines and Renault badge that are there on the original vehicle.

The rear view is rather severe as only the lights and number plate bear any printing. The Renault badge and boot catch are there but are not picked out. The “go faster” stripes are pretty accurately positioned but the printing is a little thin and doesn’t cover as well as might be desired on the bonnet.

Some have complained that the drivers door does not stay shut. Looking at the mechanism it is quite different to a standard UK Dinky one. The door card is actually metal and fixed onto the door shell and extends to form the hinge rather than the door being cast with an integral hinge. This makes the hinge much less intrusive and the door open in a more realistic way. A nice model well reproduced by Atlas but like others before it in this series many will have already bought this from China on eBay after its release in France.


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

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

1:43 Scale

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

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

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

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

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

 

1:43 Scale

 

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

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

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

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


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