By Maz Woolley
All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.
1:43 scale resin models of interesting subjects have been released by Milena Rose, a French company owned by Frederic Cros. Frederic is well-known for his 1:43 scale Silas models of British cars and his Milena Rose dioramas, but the French cars branded Milena Rose are a new direction for his business.
The cars modelled are examples of French cars made under licence in other countries with realistic detailing for the local version. They are resin models made in China for France.
#MR43002b Renault 12 Alpine 1978 (Argentine)
The R12 Alpine made in South America was an expensive car with the added cost of imported components. It was a sports version primarily intended to add some glamour to the whole range. The imported parts were also sometimes added to the more basic TL version when prepared for rallying. The car was certainly sporting with a top speed of about 109MPH from a 1397cc engine as used in the R5 Alpine which was built locally but from imported parts. The handling was also reported to be excellent too. Only 439 of these cars were made between 1977 and 1980 as they were essentially hand built and Renault Argentina had no capacity to increase production.
The Milena Rose model captures the special characteristics of this model well. The strange wheels are particularly well represented as is the bonnet bulge and the Alpine striping and script.
The photos suggest that a lot of effort has been made to capture the large number of dials on the dashboard and the special seating fitted. The registration plates are also in an Argentinian format.
#MR43003a IKA Renault Gordini DA-2V
Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced nearly 100,000 Dauphines and Gordinis under license from Renault License in the Santa Isabel factory between 1960 and 1970. The strange front bumper was required by laws in Argentina and give the car a very different look from its French equivalent.
The photo above shows clearly the very different bumper unit as well as the local badging which has been faithfully reproduced.
The front and read have realistic local registration plates and the lighting is all separate lenses neatly fitted.
The Renault and Gordini badges are separate parts fitted neatly to the side. My one criticism is that the chrome window surrounds on this model look a little heavy.
#MR43003b Alfa Romeo Renault Dauphine
Alfa Romeo built the Dauphine under license between 1959 and 1964 in Portello, Milan. Differences from the French model are limited apart from Magnetti-Marelli 12 volt electrics and the logo “Dauphine Alfa Romeo” or “Ondine Alfa Romeo”. It is said that this model was produced to broaden the Alfa Romeo range and it sold quite successfully for a time.
The photo above shows clearly the special badging as well as the Milan registration plate.
And the special Alfa Romeo badge has been reproduced at the from of the car as well. The front wing has the Dauphine Alfa Romeo script as well to complete the local features.
#MR43003c Henney Kilowatt (Renault Dauphine)
The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car made in the United States and launched for the 1959 model year. It was based upon a Renault Dauphine body and had batteries and electric motors fitted. It was built by Henney Coachworks for the Eureka Company.
The 1959 models all ran on a 36-volt system of 18 two-volt batteries in series. The 36-volt cars had a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and could run approximately 40 miles (64 km) on a full charge. After the 36-volt system was proven to be inadequate the Kilowatt drivetrain was redesigned by Eureka Williams as a 72-volt system for the 1960 model year. It employed 12 six-volt batteries in series. The 72-volt models were much more practical than the 1959 36-volt models. The 1960 Kilowatt boasted a top speed of nearly 60 mph with a range of over 60 miles on a single charge.
According to the official Eureka Company corporate history there were a total of 100 Henney Kilowatts manufactured during the entire two year production run, but of those 100 cars only 47 were ever sold. Few examples exist today.
The Milena Rose model replicates key features such has the Kilowatt badging and the heavier bumpers for the US market.
A New York City number plate has been included as has the special badge on the bonnet.
An interesting set of models of less common versions of very popular French vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this range develops.
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