Welly Alfa Romeo 147

By Maz Woolley

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We recently featured a PEGO Lancia and some PEGO Alfa Romeos and shortly after I stumbled across a Welly 1:43 scale Alfa Romeo 147 model diecast in China which complements them.

The Alfa Romeo 147 replaced both the 145 and 146. and was available as either a three or five door hatchback. It was succeeded by the new Guiletta. It was fitted with a wide range of petrol engines from 1.6 litre up to a 3.2 Litre and a single 1.9 Litre Diesel. These engines gave it atop speed that varied between 114mph and 153mph.

Welly models have previously had limited appeal to collectors. In the past they have largely been designed for youngsters and had opening features with large panel gaps and half doors and were often to scales that do not greatly interest collectors. But fairly recently they have introduced the NEX range of 1:43 scale models with no opening parts and a decent level of detail at budget prices. Apart from the inevitable VW Beetle most of the models seem to be based on relatively modern vehicles like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Mini Cooper S, Jaguar F Type Coupé, Audi R8, Porsche 911 Carrera in hardtop and roadster, BMW X3 and 330i, VW Golf GTI, and Mercedes-Benz ML-350 and SLK-350.

The model is painted well in a nice metallic blue paint. The glazing is flush fitted and has the black window surrounds painted on it. The Alfa badges are nicely done, I think that they are decals rather than printed. On the hatchback door the badging is neatly printed and shows that this is a fairly basic model as it is badged as fitted with the 1.9 JTD Diesel engine.

The lights front and back are all separate inserted plastic lenses reflecting those fitted to the car well. Indeed the front lenses actually model the round lights within the lights. The front grille is simply modelled but has the gaps in black which makes it effective. The windscreen wipers are moulded in black plastic and fitted into a black plastic insert below the window screen which looks very convincing.

From the side the wing mirrors are well modelled and even have reflective lenses. and the alloy wheels are convincing and include the brake discs behind, albeit that they rotate with the wheels rather than remaining static. The Driver and Passenger’s windows are modelled open.

Inside the interior is moulded in black but has a lot of detail moulded into the door cards, dashboard and central console areas. Indeed the dashboard actually has printed instruments and the console has printed switches and details. The seats are neatly moulded and include central arm rest in the front.

Underneath quite a bit of detail is modelled in as is a neat dull silver exhaust box and pipe.

This model will display well next to the earlier Alfa’s from PEGO and will look their equal even though the Welly is a budget model sold for a very keen price.

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