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Paul H

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In Topic: Lindberg 31 Bugatti Victoria

28 February 2015 - 01:42 AM

Such a pity that the Esders has not been kitted (although this Lindberg kit looks like a good starting point for a conversion) - it and the Coupe Napoleon are the definitive Royale bodystyles imho.


For those not familiar with the size of the T41 Royale, in the '80s a Frenchman built a 7/8th scale Coupe Napoleon using a T46 as the starting point (iirc, the chassis required a wheelbase stretch, but the rest was the appropriate dimensions) and that was still a large car.  The story was covered in two or three articles in the UK vintage car mag 'The Automobile'.

In Topic: Lindberg 31 Bugatti Victoria

27 February 2015 - 10:09 AM

Btw, the Binder Coupe de Ville is the one depicted in the Bandai 1:16 kit.  It is not to be confused with the far better proportioned Coupe Napoleon, which is available as a 1:24 Italeri kit.

In Topic: Revell Bugatti EB110

18 February 2015 - 12:54 PM

Unfortunately, I sold mine just before Christmas, and it was still all sealed in the bags, so I hadn't had the opportunity to test fit any parts.  However, when comparing the unbagged bodyshell to that off the Heller / Airfix EB110 that I also (and still) have, I didn't spot anything strange or obviously asymmetrical about it.  If you haven't already done so, is trial fitting the windscreen not any good for checking whether the A pillars are still as they should be?

In Topic: 3 Nürnberg 2015 toy fair photo reports, courtesy of IPMS Germany

31 January 2015 - 11:40 AM

What do people know about the Heller E-type Jag models? Are these new? If not, are they any good? And where's the best place to pick up Heller kits in the United States?



No idea about availability on your side of the pond.  These kits are old - IIRC dating from about 30 years ago, but IMHO are vastly superior to the Monogram coupe, and a noticeable improvement over Revell's roadster.  Not as nice as the Gunze Hi-Tech roadster though.  Worth noting, to avoid any confusion, that Gunze reboxed some Heller kits, including the E Type coupe.


The box art displayed in the show photos looks like it uses the same artwork images from the original release, so don't draw too many conclusions from that.  It is very nicely detailed, including underneath.  The wire wheels are a single moulding, but good for the age of the kit - careful paint washes would make them very presentable.


I have original releases of both waiting to be built (as well as the remnants of an Airfix rebox that I built as a child) - I can take some pics if of interest?

In Topic: 3 Nürnberg 2015 toy fair photo reports, courtesy of IPMS Germany

30 January 2015 - 12:13 PM

It looks to me like the R4 is a completely different tool that is not related to the Ebbro at all.


Ah - I'd (mis)understood that it was a joint project.  I prefer either all opening or none opening when it comes to doors on models - otherwise imho the panel gaps tend to look mismatched, so it will be interesting to see how the Heller R4 compares to Ebbro's one.  Tbh though, with Ebbro's DS, the Tamiya Gullwing and these Heller new (and re-releases), 2015 looks like being a fantastic year for kits of classic European cars.


*Puts the DS, Gullwing, Fergie and Mehari on the shopping list*



We need some Peugeots and Simcas next. And a Panhard.


Btw, Air Trax do some in resin - 404, Chambord and 24CT respectively.  A 203 would be interesting as would a 304 cabrio.