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#61 The Creative Explorer

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 07:02 AM

 

American cars go through design cycles, rather than phases.  Some models undergo more changes than other in regards to mid-cycle "refreshing", but I appreciate the information.  By "model years" I just meant that I presume the EBBRO kit will be marketed as a 19xx 4L, and the Heller as a 19xx 4L, but the model years will of course be different to represent those different phases you're speaking about.

 

That's just the thing, 'we' don't market cars with modelyears, only the Americans do. We market them as a pre or facelift model. If we do add year to it, it is the construction date, to determine the age of the car, rather than the US-way of a modelyear.

 

I owned a Renault Clio II phase 1, a Renault 5 GTTurbo phase 1, A Megane coupe phase 2 and own a Renault 5 GTTurbo phase 2 and a Megane II.

My GTTurbo is a phase 2 and can be anywhere from 1987 up to 1991, my Megane II is a phase 1 and can be anywhere from 2003 up to 2006.

 

It is a culture thing, when pinpointing a European or Asian car, an American has to let go of the modelyears, as they are not used as such.

 

@Geoff, I know what you meant, and looking at the picture again, it lookes like it also could be a R4 phase 4, in which case the term much earlier can be applied, sorry.

I was referring to the original R3/R4, which has a significant different hood/grille.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:38 AM

Just had an email back from Manami Masuno from Ebbro, and have the following rlease dates :-

 

Open top type will be released in May.

Forggonett type will be released in July.

And Normal type will be released in September



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 02:50 AM

What about Plein Air?

 

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I guess it'll be

 

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time again.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:23 AM

Soooo....

We are getting 4 4L kits? Three from Ebbro and one from Heller? Who would have...

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:55 AM

For a first series Renault 4 (1961-1967) there is still the diecast option:

 

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:53 AM

Hot of the "presses" the first of the Ebbro 4Ls is officially available for pre-order from HLJ & Hobby Search.

 



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Based on the stock number it will indeed be the open top version (as discussed earlier in this thread) and right now has a tentative release date of July.  HLJ pricing is right around $37.50 based on today's exchange rate.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

 

Hot of the "presses" the first of the Ebbro 4Ls is officially available for pre-order from HLJ & Hobby Search.

 

Based on the stock number it will indeed be the open top version (as discussed earlier in this thread) and right now has a tentative release date of July.  HLJ pricing is right around $37.50 based on today's exchange rate.

 

 

Yea!  :D  So much cool stuff coming out recently, it's just backing up near my work bench!   I lived in Europe from 1969-72 and these were all over the place.    I specifically remember one trip we took from Germany, through Switzerland, to Italy in our '66 Valiant.  There was a family of 4 traveling in a Renault 4 that we kept bumping into along the way. They stayed in the same hotels as us for two nights, and we ran into them at tourist stops. The father tried his ten words of English on us, but just a lot of smiling and nodding.  Yea, I'll be needing a couple of these!

 

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and for those who think I just make this stuff up... that's my Valiant in Switzerland on that trip.  And that's my grandfather standing there.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:08 PM

Never thought you made it up once. I look forward to this one

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:17 PM

Well the release date I kept seeing was July 31st/August 1st, so it was a small surprise when this kit came in stock THIS morning.

Interesting features include all the required parts to build it either as a '67-'74 French Domestic Market vehicle, or a post-'78 (from what I can tell) export version. Two sets of interior & exterior mirrors, 2 sets of wheels, 2 steering wheels, and two grilles.

Also the canvas top can be posed open or closed, as can both doors, the rear hatch and the hood.

Edited by niteowl7710, 01 July 2014 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 01:15 AM

I have one on pre-order, hopefully I will have t sooner than expected ...

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:29 AM

Myself and James received our payment request for ours today .



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

FYI - the next installment of this series is available for Pre-Order. The 4 Fourgonnette is slated for a December release.

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:44 PM

For those that are interested, here is a look at whats in the box

http://s1105.photobu...iews/Renault 4L



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:29 PM

For those that are interested, here is a look at whats in the box

http://s1105.photobu...iews/Renault 4L

Odd and interesting. I'm not sure if I like the clear door panels, I think I'll fear masking off the glass. You only get one shot at screwing that up.  And four door cars with operable front doors only screams Matchbox car.  I do like the two sets of wheels, but cannot think of anywhere else I could use the 3 luggers.   Of course we will buy one when the situation allows. Thanks for the pix



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 03:42 PM

Odd and interesting. I'm not sure if I like the clear door panels, I think I'll fear masking off the glass. You only get one shot at screwing that up.  And four door cars with operable front doors only screams Matchbox car.  I do like the two sets of wheels, but cannot think of anywhere else I could use the 3 luggers.   Of course we will buy one when the situation allows. Thanks for the pix

 

They aren't operational unless you make them as such, they're either opened or closed out of the box. 



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 03:59 PM

 

They aren't operational unless you make them as such, they're either opened or closed out of the box. 

 

The doors or the windows?   :unsure:   They did the same thing on the 2CV Van..  



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:27 PM

 
The doors or the windows?   :unsure:   They did the same thing on the 2CV Van..  

Yes? Everything is one position or the other with perhaps the exception of the hood, which might hinge, it's hard to tell from the instructions exactly how that will work. Really nonsensical if it's like the doors, windows, back hatch and roof and fixes either open or closed.

Edited by niteowl7710, 13 August 2014 - 01:28 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:28 PM

Yes? Everything is one position or the other with perhaps the exception of the hood, which might hinge, it's hard to tell from the instructions exactly how that will work. Really nonsensical if it's like the doors, windows, back hatch and roof and fixes either open or closed.

 

well it looks like we'll have to fix all that!   I am finishing up my Trabant Universal Van and will be looking for a new project...  maybe that Ebbro 2CV van... and we'll figure out how to hinge them suckers.. prototypical or not. I want to be able to view and photo the model with the doors open and the doors shut.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:23 AM

Supposed to be released in December, but out TODAY, the 4 Fourgonnette is stock.

Basically the 4L with new body shell and interior parts. Retains the ability to build a French or Export vehicle of two different generations. Also has nifty "paper craft" sheet so you can load the back full of EBBRO shipping boxes.

Edited by niteowl7710, 19 August 2014 - 05:24 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:33 PM

For those that are interested, here is a look at the kit
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All the photos are here
http://s1105.photobu...t 4 Fourgonette

 

And photos of the 4L here

http://s1105.photobu...iews/Renault 4L


Edited by martinfan5, 07 November 2014 - 08:10 PM.