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Renault, Citroen, Trabant

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I can't believe how long it took me to get around to building these models. Maybe a year! I thought they would be Winter 2015 builds. Of the bunch, the Trabant was the toughest, mostly because of the trim. With the other builds, I tried my hand at making workable hinges and it turned out ok. I used reference photos of the 1:1 cars to decide on the color schemes. Purchased some aftermarket decals for the Renault. 

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Those are all very nice! Great underhood detail, but I would add the headlight wires on the Renault.

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Hi Doug, man I just had a big grin viewing these models.  Well done!

These cars were seen everywhere in all of Europe back in the day, even the "Plastik Bomber", the Trabi in eastern Europe.  They were real stinkers though, just about indestructible.

Then the "Duck" in all of its various styles.

Just the R4, I don't understand what Harry means with the headlight wires.  The car appears to have French plates, what's with the wired headlights?

Nice collection, thanks for showing.

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Just the R4, I don't understand what Harry means with the headlight wires.

What I mean is that when the hood is open, you can see the back side of the headlight buckets, but there are no wires going to the headlight bulbs.

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Thanks for the comment, guys. . I'm all for more detail - I may check out reference photos to see where those headlight wires go. 

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Got it!  Thanks guys.

Doug, the car has Euro plates, that would definitely mean the headlight bulbs would be replaced, not the whole headlight should the lamp not shine anymore.  On a simple car like the R4, that would mean the juice goes directly to the bulb socket in the back, meaning right in the middle of the lamp housing.  I've replaced many halogen lamps bulbs on economy Euro cars, they were all middle.

But never on a Renault car, so there is a possibility of being otherwise. 

 

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While not the type of build I personally would do, these are some of the nicest builds I have seen in a long long time. All three are out standing in fit and finish.

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Go Trabant, Go!!!

Hey Doug, I always thought one of those Trabis would be cool with an injected small block, they're light as heck and would look good with a fat tire out back.

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10Thumbs - I have another of those Trabants. I was thinking of slamming it, painting it a matte color - so may the injected small block will be included. 

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Really well done models, seldom seen on this side of the pond.  Thanks for sharing.

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Great looking models of vehicles we rarely see stateside. Nice stuff.  :D

(I'd love to have any one of them in 1:1 for a shop truck, too.)

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Well done! So few people do these wierd little cars but I do enjoy seeing them and have built a few myself over the years. Scratch built the Citroen panel about a year before the kit came out and have built a couple of Trabant sedans but not the universal yet. You' done a great job on all three and I'd be proud to have models this well built on my shelf.

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