Renault 4L from Heller and Ebbro

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interesting that such a relatively mundane people-mover only SLIGHTLY less ubiquitous than a 2CV would end up kitted. I once thought you could collect and send in Gitanes wrappers to get the real deal.

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If I'm not mistaken isn't the 4L the new "Pope-mobile"?

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I did just get my Citroen 2CV van kit and now this one!?! I seriously need one. I remember that these were all over the place when I was a kid in Europe.

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That will be neat to see...the van version would be neat also. I saw a green one like the pic below recently in an episode of the Irish crime drama 'Jack Taylor'.

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Whaaaa? I didn't even think Heller was still tooling up new stuff...and that 4L is awesome! Cool beans.

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They use them for hunting in the Dordogne. Unroadworthy R4s can be seen for sale bearing signs "pour la chasse" and they end their lives carrying 4 drunk shotgun armed french hunters round the woods in pursuit of deer and boar.

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I would never have thought that somebody will ever release a kit of this car in 1/24, so I bought myself a Fabbri/Quattroruote diecast 1st Series Renault 4L in 1/24 scale (see pics below).

The Heller version shown above is a 3rd Series car.

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That just could turn out to be the ultimate Sleeper! Imagine an otherwise Stock build but with Mini Cooper 1275S Engine/Trans and suspension :o

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WAT??? All I got was some French speaking model forum. No pics or nuthin, wats up?

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Cheers for the heads-up! It's about time that there was a kit of this. The description says that there are only 88 pieces though, but I hope it is full detail like Heller's earlier old / classic car kits. Btw, some definite good news is that several more of their old ones are being re-released - the Hispano Suiza K6, Bugatti T50 and Delahaye 135 :)

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Cheers for the heads-up! It's about time that there was a kit of this. The description says that there are only 88 pieces though, but I hope it is full detail like Heller's earlier old / classic car kits. Btw, some definite good news is that several more of their old ones are being re-released - the Hispano Suiza K6, Bugatti T50 and Delahaye 135 :)

The Renault 4 CV is only 88 pieces and it has an engine and everything else you'd expect.

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Thanks for the info' this one's going on the "must get" list, the Renault 4 was everywhere when I was growing up in Spain, as they were made in Valladolid, for the Spanish market.

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Thank You Luk! I REALLY like the Bugatti Coupe!

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Whaaaa? I didn't even think Heller was still tooling up new stuff...and that 4L is awesome! Cool beans.

They weren't for a while, when they went under along with Airfix and Humbrol, Heller was split off and placed into receivership by the French government while Airfix and Humbrol went into receivership in the UK. Airfix and Humbrol were bought almost immediately by Hornby, while it took a few years to get a buyer for Heller, but French toy company Joustra eventually acquired them about a year or so ago. The man now in charge of Heller is a relatively young guy, in his early 30's, he interned at Tamiya in Japan and helped with the design and tooling of some of their recent super-kits like the 1/32 Spitfire IX and P-51D. He seems very ambitious about doing new tooling at Heller.

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They weren't for a while, when they went under along with Airfix and Humbrol, Heller was split off and placed into receivership by the French government while Airfix and Humbrol went into receivership in the UK. Airfix and Humbrol were bought almost immediately by Hornby, while it took a few years to get a buyer for Heller, but French toy company Joustra eventually acquired them about a year or so ago. The man now in charge of Heller is a relatively young guy, in his early 30's, he interned at Tamiya in Japan and helped with the design and tooling of some of their recent super-kits like the 1/32 Spitfire IX and P-51D. He seems very ambitious about doing new tooling at Heller.

Thanks for the insight Brett. Sounds like good news for those liking out-of-stream kits.

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What's next? A Yugo?

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What's next? A Yugo?

Probably no Yugo...French cars from a French company.

Maybe somebody from The Czech Republic or Slovakia could step up to that challenge :)

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Agreed - I don't see Heller making something like a Yugo. However, if the R4 is a success, then perhaps we can hope that the next old car that they do in 1:24 will be that other French automotive icon, the Citroen DS. A Facel Vega would be fantastic, but sadly probably not mainstream enough...

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Agreed - I don't see Heller making something like a Yugo. However, if the R4 is a success, then perhaps we can hope that the next old car that they do in 1:24 will be that other French automotive icon, the Citroen DS. A Facel Vega would be fantastic, but sadly probably not mainstream enough...

A Facel Vega is my dream kit. Ma's Resin was supposed to be working on one in resin. Love to see one in mainstream plastic.

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I'd love to see them do a Citroen DS or SM. A Facel Vega would be cool, i have a 1:18th scale diecast one. A '70s Peugeot 504 coupe would be neat also.

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"Agreed - I don't see Heller making something like a Yugo."

Eh, it was just a joke. A little tongue-in-cheek cheekiness.

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However, if the R4 is a success, then perhaps we can hope that the next old car that they do in 1:24 will be that other French automotive icon, the Citroen DS.

I'm surprised that Heller hadn't done a DS in 1/24 scale. They did so in large scale. From the description of the new Heller, anything is possible!

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A Yugo would be sweet :P

As for the Renault, I'll just leave this here...

The chassis, engine and transmission are from the 2001 V6 Clio ;)

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