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Chaps. There's a number of 2CV kits on the market (maybe all Heller based?), which do you consider the best of them? A good friend of mine had one back in the eighties and I loved it! It was a hoot! Deckchair seats, fold back roof and slightly opening windows that flapped around like a demented sparrow! I'm just looking to build one to wind the family up. I've always promised I'd own a real one at some point in my life. They swear they'll dis-own me if I do. Rick.
Ok so I decided it best to finish off this build, seeing as it's a Christmas present for a friend. I started the build in September but by early October it was officially stalled. The large gap between the cabin and rear load area floor is liveable but the ill fitting windows chipped away the paint and also I dropped a small dot of glue onto one of the rear ones, which of course has fogged one side of it. That was the point I cried enough. Considering the reputation of Ebbro and the fineness of the Tamiya kit upon which this kit is based, add to that the cost of it. I was thoroughly disappointed with the kit as a whole. It truly felt like a cheap transkit. Upon restating the build I went in with a clear mind and finished it within a week. Testament to how close I was to finishing it the first time around. But again the exhaust system doesn't fit. However it'll likely go unnoticed by my friend, and is destined to adorn a shelf without much further inspection once the initial unwarping upon Christmas morning is dispensed with. Anyway I've probably made the kit sound a lot worse than it is but I defo wont be buying another. I was looking at getting the pickup version when it's released but I'd rather my money go to Beemax or Bellkits who are bringing out excellent kits and deserve to know so lol. Anywho, Pics ahoy: TTFN Ashley.
Bonjour mes amis! My first thoughts when asked about La Belle France aren't wingy things (although I thought about a Rafale) or tracky things (although I thought about a Le Clerc). No the first thing I think of is food (and the second thing is wine!). What could be more French than a bread van? (I did briefly contemplate doll's house scale baguettes, maybe later, if we get hungry!) But a bread van on its own would be a bit, well, plain, ne serait-il pas? So I thought it ought to have some company. (Plus at first I couldn't find the Tamiya/Ebbro 2cv van I originally thought of). My LHS had an Ebbro Renault 4 on its shelves, and the R4 was the most produced French car ever, so that fell into my hands. Then some googling showed me they did a van version (chapeau Bengalensis of this parish) and then that the Revell 2cv seemed to be highly regarded. So one of each of those was obtained. But wait, the van sold in the UK doesn't come with the iconic La Poste and Renault Service decals? Pah, then my friends we must order one direct from France, bien sûr. Cherbourg Maquettes did the honours, and helpfully confirmed by email that the desired decals were in the box. Googling to find a French supplier told me that Heller were about to release a hard top R4L with Police markings. More googling suggests this may be a tie in with Ebbro, who haven’t released a hard top but have tooled one, which is available as a spare part. So back onto the internet, and a pre-order has been placed with Heller. Alas, it hasn’t arrived yet, although my card has been charged, so I’m impatiently hopeful. (Those with a memory for French films of the 1980s will perhaps recall that a little blue police car has a brief cameo in Betty Blue). So here’s the cast for this little experience. I’ve never built a car kit before, so be gentle! Pain quotidian by jongwinnett, on Flickr
There are a few reasons for picking this particular kit: I never usually built cars. I've never built a resin kit. I don't think anyone else, so far anyway, is doing one. And finally, it was in my stash. Most of us will have come across a tin snail, but not many will have seen the 4x4 version. (These are not to be confused with the more recent Louis Barbour conversions). The Sahara was made by Citroën in the late 50's and early 60's. It had two engines, one in the front, the other was installed in what had been the boot. I don't know very much more about them other than what can be easily gleaned from the interweb. I believe there are only about 27 of them left. If anyone knows anything about them, or if one can be seen in the UK, please send me a message. This is the Vroom kit which I got secondhand some years ago. The only included paperwork I have is a photocopy of a French publication which has information about the Sahara and some handwritten notes concerning which colours should be used. There are no assembly instructions as such, mind you, it doesn't consist of that many parts. There are some photoetched windscreen wipers, vacformed glazing, chromed mirrors, steel axles and vinyl (?) tyres. So it is something of a multimedia kit. I don't suppose I'll be assembling it as is. There are a few alterations I'd like to make. But I'll research matters a little further before I commit to anything. Also, I'd like it to be weathered, set on a small base and not merely be displayed sitting on four tyres. We'll see..................