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'L'‚ge d'or des voitures franÁaises au 1/87į'
A new series of 1/87 models by Editions Atlas appeared on the market in 2005/early 2006 and to begin with, the link between these models and Norev is obvious. Even if the 2CV's are really different from the version already available in the current Norev line, the bottomplates bear the Norev name. No wonder Norev announced a 2CV Sahara and a Renault 4 Parisienne for May or July 2006.
The models are, of course, made in China, it's printed on the chassis of the
Peugeot 404 ('Peugeot 404, 1/87, Universal Hobbies, Fabriquť en Chine'). The models are sold
in sets of two in a display box, together with a fascicle about the car. Each
display box contains two versions of the same car, a street version and a more
specific on like the2CV Sahara or the Peugeot 404 Rally version. It's been said that these first models were a test, only sold in a few french towns, to see if such collectible series of 1/87 models would sell or not. I don't know if
that's true, and if it means the series can stop after only a few models, but
Editions Atlas offers a subscription to get two new models every month. Until
now five models in ten versions have been announced of which four are already
released; the two 2CV's and the 404's. Coming next are two CitroŽn DS's (a
normal and a French Police version), and then two Renault R4's (a normal and the
'Parisienne' version). If you suscribe to the series, you get two other DS models as a welcome gift, a convertible and De Gaulle's car (sedan with large open sun roof). I don't know what
the next models will be, I've seen pictures of Peugeot 203 and 403 models and
some others but the models pictured were 1/43 models made by Norev. On the
fascicle sold with the models, you can only find pictures of what appear to be genuine 1/87
The following models were released (set 1 and 2) / planned (all others) for the first series:
* Depending on where the models were released these can either appear as a set of two in a plastic case or as a single model (always the first model of the set) in a plastic case.
However... the series stopped suddenly, and re-surfaced after a couple of months with some changes:
Below you will find Sylvain's
comments on several of the Norev models released in the first series !
As for the Peugeot 404, after Brekina's wonderful 404, this new one is certainly less interesting. The overall shape is not so bad, but after having seen Brekina's model it looks, how can I say, too heavy, too flat. I don't have any old Norev's 404 at hand, so I can not tell if it has something to do with it. Anyway, it's much better looking in real life then in pictures. And it's certainly appealing, with its many details (as many printed details as the Brekina model) and its chromed and rather accurately designed wheels which look a tad large. A mistake, I think, is the chromed part around the front lights, which is too large, and the front grille, which is too small. Surprisingly, the model has a rearview mirror inside. The Rally version is very nicely decorated (it's a model of the car used by H. Lionnet and Ph. Hechle for the East African Rally in 1967), and it even has 3 additional lights on the front and one more on the door.
I have decided to subscribe to the series, so I hope to have more models to describe very soon. So far, I've only seen pictures of the next models, and they look interesting too. The DS seems perhaps not long enough, but with more chromed parts than the Busch. I can't wait to see the Parisienne. It should have an open roof too. And it seems that these Renault will have accurate looking wheels too. If the pictures do not show 1/43 models that isÖ Now that's all I can say about these new Atlas' models, they're not perfect and certainly not up to today's standards, but certainly interesting. Let's hope the series will contain some good surprises and not only new versions of Norev's older models. And let's hope it will be a success, and that it will make more french cars fans interested in our scale.