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Model vs Prototype #3
V&V 100 - Melkus RS 1000
A sportscar, with a two-stroke engine -
the only racer the GDR ever had.
Not only the Melkus' performance was similar to Western competitors (such as the Thurner RS or the NSU TTS): the fiberglass body was that of a real sportscar.
The V&V model had originally been issued for a German modelcar shop and is now available as whitemetal kit or assembled model. The miniature which is pictured here is the original factory built version in 'racing orange' (a silver variant without decals is also produced).
The people at V&V did a great job with converting the Melkus to 87th scale. The proportions are exactly prototypical and, moreover, the quality of the assembled model is convincing. The paint is smooth, the decals are accurately put and the photoetched parts are neatly fixed. Only the wipers are included seperately. It is however a bit disappointing to see the solution chosen for the headlights. It would have been prototypical to make them appear transparent, but they were just painted orange with the body. Using some silver color could have been acceptable, but that's up to the owner of the model now. Other points of criticism are the ill-fitting vacuformed glazing as well as the styrofoam inlet for the box, which is known to attack the paint.
Taking into account that the model
is a small series product, manufactured with a high effort, one can easily draw
the conclusion that it's a top of the line miniature in its category, although
not perfect. For all those who can't live with the faults of the assembled
version, there is still the kit!