In the last couple of days we often had modelcars in sacle 1:8 and 1:12 in our blog. Sizes, in which miniatures - if you can call them that - measure in this length up to more than a half meter. Minichamps presented the Porsche 964 and the Benetton B194 in this scale for the fair, but is also increasingly devoting itself to the almost smallest of all modelcars. The French from Norev also fill gaps in this area: last week's delivery includes famous role models from the 1960s and 1970s in the program of the makers from Vaulx-en-Vaulin not far from Lyon. We take a look at the most important innovations of this size and go back to the toy fair and the innovations from Minichamps in this segment in the middle of the week.
The Renault Alpine A110 from 2018 was a prime example of expansion in the scale of 1:8. Its design is clearly the same as the original vehicle from 1973, for which Norev is now launching a miniature in format 1:87 and in classic blue under item number 517816. The detailing of the diecast model is impressive: the chrome-plated bumpers and the trim strips on the bonnet are superbly designed; the appearance and lines fit perfectly. With the Peugeot 204 from 1966 (472414) we still stay a bit in this era, but Norev jumps into the 1980s with the Citroën Mehari 1983 and the Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1987 (471716). The same goes for the Renault 4 GTL of the same year in grey metallic (510086). Models after their role models that have hardly been considered on model railroad layouts so far.
This also counts for the numerous Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche Panamera and especially the Brabus 4x4² on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²; Minichamps is more involved in this area than Wiking or Herpa and does not forget to convert the basis models as the Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG into 1:87. The company from Aachen also offers classics as the Porsche 911 Turbo of the model series 930 and 964, as well as brand new Mercedes-AMG GT-R 2017 of the Racing-Academy (870037224). McLaren sports cars have been announced at the toy fair, the BMW i8 Roadster, the new BMW X5 and X7 in 1:87, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG 1971 as well as the G-Class 1979 and the Porsche Taycan. That obviously means creating space for the scale 1:87, because it requires less space and with car dealerships and other accessories a collection can be decorated differently than in 1:43 or 1:18.