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· Nobby Berkshire
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These are only pictures and all close macro model photography bends and stretches lines, so you can't judge the model by a simple picture.

The Renault Alpine SCX made is a fantastic model and it runs incredibly well. Even after I downgraded to an old RX41 the car outruns all sorts of far more hyped-up models (including my two Pioneer Mustangs!!!)

These both looks fantastic to me. Much more 'vintage' and characterful than the amazing new Scalex MGB

 

· Gerald Lambourn
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Just finishing a Mille Miglia version based on the Lindberg kit of Mabel (MBL was a Berkshire plate), highly recommended if you can find one. SCX should be ashamed of producing Mabel as a LHD, there is so much documentation on this car which still exists. I'll bet the ladies don't have 1950's style clothing which is well shown in the Pathe Alpine video. It will be nice to see the corrected versions. Just wish I had a VIP one from years ago! Gerald L
 

· 1 hp Trabant is not my real car
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Interesting to see how reactions and opinions are so divided on this model
 

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Gareth,
Thanks for posting the details. I like the look of these cars and I'm pretty sure to buy at least one when the stampede dies down. They will tie in with the era-group that SCX are generating, Renault 8TS and Citroen DS..... they will need to do a fourth eventually to complete my set. Now, ........ the question is, what would be the best car? Maybe an Anglia, .... I have the Mini in the line-up right now but it's really post that time window in my mind even though I know the mini was DQ'd when the DS won a MonteCarlo.

Sad to hear the complaints here, SCX are producing very affordable, good, feature rich cars which you can put on the track without having nightmares about it being wrecked. If you want perfect detail never taken out of the box buy a die-cast specialist model. I strongly feel that the SCX are helping to keep the hobby alive through the availability of an affordable product..... nice cars.

Best to all - Highlander SCXWW
 

· Allan Wakefield
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Those that are wishing for an old VIP model instead of this? Sorry but you need a memory check if you remember that these were better than the SCX ones above! Ok the
SCX have issues if you are coming from other than a 'toy' side but VIP as an alternative? I think not.
 

· Allan Wakefield
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No GeraldL, I totally agree. Wrong side driver on Mabel, no outriders, out of scale figures, no door windows etc. Not great BUT it is a toy car and a little much to expect so many changes between two liveries and nothing us pedants can't fix.
I was just pointing out that compared to the VIP cars, these are really good
 

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I didn't want to be, but I'm on the side of the SCX-bashers for this one. I'm a big SCX fan and I'm glad that they're still producing very good cars at a very reasonable price - but they've produced a car here that seems more wrong each time I look at it. I can't believe that someone, somwehere in QA didn't look at the pre-production model and notice the obvious mistake with the steering wheel and the quality (or lack of!) of the wire wheels.

Having said all that, there's no doubt that I'll buy one and put some nice wheels on and at the price it will be at, I can probably live with the steering wheel issue too. And now I'm angry at myself for ranting about the manufacturer and giving them my money anyway!
 

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Adding fuel to the debate;

My VIP MGA cars (not all mint!)



And my Lindberg kit;


I'm a big SCX & MG fan (as if you didn't know that!). Agreed the Mabel car should be RHD not LHD, but don't forget the Cream car is LHD - not ideal and perhaps it would have been better to make the model RHD. Overriders missing is daft and should have been picked up. Figures - difficult to be sure until we see one in the flesh or more pics, but they do look a little large. Wheels look OK to me.

Better or worse than the VIP? IMHO SCX better, buy some margin, but i can see the appeal of the VIP cars, but more from a collecting persepective.
 

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My converted Lindberg kit has always been great! Good to see somebody mining the vintage cars again! I saw the recent Ninco Jag and thought I would get it until I saw the price $80+!!!!! Yeah when pigs fly!


BUt, I will be getting one of those!


If I had any complaint it would be that the grill could look a little better; but a little black paint will spruce it up fine!
 

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They're not bad and I'm sure it would just be the work of a moment to switch the steering wheel over or swap driver/passenger. I've just finished my OCAR version and have been told it's overscale, but it still looks IMHO v. good, as does Beejay's. Given that accurate resins can cost well into the £30s and still require a lot of work (not to mention costly extra wheels/chassis/etc), around £30 for something that can easily be improved doesn't seem too bad. It will be interesting to see how dimensionally correct it is. Good for SCX for venturing into this period. Now when's that Peugeot 203 coming?
 
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