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#1 OFFLINE   T1000

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 07:51 AM

Just around the end of 2019 Norev released their 2018 Bentley Continental GT. As someone who didn't reallly like the original Continental GT but grew to love it as years went by, it was a similar-but-faster story with the new GT. Originally I didn't like it, but when I saw more of it I started to really love it.

As a result, I kept a close eye on Norev and them releasing the model. Found one and ordered just before Christmas. First working day after the holidays and it's finally here. Yay.

The model itself is quite nice. It's fully openable and with a decent amount of details. There are even some stickers in the engine bay and on the inside of the bonnet.

The big front grille is actually perforated and you can see the radiator behind it. The lower and side grilles are solid, but the mesh is raised so it gives an impression of being perforated as well. The headlights are also nice.

The wheels are also good, but the brake discs feel a bit too plain, but then again they are the same on the 1:1, too... I feel like the ride height is a bit high. The suspension is on springs so that's easily fixable, if you manage to find where the screws are hidden, lol. A project for a later time.

Around the back we have a nicely done job along with photoetched "Bentley" writing. The taillights are nice and the trunk is full size and fully carpeted, even the backs of the back seat.

The interior is also nicely done with lots of details along with some photoetched parts at the door sills. Also carpeted and with nice seatbelts albeit they are mostly hidden behind the massive seats.

The price of 125 eur is a bit on the heavy side for a typical Norev, but they have put in some effort on it and are probably paying a premium for the Bentley license, so... Overall a nice model for sure. Basically if they put more realistic hinges on the hood and trunk and you have a high-end competitor.

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 08:46 AM

that looks very classy and elegant; the previous version was a bit too brash to my eyes.

looks like Norev has done a good job, there. I've yet to be disappointed by Norev. Great pics, too :-)

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 09:00 AM

Thanks :) It does indeed feel very refined as a car and Norev did it justice.

As for my pics.. Sadly, the lens of the camera on my phone (a very old phone these days) are getting foggy, so the quality suffers, but.. It's diecasts or a phone and diecasts win for the time being :drool5:
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 09:12 AM

View PostScuddy, on 02 January 2020 - 08:46 AM, said:

that looks very classy and elegant; the previous version was a bit too brash to my eyes.

looks like Norev has done a good job, there. I've yet to be disappointed by Norev. Great pics, too :-)

Never liked the Audi-based previous gen either. The engine sits in front of the front axle on those cars, as a result the front wheels are too close to the doors, that created really awkward looking proportion for a GT car.

This generation is based on the new MSB platform, which is developed by Porsche and it is true RWD-based. The front axle has moved to the correct location, the entire proportion from A pillar forward looks a lot better now.

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 10:54 AM

Not my type of collecting but is a splendid model from Norev. Excellent quality for the price.

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 12:06 PM

View PostMSZ, on 02 January 2020 - 09:12 AM, said:

View PostScuddy, on 02 January 2020 - 08:46 AM, said:

that looks very classy and elegant; the previous version was a bit too brash to my eyes.

looks like Norev has done a good job, there. I've yet to be disappointed by Norev. Great pics, too :-)

Never liked the Audi-based previous gen either. The engine sits in front of the front axle on those cars, as a result the front wheels are too close to the doors, that created really awkward looking proportion for a GT car.

This generation is based on the new MSB platform, which is developed by Porsche and it is true RWD-based. The front axle has moved to the correct location, the entire proportion from A pillar forward looks a lot better now.

That's very interesting re: the compromises of the original car's platform. Thanks for the insight :-)

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 01:19 PM

Nice addition and I think that color is the BEST for this Continental :occasion14:

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for the overview and the pics - they seem to have done a pretty good job! It would have been cool to see the cutout for the rotating centre screen and that screen in the position as shown below, just to add some extra detail to the upper dash....

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 08:53 PM

Yeah, I was also hoping for that, but not surprised to see they chose the entire clean look. Still, at least all of the buttons, the dial on the clock, etc, are properlyl labeled.
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:19 AM

The level of this model is where Minichamps used to be at the price point Minichamps used to be, which is not bad at all.

Great to see that an opening diecast can still be (kind of) affordable.
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:44 AM

Considering that Norev still has opening diecasts for below 100 EUR, this one is definitely on the pricey side for them. Hopefully, just because "it's a Bentley" and not a sign to come for future releases :hope:
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 11:53 AM

That Bentley looks really nice.
It is definitely on my list of future buys.
I am hoping they are doing the red one.

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:57 PM

I agree with you that, by the price that you can obtain, it's a very good option this Continental!

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:08 AM

I also prefer this generation of the Continental GT, ih "hides" its proportions much better than the first gen (thank you EXP Speed 6 concept for that). The model looks quite nice indeed but yet I think it's a bit overprized, especially considering it has a detail level on par with the GTAutos and costs almost double...
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Posted 02 April 2020 - 09:18 AM

Yes, it is a bit overpriced, although it's nost as overpriced as the Maybach, lol. Still, the Maybach is a 4-door. They are on a bit of a discount now, so they are a bit cheaper ;)
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