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I have just received Norev's Peugeot 905 LM 1992 winner.

Being my first Norev ever, I was curious about the model's general accuracy and detail level.

If the overall body shape and decoration seem to be correct (my only terms of comparison being a 1:43 made by Altaya and some photos from the web) - more correct by the way than the Altaya's which is no surprise -, when we start looking at details disappointments begin to rise one after the other.

I'm not even counting the fact that this is a sealed model - I was expecting that. And somehow I was prepared to face the non -directional front wheels - I hate it in a 1:18, but after all this is the only 905 in this scale out there for these next few years.

What I mean are those other omissions that could have been solved so easily. For example, there are no hollow intakes round the body, except for those big ones for the side water radiators - but don't look for any texture inside - you'll face two plain black walls!

The NACA near the windshield's base didn't deserve a mere flat black decal to simulate an opening. The same, thought less evident, goes to the rear brake and roof 'periscopes'.

Where are the exhaust pipes? They should come out on both sides, just ahead of the rear wheels; instead, there's only a smooth, 'C'-shaped relief which means that Norev knew that the exhausts should go there, but just didn't bother to add them.

If the headlights are so-so (I've seen much worse eelsewhere), the rear lights are fake - made of simple decals!

And don't look for any carbon fibre texture anywhere - there isn't the slightest trace of it. Just like the two roof antennas. Rien de rien.

After all I said, does this model have anything positive at all? Hmmm well yes - the wheels and tires look okay (red nuts on both sides???), discs have their calipers (but they're both fixed). The rear wing strut look realistic, as do both front and rear hooks. As far as can be seen, the cockpit, albeit on the poor side, at least has a dashboard with one or two displays, the driver's seat has safety belts (just molded and scarcely painted), the door opening latches and the refueling caps are well represented - but that's about all.

Maybe I'm sounding too harsh; I know that this is a budget model, so I wouldn't expect this Peugeot to match an AUTOart or an Minichamps 1:18 diecast. But even in the budget class Maisto would for sure have made it so much better…

This is just a quick first impression - I'll try and post some pics as soon as I get the time to take them - possibly after having worked on the model a little bit!
 

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Thanks Joao for that very detailed and honest asssessment of the model. At the end of the day, a potential buyer for the model can make an informed decision on what he is getting (or not).
 
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I think that the rear lights are actually fake on the 1:1
I remember them being fake (though not 100% sure) and Gran Turismo 4 on Playstation 2 confirms what I think.
 
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Ok, I did manage to spend some time making little enhancements to the Peugeot (in fact, not much could be done). The result, with pics and a model review, can be seen at my website.
 

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I thought you were reviewing a 1:43 model here! I read the review on your website as well, and I have to say it looks like there's a lot wrong with this model. Still, the work you did on it has made it look a lot better :nicejob
 

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I hate it in a 1:18, but after all this is the only 905 in this scale out there for these next few years.
You do know Spark is making a 905 model too Jay?

Anyway, thanks for the nice review...car seems not too too bad...I like those antennas you added...
 
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No, I didn't know about Spark making the 905, I thought that they would be releasing the Audi R10, the Pescarolo and the Matra 670 only.
Anyway, then again it will be a sealed model, with the probable advantage of a much better finishing... and a working steering (but all this of course at some 3x the Norev's price).
But now I will certainly wait for Spark's R10 instead of going immediately after the Norev... unless meanwhile somebody finds out that the R10 is much better in quality than the 905!
:cheers
 

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Hmm...
Well, If I can pick up the Norev 905 for under $30 I might just get it. Heck, I might even mod it with steering and rotating disk brakes depending on how the model is made. Same goes for the Porsche RS Spyder and R10, if the R10 has the same kind of (lack of) detail. :giggle
 
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Seems like Norev and Spark are direct enemies!

I heard that Spark is making the Audi R10 and Norev has just released the car.

I have doubt between wich brand buy. I have the peugeot 905 from Norev (Sealed, non directional) and two Audi R8 from Spark (One of them have two wheels glued and seems to be an usual deffect in this model).

Difficult election!
 
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To make things even more difficult, don't forget the price factor either. Sparks use to sell for 2-3 times the Norevs!
And another woodstick for the fire - the next Sparks will be resin, not diecast.
Decisions, decisions... :help
 
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Is it me or is the rear spoiler (Just like the Ixo/Altaya 1:43's) slightly in the wrong place?

Have a look at the position of the rear wing.




Seems to me that the wing should be lower down, nearer to the ground and further back away from the rear bodywork. Hope Spark gets this right.
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but those two pics seem to belong to another race rather than Le Mans.
On the first one, there's a French flag on the car's side, two small ventilators on the roof and a different front towing ring - all of these were absent at LM.
On the second pic, same goes for the towing ring.
And on both - where are those side exhausts?
So, it might well happen that, at Le Mans, the rear wing was in a little different position.

:confused :confused :confused
However, I agree with you in that the model's wing should be a little lower... and further back.
 
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I don't have any 1:18 resin model. Even in 1:43.

There is any problem with the resin scale cars???

I heard that are more detailed, but maybe are more fragile than die-cast.

Difficult decissions!!! :giggle
 
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