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Post by scalainj » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:02 am

The Audi Quattro was first shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980 and it was the first successful production car to combine permanent four wheel drive with a turbocharged engine. The original concept dated from the late 70s from observations of the VW Iltis in the snow.
Audi chassis engineer Jörg Bensinger in conjunction with development director Walter Treser developed a four wheel drive car based on the Audi 80 (B2) floor plan, specifically the Coupe variant with which the Quattro shared many components, so much so that the internal production code was the same.
Introduced to the public in late 1980, early cars featured a turbocharged in-line 2144cc 5 cylinder engine which produced 197hp and 210 lb/ft the car stayed in production until 1991 going through 3 variants of engine (2144cc, 2226cc and 2226cc 20v) and two facelifts before production finished after 11,452 cars.

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by Tom » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:20 am

Great to finally have a good early :18 quattro. This one's calling my name loudly but I'm resisting...

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by GarageOnAWall » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:35 pm

The sealed car is on my radar now, great comparo shots Andy. Would I be right to say that the AA has better detailing? Even if true, I just cannot get over panel gaps of opening models. Both are lovely though, it's just a silly hangup that I have :oops: BB
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by scalainj » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:01 am

Tom wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:20 am
Great to finally have a good early :18 quattro. This one's calling my name loudly but I'm resisting...
It is yes. Autoart have been promising one now since 2005 and i have had it on pre-order for all that time as well.
I feel with the release of this that may now never come. This comes in black too Tom ;)
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The sealed car is on my radar now, great comparo shots Andy. Would I be right to say that the AA has better detailing? Even if true, I just cannot get over panel gaps of opening models. Both are lovely though, it's just a silly hangup that I have :oops: BB
Thanks BB. You would. The AA is the better model with the exception of the drivers door that will not stay closed. It is a more refined model
However the MC is perfectly decent and if the AA was released today it would cost at least twice as much
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by Tom » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:12 am

In fact a couple of spare AA quattros I had in storage fetched upwards of EUR 180 each recently.

I prefer the white on this early version as it's the same as the 1980 Geneva launch car. I am however not entirely ready to spend MC's RRP on these and I sort of promised myself to stick to :43...

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

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Tom wrote:
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In fact a couple of spare AA quattros I had in storage fetched upwards of EUR 180 each recently.

I prefer the white on this early version as it's the same as the 1980 Geneva launch car. I am however not entirely ready to spend MC's RRP on these and I sort of promised myself to stick to :43...

Nice - I sold my 'spares' off long ago. should have held onto them!
Agreed, that's why i went for the white as well
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by scalainj » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:51 am

Fiat built in conjunction with Bertone and Abarth 400 homologation variants of the 131 known as the Abarth Rally. Built on the normal Fiat production line as two door variants they were sent to Bertone who modified the rear metal work to accept independent suspension, and then added a plastic bonnet, boot lid and wheel arches before painting and trimming them. They were then returned to Fiat for fitment of the Abarth mechanicals.
The car was fitted with a 16v version of the 2 litre DOHC engine with a double Weber carburettor good for 138hp plus a gearbox without any synchromesh and in addition to the aforementioned independent rear suspension also featured brakes from the Fiat 127.

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by Serafa » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:32 am

I'm not a fan of the car, but the color and the wheels are ace.
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Post by Tom » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:14 am

I am a fan of the car. I have a 1:43 PW version and I always thought it was a product of someone's imagination. Happy to se that it's not and this looks fantastic.

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Post by LUW » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:12 am

VERY cool Andy! A pity it's out of scale, but still ice cool.
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Post by Alfaholic » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:52 am

Now you're talking - easily my favourite Fiat be far - Wonderful.
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Post by LM24HRS » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:30 pm

I might be old fashioned by today's standard but I do like the "square" look in some cars and the 131 is right on the money for me. Nice one Andy, impressed.
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by scalainj » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:37 am

Serafa wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:32 am
I'm not a fan of the car, but the color and the wheels are ace.
Not a fan of the 131! :o
Colour was the driver here for me - well and that it's a 131 Abarth
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I am a fan of the car. I have a 1:43 PW version and I always thought it was a product of someone's imagination. Happy to se that it's not and this looks fantastic.
Likewise Tom.
I have the 1/43 Trofeu and thought along the same lines
But it turns out it was areal car you could buy and some are still in existence
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VERY cool Andy! A pity it's out of scale, but still ice cool.
That it is Luc. Trust me it's in scale ;)
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Now you're talking - easily my favourite Fiat be far - Wonderful.
It's right up there on my list as well Martin. Cheers
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I might be old fashioned by today's standard but I do like the "square" look in some cars and the 131 is right on the money for me. Nice one Andy, impressed.
Then we will have to be old fashioned together Paul. I'm a big fan of the boxy look and the 131 is one of my favourite examples of such.
And Laudo have done this proud
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by scalainj » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:49 am

The fourth round of the 1973 ETCC was held at the Nurburgring and was a 6 hour race. It consisted of 2 divisions based on engine size, with Group 2 being for cars of 2.5 litres and above which for this race was eight BMW 3.0 CSls and seven Ford Capris. Also prior to the race BMW had homologated a new aerodynamic package (we call it the batmobile) and a new crankshaft enabling a 3.5 litre engine to be run.
Jagermeister Alpina opted for the new 3.5 litre engine for it's cars, the driven by Brian Muir & Alain Peltier qualified 8th but team leaders Hans-Peter Joisten and Niki Lauda were able to take the top spot by 3 seconds.
As is usual with the Nurburgring and particularly so in the 1970s this was a race of attrition with only 34 finishers out of 76 starters and in the top division only 5 out of 15 finished, 2 Capris in 5th and 10th and 3 CSLs who took the top 3 slots with Joisten and Lauda in third some 4 laps down on the winner after they had to pit from the lead with wheel bearing issues.

Minichamps - BMW 3.0 CSL - 1973 Nurburgring 6 Hours - H-P.Joisten and N.Lauda - 3rd
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Post by GarageOnAWall » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:01 am

Missed the blue Fiat :shock: Has there ever been a sexier 3 box design? Will likely by my first Laudo Racing 8-) The BMW is lovely as well although some of the other liveries seem more exciting - then again, I've never even had a Jagermeister before :roll: BB
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Post by Alfaholic » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:19 am

Ho hum, another BMW Batmobile - “whatever” as the millennials say.
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What I meant to say was Wow, Wow, Wow. I never get tired of seeing a CSL - they must have their own room by now in the Museum Andy.
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Post by Tom » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:13 am

I read the first line of your text and thought 'a CSL'. Excellent addition Andy, you must have quite the starting grid of CSLs by now.

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by LUW » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:56 am

scalainj wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:37 am
LUW wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:12 am
VERY cool Andy! A pity it's out of scale, but still ice cool.
That it is Luc. Trust me it's in scale ;)
No, no, you're mistaken: it's 2.389x bigger than it should be.
A shame, I tell ya!
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Post by Serafa » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:59 am

That CSL is ace in every aspect of it. The livery is AAA+ (even has the green details from Jägermeister), the "silhoutte" car body, and even the wheels fit it so well. Those things are an issue to me, looking at them makes me want to collect 1/18 as well. I must resist.
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Post by LM24HRS » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:57 pm

Andy, can't help but notice this post is coming up for an anniversary at the end of the year and here you are on page 131 :o Oh yes and by the way, a Fiat 131 on page 131 very good. :D

Goodness knows how may models you have collected over the years, where do you keep them all. :shock:
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Post by scalainj » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:52 am

GarageOnAWall wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:01 am
Missed the blue Fiat :shock: Has there ever been a sexier 3 box design? Will likely by my first Laudo Racing 8-) The BMW is lovely as well although some of the other liveries seem more exciting - then again, I've never even had a Jagermeister before :roll: BB
Can highly recommend the 131 BB. It's a great model and quality wise it's the same as Otto/GT Spirit
It's a bit of an acquired taste, bit medicinal really. I like it and the livery :)
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Ho hum, another BMW Batmobile - “whatever” as the millennials say.
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What I meant to say was Wow, Wow, Wow. I never get tired of seeing a CSL - they must have their own room by now in the Museum Andy.
Indeed, another. Last one for now
Not quite a room Martin ;)
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:13 am
I read the first line of your text and thought 'a CSL'. Excellent addition Andy, you must have quite the starting grid of CSLs by now.
I am predictable. Thanks Tom and yes I do. 12 at the moment
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scalainj wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:37 am
LUW wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:12 am
VERY cool Andy! A pity it's out of scale, but still ice cool.
That it is Luc. Trust me it's in scale ;)
No, no, you're mistaken: it's 2.389x bigger than it should be.
A shame, I tell ya!
Try this instead. Trofeu

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Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:59 am
That CSL is ace in every aspect of it. The livery is AAA+ (even has the green details from Jägermeister), the "silhoutte" car body, and even the wheels fit it so well. Those things are an issue to me, looking at them makes me want to collect 1/18 as well. I must resist.
I can only agree Bruno
I'm a big fan of both the CSL and the Jagermeister livery and subjects like this CSL do make 1/18 hard to resist
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Andy, can't help but notice this post is coming up for an anniversary at the end of the year and here you are on page 131 :o Oh yes and by the way, a Fiat 131 on page 131 very good. :D

Goodness knows how may models you have collected over the years, where do you keep them all. :shock:
8 years in the making to get to 131 pages especially for the 131 :D
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Post by scalainj » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:16 am

The RAC Rally was first held in 1932 and has continued to the present day although it is now called the Rally of Great Britain.
The 31st running of the event (numbered from 1951 when the rally started again after WWII in a guise we would recognise today) in 1982 there were 6 Quattros entered, 2 privateers and 4 works cars, 3 from Germany and one entered by Audi UK.
The third German works car was entered for Harold Demuth and John Daniels who would go on to finish in 5th place with the victory going to the Mikkola/Hertz driven works Quattro securing his 4th win and enough to give Audi the manufacturers WRC crown.

Minichamps - Audi Quattro - 1982 RAC Rally - H.Demuth & J.Daniels - 5th
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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:12 am

Nice add Andy. I've only ever seen the Audi Quattro rally cars in action on track at Goodwood FoS.

RAC Rally was very much a spectator attraction in the early to mid 1960s especially the year when Graham Hill and Jim Clarke driving Lotus Cortinas were guest pilots. That particular event gathered a night time crowd at the Severn Bridge Services. This 17 year old with new driving licence was among those spectators. As I only lived 15 minutes away from the bridge it was an opportunity not to be missed!

From 1970 the Ford Works Team Mk 1 Escort had enthusiasts cheering on Scandinavian and UK heroes. I recall standing around in a forest somewhere waiting for mud spattered Fords, Saabs etc to briefly hurl themselves through the narrow tracks before disappearing into the distance. Still have one or two grainy black and white pics somewhere.

A school chum of mine who is sadly now no longer with us, became a well known and respected privateer driving an Escort Mk1 in national rallies until just a few years ago. He was as much a catalyst for me following the sport as the Scandinavians in their works cars.

The BMC Minis winning a string of Monte Carlo rallies had caught the imagination of the UK enthusiasts. I've been fortunate to speak to Rallying Hero Paddy Hopkirk (now President of the BRDC) a couple of times at events where he's been a guest in the last few years.

Apologies for the slight diversion to this thread....

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Re: Andy's additions in 1/18

Post by Tom » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:40 am

Very cool quattro Andy, again really tempting. I'm currently debating selling off my SunStar 1:18 rally cars, which aren't as accurate as this. I have about 15.

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