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Italian Light Civilian Car
Italian Light Civilian Car (Hard Top) w/ Lady & Girl w/ Dog
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]


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Introduction

This rendition of the Fiat Topolino is the third from Bronco Models and this is the third review of this kit by Armorama. Thus I won’t bore you with the vehicle history and details. For comparison and details, you can find the other reviews at the links below:

DAK Topolino Review

Civilian Topolino Review

This release of the Bronco kit is another civilian variant of this little car and includes two new civilian figures, a lady and little girl, as well as a dog.

Contents

As with the other release of the Topolino from Bronco Models upon opening the rather large kit box, you will find a lot of empty space. There are five sprues of plastic, mostly smaller sprues.
There is one small sprue of clear plastic for the windshield and windows. There is also one small fret of photo-etched and a small sheet of decals.

As for the body of the car, it is very nicely packed by Bronco, safely protected in a molded plastic packaging inside another box. This is definitely the best packed body of a vehicle I have seen.

With the nice color instruction sheet, there is a full color image of the box top art.


Review

This kit represents the hard top version of this little car. Looking at the plastic, the moldings are very well done. I did notice some ejector marks, but they don't look like they would show after building, as well I did not find any flash or any other issues with the moldings.

With the kit is included a fairly well detailed interior and engine. Looking over the interior parts, one thing that stood out for me was the molded detail on the interior door panels. Also, the kit provides the option of leaving the bonnet open for those who wish to show off the engine.

The new parts included in this kit are the two new figures and dog. The figures include a women, dressed in a long coat wearing a hat, while holding a suit case. The second figure is a little girl wearing a dress. Both figures look to be well done, but I did felt that the facial detail is a little on the weak side. Also included is dog figure, looking to represent a Dalmatian. The dog figure looks great, and would make for a great addition to a diorama.

The color instructions look to be well laid out, including color painting instructions for the figures and three color options for the car. Being a civilian car, you could paint it almost any color you would like.


Conclusion


Over all this looks to be another great looking variant of the Topolino kit from Bronco Models. While the car itself is more or less the same as the previous releases, the addition of the new figures makes for some interesting potential for dioramas. The only weakness I found in this kit was some not so great detail on the faces of the figures. In terms of interesting diorama potential, I would definitely recommend this kit.
SUMMARY
Highs: The kit itself looks to be a great kit, with the new figures, adds some interesting options for diorama potential.
Lows: The faces on the both figures are a little weak.
Verdict: Great diorama potential, recommended
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: CB35167
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Italy
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.97%

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

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Don't forget that the Dalmation has different coloured eyes for those who want the detail spot on.
DEC 01, 2013 - 04:41 PM
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