Renault 5 TL 1972
Successful model. Even the wheels are close to the right size, which is rare.
The headlights (with silvering) and taillights are inserted, as are the wipers. The windscreen and rear window are flush; the side windows are not, but the roof pillars are thin enough that this is not noticeable. There is a 1972 vignette (tax) sticker on the windscreen, and an Elf sticker on the rear window! On the other hand,
Some criticisms: there is no Renault 5 TL marking on the tailgate, although it is present on the front wings. The black trim above the rear lights is too large.
Brown interior, black dashboard. On my car, the dashboard was badly mounted and protruded over the passenger seat. Door linings are shown.
Compared to the Herpa and Norev models, the REE version is much thinner, especially the windscreen pillars. Here are some comparative photos front, rear, profile, front three-quarter, rear three-quarter (from left to right, Herpa, Norev, REE).
See Andreas Plogmaker’s article on mo87.de.
Repositioning the dashboard, which required disassembling the chassis (one screw at the front and one pin at the back). The part has fasteners that seem to me rather badly designed, which could explain the bad assembly. These fasteners broke during the operation. Here is a photo of the dismantled car, with its dashboard in right position.
The Renault 5 (first generation) was manufactured from 1972 to 1984. It was the first production car (to my knowledge) to have plastic bumpers integrated into the body.
Features (1972 model): four-cylinder in-line engine, 956 cm3, 32 kW (43 hp) DIN. Tyres 135 SR 13. Top speed 136 km/h.