Mat Irvine: The kit represents a vehicle that is a French classic. All long-standing car-producing nations seem to have a vehicle associated with that country: the United States has the Ford Model T, Britain the Mini, Germany the VW Beetle, and Italy the Fiat 500. With France it has to be the Citroen 2CV, so here Tamiya has scored a big plus with this choice of kit.
But it is a slightly more than just Tamiya, as the Fourgonnette is a co-operation with Ebbro, a company based in Shizuoka, Japan. Ebbro primarily makes diecast vehicles to 1:43 scale, so the introduction of a 1:24 kit may seem slightly odd. However Ebbro's founder and CEO, Makoto Kiya, used to work for Tamiya, hence the connection here.
The rear van bodywork can be built up separately, and it’s best to paint it without the roof in place, as the interior floor and walls were usually painted in the same shade as the exterior.
The rear doors of the model don’t hinge as such, but can be fixed closed or open. The same applies to the doors for the driver and passenger.
Grove Garage is owned by Alex Abadzis, who kindly supplied these pictures. I’ve been in touch with him to get the full story, which is a slightly convoluted one. Alex had originally imported the van from France and had it signwritten as shown here. But then he sold it on eBay, to someone in Japan, who shipped it over there. It then went to another Japanese owner, who worked for Tamiya, who may have been Makoto Kiya of Ebbro, though this part still isn’t clear.
The assembled 2CV Fourgonnette (below) which I have shown in a suitable diorama setting, even if the workshop probably doesn’t match the real Grove Garage. Various elements of the diorama are from Fujimi: the overall structure is made from two Garage Set kits, while other bits and pieces come from the Tools and Accessories Set.
Tamiya/Ebbro Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette
Assembled length: 150mm (6 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 93034
Thanks for the review kit to the Hobby Company, UK importer and distributor for Tamiya, and to Alex Abadzis for the photos and story.