Mat Irvine: It's good to report that this year we have brand-new kits from Heller. Actually, for a French model company to take so long to produce that archetypal French delivery van, the Citroen Fourgon HY (below) is perhaps surprising, but at last it’s available. The Fourgon HY is to 1:24 scale, and is available either in kit-only form, or as a set with paint and cement included. Options for finishing the HY are near endless, from a French Police version to a mobile Food Van.
Perhaps the biggest Heller surprise (below) is the Ferguson ‘Petit Gris’ (Little Grey) tractor, also the subject of the very first Airfix kit. But that was 56 years ago and to 1:20 scale, whereas the new Heller release is to the much more useful kit-standard 1:24 scale.
The 1:20 scale Airfix Ferguson tractor (below) was first released in 1949.
The 1:72 scale Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet (below) should be of interest to aviation buffs. Here two Alpha Jets are portrayed in the markings of the Patrouille de France aerobatic team.
So it's interesting times at Heller. Even so, there is a seemingly strange omission in the range - no 1:24 scale Citroen DS or ‘Goddess' to be seen. And it’s even odder, bearing in mind that Heller already makes the car to 1:43 scale, and two versions in 1:16 scale. But we are due a DS from Ebbro, so perhaps that may prompt Heller to rectify this omission.
More on these kits when they arrive in the office for review.
Mr J note: I once rented a Mehari on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. It was as basic as could be, but Citroen’s amazing suspension gave a silky-smooth magic carpet ride over the steep rocky trails in the hills. The plastic body wasn’t exactly penned to win elegance awards though, and my fashionista gf decided that she wanted to be seen in a set of, "much more stylish wheels" another time.