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French Friday: Quel Malheur!

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Ever since jobjoris showed his model of the 1954 Renault 4CV Coach Vernet Pairard R 1062, I wanted one really badly. The mix of style, a bit Renault Alpine here, a bit Porsche 356 there, and the fact that it is a totally obscure unicorn made it irresistible. They aren’t terribly hard to find online, and the prices weren’t that bad either. But most sellers in Europe think that Australia is at the other end of the solar system and charge completely insane postage rates. But I found someone in Germany who offered a fair price and fair postage. Unfortunately, the parcel seemed to have had a very bumpy ride. The result is above and below.

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Ouch! Closer inspection of the base revealed some nasty cracks around the screws that hold the model together...

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That had made the base of the model separate from the body on one side. Not good. So out come the tools, I had to take the model apart and re-assemble it in order to save it. I thought about turning it into a monster truck for about 5 seconds, but then again - it seemed like I could save it.

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When I put it together again, the right hand side of the rear fender separated from the body as well. #$$%^&*!!! Trying to fix that, I nearly broke off the rear view mirror. Sacre Bleu! These modern diecast are so flimsy.

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In the end, I got it all back together again, not without uttering a few more words I can’t mention here. And it was worth the effort, it looks really nice now, as it should. But - this one will live on its plinth in its plastic cover. It is just too fragile to roam free as most of my diecast do. And that’s a pity.

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As for the story of the actual car, you can red jobjoris post here.

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