Last week, I published pictures of some card models that I built whilst on holiday: here. These were all downloads from Dave's "Cut and Fold" Card Creations site and a wonderful resource it is! I also mentioned in passing that I had started (but not finished) a 6-wheeled, pink Rolls Royce. Well, I've now completed FAB1 and here it is! There's also a nice, simple bonus model that only took me a short while to make.
In keeping with her extremely glamourous position, Lady Penelope was driven about in this flamboyant and brightly-coloured Rolls Royce by her dour butler/chauffeur, Parker. Parker was a reformed criminal whose underworld contacts and burglary skills often came in useful, but his driving of FAB1 was near-legendary as well.
The limousine was not just a luxury transport, though. FAB1 had more gadgets than one of James Bond's rides, including multiple weapons, defensive and anti-pursuit measures. Heck, it could even drive on water at up to 50 mph! Mind you, I don't like to think too much about the fuel consumption it must have required...
- Size: this paper model measures about 10.5cm . That works out at 1:60 scale, which is a tad small for 28mm figures such as the Crooked Dice "Daredevil sister" shown in the picture. A purist might want to scale it up by 6% or so, but it's close enough for me.
- Issues: Like many of Dave's paper car kits, the wheels are just single-thickness disks. For gaming purposes I prefer to make them a bit more robust and so I've added treads to them.
The clear, domed hood looks like a real pain to build from card. Actually, it was much simpler than I had expected and went together quite easily. It still shows a few rough edges, though.
The "flying lady" hood ornament was described in the kit as "optional". No kidding - it was far too small for my level of skill - and it would have been very vulnerable as well.
- Overall: 4/5. Another fine model of an iconic TV vehicle. The canopy is slightly odd, but given the limitations of paper as a modelling material it is surprisingly effective.
It was often criticised for not being much of a car (to put it mildly!), but that's really missing the point. The Robin was designed to fit with the lesser requirements of British license and tax regulations that more usually applied to motorcycles. I'm simplifying a bit here, but the result was that it was much cheaper and simpler to run than a 4-wheel vehicle.
This particular Reliant Robin was made famous after it appeared in an episode of the BBC's Top Gear motoring programme. In that, I believe M969OJB was driven by (and lambasted by) Jeremy Clarkson. This kit has a small image of Mr Clarkson in the driver's window.
|Oh, look - he's rolled it...|
- Size: I calculate this Reliant Robin model as 1:52 scale. Like FAB1, that's about 5 or 6% wrong for 28mm models, though in this case it's too large. Still, it's not enough of a difference for me to care.
- Issues: none, really (other than the picture of Jeremy Clarkson - I'd have preferred not to see him in the window!) There were a number of very small optional extras in this kit, such as more detailed wing mirrors and "anti-roll" bars (a Top Gear addition and not part of the manufacturer's specification for this vehicle, I suspect); I left these off.
The wheels for this model are necessarily small; that may give trouble to some model-makers (indeed, I nearly lost the rear wheel treads several times!)
Note that I have adapted my build of this kit somewhat. Dave's original has a separate underbody, but I've just taken the printed "chassis" and attached it directly to the outer shell. I think it works pretty well that way!
- Overall: 4.5/5 . This was easy to build and is very suitable for my gaming needs. I think I'd have given it 5/5 if it didn't have the separate underbody and the picture of a grinning idiot in the window!
What can I say? These are both fine models in their own ways. FAB1 is the epitome of 1960s glamour, chic and hope for the future, whilst the Reliant Robin was a very easy build. I hope to use both of these in my games, in due course. Probably not in the same game, mind.