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Not a model, but a cool replica - NIVA!
Mechworker
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 20, 2013
KitMaker: 215 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 01:50 PM GMT+7
My love of the odd and eclectic doesnít just confine itself to building loser cars and weird airplanes. No, it goes much further than that, and is increasingly finding an outlet in terms of die cast replicas. Now, I know that there are all kinds of impressive large-scale cars out there, but not only are they big, theyíre also expensive and rarely weird.

No, Iím more into things like Hot Wheels J2000s and Yatming Vegas to bother with the normal stuff. One thing, Iíve found, though, is that the Russians make darned good, almost impeccably good, 1/43 die cast cars. These are right on part with Franklin Mint issues, with good interiors, engines and chassis, as well as lots of opening doors. One of the most deluxe Iíve found is actually a car most of us will recognize: the much loved/maligned NIVA!

I picked this up a while ago at a toy show, and couldnít resist. While itís not a model you build, itís certainly as well detailed as many 1/32 or even 1/25 cars (depending on the kit). Check it out, and then tell me youíre not impressed!

https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/cool-stuff/1-43-tantal-lada-2121-niva-with-skif-trailer/


gaborka
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Borsod-Abauj-Zemblen, Hungary
Joined: October 09, 2005
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 - 01:43 AM GMT+7
I had this model when I was a child - these cost pennies in toy stores those years in Hungary - say early 80's - (I also had other models from the same range, Volgas, Ladas, Moskvitches etc., these were all well detailed but the Niva was the most elaborate). The Niva did not tolerate much playing though - the actually working, very detailed scale suspension fell apart very soon. Nice find nevertheless!

Mechworker
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 20, 2013
KitMaker: 215 posts
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
Wow... they were that cheap, eh? Good deal!

I paid quite a bit more than that, but then again I did get one that had survived and made a long trek over here. I likely overpaid, but it was too cool not to have. I'm glad it was from an adult collector, no worries about rough handling! It was never opened until I got it, and of course, it hasn't seen a lot of "sandbox" off roading! Just shelf duty for this little guy!