Happy New Year everyone! I’ve seen Norev re-release this model in new colours just recently. It inspired me to dust off the original example of this scale model of the BMW M1 in Red. I acquired this model back in January 2012 for about $70 CND. It is diecast metal with plastic parts and fully opening with pop-up headlights! Norev along with feedback back from the collector community produced a well-balanced and well-executed model of the classic BMW M1. If you haven’t purchased one yet I suggest you make it a priority, the model is brilliant!
Other than the wheels, thank you, Uli Nowak, (I hope you’re doing better!. If you’re looking for the best scale model wheel reproductions look no further than Uli!) this model is as envisioned by Norev. Nicely detailed exterior and interior provide a well-balanced example in scale. Like I said $70 odd dollars back in 2012. This model excels from those mainstream manufacturers of today at 3-4 times the cost. You know them well, there is no need to mention names.
On a side note… This post is a reminder to where this hobby has gone from its glories days. And to those who are starting out in the hobby today and oohing and ahhing the sealed production or the half-assed open productions that are now the norm. Nothing against resin, composite or sealed, as I own a number of them myself. BUT the question still remains, if Norev can execute a product of this calibre, why is today’s product costing a lot more with a lot less in overall imagination? You novice collectors please educate yourself. Make smart buying decisions. Request more from the mainstream. And alas vote with your wallet.