When I decided to change scale, it was clear from the beginning, that I had to have a Traction Avant on the 16 mm scale version of Nystrup Gravel. Now it has arrived in the form of a 1:18 Maisto model of a TA 15-Six from 1952.
|The overall impression looks very much like the real Traction Avant. The car received progressively more chrome as the years went by. A lot of chrome is present on my 1952 model.
|An illustrative overview of models and production numbers.
The Traction Avant is famous for being designed with a hydraulic brakes, unibody construction and traction through the front wheels and a strikingly aerodynamic body. In Denmark the Traction Avant was popular and used by many different users, from directors as an imposing company car, the national police to car owners with a desire for a comfortable car. For small business owners it was even available as a small van.
With a second hand model you usually have to accept a few scratches and a missing part or two. I have found three small scratches on my TA and no missing parts. The wind shield is a bit dusty, but that and the scratches will be taken care of.
|The TA is a long vehicle. The 1:18 model is 26 cm long from bumper to bumper.
|All doors open on the Maisto model. The interior seems a bit too light in comparison with most original photos of TA interiors. I will check if I need to change colours on floor and seats.
|For a large scale model the wind screen wipers are not particularly well detailed. Another area where I will have to do some research. A small damage in the paint above the wind screen will have to be repaired as well.
|Both sides of the bonnet opens to reveal the six cylinder engine. It's not as detailed as e.g. an engine in a Norev-produced car. A repaint of the engine will help a long way, but I will probably replace and add detail as well.