Originally Posted by bibbster
We've been discussing these on another forum over the past several days [...]
They seem to have taken queues from the Fly version as some of the details like panel shapes, lines, etc. are not like the 1:1 car.
Originally Posted by bnovamodels
Fly foreshortened the overall length to fit in their cases.
Interesting info indeed, bnovamodels...
That explains why the overall shape an design features of both the Fly and Racer models of this car are so similar, and also quite different from the real car in certain areas:
So the designer of the old Fly model deliberately shortened the characteristic long and sleek nose of the car just so it would fit inside the standard Fly display perspex box.
And as Racer for the its new car apparently took a short turn and used the old Fly design as a pattern model rather than the real 1/1 car, the same old (too) short nose prevails for yet a generation. As well as several other "Fly characteristics", different from the 1/1 car, in the overall design of the Racer.
Isn't life wonderful?
In the picture below the similarities between the old Fly and the new Racer models can clearly be seen. Note how the yellow guide lines corresponds almost perfectly between the new Racer and the old Fly version of the Lancia Beta Montecarlo.
Also note how well the blueprint (top) and the picture of the real car (bottom) corresponds, and also in what areas both the Fly and Racer models differs from the real car. This is extra clear in the nose portion and in the area between the door and the rear wheel. The Fly and Racer are both too short in the front and too long in the door-to-rear wheel area.
Coincidence? I think not.