BoS 1:43 Tatra 87
Tatra made just over 3000 of these between 1936 and the early 1950s. The Model 87 replaced the 77. It had a 3.0 litre air-cooled V8 mounted at the back, which gave it famously tricky handling.
This resin BoS model strikes a good balance between quality and price. It's nicely finished and fairly well detailed. The headlights are very good.
They've captured the sleek shape pretty well
Although this is perhaps a model that looks better to the naked eye, there's not much to complain about.
Neo 1:43 Tatra 600 'Tatraplan'
Tatra made 6,342 Tatraplans between 1948 and 1952. It had a 1,952cc flat four engine, rear mounted of course.
Drag coefficient was 0.32
Neo's resin model of the Tatraplan is exceptional
Note the tiny chrome 'nut' that's the fastening for the 'spat' over the rear wheel, and the 'Tatraplan' badge over the front wheel. The deep shutlines also deserve a mention.
Really good interior detail, and those minute rear lights...
At this scale, it doesn't get any better
BoS Models 1:43 Tatra 97
Tatra designed the 97 in 1936 as a smaller and cheaper sister car to the big V8 powered 87. It had a rear-mounted 1.8 litre flat four engine.
The Tatra 97's technology was 'stolen' by the Nazis and used by Ferdinand Porsche when he created the VW Beetle. Tatra was finally awarded compensation in 1967 after many years of litigation.
This is a resin model of the Tatra and on the whole hard to fault, if not quite up to the standards of Neo's resin models.
The overall shape is just right, and there are some nice little details like the tiniest interior mirror you're likely to see.
Note the very finely detailed grab handles on the backs of the front seats