by: Michael Mitchell [ ]
Background Launched in 1955 at the Paris Motor Show, the Citroen DS was a sensation. Although its arrival had been long rumoured and allowing for the fact it came from a manufacturer known for innovation, it still exceeded all expectations. The styling, of course, caught the initial attention compared to the staid designs of the 1950’s from other manufacturers. However, the car masked even more radical advances on the mechanical side, the most famous being the use of hydraulics for the suspension. The DS range was in production for 20 years with about 1.4 million cars sold worldwide.
This model, the Citroen DS 21 was introduced in 1965 with further refinements including swivelling headlights and more powerful engine. It hard to pin down the attributes of any one year as it was refined over its lifetime with several changes. The kit is provided as the Pallas, the upmarket version of the range.
The Kit Ebbro’s kit comes in a deep box. Each sprue and accessories is individually bagged. The kit comprises:
A white body shell
5 sprues of white (51 parts), black (43), chrome (24) and clear (16) plastic though not all parts are used.
5 unbranded tyres
Decals for chrome parts, number plates and badging
A set of fold out instructions
Overall the kit is flash free, with no moulding marks that will be visible once the kit is assembled.
The body is blemish free. You are required to add the front doors, bonnet and roof so shut lines maybe a challenge but also allows the car to be displayed in way that the interior and engine is visible.
Sprue A moulded in black contains the floor pan, engine and suspension parts. everything seems well cast with no visible marks on the outward side of parts. there a full engine to work with in the engine bay and this should be straightforward to add some detailing to.
Sprue B moulded in white with the main body panels of front doors, roof and bonnet. It also has the exhaust system, steel wheels plus other small parts.
Sprue C moulded in white has the interior parts of floor pan, seats, interior door panels, dash and ancillaries. The dash it well detailed and of course the one -spoke steering wheel is provided.
Sprue D has the chrome parts. It has the bumpers, hub caps, external window trim for front and back, and the famous “trompettes de Jericho”, the rear indicators that ran the length of the roof line. There parts from the DS 19 model that are not required.
Sprue E has the clear parts. The rear window and rear side windows are cast as one piece, but all the parts are blemish free.
The tyres are without mould lines and one provided for the spare wheel. Though the tread detail is well defined surprisingly there are no manufacturer marks on the sidewalls given that Michelin were a big part of Citroen and these cars were used as part of the launch of radial tyres.
Decals and instructions The decals are quite thick, more like stickers, which is good way to handle the finer chrome edging that is seen on the car, inside and out. You get four plate number options and thickness provides a little more depth than a typical decal.
The instructions are clear and logical to follow. The paint call out references Tamiya paints and the colours look reasonable though some colours for parts are not given a Tamiya reference. Body colour is an individual choice.
The instructions are set out in an A4 sized fold out style there are 9 pages on construction laid out in 18 steps.
Steps 1 & 2 are engine and gearbox assembly. the engine comes with all the major components. Given the space in the engine bay it would be fairly easy to add extra detailing as desired such as wiring or fuel lines.
Steps 3 & 4 is assembling the dashboard and firewall and installing in the body.
Step 5 is installing the engine and adding battery, hydraulic pumps, reservoirs and spare tyre frame.
Steps 6 & 7 are front and rear axle assembly. the front wheels are posable and also linked to the front light assembly (Step 14) so the inner lights of the two pairs swivel in line with the front wheels.
Step 8 is exhaust and muffler attachment along with the radiator intake.
Steps 9 & 10 detail the interior assembly and attaching to the floor pan.
Steps 11 & 12 sees the front and rear screens, windows, external chrome window trim and other chrome pieces, including the “trompettes”.
Step 13 is constructing the swivelling headlights and bringing the body shell and floor pan together.
Step 14 is on finishing the front axle assembly, adding steering rods and linkages to the lights. Looking at this I would suggest this should be done after the headlights are assembled in Step 13 but before the body and floor are brought together.
Step 15 & 16 are adding the rest of the chrome in the former of the front and rear bumpers, indicators, tail lights and other chrome trim,
Step 17 is constructing the front doors which interior detail as separate parts, including the handles and arm rests.
Step 18 Add the bonnet and the roof, plus the final minor details of mirrors, wipers, door handles and badging.
Given the above instruction steps it is clear that you need to paint the body and panels before starting assembly. The viewable engine bay and bare internal body work would make a difficult task to mask after assembly.
The decals are quite thick, more like stickers, which is good way to handle the finer chrome edging that is seen on the car, inside and out. You get four number plate options and thickness provides a little more depth than a typical decal.
Conclusion Ebbro’s Citroen DS is an amazing kit with a lot of detail, both internally and externally. It looks well engineered though the challenge will be in the fit of all the opening parts. It would be straight forward for most modellers.
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