Century Dragon CA770 Hong Qi (Red Flag) - General Release Edition

Review of Hong Qi (Red Flag) CA770

Manufacturer: Century Dragon Industrial Limited, HONG KONG

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Given the owner of Century Dragon is a member of the Hong Kong Red Flag Owners Club, it is only fitting that the company has seen fit to produce a stunning model of the vehicle.  I recently obtained this model which Century Dragon Industrial Ltd has confirmed is a general release model that will be produced in quantities that meet market demand.

 

The model is crafted in 1/43rd scale and comes in attractively styled outer packaging. Inside the model is housed in a clear display case and attached to a black plastic base.

 

Century Dragon Industrial Limited is currently the only licensee allowed to produce limited edition models of vehicles produced by the First Automobile Works (FAW) of China.  FAW is China's largest vehicle manufacturer and the Hong Qi, or Red Flag, was one of the most significant vehicles in modern day China as it was used to transport visiting dignitaries and heads of state during their visits to China.

 

FAW was founded at Changchun City, in the Jilin province on the 15th July, 1953 with plans to produce cars and trucks for domestic use. Production was not started until the completion of construction some three years later. On the 13th July, 1956 the first middle-weight truck called the Jiefang (based on a USSR ZIL vehicle), rolled off the production lines and into the history of Chinese manufactured motor vehicles. In 1958 the first Hong Qi (Red Flag) vehicles were produced. With an output of over 500,000 vehicles a year, ranging from limousines to trucks, the FAW group now employs over 130,000 people and owns licences for the production of Charade, Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota and Mazda vehicles plus the legendary Jiefang and Hong Qi (Red Flag) Chinese brands.

interior shot #1

 

The level of detail on the model I am reviewing is not as impressive as on the Jiefang CA10 also by Century Dragon. This is primarily because the general release model of the Hong Qi has only around 150 individual parts. However, due to the nature of the high quality of assembly and detail, this model still takes 4 man-hours to hand assemble.

 

Details include: steerable front wheels, detailed chassis and undercarriage, driver's side mirror, open door handles, tiny windscreen wipers and blades, detailed lights and lenses, glazing, detailed body casting and interior detailing that is significantly better than that usually seen in a model of this size (tiny door handles, arm rests and window winders, etc). The model is finished in its original black colour scheme with cream upholstery and red carpets. It is adorned with miniature Red Flag logos and sports two flag/pennant rods, one on either side of the front bumpers. The model measures 138.5 mm long, 45.7 mm wide and 40 mm high.


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Detail work on rear


The detailed windscreen wipers...


close-up of windscreen wipers...


Side view showing badge work, etc.


Underside view showing chassis and steering, etc.

A close-up shot of the front lights reveals the patterns moulded into the front light lens - just like on a real vehicle of this period - pity some of the other model manufacturers don't do this...

 

*** 13 April, 2005  Some of these models have been made available to ToysNZ. To enquire further please email ToysNZ.