Rio SL081 Fiat 128 - Carabinieri

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This model is the Rio SL081 Fiat 128 "Carabinieri" in black with white roof.

At the front is a chromed, photo-etched plastic grill into which has been set the front headlights (clear lenses) and a tiny "Fiat" badge in chrome and silver. Either side of this are two painted squares on the body that represent the indicators. Below the grill is a chromed bumper with number plate [EI 42167}.

Further back on the car are a pair of chromed, photo-etched windscreen wipers. Across the top of the windscreen is white lettering "CARABINIERI". Similar white lettering appears on both sides of the vehicle across the front and rear doors. Below this lettering is a silver stripe and I cannot determine if it is part of the tampo printing or a separate photo-etched item. Also on the four doors are photo-etched door handles. On top of the white roof is a blue light (this may have been re-glued as there is chipping around the light - but that is the way it arrived in my hands from the factory).

At the rear of the vehicle there is a chromed aerial. The rear window has "CARABINIERI" lettering in red along its top. The rear lights appear to be chromed, photo-etched parts with red and orange sections for the stop and indicator lights. There is a square number plate with the number on two lines, beside this is a small tampo(?) printed "Fiat 128" badge and below this is a chromed bumper.

The interior is in red plastic for the seats with a black dash and left hand steering wheel. The glazing is clear all round.

All wheels are of a chromed hub and cap type - solid chromed plastic with a separate "rubber" tyre.

The baseplate is black plastic has limited detail. Turning the vehicle over reveals a very limited relief detail - floor pan foot recesses and exhaust system. At the top rear of the baseplate, just in front of the rear axle, is the legend "RIO, Made in Italy, 1:43" on three lines and "Fiat 128" along the centre of the vehicle just above the exhaust. The plastic baseplate is fitted to the body via two small self tapping screws at the front and rear of the vehicle.

The date of issue is unknown.


Item: 1302