24th October 2014

Amalgam Steers Towards Ferrari

Just a couple of weeks after Amalgam announced that it would be producing 2014 Ferrari F14 T nose cones, the company confirmed that it will also be making a 1:4 2014 Ferrari F14 T steering wheel (AML1403).

We doubt that any more steering wheels will be produced for the other teams though, which is a great shame, as Amalgam’s range of steering wheels and nose cones used to sell very well for us.

In other news Matrix announced some more excellent 1:43 British road car subjects, including the 1967 Alvis 3-Litre Super Graber Coupe in blue (MX40205021), the 1953 Daimler DB18 Hooper Green Goddess in maroon (MX10402021), and the 1937 Bentley 4.25 Litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton in white and blue (MX40201061).

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23rd October 2014

Chilton and Bianchi Marussias Released

Today Spark released 1:43 resin models of the 2014 Marussia MR03s of Max Chilton (DC214404K) and Jules Bianchi. Unfortunately the Bianchi version has sold out completely to pre-orders, and we won’t be getting any more.

Other 1:43 models included the BMW M3 that Emanuele Pirro drove to victory in the 1991 Macau Ghia Race (SPKSA051), and Cale Yarborough’s 1968 Daytona 500 winning Mercury Cyclone (SPK3591).

In 1:18, we took delivery of the 1932 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Alfa Romeo 8C of Raymond Sommer and Luigi Chinetti (SPA18LM32).

Click here to see all of Spark’s new releases. 

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22nd October 2014

Intriguing New Announcements From AUTOart

Today AUTOart announced three new replicas, and we received new models from Mattel and Kyosho.

AUTOart is introducing a new range of replicas, which will feature bodyshells that are made up of a mixture of plastic and diecast. Admittedly, we don’t know yet exactly how they are made, but we think that anything that brings prices down is good in our opinion.

The models will have opening parts, but in some cases it will only be the doors. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how they go down with collectors when they are released.

Most excitingly, AUTOart will be using this new method to produce a 1:18 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in white (AA81307). Hopefully AUTOart will go on to make several racing versions of this car. There will also be the 1:18 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 in matt white (AA81358) and metallic orange (AA81357). They look pretty good from the sample images, so check them out.

Mattel released an excellent 1:18 model of the Batmobile from the 1992 movie, Batman Returns (HWBLY24), which comes with plenty of working features.

We also received nine 1:43 Porsche replicas from Kyosho, all of which come with an opening bonnet and boot. You can choose from the 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo in green (KY05524G) and silver (KY05524S), the 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RS in white (KY05521W) and silver (KY05521S), the 1978 Porsche 911 SC in red (KY05523R) and silver (KY05523S), and the 1988 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo in white (KY05525W), dark blue (KY05525DB) and silver (KY05525S).

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21st October 2014

Ricciardo To Sign For Diecast Legends

We had some extremely exciting news today, as Daniel Ricciardo agreed to sign diecast replicas exclusively for us.

The young Australian has had an excellent season with Red Bull so far, scoring three victories and outperforming his four times champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Daniel will be signing a limited number of Minichamps’ 1:18 2014 Red Bull RB10 (DC21309S) when it is released early next year. Naturally demand for Ricciardo’s Red Bull, either signed or unsigned, is extremely high. So, to guarantee your model, we recommend that you get your order in before 29th October.

We have also received new models from Minichamps, Neo and Corgi. The highlight of the Minichamps delivery was the 1:43 Sebastian Vettel 2012 Red Bull RB8 from the Brazilian Grand Prix (DC212401SP), which comes with wet tyres and a figure of Seb raising his hand in celebration after clinching the title.

Neo sent us the 1:43 1964 Morgan Plus 4 Plus in dark blue (NEO46130), while Corgi delivered the 1:43 Morris Oxford Series VI that was owned by Sir Winston Churchill (CG05406), the 1:43 Mini Clubman 1100 in black (CG13502A) and the 1:43 Ford Capri Mk.1 RS3100 in Sebring Red (CG13305A).

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17th October 2014

1:18 Montoya IndyCar From Greenlight

American company Greenlight Collectibles sent us a new consignment of replicas today.

Amongst the myriad of Mustangs was the 1:18 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske Racing Dallara DW12 from the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (GL10954).

The 1:43 1967 Ford Mustang ‘Eleanor’ from the 200 movie Gone in 60 Seconds (GL86411) was the best of the Blue Oval muscle cars, and it’s a snip at just £19.99.

In the larger scale we received the 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II in blue and white (GL12894), the 1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra II in white with green stripes (GL12895), and the 1967 Ford Mustang in black and gold (GL12897).

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16th October 2014

Spark Releases Its First 2014 Le Mans Car

Today we received a new delivery of ten new 1:43 replicas from Spark.

The resin model maker released its first 2014 Le Mans car of the year, which takes the form of the LMP2 class winning Jota Sport Zytek Nissan Z11SN of Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey (LM201438).

There were also two rather nice Ford Torino NASCARs: Dan Gurney’s winning example from the 1968 Motor Trend 500 at Riverside (SPK3594), and David Pearson’s 1968 championship winner (SPK3593).

There were some excellent British road car replicas too, including the 1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.I convertible in red (SPK4056), and the 1966 Jaguar E-Type S1 2+2 in dark blue (SPK2129).

We should also mention the gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that Stefan Mucke drove to in the 2013 Macau GT Cup (SPKSA050).

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15th October 2014

Brumm’s Brilliant Delivery

Today we received a new consignment from Italian company Brumm. We’ve been looking forward to receiving these subjects, and we’re very pleased that they are finally here.

Our favourite is the 1:43 Ferrari 312 T4 that Gilles Villeneuve drove in the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort (BR059), which comes with the left rear wheel trailing behind the car. We’re impressed at how well Brumm has replicated the deformed tyre and suspension damage, and we also think it’s very nicely presented.

As is the 1:43 Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux two car set from the 1979 French Grand Prix at Dijon (BR058). It pays homage to the duo’s epic wheel-banging battle for second place at the French circuit, which is considered to be one of the most memorable pieces of racing in F1 history. It features a Spark 1:43 resin replica of Rene Arnoux’s Renault RS12 and a Brumm 1:43 diecast replica of Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari 312 T4, and is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide.

Brumm also sent us the first four releases in its 1:43 racing Ferrari 250 GTO Collection, including the UDT Laystall car that Innes Ireland and Masten Gregory drove in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours (BR533), and the NART 250 GTO that the Rodriguez brothers took to victory in the 1962 Paris 1000km (BR530).

These were joined by all six of the brand’s 1:43 Ferrari 250 GTO road car collection.

Away from the Prancing Horse, we took delivery of a 1:43 replica of Roy Salvadori’s 1954 Goodwood International winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type (BR546). This first batch has already sold out completely to pre-orders, but we’re hoping to get another delivery of them soon.

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14th October 2014

Exciting New Announcements from BBR

Today BBR announced two very exciting new subjects that have never been replicated in the larger scale before.

The first is the Ferrari 250 TR that Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill drove to victory in the 1958 Le Mans 24 Hours (BBR1808). CMC replicated the 250 TR a few years ago, but strangely never decided to do the famous Le Mans winning car. Now BBR is filling that all important gap on Ferrari collectors’ shelves.

The other is the Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo in red (BBR18103). Again, we can’t believe that this car hasn’t been done in 1:18 before, so well done BBR!

In other news there was a trio of Matrix models announced today, including, most significantly, the 1:43 1950 Austin A135 Princess Mk.2 Vanden Plas in blue (MX42101021).

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13th October 2014

New AUTOart Delivery Arrives

Today AUTOart sent us nine new 1:18 replicas and a couple of 1:43s.

The most long-awaited release was the 1:18 Willys Jeep with trailer (AA74016). This Signature Collection replica comes complete with a number of accessories, including two soldiers’ helmets, petrol cans and weaponry.

We also received the brand’s impressive 1:18 1995 McLaren F1 Edition in orange (AA76011). It even comes complete with three sets of miniature headphones, which on the real car allowed the driver and passengers to communicate through the car’s radio.

Other notables included the 1:18 2009 Aston Martin One-77 in blue (AA70243) and white (AA70244), and the 1:18 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50th Anniversario in blue (AA74682), matt white (AA74683) and matt black (AA74684).

Click here to see the rest of AUTOart’s new releases.

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9th October 2014

Plenty Of New Announcements From Spark

Today Spark announced loads of new subjects, including 1:18 Le Mans cars, 1:43 WTCC cars, and 1:43 National Specials.

The most exciting set was undoubtedly the 1:18 Le Mans cars, which were predominantly from this year’s race. That means that they have now confirmed the winning Audi R18 E-tron Quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer (SPA18LM14) in the larger scale.

Similarly to last year, Spark will also be making the two Toyotas, several Porsche GT cars, and a couple of Orecas. More excitingly, Spark has also announced several cars that they haven’t done in 1:18 before, including both Corvettes, both Gulf Aston Martins and, perhaps most excitingly, both Porsche 919s.

There was also one car from last year’s race at La Sarthe that we would like to give special mention to: the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE that was raced by Peter Dumbreck, Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner (SPA18S154). This is the car that had the gorgeous ‘Night and Day’ Art Car livery, and we reckon it is going to look spectacular in 1:18.

There were eight more 1:43 replicas confirmed from this year’s WTCC, with the highlight being the Citroen C-Elysee of Jose Maria Lopez (SPK2462). There were six Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s too, including the cars of Tom Chilton (SPK2456) and Tom Coronel (SPK2457).

The best of the National Specials was the Triumph TR2 that Eduardo Carvalho drove to victory in the 1954 Macau Grand Prix (SPKSA060), and the winning BMW 635 CSi that Hans-Joachim Stuck drove in the 1983 Macau Ghia Race (SPKSA052). We should also mention the 1:43 Daniel Ricciardo 2014 Belgian Grand Prix winning Red Bull RB10 (DC214403BK), which will be a Belgian Special Edition limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide.

Click here to see all of Spark’s new announcements. 

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