30th July 2014

F1 Sample Images From Spark And Mattel

Today, Spark sent us exciting sample shots of its forthcoming 1:43 2014 F1 replicas. Even better news is that Spark has also confirmed that the Romain Grosjean (DC214408K) and Pastor Maldonado (DC214413K) Lotus E22 are due in August.

We also received snaps of the Sebastian Vettel (DC214401K) and Daniel Ricciardo (DC214403K) Red Bull RB10s, the Caterham CT05s of Kamui Kobayashi (DC214410K) and Marcus Ericsson (DC214409K), and the Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36 test car (DC214477TK).

Meanwhile, Mattel revealed photos of its 1:18 replica of Niki Lauda’s 1976 Ferrari 312 T2 (HWBLY40), which will be specifically the Austrian’s winning car from that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

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29th July 2014

Long Awaited Kyoshos Arrive

Today we received new releases from diecast company Kyosho and resin brand Neo.

Six 1:18s were on the Kyosho delivery, and we have been waiting for all of them for a year at least! We don’t get many releases from Kyosho, but when they get it right they really do get it right. And lets face it, their models have always been good quality.

Its 1:18 De Tomaso Pantera replicas are just gorgeous, and we love the fact that you can remove the floor of the boot to reveal the gearbox, suspension and cooling fan. You can choose from the De Tomaso Pantera L in red (KY8851R) and black (KY8851BK), or the De Tomaso Pantera GTS in yellow (KY8852Y) and red (KY8852R).

They also released two rallying Lancia 037s: Henri Toivonen’s Martini liveried car that finished 3rd in the 1985 San Remo Rally (KY8302C), and the Totip Jolly Club car that finished second in the 1985 Rally of Portugal in the hands of Miki Biasion (KY8302E).

Eight new models came courtesy of Neo, with the 1:18 1957 Maserati 3500 GT Touring being a particular highlight (NEO18230). In the smaller scale we received the 1969 Triumph Vitesse 6 in green and white (NEO45685), and a rather cool model of a Volkswagen Baja Bug (NEO45895).

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24th July 2014

Single Seater Stunners From Spark!

Today we received another delivery of 1:43 replicas from Spark, which included some stunning, and unusual, single seater subjects.

The star, though, was undoubtedly the Lotus 38 that Jim Clark took to second in the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 (SPK2390). Anything Jim Clark always tends to sell out quickly, so if you’re a fan fan don’t delay.

F1 car wise there are some interesting machines that we never thought would get made, such as Rikki von Opel’s Ensign N173 from the 1973 French Grand Prix (SPK3950), and the Rial ARC1 that Andrea de Cesaris took to fourth in the 1988 US Grand Prix (SPK3960).

Two more releases included the Pierluigi Martini Minardi M189 from the 1989 British Grand Prix (SPK4110), and the Lotus 109 that Mika Salo drove on his grand prix debut at Japan in 1994 (SPK1780).

Away from open wheelers, we took delivery of the Ferrari-based P4/5 Competizione that Nicola Larini, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Manuel Lauck drove in the 2012 Nurburgring 24 Hours (SPKSG110), and the first ever Italian special edition: the BMW 3.0 CSL that was driven in the 1979 Tourist Trophy at Silverstone by Umberto Grano and Eddy Joosen (SPKSI001).

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

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23rd July 2014

Jackie Stewart Signs Once Again For Diecast Legends

We were very excited at DCL HQ today, as Sir Jackie Stewart signed Spark’s 1:18 replica of his 1969 world championship winning Matra MS80 (SPA18S066S).

The Scotsman signed a limited edition of just 150 pieces exclusively for us, and we have already sold well over two thirds of that number. So, if you don’t want to miss out on this very special piece of motorsport history, act swiftly or you will miss out!

In other news, Minichamps released three 1:8 scale Sebastian Vettel Arai helmets from the 2011 season. The designs were from that year’s Japanese Grand Prix (P118301), Turkish Grand Prix (P118401) and Monaco Grand Prix (P118101).

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22nd July 2014

New Releases From Quartzo and Vitesse

Quartzo and Vitesse both sent us new 1:43 replicas today.

Quartzo delivered two excellent value classic F1 replicas, both of which were limited to 1,398 pieces worldwide. You can choose from Jim Clark’s 1968 South African Grand Prix winning Lotus 49 (Q27801), which was the Scotsman’s last ever F1 race winner, or the Lotus 49 that Graham Hill drove to victory at the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix (Q27802).

The Hill version is particularly nice because it comes in the fully branded Golf Leaf livery. We think these two are pretty good value for £33.99 each.

From Vitesse we took delivery of four Mini replicas: the 1963 Mini Cooper S in red (V29523) and green (V29522), and Timo Makinen’s Monte Carlo Rally Mini Cooper Ss from 1966 (V43336) and 1967 (V43337).

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21st July 2014

Neo Enters The Matrix!

Today we received new models from Dutch resin brands Matrix and Neo.

Matrix may still be a relatively new brand, but we already love its range of unusual and rare coachbuilt subjects. A lot of them are British too, which is why our top picks are the 1:43 1957 Alvis Super TC108G Graber in dark blue (MX50105041), and the 1:43 1951 Bentley Mk.VI Facel-Metalon coupe in dark green (MX40201031). Both are limited to just 408 pieces worldwide.

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

Neo sent us some interesting 1:43 subjects too, including the Volkswagen Beetle Nordstadt (NEO45820), which was a highly tuned Beetle powered by the engine from a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS.

This was joined by the 1978 De Tomaso Deauville in metallic grey (NEO43982) and the 1992 Audi 80 in red (NEO43352).

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17th July 2014

Over 130 New Neo Announcements Online Now

Today we put over 130 new Neo announcements onto the Diecast Legends website.

There were six new 1:18 replicas confirmed, and we reckon that the 1957 Jaguar Mk.8 finished in two-tone green (NEO18039) will probably be the best seller for us.

In 1:43 it’s difficult to know where to start really. There are lots of American subjects, so if you collect cars from the USA it’s well worth going thought them all with a fine tooth comb.

There are some really nice Maseratis and Alfa Romeos too. But, for us, it’s the British stuff that really stood out. The MG Metro Turbo in black (NEO43771), the 1969 Triumph Vitesse 6 in green and white (NEO45685) and the 1964 Morgan Plus 4 Plus (NEO46130) are just a few of our favourites.

There are a couple of interesting motorsport subjects too, including the Ford Escort RS1700T Group B prototype (NEO45835), and the Akai Volkswagen Golf Mk.1 that Richard Lloyd raced in a couple of rounds of the European Touring Car Championship (NEO45236).

To see them all, all you need to do is visit www.diecastlegends.com/neo

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16th July 2014

TrueScale Announces McLaren’s Latest GT Racer

McLaren cars are a big part of TrueScale Miniatures’ range at the moment. They replicate everything from classic F1 machinery to GT racers and modern road cars.

So it is perhaps unsurprising that the company has announced the British marque’s most recent GT racer, the McLaren 650 GT3, in 1:18 (TSM141835) and 1:43 (TSM144366) scale.

They will be specifically replicating the launch car from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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15th July 2014

Spark Releases 2013 Le Mans Winner

We’ve had a huge delivery from Spark today, consisting of some 25 subjects. 

The cream of the crop where the 1:18s were concerned was the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval (SPA18LM13).

We also really like the gorgeous 1:18 Martini liveried Porsche 935 that was driven to victory in the 1976 Vallelunga 6 Hours by Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx (SPA18S087). This was only the 935’s second ever race victory.

We’ve also had some fantastic classic F1 releases in the smaller scale. We received the Lotus 109 that Johnny Herbert drove in the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix (SPK1670), Graham Hill’s 1965 Monaco Grand Prix wining BRM P261 (SPK1858) and the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix winning Cooper T81 Maserati of John Surtees (SPK3521).

Other notables included the 1987 Aston Martin Zagato in red (SPK2157), and the Jaguar D-Type E2A that was raced at the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours by Dan Gurney and Walt Hansgen (SPK2100).

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

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14th July 2014

British Classics From Corgi And Oxford

Today we received new releases from British companies Corgi and Oxford.

Corgi released a 1:43 replica of the 1972 Hillman Avenger 1500 GLS Lilac Dealer Edition (CG10408). The bright paintjob certainly makes you realise how dull car colours are these days!

This was joined by the 1:43 MGB in Vermillion red (CG13003), and the Ford Cortina Mk.4 that was used by An Garda Siochana (CG11908), Northern Ireland’s police force.

The 1:43 Volkswagen Golf Mk.2 GTI 16v in Tornado Red (CG13600) also arrived today.

Meanwhile, Oxford released the 1:43 Austin Seven RN Saloon in fawn (OXF065), which is exceptional value for just £19.99.

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