29th September 2014

More From Minichamps

We’ve had another delivery from Minichamps today, a mere three days after the last one.

The hero subject was 1:43 Kimi Raikkonen 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winning Lotus E20 (DC212409AD). This was joined by a 1:43 replica of the Sauber C31 that Kamui Kobayashi took to third at Japan in 2012 (DC212414J).

We also received our first Rossi subject in a while: the 1:2 Valentino Rossi helmet from the 1999 Rio de Janeiro Moto GP (P992046).

Interesting road cars included the 1:43 McLaren MP4-12C Spider in metallic orange (P133030), and the 1:43 1954 Mercedes 300S Cabriolet in green (P032335).

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26th September 2014

Releases From Minichamps And Schuco

Today we received a relatively small delivery from Minichamps, which consisted of the 1:43 Nico Hulkenberg 2013 Sauber C32 (DC213411), and the 1:18 #26 BMW M3 GT2 that Dirk Werner, Dirk Muller, Andy Priaulx and Dirk Adorf drove in the 2010 Nurburgring 24 Hours (PG102026).

Schuco sent us three 1:43 road cars today, each one accompanied by a caravan. You can choose from the Opel Kapitan towing a Dethleffs Globetrotter (SCH2686), the Opel Kadett B with a Knaus Schwalbennest (SCH2947), and the Volkswagen Beetle pulling a Sportberger G2 (SCH3891).

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24th September 2014

Brumm Announcements, Corgi Releases

Today Brumm announced several new models, and we received three new releases from Corgi.

The most exciting subject that Brumm confirmed today was a 1:43 two car set that paid tribute to the legendary duel between Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez for the lead of the 1970 Spa 1000km (BR060).

This well presented set, which is limited to just 250 pieces worldwide, will feature the victorious #24 Porsche 917K of Jo Siffert and Brian Redman, and the #25 Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen.

Sticking with the endurance theme, Brumm also announced three unusual variants of the Ferrari 512M racer: the machine that Masten Gregory and Gregg Young drove at Sebring in 1971 (BR548), the car that competed in the 1971 Brands Hatch 1000km in the hands of David Hobbs and Jose Juncadella (BR549), and the Ferrari that Jose Juncadella, Jean-Claude Guenard and Jean-Pierre Jabouille drove to second in the 1971 Tour de France (BR550).

The Italian company also announced a series of six 1:43 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO road cars, all of which you can see by clicking here.

We received a very significant aviation subject from Corgi today: the 1:72 Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 (CG27201), which was the plane used in the ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ flight in October 2007. This impressive model has a wingspan of 47.2 centimetres.

This was joined by the 1:43 BMW Alpina C2.5 Convertible in Brilliant Red (CG13700), and a 1:120 replica of the Tornado steam train in its 2012 BR green livery (CG97902).

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22nd September 2014

1:43 2013 Lewis Hamilton Showcar Just £9.99!

We are delighted to be able to offer to our customers the 1:43 Mercedes Special Edition 2013 Lewis Hamilton showcar (DC213410PM) for the bargain price of just £9.99, which is £40.00 off the RRP!  We think it’s sensational value; after all, you can’t get much with a tenner these days, can you? 

The special edition model comes in some very nice Mercedes AMG Petronas branded packaging, and is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. We expect to receive our delivery early next week.

Get your order in quickly to avoid disappointment.

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19th September 2014

Classic Aston Headlines Latest Spark Delivery

Today we received a further 11 1:43 subjects from prolific resin model makers Spark.

This delivery was topped by the 1987 Aston Martin Zagato Vantage Volante in black (SPK2159)

There were also a couple of unusual classic F1 replicas that sold surprisingly well for us: the Philippe Adams Lotus 109 from the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix (SPK1679), and the Ligier JS27 that Jacques Laffite raced to second in the 1987 United States Grand Prix (SPK3970).

Other highlights included Dan Gurney’s Plymouth Superbird from the 1970 Motor Trend 500 at Riverside (SPK3596), and both the #0 SPKSP051) and #30 (SPKSP050) BMW Sports Team Trophy Brazil BMW Z4 GT3s that are racing in the Blancpain Sprint Series this year.

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

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18th September 2014

Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour Announcements From Spark

Today Spark announced almost 70 new 1:43 subjects. 32 of them were from this year’s Spa 24 Hours, a race which featured some gorgeous GT machinery.

Of course, there was the winning Audi R8 LMS Ultra that Laurens Vanthoor, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock drove (SPKSB051). Curiously, Spark is only replicating the #8 Bentley Continental GT3 of Antoine Leclerc, Jerome D’ Ambrosio and Duncan Tappy (SPKSB079) and not the #7 car.

There’s plenty for British GT fans to get excited about too, as Spark has confirmed the MP Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (SPKSB076), the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 (SPKSB102) and the Oman Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (SPKSB094).

Amongst the 35 Nurburgring cars was the winning Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock (SPKSG128), as well as the Dorr Motorsport McLaren MP4-12C GT3 of Kevin Estre, Peter Kox, Tim Mullen and Sascha Bert (SPKSG154) and the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that was raced by Stefan Mucke, Darren Turner and Pedro Lamy (SPKSG132).

Click here to see them all.

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17th September 2014

More 2014 F1 Cars Arrive From Minichamps

Today new models came through from Minichamps. It seems that, for the last couple of months, not a week has gone by without a 1:43 2014 F1 car being released.

On this delivery we received resin replicas of the Toro Rosso STR9s of Jean-Eric Vergne (DC214425) and Daniil Kvyat (DC214426), and the Lotus E22s of Romain Grosjean (DC214408) and Pastor Maldonado (DC214413).

Although £20 more expensive than Spark’s Lotus, we actually think that the Minichamps version is better proportioned.

Other interesting arrivals included the 1:43 1988 Audi 200 Quattro test car (P881300), and the 1:43 BMW 3.5 CSL that David Hobbs raced with Benny Parsons in the 1976 Daytona 24 Hours (P762524). The latter is part of Minichamps’ Coca-Cola Collection.

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15th September 2014

Lots To Get Excited About On New IXO Delivery

IXO is a bit of an all or nothing brand. We get nothing from them in months, and then an absolutely huge delivery turns up.

There were 21 new 1:43 replicas on this consignment. As ever, there was an excellent mix of modern and classic road cars, rally cars and endurance racers.

Our favourite has got to be the Jaguar MK.VII that Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1952 Silverstone Touring Car Race (RAC239). We don’t believe that this car has ever been replicated before.

The best of the rallying subjects included the Lancia Delta that Juha Kankkunen drove to glory in the 1987 RAC Rally (RAC120), and a pair of very nice Saab 96 V4s, which were driven to second place by Stig Blomqvist in the 1974 RAC Rally (RAC232) and 1975 Rally of Sweden (RAC234) respectively.

The latest subject in the brand’s ever popular Le Mans Winners Collection also arrived, taking the form of the Porsche 936 that Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx raced in 1981 (LM1981).

We also received a new subject in the Museum Collection: the 1937 Delage D8-120 S Pourtout Aero Coupe in silver (MUS054).

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

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12th September 2014

2014 McLarens and Red Bulls From Spark

Today we received 17 new 1:43 replicas from Spark, including four more of this year’s F1 cars.

Spark sent us the McLaren MP4-29s of Jenson Button (DC214422K) and Kevin Magnussen (DC214420K), as well as the Red Bull RB10s of Daniel Ricciardo (DC214403K) and Sebastian Vettel (DC214401K).

These were joined by a really nice replica of the Williams FW36 test car of Valtteri Bottas (DC214477TK), which looks excellent in its dark blue paint job.

The best of the classic F1 releases were Luis Perez-Sala’s Minardi M189 from the 1991 British Grand Prix (SPK4111), and the Surtees TS14 that Tim Schenken drove in the 1972 United States Grand Prix (SPK4001).

Other highlights included the 1987 Aston Martin Zagato Vantage Volante in red (SPK2158), and the first subject in Spark’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb Collection: Rod Millen’s 1994 Toyota Celica Super Sport Turbo (SPA43PP94).

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

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10th September 2014

Minichamps’ Summer Announcements Now Online

Every year Minichamps reveals a second set of announcements during the summer months, and this year is no exception.

All 48 of the new diecast subjects are now online, and the resin replicas will follow shortly.

The German company seems to be having a Rossi helmet catch up, confirming 11 new 1:8 helmets and a further three 1:2 scale helmets.

These were joined by a series of 2014 F1 specials, including the 1:43 Daniel Ricciardo 2014 Canadian Grand Prix winning Red Bull RB10 (DC214403C).  Minichamps will also be replicating the Red Bull RB9 that Mark Webber drove in his last ever race at Brazil last year in both 1:18 (DC21302B) and 1:43 scale (DC213402B). This will recreate the moment when the Australian drove around with his helmet off on the slowing down lap.

Also confirmed, in 1:43 scale, were Lewis Hamilton’s winning 2014 Mercedes F1 W05s from Malaysia (DC214444M), Bahrain (DC214444B) and China (DC214444C).

There will also be three 1:43 Jenson Button McLaren MP4-29 specials from Malaysia (DC214422M), Bahrain (DC214422B) and China (DC214422C), where the car ran with different sponsors’ logos. We should also mention that there will be 2014 pre-season test cars for both Button and Magnussen in both scales.

Other miniatures of interest included a 1:18 replica of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC that Robert Kubica drove in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally(PG140810), and the 1:18 BMW 1 Series M Coupé Moto GP Safety Car (PG020040).

To see the full listing www.diecastlegends.com/minichamps2014

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