15th April 2014

1:12 Jim Clark Lotus Announced By Automodello

Today we got all of American company Automodello’s pre-order subjects onto our website. You can click here to see them all.

The undisputed centre of attention is their 1:12 replica of Jim Clark’s winning Lotus 49 from the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix (AM006). We think that the sample looks terrific, and can easily see it becoming the centrepiece of any Jim Clark or Lotus collection.

There is also an exciting British road road car subject in the form of the 1966 Jensen Interceptor in Crystal Blue (AM025) in 1:24 scale. This iconic car has never been replicated in anything larger than 1:43 before, so we anticipate a keen demand for this one too. 

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14th April 2014

New Releases From Spark And Corgi

Today we received a delivery of just six 1:43 subjects from Spark, which is pretty small by their standards!

The best of this lot was the McLaren M7C that John Surtees raced in the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix (SPK3134), and the gorgeous 1937 Delage V12 Labourdette (SPK2713).

Another interesting subject took the form of the Spice SE86C that Gordon Spice, Fermin Velez and Philippe de Henning drove to C2 class honours in the 1987 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPK3588).

Corgi sent us four new aircraft subjects today, including the impressive 1:72 Consolidated B24D-25 Liberator ‘Ruth-Less’ (CG34017), which has an impressive 46 centimetre wingspan. It also weighs an absolute tonne.

Other 1:72 planes included Alfred Surau’s Messerschmitt BF109-6 (CG27103), the North American B25 Mitchell II that was used by No. 226 Squadron (CG35311) and the Gloster Gladiator Mk.II N5903 that was used by 141 Fighter Squadron (CG36210).

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11th April 2014

Something For Everyone From IXO

To finish off the week IXO have released 18 1:43 replicas, including two re-releases in their Le Mans Winners Collection which we have been waiting to see for some six years now!

The two cars in question were the 1957 winning Jaguar D-Type of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb (LM1957), and the 1991 winning Mazda 787B of Johnny Herbert, Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler (LM1991).

The highlight of the brand new releases was Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta WRC from the 2012 Rally Mexico (RAM507). There were also two very interesting new subjects in IXO’s ‘Museum’ series for antique cars: the 1950 Bentley Mk.V (MUS052), and the 1928 Bugatti Type 41 Royale (MUS053).

You can click here to see all of IXO’s latest new releases.

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10th April 2014

The Pole Position That Wasn’t!

Today we received Minichamps’ latest delivery, headlined by their 1:43 replica of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes F1 W02 from the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix (DC212407M). The base commemorates ‘1st in qualifying’, as Schumacher didn’t actually start from pole position after serving a five place grid penalty for his involvement in a collision with Bruno Senna at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Also on the delivery were what could well be Minichamps’ last ever Formula One showcars (as they haven’t announced any for the 2014 season), of the 2013 Saubers of Nico Hulkeberg (DC213411P) and Esteban Gutierrez (DC213412P). I know Minichamps haven’t released the 2012 Force India showcars yet, but I’d be surprised to see them released now gven that the race cars are already in existence.

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9th April 2014

Introducing KK Scale

Today we added yet another resin brand to our ever growing portfolio here at Diecast Legends.

KK Scale hails from Germany, and they produce 1:18 replicas of retro German cars. Their models are very good quality, and all have low limited edition numbers.

We received our first two replicas from them today: the 1971 Audi 100 S Coupé in metallic blue (KK001) and dark red (KK002).

Neo also sent us five replicas today, with the most interesting taking the form of the 1:43 1953 Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta in blue (NEO45660) and the 1:43 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Owen Sedanca Coupe Gurney Nutting in red and black (NEO45407).

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8th April 2014

Almost 100 Le Mans Announcements From Spark

Today we put the next glut of Spark’s 2014 announcements onto our website. This time it was the turn of the classic Le Mans cars, of which there were an impressive 97 subjects.

Of course there were plenty of Porsches, along with several Venturis, and your usual Rondeaus and Renault Alpines.

But what really stood out for us were some fabulous British cars. The most exciting was the Aston Martin DB3S that Stirling Moss at Peter Collins drove to second at Le Mans in 1956 (SPK2409).

Spark will also be replicating the gorgeous Aston Martin DP212 that was raced by Graham Hill and Richie Ginther at La Sarthe in 1962 (SPK2412).

We also like the MGB Hardtop that was raced by Paddy Hopkirk and Alan Hutcherson in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPK4136), the Jaguar D-Type that Paul Frere and Freddy Rousselle drove to fourth place at Le Mans in 1957 (SPK2131) and the cute little Ecurie Ecosse 1961 Austin Healey Sprite Sebring of Ninian Sanderson and Alan McKay (SPK4127).

Click here to see the rest of Spark’s endurance announcements.

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7th April 2014

Spark Delivery Due End Of April

Today Spark informed us of the models that it will be releasing towards the end of April. There will be 13 1:43 replicas on this delivery, with the highlight taking the form of Nico Rosberg’s 2013 British Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W04 (DC213409BK).

There will also be four classic F1 cars, with the most interesting taking the shape of the Alfa Romeo 179C that Mario Andretti drove in the 1981 United States Grand Prix (SPK3873), and Derek Daly’s Tyrrell 010 from the 1980 British Grand Prix (SPK1884).

Poignantly, Spark will also be releasing the Aston Martin Vantage GTE that Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen and Allan Simonsen drove in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPK201395).

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4th April 2014

LaFerrari Sample Shots From Mattel

It’s been a pretty quiet day today here at DCL HQ, but it wasn’t completely bereft of news. Mattel sent us sample images of its red Ferrari LaFerrari in both 1:18 (HWBCT79) and 1:43 (HWBCT83) scale.

They both look pretty damn good to us! We’re hoping that they will arrive in the next few weeks or so.

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3rd April 2014

Spark Releases Loeb’s Pikes Peak Peugeot!

Today we received some 17 new 1:43 resin replicas from Spark.

There was some brilliant stuff on this delivery, with the Peugeot 208 T16 that Sebastien Loeb used to win the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (SPK3783) being the highlight.

Spark also released the third subject in its fantastic Indy 500 winners collection: Johnny Rutherford’s Chaparral from 1980 (SPA43IN80).

Porsche collectors will be delighted to hear that we received the Porsche 911 RSR that won the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans last year in the hands of Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas (SPK201392). This victory was made even more special by the fact that 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the 911.

Didier Pironi’s 1980 Tyrrell 010 from the Belgian Grand Prix (SPK1883) and the McLaren M2B that was driven by Bruce McLaren in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix (SPK3121) were the best of the classic F1 cars.

For those after something a bit more up to date, there are the Lotus E21s that Romain Grosjean (DC213408TK) and Heikki Kovalainen (DC213407TK) raced in last year’s United States Grand Prix.

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

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2nd April 2014

Corgi Reveals Its Spring Announcements

Today Corgi announced over 40 new subjects, and we received a new delivery from Minichamps.

There was certainly plenty of interest as far as the Corgi announcements are concerned. First off, the brand will producing its excellent value for money 1:43 F1 cars again this year. You can choose from the Lotus E22s of Romain Grosjean (CG57201) and Pastor Maldonado (CG57202), as well as the McLaren MP4-29s of Jenson Button (CG57301) and Kevin Magnussen (CG57302).

The British company has been producing modern Lotuses for a while. They have now confirmed their first 1:43 classic Lotus: the 1976 Lotus Esprit S1 (chassis 0100G) in Signal red (CG57101), which is the first production Esprit.

They have also obtained a Bentley licence, which means they’re going to replicate, in 1:43, the Bentley Continental GT3 (CG56901), and the brand’s latest road car, the Bentley Continental GT V8 S (CG57001).

There’s plenty to look at, so click here to see the rest of Corgi’s announcements. 

Formula One and Moto GP both featured heavily in the Minichamps delivery. We received the 1:12 2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11s of Randy de Puniet (PO110014), Loris Capirossi (PO110065) and Hector Barbera (PO110008).

The 1:43 Nico Rosberg 2013 Mercedes F1 W04 (DC213409), the 1:43 Jenson Button 2013 McLaren MP4-28 (DC213405), and the 1:43 Sergio Perez 2013 Mclaren MP4-28 (DC213406), also arrived today.

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