19th December 2014

Jack Brabham’s Last Grand Prix Winner From Spark

We received an excellent new delivery from Spark today, which consisted of some 17 new models.

The most significant subject was the 1:43 Jack Brabham 1970 Brabham BT33 from the South African Grand Prix (SPK3508), which was the scene of the Australian’s final grand prix victory.

Other interesting 1:43 classic single seater releases include the Lotus 69 that Graham Hill drove in the French Formula Two Trophy race at Paul Ricard in 1970 (SPK2146), the McLaren M4B raced by Bruce McLaren in the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix (SPK3138) and Clay Regazzoni’s Shadow DN8 from the 1978 International Trophy at Silverstone (SPK3833).

We also received our first modern Porsche prototype racer: the 1:43 Porsche 919 Hybrid that Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb drove in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (LM201414). This was joined by the 1:43 Toyota TS030 that finished third at Le Mans this year in the hands of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi (LM201408).

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

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17th December 2014

More Tin Tops Announced By Spark

Just a few days after Spark confirmed its 2014 DTM cars, Spark announced six different versions of the legendary BMW M3 E30 touring car.

First, there were the three BMWs that filled the top three places in the 1987 Macau Guia Race: the winning M3 of Roberto Ravaglia (SPKSA032), the second placed car of Dieter Quester (SPKSA033) and the machine that came home third in the hands of Fabien Giroix (SPKSA034).

Three Spa 24 Hours winners were announced as well. Our favourite is the Bastos liveried BMW M3 that Steve Soper, Jean-Michel Martin and Christian Danner drove to victory in 1992 (SPKSB069).

This was joined by the 1987 race winning M3 of Jean-Michel Martin, Didier Theys and Eric van de Poele (SPKSB067), and the victorious BMW from 1990, which was driven by Fabien Giroix, Johnny Cecotto and Markus Oestreich (SPKSB068).

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16th December 2014

1:18 Depailler Tyrrell P34 Headlines TSM Delivery

15 new TrueScale Miniatures replicas came through our warehouse door today.

The highlight was the 1:18 Patrick Depailler 1977 Tyrrell P34 from the Monaco Grand Prix (TSM141809), which is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. It’s another of TrueScale’s 1:18 classic F1 triumphs!

We also received, in the larger scale, the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Bentley Speed 8 that was raced by Guy Smith, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello (TSM141817). Just 750 pierces of this model have been produced.

Highlights in 1:43 included the Chaparral 2G that Jim Hall drove in the 1968 LA Times Grand Prix Can-Am race (TSM114346), and the 1971 Watkins Glen 6 Hours winning Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 of Ronnie Peterson and Andrea de Adamich (TSM124307).

TrueScale also became the first brand to release a 1:43 model of the McLaren 650S. The 650S coupé is available in yellow (TSM144364) and white (TSM144363), and the 650S Spider is available in blue (TSM144362) and silver (TSM144365).

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15th December 2014

Spark Announces 2014 DTM Mercs And Audis

We were wondering if Spark was going to announce any 1:43 replicas of the DTM cars this year. The good news is that, although they left it late, they have confirmed all of the Audis and Mercedes.

There will be 1:43 Audi RS5 models for Mike Rockenfeller (SPKSG168), Mattias Ekstrom (SPKSG169), Timo Scheider (SPKSG170), Jamie Green (SPKSG171), Edoardo Mortara (SPKSG172), Miguel Molina (SPKSG173), Adrien Tambay (SPKSG174) and Nico Muller (SPKSG175).

From the Mercedes stable, there will be models for Christian Vietoris (SPKG176), Robert Wickens (SPKSG177), Paul di Resta (SPKSG178), Pascal Wehrlein (SPKSG179), Daniel Juncadella (SPKSG180), Vitaly Petrov (SPKSG181) and Gary Paffett (SPKSG182).

Of course, all of these models will be German market special editions, which are limited to between 300 and 500 examples worldwide.

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12th December 2014

Amalgam and Neo Deliver

Today we received new products from two manufacturers: Amalgam and Neo.

Amalgam released the 1:4 2014 Ferrari F14 T steering wheel (AML1403). Just to you remind you, this miniature measures approximately seven centimetres across.

There were three classic road cars on the Neo consignment. The best of them was the 1:43 1945 Morgan 4/4 S1 in dark blue (NEO46235), which we don’t think has ever been modelled before.

Neo also sent us the 1:43 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Doctor’s Coupé Dansk in beige (NEO44244), and the 1:43 1951 Kaiser Henry J in red (NEO45965).

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11th December 2014

New Arrivals From Spark and Minichamps

Today we received new models from both Spark and Minichamps.

Spark sent us 16 new subjects, with the highlight being a stunning 1:18 model of the Lancia LC2 that Mauro Baldi and Bob Wollek drove to victory in the 1985 Spa 1000km (SPA18SB001). This is the first time this iconic Group C racer has ever been replicated in the larger scale.

This was joined by two cars, in 1:43, from the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours: the GTE AM class winning Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nicki Thiim (LM201495), and the OAK Racing Ligier Nissan JSP2 of Alex Brundle, Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy (LM201435).

For McLaren collectors, there was the 1:43 McLaren M4B that Bruce McLaren drove in the 1967 Race of Champions (SPK3137).

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

The highlight from the Minichamps delivery was the 1:43 2014 Jenson Button Mclaren MP4-29 test car (DC214422T). The Magnussen version, by the way, has already sold out, and there aren’t many left of the Button version either.

Other interesting replicas included the 1:43 Hans Stuck Auto Union Type B from the 1935 German Grand Prix (P351900), and the 1:18 1948 Land Rover in Matt Sand (PG168905).

Click here to see all of Minichamps’ latest releases.

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9th December 2014

New Releases From Schuco and Neo

Today we received small consignments from Schuco and Neo.

Schuco sent us its first 1:10 bike in a long time. It is, in fact, the company’s first modern motorbike subject, taking the form of the 2014 BMW R1200 GS in Bluefire (SCH6664).

Meanwhile Neo delivered three 1:43 resin road cars: the 1980 Alfa Romeo Alfasud 1.3 Ti in white (NEO45596), the 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop in metallic grey (NEO46075) and the 1958 Lincoln Continental Mk.III Convertible in black (NEO46110).

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8th December 2014

Mattel Confirms Bond’s Aston Martin DB10

As soon as the new Bond car, the Aston Martin DB10, was unveiled at the press conference for the new James Bond movie Spectre, we were wondering which manufacturer was going to announce a model of it.

Well, it turns out we didn’t have long to wait as, today, Mattel confirmed that it will be producing the James Bond Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre in 1:18 scale (HWCMC94). Nothing generates excitement like a new Bond car, even more so if it’s an Aston Martin, so we’re delighted that Mattel has reacted so quickly.

Mattel also announced several other movie subjects, including the 1:18 Batmobile from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (HWCMC89).  They will also be replicating a couple of interesting sports car subjects too: the 1:18 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT (HWDGH06) and the 1:18 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (HWDGH07). Mattel hasn’t yet confirmed colours for either of these models.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Mattel’s range starts to take shape, after they gave up the Ferrari licence earlier in the year. Click here to see all of Mattel’s new announcements.

In other news, Sun Star released a 1:18 replica of Roger Clark’s Ford Escort RS1800 from the Rally of Morocco (SS4490). It is a limited edition of just 996 pieces worldwide.

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5th December 2014

More Exciting News From Spark

Today Spark announced three new 1:18 subjects, and sent sample images of some very exciting 1:18 models that are due for release early in the New Year.

After announcing the 1:43 version last week, Spark confirmed that it will be replicating Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 in 1:18 (DC21444ADK) scale too. And, just like the smaller scale version, the replica comes complete with a driver figure holding the Union Jack.

The other two 1:18 announcements were from the world of endurance racing: the Porsche 956 that Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell drove to victory in the 1982 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPA18LM82), and the Lancia Beta Montecarlo that raced in the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Michele Alboreto, Eddie Cheever and Carlo Facetti (SPA18S160). These two are just a few months away.

Also due for release in the not too distant future are two F1 world champions that have not yet been replicated in the larger scale before: Nelson Piquet’s Williams FW11B from 1987 (SPA18S118) and the Williams FW07 that was raced by Alan Jones in 1980 (SPA18S117), which is also available signed (SPA18S117S).

Spark has said that the Piquet car will arrive in February, and the Jones Williams will be released in March. Judging by the sample images, both of them are going to look brilliant. It looks like we’re in for a cracking start to 2015!

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4th December 2014

Six WTCC Chevys Arrive On Spark Delivery

Today we received a new delivery of 1:43 replicas from Spark, which mainly consisted of cars from this year’s WTCC.

Spark sent us the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s of Tom Chilton (SPK2456), Tom Coronel (SPK2457), Gianni Morbidelli (SPK2459), Rene Munnich (SPK2464), Hugo Valente (SPK2458) and Dusan Borkovic (SPK2465).

The Chevy mob was joined by the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE that Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna drove in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (LM201497), and the BMW 635 CSi that Hans-Joachim Stuck drove to victory in the 1983 Macau Guia race (SPKSA052).

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