22nd April 2014

Minichamps Announces 2014 F1 Resin Replicas

The other day we remarked how Minichamps’ F1 programme seemed significantly reduced for 2014.

However, it turns out that was only their diecast announcements; they have since confirmed several 2014 1:43 replicas in resin as well.

The most significant of these are the Force India VJM07s of Nico Hulkenberg (DC214427) and Sergio Perez (DC214411), as Force India was the only team yet to have any 2014 replicas announced for it.

Lotus, Sauber and Toro Rosso are the other three teams that Minichamps will be replicating in resin in 1:43 for 2014. You can click here to see them all.

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17th April 2014

Unusual Classics From Neo

Today we received new deliveries from Neo and Minichamps.

The Neo delivery was fantastic, with the Dutch company sending us interesting 1:43 classic road car subjects such as the 1962 Osca 1600 GT Zagato in red (NEO45185) and the 1955 Lagonda 3-Litre in black (NEO45156).

Neo has also replicated road cars that we didn’t even know existed. The 1985 Opel Corsa Spider Irmscher in red (NEO45915) is extremely unusual, as is the 1990 Mercedes W126 Stretch Limousine in metallic blue (NEO45355).

The most exciting replicas from Minichamps were the 1:43 Tyrrell 018 that Jean Alesi drove in the 1989 French Grand Prix (P890004), and a 1:43 replica of the Mercedes F1 W03 that Michael Schumacher took to third in the 2012 European Grand Prix (DC212407E), which was of course the last podium finish of the German’s F1 career.

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16th April 2014

50% Off Signed 1:43 Andretti Set

We’ve had some pretty good deals here at Diecast Legends over the years, but this one is going to take some beating. We’ve sourced some of TrueScale Miniatures’ 1:43 Signed Mario Andretti Lotus three car set (TSM11SS3) for an absolutely incredible price.

The set features Mario Andretti’s 1976 Lotus 77, 1977 Lotus 78, and 1978 world championship winning Lotus 79. It also comes with a plaque signed by Mario Andretti himself.

We are delighted to be able to offer it for just £99.99, instead of the original retail price of £199.99. This is an absolute bargain, especially that when you consider that one TrueScale 1:43 classic F1 replica costs £80!

We will be receiving them at the end of May, so get in quick to secure yours!

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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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