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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9th September 2014

Save Up To 50% Off Over 100 Minichamps Models

We are in the very fortunate position of being able to sell over 100 Minichamps replicas at up to a whopping 50% off the retail price! There’s something for everyone here, including 1:12 Moto GP bikes, 1:18 scale road cars, and 1:43 Formula One cars.

If you don’t want to miss out on all of the most desirable pieces then we suggest that you act quickly. You can click here to check out everything that is on offer.

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8th September 2014

Classic Bentleys From Matrix And GLM

Today we received new replicas from resin brands Matrix and GLM. On both of these deliveries, classic Bentleys, which have never been replicated before, were the highlight.

From Matrix, we received the 1:43 1951 Bentley Mk.VI Countryman by Harold Radford S2 in black and silver (MX10201011), while GLM sent us the 1:43 Bentley Mk.VI Park Ward Fixed Head Coupe in metallic gold (GLM43204201).

Other highlights included Matrix’s 1:43 1956 Mercedes 300C Berlina Ghia in red and white (MX41302011), and the GLM 1:43 1931 Packard Twelve 1108 Sport Phaeton in black (GLM43107301).

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5th September 2014

Neo And Kess Round Out The Week

This week has been a busy one for new releases and there has been no let up today, as we took delivery of new models from resin brands Neo and Kess.

As ever Neo released some excellent British road car subjects, including the 1:43 1953 Bristol 405 in dark green (NEO45492), the 1:43 MG TF 1500 in green (NEO43925), and the 1:43 Triumph Vitesse Mk.II saloon in red (NEO45688).

There was one absolutely beautiful 1:18 on the delivery: the 1962 Facel Vega II in metallic grey (NEO18116).

The Ford Fiesta 1600 that Ari Vatanen drove in the 1979 Monte Carlo Rally (NEO45380) was the only motorsport related 1:43 replica that we received today.

Kess sent us six 1:43 Italian road cars, with our favourites being the 1989 Maserati Shamal in red (KE14020), and black (KE14021).

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4th September 2014

2014 Force Indias From Minichamps

Today we received 11 new models from Minichamps.

The German brand has certainly been taking it to Spark in the 1:43 2014 F1 car battle, having already released the 2014 Saubers. Their most recent F1 releases are the 2014 Force India VJM07s of Nico Hulkenberg (DC214427) and Sergio Perez (DC214411).

Minichamps is the exclusive maker of the Force Indias this year, so this will be your only chance to grab a replica of one.

Minichamps also sent us the 2013 Toro Rosso STR8s of Jean-Eric Vergne (DC213418) and Daniel Ricciardo (DC213419).

Away from motorsport, the 1:43 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Freccia D’oro in silver (P120480) makes for an interesting road car release.

Click here to see the rest of Minichamps’ new releases.

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