31st October 2014

Amalgam Ferrari F14 T Nose Cones Arrive

Today we received 1:12 Ferrari F14 T nose cones for Fernando Alonso (AML1401) and Kimi Raikkonen (AML1402) from Amalgam. Just to remind you, they measure approximately 15 cm across and 8.5 cm front to back.

In other news, it seems AUTOart isn’t the only manufacturer trying to drive down the cost of its replicas (see 22nd October entry), as Kyosho announced two new 1:18 diecast replicas with sealed bodyshells. The 1:18 2013 Lamborghini Veneno in metallic grey (KY9501GR) and metallic red (KY9501MR) will cost just £69.99 each.

Kyosho plans to announce more supercar subjects in its so-called Sealed Bodyshell Collection in the near future.

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30th October 2014

Spark Releases Martini Williamses in 1:43

Today we received a new delivery from Spark.

And on that delivery were the two most hotly anticipated 1:43 Formula One replicas in years. We are, of course, talking about the 2014 Williams FW36s of Valtteri Bottas (DC214419K) and Felipe Massa (DC214419K). Both of them look absolutely stunning in the iconic Martini livery.

Of course, Spark is the only model maker that is replicating the Williamses this year, so order soon if you don’t want to miss out.

Spark also released the 1:43 2014 Toro Rosso STR9s of Daniil Kvyat (DC214426K) and Jean-Eric Vergne (DC214425K). Both come in very fetching blue, gold and red packaging, which mimics the Toro Rosso’s livery.

We also received a 1:43 replica of Richard Petty’s 1969 Motor Trend 500 winning Ford Torino Cobra (SPK3595), and a few of this year’s Le Mans cars.

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

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29th October 2014

Three Absolute Bargains From Oxford

On Monday we received models from high-end brands CMC and BBR, then Minichamps delivered yesterday, and now today Oxford released three excellent value-for-money 1:43 replicas. It looks like all budgets have been catered for already this week!

These Oxford replicas are a snip at £24.99 each. The best of the trio is the Jaguar E-Type V12 in light blue (OXF073), which unsurprisingly has gone down very well with our customers.

This was joined by the 1:43 Healey Tickford in black (OXF078), and a 1:43 replica of the Healey Tickford that Bill Meredith-Owens and Alec Pitts drove in the 1953 Monte Carlo Rally (OXF072).

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28th October 2014

Lauda BMW Tops Small Minichamps Shipment

Today we received a delivery of just five new models from Minichamps, with the highlight being the 1:18 BMW M1 that Niki Lauda drove to victory in the Hockenheim round of the 1979 Procar Series (PG792905).

They also released the 1:2 Valentino Rossi 2005 Sepang helmet (PO52066), and the 1:43 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet in red (P062230B).

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27th October 2014

A Day For The High-end Brands

Today we received new releases from high-end brands CMC and BBR.

CMC finally delivered its 1:18 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Special Touring Coupé in red (CMC107), which is an absolute masterpiece.

Made up of 1,577 individual parts, this exquisite replica boasts a removable inspection hatch and wheel spats, intricate stainless steel spoked wheels, sliding side windows and leather seats and door covers.

Some of the fine detailing, such as the mesh screen in the brake ducts, is quite frankly unbelievable. This is one of the best models that CMC has produced, and that’s against some pretty stiff competition.

We are delighted to be able to offer this replica at £50 of the RRP, which actually makes this amazing model something of a bargain.

Italian company BBR sent us a very impressive 1:18 replica of the Pininfarina Sergio Concept (BBR1871), which is a limited edition of just 50 pieces worldwide.

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24th October 2014

Amalgam Steers Towards Ferrari

Just a couple of weeks after Amalgam announced that it would be producing 2014 Ferrari F14 T nose cones, the company confirmed that it will also be making a 1:4 2014 Ferrari F14 T steering wheel (AML1403).

We doubt that any more steering wheels will be produced for the other teams though, which is a great shame, as Amalgam’s range of steering wheels and nose cones used to sell very well for us.

In other news Matrix announced some more excellent 1:43 British road car subjects, including the 1967 Alvis 3-Litre Super Graber Coupe in blue (MX40205021), the 1953 Daimler DB18 Hooper Green Goddess in maroon (MX10402021), and the 1937 Bentley 4.25 Litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton in white and blue (MX40201061).

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23rd October 2014

Chilton and Bianchi Marussias Released

Today Spark released 1:43 resin models of the 2014 Marussia MR03s of Max Chilton (DC214404K) and Jules Bianchi. Unfortunately the Bianchi version has sold out completely to pre-orders, and we won’t be getting any more.

Other 1:43 models included the BMW M3 that Emanuele Pirro drove to victory in the 1991 Macau Ghia Race (SPKSA051), and Cale Yarborough’s 1968 Daytona 500 winning Mercury Cyclone (SPK3591).

In 1:18, we took delivery of the 1932 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Alfa Romeo 8C of Raymond Sommer and Luigi Chinetti (SPA18LM32).

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

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22nd October 2014

Intriguing New Announcements From AUTOart

Today AUTOart announced three new replicas, and we received new models from Mattel and Kyosho.

AUTOart is introducing a new range of replicas, which will feature bodyshells that are made up of a mixture of plastic and diecast. Admittedly, we don’t know yet exactly how they are made, but we think that anything that brings prices down is good in our opinion.

The models will have opening parts, but in some cases it will only be the doors. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how they go down with collectors when they are released.

Most excitingly, AUTOart will be using this new method to produce a 1:18 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in white (AA81307). Hopefully AUTOart will go on to make several racing versions of this car. There will also be the 1:18 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 in matt white (AA81358) and metallic orange (AA81357). They look pretty good from the sample images, so check them out.

Mattel released an excellent 1:18 model of the Batmobile from the 1992 movie, Batman Returns (HWBLY24), which comes with plenty of working features.

We also received nine 1:43 Porsche replicas from Kyosho, all of which come with an opening bonnet and boot. You can choose from the 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo in green (KY05524G) and silver (KY05524S), the 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RS in white (KY05521W) and silver (KY05521S), the 1978 Porsche 911 SC in red (KY05523R) and silver (KY05523S), and the 1988 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo in white (KY05525W), dark blue (KY05525DB) and silver (KY05525S).

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21st October 2014

Ricciardo To Sign For Diecast Legends

We had some extremely exciting news today, as Daniel Ricciardo agreed to sign diecast replicas exclusively for us.

The young Australian has had an excellent season with Red Bull so far, scoring three victories and outperforming his four times champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Daniel will be signing a limited number of Minichamps’ 1:18 2014 Red Bull RB10 (DC21309S) when it is released early next year. Naturally demand for Ricciardo’s Red Bull, either signed or unsigned, is extremely high. So, to guarantee your model, we recommend that you get your order in before 29th October.

We have also received new models from Minichamps, Neo and Corgi. The highlight of the Minichamps delivery was the 1:43 Sebastian Vettel 2012 Red Bull RB8 from the Brazilian Grand Prix (DC212401SP), which comes with wet tyres and a figure of Seb raising his hand in celebration after clinching the title.

Neo sent us the 1:43 1964 Morgan Plus 4 Plus in dark blue (NEO46130), while Corgi delivered the 1:43 Morris Oxford Series VI that was owned by Sir Winston Churchill (CG05406), the 1:43 Mini Clubman 1100 in black (CG13502A) and the 1:43 Ford Capri Mk.1 RS3100 in Sebring Red (CG13305A).

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17th October 2014

1:18 Montoya IndyCar From Greenlight

American company Greenlight Collectibles sent us a new consignment of replicas today.

Amongst the myriad of Mustangs was the 1:18 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske Racing Dallara DW12 from the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (GL10954).

The 1:43 1967 Ford Mustang ‘Eleanor’ from the 200 movie Gone in 60 Seconds (GL86411) was the best of the Blue Oval muscle cars, and it’s a snip at just £19.99.

In the larger scale we received the 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II in blue and white (GL12894), the 1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra II in white with green stripes (GL12895), and the 1967 Ford Mustang in black and gold (GL12897).

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