Last Thursday the Minichamps delivery only arrived very last thing, so I only had time to cover the Hamilton Australia special (DC27402A) before grabbing my sunscreen and flying out to Valencia!
(I have since received several death threats from Raikkonen fans warning me what they will do to me if I ever attend another Grand Prix! Might I also respectfully ask Ferrari to, just for a change, give Raikkonen the lighter fuel load rather than saddling him up with four or five laps more fuel than Massa and then watch him struggle through qualifying and the first stint of the race? That’s before Raikkonen tries to rejoin the race with half of his pit crew still hanging on to the side of his car!)
Anyway, I’m paid to be a Diecast Manager, not an F1 analyst (and currently embittered Raikkonen fan!), and as not much has happened today I thought I’d cover the Minichamps delivery in more detail.
There was one ‘surprise’ on it, which wasn’t on the original release schedule, Fernando Alonso’s 1:43 2008 Renault R27 pre-season testcar (DC28405T). There were also two new releases in the 1:43 White Line collection as Minichamps continues to storm through that at a ferocious pace, the Lamborghini Gallardo (P103500), and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage (P137420).
The other notable release was, finally, the 1:43 ‘Jordan lifetime two car set’, of Bertrand Gachot’s 1991 191 from the American Grand Prix and Tiago Monteiro’s 2005 EJ15 from the Chinese Grand Prix (P109105). It is a limited edition of just 1,008 pieces worldwide so will probably sell out quite quickly.