18th November 2014

Exciting New Announcements From Neo

Today Neo announced several new 1:43 subjects, and we received some new releases from Minichamps.

There were some extremely interesting announcements from Dutch company Neo, including the 1961 Aston Martin Jet Bertone in metallic grey (NEO44575). The real thing was sold for over three million pounds last year, making it the most expensive Aston ever sold at auction.

Other highlights included the Jensen Interceptor Series III Drophead Coupe in dark metallic red (NEO43399), the 1971 Ford Granada Mk.1 Coupe in green with a black roof (NEO49525), and the 1986 Jaguar XJ Series III Vanden Plas in metallic red (NEO49526).

Minichamps sent us, amongst others, the 1:18 1948 Land Rover in grey (PG168904), which is limited to just 504 pieces worldwide, and the 1:2 Valentino Rossi 2007 Jerez test helmet (PO72046).

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17th November 2014

Rare Road Cars From Kess and Matrix

Today resin brands Matrix and Kess released new 1:43 replicas.

First off, Matrix sent us the first in its Louwman Museum Collection: the Fiat 8V Vignale Demon Rouge (MXLM010602).It’s a gorgeous model, which comes in proper Louwman Museum branded packaging, but at £101.99 it is a little more expensive than your average Matrix release.

Other highlights included the gorgeous 1957 Alvis Super TC108G Graber Convertible in grey (MX50105051), the 1950 Austin A135 Princess Mk.2 Vanden Plas in blue (MX42101021), and the 1963 Pininfarina Rondine I Corvette in metallic blue (MX50302031).

From Kess, we received five Alfa Romeo models, with the highlights being the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TZ2 Coupe Pininfarina in white (KE00227), and the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900SS Ghia Coupe in red (KE00210) and yellow (KE00211).

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14th November 2014

All You Need Is……A John Lennon 1:18 Rolls-Royce

Today we received new models from Paragon and Neo.

Paragon has released its sensational 1:18 replica of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V that was owned by Beatles star John Lennon (PA98212). Paragon has done an excellent job recreating the Rolls’s psychedelic paintjob. It’s a very weighty and sizeable piece, which is must for any Beatles, John Lennon, or Rolls-Royce fan.

Other models from Paragon included the 1:18 1967 Daimler 250 V8 in black (PA98311) and maroon (PA98312), as well as the 1:18 1968 Jaguar Mk.II in Opalescent Silver Blue (PA98321).

Neo gave us three 1:43 models today: the 1963 Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato in red (NEO45165), the 1:43 Volvo Amazon Coune Convertible in white (NEO45212) and the Porsche 968 that RS Turbo that John Nielsen, Thomas Bscher and Lindsay Owen-Jones drove in the 1994 Le Mans 24 Hours (NEO43837).

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13th November 2014

New Models From Spark and Corgi

Today we received new batch 1:43 replicas from Spark, as well as a couple of new releases from Corgi.

Of the 14 subjects on the Spark delivery, the highlight was the 1993 Light Car Company Rocket in red (SPK3152), which was designed by Gordon Murray.

There were a couple of classic F1 cars too: the Lola Mk.4 that John Surtees took to second in the 1962 German Grand Prix (SPK1815), and Guy Ligier’s Cooper T81 Maserati from the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix (SPK3517).

Other notables from Spark included the Lotus XI that Colin Chapman and Herbert MacKay-Fraser drove in the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPK2183), and the Honda TN360 that was used by Essex Team Lotus (SPK2688), which comes complete with a miniature DFV engine to put in the back of it.

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

From Corgi, we received an impressive 1:32 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2970 that was flown by Geoffrey Page (CG35509). The replica comes with a detailed engine, a retractable undercarriage, and has a wingspan of 39 centimetres.

This was joined by the 1:43 Ford Cortina Mk.3 2000E in Modena Green (CG10310).

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12th November 2014

McLaren Stars On Minichamps Consignment

Today we received a new delivery from Minichamps. Three of the four subjects we received were McLarens.

Minichamps sent us the 1:43 2014 McLaren MP4-29s of Jenson Button (DC214422) and Kevin Magnussen (DC214420). Both of them, by the way, are specifically from the Australian Grand Prix, where Magnussen and Button finished in second and third respectively.

Minichamps also finally released the 1:18 Sergio Perez 2013 McLaren MP4-28 (DC21306). The Button (DC21305) version is due in January, which means that it will be two years out of date when it arrives!

The only other model was a 1:18 ABS replica of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 that Marcel Leipert and Oleg Petrishin drove in the 2011 ADAC GT Masters (PG111112).

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11th November 2014

Viva La Zonda R Revolucion!

Today we received a new delivery from AUTOart.

Present was the absolutely stunning 1:18 2013 Pagani Zonda R Revolucion in Black Carbon Fibre (AA78272). AUTOart pulls out all the stops when it produces its Pagani Zonda R replicas; the detail on them is always phenomenal.

The Revolucion is made up of around 700 individual parts, and features a fully functioning suspension, photo-etched grilles, stainless steel exhaust tips and an amazingly intricate engine bay.

We also received the 1:18 2012 Pagani Zonda R Evolution in white and carbon fibre (AA78271).

Other releases included 1:18 2005 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Nismo Z-Tune in Bayside Blue (AA77354) and black (AA77355), as well as the 1:43 2011 McLaren MP4-12C in red (AA56008), orange (AA56006) and silver (AA56007).

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7th November 2014

McRae Subaru Arrives From Sun Star

Today we received three new 1:18 replicas from Sun Star.

The undoubted show stopper was Colin McRae’s 1994 RAC Rally winning Subaru Impreza 555 (SS5506), which is limited to 1,998 pieces worldwide.

Other new 1:18 arrivals included the 1983 Ford Escort Mk.III XR3i in Caspian Blue (SS4982) and the Peugeot 207 S2000 that Manfred Stohl drove in the 2008 Rally of Portugal (SS5436).

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6th November 2014

Automodello and Minichamps Releases

Today we received our first delivery in a while from American company Automodello, as well as a new consignment of replicas from Minichamps.

The highlight of the Automodello delivery was the gorgeous 1:24 1930 Cord L-29 Speedster in black/white (AM020), which is a limited edition of just 499 pieces worldwide. This particular Cord is also known as the Brooks Stevens Speedster, after the man who owned and designed this unique car.

Stevens lowered the cowl and narrowed the body to give it a sportier look. He also added chrome wire wheels, white wall tyres, Duesenberg style vents and unique Woodlite headlights.

This was joined by the 1:43 1956 Dual-Ghia in red (AM012) and blue (AM011). Both of these models come with removable convertible roof and tonneau cover.

The best of the Minichamps delivery took the form of the 1:43 Kimi Raikkonen 2012 Lotus Renault Valencia test car (DC212409T). There was also a very nice 1:43 resin model of the 1977 Maserati Khamsin in metallic grey (P123220).

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

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5th November 2014

Peterson Marches Top TrueScale Delivery

Today we received a baker’s dozen of replicas from TrueScale Miniatures.

Present on the delivery were the next two subjects in the company’s Ronnie Peterson Collection: Super Swede’s 1976 Italian Grand Prix winning March 761 (TSM124329), and the patriotically livered March 761 that Peterson drove in the 1976 South African Grand Prix (TSM124328).

Also present were no less than five 1:43 Brabham F1 cars. Most unusual was the 1978 Brabham BT48 press car (TSM144305). The bodywork of the car was covered in white rectangles called heat exchangers, which were used instead of a radiator. Unfortunately this experiment didn’t work, and Brabham had to use the humble radiator.

Along with that we received the BT46s that Niki Lauda (TSM144301) and John Watson (TSM144304) drove in the 1978 South African Grand Prix, as well as the Brabhams that Lauda (TSM144302) and Watson (TSM144303) raced in the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix.

Away from F1, the highlight was the 1:43 1965 Land Rover Series I Recovery Truck (TSM124380).

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

TrueScale also announced a new model today, which takes the form of the 1:43 2014 Christmas Edition replica of the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Roadster (TSM144369).

This festive miniature features Santa behind the wheel of the Duesenberg, which is loaded with presents and decorated with a wreath. It is a limited edition of just 300 pieces worldwide.

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3rd November 2014

New Replicas From Mattel

Today we received two new replicas from Mattel.

The most exciting was the 1:18 Batmobile from the 1995 movie Batman Forever (HWBCJ98), which looks spectacular with its massive tailfins.

The 1:18 Ferrari F355 Spider in red (HWBLY34) was the other model on the delivery.

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