20th June 2014

Spark Releases 1:18 Stewart 1969 Matra

We received one of the biggest releases of the year today, as Spark delivered the 1:18 Jackie Stewart Matra MS80 from the 1969 French Grand Prix (SPA18S066). As we’ve no doubt already mentioned, this is an F1 World Champion that, until now, has never been replicated in 1:18 before. Supply is tight on this Spark 1:18 replica, so don’t delay for too long if you’re after one.

Of course, in a few weeks, we will be meeting up with Sir Jackie so that he can sign a limited edition of just 150 examples of this replica (SPA18S066S) exclusively for us. We have already pre-sold over two thirds of that number, so place an order ASAP if you don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity.

In other news, we received nine new 1:43 replicas from TrueScale Miniatures. Our favourite release was the Bentley Continental GT3 from the 2012 Paris Motor Show (TSM134301). TrueScale is the first brand to release this fantastic looking car in any scale.

Other highlights included the McLaren MP4/5 that won the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix in the hands of Ayrton Senna (TSM124331), and the pretty 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Prototype (TSM124308).

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

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19th June 2014

AUTOart’s 2014 Announcements Now Online

One of the most exciting set of new announcements this year came courtesy of AUTOart, and their entire 2014 programme is now up on the Diecast Legends website.

There’s not one subject with a number on it. Not that we mind because 1:18 supercar replicas are what AUTOart does best.

Of the 33 models confirmed, highlights include the 1991 Bugatti EB110 GT in blue (AA70976), the 2009 Aston Martin One-77 in black (AA70241), the 2013 Lamborghini Veneno in grey (AA74506), the 2010 Hennessey Venom GT in silver (AA75402), the 2005 Gumpert Apollo in blue (AA71303) and the 2013 Pagani Zonda R Revolucion in blue and black (AA78273).

Click here to see the rest of AUTOart’s new announcements. 

We would also like to mention that the prices for most of these replicas have not yet been confirmed by AUTOart. Of course, it is the final RRP that will be charged.

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18th June 2014

A Pair Of New 1:18 Rally Cars From Sun Star

Today we took delivery of new replicas from Sun Star, Vitesse and Oxford.

The biggest deal on the Sun Star shipment was the 1:18 Russell Brookes Ford Escort RS1800 from the 1977 RAC Rally (SS4460), which looks fantastic in its iconic Andrews Heat for Hire livery. This was joined by the 1:18 Audi Quattro A2 that Per Eklund drove in the 1983 1000 Lakes Rally (SS4230).

Vitesse sent us the 1:43 1970 Fiat 124 BS Spider in red (V24605) and coral (V24605), while Oxford released the 1:43 Austin Hearse in white (OXF064).

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17th June 2014

Sun Star Announces Its First Modern Classic Escorts (That’s Right!)

We’ve been having a bit of a catch up on new announcements recently, and today we put 29 new Sun Star subjects onto our website.

Of course, the Classic Rallying Escort Collection, which is a staple of Sun Star’s range, continues with the confirmation of Roger Clark’s Ford Escort RS1800 from the 1976 Rally of Morocco (SS4490), and the Ford Escort RS1800 that Ari Vatanen drove in the 1977 Safari Rally (SS4491).

But there isn’t an infinite amount of RS1800s from the golden age of rallying so, to keep the collection going, Sun Star has decided to replicate Escorts that compete in modern historic rallying events.

We think it’s a great idea. After all, top line drivers past and present dabble in historic rallying, and there are also lots of Escorts decked out in some very interesting and colourful liveries.

Jari-Matti Latvala’s victorious machine from the 2010 Lahti Historic Rally (SS4492), and Juha Kankkunen’s 2010 Rally of Portugal Revival winning Escort (SS4493), will be the first two subjects.

Click here to see the rest of Sun Star’s new announcements. 

In other news we received a new delivery from Minichamps, which was headed by the 1:43 2009 Aston Martin DB9 in metallic red (P137340), and the 1:18 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series in metallic black (PG033020).

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16th June 2014

Le Mans Vipers Head Spark Delivery

Today we received 10 new releases from prolific resin model makers Spark.

Appropriately it was the two 1:43 SRT Vipers that raced at Le Mans last year that were the stars of the show. There’s the #53 car of Ryan Dalziel, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens (SPK201353), and the #93 machine of Jonathan Bomarito, Tommy Kendall and Kuno Wittmer (SPK201393).

We think both of these models look absolutely fantastic. Continuing the Le Mans theme, we also took delivery of a 1:87 replica of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that won last year’s race in the hands of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval (SPA87LM13) and, in 1:43, the March 84G that was raced at La Sarthe in 1986 with Costas Los, Raymond Tourol and Neil Crang at the wheel (SPK2994).

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

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13th June 2014

Trains And Lorries From Corgi

Today we received a new delivery from Corgi, which consisted of two trains and four lorries.

Our best selling subject was a 1:120 replica of Tornado (CG97901), the Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive that was built between 1994 and 2008. The other train on the delivery was the Britannia Class that was named Black Prince (CG97705).

Corgi also released all three subjects in its 1:50 Classic Trucks with the Hauliers of Renown Heritage Collection. There’s the Guy Warrior 8 Wheel Platform Lorry as used by the Redpath Bros Ltd (CG11705), Munro Transport’s AEC Mammoth Major Mk.V 8 Wheel Platform Lorry (CG11510), and the Entress Transport Ltd Leyland Octopus 8 Wheel Platform Lorry (CG10605). All three are limited to just 750 pieces worldwide.

The Scania R Nooteboom Step Frame Trailer as used by Eddie Stobart Rail (CG13745) was the only modern lorry that arrived from Corgi today.

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12th June 2014

Pre-order Your Favourite 2014 Le Mans Car!

We thought that we would get ahead of the game this year, and put every single one of the 54 (it was 55 but the #99 Aston was withdrawn today after a crash) cars that are competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend onto the Diecast Legends website for our customers to pre-order.

Obviously, none of these 1:43 scale replicas have been officially confirmed yet, but we understand that they will be in the very near future.

To see them all, simply visit www.diecastlegends.com/lemans2014

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11th June 2014

AUTOart To Model Jaguar’s XKR-S In 1:18

Replicas of Jaguars, either modern or classic, always go down well with our customers here at Diecast Legends. So we were very excited when, today, AUTOart announced the 1:18 2011 Jaguar XKR-S in French Racing Blue (AA73641) and Italian Racing Red (AA73642).

Judging from the sample images, they look absolutely fantastic, and both are due on AUTOart’s August delivery. They are priced at £119.99, which is pretty good value for one of AUTOart’s fantastic 1:18s. We’re really hoping that the brand goes on to replicate Jaguar’s latest sports car, the F-Type, in both its roadster and coupé forms.

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10th June 2014

Spark Announces 1:18 2014 F1 Cars

Today Spark announced a raft of new subjects, including 1:18 F1 cars for the 2014 season.

Excitingly, the resin brand will be producing the gorgeous Williams FW36s of Valtteri Bottas (DC21477K) and Felipe Massa (DC21419K) in the larger scale. These will be from Australia and Malaysia respectively.

There will be three Mercedes too, all of which are grand prix winners. You can choose from Nico Rosberg’s winning Mercedes F1 W05 from Australia (DC21406K) or Monaco (DC21406MK), and the Mercedes that Lewis Hamilton drove to victory in China (DC21444K).

There will also be Red Bull RB10s of Sebastian Vettel (DC21401K) and Daniel Ricciardo (DC21403K).

15 1:43 National Specials were announced as well. Highlights include the Williams FW05 that Masami Kuwashima drove in practice for the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix (SPKSJ020), the Jaguar D-type that Francis Francis drove in the 1963 Japanese Grand Prix (SPKSJ017) and the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 that Danny Watts drove to second in the 2013 Macau GT Cup (SPKSA056).

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9th June 2014

Sun Star and Norev Deliver

Today we received new deliveries from Sun Star and Norev.

The most exciting 1:18 release from Sun Star was Pentti Airikkala’s Ford Escort RS1800 from the 1976 RAC Rally (SS4459), which is a limited edition of just 997 pieces worldwide. The brand’s series of 1:18 classic rallying Escorts is still as popular as ever, so don’t delay if you want to keep your collection complete.

This was joined by two classic 1:18 NASCAR racers. The Oldsmobile 88 that Lee Petty took to victory in the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 (SS5245) was the most significant. This was joined by Billy Myers’ 1956 Mercury Montclair, which won at Palm Beach that year (SS5147).

Highlights of Norev’s delivery included the 1:18 1976 Volkswagen Golf GTI in silver (NV188486) and the 1:18 2012 Mercedes A250 Sport in metallic blue (NV183595).

There was also a couple of interesting 1:43 concept cars: the Renault Initiale Paris Concept (NV517946), and the 2012 Citroen Numero 9 Concept (NV159501).

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