23rd July 2014

Jackie Stewart Signs Once Again For Diecast Legends

We were very excited at DCL HQ today, as Sir Jackie Stewart signed Spark’s 1:18 replica of his 1969 world championship winning Matra MS80 (SPA18S066S).

The Scotsman signed a limited edition of just 150 pieces exclusively for us, and we have already sold well over two thirds of that number. So, if you don’t want to miss out on this very special piece of motorsport history, act swiftly or you will miss out!

In other news, Minichamps released three 1:8 scale Sebastian Vettel Arai helmets from the 2011 season. The designs were from that year’s Japanese Grand Prix (P118301), Turkish Grand Prix (P118401) and Monaco Grand Prix (P118101).

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22nd July 2014

New Releases From Quartzo and Vitesse

Quartzo and Vitesse both sent us new 1:43 replicas today.

Quartzo delivered two excellent value classic F1 replicas, both of which were limited to 1,398 pieces worldwide. You can choose from Jim Clark’s 1968 South African Grand Prix winning Lotus 49 (Q27801), which was the Scotsman’s last ever F1 race winner, or the Lotus 49 that Graham Hill drove to victory at the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix (Q27802).

The Hill version is particularly nice because it comes in the fully branded Golf Leaf livery. We think these two are pretty good value for £33.99 each.

From Vitesse we took delivery of four Mini replicas: the 1963 Mini Cooper S in red (V29523) and green (V29522), and Timo Makinen’s Monte Carlo Rally Mini Cooper Ss from 1966 (V43336) and 1967 (V43337).

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21st July 2014

Neo Enters The Matrix!

Today we received new models from Dutch resin brands Matrix and Neo.

Matrix may still be a relatively new brand, but we already love its range of unusual and rare coachbuilt subjects. A lot of them are British too, which is why our top picks are the 1:43 1957 Alvis Super TC108G Graber in dark blue (MX50105041), and the 1:43 1951 Bentley Mk.VI Facel-Metalon coupe in dark green (MX40201031). Both are limited to just 408 pieces worldwide.

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

Neo sent us some interesting 1:43 subjects too, including the Volkswagen Beetle Nordstadt (NEO45820), which was a highly tuned Beetle powered by the engine from a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS.

This was joined by the 1978 De Tomaso Deauville in metallic grey (NEO43982) and the 1992 Audi 80 in red (NEO43352).

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17th July 2014

Over 130 New Neo Announcements Online Now

Today we put over 130 new Neo announcements onto the Diecast Legends website.

There were six new 1:18 replicas confirmed, and we reckon that the 1957 Jaguar Mk.8 finished in two-tone green (NEO18039) will probably be the best seller for us.

In 1:43 it’s difficult to know where to start really. There are lots of American subjects, so if you collect cars from the USA it’s well worth going thought them all with a fine tooth comb.

There are some really nice Maseratis and Alfa Romeos too. But, for us, it’s the British stuff that really stood out. The MG Metro Turbo in black (NEO43771), the 1969 Triumph Vitesse 6 in green and white (NEO45685) and the 1964 Morgan Plus 4 Plus (NEO46130) are just a few of our favourites.

There are a couple of interesting motorsport subjects too, including the Ford Escort RS1700T Group B prototype (NEO45835), and the Akai Volkswagen Golf Mk.1 that Richard Lloyd raced in a couple of rounds of the European Touring Car Championship (NEO45236).

To see them all, all you need to do is visit www.diecastlegends.com/neo

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16th July 2014

TrueScale Announces McLaren’s Latest GT Racer

McLaren cars are a big part of TrueScale Miniatures’ range at the moment. They replicate everything from classic F1 machinery to GT racers and modern road cars.

So it is perhaps unsurprising that the company has announced the British marque’s most recent GT racer, the McLaren 650 GT3, in 1:18 (TSM141835) and 1:43 (TSM144366) scale.

They will be specifically replicating the launch car from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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15th July 2014

Spark Releases 2013 Le Mans Winner

We’ve had a huge delivery from Spark today, consisting of some 25 subjects. 

The cream of the crop where the 1:18s were concerned was the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval (SPA18LM13).

We also really like the gorgeous 1:18 Martini liveried Porsche 935 that was driven to victory in the 1976 Vallelunga 6 Hours by Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx (SPA18S087). This was only the 935’s second ever race victory.

We’ve also had some fantastic classic F1 releases in the smaller scale. We received the Lotus 109 that Johnny Herbert drove in the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix (SPK1670), Graham Hill’s 1965 Monaco Grand Prix wining BRM P261 (SPK1858) and the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix winning Cooper T81 Maserati of John Surtees (SPK3521).

Other notables included the 1987 Aston Martin Zagato in red (SPK2157), and the Jaguar D-Type E2A that was raced at the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours by Dan Gurney and Walt Hansgen (SPK2100).

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

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14th July 2014

British Classics From Corgi And Oxford

Today we received new releases from British companies Corgi and Oxford.

Corgi released a 1:43 replica of the 1972 Hillman Avenger 1500 GLS Lilac Dealer Edition (CG10408). The bright paintjob certainly makes you realise how dull car colours are these days!

This was joined by the 1:43 MGB in Vermillion red (CG13003), and the Ford Cortina Mk.4 that was used by An Garda Siochana (CG11908), Northern Ireland’s police force.

The 1:43 Volkswagen Golf Mk.2 GTI 16v in Tornado Red (CG13600) also arrived today.

Meanwhile, Oxford released the 1:43 Austin Seven RN Saloon in fawn (OXF065), which is exceptional value for just £19.99.

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10th July 2014

Huge AUTOart Shipment Arrives

Today a massive consignment of replicas from AUTOart arrived in our warehouse.

If you’re a Porsche collector it was certainly a good day as we received four variants of the 1:18 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and two versions of the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

The most exciting release, however, was the 1:18 Lamborghini Aventador J in metallic red (AA74673), which was a one-off car built especially for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Even though the white version (AA74674) doesn’t actually exist, it’s still sold well, as we only have a couple left.

Other interesting 1:18s included the 2010 FIA GT1 Championship winning Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 GT1 of Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini (AA81035), and the 1:18 2011 Koenigsegg Agera in Silver Grey (AA79006).

In the smaller scale, we received the 2013 McLaren P1 in Volcano Yellow (AA56011), Ice Silver (AA56013) and Sapphire Black (AA56014).

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

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9th July 2014

New Deliveries From Spark And Neo

Once again we’ve had a day that was dominated by resin brands, as we received new deliveries from both Spark and Neo.

Two classic 1:43 McLaren F1 cars stole the show on the Spark consignment. In fact, it was a pretty good day for fans of Kiwi racing drivers! There was Bruce McLaren’s McLaren M7B from the 1969 South African Grand Prix (SPK3125), and the McLaren M5A BRM that Denis Hulme raced in the 1968 South African Grand Prix (SPK3123).

These were joined by the Ensign N176 that raced in the 1976 Belgian Grand Prix in the hands of Chris Amon (SPK1830).

Spark also sent us its first ever 1:12 release, which took the form of the 1964 Porsche 904 GTS in silver (SPA12S001). A very impressive piece it is too!

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

It was British cars that starred on the Neo delivery, as the Dutch company released the 1:18 1961 Jaguar Mk.X in dark blue (NEO18235) and the 1:43 1971 Rover P5B coupé in burgundy with a silver roof (NEO43347).

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8th July 2014

A Pile Of New Announcements from Spark

Today Spark announced new replicas in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale.

11 of them were National Specials, many of which are due in the next few months or so. Our favourite has to be the Lancia LC2 that Mauro Baldi and Bob Wollek drove to victory in the 1985 Spa 1000km (SPA18SB001).

The Lancia LC2, in its Martini livery, has got to be one of the best looking endurance racers ever, and we believe that this will be the first time that the car has been replicated in 1:18. Why someone hasn’t made this car in the larger scale before now confounds us! This Belgian market special edition is limited to a mere 500 pieces worldwide.

We also think that the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 that Sebastien Loeb and Alvaro Parente raced during the 2013 FIA GT Championship season (SPA18SF002) is going to look excellent in 1:18 too.

In 1:43, the highlight was also a Lancia. More specifically it was the Lancia LC1 that Michele Alboreto and Piercarlo Ghinzani drove in the 1982 Fuji 6 Hours (SPKSJ021).

Spark also announced its brand new 1:43 Pikes Peak Collection. Some of these models, such as Ari Vatanen’s 1988 Peugeot 405 T16 (SPA43PP88), were originally announced under the Bizarre brand. The Bizarre versions have now been cancelled, and customers’ orders will be switched over to the new Spark code. Of course, all of our affected customers will be informed.

It’s worth mentioning that not all of the subjects are new. Spark will be re-releasing, for example, Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 (SPA43PP13) with a figure.

There are some interesting new cars though, including Bobby Unser’s 1964 Lotus 23 (SPA43PP003) and the Norma M20FC that Romain Dumas drove in 2013 (SPA43PP002).

Of course, all of these miniatures will come in Pikes Peak branded packaging.

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

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