9th February 2015

Best Of British!

We’re feeling all patriotic today, as AUTOart, Paragon and Schuco all announced some extremely exciting British subjects.

We’ve been trying to persuade diecast manufacturers to produce a 1:18 model of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage for ages. In fact, we’d almost given up on the idea. So when we saw a sample of one on the AUTOart stand at Nuremberg the other day, you can image how pleased we were!

AUTOart is specifically producing the 1985 V8 Vantage in three colours: Cumberland Grey (AA70221), Suffolk Red (AA70222) and Chichester Blue (AA70223). Just to be clear, an official price has not yet been confirmed, and we will charge the final RRP when the model is released.

Paragon has announced three 1:18 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight replicas and, again, there was a sample of all three of them at Nuremberg. They looked very, very good indeed, considering they are still very much in development.

They will be replicating the famous Coombs E-Type Lightweight ‘4 WPD’ that Graham Hill drove to victory in the 1963 Sussex Trophy at Goodwood (PA98341), the Jaguar that was driven in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours by Briggs Cunningham and Bob Grossman (PA98351) and the Tommy Atkins run Lightweight that Roy Salvadori drove to second in the 1963 Silverstone International GT race (PA98331).

Meanwhile, Schuco confirmed Stirling Moss’s 1959 Italian Grand Prix winning Cooper T51 in 1:18 scale (SCH0326).

We also had a new delivery of 1:43 replicas from Spark today, with highlights including the Lola Mk.4 that John Surtees raced in the 1962 Monaco Grand Prix (SPK1814), and Clay Regazzoni’s Shadow DN9 from the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix (SPK2233). Click here to see all of Spark’s latest releases.

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6th February 2015

Peterson Tyrrell Tops TrueScale Delivery

Today we received a new delivery from TrueScale Miniatures, which was headed by the 1:18 Tyrrell P34 that Ronnie Peterson drove to third place in the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix (TSM141808). This model is slightly different from the Depailler version in that it has wet tyres, and TrueScale has also shown great attention to detail by replicating the cutaway in the bodywork, which allowed the relatively tall Peterson to comfortably fit in the car.

Another excellent 1:18 replica was the Porsche 936/76 that Rolf Stommelen drove to second in the Nurburgring 300km (TSM141826). This was the Porsche 936’s debut race.

A pair of Corvettes was the highlight in the smaller scale: the Chevrolet Corvette L88 that Tony DeLorenzo and Don Yenko drove in the 1971 Daytona 24 Hours (TSM144319), and the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Astrovette (TSM144317), which was one of the cars built especially for the Apollo 12 astronauts who landed on the moon.

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5th February 2015

Interesting Rolls Arrives From GLM

Today we received new models from GLM, Matrix and Neo.

The GLM release took the form of the 1:43 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom Shooting Brake in grey (GLM43204701).

Originally, this Rolls-Royce Phantom I had limousine coachwork. The Weaver designed shooting brake body was apparently fitted by Hooper during World War Two, when the car was used to transport RAF repair crews and their tools to wounded aircraft. It is limited to just 299 pieces worldwide.

Matrix sent us two replicas in its Louwman Museum Collection: the 1:43 1955 Daimler DK400 Golden Zebra in cream (MXLM010402), and the 1:43 1935 Duesenberg SJ LeGrande in red (MXLM010406).

Neo released the 1:43 1994 Audi RS2 Avant in yellow (NEO43364).

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4th February 2015

Four Brands Release Replicas Today

Today we received new replicas from Mattel, Minichamps, Sun Star and Quartzo.

We’ll start with Minichamps. They sent us the 1:8 Valentino Rossi ‘WTF’ 2011 Misano helmet (PO110876B), along with two more 1:18 ABS Ford Fiesta RS WRCs: Ott Tanak’s car from the 2012 Rally of France (PG120805), and the Fiesta that Mads Ostberg drove in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally (PG130804).

Mattel released the 1:18 2013 Ferrari 458 Speciale in red (HWBLY31), the 1:18 1970 Dodge Charger from the Fast and Furious (HWBLY21), and the 1:43 Fernando Alonso 2014 Ferrari F14 T (DC214414).

Sun Star delivered a relatively small consignment of replicas, with the 1:18 Henri Toivonen Opel Ascona 400 from the 1982 RAC Rally (SS5367), and the Subaru Impreza 555 that Krzysztof Holowczyc drove in the 1997 RAC Rally (SS5507), being our favourites.

Last, but certainly not least, two of Quartzo’s excellent value 1:43 classic F1 cars arrived today in the form of Jo Siffert’s 1968 British Grand Prix winning Lotus 49 (Q27803), and Graham Hill’s 1969 Monaco Grand Prix winning Lotus 49B (Q27804).

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3rd February 2015

Minichamps Announces 1:43 Hamilton F3 Cars

Minichamps both announced and released new replicas today.

The announcements were extremely exciting, especially if you’re a Lewis Hamilton fan. The German brand will be making three of his Manor Motorsport Dallara F302s in 1:43 scale.

The highlight is the Dallara he took to victory in the Norisring round of the 2004 F3 Euro Series (P040335). This was his first F3 victory. There were also Hamilton’s cars from the 2003 Macau Grand Prix (P030327) and the 2004 Macau Grand Prix (P040321).

In terms of the new delivery, the best of the bunch was the 1:8 Valentino Rossi ‘Occhio’ helmet from Mugello 2011 (PO110886).

This was joined by three variants of Minichamps’ 1:18 Ford Fiesta RS WRC: Latvala’s winning car from the 2012 Rally Wales GB (PG120803), Solberg’s example with the special Ford EcoBoost livery from Finland 2012 (PG120804), and the Fiesta that Thierry Neuville took to third in the 2013 Rally of Mexico (PG130811).

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

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2nd February 2015

Mattel’s 1:18 1976 Lauda Ferrari In Stock Now!

Of course, we were at Nuremberg last week (we’ll tell you about all the exciting news, samples and announcements over the next few weeks), so we’ve got a few days’ worth of catching up to do.

The main releases have come courtesy of Mattel and Brumm. Mattel released what is officially its last ever 1:18 F1 replica: Niki Lauda’s 1976 Monaco Grand Prix winning Ferrari 312 T2 (HWBLY40). Mattel has certainly ended its tenure as Ferrari’s F1 licensee on a high!

We also received a new consignment from Italian company Brumm, which was headed by the excellent 1:43 Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez Porsche 917K Two Car Set from the 1970 Spa 1000km (BR060).

Other interesting 1:43 models included Roy Salvadori’s 1954 Goodwood International winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type (BR546), the Ferrari 250 GTO that Graham Hill drove to victory in the 1963 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood (BR537), and the Ferrari 250 GTO that Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet drove to second place in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours (BR534).

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27th January 2015

Spark Surprises By Announcing Mansell Lotus

We were just looking through one of the Spark release schedules that we regularly receive, when we came across a very exciting replica, which hadn’t yet been announced by the resin brand. Even more excitingly it was due in May.

The subject in question is a 1:43 replica of the Essex Lotus 81 that Nigel Mansell drove to third in the 1981 Belgian Grand Prix (SPK4287). This Lotus, as far as we know, has never been done before and, to make it even more desirable, it is a replica of the very car that Nigel Mansell took to his first ever podium finish in F1.

It’s unusual for a model that significant to just turn up out of the blue like that, but it was a nice surprise nonetheless.

Other new 1:43 announcements included the Matra MS5 that the late Jean-Pierre Beltoise drove to victory in the 1966 Monaco Formula Three race (SPK4307), and the BMW Z4 GT3 that Alex Zanardi raced in the Portuguese round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series (SPKSP072). This car featured a special livery, which commemorated the Italian’s Para-cycling successes.

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26th January 2015

Over 20 New Releases from Spark

We’ve received a mammoth new delivery of over 20 new replicas from Spark today. There’s such a wide variety of subjects present; everything from classic and modern F1 machinery, endurance racers, road cars, a rally car, and even a NASCAR and a couple of IndyCars.

We love all things Stirling Moss here at Diecast Legends, so we’re very pleased to see the 1:43 Aston Martin DB3S that Stirling Moss and Peter Collins drove to second at Le Mans in 1956 (SPK2409).

In terms of other 1:43 round-the-clock racers Spark has also released the Bentley Embiricos as it raced in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of H.S.F. Hay and Hugh Hunter (SPK3818), and the 2014 Spa 24 Hours winning Audi R8 LMS of Laurens Vanthoor, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock (SPKSB071).

It’s all about Red Bull in the modern F1 stakes, with Spark delivering both its Vettel (DC21401K) and Ricciardo (DC21403K) 1:18s, as well as Ricciardo’s winning RB10s from Canada (DC214403CK) and Belgium (DC214403BK) in 1:43.

Interesting classic 1:43 F1 cars included the Copersucar FD03 that was raced by Arturo Merzario in the 1975 Italian Grand Prix (SPK3935), Alex Caffi’s 1991 San Marino Grand Prix Footwork FA12 (SPK3981) and the Brabham BT33 that Rolf Stommelen drove in the 1970 French Grand Prix (SPK3509).

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

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22nd January 2015

458 Speciale Arrives In 1:43

Not much to report in the diecast world today, but we did receive a few new models from Mattel. They released the 1:43 Ferrari 458 Speciale in red (HWBLY45), yellow (HWBLY46) and matt black (HWBLY47).

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21st January 2015

IXO Beats Spark To Release Hyundai i20 WRC

Today we received a new delivery from IXO, as well as a solitary new release from Minichamps.

Usually it’s resin brand Spark that beats diecast manufacturers to market with new F1, rally or Le Mans cars, but today there was an exception to this rule, as IXO became the first brand to release the Hyundai i20 WRC in 1:43 scale. More specifically, we’re talking about the Hyundai i20 WRC that Thierry Neuville drove in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally (RAM568).

Other 1:43 highlights on the delivery included Robert Kubica’s WRC2 class winning Citroen DS3 RRC from the 2013 Rally of Germany (RAM539), and the Jaguar Mk.VII that Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1953 Silverstone Touring Car Race (RAC238).

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

Meanwhile, Minichamps delivered a 1:43 replica of Nico Rosberg’s 2014 Australian Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 (DC214406).

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