Friday 20th September
We have been told to expect Minichamps’ 1:12 replica of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha YZR-M1 from the 2017 Malaysia Moto GP in the not too distant future. The race was run in wet conditions, which is why this replica comes complete with both a ‘dirty’ race-aged effect, and wet weather tyres. This special is already a complete sell-out with Minichamps, while we have a mere 10 pieces still available to sell after taking into account our already placed customer pre-orders.
Thursday 19th September
We have been told to expect Minichamps’ 1:12 replica of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha YZR-M1 from the 2017 Malaysia Moto GP in the not too distant future. The race was run in wet conditions, which is why this replica comes complete with both a ‘dirty’ race-aged effect, and wet weather tyres. This special is already a complete sell-out with Minichamps, while we have a mere 10 pieces still available to sell after taking into account our already placed customer pre-orders.
Wednesday 18th September
Tecnomodel has just confirmed that it will be replicating the Porsche 917 Spyder in 1:18 scale, which predominantly raced in the European-based Interserie championship. Leo Kinnunen won the 1971 running of the series in the #11 car, while Jurgen Neuhaus also competed that season in the #1 machine. Ernst Kraus ran his #17 Spyder the following year, while the #5 example was raced by Helmut Marko and Michel Weber in the 1971 Paris 1000 Km.
Tuesday 17th September
Look Smart has just announced 1:18 and 1:43 replicas commemorating Charles Leclerc’s very first Formula One victory at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix. After being thwarted in Bahrain by mechanical problems and then by Max Verstappen in Austria, it was third time lucky for the Monegasque. His success was tinged with sadness, however, as his close friend Anthoine Hubert had lost his life in a Formula 2 accident at the same circuit the previous day.
Monday 16th September
Today Spark announced a dozen replicas of helmets for this year’s Formula One drivers. 10 of them will be in 1:5 scale (about 6cm in height), while the two Alfa Romeo drivers of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will also have their lids modelled in 1:8 scale, which is about the size of a golf ball. The 1:5 Hamilton helmet replica, by the way, is specifically from the British Grand Prix, as it features the Union Jack design on the top.
Friday 13th September
IXO has just confirmed a couple of 1:43 replicas from the early career of the second most successful WRC driver of all time, Sebastien Ogier. They are both from rallies that the Frenchman competed on with a Peugeot 206 XS: his #50 machine from the 2006 Tour of Cadabelles, and his #66 steed from the Tour of Provence in the same year.
Thursday 12th September
Lucky Step is clearly out to set the world record for most different colourways produced of a 1:18 replica, as it has just announced another four options for its Jaguar XJ6! These are burgundy, dark green, blue and grey.
Wednesday 11th September
Today Matrix added a couple of cars to its roster of 1:43 classics. The first of these is the 1973 Jaguar XJ 12-PF Pininfarina, which will be available in silver and bronze. Then there is the 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet by Saoutchik. For this one, you can choose between having the replica with the roof either open or closed!
Tuesday 10th September
Today Spark announced a dozen 1:43 replicas from this year’s WTCR series. British tin-top heroes Gordon Shedden and Rob Huff are covered, amongst several other top touring car drivers.
Monday 9th September
Today TrueScale Miniatures provided us with sample images of its 1:43 replicas of the Ford GTs from this year’s Daytona 24 Hours. They both ran in retro liveries, with the #67 car featuring the Castrol colours, while the #66 machine ran in a Motorcraft livery. We think that they both look stunning.
Friday 6th September
Another day, another fantastic new 1:18 announcement from Tecnomodel of a classic Formula One car that has never been replicated in this scale before! Today, it is the 1971 McLaren M19A.
Ironically, we expect the version that isn’t finished in the famous McLaren orange to possibly be the most popular amongst collectors! This is Mark Donohue’s blue Sunoco M19A that was entered for him by Roger Penske in the 1971 Canadian Grand Prix. It was Donohue’s very first grand Prix, the American scoring a sensational third place on his debut. It would remain the only podium finish of his Formula One career. If you prefer your classic McLaren replicas in the team’s traditional orange, then you have three options. These are the #9 machine that Denny Hulme took to a fourth place finish in the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, the #10 example that Peter Gethin campaigned to ninth place at France that year, and the #26 M19A that Hulme brought across the line 12th in Holland.
Thursday 5th September
We know that Tecnomodel are the kings of replicating iconic cars from the history of motor racing in 1:18, that for some bizarre reason or other have never been produced in that scale before. But today, the Italian model-makers surpassed themselves; they announced the first ever Ferraris to have competed in the Formula One world championship!
Everyone knows that the first world championship grand prix was held at Silverstone in 1950, but a lesser known fact is that Ferrari did not join the series until the second round of the year, in Monaco. Alberto Ascari finished the team’s first race in a highly impressive second place in the #40 125 F1. Tecnomodel will of course be replicating Ascari’s Monaco machine, along with three other 1950 125 F1s in 1:18 scale. These are the #18 car that failed to finish the Swiss Grand Prix in the hands of Ascari, the #24 example that Luigi Villoresi took to a second place finish in the non-championship San Remo Grand Prix, and a plain red press version. Given the enormity of the significance of these replicas, pre-ordering is a must.
Wednesday 4th September
Today Spark confirmed the cars from the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours that it will be replicating in 1:18 scale. From the top LMP1 class, there will be the two Toyotas as well as the two colourful Rebellions in their one-off liveries. There will be four replicas from LMP2 (including the class winning Alpine), and a few Porsches, Aston Martins and a single Corvette from the GT categories.
Tuesday 3rd September
While many of them have now sold out, we thought we’d remind you that we still have a fair selection of 1:18 Tecnomodel replicas available at a massive £100 off of the RRP. That means you pay just £149.99 instead of £249.99! We are only bringing these replicas in from Europe to meet our customer orders for them; with our next shipment due in a couple of weeks. This will be your last chance to obtain most of these models at this amazing price.
Monday 2nd September
Some nine years after it was originally announced, we have at last received Minichamps’ 1:12 bike, figure and flag set from the 1995 500cc season! 1995 was the second of Mick’s five consecutive championships in the top class, as he took seven wins to secure the crown.
Friday 30th August
Today we added almost 70 different models to the dedicate Sale section of our website, all with savings up of to 33% off of the original RRP. That makes it almost 700 different replicas in our Sale in total, some with savings of over 50% off of the original RRP, so you're bound to find a bargain to suit you!
Thursday 29th August
AUTOart has just confirmed that we should see all four colourways of its 1:18 replica of the outrageous Aston Martin Vulcan over the next couple of months. Officially these are Stratus White, Matt Black, Apple Tree Green Metallic and Madagascar Orange.
Wednesday 28th August
Next week we are due to receive Minichamps’ 1:43 Fernando Alonso two-car set. Commemorating the Spaniard’s 300th grand prix start, it will comprise his 2001 Minardi PS01 and 2018 McLaren MCL33.
Tuesday 27th August
We have just been able to unearth a mere dozen more examples of Minichamps’ 1:18 replica of Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 championship winning Mercedes F1 W09. This was initially released a couple of months ago, but it was completely sold out to our customer pre-orders before it even arrived with us. If you missed out then, get in touch soon before this very limited re-supply is all snapped up!
Friday 23rd August
Today Minichamps announced three new additions to its burgeoning 1:8 Valentino Rossi helmet collection, which are all from 2019. They will be producing his ‘standard’ lid, as well as his colourful one-offs from pre-season testing and his home race at Mugello.
Thursday 22nd August
Some two and a half years after it was initially announced, we today received Sun Star’s 1:18 replica of Will Gollop’s 1986 Metro 6R4. It of course comes in the Silkolene livery that the Englishman was famous for campaigning in the European Rallycross series.
Wednesday 21st August
Today we received a new 1:43 delivery from Spark. Highlights on it were a couple of 1:43 classic Formula One cars, in the form of Guy Edwards’ Hesketh 308D from the 1976 German Grand Prix and Johnny Herbert’s Benetton B188 from the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Tuesday 20th August
Today Spark announced several new 1:43 announcements. You can click here to see all of Spark’s recent new announcements, with the first 17 models shown from today’s batch. As ever, there are several interesting classic F1 subjects, particularly the 1990 Coloni of Bertrand Gachot, which never qualified for a race!
Monday 19th August
We have just received Minichamps’ pair of re-releases of the 1994 Williams FW16s of Ayrton Senna and Damon Hill. Suffice to say, the Senna replica is from the San Marino Grand Prix, where the great Brazilian scored his 65th pole position, and partook in his final racing laps before reaching the Tamburello corner on lap six. The Damon Hill car is from the first race of the campaign in Brazil, in which he finished second. After a tragic and controversial year he was pipped to the drivers’ title by Michael Schumacher, by just one point. These replicas come complete with decal sheet in order to make them race-authentic, if you know what we mean!
Friday 16th August
We’ve had some huge news to end the week on, with Spark confirming that it will be producing the first ever 1:18 replica of James Hunt’s 1975 Dutch Grand Prix winning Hesketh 308! This is one of the few remaining iconic Formula One cars never to have been replicated in this scale before, but Spark will soon be righting that wrong. Spark has also announced another belter of a classic Formula One car in 1:18 scale; namely Jim Clark’s winning Lotus 33 from the 1965 British Grand Prix. The Scot won his second world championship that season thanks to a string of five consecutive victories across the middle of the campaign, with the third of those coming at his home event at Silverstone.
Thursday 15th August
Today Tecnomodel announced another very appealing classic racing car subject in 1:18 scale, which is the 1964 specification Ferrari 250 GTO. The 250 GTO received a restyle for 1964, taking several cues from the 250 LM. The first of the four different examples that Tecnomodel will be replicating in 1:18 is a plain red press version. Next up is the #30 car with a white stripe across the bonnet, which Piper, Gammino and Rodriguez took to seventh overall and first in class in the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours. The third model is the #83 machine that Parkes and Guichet piloted to second overall (and another class win) in the Nurburgring 1000 km that year. Finally, there is the #25 250 GTO with the blue nose that Ireland and Maggs campaigned in the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours. They finished sixth (Jackie Stewart was also entered in the car, but did not drive).
Wednesday 14th August
Tomorrow we will receive Minichamps’ 1:43 two-car set commemorating the Williams Formula One team’s 40th anniversary in 2017. It consists of Alan Jones’ 1978 FW06, and Felipe Massa’s 2017 FW40. It is a limited edition of just 300 pieces worldwide.
Tuesday 13th August
Today we received the fourth and final batch of our exclusive SMTS 1:18 replica of the Vanwall that Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks famously shared to win the 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree. We have just a dozen pieces remaining after fulfilling all of our customer pre-orders for this special replica. Once they’re gone, that’s it; this model will never be made by SMTS again. It’s taken 62 years for this very significant Formula One car to be replicated in 1:18 scale. You’ll kick yourself if you miss the opportunity to acquire it while it’s there!
Monday 12th August
Today we received several new 1:18 classic rally car replicas from IXO. Subjects include the iconic Peugeot 205 T16, Audi Sport Quattro S1 and Porsche 911 Carrera RS from some truly halcyon times in the world rally championship.
Friday 9th August
Today we added almost 60 different models to the dedicated Sale section of our website, all with savings of up to 33% off of the original RRP. Our bargain of the month is KK’s 1:18 replica of the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Spyder. At 33% off, you can now pick it up for just £59.33 instead of its original RRP of £88.99!
Thursday 8th August
Today we received BBR’s 1:18 replica of Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari 126 C2 from the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. This, of course, was the last car that the mercurial Canadian ever drove, as he tragically lost his life in the qualifying session for the event. It is a limited edition of 300 pieces worldwide, and was a complete sell-out on release with BBR. We have just four examples left after fulfilling our customer pre-orders.
Wednesday 7th August
Today Minichamps provided us with its first image of the Ayrton Senna and Satoru Nakajima Lotus ‘taxi’ replica from the 1987 Italian Grand Prix. And what’s more, it confirmed that it will arrive with us next week in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale! This is the most exciting Ayrton Senna replica to have been released for many years. If you haven’t yet got your order in for it, then you need to move swiftly, as the remaining stock will no doubt be consumed quickly now that everyone knows how good it is going to look!
Tuesday 6th August
Today we received samples of our next two 1:18 exclusive replicas, which are Stirling Moss’s winning Lotus 18 from the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, and the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type that won the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb. This means that we should see them released at some point during the autumn. Neither of them have ever been produced in 1:18 scale before. These replicas will both be limited editions of just 250 pieces worldwide, and will only be available from Diecast Legends. Get your pre-order locked in now.
Monday 5th August
Today we are able to offer you around 75 different 1:18 Tecnomodel replicas at a massive £100 off of the RRP; that means you pay just £149.99 instead of £249.99! Normally, of course, Tecnomodel replicas sell out as soon as they are released, but we have just been able to source a supply of older stock from Europe at this fantastic price. We will receive our delivery of these models later this month. With many of them there are literally just one or two examples available, so you will need to move quickly to secure what you want.
Friday 2nd August
Today Tecnomodel announced yet another 1:18 replica of a classic Formula One Ferrari that has never been offered in this scale before! This time it is the Ferrari 801 from 1957. There will be four different versions available, with two for the legendary Mike Hawthorn: the #10 car that he took to a third place finish in the British Grand Prix, and the #8 machine with a blue nose that he finished second with at the Nurburgring. Then there will be Peter Collins’ third placed #12 Ferrari 801 from the French Grand Prix, as well as a plain red ‘press’ version.
Thursday 1st August
Today Spark announced no less than three 1:43 specials from the 2019 German Grand Prix! As well as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes with the one-off livery of the front half of his Mercedes painted white, there will be Max Verstappen’s winning Red Bull and the Toro Rossi that Daniil Kvyat took to a sensational third place finish in the tricky weather conditions.
Wednesday 31st July
Today we received BBR’s 1:43 replica of Dan Gurney’s Ferrari 330 LMB from the 1963 Bridgehampton 500 km. It is a worldwide limited edition of a mere 72 pieces, and we have just one example left after fulfilling our customer pre-orders!
Tuesday 30th July
We received two new 1:18 releases from AUTOart today: the 2015 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight in silver and the 2017 Bugatti Chiron in black. These 1:18 replicas have recently been released in other colours by AUTOart and sold out extremely quickly; we expect the same thing to happen with these two new versions.
Monday 29th July
There was big news today, and impressively quick news as that, as Minichamps already announced 1:18 and 1:43 replicas for both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas from yesterday’s dramatic German Grand Prix! To celebrate 125 years since what is recognised as the first ever motor race, which Benz itself competed in, the Mercedes team ran with the front half of its cars painted white. This paid homage to the colour that the marque initially used for its motorsport entries, before switching to silver in the 1930s, ostensibly to save weight on its racing machines.
Friday 26th July
Today Matrix announced several new replicas, in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. There’s some interesting classic Aston Martin road cars in 1:43, while the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly has also been confirmed in 1:18. It’s one of Matrix’s most interesting sets of new announcements for some time.
Thursday 25th July
We received a little 1:43 delivery from Spark today. As usual it was dominated by classic Formula One cars, including Johnny Herbert’s sole grand prix start for Ligier! Modern subjects were included too though, with this year’s Bathurst 12 Hours winning Porsche amongst others.
Wednesday 24th July
Today we received a 1:18 replica of an iconic classic British car from MCG, in the form of the 1973 Ford Capri Mk.1 in metallic light blue. It represents great value with a RRP of just £63.99.
Tuesday 23rd July
Today Spark announced 1:18 and 1:43 specials commemorating Lewis Hamilton’s spectacular home victory in this year’s British Grand Prix. They will both come complete with the Union Jack that Hamilton carried on his victory lap. His win this year officially made him the most successful driver in the history of the event, as with his sixth British GP win he surpassed the five wins held by fellow F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost.
Monday 22nd July
We’ve started off the week with a new half scale helmet announcement! Courtesy of Bell, it is Charles Leclerc’s 2019 Ferrari lid. We can already say that it is the helmet that he scored his first Formula One podium with, and hopefully by the end of the year we will also be able to say that it is the helmet that he took his first grand prix win with!
Friday 19th July
It’s been a while since we’ve had an exciting new 1:18 announcement from Cult, but we had one today: the awesome 1990 Jaguar XJR-15! It will be available in both metallic blue and metallic orange. Cult’s replicas only make it into the UK in tiny numbers, so place your pre-order now if you don’t want to miss out on this one.
Thursday 18th July
Today we received another one of IXO’s 1:43 classic Jaguar road car replicas, in the form of the 1961 Mk.10 in metallic light blue. It represents great value at just £34.99. IXO still has a few more classic 1:43 Jaguar road cars on its books which are yet to be released, and we can’t wait to see them.
Wednesday 17th July
Today we received a trio of 1:18 Ford Escort Mk.1 RS1600 rally car replicas from IXO. They are all from the 1971 RAC Rally, and are the cars for rallying legends Timo Makinen, Hannu Mikkola and Roger Clark.
Tuesday 16th July
Today we received CMC’s last two fantastically detailed 1:18 replicas of the iconic Jaguar C-Type. These of course are the 1953 Le Mans winning car of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton, and the C-Type that Jimmy Stewart drove to victory in the 1954 BARC Sports Car race at Goodwood. We are originally expecting these to arrive with us yesterday, but they experienced a slight delay en route.
Monday 15th July
We received a nice new 1:43 delivery from Spark to start the week. There’s a nice selection of classic Formula One cars on there, like Jackie Stewart’s winning Matra MS10 from the 1969 South African Grand Prix, and Jim Clark’s victorious Lotus 18 from the 1960 Oulton Park Formula Junior race. And, if obscure backmarkers are more your thing, how about Pascal Fabre’s AGS JH22 from 1987?
Friday 12th July
Today we had an exciting new 1:43 announcement from Spark. It is the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO Tribute that Timo Bernhard famously took to a new lap record at the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife last year. The replica even comes complete with a standing driver figure and celebratory pit board! Place your pre-order by next Wednesday, 17th July, and there will be no chance of you missing out.
Thursday 11th July
Today Minichamps announced several 2019 Formula One specials. First up are the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly from the Austrian Grand Prix, where Max of course secured that famous last-gasp win after a fantastic comeback drive. These will be available in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale for both drivers. Next up are 1:18 replicas of the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas from the Monaco Grand Prix, which ran with tributes to the great Niki Lauda who had passed away just before the event. Lewis took a narrow victory in the race.
Wednesday 10th July
Today it was CMC’s turn to provide us with some exciting 1:18 classic racing car news, as it confirmed that it will be delivering its final fabulously detailed 1:18 replicas of the glorious Jaguar C-Type to us next Monday! As usual, they have left the best until last, with the 1953 Le Mans winning car of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton, and the example that Jimmy Stewart drove to victory in the 1954 BARC Sports Car race at Goodwood, the latter resplendent in its wonderful shade of Ecurie Ecosse blue. The Jaguar C-Type is CMC’s most exciting 1:18 replica for many years, so unsurprisingly we do not have many left to sell from our allocation after fulfilling our already-placed customer pre-orders. Act now, and you should still be in time!
Tuesday 9th July
Tecnomodel just can’t help itself but announce really exciting 1:18 replicas! Today’s stunner was the first ever 1:18 replica of the Ferrari F1 275 that participated in the first ever Formula One world championship, in 1950. There will be four different versions produced: Alberto Ascari’s fifth placed #4 car from the Belgian Grand Prix, the #8 machine that failed to start the French Grand Prix in the hands of Luigi Villoresi, the T-designated car that Ascari drove in testing for the non-championship Geneva Grand Prix, and a plain red ’press’ example. As usual with Tecnomodel, the limited edition numbers on these will be ultra-low!
Monday 8th July
Today Tecnomodel gave us some huge news to start the week, by confirming that it will be replicating the 1951 Alfa Romeo 159 Formula One car in 1:18 scale! There will be four different versions, headlined by Juan Manel Fangio’s world championship winner. The other three are for Giuseppe Farina, Paul Pietsch and the plain red press car. For many collectors, this will be the first opportunity to add Fangio’s 1951 Alfa Romeo to their 1:18 world champions collections. As, although Exoto has replicated this car before, that was many years ago, and the price was beyond excessive! All four of these Alfa Romeo 159 replicas will be subject to the usual paltry Tecnomodel limited edition numbers, so to avoid missing out on any of them you really do need to place your pre-order now.
Friday 5th July
Today Minichamps released its quintet of 1:18 replicas of 2016 Ford GT Le Mans cars. Chief of these is the #68 car of Sebastien Bourdais, Dirk Muller and Joey Hand that took victory in the GT Pro class that year. The other three team cars are also available, along with the plain black test car.
Thursday 4th July
Today we added around 50 different models to the dedicated Sale section of our website, all with savings of 33% off of the original RRP. Our highlight this month is Minichamps’ pair of 1:43 replicas of the 2018 Haas Formula One cars for Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. At 33% off, they can now be snapped up for just £53.33 each instead of £79.99 each! But as always, only whilst stocks last!
Wednesday 3rd July
Spark was quick off the mark today, already announcing 1:18 and 1:43 specials commemorating Max Verstappen’s fantastic win in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday! After dropping to eighth place following a poor start Verstappen’s pace was meteoric, snatching the win from Charles Leclerc with just a couple of laps remaining. There hasn’t been a grand prix victory this hyped for quite some time, so we think that demand is going to be high for these 1:18 and 1:43 specials. Spark has guaranteed to fulfil all pre-orders for these specials placed by next Tuesday, 9th July, so get involved by that deadline date and you will have nothing to worry about.
Tuesday 2nd July
Today we received Spark’s autumn release schedule. As usual, it was full chock full of new announcements that we hadn’t known about before! Our favourite model on the schedule is the 1:43 replica of Jim Clark’s winning Lotus 33 from the 1965 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The legendary Scot is still a huge favourite amongst collectors, so we can see demand for this one being on the high side. As you would expect, the rest of the schedule is peppered with classic F1 and endurance racing subjects! Spark has guaranteed to fulfil all pre-orders placed for these autumn release schedule models that are placed by this Friday, 5th July, so make your move by then and there will be no chance of you missing out.
Monday 1st July
Today we received Matrix’s pair of 1:43 replicas of the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly. There is the plain green and yellow version from 1957, and Stirling Moss’s winning #29 example from the 1958 Daily Express Trophy sports car race at Silverstone.
Friday 28th June
Where would this Daily Diecast Digest be without Tecnomodel! The Italian model-maker dominates the news most weeks! And it has provided the news again today, with another 1:18 announcement of a classic Formula One Ferrari: the 1984 126 C4. Tecnomodel will be replicating Michele Alboreto and Rene Arnoux’s machines from the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, which they took to second and fifth place finishes respectively.
Thursday 27th June
BBR announced another ultra-low 1:43 limited edition replica today. It is the gold Ferrari 330 LMB that Dan Gurney took to a third place finish in the 1963 Bridgehampton 500 Km. The limited edition size is just 72 pieces worldwide.
Wednesday 26th June
Today BBR announced that it will be producing 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Ferrari’s first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle: the SF90 Stradale. The twin-turbo V8 and three e-motors combine to generate a not too shabby 986 bhp!
Tuesday 25th June
Tecnomodel announced another barnstormer of a 1:18 classic Formula One announcement today, in the form of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312 B3 from the 1974 Spanish Grand Prix. This, of course, was the Austrian’s first ever grand prix victory. We can’t believe that non-one has ever replicated it in 1:18 scale before! There will also be two 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 replicas for Clay Regazzoni: his winning car from the German Grand Prix, and his low airbox pre-season test car.
Monday 24th June
Tecnomodel started the week with yet another exciting new 1:18 announcement that has never been replicated in this scale before! This time, it is the 1968 Ferrari 312/68 Formula One car. There will be four different versions produced, with our favourite being Jacky Ickx’s winning car from the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. This was the Belgian’s very first Formula One win. Two of the other three variants are also for Jacky Ickx, from the Dutch and German Grands Prix. Finally, there is Derek Bell’s machine from the American Grand Prix. As we’re talking Tecnomodel, all four of these offerings are obviously going to have limited edition numbers very much on the low side. Get your pre-order in now, and you will not miss out.
Friday 21st June
Today we received Tecnomodel’s 1:18 replica of Jim Clark’s 1960 Lotus 18. The 18 was a hugely significant car in the history of grand prix racing, as it was the very machine that the legendary Scot scored his first ever world championship podium in. The race in question was the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was only the fifth occasion that Clark had competed in a world championship event. Tecnomodel’s replica is based on the car from that very race.
Thursday 20th June
Today we took delivery of Spark’s 1:18 replica of the 2018 Le Mans winning Toyota TS050, as driven by Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. This, of course, was finally the first win for the Japanese marque in the great endurance race, after coming so close on so many previous occasions.
Wednesday 19th June
With Kimi Raikkonen notching up his 300th grand prix this season, and returning to the team with which he made his F1 debut back in 2001, Minichamps has just announced a couple of 1:43 specials for the Iceman. The first 1:43 special is a two-car set, consisting of Kimi’s 2001 Sauber and 2019 Alfa Romeo C38. The second is essentially a re-release, in the form of his 2001 Sauber.
Tuesday 18th June
Today Tecnomodel announced another zinger of a new 1:18 subject that has never been replicated in this scale before: the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 endurance racer! There will be four different versions of this replica available: the #18 and #19 cars from the 1989 Le Mans 24 Hours, the #18 car from the 1989 Brands Hatch round of the World Sportscar Championship, and the Dijon test car. As usual for Tecnomodel, the limited editions involved are tiny, at no more than 100 pieces for each variant. Place your pre-order for the example you want within the next couple of days, and you will not miss out.
Monday 17th June
So, after a dramatic turn-around in the closing stages of the Le Mans 24 Hours, it was the #8 Toyota TS050 of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima that took a second successive win in the endurance classic! We are already offering 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of the winning Japanese machine to pre-order. They haven’t officially been announced yet, but we have no doubt that they will! You can also click here to see the entire Le Mans grid available to pre-order in 1:43 scale. There was a whole host of one-off liveries employed at the race this year, so there’s plenty to get excited about!
Friday 14th June
It’s our favourite day of the year, when we offer the entire Le Mans grid to pre-order in 1:43 scale! There are a record 62 cars in the field this year, so check them out and pre-order your favourites now! There’s loads of stunning liveries to look out for this year, including four different retro colour schemes from the Ford GT Pro team, and Porsche’s GT Pro squad offering two pairs of special paint finishes as well. Traditionally Spark makes the replicas for the majority of the field, with the exception of the Ferraris which are usually produced by Look Smart. Enjoy the race!
Thursday 13th June
Tecnomodel has been extremely busy this week; the Italian model-maker has now just announced four 1:18 replicas of the stunning 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe Speciale! It will be available in gloss red, metallic blue, gloss yellow and metallic bronze. As is usually the case with Tecnomodel, these are all extremely limited editions (at between just 60 and 140 pieces each worldwide), so there is very good chance of these being sold out to pre-orders before they are even released. Get your pre-order in now, and you will not end up disappointed.
Wednesday 12th June
Today Look Smart announced a pair of very interesting supercar concept cars from the Geneva Motor Show, in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. These are the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo, and the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal. These will likely only make it to the UK in tiny numbers, so get your pre-order in now to avoid missing out later.
Tuesday 11th June
Today Tecnomodel announced another belter of a 1:18 replica, in the form of the Jaguar D-Type endurance racer! The first of the Jaguar D-Types that Tecnomodel will be replicating in 1:18 scale is the winning car from the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours, as driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. Although AUTOart has replicated this car before, that was quite some time ago now, and it now has an asking price of about £400 on Ebay! The second version is the Cunningham entry that was driven to victory by Sherwood Johnston in the 1955 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. The third D-Type is the car that Ninian Sanderson and John Lawrence took to a second place finish in the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours, while the fourth and final version is the press car, finished in gloss dark green. As usual with Tecnomodel, we’re talking tiny limited editions. These four replicas are limited to between just 70 and 120 pieces each worldwide. You will need to get your pre-order in now to ensure that you don’t miss out.
Monday 10th June
Today we added almost 100 different replicas to the dedicated Sale section of our website. As always, there are savings of up to 33% to be had off of the original RRP! Our bargain of the month for June is Look Smart’s 1:18 replica of Sebastian Vettel’s winning Ferrari SF71H from the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. At 20% off, you can now pick it up from us for just £175.20 instead of £219.00! But hurry, as we only have six left at this price!
Friday 7th June
Thursday 6th June
Today we are providing the news, as we are delighted to announce another exclusive 1:18 replica! It is the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Jaguar D-Type, as entered by the Ecurie Ecosse team, and as driven by Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb. It is a truly iconic car from the history of motorsport that has never been replicated in 1:18 scale before, and it will be exclusively available from us at Diecast Legends! The replica is being produced for us by the same industry-leading model maker that delivered our exclusive Mike Hawthorn 1958 Morocco Ferrari, so you know that quality won’t be an issue, and neither will accuracy. This exclusive 1:18 replica will be a limited edition of just 250 examples worldwide, so get your pre-order in now to avoid missing out.
Wednesday 5th June
Today BBR confirmed a very exclusive 1:43 replica, as it is a limited edition of just 36 (as in thirty-six!) pieces worldwide. It is of a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, and is specifically chassis #5031, which is the very car that Fiskens sold at auction last year. Not many collectors are going to have the opportunity to add this one to their collection!
Tuesday 4th June
Today Tecnomodel announced another 1:18 replica of a classic Formula One car that has never been modelled in this scale before! It is the Honda RA273. There will be two cars for Richie Ginther from the 1966 season (Italy and Mexico), and two cars for John Surtees from the 1967 season (South Africa and Germany). As usual for Tecnomodel, the limited edition replicas are tiny, at between just 90 and 120 pieces each worldwide. Get your pre-order in now, though, and you will not miss out!
Monday 3rd June
Today Spark announced a 1:18 replica of Lewis Hamilton’s winning Mercedes F1 W10 from this year’s Monaco Grand Prix. As you would expect, the replica will feature the various Niki Lauda tributes that the Mercedes team ran with at that race, including the red halo, and Hamilton’s Lauda replica helmet.
Friday 31st May
Today Spark released its 1:43 replica of one of the nicest looking cars from the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours: the #1 Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani. We have just five examples left after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so do not delay.
Thursday 30th May
Today Matrix released its 1:43 replica commemorating what was probably Stirling Moss’s greatest ever drive: his victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. With Denis Jenkinson reading the pace notes alongside him, Stirling was unstoppable, and romped to a famous win.
Wednesday 29th May
Today Minichamps announced a sextet of 1:43 replicas from the weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, complete with Niki Lauda tributes. So, that’s the two Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton and third placed Valtteri Bottas with red halos (Hamilton also wore a Lauda replica helmet), the two Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen which featured a Lauda tribute across the top of their engine covers, and the two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon that had a Lauda tribute on the piece of bodywork in front of the sidepods.
Tuesday 28th May
We have now received Spark’s 1:43 replica of what was probably the most celebrated car at Le Mans last year: the #92 Porsche 911 RSR in the ‘Pink Pig’ retro livery! Driven by Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor, it won the GT Pro class. We have just half a dozen examples still available after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so it will not be around for long.
Friday 24th May
Today BBR announced a 1:18 replica of one of the most iconic Ferraris ever: the 1969 Dino 246 GT. It will be a limited edition of just 246 pieces worldwide, so is one that you will need to pre-order if you want to be certain of acquiring your example.
Thursday 23rd May
We have just received Look Smart’s 1:43 replica of Sebastian Vettel’s winning Ferrari SF71H from the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix. What was significant about this event was that it was Vettel’s 50th grand prix victory. Only three other drivers have reached that milestone.
Wednesday 22nd May
Today Minichamps confirmed its line-up of 1:12 2019 Moto GP bikes. Obviously, the Yamaha of Valentino Rossi will be replicated, as will his team-mate Maverick Vinales, and the two Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. British hero Cal Crutchlow will also get a 1:12 model, as will rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo and his Petronas Yamaha team-mate Franco Morbidelli. The other two riders that will get 1:12 replicas of their 2019 machines are Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl. Minichamps’ 1:12 Moto GP replicas are making it into the UK in ever tinier quantities, so there is a good chance that these will not be available from stock when they are released. Place your pre-order for your favourite(s) now, and there will be no chance of you missing out.
Tuesday 21st May
It’s Tecnomodel in the news again today, as the Italian model maker has just provided us with its trio of 1:18 replicas of the 1958 Ferrari Dino 246 Formula One car. These are for Peter Collins, Luigi Musso and Olivier Gendebien. A standard Tecnomodel 1:18 replica is special enough, but these ones are even more so, as they come with authentic race aged bodywork, that recreate the dirt and grime that would have built up on the cars during the race, particularly on the nose and around the exhaust exits. These are also the lowest limited editions that we have ever seen from Tecnomodel. The Collins car is limited to just 90 examples worldwide, the Musso to 65, and the Gendebien to a mere 60!
Monday 20th May
Tecnomodel announced a new 1:18 roadgoing Ferrari replica today, in the form of the 1968 P6 Pininfarina. It will be available in metallic blue and pearl white as limited editions of 130 pieces each, and red as a limited edition of just 120 pieces.
Friday 17th May
Today Spark confirmed its late summer release schedule, and as usual for one of its release schedules these days, it had several new announcements on it that we hadn’t known about before. Our favourite replica on the schedule is one that we did know about previously, however. It is the #43 Lotus Elite that the legendary Jim Clark and John Whitmore campaigned in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours. The duo brought the Border Reivers-entered machine home in 10th place overall, and second in the GT1.5 class. As far as the new announcements on the release schedule go, unsurprisingly classic F1 and endurance racing subjects abound. Spark has pledged to fulfil all pre-orders for these models placed by next Friday, 24th March, so get your pre-order in by then for what you want and there will be no chance of you missing out.
Thursday 16th May
Today TrueScale Miniatures released its pair of 1:43 replicas of the most awesome McLaren supercar ever: the Senna! It is available in both Mira Orange and Victory Grey.
Wednesday 15th May
In the very near future we are due to receive Tecnomodel’s trio of 1:18 replicas of the Ferrari Dino 246 from the 1958 Formula One season. Tecnomodel’s models are special anyway, but these ones will be even more so in that they will come in a realistic ‘dirty’ race-aged finish. There will be Peter Collins’ winning car from the 1958 British Grand Prix, along with Luigi Musso’s Monaco Grand Prix example and the yellow Ecurie Francorchamps version that Olivier Gendebien campaigned in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Tuesday 14th May
Today Norev released its 1:18 replica of the iconic 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth in white. It’s a sealed bodyshell replica, so you get the most authentically recreated body shape possible. And at just £79.99, it represents really good value for money as well.
Monday 13th May
Minichamps started off the week by releasing its 1:18 replica commemorating Michael Schumacher’s very first Formula One victory, in a Benetton B192 at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix. It is a limited edition of just 1,992 pieces worldwide (see what they did there!), and we have a mere dozen examples left in our warehouse after fulfilling our customer pre-orders.
Friday 10th May
Today’s news is a biggie, as Minichamps has at last released its 1:18 replica of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 W08 from the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix! This, of course, was the race in which he survived contact with championship rival Sebastian Vettel (which resulted in a puncture for the Mercedes man) to come home in ninth place and secure his fourth Formula One world championship. We only have a dozen examples still available after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, which really isn’t very many at all! This replica may have taken a long time coming, but it will be sold out in next to no time!
Thursday 9th May
BBR seems to have dominated this Daily Diecast Digest over the last few days! Today’s news from the Italian model-maker is that it has just released its 1:18 replica of the 1957 Ferrari Superfast 4.9. It is a limited edition of just 500 pieces worldwide, and is a complete sell-out on release with BBR. We were able to acquire just six examples, and had already pre-sold half of these. There’s not long to think about obtaining one, then!
Wednesday 8th May
Today we added almost 100 replicas to the dedicated Sale section of our website. As usual, there are savings of up to 33% to be had off of the original RRP! Our bargain of the month is Burago’s pair of 1:43 replicas of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen’s 2018 Ferraris, which at 33% off are now available at just £19.99 each compared to their original RRPs of £29.99 each!
Tuesday 7th May
Following on from an exciting new 1:18 road car announcement on Friday, BBR confirmed an exciting new 1:18 endurance racing subject today. It is Eugenio Castellotti’s winning Ferrari 290 MM from the 1956 running of the Mille Miglia. It will be a limited edition of just 200 pieces worldwide.
Friday 3rd May
Today BBR announced a very exciting new 1:18 replica, in the form of Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Chassis #4891 was bought new in 1963 as a gift for McQueen by his first wife, Neile Adams. This replica is a limited edition of just 180 pieces worldwide, and was completely sold out with BBR within hours of being announced. We have been able to acquire a mere 10 pieces, which will surely be snapped up pretty quickly.
Thursday 2nd May
Today Matrix announced a raft of new 1:43 road and race car announcements. Highlights for us were the Mercedes 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and John Fitch drove to victory in the 1955 RAC TT at Dundrod, Malcolm Campbell’s 1937 Bugatti T57S Roadster, and the 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Dottridge Brothers Tourer. With many of these new announcements we will not be holding any stock when they are released. If we take zero customer pre-orders, we will buy in zero examples! Definitely make sure that you place your pre-order if you don’t want to miss out on any of these.
Wednesday 1st May
Today Look Smart announced 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc’s Ferraris from this year’s Chinese Grand Prix. That race, of course, as the 1000th world championship grand prix, and so was a highly significant event. Particularly with Ferrari being the only team that has competed in the sport (almost) from the very beginning!
Tuesday 30th April
Today we received our first new delivery in quite a while from TopSpeed, who treated us to a pair of new 1:18 supercar replicas. These are the Aston Martin DB11 in Sunburst Yellow, and the Ford GT in white with blue stripes.
Monday 29th April
Today IXO released a pair of 1:43 replicas of the 1935 Jaguar SS1 Airline Coupe. One is of a plain black road car, and one is of the #99 machine that Sydney Light campaigned in the 1935 Monte Carlo Rally.
Friday 26th April
Today we received Spark’s 1:43 replica of the ‘Rothmans’ retro livery Porsche 911 RSR from last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki, the car came home in second place in the GT Pro class. We only have a dozen examples left after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so do not delay.
Thursday 25th April
Today Look Smart announced a quintet of new 1:43 Formula One and endurance racing Ferrari replicas. The F1 cars are Ludovico Scarfiotti’s 156 from the 1964 Italian Grand Prix, and Michele Alboreto’s F1/87 from the 1987 Monaco Grand Prix. Of the three endurance racers, our favourite is the 330P that Graham Hill and Jo Bonner took to a second place finish in the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Wednesday 24th April
Today we received word that we should receive Spark’s 1:43 specials for Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso from the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at some point next week. Both will come in special packaging featuring doughnut tyre marks on the base, replicating the manoeuvres that the drivers performed after the race. The Alonso version also comes with a ‘Gracias Fernando’ pit board, his McLaren team commemorating what could have well been his last ever grand prix.
Tuesday 23rd April
Highway 61 released a 1:18 muscle car replica today, in the form of a Plymouth Barracuda. This is specifically the version that was commissioned in memory of Americam dragster racer Ronnie Sox, who passed away in 2006.
Thursday 18th April
Today it was TrueScale Miniatures and TopSpeed’s turn to cancel some of their back catalogue, which amounted to a couple of dozen product cancellations between them. We really have entered the era where no-one is willing to be left sitting on expensive stock, and that now seems to have extended to the model manufacturers themselves. If they haven’t taken enough pre-orders for a replica, then they would seemingly now prefer to cancel it rather than produce it and be left with the risk of sitting on however many units.
Oh, and Happy Easter to everyone!
Wednesday 17th April
Look Smart announced a very poignant 1:18 replica today, in the form of the Ferrari 250 TRI/61 that brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez shared in the 1961 Le Mans 24 Hours. The Mexicans may have failed to finish the race (retiring late on with an engine failure), but that will in no way detract from the collectibility of this model.
Tuesday 16th April
Today Minichamps announced its first ever Formula E replicas. Specifically, it will be replicating the new Gen 2 car for all 22 drivers on the current Formula E grid (that’s season 5, running from 2018 to 2019) in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. We probably won’t be holding any stock of these once they are released, so if you don’t pre-order you won’t get!
Monday 15th April
Today Burago confirmed that it will once again be replicating Ferrari’s Formula One car, the 2019 SF90, in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. Obviously, both of the team’s drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will be available in both scales. We think it highly unlikely that the models will come with Mission Winnow branding included, as the project seems to be seen as a form of tobacco advertising.
Friday 12th April
Today we received BBR’s 1:18 replica of the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Ferrari 250 TR, which has never been replicated in this scale before. The car was driven by Olivier Gendebien and Paul Frere. We have just four pieces remaining after fulfilling all of our customer pre-orders, so it’s really ‘last chance’ territory with this model now!
Thursday 11th April
Not content with announcing a 1:18 replica of a legendary sports car racer yesterday, Tecnomodel confirmed another one today! Today it was the turn of the Ford P68 to receive Tecnomodel’s 1:18 treatment. There will be five versions replicated; three racing ones and two press cars. As always, these will not be in plentiful supply once they are released, so you know what you need to do in order to safely secure your example!
Wednesday 10th April
Today Tecnomodel announced four 1:18 replicas of the brutal Aston Martin AM V8 sports car racer! One will be from the 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours, one will be from the 1979 Silverstone 6 Hours, one will be from the 1980 Silverstone 6 Hours, and one will be the Gulf-liveried car that was on display at Goodwood in 2008. As ever, the limited editions on these are verging on ridiculously small, so pre-order your favourite version now so you don’t miss out when they are released.
Tuesday 9th April
Today Minichamps announced the cancellation of some 200 of its pre-order models that were yet to be released. Although most were of pretty obscure German GT racing cars that frankly won’t be missed, there were some significant items in the cull. These included the 1:18 Scheckter 1977 Wolf, the 1:12 Vincent Black Lightning, and the 1:43 two-car set commemorating Lewis Hamilton equalling Ayrton Senna’s pole position record. All affected customers will be contacted in the very near future.
Monday 8th April
Today Cult announced several new 1:18 classic road car replicas. Most of the subjects are British cars; we’re talking iconic vehicles like the Aston Martin DB6, Austin Healey 100S, Jaguar E-Type, and more. Make sure that you check them all out and pre-order what you want now to avoid missing out later.
Friday 5th April
Minichamps released another 1:18 replica of an RAC Rally winning Ford Escort RS1800 today; namely Timo Makinen’s car that was victorious on the event in 1975. You can also click here to see all of Minichamps’ other recent new releases.
Thursday 4th April
Today Spark announced a whole host of new announcements, covering the usual vast array of Formula One, endurance racing, touring car, rallying and road car subjects. Our favourite is a rather unusual 1:43 replica of the legendary Ayrton Senna’s Group N Honda Civic that he tested at the Suzuka circuit in 1990. That will surely make an interesting addition to the collections of all you Senna fans out there!
Wednesday 3rd April
Today we added almost 50 replicas to the dedicated Sale section of our website. As always, there are savings of up to 33% to be had off of the original RRP. Our bargain of the month is Minichamps’ 1:43 replica of Nigel Mansell’s 1982 Lotus 91, which at 33% off is now available from us for only £53.33 instead of £79.99!
Tuesday 2nd April
Today BBR informed us that we will see its 1:18 replica of the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Ferrari 250 TR 60 next week. Driven by Olivier Gendebien and Paul Frere, the car took a pretty dominant victory after being lucky to survive running out of fuel and just about being able to coast back to the pits at the time of the first refuelling stops. We have just seven pieces left from our allocation after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so do not delay if you haven't yet got your order in.
Monday 1st April
Today Spark announced its 1:43 World Rally Car programme for 2019. The company will be replicating the cars of the drivers from the Citroen, Toyota and Ford teams. So, that’s Ogier, Lappi, Tanak, Meeke, Latvala, Evans, Suninen and Greensmith all covered.
Friday 29th March
A week after Minichamps did the same, Spark confirmed its programme from the 2019 Formula One grid today. In 1:18 scale Spark will be producing replicas for the Mercedes, Red Bull, Alfa Romeo and Renault teams, along with Verstappen and Raikkonen's one-oo livery shakedown cars from Silverstone and Fiorano respectively. In the smaller scale, Spark will be replicating the cars from Mercedes, Red Bull, Alfa Romeo, Renault, McLaren and Toro Rosso. Again, Verstappen and Raikkonen's shakedown cars will be modelled.
Thursday 28th March
Today Greenlight announced that it will be replicating Fernando Alonso's Dallara from this year's Indy 500 in 1:18 scale, as it did in 2017. So, all you Fernando Alonso fans out there can get your pre-order in nice and early! If you wait until seeing if Fernando has a good result at Indianapolis before placing your order, you could well be too late! By the way, we are aware that we are currently using an image of Fernando's Indy racer from 2017! When his 2019 car breaks cover we will update the image.
Wednesday 27th March
Today we received a new 1:43 delivery from IXO. There was a wide range of new releases on it, including a modern WRC car, a classic roadgoing Jaguar Mk.1 and Ford Capri, and even a classic bus as used by the Los Angeles Police Department!
Tuesday 26th March
Today Minichamps released a pair of 1:18 replicas of Ford Escort RS1800s that won rounds of the World Rally Championship. Hannu Mikkola took the blue Eaton Yale-backed car to victory in the 1978 RAC Rally while Ari Vatanen emerged triumphant from the 1980 Acropolis Rally in his version in Rothmans colours.
Monday 25th March
Today we received Norev's 1:43 replica of the Aston Martin DB5 in French Blue. We don't believe that anyone has ever replicated this iconic car in this finish before, which was one of eight official colours that the car was originally offered in upon its release in 1963.
Friday 22nd March
The 2019 Formula One season may only be a week old, but that hasn’t stopped Minichamps from already announcing its 1:18 and 1:43 replicas from the grid! This year the German company will be producing 1:18 replicas in diecast for the Mercedes, Red Bull and Alfa Romeo teams, and that’s unfortunately it in the larger scale. If ever there was a sign that Chase Carey and co need to take note of the diminishing popularity of the top echelon of motorsport, then this is it. Right, now we’ll put the soapbox away!
In 1:43 Minichamps will be covering nine of the 10 teams, with the usual exception of Ferrari. The Mercedes and Red Bull cars will be replicated in diecast, while the rest will be produced in resin. Also worthy of note is Max Verstappen’s Red Bull from the Silverstone shakedown, when it ran with a snazzy one off-livery, along with Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ Alfa Romeo from a shakedown at Fiorano (Minichamps had already announced the latter in 1:43 scale, but has only just confirmed it in 1:18 as well). These ones are bound to be popular, so place your pre-order if you don’t want to miss out or you may end up disappointed.
Thursday 21st March
Next week we will receive Tecnomodel’s quartet of 1:18 replicas of the sexy Lotus 40 sportscar racer from 1965. Three of these are completely sold out to our customer pre-orders, but we still have a handful left to sell of Jim Clark’s second placed car from the 1965 Riverside 200 Miles. Act now, and you will still be in time to acquire one.
Wednesday 20th March
Today we got all of Minichamps’ new 1:18 and 1:43 road car announcements for 2019 up onto our website. Please bear in mind that if we pre-sell zero of a model, then we will buy zero when it is released! Therfore you really do need to pre-order a model that you want to esnure that you don’t miss out on it.
Tuesday 19th March
Today we received Look Smart’s awesome 1:18 replica of Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari 312 T5 from the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix, the home hero finishing in fifth place. This equalled his best result of the season in what was generally an uncompetitive year for the Prancing Horse. Look Smart has done its usual impressive job on this 1:18 replica, right down to the fabric seatbelts and perfectly mirrored finish on the front and rear wings. As usual for a 1:18 Look Smart model, it also comes with its own display case. We were only able to bring 10 examples into the country.
Monday 18th March
Today we got our first look at Spark’s 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of the #92 ‘Pink Pig’ Porsche 911 RSR from the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours. They look absolutely stunning in the retro livery from the 1971 edition of the race. And not only did it look good, but it won the GT Pro class too, in the hands of Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor. Unsurprisingly, this has been one of the best-selling Le Mans replicas of recent times. If you haven’t yet got your pre-order in, then we think that it would be a very good idea to rectify that soon.
Friday 15th March
Early next week our next Minichamps delivery will arrive, which will have no less than four 1:18 2018 Formula One replicas on it! We will receive the two 2018 Force India VJM11s of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, and the two 2018 Toro Rosso STR13s of Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.
Thursday 14th March
Tomorrow we are due to receive SMTS’s second batch of 50 1:18 1957 British Grand Prix winning Vanwalls, as driven by Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks. That takes care of customers 51 – 100 in the queue! We will probably receive our third batch towards the end of April, so numbers 101 – 150 in the queue should receive your example then. When we receive the fourth batch, we will finally be able to sell the model direct from stock!
Wednesday 13th March
In the next couple of days we are due to receive Tecnomodel’s next 1:18 replica, which will be the Ferrari 275 GTB/C. There will be two versions: a plain red car and the yellow #24 machine that finished third in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Willy Mairesse and Jean Beurlys. With both of these, we have just one example left to sell after accounting for our customer pre-orders. So, if you haven’t yet got your order in for either of these and want to obtain one, then you’d best hop to it!
Tuesday 12th March
Today we finished getting all of AUTOart’s new 1:18 announcements for 2019 up onto our website. As you would expect, supercars dominate, with several 1:18 replicas for the likes of Aston Martin, McLaren, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Koenigsegg. As usual with AUTOart, we have had to guesstimate the prices as best we can, as the company never confirms the RRP of a replica until it is about to be released. You will then be charged that confirmed RRP when your model is released.
Monday 11th March
Today we received a new delivery from Norev, which featured the usual mix of modern and classic road cars, in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. The 1:18 1971 Citroen SM in gold was our favourite, being technically a re-release, but the original batch sold out instantly when it was produced a few years ago, so don’t miss out a second time if you weren’t quick enough first time around!
Friday 8th March
Toda we received one of the most exclusive pieces that we have ever offered! It is BBR’s 1:18 ‘rain effect’ replica of the Ferrari 250 GTO in silver. There is a rain drop finish all over the model’s bodywork and windows, save for the area covered by the windscreen wipers, as you would find in real life. The water drop finish extends to the base which has been made up like a road, complete with tyre tracks being left in the rain behind the car! A display case cover is also included. And if that’s not special enough, how about a limited edition of just 20 (as in twenty!) pieces worldwide? We were able to acquire just four examples, and can’t see them hanging around for very long.
Thursday 7th March
Today AUTOart released the latest two colours of its 1:18 replica of the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S: Lightning Silver and Kopi Bronze. AUTOart Astons are always a big hit with our customers, so you can’t bank on either of these being available for long.
Wednesday 6th March
Tecnomodel announced a couple of exciting new 1:18 replicas of iconic classic racing sports cars today, in the form of the McLaren Elva Mk.1 and the Ferrari 308 GTB. There will be four McLaren Elva replicas, for Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill, Charles Vogele and even Elvis Presley! The latter is from the 1966 movie Spinout. There will also be a trio of 1:18 replicas of the Ferrari 308 GTB, which are all of cars that were driven by Carlo Facetti and Martino Finotto. As is always the case with Tecnomodel, the limited edition numbers on these are going to be tiny, so pre-order now to avoid potentially missing out.
Tuesday 5th March
Today Look Smart announced a pair of 1:43 Ferrari 312Ts from the 1975 Italian Grand Prix. There will be the #11 car for race winner Clay Regazzoni, and the #12 machine for his team-mate Niki Lauda, who finished third.
Monday 4th March
Today Spark announced 1:43 replicas of the top three cars in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hours. The Australian endurance race is fast becoming one of the most prestigious events in the international GT calendar, and this year’s edition was a thriller, with the lead changing hands in the final few minutes! Ultimately, the race was won by the #912 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Matt Campbell, Dirk Werner and Dennis Olsen. Second was the #62 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Jake Dennis, Marvin Kirchhofer and Matthieu Vaxiviere, and third was the #999 Mercedes AMG GT3 of Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Gotz and Raffaele Marciello. With all of three of these replicas the numbers making it into the UK are going to be tiny, so pre-order now to avoid missing out.
Friday 1st March
Today Minichamps announced some new F1 specials from 2018 and 2019, all of which are very low limited editions, and all of which have a pre-order guarantee deadline of only next Tuesday, 5th March! Therefore you need to act extremely quickly if you don’t want to risk missing out on any of these. Highlights include Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘Valentines Day’ test car from earlier this year, plus several cars for Lewis Hamilton and McLaren as well.
Thursday 28th February
Today we got CMC’s new 2019 announcements up onto our website, with the Ferrari 275 GTB/C clearly their subject of choice for this year! There will be a plain red roadgoing version from 1966, as well as three racing versions. The masters of miniature engineering have also announced their latest ‘exploded’ 1:18 replica in a picture frame: this one a Jaguar C-Type.
Wednesday 27th February
Today IXO announced its first set of 1:43 2019 World Rally Car replicas, which are all from the Monte Carlo Rally. First up is Sebastien Ogier’s winning Citroen C3 WRC from the event, the Frenchman just holding off the Hyundai of Neuville in a nail-biting finish. This was not only Ogier’s first rally back with Citroen, but also the marque’s 100th WRC victory, so this is a very significant subject indeed. Also announced was the aforementioned Hyundai i20 WRC of Neuville that finished second, as well as the car of his team-mate, the legendary Sebastien Loeb, who finished fourth in his first ever WRC start that wasn’t in a Citroen. Finally there was the Ford Fiesta R5 WRC of young British hotshoe Gus Greensmith, who won the WRC2 category as well as finishing in a highly impressive seventh place overall.
Tuesday 26th February
Today we received CMC’s latest two stunning 1:18 replicas of the Jaguar C-Type. There is Dr. Christian Jenny’s red concours example, and the #20 Ecurie Francorchamps machine that was driven by Roger Laurent and Charles de Tornaco in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. We have just three and two pieces left of each respectively after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so you will not have long to think about acquiring either of them!
Monday 25nd February
Today we got Minichamps’ new 1:18 race car announcements for 2019 up onto our website. There’s a whole host of endurance racing, touring car and rallying subjects, both modern and classic, so check them all out!
Friday 22nd February
Today Norev announced just over a dozen new replicas, in 1:18 and 1:43 scale. The most interesting is probably a 1:18 replica of the 1970 Bertoletti race car transporter that was utilised by the David Piper Racing team; at 62cm in length that one is going to be pretty massive!
Thursday 21st February
In the next week or so we should receive Spark’s 1:18 replica of the ‘Rothmans’ retro livery Porsche 911 RSR from the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours. This is the car that finished second in the GT Pro class, crewed by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki. A model of a car as celebrated as this isn’t going to be available for long, so get your order in now if you haven’t already done so.
Wednesday 20th February
We had another new 1:18 announcement from Tecnomodel today, in the form of the Porsche 356 SL that the Stuttgart marque campaigned in sportscar racing in the early 1950s. The limited edition numbers on these will be between just 80 and 100 pieces each. We will not be holding any stock of these once they are released, so placing a pre-order is the only way to acquire one.
Tuesday 19th February
Today Spark announced a trio of new 1:18 announcements, with our favourite being the first ever 1:!8 replica of a Formula One Shadow; namely Jean Pierre Jarier’s DN5 from the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix! Jarier took pole position for that event, before retiring from the race with fuel system issues. The other two new Spark 1:18 announcements are Jean-Eric Vergne’s winning Techeetah from Season 4 of the Formula E Championship, and Romain Dumas’s victorious Volkswagen ID R from last year’s running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
Monday 18th February
Today Matrix released its trio of 1:43 Stirling Moss Ferrari 250 GTs. There are his two winning cars from the Goodwood RAC TT in 1960 and 1961, as well as his victorious machine from the 1960 Nassau TT race in the Bahamas.
Friday 15th February
Today we got Minichamps’ new Valentino Rossi announcements for 2019 up on our website. There will be a new Rossi 1:12 bike, figure and flag special, from the 2018 Catalunya Moto GP. There will also be four new Rossi 1:8 helmets, all from the 2018 Moto GP season.
Today is also the last day of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, with all models still accounted for reduced by yet another £1, now to the frankly ridiculous price of just £19.99! So ridiculous, in fact, that we can’t hold them at this price for long; anything still left on Monday will go up to £24.99!
Thursday 14th February
Today Tecnomodel provided us with sample model shots of its five different 1:18 replicas of the Lola T70 Mk.3 sports car racer, which it first announced last year. We think they all look fantastic, and can’t wait for them to arrive in our warehouse in a couple of months. As usual, the limited edition numbers are low, so make sure that you pre-order the one you want to avoid missing out.
We’ve now reached double digits with our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, reaching Day 10, which means that all unsold replicas have now been reduced to £20.99! A few more sold out yesterday, so you’re really cutting it fine now if there’s something you really want!
Wednesday 13th February
Today we got Minichamps’ new 1:18 Formula One announcements from Nuremberg up on our website. We think the best one is Fernando Alonso’s first ever Formula One car; his Minardi PS01 from the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. We can’t believe that no-one has ever replicated this before! The 1980s Tyrrells are also pretty cool.
We’re now into Day 9 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, so everything still available has been reduced once again, now to just £21.99!
Tuesday 12th February
We received a new delivery from Spark today, headlined by the Frank Williams Racing Cars-entered ISO FX3B of Howden Ganley from the 1973 South African Grand Prix. You can click here to see all of the other recent new Spark releases.
We have now progressed to Day 8 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale. With the latest £1 price reduction, all remaining replicas are now just £22.99!
Monday 11th February
Tecnomodel is just showing off now, with another exciting 1:18 announcement today! It is the 1982 Ford C100 Group C sportscar racer, and there will be four different examples available: two from Le Mans, one from the Nurburgring 1000 km, and one from the Monza 1000 km.
It’s also Day 7 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale. That means that everything still unsold has now been reduced to just £23.99! A good couple of dozen lines sold out over the weekend at £24.99, so things are really getting serious now!
Friday 8th February
It looks like we have a great year with Tecnomodel ahead of us, as our friends in Italy have just announced another really exciting 1:18 replica. This time it takes the form of the 1960 Lotus 18 Formula One car. Surely the most popular version is going to be the car that the great Jim Clark scored his very first podium in, at the Portuguese Grand Prix. There will also be the Lotus 18 that fellow legend John Surtees took to his first grand prix rostrum, at the British Grand Prix. Along with cars for Jim Hall, Ron Flockhart and Alan Stacey. As usual for Tecnomodel, the limited editions are very much on the low side (at between just 60 and 120 pieces worldwide), so pre-order now or lament missed opportunities later!
We’ve now reached Day 6 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, with everything yet to be snapped up reduced once again, now to just £24.99! When we started the 1:43 Spark Super Sale this time last week there were almost 200 different models available; now we are down to 150. How many more will disappear over the weekend at this even lower amazing price?
Thursday 7th February
Spark announced a good three dozen new 1:43 announcements today. Our favourite are the pair of retro livery Porsche 911 RSRs from the 2018 Petit Le Mans race, which paid homage to the Le Mans winning 911 GT1 from 1998. The #911 car of Pilet, Tandy and Makowiecki went on to win the GTLM class of the event. You can click here to see all the other new 1:43 Spark announcements. Spark has pledged that all pre-orders placed by Tuesday 12th February will be 100% guaranteed, so order by then and there will be no chance of you missing out.
Today was also Day 5 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, with the replicas still remaining reduced yet again, now to £25.99. Another couple of lines sold out today, so the selection of what is available at these crazy prices is rapidly reducing!
Wednesday 6th February
We received a really pleasant surprise from Tecnomodel today, the Italian model maker announcing four 1:18 replicas of the iconic Lotus 40 sports racer. And what’s more, two of them are for the legendary Jim Clark! As usual the limited editions on them are miserly, at between just 80 and 120 pieces worldwide. So you won’t be surprised when we tell you that pre-ordering is a must!
It’s also Day 4 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale today. The remaining replicas have now been reduced to just £26.99!
Tuesday 5th February
We received a massive new delivery from Spark today, with almost 30 different new 1:43 releases on it. There are far too many to cover here, so you can click here to see them all. The highlight, though, is Nigel Mansell’s Lotus 87 from the 1981 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
And, talking of Spark, today is Day 3 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale. The replicas remaining have now been reduced to £27.99!
Monday 4th February
Tecnomodel released another sensational 1:18 classic race car replica today, in the form of the 1959 Lotus 16. There are four variants in total: two for Graham Hill, one for Innes Ireland and one for Bruce Halford. With three of them, we literally have only one example left in stock after fulfilling our customer pre-orders!
It is also Day 2 of our 1:43 Spark Super Sale today, with all the models still available now reduced to £28.99.
Friday 1st February
Today we launched our 1:43 Spark Super Sale, which has to be the most fun and dynamic Sale that we have ever offered! Basically, we have slashed the price of almost 200 different 1:43 Spark replicas to just £29.99. With many of them we have just one piece remaining in our warehouse. But wait, there’s more! For the next few work days, we are going to reduce the price of the models not yet snapped up by £1. So on Monday, everything remaining will be reduced to £28.99. On Tuesday, the price will be £27.99. And so on, until we’ve either sold everything or just can’t take the price any lower!
But, how low will we go? And how long dare you wait? Is it worth hanging on one more day for the price to come down by another pound for a replica that you want, or will someone else beat you to it who didn’t want to take that chance? As we went home tonight, the status of half a dozen models in the Spark Super Sale on our website had already changed to ‘Sold Out’…
Thursday 31st January
Today we received Tecnomodel’s quartet of 1:18 McLaren M6A and M6B replicas from the 1967 and 1968 Can-Am seasons. These new releases emphasise just how important pre-ordering is, as the Bruce McLaren and Moises Solana examples are already completely sold out, while it won’t take very long at all for the Donohue and Motschenbacher variants to go the same way.
Wednesday 30th January
Today IXO announced that, as usual, it will be replicating Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi’s steed in 1:43 scale from the latest edition of the Monza Rally; in this case the Italian’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC from 2018. If you’ve collected them all so far, then make sure you don’t miss getting your name down for one!
Tuesday 29th January
Today we received Minichamps’ 1:43 replica of Nigel Mansell’s 1984 Lotus 95T. As usual for a replica of a Nigel Mansell car, we have very few examples remaining after fulfilling our customer pre-orders (just nine in this case), so don’t leave it too long.
Monday 28th January
Today we are celebrating Fernando Alonso’s win in the weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours, by already offering a 1:43 replica of his winning Cadillac to pre-order. Of course, it was not a solo effort, as Fernando shared driving duties with his Toyota WEC team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, along with Jordan Taylor and Renger can der Zande. Now, although Spark has not yet officially announced this 1:43 replica yet, we cannot imagine a world where they do not end up eventually doing so! And when they do, demand is going to hit the roof! Place your order now, and you will be at the front of the queue, with no danger of missing out if demand ends up exceeding supply.
Friday 25th January
It appears that 12 Art couldn’t wait until next week’s Nuremberg Toy Fair before announcing its new 1:12 replica for 2019, as today it confirmed what it will be! It will be the Aston Martin DB4 convertible. Introduced in 1961, only 70 convertibles were built out of the total DB4 production run of 1,110. We have no fears that this 1:12 replica will measure up to 12 Art’s previous impressive offerings. And at almost 40cm in length, we mean that literally!
Thursday 24th January
After a quiet start with its 1:18 series of replicas, IXO today announced a really desirable subject in the larger scale; namely the legendary Ford Escort Mk.II RS1800 from 1977. The RRP is just £63.99, which is sensational value for money for a 1:18 replica in this day and age. At this price we can see them getting snapped, so do not delay in placing that pre-order.
Wednesday 23rd January
Spark surprised us today by announcing that it will be the model manufacturer producing the Today Minichamps informed us that we will see its 1:43 replicas of the 1984 Lotus 95Ts for 1:43 replicas of the Ford GTs from the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours, instead of TrueScale Miniatures as has been the case in previous years. This is a pretty big deal for collectors, as a Spark 1:43 replica retails at £53.99, compared to the £99.99 asking price for a TrueScale. Therefore get your pre-order in sharpish if the RRP was putting you off initially, as at this price we wouldn’t be surprised to see demand outstrip supply.
Tuesday 22nd January
Today Minichamps informed us that we will see its 1:43 replicas of the 1984 Lotus 95Ts for Nigel Mansell and Elio de Angelis next week. Both are already sold out with Minichamps, and we also would rather have had a few more to sell from stock after fulfilling our customer pre-orders! If you want either of these 95Ts, you really need to place an order now to avoid being disappointed later.
Monday 21st January
It was pretty quiet on the diecast news front today, so we decided to create our own! You can now obtain the Daniel Ricciardo hand-signed Minichamps 1:18 2014 Red Bull RB10 from us at a sensational 50% off, so for just £99.99 instead of £199.99! We only had a dozen examples of this signed replica left in our warehouse at the start of the day, and had got through more than half of those by the time we went home with the customer email bulletin we did on it! Move quickly and you might still be able to take advantage of this fantastic offer!
Friday 18th January
Today Minichamps provided us with its 1:18 replica of Alain Prost’s 1986 Formula One world championship winning McLaren MP4/2C. We had originally expected this replica to be released complete with ‘McLaren’ logos, as the team ran with in races where tobacco advertising was not allowed. Instead, as with Minichamps’ 1:18 replica of Prost’s 1985 McLaren MP4/2B, it has come with Marlboro decals included that you can affix to the model yourself, for the most authentic final finish possible. We’ll take that!
Thursday 17th January
Today 12 Art treated us to the release of its latest 1:12 replica: the Jaguar XK120 OTS. It is available in both green and silver. OTS, by the way, stands for either Open Top Sportscar or Open Two Seater, depending on who you talk to! At 38cm in length, we think that the asking price of £296.99 is fantastic, especially as these models come from the same people who bring you the wonderfully detailed 1:43 replicas of Matrix. We have less than half a dozen pieces of each example remaining in our warehouse after fulfilling our customer pre-orders.
Wednesday 16th January
Today we received a fantastic new delivery from Cult, which featured no less than five different 1:18 classic British cars on it! Chronologically, these were the 1961 Austin Healey Sprite, 1962 Triumph Vitesse DHC, 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series II, 1973 Ford Escort Mk.I Mexico, and 1995 Jaguar XJR X300. Our remaining numbers on all of these are rather on the low side after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so get involved soon to avoid missing out.
Tuesday 15th January
We received a couple of very interesting new 1:43 releases from Matrix today. The first of these is a Citroen car and trailer set, as used by the BBC for filming purposes in the 1970s. It even comes complete with a TV and camera and cameraman’s chair on the roof of the car! Unsurprisingly this replica is already completely sold out with Matrix, so once we’ve sold what we’ve got we will not be able to obtain any more! Matrix’s other new 1:43 release is the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe De Foudre, which is notable for the unique Lalique glass nude kneeling figure mascot!
Monday 14th January
For the first time in quite a while we received a new 1:43 Ayrton Senna replica today. Courtesy of Minichamps, it commemorates the first time that the legendary Brazilian ever drove a Formula 3 car, being his Ralt RT3 from a test session at Silverstone in 1982. Senna would then go on to win his first F3 race a few weeks later, at Thruxton.
We’ve also got something for the bargain hunters amongst you today. We can now offer Minichamps’ 1:43 replica of Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 Mercedes W07 for just £37.49, which is a whopping 50% off of the original RRP of £74.99. But only while stocks last, though!
Friday 11th January
We received a rare TopSpeed delivery today, with the company not having released that many different replicas through 2018. It started this year off with a gem though, in the form of the awesome Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato in 1:18 scale. Resplendent in its intimidating colourway of Lava Red, we think it looks really impressive. Replicas of modern Aston Martins always disappear from our shelves quickly, so make of that titbit what you will!
Thursday 10th January
Minichamps surprised us today with the no-warning-at-all release of four 1:43 2018 Formula One replicas! These were the McLaren MCL33s of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, and the Haas VF-18s of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. So thank you Minichamps; without you it would have been a pretty quiet week this week!
Wednesday 9th January
There’s big news for Ayrton Senna fans today, as Minichamps confirmed that we will see two new 1:43 replicas for the Brazilian legend over the course of January. The first of these commemorates the first time he ever drove a Formula 3 car, as it is of the Ralt RT3 that he tested at Silverstone in 1982. The second replica is of his Ralt RT3 from the Thruxton Formula 3 race in November 1982, which was Ayrton’s first race in the category as he sized it up prior to his full campaign in 1983. Of course, he was victorious!
Tuesday 8th January
Minichamps confirmed today that we will see its 1:18 Alain Prost 1985 McLaren MP4/2B and 1986 McLaren MP4/2C world championship winners before the end of the month. Although these have been produced previously by Solido, that was many years ago now, and it is probably fair to say that the Minichamps versions will be of a higher quality. And the Minichamps replicas will come complete with driver figures, which the Solido ones didn’t. If you also take into account the general trend that world championship winning replicas always sell out pretty quickly, then it is safe to assume that you can’t afford to procrastinate with these.
Monday 7th January
Happy New Year everyone! We have some pretty big news to start 2019, in that we closed our St Martins Models shop in London yesterday. All the stock has already been brought back to our HQ here in Guildford, so now we have a bigger range than ever on our shelves! As always, you are welcome to come and peruse them whenever is convenient. Maybe we’ll see you one day soon!
Friday 21st December
Spark have really treated us this week, and did so again today with the release of their 1:43 Bedford race car transporter, as used by the Lotus F1 team from 1963 to 1967. This one has gone down very well indeed with collectors; so well, in fact, that we have just eight pieces left in our warehouse after sending out our customer pre-orders. You really don’t have long to decide about this one.
This is the last Daily Diecast Digest entry of 2018, as we’re now going on our Christmas break. We hope you all have a joyous and restful holiday. See you next year!
Thursday 20th December
Today Minichamps provided us with a trio of 1:12 2017 Moto GP replicas, all Honda RC213Vs. The first of these is that year’s champion, Marc Marquez. Then we also have his team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, and British hero Cal Crutchlow. These are all sold out already with Minichamps, and our remaining stock of each one is down to single digits after fulfilling our customer pre-orders. Make haste!
Wednesday 19th December
We received a nice surprise from Spark today, with the sudden release of its 1:43 replica of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours winning Toyota TS050 of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima! So, if you were struggling to think of the perfect gift for the endurance racing fanatic in your life, now you have the answer! Given the hype surrounding Fernando’s victory at La Sarthe this year, we do not expect this model to hang around for long, so don’t wait until the New Year to place your order!
Tuesday 18th December
Today we received the first ever 1:18 replica of Graham Hill’s 1962 Formula One world championship winning BRM P57, courtesy of Spark. Why it took some 56 years for just one of the leading model makers to conclude that this iconic racing machine was worth replicating in 1:18, I will never know! At least it’s now here. But not for long! We have a mere two dozen examples left in our warehouse after fulfilling our vast number of customer pre-orders, so if you don’t want to miss out on this one, you will need to act sooner rather than later.
Monday 17th December
Today Spark provided us with its 2019 spring release schedule. But 95% of the subjects were brand new announcements, as we’d never been made aware of them before! And we’ve only been given until this Wednesday, 19th December, to place our order for guaranteed delivery! So, make sure you check out the Spark new announcements area of our website, and pre-order what you like the look of now to ensure that you don’t miss out. My favourite is Jim Clark’s winning Lotus 18 from the Oulton Park round of the 1960 Formula Junior series.
Friday 14th December
Today we were pleasantly surprised to already receive the CMC shipment that we were talking about on Tuesday! So that means that the first example of the company’s exquisite 1:18 replica of the glorious Jaguar C-Type (the British Racing Green version), is now residing in our warehouse, ready for immediate despatch! And, nestled alongside it, is the final version of CMC’s 1:18 replica of the Ferrari D50, this the one that Juan Manuel Fangio drove to victory in the 1956 British Grand Prix, on the way to the fourth of his five world championships.
Thursday 13th December
It seems like an age since we last received any of Minichamps’ 1:8 Valentino Rossi helmets, but today two turned up together. These are Vale’s ‘standard’ 2017 helmet, and his 2017 ‘tribute’ helmet, which paid homage to the recently departed Angel Nieto and Nicky Hayden. These helmets are really collectible, and we only have a dozen of each example remaining after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so you will need to be quick.
Wednesday 12th December
It’s good to see that Matrix’s 1:43 Racing Car Collection is carrying on apace, the Dutch model company having just announced a triumvirate of Ferrari 250 GTs for Stirling Moss. They are all race-winning cars: the 1960 and 1961 Goodwood RAC Tourist Trophy winners, as well as the winning machine from the 1960 Nassau TT race in the Bahamas. More of this please, Matrix!
Tuesday 11th December
Today we heard that we should receive our next CMC shipment just in time for Christmas. On it will be their first 1:18 Jaguar C-Type replica (the British Racing Green version), the C-Type being only the second British car that the company has ever replicated, following on from the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato several years ago. As you would expect, it’s a stunner, being made up of some 1,555 pieces, with each individual example taking about six hours to assemble. Also on the delivery will be CMC’s final variant of its 1:18 replica of Juan Manuel Fangio’s Ferrari D50 from the 1956 British Grand Prix. The Argentinian won the race on the way to securing the fourth of his five world championships.
Monday 10th December
Spark giveth, Spark taketh away! We were surprised to hear today that Spark has now cancelled its 1:43 replica of Kimi Raikkonen’s Sauber C37 from the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test, having only announced it last Wednesday! I can’t ever remember such a short period of time between a model initially being announced and then being cancelled – so sorry to all you Kimi Raikkonen fans out there!
Friday 7th December
We end the week with our monthly addition of several replicas into the dedicated Sale section of our website! As always, there are savings to be had of up to 33% off of the original RRP. Bargain of the month is Minichamps’ 1:43 replica of Ayrton Senna’s Williams FW16 from the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix. At 33% off, it is now yours (while stocks last) for £59.99 instead of £89.99!
Thursday 6th December
In the next week or so, we are due to receive Look Smart’s pair of 1:18 replicas of this year’s Ferrari SF71Hs for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. What we love about Look Smart’s 1:18 replicas, apart from their awesome detailing, is that they come complete with their own display cases; why can’t the other model manufacturers do that? Look Smart’s offerings always make it into this country in tiny numbers, so you won’t have forever to consider purchasing either of these.
Wednesday 5th December
Spark really spoiled us today, with the announcement of some really exciting specials from the 2018 F1 season. First off, there will be 1:18 and 1:43 replicas commemorating Lewis Hamilton’s fifth world championship success at this year’s Mexican Grand Prix. These will both come complete with the #HiFive celebratory pit board included. Then there will be a pair of specials for Hamilton and Fernando Alonso from the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. These will come in special packaging featuring doughnut tyre marks on the base, replicating the celebrations that the two drivers performed after the race. This could well have been Alonso’s last ever grand prix, of course, and he had a special one-off livery, so his special is doubly significant, even triply so! There is then a 1:43 replica commemorating Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Sauber, in the post-season Abu Dhabi test. Finally, there are both 1:18 and 1:43 specials celebrating Max Verstappen’s victory in the Mexican Grand Prix. So, thank you Spark; Christmas has come early!
Tuesday 4th December
For some time now we’ve been pleading with our friends at Tecnomodel to produce more British subjects, as well as more Formula One subjects. So we were delighted when their latest announcement ticked both of those boxes! It will be the Lotus 16 from the 1959 Formula One season, and there will be four different derivatives produced. Both Lotus 16s from the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix will be replicated, with Innes Ireland finishing fourth in the #12 car, and Graham Hill coming home seventh in the #14 example. Hill’s #28 Lotus 16 from the 1959 British Grand Prix will also be recreated by Tecnomodel, the future world champion finishing ninth on that occasion. Finally, there will be the #44 car that Bruce Halford campaigned in the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix, albeit not for very long, as he was eliminated in a multi-car accident on lap two. As always with Tecnomodel, the limited edition numbers on these replicas are almost ridiculously small, at between just 90 and 100 pieces each.
Monday 3rd December
It’s the day after the annual Autosport Awards, so you know what that means – we are delighted to be able to offer a handful of the famous and highly collectible table centres from the event! As ever, only 130 have been produced. This year Nigel Mansell had the honour of being the subject of the table centre, with Amalgam’s 1:18 polished pewter representation of his 1989 Ferrari F1-89 640. They have obviously all been hand-signed by the 1992 Formula One world champion. The few that we have been able to acquire can be despatched from our warehouse immediately, so if you act now you can have one in your hands within a week of the Autosport Awards evening itself!
Friday 30th November
Today we received Minichamps’ 1:43 replicas of the two 2018 Force India VJM11s of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. The supply of Minichamps’ F1 cars has tightened up considerably over the last few years, and that trend has continued this year; after fulfilling our customer pre-orders for this pair of Force Indias, we have just 10 pieces remaining of each. They are both already completely sold out with Minichamps too, so it’s not as if we can go back and get any more!
Thursday 29th November
Today's entry is big news for Kimi Raikkonen fans, as we have just taken delivery of Burago's 1:18 replica of his last ever Formula One Ferrari! It is, of course, the Iceman's 2018 SF71H. It could also well end up being the car that he scored his last ever grand prix win in, so unsurprisingly demand has been on the high side. Right now we still have some numbers spare after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so you've still got time to place you order if you haven't done yet.
Wednesday 28th November
Today Minichamps announced no less than four 1:18 Williams FW16 replicas from the 1994 Formula One season, for Ayrton Senna and Damon Hill. There will be a 1:18 replica for each of the legendary Brazilian’s grand prix starts that he made with the Williams team: Brazil, Pacific and finally, tragically, San Marino. There will also be a 1:18 Williams FW16 replica for Damon Hill from the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, which he finished in second place.
Tuesday 27th November
Today we received news that we should receive Spark’s 1:18 replica of Graham Hill’s 1962 BRM P57 around the middle of December, so hopefully in time for Christmas assuming that it isn’t subject to any delays. This, of course, is one of the last remaining Formula One championship winning cars never to have been replicated before in 1:18 scale, so unsurprisingly demand has been huge. In fact, we only have a couple of dozen pieces spare from our shipment once we have taken our considerable number of existing customer pre-orders into account. If you haven’t yet got your name down, and don’t want to miss out, then you will need to move quickly.
Monday 26th November
Today we enjoyed a bumper 1:43 Spark delivery, with some 40 new releases on it! There’s far too many to list individually, so it’s best if you click here to check them all out. Highlights include the 1933 Le Mans winning Alfa Romeo of Raymond Sommer and Tazio Nuvolari, and Sebastien Ogier’s 2018 world rally championship winning Ford Fiesta WRC.
Friday 23rd November
It’s Burago’s turn to make the headlines today, with the release of its 1:43 replicas of the 2018 Formula One Ferrari SF71Hs for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. At just £29.99 each, they represent phenomenal value for money. Of course, the SF71H will be Kimi’s last ever Formula One Ferrari, while Sebastian once again won several races in another almost-but-not-quite bid for the championship. At these prices, you will not be surprised to hear that these Burago 1:43 F1 Ferrari replicas always sell out quickly, so act soon if you don’t want to miss out!
Thursday 22nd November
Today was a big day, in that we received Bell’s selection of half scale Formula One helmets for this year’s Formula One drivers. Top of the tree is Lewis Hamilton’s lid, which he donned on his way to an historic fifth world championship. There is also fan favourite Kimi Raikkonen’s last Ferrari helmet, as well as what could well be Fernando Alonso’s last Formula One helmet ever! Plus the 2018 helmets for Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson. If you’re not well-versed in these matters, these half scale helmets come in at about 13cm in height. They’re also hard work to source, I can tell you! So order soon, or you might end up having to wait for when we get restocked on these.
Wednesday 21st November
With Minichamps’ ‘standard’ 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 Mercedes F1 W09 all but sold out to customer pre-orders, we are now offering the German model-maker’s 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Lewis’s Mexican Grand Prix ‘world championship special’ to pre-order. We should stress that Minichamps hasn’t officially confirmed these yet, but given that it has produced a world championship winning special for the last several years, we think it’s a pretty safe bet! And, as demand for these specials is bound to be huge following Hamilton’s fifth world title, it will probably pay to get your name down early!
Tuesday 20th November
Today we received a 1:18 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Ferrari from BBR. It is the #21 250P of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini from the 1963 edition of the race. I’m surprised at just how low the limited edition is for such a desirable subject at a mere 199 pieces worldwide, and indeed it was an instant sell-out on release with BBR. We have just 10 pieces spare after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, and they will surely not hang around in our warehouse for long!
Monday 19th November
Today Norev announced a special 1:18 replica of the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Why is it special? Because it is 100% exclusive to the UK market, that’s why! It will be a strict limited edition of just 1,002 pieces, with each one individually numbered. It will be a sealed bodyshell replica, so there will be no unsightly panel gaps, and the price will be just £79.99. In its eye-catching shade of Petrol Blue, we can’t see this one being available for very long. It is due to be released in the spring.
Friday 16th November
Spark announced today that it will be re-issuing its 1:43 replica of the famous original ‘Pink Pig’ from the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was the #23 Porsche 917/20 of Reinhold Joest and Willi Kauhsen that was decorated in the style of a butcher’s meat cuts. I assume that this decision has been influenced by the considerable number of pre-orders that Spark has received for its 1:43 Pink Pig ‘retro livery’ Porsche from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, which celebrated the marque’s 70th anniversary. The #92 911 RSR of Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor went on to take victory in the GT Pro class of the race. Wouldn’t these two look just great together?
Thursday 15th November
Today CMC released what is probably the most significant version of its outstanding 1:18 replica of the 1956 Ferrari D50. It is certainly the one with the most interesting story behind it, being the #26 car that Ferrari team-mates Juan Manuel Fangio and Peter Collins shared in the 1956 Italian Grand Prix. Collins had originally started the car, before selflessly handing it over to Fangio at a pit stop. If Collins had stayed behind the wheel, then he would have become the 1956 Formula One world champion. But by handing his car over to Fangio, he selflessly allowed the Argentinian to clinch the fourth of his five world championships by going on to finish that race in second place. No doubt Collins felt that he had plenty more opportunities to become champion in the future, but tragically he would lose his life at the Nurburgring just a couple of years later. This 1956 Italian GP version of the D50 was a complete sell-out with CMC almost within days of originally being announced. We have just half a dozen pieces left after fulfilling our customer pre-orders; once those go, that’s it!
Wednesday 14th November
At Diecast Legends we have one day every month when we add a load of replicas into the dedicated Sale section of our website. Well, today is that day! There are savings to be had of up to 33% off of the original RRP, and at these reduced prices items do tend to sell out quickly. Top bargain this month is Norev’s 1:18 replica of the 1982 Ford Capri Mk.III in green, which at 33% off is now available for just £49.99 instead of £74.99!
Tuesday 13th November
CMC today provided us with sample model shots of all six of its forthcoming 1:18 replicas of the Jaguar C-Type. This will be only the company’s second ever take on a British subject, following on from the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato a few years ago. The six different examples of the C-Type will be a plain British Racing Green version, the #19 Ecurie Ecosse entered car of Ian Stewart and Ninian Sanderson from Le Mans in 1952, the plain red concours version owned by Christian Jenny as it appears today, the yellow #20 car of Roger Laurent and Charles de Tornaco from the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, the winning #18 machine of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton from the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, and the white #13 C-Type that was driven by Francisco Ibarra and Fernando Pinal in the 1953-1954 Panamericana. They all look absolutely amazing, and we can’t wait to see them released early next year.
Monday 12th November
Spark today announced a new 1:18 replica for Denny Hulme from his 1967 world championship winning season. Spark released the first ever 1:18 replica of Hulme’s 1967 title-winning Brabham BT24 last year, which unsurprisingly sold out in a heartbeat. This new announcement is the Brabham BT20 that the team campaigned earlier in the year, and specifically the car that Denny took to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. With the BT24 not ready for the start of the campaign, Brabham fielded the tried and tested BT20 for the opening rounds of the championship. If you missed out first round, then don’t let history repeat itself!
Friday 9th November
Today Look Smart announced that it will be celebrating Kimi Raikkonen’s return to the top step of a Formula One podium at the 2018 American Grand Prix, some five and a half years since his previous visit. It was great to see him win for probably one last time. The Italian company has confirmed both 1:18 and 1:43 specials of Kimi’s Ferrari SF71H from the Austin race to commemorate the Iceman’s achievement. Surely a must-have for Raikkonen’s legion of fans out there!
Thursday 8th November
Today Spark revealed what we can expect to see on its 2019 first quarter release schedule. Many of these are brand new announcements that we hadn’t heard about before, so make sure you check them out. Up until last year Spark produced an annual catalogue with all of its new announcements in it, but it stopped doing that this year. So now the first we hear of many new Spark announcements is when they suddenly appear in these release schedules. Highlights this time round are Johnny Herbert’s Benetton from his first ever grand prix (Brazil in 1989), several 1970s F1 cars, and the 1930 Le Mans winning Bentley of Barnato and Kidston.
Wednesday 7th November
Today we are extremely excited to be launching SMTS’s next 1:18 project. It will be one of the key Formula One cars that unfathomably has not been replicated in that scale to date. It will be Stirling Moss’s winning Lotus 18 from the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix. While the 1955 Mille Miglia is widely considered to be the greatest win of Moss’s career, his most celebrated Formula One success has to be Monaco 1961. That race wasn’t so much a case of David versus Goliath, but David versus three Goliaths. It was Moss in his nimble Lotus 18 (with side panels removed to provide extra cooling on a sweltering day) against the three Ferrari 156 Sharknoses of Ginther, Hill and von Trips. Over 100 laps and two hours 45 minutes, Moss soaked up all the pressure that the Italian cars could throw at him, and put in a performance that would go down in folklore. The sooner you place your pre-order for this very significant replica, the closer to the front of the queue you will be when SMTS starts producing it.
Tuesday 6th November
It was Norev’s turn to provide us with some new road car announcements today, after Matrix’s yesterday, although Norev’s are in 1:18 scale and are from a more modern era. Nothing wrong with that though, as they include the awesome Ford Escort RS Cosworth from 1992, complete with its legendary ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler! Another one for Fast Ford fans is a new colourway of the 1986 Sierra RS Cosworth (white), while hot hatches are also represented with the 1992 Peugeot 205 GTI. If your collecting taste prefers to go further back than that, then there are also cars from the early 1960s, like the Simca Aronde Monthlery, and the Porsche 904 GTS.
Monday 5th November
Today Matrix announced some half a dozen new 1:43 classic road car subjects. Recently we had started to feel that Matrix’s 1:43 road cars were getting a tad too specialist and obscure, but we think that these ones are pretty good. There is Prince Bernhard of Holland’s Ferrari 500 Superfast Speciale Pininfaina, a pair of Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupes (including the famous ‘bumblebee’), a Maserati Mexico Speciale by Frua, an Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt, and a BMW 1602 Bauer Coupe.
Friday 2nd November
A day after providing us with its 1:18 replica of the Ferrari 365 GTC/4, Tecnomodel confirmed the next Italian road car that it will be replicating in that scale. This next subject will be an Alfa Romeo; specifically the 1954 2000 Sportiva Bertone. This is the car that was intended to be produced in limited volumes for Alfa Romeo’s more sporting clientele, as well as homologated for grand touring racing. Ultimately only four were ever built. Tecnomodel’s 1:18 replica will be available in four colours: red, metallic silver, metallic green and metallic gold. As usual for Tecnomodel, the limited edition numbers are very much on the low side. Need we say more?
Thursday 1st November
Today we received Tecnomodel’s latest 1:18 Ferrari road car replica. It is the 365 GTC/4, which was produced for two years from 1971. It was a 2+2 grand tourer that was based on the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, with 505 examples constructed in total. Tecnomodel has produced its 1:18 rendition in four colours: red, silver, blue and metallic bronze, with the latter having already sold out to pre-orders. Not surprising, given that it is a worldwide limited edition of just 80 pieces (as are silver and blue). The limited edition of the red colourway is a little higher at 100, but you can’t bet on any of these being available for long.
Wednesday 31st October
Minichamps continued its recent run of 1:43 classic Formula One releases today, with a pair of interesting 1991 Williams FW13B test cars, for Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell. Hill was Williams’ test driver at the time, while Mansell was getting some mileage in on his return to the team from his two-year spell at Ferrari. The Hill car in particular has tiny numbers remaining after fulfilling our customer pre-orders (we’re not exactly flush with the Mansell version either!), so you’ll need to get a move on if you don’t want to miss out on these.
And talking of missing out on things, we sold out of Minichamps’ 1:12 Barry Sheene 1977 Suzuki RG500 today, as we predicted!
Tuesday 30th October
Just a week after releasing its 1:12 replica of Valentino Rossi’s 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1, Minichamps today supplied us with the bike and figure special celebrating Vale’s sole victory of the 2017 Moto GP season, which was secured at his favourite stomping ground of Assen. It is limited to just 1,500 pieces worldwide, and is already completely sold out both with Minichamps itself and its UK importer. We ourselves have just nine pieces unaccounted for after fulfilling our customer pre-orders. And as, whisper it, this could turn out to be The Doctor’s last ever Moto GP win, that could make this set very desirable indeed. It would look great alongside Minichamps’ 1:12 bike and figure set commemorating his first 500cc win at Donington Park in 2000!
Monday 29th October
Unsurprisingly, the news today has been all about Lewis Hamilton, after he became only the third person ever to secure a fifth Formula One world championship in the Mexican Grand Prix yesterday. In the perfect timing department, Minichamps has just provided us with sample images of both its ou will be replicating the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly 1950s racing car in 1:43! There will be a 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Lewis’s 2018 Mercedes F1 W09. The latest delivery information on these is that the 1:43 should be released during November, with its bigger brother scheduled to follow in the run up to Christmas. If you are interested in either of these then you will need to get moving now, as our website and phone lines have been inundated with pre-orders for them since Lewis sealed the deal yesterday evening. They will probably be sold out before they are actually released.
Friday 26th October
Today was one of those days when we got a really nice surprise, with the unexpected announcement of a particularly exciting replica. Thank you Matrix, for confirming that you will be replicating the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly 1950s racing car in 1:43! There will be a plain green and yellow version, as well as the #29 example that Stirling Moss took to victory in the 1958 Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone. Even Matrix’s most obscure 1:43 replicas sell out extremely quickly, and we can only see that trend being accelerated with a car as exciting as the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly, so don’t delay placing your pre-order. Matrix has also announced another 1:43 Stirling Moss racing car, in the form of the Mercedes 300 SLR that he famously drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia.
Thursday 25th October
Today we learned that CMC’s next variation of its glorious 1:18 Ferrari D50 replica will be with us within a couple of weeks. In my view, this is the one with the most dramatic story behind it, as it is the #26 machine from the 1956 Italian Grand Prix. This is the car that Peter Collins originally started, before selflessly handing it over to his elder colleague Juan Manuel Fangio at a pit stop. If Collins had stayed behind the wheel, then he would have become that year’s Formula One champion. But by handing his car over to Fangio, he allowed the Argentinian to clinch the fourth of his five world titles in that very race. No doubt Collins felt that he had plenty more opportunities to become champion in the future, but tragically he would lose his life at the Nurburgring just a couple of years later. This version of CMC’s 1:18 Ferrari D50 was a complete sell-out with CMC almost within days of originally being announced, and we have less than 10 pieces spare after fulfilling our customer pre-orders. This one won’t be around for long.
Wednesday 24th October
Minichamps treated us to a handful of new 1:43 classic Formula One subjects today. First up are the 1982 Lotus 91s of Nigel Mansell and Elio de Angelis, the latter using his to take a narrow victory over Keke Rosberg in that season’s Austrian Grand Prix. You’ll be unsurprised to hear that any replica involving ‘our Nige’ always sells fantastically well for us, so this isn’t one to procrastinate about purchasing. Then we have the 1990 Williams FW13Bs of Thierry Boutsen, who won in Hungary that year, and Riccardo Patrese, who was victorious in San Marino. 1990 was the year that I started following Formula One racing, aged nine, so these two are right up my street!
Tuesday 23rd October
Today is a big day for collectors of two-wheeled replicas, as we received 1:12 models of two of the greatest riders ever to have graced the motorbike racing scene: Barry Sheene and Valentino Rossi! First up is Minichamps’ long-awaited (and at 12 years, I really do mean long-awaited!) 1:12 rendition of Barry Sheene’s 1977 500cc championship winning Suzuki RG500. This is one of the most significant diecast models released this decade, never mind this year. After fulfilling our customer pre-orders we are already down to just 48 pieces spare, and at the rate we’re getting through them we could well be sold out by the end of the month. The other new 1:12 is the latest Valentino Rossi model, which is his 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1. The 1:12 replicas of Vale’s 2013 to 2016 Yamahas sold out in the blink of an eye when they were released, and we have no reason to doubt that the 2017 version will go the same way.
Monday 22nd October
We can now confirm the identity of SMTS’s second 1:18 Stirling Moss replica, which is the car that he used to first make a name for himself on the world stage. It is the Cooper-JAP Mk.IV that he took to victory in the Formula 3 race that supported the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. Despite being frustrated by having an engine that wasn’t performing at its peak, Moss took victory in both his heat and in the main event later on. International stardom beckoned. As SMTS is such a small company (there will only be about three model engineers working on this project), it is unlikely that the team will ever be able to produce enough examples to meet demand. Therefore a pre-order is essential if you want to be able to add this special model to your collection.
Friday 19th October
It’s SMTS news to the fore again today, as we are very excited to be working in partnership with the guys from Hastings on a brand new 1:43 series of cars driven by the Royal Family. The first five subjects have already been confirmed, with more to follow. The very first release will be Prince Philip’s 1954 Lagonda 3 litre drophead coupe. SMTS’s 1:43 replica will come complete with nice touches like the extra aerial at the rear of the car for the Duke’s radio telephone, as well as the extra vanity mirror at the top of the passenger’s side of the windscreen so that the Queen could check she looked suitably regal. This collection will grow into something really rather special indeed, so make sure you’re in at the beginning. The series will be limited to just 100 pieces per subject.
Thursday 18th October
Ultra-big news today, in that we have received a final pre-production sample of SMTS’s 1:18 replica of the Vanwall VW57 that Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks shared to win the 1957 British Grand Prix! This is the first time that a Vanwall Formula One car has ever been replicated in 1:18 scale, despite our repeated pleas to the various model manufacturers over the last decade or so. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited to undertake this project than SMTS though, as they know the classic F1 scene better than anybody, as well as obviously being ace model-makers.
We also learnt about some other exciting forthcoming SMTS projects in our meeting with them today, which we will divulge with you in the very near future.
Wednesday 17th October
Today was the big day, in that we received our 100% exclusive 1:18 replica of Mike Hawthorn’s winning Ferrari 246 from the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix, the very race in which he became Britain’s first ever Formula One champion! On Monday I reported that we had just a couple of dozen pieces still available after fulfilling our customer pre-orders; well, that number has already come down to 19!
Tecnomodel released its quadrumvirate (that is a real word – I looked it up!) of 1:18 Jaguar XJS touring car replicas from the 1980s. We have less than six pieces of each example remaining after fulfilling our early bird customer pre-orders, so don’t think about it for too long.
Tuesday 16th October
We heard today that Minichamps’ 1:12 replica of Barry Sheene’s 1977 500cc championship winning Suzuki RG500 will be landing with the Minichamps UK importer on either Friday this week or Monday next week. We will receive it the day after the importer does, so the wait is almost over after 12 years since it was originally announced! We have bought up every last unaccounted for example both from Minichamps’ UK importer and its own warehouse in Aachen, Germany, and still wish that we could get hold of more!
On the same Minichamps shipment we will be receiving its 1:12 replica of Valentino Rossi’s 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1. This now marks the beginning of the third decade that Minichamps has been producing 1:12 replicas of Rossi’s grand prix bikes, going right back to his 125cc Aprilias of 1996 and ’97. The Minichamps replicas of Vale’s Yamaha YZR-M1s from 2013 to 2016 all sold out extremely quickly, and we expect this latest one to go the same way.
Monday 15th October
Our friends at Tecnomodel have just announced no less than four different 1:18 classic racing subjects. There will be four Bizzarrini P538s, four Ferrari 275 GTB/Cs, four Ligier JS2s, and five Porsche 909 Bergspyders. As usual, the limited editions are almost insultingly small, at between a mere 60 and 130 pieces each. So, as usual, pre-ordering is an absolute must to ensure that you don’t miss out.
In other news, our exclusive 1:18 replica of Mike Hawthorn’s winning Ferrari 246 from the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix, the race when he became Britain’s first ever Formula One champion, will be arriving with us any day now. We have just a couple of dozen of pieces left unsold after fulfilling our customer pre-orders, so this is another one where if you move at a glacial pace you will be disappointed.
Friday 12th October
It’s big news for Ferrari Formula One fans again today, with the surprising release of Burago’s 1:18 replica of Sebastian Vettel’s 2018 SF71H. Why surprising? Because we had no idea that it was on its way until our shipment arrived through our warehouse doors this morning! At just £74.99, Burago has maintained its reputation for fantastic value for money with its replicas. This is also the first 1:18 F1 car we have seen with the controversial halo head protection device fitted, although most people seem to have got over that by now! Towards the end of November, we expect to see Kimi Raikkonen’s car in 1:18 (which will of course be his last ever Formula One Ferrari, and both drivers in 1:43.
Thursday 11th October
What an exciting way to start our new Daily Diecast Digest, with the release of a 1:18 Formula One world championship winning car that has never been replicated in that scale before! Courtesy of CMC, it is Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1956 Ferrari D50; specifically the long nose car that he took to victory at the Nurburgring in the German Grand Prix. We have also received team-mate Peter Collins’ winning short nose D50 from that year’s French Grand Prix. Both come with the kind of ridiculously high level of detail that you would expect from CMC. And both are available from us with a bit of a discount off of the RRP: £564.99 instead of £589.99.