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.