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Tecnomodel 1-43 1950 Ferrari 125 F1 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 24/08/2022 09:07

Tecnomodel has just confirmed that it will be producing 1:43 replicas of 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 what would become the legendary Ferrari team did not join the series until the second round of the year, at Monaco.
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Spark 1-43 Verstappen 2021 Abu Dhabi GP Red Bull RB16B diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 17:18

We are now down to our last 20 examples of Spark’s 1:43 ‘special’ commemorating Max Verstappen winning last year’s Formula One world championship, in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2021 Formula One world championship was a tight, year-long battle between Red Bull’s Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. The pendulum swung back and forth between them until they entered the final grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi level on points. For most of the race it looked like Hamilton was going to prevail, but then came ‘that’ Safety Car call and subsequent sensational final lap shootout that would see Max secure his first world title.
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Tecnomodel 1-18 1974 Brabham BT44 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 17:10

Tecnomodel has just announced that it will be replicating in 1:18 scale one of the most graceful Formula One cars of all time, the 1974 Brabham BT44. Designed by Gordon Murray, the BT44 was a relatively simple yet aerodynamically clean design. Carlos Reutemann won three grands prix with the car during the 1974 season, although a mere two further points finishes saw him end the campaign sixth in the drivers’ championship.
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IXO 1-18 McRae 1985 Opel Manta 400 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 16:55

This recent IXO 1:18 release is specifically Jimmy McRae’s Opel Manta 400 from the 1985 RAC Rally, in which the Scot finished sixth. But this AC Delco-backed machine made a much bigger impact with rally fans for its role in the British Rally Championship that year, in which McRae engaged in a titanic title fight with the similar (Andrews Heat For Hire sponsored) machine of Russell Brookes.
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IXO 1-18 Acropolis Rally Opel Ascona 400 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 16:17

IXO’s latest shipment contained its trio of 1:18 replicas of the 1982 Opel Ascona 400, as driven by Walter Rohrl, Henri Toivonen and Jimmy McRae. Rohrl became the first repeat winner of the World Rally Championship in 1982, adding a second title to the one that he secured with Fiat in 1980. The German took victory on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally and the gruelling Ivory Coast event, with six further podiums allowing him to take the crown by 12 points from Audi’s Michele Mouton.
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Tecnomodel 1-43 1962-1965 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 16:02

The Ferrari 250 GT ‘Breadvan’ may have been a one-off, but it had quite a varied racing career, taking part in several different events. Tecnomodel has just announced 1:43 replicas of half a dozen guises of the car. Five of them are from 1962, the year that Ferrari 250 GT SWB chassis #2819 GT was transformed into one of the most recognisable designs in sportscar racing history. The black and red ‘T’ car was campaigned in the Le Mans 24 Hours test day, while the all-red #16 rendition was crewed by Carlo Mario Abate and Colin Davis in the race itself. A gearbox failure put them out.
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Tecnomodel 1-43 1951 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 159 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 15:55

Tecnomodel announced a raft of new 1:43 Formula One subjects from the 1950s the other day, including the 1951 championship-winning Alfa Romeo 159 ‘Alfetta’. 1951 was only the second season of the Formula One world championship, and saw Juan Manuel Fangio secure the first of his five titles. The Argentinian fended off the strong Ferrari challenge of Alberto Ascari and Jose Frolian Gonzalez to wrap up the championship with victory at the final race of the year in Spain.
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Tecnomodel 1-18 Lotus 72 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 15:40

The other day, Tecnomodel announced several 1:18 replicas of the iconic Lotus 72 Formula One car. The headline subjects have to be Emerson Fittipaldi’s JPS-liveried cars from his first world championship winning year of 1972. These are his Brands Hatch British Grand Prix winner, (the #8 machine), and the #6 version that he drove when he secured the title with another victory, (his fifth of the season), at Monza.
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CMC 1-18 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB-C diecast model car review

Originally published on: 23/08/2022 14:42

We recently received, at long last, CMC’s first new 1:18 model in about three years! It is the beautiful 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C. Ferrari launched the 275 GTB/C in 1966. It used a completely new chassis, designed by Mauro Forghieri, which was both lighter and stronger than the standard 275 chassis. A total of 12 examples were built, each receiving rather voluptuous bodywork that was characteristic of Pininfarina’s designs at the time.
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Spark 1-43 2021 Aston Martin safety vehicles diecast model car review

Originally published on: 22/08/2022 12:48

Ever since Aston Martin’s vehicles started sharing Formula One Safety and Medical Car duties with those of Mercedes, collectors have been crying out for replicas of them. Well, Spark has now heeded that request, with its recent announcement of the Vantage Safety Car and DBX Medical Car in 1:43 scale. The 4.0 litre twin- turbo V8 engine used by both vehicles was enhanced in order to achieve the highest level of performance possible, while various aerodynamic upgrades saw to it that the extra power could be safely utilised.
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Tecnomodel 1-43 1958 Ferrari Dino 246 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 22/08/2022 12:39

Tecnomodel has announced several 1:43 replicas of the 1958 Ferrari Dino 246 Formula One car. 1958 was a momentous, albeit tragic, season for Ferrari, as Mike Hawthorn won the world championship. He may have ‘only’ taken one victory, in the French Grand Prix at Reims, but five runner up spots allowed him to secure the title from Vanwall’s Stirling Moss by a solitary point. Tecnomodel will be replicating both Hawthorn’s French GP winning machine, and his second placed machine from the season finale at Morocco, when he made history by becoming the first ever British Formula One world champion.
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Spark 1-18 Hamilton 2021 race-winning 'specials' diecast model car review

Originally published on: 22/08/2022 10:52

Now in stock are Spark’s 1:18 ‘specials’ commemorating Lewis Hamilton’s victories in last year’s British and Russian Grands Prix. Taking them chronologically, we’ll start with Lewis’s British GP winning Mercedes F1 W12 from Silverstone. The 2021 British Grand Prix was certainly a dramatic affair. Even in the Saturday sprint race there had been a sensational first lap battle between Hamilton and Verstappen, which paled in comparison to the first lap of the grand prix itself.
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Minichamps 1-18 Lauda 1984 McLaren MP4/2 diecast model car review

Originally published on: 22/08/2022 10:28

Minichamps has just released one of its most significant subjects of recent times, in the form of its 1:18 replica of Niki Lauda’s 1984 Formula One world championship winning McLaren MP4/2. For many collectors, this will be their first opportunity to add this model to their 1:18 F1 world champions collection.
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