Spark has now confirmed the 2021 Formula drivers whose helmets it will be replicating in 1:5 scale (these will measure about 6cm in height). They are all shown here so that you can get your pre-order in for the ones most deserving of a home in your collection.
In the impeccable timing department, we have just received Spark’s 1:43 special commemorating Sergio Perez’s first Formula One victory (scored in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix). This arrived just as he took his second career win, in the recent race at Baku!
We have just taken delivery of Burago’s 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel’s 2020 Ferrari SF1000s. We received a big surprise from Burago just before they were released, when we learned that they would actually be of the cars as they raced in the Tuscan Grand Prix, rather than ‘standard season’ affairs.
Tecnomodel has clearly been feeling that it has been neglecting its 1:18 replicas of classic Ferrari endurance racers of late, as it has just announced two new subject. Neither of these has been produced in this scale before, with the first being the 1956 860 Monza.
The second classic Ferrari sportscar that will shortly be receiving the 1:18 treatment for the first time ever, courtesy of Tecnomodel, is the 350 P4.
It seems that Tecnomodel just can’t help itself; announcing a number of 1:18 Formula One cars that have never been replicated in this scale before! Along with the 1958 Vanwalls featured elsewhere in this issue, it has also just confirmed the Lotus 87 from 1981, as driven by Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell.
We admit that we’re jumping the gun a little on this one, as Minichamps hasn’t officially announced Valentino Rossi’s 2021 Yamaha YZR-M1 in 1:12 scale yet.
Tecnomodel has just announced that it will be replicating the 1958 Vanwall VW57s of Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks in 1:18 scale. Vanwalls from the 1958 Formula One season have never been modelled in this scale before.
Now in stock is Spark’s 1:43 replica of the #8 Toyota TS050 that won last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, in the hands of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.
Unless you’ve been self-isolating in a cave (or maybe up a tall tree) recently, you can’t fail to have heard that McLaren campaigned a one-off livery in the recent Monaco Grand Prix. It paid tribute to the iconic Gulf brand, in light blue with an orange stripe down the centre.
As is usually the case, Minichamps, Spark and Look Smart have been quick off the mark in announcing their first glut of subjects from the 2021 Formula One season. These are all listed here for your pre-ordering pleasure!
Spark has just announced a pair of new 1:43 replicas of Jackie Stewart’s 1971 Tyrrell 003. They are from that season’s Monaco and French Grands Prix.
Tecnomodel recently confirmed that it will be replicating the 1976 Lotus 77 in 1:18. This storied F1 car has never been replicated in this scale before.
Tecnomodel has just announced the first ever 1:18 replica of the 1982 Lotus 91 Formula One car. There will be two different versions produced for each of the team’s two drivers that year: Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell.
Tecnomodel has just announced that it will be replicating a very significant subject from the history of Formula One in 1:18 (another which has never been produced in this scale before). It is the Brabham BT33 from 1970, which was the legendary Jack Brabham’s last Formula One car.
The introduction of this ultra-exciting new 1:18 announcement from IXO has been a right rollercoaster! It is the first ever 1:18 replica of Colin McRae’s 1995 Subaru Impreza 555, which of course was the Scot’s first and only world rally championship winning machine.
One of Minichamps’ new 1:18 announcements for this year is Niki Lauda’s 1984 McLaren MP4/2. It’s about time, frankly, as this a world championship winning machine that has never been replicated in this scale before!
Schuco has just announced an absolutely massive 1:18 replica of the Mercedes O317 race transporter, as used by the Porsche team during the 1980s (SCH0328, £585.99). It will be a right leviathan, coming In at 55cm in length! It will feature a full gamut of opening parts, including doors both in the cockpit and at the back of the vehicle. Loading ramps will also be included.
Minichamps has now released its 1:18 and 1:43 replicas of the Mercedes F1 W08 that Valentino Rossi drove in his famous ‘Ride Swap’ with Lewis Hamilton at the Valencia circuit in Spain towards the end of 2019. Both are limited editions of just 804 pieces worldwide.