Category Archives: Minichamps

Recent Announcements 5/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers.

Here are few models recently announced that have caught the eye.

LS Collectibles

These models have been recently announced. They are moulded in resin to 1:18 scale for France.  As is so often the case with detailed 1:18 resin models there are no opening parts.

The Porsche models are not of 911 or Boxster variations for a change and look to capture the real cars very well. The Mitsubishi GTO is a car seldom seen on the road now but certainly looks a nice model in black. Finally we get another Dodge Viper a model that may sell better outside the UK where we saw few of them.

LS016A Dodge Viper GTS 1996

LS019B Mitsubishi 3000 GTO 1992

LS021A/B Porsche 944 Turbo S

LS022A Porsche 928 S4

Minichamps

A mixed group of releases here. Racing cars again dominating the release. Models are diecast in China for Germany unless otherwise stated.

Porsche 906K Vögele and Siffert – Sebring 12 hours 1966.

A classic late 60s shape with sloping front and Kamm tail. A lot of detail like sun strip and lights seems to be included.

Porsche 917/10 Kauhsen and Dr, Heinemann “Farewell in the snow” Nürburgring 1973,

This model is to 1:18 scale and shows how much advertising has grown over the years with a minimal sponsorship livery.

 

 

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Kevin Magnussen – 2016 1:43 resin

Renault team cars from the end of 2016 modelled to 1:43 scale in resin.  Models for someone who has to have the whole grid or for fans of Renault or the individual drivers.

Renault Sport Formula One team R.S.16 – Jolyon Palmer – 2016 1:43 resin

 

McLaren Honda MP4/5 Ayrton Senna 1989

This model is to 1:18 scale and is bound to be popular with Senna fans. Sadly McLaren’s current form makes one wonders if their drivers will ever be seen on the podium again.

McLaren Ford MP4/8 Ayrton Senna 1993 

This model is to 1:43 scale and even MInichamps web site does not state what material it is made of.

 

MaxiChamps

BMW 520 – 1972 – Silver or Yellow

These budget re-releases from the Minichamps back catalogue are nice models capturing the BMW 5 Series of the early 1970s which was a very popular car.

Best of Show

ModelCarWorld originally produced some Neo models to 1:87 with photo-etching and a lot of detail. These appear to have been regarded as much too expensive by 1:87 scale collectors and so MCW is releasing its 1:87 models at a lower level of detail and at a lower price point as Best of Show. Many of the models presented have already been seen in BoS or Neo 1:43 ranges. When compared to the detail and accuracy of Herpa, Wiking, and Brekina I think that BOS models leave a lot to be desired. Oversized window frames and rather crude wheels seem to be common. However, they do focus on models that the main German 1:87 producers would not release. Some of their latest releases are shown below.

All models are moulded in resin in China to 1:87 scale for Germany.

Mercedes 180 (W120) Bakkie, BoS-Models, 1:87

Aston Martin DB5, BoS-Models, 1:87

Opel Manta B Mattig, BoS-Models, 1:87

 

Jaguar XJ-S, BoS-Models, 1:87


 

 

Promotional Porsche Models – revisited

By Fabrizio Panico

This article was originally written for the old MAR Online site hosted as part of Zeteo.com. Now there is no access to that site anymore we have reformatted this article for the new site. Please note that this article was written some time ago and these models may now be unavailable from Porsche.

 

Macan Turbo

Porsche continues to have 1:18 scale promotional models made for them by Minichamps. The first model shown is the new Macan Turbo (WAP 021 154 0E) in sapphire blue metallic. It is a superb model.

 


 

918 Spyder

 

The second model shown is of the 918 Spyder (WAP 021 020 0E) in “liquid metal”. The 2011 model (WAP 021 191 0B) was of the concept car, quite different from the production one. It is interesting to see the many differences between concept and production vehicles.


Panamera Turbo

 

The final model shown is another 1:18 scale promotional by Minichamps for Porsche (WAP 021 012 0E), a nice Panamera Turbo S (latest facelifted version) in metallic dark blue. This is not a bad model, but a little disappointing if you compare it with the previous 1:18 Panamera promotional made by Norev for Porsche.

On the Minichamps only the front doors open, the windscreen wipers are moulded into the body, and many fine details simply do not exist. Seats and interior fittings are just “plastic” while the Norev ones suggested more expensive material. What can I say? After the Macan and the 918 I didn’t expect such a cheaply finished model from Minichamps, especially at a premium price.

 

It is noticeable that Porsche seem to be moving towards 1:18 scale “resin” models with the number in their catalogue growing but this means that prices are skyrocketing. In my opinion over 250 Euros is too expensive for a model with no opening features.


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New and re-cycled Minichamps 4/17

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Minichamps.

New MiniChamps

Minichamps have announced some new liveries on their diecast 1:18 scale Porsche 911 GT3 R. These are diecast in metal and made in comparatively large editions by current standards so there must be a lot of collectors of Porsche racing models even in this large scale.

 

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – HENZLER/DUMBRECK/RAGGINGER/IMPERATORI – ADAC ZÜRICH 24H RENNEN 2016 L.E. 504 pcs.

PORSCHE 911 GT3 R – MANTHEY RACING – NÜRBURGRING TEST 2015 L.E. 402 pcs.

 

Re-cycled MaxiChamps

 

These diecast models are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Minichamps. The MaxiChamps range consists of re-releases of older Minichamps models produced to a lower price point then current Minichamps models. The photographs below show the original Golf based Volkswagen Scirrocco from the mid-70s.  The models are roughly the same standard as many part works reach now and lack the fine detail that the latest Minichamps would include.
VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO – 1974


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Minichamps 2017 Grand Prix Cars

By Maz Woolley

At the time of writing the Grand Prix teams will be collecting in Melbourne for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix next weekend. Practice has not yet even started and Minichamps are already publicising their models of the cars appearing in this race which may be a little premature as they are stated as shipping in December 2017.

Interestingly the Ferrari models codes start BBR so it may be that Minichamps are “re-badging” BBR models in this case. In any event Ferrari are about the only contenders not included in the 1:43 scale list.

It looks like another season where F1 collectors will have a good selection of quality models but they will need deep pockets if they wish to collect the whole starting grid!

1:18 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – SEBASTIAN VETTEL
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

1:43 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – ROMAIN GROSJEAN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – NICO HÜLKENBERG
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – JOLYON PALMER
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – SERGIO PÉREZ
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – ESTEBAN OCON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – MARCUS ERICSSON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – PASCAL WEHRLEIN
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – DANIIL KVYAT
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – CARLOS SAINZ JR.
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO

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Minichamps go 1:87 again

By Maz Woolley

 

Other than the picture of the Opel Calibra below all pictures are copyright of Minichamps.

1994 German Touring Car Opel Calibra

Minichamps have re-entered the 1:87 marketplace with a line up of sports and performance cars mainly from German makers. Each model is available in several colours and some appear to already have sold out completely already, for example the Ford Focus RS. It is some time since Minichamps were in this competitive sector of the market when they made Formula One and Touring Car models for a brief time in the 1990s before withdrawing from the market when they did not sell as well as expected. It will be interesting to see how they fare this time as the market place is even tougher now than it was then and 1:87 models are collected less widely than 1:43.

These models are made in resin and are quite detailed including wing mirrors and other fine details, but this needs to be the case since they are considerably dearer than Herpa models and BoS.

Some of the cars that are available now or shortly are shown first followed by a list of the other models announced.

PORSCHE 911 (991) CARRERA S – 2011 – RED,  BLUE & SILVER
PORSCHE 904 GTS – 1964 – SILVER, RED, &  GREEN

PORSCHE 911 (993) – TURBO – 1995 – BLACK, YELLOW, &  RED
FORD FOCUS RS – 2008 – MATT BLACK, WHITE, & GREEN METALLIC
MCLAREN 12C – 2012 – ORANGE METALLIC,WHITE,  SILVER, & BLACK
MCLAREN 12C – SPIDER – 2012 – YELLOW,  & BLUE METALLIC

Future Issues

  • BMW M2 – 2016 – BLUE METALLIC, BLACK, WHITE, & GREY METALLIC,  PACE CAR
  • BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – MATT GREY WITH ORANGE WHEELS
  • WHITE W/ GREY WHEELS BLACK WITH ORANGE WHEELS GREY WITH GREY WHEELS
  • BMW M4 – 2015 – YELLOW & BLUE
  • BMW M4 CABRIO – 2015 – GREY & WHITE
  • BMW M6 COUPÉ – 2015 – WHITE  & SAKHIR ORANGE
  • BMW M6 CABRIO – 2015 – BLUE METALLIC & GREY
  • MERCEDES-AMG G65 G-CLASS – 2015 – ORANGE METALLIC, YELLOW METALLIC, GREEN METALLIC, RED METALLIC, & PURPLE METALLIC
  • MERCEDES-AMG C 63 C-CLASS COUPÉ – 2015 – DARK BLUE METALLIC
  • MERCEDES-AMG C 63 C-CLASS COUPÉ – 2015 – WHITE, &
    MATT GREY
  • MERCEDES-AMG C 63 C-CLASS CABRIOLET – 2016 – BLACK,
    WHITE, & RED METALLIC
  • BRABUS 850 6.0 BITURBO WIDESTAR Based on MERCEDES-BENZ AMG G 63 – 2015 – BLACK, WHITE, & DARK BLUE METALLIC
  • MERCEDES-AMG GTS – 2015 – BLACK, RED,& WHITE
  • MERCEDES-AMG GTS CABRIOLET – 2017 – MATT GREY
    BLACK YELLOW METALLIC
  • BRABUS 4×4² BASED ON MERCEDES-BENZ G 500 4×4² – 2016 – WHITE, YELLOW, & GREEN
  • MERCEDES-AMG GT-R – 2017 – GREEN METALLIC,  BLUE METALLIC, & YELLOW METALLIC
  • BRABUS 600 BASED ON MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT S – 2015 – BLACK, RED, & GOLD
  • PORSCHE 918 SPYDER – 2013 – MATT SILVER, YELLOW,& RED
  • PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS – 2013 – LAVA ORANGE, GELBGRÜN, & RACINGGELB  GELBGRÜN WITH BLACK SIDE STRIPE
  • PORSCHE 718 BOXTER – 2016 – RED & GREY
  • PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN – 2016 – TURQUOISE/BLUE, ORANGE, & WHITE
  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 – 2016 – BLACK, & GREEN
  • PORSCHE 911 R – 2016 – WHITE WITH RED STRIPES, SILVER WITH RED STRIPES AND BLACK WRITING,  YELLOW WITH BLACK STRIPES AND BLACK WRITING, YELLOW WITH BLACK WHEELS,  SILVER WITH GREEN STRIPES, & WHITE WITH BLACK STRIPES WITH BLACK WRITING
  • PORSCHE MACAN TURBO – 2013 – WHITE OR BLACK
  • PORSCHE PANAMERA – 2015 – GREY, OR RED METALLIC

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Minichamps – Announcements January 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

Here are Minichamps latest announcements. All are made in China for Germany in a variety of scales and materials. These are expected to be released over the first two months of 2017 and I am sure more new models will be revealed at the start of February when Minichamps will have a stand at the Nuremberg Toyfair.

The releases cover 1:12 for motorbikes and 1:18 and 1:43 scales for other vehicles. Both diecast and resin bodies are used. The racing vehicles are finished with very detailed liveries and where made in metal may have opening parts.

A single release in the Maxichamps range is shown. The BMW 700, which was produced in the standard Minichamps road cars range many years ago, and which is now produced as a budget model.

Minichamps continue to focus on producing models of Formula 1 old and new, Moto GP, and Touring car racing.  The  cars  are often produced in both 1:18 and 1:43 scales. Road cars are still released but now form a smaller proportion of their output. Road cars made to 1:18 scale seem to be released as frequently as 1:43 scale in the MInichamps range. .

Where pictures of hand made samples were provided by MInichamps these have been shown.

BMW 3.5 CSL – GR. 5 – ´GÖSSER BIER´ – TEAM SCHNITZER – QUESTER/NILSSON – WINNERS 6H ZELTWEG  1:18 Scale


BMW M1 PROCAR – BMW MOTORSPORT – SURER – EIFELRENNEN DRM 1979 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RBM – JOEY HAND – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM MTEK – TIMO GLOCK – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MARCO WITTMANN – DTM 2014


MCLAREN HONDA MP4-31 – FERNANDO ALONSO – 2016 1:43

No sample pictured


MCLAREN HONDA MP4-31 – JENSON BUTTON – 2016 1:43

No sample pictured


ROLLS ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II – 1954 – BLACK 1:18


MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER (W198) – 1957 – WHITE 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW 3.5 CSL – SEPP MANHALTER – WINNER HAVIROV INTERNATIONAL – 1977 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M1 PROCAR – BMW ITALIA – ELIO DE ANGELIS – WINNER PROCAR SERIES ZOLDER 1979 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M1 PROCAR – PLAIN BODY VERSION – 1979 – YELLOW 1:18


BMW 700 LS – 1960 – SILVER 1:43


BMW 700 LS – 1960 – RED 1:43


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W07 HYBRID – NICO ROSBERG – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W07 HYBRID – LEWIS HAMILTON – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – MAX VERSTAPPEN – WINNER SPANISH GP 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP12 – NICKY HAYDEN – MOTOGP 2012 1:12

No sample pictured


ALFA ROMEO GIULIA 1300 – 1966 – BLUE . 1:18


BMW M1 – MK MOTORSPORT – WITMEUR/KRANKENBERG/LIBERT – 24H LE MANS 1986 1:18

No sample pictured


LOTUS FORD 72 – REINE WISELL – CANADIAN GP 1972 1:43

No sample pictured


BENTLEY GT3 ADAC 24H NÜRBURGRING # 85 1:43

No sample pictured


BENTLEY GT3 ADAC 24H NÜRBURGRING # 84 1:43

No sample pictured


PORSCHE 911 S – RACING TEAM AAW – FRÖHLICH/TOIVONEN – CLASS WINNERS ADAC 1000 KM-RENNEN 1970 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 TEAM W05 – LEWIS HAMILTON – WINNER MALAYSIAN GP 2014 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – DANIEL RICCIARDO – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB12 – DANIIL KVYAT – 2016 1:18

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP13 – ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – MOTOGP 2013 1:12

No sample pictured


DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP13 – NICKY HAYDEN – MOTOGP 2013 1:12

No sample pictured


BMW 3.5 CSL – MILLER/COWART – 6H WATKINS GLEN 1979 1:18

No sample pictured


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MAXIME MARTIN – DTM 2014 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RBM – TOM BLOMQVIST – DTM 2015 1:43


BMW M4 (F82) – BMW TEAM RMG – MAXIME MARTIN – DTM 2015 1:43


PORSCHE 911 S – ÉCURIE JEAN SAGE – WALDEGARD/CHENEVIÈRE – 24H LE MANS 1971 1:18

No sample pictured


MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER (W198) – 1957 – RED – W/ HARDTOP 1:18


BMW 3,5 CSL – GR.5 – ´HERMETITE´ – FITZPATRICK/WALKINSHAW – WINNERS 6H SILVERSTONE 1976 1:18


LOTUS FORD 72 – DAVE WALKER – USA GP 1972 1:43

No sample pictured


PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 – 2016 – WHITE 1:43

No sample pictured


RENAULT ALPINE A110 – 1971 – BLUE METALLIC 1:43

No sample pictured


RENAULT ALPINE A110 – 1971 – YELLOW 1:43

No sample pictured


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