Category Archives: Minichamps

The Ford in Miniature – 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

By Dave Turner

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

When Ford celebrated their Centenary in 2003 a whole series of concepts were unleashed, along with the many other related events. Most, if not all, these special productions were conceived to recall one of the memorable and significant vehicles of Ford’s past.

Among these was the Shelby Cobra that resulted when Carroll Shelby inserted a big US Ford V8, first a 4.2 and for production a 4.7, into the front of an unsuspecting AC Ace. This had previously been the home of the old 6 cylinder 2 litre AC engine that dated back to the 1920s and from April 1956 there was the option of a straight 6 Bristol 2 litre. For just over a couple of years from March 1961 the 2,553cc Ford straight 6 was employed.

Since the production of the first Cobras ended in Jan 1969 there have been many copies and kit cars replicating the Cobra, in fact Carroll Shelby produced a very limited number of 2 seater roadsters in the late 1990s that had a degree of GM content and called simply Shelby Cobra.

The 2004 Concept car was produced by Ford and featured an all-aluminium 6.4 litre V10 engine that was claimed to be able to propel the car to 267mph – although it was actually electronically limited to 100mph. Its chassis was based on that of a Ford GT, modified to be front engined but with the transmission in the rear. It was not registered for road use but was subsequently purchased by one of its designers, Chris Theodore, at auction for $825,000, the proceeds going towards the restoration of Henry Fords Fairlane Estate.

Models of the Shelby Concept as might be expected appeared in the few years following the real cars appearance. Auto Art gave us no less than three quite different models, a big 1:17 scale diecast and much smaller one in 1:64 and in between a plastic slot car in 1:32. Mattel also produced the model in two sizes, their Hot Wheels examples came in at least eleven versions and in many cases almost being little models rather than pure toys. Their larger 1:18 diecast were excellent despite coming in a variety of colours, the real car was only ever silver.

Matchbox also issued a small diecast Shelby that looks very like the Hot Wheels version and it came in at least six versions. Minichamps issued their 1:43 Shelby in a three part “The Ford Power Trilogy” set in 2005 along with 2005 Mustang and 2005 GT, all finished in the silver/white stripe colour scheme. The Shelby was then issued separately for a couple of years.

Model Listing

Auto Art  China 20541 1:64 diecast
Auto Art  China 13101 slot car 1:32 plastic
Auto Art China 73031 228mm 1:17 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia G6687 67mm 1:60 diecast
Mattel  Malaysia H3051 215mm 1:18 diecast
Matchbox 42 1:60 diecast
Minichamps  China 146430 93mm  1:43 diecast

Illustrations 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

 

Mattel Hot Wheels 1:60 diecast from Malaysia: G6687, in authentic colour scheme.
Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 146430, also came in set 402 058000 “The Ford Power Trilogy”
Rear of Minichamps

 

Interior of Minichamps

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Minichamps for 2018

By Maz Woolley

It is the time of year for long lists of models from all the major producers. Minichamps are no exception to this. Although there are 1:43 scale releases the emphasis seems to be on the larger scales like 1:12 and 1:18 and the re-introduced 1:87 scale range and these are the ranges covered in this post. Keeping up with the times Minichamps feature a lot of new electric and hybrid vehicles and as ever a lot of sporting vehicles in multiple liveries.

1:12 Scale

The models planned are in multiple colours as listed below:

Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Red
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – Silver
Volkswagen Golf GTi – 1976 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Peru Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Orange Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Strawberry Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Green
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Lilac
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Pink Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 ? Silvergreen
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Yellow
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Red
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970 – Silver
Porsche 917K – AAW Racing Team Piper Van Lennep – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
Porsche 917K – J.W. Engineering Hailwood/Hobbs – Le Mans 24 Hours 1970
BMW 3.5 CSL – Plain Body Version 1976 White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Alpina-Faltz – De Fierlant Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – ‘Hermetite’   Fitzpatrick Walkinshaw – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer  Quester Nilsson – Winners 6h Silverstone 1976
Porsche 934 – 1976 – Black
Porsche 934 – 1976 – White
BMW 3.5 CSL – Schnitzer – Sepp Mahalter Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 3.5 CSL ? Miller/Cowart 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW M1 Procar – White – 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport  Didier Pironi – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing Niki Lauda – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Nelson Piquet – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Alan Jones – Procar Series 1979
BMW M1 Procar – BMW Motorsport Clay Regazzoni – Procar Series 1979
Porsche 956K – Plain Body Version White – 1982
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell  Winners Silverstone 6h 1982
BMW M1 Gr.B  Pallavicini/Winther Von Bayern – 24H Le Mans 1983
Porsche 956 K – Joest RACing – Bob Wollek Winner Zolder DRM 1983
Porsche 956K – Sorga S.A./Joest Racing Wollek/Johansson – 1000Km Nurburgring 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing Merl/Moretti Mugello 1000Km 1983
Porsche 956K – Dieter Schornstein Racing ‘Bad Aachen’ – Merl/Schornstein Monza 84
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – White – 1987
BMW M3 – M-Team Zakspeed – Eric Van De Poele – Champion DTM 1987
BMW M3 – JPS Team BMW Richards/Longhurst Class Winners Bathurst 1000 Km 1987
BMW M3 – Plain Body Version – Black – 1987
BMW M3 – Fina Motorsport Team  Cecotto Danner/Martin – Winners 24H Nurburgring 92
BMW M3 – M-Team Linder – Armin Hahne  DTM 1992

1:12 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Barcelona GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Silverstone GP MotoGP 2017

Honda RC213V – LCR Honda – Cal Crutchlow Test Malaysia 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Test 2017

Yamaha YZR-M1 – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Valentino Rossi – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2017

Honda NSR – Alex Crivill? – Winner GP 500 Barcelona 1995

 

 

1:18 Scale

Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – Red
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior – 1971 – White
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Colzani/Pooky /Venturi – Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Hezemanns/Len – Winners Div.1 4H Jarama 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior  ‘Jagermeister – Rainer Maschke – DRM 1972
Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Picchi/Chasse – Winners Div.1 24H Paul Ricard 1971
Audi Quattro – 1980 – Silver
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport Mouton/Pons – Rallye De Portugal 1981
Audi Quattro – Audi Sport  Mouton/Pons – Winners Rallye Sanremo 1981
Audi Quattro A1 – Audi Sport Mikkola/Her Rallye Automobile De Monte Carlo 1983
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport Blomqvist Winners Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Audi Sport  Ruhrl/Geist Sanyo Rally Of New Zealand 1984
Audi Quattro A2 – Schmidt Motorsport Dem Winners Int. Avd/Sth Hunsruck Rallye 1984
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun – Melvin Moh Lin Keong Wee – China GT Championship 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Aape/Tak Chun  Lee/Au China Gt Championship 2017 #5
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Hong Kong ? Lee/Thong Blancpain GT Series Asia 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Land/ De Phillipp Mies/V.D.Linde – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT Muller Fussler/Frijns/Rast – 3rd Place 24H 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Audi Sport Team WRT  Stippl Rast/Vervisch/Muller – 24H Nurburgring 201
Audi R8 LMS – Car Collection Motorsport Saurenmann/Rocco – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Audi R8 LMS – Phoenix Racing ? Busch/M?lle Rockenfeller/Stippler – 24H N?rburgring 20
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Black
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Blue Metallic
Audi TT Coupe  1998 – Yellow
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Black
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Red
Audi TT Roadster  1998 – Silver
BMW 2002 – Autohaus Speidel – Jurg Obermos Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
BMW 2002 – Jockey Racing  Tobiasson /Nordstrom – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1972
BMW 2800 CS – BMW Alpina  Huber/Kelleners Winners 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 2800 Cs – Castrol BMW  Moorkens/Haxhe – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1971
BMW 2800 Cs – Team Schnitzer-Motul  Herzo /Heyer – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1972
BMW 2800 Cs ? Racing Team Marabout  Gaye /Braillard – 24H Spa-Francorchamps 1970
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Alpina  Peltier/Menzel – 24H Spa 1973
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Italia  Grano/Joosen – Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – BMW Motorsport Hans-Joachim Stuck – Winner Norisring Trophee 1974
BMW 3.0 CSL – Faltz-Alpina – De Fierlant/G /Betzler – Zandvoort Trophy 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Garage Du Bac  ‘Depnic’ /Coulon – 24H Le Mans 1977
BMW 3.0 CSL – Jolly Club Milano  Finotto /Facetti – Winners Etcc Zandvoort 1979
BMW 3.0 CSL – Juma Tuning  Corbisier/Joos /Berndtson – GP Nurburgring 1976
BMW 3.0 CSL – Luigi Racing – De Fierlant /Xhenceval – Winners 24H Spa 1975
BMW 3.0 CSL – Pricision Liegeose  Peltier /Lafosse – Winners 4H Monza 1974
BMW 3.5 CSL – A.S.P.M.-Tanday Music – Justice/Belin – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – De Fierlant/Grohs – 6h Silverstone 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Hermetite Walkinshaw /Fitzpatrick – 24H Le Mans 1976
BMW 3.5 CSL – Miller/Cowart – 6h Watkins Glen 1979
BMW 3.5 CSL – Sepp Manhalter  Winner Havirov International 1977
BMW 323I – 1982 – Blue Metallic
BMW 323I – 1982 – Brown Metallic
BMW 325I – Joachim Winkelhock – Adac Gross Preis Der Tourenwagen Nurburgring DTM 86
BMW 325I – Vogt/Oestreich – Class Winners E.G. Trophy Etcc Zolder 1986
BMW 635 Csi – Belga Juma Racing  Winkelho /Regout/Gartner – 24H Spa 1985
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Brancatelli /Kelleners – Grand Prix Brno 1984
BMW 635 Csi – BMW Italia  Ravaglia/Berger /Winkelhock – 24H Spa 1984
BMW 635 Csi – Vogelsang Automobile Gmbh H.Grohs – 1st Bergischer Lowe Zolder 1984
BMW M1 – Auto Maass BMW – Kurt Konig – Drt Wunstorf 1982
BMW M1 – Basf Team Gs Sport Stuck/Heyer – 6h Silverstone 1981
BMW M1 – Jens Winther Racing  Winther /Mercer/Jensen – 24H Le Mans 1984
BMW M1 Procar – Project Four Racing – HansStuck 1st Monaco Procar Series 1980
BMW M1 Procar – Tom Walkinshaw Racing – Dieter Quester – Procar Series 1979
BMW M2 Coupe – 2016 – White
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Black Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M4 GTS – 2016 – White
BMW M6 GT3 – Autobacs RACing Team Aguri Takagi/Walkinshaw – Super GT300 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Longhurst Skaife/Ingall/Glock – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Motorsport ? Mostert/Twig Haber – 12H Bathurst 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer ? Wittmann Blomqvist/Tomczyk/Farfus – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Schnitzer Collard/Eng Winners Oschersleben Gt 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Plain Body Version Matt Black – 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Blomqvist Catsburg/Spengler – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin Basseng – 10th Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Eng/Martin/Sims 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Rowe Racing  Palttala/Catsbu Sims 2nd Place 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Krohn Muller/Spengler/Wittmer – 24H Nurburgring
BMW M6 GT3 – Schubert Motorsport  Muller Klingmann/Onslow-Cole – 24H Nurburgring 17
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Curtis ? Imsa Grand Prix Laguna Seca 2016
BMW M6 GT3 – Turner Motorsport  Klingmann Marks/Krohn – 12H Sebring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Krognes/Di Martino – 24H Nurburgring 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Palttala/Krognes/Menze – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Schiwietz/Van Campenhoudt – 24H Spa 2017
BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport Walkenhorst/Tresson – 24H Nurburgring 2017
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – White
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar Mercedes-Benz – AMG G 63 – 2016 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – 1978 – Yellow
Ford Capri 3.0 – Faberg? RACing Lee Jeans S.Graham – 2nd Oulton Park BSCC 1979
Ford Capri 3.0 – Gilden Kolsch Racing Team Schaefer/Rosberg – 24H Nurburgring 1982
Ford Capri 3,0 – Serge Power Bastos Racing – Soto/Honeger/Libert – 24H Spa 1980
Ford Capri 3,0 – V.M. Woodman Woodman /Buncombe/Clark – 3rd Place Spa 24H 1981
Ford Capri RS 2600 – 1970  White/Black (LHD)
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – M-Sport World Rally Evans/Barritt – Rally Guanajuato Mexico 14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC – Rk M-Sport World Rally Kubica/Szczepaniak – Rally Monte Carlo ’14
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Bouffier/Pnseri Rally Monte Carlo 2014
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina 2nd Place Monza Rally Show 2013
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rossi/Cassina Winners Monza Rally Show 2012
Ford RS 1800 – Allied Polymer Group  Makinen/Liddon – Winners Lombard RAC Rally 1975
Ford RS 1800 – Li-Lo Equipe Esso  Clark/W – Lombard RAC Rally 1978
Ford RS 1800 – Rothmans Rally Team  Vatan /Richards – Acropolis Rally 1980
Ford RS 2600 – 1970 – Blue
Ford RS 2600 – Ford BP Racing Team Birre /Bourgoignie – 2nd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – 3rd Place 24H Spa 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Ford Koln  Glemser/Soler-R – Winners 24H Spa 1971
Ford RS 2600 – Ford-Tuning Siegen Weiss /Ludwig – Nurburgring 6 Hours 1973
Ford RS 2600 – Kent Frami Racing Team – Franck/Fritzinger – Spa 24H 1972
Ford RS 2600 – Shark Team Rouget/Geurie – Le Mans 24H 1972
Lancia Stratos – Lancia  Darniche/Mahe – Winners Tour De Corse 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Munari/Mannucci – Winners Rallye Monte Carlo 1975
Lancia Stratos – Lancia Pirelli  Alen/Kiv – Winners Rallye San Remo 1978
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – Carbon
Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Plain Body – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 – White
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982  Green Metallic
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Feuerwehr Aachen’
Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – 1982 ‘Polizei Germany’
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Ellen Lohr – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – AMG – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1991
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Kurt Thiim – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 – Zakspeed – Roland Asch – DTM 1992
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Hans Heyer – Saisonfinale Hockenheim 1971
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sel 6.8 – Heyer/Betzler – 24H Nurburgring 1972
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Red
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Silve
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) – 1955 – Cream
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Spa 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 – Schlesser/Baldi – Winn Wspc Nurburgring 1990
Mercedes-Benz C11 ? Mass/Wendlinger – Winner Wspc Suzuka 1991
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag  2nd Place Eifelrennen Nurburgring 1937
Mercedes-Benz W125 – Daimler – Benz Ag Brauchitsch – 2nd Place Deutschland 1937
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Eberhard Gers Preis Der Nationen Hockenheim 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Von Bayern /Johansson – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Haxhe/Toussai – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Pilette/Gosse – 24H Spa 1970
Opel Commodore A Steinmetz – Tuerlinx/Pile – 24H Spa 1972
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Blue
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Orange
Opel Kadett D Limousine – 1980 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 906E – Porsche Of Stuttgart Mitter/Rindt – Daytona 24 Hours 1967
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Orange
Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2016 – Red
Porsche 917 LH – Team Gulf Wyer – Rodrigue /Oliver – 24H Le Mans 1971
Porsche 917 LH – Team Martini Racing – Lar /Kauhsen – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 917 LH – Team Porsche Austria ? El /Ahrens – 24H Le Mans 1970
Porsche 934 – Anny Charlotte Verney Charlotte Verney – 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Brumos Racing – Gregg/Busby – 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Lubrifilm Racing – Mueller Vanoli – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1979
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll /Pironi/Beaumont – 24H Le Mans 1976
Porsche 934 – Porsche Kremer Racing ? Woll ‘Steve’ – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1977
Porsche 934 – Thierry Perrier – Perrier/Be /Salam – Winners Gr.4 24H Le Mans 1981
Porsche 956 K – Brun Motorsport Gmbh – Bru Rosberg – 1000 Km N?rburgring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – Keke Rosber – DRM Norisring 1984
Porsche 956 K – Joest Racing – ‘Winther’/D /Weidler – 1000 Km Spa 1985
Porsche 956 K – John Fitzpatrick Racing – Fitzpatrick – 2nd Place DRM Zolder 1983
Porsche 956 K – Porsche Kremer Racing – Kl Ludwig – DRM Norisring 1985
Porsche 956 K – Porsche System Racing Ickx/Bell Winners Silverstone 6 Hours 1982
Porsche 956 K – Skoal Bandit Porsche Team – Boutsen/Hobbs – 1000 Km Spa 1984
Porsche 956 K – Warsteiner Team / Joest Ra Bob Wollek – Winner DRM Norisring 1983
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Grey Metallic
Porsche 959 – 1987 – Red Metallic
Porsche 962 C – Team Memorex – Frank Jelin – 100 Meilen Von Nurnberg Supercup 1986
Porsche 962 C – Torno Brun Motorsport – Boutsen/Brun – Silverstone 1000 Km 1985
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Black
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 2017 – Blue
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Jean-Louis Schlesser – Winner Supercup 1988
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Baldi/Acheson /Brancatelli – 2nd Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Sauber Mercedes C9 – Schlesser/Jabouille /Cudini – 5Th Place 24H Le Mans 1989
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Dark Blue (LHD)
Triumph TR6 – 1973 – Yellow (RHD)
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Light Green Metallic
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – Red
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 – White
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Drk Aachen’
Volkswagen Passat Variant – 1980 ‘Polizei Germany’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Polis Sweden’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Danmark’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politi Norway 2’
Volvo 240 GL – 1986 – ‘Politie Netherlands
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Green Metallic
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – Red
Volvo 240 GL Break – 1986 – White
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Dark Blue Metallic
Volvo 740 GL – 1986 – Gold

1:18 Scale Motorbikes

Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Winner Czech GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Malaysia GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – Silverstone GP MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Nicky Hayden – MotoGP 2016
Honda RC213V – Hiroshi Aoyama – MotoGP ’16
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Alex Lowes – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Bradley Smith – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Pol Espargaro – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Jorge Lorenzo – MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Testbike 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Catalunya GP MotoGP 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – Test Valencia 2016
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – Test 2016
Honda RC213V – Dani Pedrosa – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Cal Crutchlow – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Jack Miller – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Esteve Rabat – MotoGP 2017
Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Johann Zarco – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Maverick Vinales – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Jonas Folger – MotoGP 2017
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi – Winner Assen GP MotoGP

1:87 Scale

Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Black
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Audi A6 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Green Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Audi RS4 Avant – 2018 – Red
Audi TT – 2018 – Yellow
Audi TT – 2018 – Grey
Audi TT – 2018 – White
BMW M2 – 2016 – Grey Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – White
BMW M5 – 2018 – Blue Metallic
BMW M5 – 2018 – Black Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Blue Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Grey Metallic
BMW I3 – 2014 – Red Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Silver
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – White Metallic
BMW I8 Coupe – 2015 – Grey Metallic
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – C63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Blue
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – E63 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – White
Mercedes AMG – S65 – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Silver
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – Black
Mercedes AMG – S65 Coupe – 2017 – White
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Black
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Red Meta
Brabus 850 E63 (E-Class) – 2017 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – White
Brabus 850 Mercedes – AMG S63 – 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S- 2015 – Black
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – Silver
Brabus 600 Mercedes AMG C 63 S – 2015 – White
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Black
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1977 – Silver
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 White
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Blue Metallic
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S 2017 Grey
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – White
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Blue Metallic
Porsche Cayenne – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Red
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Blue Metallic
Porsche 911 Turbo – 1990 – Yellow
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Red
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Blue Metallic W/ White Stripes
Ford Mustang – 2018 – Orange Metallic W/ Black Stripes
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Dark Blue
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – Silver W/ Black Ro
Ford Fiesta St – 2018 – White W/ Red Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Blue W/ Black Roof
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Black
Ford Focus RS – 2018 – Grey
Ford GT – 2018 – White W/ Black Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Red W/ White Stripes
Ford GT – 2018 – Black W/ Silver Stripes
Nio Es8 Light Blue Met
Nio Es8 Black
Nio Es8 White
E.Go Life – 2018 – Blue
E.Go Life – 2018 – Red
E.Go Life – 2018 – Brown
Nio Ep9 Blue
Nio Ep9 Light Blue Met.
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Black
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Dark Red Metallic
Maserati Ghibli – 2018 – Grey Metallic
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Yellow Metal
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Blue Metalli
Maserati Granturismo – 2018 – Red Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Silver
Maserati Levante – 2018 – Brown Metallic
Maserati Levante – 2018 – White
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Yellow Met
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 ? Red/Black
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 2017 – Silver
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Bronze
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Red Metallic
Bentley Bentayga – 2016 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Blue
Bentley Continental Gt – 2018 – Red Met
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model S – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model S – 2018 – White
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Red
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model 3 – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Black
Tesla Model X – 2018 – White
Tesla Model X – 2018 – Red

1:18 Scale Promotional Models from Minichamps and Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

Here are two more promotional models made for car manufacturers to 1:18 scale.

BMW M4 GTS

 

To celebrate 30 years of the iconic M3, BMW presented an extreme interpretation of the M4, the GTS, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  It was launched as a limited edition of only 700 cars to go on sale from spring 2016. It immediately sold out. It was devastatingly quick with times on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring of 11 seconds less than the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio.

This performance was the result of an innovative 6-cylinder 3.0 litre engine with water injection which was capable of delivering 500 horsepower and a torque of 600 Nm, and by a 20% reduction in weight over the base M3 to 1,510 kilograms, which gave a power to weight ratio of a CV per 3.0 kg.

Clearly the weight reduction affected both the interiors and the external structure, with a large use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics. Rear wheel drive was combined with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, whilst the alloy wheels were shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, the front ones measuring 265/35 R19 and the rear ones 285/30 R20. Lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes guaranteed precise and effective deceleration even when subjected to repeated use on the track.

The diecast metal scale model (no. 80 43 2 411 555) by Minichamps wears a matt grey livery, with acid orange accents to the front spoiler, the alloy wheels and the interiors. The two doors and the bonnet can be opened, showing a nice reproduction of the engine. At the rear a large wing interrupts the flowing line of the body. Inside a roll over protective structure doesn’t interfere with the luxury interior, complete with an extinguisher. Very well reproduced alloy wheels and chassis, which displays a massive exhaust system. An interesting and valuable model of a real car few of us will be ever able to see.

 

 

Mercedes Benz S-class V222 MOPF 2017

 

First of all let’s clarify the meaning of MOPF. it stands for “Modell Pflege” (model maintenance), which means that this is a “restyling” of the 2013 V222 model.

When introduced in 2013 the W222 (and its long wheelbase version V222) was a car aimed at being the best “executive” saloon in the world with a high level of high tech and luxury and was intended to replace the previous W221, and the Maybach 57 and 62. The external style of the car body remained that of a saloon car or limousine but with some distinctive features. The side view is characterised by a high belt line and a parabolic pattern that descends towards the tail: a third volume designed to promote the aerodynamic penetration.

There was a long list of electronic devices for the comfort and safety of the occupants. It was also the first car in the world completely free of incandescent bulbs, both externally and internally: only LED lights were fitted. In April 2017 restyled W222 and V222 were presented . A different grille was fitted for models with 6 and 8 cylinders, a new bumper for the whole range and the new headlights now had a new design that optimised the beam of light in the dark. The real news was the new range of engines, almost completely revolutionised by the arrival of the new family of modular engines, both petrol and diesel, with 6 or 8 cylinders. The previous 3 litre V6 was replaced by a new engine, but now with 6-cylinders inline, while the 4.7-litre V8 was replaced by the 4-litre bi-turbo V8. The only V12 engine remaining was the carried over 6-litre bi-turbo. As for diesel engines, there was the debut of the new 6-cylinder  inline 2.9-litre available with two power outputs. It is also worth noting that hybrid versions were not included. Mercedes preferred to replace them with traditional engines with increased efficiency and equipped with alternative technologies such as the mild-hybrid system integrated in the petrol engines.

A large number of devices to aid comfort and safety took the vehicles another step closer to autonomous driving.

The metal scale model (no. B6 696 1273) by Norev has obsidian black metallic paintwork, and looks very formal. It is also available as no. B6 696 1272 in “Designo Allanite Grey Magno” (a light grey, almost a silver). As usual the model’s body is diecast metal with plastic components. It is a high quality model hand assembled in China. All four doors can be opened, as can the hood and the trunk.

The engine and chassis are faithfully reproduced, with rich interiors, enhanced by the transparent roof. Comparing the 2017 MOPF to the 2013 version (also by Norev, no. B6 696 0158) the difference in front and rear bumpers and the front grille is clear.

Alas, the devices for the autonomous driving spoil the beauty of the grille itself. The same is true on the real car: why not a better (and more aesthetic) solution? Please, Daimler Benz …..

Anyway, this is another beautiful model to add to your Mercedes collection.


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BMW Hommage models from Norev – Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The third item in the “Hommage Collection” is the BMW 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. This is presented by Norev in its striking “acid” yellow livery (BMW part no. 80 43 2 413 753).

The concept car was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the E9 CSL. It clearly reflected the later version of the CSL coupe, better known as the Batmobile,  which is a real cult car for every BMW fan.

It is a working and driveable car. It is an hybrid with a 3 litre twin-turbo straight-six up front plus an e-motor in the rear, developing 500 bhp which is delivered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. It is fitted with vast 21 inch tyres (265/35 and 325/30). Aluminium and carbon fibre are almost everywhere in order to keep the weight to a minimum.

The minimalist interior is DTM inspired. It is a very race-oriented cockpit, with a few retro touches, but many details are clearly inspired by avionics and competition cars. The exterior is a constant reminder of the original CSL, from the imposing rear wing to the black longitudinal splitters riding the front wings.  From the front low set air dam to the double rear spoilers, from the wildly flared wheel arches to the full-length black rallye stripes. It’s all there, lovingly re-created.

 

But much more than a rolling celebration of the wide-bodied menace that scared Capris and Carreras in the 1970s, it wants to be an elegant and dynamic image of one of BMW’s finest hours. Suffice to say that later in 2015, at Pebble Beach, BMW presented the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, a white monster much more akin to the original Batmobile, indeed a competition version of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Will we ever see it in 1:18th scale? Norev, please ….

Needless to say the Norev model faithfully reproduces the real one: every small detail is present, from the central single-arm wiper resting in an upright position to the two tiny cameras doing the job of wing mirrors, and the wrap-over wings. A real gem, the doors open on a beautifully detailed interior, but lot of details are almost lost in the dark interior, indeed to do it justice you need to look with a torch.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism that could be made is of the box graphics which are, let’s say, a bit “wild”. This is the same as the other boxes already released, (See photograph below). The graphics are quite untypical of BMW, but that’s my personal opinion.

The BMW E9 was a coupé built by Karmann from 1968 to 1975 and developed from the 2000 CS, enlarged to hold the straight-six engine used in the E3 saloon and with the front restyled to resemble the same E3.

There were three different iterations : the carburettor-fed 180 hp MkI (1971-72), the fuel-injected 200 hp MkII (1972-73) and the 206 hp “Batmobile” (1973-75). Developed from the E9 in conjunction with Alpina, the “Batmobile” attained almost instant cult status thanks to its outrageous aero kit and full dominance of the European Touring Car championship through the 1970s, with drivers of the standard of Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Niki Lauda.

The 3.0 CSL was indeed a homologation special : initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, was then given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003cc to allow the CSL to be raced in the “over three litre” racing category.

Then in 1973 it was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153cc (192.4 cu in). This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing (not installed at the factory, but left in the boot for installation after purchase, because the wings were illegal for use on German roads). The full aero package earned the racing CSL the nickname “Batmobile”.

The Minichamps model (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 550) is another beautiful gem: diecast in metal with many opening parts and a very detailed chassis.

Engine, gearbox, suspension and exhaust system are all faithfully reproduced, only the screw fixing points spoiling them.

The livery is the standard white (the real one was available only in white or in silver), but if you want a close comparison to the Hommage edition, you can find it in the same yellow in a limited edition model from MInichamps which is not features in BMW stores (Minichamps no. 180 029028).


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The Ford in Miniature – Mercury Cougar 1998-2002

By Dave Turner

Photographs of some of the models referred to in the article taken by the Author can be found at the bottom of the article.

“Sharpen Your Senses” 

The name Mercury Cougar was among the most revered of motoring families, since it made its first appearance in 1967 as a big brother to the Mustang it had acquired a strong following. Initially they were basically slightly enlarged Mustangs and continued to be a variation of a contemporary Ford and employing much of the same technology.

Unfortunately due to years of alleged mismanagement the Mercury label became extinct on Jan 1st 2011, having been an important branch of the Ford group since 1938. The final breed of Cougar arrived in 1998, being as usual based on a contemporary product, this time the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique, which were the US versions of what Europe called the Mondeo. These final variants of Cougar have been described as one of only two memorable Mercury cars in over 20 years – the other being the 2003/4 Marauder.

Effectively replacing the Mazda based Probe and produced in the Ford/Mazda plant at Flat Rock Michigan they had the looks, the performance and the road holding that should have made them best sellers. It is said however that as the money was being made by trucks and SUVs Ford was not really putting much effort into things like sporting coupes, and the final nail went in when Ford discontinued the Cougar/Mystique lines to concentrate on saving the company by pushing where the biggest profits were. Apparently it was still touch and go.

Styled in Europe, the concept was called “aero-angular” and when launched by Jay Leno he is quoted as saying “I like a car with a good ass – this one’s got it!” A total of 184,222 were made. Like the Probe before it, two versions were available, a 2 litre four, and a 2.5 litre V6. Very few changes took place during production, a sure indication that Ford had already lost interest, the front end was slightly altered for 2001 – the full width ‘sharks mouth’ gave way to a central grille with a light at each end.

As Mercury was not represented in many export countries, the car was sold in them with a Ford badge, although hefty import duties forced an inflated price tag and resulted in understandably poor sales. While the US market cars came with a range of no less than ten very exciting exterior colours, export examples (as far as to the UK at least) were limited to just three. These were black, a rather aggressive blue and silver, the latter being by far the most attractive (it took us some time to find one and we still have it eighteen years later!) although green replaced the blue for 2001/2.

The Models.

Just two miniature ’98-02 Cougars have been found, and they both were contemporary with the real article. Both were conceived in Europe and so carry the blue oval badges rather than the Cougars head and feature left hand drive. At least the two small Cougars we have are extremely nice models – the Minichamps 1:43 came in at least four colours, like the real car it is the silver finish that sets the model of to its best advantage. Despite having no ‘V6’ badge on the rear, it would appear to depict the larger engined version by studying the path of the exhaust system highlighted in silver on the well detailed base.

The larger of the two models came under the Action name, a spin-off of the Minichamps programme and of course it is up to the usual standard expected from that source. Doors, hood and trunk open without unsightly gaps while the trunk interior goes as far as depicting the recess for tools on the right side while the hood reveals a fair imitation of the Duratec 2.5 Litre V6 as confirmed by the “V6’ badge on the rear. Plenty of interior detail but it has a slightly more ‘plasticky’ look in this larger scale. At the time this model was issued a US home market version was also listed that would have obviously featured the Mercury insignia, no front licence plate holder and a narrow but deeper rear licence plate recess – this has so far proved elusive.

Mercury Cougar 1998-2001 Model Listing

 

Minichamps China 2000 88020 V6 ‘Ford’ 110mm 1:43 diecast
Action China 2000 822132 V6 ‘Ford’ 253mm 1:18 diecast
Action China 2000 V6 Mercury 253mm 1:18 diecast

Illustrations: Mercury Cougar 1998-2002

 

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 88020

This is the “Silver Frost” version, others being red, black and blue.

Minichamps/Action Performance 1:18 diecast from China: 822132

Cougar V6 in Medium Melina Blue


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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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