By Maz Woolley
All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers.
Here are few models recently announced that have caught the eye.
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
LS022A Porsche 928 S4
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.
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.
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