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Then & Now: F1 Models 35 Years Apart

New technology, manufacturing methods and materials sees the model cars of today a superior product compared to those of the past. Case in point are these Wolf and Brabham Formula One racers from 1977. Both of these cars were produced as part of the Technica/Eidai F1 collection. They have also now been modeled by Minichamps. I thought some side-by-side photos illustrating the contrast between then and now would be interesting. For the time, I reckon the Technicas  were a pretty good quality diecast model. The overall shape and proportions of eachRead More


F1 Announcements From Apex – Spark & Minichamps

Australian distributor for Spark and Minichamps, Apex Replicas, recently advised of new product planned from both manufacturers. Alarmingly, there has been significant prices rises which will surely impact sales. From a personal perspective, it’s going to reduce what I’m buying. $100 for a 1/43 scale model (or $140 for some of the Minichamps!) is out of control. Might be time to attack that stash of kits rather than buying pre-built models!   communications from Apex Minichamps Minichamps have announced their initial range of 2015 Formula One cars. This year theRead More


Nuremberg Toy Fair Videos

Some clips from the International Toy Fair in Germany, featuring the latest models from various manufacturers: Above: AUTOart Above: Minichamps Above: Corgi (James Bond) Above: Lego Technic


Minichamps Newsletter – Week 25

No Formula One race cars this week, but there is an interesting old Hispano- Suiza from 1911 and the “rollout” version of the famous Porsche 956 racer that was sold to many customer racers in the early/mid 1980s


Lotus 88 ‘Twin Chassis’

article updated Jan 2012 Minichamps released two versions of the ‘twin chassis’ Lotus 88 Formula One racer recently; the blue and red Essex version presented here, plus a black and gold Courage/Essex version. Both feature extensive use of mirror-like chrome. First impression is the model looks excellent; rich metallic blue paint with chrome and red. This is the version of the car as run in a practice session at the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix by Elio de Angelis. Famously, it never actually competed in a race due to beingRead More