Minichamps will model 9 of the 11 Formula 1 teams contesting the 2016 World Championship. Only Ferrari and Manor will not be produced by Minichamps. The company has announced it will produce 1:43 diecast versions of the Mercedes and McLarens, while Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber, Renault, Force India and the new HAAS team will be done in resin. This is all good news, until one sees the retail pricing, which is positively scary… $160 each for the resin models! (that’s for the 1:43s. The 1:18s are $355!!) In 1:18,Read More
A number of models in Minichamps’ famous Ayrton Senna Collection are set to be re-issued. They are all Formula One cars from stages of his his illustrious career, being items #1 (1988 McLaren MP4-4 Honda), #5 (1991 McLaren MP4/6 Honda), #7 (1994 Williams FW16 Renault), #9 (1985 Lotus 97T Renault), #12 (1986 Lotus 98T Renault) and #15 (1987 Lotus 99T Honda). RRP is $115 each. There is no word whether the re-issues will be to the same standard as the original release, or whether they will carry extra detail andRead More
You might already be familiar with Tamiya’s excellent 1:12 scale F1 kits. Well, Carl Greatrix of bricktrix has built his own Ferrari, Brabham and Renault Grand Prix cars based off those kits – but he used LEGO! Many more photos of these models (build diaries), plus a stack of other items Carl has built from Lego, can be found HERE.
Spark’s classic F1 models generally have better fine detail than their Minichamps counterparts. They also usually include the tobacco decals for the collector to apply to complete the decoration of the model and make it historically correct. This saves having to source aftermarket decals. Here are a few before and after shots of some Spark F1 models I purchased a while back (and only recently got to do the tobacco conversion!). As usual with Spark, the waterslide decals are excellent quality and apply well. I hope to show off moreRead More