July, 2011


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

F1 Ciggie Decals – JPS Lotus & Gitanes Ligier

The gold-coloured John Player Special and JPS logos matched perfectly with existing decoration on the model.

WARNING: Viewing of the following images might cause you to uncontrollably and against your will, partake in the smoking of cigarettes! A few of my recent Spark Formula One purchases have resulted in a little surprise when I went to unpack the models and put them in the display cabinet: a small plastic bag with the missing tobacco markings! Hallelujah! Spark has the balls to provide the collector with all the appropriate markings to complete the model as an accurate historical representation of how the car raced at the time.Read More