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News, Stories, Headlines… Archive 2012/Q4

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Minichamps New 1:18 and 1:43 Scale Diecast for December

As December nears its end, Minichamps unwraps another slew of models for us collectors to salivate over. Some notables are the Lamborghini Countach LP-400 – Green (1:43), Porsche 924 Carrera GT – Red (1:43), Mercedes-Benz 190 SL – Sliver (1:18), and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class – White (1:18). Visit Minichamps.de for more new releases or specifications on the four models featured here.

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MR 1:43 Ferrari F12 Bertinetta Matt Metallic Red Christmas Edition

Who put the MERRY in MERRY Christmas? MR Models did! This special edition Ferrari F12, which is limited to six pieces, would be the envy of all this Christmas. The car is beautifully finished in a matt metallic red, and sits nicely on a fabric base with the Merry Christmas badge christened 25/12/2012. This one isn’t cheap though, and will set you back 299 Euro.

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Look Smart 1:43 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Now available from Look Smart is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The orange/black colour combination fits like a glove, and wraps around the curvy lines of the Bugatti like it’s headed for 200+ MPH! This one is DiecastSociety.com approved, get yours today!

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Suber Factory Presents the 1:43 Ferrari 250 GTO #5 Car

The latest release from Suber Factory Vintage Car collection is the Ferrari 250 GTO #5 car driven by Mike Parkes to second place at the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy. This handcrafted gem comes complete with driver in action scene.

A bit about the car… “This GTO was the second right hand drive car to be built, the first was 3505 GT. Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Mr Maranello Concessionnaires, took delivery personally at Maranello on 20th of April 1962 and drove it back to England . Innes Ireland took part in the expedition driving the UDT-Laystall GTO (S/N 3505 GT). The journey is said to have been quite fast (!), no doubt about that when you know the two characters.

The cars arrived in England on Good Friday, were serviced at Maranello Concessionnaires and were at Goodwood for the Easter Monday Trophy. 3505 GT did not race for the sad reasons everybody knows, Ireland standing in for Stirling Moss in the UDT-Laystall Lotus 19. Mike Parkes drove 3589 GT to second position (1st in the GT class) behind Ireland on the Lotus in the Sussex Trophy.”

 

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Fronti-Art Announces New 1:18 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento in Carbon Fibre

All I can say in one word is stunning! This Lamborghini Sesto Elemento must be one of the slickest releases from Fronti-Art to date. The carbon fibre work with the red exterior and interior accents are perfect, the open bits are a real plus too. All kidding aside I’m predicting sell out here, at 300 exclusive units it definitely won’t take long. Contact Front-art for availability in your area.

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Herpa: Even More 1:87 Scale Models for December!

If you have the 1:87 bug, Herpa has just announced more new models shipping to dealers for the month of December. These latest additions are above and beyond the 20 plus models already released this month! New are the Audi R8, BMW 3er Touring, Rosenbauer Panther 8×8, Mercedes-Benz Actros LH low boy semi-trailer, DAF XF 105 SSC platform semi-trailer, and MAN TGX XXL low boy semi-trailer.

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Product# 028240 / 038225 / 090285 / 301275 / 301497 / 301572

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BBR Niki Lauda Inspired 1:18 Ferrari 458 Challenge

News from BBR brings a new Ferrari 458 Challenge car. Based on the 2012 series car, the model features roll bar and engine based on series. Exterior decals are inspired by the legendary Ferrari 312 driven by Niki Lauda. Model is limited to 48 pieces worldwide. I like it!

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MR Models Latest Colour 1:18 Aventador J – Orange Atlas

Just released by MR Models the Lamborghini Aventador J in Orange Atlas. In my opinion, the best colour offered on the Aventador J to date. This sleek and sexy Aventador J will certainly entertain the exclusive collector. It is available now, contact your local dealer for availability.

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Look Smart Unveils the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

Fresh off the press are pre-production photos of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster by Look Smart. The Azzurro Thetys colour is worth its weight in gold, it compliments the beautiful lines of the roaster just superbly. The choice of 10 spoke wheels is well suited too, and does show the Audi brand influence behind the design.

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Fronti-Art Announces New colour for 1:43 and 1:18 Aventador LP700

The Apple Green open 1:43 Lamborghini Aventador LP700 looks absolutely stunning. I want one! The model is resin and features opening doors and front and rear bonnets. Both the 1:43 and 1:18 Aventador are limited to 100 pieces.

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Schuco Delivers 1:43 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

From their Classic Series Schuco announces the new 1:43 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #32 “Heico Motorsport” car, which is shipping to dealers today. The gold/white colour combination along with the livery make it quite non-typical. The model is limited to 500 units.

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Herpa New eXtra Releases for December

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, Herpa has announced a slew of new “eXtra” models in 1:87 scale. Some of these models include the MAN TGX XXL Jumbo box semi-trailer, MAN TGS M bulk silo semi-trailer “Lindner”, MAN TGA roll-off container truck “Gladbeck fire department”, and Scania R Ruthmann Steiger “Mateco”.

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Hot Wheels Race Line Announces Special Edition Fernando Alonso F1 Car

To celebrate the remarkable come-back victory at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the team at Hot Wheels is releasing a limited edition victory car. The final product will feature an Alonso figurine celebrating with arms in air, or as I see it, V for victory outside his ride. The attached photos are an artist’s renditions of the final product and packaging. Model should be available by April/May 2013.

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Spark Releases New 1:18 Porsche Livery

New Porsche models from Spark in 1:18 scale are hitting dealers this month. There are a total of four new Porsche models with some truly inspiring livery. Some of the notables include 997 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsport – No.80 (Le Mans 2011), 997 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsport – No.81 (Le Mans 2011), 911 RS 3.0 – No.1, Iroc Champion 1975 Mark Donohue, and 911 RSR 3.0 – No.51, 1974 Bob Wollek car. I’m in love with all four, thankfully for my wallet I no longer collect livery cars. Check out Spark’s website for more info on these and other 1:43 and 1:87 new releases!

Product# 18S050 / 18S053 / 18S052 / 18S057

BBR On-line Exclusive: Ferrari 458 Challenge 2012

A new BBR on-line exclusive, the Ferrari 458 Challenge 2012, featuring the flaming dragon decal (just in time for the up-coming Hobbit release, lol). Model is only available through the BBR website and is limited to 10 pieces. This rare beauty will set you back around $500 CND. As an added bonus the car will ship with a BBR exclusive leather clipboard and pen. More details can be found by heading over to BBR’s website.

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First Photos of TSM Model’s Pre-production 1:8 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

We’re excited to present exclusive photos of the upcoming 1:8 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing by TSM Model. This beautiful legend is from their MaterCraft Series, which is crafted in resin and features opening doors, wooden base and clear Perspex dust cover. The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing will be limited to 50 pieces each of Black and Silver colour. All this does come at a price though, the model has a suggested retail of $4799. Model is scheduled to ship to dealers in March 2013.

About the Gullwing… “Internally numbered W198, the 300 SL Gullwing was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors and later offered as an open roadster. Built by Daimler-Benz AG, the fuel-injected production model was based on the company’s highly successful yet somewhat less powerful carbureted 1952 race car, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194).

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TSM-Model Confirms 1:18 McLaren P1 “Mondial de l’Automobile” Model for Early 2013

Great news for supercar model collectors everywhere, TSM-Model has announced the McLaren P1 to be available in early Q1 2013. The car will be produced in Standard and Race Mode, each limited to 500 units in Volcano Orange. Definitely no corners will be cut here! The model will incorporate 3D CAD data provided by McLaren, and the latest advancements in resin-cast manufacturing process, will hopefully produce a model that lives up to the McLaren name. Suggested retail is $219. First production samples will be available soon, we will post here as soon as we have them in hand.

About the P1… “The McLaren P1 leverages five decades of McLaren’s motorsport skills. It was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance and spent many hours in a wind tunnel and using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling – just like a Formula One car.

The new McLaren P1 has much higher levels of downforce than any current road car – 600kg is achieved well below maximum speed. That is approximately five times as much downforce as a McLaren 12C. Its margin over most other high performance supercars is even greater. The McLaren P1’s downforce is similar to current sports racing cars, including the 12C GT3 racer.

Despite the huge performance, the McLaren P1 is also a refined and comfortable high speed supercar. ‘It is designed to be driven to the racing circuit, with great levels of comfort and refinement,’ says Sheriff. ‘And then to be used on the racing circuit, where it will offer an experience matched only by purpose-built race cars.’”

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Look Smart Announces 1:43 Ferrari 599XX Evo

Just announced, the Ferrari 599XX Evo in Grey/Grigio Ghisa. The model features surprisingly excellent detail. Decals are vivid and clear, and the carbon fiber work is spot on. This 599XX is available now, visit your local hobby shop for availability and pricing.

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BBR Announces Fuji White for the 1:18 Pagani Huayra

New colour for the 1:18 scale Pagani Huayra is now offered by BBR. I can’t predict how long they will last as the model is limited to 10 units, that’s right 10 units! The interior is crafted in two-tone colours, cream and black. A perfect combination for a very sexy and sleek head turner. Don’t wait long to get yours!

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AUTOart defends the high cost for the upcoming Bugatti Pur Sang

Since the release of pre-production photos, and the rumours of a new retail price point, there has been some criticism and cries from the diecast community. An ever increasing AUTOart price point is unacceptable by some… Suggested retail on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang is rumoured to be between $349-$369 US. AUTOart released a statement today explaining the total package (materials and labour) and why the retail price is justified. I wonder if this model was released by the likes of MR, Peako or BBR with a price point of $799 if anyone would have batted an eyelash? Read the full statement from AUTOart HERE.

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First Look at HPI’s Tommykaira R (R34) Diecast

Fresh off the press, HPI releases photo on their up-coming Tommykaira R (R34) diecast. The above is a factory sample. The production version is due in stores March 2013.

About Tommy Kaira… “Tommy Kaira, formally Tomita Dream Sales Kabushiki Kaisha Tomita Yume Hanbai, is a Japanese car tuning and manufacturing company founded on May 1, 2002 and headquartered in Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The company was named after its two founders, Yoshikazu Tomita and Kikuo Kaira. Its parent company was originally founded in 1968 as Tomita Dream Factory. Several of its Tommy Kaira’s custom cars have appeared in the Gran Turismo series of video games since Gran Turismo 2, as well as Forza Motorsport for the Xbox and Forza Motorsport 2 for the Xbox 360.”

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IST Models Announces New Future Diecasts for 2013

News from IST Models are new upcoming additions for 2013. Details are little at this point but the models based on a single released photo look to be 1:43 in scale. I was exposed to IST Models in late 2011 with their first foray of 1:18 scale, I actually purchased the Fiat 124 – Green. Based on the price point (~$50), it is a decent model. I would rate them below Norev when comparing the two. I ended up modifying the bugger, which I’ve included a few photos of, so you have perspective on their overall fit and finish – see below. Visit our forums for more photos!

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Look Smart Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic 1936/1938

Look Smart have a few new models arriving at dealers soon. The Bugatti 57SC Atlantic 1936 and 1938 Chassis 57591 Original. I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing a Look Smart model first hand, local dealers are in short demand. Look Smart is defined by high-end, top notch handcrafted quality. As you can see from the photos, attention to detail in 1:43 scale rivals that of larger platforms. All this does come at a price though, as these models, in most cases, command top dollar and sell for the same, if not more than competitive brands such as AUTOart and Kyosho in larger 1:18 scale. Now that sure puts things into perspective, exclusivity does come at a price!

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Fronti-Art Announces New Colours for 1:43 Open Porsche GT3 RS

The machine at Fronti-Art keeps pumping out more and more variants of their current assortment, just announced are two new colours of their Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Red and Black are their latest offerings. The model is 1:43 in scale and features opening parts and incredible detail. If you may not know, these models from Fronti-Art’s “opening” parts collection are resin, not diecast. Both are available now, contact Fronti-Art for more details!

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OttOmobile Announces Four New Models for February 2013

OttOmobile is busy at work, a new batch of their unique specimens is hitting collectors in February 2013. Some of these models include: Ford RS 200, Matra Djet, Venturi 300 Atlantique and Renault 8 Gordini. All models are fully sealed and 1:18 in scale, with the exception of the Renault Gordini, which will be cast in 1:12 scale. The detail on these models is quite special for the price point. Look at the wood grain dash on the Venturi, and the decal work on the Ford Rs 200 is nicely executed too.

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New Colours Now Available from Fronti-Art in 1:18 and 1:43 Scale

Front-Art is moving faster than a Bugatti Veryon this fourth quarter, just announced today are new colours for the 1:43 Aston Martin One 77 – Red (limited to 150 pieces), 1:18 Porsche GT3 RS – Matt White (limited to 50 pieces), and 1:43 Apollo Gumpert – Matt Black (limited to 50 pieces).

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MR Models Announces 1:18 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

New from MR Models is the upcoming release of the Lamborghini Aventador LP-700 Roadster. The model will be available sometime in March 2013. Scheduled colours to be available are as follows: LAMBO010A – AZZURRO THETYS, LAMBO010B – NERO NEMESIS, LAMBO010C – CANOPUS WHITE, LAMBO010D – ARANCIO ARGOS, LAMBO010E – GIALLO ORION, and LAMBO010F – ROSSO MARS. Contact MR Models for more information on pricing.

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Schuco: New Models released for Mid-December Delivery

Our friends at Schuco have just released a new batch of models, some include the Audi S7 Sportback in blue and grey, and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #34 “Heico Motorsport” car. The above models are from the Classic series. Other series featured are Utility and Helicopter. All models should be in store by late December to early January 2013.

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MR Models Tailor Made Lamborghini Aventador

MR Models released photos of their second fully customized model, the Lamborghini Aventador. My hat is off to the lucky owner as he or she selected a beautiful blend of exterior and interior colours. The brake calipers look stunning in yellow against the black rim and exterior blue. I don’t even want to guess what the retail for an MR custom is, but it truly is a masterpiece!

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BBR New Ferrari Enzo Test Car – Fiorano 2004

Nice to see something from BBR that doesn’t feature the 458 Italia or 250 GTO. The above Ferrari Enzo Test Car is a refreshing change. A game changing design that in my opinion looks as good as the day it was released to the public eye. The car is composed of more than 800 individual parts, featuring opening doors and bonnet, front and rear. The wheel lug nut is removable too. This would be a nice gift under my Christmas tree this season.

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AUTOart New Photos of Up-Coming Releases: Mercedes-Benz & Lamborghini

Are you saving your pennies? I think you should, Q4 and Q1 2013 are going to be expensive for hobbyists alike if AUTOart keeps the throttle wide open! Photos of the upcoming re-release of the popular Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 16V Evo II in Astra Sliver, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera in Rosso Andromeda (WOW!), and the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 in Turquoise Blue, were released today! I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been waiting for the re-release of this Mercedes-Benz for the longest time! Now the countdown begins until the official release in early 2013.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, in Rosso Andromeda, is honestly a bit of a let down. I was expecting a richer, brighter look to the finish, similar to the press photos of the early 1:1 car. Decisions, decisions, red or yellow… The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 in Turquoise Blue is quite the header turner. I’m positive this colour combo will be a favourite with many collectors.

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Suber Factory Ferrari 250 GTO Goodwood – 1962

I don’t know much about Suber Factory models, but from what I gather from a quick view of their website is high quality, handcrafted model cars and other automotive related bits… Newly announced Ferrari 250GTO Goodwood (1962) is their latest release from their Ferrari Collection Series. I’ve reached out to Suber Factory for a bit of history surrounding their product, which I will detail in a later update.

UPDATE 12/05/12: Fredric Suber of Suber Factory is a professional model builder for more than 15 years. The above model is a limited edition of 5 units. Please reach out to Suber Factory for more detail.

“Ferrari makes it 1-2-3 with Innes Ireland as winner… The 1962 Goodwood R.A.C. Tourist Trophy was one of those races with a fantastic entry field. Of the thirteen over 2-litre (Division I) grand touring cars at the start, twelve became collector’s cars with a total actual value of no less than $ 100,000,000 US. Nobody of the owners could imagine in 1962 that twelve cars, having cost initially less than $ 350,000 all together, should reach once such astronomic prices. Some of the cars on the grid were only bought less than one month before the start. The five Ferraris 250 GTO, the three Aston Martins DB4 GT Zagato, the three Lightweight Jaguars E type and the ex-Stirling Moss Ferrari 250 GT SWB belong to the most wanted of the race cars having been constructed.”

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Fronti-Art New Open 1:43 Lamborghini Jota SVR and 1:18 Lamborghini Aventador LP700

Just as the dust is settling after the recent closed release of the Porsche GT3 RS and Honda EK9, Fronti-Art is at it again with two new colours of the open Lamborghini Jota SVR and Aventador LP700. I don’t know about you, but the JOTA SVR is one damn sexy car, period! Detail is quite remarkable for a 1:43 scale model. It’s amazing what can be packed into a package no bigger than 5-6 inches. Not to be short changed, the Aventador is looking stunning in Apple Green! Interior and motor detail is second to none. Hinge work isn’t as technically advanced as AUTOart, but nonetheless quite capable as is. Well done gents!

Product# FA005-15 / FA004-09

AUTOart: New Photos Of The Bugatti 57S Atlantic 1938 w/ Wire Wheels

Officially released from AUTOart today are new photos of the Bugatti 57S Atlantic with wire wheels (chrome). The model is stunning in this latest version, an excellent alternative to the more expensive CMC release. My source tells me though this model may not see production, as sales of the original black with disc wheels have been less than stellar. Only time will tell…

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HPI Racing New 1:18 Alfa Romeo 155V6 TI #8/#7 1993 DTM Race Car

It’s been a great few months for new diecasts; December is shaping up to be the same. With that, HPI Racing announced just over a week ago the release of their long anticipated first foray into 1:18 scale, that model being the Alfa Romeo 155V6 TI (#8) 1993 DTM and Alfa Romeo 155V6 TI (#7) 1993 DTM cars. HPI is well known for their top notch 1:43 models, so will we expect anything less in 1:18 scale? Well the initial photos look promising. With a suggested retail of $175US, HPI is considerably less than AUTOart’s up-coming release, which has a suggested retail of $275US. I’m sure we’ll see more detailed photos in the near future, and debate on which one is the cream of crop. But I say HPI has a winner here!

From HPI Racing… “We have very exciting news! HPI’s first 1:18 scale model cars have been released! They are items #8614 Alfa Romeo 155V6 TI (#7) 1993 DTM A. Nannini and #8615 Alfa Romeo 155V6 TI (#8) 1993 DTM N. Larini. The history of HPI model cars was made with this Alfa Romeo 155DTM. A lot of development time went into producing these amazing 1:18 scale replica model cars.”

“These cars are the full-display models that do not have opening components. Four doors, trunk, etc. are built by assembling the panels together similar to an actual car. Since each part was painted separately and put together, the feel of the actual cars were replicated without a sculpture-like body by being painted as a whole. Moreover, making the doors not open eliminates over-scaled space required for the door opening system.”

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Fronti-Art New 1:18 Colours: Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Honda EK9

Newly announced are Porsche 911 GT3 RS in yellow and green and the Honda EK9 in orange. I love the Porsche brand, so any colour outside the typical black, red or sliver is a plus. One of my favourite models from Fronti-Art is definitely the 911 GT3 RS, the addition of these two colours is making it difficult to resist… I must resist, I must resist… On a side note the Honda EK9 is not available to the North American market. But as always if there is a will, there is a way!

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Fronti-Art New 1:43 Colours: Koenigsegg Agera R and Aston Martin One 77

Newly announced are the Koenigsegg Agera R in orange and black and the Aston Martin One 77 in black. All colours will be limited to 150 pieces, and are fully sealed models. The One 77 is stunning with the red interior, the carbon fiber detail on the interior doors works well with the overall concept. Well done Fronti-Art! My only concern is the suspect quality control on the One 77. If you look closely at the last image you will notice very noticeable residue and uneven body lines. Hopefully this is pre-production sample with the dealer pieces corrected.

Product# F014-09 / F014-04 / F012-4

Kyosho 1:18 BMW X1 xDrive 28i – Vermillion Red

Just announced by Kyosho for 2013, the 1:18 BMW X1 xDrive 28i in Vermillion Red. True to form, Kyosho has put together another quality release. The Vermillion Red is a perfect match for the X1 exterior lines. Look for this model to be available in the market place in late April early May 2013.

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BBR: NEW EXCLUSIVE 1:18 FERRARIS

Latest releases from BBR include the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 2012 – Grigio Steel (silver), the Ferrari 458 Spider – Giallo Tristrato (yellow) and Nero Stellato (black), and the Ferrari 250 GTO – Press day 1962.  As always, all models are offered in limited editions, which range from 20 to 50 pieces respectively.  Models are available now for pre-order or through your dealer in early Q1 2013

The Ferrari 250 GTO was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its debut.  Presented as it was back in 1962 without the rear aerodynamic  and spartan interior as taken from inspiration of the racing 250 GTO car.  This model will be produced for the first time by BBR Exclusive car models.

Product# P1841B2 / BBR1803 / P1836B2 / P1836C2

HOT WHEELS ELITE FERRARI 458 CHALLENGE #5

With the success of the 458 in street and other race variants, Hot Wheels Elite is showcasing its latest 458 Challenge car. Featuring the livery of the #5 race car, this model will be limited to 10,000 units, and be readily available for the Christmas gift giving season. I’m very impressed with the level of detail, keeps in check with their current 458 offering.

The Ferrari 458 Challenge made its debut at the Bologna Motor Show in 2010. It is based on the Ferrari 458 Italia road car, but with a number of revisions, including a drop in weight, to ensure it is a star on the track. The panels are thinner and are made of carbon fiber and lexan poly-carbonate.

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FRONTI-ART: NEW FINISHES OF THE 1:18 KOENIGSEGG AGERA R

Straight from the source, Fronti-Art has announced two new finishes for the very sexy Koenigsegg Agera R! As of today you can enjoy this beauty in Silver and Carbon Fiber finishes. Each model will be limited to 150 pieces each, and if you didn’t already know, the Agera R is fully sealed.

Product# F016-13 / F016-01

BBR ON-LINE AND PRE-ORDER 1:18 PAGANI HUAYRA EXCLUSIVES

BBR is now offering an on-line exclusive of 20 pieces of the Pagani Huayra. The model features a red leatherette base and plexiglass display case. The model exterior is painted in gloss black with carbon fiber on the roof. Interior is coloured red. Pre-orders for the Matt and White Pagani Huayra are available now. The models also feature carbon fibre roof, with the white finished with white interior and matt with red. Models will be available in mid to late December.

Product# P1832BLK / P1832W / P1832MBLK

MR MODELS ANNOUNCES NEW 1:18 BUGATTI AND LAMBORGHINI MODELS

In addition to the Lamborghini Urus highlighted earlier this week, MR Models have announced the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in Red/Black (limited to 149 units) and Lamborghini Aventador J in Verde Ithaca (limited to 99 units). Both definitely look the part, and would be a welcomed addition to most collectors this holiday season.

Product# BUG04E / LAMBO08D

AUTOART: LATEST COLOUR LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO SUPERLEGGERA LP570-4

Leave it to AUTOart to leave us collectors in suspense! Fresh off the release of earlier photos of the Yellow and Grey today, they deliver new photos of the Green (Verde Ithaca) Lamboghini Gallardo Superleggera. As much as I love the Green, I still believe the Yellow is the leading contender so far. My heart is set on the Rosso, so we’ll all have to wait and see…

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NEW 1:87 SCALE MODELS NOW SHIPPING FROM SCHUCO

The Volkswagen T2 Bus “ASB”, Volkswagen T2 Kasten “IHC Service”, and Fendt Favorit 626 LSA are all collectively from Schuco’s Cars, Special Purpose Vehicles, and Agriculture series of 1:87 models. The scale maybe small but the detail is exceptional. As always, Schuco has just about something for someone this Christmas!

Product# 452600800 / 452596600 / 452596200

NEW SOLIDIO 1:43 DUSTER GENDARMERIE

New from Solido this month is the Duster Gendarmerie, which is now available in 1:43 scale and shipping to dealers near you. A gendarmerie or gendarmery is in principle a military force charged with police duties among civilian populations. Members of such a force are typically called “gendarmes”. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary describes a gendarme as “a soldier who is employed on police duties” and a “gendarmery, -erie” as “gendarmes as a body”. Thanks Wikipedia!

Product# 421435160

AUTOART: NEW PHOTOS OF THE LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP570-4

Latest news from the AUTOart camp is newly released photos of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 in Yellow (Giallo Midas) and Grey – Grigio Telesto. Jeez Louise, the Lambo looks spectacular in yellow, but I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the Rosso Andromeda this time around, I’m sure you were too! Good things come to those who wait I guess, I for one can’t wait!!

Product# 74658 / 74657

HOT WHEELS ELITE FERRARI 458 ITALIA SPIDER WHITE/RED

The red and matt black have been recently released, I actually received my pre-order red less than two weeks ago, and new photos of the upcoming white with red interior have surfaced. I must say, it looks super sexy in this colour combo! I just might just break my rule of not buying the same car in alternative colours. The Hot Wheels Elite team just keeps hitting home runs, I wonder what’s next!?! The final colour of the four announced is black (BCJ90), which should see light in early Q1-Q2.

Product# W1178

AUTOART PRE-PRODUCTION PHOTOS OF THE PAGANI HUAYRA

Shortly after the release of the single image of the new Pagani Huayra, AUTOart has released a new slew of images that wows our senses, and shows us collectors how far this great hobby has come from the early years… There is much going on with this model, attention to detail doesn’t look compromised, but I’m sure Pagani fans will debate the true authenticity of the model. We all know models aren’t 100% perfect, but AUTOart is getting close!

Product# 78266

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS OF TECNOMODEL’S 1:43 NEW FERRARI 430 SCUDERIA 16M

Straight from Technomodel, new photos of their Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M. The Ferrari is featured in many variants, some of which include different colours, different stripe colours, side skirts, wheels, and more! Pricing has been reduced to 159.95 Euros (~$200CND), as Tecnomodel has listened to their dealers and collectors for this initial price drop. All models are produced in limited numbers, and some variants already sold out!

Coming from Tecnomodel in the near future… new and exciting projects are in the works like the long awaited Alfa Romeo Diva in three different colours, 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish in both 1/18 and 1/43 scales, and the Aston Martin Zagato. Very cool!

Product# T-MI25AB-1 / T-MI25AD-8 / T-MI25AF-1 / T-MI25AN-1 / T-MI25AP-1 / T-MI25AQ-8 / T-MI25AR-1 / T-MI25AS-1 / T-MI25AY-1 / T-MI25AZ-1 / T-MI25BD-1

EXOTO XS JAGUAR D-TYPE: BREAKDOWN PHOTO

Exoto surprised collectors with a semi-breakdown photo of the upcoming XS Jaguar D-Type today. Model will be shown in its full glory later this week. XS features hand-built construction and yielding 2600 parts. Nuts! Pre-order today for $795, $200 off the suggested retail of $995!

Product# RLG88001

MR MODEL 1:18 LAMBORGHINI URUS IS NOW SHIPPING TO DEALERS

Moving from future projects to complete the new MR Model Lamborghini Urus as shown at the Beijing Motor Show is now shipping to dealers near you. The model will be released in 8 colours with the first being the Metallic Red. 249 units will be produced in Metallic Red and 99 units in the remaining 7 colours.

Product# LAMBO09A

AUTOART: SNEAK PEEK AT THE PRE-PRODUCTION PAGANI HUAYRA

New photo of the highly anticipated Pagani Huayra was released today by AUTOart. AUTOart is claiming it is “the most sophisticated die cast model AUTOart has ever made in scale 1/18″. From what I can see it sure will be, there is a lot of eye candy going on, lot’s to play with too. With the most sophisticated model in their history, will this also bring the highest opening suggested retail in history? Only time will tell…

Product# 78266

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM BBR: NEW AND PRE-ORDER MODELS

New from BBR this month, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari 458 GT2 Pro Le Mans 2012, and Ferrari 458 Challenge 2012. The F12 Berlinetta is modelled after the test version of the vehicle introduced at Geneve Car Show in early 2012. The model exterior is matt red and black. The interior features two-tone leather, and the seat belts that support the rear luggage compartment have been replicated. This model is limited to 20 units and ships with a bonus “MyWay” club pen.

The Ferrari 458 GT2 Pro is now available for pre-order. This is one model BBR collectively received a number of collector requests to replicate. Well the model is now available! The 458 Italia GT2 has had an excellent racing record. The car has finished 2nd in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1st at the 2011 Petit Le Mans, 3rd at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, and has won both the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the 2011 Le Mans Series. It features new aerodynamic side mirrors, additional air intakes in the front bonnet, but the greatest change is with the engine, which is different from the 458 GT2. Model will be available early Q1 and limited to 150 pieces.

Ferrari 458 Challenge 2012 in now available. This beautiful 458 Challenge from the Team “Rosso Corsa”, which is the only one official agent of Ferrari – Maserati in Milano. This car is the Italian 2011 champion of the Pirelli Challenge race. Model will be produced in limited numbers of only 100 pieces.

Product# P1841ST10 / P1851 / P1833

MINICHAMPS RE-RELEASE OF AUDI 90 QUATTRO IMSA

If you were lucky enough to score the original release of the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA car, you know this is one of Minichamps best efforts (well IMO it is). Model has been re-released as #5 Haywood car, and this is your chance to own a spectacular model that shines on multiple levels. Why are you still reading this, go buy this model now!

A bit about the Audi 90… The Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO (internally called R5) is a race car that was used in the 1989 American IMSA GTO series. Prior to 1989 he achieved victories in rally sport as well as the overall championship in the 1988 US Trans AM series with Audi 200 quattro Trans-AM. The aim was to underline the domination of the Quattro drive train. It is the only Audi factory racing car that is based on the Audi 80/90 B3.

The body of the 90 Quattro IMSA GTO has similarities with the street legal Audi 90, but apart from the batch series steel roof, which is required by the regulations, all other parts are different. The body consists of a mesh tube frame and the body shell made out of fibre glass is attached to it. As a result, the overall weight is reduced to 1206 kilograms. In comparison to the standard spec Audi, the race car has a wider body and a rear spoiler; on high speed tracks, it even has a two storey rear spoiler.

Product# 100891605

BBR 1:18 FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA

Another BBR on-line store exclusive, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The sizzling hot Modena Yellow Ferrari will be available through the BBR on-line store and will not be available through dealers. No more than 20 pieces will be made, get in line for yours today!

Product# P1841ST11

KYOSHO: FIRST PHOTOS OF THE 1:18 DE TOMASO PANTERA L

Is the sleeping giant back? Let’s hope so folks, the latest offering from Kyosho is the De Tomaso Pantera L! I’m excited, what about you? This is the one car that deserved better in 1:18 scale, and thanks to Kyosho, a personal holy grail will be made and inserted into my personal collection. As noted, the photos illustrate a pre-production car, but what is presented looks fantastic so far. Model is reported to become available first quarter of 2013. I can’t wait!

Product# 08851BK / 08851R

FRONTI-ART ANNOUNCES NEW 1:18 OPEN AND CLOSED MODELS

Fresh off the news of their 1:43 new releases, Fronti-Art brings a few new 1:18 scale models to the table. The 1:18 closed HSV 010 Racing Car # 17 – limited to 150 units – and the 1:18 full-imitated Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – Matt White – limited to 50 units. Both strikingly life like, as the Lamborghini engine photo illustrates.

Product# FA011-17 / FA005-3

NEW MODELS FROM SCHUCO IN 1:32, 1:87, AND 1:43 SCALE

If agriculture is your thing, two new releases from Schuco are available this month that may fit your fancy, the Fendt 626 LSA and Deutz DX 230 tractor. Both showing incredible detail from such a small stature. The last release is the Volkswagen New MKII Beetle from their Modern Car Series, which is available in 1:43 scale.

Product# 450768600 / 452602100 / 450747100

FRONT-ART RELEASES NEW 1:43 OPEN AND CLOSED MODELS

Hot off the press, Front-Art has released new colours of the existing 1:43 assortment models. The three include the Porsche 911 GT3 (997) RS (blue), Apollo Gumpert (red), and Lamborghini Aventador (blue, gold, and yellow). I must say the Porsche is absolutely epic in this shade of blue, and the opening bits are a neat plus too! The Apollo Gumpert carbon fibre finish is a work of art, so realistic. I’m sure these would make perfect gift for that exotic car collector this Christmas.

Product# Not available

MR MODELS ANNOUNCES A NEW SPECIAL EDITION FERRARI DINO

The Ferrari Dino 246 GT is offered in 1:43 with multiple opening components. The Verde Germoglio colour looks the part on the classic lines of 246 GT. Model is limited to 9 units, yes 9 units. Order yours today through the MR Models website.

Product# OC08SE

AUTOART: LATEST PHOTOS OF UPCOMING MODELS

New photos released by AUTOart today feature the Red Bull X2012 – Orange and the Lamborghini Countach LP500S Walter Wolf Edition 1976 – Blue. Both look outstanding in their own right, but are pre-production samples. Look for these to be available early in Q1 2013.

Product# 18106 / 74652

EXOTO XS JAGUAR D-TYPE: FIRST TEST PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE PHOTOS

Just posted on their Facebook page a short time ago, Exoto has released photos of their upcoming XS Jaguar D-type. What we see so far looks promising. Expected retail is rumoured to be $995, too pricey for most collectors, but when you’re playing in this calibre of model cars, sometimes the exclusivity wins. We’ll keep you posted!

Product# TBD

BBR 1:18 FRECCIA ROSSA POWERED BY F430 V8 FERRARI

A few pieces of the Freccia Rossa speed boat are available today through BBR on-line resource. This model is truly a work of art, the F430 power plant is visible through the glass top, and the dual exiting pipes match with the detailed propeller will surely stretch the imagination. This seek and slender racer would be a true show piece in anyone’s collection.

Product# FER001B2

BBR: FERRARI 430 SCUDERIA / FERRARI 250 GTE SERIES II 1962

The 430 Scuderia is dedicated to the legacy of Formula 1. A limited number of 100 pieces will be commissioned with leather base. The model features unique exterior styling touches such as carbon fibre bonnet, customized brakes, rear end in fluorescent yellow colour with inscription on the back portion of the grille.

Ferrari 250 GTE Series II 1962. The 250 series launched in 1953 gave birth to beautiful cars, including the most wanted in the Ferrari’s history. Whether it’s the GTO, the SWB or the Tour de France, these models all have the V12 engine designed by Colombo. To date the 250 Ferrari is the highest production Ferrari to date with more than 1,000 units built in just three years. The GTE accounted for 40% of all 250 series cars.

Product# BBR200SE / BBR236/A/B/C

TSM 1:18 1981 PORSCHE 935 K4 JAGERMEISTER #52

TSM has definitely hit a home run with their latest offering, an absolute looker! We have exclusive first photos of the upcoming TSM Porsche 935 K4 Jagermeister #52 car. As we all know, Jagermeister livery and colours are most popular with collectors alike, so this one won’t last long! The 935 #52 car will be available in North America sometime in February 2013, pre-order your model today!

Product# TSM11808R

KYOSHO 1:18 FERRARI F250 GTO NO.24 HIGH-END COLLECTION

Racing fans rejoice! Not a new model, but Kyosho is making the classic F250 GTO available in a delicious light blue with Livery. The number 24 car will be available in the late part of the 1st quarter of 2013. Suggested retail is $229 CND.

Product# 08435A

OTTOMOBILE VENTURI 400 TROPHY FUTURE RELEASE

2013 is going to start off with a bang! OttOmobile announces the Venturi 400 Trophy for January 2013. The model looks absolutely stunning in the light blue colour and livery. Let me tell you, I was lucky enough to score their original release of Venturi 400 GT, a well executed model for sure. This one is limited to 1500 units, with club member access to pre-order in November and the rest of globe in January. Good luck!

Product# Not available

NEW SCHUCO CLASSIC COLLECTION SERIES PIECES

New from Schuco this week are some great new Classic Collection series pieces. Some notables are the Studio I “Vivienne Westwood – Iconic” – Red and the Studio I “Vivienne Westwood – Keep Gaia Cool” – White. Classic Collection series come attractively packaged and are limited to 500 and 1000 units respectively.

Product# 450110500 / 450110600 / 450167600 / 450209900 / 450117800

KYOSHO 1:12 FERRARI ENZO BIANCO FUJI

New photos of the upcoming Ferrari Enzo Bianco Fuji have come our way. Based on the photos, the car is living up to expectations. The red/maroon interior contrast beautifully with the white exterior. Engine detail looks top notch, and removable nut/wheel is an interesting touch.

Product# 08606PW

HERPA ANNOUNCES 20 PLUS MODELS FOR NOVEMBER

From fire trucks to street cars, to full eighteen wheel trucks, and air planes too, Hepra has the collector of 1:87 scale models covered this gift giving season. You might think the 1:87 would limit the detail but our friends at Herpa would prove you wrong.

Product# 049870 / 301381 / 024877-003 / 159333

SOLIDO ANNOUNCES A FEW NEW ADDITIONS FOR NOVEMBER

The Renault 4L – 1964 and Renault Dauphine -1962 are newly announced and heading to a hobby shop near you. Both models are available in 1:43, and should be available prior to Christmas. Happy hunting!

Product# 421431230 / 421431240

IXO MODELS ANNOUNCES NEW MODELS FOR NOVEMBER 2012

From classic cars to modern racers, IXO Models has something for all collector’s this gift giving season. Some cars featured this quarter are the Aston Martin AMR-One #009 A.Hernandez-A.Meyrick-H.Primat LMP1 Le Mans 2011, the classic road car Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V, and Classic Rally Lancia Stratos HF #4 A.Mahe-B.Darniche Rally Monte Carlo 1981. Head over to www.ixomodels.com to see more!

Product# CLC188 / MOC119 / LMC146 / LMM185 / LMM209 / RAC210 / MUS045

BBR 1:43 FERRARI 599XX EVO

New additions for November 2012, the Ferrari 599XX EVO will see three new variants in limited editions of 60 and 20 pieces. The race version cars feature different rear ends paired with additional lights, new grill, and the front nose has been modified. Order yours today!

Product# BBRC84 / BBRC85 / BBRC86

BBR 1:43 FERRARI 250 TDF 24H LeMANS 1959 WINNER

Driven by Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier, the Ferrari 250 GT serial number 1321 won 1st place in its GT class and 3rd overall at Le Mans in 1959 as the No. 11 car. Earlier that same year it took 1st place at the 1000 km Nürburgring endurance race. The car will be celebrated in 1:43 scale, there will be a special edition version limited to 5 pieces which features gas station placed on red leather base with display case.

Product# BBR237B / BBR237BV

AUTOART LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION: MATT & BLACK COLOURS

AUTOart has announced a few more colours for the up-coming Lexus LFA Nurmurgring edition car. Along with the white and orange, black and matt black are newly added to the assortment. I must say both look absolutely menacing! My heart was set on the orange but I might have to rethink my decision. Look for these to be on the shelf in mid December to early January 2013.

Product# 78839 / 78838

NEW PHOTOS OF UP COMING AUTOART 1:18 LAMBORGHINIS

Maybe one of the most celebrated brands in the diecast industry, the Lamborghini is definitely a collector favourite. Fresh from AUTOart, a few new Lambos coming to a dealer near you. First off, the Gallardo LP570-4 – Arancio Borealis/Metallic Orange – this one is striking from all angles. Second we have the new Countach LP500S Walter Wolf Edition 1974 – Red. Both examples illustrate the finer detail we are accustomed to from AUTOart. Just FYI, both are pre-production samples, and as history has shown, the final product should look even better, but they won’t come cheap! More colours are due in both examples, with the above to see shelves in Q1 2013.

Product# 74656 / 74651

NEW ITEMS FROM SPARK HITTING SHELVES IN DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

Just in time for Christmas, Spark is making the gift giving season a little happier for model car collectors. Some new items include Porsche 917 Spyder No. 1 Norisring 1971 – Limited to 500 pcs, BMW CSL No. 7 Winner 1000km Nurburgring 1976 – Limited to 500 pcs, BMW CSL No. 4 Winner 6 H Silverstone 1976 – Limited to 500 pcs, Lotus Europa GR5 No. 22 Nurburgring 1979 – Limited to 1000 pcs, Porsche 911 RSR No. 427 Tour De France 1976 – Limited to 500 pcs, Audi R8 LMS Ultra No. 16 Winner 24 Hours of Spa 2012 – Limited to 500 pcs, and more! Look for these limited editions to arrive at your local dealer in mid December.

Product# SG011 / SG022 / SG023 / SG024 / SF011 / SF038 / SB027

HOT WHEELS ELITE 458 CHALLENGE KESSEL RACING LM 2011

Hitting a local hobby shop near you soon a very unique livery addition to the popular Ferrari Italia 458 race car. Kessel Racing LM version sure has hit the mark with their very unique and aggressive livery. I like it! Let’s hope the 1:18 scale version comes along very soon!

Product# X5506

NEW FERRARI SP12 EC & F1 SPECIAL EDITIONS: ALONSO/MASSA

The inspiration for the Ferrari SP12 EC is the classic Ferrari 512BB a Ferrari owner admired in youth. Styling ques include chrome front grille, matt blackband at the bottom, air intakes on the bonnet, and the round rear lights. This one-off 1:1 will be developed in 1:18 and 1:43 scale, both in limited addition.

To celebrate Alonso’s victory in Spain this past summer, BBR is releasing two commemorative models in 1:43 scale. The first celebrates the incredible victory of Alonso in his home country, Spain. A legendary comeback; starting from the 11th position, Alonso went on to win his second race in the F1 World Championship of 2012. The second being Massa’s car, who helped forge the path to victory.

Product# P1860 /BBRC103 /BBRC103M

NOREV NEW 1:43 RELEASES AT YOUR LOCAL DEALER FOR NOVEMBER

French diecast manufacturer Norev announced a new batch of classic and modern 1:43 scale models just in time for Christmas. Along with the French brands Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault, enjoy new models from Lancia, Mercedes and Volkswagen. Visit www.norev.com for more info.

Product# 158115 / 518833 / 770117 / 840215

NEW EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS OF THE FUJIMI 1:18/1:43 FERRARI F50 GT

At first glance the you notice the addition of Speedline wheels, which in fact are different from the images released back in September 2012. The stance and off-set are much improved. The car is now more true to the original 1:1, my hats off to Fujimi for maintaining the accuracy! “To celebrate Ferrari’s golden anniversary, the F50 was released and sold as a limited edition supercar. It followed the footsteps of the 288 GTO and F40 by focusing on motor sports engineering with little concessions for passenger comfort…”

Product# TSM11FJ001

CLASSIC CARLECTABLES NEW OPEN WHEEL & TOURING CAR MODELS FOR Q1 2013

Classic Carlectables is well known for their awesome attention to detail. Their focus audience is usually classic historic Australian race cars with a pinch of modern day racing as well. Two new releases scheduled for Q1 2013 are from their Open Wheel and Touring Car Collection. The Lola T332 – 1976 F5000 Championship car and Chevrolet Camaro – First Race Win – Australian 1980 Touring Car Championship series. Both are exquisitely executed, rivalling the likes of TSM and Exoto. Suggested retail $239CND.

Product# 18375 / 18455

BBR BLUE MOON 18 SERIES: ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS VILLA D’ESTE 1951

Fresh off the announcement of the Alfa Romeo 2500 SS Freccia d’Oro, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa D’Este 1951 is now available for pre-order in Light Blue and Black. The 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este is an automobile produced between 1949 and 1952 by the car manufacturer Alfa Romeo in collaboration with the Touring Superleggera from Milano, Italy.

Product# BLM1801D / BLM1801C

LATEST MR MODELS FLAG COLLECTION ENTRY: ITALY FLAG

The latest in the Flag Model Collection from MR is the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Italy Flag. A very exclusive model with 12 units produced for each flag released. This Lamborghini is gorgeous with the green exterior and red fabric base.

Product# MRITALY

NEW RELEASES FROM BBR IN 1:18 SCALE

A few new announcements from BBR , the Blue Moon 18 Series Alfa romeo 2500 SS Freccia d’Oro is now available for pre-order. Blue Moon Series is a partnership between BBR and their Chinese affiliate. The collaboration began producing high-quality resin models, mixing diecast and hand-made craftsmanship that was developed in the BBR laboratory of Saronno, Italy.

The second release is a new variant of the popular Ferrari 599 GTB, the new model is the Ferrari 599 GTB 60 F1. Exterior paint scheme and interior detail differentiate it from its older sibling. Both models are limited productions.

Product# BLM1802A / BBR1801B

TECNOMODEL EXTREME LIMITED EDITION 1:43 MODELS

Looking for that special rare something that no one else will have, the rarest of rare? Look no further that Tecnomodel’s new offering in 1:43 scale form. Two new limited editions of one (yes, one!) feature F16M Spider Ferrari Black/Ferrari 430 Scuderia Metallic Yellow, and F16M Yellow Ferrari Spider/Ferrari 430 Scuderia Black. Item is made exclusively

for Mycarmodels. Features brushed aluminum base with Plexiglass top. Both hand signed by Hilary & Gianluca Ghizzardi – Tecnomodel. Each one will set you back a mere $500CND.

Product# MCM-EX01 /MCM-EX02

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS OF NEW UPCOMING TSM 1:18 SCALE RELEASES

Fresh from TrueScale Miniatures, detailed photos of new models scheduled to be on shelves in November and December 2012, just in time for the gift giving season. They include: 1968 Lotus 56 # 70 Turbine Indianapolis 500 STP / Graham Hill, 1971 Lotus 56B Turbine F1 Italian GP Emerson Fittipaldi, and Porsche 936 1983 DRM Hockenheim #3 Warsteiner Team Joest Racing. The detail on these buggers is incredible, as some say, the ultimate eye candy.

Product# TSM111805 / TSM111804 / TSM121805

MR MODELS NEW FLAG COLLECTION SERIES OF MODELS

The first in the series in the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – China Flag and Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – Netherlands Flag. All models will be in 1:43 scale, and produced in very limited numbers. The above example is limited to 12 units. More Flag Collection models to be announced in the near future, contact MR Models for pricing info.

Product# MRCHINA / MRNETHERLAND

BBR 1:18 FERRARI 458 GT3 ROSSO SCUDERIA

Latest announcement from BBR in regards to the Ferrari 458 GT3 series is the Rosso Scuderia. The 458 Italia GT3 was unveiled by Ferrari in 2011. The car is slightly lighter and more powerful than the GT2 version, producing nearly 550 HP and running all the way to a 9000 rpm red line! The engine thus performs more similarly to that of the road car than the GT2 version. The aerodynamics of the car are also slightly different due to different aerodynamic regulations.

Product# P1828RS

FRONTI-ART INTRODUCES TWO LIVERY EDITIONS OF THE HONDA HSV 010 RACE CAR

To compliment their Matte Test car, Front-art has introduced two new livery editions of the Honda HSV 010 Race Car. Both Honda’s are 1:18 in scale, fully sealed, and feature some unique liveries numbered #8 and #32. Each car is limited to 150 pieces, which equates to super rare!

Product# Not available

AUTOART: MATTE PAINT ON MODEL CARS

Matte colours, or paint finishes without gloss, have become increasingly popular options on full-scale cars in recent years. Nowadays, we can see all sorts of matte finishes on cars running in the street, from exotic Lamborghinis to more common Mercedes-Benz. Even Hyundai now offers a factory matte finish. The most popular no-gloss colour is, of course, matte black, followed by matte white. These colours are mostly found on sport cars.

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MR 1:18 BUGATTI VERYON 16.4 SUPERSPORT – MATT BLACK/VIOLET MATT

Hot off the press, new two-tone colour available for the Bugatti Veryon 16.4 Supersport. Surprisingly, the colour scheme works quite well in my opinion. The black wheels add to the sinister look. The Bugatti will be limited to 25 units, so you better get your order in today!

Product# BUG03SE

JAPAN 2012 TOKYO HOBBY SHOW

Photos are starting to emerge from this year’s Tokyo hobby show. Confirmation of Kyosho’s anticipated Ferrari F355 and Audi R8 GT are definitely confirmed as both are in attendance and showing well. Another vendors at the show include Minichamps, Peako, Tamiya, Spark, Norev, and more. Visit the following link for more photos – www.minicarshop.jp

Product# Not available

SOLIDO NEW 1:18 AND 1:43 DIECAST RELEASES

If you’re into the French classics, Solido has a few new releases that may interest you. The Citroen HY (1:18) is an 80th Anniversary release marking 80 years of diecast excellence, and we are sure this will be a popular model with collectors. Other notables are the Citroen HY Brocante – 1969 (1:18), Renault TAXI -1953 (1:18), Renault 8 S -1969 (1:430, and Renault 12 Gordini – 1971 (1:43).

Product# 421180800 / 421183290 / 421183530 / 421432120 / 421432140

MINICHAMPS 1:18 and 1:43 SCALE DIECAST NEW THIS WEEK

Above and beyond the new orange Jaguar XKR GT3 noted earlier this week, Minichamps has announced a few more additions to their 1:18 and 1:43 scale assortment. A few notables are the Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S and the Maserati Quattroporte, both in red. Find more new releases on www.minichamps.de

Product# 100061020 / 400123902

FRONTI-ART NEW COLOURS FOR 1:43 KOENIGSEGG AND ASTON MARTIN

To add to their assortment of exotics, Fronti-Art has added two new colours. The Koenigsegg Agera R is now available in a carbon fibre finish, while the Aston Martin One 77 is finished in Cyan blue. Damn! both look super sexy. Both models are limited to 150 pieces.

Product# Not available

BBR TWO NEW FERRARIS AVAILABLE IN 1:18 and 1:43 SCALE

I thought AUTOart was the king of new announcements but my perspective has swayed since the launch of DiecastSociety.com. New Ferrari 458 GT2 PRO Le mans 2012 (1:18) and Ferrari F40 Competizione Test Monza 1989 (1:43) are latest in the stable of BBR releases. The F40 Competizione was born to celebrate the first 40th anniversary of the famous car maker in Modena, and it has the distinction of being the last Ferrari seen and approved by Enzo Ferrari. The 458 Italia GT2 has had an excellent racing record. The car has finished 2nd in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1st at the 2011 Petit Le Mans, 3rd at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, and has won both the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the 2011 Le Mans Series.

Product# P1851 / BG338

MINICHAMPS 1:18 JAGUAR XKR GT3 – 2008 ORANGE

Fresh off its latest release of the Jaguar XKR GT3 livery and street version cars, Minichamps is launching another new colour to add to the Jaguar assortment. Orange! Now that is thinking outside the box, I like it! The XKR GT3 is based on the aluminum chassis of the original spec car and has a 4.2 litre V8 Compressor. The output is 475 horse power.

Product# 150081391

SCHUCO 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN UP!

Latest addition to Schuco’s Modern Car collection is the Volkswagen UP! A charming little bugger it is. Overall the execution looks true to the 1:1, and I’m sure this one will appeal to Volkswagen fans. I’m a fan too, I’d love to see this this one in 1:18 scale. BTW car is limited to 1000 units, so get your order in today!

Product# 450754600

BBR 1:18 PAGANI HUAYRA GENEVE MOTORSHOW 2011

Pagani Huayra’s name is taken from Huayra-Tata the god of the wind, one who controls the breeze, the wind, and the hurricane. The name fits the car like a glove. BBR’s latest offering will be available mid October with a limited run of 330 units. A special edition Huayra in white with two interior options to follow, both limited to 50 units. Start saving your pennies today!

Product# P1832B

TECNOMODEL 1:18 MCLAREN MP4/12C GT3

Tecnomodel (thanks KC) has recently released a whole slew of McLaren MP4/12C GT3 cars, some in traditional McLaren orange and others in Gulf and Black Presentation colours with future releases to be announced shortly. I’m sure all variants will be hits with collectors. Each model is limited in production with some pieces as low as 30 unit runs. Suggested retail is $549US, ouch, but that is the price for exclusivity folks!

Product# T18MI04AP / T18MI04AO / T18MI04AB

BBR LATEST 1:43 FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA

This latest release in 1:43 features special custom updates not yet seen on the F12 series cars. The interior in two-tone in black and tan leather. While the exterior and mirrors feature the stunning Rosso Corsa red. The F12 will be limited to 80 pieces. Damn she’s too gorgeous to pass up, I’m in line to get mine!

Product# BBRC77D

AUTOART OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF 4TH QUARTER RELEASES!

New photos of AUTOart 4th quarter releases are hot off the press. AUTOart is keeping busy this fall with some new street and race series releases. The likes of Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Lexus and BMW are hopefully going to be under your Christmas tree and mine. The Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI DTM Winner 1993 Larini #8 is nothing less than spectacular! My personal favourites, the BMW M3 (E30) DTM Plain Body version in White and Black, are just pure eye candy. These are just a few examples of what’s upcoming my friends…

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BBR 1:18 FERRARI 599 GTB HGTE 60F1

If you’re looking for the upper end of BBR models look no further than the new 599 GTB series. The car is crafted and hand-built in Saronno, Italy. The 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 features interesting 12 stage wheel/rim detail, 48 in total for all four corners. The wheel bolts are closely reproduced in 1:18 scale with nickel steel. No messing around here, top quality through and through.

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SCHUCO NEW 1:87 VW Golf MKI GTI AND PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

For you German car lovers, Schuco has just released two new 1:87 scale models of the Volkswagen Golf MKI GTI and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Both look surprisingly detailed for such a small scale. Look for both of these models to be available through your local diecast shop soon!

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AUTOART: PAD PRINTING

Pad printing, also known as “tampon” printing, is a centuries-old technology that is now the most common method used in the toy industry to print fine colour images on the surfaces of models and toys. The reason is simple: the printing quality surpasses other types of decorating methods, such as silk-screen printing and wet-transfer decals.

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BBR 1:18 FERRARI 458 GT3

Stunning is the best way to describe the latest offering from BBR. The Ferrari 458 GT3 will be available in a few weeks. The GT3 offers various differences from 458 Challenge and GT2 car; front and rear bumpers are enlarged. The front nose is completely modified, and new rims and the rear wing round out the changes. Car is offered with or without leather base with display case.

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BBR LATEST 1:18 FERRARI 599XX EVO 2012 PROTOTYPE

A new variant of the Ferrari 599XX EVO presentation car was announced by BBR today. The new livery version features modified rear and front nose . The few photos here are of the prototype version, official release photos to be announced. Retail is around $475CND.

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HOT WHEELS ELITE EIGHTIES NOSTALGIA COMING SOON!

You remember the 80’s classic Knight Rider show and Back To The Future movie? Well now you can add some of that nostalgia to your diecast collection in 1:43 and 1:18 scale. Hot Wheels Elite is just about completed the final touches to their newest release the K.I.T.T (1:18) car and DeLorean DMC-12 time machine (1:43). Oh how Doc Brown would be proud! Catch these two in stores this 4th quarter.

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