Minichamps’ 1:43 Audi R8 LMS: Phoenix, Risen

Aug 10, 2011 No Comments by

Stuck, Biela, Stippler and Basseng isn’t a law firm – but pity the unfortunate who comes before them on a track, especially if they’re taking turns piloting the likes of this Audi R8 LMS.

That was on the docket in 2009, when Team Phoenix brought the car to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to claim a GT3 victory and a second-place overall against 188 other cars. The colorfully decorated and decaled limited edition “Evolution” series model (999 made) comes on a special plinth inside a clear case; we lingered over the awesome engine detail under the vented rear glass and the “ceramic” brake discs behind the spoked wheels.

Minichamps keeps making great 1:43, for not a lot of money. Sue us for being so smitten.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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