Minichamps 1:43 BMW Z4M: Ultimate Bull

Aug 12, 2011 No Comments by

You would think that a German model car company making a model of a German car would be a perfect match – and in the case of this Minichamps BMW Z4M “Red Bull” racing coupe, modeled after the winning car shared by Quester, Mullen, Stuck, and Werner at the 2006 24 hours of Silverstone, you’d surely be correct.

What this company brings to 1:43 is always good to see; Minichamps was one of the first – some say the first – company to make affordable, well-done quality 1:43 images. Prior to that, the scale was known more for expensive, extremely limited models for discerning collectors who treasured their exclusivity.  The good news is, those models are still out there for the cognoscenti. But even the most hardened among that high-end bunch will find something to love here – especially if they collect racing machines.

The paint’s slick and metallic, the graphics are sharp and perfectly placed, and the interior detail is complete right to the wee buttons on the steering wheel. Our favorite parts? The clean lensing and sharp screening in the vents – the types of detail usually found in cars costing much more than this one’s suggested $54.00 vig. Get your horns on.

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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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