Newsletter 555: Test 2023

Test 2023

Test 2023
The official tests of the Formula 1 pre-season will begin in Bahrain this weekend, in order to take advantage of the start of the season and reduce operational costs, since with current fuel prices it is not wise to waste resources. And thanks to current technology, these tests can be seen on TV and on the Internet practically anywhere on the planet. Great!!! We love that the top category of racing motorsports is starting back again. :)

While the Formula 1 guys are testing their new toys, what are we going to do? Well, with one eye we will be looking at the screen and with the other we will look at the scale model that we have on the workbench, with one hand we will be timing each lap while with the other we will be sanding parts, with one ear we will be listening to the commentators while with the other we will pay attention to the purring of the sandpaper on our pieces... And what will we do with our feet? We will use them to run and see what's new at SpotModel! XD

On this occasion, among all the new things, we are especially thrilled by the two new books on both the Brabham Alfa BT46B and the Porsche 911 997 GT3R by Komakai, the special edition of the Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 by Pocher, the 2023 catalog by Tamiya, the reissues of the Porsche 918 Spyder or the Citroen 2CV Charleston by Revell, and the Lotus Renault 97T by Tameo.

Everyone pay attention to the Formula 1 Tests and to the news from SpotModel!!

Komakai: Reference / walkaround book - Brabham Alfa BT46B - for Fujimi references FJ09153, GP-49, FJ091532, FJ09154, GP-50, FJ091549, FJ092034, GP-12 and 09203 , or Model Factory Hiro references MFH-K269, K-269, MFH-K461 and K-461, or Tameo Kits references TMK231, TMK232, TMK249 and TMK259

Komakai Reference: KOM-FG029

A new book in Komakai's Fast Guides series. This new issue full of exquisite photographs covers the spectacular Brahbam BT46B Fan Car in great detail. It includes 32 full color pages with images of the side skirts, exterior, rims, wings, the impressive rear fan, etc...
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Komakai: Reference / walkaround book - Porsche 911 997 GT3R - for Fujimi references FJ123905, RS-85, FJ12698 and RS.85

Komakai Reference: KOM-FG030

A new book in Komakai's Fast Guides series. Filled with exquisite photography, this new issue covers the spectacular Porsche 911 997 GT3R Hybrid in great detail. Includes 32 full color pages with images of the interior, exterior, rims, etc...
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Print Lab Decals: Logotypes - Marlboro - water slide decals manufactured with digital technology

Print Lab Decals Reference: PLB2-140195

Personalize your vehicles with these black Marlboro logos.
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Print Lab Decals: Logotypes - BMW Motorsport - water slide decals manufactured with digital technology

Print Lab Decals Reference: PLB2-067993

Customize your models with these silver BMW Motorsport logos and the brand's emblem.
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Print Lab Decals: Logotypes - BMW Motorsport - water slide decals manufactured with digital technology

Print Lab Decals Reference: PLB2-666642

Personalize your models with these silver BMW Motorsport logos and the famous M Motorsport emblem.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Honda Mugen NSX sponsored by Castrol #16 - Osamu Nakako + Ryo Michigami - Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) 1998 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM24202

Shunko Models Reference: SHK-D373

Decals newly designed and printed by Shunko Models to replace your old decals from the Tamiya Honda Mugen NSX Castrol kit. It includes the decals to complete the decorations for the Motegi event, the fifth race of the 1998 season where he won the victory, and the final non-championship race called the Nicos Cup GT Allstar Race.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/12 scale - Yamaha YZR500 OW70 & Rider sponsored by Marlboro #4 - Kenny Roberts - Motorcycle World Championship 1983 - water slide decals, assembly instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for Tamiya references TAM14038, 1438, TAM14043 and TAM14075

Shunko Models Reference: SHK-D445

Shunko replacement decals for the Yamaha YZR500 OW70 Tamiya kit used in the 1983 season. Decals are also included to complete the figure of the rider that comes with the reference TAM14043, and some other additional decals. Of course, and perhaps most importantly, tobacco decals are also included. There is no excuse for dusting off your old kit anymore!
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Italeri: Car scale model kit 1/24 scale - Volkswagen Golf I Polizei - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Italeri Reference: 3666

Model kit that will allow us to recreate the first version of the mythical Volkswagen Golf used by the German Police with all its details such as the roof rotative lights or the corresponding decals, and also being able to make the part of the front compartment thanks to its detailed engine and gearbox.
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/12 scale - Suzuki RGV-Gamma XR-84 Lucky Strike Suzuki Team #1, 6 - Kevin Schwantz, Alex Barros - Motorcycle World Championship 1994 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, assembly instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for Tamiya reference TAM14081

Studio27 Reference: ST27-TK1256

Transkit to complete the last bike used by Kevin Schwantz in the Motorcycle World Championship, just the following season after becoming champion, and retiring before the 1994 season was completed, although he still had time to win two races in Japan and Great Brittany. The transkit is made up of a photo-etched sheet, the corresponding decal sheet, and resin and white metal parts to modify the fairing, tail, tank, chassis, swingarm, ... as well as many other parts. Spectacular!
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Porsche 935 Max Moritz Team sponsored by Jagermeister #52 - Manfred Schurti - DRM Zolder Bergischer Lwe 1977 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, seatbelt fabric, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions - for Tamiya references TAM24328 and TAM24334

Studio27 Reference: ST27-TK2475R

Complete transkit to make, based on the Porsche 934 Tamiya kit, the impressive Porsche 935 winner of the Zolder race belonging to the 1977 German DRM Championship. The transkit includes several resin parts, among which is the complete body, with its corresponding rear wing and front spoiler separately, 3 photo-etched plates, one of them for the precious honeycomb cores for the BBS rims, a high-quality decal sheet and different white metal parts, among which there are 4 wheel rims and two 5-spoke rear wheels, with their corresponding rubber tires. It cannot be missing in your showcase!
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Porsche 935 Martini Racing Team #1, 9 - Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx + Jochen Mass - 6 Hours Silverstone, 6 Hours Vallelunga 1976 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, seatbelt fabric, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM24328 and TAM24334

Studio27 Reference: ST27-TK2466

A beast was born, which was to mark an entire era in the Gt's championships. It was the Porsche 935, dressed in Martini war colors. Thanks to this complete transkit, it is now possible to make this version from the Porsche 934 RSR Tamiya kit. The transkit includes several resin parts, among which is the complete body, with its corresponding rear wing and front spoiler separately, 2 photo-etched plates, one of them for the precious honeycomb cores for the BBS rims, a sheet of high quality decals and different pieces in white metal, among which there are 4 rims with their corresponding rubber tires. What a beast!
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Scale Production: Lights 1/24 scale - Auxiliary headlights 6mm, chrome plated - 8 units

Scale Production Reference: SPK24002

Auxiliary headlights of 6 mm in diameter to give more depth and detail to your assemblies.
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI Alfa Corse Team #1, 2 - Nicola Larini, Alessandro Nannini - DTM 1994 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, seatbelt fabric, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM24137, TAM24148, TAM96356 and TAM96357

Studio27 Reference: ST27-TK2468

In the 1994 season, Alfa Romeo defended its DTM victory from the previous year, and like all its rivals, the car evolved in many aspects, including aerodynamics. The changes are important... new hood, front and rear spoilers, the sides with air inlets, rear wing, new configuration of the exhaust outlets... so if you want to make the 1994 version of the Alfa 155, it is makes this Studio27 transkit essential, which not only allows you to modify the body with different pieces of resin and white metal, but also allows you to increase the detail of many other mechanical and interior components.
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI Schbel Engineering Team sponsored by RTL #18 - Kris Nissen - DTM 1994 - metal parts, paint masks, photo-etched parts, resin parts, seatbelt fabric, water slide decals, white metal parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM24137, TAM24148, TAM96356 and TAM96357

Studio27 Reference: ST27-TK2469

Undoubtedly one of the most striking cars on the grid of the 1994 DTM season, with its asymmetrical three-tone livery. Of course, apart from the decals, to make a correct 1994 version of the DTM Alfa 155, this Studio27 transkit is essential, which not only allows you to modify the bodywork with different resin and white metal parts, but also allows you to increase the detail of many other mechanical and interior components. A touch of color for your collection!
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Tamiya: Catalogue - Tamiya catalog 2023

Tamiya Reference: TAM64443

It's here. A true end-of-year classic, the new Tamiya catalog for 2023, with all its latest news not only from the civilian section, such as the Ducati Superleggera V4 or the Nissan Fairlady Z, but also from the rest of the modalities, also including its tools and paints. Full color photos on high quality paper. Edited in English, German, French and Spanish.
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Heller: Motorbike scale model kit 1/8 scale - Yamaha 125 TY - plastic parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Heller Reference: 80902

Re-edition of the Heller scale kit of the Yamaha 125 TY in 1/8 scale. It features a total of 140 parts, including chromed and plastic parts, rubber parts, water decals, etc.
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ScaleLab 24: Detail up set 1/24 scale - Audi R8 LMS Evo II - 3D printed parts, CNC metal parts, paint masks, photo-etched parts, resin parts, seatbelt fabric and assembly instructions - for Nunu references PN24026 and NU24026

ScaleLab 24 Reference: SL02-036

Full conversion set for Nunu kit of the Audi R8 LMS EVO II, which also includes the full aerodynamic upgrade pack . 4 photoetched sheets, 4 air valves for the tires, the central anchorage for the harnesses, 3 electrical connectors, the antenna base, the brake calipers... what more could you ask for?
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Decalcas: Detail up set 1/12 scale - Ducati Superleggera V4 - 3D printed parts - for Tamiya reference TAM14140

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR084

Improvement set for the Tamiya Ducati Superleggera V4 that includes honeycomb grilles for the exhaust, different types of screws to replace the metal ones supplied by Tamiya, the dry clutch with open cover for competition, divided into different pieces to facilitate work of paint, the brake lever guard that is supplied with the competition kit on the actual model, the right rear axle nut, the triple clamp nut and the front and rear shock absorbers adjusting nuts, all with the excellent detail of the 3D parts manufactured by DECALCAS... just look at the text engraved on the shock adjusting nuts.
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Decalcas: Exhaust 1/12 scale - Ducati Superleggera V4 - 3D printed parts and water slide decals manufactured with digital technology - for Tamiya reference TAM14140

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR085

Improvement set for the Tamiya Ducati Superleggera V4 to replace the exhaust system with the titanium competition exhaust kit, as well as the lower casing that covers them and the necessary parts to remove the mirrors and the license plate. The exhausts include the springs, the lambda probe, the detailed welds between parts, the brackets and the necessary decals to simulate the logos engraved on the mufflers and the logo on the carbon protector of the right muffler. The high detail of this set of 3D printed parts by DECALCAS is such that it is supplied with a base to display it on its own, looking just like the spectacular DUCATI where they are mounted. Are you going to limit yourself to mounting them on your kit or do you dare to also mount them on their base to enjoy every last detail?
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LB Production: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group N sponsored by Marlboro #16 - Mohammed Bin Sulayem + Ronan Morgan - Catalunya Costa Brava Rally - Rally of Spain 1992 - water slide decals, placement instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for D.Modelkits references DM-K001 and DM-K002

LB Production Reference: LB-24080

The Ford Sierra not only stood out in the "big" category of rallies, but they were also one of the fashion cars in the production or Gr.N category. With one of these units, Mohammed Bin Sulayem won this category at the 1992 Rally de Catalunya, as well as finishing ninth overall.
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LB Production: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group N sponsored by Shell Helix #28 - Alister McRae + David Senior - Lombard RAC Rally 1992 - water slide decals and placement instructions - for D.Modelkits references DM-K001 and DM-K002

LB Production Reference: LB-24081

The Ford Sierra not only stood out in the "big" category of rallies, but they were also one of the fashion cars in the production or Gr.N category. With one of these units, Alister McRae won this category at the 1992 Lombard RAC Rally.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group A Ford Motor Co. Team sponsored by Autoglass, Carglass #3, 7 - Massimo 'Miki' Biasion + Tiziano Siviero, Francois Delecour + Daniel Grataloup - Monte Carlo Rally - Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1992 - water slide decals and placement instructions - for D.Modelkits reference DM-K002

Reji Model Reference: REJI-375

Decal sheet to make any of the two participating units framed within the official Ford team in the 1992 Monte-Carlo Rally. The set of decals is not complete, that is, some of the decals from the kit corresponding to the Rally de Portugal version must be used (reference DM-K002). And remember, Delecour carried the Carglass advertisement and Biasion that of Autoglass...
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group A Ford Motor Co. Team sponsored by Autoglass, Carglass #2, 6 - Massimo 'Miki' Biasion + Tiziano Siviero, Francois Delecour + Daniel Grataloup - Tour de Corse Rallye de France 1992 - water slide decals and placement instructions - for D.Modelkits reference DM-K002

Reji Model Reference: REJI-376

Decal sheet to make any of the two participating units framed within the official Ford team in the 1992 Tour de Corse, where Francois Delecour obtained second place. The set of decals is not complete, that is, some of the decals from the kit corresponding to the Rally de Portugal version must be used (reference DM-K002). And remember, Delecour carried the Carglass advertisement and Biasion that of Autoglass...
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Revell: Car scale model kit 1/24 scale - Citroen 2CV Charleston - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Revell Reference: REV07095

Likeable, fun and curious, the Citron 2CV has deservedly become part of automotive history. During its last years it saw how some special versions were launched, recognizable by their bodywork painted in two colors, such as the Charleston. This kit allows you to assemble this model including its reliable air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine, and the canvas top separated from the body. With a little skill, it could even be mounted with the top rolled up, leaving the spartan interior on display... do you dare?
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Revell: Car scale model kit 1/24 scale - Porsche 918 Spyder - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Revell Reference: REV07026

We got down to work and made a quick build of Revell's Porsche 918. Conclusion? We want to build it again!!!! A very interesting break up for a gorgeous car. 100% recommended.
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Revell: Car scale model kit 1/24 scale - Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback 1965 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Revell Reference: REV07065

Scale model kit of the classic Ford Mustang in its 2+2 Fastback 1965 version. The kit includes a detailed engine, chromed parts and American license plates decals.
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Revell: Car scale model kit 1/25 scale - Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 1958 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Revell Reference: REV07037

1/25 scale kit of one of the most iconic American cars of the 50's and 60's, the convertible Chevrolet Corvette. The kit includes chrome plastic parts, rubber tires featuring the usual white walls, fully detailed engine and interior, and a total of 137 parts.
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Revell: Car scale model kit 1/24 scale - Trabant 601S sponsored by Builders Choice - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Revell Reference: REV07713

From the community, to the community - that's what Revell Builder's Choice kits stand for. Design resulting from a competition, winner chosen from the Revell Community, a must for all Revell collectors.
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Tameo Kits: Car scale model kit 1/43 scale - Lotus Renault 97T John Player Special Lotus Team sponsored by Olympus #11, 12 - Elio de Angelis, Ayrton Senna da Silva - Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix 1985 - photo-etched parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, assembly instructions, painting instructions and tobacco sponsor decals

Tameo Kits Reference: TMK442

White metal 1/43 scale kit of one of Senna's most emblematic cars, his Lotus 97T. A beast with more than 1,000 hp that Ayrton managed to tame like few others. For those who want a simple assembly, Tameo Kits has developed this reference with the rear hood closed, but with all the other details that make this model so recognizable. The white metal body and floor give shape to the model, which is complemented by an extensive series of photo-etched parts for detailing.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group A Bastos Ford Rally Team sponsored by Castrol #4 - Patrick Snijers + Dany Colebunders - Barum Czech Rally 1991 - 3D printed parts, photo-etched parts, resin parts, water slide decals, placement instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for D.Modelkits references DM-K001 and DM-K002

Reji Model Reference: REJI-377

Transkit to make the version of the Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group A with which Patrick Snijers won the Barum Rally in 1991. In addition to the decal sheet, which includes the tobacco logos, the transkit includes parts in resin, parts printed in 3D and photoetched. Apart from the more than interesting Compomotive rims with their vents, an essential detail are the pieces to be able to convert the double front headlight into the single headlight of the street version, and that many of the Sierra 4x4 rallies used. The photo-etched plate reproduces the license plates, the base of the Ford emblem for the front grill, and up to three different types of roof cover for the ventilation of the passenger compartment.
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Number Five: Paint for airbrush - E-Type Red - 1 x 30ml - for Revell references REV07668 and REV07717

Number Five Reference: N5-C186

Red color tone used in the different versions of the Jaguar E-type. It has been specifically formulated for the Revell scale model.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Nissan Nismo GT-R BNCR33 sponsored by Zexel #2 - Aguri Suzuki + Hideo Fukuyama + Erik Comas - Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) 1996 and 1997 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM24178

Shunko Models Reference: SHK-D132

Nice decoration of one of the most spectacular cars of the JGTC, the Skyline BNC R33. The Zexel Nissan team version achieved in the 1997 Fuji 300km race the 200th GT-R victory. This could be a good reason to opt for this decoration, although the decal sheet also allows the 96 version to be made, with slight changes in the sponsors.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/12 scale - Ferrari 312T Scuderia Ferrari Team #1, 2, 11, 12 - Niki Lauda + Clay Regazzoni - Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, USA West Long Beach Formula 1 Grand Prix, Swedish Formula 1 Grand Prix 1975 and 1976 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM12019, BS1219 and TAM12034

Shunko Models Reference: SHK-D475

Replacement decals for the veteran 1/12 scale Tamiya kit. It includes several numbers and additional logos to recreate the versions used in various Grand Prix not included in the original decoration of the kit. Decals have also been added with size corrections and others that were omitted, such as the fire extinguisher insignia.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/20 scale - Ferrari 312T Scuderia Ferrari Team #1, 2, 11, 12 - Niki Lauda, Clay Regazzoni - Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, USA West Long Beach Formula 1 Grand Prix 1975 and 1976 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Hasegawa references 23202, 72136 and QG36

Shunko Models Reference: SHK-D476

Replacement decals for the beautiful Hasegawa kit at 1/20 scale. It includes several numbers and additional logos to recreate the versions used in various Grand Prix not included in the original decoration of the kit, also taking advantage to include some decals with various size corrections.
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