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Re: Spark 2017

Post by Serafa » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:21 am

Thanks a lot for clarifying it, John. It's good to know how the supply chain and logistics work with Spark.

IMO, Spark is currently the most important manufacturer for 1:43 scale collectors. They have a very solid portfolio and frequently (on a weekly basis) release new models and that gets me tempted to make my wallet cry through the whole year. :lol:

Besides that, they managed to keep their prices on a similar basis during the past years, while other important brands like Minichamps are being left behind due to higher prices and lack of new releases. It could be explained probably because Spark owns 4 manufacturing sites in China, while Minichamps owns nothing.
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Re: Spark 2017

Post by Jager » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:50 am

SPR Models wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:46 am
Sorry Jeff, no plans for a street version from Spark. As you probably know, Spark are releasing two race versions of the Chevy Monza...
  • S4383 : Chevrolet Monza GT #75 Le Mans 1976 (M. Keyser & E. Wachs)
  • S0860 : Chevrolet Monza #14 IMSA Champion 1976 (A. Holbert)
Both have the low ducktail style rear spoiler, not the high wing as shown above, but I'm OK with that, as that's how I remember seeing them race here in New Zealand.
John, in my database I also have Spark producing the 1978 #84 Le Mans Monza S4384. Both Le Mans Monza's were announced simultaneously in the 2015 Spark catalogue.

The 1978 car was a high wing version :

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On the 1976 Le Mans car, the rear spoiler was a standalone wing supported by struts, rather than a ducktail spoiler integrated into the bodywork :

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A few pictures have started to surface of Spark's 1976 car. It looks pretty good for a car that only lasted 11 laps. Don't forget my pre-order ! :

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by Alfaholic » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:30 am

We just need a Federation Insurance Allan Moffat version now Ian!! I guess we can dream.
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Re: Spark 2017

Post by SPR Models » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:28 am

Jager wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:50 am
SPR Models wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:46 am
Sorry Jeff, no plans for a street version from Spark. As you probably know, Spark are releasing two race versions of the Chevy Monza...
  • S4383 : Chevrolet Monza GT #75 Le Mans 1976 (M. Keyser & E. Wachs)
  • S0860 : Chevrolet Monza #14 IMSA Champion 1976 (A. Holbert)
Both have the low ducktail style rear spoiler, not the high wing as shown above, but I'm OK with that, as that's how I remember seeing them race here in New Zealand.
John, in my database I also have Spark producing the 1978 #84 Le Mans Monza S4384. Both Le Mans Monza's were announced simultaneously in the 2015 Spark catalogue.

The 1978 car was a high wing version :

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On the 1976 Le Mans car, the rear spoiler was a standalone wing supported by struts, rather than a ducktail spoiler integrated into the bodywork :

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A few pictures have started to surface of Spark's 1976 car. It looks pretty good for a car that only lasted 11 laps. Don't forget my pre-order ! :

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HI Ian. No I won't forget your pre-order for S4383 (Chevrolet Monza #75 Le Mans 1976 - Michael Keyser & Eddie Wachs). You've been waiting a long time for this one (you pre-ordered in July 2015).

Some customers have also pre-ordered S4384 (Chevrolet Monza #84 Le Mans 1978 - Brad Frisselle, Robert Kirby & John Hotchkis). Despite it being listed in 2015, 2016 & 2017 Spark catalogues, I haven't heard anything about this model, and still no images of a prototype.

Yes you're right about the imminent S4383 - the 1976 Le Mans car doesn't have a ducktail spoiler. I quickly glance at the small image in the Spark catalogue when writing my previous post, but should have looked more closely. I realised my error later, but hadn't had time to go back and edit my post.

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by SPR Models » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:37 am

Serafa wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:21 am
Thanks a lot for clarifying it, John. It's good to know how the supply chain and logistics work with Spark.

IMO, Spark is currently the most important manufacturer for 1:43 scale collectors. They have a very solid portfolio and frequently (on a weekly basis) release new models and that gets me tempted to make my wallet cry through the whole year. :lol:

Besides that, they managed to keep their prices on a similar basis during the past years, while other important brands like Minichamps are being left behind due to higher prices and lack of new releases. It could be explained probably because Spark owns 4 manufacturing sites in China, while Minichamps owns nothing.
I agree - although I'm a bit biased - Spark has a great range; excellent quality; and a reasonable price. And it's not just me saying that. We receive that kind of feedback every week from our customers also.

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by SPR Models » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:55 am

Alfaholic wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:30 am
We just need a Federation Insurance Allan Moffat version now Ian!! I guess we can dream.
That's not out of question Martin. Spark do listen to suggestions from Customers, and are currently considering other iconic Australian racecars to model. And it helps our cause if we can show the potential sales volume. Fingers cross.
John

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by rotormotor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:40 pm

Hi John.
Any word on the big TSM 787B arrival date to yours?
Cheers
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Re: Spark 2017

Post by SPR Models » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:11 pm

rotormotor wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:40 pm
Hi John.
Any word on the big TSM 787B arrival date to yours?
Cheers
TSM must be getting sick of my weekly e-mails asking, "Where the hell is it?", because they have finally told me that they will be in my next shipment. From what I understand, they sold out of the this production run, and had to produce some more. Despite this, it sure has taken a long time!

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by rotormotor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:05 pm

Thanks.
Surprised they are having to make another production run..guess I could have missed out otherwise.
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Re: Spark 2017

Post by SPR Models » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:19 am

The latest Spark order form lists S0860 (Chevrolet Monza #14 IMSA Champion 1976 - Al Holbert) with an expected release date of Nov/Dec 2017. It's been a long wait, but at least we now know that it should be available by the end of the year.

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Re: Spark 2017

Post by LUW » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:54 am

BEAUTIFUL in Sunoco colors, but for me it has to be the LM car.
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Re: Spark 2017

Post by thetrooper » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:32 pm

Holy crap, all of those look great. If I had the cash I'd buy them all. The high wing version is a Beast :twisted:
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