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Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:32 pm
by Alfaholic
Serafa wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:07 pm
You guys are gonna need more than one SC, 'cause the LM circuit is too long. :D
I'm pretty sure that Ian's recent home renovations were done so he could have a full 1:43 Le Mans diorama in the living room - so good point Bruno :lol: :lol:

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:48 am
by reeft1
Interesting sight of some new Sparks that may be of interest to you chaps.

An Aston DB214 (never heard of it) Le Mans racer.

Secondly, the debate around the Lola Mk vi is partially solved. It can’t be a mold issue as Spark are releasing a Nurburgring variant.

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:46 pm
by k1w1taxi
Re the Lola I don't see how it can be a licencing issue with the current owner as 1) They are modelling the car during the period before he owned it, and he as the owner has no IP rights. 2) Whatever claim he would have to it would extend across all race versions of that chassis.

Re the McQueen 917 hopefully this might mean Spark will redo the longtail versions of the Gulf cars, pretty please.
Another recent announcement for you US race fans (and this rotary nut) is the Kudzu-MAzda DG-3 of Wayne Taylor and co from Phoenix 1994,
though that will be a 2019 release.

Cheers
Lee

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm
by PLAYLIFE
Just received my Spark 1/43 2018 Le Mans winning Toyota. Something is really wrong with it. The floor of the nose part of the car is curving upwards. The car literally looks like its holding its chin up.

Anybody else got this issue?

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:45 pm
by Jager
PLAYLIFE wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm
Just received my Spark 1/43 2018 Le Mans winning Toyota. Something is really wrong with it. The floor of the nose part of the car is curving upwards. The car literally looks like its holding its chin up.

Anybody else got this issue?
Any pictures ?

I think I see what you mean in the picture below. The front edge of the spoiler is sitting too high off the ground :

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Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:38 pm
by oldirish33
Looks like the picture of the real car the front spoiler has an upward tilt? Found this article which describes reconfigured front end of the TS050: http://www.racecar-engineering.com/ ... -ts050/

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:27 am
by LUW
The chin spoiler seems to have been glued at an angle. Though on the real thing it is a bit curved, look at the line between the Michelin sticker and the winglet above.

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:29 am
by LUW
BTW, any news on the new Rothmans and Pink Pig?

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:54 am
by Jager
LUW wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:29 am
BTW, any news on the new Rothmans and Pink Pig?
Patience young grasshopper. The 2018 cars have only just started to be released this month. I'm sure we'll see them soon. Have you pre-ordered them ?

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:52 am
by LUW
Yeah, that's why I'm anxious.

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:56 am
by PLAYLIFE
Jager wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:45 pm
PLAYLIFE wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm
Just received my Spark 1/43 2018 Le Mans winning Toyota. Something is really wrong with it. The floor of the nose part of the car is curving upwards. The car literally looks like its holding its chin up.

Anybody else got this issue?
Any pictures ?

I think I see what you mean in the picture below. The front edge of the spoiler is sitting too high off the ground :

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Yep. Mine is the same. But from that angle it does not look like a big problem. If the picture is taken flat with ground then the problem is revealed.

I also wonder if Spark has a real problem on their hands with 2019 Le Mans 24h as most cars will look the same 2019 vs 2018.

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:39 am
by SPR Models
🏁 BREAKING NEWS 🏁

Here is an interesting twist! Spark has just announced that they will be releasing 1:43rd models of all four Ford GTs from Le Mans 2018.

As you all know, for the last couple of years TSM has been granted the licensing rights to produce the Ford GTs ... although the models were actually manufactured by Spark. Some of these models have been a bit slow to be released (we are still waiting for TSM's 2017 Le Mans models), so you'll be pleased to hear that Spark has announced that their 2018 models will be available March/April 2019.

The four Spark models are...
  • S7050 : Ford GT #66 'Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK' Le Mans 2018 (Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla & Billy Johnson)
  • S7051 : Ford GT #67 'Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK' Le Mans 2018 (Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell & Tony Kanaan)
  • S7052 : Ford GT #68 'Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA' Le Mans 2018 (Joey Hand, Dirk Müller & Sébastien Bourdais - 3rd LMGTE Pro Class)
  • S7053 : Ford GT #69 'Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA' Le Mans 2018 (Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook & Scott Dixon)
Cheers,
John

Re: 2018 Sparks

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:28 am
by Jager
Great news John. It would be slightly ironic if Spark's 2018 Fords appeared before TSM's 2017 Fords.

The best part is the Sparks will hopefully be cheaper than the TSM's.

Now we just have to hope Ford run the retro liveries announced for Daytona at Le Mans in 2019 as well :

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