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Miura P400 S Announced

Agora Models has announced another new partwork model coming in 2022: the iconic Lamborghini Miura P400 S in 1:8 scale! Immediately available for pre-order, this build is a faithful replica of what was widely considered to be the first ‘mid-engine 2-seater supercar’. This appears to be the same model already available from Hachette Partworks in Germany, but now includes the Agora Promise and wider distribution.

“When the Lamborghini Miura was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, experts and visitors alike were enthusiastic. The sports car revolutionized the automotive world with the sleek body shapes created by the Bertone design studio and the transversely mounted V12 mid-engine. With a top speed of 280 km/h, the Miura was one of the fastest cars of its time.

The vehicle was faithfully reproduced in detail from the historical model and based on 3D drawings with the highest precision on a scale of 1:8. The result is a unique standing model that faithfully reproduces all the details of the Italian super sports car. From the roaring V12 engine to the distinctive air vents on the door and the illuminated interior. Look forward to many hours of model building fun!”

  • Length: 21.6” (55 cm)
  • Width:  8.6″ (22 cm)
  • Height: 5.5” (14 cm)
  • Materials: This die-cast metal model includes electronics and ABS parts
  • 100 Issues to complete

Features

  • SOUND AND LIGHT EFFECTS – Engine ignition, horn, front and rear lights, brake lights, dashboard and interior lighting
  • MAXIMUM REALISM – Driver’s seat with attention to the smallest detail and dashboard with controls
  • ENGINE AND MECHANICS – Accurately reproduced powerful Lamborghini V12
  • STEERING WHEELS – With Campagnolo rims and rubber tires
  • OPENING DOORS – With built-in air intake functions
  • REAR HOOD – With cooling strips

Check out the Agora Models Lamborghini Miura P400 S page for more information!

Porsche 917KH Announced

Out of nowhere, Agora Models has announced a new model: Steve McQueen’s iconic Le Mans Porsche 917KH race car in 1:8 scale! Immediately available for pre-order, this partwork build is a faithful replica of the car from the classic film. This appears to be the same model available from IXO Collections in France, but includes the Agora Promise and wider distribution.

“The Porsche 917 is a racing legend – the most powerful and fastest Porsche race car to date with an air-cooled twelve-cylinder engine whose power in 1970 was an imposing 580 hp at 8,300 rpm. With an impressive racing record, the 917 is responsible for turning the German brand into a force that dominated the endurance racing scene from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s. In Gulf Oil’s famous sky-blue and orange livery, this is arguably the most iconic 917 of all time.”

  • Length: 21 1/8” (536mm)
  • Width:  10″ (254mm)
  • Height: 4 1/2” (115mm)
  • Materials: This die-cast metal model includes electronics and ABS parts
  • Number of parts: Approximately 600

Features

  • Faithfully reproduced 12-cylinder V 180 engine
  • Butterfly doors open to display the cockpit
  • Working steering wheel turns the wheels
  • Active suspension
  • Fully operating headlights, rear and interior lights
  • Firestone racing tires
  • All parts come ready-painted – no painting required

Check out the Agora Models Porsche 917KH page for more information!

1968 Mustang GT Announced

Eaglemoss/Die-Cast Club have quietly released a new subscription partwork to build up a 1968 Ford Mustang GT!

This 1:8 scale model may look familiar to car nuts like myself – this is the same model and Highland Green color of the Mustang that Frank Bullitt (played by Steve McQueen) drove through the streets of San Francisco in the one of, if not the greatest, car chase scene ever filmed. The 1968 film, Bullitt, is considered an classic car movie!

“There is no cooler car from the 1960s than the Ford Mustang, the original “pony car” that combined power, performance, and understated style like nothing before or since. And now, for the first time at 1:8 scale, you can build your own Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, the model that was later transformed into the legendary car involved in the greatest Hollywood car chase of all time in Bullitt.

Your superb 1:8 scale model is made from high-quality die-cast metal, along with other precision-engineered components in ABS plastic and rubber. Functioning parts include working front and rear lights, opening doors, hood, and trunk, wind-down windows, and rotating (steering) front wheels. It’s a stunning reproduction of a factory-specification 1968 Mustang GT Fastback, but what takes this sublime replica to another level is an optional customization kit that converts an already-cool Mustang into a genuinely iconic car.”

Details

  • Available in March 2022
  • Length: 23.4″ (59.4 cm)
  • Width: 9.1″ (23.1 cm)
  • Height: 6.8″ (17.3 cm)
  • Weight: 18.3 Lbs. (8.3 Kg)
  • Die-cast body and chassis with other metal and plastic parts
  • Detailed 390cu V8 engine
  • Working doors, hood, and trunk
  • Working steering system
  • Working side windows
  • Working headlights/taillights
  • Stop lights operated by the brake pedal
  • Authentic fold-down rear seat
  • Four Free Gifts
  • Completed in 110 Issues
  • 10 extra Issues at the end of the build to convert the stock Mustang GT into the famous Bullitt movie car, which includes:
    • Customizable license plates
    • Four American Racing Torq Thrust-style wheels
    • Black three-spoke steering wheel with Shelby GT500 logo
    • Rear Valance without the reverse lights
    • Badge Sticker to cover the GT Badge on the trunk
    • Front Grille with no lights or badge

Sign up for your own 1968 Mustang GT (Bullitt) partwork today!

Agora Titanic Announced

Agora Models is at it again – their latest large-scale model available for pre-order is the infamous RMS Titanic in 1:200 scale! I have been hoping that one of the partwork companies would eventually release a big Titanic and here we are. This is the same model that Hachette Partworks is releasing later this month in the UK. However, Agora Models ships worldwide so I will be able to build this here in the US. I am beyond excited, and that means another build site is coming soon! Look for this Titanic to be available from Agora in May of next year (2022).

The Model

“From the makers of the extraordinary Bismarck, a new masterpiece of model shipbuilding, rich in the most realistic details, the most famous ocean liner of all time – RMS TITANIC.

Designed according to the original construction plans at 1:200 scale, this is an unprecedented model constructed with a die-cast metal hull, wooden deck, and with tiny details from the deck fittings to the hull coverings and mechanical parts at a level of perfection and realism that capture the euphoria and optimism of that moment when the liner set out.

All components are already painted in historically accurate detail and colors, making this Titanic model enjoyable for modelers new to the craft, and experts ready for a new challenge.”

“As it prepared to embark on its maiden voyage, RMS Titanic was one of the most opulent ships in the world, designed for comfort rather than speed. Its immense hull was the largest movable manmade object at that time, having a gross registered tonnage of 46,328 tons.

Having inspired countless stories, articles, films and scientific research, and capturing the worlds imagination, we feel honored to bring such an accurate and detailed scale model of this most famous, British luxury passenger liner. Created following the original plans designed by shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, this 1:200 scale model features refined metal details and photo-etched brass railings along the decks and brilliant attention to detail in every part of the ship from the wooden decks to the technical accessories, resulting in a masterpiece in naval modeling.

All components are already painted in historically accurate detail and colors, making the Titanic model enjoyable for modelers new to the craft, and experts ready for a new challenge.”

Each of the 140 issues of this partwork will include a magazine detailing the story of the Titanic from the ship itself to life on board. The Agora  Models subscription plan consists of 24 shipments, each one about six weeks apart. The initial shipment includes the first four issues, then the following shipments each contains six issues.

Specifications

Scale: 1:200
Materials: Die-cast Metal Hull, Wood Deck with Brass accessories, photo-etched metal details, and ABS plastic
Length:  52.75″ (134cm)
Width:  6″ (15.5cm)
Height:  8.75″ (22.5cm)
Number of parts: approximately 1,800

This model is supplied pre-painted.

Features

  • Metal Hull, wooden deck
  • Smoke effects from funnel
  • Working internal and external lights
  • Electronic rotating propellers
  • Removable sections
  • Replica of functioning engine
  • Remote control unit based on the original design of the engine room telegraph on the Titanic

If you opt for the premium subscription at an additional charge, you will also receive this nice display case:

And finally, there will be three FREE GIFTS that Agora will send out as the build progresses: a Titanic-styled pocket watch, tool kit, and a replica Titanic tin plate:

Head on over to the Agora Models Titanic page for more information. I have already got my name on the list for this build!