1:43 diecast review: Centauria F1 collection
Back in August, I posted a review of the 1:43 Brazilian Champions Eaglemoss series – another inexpensive 1:43 diecast series is being currently being sold in Australia via a fortnightly series. Italian and UK readers will have seen these models distributed last year in their countries.
The first model in the series is the McLaren Honda MP4/4 mounted on a plastic sloped track circuit diorama base. Included with each model is an 20 page foldout of brief history of Senna- McLaren 1988 season and also a simple technical breakdown of the MP4/4 engine and chassis. As you can see the introductory price for first model was AUD4.99 (approx EUR3.50/USD3.80/GBP3)!
Although the model looks very plastic up and the livery paintwork is a little uneven in parts – the main chassis is diecast metal.
Centauria are an Italian company specialising in serial release collectibles. In Italy, Centauria are advertising the 1971 STP March 711 in 1:43 scale, which previously has only been mass produced by Quartzo and Spark.
Future cars in the series include:
- 1977 Lauda Ferrari 312T2
- 2014 Hamilton Mercedes W05
- 1992 Mansell Williams Renault FW14B
- 1972 Fittipaldi Lotus 72D
- 2002 Schumacher Ferrari F2002
- 2009 Button Brawn BGP001
- 1984 Senna Toleman TG184
- 2005 Alonso Renault R25
- 2013 Vettel RedBull Racing RB9
- 1991 Schumacher Jordan 191
- 1981 Piquet Brabham BT49B
The Ferrari 312T2 looks reasonably similar to previous Hotwheels 1:43 efforts.
If you are a beginner collector on a small budget and you’re not fussed with models without the driver figure and helmet – the Centauria diecasts are worth a look.