The Dutch Boy wins big
The new Replicarz 1/43 Domino’s Indy winner model is a winner itself. It’s the 23rd release in the Replicarz line of 1/43 scale Indy cars and it sets a new high in presentation. Resplendent in red, white & blue colors, it really is a fine piece of modeling art.
Dutch-born Arie Luyendyk took his Shierson Racing Lola-Chevy to the team’s and his own first Indy 500 win in 1990. Starting on the outside of the front row, Luyendyk watched Emerson Fittipaldi dominate the early action from the pole position. Fittipaldi led the most laps (128); however only the last lap counts. Arie took the lead with 32 laps to go and drank the winner’s milk to the thunderous applause of the fans. The win was huge for long-time sponsor Provimi Veal too. Led by Dutchman Aat Groenevelt, Provimi had sponsored Arie through the early stages of his career and the win was a big payoff for him as well.
Replicarz sets a higher bar
Even more attention has been lovingly applied to this car. Excellent use is made of photoetch for the suspension, fuel filler, seatbelt hardware and the tiny fire extinguisher handle. Cockpit detail deserves a close look too. The red belts are really set off by the fine silver hardware. Aluminum, carbon fiber, rivet detail and a finely detailed dash are joined by a shifter and weight jacker. Even the windscreen came in for attention with grey tinting and the thinnest molding yet.
Front wings have the appropriate curving uptick at the outer tips instead of endplates. Gurney tabs are set off in shiny aluminum. The entire front end really stands out with its spindly a-arms, steering and sway bars. Painted in glossy black and set off against the brilliant red paint, it’s seriously nice. Almost hidden are the screens shielding the radiators at the front of the sidepods.
Wait, there’s more!
Detail continues on the bottom of the chassis with aero shaping. Rear suspension is as fine as the front. Replicarz has made great use of changes in color as gloss, satin and matte black are used for contrast amongst assemblies.
Look closely and you’ll see chromed rear halfshaft detail. There’s a rear-facing racing number on the matte black wing underside.
Paint is simply perfect. Masking between the colors is excellent. Fine black pinstripes separate the red, white and blue of the bodywork. The signature pinstripes at the rear are perfectly straight. All the decals on my example were perfectly applied. Decal carrier film is closely trimmed.
Only Replicarz is producing widely-available ready-built Indy car models in 1/43 scale. Each succeeding model has been better than the last. Great attention is always paid to the presentation of the model. New on this model is the felt that’s been added to the bottom of the display base to provide anti-slip displaying. The usual blue Replicarz gift box and quality display case make this a great gift to give any Indy racing fan.
This Replicarz 1/43 Domino’s Indy winner strikes me as the best model yet in the series. Be sure to pick up one of these limited edition models before they sell out! You can also pre-order one of the coming models on the Replicarz site as well.