Mini-cars: Collectable models of real toy cars
Mini cars are real driven racing cars or pedal cars for children, reduced 50% or 60% of the full size car. LE MANS MINIATURES reproduces models in 1/18 scale with a driver at the steering wheel (child or adult).
Ready-to-Run : And yes it does move !
Modelled in 1/32 scale and equipped with a 12V motor, with a pick-up to run on slot track. Every Ready-to-Run every model has its unique technical specifications, adapted to the demands of racing, without any concessions to the shape and the detail, always giving the highest accuracy. Simply unscrew the car from its base, put it on your track, and drive it now …
Kits 1/87: Jewellery of precision
It is a range of kits in 1/87 scale (HO) of cars of the LeMans 24 Hours race, but also other endurance races, and sometimes rally and even civil versions. Mainly consisting of the finest resin parts, every kit is supplied with building instructions. Every model has its own characteristics, as close as possible to the prototype despite the very small size. All the available models are cast and packaged in our own workshops.
Kits 1/43 scale: Details for high realism
LE MANS MINIATURES has never taken the easy way out: the range of kits in 1/43 scale only includes models with separate body parts and visible engines. This concept was called Gold Line to indicate the great level of detail. Photo-etched parts, vacuum thermoformed parts, metal or resin rims: every model is designed with great care, and the raw materials are chosen according to the scale and the finesse of the details. All the cast parts come from our workshops at Yvré-le-Pôlin.
Kits in 1/32 scale : Fine pieces of engineering
In this range of 1/32 scale slot car kits, every kit contains all of the necessary parts to assemble a slot model as good as a Ready-to-Run model : resin parts for the body, the chassis and other details, all the mechanical parts that allow the car to run (motor, wheel & tyres, gears & axles, guide & braids, etc). Each kit is delivered with a decal sets and building instructions. The Gold Line kits have pre-painted bodyshells. This range is produced in our workshop too.
Kits for 1/24 scale slot cars : Head lights on bodies
A range of resin kits in 1/24 scale, specially designed to adapt the necessary parts to turn it into a slot car. Every kit consists of a resin bodyshell, as well as all the detailed resin, photo-etched , and vacuum thermoformed parts, for the optimal result of accuracy and decoration. Compared with the static versions, the bodyshell is lightened by removing excess material inside to improve its performance during racing, and the fitting of a slot car chassis.
Kits 1 /24 scale: High-Definition resin
The range of static kits in 1/24 scale in which we distinguish the models available between Soft-Line and Gold-Line versions. Every model is designed in a specific way and uses different materials to reproduce every component. There are variations from one model to another to ensure any differences between the prototypes are accurately reproduced. Every box contains all the components necessary for the assembly of a highly detailed model, and includes comprehensive building instructions. The production is carried out in our workshops at Yvré-le-Pôlin.
Figures 200 mm (1/8 scale): Art Deco
A trophy, sculpture, or bronze statuette: a collection of figure in 1/8 scale that seem to look at you as though real, you will find in these exclusive automobilia objects something to appreciate for itself or improve your collection.
Figures in 1/18 scale: Faithful to the legend
Reproductions in resin and hand-painted in 1/18 scale, these are symbolic characters of motor racing: drivers and team managers, also trackside figures, grid girls, or spectators. Every miniature figure is self-sufficient in itself or can be staged around a vehicle of the same scale.
Figurines 1/24 scale : Just like being there
The collectors of model cars in 1/24 scale will find at LE MANS MINIATURES a wide choice of figures as unpainted kits, and also some fully finished hand-painted figures. They can bring life to your models: Examples include a team during a refueling pitstop, a driver taking over the car, or a simple onlooker at the show. There are lots of characters to assemble and to paint suitable for every diorama project.
Figurines 1/32 scale : Men make the race
In 1/32 scale, figures are essential to liven up the scenes around the slot cars which race. The range by LE MANS MINIATURES widens every year as new characters arrive: there are drivers, team managers, mechanics with their tools, grid girls, Gendarmes, and also spectators and journalists. Just like Le Mans 24 Hours in miniature.
Figurines 1/43 scale : Everybody has a story
LE MANS MINIATURES introduced the 1/43 scale figures in 1992. Supplied in unpainted resin, they can be decorated to fit in with any scene or diorama, enhancing the realism of the cars.
Figures for adults: Do not pass around to everyone !
An exclusive collection of 4 figures made of very fine resin, hand-painted, 100 mm high, representing the heroine with a troubled life seen in both comic strips created by Georges Pichard (1920-2003) "Marie de Saint Eutrope" and "Marie Gabrielle in the East ".
Decal sets according to your wish
Additional decal sets can be supplied from all the available kits to put the finishing touches to the decoration of a diorama, repair damaged models, add a logo on the clothes of a figure, or customize a model.
Wheels to step on the gas
Sets of wheels assembled or in kits to replace used tires, or to improve a kit, or to complete a diorama. Available in 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scales.
Available in kit in 1/87, 1/43, and 1/24 scale, these are the ideal accessories to show off your figures and other accessories. Decorate your scene or diorama for extra realism with miniature replicas of equipment seen at real race tracks.
Slot car motor: Full tilt
A range of replacement motors to fit all LE MANS MINIATURES and other slot cars. 12 volt motors as used in all slot cars..
1/32 scale slot racing chassis
Gain in performance with these replacement chassis made of aluminum dedicated to one of our 1/32 scale slot cars, including a set of detail parts in resin to complete and customize the interior of the car.
Painted 1/32 scale bodies for slot cars or display
Painted bodies in 1/32 scale, assembled and prepared so that you can adapt a set of racing parts and personalize the decoration using our decal sheets.
Small pit tools and equipment
A set of typical tools and equipment seen in racing pits, can be supplied as kits or fully painted and decorated. Improve your diorama in 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scales.
Pinions & pick-ups
Parts do wear out on slot cars, so LE MANS MINIATURES have a range of replacement or alternative parts: Slot guide, pickup braids, gears & pinions, wheels & tyres, which are included in our slot cars and kits.
In 1991, Benoît Moro comes back from Marseille in the Sarthe to create LE MANS MINIATURES. He previously worked for Solido for one year, then at Starter in the South of France, where he developed his skills for seven years, by creating dozens of 1/43rd model kit cars.
From an early age Benoît was fascinated by miniaturization, and before cars he first sculptured wooden furniture. As the family apartment was close to the racing circuit of the Le Mans 24 Hours race, and to the famous garage “Guegen & Rivière”, he quickly became interested in motor racing, and in the spectacle of cars and teams which write a new chapter in the history of Le Mans every year.
At the same time he began assembling model kits, and then modifying them to make unique models for the magazine "Echappement". The models are built with finesse, and he is rewarded several times for his hard and accurate work.
Benoit became focused on the design and the production of kits composed of polyurethane resin parts in 1/24th, 1/43rd and 1/87 scales, and the team of 5 people in the company then developed two ranges of hand-built models in 1/43 scale. The GTS range is a great success among collectors, who are notable for their attention to accuracy and details.
In 1991 Benoit formed his own company, specializing in accurate scale models of cars that raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and started producing cars in 1/43 and 1/24 scales, later introducing the tiny 1/87 scale models. In 2003 LE MANS MINIATURES widened its horizon to include 1/32 scale slot car models. It is a challenge to move from static models to running models, so Benoît trained in CAD design to accompany this new development.
With the emergence of the Asian producers with modern technology giving new value for money, the distinction of being “Made in France” is no longer an indication of high quality, and the company takes a new turn in 2007 to remain competitive in the race. The Research & Development Department and the original moulding workshops remain in France to maintain the continuity of design and quality for all the product lines.
In 25 years LE MANS MINIATURES has acquired a reputation of very high standards in the world of model car collecting: the huge range of models combine accuracy with realism, and the reproductions are a high quality product.
Although today part of the production is outsourced, the R&D department uses all the new technologies for development, and constantly adapts to current and new processes of design and creation. The use of new raw materials as well as the integration of new components improves the performances and the reliability of each new item.
The moulding workshop installed within our warehouse is used for prototyping the engineering department developments, which can test the feasibility of the projects and the quality of materials and their implementation.
The company constantly attempts to develop a range of models in accordance with the principles on which it is built:
LE MANS MINIATURES constantly tries to adapt, both to the regularly proposed and varied new products, and to the demands of improving the processes of production and communication thanks to the new technologies.
Thanks to his know-how and experience of manual conception and moulding processes, acquired over 35 years of experience, Benoît Moro was able to swing rather easily from the beginning of the 2000s into a complete and integrated plan by using CAD for the majority of new articles. However, every part designed by CAD must be tested and fitted by hand to ensure the integrity of the design.
Thus more than ever, the manual work and the artistic abilities of the model maker are at the heart of the creation process of an accurate miniature. For example, the finesse of sculptures and engravings of miniature figures remains the privileged knowledge of the artist who creates them.
The management of all the processes of creative ideas and designs includes the determination to keep the inspiration of the company in France.
Intended for collectors around the world, all of the cars and figures are produced with great care. In order to assure an optimal quality of our models and of their distribution, our workshop also serves as platform for quality control, and storage where goods are verified before being shipped to more than 25 countries.
The company also knows how to adapt itself to technological breakthroughs regarding marketing and communication. LE MANS MINIATURES is present on numerous communication channels, and is always close to its partners and to its customers..
Both websites, www.lemansminiatures.com and www.gts-series.com, allow access to the whole catalogue of cars, kits, and figures, the presentation of new products, on-line shop, and the organization of commercial actions. The principal purpose is to think of this site as a communications tool between you and LE MANS MINIATURES.
Our customers should have pleasure using the websites, because they are attached to our brand and to the quality of our products.