July, 2016

 

Aussies In F1 Additions

Models of Australian drivers who competed overseas would be a great collection theme and would make a significant and interesting display, even if it was just F1 cars. While I don’t specifically collect to that theme, I do have models of most of the Australians who have competed in Formula One. Over the past six months I happen to have purchased these five Australian-driven F1 models. All of these are 1:43 resin replicas from Spark. Unfortunately, the Red Bull came with a broken front wing.


Jim Richards’ 1985 ATCC Winning BMW

Spark recently did a run of 500 pieces of Jim Richards’ Group A 1985 Australian Touring Car Championship winning BMW 635CSi (Spark item # AS017). When the 6-cylinder Bavarian bullet arrived in the post the other month, there was a glaring assembly issue with the car – the rear axle was ajar, the left wheel was poking way out past the bodywork and the right rear was buckled with massive toe-in. I communicated with the importer/retailer, Apex Replicas, and they were happy to swap it as they still had newRead More


New Stuff From Top Gear (Trax) & Biante

Top Gear’s July product brochure There are some decent models in here I’d like to buy, but Top Gear have priced themselves out of my market, eg: the yellow Des West FX #27. Trax produced a previous FX of West’s a few years back (in diecast), but this resin one is now twice the price! Why not just use the existing mould? (I’ve posed the question to Top Gear about this – now waiting for the reply). Biante V8 Supercars A number of 1:43 scale Supercars became available this weekRead More


Triple 8 Features in Classics’ Latest Newsletter

A Triple eight triple-set features in the latest issue of Classic Carlectables newsletter #65, July – September 2016. The 1:43 scale set honours the team’s 1-2-3 achieved at Barbagello Raceway earlier this year, Craig Lowndes heading home Shane van Gizbergen and Jamie Whincup. The set will be signed by all three drivers and limited to 1000 pieces. Lowndes’ unique one-off Darwin livery is also coming, in all three scales. Other items are limited to 1:18 scale (road and race cars) with the exception of a 1:64 scale road train truck.Read More