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Build Diary – 1965 Honda RA272 (Tamiya, 1:20)

The RA272 was Honda’s first Formula One race winner, Richie Ginther taking victory at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. This is how I built Tamiya’s 1:20 scale version.


Spark Announce Formula E Releases

Spark S5921 is the Renault e.dams of Nicolas Prost, Hong Kong 2016 in 1/43 scale

The popularity of the Formula E series for electric open-wheel race cars continues to increase, so much so that Spark has announced a range of models from the 2016 and 2017 seasons.


New Owners at Biante

Biante model cars has changed ownership. Founded by Trevor and Bev Young in the 90s, the Perth-based business has been owned by HGL Limited for the past 10 years. It has now been purchased by collectables company Downies.


Build Diary – 1991 Ferrari 643 (Rosso, 1:43)

Having done a couple of Tamiya kits in a row, it was time to do something different. I’m led to believe this is a fairly rare item from the Japanese manufacturer, Rosso Corporation – a 1/43 scale version of the Ferrari 643 V12 Formula One car from the 1991 season. This was an out-of-the-box build of the #27 Alain Prost car (Jean Alesi decals are also included for a #28 version). However, I wouldn’t call it a straightforward build as there were lots of fitment issues.    


Two Great Race Winners Coming From Apex

Apex Replicas has announced the pending production of two famous Bathurst 1000 winners in 1/43 scale – Peter Brock’s Torana GTR XU-1 from 1972, plus the Dick Johnson/John Bowe Ford Sierra from 1989.


New Releases Coming From Classic Carlectables

Classic Carlectables will produce the Retro Round Commodores the Tripe Eight team ran at the 2017 event at Sandown. Information on these (and much more, like the Torana A9X prototype) can be found in the latest newsletter…


Additions to Panini F1 Collection

Panini has revealed another batch of F1 cars that make up their F1 Model Car Collection. This takes the list to 43 of the planned 60.


Johnson Mustang The Highlight of Classics’ Latest Newsletter

Dicks Johnson’s famous Greens Tuff Mustang is the pick of the bunch in the latest Classic Carlectables newsletter, issue #69 (Jul-Sep 2017).


Model Expo 2017

I attended day 1 of the 2017 Model Expo at Sandown Raceway across the long weekend. Took some photos too.


New Items From Trax – Latest Newsletter

There are some nice new items coming from Trax (Top Gear) over the next few months… if you can afford them.


Production Ceases For ARMCO / Models56

ARMCO model cars / Models56 has ceased production. This is sad news as the boutique Aussie brand produced some fantastic 1:43 scale models of interesting subjects.


Build Diary – 1993 Newman Haas Lola T93/00 Ford Indycar (Tamiya 1:20)

The next kit to build was selected from the stash simply because it was sitting on top of all the others! Tamiya’s 1:20 scale Lola Indycar in road course configuration. This was (mostly) built straight from the box to be Nigel Mansell’s Championship winner. I was almost going to do Mario Andretti’s car (simply because he’s a Legend) but Nige got the nod because the Pom had a pretty remarkable rookie year in the CART series. This is a ‘Snap-Loc’ kit that required no cement. At first I thought this could beRead More


Classics’ Newsletter #68

Latest news and information from Classic Carlectables in Newsletter #68 (April-June 2017). The only 1:43 scale items are the 2017 Supercars from Triple Eight Engineering – the Red Bull duo of Whincup and van Gizbergen, plus the Vortex machine of Lowndes. These models will be made in all three scales.  


Race-To-Race Changes

The latest Raceland newsletter (Jan 27) points out the detail differences between race-to-race versions of various F1 cars manufactured by Spark. The changes made are not restricted to just alternative decoration! Latest Newsletter is HERE


Another Then Vs Now: Onyx V Spark, Lotus 100T Honda

There was a nice little ‘then V now’ review of the 1988 Lotus 100T in this week’s edition of the Raceland newsletter. The company compared ‘mint boxed’ versions of the car as produced in 1989 by Onyx against the recently released Spark version. View all the models in the Raceland Newsletter magazine by clicking HERE