Model Expo 2018

I attended the annual Model Expo at Sandown Raceway over the Queens Birthday long weekend. Here’s a small sample of some of the models on display…

Build Diary – Lee Holdsworth VF Supercar 2017 “Code 3”

Here’s the full build diary for converting a Biante plain white donor VR Commodore to Lee Holdsworth’s 2017 V8 Supercar.

Chrysler, Ford & Chev Coming From Trax

Top Gear (Trax) has released a couple of new offerings in the latest newsletter – Chrysler Royal Plainsman Station Wagon, KE Ford Laser TX3 and ’55 Chev.

Classic Carlectable News

Here’s the latest updates and information from Classic Carlectables in the form of Newsletter number 72 – Johnson’s Mustang, Lowndes reverse livery, custom ute, Ford & Holden road cars plus Tripe Eight’s current season Supercars.

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

LIST UPDATED 14 MARCH 2018! Panini has revealed another batch of F1 cars that make up their F1 Model Car Collection. This takes the list to…

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.