Review: Russell Ingall’s 2014 VF Commodore by Apex
Apex AR40705 – 2014 Holden VF Commodore Russell Ingall
This is Russell Ingall’s last full-time V8 Supercar ride, the Repair Management Australia backed Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport entered VF Commodore.
Many considered the livery on this thing as not particularly exciting, however I reckon it works ok. Apex has modeled a 2014 ‘season’ version of this car (ie, not from a specific race), which is not what Apex usually do with their contemporary race cars.
Ingall finished the 2014 championship a dismal 18th after a lackluster final year in the category.
On a white base, decoration is all decal and the gradient fade of the blue and grey bands is actually small dots, presumably due to printer constraints with the decal manufacturer. The bands look fine from a distance, but are a bit clumsy if you get up close.
Apex V8Supercars I’ve purchased in the past have generally been pretty good with regard to build quality. In comparison, this one’s a bit on the lemon side of the ledger.
There are several QC issues by the hands of the assemblers on this one with some clumsy decal application and assembly. Granted, it’s only when you get up close that these things are noticed, and several of them I will be able to fix. But still…
The black rims look great and there is brake caliper and disc detail inside the wheel. The Dunlop tyre markings are there, but need to be more vibrant.
Amazingly, only 204 pieces have been manufactured. For a multi-time Bathurst winner and the 2005 ATCC champion, I really would have thought there would be more demand for this model, particularly as it is of his last full-time ride. I’m tipping this will be a sought after piece in years to come.
RRP is $80 (plus shipping) and Apex still have stock on their website HERE.
wixy500 rating (out of 5):
- Collectability – 4.4
- Finish – 2.9 (the actual finish is pretty good, but lots of QC issues on my example)
- Accuracy – 4.4
- Value – 3.2
- Overall – 3.7
Spark Announce Formula E Releases
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.
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.