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.
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
I was browsing through the latest Minichamps Newsletter “Announcements for the next six weeks” when this thing took my attention – the Lincoln Futura concept car. Concept cars would make a great theme for a model collection, but that’s not what caught my attention. It’s the fact the original Batmobile was based on this car. Not just based on it; it was actually built with it! History Lesson: The Car The 1955 Lincoln Futura concept was designed by Ford’s lead stylists and built in Italy by Ghia. Unlike many conceptRead More
ACME Diecast will release two Lola T332 Formula 5000 racers later this year, modelling cars that Brian Redman and Danny Ongais drove in the US F5000 series in the mid-1970s. Acme has reached agreement with Australian company Classic Carlectables to use Classic’s existing tooling they designed and developed several years ago to produce 1:18 scale F5000 models. Classics have already produced several Lolas from the tooling, all of Australian versions of the car. (Classics have also done some Matich F5000s in 1:18) As far as I am aware, there areRead More
Minichamps will model 9 of the 11 Formula 1 teams contesting the 2016 World Championship. Only Ferrari and Manor will not be produced by Minichamps. The company has announced it will produce 1:43 diecast versions of the Mercedes and McLarens, while Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber, Renault, Force India and the new HAAS team will be done in resin. This is all good news, until one sees the retail pricing, which is positively scary… $160 each for the resin models! (that’s for the 1:43s. The 1:18s are $355!!) In 1:18,Read More
Classic Carlectables’ January-March 2016 newsletter, #63, is now online. Download the full PDF version from the CC website HERE (or click the pics below for larger versions).
Holden Racing Team’s special “Star Wars” Bathurst 2015 liveries have been modeled by Biante. 1:43 scale versions broke cover at Mount Panorama across the weekend of the 1000. In a deal arranged some time prior to the event, the cars featured the liveries created to promote the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. However, with James Courtney’s injury and Russell Ingall climbing aboard for the weekend, the #22 is inaccurate for the race. So, Biante Marketing Department is calling these Bathurst “Launch” versions. Both will be done in 1:18Read More
Classic Carlectables has confirmed the 2015 Bathurst winning Red Bull Commodore of Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards will be produced in all three scales – 1/64, 1/43 and 1/18. Additionally, all 3 will be manufactured in diecast and include certificate of authenticity.
Classic Carlectables have released their October-December 2015 Newsletter, issue #62.
A number of models in Minichamps’ famous Ayrton Senna Collection are set to be re-issued. They are all Formula One cars from stages of his his illustrious career, being items #1 (1988 McLaren MP4-4 Honda), #5 (1991 McLaren MP4/6 Honda), #7 (1994 Williams FW16 Renault), #9 (1985 Lotus 97T Renault), #12 (1986 Lotus 98T Renault) and #15 (1987 Lotus 99T Honda). RRP is $115 each. There is no word whether the re-issues will be to the same standard as the original release, or whether they will carry extra detail andRead More
Classic Carlectables has announced a range of models to commemorate Craig Lowndes’ 100 ATCC/V8 Supercars race wins. Red ‘100 Wins’ and gold ‘Red Bull’ version Holden Commodores are available in 1:18 scale, while just the gold version is being done in 1/43, and only as part of a twin set. There is no Falcon model, despite 25% of those wins coming at the wheel of a Ford.
Australian distributor for Spark and Minichamps, Apex Replicas, recently advised of new product planned from both manufacturers. Alarmingly, there has been significant prices rises which will surely impact sales. From a personal perspective, it’s going to reduce what I’m buying. $100 for a 1/43 scale model (or $140 for some of the Minichamps!) is out of control. Might be time to attack that stash of kits rather than buying pre-built models! communications from Apex Minichamps Minichamps have announced their initial range of 2015 Formula One cars. This year theRead More
Former Holden designer Leo Pruneau will be attending the 2015 Diecast Model Expo. Pruneau penned the look of a bunch of Holden’s hero cars, having a hand in the styling of the Torana GTR XU-1, A9X, HQ-HX Monaros, Statesmans and the early Commodore. Leo, who was Holden’s chief designer from 1969 to 1985, will be a guest of honour at the Gala Dinner and will be having a talk about major Holden motoring history. Organisers have also announced another special Expo model – it’s another Super Falcon, but this oneRead More
A number of 1:18 announcements are contained in the latest Classic Carlectables newsletter, #60 April-June 2015. The company plans a run of 1000 Jamie Whincup Red Dust Darwin BA Falcons from 2008!?! The Brock items will surely prove popular, while the only 1:43 news is some info about the 2015 Triple-eight Red Bull Commodores. Newsletter images below, or download the PDF from Classics HERE.