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
communication from Biante Biante Model Cars are very pleased to announce the 2015 Bathurst Collector’s night. This year our Collector’s Night will be held on Thursday the 8th of October from 6pm to 9:30pm at a new venue in the centre of town. We have some very special past and present motorsport superstars attending this year. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his 1995 Tooheys 1000 Bathurst Win, the legendary Larry Perkins will be attending. Larry Perkins certainly needs no introduction. The self-taught engineer took himself all the way toRead More
Videos of some of the new release models on display at the 2015 Diecast Model Expo in Penrith on the weekend. Some nice looking items in this lot! Apex Replicas Biante Classic Carlectables ARMCO/Models56 Trax Ace Model Cars “Show Specials”
Some new stuff that’s recently been announced: Top Gear/Trax This 1980 Statesman WB Caprice in Nutmeg Metallic is a desirable model that would appeal to many. Being a Select Series release, it is made to order, and orders close 15 October. Release will be in November. Trax Code: TSS12, it will sell for $159 inc P&H. And for that reason, I won’t be getting one. $160 bucks for a 1/43? Err… No. Also from Trax is a 1/43 version of the Holden LE Coupe. Again, another great subject, but aRead More
Biante has just received two new Minihelmets that should interest some of the older touring car fans out there – a replica of the helmet worn by Dick Johnson during the last three years of his full time racing career, plus a replica of the one worn by Glenn Seton during the 1993 to 1995 seasons. These are both 1:2 scale limited editions, individually numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity and measure roughly 18cm in length. The Johnson and Seton items are new additions to Minihelmet stock that can beRead More
Some new stuff coming through from Biante and Top Gear / Trax: Biante The Perth-based company has announced a 2015 range of AFL Collectable Model Cars. The range covers almost every team (missing the Western Bulldogs – contractual drama??). Biante say the models are based on a Toyota MR2, but they look like a Lotus… Regardless, the models (err, toys), which are a little larger than 1:43 scale, are die-cast with opening doors, have a “pull back and go” motor and livery based on club colours. Price is $12.99 andRead More
A number of new announcements and updates on new product over the past week. Trax Top Gear revealed via social media a “1st colour sample” of a Holden LE Coupe (the HX 308 GTS with gold honeycomb wheels). It will be a limited run of just 600 items, in resin. They won’t reveal the scale, but logic would suggest 1:43 (I mean, why would you do it in a larger scale when Classic Carlectables pumped out 3600 of them in 1:18 a few years back?). The real car now hasRead More
Biante unveiled a new-look website at the end of November which includes added incentives like 10% off for Biante Collector Club members, and FREE Shipping on orders over $150
Peter Brock’s 1991 Bathurst ride, the VN Group A SS Commodore, is coming from Biante in 1:43 scale. The Mobil sponsored car he shared with Andrew Miedecke in the Great Race is due for release in quarter 1, 2015. There will also be a ‘Durif Red’ road going VN SS Group A released at the same time. Both VNs have a RRP of $77. Other updates from Biante are below, including the 4-door A9X Brock drove on just the one occasion, at Sandown in 1978.
Some new race cars releases coming to market: Apex has confirmed production of the 2014 Repair Management Australia Commodore driven by Russell Ingall. In addition to the chrome red Bathurst specials, GRM’s 2013 regular season VFs from the Auckland 400 (Scott’s first race win in V8 Supercars) will be coming through soon. confirmation that we will be producing the 2014 Repair Management Australia Commodore driven by Russell Ingall. confirmation that we will be producing the 2014 Repair Management Australia Commodore driven by Russell Ingall.
The latest Biante newsletter once again has some great models listed, but nothing of significance for 1:43 collectors. The highlight is the Enzed sponsored VK Commodore SS Group A that Larry Perkins raced at Bathurst in 1986. There’s also the first decorated sample of Biante’s 1:18 VF Commodore V8 Supercar (Jason Bright’s 2014 machine – the one with all the signatures on the rear wing – wonder if I’ll be able to read my name?!). Download the full 8-page PDF HERE.
Biante will this week release a new addition to the 1:43 scale Motor Racing Legends collection – the Ford EB Falcon driven by Glenn Seton to win the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship. Produced in resin in a limited edition of 534 pieces, this model will be available to purchase from August 1. Further Biante releases – from manufacturers such as Sun Star, Vitesse and Kyosho – are listed below. Glenn Seton EB Falcon, 1993 The introduction of five-litre regulations for the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship saw the return ofRead More
Latest Aussie model news and releases Apex Sample of the 1:43 scale Efijy showing the car in production colour and special premium display box. The box will change for the final production (the carbon fibre panel will be replaced with something much lighter to make the car stand out more) and each model will have a metal plaque showing the model description and serial number.
Biante’s latest newsletter, #55 July, is now available. Download in PDF format HERE It reveals there are several great 1:18 subjects ready for pre-order. It also lists which 2014 V8 Supercars Biante will produce.