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Classic Carlectables Oct-Dec Newsletter

Classic Carlectables have released their October-December 2015 Newsletter, issue #62.


Videos: 2015 Diecast Model Expo

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”      


Craig Lowndes Commemorative Models

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.  


Classic Carlectables April-June Newsletter

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.


PRA/FPR Ditch Classics For Apex

Classic Carlectables will not make the Prodrive Racing Australia (formerly Ford Performance Racing) models of the 2015 factory Fords in the V8 Supercars series. Apex Replicas has signed a multi-year deal with the team to be their exclusive supplier of model cars to produce both Pepsi Max Crew cars (Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert) and The Bottle-O Racing car driven by David Reynolds.


First Model Announced for 2015 Diecast Expo

Organisers have revealed the first limited edition model for the 2015 Diecast Expo will be a 1:18 Ford XY GTHO Superfalcon as run at Calder Park in 1971. It will be made by Classic Carlectables, be limited to 1000 pieces and carry an ‘expo attendee’ price of $230. from the PR blurb: “Ford ran a program of producing two race specific Falcon’s to compete with the overseas cars that were dominating the Australian Touring car scene. One car went to big Pete Geoghegan and the other to Alan Moffat. ThisRead More


Classics’ Jan-Mar 2015 Newsletter

Classic Carlectables today published their January-March 2015 (issue #59) Newsletter. It’s full of 1:18 scale news; road and race cars, including Brock, Skaife and even a taxi! But the only 1/43 is content is the Red Bull ‘Camouflage’ car #888 that Craig Lowndes & Steven Richards raced at Bathurst this year


Classics’ Newsletter #58

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Lots of new 1:18 models are included in the latest Classic Carlectables newsletter (No. 58, Oct-Nov 2014), but very little in the way of 1:43 or race cars. In fact, the only 1:43 mentioned is a Jamie Whincup “2013 Championship Winner” edition of the Red Bull VF Commodore. This car has already been modeled, released as a standard issue season version earlier this year. Download the 8-page PDF HERE  


Classic Carlectables Newsletter #57 (July-September 2014)

Classics have released the latest newsletter, #57. Download a PDF copy HERE 1:43 V8 Supercars from 888, FPR and HRT have been confirmed for a 3rd quarter release, RRP $34.95. Quality looks the same as last year’s cars, but with updated 2014 decoration. Most of the other news was 1:18 related. FPR Pepsi Crew FG Falcon from the 2013 Sandown 500 (Winterbottom/Richards). It’s a different livery to the season car, but it didn’t win the race, has a pretty large production number (1450 pieces) and comes with an extra bonnetRead More


Classic’s 2013 VF V8 Supercars

Yes, they have their faults, but overall I reckon they look ok for general display purposes. It's only when you get up close the flaws pop out. The models do feel a bit toyish in hand (very light and the wheels rattle). I wonder if the wheels were locked up and ballast fitted inside, would collectors be saying "aww, this is a nice, solid, decent quality model"?

Classic Carlectables have won the race to get the first 2013 VF Commodore to market in 1/43 scale with the release of two cars each from the HRT and Red Bull Racing teams. The first thing you notice about these is at the shop – they’re featherweights compared to the past, but that’s got just as much to do with the packaging as the model itself. The car is encased in a vac-formed fold-over shell – no plinth and no Perspex display cover. The next thing – these models fallRead More


Some Touring Car Fixes & Enhancements

The race winning HRT had the usual paint showing through where it should not, so as with the 2010 VE retro car, some black paint easily fixes this.

A number of models that I’ve purchased (some from quite a while ago!) that needed to be fixed or enhanced in some way. Firstly, the GTHO Super Falcon from Models56/ARMCO. Next is Classic Carlectables’ 2010 HRT VE Commodore of Garth Tander/Cameron McConville in the retro livery ran at Bathurst that year to commemorate 20 years since the livery won on a VL Commodore with Win Percy & Allan Grice in 1990. Above & Below: Same deal with the white showing around the wheel arch and side skirt areas Finally, theRead More


Classics’ 2012 Bathurst Cars

The 2012 Bathurst 1000 race winning Vodafone entry (top) and two of the special "50th Year of Bathurst" retro livery cars. The packing is the usual job from Classics, loosely aligned with the colour scheme of the car and includes the numbered Certificate of Authenticity - nice touches if you are into that sort of thing (I'm not. I just see it as unnecessary additional expense).

The Classic Carlectables range of 2012 Bathurst cars has been released, and I’ve bought all three. After hearing horror stories about their 1:18 offerings, it is disappointing to see their 1:43s have got similar, though less severe, issues. Production figures for these ‘one off’ race versions are: Whincup/Dumbrell – 1500 pieces Lowndes/Luff – 2050 pieces Winterbottom/Richards – 1150 pieces Classics has been using these same moulds for a few years now. Generally, they are pretty good models with what I would say are fairly accurate castings, however they do haveRead More


Fixing Damage & Errors

I’ve been able to spend some time working on models over the past few months, including fixing up some “issues” on a number of race car models. Do these changes now make them Code 3s?? Above: Brand new 2010 FG Falcon of Alex Davison from Classics. I didn’t notice the rear wheels drooping down when I bought the model. When placed on a flat surface, the rear end of the car was jacked up like a dragster. Above & Below: With careful prying I was able to remove the diffRead More


Enhancing 3 Bricks – Before & After Pics

These three early Classic Carlectable “bricks” (as they are often referred to due to their basic nature) were not going into my display cabinet until they had been tarted up a bit. These models came with extra decoration that needed to be applied by the collector. The Castrol Commodore and Pirtek Falcon included a sheet of self-adhesive stickers (overly thick, overly stiff, clear vinyl with printed decoration that had to be cut out), while the Wynns car had a sheet of waterslide decals. Before and After: Steven Richards’ VT CommodoreRead More