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Race-To-Race Changes

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


Another Then Vs Now: Onyx V Spark, Lotus 100T Honda

There was a nice little ‘then V now’ review of the 1988 Lotus 100T in this week’s edition of the Raceland newsletter. The company compared ‘mint boxed’ versions of the car as produced in 1989 by Onyx against the recently released Spark version. View all the models in the Raceland Newsletter magazine by clicking HERE  


Review: Panini F1 Model Car Collection & Issue 1

Panini F1 Car Collection - issue 1, Ayrton Senna McLaren MP4/4 1988

The Panini F1 model car collection is now available in Australia, issue 1 hitting the newsagents recently with the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 of Ayrton Senna attached. What’s the model like? From a distance, it looks okay. But in reality, these are basic entry-level models at an attractive price. If you wanted a collection of iconic F1 cars, but didn’t want to pay Minichamps/Spark prices, this could certainly do the job. Check out the review video and pics below!   Above: The UK television advert, which is actually quite misleading –Read More


2016 Spark Catalogue

The 2016 Spark catalogue is now online – and boy, does it have some nice items in it! There are lots of new modern and ‘classic’ F1, LeMans, USA sports cars and Indycars, plus Can-am, rally and luxury road vehicles. Spark also now have MotoGP and a 1/87 scale range. View the 52-page document by clicking HERE.    


Review: Arrows FA1 1978 (Spark)

Spark S3902 1978 Arrows FA1 (Riccardo Patrese, 2nd Sweden GP 1978)

The Warsteiner beer sponsored FA1 was Arrows’ first F1 car; a good looking and moderately competitive racer for the newly formed team. This is a review of Spark’s 1:43 scale version.


The Latest Parcel

These four gems arrived from Apex a few days ago – a couple of lesser known F1s, a controversial Indy racer and Russell’s last (fulltime) ride. Each will be the subject of a review in the coming days/weeks.          


Ayrton Senna Collection Re-Issues & Expansion

Ayrton Senna Racing Car Collection items

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


Review: Williams FW05 – Warwick Brown

If you’re a collector of Aussies in F1, Warwick Brown’s Williams FW05 should be in your collection. Here’s my review of Spark’s version.


Stunning 1:12 Lego F1s

Formula One cars built from Lego

You might already be familiar with Tamiya’s excellent 1:12 scale F1 kits. Well, Carl Greatrix of bricktrix has built his own Ferrari, Brabham and Renault Grand Prix cars based off those kits – but he used LEGO! Many more photos of these models (build diaries), plus a stack of other items Carl has built from Lego, can be found HERE.


News Briefs

Various updates from various places… Models56/ARMCO The car transporter truck and trailer (limited edition of 300 pieces -does not include the cars) is set for an early 2015 release. The organisation says the Landau Coupes and “some other surprises” are very close.   Apex Apex Replicas will produce Marcos Ambrose’s Sydney 500 DJR/Penske merger V8 Supercar in 1:18 and 1:43 scale. The model can now be pre-orderd on the Apex website, however I’m waiting to see what it actually looks like before I place an order. The livery is setRead More