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Build Diary – 1993 Newman Haas Lola T93/00 Ford Indycar (Tamiya 1:20)

The next kit to build was selected from the stash simply because it was sitting on top of all the others! Tamiya’s 1:20 scale Lola Indycar in road course configuration. This was (mostly) built straight from the box to be Nigel Mansell’s Championship winner. I was almost going to do Mario Andretti’s car (simply because he’s a Legend) but Nige got the nod because the Pom had a pretty remarkable rookie year in the CART series. This is a ‘Snap-Loc’ kit that required no cement. At first I thought this could beRead More


Classics’ Newsletter #68

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.  


New Announcements from Top Gear / Trax

Top Gear has announced a number of new 1:43 scale resin models coming in the early months of 2017. There are some nice Aussie-flavoured subjects this time around, but no race cars. Trax Club members get discount on some models, but I think they’re still rather expensive for what they are. (click/tap the images below for a larger version)    


(More) V8s Galore!

Betty's Mercs! Range of Erebus AMGs. Some of the liveries look great; some not so much...

Biante has been busy punching out more 1:43 scale V8 Supercars over the past 6 months or so. This has been a combination of catching up on production that was delayed a few years back (including the AMG Mercs!) and releases from the current 2016 season. Production numbers are in the 300 to 500 range for the Biantes (750 for Courtney HRT) , while there are just 204 pieces of each of the Apex DJR Penske Falcons.


Historic NASCAR Daytona 500 Winners

1970 Daytona 500 winner - Pete Hamilton's Plymouth Superbird

Spark has been churning out the occasional old-school NASCAR stock car racer over the years and have done several Daytona 500 winners. I acquired the 1960 (Junior Johnson, Chev Impala) and 1968 (Cale Yarborough, Mercury Cyclone) winners a couple of years back. Tiny Lund’s Ford Galaxy (the ’63 victor) arrived late last year and the spectacular looking #40 high-winged 1970 winner earlier this year. The Car: The Plymouth Superbird was developed specifically for racing from Plymouth’s ‘Road Runner’ model.  It was the factory’s follow up design to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.Read More


V8s Galore!

FG-X Falcon V8 Supercars from Apex, plus the Nissans and a Volvo, released at the end of last year.

With factories going bust in China (or whatever the reason was), there has not been much in the way of 1:43 V8 Supercar models for the past couple of years. Well, that’s all changed in 2016! Both Apex and Biante have been busy churning out multiple releases over the past 6 months or so. Apex Vs Biante The models from both manufacturers are, generally, pretty darn good. One could argue the Apex models are a little more refined and detailed, however several of the pieces I’ve bought are let downRead More


Review: 2014 Pepsi MAX Falcons

2014 Pepsi MAX Ford Falcon Bathurst winner - Chaz Mostert & Paul Morris

Note: seems I forgot to publish this review when I wrote it about 6+ months ago…   Classics Carlectables FG Falcons from 2014 These are par-for-the-course V8Supercars from Classic Carlectables; sealed body with no interior. Lots of collectors don’t like them because of that, but at $39, I don’t mind too much. The livery is complex decalling, so the finish is not particularly glossy (Edit: a quick run over with a soft cloth does improve the finish quite a bit – both models had some weird residue all over them).Read More


Concept Cars: The Lincoln Futura

1955 Lincoln Futura by Minichamps in the original pearlescent white colour

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


New Stuff From Top Gear (Trax) & Biante

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


Classics Launch New Diecast ‘RepliCars’ Range

Classic Carlectables have launched a new brand – Diecast RepliCars. The first model in the range is a 1:18 2-door XP Falcon. The company made the announcement in the latest newsletter (#64, April-June 2016), which can be downloaded HERE. In addition to the XP there are some nice 1:18 race cars in the publication – ’72 Bob Jane Camaro, ’80 Kevin Bartlet Camaro, ’76 Goss/Richards Barthurst XB, ’73 Geoghegan Charger and triple eight Engineering’s 2016 V8 Supercars. The only 1:43 scale news is the fact that all three Triple 8Read More


DJR Team Penske Back to Biante

Biante's William Hall with DJR Team Penske drivers Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard at the Clipsal 500

DJR Team Penske will have Biante produce their  model cars for the 2016 season. The partnership re-unites Biante with the iconic Ford V8 Supercars team. Biante will develop 1:18, 1:43 and 1:64 versions of the team’s 2016 Ford Falcon FGXs. Apex has been producing the DJR Team Penske cars of late, even announcing a number of additions to the 2015 lineup in January.


Classic Carlectables Jan-Mar Newsletter

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).


Apex Falcon & Ferrari Announcements

Late last month, Apex Replicas announced they were ready to produce the 2015 range of Prodrive Racing Australia FG-X Falcon V8 Supercars, plus the 2014 Bathurst 12-hour winning Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. 2015 Prodrive Racing Australia – Ford FG X Four versions of the PRA Ford FG X V8 Supercar will be made – the two Pepsi MAX cars of Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert, the Bottle-O David Reynolds car, plus the FG-X Launch version. All four will be produced in 1:18 (diecast with sealed body) and 1:43 (resin).  Read More


Classic Carlectables Oct-Dec Newsletter

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


Trax / Top Gear Releases For Next 6 Months

Top Gear have published their planned new releases for the next 6 months. To their credit, they’ve got some some desirable models coming up. It’s just a pity about their current pricing, otherwise I’d be getting a couple of these. The GTF 351 would be top of the list, but I have no desire to buy it in a twin pack that includes a model I already have. The company has also announced a new series of models – Beer Trucks! I reckon these could be a big hit ifRead More