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
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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
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