New technology, manufacturing methods and materials sees the model cars of today a superior product compared to those of the past. Case in point are these Wolf and Brabham Formula One racers from 1977. Both of these cars were produced as part of the Technica/Eidai F1 collection. They have also now been modeled by Minichamps. I thought some side-by-side photos illustrating the contrast between then and now would be interesting. For the time, I reckon the Technicas were a pretty good quality diecast model. The overall shape and proportions of eachRead More
Models of Australian drivers who competed overseas would be a great collection theme and would make a significant and interesting display, even if it was just F1 cars. While I don’t specifically collect to that theme, I do have models of most of the Australians who have competed in Formula One. Over the past six months I happen to have purchased these five Australian-driven F1 models. All of these are 1:43 resin replicas from Spark. Unfortunately, the Red Bull came with a broken front wing.
Apex Replicas has added a huge list of new models to its site. From Spark there are 49 new 1:43 scale items, the first of which are scheduled to land in Oz in March. The list includes lots of classic F1, LeMans, Dakar, Indy, GT3 and a selection of classic road cars. Of particular interest to Aussie collectors will be Spark’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of 2015 Australian Carrera Cup Champion Nick Foster in Bob Jane T-Marts livery. Of particular interest to me is Johnny Rutherford’s 1974 Indy 500 winningRead More
The Brazilian Copersucar team presented this wild looking creation as their first ever F1 racer, to compete in the 1975 Grand Prix season. This is a review of Spark’s 1:43 scale version.
Jaguar did not race F1 in 1979. But if they did, could the Big Cat have looked like this? Here is some brilliant concept artwork of racers that never existed…
Some updates on new and recently announced models: Top Gear / Trax Top Gear has confirmed the upcoming Holden LE Coupe will be 1:24 scale. I’m sure the regular Trax collectors would have preferred this in 1:43, but I guess there is still that option (for them – or another manufacturer) in the future. This will come with a mirror-backed display case and judging from the Top Gear pics below, should look pretty good. More on the Top Gear site HERE. Apex Spark will produce the stunning black “test car”Read More
Australian distributor for Spark and Minichamps, Apex Replicas, recently advised of new product planned from both manufacturers. Alarmingly, there has been significant prices rises which will surely impact sales. From a personal perspective, it’s going to reduce what I’m buying. $100 for a 1/43 scale model (or $140 for some of the Minichamps!) is out of control. Might be time to attack that stash of kits rather than buying pre-built models! communications from Apex Minichamps Minichamps have announced their initial range of 2015 Formula One cars. This year theRead More
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.
A brilliant collection of 60 years worth of Ferrari Formula One race cars (From 1947 to 2007), all in 1/43 scale. enjoy 🙂
Spark will produce Alan Jones’ World Championship winning Williams FW07B from 1980 in 1:18 scale.