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
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.
ACME Diecast will release two Lola T332 Formula 5000 racers later this year, modelling cars that Brian Redman and Danny Ongais drove in the US F5000 series in the mid-1970s. Acme has reached agreement with Australian company Classic Carlectables to use Classic’s existing tooling they designed and developed several years ago to produce 1:18 scale F5000 models. Classics have already produced several Lolas from the tooling, all of Australian versions of the car. (Classics have also done some Matich F5000s in 1:18) As far as I am aware, there areRead More
Portuguese manufacturer Onyx marketed a range of 1:43 scale Indycars in the early to mid 1990s. The models were very basic – plastic base plate, 1-piece diecast body, plus plastic driver, rear wing, suspension, rubber tyres and metal axles. The paint was usually good, but the decoration was often out of alignment. From a distance, they looked ok and certainly very colourful. But up close was a different story. Despite their basic nature, they generally offered good value for the time. Above & Below: Cockpit detail, before and after. IRead More