Lotus

 
 

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  


My Indy 500 Winners

One of the aims of my personal collection is to have a model of each Indianapolis 500 winner. At the time of writing, that’s 100 cars! With the models I own, I’m at 12% of target. Now, despite the negativity of me pointing out a bunch of faults on the pieces below, I actually do like them! Spark Spark has an Indianapolis 500 winners collection underway at the moment. I’ve acquired a number of them over time and, in general, they are pretty good with excellent paint and decals and the odd PERead More


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


New Bits From Biante and Trax

2015 AFL model cars by Biante

Some new stuff coming through from Biante and Top Gear / Trax: Biante The Perth-based company has announced a 2015 range of AFL Collectable Model Cars. The range covers almost every team (missing the Western Bulldogs – contractual drama??). Biante say the models are based on a Toyota MR2, but they look like a Lotus… Regardless, the models (err, toys), which are a little larger than 1:43 scale, are die-cast with opening doors, have a “pull back and go” motor and livery based on club colours. Price is $12.99 andRead More


Scratchbuilt Lotus 49 – Before There Were Good Kits

VIDEO: Here’s a great example of modelling, but it’s not a Tamiya kit. Fully handbuilt in 1:12 scale by Henri Baigent, it has working steering and suspension and features hand-cut tread on the tyres! Amazing.


Build Diary – 1993 Lotus 107B Ford (Tamiya 1:20)

I like the shape of the Lotus 107B and the colour scheme of this 1993 version is pretty stunning, if somewhat busy. It just had to be built as the Alex Zanardi version 🙂 The kit was a nightmare to decal but came together easily just like other kits in the GP series. It was a standard out-of-box build with no extra detailing. The only enhancement was use of metal foil on the floor and a few other places instead of paint, plus a scratch-built aerial. The main body wasRead More


F1 Tobacco Conversions

A selection of before and after shots of 1:43 Spark Formula One models and the naughty ciggie decals that come packed underneath the plinth:  


F1 Tobacco Conversions

Spark’s classic F1 models generally have better fine detail than their Minichamps counterparts. They also usually include the tobacco decals for the collector to apply to complete the decoration of the model and make it historically correct. This saves having to source aftermarket decals. Here are a few before and after shots of some Spark F1 models I purchased a while back (and only recently got to do the tobacco conversion!). As usual with Spark, the waterslide decals are excellent quality and apply well. I hope to show off moreRead More


Lotus 88 ‘Twin Chassis’

article updated Jan 2012 Minichamps released two versions of the ‘twin chassis’ Lotus 88 Formula One racer recently; the blue and red Essex version presented here, plus a black and gold Courage/Essex version. Both feature extensive use of mirror-like chrome. First impression is the model looks excellent; rich metallic blue paint with chrome and red. This is the version of the car as run in a practice session at the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix by Elio de Angelis. Famously, it never actually competed in a race due to beingRead More


F1 Ciggie Decals – JPS Lotus & Gitanes Ligier

WARNING: Viewing of the following images might cause you to uncontrollably and against your will, partake in the smoking of cigarettes! A few of my recent Spark Formula One purchases have resulted in a little surprise when I went to unpack the models and put them in the display cabinet: a small plastic bag with the missing tobacco markings! Hallelujah! Spark has the balls to provide the collector with all the appropriate markings to complete the model as an accurate historical representation of how the car raced at the time.Read More