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.
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
Apex AR40705 – 2014 Holden VF Commodore Russell Ingall THE CAR: This is Russell Ingall’s last full-time V8 Supercar ride, the Repair Management Australia backed Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport entered VF Commodore. Many considered the livery on this thing as not particularly exciting, however I reckon it works ok. Apex has modeled a 2014 ‘season’ version of this car (ie, not from a specific race), which is not what Apex usually do with their contemporary race cars. Ingall finished the 2014 championship a dismal 18th after a lackluster final year inRead More
Holden Racing Team’s special “Star Wars” Bathurst 2015 liveries have been modeled by Biante. 1:43 scale versions broke cover at Mount Panorama across the weekend of the 1000. In a deal arranged some time prior to the event, the cars featured the liveries created to promote the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. However, with James Courtney’s injury and Russell Ingall climbing aboard for the weekend, the #22 is inaccurate for the race. So, Biante Marketing Department is calling these Bathurst “Launch” versions. Both will be done in 1:18Read More
Classic Carlectables has confirmed the 2015 Bathurst winning Red Bull Commodore of Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards will be produced in all three scales – 1/64, 1/43 and 1/18. Additionally, all 3 will be manufactured in diecast and include certificate of authenticity.
Classic Carlectables have released their October-December 2015 Newsletter, issue #62.
These four gems arrived from Apex a few days ago – a couple of lesser known F1s, a controversial Indy racer and Russell’s last (fulltime) ride. Each will be the subject of a review in the coming days/weeks.
Organisers of the 2015 Diecast Model Expo have announced the next “exclusive Expo model” will be of Scott McLaughlin’s GRM Volvo S60 from the 2014 Australian Grand Prix meeting. Apex Replicas will produce a metal model in 1:18 scale that will have a sealed body. Only 400 will be produced. A 1:43 scale version will also be available. The ‘Expo release price’ will be $160 for the 1:18 and $79.99 for the 1:43. After the “gave it some jandal” episode at the opening round at Clipsal, the team produced aRead More
The ‘wildcard’ entry for Marcos Ambrose at the Sydney 500 next month has been revealed. Xbox is the prime sponsor (former SBR sponsor Pirtek has jumped on board too) leading to a matte black and metallic green livery. Apex Replicas will do this one-off car in 1:18 and 1:43 and are currently taking pre-orders. Delivery is scheduled for quarter 2 next year.
Oh yeah, this is gonna be popular… Apex Replicas has revealed photos of the 1:18 prototype for the 1998 Bathurst winning EL Falcon of Jason Bright & Steven Richards.
The latest Biante newsletter once again has some great models listed, but nothing of significance for 1:43 collectors. The highlight is the Enzed sponsored VK Commodore SS Group A that Larry Perkins raced at Bathurst in 1986. There’s also the first decorated sample of Biante’s 1:18 VF Commodore V8 Supercar (Jason Bright’s 2014 machine – the one with all the signatures on the rear wing – wonder if I’ll be able to read my name?!). Download the full 8-page PDF HERE.
Biante will this week release a new addition to the 1:43 scale Motor Racing Legends collection – the Ford EB Falcon driven by Glenn Seton to win the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship. Produced in resin in a limited edition of 534 pieces, this model will be available to purchase from August 1. Further Biante releases – from manufacturers such as Sun Star, Vitesse and Kyosho – are listed below. Glenn Seton EB Falcon, 1993 The introduction of five-litre regulations for the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship saw the return ofRead More