With factories going bust in China (or whatever the reason was), there has not been much in the way of 1:43 V8 Supercar models for the past couple of years. Well, that’s all changed in 2016! Both Apex and Biante have been busy churning out multiple releases over the past 6 months or so. Apex Vs Biante The models from both manufacturers are, generally, pretty darn good. One could argue the Apex models are a little more refined and detailed, however several of the pieces I’ve bought are let downRead More
Note: seems I forgot to publish this review when I wrote it about 6+ months ago… Classics Carlectables FG Falcons from 2014 These are par-for-the-course V8Supercars from Classic Carlectables; sealed body with no interior. Lots of collectors don’t like them because of that, but at $39, I don’t mind too much. The livery is complex decalling, so the finish is not particularly glossy (Edit: a quick run over with a soft cloth does improve the finish quite a bit – both models had some weird residue all over them).Read More
Late last month, Apex Replicas announced they were ready to produce the 2015 range of Prodrive Racing Australia FG-X Falcon V8 Supercars, plus the 2014 Bathurst 12-hour winning Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. 2015 Prodrive Racing Australia – Ford FG X Four versions of the PRA Ford FG X V8 Supercar will be made – the two Pepsi MAX cars of Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert, the Bottle-O David Reynolds car, plus the FG-X Launch version. All four will be produced in 1:18 (diecast with sealed body) and 1:43 (resin). Read More
Various modelling updates… Huge 1:12 Scale Bathurst Winner Apex Replicas will have the 2013 Bathurst winner (Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards Pepsi MAX FG Falcon) produced in resin in huge 1:12 scale, available later this year. Apex say the closed body-shell resin model is produced from original CAD data supplied by Prodrive Racing Australia and will be built to order. They expect around 300 pieces, but the actual numbers will be confirmed when orders close. The model measures approximately 410mm long and 158mm wide. RRP $450. F1 World Champions Collection Here’s aRead More
Classic Carlectables will not make the Prodrive Racing Australia (formerly Ford Performance Racing) models of the 2015 factory Fords in the V8 Supercars series. Apex Replicas has signed a multi-year deal with the team to be their exclusive supplier of model cars to produce both Pepsi Max Crew cars (Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert) and The Bottle-O Racing car driven by David Reynolds.
The Classic Carlectables range of 2012 Bathurst cars has been released, and I’ve bought all three. After hearing horror stories about their 1:18 offerings, it is disappointing to see their 1:43s have got similar, though less severe, issues. Production figures for these ‘one off’ race versions are: Whincup/Dumbrell – 1500 pieces Lowndes/Luff – 2050 pieces Winterbottom/Richards – 1150 pieces Classics has been using these same moulds for a few years now. Generally, they are pretty good models with what I would say are fairly accurate castings, however they do haveRead More