Current Projects

(UPDATED: 13 September 2021) While there might not be new posts below, it’s likely there have been updates in the Current Projects area. Go there and catch the progress of what’s on my workbench – click HERE! (or use the main navigation menu).

Video updates are also posted to YouTube from time to time – see them HERE.

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Video Review: The Shell Mustangs

These DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT Supercars from Authentic Collectables are high quality diecast models in 1:43 scale. They have the same features and flaws as the previous Mustangs in the 2019 range – but the decoration has been done very differently.

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Video: Workbench Update, August

This workbench update video includes a semi-review of a new spray booth (the HSeng E550BLK with dual fans and LED lighting) plus some progress on the Toyota 88C-V Tamiya build.

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Review: A Bad Williams from Minichamps

The passing of Carlos Reutemann the other week reminded me I have a model of the Williams FW07C that he drove in 1981, the year he almost clinched the Formula One World Championship. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst F1 models Minichamps has produced.

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Repairs: Tameo F1s

These two professionally built F1 kits had been damaged and required a little work before they were ready again for a display cabinet.

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Quickie Enhancement

Here’s another “how to” post, improving one of the quite basic Onyx Indycar models to enhance its appearance, in this case Michael Andretti’s Newman-Haas Lola from the 1995 Indy 500.

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Small Town Sculptures; Big Town Prices

No model race cars, but there is some great work here utilising skills I admire. The Gippsland Sculpture Expo is currently running in the little country town of Yinnar, the place I grew up.

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A (Big) Tobacco Batch

Here’s another batch of tobacco decals applied to pre-built 1:43 scale models with before and after shots of each. Includes McLaren, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Brabham and more.

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The Histories of Model Kit Manufacturers

There have been a lot of companies come and go in the model kit manufacturing business. Max’s Models has published a stack of history videos that give a fascinating insight into the industry and cover a wide range of brands, many of which no longer exist.

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Tobacco Decal Applications

Here’s another batch of models after they’ve had their missing tobacco decals applied, enabling them to properly represent how the cars ran back in the day. Includes race cars that carried Gitanes, Marlboro, L&M and Player’s liveries and markings.

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Review: The 1993 Bathurst Winner

Larry Perkins & Gregg Hansford won the Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst in 1993 aboard this Castrol sponsored, Holden V8 powered VP Commodore (well, they drove the real one; this is a review of a model version 😛 )

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Collection Additions & Enhancements

Parcel turned up today with a handful of Spark 43rd scale models to add to the collection, ranging from World Champions & Le Mans winner, to a car that didn’t even get close to qualifying for a race.

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