March, 2015


Model Gearbox & Engine, 3D Printed

Operational 5-speed manual gearbox, 3D printed in about 1/4 scale. It’s a replica of the W56 Toyota transmission and is matched to another 3D printed item – a Toyota 22RE engine with working valves etc! (by Eric Harrell)  

New Stuff from Trax, Biante & Models56

Paint sample of an upcoming new release from Trax

A number of new announcements and updates on new product over the past week. Trax Top Gear revealed via social media a “1st colour sample” of a Holden LE Coupe (the HX 308 GTS with gold honeycomb wheels). It will be a limited run of just 600 items, in resin. They won’t reveal the scale, but logic would suggest 1:43 (I mean, why would you do it in a larger scale when Classic Carlectables pumped out 3600 of them in 1:18 a few years back?). The real car now hasRead 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.

Trax Change Club Membership Format

Top Gear has announced the Trax Club membership format has changed. The NSW-based company has dropped the printed quarterly “Keeping Trax” magazine and will replace the 1:64 FJ Van club model with a 1:43 FC Holden Panel Van. Full detail of the changes below (click the image for a larger version). Hats off to Top Gear for trying something different, but again, I think they are totally missing the mark for what people want. A Birthday Club? Really?!? What I loved about the original club was the magazine and theRead More

Limited Edition Scott McLaughlin Volvo for Diecast Expo

scott mclaughlin Volvo GRM 2014 AGP

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

Model Expo “How-To” Workshops

The Diecast Magazine’s resident expert on all things customized, Rob Smith, will present a number of ‘How To’ workshops at the 2015 Diecast Model Expo. The workshops will take place in the Main Expo hall and are free for all registered attendees. Rob will be available to answer custom modelling questions during the event. The following workshops will be presented: “BAZOOKA” One of the pitfalls in custom building is the lack of ‘off the shelf’ performance components that complete a perfect build. Here we will design and build from scratchRead More