Fixing Biante’s VR/VS V8 Supercar

Who the hell at Biante signed these off as OK for final production?! When compared to the earlier VX/VY/VZ Commodore V8 Supercars, the Biante VR/VS models look terrible. Yes, the finish is excellent. Yes, the decoration is fine. Yes, the interior is well detailed. And yes, even the underside looks ok. But the skinny-track wheels … Read moreFixing Biante’s VR/VS V8 Supercar

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. … Read moreLotus 88 ‘Twin Chassis’

F1 Ciggie Decals – JPS Lotus & Gitanes Ligier

The gold-coloured John Player Special and JPS logos matched perfectly with existing decoration on the model.

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 … Read moreF1 Ciggie Decals – JPS Lotus & Gitanes Ligier

OXO Ford Sierra Enhancement (Trax 1:43)

Trax made four racing versions of the Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth – two DJR Shell cars (Johnson #17 & Bowe #18, sold separately), a black Texaco #6 version (Bathurst ’87), plus this 1987 OXO Supercube version raced by Andrew Miedecke that was released in 1990. Above: The Trax Sierra’s came in a cardboard window box … Read moreOXO Ford Sierra Enhancement (Trax 1:43)

Fixing Damage & Errors

I’ve been able to spend some time working on models over the past few months, including fixing up some “issues” on a number of race car models. Do these changes now make them Code 3s?? Above: Brand new 2010 FG Falcon of Alex Davison from Classics. I didn’t notice the rear wheels drooping down when … Read moreFixing Damage & Errors

Nissan Skyline GTR, Bathurst 1992

The bonnet decal was the largest of the lot. All decals were plain white on transparent water-slide film. The white print was not as crisp as I would have liked, however you need to get pretty close to see the ink bleed.

This is the 1992 Bathurst winner sold by Biante. The model is in 1:43 scale and was produced without Winfield cigarette decoration. Interesting Note – this is the “You’re a pack of Arse Holes” Richards/Skaife winner that actually ended the race planted in the concrete. Summary: A nice model of another Bathurst winner.

Enhancing 3 Bricks – Before & After Pics

These three early Classic Carlectable “bricks” (as they are often referred to due to their basic nature) were not going into my display cabinet until they had been tarted up a bit. These models came with extra decoration that needed to be applied by the collector. The Castrol Commodore and Pirtek Falcon included a sheet … Read moreEnhancing 3 Bricks – Before & After Pics