Another Then Vs Now: Onyx V Spark, Lotus 100T Honda

There was a nice little ‘then V now’ review of the 1988 Lotus 100T in this week’s edition of the Raceland newsletter. The company compared ‘mint boxed’ versions of the car as produced in 1989 by Onyx against the recently released Spark version. View all the models in the Raceland Newsletter magazine by clicking HERE … Read moreAnother Then Vs Now: Onyx V Spark, Lotus 100T Honda

New Announcements from Top Gear / Trax

Top Gear has announced a number of new 1:43 scale resin models coming in the early months of 2017. There are some nice Aussie-flavoured subjects this time around, but no race cars. Trax Club members get discount on some models, but I think they’re still rather expensive for what they are. (click/tap the images below for … Read moreNew Announcements from Top Gear / Trax

Review: Panini F1 Model Car Collection & Issue 1

Panini F1 Car Collection - issue 1, Ayrton Senna McLaren MP4/4 1988

The Panini F1 model car collection is now available in Australia, issue 1 hitting the newsagents recently with the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 of Ayrton Senna attached. What’s the model like? From a distance, it looks okay. But in reality, these are basic entry-level models at an attractive price. If you wanted a collection of iconic … Read moreReview: Panini F1 Model Car Collection & Issue 1

Concept Cars: The Lincoln Futura

1955 Lincoln Futura by Minichamps in the original pearlescent white colour

I was browsing through the latest Minichamps Newsletter “Announcements for the next six weeks” when this thing took my attention – the Lincoln Futura concept car. Concept cars would make a great theme for a model collection, but that’s not what caught my attention. It’s the fact the original Batmobile was based on this car. … Read moreConcept Cars: The Lincoln Futura

New Stuff From Top Gear (Trax) & Biante

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! … Read moreNew Stuff From Top Gear (Trax) & Biante

Triple 8 Features in Classics’ Latest Newsletter

A Triple eight triple-set features in the latest issue of Classic Carlectables newsletter #65, July – September 2016. The 1:43 scale set honours the team’s 1-2-3 achieved at Barbagello Raceway earlier this year, Craig Lowndes heading home Shane van Gizbergen and Jamie Whincup. The set will be signed by all three drivers and limited to … Read moreTriple 8 Features in Classics’ Latest Newsletter

American Formula 5000s To Use Aussie Tooling

Danny Ongais Lola T332 1975 Formula 5000

ACME Diecast will release two Lola T332 Formula 5000 racers later this year, modelling cars that Brian Redman and Danny Ongais drove in the US F5000 series in the mid-1970s. Acme has reached agreement with Australian company Classic Carlectables to use Classic’s existing tooling they designed and developed several years ago to produce 1:18 scale … Read moreAmerican Formula 5000s To Use Aussie Tooling

Classics Launch New Diecast ‘RepliCars’ Range

Classic Carlectables have launched a new brand – Diecast RepliCars. The first model in the range is a 1:18 2-door XP Falcon. The company made the announcement in the latest newsletter (#64, April-June 2016), which can be downloaded HERE. In addition to the XP there are some nice 1:18 race cars in the publication – … Read moreClassics Launch New Diecast ‘RepliCars’ Range

Minichamps to model 80% of the 2016 F1 Grid

Minichamps will model 9 of the 11 Formula 1 teams contesting the 2016 World Championship. Only Ferrari and Manor will not be produced by Minichamps. The company has announced it will produce 1:43 diecast versions of the Mercedes and McLarens, while Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber, Renault, Force India and the new HAAS team will … Read moreMinichamps to model 80% of the 2016 F1 Grid

DJR Team Penske Back to Biante

Biante's William Hall with DJR Team Penske drivers Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard at the Clipsal 500

DJR Team Penske will have Biante produce their  model cars for the 2016 season. The partnership re-unites Biante with the iconic Ford V8 Supercars team. Biante will develop 1:18, 1:43 and 1:64 versions of the team’s 2016 Ford Falcon FGXs. Apex has been producing the DJR Team Penske cars of late, even announcing a number … Read moreDJR Team Penske Back to Biante

Spark & DJR Team Penske Announcements from Apex

Apex Replicas has added a huge list of new models to its site. From Spark there are 49 new 1:43 scale items, the first of which are scheduled to land in Oz in March. The list includes lots of classic F1, LeMans, Dakar, Indy, GT3 and a selection of classic road cars. Of particular interest … Read moreSpark & DJR Team Penske Announcements from Apex

HRT Star Wars Racers

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, … Read moreHRT Star Wars Racers

Classics Confirm 2015 Bathurst winner In All 3 Scales

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.