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

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

Red Line’s F2007 Ferrari

Red Line Models now offer a range of 2007 Ferraris in various versions. I purchased the Filipe Massa Bahrain GP

Ever since Minichamps lost the licence to produce contemporary F1 Ferrari models, collectors have suffered at the hands of Mattel’s Hot Wheels (or Cold Wheels as many call them!) range. Outside of the brilliant Tameo kits, it was difficult to source good quality modern F1 Ferraris – until now. Red Line Models now offer a … Read moreRed Line’s F2007 Ferrari

Holden EH S4, David Price Conversion (Trax 1:43)

Above: This model starts out as the Scuderia-Veloce Dealer team EH Holden S4 of Spencer Martin/Brian Muir that raced in the 1963 Armstrong 500 (Bathurst) as modelled by Trax TR5E. The Task? Convert it into a representation of the car driven by Victorian David Price in the mid to late 1960s. Ironically, Price purchased the … Read moreHolden EH S4, David Price Conversion (Trax 1:43)

Commodore Wars – Trax V Biante

The iconic VB Commodore has been shouting out to be modeled for many years. Well, now we have the VB and the VC modeled by both Biante and Trax. As both manufacturers have released an SL/E version, time is ripe to put them head-to-head! The Models The Numbers – Both Biantes are Limited Editions of … Read moreCommodore Wars – Trax V Biante

A1GP Team Australia

English company Amalgam has now released several of the planned 22 pieces in their 1:43 A1GP range from the 2007/08 season, including this stunning example of the Team Australia car. Biante is the Australian distributor and this is where my example was purchased from. I was planning to buy several (if not all) of the … Read moreA1GP Team Australia

Classic’s 2007 BF Falcon Supercar

classic carlectables BF Falcons 2007

All of the 2007 BF Falcon Supercars have now been released by Classic Carlectables. As usual, I purchase one model from each team, or both cars if the liveries are significantly different. The Classics Falcon Supercars have been pretty good of recent years (certainly better than Biante’s in my opinion) and these BFs with the … Read moreClassic’s 2007 BF Falcon Supercar

Moffat/Bond XC Bathurst Falcons

Released under the AutoArt banner, this 1:43 twin set depicts the famous 1-2 finish at Bathurst in 1977. 3000 sets were produced (how else could they sell that many of the #2 car?) so they should remain at RRP for some time before they sell out. Overall, the models look good with accurate markings (but … Read moreMoffat/Bond XC Bathurst Falcons