Review: Russell Ingall’s 2014 VF Commodore by Apex

Apex AR40705 – 2014 Holden VF Commodore Russell Ingall THE CAR: This is Russell Ingall’s last full-time V8 Supercar ride, the Repair Management Australia backed Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport entered VF Commodore. Many considered the livery on this thing as not particularly exciting, however I reckon it works ok. Apex has modeled a 2014 ‘season’ version … Read moreReview: Russell Ingall’s 2014 VF Commodore by Apex

Classic’s 2013 VF V8 Supercars

Yes, they have their faults, but overall I reckon they look ok for general display purposes. It's only when you get up close the flaws pop out. The models do feel a bit toyish in hand (very light and the wheels rattle). I wonder if the wheels were locked up and ballast fitted inside, would collectors be saying "aww, this is a nice, solid, decent quality model"?

Classic Carlectables have won the race to get the first 2013 VF Commodore to market in 1/43 scale with the release of two cars each from the HRT and Red Bull Racing teams. The first thing you notice about these is at the shop – they’re featherweights compared to the past, but that’s got just … Read moreClassic’s 2013 VF V8 Supercars

Apex’s 2013 FG V8 Supercars

Top front view

I received four 1/43rd scale FG Falcon V8 Supercars from Apex recently, and I must say, they’re pretty good! left to right: Alex Davison #18 “Jeldwen” FPR Ford David Reynolds #55 “Bottle-O” FPR Ford Tim Blanchard #17 “Wilson Security” DJR Ford Chaz Mostert #12 “Wilson Security” DJR Ford They’re resin with quite low production numbers … Read moreApex’s 2013 FG V8 Supercars

Some Touring Car Fixes & Enhancements

The race winning HRT had the usual paint showing through where it should not, so as with the 2010 VE retro car, some black paint easily fixes this.

A number of models that I’ve purchased (some from quite a while ago!) that needed to be fixed or enhanced in some way. Firstly, the GTHO Super Falcon from Models56/ARMCO. Next is Classic Carlectables’ 2010 HRT VE Commodore of Garth Tander/Cameron McConville in the retro livery ran at Bathurst that year to commemorate 20 years … Read moreSome Touring Car Fixes & Enhancements

Apex 2012 Bathurst ‘Retro’ Cars

The two Apex models with their Classics buddies ~ The 2012 Bathurst "Retro Scheme" Collection ~

Back in April, I blogged about Classic Carlectables’ 2012 Bathurst cars, including the two ‘retro’ racers from FPR and 888 (click HERE to view). Well, the two Apex FG Falcons arrived a while back, so a direct comparison can now be made. Put simply, the Apex version is clearly the winner… and it would want … Read moreApex 2012 Bathurst ‘Retro’ Cars

Classics’ 2012 Bathurst Cars

The 2012 Bathurst 1000 race winning Vodafone entry (top) and two of the special "50th Year of Bathurst" retro livery cars. The packing is the usual job from Classics, loosely aligned with the colour scheme of the car and includes the numbered Certificate of Authenticity - nice touches if you are into that sort of thing (I'm not. I just see it as unnecessary additional expense).

The Classic Carlectables range of 2012 Bathurst cars has been released, and I’ve bought all three. After hearing horror stories about their 1:18 offerings, it is disappointing to see their 1:43s have got similar, though less severe, issues. Production figures for these ‘one off’ race versions are: Whincup/Dumbrell – 1500 pieces Lowndes/Luff – 2050 pieces … Read moreClassics’ 2012 Bathurst Cars

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’