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

Aussies In F1 Additions

Models of Australian drivers who competed overseas would be a great collection theme and would make a significant and interesting display, even if it was just F1 cars. While I don’t specifically collect to that theme, I do have models of most of the Australians who have competed in Formula One. Over the past six … Read moreAussies In F1 Additions

Jim Richards’ 1985 ATCC Winning BMW

Spark recently did a run of 500 pieces of Jim Richards’ Group A 1985 Australian Touring Car Championship winning BMW 635CSi (Spark item # AS017). When the 6-cylinder Bavarian bullet arrived in the post the other month, there was a glaring assembly issue with the car – the rear axle was ajar, the left wheel … Read moreJim Richards’ 1985 ATCC Winning BMW

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

Fixing Buzz’s Suspension (and other things)

This is what's inside a 1:43 scale Minichamps Reyanrd.

Having looked at the misaligned push-rods on the Buzz Calkins Indycar (see Quick Review article HERE), I decided I’d have a crack at fixing them.   After removing from the plinth, 2 screws hold the model together and the main upper body has to be pulled back a bit to clear the rear suspension. I … Read moreFixing Buzz’s Suspension (and other things)

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

2016 Spark Catalogue

The 2016 Spark catalogue is now online – and boy, does it have some nice items in it! There are lots of new modern and ‘classic’ F1, LeMans, USA sports cars and Indycars, plus Can-am, rally and luxury road vehicles. Spark also now have MotoGP and a 1/87 scale range. View the 52-page document by … Read more2016 Spark Catalogue

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