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 was poking way out past the bodywork and the right rear was buckled with massive toe-in. I communicated with the importer/retailer, Apex Replicas, and they were happy to swap it as they still had newRead More

Biante Release Seton’s 1993 ATCC Winning EB Falcon

Biante's 1993 ATCC winning EB Falcon of Glenn Seton

Biante will this week release a new addition to the 1:43 scale Motor Racing Legends collection – the Ford EB Falcon driven by Glenn Seton to win the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship. Produced in resin in a limited edition of 534 pieces, this model will be available to purchase from August 1. Further Biante releases – from manufacturers such as Sun Star, Vitesse and Kyosho – are listed below. Glenn Seton EB Falcon, 1993 The introduction of five-litre regulations for the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship saw the return ofRead More

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 as much to do with the packaging as the model itself. The car is encased in a vac-formed fold-over shell – no plinth and no Perspex display cover. The next thing – these models fallRead More

Tobacco Conversions on 3 x ATCC Cars

Some tobacco conversions on ATCC race cars: Above & Below: Gricey’s Craven Mild LH Torana from 1975 (Biante 1/43, aftermarket decals) Above & Below: Bathurst winning Benson & Hedges Ford Sierra 1988 (Apex 1/43, aftermarket decals) Above & Below: Jim Richards’ JPS BMW M3 (Apex 1/43, aftermarket decals). Some of the JPS logos are really really small and a total pain to apply, such as the ones that go inside the emblem on the C-pillar.

More Ciggie Signage & Biante Fixes

In time, I’d like all the models in my collection that are supposed to have tobacco markings, actually have them. It will be a big job to organise, purchase and apply aftermarket decoration to them all, but at least a start has been made. Above & Below: Before and after application of after market tobacco decoration to a brace of Biante 1/43 models – 1984 Bathurst VK Commodores, 1995 Skaife/Richards VR and 1976 John Harvey LH Torana. I purchased three water-slide decal sets from three different eBay sellers to evaluateRead More

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 with a foam insert to secure the model. The rear wing and spoiler were separate items that had to be attached by the collector. Above: Undo one screw and it comes apart easily. The seat,Read More

Bob Jane Camaro

Last year, ARMCO (Australian Racing Model Co – a Models 56 brand) released the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro (but wasn’t it actually a ‘69 ZL1??) as raced by Bob Jane in the 1971/72 ATCC. Well packaged with a COA (Ltd Edition of just 500 world wide), the first thing you notice is the model weight – or lack of. For those familiar with die-cast, this resin item feels like it would blow away in a strong breeze. I am not aware of this build depicting a specific event (couldn’t find aRead More