1993 Lola T93/00 Ford Indycar, Mansell (Tamiya 1:20)

The next kit to build was selected from the stash simply because it was sitting on top of all the others! Tamiya’s 1:20 scale Lola Indycar in road course configuration. This was (mostly) built straight from the box to be Nigel Mansell’s Championship winner. I was almost going to do Mario Andretti’s car (simply because he’s a Legend) but Nige got the nod because the Pom had a pretty remarkable rookie year in the CART series. This is a ‘Snap-Loc’ kit that required no cement. At first I thought this could beRead More

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 had to be really careful with the Bradley decal on the sidepod. It was already dried and cracked (this model is about 20 years old these days) and thankfully didn’t get damaged further. At firstRead More

The First IRL Race Winner

Buzz Calkins' IRL Reynard

I picked this up on ebay the other day – a model of the winner of the first ever IRL (Indy Racing League) race, the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway back in 1996. Well, that’s what I assume this model is representing. Driven by Buzz Calkins (Bradley Calkins Jnr) to victory, it was to be Buzz’s one and only IRL race win. Buzz ended up co-winner of the inaugural 3-round IRL series, equal on points with Scott Sharp. The model is a Limited Edition (4,444 pieces) 1/43 MinichampsRead More

Review: Ertl G-Force IRL Indycar

Ertl’s 1998 G-Force IRL Indycar of Robbie Buhl isn’t a great collectable. But it is cheap and colourful! Read the Quick Review.

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 to Aussie collectors will be Spark’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of 2015 Australian Carrera Cup Champion Nick Foster in Bob Jane T-Marts livery. Of particular interest to me is Johnny Rutherford’s 1974 Indy 500 winningRead More

The Latest Parcel

These four gems arrived from Apex a few days ago – a couple of lesser known F1s, a controversial Indy racer and Russell’s last (fulltime) ride. Each will be the subject of a review in the coming days/weeks.          

Indycar Additions

1967 Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt #14 (Spark), 1980 Porsche test car of Danny Ongias (TSM)

This week saw the addition of two “Indycar” models to the collection that enjoyed widely differing success – one won the 500 while the other was ruled out before it even qualified!

Indycar Enhancement, Paul Tracy (Onyx 1:43)

Portuguese manufacturer Onyx marketed a range of 1:43 scale Indycars in the early to mid 1990s. The models were very basic – plastic base plate, 1-piece diecast body, plus plastic driver, rear wing, suspension, rubber tyres and metal axles. The paint was usually good, but the decoration was often out of alignment. From a distance, they looked ok and certainly very colourful. But up close was a different story. Despite their basic nature, the value wasn’t too bad for the time. Above & Below: Cockpit detail, before and after. IRead More

1980 Penske PC9 – Ertl

This is the 1980 Penske PC9 #12 of Bill Alsup produced by Ertl. I bought this off ebay. The box is pretty shabby, but the model is fine. It is one of an original 4 cars released of 1980 Penske Indy cars (Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, Mario Andretti and Bill Alsup – there’s also a #7 version of Alsup’s). The models are rather crude compared to today’s but reflect an item that’s a bit better than a toy of the time, but not a true scale replica. The body colourRead More