With factories going bust in China (or whatever the reason was), there has not been much in the way of 1:43 V8 Supercar models for the past couple of years.
Well, that’s all changed in 2016!
Both Apex and Biante have been busy churning out multiple releases over the past 6 months or so.
Apex Vs Biante
The models from both manufacturers are, generally, pretty darn good.
One could argue the Apex models are a little more refined and detailed, however several of the pieces I’ve bought are let down by quality control issues – mostly sloppy decal placement and detail painting compared to Biante.
A few points:
- The fluro wheels on the HRT cars are not glossy enough. In fact, they almost look translucent.
- Despite being sealed bodies, both brands have impressive interior detail
- The Biantes were consistently good from a QC perspective
- Tyres on the Biantes look a bit too big in the sidewall
Considering the positives and negatives of each, I’d say, overall, they’re fairly much on par with each other. If forced to pick a winner though, it would be Biante – good, consistent, clean models at a far better price point (like, about $30 better!).
My ‘Lost’ Models: The 1990s
Here’s the third and final installment of my ‘lost’ models. It startles me that the most recent build on this page (the McLaren at the bottom), was over 20 years ago.
My ‘Lost’ Models: The 1980s
Here’s the second installment of the 20 ‘lost’ models mentioned a couple of months back – Tamiya F1s from the 1980s.