... specialising in 1:43 scale model cars (Formula 1, Indy 500, Le Mans, GT and classic road cars)
Welcome to f1scalemodels. My name is Philip and this is my website (started in 2009) which is dedicated to the hobby of model car collecting. Apart from being a keen collector I'm also a part-time model car trader, trading primarily at several swap meetings and car events around the Sydney (Australia) area.
This site is always being updated and improved (hopefully) and the main purpose is to provide an up-to-date listing of models that are available for purchase at swap meets that I will be attending. As you can imagine it would be impossible to have all my stock at any swap meet, so if there are any particular model(s) that you're interested in, please contact me and I'll make sure I bring them along to the next swap meet. This is an obligation-free service.
Check out the link called "Motorsport Gallery" where I've posted some motorsport related photos. These are some of the photos I've taken over the years at various events.
I've been asked a few times now if I do mail order; the answer is yes. So far I've posted to a number of interstate collectors and also to USA, UK, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, France, Austria and Italy. Australian collectors have a choice of payment options; Direct bank deposit, money order or Paypal. International collectors will need to pay via Paypal. Please contact me with the details of the models you're interested in and I will provide you with a firm quotation for postage. I only charge what Australia Post charges.
I'm planning to attend the following swap meets and events in 2018; please go to the Swap Meets link for dates and other details:
Mobile: 0417 428 668
2017 Poll Results - F1's Greatest Driver
Here's the final results of the poll that was held throughout 2017 to determine the greatest F1 driver. The results were interesting in that some current drivers with multiple world championships to their name didn't attract any votes at all, (i.e. Vettel and Hamilton); while some stars of yesteryear also surprisingly failed to garner any votes (Gilles Villeneuve, Stirling Moss and others). OK, here are the results, with a total of 21 votes cast...
Incidentally the Autosport Magazine poll had Senna as the greatest driver. Thank you to all of you that voted in this poll.
This website is updated regularly (at least once a month) with new additions and important or interesting information related to the hobby. All new and restocked items will be marked with an "R" in the stocklists so please check these lists regularly. I hope you find these updates helpful.
New Additions: February 2018
My apologies for the lateness of this update. My excuse is that I've just spent the first weekend of February at Bathurst, watching the 12 hour GT race. What a great race which was unfortunately was robbed of an exciting finish by a late crash.
Anyway, back to the job at hand. This month, the highlights include the 1981 Chevrolet powered Gurney Eagle Challenger made by the American model maker, Automodello. This company specialises in models that have never or rarely been modelled before and are released in very limited quantities, from 50 up to 999 so they tend to more expensive than mass produced models. The Eagle Challenger is one of these low release models and is an interesting subject best described by Automodello themselves; "In 1980 AAR introduced a version of its Eagle Indy Car with the truly innovative "Boundary Layer Adhesion Technology (BLAT) ...which referred to the novel system of generating aerodynamic downforce. While conventional cars of the day relied on ground effects, the Eagle generated twin vortices under the rear bodywork to generate downforce, with the engine exhaust routed to further enhance efficiency (Variants of this technology have been used more recently in F1). The car looked like nothing else on the track." At the 1981 Indy 500, the Eagle driven by Mike Mosley qualified 2nd but retired early due to engine trouble. At the next race at Milwaukee's tight one mile oval, Mosley finished more than a lap out in front of his nearest competitor. While Mosely drove the car in oval races, Dan Gurney put Can Am driver Geoff Brabham into the car for the road races. Brabham qualified on pole at Riverside and was well in the lead when a cross-threaded wheel nut at his first pitstop ended his race. The history of the AAR Eagle Challenger was to be a brief one as CART soon decided to outlaw the BLAT aero concept.
The second model I'd like to focus on is the innovative and stylistic NSU Ro 80, a four-door front-engined sedan manufactured from 1967 until 1977. Noted for its aerodynamic styling and technologically advance powertrain, the NSU Ro 80 featured a 84 kW (113 BHP), 995 cc twin-rotor Wankel engine driving the front wheels. Over its ten year production run, over 37,000 units were made, all in a single generation. The Ro 80 remained relatively unchanged during its production run with just minor cosmetic changes to it bodywork. Unfortunately the car developed an early reputation for unreliability; the engine in particular suffered from high wear of its rotor tip seals allowing combustion products to escape. Although by 1970 most of the reliability issues had been resolved, damage to the car's reputation had undermined NSU's financial situation irreparably. NSU was acquired by Volkswagen in 1969 and merged with Auto Union to create the modern day Audi company.
Unfortunately, by the time you read this update, the only model fair this month at Granville will have already been held so let me remind you of the events scheduled for March. Apart from the regular fair at Granville on 9th March, there will also be the first Collectormania fair at Penrith on 18th March. Until next month, happy collecting.
American Race Series
Le Mans / Sportscar Racing
After Thoughts: The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally has been run and won for another year. This year the car class was won by Carlos Sainz (Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi) who also won the 2010 edition. Australian bike rider, Toby Price finished 3rd in his fourth start at the Dakar, unable to repeat his win in the 2016 event.
The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid (cross-country rally) that started in 1978 and was the brain-child of Frenchman Thierry Sabine who had raced in rallies in Africa. The idea of the Dakar arose when Sabine got lost in the Tenere Desert whilst competing in the Abidjan-Nice Rally and decided that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally. The first rally, known as the Paris-Dakar Rally started in Paris with 182 competitors in three classes (cars, bikes and trucks) leaving on Christmas Day to cover approximately 12,000 km to finish in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, some 20 days later. Most of the course was set in harsh conditions, including the uninhabitable Mauritanian desert and the Tenere desert, barren in all directions for hundreds of kilometres. Unsurprisingly only 74 vehicles survived that first rally. The rally quickly gained in popularity and by 1981, 291 vehicles took part and a year later, the number of entries had incresed to 382 vehicles. Encouraged by the 1983 car class winner Jacky Ickx, Porsche entered the following year with the 953 and won on their first attempt.
The 1987 rally marked the start of an era of increased official manufacturer participation in the car category with entries from the Peugeot factory. By the mid-2000's the Dakar Rally had reached the height of its popularity with a record 688 vehicles entered in 2005. However the 2008 event was cancelled amid fears of terrorist attacks in Mauritania, causing serious doubts about the future of the rally. Chile and Argentina then offered to host the event on the South American continent and the offer was accepted by the organising body. The 2009 event was the first to be held in South America with Volkswagen taking its first win as a works entry.
When the race was held in Africa, it was subject to criticism from several sources focusing on the race's impact on the inhabitants of the countries through which it passed. Residents saw limited benefits from the race with little money spent on local goods and services, and racers were often blamed for hitting livestock and even injuring and killing people. Since its inception, the Dakar Rally has taken 70 lives, including 28 competitors.
New Additions: January 2018
Welcome to the first update for 2018; I hope everyone had a relaxing break over the festive season. I'm predicting another great year full of interesting new releases (admittedly, an easy prediction to make!). So, let's get straight into this year's new additions. Some interesting F1 models have been released recently by Spark including the Ford powered Hill GH1. Graham Hill began his F1 career in 1958 and he'd already won 2 world championships by the time he formed his own team in 1973. Initially, Hill used the Shadow DN1 and then the Lola T370 chassis before evolving the Lola into his own design in 1975. With the new Hill GH1 chassis, Hill entered the 1975 Monaco GP but failed to qualify the car. After this failure, Hill retired from F1 racing to concentrate on team management and his drive was given to his protege, Tony Brise. Other notable drivers to race for the Embassy Hill team included Alan Jones and Vern Schuppan (the model of Schuppan's car will be available next month). This Spark model, as usual comes supplied with the correct tobacco decals.
In 1939 and 1940, Wilbur Shaw won the Indy 500 with the same car, a Boyle Special Maserati 8CTF and it was the first win by a "foreign" car since 1916. The Maserati 8CTF was designed to be a GP car, making its debut at the 1938 Tripoli Grand Prix competing against the dominant Mercedes and Auto Unions. Although the car had a powerful supercharged 3-litre, straight 8 engine, the Maserati lacked reliability and long-term endurance so it seemed odd when a Maserati was imported into the US for the Indy 500. When the car arrived in America, Mike Boyle, the owner found the cooling system had been filled with pure water and had frozen during the Atlantic crossing, splitting the cylinder block. His mechanic, a master craftsman carefully rebuilt the power plant and created a car that would prove a sensation at the Speedway. This beautiful model, made by Replicarz faithfully captures the simple, elegant lines of this significant race car.
The Honda CR-X was a 2-seat, front-wheeled-drive sports compact car manufactured by Honda from 1983 to 1991. Although there is some debate as to the definition of the acronym CR-X, the most widely accepted is "Civic Renaissance X". The second generation cars were fitted with a hot 1.6L DOHC engine and it had exceptional ride and handling. Its slick baby Euro styling has assured its classic status. This diecast model is by Maxichamps (a sub-brand of Minichamps)
Okay, that's it for the first month of the year. There is only one event this month which is the Granville Model Fair on 12th January. Please check my Swap Meets link regularly as I will be updating dates for future events as they are confimed. Until next month, happy collecting.
American Race Series
Le Mans / GT Racing
After Thoughts: As we celebrate the start of 2018, there's one significant anniversary from 2017 which shouldn't go unmentioned. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the release of Mazda's first rotary (Wankel) powered car, the Cosmos Sport 110s which is now a much sought-after collectible as only 1500 units were produced from 1967 - 72.
Mazda Cosmos 110S (By Mytho88 (Own work))
Going back to 1960, the President of the Toyo Kogyo company (later to be renamed as Mazda in 1984) made a bold trip to Germany to meet with executives from NSU Motorenwerke to negotiate the licensing rights for the German company's Wankel engine. The Mazda president was convinced that investment in this new engine would allow Mazda to better compete against their much larger Japanese rivals. After the deal was signed in 1961, Mazda received a prototype 400cc NSU rotary engine and they began development in earnest.
Partially disassmbled Mazda engine (By Softeis at German Wikipedia)
After the release of the Cosmos, Mazda became fully committed to a program to bring rotary power to their entire range of cars starting with the release of the R100 Familia in 1968. In 1971, Mazda were attaching the prefix "RX" to their rotary engined cars and they produced the RX-2, RX-3, 4 and 5.
But with the 1973 oil crisis, Mazda's ambitions for a rotary-powered future were stifled. Despite much development work, the Wankel engine's thirst for what was becoming liquid gold remained a major weakness. With the company quickly bleeding cash, Mazda put their hopes on one final car that was inspired by their first rotary car, the Cosmos 110.Their decision was to reposition the rotary engine as a purely sports car power plant and what they released in 1978 was the RX-7. This car would become part of a major invigoration of Mazda on the world motoring scene. The RX-7 ran through 3 distinct generations until production ceased in 2002 with a total of over 800,000 cars produced.
Mazda's next development of the rotary engine was the RENESIS 13B which was destined for the RX-8 in 2003. However, the four-door RX-8 could not match the appeal of the out-going RX-7 and it only remained in production until 2012 with 193,000 units being produced.
In 1991 Mazda pulled off a surprising and famous victory when the Mazdaspeed 787B driven by Johnny Herbert, Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler won the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race. The win did much to dispel concerns about the rotary engine's reliability and to this day, the Mazda 787B is the only Japanese car, as well as the only Wankel engined car to win Le Mans.
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