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For a car in pro­duc­tion for such a short time – about a year – Ford’s XW model Fal­con GT-HO Phase II cer­tainly gen­er­ated plenty of model in­ter­est. Let’s start with our cover car, the Di­a­mond White press car. Well, Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles pro­duced a lovely

1:18 ex­am­ple in this very colour. There were 2750 ex­am­ples made in this colour, so maybe the prices for this 2008 re­lease are not to­tally stupid.

And of course, there are plenty of other road ver­sions – Gre­cian Gold, Bram­bles Red and Starlight Blue; 1000 each of the for­mer and just 650 of the last. These three were re­leased be­tween 2014 and 2018. I found a few of the blue cars on Ebay for about the orig­i­nal re­tail price – $259 seems the com­mon ask­ing price. So they’re out there. And hey, they’re a nice-look­ing model.

Of the rac­ing cars, well, there are cer­tainly a few about. Let’s start with the ob­vi­ous, the Al­lan Mof­fat 1970 Bathurst win­ner. Now, Clas­sics re­leased this in 2007, mak­ing 6500 of them – a huge pro­duc­tion run for a model in this scale. And be­cause there are lots of them, the price is not in­sane – south of $300 even. Con­sid­er­ing that this was Mof­fat’s rst Bathurst win, it’s an im­por­tant model for his fans. He won the Great Race four times in eight years – 1970-77. That’s a fairly mar­velous achieve­ment.

In­ter­est­ingly, I didn’t nd (in a very quick search) any ex­am­ples of the 2011 re­lease of the 2nd place car that year, that driven by Bruce McPhee. How odd – but then even though McPhee’s car was part of fac­tory Ford one-two, with­out a 1977 ‘form nish’ and the pics to go with it, it’s an achieve­ment that’s been a bit shrouded by the mists of time.

There are plenty of Fred Gib­son/Bo Se­ton cars, though, this be­ing the third of the works Ford en­tries that re­tired af­ter just 33 laps. And that’s all the Phase II rac­ers made in the big scale by Clas­sics. There’s a 1:43 of the win­ning car, and I reckon you should pay be­tween $50 and $100 for that.

Down the road at Biante pick­ings are a lit­tle slim­mer. Biante, along with Aussie Road Ragers, made a 1:64 of these cars. Biante also made 1:43 Mof­fat and McPhee cars. You can nd the Road Ragers car for un­der $20 at www. cooeeclas­sics.com. They’ve also done a pre­crash Bill Brown XY Phase III – hmmm. It’s a pity that’s about all we re­mem­ber Bill for – he had a long and splen­did ca­reer in sports cars.

Trax did a Di­a­mond White road car in 1:24 scale. This is the ‘Amer­i­can’ scale so if you have lots of cars from the Land of the Free this might be a bet­ter t for your col­lec­tion. Trax did a McPhee car in 1:43 car and have done a few road ver­sions in that scale.

Some in­ter­est­ing cars not mod­eled (yet – let’s keep our ngers crossed) are the Tony Roberts car that was run­ning so well un­til rolling off the top of the moun­tain with just a hand­ful of laps to go. It was sug­gested that if he hadn’t landed in an ap­ple or­chard, he’d have kept rolling for­ever. As one who’s climbed that slope, let’s just say it’s a long, long way down and very steep. Roberts was bloody lucky to walk away from that one.

There was also the John Goss/Bob Skel­ton car that was third Fal­con home in ninth – and got fastest lap. Will we ever see these, even in a smaller scale? Of course, per­haps some­one has done their own – again, and as al­ways, we’re very keen to see your pro­jects.

I check over at Pat­tos Place (www. pat­tosplace.com) showed de­cal sheets for sev­eral of the Phase II run­ners in­clud­ing the three Fac­tory cars so there’s your Bruce McPhee model. If you’re like me and are both cheap and have a pref­er­ence for small things, we’d start prob­a­bly with a Road Ragers 1:64 Bruce McPhee car (their only Phase II) and strip off the paint, re­spray­ing and ap­ply­ing Patto de­cals.

Patto has de­cal sheets for all 16 of the 1970 Bathurst Fal­cons. Even the Nick Petrilli/Mike Savva car that didn’t start! I’ve found the qual­ity of his de­cals to be the equal of any ma­jor kit maker like Rev­ell or Tamiya (which is to say, ‘good, very good’). And the prices are pretty rea­son­able – con­tact him via his web­site.

Of course, you could stump up the cash for a big­ger model and do the same thing – a bit more of a chal­lenge, of course. Again, we’d love to see your re­sults. With so many of us locked away at home, there’s lots of time for such pro­jects. I started an AMT Shelby GT500 kit a while back – did you see those in Aldi as one of the weekly spe­cials? Any­way, it showed mostly how far kits have come. I prob­a­bly have it 7/8 nished and it’s all back in the box. So much of it didn’t t prop­erly and I screwed it up as a con­se­quence. Maybe I’ll use it for a dio­rama at some point.

Se­ri­ously – mod­ern kits from Tamiya, Hasegawa, Ita­leri and the like are a quan­tum leap ahead. So I’m work­ing on a Tamiya kit of a car that would have the blood of most Aus­tralian MUS­CLE CAR read­ers boil­ing, so we’ll say no more about it…

An in­ter­est­ing car not mod­eled (yet – let’s keep our fin­gers crossed) is the Tony Roberts car that was run­ning so well un­til rolling off the top of the moun­tain with just a hand­ful of laps to go. It was sug­gested that if he hadn’t landed in an ap­ple or­chard, he’d have kept rolling for­ever.

Patto has de­cal sheets for all 16 of the 1970 Bathurst Fal­cons. Even the Nick Petrilli/Mike Savva car that didn’t start! I’ve found the qual­ity of his de­cals to be the equal of any ma­jor kit maker like Rev­ell or Tamiya (which is to say, ‘good, very good’). And the prices are pretty rea­son­able – con­tact him via his web­site.

Of course, you could stump up the cash for a big­ger model and do the same thing – a bit more of a chal­lenge, of course. Again, we’d love to see your re­sults. With so many of us locked away at home, there’s lots of time for such pro­jects. I started an AMT Shelby GT500 kit a while back – did you see those in Aldi as one of the weekly spe­cials? Any­way, it showed mostly how far kits have come. I prob­a­bly have it 7/8 nished and it’s all back in the box. So much of it didn’t t prop­erly and I screwed it up as a con­se­quence. Maybe I’ll use it for a dio­rama at some point.

Se­ri­ously – mod­ern kits from Tamiya, Hasegawa, Ita­leri and the like are a quan­tum leap ahead. So I’m work­ing on a Tamiya kit of a car that would have the blood of most Aus­tralian MUS­CLE CAR read­ers boil­ing, so we’ll say no more about it…

An in­ter­est­ing car not mod­eled (yet – let’s keep our fin­gers crossed) is the Tony Roberts car that was run­ning so well un­til rolling off the top of the moun­tain with just a hand­ful of laps to go. It was sug­gested that if he hadn’t landed in an ap­ple or­chard, he’d have kept rolling for­ever.

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