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#1 of 543 Toy/Model Car Thread
Jan 02, 2007 (10:28 am)
Yeah, it's not a creative name.
But I suspect more than lemko and I have an interest in miniature cars.
Anyone have any collections or toy cars they want to discuss?
Or interested in finding a toy/model of a car you own?
Or maybe interested in the marketing/product placement aspects of toy cars? For example, the upcoming 'Transformers' movie and its questionable almost exclusive GM lineup of cars, which will work their way to the toy car market.
Jan 02, 2007 (10:47 am)
I have a collection of several cars that are in the 1/18th scale. I tend to prefer the muscle cars, as well as classic cars...although I have several modern cars that I have received as gifts over the years. I have 2, 10' long shelves on one of my garage walls that I covered in black/white checker board contact paper, and have my cars displayed on those shelves. I have the cars displayed out of the box, but I wipe them down, and take the air compressor to them (to dust them off) from time to time.
In addition to these, I have several model cars from various motorsports series in my living room. Some of these are valuable, so I take better care of them (save the boxes), and even display some in their original packaging.
#3 of 543 Just received as an Xmas gift...
Jan 02, 2007 (11:23 am)
...from a friend is a Danbury Mint 1:24 scale 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible. The Danbury models are extremely well-made and detailed. The quality and detail of these models seem to get better and better with each year. I don't know if they'll be worth anything someday, but I do have an extensive collection of these as well as a few from the Franklin Mint.
Jan 02, 2007 (11:45 am)
Yeah, that's a key...with modern ready-made collectibles, be sure to keep the boxes. A lot of these models won't appreciate over original MSRP, but some still have solid values on the secondary market. Some of the Franklin/Danbury Mint vehicles do pretty fairly on ebay. Having packaging and paperwork looks to be essential to good values.
I have my vintage small diecast on the shelves of my TV cabinet, and the rest of the cars scattered around the living room. I don't have a ton of room though, so I am pretty picky about what I go after. There are only a few Matchbox cars that I really want, and I am too cheap to buy the early Dinkys I like.
#5 of 543 Matchbox / Hotwheels
Jan 02, 2007 (11:51 am)
A few years ago I was at a store and saw a Hotwheels '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible that I liked - It looked really neat...it was white, and had a nice set of wheels. I bought this, and hung it on the wall in my garage (still in the package). After buying that initial car, I noticed several other Hotwheels versions of the same car - mainly different paint scheme and wheel combinations. I have started buying each version of the Hotwheels '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible that I run across, and keep them all on the wall together.
There is really nothing special to me in particular about the '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible, it just seems that ever since that first one caught my eye, I have become addicted to buying them.
#6 of 543 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 02, 2007 (11:54 am)
Well, I do still have all the packaging and paperwork. I wasn't thinking value when it came to saving all the packaging, rather protecting the fragile models if or when I move. You should've seen when I moved into my current place. The entire trunk of my Cadillac Brougham was filled to the rim with boxes of Danbury and Franklin Mint cars as well as others.
I just put up a shelf with two large doors in my bedroom for displaying more of my cars. It can hold at least 28. There is a cabinet with sliding glass doors and metal shelves built into the wall of my living room. I have 18 cars on display in there alone. Each car is encased in a clear plastic display box you can buy at any hobby shop. Keeping the dust off these cars is essential.
#8 of 543 Re: Matchbox / Hotwheels [fintail]
Jan 02, 2007 (12:06 pm)
Are most of your models Mercedes, or do you prefer anything in particular?
#9 of 543 Re: . [lemko]
Jan 02, 2007 (12:11 pm)
I am sure you are doing it right. I think I have around 100, maybe more, Matchbox sized diecast on my TV cabinet, but unfortunately after a couple months they do get dusty. So every 4-6 months I will clean them...which takes an hour or two. Here is where the Matchbox cars live I don't have room for a proper glassed in case though, so this will have to do.
#10 of 543 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 02, 2007 (12:13 pm)
That's pretty cool fintail