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#381 of 501 Re: . [fintail]
Dec 30, 2011 (10:51 am)
Haha, I've been seeing the oddest scale toy cars lately, like 82 Accords, Tempos, Gremlins, Pintos. and other shitboxes from the 70's and 80s.
I'm tempted to buy them but just don't have the room. They're all made by "Fresh Cherries" and I usually see them in Walmert at about $3/pop.
#382 of 501 Re: . [fintail]
Dec 30, 2011 (11:34 am)
Oh man, I gotta find that diecast car and get it for my friend! He had a 1980 Citation that took him through high school, college, graduate school, and into the first year of his marriage!
#383 of 501 Re: . [lemko]
Dec 30, 2011 (12:19 pm)
Sounds like he had the most durable 1980 Citation ever
I have seen those "Cherries" models too, who wants a toy Tempo?
#384 of 501 Here is my latest acquisition...
Jan 01, 2012 (10:58 am)
I'm still buying every E36/5 variant that I can find; usually 1:87 Wikings or 1:43 Schucos- I think I have all of the Dragon 1:24 plastic kits(although I may yet buy another 318ti kit as well as an E36 M3 kit and create a replica of my Club Sport).
#385 of 501 Question for the Group!
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (11:16 am)
Okay men, help me out here in a project I wish to undertake.
I've decided that I'd like to collect models of every car I've ever owned (at least the ones i can remember) .
This represents a LOT of cars (quite a few were "flippers" that I only had for weeks, but I drove all of them). I don't really want models of *every* car but most of 'em.
Now then, my considerations are:
1. Space--I need a scale that is plausible for a collection of what I think will hit close to 100
2. Availability-- most of these cars will be 1955 on up, American and foreign
3. Cost -- I really don't want to be spending $69 a model here, as you can well imagine.
Any ideas on scale, which model maker or makers might cover most of my needs?
"Accuracy" or quality are not so important, but of course, I don't want trash.
#386 of 501 Re: Question for the Group! [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 02, 2012 (11:47 am)
Tough question. It will all depend on the cars themselves. Although the diecast market has never been larger, there are still model cars that more or less don't exist yet. Still can't get a diecast of a W210 E55 AMG, for example.
Of course, smaller scale takes up less space. Many space-limited collectors don't go bigger than 1:43 - I have few models larger than that, myself. You can fit an awful lot of 1:64-ish models in a small place.
Cost is random. Many 1:43 models are much more expensive than 1:18 models. Some vintage 1:64 models, if a rare variety, can be worth as much as the real cars themselves, or even more.
Really, it will all come down to what car you want to have in miniature, and how availability is from there. There are affordable models available of most iconic cars, but some things (say you want a model of a Chevy Celebrity or a 96 Cougar) will be next to impossible.
#387 of 501 Re: Question for the Group! [fintail]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (1:18 pm)
Okay, let's presume 1:43. Here are some typical cars from my past
Jaguar 3.8 MK II
'66 Old Toronado
'55 Studebaker President 2D HT
47 Chevy Fleetmaster coupe
'48 Packard convertible
Triumph TR 250
'64 GTO hardtop
'63 Studebaker GT Hawk
'56 Packard Golden Hawk
61 Mercedes 220Sb
'52 Mercedes 220b Cabriolet
'63 checker marathon
'69 Pontiac Bonneville
Duster 340 (??)
'59 Chevy convertible
'56 Chevy wagon
I got lots more but you get the idea
#388 of 501 Re: Question for the Group! [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 02, 2012 (1:29 pm)
For all of the sportscars you list, you'll have no problem finding many current and vintage models in many scales and price ranges. A google or ebay search will reveal a lot. I am sure most of the American cars exist in diecast form too.
A few small details will be difficult - what if you can get a 49 Packard instead of a 48? Or a 48 Chevy instead of a 47? Or any Marathon? Of all those you list, I only see a real difficulty in the 55 Studebaker and the 69 Bonneville - but they might exist too.
If you want them all in the same scale, that could be problematic.
#389 of 501 Re: Question for the Group! [fintail]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (1:40 pm)
yeah I would want them in the same scale. I don't care if it's a '48 or 49--I'm not even sure on some of the cars I've owned what the year was anymore (loss of oxygen to the brain I suspect).
What's the best keywords for searching for 1:43 on eBay?
#390 of 501 Re: Question for the Group! [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 02, 2012 (1:45 pm)
Scale might be tough on a few, especially the muscle cars which seem more common in 1:18. But 1:43 seems to the most popular these days - so you'll get the vast majority of those. Most will be attainable for under $50, as well.
I'd go into the diecast section, enter the name of the car, and just search - sometimes sellers don't list things properly.