Hi there, welcome to my diecast blog. This blog is about my hobby of collecting diecast model cars. The blog is for sharing my interest with other diecast enthusiasts and also for honing my writing and photography skills. The excitement I get when I find a car I’ve been looking for is similar now at 50 years of age to when I was 8. I may on occasion reflect on the psychology behind the collecting.
Matchbox is my favourite brand, and has been ever since I was a small boy, but all diecast cars interest me. I notice I get most hits for my DeAgostini and Eaglemoss 1:43 scale models.
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I have more Hot Wheels than any other brand (153 when I last counted). I collect a wide variety of models but sports cars of the sixties and seventies particularly interest me : American Muscle cars like Corvettes and Mustangs, British classics like the Jaguar E Type, French cars with their Gallic charm like the Renault Alpine, the iconic Porsche 911 and the exciting JDM cars like the Nissan Fairlady Z and the Toyota 2000GT.
Corgi like Matchbox is a brand I grew up with and has the same nostalgic buzz for me, Dinky oddly doesn’t and I only had one Dinky car in my collection for a long time (now I have three).
Living in the former Soviet Union, gives me access to many old Soviet models so I have a few Ladas, Volgas and Moskvitches rubbing tyres with the Lamborghinis, Porsches and Jaguars in the collection.
Each week I add to my collection. I’m really hooked on this hobby . My finds can be quite a random selection particularly if I visit Drybridge Market.
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Living in the former soviet Georgia where the post is unreliable and expensive, I don’t buy models by post. I don’t know current values of models, I know what I can expect to pay here in Tbilisi but this might be very different to prices in other countries.
My preferences when collecting models are:
Diecast Brand: Matchbox is my favourite. This is partly for nostalgic reasons, they were the cars I had most when I was a child. The current Matchbox range only has a few vehicles which interest me, I find more in the Hot Wheels range to excite me. I have more Hot Wheels than any other brand, partly because they are more readily available than other brands (except Kinsmart, which is everywhere).
My favourite brands:
- Hot Wheels
Models: Generally I prefer sports cars from the sixties and seventies, I particularly like the first generation Ford Mustang, second generation Chevrolet Corvette, Maserati Bora, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Citroen SM, Mercury Cougar, Datsun 240Z, Jaguar E Type and Porsche 911.
Scale: 1:64 The scale for Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Majorette. This again is the scale I collected as a child and is usually cheaper to buy and easier to store and display than larger scales. My largest scale models are 1:24, I don’t have any at 1:18.
Car Make: Some makes I prefer to others. I particularly like Porsche, Jaguar and Maserati. In my collection I have most Fords (82), Chevrolets (75) and Porsches (59). I only have 11 Maseratis but that is because they are quite rare, the current Hot Wheels range has only one Maserati an MC12, which I haven’t found yet.
My favourite find of 2016 was this Corgi Citroen SM. It came from the mid seventies, the model is mint, the box less so. The Citroen SM was borne of a collaboration between Citroen and Maserati.