Census: Counting the Collection

Every few months I decide to count my diecasts. They are almost all on display, the shelves as you might imagine are rather crowded, it might be better if I circulated what is on display. The first shelf is for American Muscle cars in 1:64 scale like Ford Mustangs, Dodges, Mercury Cougars etc… Most of…

Sunnyside

Sunnyside or Superior-Sunnyside are a Chinese Manufacture of diecasts based in Hong Kong. They have a similar distribution network to Kinsmart, here in Tbilisi I often find them in the same shops. The Sunnyside models are two or three lari more than the Kinsmart models but they have opening bonnets as well as opening doors.…

Monthly Acquisitions : August 2014

This post might be premature, as it is only 20 August. I have however spent 97 lari ($56.32) and I don’t wish to exceed 100 lari ($57.82) (having blown the budget in February, March, April and June). Surprisingly, I managed to last without buying another diecast until well into September. I have bought 13 vehicles. There have been two…

A Good Day at the Market

I have written before about Drybridge Market my favourite hunting ground for older diecasts. Today, when I visited the market I was pleasantly surprised to see an old Corgi Ferrari Berlinetta 250 Le Mans,  from the mid-late sixties, which had been on my wants’ list for ages displayed with a Norev Renault 20TS and a few Matchbox…

Car Transporters

When I posted about Tow Trucks, marcboz commented “Car haulers are fun for displaying models too, Jim.”  Today, I found a Car Transporter that can accommodate six Hot Wheels cars comfortably. On the box it states “Die Cast metal with plastic parts”…actually the cab is the only part which is diecast the trailer is plastic, also “Italian…

Diecasts mentioned in Literature

Aside from collecting Diecasts, reading has been a major hobby of mine throughout my life. When I find diecast cars in my reading it is like wow! I have just finished reading The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx (a Pulitzer Prize winning novel). The protagonist Quoyle a middle aged man who had a loveless…

Tow Trucks

I bought a Matchbox Tow Truck today, one of the non-licensed vehicles found throughout the 2014 range …this was called MBX T.O.W. 50T (MB2) on the packaging or Urban Tow Truck (MB839) on the base. I was disappointed that there were no moving parts…the towing mechanism is fixed. I have a much older Matchbox Dodge Wreck Truck from…