Reflections on why I collect Diecast cars

Introduction I have never studied psychology, so I don’t know how psychologically valid my reflections are. In this blog I have mostly been showing my collection, in this post I will try to dig a little into the psychology. I came to Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2009 with just two suitcases of my worldly possessions, in…

Italian Cars: Iso, Ghia, De Tomaso and a Bugatti*

Ferrari and Lamborghini are well represented by the toy and model manufacturers, which is why it was easy to find a dozen of each marque. There are other Italian supercars which are less easy to find. The model above is one of my favourites, a Matchbox Iso Grifo, Made in England, with regular wheels (introduced…

Corgi Toys

Corgi Toys were introduced in 1956 to compete with Dinky, which had become complacent on the British Market. Corgi were advertised as the “the ones with the windows” having a small plastic window insert making them look more like their full size counterparts than their Dinky counterparts (Dinky introduced windows in 1958). Corgi were named…

Superlatives

My largest model is this Maisto 1:24 1970 Chevrolet Corvette: Seven and a half inches long. I know some collectors who can spend hundreds of dollars (pounds, euros) on some exquisite 1:18 and even 1:12 models by Kyosho or AutoArt. That kind of expenditure on one model is not for me. The most I have spent…