3 lari, 3 inch models

This month I have found a few secondhand models at a couple of new hunting grounds. Around the central station in Tbilisi is a sprawling market known as Vagzlis Basroba. I have visited many times looking for models. Recently, however, I discovered a secondhand toy stall amongst the secondhand clothing stalls. There was a basket…

Monthly Acquisitions: February 2017

This month didn’t have the excitement of a Super Treasure Hunt but I did find the regular Treasure Hunt from the Hot Wheels 2017 B Case “Fangula“. A fantasy model in the “Fright Cars” Series. I’ve seen a few on the pegs, but just got the one. It has been an interesting month, nevertheless. I found …

Nostalgia

This is not the first time, I’ve written about nostalgia in relation to collecting model cars. Yesterday, I bought a Kinsmart 1967 VW Classic Beetle, a model made in China but its dark blue colour reminded me of the Dinky model from the early seventies. Nostalgia relates to our sense of identity, it kindles fondly…

Fun: Let’s Play!

Fun! I collect diecast cars for many reasons, partly it is because they remind me of the fun I had playing with them as a kid. As kids, we raced models across the playground, drove along imaginary roads on the carpet, created imaginary construction sites in the sand pit and didn’t just put the new…

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.…

Scale Models: 1:32 scale

1:32 was once so common a scale for toy trains, autos, and soldiers that it was known as “standard size” in the industry. 1:32 is a common scale for agricultural vehicles manufactured by Siku and Britains. 1:32 was also the scale used for slot car racing, I had a lot of fun as a kid…

Maisto

Maisto is a Chinese diecast manufacturer producing cars, motorbikes and aircraft in many different scales it is part of the May Cheong Group, based in Hong Kong, which also now owns Bburago (the well-known Italian scale model manufacturer that went bankrupt in 2005). The models at larger scales like 1:18 and 1:24 look amazing, not quite…

German Cars: Volkswagen

Volkswagen: The People’s car Volkswagen is the original and top-selling marque of the Volkswagen group, the third largest car maker in the world. For most people Volkswagen conjurs up images of the iconic Beetle, which was made from 1938 until 2003, over 21 million were produced and the car became a film legend as “Herbie” in…