What Car Model Should I Go For?

For car novices, the different models, makes, classifications and the never ending list of add-ons and accessories to choose from when buying a vehicle can be overwhelming – particularly if your knowledge of cars is limited to an understanding that you can drive automatic (not manual) and that the car runs on petrol. But there are a number of other important options and decisions to make when purchasing or choosing a car. One of the most important decisions is what type of car you would like to drive. The model of a car refers to its body style. Here’s a rundown of the different body styles of cars available to help you determine which  car   model  is suited to you.

Hatchback. A hatchback refers to a vehicle with a top-hinged tailgate that combines passenger and cargo space. The trunk is not separate, meaning that the back row of the passenger seat can be lowered for additional cargo space. Hatchbacks are popular smaller vehicles that provide comfortable passenger space. The Peugeot 207 and 208 are popular small car hatchbacks. Head to Sydney Peugeot dealers to test drive one today.

Sedan. Sedans are bigger in comparison to hatchbacks and comprise two rows of passenger seats with a separate trunk space. Sedans are recognised as the most popular and comfortable passenger vehicle. The Honda Civic is a classic sedan style car that can be found at a range of Sydney Honda dealers.

Station Wagon. A station wagon is similar to a sedan but different in that it incorporates a full sized cargo space. The station wagon essentially looks like an extended sedan, and is popular with those who require extra boot space. Surfers and tradesman are common station wagon drivers.

Coupé. Coupés are often referred to as hard topped sports cars. They are small, compact and usually have only two passenger doors. Coupes are a favourite for inner city, zippy driving!

SUV. Short for sports utility vehicle, SUVs are similar to station wagons but built on an axis similar to that of a light truck. They are larger and raised higher and usually built with four-wheel drive and on and off-road ability. In some countries, including Australia, SUVs are commonly referred to as ‘four-wheeled drives’ and many car brands are used to describe this body type such as Jeep or Landrover. SUVs are often more expensive than smaller cars. For a more affordable SUV, try looking for used Land Rovers.

Van/Mini-van. Vans are cars that are usually used for transporting goods or people. They are usually box shaped and large in length and width. A minivan refers to a smaller version of the van that is predominantly for personal use. Minivans are taller and roomier than sedans or hatchbacks and are sometimes referred to as multi-purpose vehicles.

Matchbox Car Model Number System

Matchbox die-cast cars have always been assigned a model number. While the system created early on worked well for some time, it eventually began to become very confusing. This article will briefly explain the numbering system and changes over the years.

Each year the cars would simply be numbered 1 through 75 on the package. The actual model number would be MB# (# is the model number). The model number did not change from one year to the next unless a change was made. For example, the very first Matchbox ever, was the Road Roller in 1953, or model MB1. When a change was made, like the new paint color in 1956, the model number was changed to MB1b. This change still makes sense as it is the same vehicle with a slight variation. It follows suit that the model number should also remain the same, but with a slight variation. This basic version of the system is extremely easy but it will get complicated quickly.

In 1967, the Road Roller mentioned above, was removed from the line of vehicles and replaced with a Mercedes Truck. What was the model number for the Mercedes? MB1e. By this time the Road Roller had undergone a few more changes and was currently at model number MB1d, which explains why the new number ended with an ‘e’. However, some wonder why it was continued to be an MB1. When the vehicle changed completely, should not the model number also? From the beginning, Matchbox decided to limit the number of models produced in a year to 75. (This was the case until 2008 when it was increased to 100 cars.) In order to keep the vehicle line to 75 model or numbers, that means that they had to reuse the numbers 1 through 75. While the logic here is understandable, it created confusion since one model number over the decades, ended up representing multiple vehicles that had nothing in common.

When Matchbox was sold by Lesney Products to Universal Toys in 1982, the numbering system was re-evaluated. The numbering system posed problems, especially from manufacturing perspective. Universal changed the numbering system so that when a new vehicle was added, a new number was added to the MB# list. (They were well past MB600 as of 2002.) However, they made this change on the manufacturing side only. The customers continue to see cars numbered 1-75 (or 100). Another reason that Universal adopted a new numbering system was the fact that cars where produced for five different regions of the world. These regions were the Americas, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the Rest of the World (aka ROW). The line of cars produced by each region was similar but naturally, there were many variances as well. This meant that even within one year’s production, there may have been up to five variations of any model number.

While the numbering system may only be of concern to collectors it has been updated to drastically reduce the possibility of variances among one model number. However, it still poses problems when collectors are seeking older vehicles since the model number they desire represents multiple vehicles. The year is very helpful in narrowing down to the specific vehicle in this situation, but be assured that some verification will be required when looking for a specific vehicle.

Drawing Your Own Model Car

You have done it what seems like a thousand times. You buy a new model car, open the box, assemble, paint, and then done and on to the next one. Yes, it can be rewarding in its own way the first several times you get a model out with its neat list of directions and pictures to follow along with. What happens if you decide to do something a little bit different though? What if you want to design some of your own customizations for your new model? The best way to think through the customizations you are considering is to draw them out. A sketch drawing will allow you to try out different looks before you actually begin the building process that way you won’t have to worry about something not working out and having to be cut loose or changed after it has already been attached to the model car.

What you will need to do this is just a pencil and a couple sheets of paper. The first thing you should do is to sketch a picture of the car as it would look fully assembled. Work from the pictures on the box or in the directions if necessary. This will give you a good base to work from. Once you begin drawing your different ideas for your changes you should do so down the margins of the paper nearest the part of the car to receive the new treatments. This will allow you to begin visualizing what those changes will look like once the car is finished. One thing to remember is that you should not just draw one change for each section. Get creative and sketch out a few different ideas for each part you wish to change. This will allow you some leeway in your creative process.

You will also want to draw your model car from several different angles or views. This will allow you to see your intended modifications as they will appear and to see exactly how they can best be adapted to the car. Something else to consider is that by customizing your car like this on paper before you actually begin the assembly process will also let you experiment with different paint schemes as well. By using colored pencils to add color to your sketch you can try out many different styles such as adding flames or pin striping without having to try it out on your model first.

Once you have chosen the different modifications that you wish to incorporate into your model sketch the finished design out on a separate piece of paper along with the paint job you are going to use. This will allow you to see how the model car will look when finished. One thing to remember is that you should attempt to draw your car as close to scale as you are able. If you do not then the modification you wish to make may not fit once you attempt to add it to the car. Now that you have the concept of drawing your desired modifications the next step you might come to would be to design your own model car. Happy modeling!

Model Car Collecting Tips

Collecting is a hobby that usually manifests at a very young age and surprisingly, even in this technologically-swamped society, is certainly showing no signs of abating. Depending on your preferences, collecting can be a breeze for some and a difficult challenge for others. If you are looking to start collecting, make sure you go for a style or model type which holds significant personal value to you. As noted in the Guinness World Records, the largest collection of model cars currently belongs to Michael Zarnock of Deerfield, New York. Having started his collection in 1968, his total number of models currently amounts to 8,128 which features a range of different HotWheels and alternative model cars. Such impressive hoards require years of dedication, and will be virtually impossible to build if you have no sustainable interest in the model types.

For many collectors today, the Internet is the best place to begin searching. Having selected a model type you love, your internet searches should contain key words relating to the model type, for example ‘Model Porsche’ and also the model number such as ‘Carrera’ or ‘911’. In addition to the Internet, other places to seek out your chosen model cars can range from trade shows, magazines, garage sales, hobby shops and toy shops.

Make sure you fully understand how that specific model is supposed to function before you buy it. For example, some will have doors which swing open, engine compartments that can be lifted, or removable wheels; you will need to make sure these features work properly if the model is to uphold any value. If you are purchasing online, make sure you can see multiple views of the model in question, which will ultimately give you an idea of the car’s overall condition.

Before proceeding with a purchase, there are several other items worth checking. Firstly, the model’s general appearance and visual appeal. Scratches, dull or faded colouring, scuff marks, paint loss and any other signs of wear and tear will affect the value of the model when it comes to merging it with a large collection. Secondly, check whether the model is the original or has been restored at some point. Whilst restored versions are usually perfectly fine, be aware that some of the components may not be the original parts. Particularly when it comes to paintwork and wheels as these tend to be the most commonly restored components of a model car.

Keep your models in the original packaging and ensure your storage area is dirt-free and distanced from any moisture or sunlight. This also means your models are protected from the model-enemy otherwise known as dust; many collectors opt for display cabinets which can vary from single display cases to gigantic large floor-standing versions designed to house a whole collection.

Nauticalia’s Classic Car Models currently cover a vast range of models ranging from steam-powered cars to more specific historic models such as the exclusive Bluebird which broke land speed records. Such a collection can be started and appreciated at any age, and being able to view and show off your collection with pride and rattle off the history and background knowledge you will have attained during the process, is truly rewarding for any true collector. Why not start your own collection and pay tribute to the incredible examples of engineering we have seen throughout history?

Electric Cars Need New and Improved Distribution Models

The art selling of electric cars

Taking into account the current market situation, it will still take some time for electric cars to substantially influence the mobility landscape. Nevertheless, car manufacturers and sellers are already taking steps to get involved in e-mobility. Why? To be able to lead the development in the sector off course. And to be able to take credit for it.

But it is important that car traders realize that it is necessary to change their approach it they want to sell electric cars. This article will help you understand just how significant the difference is, between a good e-mobility approach and today’s conventional car sales process.

Electric mobility: leasing, buying and car sharing

This year, consulting firm Oliver Wyman released a study on electric mobility that could be ground-breaking for the sales strategies of car traders. The firm insists that instead of just selling the vehicle, it should also become a priority to strengthen the infrastructure and operations management. And they would be right.

E-mobility is different from traditional car sales, because among other things, private charging systems and public charging stations are also part of the equation. And as this infrastructure costs money, it could scare off potential customers of electric cars. That is why these things should be offered in different forms: buying, renting and leasing.

For instance, a car trader could sell an electric vehicle with battery or make a leasing agreement. As I mentioned before, purchasing electric cars is still very expensive and a technically sophisticated battery can be a high risk for the customer. Too high of a risk. Therefore, a monthly allowance for the battery bundled with a power supply, for example, makes sense. That way anything that affects the battery is up to the manufacturer.

E-mobility requires new partnerships

For electric cars, different agreements on power supply and charging stations could be combined, to lead to full-service solutions in which all relevant areas are covered by a lease rate. To tie all these packages together, car traders will need e-mobility partnerships with power companies, company management specialists or fleet operators.

Emerging car sharing concepts such as ‘Car 2 Go’, offered by Daimler, or BMW and Sixt, who offer ‘Drive Now’, are formulas that are especially made for electric cars. Because these zero-emission vehicles are mainly suited for short trips, a car-sharing model is perfect!

According to Oliver Wyman, already 76 of these partnerships were announced in Europe, 43 in the Asia-Pacific region, and 30 in the U.S. The main reasons for high figures in Europe is the pressure to reduce emissions, the high rate of innovation in e-mobility and the high awareness of the positive effect on brand image .

How to find the best e-mobility partnerships?

Since the state is generally important for the development of e-mobility infrastructure, governments are currently the most common partners. However, the entire sector is still in its development phase, as are the partnerships.

Because the e-mobility is so new, it is still not clear which sales, leasing or rental solutions are best for who, and which partners are most suitable. Long-term relationships haven’t been built yet. At the moment traders are using a trial and error method to find partners. It will probably take a few years and the introduction of more electric vehicles on the market, before it will be known which solutions meet customer needs most effectively.

This experimental phase is considered really important by Oliver Wyman. Because, car traders need to think up a clear strategy and build partnerships depending on their customers and their region. Why is that so important? Because at this point, consumers still need some convincing. Switching to electric cars is a big step, not just financially but mentally. That is why we, as car traders need to work at giving them information and the easiest solutions. Lowering the barriers is key.

Adding Age to Your Model Car

Many  model   car  fans love to add detail to their cars. From adding custom paint jobs to adding or removing parts that they feel that the car may or may not need, the nice thing about models is being able to customize them as much or as little as you would like. One nice touch is to weather your car so that it looks as if it had actually come off the assembly line back in the forties, fifties or whatever model year it is based on.

One way to do this is to add damage. By doing this you can make your  model   car  appear to have been through the mill and back. There are a few different ways to do this. By using a sharp pointed hobby knife or straight pin you can make simulated bullet holes in the car so it appears to have been shot up. You can also damage bits of the bumper, fender, or wheel wells with your hobby knife so that they appear to have been banged about a good deal. If you have added a cloth top to your  model   car  you can then carefully peel just a little bit loose with the point of your hobby knife to add wear and tear to it. Remember, any damage you do to your vehicle such as this cannot just be undone. Make sure that you are ready for these changes to be permanent.

Another step to weathering your car is to simulate chipping of the paint job. To get this affect you should first paint your  model   car  with a metallic silver color so that it appears to be an actual steel body. On top of this you would apply the paint that you are going to color your car. The only difference will be that you should make sure to miss spots so that the silver can show through. This will make it appear that your car’s paint job is chipping and fading with time. The best spots to do this are wherever dings and dents are most common on a car such as the door, bumper, and fender.

If you are wanting to texture your undercarriage and frame to show wear then you should sand it very lightly with a low grit sandpaper after it has been painted. If done properly you can dull the finish this way but if you apply too much pressure you can totally eat through the paint and damage your car. You can avoid this issue if you also apply several coats of paint to the model as well. A quick note, if you are using different colors of paint on a single area make sure that you let one layer dry before you add the next. By adding them too quickly you can end up with quite a mess and have to attempt to redo the work.

With some creativity you can add a good deal of aging to your  model   car . It will also make it a one of a kind since you were the one who came up with the changes that you made it. Soon you will have a fleet of antique and classic cars that look just like they rolled straight out of Detroit.

King Motor Baja RC Car Models

There are many types of RC cars that you can buy. There are many sizes and styles; pretty much anything that you want is available. The kits are available in hobby stores and sometimes in toy stores. There are different type of kits that you can buy, depending on the level of difficulty that you are comfortable with. Whether you are just starting out or you are a pro, there are some great RC cars out there that are really worth checking out. One of these is the King Motor Baja.

There are three different kinds of power sources that are available for RC cars. There is electric, fuel and nitro. They are all good for speed and are both very reliable. The one that you choose is just basically based on your preference.

The sizes of the cars also vary. There are many different scales of them and what you choose just depends on your preference, as well. The King Motor Baja is 1/5 scale. This is one of the most popular scales to buy.

The King Motor Baja is gas powered. The engine needs a two stroke unleaded gas 25-1 oil mixture. The shocks are adjustable and filled with oil and the chassis is alloy. Most of the parts are just like you would find in a real vehicle.

Most people that build their own remote control cars end up racing them. This can be a lot of fun. Because they love to race them, making them very fast ends up being very important. You can customize them so that they are faster and stronger.

It doesn’t really matter which remote control car you choose, they are all really great. There is one our there for pretty much everyone. Pick the one that you like and have fun. You never know, you may become an enthusiast, too!

Why Choose a King Motor Baja T1000? One reason is because of the superiority of the product as compared to its competitors. This truck stands out with its durable body style and capacity for speed. They are constantly being improved for even better performance and functionality. It is at the top of its class in the remote control car division.

There are more t1000’s on the market that are built by other manufacturers, but they do not compare to the craftsmanship that King motor delivers. The assembly of the trucks is done in a controlled environment under the supervision of a quality control department. Certified standards must be met before the trucks and buggies pass inspection.

The plastics that are used in creating the Baja far exceeds the plastic used on others. The strength is a third stronger than most plastics that are used. This means that these trucks and buggies will stand a lot more wear and tear, lasting a lot longer. They will be harder to break compared to other manufacturers products.

When it comes to speed, the King motor is number one. There just is not any other make or model that can compare. The performance on turning, speed, and braking is so far ahead of the competition that there is no comparison. The speeds are virtually blinding. It is an exhibit of extreme perfection to watch the t1000 in action.

It outmaneuvers all other trucks and buggies and the upgrade possibilities are endless. Stay in control and ahead of the competitors as you speed past and around the others. The t1000 comes fully assembled and ready to drive. Just remove it from the box and get started on the road of fast fun and play.

Why choose a King Motor Baja t1000? Because it will be the best choice you can make when it comes to remote control car fun. It is a winning experience that will take you on a magical adventure filled with speed and control that is optimum. Make your choice the King motor truck and stay far ahead of the others.

How to Properly Assemble Your Model Car

Maybe you have just decided to try building your first  model   car . Maybe your loved one decided it was something you might enjoy doing. Either way, you are about to begin a voyage into a much loved hobby that is enjoyed in many countries across the world. Model building can be very rewarding and can also be a great stress reliever. One thing you will need to know before you begin is the proper method to assembling a quality  model   car .

The only thing you need to get started are your model, some model adhesive, and a toothpick. It is also handy if you have a small hobby clamp to hold small parts together as the adhesive dries. While it might not take long to do so the parts can sometimes slide allowing the parts to slip apart. Something else that can come in very handy is alcohol wipes and a drop cloth. The drop cloth will catch any drips that happen to come from the gluing process and the alcohol wipes can help to clean up any glue that goes astray.

The first place to start is by identifying the first parts you need to assemble. Go ahead and carefully remove these pieces from their plastic frame. You may notice some extra bits of plastic that are left over from the manufacturing process. These pieces of plastic are known as flashing. It is okay to go ahead and carefully cut them away from the parts as well. Once you have done this you can try a dry fit. A dry fit is when you hold two parts together and see how they will match up before you glue them in place. If the fit is good then you are ready to proceed.

Place just a small amount of the adhesive onto your toothpick. You will then take the toothpick and use it to place a small amount of adhesive on the parts to be attached. The reason you use the toothpick is to prevent making a mess by applying too much adhesive to the parts that are being joined. Once you have done this you can place the parts together. If you have a clamp and are able to use it on these parts then you can feel free to clamp them lightly. After you have attached the parts together you should then set them aside and let them dry for a few hours to ensure that the adhesive has time to set up.

There are a couple of points that you will want to remember. Treat your adhesive right. By making sure that the top is replaced properly each time you will be able to get several models out of one tube. Improvise if you don’t have any hobby clamps. A rubber band, or paper clip may work just as well. If you are working with chrome plated or painted parts you should make sure and remove the bit that will be in contact with the glue. It can cause the parts to not fit as well if it is left on. Above all, do not worry overly much. Model building can be very fun if you allow it.

Tips on Model Car Collecting

Collecting is an interest or hobby that typically manifests even at a young age. During these modern times where technology is king, the idea that toy collecting does not seem to lose its glam is a bit surprising. This is probably because toy collecting is a great way to spend your time off the technology-filled world. Not to mention, it is also a fun way to spend your money. The ease of completing a toy collection can be easy for some while other might see it as a difficult activity. Basically, the ease and difficulty of toy collecting depends on your personal preferences and interest.

Toy car collecting is specifically challenging. You see, there are so many car models that have been released through the years and finding a model for each can be overwhelming. To start with model toy car collecting easily, you may go for a specific model style or type that is of significant value to you. For instance, if you are a fan of muscle cars (as influenced probably by your Dad or grandfather), then you can start collecting its models.

For a lot of toy collectors around the world, the Internet has become the best venue to look for collectibles. Once you have determined and decided what type of model cars you want to start your collection with, you may begin your online search. In your chosen search engine, make sure to key in and search for the keywords that best describe what exactly you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a Ford Mustang model car, you may key in the words: ‘Ford Mustang model car’ plus the specific year or generation that you want and need. Besides the Internet, you can also look for great finds at garage sales, trade shows, hobby shops and toy stores.

You should also thoroughly know about the toy car model that you are looking for. You should know how it functions and what its features are. For instance, a toy car model may have doors that can be swung open, hood and engine compartments that may be lifted and probably, removable wheels, too. You should know the basics of a toy model for you to know if the one that you are purchasing is of really high value. This is especially true if you are purchasing from the Internet. To make sure, you should check out the seller’s return and exchange policy. In case you find that the toy is not functioning well based on the original description, you should be able to return it to the seller for refund. Meanwhile, if you are buying from a seller personally, check on these features right on before paying for it.

Once you have purchased the toy car model, ensure that you have a space spared for it in your toy display rack or toy garage. Keep it in its original packaging for as long as possible. Protect your model car from dirt, items that may scratch it, moisture and direct sunlight. Make it a point to check your collections every once in a while to ensure that they are kept from dirt and other agents that may decrease its value in general.

An Overview of Future Hybrid Car Models

There are many future hybrid  car   models  on the horizon that hold the promise of improving the environmental and economic benefits offered. Here is a brief overview of some of these promising technologies:

• Plug-in hybrid cars use larger electric battery backs that allow the car to be driven at high and low speeds using only electric power, improving fuel efficiency by 40% over conventional hybrids while emitting even fewer greenhouse gas and toxic emissions. The battery packs can be charged from any common household outlet and some charging is even done when the car brakes, improving fuel efficiency even more. At present, high prices are the main bar to wider adoption of the technology although Federal and state governments are encouraging the purchase of plug-in hybrids by offering tax credits to early adapters.

• Flex-fuel are future hybrid  car   models  with internal combustion engines that can run on either gasoline or E85, a fuel substitute which is composed of 85% ethanol (made from plants such as corn) and 15% gasoline. However, supplies of ethanol and other bio-fuels are currently not enough to ensure that flex-fuel cars can become economically feasible.

• Diesel hybrids use internal combustion engines that run on clean diesel fuel rather than gasoline, providing better fuel efficiency than conventional gas-run hybrids while still reducing toxic emissions. And diesel hybrids are more powerful than conventional hybrids. The current hurdle that needs to be overcome is the higher cost of clean diesel technology, which translates to more expensive hybrid cars.

• Hydrogen hybrids are considered one of the most promising technologies for creating genuine zero-emission vehicles. The key to the success of this technology is the development of a storage medium that allows the hydrogen to be stored in the vehicle for use as a fuel. However, aside from the expense of the technology, the wider adoption of hydrogen hybrids is also hampered by the lack of a widespread refueling infrastructure. And many manufacturers see the development of a successful hydrogen hybrid car not as a goal in itself but as the bridge towards hydrogen-powered fuel-cell hybrid cars.

• Fuel-cell hybrids use fuel cell batteries fueled by hydrogen to produce electricity that powers the car. However, the prospects for future hybrid  car   models  that use fuel cells are still uncertain as car manufacturers have to overcome many obstacles such as reducing the size and weight of the fuel cell as well as the high cost of the technology.