If you’re getting into diecast car models and you’re not really sure where to begin, then first of all, don’t pull your hair out over it.
It’s not like you’re trying to learn trigonometry here, you’re just collecting some toy cars, so here’s the main thing you want to know, make it your motto: Collect What You Like.
When you go into a hobby shop, most of them sell price guides so you can keep track of how much your collection’s worth. Look, forget that those price guides even exist. Trying to study them and find patterns and figure out what’s going to make you a millionaire when you retire is a fruitless pursuit.
You need to treat collecting diecast car models as what it is: A hobby, not a second job. Listen to your inner child, not your inner responsible adult.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the second most important thing to keep in mind about collecting diecast cars: Take them out and play with them now and then.
Don’t be an old fuddy duddy, don’t be one of those guys who buys toys and then puts them behind glass to ensure that nobody ever has fun with them ever, take them out, race them across the coffee table the next time you watch racing on TV, and, again, obey the inner child.
Because let’s be honest, they’re toys. You’re collecting toys here. Collecting toys and never playing with them is like collecting real cars and never driving them.
What it comes down to is that you should really only be collecting diecast models if you’re passionate about motorsports or classic cars or what have you. You should only be collecting them if you have a real appreciation for automotive excellence and scale model perfection and attention to detail.
If you think you’re going to get rich turning your diecast collection into a retirement fund, go invest in something safe, instead. If you think you’re going to just display them on a shelf and impress people with rare toy cars, forget it, we’re not that impressed. But, if you’re going to put those toy cars to good use, start collecting today.
Collecting is a hobby, and a hobby is supposed to be fun. If you turn it into a chore you have nobody to blame but yourself. So do yourself a favor and start enjoying life for what it is, take your toy cars out and play with them. Planning for the future is great and all, but you don’t want to spend the whole of your adult years thinking “Boy I can’t wait til retirement when I’ll actually let myself have some fun now and then for a change!” Real collectors collect because they like to, not because they’re trying to get rich.
Every generation has their own diecast
For some reason, diecast
For adults, we have brands like First Gear and Johnny Lightning. Truth is, we still like playing with toy cars, but if you go in and buy a bunch of Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars and say “Yeah I’m gonna take these home and play with them, I don’t even have kids!” you’re worried that everyone thinks you’re a nut.
So the appeal of Johnny Lightning and First Gear is that they’re “not toys”, they’re “collectibles”. They’re made to a higher degree of detail, quality and durability, and they really are meant to be collector’s items, but… Let’s admit it already; the reason we’re buying them is to put about half a dozen in a drawer and race them across our desks when nobody’s looking.
First Gear is sort of the diecast
But for our money, it doesn’t get much cooler than the highly detailed muscle cars and hot rods from Johnny Lightning. First Gear is great for nostalgia, but Johnny Lightning makes the cars you really want to race across your desk.
A brand that seems incapable of making mistakes, Audi appears to be a smart kid on the block. If you are an Audi cars fanatic and cannot wait to drive away your favorite model home, get ready because 2011 is the year to excite your dream car. If buying a new car is your agenda this year, Audi can be the car to choose. The Australian automotive market is all set to hit the top gear with the great range of dynamic looking Audi cars for sale in the year 2011. Audi maintains its repute of manufacturing some of the world’s most luxurious cars, with brilliant finish in their design. Read on to know what Australian market has to offer their customers this year.
Popular as “a sedan that makes an eternal impression”, the four-door wonder Audi A4 flaunts spacious interiors that go together by its stylish exteriors. A car that promises to deliver commendable top speed, along with advanced driving comfort, Audi A4 is a perfect car for those who look for grandeur in their automotives. Beneath the cover of the petrol model of Audi A4 sedan lies a 3.2 FSI tip-tronic Quattro engine that pumps out a power of 265 PS @ 6500 rpm and a torque of 330 Nm @ 3000 rpm whereas the 2.0 TDI multi-tronic diesel engine of the sedan makes the maximum power of 140 PS @ 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 320 Nm @ 1750 rpm. A sedan that provides higher road handling and driving comfort, the Audi A4 is the combination of class and comfort.
The concept of a 5-door four seater has made the A1 an exciting car that exhibits all the characteristics of a genuine Audi. The three engines, an 85bhp 1.2 petrol turbo, 104bhp turbo-diesel and a 120bhp 1.4 petrol turbo makes the new Audi A1 a classy coupe that is mixed with hostile styling, advanced four-wheel drive traction and beauty.
Audi R8 Spyder
The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder has allowed Audi to raise its company profile. The V10 engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) and commences the open-top two-seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds on its way to a full speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph). Attributing technologies such as the Audi Space Frame full-LED headlights, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a modern seatbelt microphone, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is the new high class Audi. A car that is designed to make a powerful statement, Audi R8 Spyder is for those who desire driving thrills!
You have been collecting
However, as time has gone on so have you. You have grown up and find yourself with much less time for collecting models than you once had. When given the choice of time with your collection or time with your family the family now wins out. You would like to pass your collection on to someone else who will be just as passionate about it as you are. At the same time you would like to get a fair value out of it since you know that some of the
The first thing you need to do is to determine the relative worth of your collection. By checking with collectors magazines and online you can easily get the values for most of the
If you are looking to get the most value out of your collection and you don’t care about splitting up your collection then an auction is the best way to go. You can list each of your
If there are local flea markets in your area they make a very good tool. Many different types of collectors browse flea markets looking for new objects for their collection. Odds are you can move several of your
The other choice is normally a last choice. Many areas have a local auction house where you can take your
Plastic model cars have been popular for a very long time. In recent years, they have been making a strong comeback, and kids of all ages are rediscovering how much fun it is to make and have plastic model cars. Why let someone else have the fun of putting your toys together? Here are five good reasons.
1) A chance to build something
Building something requires patience and skill. As you put together more models you will get better and better. The models are all sorted by difficulty levels. As a beginner model maker it is best to start with a simple model. A working engine or a car with 1000 parts is quite difficult and you should work up to it. There are simple models that you can snap together and put on the decals. No glue required. Once you get used to the process you can move on models that need glue to be put together. You can also add more parts, decals and paint. As an adventurer putting together something new you do not know where the path will take you.
2) A chance to be creative
Just because the picture on the box shows the paint job to be a certain way who says that your car has to look like that? Have you ever wanted to get a Porsche with flames on it? Or shark teeth? Now you can make your very own flaming shark Porsche. Every racing team has their own color scheme and decorations. You can start your own race team with a fleet of race cars, all with your custom paint scheme and decals.
3) A chance to have pride in your craftsmanship
As you build more models your skill level gets better and you can build more complex models. Completing a difficult model is a source of pride and makes you feel great. The time it takes it part of the joy.
4) A chance to race them
Depending on the types of models you have built you might be able to race them against your friends. In order to race them you are going to need gravity or a working motor that comes as part of the set. By racing them you can learn about power and what it takes to make a car go faster. Does it more or less weight? Does the rear spoiler speed you up or slow you down? Now is your chance to find out.
5) A chance to display them
You will be very proud of what you have created a no doubt want to show them off to the world. By putting your best work on display you invite others to see what you have created. No doubt they will be very impressed by what you have created and ask how you got to be so good at building models.
By building plastic model cars you have a chance to have a lot of fun and learn something at the same time. It seems that there are as many models to choose from as there are people building models. You are sure to find your new favorite car available as a model.
Wooden models have been around for a very long time. Wooden cars are no exception. Whenever a father sat down with a stick of wood and whittled out a car and added wheel for his children little did he know that he was taking part in an already old tradition. Whittling your own wooden car is not a difficult process to learn but it can take a lifetime to master.
If you would like to learn to whittle your own wooden
The supplies you will need are rather simple. You will need a decent whittling knife. Any knife dealer worth their salt can point you in the right direction as far as which one would be right for you. You also need to pick up a whet rock. This rock is a block that is used for keeping your knife sharp. It should come with instructions on the correct way to use it. If you are unsure then ask someone. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The next thing you will need is some sanding paper. It is handy to get pieces of several different grit so that you can do either heavy duty material removal or light work just depending on which one you need at that moment. You might also want to get a sanding block to go with your sandpaper. It helps you to hold your sandpaper to the shape of the model so that you get the best sanding job possible.
If you decide that you want to screw down your parts then you will need some tiny screws, brass ones if possible. They will give your wooden model a very classic look. If you would rather glue it together then you should use a wood grade craft glue. Carpenter’s glue is perfect for this sort of project and can be bought in small enough quantities that it will not ruin between projects.
For drilling out small holes you might want to consider getting a small pick that can get into tight spaces easily. This will allow you to do some fine detail work such as in the grille or on the dash. It will also help you to scratch out details such as the shape of the door if you choose not to cut it out separate from the body.
If you are going to apply a finish to your model when it is done you will also need to get a small can of the finish in the color that you are looking for. Also have some old rags handy to apply it and a tack cloth to clean it with before you apply the finish. The tack cloth removes all dust and debris without leaving behind any lint.
Now all you have to do is to draw out your intended model on paper. Keep the details simple for your first few projects so that you can easily whittle out the shapes. Choose your wood carefully as well. Pick one that is easy to carve yet provides just enough resistance that it is not soft enough to dent when you press on it with a bit of force. You are now ready to try carving your own
Bentley Motors Limited has been in the automotive industry since 1919 and became well-known because of their rotary aero-engines. After the war, the British company continued on to produce award winning car models for a large user demographic, competing fiercely with BMW. It has collaborated with Rolls Royce and Volkswagen Group in the design and manufacturing of products. And from then until now, Bentley cars have never failed to deliver quality and functionality, both in the luxury and racing department.
This 2012, the company continues to outdo its previous efforts with a new line of Bentley cars to cater to every enthusiasts’ need. Here are some of the most noteworthy models you might want to add to your collection of fine vehicles.
First, there’s the Bentley Continental, which is one of the brand’s most saleable units for 2011. This 2012, their new releases include the GT, Flying Spur and Super Sports, which highlight a slightly revamped bodywork, improved comfort features, additional interior storage, more dynamic handling and updated electronic systems to not only secure additional driving power, but also control and enjoyment. These four -seater vehicles are set up with high quality interior leather, wood veneer trim and an eight speaker audio system as part of its impressive entertainment specifications. They also sport alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic xenon headlights, parking sensors, heated external mirrors, power lids, power tilt and telescoping steering wheels, and memory functions. These cars also have lumbar adjustments, on top of a dual-zone automatic climate control and optional cruise controls, rearview cameras and phone handsets. All of these features make driving more efficient for users. At $190,000 to $260,000 (the Supersports being the most expensive of the series), they are definitely more affordable than alternative brand models of their caliber.
Then there’s the Bentley Mulsanne, which some die-hard collectors would question to be anything as good as the standard Continental Bentley cars. It was first introduced back in 1998 with its ¾-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. And 14 years later, it has become one of the most successful Bentley releases in the U.S. luxury car market – particularly because of its association to ballers and hip hop royalty. This car’s crowning glory, aside from its engine (which produces 505 horsepower and 752 pounds-feet of torque), is it’s luxurious, handcrafted interiors with a variety of customization options. Not only will buyers be treated to premium grade leather and genuine wood veneers; they will also be able to take advantage of an 8-speed automatic transmission, column mounted gearshift paddles, computer controlled, adaptive air suspension, ensuring both comfort and performance in one product. They will also be able to make use of a multi-zone climate control system on top of heated memory power seats, power trunks and a multimedia system composed of a 60 GB hard disc drive, satellite navigation, 8-inch multimedia screen, iPod and MP3 player compatibility, 14 speaker system and Bluetooth connectivity. Like the Continental line up, customers could also have cruise control and rear-view cameras installed for security and navigation purposes. Now, this particular mode is more expensive than the Continental Bentley cars, with a price tag of $290,000. But if you are out to make a worthwhile luxury car investment, this is one of the best choices you can go with.
To ensure that you end up with the best deals, you should shop around for discounts, freebies, warranties and services. These are the only means you can maximize your expenditure.
There are presently many hybrid
Honda first released Insight in the year 1999. They were the first car maker to offer hybrid electric car in the USA. This model has gained a little popularity in the first five years that it was on the market. It was designed to be very fuel efficient so it was built with a lightweight aluminum chassis. It was a two-seater vehicle. Honda Insight Hybrid was an environment friendly model. Aside from being fuel efficient, it was made to produce very low emission. There was an earlier version of this model that was released in Japan and Los Angeles in 1997.
Later, Toyota introduced the Toyota Prius in the US. Presently, this
Toyota Motors have high hopes with the future of hybrid vehicles. Not only was it evident in the research and development that they put into the famous Toyota Prius. They proved the sincerity of this belief by introducing other models of the SUV line. They introduced to the market the Highlander hybrid and Lexus SUV hybrid in the year 2005.
Honda vs. Toyota
Honda being threatened by the popularity of the Toyota hybrids introduced to the market their new
Ford’s Hybrid Lines
Being one of the biggest names in the car-making world, Ford Motors will not be left behind in the hybrid trend. Ford offered the Ford Escape hybrid to the market. It is another fully hybrid vehicle that was to make a name in the hybrid market. Another model that Ford Motors introduced was the Mercury Mariner Hybrid although it did not became as popular as the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Nissan’s Attempt to Join the Hybrid World
Nissan bought the hybrid technology of Toyota and they were able to produce the Nissan Altima Hybrid. This model gained a lot of good reviews. It is not very surprising when you take into account the popularity of Toyota Prius. But still, the Altima Hybrid is yet to make a name.
GM in the Hybrid Picture
Another model of hybrid vehicles is the Dodge Ram Hybrid. This model did not become very popular. Daimler-Chrysler, the mother company of Dodge tied up with General Motors to produce good models of hybrid vehicles. They joined their group and produced models, some of which are the Dodge Durango Hybrid, Chevy Silverado and GM Sierra Pickups.
There are indeed many varieties of hybrid
There is a huge variety of RC cars, trucks, boats, helicopter and planes. But some people don’t really need the excitement of sending a 1:8 scale monster truck over a jump at 50mph. Some people just really like
One fun model is the Shelby Mustang GT500 1967 No. 28. This is a 1:18 scale model from Jada that replicates the famous 1967 Shelby Mustang. As any Ford enthusiast knows, 1967 was a good year for Mustangs. The 1967 models still have the original body structure, but were the first model to get some stylistic changes and added safety features. It was also the last year before Ford switched to the 302 V8 engine, which was only built because emissions standards now existed. This particular
From Minichamps comes an amazing 1:18 scale model of the white Maserati Tipo 61 that won the 1000km Nürburgring in 1961. This model is made with extremely fine detail and is a opportunity to own a piece of motorsport history. The car’s design was based on a mini-tubular frame concept that allowed for a chassis that was both light weight and stiff. The Tipo 61 was powered by a 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 250 hp, and was only one of the many Tipo models produced my Maserati. It was one of only two models to with the 1000km Nürburgring, the other was the Tipo 60 from a year earlier. Minichamps have really outdone themselves on the diecast model and it is truly a thing of beauty. It even has fully functional steering.
No model collection would be complete without a ridiculous Ferrari, and the Eilte Ferrari FXX from Mattel fits the bill nicely. One look at this model and it’ll be hard not to physically need it. The FXX is a brilliant
Ferraris are nice, but those with real class know nothing can substitute for a Bentley. The 1:18 scale 2008 Bentley Continental GT model from Minichamps is the most impressive diecast. The Bentley’s recognizable interior is faithfully reproduced down to every minute detail, and the 13 spoke wheels are stunning. The Bentley Continental GT is Bentley’s 2-door coupe that premiered in 2003. It is essentially a Volkswagen Phaeton with the nicest interior humanly possible and a W12 engine. For those who aren’t aware of the W12, it is essentially two V6 engines bolted together. Why bolt two V6 engines together you ask? Well, when you can afford a Bentley, why not? Oh, and they put two turbochargers on it too. They managed to coax a mind-boggling 552bhp out of this particular engine.
Day to day cars – take you to work and back home (five days out of seven)
What most people want for an everyday
If you like your toys fast and attractive and you can afford a second car; you could opt for the weekend sports car. The BMW M6 is both a top of the range sports car and an opulent coupe. The Formula-one level speed and acceleration will set your pulse racing. If you’re looking for a classy and sporty coupe/convertible, look no further than the Mercedes CLK and the Maserati, which is the model for serious weekenders who like to play hard.
Off road cars – for those who love to kick up dust and go camping
The Toyoto Fortuner is an elegant Sport Recreation Vehicle for both townies and country folk. Standard features include leather seats, power windows and a CD player. The Toureg is the off-road vehicle for Volks Wagen lovers. It is less obviously a four-wheel drive than the Fortuner is. The new Toureg boasts some revised technology that shortens braking distance on loose surfaces. Other excellent options for classy adventures are the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne.
All rounder – a car for all occasions, for the one-car household
The VW Tiguan is a sports utility vehicle meets family car and is perfect for a family with a more adventurous spirit. The Tiguan is certainly the best of both with advanced German engineering incorporating both on-road and off-road features. All engine options for this model come in four-wheel drive and the average ground clearance is a good 200 mm. The BMW X3 is another great all rounder, being perfect for off-road adventures or family holidays. This