Model car collecting can be a passing phase of childhood or an exciting hobby for the enthusiastic adult. Many diecast car collectors fall somewhere in between these two extremes; they often have a few shelves to display their favorite cars.
People collect model cars for many reasons. Some want a model of the latest super cars and others collect cars from the past out of nostalgia. Often people's collections are based on a theme, for example, they only buy Ferraris or cars that were in James Bond movies. Whatever your reason for collecting model cars, it is a hobby that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Die-cast model cars, as the name suggests, have a metal body, often cast in a zinc alloy. Other parts of the model, such as the interior, engine and wheels, are made of plastic.
When starting a collection, it is important to decide which scale to go for. There are a number of different sizes or scales of model cars, with the most common scales being 1:43, 1:24, 1:18 and 1:12. The 1:43 scale models are small and therefore popular with collectors hoping to build a large collection because they take up less space. 1:18 scale cars are also popular because models of this size can include many details and features, such as doors that open, hoods and boots, and working steering wheels. 1:18 scale model cars are large enough to make an impressive display in a room and will always generate discussion. To give you a rough idea of size, a 1:18 scale Audi TT is 23 cm/9 inches long.
There are models for every budget and you can buy very reasonable models without spending a fortune, but if you are looking for the best, you can buy fantastically detailed cars. Most of the more expensive models are finished by hand, with the molding being hand-fitted and the paint being applied by skilled craftsmen. These high-end models are often made in limited numbers and come with a certificate of authenticity. This means that these models often become very desirable and their value sometimes increases considerably.
Once you have a few models in your collection, you will probably want to display them, as simply putting them on a shelf will allow them to gather dust. To prevent this from happening, you will need to put your model in a case. The easiest option is to purchase individual display cases for each car. You can buy these at most model stores. If your model collection grows, you may want to purchase a custom cabinet to display your valuable models.
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