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nUcLeArEnVoY

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Diecast model car collections... anybody partake?
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:03:56 PM »
Loved playing with them when I was a kid, I just looked at them as oversize Hot Wheels cars... now I collect them and keep them in a dustproof case as an adult. Lol

Here are some pics of my collection, sorted by model year, all 1:18 scale:












Not really any theme to my collection. It's basically just all of my favorite cars and goes to show how eclectic my love for cars is. I have a tendency to gravitate towards obscure cars, and I'm looking forward to the release of a 1:18 1985 Subaru XT by DNA Collectibles later this year. Many of these cars, I know I'll never actually own, so collecting models of them is sort of how I am able to own a tangible piece of all of my favorite cars.

The 1979 Trans Am was customized by me. It was originally the crappy black/gold w/ Camel interior Yat Ming model, but I changed it to black/red-orange with Carmine. Also added the white letter tires along with some other appointments to up the detail.

Let's see your collections!
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1979 Trans Am 400/4-Speed W72/WS6 - Starlight Black Hardtop

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Re: Diecast model car collections... anybody partake?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2020, 01:52:43 PM »
I wanted to start collecting when I was younger but wasn’t ever able to. I built plastic models for a while in lieu.

Now, I wouldn’t say I have a collection but my wife got me a 1:18 ‘77 SE T/A and I bought this 1:24 model. This isn’t mine since I can’t post pictures but it’s the same. https://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/list_reviews/xq/ASP/id.D027/qx/printreview.htm

No, I did not pay $155 for it.

Question though, how did you customize that 79? My actual car is black with the charcoal/red decals and I REALLY want to customize a 1:18 SE or a 1:24 or something similar to looks like my car. A place I found that would build or modify custom modes wanted $600!!!
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nUcLeArEnVoY

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2020, 02:32:19 PM »
I wanted to start collecting when I was younger but wasn’t ever able to. I built plastic models for a while in lieu.

Now, I wouldn’t say I have a collection but my wife got me a 1:18 ‘77 SE T/A and I bought this 1:24 model. This isn’t mine since I can’t post pictures but it’s the same. https://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/list_reviews/xq/ASP/id.D027/qx/printreview.htm

No, I did not pay $155 for it.

Question though, how did you customize that 79? My actual car is black with the charcoal/red decals and I REALLY want to customize a 1:18 SE or a 1:24 or something similar to looks like my car. A place I found that would build or modify custom modes wanted $600!!!

This is how we say NO in South Florida...

Yeeeeaaahhh, no... that's too darn expensive. Lol What a quack.

Your car is black, so you can already get an easy base to work off of. And there exists a vector file of the hoodbird and lettering, you would just need to boot up Illustrator or Photoshop and change the colors to your graphics, take measurements of the graphics currently on the model to match, change the file size to match the scale,  send them to a custom waterslide decal maker (this guy is pretty good: https://www.bedlamcreations.com/custom-waterslide-decals/custom-model-car-waterslide-decals/), and voila. Just install them and you're done. As for interior color, I used actual SEM brand interior dye like what is used on our cars. I think you should be good, though. In your one photo of your car, your interior looks black and most 1977 1:18 scale models already have a black interior.

You can effortlessly remove the decals that come on the models with some rubbing alcohol and patience. They come right off (do NOT use acetone). Just buy the 1:18 greenlight collectibles model, take off the decals, and if you want I'll help you out in making it look like your car. If your car is a hardtop, though, then that's going to be a sacrifice you'll have to deal with since most of the models have t-tops. If you really wanted to go all out, you could use filler to turn it into a hardtop but then you'd need to repaint the body which is rather involved.

A little point of interest: the reason I modified the model that way was because I wanted whatever car I'd end up with to have the red/orange graphics. In the end, the car I ended up with has the argent/silver graphics (the 1979 equivalent to your car's, actually). I do have a certain sentimental attachment to the argent/silver graphics (pretty sure you know why since you read my story on the "Tell your story" thread), so I fell in love with them and no longer have any desire for the red/orange graphics. I'm too lazy to modify the scale model again, though, haha.

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1979 Trans Am 400/4-Speed W72/WS6 - Starlight Black Hardtop

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2020, 02:50:41 PM »
Very nice collection, I bought few back in the day but never collected and now I wish I had. Good hobby, do you take them out of display, or once they go there they are for ever locked away?




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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2020, 02:55:42 PM »
Very nice collection, I bought few back in the day but never collected and now I wish I had. Good hobby, do you take them out of display, or once they go there they are for ever locked away?

On the first pic of the entire display, look to the upper right. See the white fabric gloves? That's for handling them if I ever want to. The display is super easy to open. All it is, is an IKEA Detolf that I modified to make it dust proof. You can seal a Detolf by just lining the entire perimeter of the door with some generic brush seal like you see in the photos and it'll keep dust out.
1979 Trans Am 400/4-Speed W72/WS6 - Starlight Black Hardtop

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2020, 03:58:26 PM »
Man, that’s awesome info. I appreciate it. I think I will tackle that maybe this winter and would definitely take you up on some help and/or advice. Thanks! My car is a hardtop but I could deal with t-tops on the model.
-Brian-

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2020, 07:08:43 PM »
Thats a pretty sweet collection, def some oddballs I wouldnt event think they would have made. Makes it that much better. I built hundreds of plastic models as a kid, still have most of them stuffed away in the basement. I have several larger scale metal ones made by Hubley that I would like to 'restore' one of these days. Dont really collect them now, but every once in awhile I may see something that calls to me and I will grab it (just got a nice 79 daytona pace!).
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2020, 07:34:33 PM »
i have a few but i have not removed them from their boxes
1978 Y84 W72 WS6
A Camaro looks like it could kick your ass.
A Trans Am looks like it's coming over to do it

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2020, 11:19:28 AM »
I've definitely got a bunch.  Lots of Trans Ams in the mix.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 09:16:30 PM »
I have 35 of them...I used to hit Costco pretty hard every Christmas, and there was this Toy Store outlet that had a ton of Older Cars and Movie Cars.....All but one are still in the box as I really don't have a place to display them. Cheap Fun....

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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 07:30:47 AM »
2020-07-23_10-03-17 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
2020-07-23_10-03-27 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
Heres my collection. Nothing special (other than the pace car), just stuff that caught my eye when standing in line at tractor supply! The 2 nascar cars were promos I got for buying tape by bulk at Sherwin Williams. Send in the receipt and they send you a car. I initially got them for my grandson but they were really nice cars and I didnt want him to tear them up.
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77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2020, 07:52:40 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good 1:24 77 T/A? I know Franklin mint made a nice one but it’s too much for my blood. I’ve seen a lot of Greenlight brand around. They’re pretty inexpensive so I imagine their quality isn’t the best. There seems to be different ones by greenlight too including some that look worse than others. Just wondered if there were any decent middle-of-the-road 77s in 1:24 anyone has found
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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 02:37:53 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good 1:24 77 T/A? I know Franklin mint made a nice one but it’s too much for my blood. I’ve seen a lot of Greenlight brand around. They’re pretty inexpensive so I imagine their quality isn’t the best. There seems to be different ones by greenlight too including some that look worse than others. Just wondered if there were any decent middle-of-the-road 77s in 1:24 anyone has found
A little Pricey, and 1:18, but..... https://www.autoworldstore.com/product-p/amm1177.htm

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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 04:39:31 PM »
I have a 1:18 already. I want a 1:24 to match another model I already have. I may just try one of the greenlights since they’re not a ton of money
-Brian-

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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 07:19:44 PM »
Loved playing with them when I was a kid, I just looked at them as oversize Hot Wheels cars... now I collect them and keep them in a dustproof case as an adult. Lol



Not really any theme to my collection. It's basically just all of my favorite cars and goes to show how eclectic my love for cars is. I have a tendency to gravitate towards obscure cars, and I'm looking forward to the release of a 1:18 1985 Subaru XT by DNA Collectibles later this year. Many of these cars, I know I'll never actually own, so collecting models of them is sort of how I am able to own a tangible piece of all of my favorite cars.

The 1979 Trans Am was customized by me. It was originally the crappy black/gold w/ Camel interior Yat Ming model, but I changed it to black/red-orange with Carmine. Also added the white letter tires along with some other appointments to up the detail.

Let's see your collections!

Nice collection, custom case and labels for each car. You obviously put a lot into it. I only have one, but its special because it is the same year and color as my first real TA, a 1973. I this model about 35 years ago. Real 1973 TA's are hard to come by and out of my league. The model and book always bring back found memories.

IMG_6670 by Lawrence Alexander, on Flickr

IMG_6671 by Lawrence Alexander, on Flickr

1980 T/A 4.9 Non turbo

Gone but not forgotten;
1973 T/A 455
1975 T/A 400
1978 T/A W72
1982 T/A cross fire injected

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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2020, 07:33:15 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/New-DIECAST-Toys-CAR-JADA/dp/B07TKNVXKN/ref=pd_sbs_21_5/132-7680263-4499314?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TKNVXKN&pd_rd_r=7746d7d8-8d8a-4072-8fde-d0b052190313&pd_rd_w=L3wHE&pd_rd_wg=Zbf4P&pf_rd_p=0b2db3d1-33eb-418a-9672-bb9bd54808e8&pf_rd_r=TPSTPEYWRH0W37DCJ0HS&psc=1&refRID=TPSTPEYWRH0W37DCJ0HS

I have this one. Seems to be pretty good quality for the price. Hood, doors and trunk all open. If you google it you can get from other suppliers as well.

Thanks I’ve seen that one too and been considering it. Are the t top panels permanently mounted or removable?
-Brian-

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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2020, 07:39:55 PM »
The T tops are not removable.

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« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2020, 08:02:04 PM »
Ok thanks
-Brian-

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