Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Chatwaruth Musigchai from Bangkok, Thailand.
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1) What first got you collecting diecast? How long have you been collecting? What is your total model count as of today?
I started my collection of diecast since the late 1990s, with the latest model count (as of Aug 2019) around 600+ pieces.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
My memories are the first diecast model and first resin model, each presented here: 1:18 Ferrari lineups from Bburago and 1:18 KK Scale Model 1939 Mercedes Benz 500K.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
Mostly 1:24 and 1:18 scale due to their relatively good size with lots of details.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
My favourite models thus far are the 1:24 hand-built models (by me using pats from several diecast/plastic model) are the vintage racers under ‘white mouse’ garage. These rare, vintage European racers from the pre-war era were driven by the Late Prince Bira of Thailand. During 1920-1940 he won numerous racing events.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Hmm… these should be those hand-built models of vintage racers I mentioned in Q#4, so no.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
CMC for sure! For the extreme level of model design complexity, details and opening feature/function of each model to replicate the real 1:1 car.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
My overall goal is to collect those diecast (as well as composite, resin or plastic) that represent a major category of automobiles such as supercar, vintage, classic, utility, saloon, movie car, formula-1 etc. across ALL time periods (that is from 1886- to present). My focus is to collect those cars with historical significance or with unique rarity.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
I custom-made a room with 3-side walls to display my collection (please see photos) each wall section represents a theme, or brand or cars on display (mostly categorized by makers, sorted by year of manufacturing).
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
Yes, I also collect high-end watches.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
I’m glad that the AUTOart brand came in the late 1990s to set a high standard for diecast for the hobby, the number of collectors who demands more premium, high-end, more detail diecast has increased dramatically. Despite higher prices, I think these little auto jewels are great hobby for collectors who appreciate both craftsmanship of the scale models as well as the real 1:1 cars.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
The diecast manufacturer should listen to collectors’ demands. We like to collect those products that are high quality, super high details, with all opening features. Already many times I encounter great diecast manufacturer compromise their product quality and features for cheaper cost of manufacturing.
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
Yes, I modified several of my diecast cars. I have experience in playing with plastic models before (Tamiya). some of my mod cars are mostly modern-cars that I tried to mod to replicate 1:1 cars with unique colour or features. For example, Ferrari models.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
My wife thinks diecast car collection is great for our kids!
14) What is your daily driver?