Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Florin Marculescu from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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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 love cars. Growing up I started collecting 1:64 Matchbox, Majorette, Siku, etc, later on, I got into the 1:24 Bburagos and Revells, then graduated to 1:18. I bought my first 1:18 in 1998 which is almost 23 years ago. My collection was almost 400 models, however, I am trimming down to about 320-330.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
The silver UT Models Porsche 911 GT2 993.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
1:18 because of the details and features. Diecast of course. As a side note, what’s the point in having a 1:18 if you don’t have opening features to admire the powerplant and interior details? Might as well switch to 1:43 as they are so much easier to display and most don’t cost over $150/each.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
Older releases such as the AUTOart Mercedes 500SEC, Kyosho Lancia Delta Integrale, Kyosho Audi R8 GT. I haven’t shared pictures of them, but they can be seen on the shelves.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
The AUTOart Jag XJ13 is one of them. Also the AUTOart Lamborghini Diablo SV.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
I stopped buying new models in 2015, so I am catching up on the industry. If I had to split between pre-2015 and present it would be a little like Pre-2015: Kyosho, Minichamps for highly detailed models at reasonable prices. Present: Norev, Schuco for the same reasons as above.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
European cars. At the moment I think I will try to upgrade the lower detail models with better ones as they get released/found. I am not sure if I will continue to add newer models of contemporary cars unless I really like them.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
Great question. A month ago the answer would have been NO! But now I am displaying in 3 double doors Ikea Billy bookcases and a single one. I also have a spare empty single as a reserve, in case my collection grows.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
Yes, 1:1 cars. I am a fan of Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen/Audi.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
Mixed feelings here. The pluses are that manufacturers like Norev and Solido are releasing great models that are fully featured diecast ones that are attainable. On the flip side, the general move towards sealed, resin or composite bodied models is somewhat disappointing.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
More competition in the mid-price level field (again fully opening diecast).
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
A little bit. I could not stand the balloon tires of the Norev 1977 Porsche 930, so I installed a set of Uli Nowak BBS RS wheels and photo-etched brake rotors.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
She is very supportive, thank Goodness!!!
14) What is your daily driver?
I have a 1977 Mercedes 450SEL and a 1988 Mercedes 560SEC as my project cars and a 2017 VW GLI for daily driving duties.