George Boutsis - August 2018 •

George Boutsis – August 2018

Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, George Boutsis from Athens, Greece.

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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?

The love for cars. I have been collecting for two decades. Total collection of 78 cars 1:18 scale.

2) What was your first diecast or memory?

VW Beetle.

3) What is your favourite scale, and why?

1:18 cause has good detail and reasonable price along with big variety.

4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?

Ferrari F40, 250 GTO, BMW M3 E36, Lancia Delta WRC.

5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?

Many, like Pagani Huayra, Porsche 356, Ferrari 512TR some of them.

6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?

AUTOart, cause produce mainly diecast cars with amazing quality and detail.

7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?

I collect the cars that I love in real life, so I collect everything from F1, WRC, LeMans, Super Cars, Sports cars, American Muscle etc.

8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?

Yes you can see my photos, just recently i made a custom display unit fit in my living room.

9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?

Except from cars, basketball and running.

10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?

There are many new brands that produce more models but the fact that they produce resign models i think is a drawback. I am an old school i prefer diecast.

11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?

Producing more diecast and less resin.

12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?

No, in general I avoid cause I don’t want to destroy them.

13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?

Most of my friends they like it, though some they find it childish.

14) What is your daily driver?

Peugeot 206.

14 Responses to "George Boutsis – August 2018"

  1. Karsten says:

    Congratulations on being DCOTM and your very tasteful display solution. As for those who say the hobby was childish (and we all know those), wave one of the boxes into their face on which it says “ADULT collector´s piece, NOT for chidren under 14” and then ask them about their hobbies, “toys”and “games”. I proudly confess being a child at heart! Keep collecting!
    (But, George, AUTOart making diecast? When did you buy your last AUTOart?)

    • George says:

      Thanks a lot Karsten, i am actually keep collecting. This month i will have some more additions. As far as Autoart I know they don’t make it like in the past. My last Autoart was Masserati Quatroporte a model I really adore, it is a true diecast.

  2. Rob Ashton says:

    Great display George, I love it. But unfortunately, resin is taking over. Diecast models are a dying breed:(

  3. Vincent Preston says:

    Great display, nice and clean, very professional.
    Well done

  4. MLB says:

    Very nice and well thought out collection. Beautifully displayed!

  5. johnhel says:

    Finally a Greek collector!One of a few. Great collection and display.John from Athens

  6. Lausambaychua says:

    Those Group B rally cars. Hmph!

  7. Marko says:

    This gives motivation! Great collection! Greetings from Finland.

    Regards, Marko

  8. Shawn says:

    That’s a damn classy display case! These monthly showcases makes me think it’s time to start getting quotes from my local carpenters.

  9. Toni says:

    Congratulations on your amazing display, George!
    Very elegant and spectacular. :)

    Your collection is very solid and varied as well.
    Keep on collecting. ;)

  10. George says:

    Guys thank you so much for your great comments

  11. Philippe says:

    Beautiful showcase you have, nice arranged. My models are also in showcases, I have so many cars +/- 400 pieces that I can not spread them to see them, they are too close to each other … and I only collect Mercedes. My collection has become an obsession.

  12. JohnSpace says:

    Man your display is awesome ! I know i’m late but this is crazy. Your collection is very nice and well highlighted, but i think you should and some little objects here and there and use them to hide “the little bags that fight against humidity” (i don’t know how it’s called). Very nice anyway !

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