Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Jimmy Wu from Brisbane, Australia.
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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 have always loved cars since I was a baby. I have been collecting 1:18 diecast model cars since I was 12, this year it’s my 22nd year. I have about 300 1:18 scale diecast model cars as of today.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
My first diecast model car was given to my dad as a gift. It was a British Racing Green Jaguar E Type in 1:18 scale.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
I mainly collect 1:18 scale as it is big enough for collectors to open all the doors and bonnets and appreciate the details of each model.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
Some of my favourite models include Bugatti Type 57 by CMC, Ferrari 250 by CMC, Dodge Viper, Mustang and Cadillac Fleetwood and Australian locally produced Ford Falcons.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Ilario 1/18 Delahaye 175S has the most interesting style, it was introduced by this very diecastsociety.com website.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
AUTOart is my favourite brand that offers a wide variety of models with excellent quality and accurate scale.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I love cars from around the world. I have model cars from many countries such as American cars, French cars. I am particularly fond of 4 door sedan models.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
I keep all my model cars in glass cabinets in the main living room.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
I love music. I play many musical instruments. It is particularly relaxing playing the grand piano overlooking the model cabinets in the background.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
There are more models being made available with the increase in technology. Models are being manufactured with more details and being made more accurately than ever. I remember when I was younger, it was a dream for me to own a model car with all door opening features.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
It would be great to be able to submit our own design and to create our own 3D diecast models.
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
I like to keep all my cars original. The only time when I modify my model cars slightly is when I see the ride height is higher than the real car, then I might adjust the suspension.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
When my wife married me, I already have a substantial collection of model cars. Keeping my model cars is one of the conditions of my marriage. Moving house is such a big hassle when I have 300 model cars to pack.
14) What is your daily driver?
I drive a Blue Australian made Ford Falcon, in the weekend I drive my red Mustang.