Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Jonathan Gould from Lincolnshire, UK.
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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?
Been collecting for 40 years. Corgi,Dinky, Star Wars etc. Sold everything and this collection in this guise for just 7 years. I wanted a 1:18 model of my S Class Mercedes. Then other cars I own or have owned.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
KK Scale 1:18 Scale – Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 Rosso Red 1972 diecast model car.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
1:18, nice size to get enough detail and lots to choose from.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
1:8 Aston Martin DB5, too many Ferrari’s, all the 1:12 XJ220s. Most fav is my 1:18 Arnage by Minichamps.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Yes, the NZG Transporter trailer in 1:18. Grey/silver Minichamps Arnage Red Babel 1:18 scale.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
Minichamps probably for detail and overall quality in 1:18. iScale for quality and value and KK Scale for quality and price. Lovely affordable models for me.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
No real theme. Just brands I like. Started as cars I’ve owned. Ferrari started small but now takes 5 cabinets! It’s grown so well as there are lots of manufacturers of the various models over the years. The theme I suppose you would say is Ferrari Road cars from the beginning. I have them in date order. Bentley cabinet as I own a Bentley in real life. Mercedes cabinet which is where it started pretty much as I own a Mercedes real car. Lamborghini cabinet just select models I like. Rolls Royce cabinet as I’ve owned a few rollers. Alfa collection as I’ve owned one in real life, jaguar as again I’ve owned an xk8. Love the xj220 since it came out and have a Maisto 1:12 collection of the various cars that came out. Maserati small collection, Aston as well. Some 1:8 scale stuff is creeping in and a few commercials. Also, some other 1:12s have appeared.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
Yes in my games room. Ikea Detolf cabinets. I’ve wrapped the backs and used ornaments and badges of the marque to decorate. Led lighting. All my cars are instantly taken out of the box, the box is stored, then the car goes on display in the cabinet.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
Real cars. I’ve owned all sorts. Most recently 3 Rolls Royce cars and a Bentley.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
Sadly not many shops on high st. Forums are interesting. Some niche silly prices on some models. Fairs are great. Always go to the NEC for the big end-of-year show.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
The price of some of the high-end brands is crazy. It spoils the hobby. £100-150 is enough to spend. I have spent a lot more but general-purpose cars that I want to add to the collection need to be a justified price. There are cars I want and just won’t bow down to the price. Licensing for the manufacturers must be expensive. The latest Ferrari’s are silly money although Bburago brought out the Monza SP1 and it’s a great value detailed model. Looks quality.
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
We’re a family of collectors.
14) What is your daily driver?
Bentley Arnage Red Label 6.75 V8 Turbo.