Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Roy Andreas from Wichita, Kansas, USA
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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?
As a car guy (kid) I saw some in KB Toys when I was in high school, though they were neat and bought an open-top Ferrari F50. That was, that will have been 26 years ago in May. As of today, including the ones not pictured, I have 207 1:18 and 6 1:12.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
Maisto Ferrari F50 open top.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
1:18… the size is great. Accurate reproductions allow for good detail and a lot of them open and such.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
The CMC folks make a stunning model, I love them all. The GMP cars are also stunners. Pics are included with them in their cases, but not individually.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Have been needing a 1:18 Ferrari 275P #20 LeMans winner for over a decade. I’ve been trying to amass all the Ferrari LeMans winners for a dozen years. Looksmart finally, three years after the announcement, just release it. Mine will be here on Wednesday. Can’t. Wait.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
Overall, being pretty Ferrari specific, I liked the HotWheels Elites. Great car selection every year – a good mix of new and old, great detail and finish and superb price point. Affordable Ferrari cars have all but vanished with the license moving back to Bburago/Maisto. Only high-end makers sub-license making cool stuff.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I’ve been collecting exclusively Ferrari for a lot of years. The past few years I’ve branched out to other makes/models of cars that I like. LeMans and supercars in particular. The thing that interests me is not just as a Ferrari fan but also as a car guy. My goal is to keep expanding the collection with Ferraris that fit within the mode lineage I’ve established in the collection, along with LeMans cars and other noteworthy supercars.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
I have two free-standing display cases I bought from a video game store going out of business (that I painted) and then 13 twelve-car Carney Acrylic wall cases. I’m adding a free-standing curio this afternoon though.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
I’m a car guy. I like to go fast. I race/rally.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
I think technology is giving manufacturers amazing capability, I wish they’d listen a little more to what the collectors want.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
I miss brick-and-mortar model stores. Those were the days.
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
No, mine are all bought and displayed.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
I’ve had this collection through two wives and now a girlfriend. They all tolerate it but think it’s a bit of a waste of money, lol.
14) What is your daily driver?
Modified 2017 Cadillac CTS-V. She makes just about 700hp.