Tell us what this hobby means to you? 13 questions answered by you, John Doe from Toronto, 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 was bored, I sinned, and I was looking for a better path… No seriously it is just a passion (maybe sickness) I have with cars in general. I’ve been collecting scale cars for a better part of 12 years, give or take 1 or 2 years. To date 320 plus, all in 1:18.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
My first diecast was 1978 Pontiac Firebird. It was a gift from an uncle visiting from Italy in the late seventies. I’m not sure what happened to the model as I don’t have it today, but the fire red colour with the burning bird sparked something I guess.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
Definitely 1:18 scale for me, it offers the best tangible detail for the size. 1:43 is too small while 1:12 is appealing but too big when your factor space.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
I would have to say the Audi TT-RS VLN Presentation car made by Spark. I was hunting this model down for over a year. Correspondence with Audi Germany on a few occasions too. The others are the Spark Porsche RUF Yellow Bird and the Minichamps Audi 90 race car. There are others!
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Yes! Still hunting down a Classic Carlectable Holden Efijy Concept Car! I don’t want to pay the outrageous prices this model commands today, so if you have one for sale at a fair price, please contact me!
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacture, and why?
I don really have a favourite per say, but if I had to choose it would have to be AUTOart. Why? Mainly because they have a great assortment and continue to release models that resonate with my likes and theme.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I would say mostly European cars, which cater to street. I do love my supercars and exotics! The major brand leading the charge is Porsche, would there be any other, LOL? I also have a weakness for presentation cars and concept vehicles. I know I need help…
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
Most definitely, I would not have it any other way. I want to enjoy my collection not profit from it. Most are on display in Ikea Billy cases with some in the AUTOart single display cases.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
I did collect hockey cards until 1994, then the passion was tuned to disgust as everyone and their brother jumped on the bandwagon – Brands where coming up from under the wood-work, even McDonald’s was issuing cards! It was a horrible time, I lost the passion to collect any more. I love music, recorded or live. I also have a woodie for cars, 1:1 to be exact. Unfortunately for me my wallet can’t keep up!
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
I like it! Quality of models get better and better with each passing year. The likes of Hot Wheels Elite, OttOmobile, and Welly truly inspire with the quality of their models at a very affordable price point. Looking for more exciting things to come in 2013!
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
What would it be? I would love for the opening price points on some brands to drop i.e. AUTOart, but I know that’s a pipe dream… I would also kick Kyosho in the ASS, give them back their licence for BMW models and release everything badged M! I want my 1M!!
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
Now and again yes… My OCD won’t let me do many as I’m too much of a perfectionist, and these models are already expensive as it is. Some of the notables which went under the knife include the MKI Audi TT to mirror my 1:1 car, the BMW M1, and the Fiat 124.
13) What is your 1:1 daily driver?
I have two cars; the true daily driver and the work horse is my MKV Golf 2.5l V5. Just surpassed 100,000 kms mark with almost zero issues. The summer car is my MKI Audi TT Coupe. She’s currently for sale, looking for another money pit.