Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Thomas G Kaseler from Massillon, Ohio, 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?
Always had model cars around me as long as I can remember, early on as a kid mostly SIKU, Matchbox and Corgi Toys, then in later years Minichamps, Burago, Bang, Best, Franklin & Danbury Mint. Current count over 30,000 items.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
I believe it was a Corgi Toys Oldsmobile Toronado.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
I collect mostly 1:43, but also have some 1:87, 1:64, 1:24, 1:18, 1:12 and 1:8 scale models. The larger scales are difficult or collect due to space restrictions.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
Ferrari 250 GTO, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and Porsche 911.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
I missed a Porsche 911 turbo S with a bicycle on top, as I sold all I had and wasn’t able to get re-stock.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
Porsche as a brand, always wanted one and liked the timeless design of the 911. Minichamps as a manufacturer, as they revolutionized the diecast market with affordable high quality & detailed models.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I try to focus on so-called dealer or factory promo models that show the development of marques like AUDI, BMW, MB, PORSCHE, VW etc. and would like to be able to display the history of MB and PORSCHE from the first to the latest model. I also have a lot of race cars from the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other long-distance races as well as Formula 1. At some point, I would like to open a display of my collection as well as my actual cars in a larger facility, as I am running out of space.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
When I receive new items, I set them up and take pictures, and after a while, they go into boxes and shelves. Permanently displayed are only some selective models (1:12 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1:12 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, multiple Porsche 911 in various scales), most of the items are in boxes and shelves.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
Driving my 911 on demanding roads, following & watching F1 & endurance racing, photography, buying & selling on eBay, Facebook & web store.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
It has become very difficult to keep up with all the new releases, especially with the advent of resin models in all scales the variety of models has exploded. I have become more and more selective in what I buy over the years, as otherwise, one would run out of space and money very quickly.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
Multiple manufacturers releasing the same model, less is more, reduce costs and retail prices.
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
Only occasionally, mostly wheel swaps/replacements.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
I have a very understanding and supportive wife, and I am trying to balance the time and money I spend on my hobby with our other activities and expenses.
14) What is your daily driver?
2017 Volvo V60 CC for business, also 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe, 1999 Porsche 911 C4 Coupe and 1971 VW Beetle Cabrio.