Die cast scale model car collecting
All types of people enjoy collecting diecast cars. You don't need to look too hard to find books and magazines dedicated to this complete pastime. You can find diecast cars that are designed to look like popular grand prix race cars or designs modelled after classic limited edition vehicles. Even diecast vehicles that replicate military vehicles and film star's vehicles. The choices really are universal. Do a quick search on-line and you will find that diecast cars come in all number of designs, shapes and colours. You buy collectables built to scales such as 1:18, 1:24, 1:43, or 1:50 so you know exactly what the original looks like. Some of the manufacturers to look for include Minichamps, Corgi Vanguards and Oxford Diecasts, but there are many, many more to choose from with China being a prime source of such models today.
Seek and you will find
Knowing where to find diecast cars is your first step to this enjoyable hobby. Consider the following places you might find the perfect car for your collection. Look for websites on-line that specialise in die cast cars and lorries. Some of these places will have everything from new models to vintage models that are hard to find.
Subscribe to magazines about the type of vehicle you are interested in. Many collectors place advertisements in the back of the publication. Find local stores in your area that carry these products. Many comic book or collector card shops also carry diecast collectables. Search flea-markets in your area, some collectors showcase their collection for sale this way.
Care of your diecasts
Be concerned with properly taking care of your diecast cars. The smallest scratch, dent or damage can greatly decrease the value of the model. A three hundred pound item can drop down to ten pounds if it is damaged. Leave the car in the original packaging. Many collectors will pay more if the original packaging and advertising is available or you may find the item worth only half of it's possible value.
Place the entire package in a clear box to keep the packaging from getting damaged. Dust and dirt on the package will also decrease value, so keeping the vehicle in an air tight case is usually advisable. These boxes may be made from a variety of materials. You can consider plastic, but you will want to make sure the box doesn't condense or sweat on the inside which could damage the packaging and the vehicle. Look for boxes designed specifically for diecast cars.
Storing your model car displays
Consider the place where you keep your models. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Even if the vehicle is in a box, the paint can begin to fade when exposed to long-term sunlight. You also need to consider the temperature and humidity in the room where you keep your vehicles. As mentioned before, the box or even the packaging could begin to sweat if it is too hot or humid. You should also consider particles in the air. For example, don't keep your vehicles in a place where they might be exposed to smoke such as a kitchen. The smoke can get into the box and cause discoloration.
Many people pass these vehicles on as family heirlooms. If you plan on passing your diecast cars on to your children, make sure you take care of them. You never know it just might be a way to pay for university or a daughter's marriage in the future.