Collecting Diecast Models: The Beginners Guide

Contrary to what others believe, Diecast models are not ordinary toys. They show exact details in both mechanical and historical aspects of real vehicles. Due to its metal construction, a diecast model often shows more detail than the cheaper plastic models. They also hold longer than the ordinary plastic toy cars out there. For this reason, many people prefer to collect diecast models.

But like any other hobby, the collection of diecast models has to start somewhere. In this article, you’ll learn important things to consider before you start buying models for your collection. Here are some tips you can follow when you get int this worthwhile and popular hobby.

Where Do You Want To Start?

As an aspiring die casting collector, you should first take a look at the overall picture of your collections especially as it gets bigger. In this aspect, there are no fixed or standard rules, so your personal preferences and decisions are the basis for what your collection will look like. Build something that will make you happy and end up proud.

Whether it’s cars, trucks, trains, buses, coaches, military equipment and other classic things like Dinky toys that you love, it’s important that you have a clear idea of what you want to help you decide on which diecast models to purchase. Apart from the exact types of vehicles you want to include in your collection, you should also consider the following factors:

Brand- Do you want a special collection of Dinky toys? How about models from Mattel or Matchbox? Do you want to collect exclusive models or variants like Ferraris or Lamborghinis or do you want a general category of supercars instead?

Size- There are different sizes of Diecast models that are available. Make sure you know the size of the models that you want to collect. Is it 1:43, 1:36 or 1:12? Selecting models of the same size is important.

Period- Do you love cars from the 1960s and 1970s or those that were made earlier? A collection that focuses on a certain period of time is a good one.

How To Save or Display Them

It doesn’t matter if you have one, a couple or even hundreds of diecast models in your collection. It is important that you know how to keep and display these models. Before you keeping or displaying the cars in your collection, you should consider the following points:

In or out- Choosing whether to store your diecast models in or out of your boxes depends on your preferences. Both have a unique set of benefits. For example, if you want to show your high-quality collection, then it’s a good idea to display it outside your boxes. On the other hand, if you want to keep more models in a relatively smaller room, keep them in their boxes instead.

Type of display Case- If you choose to have it displayed, but do not want anyone to touch it, you can get a prefabricated envelope that fits your entire collection. But if you don’t have enough budget, you can create one yourself. Run the handyman and start the project weeks before the day the exhibit will take place. Most of the time it’s the first option that works best, so search online for the best offers.

Environment- Where will you present your collection? Make sure that it is well positioned and that there is sufficient light in the room itself. Make sure that the décor is less distracting so that the entire scene is focused on your diecast collection.

How To Maintain Your Diecast Model Collection

Finally, if you want your collection to survive the test of time and still be in pristine condition in the coming years and decades, you need to take a few steps to make sure that every single one of them is in top shape all the time. Besides being able to store them in a safe place, you also need to make sure that the temperature and humidity are correct. Dusting them regularly also helps to prevent damage to the paint and even corrosion in worst cases. Remember, it is something that will increase its value if you take good care of it over the years.

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