People don’t simply choose hobbies: hobbies have a way of choosing people. As it turns out, die-cast cars have been choosing people since the first models rolled onto store shelves back in the early 1940’s. Since then, this hobby has amassed a following early manufacturers probably couldn’t have imagined. All this popularity can most likely be attributed to the sheer range of models available. Whether you’re drawn to WWII vehicles, muscle cars of the ’60’s or the full Harley-Davidson lineup, finding the right pieces for your collection becomes a way of life.
While 1:64 scale versions are the most commonly collected and easiest to find, they’re not, by far, the only option. You’ll find sizes ranging from 1:12 down to tiny 1:148 scale. The latter take up less space per vehicle, but for the die-hard collector, that really equates to being able to fit more vehicles into the space available. Though each has its own level of value, net worth isn’t necessarily determined by size; in truth, it’s more a matter of age, condition, rarity and whether or not the piece is still in its original packaging.
Some of the more high-quality 1:148 scale models have a surprising amount of intricacy considering their minuscule size, but the truly fascinating features generally come into play with larger models. Many come complete with functional steering, working headlights and an abundance of moving parts as well as numerous unexpected interior surprises. Sometimes, the little things give you the greatest joy, like finding a tiny nitrous tank hidden away just waiting to be found by someone who appreciates such detail.
Taking care of your die-cast collection affects its visual appeal as well as monetary value. Whether you’re displaying them or storing them away for later, keep them in your home or in a climate-controlled facility safe from the elements and direct sunlight. Just like road-worthy vehicles, they should be waxed on occasion; in fact, you can actually wax them with the same compound you’d use on your full-scale car or truck.
Aside from the vehicles themselves, there’s an entire community of like-minded people coming together from around the world. Connect with them, and share in the love of die-cast collectibles as well as the ongoing search for new additions. Whether the hobby only recently chose you or you’re looking for that one rare piece to make your collection complete, visit https://fairfieldcollectibles.com/diecast-mfg.html to see what speaks to your interests.