Blue2010SRT here! You can call me Blue, although I'm usually a pretty happy guy. I work for a software company and I'm a SF fan, computer gamer and car guy and now I am finally admitting I'm also a diecast junkie. I've been following Gizmodo, io9, Jalopnik and Kotaku for several years and just stumbled across LaLD several weeks ago.
I've been a car guy from when I was too young to drive watching the original muscle cars go by, through to my first car bought before I had my license, a used 1971 Demon 340 4-speed. I got my license in that car - how I lived through owning it for two years (including driving it in the winter in the Great White North!) I have no idea. I've had lots of cars, some nice, some not so much, since then up to my current SRT Charger, which I ordered 5 years ago this weekend and took delivery of the last week of April. She has lots of go and show mods, and I raced her (drag strip and road course) every weekend that I could in SW Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia last summer. If I wasn't racing her, I was at car meets with her. Here she is at Moparfest, the largest Mopar-only car show in Canada (1600+ cars with 21,000+ visitors over two days).
Buying the Charger also got me into searching for a diecast model of it. The first thing I came across was a Jada Big Time Muscle 1:24 version in silver. I bought two of them, and totally disassembled one which I then painted Deep Water Blue to match my car (you can see it on the dash in the above picture).
That started me down a dark and lonely path into despair and self-loathing as I feverishly tried to find every single variant available. I'm currently at 28, not counting a couple of duplicates, in various scales. Here's a selection:
Clockwise from the front-right one is the 1:24 painted inside & out to match my car, a 1:24 Police model (I have a duplicate of this one to disassemble, paint white and then apply RCMP decals to), a Maisto plastic RC version (I have 3 other plastic RCs), a 1:18 Jada LoPro (I also have 2 of this one in white, one of which will get matched to my car), and a 1:32 Police model.
My mother had (fortunately as it turned out) saved all of my old Hot Wheels which I've recently repatriated and a couple of months ago I started checking the local Walmart selection as my addiction has become too great to resist. My taste tends towards older muscle cars and exotics, but I frequently buy anything else interesting that catches my eye.
Lamborgini Gallardo LP 560-4 Police in both Matchbox and Hot Wheels
Astom Martin DBS Volante and BMW 1 M
Viper and Road Runner
Twin Mill III with the original Redline Twin Mill from my youth, and a Colour Shifters (huh, just noticed the correct Canadian spelling on the package as I posted this picture) Cobra along with one I've had for about 20-25 years.
I'm not sure I'll post much, but I'll be lurking and/or commenting daily, and I'll try to take and post a few pictures every weekend.
Cheers for now!