Big things with little cars

I Rearranged my Diecast Display Case...

Someone mentioned a few days ago that it would be cool to see others’ collections. Well, I got a wild hair after work and decided to rearrange my display case. This will also serve as a quick tour of my small but weird collection.

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This is all in a nice hardwood curio cabinet that my dad helped me put mirrors and glass shelves in many years ago. It’s been with me since probably high school, but unfortunately doesn’t display all the 1/64ths as well as it did 1/24ths that used to make up the bulk of my collection.

Above is the top shelf. I opened all the glass doors to allow a nice, clear view of things. I may or may not enjoy buying colorful cars then lining the cars up in a rainbow pattern. Don’t judge!

Below we start off with a ‘61 Dodge Phoenix by AW, Chevy Monza IMSA HotWheels, ‘58 Plymouth Belvedere from M2 and an International pickup by Ertl.

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Tucked a little further back, the Chevy guys will be happy to see the Greenlight Cheyenne pulling a “fixer upper” ‘72 Mustang Superfast. The Lesney Wagonaire makes a cameo.

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Looking back to the left, the M2 Dodge semi truck bookends my current ‘featured cars’ lineup. The AW ‘69 Chevy Kingswood, HotWheels Olds 442 and Matchbox Dodge Daytona Turbo Z (in need of a resto) wrap it up nicely.

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Underneath them, I have a foreign car section. On the left, a few heirloom Tekno 1/43rds back up the 1/64th VWs and Euro exotics. The Hare Splitter Mk1 Golf is a tribute to my first car.

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And to the right is my right hand drive section with cars from Japan, Czechoslovakia and France. The Aurora just wants to be friends with the other 1/43rds, okay?! Jeez.

The black and white coupe is my all-time favorite car, the 1934 Avions Voisin C27 Aerosport by Spark. Next to it is a very close second, a 1934 Tatra T77 by IXO. The one at the end is an Autozam AZ-1, and yes, it’s so tiny that it looks like a different scale!

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On the second shelf I have a rad heirloom Tonka fire truck.

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Oh yeah, and the most random assortment of other cars. A Subaru 360 pull-back racer from my friend who worked in Japan for several years, a Russian Chevy Niva, a Geo Storm GSi promo model and the last one you can guess. It was one of my very first model cars. Also, some cool rocks.

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The third shelf houses all the cars that are out of rotation, awaiting customization, or otherwise just being stored for the time being. I find it hard to part with cars I’ve had since childhood.

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More VW’s. The dune buggy and bug are both vintage Tonka heirlooms. The Lego bus was a gift from my awesome parents!

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On the right, another heirloom Tonka, a 50-year-old Jeep. The Sherman tank was one of the first models I bought with my own money. I saved up for what felt like an eternity to pay $8 for that heavy Solido! The tracks are all metal.

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Bottom shelf is simply storage for my Lego 8448 and Tamiya TT-02 drift car that needs to see more action.

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And that’s about it! I look forward to improving the collection as time goes on, adding more 1/43rds and high quality 1/64ths while weeding out some mainlines I don’t enjoy as much. Eventually I’d like to build a display case better suited to these small models. Something that perhaps includes a simple diorama type area which would not only display the cars, but put them in a great setting. Maybe a switchback Colorado-like mountain road? Maybe something loosely inspired by the Ebisu touge course in Japan? I don’t know yet.

Cheers!

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