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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,173
    nice model.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Telsalda...one of the early Hong Kong makers, uncommon in NA. I'd say it should be worth $50-100, maybe a little more if sold to someone in the UK.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...a really nice 1:18 scale diecast of a 1966 Cadillac S & S ambulance at the Spring Carlisle this past Saturday.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...a really nice 1:18 scale diecast of a 1958 Buick Limited Riviera two-door hardtop at the Carlisle All-GM show two weeks ago. This model has an interesting feature - actual spring-loaded windshield wipers. I'm starting to see the features on much more expensive diecast cars trickle down to less expensive replicas - i.e. types of hinges used on doors, hoods, and decklids.
  • martysaabmartysaab Posts: 2
    Hi folks,
    just purchased a Silver 1996 900 SE convertible and would like to have a scale model of same for my desk - I can't see the car from my office....
    Anyone have an idea where I might find one?
    Thanks!
  • martysaabmartysaab Posts: 2
    Thanks fintail. I'll keep my eyes on these sites. Not pushing my luck - I'd love to have a scale model with opening doors, hood, trunk, etc. I'd appreciate any and all help!
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    ebay would be another source, but I checked yesterday and there wasn't much selection at the time.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,378
    preferably gold which was a 99 only color.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Scale models of older Volvos are very uncommon, few were made when the cars were new or today. I hate to say it, I have never heard of a model of that exact car, or pretty much any Volvo of that era.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,378
    Thanks Fintail. That's about the conclusion I've come to also. The ones on Ebay are usually silver or red. Have been tempted to buy one and spray it myself. Might bring back memories of the old AMT days! Have seen some gold coupes, but don't want to take a hacksaw to the top!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Repainting it wouldn't be too hard, but doing metal modification is more intense work, as the cheap metal the model cars are made of is not very stable and is prone to crack.

    It's tough finding models of a lot of modern cars, even the interesting or somewhat exotic cars. On the other hand, I was at a little drugstore not long ago, and in their display of cheap 1:43 Chinese scale model toys, was a lineup of 08 Corollas. Exciting.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    I actually managed to find a model of a 2000 Cadillac DTS several years ago. Wish I could find one of my current ride, especially in black. There are plenty of models of the Chrysler 300 out there and not all are marred by the stupid "dubs" model makers tend to put on too many cars.

    If you want models of fintail Mercedes, there are a lot of really nice examples I see at car shows. I saw a really nice tin toy from the 1960s for which the vendor wanted a ridiculous amount of money. I think I had a blue Corgi fintail when I was a kid and remember having a gold 1977 or so 450SEL from Majorette that was pretty nice.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    I think I remember a 1:18 DTS, yeah. I know there were models made of the old CTS as well.

    I am amazed at how many model fintails have been made, from tiny Z-scale all the way to 1:18+. I don't have nearly every type, there are simply too many. I do have a large tin Bandai example, probably similar to what you saw at the show. The blue 1:43 British diecast example was a Dinky - Corgi made a W111 coupe, but the box for it showed a fintail and not a coupe. I am familiar with that Majorette car too, I had one of those, the old style with three spoke wheels. Tomy also made a reasonable 450SEL which I had when I was a kid. Matchbox made a 450SEL too, but it was not better than the others. And Hot Wheels, which I always considered the crudest of the mainstream small diecast makers, had a very well proportioned W126 to oppose their ridiculously bad W124 wagon. Matchbox had a C126 that was pretty good too, I remember that was one of my favorite cars.
  • writerwriter Posts: 121
    "1996 Dodge Caravan (1:24)"

    I do not have a big collection, but I have been buying a few things. Eventually, I will probably put together a specific collection. One thing that has been a big disappointment is that I cannot find any of the minivans. I am surprised that you got that Dodge. Can you tell us a bit about it? Who made it? Is is good?

    The only minivan that I have seen advertised is a MotorMax 1:43 Ford Windstar (I think 2001). However, I have never seen one in a local store.

    MotorMax also advertises an 1:60 scale Ford Maverick. The only Mavericks I have seen in the local store are 1:24. Normally I prefer 1:32 and 1:24, but in this case, I want to buy one to give to a friend. His mother had a Maverick. But he is not going to want anything as big as a 1:24.

    Another thing I would like is a 1:24 1937 Chevrolet 2 door Coupe. I have a 1:25 plastic AMT model kit, but it will probably stay in its box unassembled for the next decade. I have no time to build it.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    Seems like Hot Wheels started making realistic replicas only a few years ago, and their latest cars are pretty good. I never liked them till only a few years ago.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Matchbox made a ca. 1:60 scale Caravan back in the 80s, and Tomica and Majorette made similar sized versions of the period Toyota vans, if you count those. Hot Wheels made a Ford Aerostar. Majorette also made a Pontiac dustbuster van.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    I have seen those, yeah. I am so specific anymore and I prefer vintage toys, so for me to buy a modern model would have to be because it was a car I really like, or own.

    I still like the AutoArt/Minichamps models, along with Kyosho cars when it comes to realism. And I still have a soft spot for my old Bburago models.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    That Matchbox Caravan also had an acutal sliding door too iirc.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Yep it did. I had a black one and a blue and white one, I think.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,313
    That Matchbox Caravan also had an acutal sliding door too iirc

    Probably worked better than the ones on the big Caravans. :P

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    That Matchbox Caravan also had an acutal sliding door too iirc

    Probably worked better than the ones on the big Caravans


    Not so sure about that. I've seen quite a few of the Matchbox Caravans belonging to other kids that had the doors missing altogether.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,313
    Seems like Hot Wheels started making realistic replicas only a few years ago, and their latest cars are pretty good. I never liked them till only a few years ago

    Hot Wheels semi-exclusive license to reproduce Ferraris in 1:18 scale has long been the bane of scale Ferrari collectors. Until recently their efforts were limited to cheesy reissues of models by Burago and other low end producers but the introduction of their higher priced Elite Series has helped.

    I recently gave into temptation and bought their 1:18 Ferrari 250GT Lusso Berlinetta . I have long sought a Lusso in just about any scale but held off when their regular series Lusso was released because I'd been disappointed by previous releases .

    It turned out the Elite Series Lusso Berlinetta is a decent buy for the price (about $80) but the detailing is only adequate and not IMO up the potential of a replica of the most beautiful Ferrari ever made.

    If only Ferrari would permit/encourage better makers like Kyosho, CMC and Auto Art to issue their versions of Ferrari Classics I would gladly pay three times what Hot Wheels Elites cost.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,100
    I have a small collection of @300 toy and scale model cars. I also have about 50 un-built kits. I have 15 Ford promos from the '60s that were given to me by my uncle; none with boxes sad to say. The rest are models of cars I have owned or would like to own. As a result, they are almost all BMWs, Jeep Wrangler TJs, or Mazdas. I have also built a couple of dioramas which have won trophies at BMW CCA Oktoberfest events. Some of my favorites include:
    -a Minichamps 1:43 scale M 635CSi in the same color scheme as the one I ran from 1992-1995(Schwartz/Silber Grau)
    -a 1:18 scale 3.0 CSL Calder Art Car given to me by Satch Carlson for my 50th birthday
    -an original BMW Baby Racer kids ride-on toy I imported through back channels for my son a couple of years before BMW NA started bringing them in
    -a 1:24 scale Tamiya kit of the Mazda 787B Le Mans winner and the Studio 27 photo etch detail kit(frankly, I'm scared to build it)
    Most of my collection is at my office, but now I'm semi-retired and I will be working out of my home. My wife and I are turning a spare bedroom into a home office/study and I'm hoping I can find enough shelf space... :P

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    Sounds like a nice collection you have. it's always nice to display it all when you have the space like I did, but now all mine are packed in boxes (you can see photos on my car space).

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • writerwriter Posts: 121
    " . . . because it was a car I really like, or own."

    This is the main theme of the models I have been buying. I am looking for cars that my family has had over the years. Mostly, they are not "classics" but they bring back real memories. The stuff that has been available in North America has mainly been for "car fans". Admittedly, that is where I came from. But it is not where my head is currently at. For the most part, I could care less about a static model of a Ferrari. On the other hand, I can remember good times I had in my life, associated with an Olds Cutlass Supreme, I think around 1976 vintage (not sure -- it was not my car, but I got a lot of rides to places in it).

    My dad had a Malibu for a while, but I cannot remember what year that was. If I get the details somehow, I will probably hunt that one down, despite the fact that I rarely sat in it -- it was part of my family.

    There are others. Mostly we had 4 door versions at that. Some of the better UK stuff comes in 4 door versions, but it is rare in North America.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    It's pretty hard to find modern scale models of everyday old (70s-90s) cars, especially American cars and lesser foreign makes. One can usually have more luck if they look at vintage toys from the period when the car was new - especially in the past, more toys of boring everyday cars were made. The detail often won't be as good, but it's better than nothing.

    No toy versions of a mid-70s Cutlass come to mind, but I do know Corgi made an equivalent of a period Buick sedan.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    If it's the same car I'm thinking of, it's Kojak's Buick and it even comes with a Kojak figure and a minature roof light.

    As for unusual models of 1970s American cars, when I was a kid I had Lindbergh models of a 1975 Chrysler Cordoba and a 1975 Mercury Monarch. They looked like they might've been based on dealer promos.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,602
    Yep that's the one, a Buick Regal. IIRC it was also made in police car and normal forms. Corgi also made a Starsky & Hutch Torino. Corgi made some oddball American cars, including a nice little AMC Pacer.

    Lindbergh and Jo-Han both made some everyday American cars in decent detail at 1:24 scale, very much like promos. I believe both companies are still in business.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    I've seen a new line of model cars come out, They're called Sweet Cherries and they're 1:87 scale, but they're all domestics from the 70s and 80s. They have a Tempo, a Pacer I think, a Pinto, and other run of the mill cars.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

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