Monday, February 25, 2008


For Car Model Collection Model Cars

By: Gualtiero Santucci

Collecting…what a passion! People collect the most varied of items and the most collected are undoubtedly model cars. The reproduction of cars of any kind and era, ranging from the most desiderable Ferrari and Porsche to the means of transport used by police. However, this collection includes all the models put on the market over the years, with a particular interest in Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Citroen, Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Carmodel is a company dealing with model cars of new and obsolete production. It has a huge availability of products, covering different manufacturers, that can easily be observed on the home page.
Model cars from Minichamps to Schuco
But there is also a high demand of the Tuning versions, taxis, construction vehicles, military transport, trucks and buses.
Carmodel specialises in everything to do with modelling and car models and many reproduction boxes from the 50s, 60s and 70s from the most important brands are available: DIECAST CARS, MINICHAMPS,NOREV, SCHUCO, LOOKSMART, AUTOART, IXO, SPARK MODEL, KYOSHO, POLICE, AMBULANCE, FERRARI, RALLYE, BRUMM, PORSCHE, MERCEDES, AUDI, FIAT, ALFA ROMEO, LANCIA, LE MANS, F1, MILITARY, BMW.
Carmodel is always interested in buying important collections, especially obsolete models cars such as 1/43 Corgi, Dinky, Politoys, Mebetoys, Mercury, Spot-on, Ediltoys, Tekno and other less important brands, also Ferrari, F1 collections and 1/24 obsolete models.
Many lovers of modelling rely on Carmodel’s reliability to find very rare models and also to send them with accurate packaging using the best materials currently available on the market. In particular, Carmodel uses special boxes, made with a very resistant double carton with special protective films and spheres of polystyrene in order to guarantee that the model cars are in perfect condition when delivered to the collector’s house.
An encyclopaedia of 30.000 models.
The online encyclopaedia, made available by Carmodels on its web site, is a very useful tool! If you want to search the encyclopaedia, you first have to click on the link "encyclopaedia” and then wait for the loading of the page and then it is possible to make any kind of research through the search box.
More than 30.000 items can be found on the encyclopaedia!

For any further information, you can directly contact Carmodels: CARMODEL

Saturday, February 23, 2008


History of Matchbox

Just after World War II when metal materials were released from their wartime roll in munitions and armaments, a line of die-cast metal cars from England came onto the international toy market. Their name MATCHBOX® was a clever device that immediately identified their size.
Some 17 years later, a Hong Kong manufacturer of toys began making his own line of diecast metal cars. So successful was this company, Universal, that in 1982 it acquired the British toy firm and has become what is now know as the Universal Matchbox Group Ltd.
A truly multinational operation, Universal Matchbox Group Ltd. Has offices in four continents, owns several manufacturing plants in the Far East, and distributes its product through a marketing network encompassing 120 countries.
Founder and visionary, David C.W. Yeh, accurately foresaw thai toy manufacturing would center itself in the Far East. He, however, recognized the importance of reling on the expertise in design and marketing skill of major consumer countries. Merging these international and complementary strengths has been the reason for Group’s continuous growth and strong position in the international toy industry.

Matchbox Made in Thailand

Thailand is becoming TOYLAND. That’s because one of the best known brand names in toys MATCHBOX® has established a major manufacturing facility here.
With the inauguration on November 8th 1989 a brand new factory under the name Universal International (Thailand) Co., Ltd. In the Bangpoo Industrial Estate, a whole range of MATCHBOX® toys are now being made in Thailand for distribution worldwide through a network covering some 120 countries.

These will eventually include the world renewed Matchbox® die cast vehicles, play sets and plastic toys. In addition, the factory will be positioned to take on contract work for other major international toy firms.

MATCHBOX® is owned by the Universal Matchbox Group Ltd. Whose shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It is one of the largest international toy companies in the world with a truly integrated operation, from concept through the stages of design, development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution.

Matchbox® is a household name symbolizing quality and value. It is recognized instantly by consumers throughout the world who will soon be given the opportunity to associate that enviable reputation with “Made in Thailand”, thus establishing the country as an important toy manufacturing nation, and perhaps giving rise to a popular synonym for “Made in Toyland”


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang : Popular Family/Popular Die cast Car

By Youkonton Ratarasarn

Looking on the above picture, do not misunderstand that the car in this picture fly over our City of Bangkok. But the die cast car flew over it inside a box of Air Cargo. In the past years while the era had not had any tender from the Website as the present time, one of my friends who were one of a leading collector, he knew me and kindly bid it from Vectis Model Auction for me from England. I have to say thank you to him once again. It makes us to have the opportunity to see this real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Die cast Car.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was created the output of this Die cast. It took a full year to projected filming in England in 1967 and projecting in 1968 by Walt Disney. This fiction related from Eian Flamings just the same man who had written the story of James Bond 007. This novel was printed in 1964. The leading actor was Dix Vann Dike, concerning a venturous family of Potts whose son was kidnapped for a ransom in France. They had to trace their son to return as soon as possible by using the miracle car to fly and running in the water.

Over 35 years, this cinema is still dominated a championship for hitting the children in 2003. A vote from the parents and around 8,000 children by surveying from renting VDO shops “Choices” in England. The announcer of Harcell Arding shop said, this cinema is complete with everything and exciting imagination. The performers were interesting, loving and scaring. The second favorite cinema was surveyed by E.T. the Extraterrestrial. It resulted the cinema of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had snatched the championship in the end.

It seems to be that the leading actor of this cinema might be the magic car that could travel everywhere. The appearance is very colorful with flying wings. The rear of the car looked like a boat to run in the water. This was assembled against the present time by real assembly car approximately in 1910. One thing was clearly seen that the horn of the car in the cinema has ever used by Mercedes Benz in 1913 that had a dragon shape horn. At present, it was kept in the museum of Benz in Germany. The Rolls Royce in 1914 Wood Body, the rear of the car look alike a boat and snake shaped horn.

In the same year the cinema has been projected in 1968, Corgi, the leading assembled car of England had introduced car from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to assemble the die cast for 16 cm. in length, with a good quality of materials. The color is proportionate with the beauty mainly the car spare parts were made from metal, front light was crystal, and the spoke was metal. It has a mechanic to collapse the big wings by using hand brake to operate the system. Besides this it has a figure from the cinema on the car painting by hand the same as on the above picture to stick to the Film for a beauty. The assembly of the car used a small amount of the quantity materials to be made. Therefore, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to have favoritism with a very high price. At present, the die casting is regarded as a history.

Nearly almost 40 years, the cinema of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, always dominates the children along with the adults forever

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Models of Volkswagen Beetle have proved highly popular ever since the very first one was made back in 1938.

The first model, built by workers of the Porche company in Stuttgart, was never sold but sparked the first of a number of model Beetles to be produced by various companies in Germany before 1940.

Today, VW Beetles are highly collectable, both in model and 'on the road form', and now two new model 'Bugs' join the ever-growing model VW family thanks to The Diecast Collector and Lledo.

The British manufacturing diecast firm to produce the FREE Bettle attached to the front of this magazine.

Chances are that you have a red VW, but a very limited number of yellow VW Beetles have also been produced with only 250 have been released nationwide.

Your red VW is worth GBP.6.25, but there is no doubt that the limited edition yellow versions will be highly sought after-and worth a lot more.

So, if you've a yellow VW on the front of your Diecast Collector, congratulations! If not, we hope you'll enjoy your red 'Bug' just the same - but keep an eye out in the shops for those treasured yellow versions.

The Diecast Collector

November 1997, Issue 1


Diecast Collectibles

Dale Stewart

Millions of people have made a hobby of collecting items of one sort or another, but some take it to a higher level. These collectors view their collections as more than just an accumulation of trinkets that they happen to enjoy; to them, it’s a business, and they’re not in it to lose money. For those who collect diecast models, making a profit can be a challenge, unless you know the ropes of how to effectively collect pieces and then apply the necessary strategies to resell at an increased price.

It’s a good practice to collect only those items that you truly like, and then do quite a bit of shopping around in order to find the best buy. Market trends are never very stable, and by collecting those pieces that particularly appeal to you, others may view them in the same way. This will enable you to resell them more easily. Certainly, it’s never good business practice to buy the first piece that you find. Competition is stiff, and there are some great deals out there that you can use to your advantage.

Avoid specializing in one specific area of diecast collectibles. If, for instance, you're interested in collecting NASCAR models, it’s best not to isolate your purchases to those of one particular driver. That's not to say that you shouldn’t include them among your other pieces, but there's a need for diversity if you’re hoping to eventually realize a profit. Although a piece may not seem to have much value in today’s market, that doesn’t mean that it won’t increase as time goes by.

Older diecast models make a nice addition to anyone’s collection, and can eventually precipitate a good amount of sales revenue. Don’t overlook what you may now see as relics or outdated pieces. There’s always someone out there who’s looking for an older piece ? whether for nostalgic reasons, to complete a collection or for the purposes of an eventual sale ? so don’t limit yourself by excluding the golden oldies.
Some of the best deals can be found in flea markets, on eBay and other auction sites. Not only can you find pieces for your own collection, but these will be eventual avenues for you to resell them at a later date. The highlight of the auction arena is that you can set a starting price and watch the bids increase your income potential sometimes to a figure much higher than you would have imagined. Setting a reserve price helps, too, so that you won’t lose a piece when someone comes in way under the piece’s value.

Picking up models at local department stores, such as Wal-Mart, or through TV shopping forums such as QVC is usually a mistake. While these may have reasonable quality, they’re usually not as well constructed as what you can find elsewhere, and tend to flood the market with certain pieces which they sell in high volume in an effort to gain a higher sales standing. Stick to the mainstream collection sites and you’ll do much better.

Remember that you may not break the bank when you resell a piece, but with a good sense of timing and strong negotiation skills, you’ll be able to realize some type of profit and, with a bit of experience, will increase your overall profit potential.

About the author: ******* (c) 2005 Dale Stewart


Welcome to the hobby of diecast toys.

I collect Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky, Lledo, Tomica diecast toy cars. I've been collecting since 1987. The purpose of this blog is to display some of my favorite diecast cars. I will give you some collecting tips and resources for futher study. This blog is for everyone who enjoys collecting diecast toys. I hope you enjoy visiting and seeing my collection!