Somewhere around 2003, I have decided to share
my collection of small scale diecast cars with the world through an own
website. Inspired by other diecast related websites,
I created one of my own. I am nowhere near an IT-Expert, so there
is no complicated script behind it and it is not meant to showcase
any technological superiority whatsoever.
So, this site is dedicated to the favourite toys of young and old
boys alike: The toy cars - often called "matchbox-cars" - are something
that pretty much every person knows of. My intention with this site
was to have a place that showcases small scale models of real cars.
It is interesting for me to see in how many verisons a certain car
has been made, not going by color variation of one and the same casting,
but going by the number of different casting done by many different
This includes various manufacturers, but also sometimes different
liveries or major variations within a certain casting. However, there
are a lot more brands than Matchbox, which is today joined by dozens
of new and old competitors. This site shows a major part of my personal
collection, but also deals with the restoration and customization
of toy cars. I´ve been a fan of toy cars since i was a kid, but never
thought about collecting them at that time. The toy cars fulfilled
their purpose as pure play material and many of them were ruined.
I have re-started collecting in spring 2002,
but have been buying cars of interest continuously throughout my teenage
years. The centerpieces of the site are the collection gallery - which
showcases a collection of various toy cars - and a restoration section,
which deals with the repair, restoration and customization of small
scale toy cars by manufacturers such as Matchbox, Majorette, Siku,
Tomica, Norev, Johnny Lightning etc. The scales shown vary from 1:50
to 1:75 and all fit under the general terms of "3-inch".
The Gallery is arranged by the Alphabet and Nations of real car proveniences.
Of course, the selection of cars here is far from being complete.
It mainly depicts a small personal collection (and some models not
any more in it) and is not intended to make any profit out of it.
My wish was to include tips for "cheap restoring", which would mean
restoring or customizing cars without tools, which might cost more
than $10.- (except for the Dremel, of course). Looking at the value
of such a restoration, it coud be percepted as one man's loss of time
is another man's treasure, but it's fun and it's relaxing. On the
downside of course, it's time consuming. I hope the visitors of this
website will enjoy what they see and share my passion for toy cars.
I wish you all the best & happy collecting,