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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Collecting Model Cars

As humans, we love to collect things, and these things are usually of a personal taste. Some of us love to collect stamps; others enjoy a vast collection of coins. In fact this type of behavior is one of the factors that set us apart from other animals. This behavior may appear odd, but to those of you who have some type of collection related hobby; it makes perfect sense! One of the more common targets for this human condition is the collecting of model cars. Let’s have a look at the ins and outs of this amusing and entertaining hobby.

Why Model Cars?

When you were younger and you had many toys, before the days of cable television and laptops, can you remember your toy cars? I won’t say that this is a male only feature, but it probably excludes the opposite sex to a large degree! Can you remember making the engine noises yourself, as you raced against your brother or best friend? I suppose the interest in these model cars may have stemmed from this early interest. But make no mistake, these are no longer toys, they are replicas and the hobby is a huge interest worldwide.

The Two Main Types

Can you remember your ‘Hot Wheels’ and ‘Matchbox’ cars? These companies both started off in the sixties and they were a staple part of every young boy’s toy collection. Well both companies are still around, but the models they make are now part of the collection hobby.

The Two Sizes

Essentially there are two sizes or scales of model cars available to collectors. The 1:18 size is the typical model car scale favored by semi-serious collectors and these are priced according their availability. The other size is the much larger 1:8 scale; these are for the more serious hobbyists amongst us.


The smaller scale car models are usually available for around thirty dollars apiece; this price depends on the quality, availability and the demand. The 1:8 scale cars are a lot more expensive. Would you be surprised to learn that they often fetch in excess of six thousand dollars for a rare item? At that price it is no wonder that they aren’t to be found in a six year olds toy box.

Popular Replica Cars

The real cars that are replicated are usually the ones we couldn’t afford to buy, perhaps it’s a second best option, but at least we can dream about the real thing. Usually racing cars are popular; also luxury cars and iconic vehicles are always popular.

Where To Start?

So you have decided to enter the world of collecting model cars, but you are not sure where you can begin to build your dream collection. Well there are many toy shops that will stock plenty of the popular models. You could do worse than investing a few hundred in some of the rarer 1:18 models; this will be a sensible base for you to build from.

An Investment?

If you choose your model cars wisely, you may be surprised to learn that some of them will increase in value. You should aim to keep up to date with the collection community. You can do this by reading the relevant magazines and attending the collection fairs in your locality. This way you can meet like-minded individuals and also trade your prized models for more sought after options.

How to Purchase a Used Car the Smart Way

Every year thousands of people deal with buying and selling a used car. Smart people always look for some tips before going to the market. Before you start looking at second hand cars, think about what car models and choices available for you. You can also read advertisements in newspaper, magazine and online classified websites to find a good deal. Reading reviews in books and other discussions can help you in collecting useful information.

Important Points to Consider Before Looking for Used Car

Price: Always keep in mind, the real cost of a vehicle that includes more than the buy price. It includes different factors such as loan, interest rates and duration of the borrowed finances. Banks and other lending institutions offer a variety of option in case of money and repayment terms. According to your repayment ability and financial condition, you can select the finance option.

Reliability: You can determine the reliability value of your chosen vehicle. It should include the frequency of repair records. You should select a model that remains convenient to you and require less maintenance cost.

Trustworthiness of the dealer: You should contact some experience people to find out the trustworthiness of the dealer. Collect good information related to sales and service offered by him to its customers. You will never want to work with any dealer who is engaged with lots of complaints.

Test Drive: It is only method to find out performance of the car. Take a drive of 3 to 4 KM. During your journey, you should consider all important points in your mind such as brakes, exterior, interiors, engine and mileage.

The Various Ways You Can Use Vintage Magazine Ads

Vintage magazine ads – how can you use them? You would be surprised at the various uses for old magazine advertising. They are much more than just old slick paper. The following paragraphs will show you the various things you can do with old back issues of vintage magazine advertising slicks. FYI: “Slicks” is how people in newspaper production describe slick inserts like coupons and department store advertising. Now on to popular and unique ways to utilize old ad prints.

Home Decor

Matting and/or framing is one popular option for antique ads for home decoration. Old ad art prints like those from the 40s and the 50s are highly popular due to the interest in those eras. Some examples of 40s ads might include movie ads like “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart, Lucky Strike cigarettes, WW 2 ads and soda ads like Pespi-Cola. The 1950s prints might include cars like the “Rocket” Oldsmobile, vacuum cleaners like Hoover and makeup like Tru-Glo featuring Marilyn Monroe. Imagine the originals being matted and framed for hanging on the wall. It is a really inexpensive option for interior decorating.

Crafting and Artwork

Crafty people love to get creative with these old magazine ads. You will see them used for one-of-a-kind (OOAK) greeting cards, trading cards and gift tags. Scrap booking is a very popular arena where these can be used. Less common uses might include furniture decoupage or wallpaper for a feature wall (they need to be reinforced for this use).

Artwork using vintage magazine ads can include such things as canvas printing or screen printing, digital reproductions and collage art. Creative people and artists can find many more uses than these. This is just a few examples of how you might see them used.

Office Decor

You will find a lot of health care related ads from the 40s and 50s in old magazine ad prints. Some doctors use them for display, in frames, in their offices. Auto repair shops and vintage car shows present old 1950s advertising art prints as a decorative element. Any business can use these old ads as pieces of nostalgic ephemera related to their business.


It can be difficult to find unique gifts, especially for people who seem to have everything. Original vintage magazine ads make very unique gifts because they are technically quite rare. Two examples of how you might be able to use them as gifts.

*1st anniversary is paper gifts which means this is perfect. You just need to find out what the happy couple collects or what hobbies they have and search.

*Grandparents Day is a nice holiday for giving these old vintage magazine ads. Utilize their time period and make a collage or just get an ad or two for framing.

Every person is different which means each individual will likely find various ways to use these old ads. It doesn’t take a lot of creativity or imagination to make use of these collectible and decorative ads.