Welcome to my diecast blog. This blog is about my hobby of collecting diecast model cars, particularly those manufactured by Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Corgi. The blog is for sharing my interest with other diecast enthusiasts and also for honing my writing and photography skills. The excitement I get when I find a car I’ve been looking for is similar now at 50+ years of age to when I was 8. I may on occasion reflect on the psychology behind the collecting. (Reflections on Why I collect diecast cars?)

Lamborghini x28 Jan 2017
some of my Lamborghinis

Matchbox is my favourite brand, and has been ever since I was a small boy, but all diecast cars interest me.

Living in Tbilisi, Georgia in the former Soviet Union, gives me access to many old Soviet models so I have a few Ladas, Volgas and Moskvitches rubbing tyres with the Lamborghinis, Porsches and Jaguars in the collection.

Made in USSR
Made in USSR

Most of my models are made in Europe or Asia.

Screenshot from 2018-08-19 10:52:33
I have models made in the countries in yellow.

Please feel free to add any comments, questions etc…

Living in  Georgia where the post is unreliable and expensive, I don’t buy models by post. I don’t know current values of models, I know what I can expect to pay here in Tbilisi but this might be very different to prices in other countries.

My preferences when collecting models are:

1) Diecast Brand:

Matchbox is my favourite. This is partly for nostalgic reasons, they were the cars I had most when I was a child. The current Matchbox range only has a few vehicles which interest me, I find more in the Hot Wheels range to excite me. I have more Hot Wheels than any other brand, partly because they are more readily available than other brands (except Kinsmart, which is everywhere).

My favourite brands:

  1. Matchbox
  2. Corgi
  3. Majorette
  4. Hot Wheels
  5. Siku

2) Models:

Generally I prefer sports cars from the sixties and seventies, I particularly like the first generation Ford Mustang, second generation Chevrolet Corvette, Maserati Bora, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Citroen SM, Mercury Cougar, Datsun 240Z, Jaguar E Type and Porsche 911.

3) Scale:

1:64 The scale for Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Majorette. This again is the scale I collected as a child and is usually cheaper to buy and easier to store and display than larger scales. My largest scale models are 1:24, I don’t have any at 1:18.

If you like this blog, here are some other blogs related to diecasts, which you might like to visit:

my first diecast blog

Jasmine’s Garage

Joel Reyes Noche

The Lamley Group

The Race Case

I also have two other blogs not related to diecast collecting:

Blog #2 A general blog for photos, travel and book reviews

The Reluctant Georgian Learner This is a blog about my struggles in learning the Georgian language.

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