I don’t normally collect 1/18 scale models. I appreciate the detail but the price is high, they take up a lot of space and don’t resonate with me like the Matchbox cars of my childhood. The 1/18 scale for diecast cars appeared in Europe around 1970 with brands like Schuco and Polistil and became popular from the mid eighties onwards with Bburago and Maisto.
I now have two cars and two bikes (a Benelli TNT 1130 Century Racer (Bburago) and a Yamaha YZR F7 (Maisto)) in this scale.
Yesterday, I came across the Mercedes 300SL in the local secondhand toy shop, they also had a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes and a silver 300SL in the same scale. It proved too hard to resist and so I got the black 300SL, it has some paint chips and is missing one of its door handles but that fits better with my Wabi-Sabi approach to collecting than a pristine example in a box would. Also this model was just 30 lari ($10.38) and a new 1:18 model would be over 110 lari ($38).
I don’t collect 1/18 scale models. I appreciate the detail but the price is high, they take up a lot of space and don’t resonate with me like the Matchbox cars of my childhood. The 1/18 scale for diecast cars appeared in Europe around 1970 with brands like Schuco and Polistil and became popular from the mid eighties onwards with Bburago and Maisto. However, when I came across a Porsche 550A Spyder today in a secondhand shop near Tbilisi Central Station, I couldn’t resist it. The price of just 25 lari ($9.41) helped. On Amazon the same model is between $40 and $60 depending on the seller (Amazon link).
This model is by Maisto and was made in Thailand. It is similar to the car in which James Dean crashed and died. I am not a James Dean fan, I haven’t seen any of his films, although, I would like to see “East of Eden” as it is based on my favourite Steinbeck novel.
The model is a little dusty but intact, the rear engine is detailed and the wooden look steering wheel turns, turning the front wheels. I would have been even happier had I found a 1:18 Porsche 911 but the 550A looks good. I won’t be getting into collecting 1:18, but I’m happy to have this one.
The Bburago 1:32 Classic range comprises just ten models each in a choice of two colours*. All of them are very attractive models and very tempting, I have so far succumbed on six occasions (over half the range). Six years ago in Paris I picked up the Citroen DS and Ford Capri 2600, both of which I have since seen here in Tbilisi. More recently I have added a Porsche 911, BMW 507, BMW 2002 and a Mercedes 450SL convertible.
The other cars in the range are: Alfa Romeo Spider, Citroen 2CV, VW Golf Mark 1 GTi, and aMini Cooper. All very tempting. The “classic” range are significantly more expensive than the standard 1:32 range, they each come with a plastic plinth the standard range come with a cardboard plinth. All the cars have opening doors.
The models boast Italian Design but are “Made in China”
This week’s photo challenge is : “Scale”. Collecting scale models there are plenty of images I could post under the theme. Here are some contrasting scales. The larger cars are in 1:24 scale (the largest in my collection). The small Porsches next to the ‘70Corvette are from Kinder Eggs and are around 1:87 scale. The red Alfa Romeo 8Cin the second picture is 1:64 my preferred scale for collecting