Category Archives: Scale

1:18 Scale

 

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1954 Mercedes 300SL (Bburago 1:18 scale and Siku 1:55 scale)

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.

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My 1:18 vehicles

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).

The Mercedes was made by Bburago in Italy, my other car the 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder was made by Maisto in Thailand.

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Made in Italy

There are some nice details like the spare wheel in the trunk.

 

 

 

I tell myself,  I won’t be getting into collecting 1:18, but I am very happy to have these ones.

Porsche 550A Spyder
Porsche 550A Spyder

1955 Porsche 550A Spyder 1:18 Scale

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).

Porsche 550A Spyder
Porsche 550A Spyder

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.

Bburago 1:32 Classic

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.

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Bburago 1:32 models

The other cars in the range are: Alfa Romeo Spider,  Citroen 2CV, VW Golf Mark 1 GTi, and a Mini 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.

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The models boast Italian Design but are “Made in China”

Italian design
Italian Design

Bburago Classic 1 32

*The Citroen 2CV only has one colour option.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Scale

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 ‘70 Corvette are from Kinder Eggs and are around 1:87 scale. The red Alfa Romeo 8C in the second picture is 1:64 my preferred scale for collecting

For other interpretations of the theme: Scale