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Noticing a Trend!

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Noticing a Trend!
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, July 4, 2022 9:18 AM

 Hi Ya'll;

        I am beginning to notice a trend in modeling that I find fascinating and somewhat ingenious. When I went to my local Flea Market I noticed a fellow had five different Die-Cast models in his bag just thrown in there Willy-Nilly. So I asked him about that. This was his reply.

       " Well, These are much cheaper than plastic, and I can use real world Auto fillers and Paint on them." "They's Cheaper than the Model stuff, Right?" "My paint is only Nine Bucks a can and I get enough to Triple coat or Quad coat one or a number of them."

       "Besides they are more fun to work cause you can use real metal body parts from another or even just a Vegetable can flattened and shaped" I have to say I Personally couldn't fault his reasoning. I buy them if they have good wire wheels in 1/24-5 and 1/18. These are so much better than the regular plastic kit offerings. Seats and Dashboards sometimes come into play as well. Fix the notch for the door hinge and it looks so much better(Some Times) than the kit part that's it's unbelievable!

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 4, 2022 2:40 PM

Not sure if we are saying the same thing, but I have totally disassembled numerous diecast to then rebuild them as detailed model kits.

The body shell and chassis are definately more rugged than plastic kits. And often the mold is a better quality or with more detail.

And if I find something I'm after in diecaist that is not available in plastic, I will spring for it as long as the price is reasonable. 

It can either be a full rebuild or just a single part sourced from another build medium. Basically, in my mind, what we're talking about is nothing more than a multi-media kind of model kit, right?

Ben / DRUMS01

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  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:40 AM

This is something I have not considered before, but I'm not an auto modeler. However I agree with Drums, it's all modeling. It involves skills, thought processes and planning. Great stuff.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 8:11 AM

The problem I have with too many of the die cast models is lack of accuracy.  The basic contours of the body often have incorrect contours.  Mis-shapen windshields, wrong curve on the front fenders, etc.  However, these are pretty easily seen in the ads.  I did buy a few die cast models, one a modern midget, the only model I have seen for sale.  It was 1:25 scale and I intend to use it to scratch a 1:16 model.

Also, one of the die cast companies put out a kit version of their ready built fifties midget, unpainted, and I built that, came out very nice.



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