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Old 01-05-2015, 07:54 PM
56tbird 56tbird is offline
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Thank you for the welcome, Lee. I'm sure I am going to enjoy it here. After looking through several threads, it is apparent there is a lot of experience and knowledge represented here, and much to be learned. I can see that I need to rectify one problem, however, after looking at the photographs of your great cars. It seems that, at least at present, I am not equipped to photograph and post images of my collection. I recognize that sharing images of one's collection is a great part of what goes on around here. Incidentally, the 1957 Bel Air in turquoise and white is one of my favorites, and the 1959 Caddy is another (I have it in white). I may have misled you on the years that I collect, however, in that I also collect models from the 1960's (1930's through the 1960's). My cut-off is pretty much 1970, although I do have a beautiful 1971 Grand Prix (JL), and a 1973 Trans Am 455 SD (also JL).

My collecting goal, at least at this point, is to collect 1:64 diecast models of all American car manufacturers for every year, from 1930 through 1970. I would also collect models from the 1920's if I could find them. One of my frustrations is that there are many makes and years for which I simply cannot find any diecast models (e.g., 1939, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1958, and 1959 Ford; 1955, 1956, and 1961 Plymouth; 1954, 1955, and 1956 Oldsmobile; 1952, 1953, and 1955 Mercury, to name just a few).

Virtually all of my models are 1:64 scale, although I do have a couple of 1:43 which I simply could not resist (1924 dual cowl Duesenberg; 1936 Ford pickup). With the increased detail now available in many 1:64 scale models, and because a large collection takes up significantly less space in the smaller scale, I try to keep them all 1:64.

I was amused by your comment about Hot Wheels, and must confess that I do include several Hot Wheel models in my collection. However, I prefer those by Johnny Lightning, Auto World, Castline (M2), Greenlight, Racing Champions, ERTL, Revell, and even some from Yatming and Welly. It has been my experience that almost any manufacturer can produce nice and accurate models on occasion.

Again, I thank you for the welcome to the forum, and for all you do to support it. It is my hope to see increased activity here, and although, as a newcomer, I would not presume to provide much seasoned knowledge and experience, perhaps some of my newbie questions will serve as a catalyst to get things going.

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