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..... from scratch collecting diecast, I think I would move to 1/43rd scale.

It pains me to see some of the castings in that scale that are sorely missed in 1/64th..... As it is a world wide standard, they are more widely available as well.

... just pontificating on a Wednesday morn.....
 

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I think a lot of us got hooked on 1/64 at a very young age, so it kinda stuck.
1/64 is fun and cheap to customize, but I feel the same way, 1/43 is the way to go if you want serious realizm without getting to large to display.
 

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Yes, saw those, what made me think again.....

Some incredible world side pieces out there. Interestingly enough many are Cottage Industry and hand-made.....
 

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Speaking of Russian cars I wish Grell cars were still available. Haven't seen any lately.
I like 1/43. Problem is cost. Sure I spend a lot on 1/64. But at $1-5 a shot it doesn't seem to hurt as much in the pocketbook.
 

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I started collecting 1:43 scale in the summer of 1969. I started with Politoys in 1969, then Brooklin Models in 1976 (I still have over 200), followed by Rio, Solido (everyone makes mistakes in collecting), Durham in the '90's (love these models!), and several other brands.

Recently I have been buying 1:43 Kyosho Ferrari models (these models are jewels!) and I also like the 1:43 scale Hot Wheels models like the Batmobile, Ghostbusters ECTO, and the A-Team van (the detail is very nice, and I can live with the price).

Currently I've been looking for 1:43 Shrock Brothers Models (made in Coalport, PA) on eBay, but they are seldom listed, and the winning bid is pretty HIGH. They are out of production, and usually only 50 or less are made of each model. I want one sooooo BAD!

When Dave Shrock showed me a 1:43 model that only 50 were made (about 38 in one color, and 17 in several other colors I was impressed (last month). This model was made with different door panels and different seat designs to represent different models of the car! These cars are made of pewter and are hand assembled and painted.

The 1:43 scale was called "The International Scale" by many collectors because there are so many cars that are made in this scale that aren't made in other scales. There are many cars made in 1:43 scale that don't interest me, but there are a lot of people in the world that like castings that I wouldn't consider buying. It's not a popular scale to collect in the US though. I don't care because I still like most of the 1:43 scale cars that I bought. I don't buy very many 1:43 scale models now, and I wouldn't buy the cheap 1:43 scale models. They are a bargain if you have a train layout though, no worry about a train wreck, dust, or little hands wanting to play with one.

Sorry for the long read, but I still like 1:43 scale. :wave:
 

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If I had to start over again collecting I would have to say I would not do anything different in my collection. I am very happy with what I have, the only thing maybe is to keep better records of what I have.
 

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What I really like about 1:43 scale is that I'm not aware of any chase cars that are or were ever made. Corgi made some Limited Edition 24 KT gold plated cars, but I wasn't impressed, because what 1:1 scale car was made in 24 KT gold plate?

A chrome body, WHITE tires, red tires (etc.), and many other chase traits are things that I don't have to worry about in collecting 1:43 scale cars.

I buy most of my 1:43 scale models at a hobby store, and I don't have to worry about door warmers or people stocking the shelves trying to make $$$ on a Hot Wheels car that sells for a dollar, and trying to get gold for it. The same with Johnny Lightning, Greenlight, or M2 chase cars.

I buy White Lightnings, Green Machines, and M2 chase cars on eBay, but when I sharted collecting diecast in 1969 there weren't any chase cars, and I had more fun buying cars back then. I think chase cars took the fun of collecting diecast cars for many long time collectors. It's all about buying a chase car (even if you don't like the casting), and selling it for a profit to many people who don't even collect diecast.

If chase cars weren't made anymore, a collector might have a chance in finding a regular car in 1:64 scale in the $5 to $7 price range (it wouldn't be worth the effort to make a profit).
 

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I've never spent an ungodly amount of money collecting, and have always been somewhat selective. So I think I've done pretty well not making mistakes as my tastes have evolved.

As finances allow, I would love to get into premium models of all sorts and scales. The prices for the tops in 1:43 though are positively insane. Some are more expensive than a good 1:18. Outside of pure handmade items I don't understand why that would be.
 

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The prices for the tops in 1:43 though are positively insane. Some are more expensive than a good 1:18. Outside of pure handmade items I don't understand why that would be.


Think about the price for a 1:1 Ferrari, Lamborghini, and many other exotic cars FF. A Corvette Z06 would make me happy for a lot less money. Maintaining an exotic car is something I wouldn't be able to afford even if the car was given to me (insurance would be sky HIGH).

But exotic car lovers would snicker at a Corvette Z06.

Back to topic.

Can anyone post a picture of a 1:43 scale Yugo (High end model)? :jest:
 

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I am one who did start over and switched to 1:43 scale. For me, it was the right decision at the right time. While I enjoined years of 1:64 collecting (and still peruse a couple of small themes) I am far more satisfied in the larger scale.
 

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What would you like to collect in 1:43 scale dipstick?

Here's some pictures of 1:43 scale models that I have in my collection.


1958 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine made by USA Models (made in the USA).



1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta made by Brooklin (made in England).



1955 Buick Super made by Conquest (made in the USA).



1941 Ford 2 door coupe made by Durham (made in Canada).



50th Anniversary of Wurlitzer made by Durham (made in Canada).





1947 Ford Station Wagon made by Brooklin (made in England).



Ferrari 365GTB/4 made by Kyosho (made in Japan).

 

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The website is www.istmodels.com but I don't have a price for you. I just came across that page myself and it's exciting because growing up in East Berlin, I remember a lot of the cars fondly...

Edit: price here http://store.premium-collectibles.c...&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

Only $27.50 or about the same as a 1:1 Yugo would cost today...
:jest:

In the '80s I managed a Buick/GMC/SAAB dealership. The owner was contemplating adding a Yugo franchise and the Yugo marketing people left several demos at the dealership. The owner took the keys to my (his) SAAB 9000 Turbo demo and handed me the keys to a brandy new Yugo GVX to drive for the weekend. He watched me drive off to be sure I didn't take another car as I was opposed to his goofy idea. I drove next door to the VW dealership and parked it out back and went inside to see my friend who managed the VW store and who gave me keys to a Scirocco for the weekend. On Monday I soon learned that my boss had discovered what I had done and I got hauled into his office. He laughed and confessed that he hadn't driven the Yugo that he had taken for the weekend much further than I had. We were still laughing when the Yugo rep came into the office to find that we were turning down the franchise...

Oh yeah --- if I were to start this hobby all over again I would not have started out with 1:18th and 1:24th scales which for the most part are all now packed away in the attic. Although the majority of my collection is in 1:64th scale I have many 1:43rds. There are many 1:43rd makes/models that aren't offered in 1:64th and vice-versa so I enjoy both. HT has helped me to focus better on specific areas of interest rather than attempting to buy one of each car ever made. Space and money are the key ingredients. If I had both then my collection would be of 1:1s and would rival Harrah's...:lol::lol::lol:

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On Monday I soon learned that my boss had discovered what I had done and I got hauled into his office. He laughed and confessed that he hadn't driven the Yugo that he had taken for the weekend much further than I had. We were still laughing when the Yugo rep came into the office to find that we were turning down the franchise...
Funny! That level of market foresight reminds me of the kind I had around the time Daewoo and Kia were entering the US market. I predicted that Kia would be considerably more successful than Daewoo through shear branding alone. But there was no doubt in my mind the Daewoos were junk after I visited a local mega dealer who had taken on the franchise, and noticed plastichrome chipping off the grill of the brand new floor model!
 

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Yugos are like Bic lighters...once they run out of gas, you just throw them away! Always hated working on them ( the Le Car is another one).
If its something I like, I'm not that concerned with scale. I have many makes of cars that I've collected in 3-4 different scales.
 
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