scale models

YOU’RE SMART! CAN YOU REALLY MAKE $$ IN DIECAST SCALE MODELS?

YOU’RE SMART! CAN YOU REALLY MAKE $$ IN DIECAST SCALE MODELS?

Every serious collector of diecast and scale model cars I’ve ever enjoyed meeting knew that collecting did not hold out much if any promise of return on investment. You collected because you loved to collect the models. You had a better chance of making money investing quarters in a parking meter.

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HOW FRANKLIN MINT ROCKED SCALE MODEL COLLECTORS WITH FICTITIOUS MODEL

HOW FRANKLIN MINT ROCKED SCALE MODEL COLLECTORS WITH FICTITIOUS MODEL

In 1998, 1:24 scale model collectors who were big fans of Franklin Mint got a surprise.  A model was coming out that had an amazing story associated with it.  Given the erudition of  these collectors, surprising that none had heard of the subject car.

The provenance of the car was enthralling, and so was the car’s design…

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OBSESSION ALERT! BRITS HAVE BEEN BUSY BUILDING INSANELY GREAT SCALE MODELS

OBSESSION ALERT! BRITS HAVE BEEN BUSY BUILDING INSANELY GREAT SCALE MODELS

You haven’t seen this guy for years. You walk into his den and on some table is a 2 foot exact replica of a LaFerrari.

You step over the snoring tattooed lady for a closer look…

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IT TOOK A BIG MIND TO MAKE HERB JORDAN’S SMALL WORLD

IT TOOK A BIG MIND TO MAKE HERB JORDAN’S SMALL WORLD

Herb Jordan had a hobby that will expand your mind. He made scale replicas of famous Porsche engines. No wonder in that, I guess.

Except his scale replicas run like a real engine

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HERE IS HOW A SHELBY COBRA IS MADE WITH A 3D PRINTER

HERE IS HOW A SHELBY COBRA IS MADE WITH A 3D PRINTER

I still remember mimeograph machines.  Seriously. So it is with particular wonder we witness the 3-D printing of a Shelby Cobra.

It’s happening now, not the future…

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