It is very easy to go down the road of collecting what ever takes your fancy, there is so much variety out there, be it new or pre owned. The danger of this approach as we all know is not only to our wallets but one of space or lack of it. My collection is small and one of the reasons for this is that I don't want models stored away out of site. An acquaintance of mine would not have flowers in his house because he felt they belonged in the great outdoors as nature intended and similarly I don't want models I cant look at. Of course you can rotate your models which is a good compromise but I can see that I will have to think about another cabinet soon as my two recent purchases have almost filled the cabinet. All of this leads me to a small confession as the largest part of my collection is motor sport models. Admiring the models recently it suddenly dawned on me that I had nothing related to Lewis Hamilton, arguably the most talented and successful F1 driver of recent times. Although this was, in part anyway, due to the price of these models I felt that Lewis had to be represented in my display. A Minichamps 1:43 scale car and a 1:5 scale helmet now sit proudly in my cabinet and my conscience is partially eased as I have convinced myself that these were a fathers day present.
Lots of good prices have been achieved at the recent Vectis auctions. Worthy of a special mention are Matchbox Regular Wheels 46a Morris Minor 1000 that sold for £3800, and 45a Vauxhall Victor which fetched £3400.
Two model announcements that caught my eye this month have different price points but are both super models. Ixo will produce a 1:18 scale version of the Classic Ford RS 1600 Mk1 Escort from the 1974 RAC Rally to sell at an affordable £69.99.
Matrix have announced several new models including a 1:43 scale 1990 Mini Cooper Limousine which will sell at £95.99.
Spark 1:5 resin model of the Lewis Hamilton Mercedes helmet as he wore to victory in the 2019 British Grand Prix.
Minichamps 1:43 diecast model of the #44 Mercedes W07 as driven by Lewis Hamilton in the 2016 Formula One season.
It would appear that Model Collector Magazine is no more. A shame, it was my favourite. I am not sure what that tells us about our hobby if anything but Diecast Collector and Collectors Gazette are still going and perhaps they will see an uplift in sales in the wake of Model Collectors demise.
If you like restoration projects ect click above to read this post by Maz Wooley on the Model Auto review web site about a Matchbox Supra Mk2 renovation.