We are lucky here in Plymouth to have a diecast club and perhaps we have taken it for granted. Now that we are unable to meet up each month it makes you realised how much we enjoyed getting together for a cuppa and a chat and seeing and discussing the models brought along by members for the competition ect. As we have said before, clubs play an important part in our community and it is amazing how many different clubs there are in Plymouth.
Whilst there has understandably been a major slowdown in diecast releases of late there are signs that new models are starting to flow again. Companies are also continuing to announce future models in addition to what was announced at the toy fairs at the beginning of the year. It is amazing to see the number of 1:18 scale models and whilst many are at the top end of the price scale, I was delighted to see that Burago have announced a 1:18 scale Lamborghini Sian FKP37 and a Ferrari Monza SP1 at a very reasonable price of £44.99 and £49.99 respectively. Also Norev have announced a 1:18 scale 1981 Ford Fiesta XR2 at £69.99, brilliant. Talking of price I see in the March edition of Model Collector magazine the review of GT Spirit’s Chevrolet Corvette C3 in the large scale of 1:12. The magazine gave it 10/10 so an awesome model but then it should be for £264.99.
For those that are more into the pre owned models, and that would be most of our club members, the action has to be the online auctions like Vectis. There have been several online auctions at Vectis this week and I have watched them live as they happen on their web site. There was a lot of fierce bidding with most items I viewed exceeding their estimate price often by a considerable amount. Triang Spot On, William Britain figures and Dan Dare items were all fetching good prices. My favourite item was from the the Chris Freeman Meccano & Vintage Toy Collection. Lot 3269 consisted of a group of Dan Dare Guns and Vehicle - to include 2 x Lone Star diecast Cap Firing Space Guns, a Crescent (UK) plastic Atomic Jet Gun and a Corgi Dan Dare Futuristic vehicle.
This item had me on the edge of my seat as the bidding hotted up. The estimate price was a modest £40 - £50 but it was soon clear that there were two main contenders determined to secure the set. When the bidding finally ended it was sold for £2,100. Whow !