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01.12.16: Please be sure to look at our 1:18 dream Dueces from GMP Diecast here!

My Marklin trains in Germany may have been the wellspring of my affection for intricately detailed toys. But, I have loved scale model automobiles in particular since my first plastic AMC kits in the early '60s when I was a student in High School. It wasn't long before I had hot rod magazine subscriptions and was spending as much time as I could manage laying on my back underneath my family's Oldsmobile, trying to figure out what was what and what it did. In university I came to include sports cars and European racing. Then I met my first up close Model A. In short, I love cars but like most people I can't afford to own all the marques I would love to have in a much larger museum than mine. For me, the perfect solution has been collecting diecast metal vehicles. The 1:18 collection is as large as I can manage so not everything I'd like to have in that scale is possible. Even so, now and then I squeeze in new ones.

There are two photos here, one a model car kit and one a 1:18 diecast of my favorite rod. I have especially warm affection for the AMT kit, which I first built back in 1963 when I was just a kid in high school who had a true passion for hot rods. I couldn't get any closer at the time, but when my issue of Hot Rod magazine showed up, or Rod & Custom, I could fantasize that I, too, was a hot rod guy. The second is a 1:18 scale flat black diecast full-fendered '32 Ford roadster with fuel tank mounted out front of the radiator and wearing wide whitewalls and red steel wheels with chromed baby Moons and beauty rings. The windshield frame has been chopped, the louvered hood folds to the center, and that beautiful deuce radiator shell pulls the front of the car together. There is some undercarriage suspension chrome but not too much. Under the hood is a hot flathead motor and, well, what can I say? It's a Highboy roadster.
A deluxe '31 Ford rumble seat roadster in dark blue with black fenders, dual sidemounts, and straw wheels.

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