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Collectible Die Cast Model Trucks

Aug 21, 2008
Have you thought about starting a collection of model trucks and don't know quite which ones to go with? Die cast trucks can make a good choice. With many different scales available you should first choose which size it is that you want. This can have a good deal to do with the amount of space you have to devote to your collection. With 1:64 scale trucks you can easily assembly a very large gathering. It is also very easy to build a diorama that can accommodate all your trucks without taking up too much room. If you would rather go for larger trucks then you might consider a 1:24 scale or thereabouts. You cannot build quite as involved a diorama as with the smaller scale trucks but they do make for some interesting small scale scenes. You can also add more detail to these than you can with the smaller scale dioramas.

Currently the large scale model trucks seem to be the most popular ones with the serious collectors. With the amount of detail that is available with this size model truck collectors seem to be snapping them up left and right. Some of the details available include working steering columns, functional suspension systems, and detailed exhaust systems. As you go smaller in scale you lose more detail. One step down and you may lose the functional steering. Another step may see the loss of working doors and tailgates. The smallest may only have working wheels.

Back in the thirties a company named Dinky Toys began the push to create die cast models. They started production in 1934 and most were only 1:43 scale. Matchbox came into being in the mid fifties. Their vehicles were mostly 1:64 in scale. Due to manufacturing shortcomings of the day most of these had no working parts at all. With advancements in manufacturing came the improvement of models. Soon manufacturers were able to produce these die cast model trucks at a decent pace. Many began to include working parts soon after.

One way that you might choose to collect die cast trucks is by joining a model truck club. With many available to join there is no shortage of choices. It doesn't matter if you live in the United States, the UK or abroad, there are many of these clubs out there. Many of these clubs offer different benefits. They may be organized by the particular automakers model. These clubs are also excellent sources of information. If you have questions on where to find a certain model truck you have been looking for. The one thing you must know before you decide to join is exactly what scale of model you are wanting to collect. Once you know this then you will be able to pick a club that caters to that particular scale model. All you will have to do then is to apply for membership and begin building your die cast truck collection. Now that you have some ideas for where to begin, happy collecting!
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model cars, model trains, and die cast model trucks.
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