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Greets from California!

Post by protzenegger » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:46 pm

Hello everybody,

My name's Alex. Some of you might recognize my handle from DX (hey there!), and I'm here at Jeff's suggestion. I'm what one might call a "casual" collector, hailing from the sunny, but lately pretty rainy, SF Bay Area. Only have about 20 1:43 models. I try not to buy more than one per month (and keep the budget to 2-figure numbers), but sometimes the bug bites hard! And like dbonser said in another thread, you're all enablers so I know I'm not here for rehab :lol:

Been collecting on and off for a little over 20 years (since middle school), originally in 1:18, but for a multitude of reasons I've recently downsized and refocused. And it's only made the hobby more fun, as some of my 1:43s are in fact nicer than the 1:18s they were bought to replace! Besides the fact so many nice models can be had for well under $100 and sometimes even $50, I love how much more diverse the subject matter is to begin with.

I still keep a few precious 1:18s in the collection, and sadly I don't even have a place to display the 1:43s at the moment - everything's stacked & packed in a pretty small space - which is why I'm not posting any pics just yet :)

Anyway, my collection is basically sports cars. Some exotics, some concepts, and a few less flashy examples like a Mk III Supra and Volvo 850 T5-R. Got a couple of real treats on the way this week & gonna keep the rest a mystery until I'm able to photograph them properly. Eager to show them off when that does happen!
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by dbonser » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:59 pm

Welcome. As you already know, you've been warned about us. ;)

Which T5-R model do you have? Looking forward to the pics.

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Post by grinbergs » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:42 pm

Welcome Alex, sounds like your collection needs to get out on display. Anyway welcome to S143, the friendliest place for diecast collectors. :) :!:

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Post by LUW » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:50 pm

Welcome aboard, Alex! Image
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Post by protzenegger » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:00 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Douglas - My 850 is actually one of the big 'uns, an AUTOart 1:18 wagon. I've had it since before I got into 1:43, and it's definitely a keeper.

Was toying with the thought of maybe picking up a long-roof 1:43 850R from HPI, but that will open a veritable Pandora's box of collecting "super wagons" and I'm trying to be at least somewhat responsible with my spending over here :D
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Post by Jager » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:22 pm

Greetings Alex. We have surprisingly few collectors here from the West Coast of the US, so nice to have you join us. Will be interesting to see the size of your collection 12 months from now ;) .
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by Serafa » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:11 pm

Welcome to the forum, Alex! And welcome to the dark force of this hobby. 8-)

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Post by Tom » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:49 am

Welcome to S143!

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Post by David MG » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:19 am

Hi and welcome to S143.
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Post by scalainj » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:44 am

Welcome to the forum Alex
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by GBOAC002 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:34 am

Welcome to the world's best collectors of 1:43 forum. From two visits I've made to SF, shops selling 1:43 diecast are almost non-existent. I came back to the UK with a couple of real 'cheapies' and one of those - a yellow Hummer - was bought for 3 Dollars from a Hospital Gift Shop!

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Post by Tom » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:08 am

I was in SF around the turn of the century and couldn't find any diecast shops either. Great city, though.

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Post by Stu935 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:18 am

hi Alex, welcome to scale143. Looking forward to seeing what you've picked up lately, I already know one is yellow ;)

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Post by protzenegger » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:20 pm

Hi Stu! Yeah, pretty darn excited to get my first Make Up model - though now I definitely gotta put the brakes on collecting for a couple months so I can actually save up for that Miura I still want :mrgreen:
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by Alfaholic » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:07 pm

Welcome along Alex.
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Post by dcast » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:43 am

Hi and welcome :)

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:59 am

Hi Alex, glad to see you made it over here.
I am not sure what made me log into DX that day as it had been well over a year since my last visit but I am glad I did as it has brought you and Luc into our fold.
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:02 pm

Hello and welcome! ;)
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Post by cruisin101 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:19 am

Glad you joined us Alex! I'm a Californian too... and still thinking I need to brace that display cabinet to the wall before it's too late! :lol:
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Post by protzenegger » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:24 pm

Wall anchors are definitely priority #1 for when/if I find room for a display cabinet in this apartment! Meanwhile I dream of a dedicated room in my future house with some built-in shelves :geek: 8-)

I also need to figure out how to brace my 1:18s, since AUTOart bases tend to be unfit for a nice display. Seen folks on DX talk about using half-moon slices of glue gun stick as wheel chocks - seems like that would be the least conspicuous method. The friction would hopefully keep the sticks themselves from sliding, too.
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Post by cruisin101 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:20 am

protzenegger wrote:Wall anchors are definitely priority #1 for when/if I find room for a display cabinet in this apartment! Meanwhile I dream of a dedicated room in my future house with some built-in shelves :geek: 8-)

I also need to figure out how to brace my 1:18s, since AUTOart bases tend to be unfit for a nice display. Seen folks on DX talk about using half-moon slices of glue gun stick as wheel chocks - seems like that would be the least conspicuous method. The friction would hopefully keep the sticks themselves from sliding, too.
All good ideas. I like to keep things inside cabinets with doors that close. You can get earthquake latches for those too, though I have not done that. But doors keep the dust out too.
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by protzenegger » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:49 pm

Jager wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:22 pm
Greetings Alex. We have surprisingly few collectors here from the West Coast of the US, so nice to have you join us. Will be interesting to see the size of your collection 12 months from now ;) .
Hey Ian,

Seeing as it's now 12 months from the day I joined, thought I'd report back with the status of my collection 😁 Woulda been cooler to do this last Friday, but of course when the day came, I completely forgot - probably because most of the ones I bought this year were pre-orders and after taking care of 2017's wish list, my model purchasing has nearly ground to a halt.

1:18
Still just 10 of the 1:18s reside in the "permanent ownership" group (sold 15 from the overflow stash last year & still going)... Tempting as it sometimes is to get more, so far I've been able to resist.

1:43
This category now numbers 55 sports cars and 1 motorbike, with brands ranging from Aston Martin to Vector, in nearly every color imaginable except maybe shades of purple & turquoise. That's probably not too far off, though...

Brand Podium
By total # of models in both scales:
Porsche (11)
Lamborghini (6)
McLaren / Toyota / Mercedes - 3-way tie (4)

Wish List
1 pre-order, with 19 other models distributed between unicorns and future releases. This doesn't include a run of 1:18 Minichamps bikes I don't have space for. May upgrade a 1:18 AUTOart R34 from "overflow stash" to "permanent" if Make Up doesn't release their 1:43 in Midnight Purple.
"It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one's ability." -Bruce McLaren

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Re: Greets from California!

Post by seppuku » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:41 pm

Congrats on completing your freshman year on Scale143... :)

Im going on my 8th year here....If all goes as planned, will be getting my doctorate in 1/43 soon... :D :D
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Re: Greets from California!

Post by Jager » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:28 pm

Sounds like a good year Alex.
protzenegger wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:49 pm

Brand Podium
By total # of models in both scales:
Porsche (11)
Lamborghini (6)
McLaren / Toyota / Mercedes - 3-way tie (4)
What, no Ferrari's ???
protzenegger wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:49 pm

......in nearly every color imaginable except maybe shades of purple & turquoise. That's probably not too far off, though...
I'm thinking you need a little bit of Australiana in your collection. What about a purple Holden Efigy :

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