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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:48 am

The crown jewel in my collection is this 1/8 scale Austin Healey 100 by the Healey Toy Factory. It is an exact replica of the AH 100 I restored and owned for over 20 years. Ironically, the model cost me more than what I originally paid for the car.

Like the real car, the model was made in England.
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Complete replica down to the grill badge and key fob!
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Yours truly in 1984 with the 1/1 car. I always drove it with the windscreen down in this position.
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Post by Tom » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:54 am

Wow, that is amazing! Can you shoot a few more detail pics, for instance the interior?

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Post by LUW » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:57 am

Holy mercaptans! Awesome!
Do you still have them?
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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:32 pm

LUW wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:57 am
Holy mercaptans! Awesome!
Do you still have them?
Thanks! I still have the model, but the car was sold in 1998. One of the hardest things I ever did car related.
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Wow, that is amazing! Can you shoot a few more detail pics, for instance the interior?
I will try and do that.
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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:36 pm

Here is a shot of the interior. The car was painted in the same lobelia blue over white color scheme as the factory race cars (100S) at Sebring in 1955. The interior was finished in the same color blue leather and trim fabric, finished with white wire wheels. I have included a shot of a 1/43 Corgi I modified for scale (no pun intended.)
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Post by Tom » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:44 pm

:shock: :shock:

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Post by GarageOnAWall » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:12 pm

Now that really IS a 'Big Healey'! What a treat to have Jerry share this and all of his other British car knowledge and experiences 8-)
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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:22 pm

While I wish I had the space for more 1/18th or now with more 1/12th coming on the market, but that reality keeps me from adding too many large scale models; which is probably good for me economically. I do have some favorites, among them the Maserati 8CTF Wilbur Shaw won with at Indy in 1939 and 1940.

1939 Indy Winning Maserati 8CTF by Replicarz 1/18
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Ascari looks on in envy... :D
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Post by Tom » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:33 pm

That is beautiful. I used to have hundreds of 1:18s but I traded for 1:43s. I love those large models but they're impossible to display here...

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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:26 pm

Tom wrote:
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That is beautiful. I used to have hundreds of 1:18s but I traded for 1:43s. I love those large models but they're impossible to display here...
I fully understand that Tom, I have to really limit myself to how many 1/18 I buy and own. I am actually reducing my collection space as I build a new shop/studio, which is forcing many decisions on what stays in the collection and what will go.
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Post by Alfaholic » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:15 pm

The detail on that Maserati is exceptional and the paint looks so deep you could fall into it!

Strictly 1:43 for me - cost and space requirements dictate that.
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Post by LUW » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:02 pm

Looking at these cars from pics I remember very well why I liked them so much. The engine detail on the high-end models was something that made my heart race. But at the same time I remember the hassle too, like size, price, fragility and "unavailability" (honestly, the effort that it took to safely open up a CMC or Exoto made me open them up very rarely).

So looking at my 1:43 displays I see I'm very happy with them and was right in quitting 1:18. Heck, for what it's worth, I should have done it sooner and started with 1:43 earlier.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:59 am

Having always collected 1/43, I enjoy having some larger scale models in my collection for the subject, size and detail. I have a couple of racing theme 1/18 displays in my office, which have often been good conversation starters. Now that my office is at home, I don't have as many conversations to start, but still enjoy having them around to gaze at from time to time. Seems to help my thinking. :D

Here they are, I'm sure you know the subjects:

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Post by Tom » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:56 am

Oh wow, that Ferrari transporter! :o

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Post by David MG » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:22 am

Tom wrote:
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Oh wow, that Ferrari transporter! :o
A show stopper and large centre piece too.
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Post by JSB33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:32 am

lots and lots to like here, especially the 3 different sizes of Healey.
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Post by Paulius43 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:47 am

Drools all around the place.. Love the Ferrari transporter (the Merc is cool too, I got my 1/43 CMC and I'm happy with that :lol: )
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Post by oldirish33 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:14 pm

My favortite Ferrari Prototypes are the 250P, 275P and 330P cars from the mid-60's. I think the fact that I had a slot car of the 1963 Le Mans winner back in the day was a strong influence. They eventually lost favor to the Chaparral 2C, but that is another story. Anyway, I couldn't resist adding the 1963 Le Mans car in 1/18 by TSM to my collection when it became available.

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Post by Jager » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:51 pm

There is no doubt there are some great models in 1:18 and with unlimited space and money I'd love to replace my 1:43 collection of transporters with their 1:18th equivalents. However I have little doubt if I went down that track I'b be divorced and bankrupt, so I stay within the confines of 1:43 where there is still some harmony in the house (only just at times) :D .
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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:07 pm

I have the Gulf/Porsche Mercedes transporter in 1/18. It literally is too big to display. I will need to take it out of its box in the closet and snap some photos.
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Post by JSB33 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:32 am

The Ferrari sure makes a good case for buying a 1:18, Jerry.

While I am firmly in the 1:43 camp, there is no denying the visual impact of a 1:18 or better yet, an entire collection of them. But unless vast riches fall from the sky that is not going to happen. That said I did purchase my first 1:18 in years last week.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:17 pm

For grins, I took the Schuco Mercedes Gulf/Porsche transporter out to play with this afternoon. Until I get my new shop/studio built, I dont have a place to display it and maybe not even then. For scale, I put a Spark 1/43 transporter in front of it, as well as a ruler so you can see its long! You can fit two 1/18 Porsche 917's inside. The only justification for buying it was it was on sale.

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Post by Jager » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:25 pm

Fantastic Jerry. I recall seeing one of these displayed with the matching cars at the offices of CK Model. It was very impressive, but seems like its better suited to a museum than a house.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:10 pm

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Fantastic Jerry. I recall seeing one of these displayed with the matching cars at the offices of CK Model. It was very impressive, but seems like its better suited to a museum than a house.
Before we moved house a bit over a year ago, I had it in a large display case together with the 917's I have in that scale and figures in my "racing room". We downsized two bedrooms and I am in the process of getting a shop building built to house my collection and 1/1 cars. Not sure I am going to have, or want to make space again for this big piece. I am thinking the Billy cabinets from Ikea like what you have may be the way to go for my office/studio. I have large acrylic cases that hang on the wall for other parts of the shop.

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