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If you collect a certain range or series of cars, do you just buy whatever make brings them out or do you try and complete the collection with the same make, ie. do you only collect SCX WRC cars or do you mix the makes so that you can get the complete set for a particular year?

Just wondered how far one should go to completing a set.
 

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I just buy the cars I like the look of, although if more than 1 manufacturer makes that model I'll compare them before deciding. To some extent I don't have any brand loyalty...only retailer loyalty!
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For me it's a case of....

"ooooo, shiney thing, must buy"

I don't collect a particular model or livery, mearly buy cars that have a certain "x-factor" and appeal to me. Likewise I'm not at all brand loyal and the only thing I try to do is have at least two cars which look like they should be racing together.

Fickle, thats me
 

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QUOTE (The Muffin Man @ 23 Jun 2004, 11:05)For me it's a case of....

"ooooo, shiney thing, must buy"

I don't collect a particular model or livery, mearly buy cars that have a certain "x-factor" and appeal to me. Likewise I'm not at all brand loyal and the only thing I try to do is have at least two cars which look like they should be racing together.

Fickle, thats me

Same here...

I just buy cars I like...
I don't see the fun of collections...
You end up with all the same cars...

Me and my friends buy most of the time cars of the same category:
each a Reprotec Abarth with different livery, Scalex Caterham, or for example I buy a Fly marcos from Belcar, an other one buys a fly Corvette from Belcar... Or Le Mans Viper and a Le Mans Vette...

So we allways have allmost the same weapons to fight eachother...
And that works for us... We have a variety of cars that are very racable and matchable... fun garantied...

Greetz

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I think the important thing is to be realistic and purchase what you want... don't buy anything your not satisfied with just to have 'a collection' or do it for financial gain. After all its supposed to be fun!

However, notwithstanding what I have just written, I must admit that I am being somewhat hypocritical as I am also a collector of die cast models and often get really stressed at the thought of missing out on part of a set. (but I know that I shouldn't, so ignore that last bit.)
 

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Any cars I add to my collection need to meet very strict criteria. First, they need to be sensibly colored. No wild graphics or tasteless colors. Second, they must have short front and rear overhangs as too much weight forward of the front axle or hindward of the rear axle adversely affects handling. Thirdly, and this is extremely important, the car must have very few parts that will break off when it deslots. Stuff like mirrors, wings et al are superfluous and only add up to debris in real world use. Lastly, the body must be sturdy. Nobody wants to watch bits of THEIR car raining down on the track after a major get off. Now watching somebody elses car do this is kind of fun


Above all you have to remember that these are just cheap plastic toy cars that some company executive put a serious price premium on simply to turn as big profit as possible.
 

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Wont think of never mind touch vauxhalls unless it's for out and out racing...

for keeps I go for Fords.. or lancia's

But then again everything I buy I will run at one point or another.

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All depends , for club racing I buy cars I like the look off (don't care if they
are RTR) and then tune them up.

For home/fun/friend racing I am a two of everything kinda guy (with different liverys) to ensure fun even racing can be had.
As for brand ? , doesn't matter find a lovely car - if they make it in two liverys then buy it !
 

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If I like the 1:1 and I'm not totally against the brand (current hates: Teamslot and Hornby) I'll be seriously tempted to buy the 1:32.

Also, if I have seen the 1:1 race I'm more likely to buy the model. Hell, I even bought a Fly Corvette on the strength of that theory.

Once upon a time I was trying to buy all the cars from the 1995 Le Mans grid but that has kinda tailed off - give us the JBA (I think, it was the silver one like Fly's silver Venturi) McLaren F1, Ninco!
 

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The cars that I buy to collect are Scalextric Sport GT40s, because a Scalextric GT40 was the car that got me interested in slotcars again. I decided on the Sport versions because I like the idea that not everybody has them...

Besides that I collect the Solberg Subarus. They are the only slotcars with a norwegian driver that I know of, so I'm getting all of them regardless of brand.

The other cars that I have are bought for several reasons, some because I like the looks of them or because they run well, others only to enter race classes at the local club.
 

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I wish I could afford to collect!
It's tough enough buying the cars and parts for racing and running!

But there must be a hint of collector in me because I don't necessarily buy the fast, trendy car. Rather, I buy the cars (a few anyway!) that I would probably collect if I was into that. If the car means something to me, then it ends up on my "want" list. Yes, it will likely get trashed at some point or at least end up with some battle scars, but I expect it.

Shelf cars? Nahh....
 

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i dont see the point in collecting a whole set of cars, probbably coz i dont have a lot of money....
i buy cars because i like the car in real life, or (in the case of the ninco m3) because they have something completely different (mechanicaly) e.g anglewinder or cog 4wd or something like that. or i just see and think QUOTE "ooooo, shiney thing, must buy"
 

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I guess I'd have to say I use the "Noah's Ark" approach in my purchases...I get a car I truly like and if it can be made to perform well, then I have to get it's running mate...thankfully I only have a 2-lane track
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QUOTE (Fergy @ 23 Jun 2004, 17:57)I wish I could afford to collect!
It's tough enough buying the cars and parts for racing and running!
Agreed!

Whoever said 'cheap toy cars' must be daft!

Apart from cars for club racing which get mangled, I buy cars as 'semi-colectables0 which I waill race at home but not at the club. I dont want them ruined but at the same timeif they were sitting in a box I may aswell buy diecast - cheaper and more detailed.

For these I'll buy things in pairs, for instance I'm after a Capri to go with my new Toyota. And here comes the difference - I dont care what my racing cars look like, because they wont for long. But My home cars need to look good - Liveries are important.

Performance doesnt sway me much for home cars, as long as the 'pair' is fairly equal I'm happy to tune them a bit to get em going properly.

Ah well, still a NASCAR and a Fly Classic needed for the club before I build my home cars up, and I could do with something that isnt my M3 for GT aswell......
 

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My theme's have changed over the years depending on the manufacturer's and the cars that are produced. I think now I have found a happy medium. My main collecting theme is now Fly (but only race livered cars, so long as they're GT cars) and Ferrari's. I have been collecting (If I can afford them) the Racer Ferrari's and I have all the Spirit Ferrari 512M's.

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Brand loyalty as far as classic slot cars, most definately.

I collect old Scalextric cars from the seventies and a few from the sixties (if lucky), I like buying cars for restoration projects too (any make mainly old Scalextric though).

For current day cars, it used to be Fly but got so peed off purchasing cars with tampo glitches (I have a thing about paint flaws) recently started cutting down on the volume of Fly cars purchased.

I am now limiting myself to purchasing cars which are genuinely liked and desired rather than purchased for the sake of collecting. For example, collecting every car in a series even if it includes horrible liveries - I started falling into that trap with the recent Fly GT40. The Fly Catalogue GT40 put paid to that idea, silly money for one car.

Currently just purchasing cars for genuine wants rather than collection purposes, regardless of brand.


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