Friday,22 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1352, (13 - 19 July 2017)
Friday,22 February, 2019
Issue 1352, (13 - 19 July 2017)

Ahram Weekly

So special

Special and expensive, diecast model cars have been improving in parallel with manufacturing technologies, reports Mohamed Abdel-Razek

Like watch collectors and cigar aficionados, there are model car collectors who adore the skills put into a car model. But what differentiates a toy static car from a model static car? First of all, toys are the beginning of everything and models are their natural extension.

Not all toy or model cars are made from the type of metal called diecast. There is also resin which doesn’t usually feature moving parts. The revolution of building toy cars switched from relying primarily on wood to diecast in the early 20th century, mainly in the UK and the US.

In the 1980s, the Chinese entered the industry strongly, making it difficult for many British companies to cope. By the early 1990s companies like Corgi left their manufacturing plant in Swansea and moved their manufacturing to China. It was the start of a new era. Expanding the market was one of the main reasons for selling toys to all ages and generations. For that to happen, more skill and effort had to be put to promote a toy car to a model car.

Bugatti 57SC

The details, the size, the number of parts assembled, moving parts, the materials used and the number of units produced, all determine the value of the model as well as its price. According to the previous features, the price varies. Some model car manufacturers just concentrate on the main features of the real car from the outside and the inside, but never give much effort and attention to details and the materials used in the car like the Italian brand Burago.

True to detail engine bay model by cmc

Other model car manufacturers, including Exoto, CMC, Autoart and Amalgam, one of the most expensive model car manufacturers, produce typical limited edition replicas of the actual cars, even using the same materials used in the real car except for the body material. Exoto, for example, says it uses real car paint on their models. CMC pays attention to details to the extent that they use fabric, leather, gauges and floor mats in the interior of their models with all the opening parts of the exterior, with detailed engine and trunk bay. This has turned toy cars to valuable collectables that could be proudly displayed in your home and inherited by future generations.

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