Musings By Joschik
Christian is one of the founders of the hobbyDB project and his musings share some of his collecting experience.
I just returned from the 30th Hot Wheels Annual Collectors Convention and started to unpack. Besides a lot of Hot Wheels models, some other cars (some Matchbox and 4 Majorettes) I also ended up with 3 RAOKs.
Collectors prepare these and then give it to others – some make them for children that are running around in the hotel and other produce them in the middle of an interesting conversation. It’s one of the things that make a difference to European events which are much more focused on the business of buying and selling stuff.
The first one I got from Kirk at KMJ Diecast who maintains a well stocked store on hobbyDB. He probably produces the most of these RAOKs as every child in the hotel had at least one! Kirk gets his dyed by a friend, Karl Klouzer and they are all one-offs.
The next one I received was from Scot Orloff, a member of hobbyDB who goes under the name of Loaf and has made Teslas. They are nicely decaled with (what else would you expect) Loaf decals.
The last one I was given was during a conversation with Albert who makes some amazing customs under the Kool51 insignia. I just had commented on how I liked his Hawaiian themed VW Kombi custom when he said “here is your RAOK”. I have of course added the Kool Tiki Kombi to hobbyDB.
Now I have to brush up my customizing skills before going to the next convention!