The Diecast Hall of Fame To Donate All Net Proceeds to Charity

The Diecast Hall of Fame and There With Care have some incredible news, and we need your help getting the word out! 

From the Diecast Hall of Fame –

Here at the Diecast Hall of Fame, we know it’s the community which makes this hobby special. The amazing contributions of past and future inductees and the community as a whole are what continue to propel the diecast industry forward and make a positive difference in the world.

When hobbyDB and  a coalition of diecast collectors and enthusiasts started to manage the Diecast Hall of Fame, we were thrilled to be able to honor the people and model vehicles which make collecting such a special hobby. But we were also excited by the opportunity to give back and make a positive impact and – since we all fell in love with collecting when we were in single digits – we thought the best way to do that would be by finding a children’s charity to donate to!

As such, we have decided to donate all of the net proceeds from this year’s Diecast Hall of Fame event in November to There With Care.

Like hobbyDB, There With Care is Boulder based and an organization which is near and dear to our hearts. Its mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.


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Executive Director of There With Care Paula DuPre’ Pesmen was very excited to partner with the Diecast Hall of Fame – “There With Care is honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Diecast Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas on November 2, 2017.  There With Care provides day-to-day support to children and families facing critical illness and the team behind the Diecast Hall of Fame understands the needs of the families we serve. Through their generous support and partnership in care, we will be able to ease the stresses for families when they need it most and give them more time to be with their children during a fragile time in their lives.”

The meaningful support There With Care provides is unique to each family and includes transportation services, meal and grocery services, home maintenance and more.

Diecast Hall of Fame Chairman, Christian Braun stated “it’s absolutely fantastic that we found a way to make a local impact in the lives of children. As a father myself, I understand the importance of having extra support when help is needed. We are very proud to support There With Care and hope our donation can help their team continue to make a wonderful difference in the lives of the families that they care for.”

You can find out more about There With Care by visiting their website –

Join us in supporting this awesome cause by purchasing your Diecast Hall of Fame Ticket here.

As a reminder, the event is taking place on Thursday, November 2nd in Las Vegas to celebrate the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees. Each ticket will include one M2 Machines Factory Issued Promotional event car. You’ll also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink ticket (21 and over only). Limited Space Available – Buy your tickets today and give back to the community!

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hobbyDB Discounts 6 stores, 3 days – Ready Set Go!

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It’s that time of year to enjoy big discounts on collectibles! Six of our awesome stores are giving you great deals on a ton of items. These sellers have everything from models and posters to books and magazines. Sale lasts until Monday evening at 11:59pm ET.

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If you’re interested in selling on hobbyDB, just let us know.

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Bbig News: Bburago Adds Official Archive to hobbyDB

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Bburago, the maker of fine diecast models in several scales, is the latest company to host their Official Archive on hobbyDB. With over 40 years of production to document, this will be one of the bbiggest… er, biggest archives on the site. As pioneers of 1/18 scale models, they occupy an important spot in the diecast community.
martoys logoFirst, let’s clear up the mystery around the name of the company. It is indeed spelled with a “Bb” up front. In 1974 the Besana brothers, 
Mario, Ugo, and Martino, who had earlier started Mebetoys, founded a new company in Burago, Italy. Martoys, as they called it at the time, focused on 1/24, at a time when most European model cars makers were making smaller 1/43 scale models. After a couple years in bbusiness… sorry, business, they changed the name to reflect the name of the town and also their last initial… hence the double “B.”

bburago mercedesSales took off quickly for the new brand, as there were not a lot of affordably priced models in the larger scales. The fact that some of their models were offered as kits widened their appeal as well. Bburago became a trailblazer in the late 1970s when they introduced  1/18 scale models to the mix (as well as some simpler 1/43 offerings) and it is for these well-detailed but affordable large-scale models of exotic and performance cars. Early 1/18 Bburago models focused on European cars from the 1930’s, including Alfa Romeos, Bugattis and Mercedes. As they expanded their offerings, they started making models of newer cars of the ’50s and ’60s, followed by modern performance cars, including Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

bburago bugattiMany of the very early cars from the Bburago brand were produced in small numbers and prized highly in collectors markets, such as this Lancia model.

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You may have noticed Bburago often offers the same car in several scales (1/18, 1/24/ and 1/43), sometimes even in the same colors. Not only is that cost effective from a design standpoint, but it’s fun for collectors. An adult could get the delicately detailed larger model of, say, a Lamborghini Diablo, while the kids could play with a more rugged, less expensive model of the same car in a smaller scale.

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Unfortunately, making models in Italy became more and more expensive as time went on. This expense, combined with the decision by Ferrari to award an exclusive model-making license to Mattel (which meant Bburago had to immediately stop making all of their Ferrari models), led to the company’s acquisition in 2005 by the Hong Kong-based May Cheong Group, owners of the similar Maisto brand. Under new parentage, Bburago continued to make many of its previous models and has introduced many new ones – including  new Ferrari cars now that Ferrari has ended their Mattel-exclusive deal.

And speaking of Maisto, if you’re a fan of that brand, we have more exciting news… hobbyDB is also working on an Official Archive for that brand as well. A special thanks goes to Charles Hepperle, formerly of Bburago, as well as Rick Berman and Jose Uriarte of Maisto, who provided a colossal amount of information and work on this archive and the upcoming Maisto project.

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Congratulations to both of you!

I think you got carried away WITH ALL THE B'S and started adding in extra 1's also! :-)

"in several scales (1/18, 1/124/ and 1/143), "

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Keesie25’s Custom Corgi Models Will Make You Look Twice

corgi budget batmobileIf you do a search for “Corgi Batmobile” on hobbyDB, you will find several variants of their model of the 1960s TV car as well as many versions that appeared in comic books. In addition to the Barris car however, you will find an oddity called “Budget Batmobile.”

keesie25 corgiAt first glance, it looks like it could have been a model you somehow never heard of. It looks plausible, and it has a box… but nope, it’s custom. Welcome to the world of Keesie25 (online, he goes only by that nickname). He’s a collector and customizer who lives in a small village in the Netherlands. He takes broken, beat up models, mostly 1/43 scale, and turns them into all kinds of creations.

“I remember going to the toy store with my dad one day, nose flat against the shop window, and I could not decide which one to choose,” he recalls. He chose the 1130 Chipperfields Horse Transporter.

His interest in Custom Corgi Models started with an eye on budget collecting. “I wanted to have the complete collection and did not want to spend too much money on it, so I started to restore,” he said. “Now I don’t need to choose anymore, as I have all I wanted. Every time I restore a model, I compare it to the one in my collection, and sometimes I swap them around. I buy and get worn out and crap models, because everyone knows I’m into old Corgis, 1:43 scale.”

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Many of Keesie’s models are restorations to original specs and colors.

“I want to restore with better materials than original, so I replace plastic with stainless steel. I mainly use throw-away materials, When you open an old VHS videocassette, you’ll be surprised what is in there that you can use. I only buy new rubber tires nowadays.”

He has a knack for fixing and repurposing other things as well. “I am a member of the ‘repaircafe’, where people come in with al sorts of broken things,” he said. “That could be household stuff, but also old toys.”

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Spoiler alert! There’s a tiny airplane hidden behind a fake horse’s rear end in that trailer.

Many of Keesie’s models are restorations to original spec. Some of them are modified for different color and wheel combinations, such as his Mercedes-Benz 300SL  models. And then there are wild custom creations such as the afore mentioned Batmobile or the Beatles’ Cadillac ambulance. In addition to the models themselves, he spends a great deal of time creating realistic boxes, some of them including full diorama display panels and instructions. His James Bond Octopussy set includes a horse trailer with a faux equine behind (this will make sense if you seen the movie.)

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The packaging for his Beatles Mobile includes instructions and a sticker!

So what is Keesie’s next project?” There is no real plan,” he admits. “In general, I open models and store all parts. The metal goes into a separate box, and once or twice a year I sandblast 100 or more parts in one go. Then I spray everything in primer, From then on I pick out the ones I want to work on. In between customers come around now and then with their own models they want me to do.”

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Keesie designs realistic boxes for his custom models.

That’s right, he takes requests. “When a buyer has a specific wish I will do it. First we talk about what the buyer wants, and I state a price. When I work on the model, I take pictures of the process, so the buyer knows what to expect.” A complicated model there will sometimes require small additions in between, for which there is usually no extra charge.

Check out his Official Archive on hobbyDB, where he’ll be posting new creations including models for sale.

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Great story and everything I read is so true. Keesie is a true master and Corgi specialist. Lucky for me I live relatively close by, so a visit in the near future is for sure

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Sneak Preview of Redlines to Treasure Hunts

The hobbyDB team is pleased to welcome Dan Hornberger back to our blog with his latest update on his documentary film project “Redlines to Treasure Hunts”. “Redlines to Treasure Hunts” is a full-length documentary on the history and collecting world of Hot Wheels. Dan currently has a GoFundMe to get completion costs for the film and is hoping to have it finished by early 2018.

danA Guest Blog Post by Dan Hornberger


It’s May 1st, only a few weeks after the sneak preview of Redlines to Treasure Hunts at the Collectors’ Convention in Pittsburgh. During the convention’s auction, I was thrilled when the winning bid for the film’s poster was $275, which goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network…tremendous! AND it was purchased by Megan Warneke and Nathaniel Long, two people who appear in the film!

I was very pleased with how the film was received by the individuals who attended the sneak preview. Initially, I had planned on inviting about 25 people; however, after talking it over with Roy Friend and Mike Barnes, we decided to combine two events and we ended up having 70+ in attendance. With the help of a few other very kind individuals, we pulled off quite an event with pizza, the film and a lot of really cool giveaways.

One of the coolest things that can happen to a filmmaker is to have the audience react in an anticipated way. The Pittsburgh audience laughed when I hoped they would, and they were silent at the touching moments…and that filled me with an incredible amount of happiness. It made the 2+ years of production worth it. Receiving handshakes from people like Larry Wood, Brendon Vetuskey, Jimmy Liu, Mike Zarnock, and Bruce Pascal certainly added to the experience.

Pictured: Dan Hornberger, Mike Barnes, Roy Friend, & Brian Klyn

Pictured: Dan Hornberger, Mike Barnes, Roy Friend, & Brian Klyn

I’ve been hard at work making all of the final adjustments to the film (i.e., font changes, tighter edits, volume levels). This week, I’ll upload the final film to Distribber, the company that will represent the film to Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Netflix will preview the film and determine if it’s worthy, and then they’ll make me an offer for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years. iTunes and Amazon will, most likely, include the film in their libraries. This whole process will take 6-8 weeks. Therefore, I’m hoping for a July release.

In the meantime, I’ll work on developing the DVD including any additional footage and packaging options (I’m thinking a special custom would be very cool!). They might be available as early as mid-June.

Finally, I plan on having a few theatrical screenings. Of course, I must have one in my hometown (Reading, PA), and that will take place at either The GoogleWorks or the Reading R/C Imax Theater. If a few things fall into place, I’d like to have a screening at The Colonial Theater (Phoenixville, PA), the same theater that hosts the annual BlobFest!

I’d like to thank the folks at hobbyDB for allowing me to post these updates. When I hear back from Distribber, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Dan Hornberger

This is the second in a series of updates from Dan Hornberger. To learn more about this project, read his first guest post – Redlines to Treasure Hunts: A Labor of Love

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Roy Lee Friend Jr

I was honored with the opportunity to watch this great movie

Excellent job Dan

Make sure you get a copy, when it becomes available

It is well worth it

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