Lego Meeting at our office

We had another meeting of COWLUG, the Colorado and Wyoming Lego User Group at our office and like always it was real fun!

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To see more images go to the COWLUG site.

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hobbyDB Advisory Board Adds Firepower with Steve Arlin

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Our latest Advisory Board member is packing significant heat (in toy form, that is)! Steve Arlin has one of the largest collections of toy guns, holsters and western toys in the world. Having written widely on the subject, and owning an additional toy ray gun collection, his expertise made him a perfect addition to the hobbyDB Advisory Board and we’re very pleased to welcome him to it!

Here are our other 52 Advisers and here are our new emerging sections for Toy Guns and for Toy Gun Holsters.

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hobbyDB hits Vega$ for the 2015 SuperToyCon

We’ve just got back from our first SuperToyCon at Circus Circus in fabulous Las Vegas. We had an awesome time and met lots of great people including (but not limited to) Larry Wood from Hot Wheels, M2‘s Sean Taylor, Jada‘s Darryl Li, Tom Zahorsky from Tomy/JL, Anita Smith of ChiCkLUu’s Fabulous Redlines, designer Luis Tanahara, Johnny Jimenez from the Las Vegas Toy Shack, Dean and Josh from the Cars The Movie forum, organizer JC and of course, Andy Goodman who came on board here with ModelPackRat earlier in the year.

Oh yeah, and we also saw The Batmobile….

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Fabio Di Pane Masi, the Original Diecastlover, joins hobbyDB 

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The hobbyDB family keeps getting bigger with the addition of Fabio Di Pane Masi. Some of you may remember him as the founder of Diecastlovers, an Italian based website of many different brands of diecast cars.   

For Fabio it all began in 2009 as a catalog of his own models, in particular his favorite brand Majorette.  In mid 2010 it became open for others to add their own collections and information.  Soon there were over 500 users and Fabio spend a lot of time making his site more user-friendly.  Later he introduced a Content Management System (WordPress, the same as used by this blog).  In 2014 the site had over 33,000 collectibles from more than 1,200 users with around 1,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter.  A Marriage was followed by a daughter and suddenly it became much harder to realize all of Fabio’s ideas for Diecastlovers.  This is when Andrew, Christian and Fabio discussed working together and as a consequence Fabio is now not only contributing his expertise in Majorette and Siku but also his knowledge of the real cars of Italy (such as Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat). He spend the last week with us here in Boulder, Colorado meeting everyone, assisting us with the transitions and even doing a shopping trip for Hot Wheels at a local Target and we have now migrated all data from Diecastlovers to hobbyDB.

Diecastlovers included some very unique collection management features, many of which we are going to incorporate into our site. By joining forces with Fabio, hobbyDB continues to grow into the biggest and best database of diecast vehicles on the web.

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Christian Braun

It's great to have you on board!

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The Forgotten Mustang

Mustang fans across the world celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with one slight problem…

They were 2 years late.

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Mustang I Concept

The first production Mustang rolled off the lines on March 9th, 1964, but 3 years prior Lee Iocacca and a committee of Ford Managers were looking for an answer to GM’s successful Corvair Monza. That answer came in the form of John Najjar Ferzely and Phil Clark’s “Allegro” project tasked with building a concept for the “Cougar”. History, of course, would remember this by the name later inspired by Clark’s cross-country drive where he encountered the living version of the car’s namesake in Nevada.

Ford’s design vice-president Eugene Bordinat was looking for a newsworthy “bell-ringer” for Fords new-model press release in the fall of 1961 when he discovered the Mustang I design. He gave engineer Roy Lunn (Aston Martin DB2, Jeep Cherokee, Boss 429 etc.) the task of taking the car from a designer’s dream to a drive-able machine in just 60 days. Roy was up to the challenge, and the press was delighted with a preview of Dearborn’s first true sports car later that year.

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Automodello 1962 Mustang I with COA signed by Dan Gurney

The public got their first glance of the Mustang I on October 7, 1962, when it made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. The iconic test driver and contemporary Formula One racer, Dan Gurney, lapped the track in a demonstration. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.

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Hot Wheels Mustang Concept I

 

After an extensive tour with a heavy focus on college campuses, it was decided that the impractical design and expensive price tag of the Mustang I was unlikely to do well with the younger demographic of emerging baby boomers. It was housed in a basement and forgotten about until 1967 when Ford executives Morris Carter and Frank Theyleg discovered its remains and sent it to the Scientific Research Garage to be restored. It became an official part of the Ford Museum collection in 1982.

 

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Mustang I Design Sheet

Although it may not garner as much attention as its production descendants, the Mustang I was the catalyst to the car we know and love today. I hope you’ll join us in documenting its collectibles and wishing the father of all Mustangs a very happy 53rd birthday!

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