Mini Auto Club of Japan Posts

Takanobu Ochiai’s Collection is a Trip Back into Early Diecast History

Takanobu Ochiai’s Collection is a Trip Back into Early Diecast History
Written by
Hideaki Tanaka

One of our members, Takanobu Ochiai, had one of the best starts in life, an uncle that gave him what are today very rare Japanese models when he was a very young boy!  And he has been collecting mini-auto-models ever since, for nearly half a century. He owns thousands of rare vintage models, including British […]

An introduction to Japanese Model Cars and the Mini Auto Club of Japan

An introduction to Japanese Model Cars and the Mini Auto Club of Japan
Written by
Hideaki Tanaka

Model Cars in Japan Before introducing the MACJ, I would like to touch on the Japanese metal die-cast mini-auto-model industry. In October 1959, the first full-scale model in Japan was released by ASAHI-TOYS in downtown Tokyo. It was a 1/42 scale with the brand name “MODEL PET” under the trademark “ATC”, and its No. 1 […]

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