Model Cars Posts

Wood or Zamac – only the very best for Hideo Shibahara

Wood or Zamac – only the very best for Hideo Shibahara
Written by
Hideaki Tanaka

Hideo Shibahara, a collector of vintage mini-auto-models and a craftsman of tin toy robots. Shibahara has been collecting antique and vintage mini-auto-models for over 60 years  – since he was a boy. In addition, since around 1990, he has been making handmade wooden model cars. All the works are nostalgic for Japanese people. His models […]

Yoshiki Segawa has been studying model cars for half a century and is still learning

Yoshiki Segawa has been studying model cars for half a century and is still learning
Written by
Hideaki Tanaka

For more than 50 years Yoshiki Segawa has been corresponding to collectors around the globe asking questions, trading models and slowly filling gaps in his collection.  Dinky Toys, Märklin, Tootisetoys from the 1930s onwards, he has 1,000s of them!  Besides that, he is the world record holder for owning most models of the Honda Monkey […]

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 […]

Introducing our 200,000th model car added to the database

Introducing our 200,000th model car added to the database

We were hoping for this to happen in 2021 and thanks to the current migration of the Brooklin Models Official Archive and many others, it did!  Here is our 200,000th model, the 1960 Facel Vega HK500 made by Pathfinder Models  – We used this opportunity for a State of the Nation review of Model Cars on […]

Author, Collector and Brooklin Models Expert Gianluigi Cappi Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Author, Collector and Brooklin Models Expert Gianluigi Cappi Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Gianluigi Cappi is a collector with a multitude of interests. None of them, however, are closer to his heart than his impressive collection of Brooklin Models. How vast is his Brooklin knowledge? Just ask Brooklin Models’ management team, who purchased one of Gianluigi’s early books to learn more about the history of their brand!  Or […]

5 Reasons why you should not buy Models of Old Cars

5 Reasons why you should not buy Models of Old Cars
Written by
Volodymyr Sorokolat

What car models do you collect? The ones you saw as a child, owned or dream of owning? Whatever your answer is, as a model maker and experienced collector, I must warn you: playing with these adult toys can be unpredictable and even dangerous, especially when it comes to models of the cars from the […]

Always wanted to know more about these mysterious Hong Kong plastic models

Always wanted to know more about these mysterious Hong Kong plastic models
Written by
Musings by Joschik

I owned two of these roughly HO-Scale trucks as a child (they transported my Airfix figures) and always wanted more about them  – They only said “E” and “Made in Hong Kong” under them.  I had not thought much about them until recently our Squad Coordinator Isaac came for a visit and as a first […]

YouTube Channels We Love: Diecast Models Edition

YouTube Channels We Love: Diecast Models Edition

Some people like to enjoy music on YouTube. Others prefer watching videos of cute animals. Us? We spend our time viewing our fellow collectors doing what they do best. We’re on a mission at hobbyDB to become the ultimate resource for diecast collectors worldwide. That includes the realm of YouTube, where we routinely turn to […]

Forgotten Ferraris: Ferrari Mythos Coupe

Forgotten Ferraris: Ferrari Mythos Coupe

Welcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This week, it’s the Mythos Coupe. A couple of weeks ago, we met the Ferrari Mythos – the Pininfarina-designed, Testarossa-based Barchetta show car. At the time, you’ll remember, we blogged […]

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