I love the details in the models and the wet paint. I love coming home from work and just standing in front of my cabinets staring at my models and trying to find something new about them. I also love the history behind the cars, especially the old Formula 1, LeMans, Group C cars etc..then telling my friends about it and such. Cool topic and seeing what everyone else says.
- Finding a model that is really good bang for your buck - the Bburago Signature Ferrari 488GTB springs to mind.
- Waiting for my models to arrive and then opening them up and just taking in all the details for the first time.
- Being able to look at them on display (shout out to my very tolerant wife for that).
- Standing there with my 3 year old son as he tries to spot my latest add and we take it out and look at it together. We bought him a fair few 1:18 models from Costco and I gave him some of my old crappy ones to play with as treats while we toilet trained him and he runs downstairs to get his own and place them alongside mine to compare details. It's also the reason why his first word was "car", much to my delight and my wife's dismay .
- Taking photos and writing reviews to share on forums like this and Facebook groups, so other people can see models they maybe may not have bought otherwise.
- Meeting new people and making some friends - it's always nice to feel like you belong in places like these.
I also love finding a grail at a great price .. these days, even if one is of means, it makes more sense to WAIT and look before pressing "Buy"!..that could get costly!
* The reactions from visitors. Most of the time it's subtle. But as shallow as it may seem. It's awesome to have the commitment recognized.
It's always great when a friend mentions they collect model cars, then you show 'em your warehouse
- Display Presence. Being able to pull out and examine the cars that I love at any time. The opportunity to see McLaren F1s and Zondas, even small ones, everyday is something I will never get tired of
that's a good point! Sometimes, I might see a 1:1 of one of my 1:18ths and spot a detail I hadn't noticed before, then go home and check the detail on the 1:18th to see it's been there all the time. Also, let's say you've got a MK1 and MK2 of a car, getting the MK3 to compare the progress is always of interest. Or, with diecasts, you can compare rival cars' engine, suspension set up, etc.
There's also variety too, in terms of scale options and automotive genres - cars, bikes, trucks, vans, track cars, rally cars, new cars, old cars, TV/Film cars, fast cars, slow cars, hearses, figurines - etc. There can't be that many hobbies that has such diversity of produce, and such a regular slew of new goodies to tempt us.
last - and don't laugh yet at this - Value For Money. Let me explain. I paid £75 in 2008 for a DE Kyosho BMW M3 in white. I've owned it now for eight years, which means it's cost me £9 per year; that's not even a £1 a month for a really nice piece of kit. I've had many years of pleasure from it already, and I bet I'll get years more joy from it still. We can apply that logic (if you can call it that!) even to those new models that we think are too expensive to buy today - buy it, keep it long term, and the pleasure remains long after the cost has been forgotten/absorbed.
Another factor is when I got in to the world of resin at the end of last year, it opened up an entirely new version of this hobby for me. It also kinda gave me a new enthusiasm for this hobby and the thing I really love about OttOmobile and GT spirit is when, at the beginning of every other month, the next batch of model go on to the website and you get to see what they are
And finally the 3rd factor is this place, I always felt like I was on my own when it came to 1:18s as non of my friends at school, college etc were into them, but when I joined DX in 2014 I immediately knew I was amongst fellow collectors.
Edited by D N'D-Land, 30 November 2016 - 09:08 PM.