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#1 OFFLINE   Tonecas

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:04 PM

I am starting this Topic to share and to have an open discussion on all aspects of collecting, building kits and modifying commercially available models.

In order to start the debate I am starting by providing links to my Windows Live location where I have the pictures of my 1250 1/43 car model collection as well as links to my thematic Blogs that focus on specific aspects of the collection.

First, this is the link to my Windows Live location where I have the model by manufacturer and each model has a front view, a rear view and a view of the feature (i.e. openning doors) if it has one:
http://cid-0b28de878ac7c756.skydrive.live....ls?sa=749981468

Links to my thematic Blogs:
1:43 CanAm and USRRC Blog: http://143canamandusrrc.blogspot.com/
1:43 Porsche models Blog: http://143porschemodels.blogspot.com/
1:43 Chaparral models Blog: http://143chaparralmodels.blogspot.com/
1:43 Concept cars Blog: http://143conceptcars.blogspot.com/
1:43 Ferrari F1 Blog: http://143ferrarif1.blogspot.com/
1:43 Matra models Blog: http://143matramodels.blogspot.com/

Links to my Blogs that depicts transformed and restored models performed by me, here is where I show how to reproduce models which are different from the originals:
http://143smallmods.blogspot.ca/
http://143modelcolle...n.blogspot.com/

Here is the display of 90% of the collection on the east wall of my living room
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If interested  see also my other Forum discussion at
http://forums.autosp...pic=143198&st=0

Enjoy it and have a nice day!

Edited by Tonecas, 01 September 2012 - 04:42 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:31 PM

Wow, in the living room?! Your better half must be pretty understanding. Very nice collection and display cabinets.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:17 PM

Nice as man!  :10:  :10:
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:12 AM

Great cabinets that show off a fantastic collection.
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Posted ImageE Rod_017, on 23 July 2012 - 11:34 AM, said:

Reason why 1:43 scale cars aren't that popular because most people including me(sorry it I offend) consider them toys and not Collectable model cars. .

Should you collect 1:43?

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:45 AM

OK, now that counts as a 1/43 collection... :drool5: :drool5:
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:06 AM

Wow that's some collection! Nice one!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:19 AM

Hi everybody,
Thanks for the positive posts. Yes that's true this display has become the focal point of this end of the living room. The cabinets were made for books and then modified by me to have glass shelfs and lighting. My better half also enjoys it (she has her collection of cristals at the other end of the room). We have to get around us what gives us pleasure to the eyes to make more palatable these long cold canadian winters.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 09:33 AM

Hi everybody
Does anyone know if there is a model of a Mercedes-Benz C280 (2001 -2006) in 1/43 scale?
Any help is apreciated.

Edited by Tonecas, 25 November 2011 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:32 PM

.  :10:  NICE STASH you have there.... now thats what I need in my lounge :drool5: :drool5: my wife not as understanding as yours all i'm allowed  is

http://i641.photobuc...tcabinet003.jpg

which is room enough for my 1/43 but struggle with my 1/18.

thanks for posting the pics. would have to be one of the most impressive cabinet system i have seen :nice:

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:27 AM

Hi Rotormotor
I can see that you are a big fan of Mazda, for my part I have a MX5 1991-BRG, one of the only 4000 built for the whole world that does not get out even if it rains (never mind the snow).
As a collector of 1/43 I hope you have the Mazda 787B (from HPI Racing) just the best in 1/43. See it here:
https://skydrive.liv...6!859&sc=photos
These are my 1/43 Mazdas (double click the photo to expand)
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:19 AM

Very nice collection and display.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:42 AM

Hi everybody,
I am back just to share my latest work that I detailled in my blog: http://143modelcollection.blogspot.ca/
In there I depict how to build a Ferrari 350 P4 from a "cheap" Ferrari 340 P4.
Please enjoy and your comments are welcome...

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:48 AM

That is a great transformation, thanks for sharing. Takes quite some skill.  :clap:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:32 PM

I had ran into your Ferrari F1 blog few times in the past, but never new that you are member here.
Fantastic collection and impressive display.
Keep'em coming.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:00 PM

I've recently begun the adventure known as 1:43, and I am absolutely loving it! I'm a racing history enthusiast and admire vintage racers, specifically endurance racers. And, as you already know, the 43 scale has an astonishing selection of racers from years past. Since venturing into the smaller scale, I've been spending a lot of time on your blog - specifically, admiring your restoration projects! Very cool. And I must say, your collection is epic.  :occasion14:

I'm looking to build a "shrine" of sorts similar to yours in my living room (my wife approves) to feature some racing memorabilia along with my 1:43s.

I'm curious to know two things:
Were your cabinets custom built?
What was your first 1:43 model car?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

Thanks for your posts about my collection, and by the way I finally completed my "Hobby Horse" collection of the "Bowes Seal Fast Special" Indy roadsters of 1960, 1961 and 1962 (the #4 I just received it today fro the UK)
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:20 PM

View PostBiblitect, on 03 July 2012 - 06:00 PM, said:

I'm curious to know two things:
Were your cabinets custom built?
What was your first 1:43 model car?

Well, I will try to answer your queries as clear as possible,
The cabinets are of the normal commercially available type, they were then modyfied by me. They are not even of the expensive type, but they came with wood shelves (presswood with paper laminated for a wood look a like). What I then did was to remove all shelves and replace them with glass shelves, get adjutable hinges plus get the glass doors cutted to the specific size. Then I also put on the top interior frontal area a fluorescent light (one that is normally used under the kitchen cabinets) and have all the wiring routed through the top of the cabinets where I also located the main switch. Just as an interesting note the glasses were more expensive than the cabinets.
Now the second question, I believe the the oldest 1/43 car that I have is Borgward Isabella made by Marklin (in Germany) and it must be around 55 to 60 years old. Here is the link:
https://skydrive.liv...E878AC7C756!289
I hope that this has been of some help.
As an additional note I just want to state that I decided to do it in 1/43 because of the space that the 1/18 requires, but if you buy a fairly detailed model in 1/43 it most of the time is more expensive than the equivalent 1/18
My recommendation is, if you love cars go for it, and believe me at night to turn the lighting ON and just looking at them it is a great pleasure...

Edited by Tonecas, 04 July 2012 - 03:24 PM.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:58 PM

View PostTonecas, on 04 July 2012 - 03:20 PM, said:

Well, I will try to answer your queries as clear as possible...

Thank you so much for the kind response - I truly appreciate it.
I always enjoy finding out the history behind collections such as yours. There always is a good story or two regarding one particular piece or so, and I must say a nearly 60-year-old model car is astonishing! Wow!  :clap:

I do appreciate your recommendations. And, you're right, some of these little 43s can be a bit pricey. But, like you said, when you turn off the lights and turn on the cabinets at night... it's worth it!  :occasion14:

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:17 PM

Hi everybody, I have finished another project that I am eager to share with all of you in this Forum.
I bought this M.A. Scale ref.143 which was supposed to be a model of the Chaparral 2A that raced in Sebring in 1965; but as I already had that car (a Proline kit) and what I was missing was one of the 1964 Chaparral’s with the exhausts leaving from top of the rear cowling and then routed to the rear end of the car.
I decided to roll-up my sleeves and go to work…
And this is what I did/modified seen just before painting
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and this is the final result is
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As a final note I can add that this M.A. model kit was a real pain to get it into shape as the whole resin casting finishing was very rough, with openings closed and with lots of what I call casting “polyps”. But with lots of patience and time IT’S DONE!

Edited by Tonecas, 31 August 2013 - 01:52 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 01:50 PM

Well has been a while, nevertheless still adding one more Chaparral to my collection. The Chaparral 1 that raced at the Laguna Seca in 1962 driven by Jim Hall.
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This is a Midlantic kit that gave me a lot of work to make it a decent model because although the shape of the resin casting was pretty good everything else was not up to expected level. In fact it felt short on cockpit and external details that I actually had to improve, the following was added:
1- In the cockpit the sides of the rear bulkhead we could see the wheels, they had to be closed
2- Real representation of the instruments behind the dash using aluminium piping of the appropriate dimensions also with wiring connecting the instruments to the front bulkhead
3- Perforated side panels inside the doors
4- The engine cowling openings had to be opened and an engine (from my stock) installed inside as well as chassis bars and brake oil tanks
5- The air inlet on top of the front inlet was not representative (vertical flat) need to be recessed to represent a real inlet
Anyhow, I was expecting better from such an expensive kit, compared to the Marsh they are several points behind. Posted Image

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:26 AM

Well, I just finished another kit but this time a Marsh which the has a much better fit & finish than the previous one. Here are a couple of pictures of this Can-Am Lola T160: Posted Image
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Edited by Tonecas, 03 September 2013 - 10:28 AM.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:39 AM

I just finished another kit and ready to be shared. This time a Nestor which also has a very good fit & finish, as the previous one. Here are a couple of pictures of this Chaparral 1 that raced at Riverside in 1961:Posted ImagePosted Image

Edited by Tonecas, 26 October 2013 - 09:43 AM.





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