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I thought about showing here my collection for a while. I was a little intimidated by all those big guns over here. But I got over it. I love looking at all of your cars, so I think it's normal I show you mine;) I would like to add that I can appreciate all cars, and scale collections more..

Affi is short for Aficionado. That means enthusiastic or fanatic (in a good way) in Spanish.
I am half Dutch/half Spanish and so my name is explained.

In my 36 years, I have had moments of collecting miniature cars. Early in my twenty's it started again with Mercedes - Benz. I bought the models I drooled over in 1/1 or were historically important. Usually 1/18 but I've got in every scale a Mercedes-Benz, yes also in 1/1 (a 'old' W210 2.8 gasoline) ..
Of course I would have preferred CMC but Bburago / Maisto/Kyosho and so on it was.

Unfortunately, due to space limitations I have had to put a number of them in boxes safely in storage. I do not know how many cars my collection has (shame on me) but everything considered must be around a 100..
My model cars are definitely not all top-notch. But I 'm quite happy with it. Of course there are still a few Mercs around.

After the summer of 2013 I started building a 1 18 Mercedes-Benz diorama, and the 1 18 Virus got hold of me quickly again..

Recently my interest is gone in to Muscle and Pony cars, and American cars in general.
So I will post a few pics of former settings, and then go to my new found love American Muscle Cars. December 2013 I had 4 Muscle Cars. Now I have 24..
Due to work related issues (lack of), collecting has had to make an emergency stop.So I picked up my diorama making hobby..
I post a few of my Mercedes-Benz cars, former settings, dioramas and work myself to now okay guys!?
My pics aren't great, but made with love;)

I start with arguably one of my gems of course..

"die Rote Sau" ( I've got 2 but the other one is savely put away)



A few Mercs waiting to be cleaned..

In the corner of the picture above you see something very special to me.
My nephew, my private mechanic, and best friend once made for my Birthday, of a old Mercedes W123 grille a "showpiece" for some Mercs.. This has still a prominent place in my home.

An older setup, with a close up pic of the other Rote Sau

The Merc and GMP garage diorama I made.
A few pics to see the progress maybe?

It started like this:)

Okey a lot of work and more corections later..

As is

A few details?

What is that mechanic reading?


Okey guys for now. With the Merc diorama I 'closed' my need for Mercedes-Benz for a while, and for now I have to stop also adding. Further on today I will continue with the American Muscle.. Thank You for your time!

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Thanks for sharing you models and your diorama. It is very appreciated that you took the time to post photos. Your diorama look great.

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Simply awsome Affi, you have a beautiful collection of cars, wish I can do a diorama too... but time... no time and space to put it... Your diorama looks fantastic, thanks for sharing with us my friend..

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Great diorama and a huge collection of Mercs. That Rote Sau 300 SEL is one of the most interesting Mercs I've seen ... must read more about it.

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You certainly have a very impressive display Affi, thanks for sharing all your pics, they are a delight!

Apart from your stunning one off custom MB grille display...
I really like your garage diorama pieces (inside and out !)

BTW is your mechnic with the cap and the note pad a custom? I've not seen him anywhere else before..............


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Thanks guys!
Before I need to comment on all of your great remarks! than the US cars

First of all thanks for the lovely words guys! They are much appreciated

Coming from real collectors like you means a lot. Just returning the favor I suppose!

About the diorama, it works therapeutic for me.. Taking my mind of things, I can recommend it! I found out by accident that I had 'talent' for it. I never considered myself a 'handyman'
But dedication, imagination, determination and a lot of free time (lost work), brought this end result. I knew nothing, that's why I probably it took so much time. 3 months in total maybe 400 hours (!!) from going out and looking for stuff to getting the glass made.. Insane!
It is a ridiculous amount of time, the details take so much time, also there were things that took hours on doing but at the end did not make it ( I was planning a second floor for example).
But now I am a lot faster at it of course, I gave myself a crash course you can say.
1 18 is not that big, but sometimes it is;)
The dimensions of the diorama are:
Length 75 cm (29.5 inch)
Depth 40 cm (15.7 inch)
Height +/- 30 cm (11.8 inch)
So it isn't so big. But it isn't small also..
The Muscle Car "dream home garage" that is now in progress is faster done..

The W123 Grille is out of this world unique I realize that.. If there's a fire at my home, (knock on wood) under one arm I get my 2 cats and under the other that grille

The Rote Sau 300 SEL is my favorite Mercedes of all time, and that says it all for me. I don't know why, there are a lot more prettier, better, etc Mercs it just is. Minichamps did a great job of it also imho
The mechanic is stock (actually it is a Tow Truck Driver) the only thing I added was a Playboy

American Diorama - Figures - AD 23794 : 1/18 Tow Truck Driver *Bill*

Okey My next comment will be The US cars..

Oh guys...

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Since last december I started really interesting myself for die cast as such rather then a miniature model of a 1/1 car, does that make any sense? I hope you understand what I mean. I just love the old ERTL's bang for the buck. I just started 3 months hey;) and one a strict budget for now..
I have to thank Schuifelhoofd a lot because he was and still is my Muscle car mentor! Thanks man for your schooling!
Also Nelis has helped me with information, I am lucky to "know" those 2 great collectors

My 'American Muscle Got List'

Acme Diecast G.M.P
1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, ( : 270 pieces ) white with 2 blue stripes and chrome rims

1964 Ford Thunderbolt "little Georgia Shaker" :) 1000pieces)

1956 purple Ford F100 ( 56PU)

1956 Slammed Ford F100 ( Scrape)

1966 Shelby AC Cobra 427

1969 American Motors AMX Hurst Super Stock Pete's Patriot

1969 Dirty Dodge Charger "General Lee" ( "modded a little")

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Fastest 10

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 Orange

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Green ( later more on this one;)

It almost feels like work

1969 Pontiac GTO 'The Judge' (carousel red & red center on wheels, Rarer)

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Baldwin Motion (Phase III 454 hugger orange

1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Lucerne blue

Pro Stock 1970 Motion Ribbon Camaro (Driver: Dennis Ferrara )

1977 Pontiac Trans Am Smokey and the Bandit I

Exoto ( maybe my most detailed model)
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327

1980 Pontiac Firebird Smokey & the Bandit II

Highway61 ( Fantastic!!)
1941 Chevrolet fire truck Voulenteer Fire Department (1:16)

1972 Chevy C-10 pick up burgun( Fired Up)

1965 Plymouth belvedere a990 ( FIRED UP)

1965 Plymouth belvedere a990 ( MEAN GRN)

1969 Chevrolet C-10 Fleetside Pick-up ( HAULN-MO) 600 pcs

1972 Chevy Fleetside Pickup Eagle( Flyn-Hi)

1969 Camaro Yenko orange LE (1/600) Super Street ( see post 13 april)

Shelby Collectibles
1967 Shelby GT500 Custom "ELEANOR"

1971 Ford Mustang Pro Stock (Driver: Sam Auxier Jr)

UT models
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark ( for me a piece of art!)

Accessory & others
GMP Garage Shop Equipment Tool Set G1800144
GMP Professional Shop Equipment Tools G1800145
GMP Garage Accessories Kit G9010
GMP Garage Accessories Kit II G9012
GMP Diecast Car Four Post Service Lift G1800146
TRUESCALE Accessory Garage Accessory Set Snap On TS18000
TRUESCALE Accessory Garage Accessory Set Snap On TS18002
ERTL Diorama Home Mechanic Set e32173
Greenlight Metal 4-Post Service Lift Blauw
Greenlight Metal 4-Post Service Lift Wit/Rood

Diverse YAT-MING Gas Pumps

Diverse Figuren (diorama)

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Firstly I would say you should not have any fear in showing your collection. We are a community of collectors, you can be guaranteed to find many people who share the same interests as yours whether it be muscle cars or budget models. Yes there are a lot of really nice expensive collections on here but I'd like to think we cater to anyone with the passion for cars

You have a very nice collection and an obvious talent for dioramas! It is simply amazing what you have built, and thank you for sharing it with us. We can really appreciate the time and thought process involved in creating something like that.
I look forward to seeing your muscle cars grow (in time) and thanks for your comments on my own collection :) I really appreciate it

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Firstly I would say you should not have any fear in showing your collection. We are a community of collectors, you can be guaranteed to find many people who share the same interests as yours whether it be muscle cars or budget models. Yes there are a lot of really nice expensive collections on here but I'd like to think we cater to anyone with the passion for cars
That's what I noticed once I put some extra time in DX..
I said it before.. Just returning the favor I have by seeing the collection of al you guys

Again, I would like to thank everyone who has left a comment or just viewed my collection until now. Nice words always are welcome, if someone has other kind of remarks, questions end so on, please feel free to ask. If I can help I will do always!

I think I am going to make another Topic for the Diorama that I am currently building, that will probably be over the weekend that I put it online

Okay a few last pics, than you are on to speed..
A motormax trailer ( cheap but unexpected nice)
2 Maisto SOA bike's ( I love that series! got the "Jax" also now)
1 ERTL 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Green
1 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Fleetside Pick-up ( HAULN-MO)

And what do you get ( big props to Nelis, who I stole borrowed this idea of)

My Colossal 4 post lift and the 2 Greenlight Lifts

A few weeks ago I bought myself a display cabinet

On top of the cabinet the Pearl of my Muscle Car collection imho ( I love History)
you've seen this pic already but hey..
Its just perfect to me.1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, white with 2 blue stripes and with THE MAN standing with it Carroll Hall Shelby

Okey now worries, I have nothing left to show for now

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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
You have a great collection, I love the Highway 61 Chevy pick ups, i only have 1 in my collection, and the detail is amazing.
Thanks! Yes A shame that HW61 did not make a Ford F100 or other pick ups.. The detailing of the Hot Wheels is crazy nice imho, whitch one do you have..

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Affi you have a great collection and I have to say I am truly amazed with the details in your diorama. I can imagine with that time on your hands you are at the mercy of your imagination hahaha - and it shows. Always know you and all collectors are welcome here and should never think the later.

Have to say out of all that '69 ZL1 is my favorite......got into a small bidding war two nights ago on that same model....I lost but one day. There is something about the '69 camaro that I find so.....sexy I guess. A perfect mix of power and size instead of massive gross weight and size.

Looking forward to seeing more and thank you for sharing!
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