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Hi all,

I was unaware whether one had to be invited to share their collection in this forum/thread or not, but I decided to do so anyway, and be prepared to be reprimanded if I have done the wrong thing. I have started with a selection of my 1:43 cars - Subaru's mostly, and will add more pics as and when I get an opportunity to photograph them. You don't get a true indication of the logistical nightmare of actually removing 6 years' worth of cars from boxes/cases/packaging etc until you get around to doing it. I just pity those 'poor' collectors who have been collecting for far longer, and whose collections are 'serious' in all senses of the word!

At this juncture, I would also like to apologise for the at-times poor quality of some of the shots. I can absolutely state that I have tried every single option and trick to get better shots from my camera, but my old unit (a poor 2 megpixel job) with NO macro option, no optical zoom, or anything at all conducive to shooting 1:43 cars, has made the pictorial cataloguing of my collection a singularly 'challenging' task. I therefore respectfully request that you all bear with the poor-ish quality.

Finally, I would like to say how humble I feel to be part of such a fantastic diecast online community. I received a wonderful welcome, and I am every day reminded of what an amazing and interesting hobby diecast collecting is - brought back to me every day when I log on to this forum and learn some amazing things, as well as just mutually appreciate each other's collections, and talk all things 'diecast'. Thankyou everyone for making me feel 'at home' here, and for extending the hand of freindship to someone who was, only 2 months ago, a complete stranger to you all.

Thankyou everyone.

Anders

I will now stop the waffle and start posting some pics!













 

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The late and dearly missed Peter 'Possum' Bourne
I was lucky enough to meet him on a couple of occasions, the last one month before he was killed. I am so grateful I had a chance to meet him, have a chat, a photograph, and get him to sign a few things. It's funny, but you don't really appreciate what you have until it's gone. The same can be said of Possum...


 

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The vast majority of my cars are 1:43, and I feel that this forum is heavily focussed photography-wise on the larger scales. I think that is a great shame, because the 1:43 cars offer superb detail for their size, are portable, have a massive range and are just great to collect. I do however undersatnd that they are far harder to photograph, which may explain why they are less likely to be the subject of photographs... I had awful problems even getting these hots, and many of them are very dark, even with extra lighting...

Some more SWRT releases...








Not many perople realise that this is a legitimate piece in the Prodrive collection because it is not of an SWRT car. It is of course the Prodrive Live car - one of the cars used at the Prodrive test track and rally school. It is one of those gems that most people overlook.



 

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Some more of my SWRT Prodrive cars...
I have moved to only purchase the actual SWRT Prodrice cars now as they are limited in production, are superbly presented, and because I cannot hope to keep up financially with all new WRC releases. Hey, you have to draw a line somewhere...! :giggle








I mentioned the great detail earlier with 1:43 cars - check out the pacenotes from this 1:43 SWRT car. That is tiny! (Apologies for the picture quality, but I only have digital zoom)



And with some sticker sheets I had 'lying around'...


 

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And here is the crowning glory in my SWRT collection - this is the quite rare SWRT Prodrive 1:18 release of Tommi makinen's 2002 Rally Deutschland car. It is based off the AutoArt mould, but obviously has Rally Germany decals, comes ihn it's own perspec display case (not shown), numbered certificate, where the base plate number and certificate number are the same, specail large closed box Prodrive packaging, and the most unusual, driver and co-driver figures!

Needless to say, it was a VERY expensive model, and I won;t be repeating too many of those purchases in the future...

Oh, and it's limited to 1500 pieces worldwide.





And the driver/co-driver inside the car, with baseplate.



Well, I am now Subaru-ed out, and will need to think about shooting other modes in my collection. So if everyone is sick of seeing blue, then that's fine with me. I shall post pics of other parts of my collection when I get the opportunity to photograph them, and upload them.

Thanks all, and I hope you enjoy some of the pics.
 

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Anders! Wonderful pics mate :coolpics

I never realised that you had that many Subarus. Perhaps some of your Toyota F1's would look cool in here as well.

Can I add that your diorama is looking great as well :cool

:rockon

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What a brilliant collection of cars you have Anders!!
:woohoo :woohoo :woohoo
Those Subarus on the black base/plinth look really sharp. :nicejob :nicejob :nicejob

We are so privileged to have you among us. You're such a passionate diecast collector. I really appreciate you sharing those pictures of your prized diecasts with us. As not every collector here has a top-notch camera, we all just make do with what we've got. And that is perfectly fine!
You did fantastic job with your 2 Mpix digicam Anders! ALL pictures are welcome on the forum. Everyone's focus here is primarily on the cars, then on the photo as a secondary. So, people, including yourself, never need to make any apologies about their diecast pictures. :cheers Photography, like many other skills in life, takes a long time to learn and master.

To your point about 1:43 having lots of details, from my "research" of late, I've discovered that some cars in that scale can have a surprising amount of detail and even opening doors! :happy I've seen some cars, like a yellow Porsche Dauer, whose wheels are just to die for. So I myself certainly have been "enlightened" by some of the 1:43s I've seen here and have started down the slippery slope of collecting 1:43 racers. :happy :happy

:cheers :cheers
 

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Hi Felix. Be careful with those Dauer Porsches mate. Those are the $400 "Matchbox" cars I was telling you about :lol

I want them all, but the bank says no :-( Apparently you can't get a $10,000 personal loan for Minichamps Special Edition cars (grumble).

Anders, I agreed with Felix. Your pictures are sharp mate, and do very good justice to your cars. Very nice work.
 

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Anders you should be reprimanded for hiding your collection from us for such a long time. :ranting
Thats a real beautiful collection and wonderful dioramas too. :nicejob :nicejob
Dont worry abt the picture quality. There is no photography competition going on here. We are all here to share our hobby as best as we can. And btw, these are better than what i can take with my 3 MP camera. :cheers
 

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Anders :iagree :iagree with winston, it does show that with a little bit of skill, even 'small' cameras can take excellent shots, but please don't tell Felix how you went about creating that brilliant 'start' line diorama, he would only slide further down the 'slippery' slope (almost to the bottom :giggle) Some of us, who must remain nameless (ME) :eek:ops , haven't even got a camera YET. :giggle
Keep on posting those wonderful pictures, invitations are not needed in DX, just jump in :nicejob :nicejob
 
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