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Im just wondering why manufacturer especially Minichamps issued great commemorative models in 1:43?? I think there are more 1:43 models by minichamps produced than the 1:18??? Anybody can shed some light on this???
Check minichamps.de.....notice too much 1:43?

in my opinion 1:43 lacks the details we collectors are looking for our precious model. For me it looks more of a full time toy car than a scale model collection... :feedback :feedback
 
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If space is a concern, then 1/43 is the way to go. In addition, I believe 1/43 are more popular in Europe, which is why Minichamps made so many 1/43 models already.

Since the scale is much smaller, you don't see as much details, but there are several really good models out there with engine details (Kyosho's Miura SVR, Lancia rally car, all new BMWs from Minichamps). The Handbuilts also have really good details, but can get very expensive.
Recently, Autoart also used carpet on their recent E-type cabrio release, which is a huge suprise. Also, if you like variations on a specific model, you can collect them much easier than 1/18 becasue it's a little cheaper and much smaller.

As for them being toys, I guess that's just a personal perception, I see 1/18 models from Maisto and some other brands as full time toy car as well, but that's just becasue I grew up playing them.
 

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1:43 is considered a classic scale, and was around long before 1:18 was only dreamed of. When 1:43 first started being produced, diecast companies didn't have the know-how to produce models with opening parts, so 1:43 since that time are traditionally sealed. I guess it will always be around, even though 1:18 is starting to become the industry's standard scale nowadays.
 
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I guess it's a matter of taste and a lot depends on what you collect. My choises would be very limited if I only collected 1/18 - many cars I want only come in 1/43. But I'm not complaining.

And I don't think 1/43 scale collector cars can be called toys. Yes, some are quite poorly made but many are real masterpieces...

...and take less room then 1/18 stuff :lol
 

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I guess it's a matter of taste and a lot depends on what you collect. My choises would be very limited if I only collected 1/18 - many cars I want only come in 1/43. But I'm not complaining.

And I don't think 1/43 scale collector cars can be called toys. Yes, some are quite poorly made but many are real masterpieces...

...and take less room then 1/18 stuff :lol
:iagree :cheers As for me, my collection are purely F1 cars and other exotics. I started to complain when some great models are issued only in 1:43 and no 1:18. So I dont have much choice but to buy it, then I made a comparison. Most notable are the wheels (you guys know how important wheel details in F1 models) almost all F1 models failed on these. Second the decals, most decals are poorly applied. There are alot of things that i noticed, but these two are the most notable. Again, these are only my opinion F1 models only.
 
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I think there's another issue. With 1/43, since it's so small, you can't see some of the flaws, with 1/18, it's much more noticable.
 
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A year ago, I would have said that 1:18 collectors greatly outnumbered 1:43 collectors. I believe the opposite now.

I also relaize that there are some diehard 1:43 collectors out there :cheers
 

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You have to remember that 1:18th scale followed 1:43rd. 1:43rd is the international collectors scale and as such there is much more competition and many more collectors in that scale.

Have a good look at a Minichamps car next time you go into a store. The reproduction is generally excellent, so I have to disagree that they are a toy. I will argue anyday that a Minichamps, IXO, Ebbro or Autoart 1:43 has infinitely better details than a Maisto or Hotwheels 1:18th.

If you want to see exquisite detials on a 1:43 though, have a look at BBR or the MR Collection.

This is just my opinion, but 1:43 has a much larger range and there are some truly brilliant models in this scale.

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That is also my opinion, that and display space requirements. I have over 200 1:43, but only (as yet) 30 1:18s.

So I suppose I'm primarily a 1:43 scale collector who dabbles with other scales :giggle

Strange as it may seem, both take up the same display space.

Not forgetting my 1:24 and 1:26 and 1:100 scale diecasts.....
 
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I started with the 1/43s and then ventured into the 1/18s ... but with lack of space and with more 43rds being released I have stopped with the 18s. I have started to sell off the 18s slowing only keeping a handful.
 
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For those that collect both 1:43 and 1:18, if space wasn't a concern would you still be collecting 1:18 instead of 1:43.

I don't own any 1:43 models at this time, but I am extremely fascinated with the following they have. It seems as the collectors who collect 1:43 models seem to have a genuine excitement about them.
 
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Yes, I probably would, only if I can find one offered in 1/18 scale. For example, I keep all my 1/18 E36 and E46 M3 GTRs and sold off the 1/43 versions.

I also collect 1/43 because I am fascinated with miniaturization in general (the smaller, the better).

Now I have a side question for everyone? Why 43? How did it come about? :confused
 

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Hand on heart, I think I would still choose 1:43s (perhaps it reminds me of my childhood and all those cars that I must have destroyed by playing with them), but if I had no space constrictions, then I would then attempt to create suitable dioramas
 
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For those that collect both 1:43 and 1:18, if space wasn't a concern would you still be collecting 1:18 instead of 1:43.
I would still buy both .

The reason being that there are lots of cars in 1/43 that simply arent available in 1/18 . Porsches especially , but its also true for other makes .

Here are some of my 43rd P cars...you can see why I collect them . I think theyre fantastic in quality and price

 

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1-43rds easily outnumber the 1-18s(9:1) in my collection due to: lack of space, and lack of avaliability in largers scales. And with AUTOart now sealing some of their models whey buy 1-18s when you cant get to the details????
 
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