Boy, when you commit, you COMMIT, Chris! Amazing collection of adds over such a short period! I'm a long-time Exoto fan (more of my collection comes from that manufacturer than any other), so I empathize with your decision.So far I didn't really collect Formula 1 cars and I only had two F1 models (my childhood favorites: Brabham BT 52 and Renault RE-20). However, recently, I watched some F1 documentaries and thought that I should have a small F1 collection as well. Since the old Exotos are neither getting more plentiful nor any cheaper, I felt I'd better do this now or those models would become completely unattainable. I also got some Minichamps, a Spark and a Truescale model to round off my small F1 segment. So, these arrived over the last two weeks.
And after painstakingly recreating my model tracking spreadsheet recently as a prelude to starting to sell off a significant number of my babies, the itch still exists and in the last four days I took two deliveries. One was an Exoto (what else?) Chaparral 2 (the so-called "fully restored car" which is ALMOST identical to the 1965 Bridgehampton and Road America winners except for the odd choice of Goodyear-labeled tires on a car that never used anything but Firestones). The second was an AUTOart 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 as raced in that year's 24 hours of Le Mans (but failed to finish):
The Porsche arrived in a shipping box that looked like an NFL lineman sat on it (the most crushed part was where there was a large, red sticker saying "FRAGILE: Please Handle With Care - 'Thank You'"). I was nervous as hell and took detailed pics of the box before opening it - and found the seller had filled the box with inflatable packing balloons and the AUTOart clamshell had done its job so inner box and model were untouched
Now waiting for my Tecnomodel McLaren M20, arriving Saturday (I still haven't gotten this "leaving the hobby" thing down yet)...