Diecast Hobby

Over the last decade, the diecast hobby is one of the most popular categories among the collectible scene. If you ever doubt how popular the diecast hobby is, just type the keyword "diecast hobby" into Google or Yahoo search engines and you will see the number of websites that are dedicated to this hobby. These are in addition to the brick and mortar establishments that one can find in almost every major city. The resurgence of the diecast hobby during the last decade is probably due to the baby boomer generation. "Baby boomers" is the generation that was born after the Second World War. At around the same time, the diecast manufacturing industry was also growing to fill the need for diecast toys catering to this post war generation.

Thus, it is not surprising that most baby boomers today would have some fond memories of diecast toys. In fact, it would be safe to say that the majority of avid collectors of the diecast hobby are those in their forties to sixties approaching retirement or are in retirement. They take up the diecast hobby because of the nostalgic factor. Being parents themselves, collectors of diecast collectibles also love sharing this passion with their children. There is nothing as priceless as seeing the smile on your five year old son's face when you give him a diecast car that he is looking for.

Another reason why the diecast hobby is so popular is because of what they represented. For many, collecting diecast cars or diecast airplanes is a journey through history. For example, not many would know that diecast airplanes were used as recognition models during the Second World War. Many of these diecast cars or diecast vehicles that are manufactured today are accurate representation of the real items. Many collectors also share a passion for the real thing. Because of this, it is easy for most collectors to connect with the diecast collectibles that they collect. We cannot deny the fact most guys loves cars, but it would be financially impossible to own all the cars that they love. Owning diecast cars allowed guys with a passion for the thoroughbred sports cars to enjoy the beauty of the automobile in the palm of their hand. It is also a cheap, fun and practical way to own these exotic cars without breaking the bank.

Not surprising, manufacturers of diecast collectibles focus their production on items that have a strong boyish theme like diecast tanks, diecast cars, diecast aircrafts, diecast motorbikes and so on. In fact, some manufacturers built the foundation of their business on a specific niche like Racing Champions in the diecast racing cars replica market. Dragon Wings for example, concentrate solely on diecast aircrafts as well as the diecast military vehicles categories.

Regardless of the categories that diecast collectors choose to focus on, the growth in popularity for the diecast hobby is also fueled by the arrival of the internet. The internet made the search for specific diecast collectibles relatively easy. Previously, the hunt for a specific diecast car or diecast aircraft is ordeal in itself involving going to diecast shows, shops, flea market and browsing through diecast publications.

Apart from fulfilling a passion, many who indulge in the diecast hobby regard their collection as a form of low cost investment with a good potential for high returns. Like all material things, diecast collectibles are also subjected to the laws of supply and demand. For those who regard the diecast hobby as building up an investment inventory, they will focus on a specific theme that they want to target. Because the valuation of a diecast collectible is a subjective process, many collectors based their collection on several factors like age, rarity, packaging and the condition of the collectibles.

Naturally, the better the condition of the diecast collectible, the better will be its value. Those items which are almost like new are regarded as in "mint" condition. The rarity of the item also plays a huge part in the valuation process.

The rarity of a particular rare diecast collectible can be because it is a "limited" production edition like the 1.18 diecast scale model of the Australian Effigy Holden FJ Concept Car. Only 6600 units were ever produced.

The age of the diecast item is also important for you to look at to appraisal its worth. However, it is not the main criterion as sometimes older is not necessarily more valuable. What is important for a diecast hobby collection is the appeal of the diecast collectibles and that is why even the original packaging can cause the value of the item

Most of the time, when the original item was purchased, its packaging is discarded by the original owner. Therefore, it is difficult to find diecast collectibles with their original packaging. That is why when you do come across collectibles with their original box, they are known as "Mint in box" items.

Categories of Diecast Collectibles
In the world of diecast hobby, there are numerous categories that a diecast hobbyist can concentrate on. These can range from diecast cars, diecast trucks, diecast aircraft or diecast ships whether military or civilian or other miscellaneous diecast models.

As mentioned earlier, although there are many diecast companies that manufacture diecast models, but not all of them are created equal. Each of these diecast companies have their own respective diecast niches that they specializes in for their core business. Thus, depending on your preferences, you should look for the diecast company that specializes in the diecast hobby niche that you want to collect. By doing this, you will add more value to your diecast hobby collection. Generally diecast collectibles or diecast models can be classified into 3 main categories, namely:

• Diecast Aircrafts
• Diecast Ships
• Diecast Vehicles

Diecast Aircrafts:
Ever since man first took flight with the Wright brothers' "Kitty Hawk", man has been fascinated with the wonders of flight. It is not surprising that fascination with flight have resulted in admiration for aircrafts especially during our formative years. Many of us still continue to nurture that admiration until today which is why we find grown adult men collecting diecast aircrafts. Some of the more popular genres that diecast hobbyists look for are:

• Diecast Commercial Airplanes
• Diecast Jet Airplanes
• Diecast Vintage Airplanes
• Diecast Fighter Airplanes

Apart from the above mentioned categories, diecast aircraft collectors can also specialize on Pre or Post Second World War diecast aircrafts like fighters or bombers. With the rapid development of aviation technologies in the 20th century, the lists of diecast aircrafts that one can choose to focus on are to numerous to be mentioned here. For further details, you can check out our eguides for diecast hobby listed in the guides section of this website.

Diecast Ships:
Diecast ships are another popular category among collectors. Probably the main reason why diecast ships are so much sought after is because the history each diecast ship collected is a journey through historical events. For example the historic Civil War Ironclad "USS Monitor" allow one to remember the naval battle between the USS Monitor and CSS Merrimac. This is the first ever naval battle between two iron warships. The types of diecast ships collected can range from those during the US civil war era to modern day naval ships. Of course diecast ships are not just limited to the military theme. You can even collect diecast ships of a commercial genre like an ocean liners or supertankers.

• Civil War Diecast Ships
• First World War Diecast Ships
• Second World War Diecast Ships
• Modern Day Naval Diecast Ships
• Commercial Diecast Ships

Diecast Vehicles:
Perhaps the most popular categories for the diecast hobby is the diecast vehicles category. Diecast vehicles are generally classified into several categories, namely:

• Diecast Cars
• Diecast Emergency Vehicles
• Diecast Heavy Construction Equipments
• Diecast Military Vehicles
• Diecast Motorbikes
• Diecast Trucks

Certainty the list of diecast collectibles that one can focus on for diecast hobby is diverse. Then again, these lists can still be further sub-categorized into a specific niche. For examples, they can be further classified according to brands or era. The combinations that are possible is entirely up the collector's preferences. It is because of this flexibility and affordability of the diecast hobby that make it one of the most popular hobbies embraced by many new hobbyists.


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