Looking for a nice hobby? Something that might not only be worth money but could be a lot of fun? If this sounds like you, perhaps you should consider taking up the hobby of die cast car model collecting. If you think this is something just for kids, think again. This type of hobby has a way of being fun and exciting for all kids, both young in age and young at heart.
This is not only a good hobby but die cast car model collecting is a wonderful way for people who love cars to own a mini version of their favorite cars. It may not be the real thing but how fun would it be to display your wish list of great cars? This hobby by the way is split into two different categories. One is the die cast models and the model kits.
This is a hobby by the way that is very easy to get started and generally you can simply get started by purchasing yourself a few Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars and you are already on your way. Not only can this be a fun hobby, some people even end up liking it so much that they turn it into a small business on the side.
Since these little cars come in a variety of different scale sizes, the first thing you should think about is what size scale you would prefer to start collecting. The different scale sizes and be anywhere from 1:25 up to 1:87 in scale. Probably the most popular scale size is the 1:43. The reason for this is because most of the models come in this size so this means that you have a wide variety of cars to choose from to add to your collection.
You will also discover that there are a lot of great people out there that collect these cars as well. Generally this hobby generates a vast variety of collector communities filled with a lot of very friendly people whom you may even have a chance at getting to know on a personal level. This in the end can even help you find some rare models that you might also be looking for to add to your collection.
In case you are wondering how this hobby became popular. It all began shortly after World War II when they began making model cars out of wood and the first plastic model was designed in England and it was a 1932 Roadster by Ford. Shortly after that a lot of car manufacturers started making 1 to 25 scale models to use as promotional items for all of their dealers around the country and before you know it, these cars started to be traded during the 50s and 60s and eventually turned into a hobby for the public.
Today you can find those that collect these cars auctioning off some of their rare models for several thousand dollars and the most popular of those would be the NASCAR ones. However; probably the most important thing about the hobby is to collect just the types of cars and vehicles that you truly like. Only collect the ones that you really love. Also, it is not advisable to stick to just one certain type either. It is better for your collection to have a lot of different types especially if you are thinking about trying to make money off of your hobby.
One of the best places to find some great cars, believe it or not would be at flea markets, eBay of course and even special hobby forums. Some people also will buy these cars at toy stores and other stores with toy departments but sometimes it is simply better to purchase them from a collectors hobby shop.
However you plan on getting your collection going, if you stick with you, you may end up building yourself a great collection that might some day be worth a bundle of money for you. And all because you are a kid at heart! How much fun is that?