Diecast - Restored or Original Group Forum: I have great admiration for those spending much effort, cash and time in the restoration of old diecast models - especially if the work is of good quality. But it's more than a little disappointing to later discover you've been sold a restored item which the seller stated was in its original condition. It's happened to me and I know it's happened to others, and it will discourage some from continuing the hobby. There are sometimes obvious signs of restoration but there are many things we can miss especially when we find a piece we've been seeking for ages, excitedly believing we've finally got the chance to buy what the seller is saying IS an original item. And don't be fooled by the heavy paint finished car sitting on a tatty original box - it does happen (visit the popular video site we all know and look carefully!) Many years ago I discovered a model AND its packaging were not original. The card was slightly thicker and felt heavy - but I was lucky to have previously handled many models and boxes, and I knew it just didn't feel right. I'm not out to wage war on brilliant works of restoration, providing the items are sold as such it allows some of us to buy certain models which we otherwise could not afford. Anyway, maybe someone has something to add - helpful tips and pics for comparisons maybe? Good hunting to all.