Yatming Mistakes Make for a Perfect Collection

by TalesofToyCars

story and images by Raed Ammari

Yatming Opel AdmiralAs a diecast collector, you tend to compare not just the models or the manufacturers, but you go all the way to the quality and the mistakes between like models. I have an older collection of Yat Ming models (about 70 cars in 1:64 scale) and could not help finding a few errors worth mentioning. Take for example, the two of blue Porsche 917 race cars , if you look closely at the photo, you will notice that the one on top has only 10 velocity stacks, unlike the one on the bottom with 12 ( go ahead and count them!).


by Arian Smits images by Arian Smits and Doug Breithaupt

15CV - Matchbox

2CV6 - Buby

2CV - Corgi

2CV6 - Corgi

2CV - Tomica

2CV6 - Siku

2CV6 - Edocar (plays Happy Birthday)

2CV6 - Maisto

2CV6 - Darda

Dyane - Corgi

Dyane - Majorette

Dyane Raid - Majorette

Acadiane - Majorette

GS - Norev

GS - Majorette

GS Camargue - Majorette

Visa - Norev

Visa (1789-1989 commemorative) - Majorette

BX - Norev

BX - Guisval

BX Racer - Majorette

XM - Majorette

Xantia 1.8X - Siku

André Citroën was born in Paris in 1878, he was not French, but of Dutch Jewish origin. His parents moved from Amsterdam to Paris two years for his birth. The history of the French brand of Citroën dates back till 1902. The factory produced cogs with a special tread in a V-shape that operated more silent than the normal treads. This tread became the symbol of the Citroën factory and is carried on all the cars. (the double Chevron)

Toy Box Treasurers - Playart II

by TalesofToyCars


The Playart story continues with material provided by Brian Willoughby of Kentucky. On this page and the 'Playart III' page linked below, I am pleased to offer Brian's excellent information on Playart with minimal editing. The Playart car to the right is the Porsche Carerra 910.

The Type III: Rarest of Karmann-Ghia VW's

by TalesofToyCars

by Dave Weber
images by Remco Natrop

January 2001




Ferraro Bugatti type 35

Customizing Your Own Cruisers

by TalesofToyCars

Story by Tim Phelps,
Photography by Jim Durham

4 WillysI have been enjoying the art of customizing 1:64 scale cars for approximately 5 years. My love for little cars began 40 years ago as I held my first matchbox car- a red E-type jaguar. My personal interest centers on hot rods and customs, and vintage grand prix race cars. The very thought of creating my own customs has made the hobby of collecting that much more enjoyable. I will outline the major steps in creating your own cruisers. Portions of this article first appeared in Toy Cars and Vehicles, July 2000, Krause Publications.

The car body is removed from its chassis with a dremel burr or drill bit. The body is dunked into paint stripper, suspended by wire. Approximately ten minutes later, the body is removed, carefully rinsed, scrubbed with an old toothbrush and dried. Any paint left in the seams of the car (panels, doors, grill) is picked away with an old x-acto knife. Windows, wheel wells and other openings are smoothed with small jewelers files. Other imperfections are corrected as needed. Steel wool, fine grit sand paper or a dremel steel brush further smooths the car body.