About this Site
Welcome to Daniel Beck's Model Car Collection. This non-commercial website was
created in 1998, when my brother wanted to set up a website with an integrated
database and suggested to catalog my collection. It is a site for collectors and for any other people
interested in model cars (especially in 1/43rd scale), as you can see here my whole collection,
including a lot of rareties. Furthermore, you can get some background information
about collecting model cars. Enjoy!
That's what you find on this website:
- From A to Z:
A small model car glossary providing background
information, useful hints, references to literature about model cars
and a list of all model car manufacturers represented in my collection.
Special terms used by model car collectors are also explained. By the way:
A Russian translation of this text was published in
issue 2/2006 of the magazine "Avtomobilny Modelizm" (unfortunately without referring to my website) - click
here for a PDF file of the article.
- From all over the World:
Here you can get information about the model car scene of 76 countries, illustrated by some examples from my collection. In most cases the current name
of the country where the models and original cars were produced is indicated as country of
origin (e.g. "Czech Republic" is also used for models or cars made in the Western part of
Czechoslovakia before 1993, and "Serbia" is used for the Zastava cars made in former Yugoslavia,
since this company was based in the Serbian city of Kragujevac). The only exceptions are models and cars from the former
German Democratic Republic. By the way: Not all countries in which model cars are produced are (yet)
represented in my collection.
- Special Models:
Five short tours through my collection.
The tour "Nostalgia" e.g. shows old and old-looking items. I also
show you high tech models, movie cars, curiosities and extremes such as the
models copying the oldest and fastest original cars. Every model is described and,
of course, shown in a picture.
Here you can have a look at my whole collection.
Since the late 1970s I have collected 2362 model cars, most of them in
1/43rd scale. All of them are pictured. Ignoring all the (justified)
recommendations, I have never specialized in a certain subject while collecting.
But so my collection shows you a little bit of the huge variety in the world
of model cars. Various model lists are available on the database page; the lists grouped
by model manufacturer include a brief description of the producer's history.
A list of websites about model cars: manufacturers, collectors, shops, news and further information.
Of course you can send me an e-mail if you know other interesting model car
websites which should be listed here.
- Classifieds ads:
If you'd like to sell some models of your collection, or if you are looking for any
particular models or accessories, you can place a free advertisement on my website.
You can choose out of three departments: offers, requests and miscellaneous. Each
ad is shown for 90 days. Within this period you can edit or clear your ad at any
time, using a personal password.
Pictures of the model cars from my collection can be sent as virtual postcards.
There are twelve pictures to choose from on that page. But you can also make a
postcard showing any model by selecting "send as postcard" in the model database.
Maybe you want to know if there is a particular model in my collection. If you're
looking for something particular on my homepage, you can use the search engine. Single
terms to be found in the database can be entered directly into the "Search" field on the menu bar.
Advanced search allows looking for word combinations in all texts of this website and offers a lot of search
combinations to find models in the database.
- References: The texts on this website are based on many different sources.
A list of books, magazines and websites which were particularly helpful when creating the site is thus an essential part of this information platform.
Model car related articles in which I was mentioned:
Articles I wrote:
Who is responsible for these pages? Here are some links about myself:
And, although this is a website about model cars: My favourite means of transport in 1/1st scale
is not a car, but the bike
and the railway
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