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Collecting diecast cars is suppose to be about fun and enjoyment. Don't worry about money, value, not about keeping up with the next guy. Buy what you like and like what you buy. Nobody ever got rich selling diecast cars.

As a serious collector of well over 50 years I still don't consider myself an expert on the many scales or makers of the diecast cars that were available in the very beginning up to today. I do know what looks good, the quality, and have discovered about every angle of enjoying this hobby. My experiences extend far beyond of just acquiring a piece and sticking it on a shelf or in a display or storage case. Building shelves and display cases, rearranging displays, building dioramas and lay outs, making or finding tools and accessories to furnish your diorama shops, customizing and restoring the little cars, and even setting up photo studios, it's all work but an extrememount of fun work. On this page and site and through out this site I will do my best to show the many ways I have found to turn this into a passion and not just a hobby.  


Having a toy room for my little cars and other toys was a major improvement for organizing my cars and knowing what I had and where it was. I will continue building special shelves as my collection grows.

I have built several styles and sizes of display shelves and cases to help a great deal in keeping track of the cars I have. These shelves and cases are much easier to build than you may think.

Looking outward of the toy room

Looking outward towards the entrance door, you can see the many ways of displaying as well as the many style and types of display shelves and cases I have built to house all my cars.

Shadowbox style wall display cases

These shadowbox wall cases are much more difficult and time consuming to build. They take up as much space as the framed wall shelves and hold less than half the cars. Many collectors thing they look much better though.

Pinning carded cars to the wall

Pinning the carded cars on the wall always makes a fine display, but sure takes up allot of wall space.

AMAC plastic display cases

These plastic cases from AMAC Plastics are the perfect size for about 98% of our beloved diecast cars.

Framed display case

With the AMAC Plastics individual clear PVC cases, I find these framed box wall cases are best, fastest, and easiest to build. Each one of these 52 inch by 32 inch wall cases are made with simple 1 3/4 inch wood strips. Center board is just for stability, but creates two sections. Each section holds 150 cars in their PVC cases. A space saving way of displaying 300 cars.

Building Garage dioramas

Finding or making sufficent sixe boxes of cardboard, wood, or plastic to build these garage dioramas is and endless wave of fun and enjoyment. Finding or making the benches, toolboxes, and other accessories is more than half the fun.

Two sided garage diorama

Two sided garage dios are perfect for photographing our favorite diecast cars.

Accessory items

You would be surprised how many items can be found inside some of these diecast cars that can be removed and used for dioramas.

Diorama items

With a little cutting, fileing and creativity, this engine from this casting makes a fantastic shop item. The stand is made from styrene modelers plastic.

Photo boxes

These Photo boxes can very easily be made from the 1/4 inch posterboard. About any kind of lighting can be used.

Custom Hot Wheels 55 Chevy Gasser

Customizing and detailing these little cars is always extreme fun. From just a simple wheel swap to a full blown wild custom. This 55 Gasser looks like a minor redo, but has an aluminum tube frame under it, eliminating allot of excess chassis plastic.

Restored Hot Wheels Poison Pinto

This is a restoration of the Poison Pinto. Used a resin cast engine of my own and added some RR wheels.  A repaint and located the decals from a fellow collector.

Full blown custom Hot Wheels 40 Ford "The Beast"

Allot of cutting, fileing, and hacking went into this full blown custon HW 40 Ford. Needed to open the engine compartment up to fit the huge powerful mill in there.