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Just found this thread and must say I am blown away by not only your pics @Nicadraus, but also your modification skills. I collect Diecast too, I have 2 collections I guess, 1 is Craig Lowndes (Australian Racing Driver) based (I had the opportunity 20+ years ago to spend some time with him and got some hot laps with him which was awesome). I’ve tried to collect what i call significant models from his career and it currently stands at 19 1/18 cars (a few 1/43’s as well). The company that has mostly been licensed (Classic Carlectables) to produce the cars has made more of the latest releases as Resin sealed models which is unfortunate, but I still “needed” to get them for my collection.

 

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I also have started an Australian Ford collection, which includes road cars as well as significant race cars from Classic Carlectables, Biante and AUTOart. 

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1 hour ago, mtbkym01 said:

I also have started an Australian Ford collection, which includes road cars as well as significant race cars from Classic Carlectables, Biante and AUTOart. 

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that's an impressive collection. For me the only other iconic Ford I can see you are missing would be an Interceptor.

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1 minute ago, yogi-bear said:

that's an impressive collection. For me the only other iconic Ford I can see you are missing would be an Interceptor.

Thanks mate, yeah I’ve seen a few Interceptors, both versions are available, from Mad Max 1 and a dirty from Mad Max 2. I still need an XR GT sedan, and an XA GT sedan, that would complete the “true” GT Sedan line up. I also need an XB GT Coupe to go with the XA RPO83 and the XC Cobra Opt 97. Then…. I’d like some of the iconic GroupC Touring cars from XA to XE. Space in the cabinet is an issue :o

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5 hours ago, mtbkym01 said:

Thanks mate, yeah I’ve seen a few Interceptors, both versions are available, from Mad Max 1 and a dirty from Mad Max 2. I still need an XR GT sedan, and an XA GT sedan, that would complete the “true” GT Sedan line up. I also need an XB GT Coupe to go with the XA RPO83 and the XC Cobra Opt 97. Then…. I’d like some of the iconic GroupC Touring cars from XA to XE. Space in the cabinet is an issue :o

I do like the XC Cobra. I am hoping to have some sort of XC vac formable shell ready this year. A friend has 3D modelled it and soon will start making the mould for it.

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That's a nice collection @mtbkym01 I would suggest lifting the each models from sitting on a shelf to avoid tire flat spots. I do this to all my models including the smaller scales 1:64 & 1:43. Overtime, the weight of the models puts pressure on the rubber tires that cerates irreversible flat spots. 

In the pics below, each model is raised 2 - 3mm from the base.

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I patiently did all that to my models in all scales.

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@Nicadraus, what are you using to raise them? That is a very nice collection and display you have there

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9 minutes ago, mtbkym01 said:

@Nicadraus, what are you using to raise them? That is a very nice collection and display you have there

I used plastic straws used for balloons that are about 0.5mm in thickness. I cut them according the model's ride height to raise each at least 2-3mm. Then the screws that hold the model on the base are also inserted and concealed in the straws which I also painted in black. The straw raisers can be seen underneath each model in the pictures above.

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