The meat of the 1:64 scale collection. Each box represents 48 cars so this
wall has over 2,100. Another 18 boxes are not visible for a total of about
3,000 loose cars with another 1,000 in packages or special displays.
The 1:18 scale cars finally have a home.
Racing Champion Mint Edition and Hot Wheels Redlines are framed by packaged
| The Toy Room
Ask any normal person what room in the house is their favorite and see
what they say. For those of us who like to cook and eat, the kitchen might
be the choice. For some, the garage or shop is their place to 'get away'
from it all. Of course, the bedroom is a common choice for obvious reasons.
I know that if you are reading this, you are hard-pressed to consider yourself
normal. You are a diecast collector and our homes have another room that
is dear to our hearts, the toy room.
Over the past month I have been re-locating my toy room from a converted
cloak-room to a much larger room (about 500 square feet) in the basement.
I was over-flowing my cloak-room and my wife decided a bigger toy room downstairs
was better than my collection becoming the center-piece of our dining room.
I really did not realize how long this re-location would take. First, I
had to prepare the room. As it was an un-finished room needing interior
walls, I decided to do three of the walls in peg-board to accommodate all
the items that need to hang on hooks. Most of my small-scale diecast collection
is either in 48 car, clear plastic boxes by Plano Molding Company or in
packages. It is easy to organize the collection by make and model for easy
reference. All can hang from hooks. In addition, I had shelves made for
my 1:18 scale collection, now approaching 200 models.
More work remains to find the right space for my smaller 1:43-1:36 scale
collection. In addition, some 50 1:24 scale cars are also competing for
display space. Special displays are provided for Matchbox World Class/Premier
Collection cars, Racing Champion Mint Edition and Hot Wheel Redlines. Once
everything is in place I will provide some overall views of the room.
For now, I have to share my space with the washer, dryer and hot water heater.
You see my new toy room is the old laundry room. A new laundry room is planned
but un-funded at present. It's a tough choice, spend money to move the washer/dryer
of buy more toy cars. I'm willing to share my space at present and the sound
of the dryer as I prepare this column could be considered meditative. Yes,
close friends and relatives have recommended professional help.
My two children, (5 and 18 months) have decided the new toy room is their
favorite place to be too. They are both very good about not playing with
dad's toys unless dad says so. I'm just lucky I guess. It is amazing to
me how small children can be trained to respect the sanctity of 'The Toy
Room.' Perhaps the use of the cattle prod for conditioning purposes was
a bit over the top (yes, I'm kidding here).
My ultimate goal is to create a mini-museum for the collection, sound familiar?
This way I don't burden the heirs with what to do with the hoard once I
go to that big toy store in the sky. Running a nice non-profit museum with
a gift shop of course, in my golden years may be just the ticket. I just
a benefactor to sponsor my dream. Let's see, The Bill Gates Toy Car Museum
has a ring to it. However, we should all remember, the one who dies with
the most toy cars... is still dead.
One month and I'm still only half done. Since the family is coming for Easter,
I guess I need to pick up the pace. One un-anticipated bonus, the 27 stairs
from the basement to main floor have put me in good shape. Now, if I could
just find a spot for the 1:24 scale cars.