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The following are e-mail responses to 'Tales of Toy Cars' and The Breithaupt Miniature Motorcar Museum. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via the 'Guest Book'.

"1) After reading your article about Mopar cars made by various companies I noticed you stated that MAISTO has a new casting of the HEMI CUDA. I do not have one yet either, but have seen that new casting in the Maisto "Road and Track" 25 car special edition assortment(= Wal-mart exclusive). The car is Hemi orange with a black hood scoop. The price is great too, I beleive it was $10.96 (or $9.88, but it was not more than $11.00) for the 25 car set--making each car only .44 cents!! Other great new castings in the assortment too.

2) Where on-line can I find reference lists of all cars produced by the "other" manufacturers? Companies like Playart, Tomica, Majorette and Zee/Zylmex. I would like to find lists that included not only the reference numbers and the dates of production but also offereings in colors/interiors/wheels/paint schemes etc...

3) thank you sooo much!!"

Charlene Kamsch, Pasadena, Maryland

Editor's response: Charlene is right about the new Maisto models. I bought the set myself.

"Incredible work you've done here -- a real passion. I have a question. I'd like to start collecting a current line of 'Matchbox-sized' cars -- I'm looking for the best toy car manufacturer. It would be a huge help (although not imperative) if the cars were available online.

Thank you -- and again, great work."

Matt Lindley, Massachusetts

Editor's response: In 1:64 scale, there are many great manufacturers and I recommended a list for Matt.

"Dear Doug,
News from France: it looks like Solido finally woke up Majorette. Around fifty new models are proposed. Some of them are on sale yet. Many of them are new cars (Renault Kangoo, VW Golf IV, Porsche 996), but Majorette seems to think about the american market. It annouces a 57 T'Bird and a '56 Corvette. More informations are available on www.majorette.com."

FrÈdÈric LAURENT, La Roche sur Yon, France

Editor's response: Frederic is a regular reader and his updates on French diecast are appreciated. Majorette does have many new castings. Finding them in ther US is another matter. It seems that the US market is a problem for Majorette.

"I really love the diecast model car. This is the first time I visit your web site. I got more knowledge about diecast car that I've never known from other. Now I begin to collect them. In Thailand most of them made in Hong Kong, China and also Thailand. I think I will correct 1:43 SOLIDO (made in France) " Do you have some comment for me"

Sataporn Thongma, Bangkok, Thailand

Editor's response: There is a growing collector market in Asia and of course most diecast are manufactured there.