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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'.


Derci Reich., Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Editor's response: It's great to hear from all the great diecast collectors in South America.

" Dear Doug.

I'm so impressed by the playart stories.And these are my playart collections: #Lotus Esprit (Yellow), #Kubelwagen, #Schimwagen, #Volkswagen & Canoe Trailer (Yellow), #Mercury St. Wagon & Boat Trailer (Red/Fire chief), #Mercedes Benz Military Police Van, #Ford GP Amphibious Vehicle (2 units), #US Jeep (a Willys MB with trailer), #Dodge Challenger (Red & Black plastic hood),#Lancia Stratos (Red, 2 units),#Beach Buggy (avocado green),#US Custom van,#Volvo 244 DL, #'65 Ford Mustang & Boat Trailer (avocado green),#Tractor with angledozer, #Zetor tractor (metalic blue & orange) with trailer(green & yellow log cart, green hay cart, red land girder, metalic blue land girder), #'70 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, #'67 Volkswagen 21 windows (rebuilt from scattered pieces), #Sherman Tank, #German Polizei Set (Scale :1/35) consists of a Porsche 911 Carrera & two Police motorcycles (probably Harley Davidsons with rider in light blue uniform), #Ford Capri (metalic green, scale 1/35)

Here in Indonesia I still can find Playart toys, even though it is also getting harder to find. O.K. It's nice to know that there are a lot of die cast lover around this planet. For your information only, until today (21-01-2000), I have 825 die cast toys, all in 1/64's scale. They were manufactured by Matchbox, Majorette, Maisto, Tomica, Playart, Yatming, SIKU, Corgi, Hotwheels and so on. This lunacy began in 1991 and keep going strong.

By the way, keep up the goodwork, and I'll be back again for more! Viva die cast car!"

Tommy Novel Armansyah, West Java, Indonesia

Editor's response: A nice Playart collection with some rare 1:35 scale models, thanks for sharing your list.

"I just did a web search for Realtoy and came up with your Alfa Romeo page. You're right; Realtoy is producing some great INEXPENSIVE die-cast. Did you know that this Alfa is a copy of a Micro-champs (1/64th scale) car made by Paul's Model Art? The Micro-champs cars solf for about $12 each."

Mac Ragan, New York, NY

Editor's response: Look for the article on Real Toy in this issue.

"My 12 year old daughter and I have been collecting cars for about 3 years, We mainly only buy new cars. When I was young, I had a batmobile, I believe it was a matchbox. My daughter would love to add a batmobile of any brand or year in her collection, but we can't find one in this area. Any suggestions?"

Jon Otteson, Magna, Utah

Editor's response: The Batmobile Jon had was a Corgi and not an easy or cheap find today. The three most common requests for cars are the original Batmobile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and the DeLorean. My suggestion, the Internet of course.

"Dear Doug,
This is the 1st time I visit your web and I'm really very glad to see all these car models. That's great.

As export pilote and also a Citroen Fan of Citroen in China, I'd like to present you one of the Citroen toy cars which is very rare in Europe and all other countries outside of China. It's the Fukang988, a Citroen ZX tribody with trunk, specially concepted for China from Citroen ZX hatch-back.We now have the models 1/43 and 1/18 on sale with several colors. The hood, the trunk and the doors can all be opened.You can visit our website at http://autofan.member.alibaba.com to see the details.

For more information. please contact me by the e-mail above. Thank you"

Hansen Huang, R.P.China

Editor's response: To see an image of the Chinese Citroen, visit <http://www.alibaba.com/bin/member/~autofan/sample.html?g=-1&s=40805>.