Ever since I owned my first car, I’ve always wanted a scale model of it to paint and option to exactly match the real one. And I’ve usually had the hardest time finding it.
The following are cars that I had owned, in somewhat chronological order, that I wanted a scale model to match (certainly not all the cars I’ve owned, as there are few I want to forget).
My very first car was a 1982 Pontiac J2000 (Sunbird),I would have loved a miniature of it. There are several scale models available, but all hatchbacks, and I had a coupe.
1990 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo - My 2nd car. This is the one I wanted really bad and I’ve searched high and low for, yet I still haven’t found anything. While the car is long gone, I would still love any version.
1993 Jeep Cherokee - There are some available today, but none when I owned it.
1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD - same as the Plymouth Laser, nothing available. A damn shame the 1G DSM line is not represented.
Oddly enough, I was able easily find a version of my wife’s 1996 Grand Caravan. (yes, I bought the model kit - I know, I have a problem)
1987 Pontiac Fiero GT (fastback)- Both plastic and diecast! Hard to find and somewhat pricey in the GT fastback style, I still was able to get both. By comparison, the notchback Fiero is easy to find in both plastic and diecast in many more scales and colors.
The diecast was even the right color!
2010 Jeep Liberty - Nothing in the new (KK) style that I have, just the original (KJ) style. Too bad, I love my Jeep.
2013 Hyundai Elanta - Really?!? I wasn’t even looking for this! A frikin’ Elantra! Heck, I even had a choice of color! (And yes, I bought this one too)
2012 Hyundai Veloster Not technically MY car, but as as stocking stuffer for my son. Another Hyundai, but this one is kinda cool, and my son loves his.
And finally, the 2015 Subaru WRX - another easy one to locate. So maybe it’s just the newer cars that can be found easily.
I’ll have to paint the wheels to match, and lose the STI spoiler (I have the Limited, not the STI) But these are super easy to find, and in multiple colors.
I know that many collect diecast or models in general, but how many try to get a miniature of what they have in the driveway (or garage, or on blocks in the back yard..) and how much of a challenge has it been? I’m assuming that most newer cars are available, but obviously not all of them are going to be easy to find.
But this? I can’t find a 1G DSM, but this is available in 3 colors?
Sometimes life isn’t fair.