|Some would argue that miniature models were first made for children. These are
supposed to be very tasteful children's toys to complete the need of the young to
drive. But things aren' t so simple.
In the beginning, the manufacturers made toy cars only for children, however
with the development of technology, these manufactures reached a very high
level of comformity of the original model that adults also became interested of
acquiring them and thus creating "personal collections".
Judging from the shocking details that these small models have, we understand
that surely they are not addressed so much in children but for adults. For adults
that can make their interest a collecction, and their collection, passion. The
collection of car models is a well known hobby. It is not odd that people always
had the tendency to collect objects for their personal pleasute. And many
collectors of miniature car models exist both in the world and Hellas. Their ages
are from 8 until 80 years.....
In Hellas I am from the first individuals that dealt seriously with miniature
car models both as a collector but also as a seller. I had from a small age a love
for the cars and I showed it by all means! Later on in life my work was the
design and manufacture of jewels, something that occupied me for 25 years.
In 1987 I discovered model cars of scale 1:18 (length 30 cm roughly). These,
because of their relatively big size, it is feasible to turn thir tyres,open the hood,
the boot or even see the engine with large detail and conformity. Once I placed in
the window of my jewelry shop 18 miniature car models and to my amazement,
they were all sold in minimal time interval. Roughly in three days!! These were
the three days that I understood that my main employment would change.
At the same time my personal collection was growing, which now numbers
roughly around 500 pieces, mainly in the scale 1: 18.
In my shop I have all copies that are in circulation of this scale together with
planes, and motorcycles, that I change making them unique since no company
manufactures them in the form which I offer. In the beginning there were many
things I did not know about the miniature models. Let us consider that their sizes
are separated mainly in three scales.
The most hard to find in Hellas was the scale 1: 43 which have a length of 10cm
to 12cm and that Hellas collectors found usually frtom foreign manufactures
since the cost of manufacturing them in Hellas was very high compared to the
low prices of factories in Asia. The difficult times however, wher the collectors
faced problems in their passion have passed. Today everything is imported in
If you wonder, how can someone achieve a passion for miniature car models
and become a collector, I would have to say that this happens without you
knowing, in the beginning you start with a model that you like and then you
search to find more, suddenly without knowing you reach a collection of around
15 pieces. Increasing your collection does nor require you to spend a lot of
money. On the contrary price tange from 14 euros to 250 (with the latter being
prices of rate pieses).
Beacause the small bright miniatures models stand to delightfully together and
their collection cost is much less from that the collection of real cars, I am at
your dispsal to guide you in this fantasy world.....