Collecting Diecast Model Cars can become addictive. So if you are spending large sums of money on diecast model cars it is important that you protect your investment. You could leave the cars in their boxes hidden up in your attic this would protect them but as some of these models are feats of miniature engineering they deserve to be out on show and admired by all.
Displaying Your Diecast Model Cars
If you are just getting started in the world of model car collecting then a quick way to display your model is to buy ready made 1:18 scale display case. These consist of a base in either wood or plastic and a clear Perspex top which forms the lid. You need to unscrew your car from its original packaging and place it on the display case’s plinth. There are no screw holes in the plinth so the display case needs to sit on a flat surface and you can use a small amount of double sided tape under the tyre to stop the model from rolling about if your display case is knocked. All you have to do now is simply place the lid on to the base. Your model is now protected from being bashed and from becoming dusty.
As you collection of model cars grows a cabinet may become a good idea to hold your investment. Some of the model manufactures like AutoArt produce a variety of wall mounted units with sliding doors. Some of these cabinets have mirrored shelves and backs to give a different view of your model without having to touch the car.
If you need even more space for your model car collection you maybe in the market for a custom made unit. Remember large cabinets with multiple shelves may need lights to make your models shine. LED lights are always a good choice as they do not have the heat of a tungsten spot light so you won’t risk melting your car collection.
It is important to place your cabinet out of direct sunlight as it can cause the paint on your model to fade.
Cleaning Your Diecast Model Cars
If you keep your diecast model is in a display case you will avoid the worst of the dust but from time to time you will need to clean your models. Avoid washing your models to clean them as they are difficult to dry properly. Instead the best way to clean them is to use a compressed air canister and a modelers paint brush. The seats can be wiped down with a damp cloth. If the paintwork appears a little flat using a car detailing wax on a soft microfibre cloth will add an extra little shine. Be careful not to rub the model to hard especially around the stickers and badges.
Hopefully by taking these simple steps will keep your diecast model cars in excellent condition and still be able to enjoy your collection.