Precision 1:24th scale
Did it start this way for you?
The only $1.49 AMT survivors I have left. The rest went the way of the firecracker. The Impala has real working lights front & rear( the switch can be seen below the left quarter). Dig the Barris decal on the trunk of the GTO and the model in the back window( what is it?). Even in '64, I was putting models in models!
What is precision 1:24th scale? Measuring approximately 6"-7" long, it's increased popularity in the past 10 years can be traced in part to former 1:25th scale plastic promo model enthusiasts along with the baby boomers who always wanted to build that AMT or Monogram kit to look just like the picture on the box. Many never could. But today, with the diecast models from Franklin and Danbury, they're better than you could ever hope to build. With operating details that we could only dream of back in the day. Precision 1:24th scale is also collected by just plain car crazy people who satisfy their passion through the diecast hobby. Some "invest". Use that invest word carefully. In general, 1:24 scale holds a greater percentage of the original cost than 1:18. With time, some go up in value, many go down. My advise has always been, have fun and buy the majority of the models you want because you like them, not because of speculation of a big cash-out in the future. Sure, there are some releases that you may feel strong about and I may even give my opinion to where it may go dollar wise down the road. But this should be the exception to the way you collect.
In conclusion, although 1:18 has made great strides in the past 5 years in regards to detail, 1:24 is still my favorite scale. Why? My answer.. the same as most collectors give me: " I just like the size."
I rate precision 1:24th scale manufacturers by the following guidelines, taking all into consideration.
Precision Detail & progress: Using a real show car as the standard ( I've restored & judged many), how realistic do the majority of their models and components come to the real thing? Is the manufacturer always trying to improve different areas on each release? Are they investing in new tooling and new images or just repainting issues with 1989 technology? The manufacturer's response to collector input is another important consideration.
Exclusivity: Does the manufacturer limit production? After all, this is what collecting is supposed to be about. If the item is that easy to obtain, then it's not collecting, it's just retail. In my opinion, 5,000 pieces should be the limit on a "Limited Edition" 1:24th.
Value: In regards to new releases, side by side, which maker offers the better value today? Which manufacturer holds their value best in the secondary market?
Selection: Does the manufacturer offer a wide range of the images that collectors are asking for? If someone introduces a new 1:24 with the highest level of detail ever, it may make my list, but won't rank #1. One hit wonders don't qualify. (CMC makes great stuff but they don't make a wide enough range of models to slot 1 or 2.)
More blasts from the past!
Every summer Grandmom would buy me a plastic, assembled promo on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, across from Steel Pier. Do you remember the GM Display? It was like a Motorama exhibit.1:24 diecast would be great of all 3 models shown.