Collecting die-cast model cars is a fun and rewarding hobby and NASCAR models are the most popular model cars among collectors today. NASCAR die-cast models also make a great gift, whether the recipient is a fan of a particular driver or of the sport in general.

Building your hobby

NASCAR die-cast models are certainly not toys, and building one from a kit is very absorbing and detailed, however, it can also be great fun. The models are scaled-down versions of the real-life car they represent and come complete with all the features and details of the original car. Usually the models are about 10 to 12 inches in length and in the most popular scale of 1:43, meaning one inch of the model equals 43 inches of the real car. Other scales for models are also available, including 1:10, 1:12, 1:18 and 1:24.

Newcomers to building die-cast models should start with a beginner’s level kit. These models are just as high quality as the more advanced kits, with the same amount of detail, but less work needed to accomplish the finished product. Customization is also available, so if you are looking for Jimmie Johnson die-cast cars for your favorite NASCAR fan, or for yourself, you can either buy a kit including all the necessary parts and pieces to make the car, or you can buy the make and model and pick up customized accessories separately. Racing decal, custom rims and tires, racing engines and even hydraulics are all available.

While many kits come with all that you need to construct the model, it is a good idea to invest in some basic supplies. Having extra glue on hand is always a good idea, as is hobby paint and brushes and a clear acrylic to use as a protective coating once you’ve finished your paint job. A hobby knife and wax paper are also good to keep on hand.

Collecting NASCAR die-cast cars

When it comes to collecting NASCAR die-cast cars, you may choose to focus on specific makes and models of race car or concentrate on a particular NASCAR driver and the variety of cars he (or she) has driven throughout their career. Long-term collectors maintain that you should collect cars that you truly love.

Shopping around for your models is important; flea markets, auctions, and yard sales are always great places to looks. Classified ads and community bulletin boards may point you toward a find as well. The Internet is one of the best places to search for a treasure, with many reputable dealers and a wide variety of high-quality model cars to choose from. Remember before you buy to do your homework by learning about the car or cars you’re looking for. The closer the replica is to the original really matters, increasing the long-term value of the piece.

Caring for you NASCAR die-cast racecar is very basic. A compressed air canister and paint brush are handy for cleaning off any dust, a damp cloth is best for the seats and a gentle buffing with detailing wax will keep your model shiny.