Do you enjoy building model cars? Has it almost become a passion as much as a hobby? There can be one good way to expand on your hobby. You can join a model car club. Today it doesn’t matter what kind of model car you collect there is a club out there that can go hand in hand with your passion. So, with so many out there how do you pick which one you want to go with? The first thing you need to do is to decide which type of club it is you are looking to join.
If you are joining a die cast model car club you will probably want to join one that deals with certain collections. Certain “Mint” collections will offer a selection of different cars based on a common factor, whether it be manufacturer of the original automobile or the year range that particular auto came out. These collector’s club usually charge a set amount for each vehicle you purchase and then they will add in shipping. Sometimes as an incentive they will offer some sort of freebie gift to try and convince you to join.
If you do not mind paying a bit of money and are looking for a certain type of model car then this can be an okay way to go. You know you will get your car at a certain time each month and you know what it will cost you. The downside is that many of these collections do not usually gain in value. They are purely for the collector’s personal enjoyment. Another is that if there is a month that you are not able to afford one of the cars or you do not like the one being offered then you may still have to purchase it. If you do not then what value you do have in the collection can drop significantly.
If you love to build models then there is a whole other avenue of options available to you as well. Many of the clubs for builders offer free memberships and have a lot more to offer as well. You can talk to fellow club members and get plenty of tips and hints on ways to improve your model making skills. You can also learn where to find hard to get models and paints. Model building clubs can be very interesting in that they are a very good way to meet people from all over the world that share a common interest with you.
There are also some pay per membership clubs out there for model builders as well. Some of these may resemble an “of the month” type club. Offering a different model car each month they will send you the build kit and you may have to purchase your paints separately. It may take a bit of searching to find one of these but with a little time and some Internet hunting you should be able to find the one you would like to join. Model car clubs are an interesting way to meet people no matter if you want to build your own or just collect die cast ones. All you have to do is find the one that makes you feel the most welcome.