How many vans are on here
Why do you collect toy vans?
How can I contact you
How I display the diecast custom model vans
How I made the model case
How I photographed the vans
Do I have a favorite toy van
Do I have any other vans
There are 318 currently in my collection, am always adding more. (dated 10/12/2013) dd/mm/yyyy
Why not? I grew up around the custom van scene of the 80's, have always loved custom vans and have built many of them. I'd love to have a warehouse full of 1:1 scale custom vans but in reality that will never happen, so I collect toy vans.
Plus I no longer drink so have to spend my beer money some how.
This website is basically for showing off my collection. Unless you want to contact me to give away or sell me your diecast model vans (cheap) then there is no real reason to contact me.
It seems I need to make this clearer; I do NOT want to sell my vans. I am NOT a shop or dealer.
If you do want to sell me your vans you can use the link at the very bottom of the page (munchtech.com by the copyright notice) and use the contact form on my main site.
I started off just displaying my diecast custom vans on my dresser and bookcase but soon ran out of room.
I searched the web for display options and all the cabinets were expensive (and overseas) so I went about and built my own.
This display unit holds 100 vans as I didn't think I'd ever have as many as I do. I'll have to make another.
This photo shows most of the vans when I created this website in January 2012.
The model display case is made out of pine with a rimu stain
The back wall is dark tinted perspex and it also has a clear sheet for the front (removed for the photo because of the reflections)
The outside case measures 975mm x 578mm The outside frame wood is 18mm x 40mm and the inside bits are 10mm x 40mm which makes each slot 85mm x 43mm
I just created a very basic method of taking these photos on this site.
I placed two bits of printer paper (A4), placed a couple of small books under where the van sits - so camera shoots straight on to the van.
I used a desk lamp instead of the camera flash with a bit of daylight and tinfoil on the side to reflect light back onto the model (to avoid shadows).
That's all there is really, the camera has a macro setting as well as a indoor setting which ups the white balance or you'd get yellow tinge to the photos. If your camera doesn't have indoor or white blance options you can use a blue filter.
Not really, I do tend to like the hotwheels design of the van a bit better than the others but the johnny Lightning vans are better quality.
Would be very hard to pick just one.