March 06, 2010

Miniature Cars and Scale Modeling

Sometimes collecting vintage and collectible cars can get out of hand, sometimes it is addicting. Over the years I have bought a lot of interesting cars and still have many of them. Fortunately, I have managed to find places to keep them. Occasionally I wish my collection was more manageable and required less space. One way to manage a large collection with limited space is with scale models.

A few weeks ago, while doing some  Internet research, I was sent two very interesting web sites.

Michael Paul Smith


I asked several friends to identify where and when this photo was taken. Most thought the Plymouth Fury, parked in front of the OK used car lot, was taken some time during 1961-62 at the Chevrolet dealer in West Baltimore. When you visit Michael Smith’s  Flickr pages at:

You will discover the photos are of model cars and amazing models of buildings photographed with real backgrounds. Mr. Smith is very talented in both model building and photography. The buildings are created from memories of his home town. There are 91 photos, some of them giving clues to the photographic techniques.  Checkout his web postings and enjoy.

The second web discovery involves miniatures of vehicles designed by their creator. Their construction requires a high degree of metal working skills and lots of creativity.

Sandy’s Can Cars


Starting with aluminum beverage cans, Sandy creates some pretty interesting models. The web site shows several different models, a little biography on Sandy and even has plans available so you can try to make you own creations. Checkout Sandy’s can cars at:

I hope you visit these fascinating web sites and then come back with your comments. If you know of other web sites that would interest our visitors, please let us know.

6 Comments 6 Responses to “Miniature Cars and Scale Modeling”
  1. Hey! These are great. You might also check out Otto Vallastro’s models. He’s a retired gas station owner and carves amazing models freehand. I own several and want several more! His website is unsophisticated; don’t let that fool you. Check out his models from the thirties & forties. Esp. the Labatt’s truck, and his motor homes and trailers too! Really super work. Never met him but he’s very nice to deal with in email. He’s in like Kentucky or something. Site is . His ebay name is “65Monaco383″. Please check him out and say Oliver in Austin sent you! Thanks!

    Oliver in Austin on March 10th, 2010 at 12:04 pm
  2. I might add that Otto’s models are in the $100-$300 range and are VERY worth it! Check out the custom coachwork models of Caddy’s and Packards, etc.

    Oliver in Austin on March 10th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
  3. Hey folks–Otto just posted some wooden beauties on eBay. His id is 65monaco383. Honest–check them out. He has a Cadillac Soutchick like the one that sold at Gooding and Co. in Scottsdale back in Jan. Beautiful model.

    Oliver in Austin on March 29th, 2010 at 8:26 am
  4. Looking for a minature model of a 1969 z28 camero

    kimberly weick on May 23rd, 2010 at 9:35 pm
  5. Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Well done

    New Car on July 27th, 2010 at 3:14 am
  6. thanks for the info on scale models!
    I could be a huge car collector.
    I dont have space or money for it.
    But, I do love collecting scale models
    from the 1930’s up to 1964.
    I have 70 or so. A’m not nearly as talented
    as Sandy, but love it! I have been working
    on the Revell ‘Big Tub’ all summer long
    I have cut and chopped , altered it from its
    original. close to completion! Curtis.

    Curtis Emrey on September 23rd, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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