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The good ole' oldies
Topic Started: Nov 17 2017, 01:22 PM (1,054 Views)
Stangfreak
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I have been here a little over 10 years now, but been collecting well more than 50 years. Back in the early 90s, if I remember correctly, when I first become acquainted with the internet, I really enjoyed finding these diecast discussion sites and joining up. I really, really enjoyed meeting so, so many other collectors and seeing their collections, sharing ideas, learning new tricks, finding information on some of these little cars and much more. At one time I was a member of 16 different sites such as this one. Year by year and one by one they all began to disappear for one reason or another. It finally got to the point there were only 4 popular ones left that was still interesting. The Diecast Diner, Joe's Diecast Shack, Hobby Talk, and Swifty's Garage. The owner/moderator of the Diecast Diner (Louis Kemler) had given me my own page and called it "Stangfreak's Dioramas". He is also the one who designed and made my signature card you see at the bottom of all my posts.

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Another fine man and member was Larry Miller (Camper Van) who had his own page called Camper's Customs. That's where I learned so much about tearing into and customizing these little cars. I met great people all over the world who were so very, very helpful in every aspect oft this hobby. The Diner fell off for a reason I never have known and I still remained with Joe's Shack, Hobby Talk, and Swifty's. I left Hobby Talk because ownership changed hands and all the good guys were loosing interest, and becoming nonactive. Some younger guys were taking over all the boards and the valuable information and customizing tips and tricks faded as well. Everything became about colors, All categories were named after colors and that's all that was posted. Very childish. Not sure what happen to Joe's Shack. People started dropping off there too and allot of drama was present. I can't express how thankful and glad Swifty's has remained and all the fantastic guys here are still so active. This place has kept my interest in this hobby very strong through all the changes over the years. Even through cancer, you guys have been so inspiring and supportive through that battle, which I am still involved in. I do know for sure I will remain a member until my final days, or cancer wins, or forbidding, Swifty's closes the doors, "or I am kicked out"...LOL
I recently found some CD disks that were made several years ago to save my files when my last computer crashed, and began going through them. As I was viewing them I was kinda shocked to see and remember some of the sweet and awesome castings I have collected and have in my new toy room. Thing is, they are all in their individual little cases and on the wall shelves I designed and built to display them on. I can't believe I have forgotten so many great and rare castings I have out there. Some of the carded cars that are pegged close to the ceiling are so dust covered you can't see them through the plastic bubble. Funny how these little cars shine so brightly in their day and then you add them to your growing collection, then they seem to disappear in the crowd. You soon forget about them until you see someone else's post of that certain car. My collection has grown to approximately 13,000 to 14,000 cars, trucks, and haulers now and it's getting pretty hard to keep track of. I built my 24 foot by 16 foot room with my own hands to do that very thing. Mabe aging also has something to do with it also. I really had a good thing going there for awhile making car trailers, diorama pieces, customizing pieces, carving them from styrene plastic, molding them and casting them, painting and detailing them to sell, trade and share with many, many, many fellow collectors until I was diagnosed with cancer. The many surgeries, treatments, exams, and finances finally took their toll and slowed me way down. I am in better health and am able to get into more stuff now, but still can't seem to get it all up and running like I used too. I did become severely scared and depressed, I lost all interest in everything I enjoyed, my little cars, racing my real Mustang, playing music, building and riding bicycles and more, including life. There are no words, there is no way to express my gratitude and thanks to each and every "FINE" member here for their comments and supporting words over the years that kept my flame lit. I think my goal in life now is to be typing a post here at Swifty's with my last burst of energy on my final day on earth...LOL

Thank you all, Thank you all, Thank you all soooooooo very, very much!!!


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Made this camper from scratch and scrap plastic in the early 90s

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Edited by Stangfreak, Nov 17 2017, 02:06 PM.
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webestang64
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I am so glad to have found this site and to have the pleasure of seeing yours and everybody else's great photography. Being a pro-photographer I appreciate the fine details you add to your photos. The set ups and lighting are wonderfully thought out and photographed to a high standard.

I consider all of you my friends and I wish all of you happiness and well being.
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daniel60
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Steve hope you are getting healthy and stay creative! and entertaining.
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Hot Wheels
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I have not been here long and have been collecting for less than a year and this forum has been an excellent source of info and camaraderie. I always enjoy your posts and wish you all the best health-wise.
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juantoo3
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I love having you here, Steve, and I hope you are still here for a long long time to come.
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carcollector
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Steve I enjoy always your work and pics wherever I see them. It`s a real pleasure looking your pics and I look forward for the next years to come.
Glad that your are here and stay also so creative in the future! :wave:
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microbuss
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love them Dioramas you do

Course I needs some tires from Crazy Daves for my BP 6 wheeled explorer & I want that semi too hehe
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HWJOE
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WOW, what a great story! Very inspirational and thought provoking! You sound like you still have fight in you! Live everyday as much as you can and keep collecting if that's what makes you happy!
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6A13TT
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Those Dioramas are really really nice. There's nothing cooler than seeing die casts in scaled down realistic situations.
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accobra64
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Steve, I am sure glad that you have been a member here for all those years.
Your contributions to Swifty's Garage have been significant.
Fantastic pictures of some awesome diecast.
We are truly lucky to have you here as a LONG TIME member.
Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for all of the rest of us whether as members or as guests.

Cheers. Cobra
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