Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Codes?

Code 1: Original Model/Box factory finished
Code 2: Decoration/Box added by a third party but approved by factory
Code 3: Decoration/Box not applied by Factory and not approved.

Important Points regarding Model Care.

  • We recommend you remove any stickers used to hold down bonnets etc placed by the manufacturer to protect the model in shipping in case they effect the finish over time
  • We strongly suggest you do not wrap models in tissues. Tissues can often stick to paintwork and decals over time and can prove to be very difficult to remove. This is a particularly important consideration with respect to hand built models or models using water lift transfers.
  • You should pay attention to the tyres of  models stored out of their packaging, especially models stored on glass shelves. Models with softer tyres (especially hand built models) are susceptible to getting flat spots which are difficult to impossible to repair. There are purpose made products that support the models but you would probably find a piece of corrugated cardboard cut to size to rase the wheels off the ground just as good without being apparent within your display case.

Model Car scales

1:12 Scale - While uncommon a number of manufacturers have produced highly detailed model cars in this very large scale.

1:18 Scale - The most common scale for "large" diecast models. Made popular by brands such as Bburago, Maisto, AutoArt and Biante Classics.

1:24 Scale - Previously a very popular scale for larger models which has reduced in popularity of late. Very close to the scale of garden model railways and collector dolls houses.

1:32 Scale - A common scale for Slot Cars. 

1:43 Scale - The most popular scale for diecast model cars. Traditionally known as the "Collectors Scale" it allows for a good mix of detail and price.

1:50 Scale - A common scale for earhtmoving and truck models.

1:64 Scale -  Matchbox and Hot Wheels use this scale to describe their vehicles, although the actual scale of the individual models varies from 1:55 to beyond 1:100

1:76 Scale - Very close in size to HO/OO scale popular in model railways.

How can I contact you? Phone: +61 7 3396 3674
Fax: +61 7 3393 5555
e-mail: info@gatewaymodels.com.au
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