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Where Facel Vega and PT Cruiser Meet

This episode we welcome Cody Belichesky. Cody is a contributor to the Live and Let Diecast blog, a student at Cal State Channel Islands, and an aspiring car designer. We even briefly discuss Nobel Laureate Albert Camus and the Facel Vega. This is a high-class podcast after all. And then we talked about a PT Cruiser. Our latest purchases or featured models: Ryan 1/18 Sunstar Facel Vega HK500; Majorette 1/18 1st Gen Jeep Grand Cherokee Lloyd 1/18 AutoArt Jaguar XJ-S Dan 1/43 D'Agostini ZIL...


The Low Class Yuppie Comes to Life

We welcome back Cameron Vanderhorst, founder of the Low Class Yuppie, writer, and podcaster from the Cammed and Tubbed Podcast. We have a great chat about Cam’s work for BimmerLife, Scale Auto Magazine, and chrome pens. Our latest purchases or featured models: Ryan: 1/18" 1985 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser by Best of Show - Sealed Resin Lloyd: Norev Mercedes W116 450 SEL 6.9L Dan: Paragon Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward Coupe Cam: Hot Wheels 1975 Porsche 911; Hot Wheels Redline...


3D Printing for Better Wheels?

It’s just the three of us: Ryan, Lloyd and Dan. We discuss whether we need others’ opinions before deciding on what we buy. We also go off on a tangent about 3D printing parts for diecast cars. Our latest purchases or featured models: Ryan: 1/18" Poudy Volvo V60 T5 Station Wagon Lloyd: 1/18 CMC 1964 Porsche 901 (911) Dan: 1/43 Dinky Matchbox Collectibles 1969 Triumph Stag


A Hot Wheels Submarine?

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan are joined by Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and 1/64 scale expert Andy Hawker. We talk about shopping habits and Hot Wheels trends. Our latest purchases or featured models: Ryan: Hot Wheels So-Plowed Truck Lloyd: 1:18 Kyosho Ferrari 308 GTS Dan: GAZ-13 Chaika Andy: Hot Wheels re-release of flying custom S'Cool Bus; Hot Wheels Tailgunner Collector #273; Hot Wheels Action Pack 1997 Undersea Adventure Set - Submarine w/5 spoke wheels, Diver w/Jet Pack, MicroSubmarine, and Hot...


Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan go it alone this week. We conquer the touchy subject of selling gifts. We also answer some listener questions. Our latest purchases or featured models: Ryan: 1979 Chrysler Station Wagon LeBaron Towne and Country by MotorMax Lloyd: AutoArt Dodge Viper GTR Dan: Disney Hudson Hornet


Happy Anniversary Live and Let Diecast!!

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan are joined by Scott Nadeau, Jeff Simmons, and Philip VanDenHout. The topic of the podcast is celebrating the 4th Anniversary of Live and Let Diecast. We also discuss DNA Collectibles, and Disney Cars Movie Chase Cars. Our latest purchases or featured models: Jeff Simmons: Hot Wheels Batman Animated Series Batmobile Scott Nadeau: Universal Hobbies Eagle's Race Brand Porshce 917 LeMans Winner Philip VandenHout: 1971 911 Hot Wheels model - light gray Ryan: Spark Ligier...


A Special Interlude: ///M Cars, LeMans and Radwood

This is a shorter episode featuring Scott Nadeau, Lloyd and me. We discuss the results of ///M Week on Live and Let Diecast, LeMans, and Radwood NorCal. It's a fun episode and I think you'll really enjoy it! We discuss the LALD Post for the winners of ///M week click here to follow along!


The Italian Diecast Renaissance

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan are joined by Giovanni Dionori, aka TriDent_Special on Instagram and RunnerSp on LALD. Giovanni is an Italian collector from Florence, Italy. We had a great discussion of his collection, his cars, his Dad’s cars including a Ferrari 550 Maranello and Porsche 911, and the collecting scene in both Italy and London (where he went to university). Our latest purchases: Ryan: Tomica Limited Vintage Lancia Delta Integrale; GLM 1:43 Lincoln Town Car Hearse #54 out of 199;...


The Founder

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan are joined by The Founder of Live and Let Diecast, Jeff Simmons. We discuss the site’s beginnings and its future. We also talk about Ryan’s new Golf Sportwagen, scalping, and Chasing Diecast Cars. Our latest purchases: Ryan: 1:43 Autoart Mk V Golf Sportwagen; 1:43 Spark Mk VII Sportwagen; 2017 Mk VII Golf Sportwagen Lloyd: 1:18 2012 McLaren MP4-12C by Minichamps Dan: 1:43 -- 1920 Blitzen Benz by Brumm; 1937 Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special Maserati,”; Ferrari 375...


The Model Car Hall of Fame

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan mostly go it alone on this episode, with an interview of the Model Car Hall of Fame’s John O’Neil included. We have a lively discussion on Hot Wheels vs Majorette. Does a collector need to have the best version of a model? When do you sell your models and what’s the best way to go about it, and we talk about Paul’s Hoarder House in New Jersey. We also discuss iScale. eBay vs HobbyDB Marketplace? Model Hall of...


JDM with JediMario

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan welcome Rob S, known as JediMario on Live and Let Diecast. Rob just returned from a great trip to Japan where he immersed himself in Japanese car culture. The conversation is really fascinating. He brought home 41 diecast cars with him. We hear about getting an International Driver’s License, Japanese diecast shops, Kyosho Blindboxes, and the incredible Yodobashi Camera Department Store. Rob is ep3_lol on Instagram Be sure and join us...


Xin's Singapore

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan welcome Xin Choo, known as TE71 Xin on Live and Let Diecast. Xin, prounounced "Sin", is an artist, writer, and avid photographer who happens to be incredibly well educated. We hear all about Singapore and the Southeast Asian car and diecast scene. We learn about the incredible expense and difficulty in owning a car in Singapore. We also followup on the Prototype VW Hot Wheels Rockster. We also answer the most questions ever!! Our latest purchases: Ryan: Best of Show...


And Tubbed - Radwood Style

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan welcome special guest Brad Brownell. Brad is the other half of Hooniverse’s Cammed and Tubbed Podcast. Brad is a co-founder of Radwood, which has experienced explosive growth this year. Our diecast discussion centered on Radwood era cars. Dan was humiliated for not having a clue about Initial D. Brad is most definitely a huge diecast collector, even though at first, he didn’t really admit to it. Our latest purchases: Ryan: Autoart Corolla AE86 from Initial D Lloyd:...



Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan welcome special guest Cameron Vanderhorst. Cam is one half of Hooniverse’s Cammed and Tubbed Podcast. Cam was a ton of fun to have on the show. There was a lot of JDM talk, Porsche talk, and he filled us in on his writing career. You can find him monthly on and he’s a drummer for the Lowsiders at The Lowsiders are a Psychedelic Garage Rock band. Cam’s Instagram: camvanderhorst Our latest purchases: Ryan: 1:64 Scale Tomica Mazda...


A Model Citizen

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan welcome special guest Patrick Strong, the founder of Model Citizen. We had a great discussion on the state of diecast shopping in the US. Some great talk about Radwood. We looked at Autocult, a small but important German model maker, and really enjoyed learning about the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California. Partick told all about his real-life 1989 Toyota Panel Van (it’s a great story!). Our latest purchases: Ryan: Greenlight’s recast 1966 Cadillac...


$299 for a Hot Wheels car?

Ryan, Lloyd, and Dan discuss expensive diecast cars, the Live and Let Diecast Car Week competition, photography, and the eBay challenge is the Hot Wheels VW Raid Bus Prototype, if it pops up on eBay. Our latest purchases: Ryan: A trio of Lancia models, all in Martini livery, tops his list this week including a Lancia 037 by Kyosho, a Lancia Delta S4 by Autoart, and a Delta Integrale by Sunstar. Lloyd: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am by Yatming Dan: 2015 Jeep Wrangler in Border Patrol...


Craptastic Testarossa

Ryan, Lloyd and Dan are joined by Scott Nadeau who calls in from the Raleigh, North Carolina. Scott is Live and Let Diecast’s Instagram and Facebook account lead and he does an amazing job. The Evening Standard in the UK says: “Live and Let Diecast @live_and_let_diecastThis account has a truly unique remit, posting photos solely of collectable diecast model cars. The account complements a well-known blog for the diecast collecting community.” They are slotted just below Subaru USA and above...


Where do you keep them all Andy?

Ryan, Lloyd and Dan are joined by Andy Hawker who calls in from the Denver, Colorado area. Andy has an astounding collection of diecast cars mostly concentrating on 1:64 scale, but including 1:43, 1:24, 1:18 and others. How astounding? Try 17,631 cars, as of the day we recorded. Andy has a detailed database and has information about every model he owns. Our latest purchases: Ryan: Ignition Model Liberty Walk Nissan GTR 2nd Gen - Ken Meri Lloyd: BMW F30 3-series, M4 Coupe and Convertible by...


Where do you shop?

Dan, Ryan and Lloyd discuss the models they recently purchased, where do people buy their diecast cars from, and what do your signficant others think of your hobby? Ryan talks about his Automboile Nissan 300ZX and 180SX ; Lloyd talks about his 1/18 Norev Mercedes GL and Automobile BMW E34 M5 Touring; Dan bought a Welly London Taxi at Disney World. We answer our first every listener question! You can check out Lloyd and Ryan's writing, along with others at Ryan...


Now for some smaller scale talk

Dan, Ryan and Lloyd discuss the models they recently purchased, different types of diecast models people collect, and why they collect. This episode we have Live and Let Diecast Moderator Phillip van den Hout. Dan, Ryan and Lloyd discuss the models they recently purchased, different types of diecast models people collect, and why they collect. Ryan talks about his 1/43 Nissan Note; Lloyd talks about his 1/18 Norev Merceds CLS; Dan has a 1/24 1967 VW Beetle from Greenlight; and Phillip...