Sometimes, the truck that has a special place in your heart isn’t the monster big rig parked in your front yard. Sometimes, for the discerning enthusiast, it’s the one parked on the shelf in the living room or the dresser in your kid’s room. Model trucks, some say, are a way of life.
Now, whether you’re more of a nostalgic collector, after a detailed, die-cast White Western Star replica or the type of trucker who wants mini versions of eye-catching custom Western Star trucks, there are models out there for you.
The detail may vary, as well as the materials used. If you’re in the market to purchase a kit or an already assembled Western Star model truck, you’ll see prices ranging from around the price of a steak dinner to a couple hundred dollars. These are legitimate price discrepancies, and more than likely, you’re gonna get what you pay for.
Pay close attention to the amount of detail in your desired model. Check out tips from other enthusiasts at sites like Collector’s Weekly if you’re a first timer. After all, even if it’s not your bag, these things make great gifts from a trucker who drives a big-boy-sized Western Star every day.
Our forum recently featured discussions from a model enthusiast who has replicated some very attractive Stars in miniature form. Check them out here. Our personal favorite is the landscape detail on this model, which has a killer color palate and nice detail on the paint job, as well as good scale size on everything from the stacks to the windshield wipers.
One thing quality won’t depend on is the source of your purchase. While of course long-standing giants in the game like Tonka can produce eye-catching, killer models, the passionate model-maker who sells on eBay out of his garage might just give them a run for their money. Really look around when you’re in the market for a model or two, and you’ll be surprised at how competitive the market is out there.
Most importantly, remember to show off your trucks! Post photos to the forum, connect with other collectors, maybe even learn how to customize a model Western Star yourself to produce the most enviable toy your house guests have ever laid eyes on.
And be sure to tell us all about it.