A lot of collectors also enjoy customising the models as part of their hobby. They can add the small details that the manufacturer may have missed or simply due to cost neglected to include or they can be a complete strip down and rebuild to something that might barely resemble the vehicle they started with.
Over the years I have seen a lot of the great work from some of these customisers from all over the world and in personal meets I have been invited to even have go myself; well there is a reason I dont do custom models and this is it.
Just look at this work, this is the work of Sharon Tarshish; I have taken the images from his post on the MCF group and it is work like this that prevents me from doing customs myself. How could I ever hope to be anywhere close to as good at this. This is Sharons entry to the Custom contest that Matchbox run and will surely have to be a great contender for the top spot in that competition.
His work is absolutely stunning and is a complete work of art.
Now how can anyone compete with that ?