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PostSubject: What is a "Code 3" modified die cast?   Sat Feb 18 2017, 13:08

Recently the question was asked, "As an aside, I've finally figured out what a 'Code 3' is – but why is it called that? "

So I went back to eBay because that's where we first encountered the terms Code 1, Code 2, and Code 3. To read the entire message, see this link:

In short:

Code 1. This is any die cast produced by the manufacturer. It could be a mainstream toy or model, or a limited edition or ordered promotional item. The important thing is that it has been produced totally by the manufacturer.

Code 2. This is any die cast that has been finished by a second party, with the knowledge and agreement of the manufacturer. Examples could be a batch of plain white or colored models that have had their decals added by another company, with the consent of the manufacturer. It could be castings ordered unpainted, that have been finished and presentation boxed under license. At the end of the day, two companies have been involved in the finishing process, where normally there would be one.

Code 3. This is the refinishing or alteration of a model, without the consent of the manufacturer. This description sounds almost dodgy, but Code 3 is now a recognized collectible in it's own right, and there is nothing illegal or unscrupulous in these singular alternative models. Code 3 covers a wide spectrum, and can mean simply swapping the trailers of two different articulated units, to completely changing the color and look of a model. Basically, any model intentionally altered in appearance from it's original manufactured look, without the consent of the afore mentioned manufacturer is a Code 3 model.

I hope this clarifies things a bit.


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