hobbyDB is designed to ultimately cover ALL types of collectibles. Of course that also includes real 1:1 scale vehicles like cars and trucks. Cataloging real vehicles presents some different challenges to cataloging almost anything else and we’re still working on ironing out all the details. In the meantime, though, we’ve come up with the following vehicle entry guidelines to keep data integrity.
- Vehicle Listings
Under our current schema, when adding an entry for a car or other vehicle to the catalog, you are basically adding an entry for that generation of that model of car in that body type and trim level.
For example, this is the first generation US-market Ford Escort GL 3-door;
And this is the first generation US-market Ford Escort GL 5-door;
These would be two separate entries because the body is different, even though the make, model and trim level are the same and the cars are the same generation.
When building relationships between real vehicles and models, brochures or any other type of collectible, the relationship should only be made with the vehicle that the model represents or the brochure features.
For example, this is a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL diecast model by Norev;
It would be correct to build a relationship between this model and this real Mercedes-Benz 280SL;
It would not be correct to build a relationship with this Mercedes-Benz 280SL because it is the next generation of Mercedes-Benz 280SL;
Similarly, it would be incorrect to make a relationship between a model 1955 Ford Thunderbird and a 1963 1:1 Ford Thunderbird or a 993 Porsche 911 and a classic 911.
- Make & Model Family
Here, you should enter the make or brand name and the model name in its most basic form. This field exists to group together cars which belong to the same “family” (for example, all the Toyota Corollas or all the Ford Mustangs).
The way to formulate this differs depending on the car. Most commonly, it will be the make followed by the most diminutive form of the model name. For example, if you were doing this for a Ford Mustang Cobra, you would write Ford Mustang, instead of Ford Mustang Cobra, or if you were entering a Porsche 911 Turbo Targa, you would write just Porsche 911. For some cars, it may be more complex. For example, if you are entering a Mercedes-Benz 280SL, it would be correct to say Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and if you were entering a BMW 328i, it would be correct to say BMW 3-Series here.
Over time, we will be evolving a complete reference list of vehicles for which the formula diverges from the simple Make+Model Name.