This is a break down of the various brands I have and some side projects as well.
When I started collecting RC cars, I started out by looking for the ones I wanted as a teenager. I had the 1985 Tamiya RC catalogue and many cars are from there or earlier. Over the years I have branched out a little. I also tended to lean towards trying to restore rather than looking for NIB.
My first proper RC car was a Marui Galaxy RS. While not perfect, it was awesome! Since then I have managed to expand the collection a little.
Making your own parts is fun, and this page links to many of my attempts.