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  1. Shows what I know then. The mrs thought her water broke this morning, so we scarpered up the hospital as she wanted them to check if the baby was indeed on the way. It was a false alarm, so we ambled back home and picked up child number one from my Dad on the way. Whilst sitting in the Disco of Doom outside my house, having a breather and thinking what the fuck gathering my thoughts before returning to work, my phone rang. 'Thank you for your time yesterday, I'm phoning to say congratulations' Not what I expected at all, but I'm happy to be proved wrong once again. Thank you all for the kind words and advice thus far, it's greatly appreciated despite me being a despondent wanker 😂
    22 points
  2. Collection made in good time. Had brought a Bluetooth speaker just in case but found radio code in the folder. wont be a PEZ shot yet as it’s got 3/4 tank in. Hopefully trouble free home but will update later. None of the windows are working so will investigate another day but heated seats are on. 2.5 10v Auto
    22 points
  3. So as some of you have worked out, I made a cameo appearance at St. George's this morning, as I'm working about half an hour away this week it would be rude not too - and I thought it would be fun to keep it to myself until now! Diecasts were exchanged, coffees drunk and cakes eaten - now back to work.
    12 points
  4. Well, obviously, I couldn't just leave it behind. This casting was originally introduced as the Super Kings K-110 Magirus Deutz Fire Tender, all the way back in 1984 as one of Universal Toys' new expanded range of post-Lesney 'big toys'. It featured a working turntable ladder which revolved, raised and extended manually. After two years in the lineup it was retooled and renumbered as K-132 for the 1986 catalogue year, with different tampo decals and the addition of steerable wheels activated by pressing down on the emergency lights on the roof, now mounted further back to accommodate the steering mechanism. Further changes were made when the colour of the ladder changed from grey to white... ...and the wheel centres went from chrome-effect slot mags to slightly less snazzy red plastic ones, along with the interior going from white to black (as did the front wheelarches, which were part of the same moulding). In the early 1990s, the former Super Kings emergency vehicles were grouped together into what was called the Action Emergency range. It was accompanied by this dramatic artwork on the inside and back of the box, showing many of the models that made up the range: The catalogue number for the Magirus Deutz Fire Tender also changed again at this point, to EM-5; although the K-132 code remained cast into the base, along with the defunct Super Kings logo. This time, no changes were made to the model itself. Not long after, the packaging also changed again to folded-over, open-fronted boxes - possibly as a cost-cutting measure, as by this stage Universal were making substantial losses and seeking to offload the Matchbox brand. With the sale of the Matchbox brand from Universal to Tyco in 1992, it seems the casting continued on as before with slightly revised packaging, in terms of graphic design if not in style: The toy I brought home with me today seems to be a super-late example, as the Matchbox Wiki seems to reckon that the fire tender was last produced in 1992 - but that's not what the box says: Sadly, the Tyco years seemed to mark a bit of a low point for the Matchbox brand - to the extent that I don't have many catalogues from this era, so I can't have a flick through to see when it last made an appearance. The big Charlie Mack book seems not to bother with this information. But even so - I can't help but get a bit of a thrill from finding a NOS Matchbox on a toyshop's shelves some thirty years after it was made. Leaving aside for a second that this specific model doesn't really look thirty years old - or indeed, forty years old, as that's how old the casting is - can you even imagine finding a 1964 model still sitting on the shelves in 1994? Where has this little thing been, all this time? Did it fall into a corner of the storeroom and only just got found again? The packaging is absolutely as-new, and there's no dust or anything on the lorry. The price sticker looks new, too. £8.99 seems about right for the time, price-wise - I can remember Super Kings cars in Woolworths priced at around £5 in the mid/late 80s, so I'd expect a fire tender with extra working bits to be a little more than that again, a few years after. And, what with inflation and suchlike, I guess I could claim I got it half-price... All in all, very mysterious. But, it just goes to show - you never know what's out there...
    12 points
  5. This is why I love our postie, Mel. During the week it's highly likely that I'll be in and she knows to wait a few seconds for me to answer the doorbell on my phone (I work in a garden office). Before we had the video doorbell, I had a package that I wasn't able to answer for. She tried neighbours and nobody else was in and then came back at the end of her round and tried again with a neighbour. I was so surprised and in the end sent her a compliment on the Royal Mail website. We had a chat about it and it turns out they actually read it to her, etc. Her dedication to her work is second-to-none and I don't know how she keeps her spirits up given the shit that's constantly thrown at her.
    12 points
  6. Had a top afternoon at the beach in Looe and then up some footpaths around the river. Amazing how there are flowers everywhere, this whole place is 6-8 weeks ahead of home moving into spring. Also although the roads are nice enough, they are so, so busy. Must be grim in the summer with the tourists.
    11 points
  7. Is that the finish line for today? Y'know, I think it is. I'm adding in the Matchbox Magirus Deutz fire tender as I still reckon it's been a pretty special find this week - and also because researching the history of the casting kept me up waaay too late, and sort of spilled over into Tat Friday by default. So there we are - a banger of a day, and all thanks to @bunglebus for making time to call up for some tat market action! Hopefully that'll not be the last time a thread regular makes it over to these damp shores... I can't guarantee dryness, but I can guarantee you'll be most welcome. Until next time... Happy Friday, kids.
    11 points
  8. And wrapping up today's Tat Stall acquisitions was this filthy but still appealing Corgi Commer milk float. It's one I was missing - I have a white chassis from a Constructor Gift Set, but no milk float back on it. Although this is the mainline release without the removable back. Hopefully it should scrub up alright - a spot of soapy water later should make it a little more presentable, and then it can join the others on the fleet.
    11 points
  9. RICH IS THE NEMESIS!! GET HIM!! 😅
    11 points
  10. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/305545062175788/
    10 points
  11. Was going to do this collection on Saturday but work quiet enough tomorrow that I’ve grabbed one of the lads that works for me to come for a jolly and bring my daily back. Hopefully an uneventful one as the car being collected has a better reputation for reliability than the one taking us up to collect. I’d usually trailer any new purchases home but I sold my trailer last year so will drive this one. Limited clues for now as not much can be said without making it obvious. So - its Blue, done 218,000 miles and the last logbook was issued 2012 so coming out of long term ownership. Committed to buy and paid for already from pictures. And I have absolutely no need for the car but had one as a company car that was just a few digits away on number plate and I think this one was also one of ours from the same batch. Sat nav already set (not needed as a regular collection point) and shite collection box loaded. Oil, water, antifreeze, tow rope, gaffer tape, cable ties, WD40 etc. Will be heading off about 7am so expect to be collecting around 10am.
    9 points
  12. Bring back funny special editions https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202307260099678?sort=relevance&advertising-location=at_cars&make=&page=6&postcode=SN15 4NZ&year-from=1990&year-to=1995&fromsra
    9 points
  13. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    caravan Fairclough Merlin 1998 | eBay 'Fairclough Merlin' It's a Fairholme, M8 'This Fairclough Merlin' Fair FUCKING home, FFS. 'The caravan was manufactured by Fairclough' If only there was some sort of clue. '1988' 'This is a 45 year old caravan'
    9 points
  14. Don't refund it. This is the point of a deposit - in my opinion, it's your money if the guy has broken the terms of the deal.
    9 points
  15. I never updated here. I think it was probably a sticking ride height corrector that put the rear into service height on the move. That or something to do with being packed up with luggage for Christmas with a full tank of fuel combined with the ride height levelling. It did it twice while I was away, but it was always corrected by cycling modes. I was then using it daily for a bit (and I took it on a longer trip to a LR trialling day hence it being parked in a field in the above photo – great fun, I was borrowing a friends Series LandRover and even managed a clear stage!) Since then, my Volvo has come back from the body shop and I’ve been using The Leader a lot less which is sad. I’m doing some servicing then hoping to take it to Rustival in a few weeks.
    8 points
  16. But! That's not all... because today you see, there was a Bunglebox in the mix also... And within was... Some Matchbox I couldn't resist when they came up on the @bunglebus sales thread. A few service vehicles which appear better than the ones I have already... And some construction site vehicles likewise. Some of these may go down to my folks' place for my brother's kids to play with, but I'm already thinking they're maybe a bit too nice for that. Plus some others: The controversial generic tractor unit which may have been modified from a Leyland prototype (and which I erroneously thought for years was a Mercedes); a Rover SD1 peelermobile with more paint than my current version, and a delightful Land Rover 90 which is exactly the same as one I had as a kid, only it's not had the roof turned yellow with prolonged UV light exposure. And! Bonus unexpected Corgi Cubs: The ambulance isn't one I've had before, and the Fire Chief car's a bit cleaner than the one I already have. Hmm... maybe the kids should get these instead, and I'll hang on to the Matchbox a wee bit longer... There were also these: Recent Mattel releases which I've found unaccountably difficult to track down locally. I believe the Proton and bay window VW pickup were sourced from Germany, so this truly is an international operation happening on the Smol Tat Thread. Which brings us to an additional Proton that was in the box - one that'll be added to the current @andy18stat box, for eventual shipping onwards to Bulgaria. So there we go... I tell you, it's a whirlwind...
    8 points
  17. Couple of Manta pics. Just doing tons of bodywork. Test spray of the colour on the boot. Quarters are body worked ready for the kit to be bonded on but I need to wait till @dome is here so I canny be blamed for any squinty arches. Doors are all prepped and in primer with the rears ready to spray on Wed or Thurs. Engine bay and all the inner arches should be white before middle of next week. There's piles of other pictures but I canny be arsed going through my phone for em, slept 3 hours since yesterday so I'll update it all at some point or just post pictures when it's painted since it shouldn't be long.
    8 points
  18. With time ticking on, and the workday breathing uncomfortably down our necks, all too soon we had to say cheerio and go our respective ways - but I managed a final sweep just in case anything fantastic had suddenly materialised. Because, as we know all too well from this thread, strange things do happen... Although I think all the strangeness had already happened for the day! Nothing of interest on the £2 table, annoyingly. I'd kinda hoped the police Hongwells from last week might have been downgraded to here - but not yet, anyway. Some of the boxes had been partially emptied out onto the table, giving us some early Lesneys... Big tinplate fire truck was quite appealing too. Some okay Superfast era Lesneys too, but quite a bit of repainting was evident. Regular wheels VW fastback was redone in matt red, for some reason, and of course the A-pillar was cracked. Corgi Whizzwheels quarry dumper looking a bit ungainly on the speed wheels, as well it might. Mercury Commuter on wide wheels not too bad; Lincoln on narrow wheels also appealed, but a cracked screen put me off. I've a nice regular wheels Lincoln, but I sort of want one of these too. I could also have come away with this... Yeah, it's like four rectangular ceramic plates joined together in a wooden frame, and a load of jumbled text and gold leaf on the back of each one with 'authenticity stamps' and limited edition numbers and 'authorised by the estate of Elvis Aron Presley'. What would you even do with this? So, ruminating, off I went into the brightening morning... ...with a bag. Of course.
    8 points
  19. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1121641939014568/
    8 points
  20. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    £3,750 Appia! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/397262572993008/
    8 points
  21. 17th (On its own because it was a busy day) Remember all that lovely work I did the day before? Fitted the tank, and height corrector rod? Well, it was all for nowt, because the tank had to come out AGAIN, as I forgot to connect the tank vent line. Superstar. Luckily, it is now a one-man job! With that back in, it was time to crack on with the rebuild of the rear end. Starting with the fuel filler pipe: And the exhaust, rear lights and rear bumper. The rear lights were tested for correct operation and found to be fine, although the brake light switch wasn't working very occasionally - this has been cleaned up and I'll keep an eye on it, testing it again closer to the time. With the exterior done, it was time to tidy up the interior with a few jobs during the rebuild. Starting with these rear vents. The sponge-like material was over 30 years old and was suffering terribly. Luckily, fish tank bio-foam is an inexpensive alternative. Typically forgot to get a photo, but you get the idea. The boot floor carpet was fitted, and side carpet panels re-secured, followed by the side plastic trims. The previously split c-pillar plastic trims were repaired with some repair tape from the rear, and the repair is pretty hard to spot. Handily, the snap occurred between two fasteners, which helped matters. The parcel shelf was next, but had some faults, mainly the rod that runs along the forward edge wasn't securing the parcel shelf properly, and allowing it to flex. It was obvious to see what happened, the plastic had snapped around the rivet. Easy enough to sort with some stainless steel wire! Forgot how much I liked the in-built sunshades on these. Bit of trim has clearly been snapped for years - small hole and wire pulled that tight! Rear carpet, rear trims and rear seat bases went back in. When this car was in proper use, we fitted a new throttle cable to ensure it had a smooth cable run etc. This worked for all of three days, before the plastic tab snapped and it had to be cable tied in afterwards. Luckily, eBay came up trumps for this: Feels a little bit more substantial than the old one. Fitted. Whilst in the engine bay, I whipped off the distributor pickup sensor, to replace the thermal grease that had gone very dry and crumbly. This sensor was the cause of our random unexplained cutting out problems years ago, and I'm keen not to re-live that experience. With that done, the wheels were refitted, and the car lowered back onto the ground: And the front seats/steering wheel were refitted, completing the rebuild of the car. It was actually quite refreshing to see the car complete once again, but it was to be very short-lived, as I knew I was going to start working on the front end next. It just made more sense to fully rebuild the car and start from square one once again instead of having shelves full of parts that could easily go back on. Cheers.
    7 points
  22. Also putting in an encore from its January debut was this 1-75 range Ford Model A van. I know, I know - they're everywhere, they're boring. The omnipresent Kelloggs Cornflakes promo. I know. But it's totally pristine. No yellowing to the roof, no dulling of the chrome. It's perfect. I'll be honest: I just love this era of box. It's these illustrations I lusted over when I was like three or so. So I wasn't going to pass up a lovely clean boxed example at a fiver. I'm pleased with this, although I realise probably shouldn't be.
    7 points
  23. Also finding favour the second time around were these pair of Lesneys: Once again, present in January but kinda too pricey at £5 each. £3 is rather more palatable to me, for the Superfast Monteverdi Hai and for the regular wheels Opel Diplomat. The Monteverdi is just so 70s; it looks awesome. I can't remember if I have a Diplomat already - but this one's pretty clean, so if it turns out to be surplus, it's available for the £3 paid.
    7 points
  24. Then there was this Corgi Land Rover breakdown wagon: Missing its towing hook, although it's been ingeniously reconfigured so it can now act as a mobile gallows, so, y'know... swings and roundabouts. The tinplate canopy had come loose and was in the bottom of the box - it's a little bit bent, but I sort of like it because of that. It just feels like an honest little model that's been used, but not abused, during a long working life. I had one of these as a kid and managed to lose it during an ill-fated trip to the beach at Kilclief, when a deep tunnel in the sand collapsed while it was 'driving' through, and no matter how much I dug I just couldn't find it again. Nice to have one again - and, at £5, half the price it was back in January. A keeper, for now.
    7 points
  25. I've done some more on the Corgi Mini project. I've polished the windows to get rid of the file marks. As I am building a road going Mini Cooper I needed a rear bumper with the little towel rails on. On my unboxed shelf there was an early Vanguards, which is teh same casting as the modern Mini that has donated it's windows, seats etc. So the Vanguards was quickly drilled to break the rivet and the bumpers cut from the base. No I have another project that will need a bit of filler in the back... some filling and filing at the front... and with some some race numbers this will quickly turn into a Cooper Car Company BSCC car from around 1965. But that's for another day. To get the bumpers to sit properly I ground away the front... and rear bumpers on the original Corgi. Then the roof was filled with some Araldite. I have also stuck the grille in... and filled round the edges.
    7 points
  26. 31,000 miles! This must have been a swish spec back in the day. https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1692695
    7 points
  27. After a good natter, and exchange of mutual tat boxes, there was just about time for a quick whistle-stop tour of the market's other attractions... Colin, of the Irish Tat Stall, was away on holiday this week but the new-release 1/72 Oxfords had shown up in the shape of the Emberglow Metro. Not so much down at the other end of the stall, where Toon'd Hot Wheels Silverados seem to be breeding... No Matchbox this week, and no new Greenlights to interest me much. The Charity Stall had nothing bar some very cheap plastic toys in a 50p rummage box, but nothing really to tickle our collective fancies. Alan was... Alan. He won't be rushed. So, while waiting for him to set out the 50p Tray, time for coffee and buns over at Drop Hopper...
    7 points
  28. It's funny, you don't type with an Irish accent...
    7 points
  29. But there were some new tinplates, too. And oh, this Rambler station wagon was just glorious. How it's survived in such good nick is anyone's guess. The Greyhound bus alongside also appeared to be an original example, in superb order - as was the ocean liner beside that. However, nice as this Cadillac and Buick appeared to be, I'm pretty sure they're remanufactured examples from the early 1990s - something about them just seemed a bit off. The wheels appear identical to those of a tinplate Corvette I bought new in about 1992, and they were held together with Pozi screws which seems a little anachronistic. Still, I've no doubt they'll still display very nicely - and appealing as they were, I don't think it's a road I want to start going down. Nor could I afford to - I believe the sum of £40 each was mentioned... Some smaller tinplates up top were quite jolly, though. This unbranded friction-drive suction lorry complete with a crimped-shoelace 'hose' was quite charming. And this small clockwork rendering of a Mercedes W111 was lovely and bright: The printed details were very nicely rendered, even if the generic car shape means that the distinctive 'heckflosse' tail fins are rounded off. But I'm not gonna get on the tinplate train, nooo... Our Nemesis chum from took the big tinplate double decker bus with Good Year advertising that's just about visible behind the Rambler; I envy his storage space!
    7 points
  30. Yes indeed, kids... some apparent Twilight Zone shiz going down this morning at St George's Market, with an unprecedented two-hander Bunglecog/ Datsunbus mashup on the cards. I'd been given a heads-up a few weeks back, so it was great that the planets aligned and we could make it happen. Excellent to finally meet you, Rich! As you'll also have discerned, it wasn't quite a case of tat unlimited on the Main Stall this morning - in fact, the Twilight Zone vibe was further enhanced with a bit of déjà vu going on... Mmm, if you cast your mind back about a month or so, these were all kinda familiar. And so were these. Yes, a lot had evidently been sold since the 26 January event, so the Dinky Rover P4 and Corgi Citroen DS were long gone, more's the pity. BUT - the prices were a lot better this week. This is how it goes, I guess. And these... eh, let's not talk about these, they're all so very familiar.
    7 points
  31. Thats excellent! 😁
    7 points
  32. I usually am, but only just. Today I've been up nearly an hour and a half, brekky eaten, dog walked, rinse bath cleared and reloaded with the two remaining items from the stripper (yes, from Wednesday...), rinsed items taken upstairs to bask in the relative warmth while they dry out. If tomorrow looks as good as today there should be some spraying happening. @bunglebus @Datsuncog Happy Hunting!
    7 points
  33. This is lovely Tim buying cakes
    7 points
  34. rattlecan

    The grumpy thread

    See that’s where you’ve gone wrong. A watch that tells you you’re having an anxiety attack, really? Who the fuck needs one of those in their life. One absolute dead cert is that that going off is going to do one thing & one thing only. Make it worse. These tech companies must be absolutely pissin themselves, inventing shit no one needs but still buys. I was at the bar the other day & my mate bought a couple of drinks. He paid for them with a fuckin ring. I said wtf was that? Turns out it is an actual thing. Wankers. You’re spot on with ‘Twats Nest’ though, I’ve banked with them for 40 yrs, the last 30 with a business account as well. They are shit, but I worked on the assumption, they all are, so just went with it
    7 points
  35. Took a bit of a lunchtime adventure to another town today, incidentally. Because I knew there was a newsagent which has a really old-school toy department upstairs. I haven't been in for many, many years - but, as mentioned upthread, I've developed a bit of an odd hankering for those Matchbox Action Driver sets. This is a branch of Stewart Miller - once a fairly substantial chain of eight or nine newsagent/ bookseller/ toy stores, but now there's just the two branches left. I struck lucky over at the Holywood branch last month with some very nicely priced Matchbox Moving Parts vehicles and a 2020 release Action Drivers set: And I had been quietly going doo-lally in the intervening period, wondering how I could get over to the Newtownards branch, just in case they had even more. So, today something in me snapped and I drove over. About 45 minutes driving, each way. Hopes were perhaps unfeasibly high, and... There were lots of fairly inexpensive loose vehicles of far-eastern manufacture, but those weren't what I was looking for. Matchbox... ah. Mmm... not such a spectacular selection of mainlines. Mostly just motorbike trailers. And no Moving Parts range vehicles to be seen at all. There was an Action Drivers set... But it's the same one I bought from the Holywood branch, except it's missing the generic 4x4 vehicle that should be with the packaging. So, no dice on that. Dunno why I've become so taken with these sets lately. I mean, they're pretty good and all for what they are, but they're still very toy-like. Nonetheless, I've found myself increasingly looking these up on eBay and Amazon, and watching unboxing videos on YouTube, and... generally falling down a hole. It's hard not to weep when our Transatlantic cousins casually mention that these sets are 'ten dollars at Target', cos they're generally a brave bit more on these shores. But I digress. I wasn't missing out, anyway, and that's the main thing. These caught my eye, though: A similar idea from Bburago, only bigger - 1/43 cars and buildings. Not bad value to be fair, for a fiver. But stay! What's this? Crikey. Bburago City, no less. A smaller picture on top shows the actual contents, indicating that the box may be needlessly oversize: But still, if you wanted to construct a backdrop for displaying 1/43 cars, you could probably do worse for the money. But I'm not really looking for 1/43 diorama stuff, so... a wasted journey? Not quite. I was very surprised to find this Magirus-Deutz fire tender down among the loose commercials: I mean... how old is this? Thirty. It's thirty years old. Matchbox by Tyco, 1994. And... it's just been here, all this time, unsold and unwanted? Apparently so. Blimey. There were no Matra Ranchos or BMW 7-Series from the same range lurking anywhere else, sadly. I did look. But what an oddity. Just goes to show - you never know what turns up, sometimes...
    7 points
  36. grogee

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I've rubbed my thighs so furiously at this that both my trousers and my hands have caught fire
    6 points
  37. Meanwhile the 182 is in Lochgelly getting a new heater matrix and hopefully an MoT. Clio Stu pulled the carpets out as it was getting a bit mouldy in there. Look what he found underneath the wet carpet..
    6 points
  38. When you get bored of the Corgi Land Rover I’ll give it home to go with the canopy-less one you previously supplied. Which brings me to todays big arrival, or as my wife pointed out;probably my favourite present I’ll get for my 60th ! Yes, a Cogbox. And as usual I’d forgotten what was in it, the Fiat was a total surprise. The Cortina the only one I’ll be getting for my birthday as MrsN can’t find one ,of any mark, worth buying in 1:1 so far. Well not this side of £8,000 anyway.
    6 points
  39. Well, a few things. Fortune was smiling upon @quicksilver... The requested Majorette gooseneck caravan in Coca Cola Football colours turned up again in one of today's boxes. It's a curious thing; after a fair bit of poking at it, it became clear that this was the same casting as the Majorette camper - it just has the plastic back removed, and a wind spoiler hiding the hole in the roof where the front clips on (I believe Majorette had done that before - turning the Renault 18 Taxi into a caravan towcar with a wind deflector clipping into the same aperture as the taxi sign) Look at that. It even has the gooseneck hitch just visible through the window. It's also odd in that Majorette tended to model accurate renditions of vehicles, but it seems that this is just a generic pickup of no particular manufacturer. It looks a little bit Ford or Mazda, but not definitively either of them. Underneath just says 'Camping Car', which isn't very illuminating. Still - not bad value for £3, and marking a reduction from previous price points. Will set that one aside for you, dude!
    6 points
  40. Old meets new
    6 points
  41. barrett

    Shite in Miniature II

    Looking at prices realised on ebay, that's actually possibly something of a bargain. The 1980s tinplate Buick, Corvette etc are extremely nostalaic for me. There was a period of time when every upper-middle class household, or young 'design' type, or Yuppie in general seemed to have one of those on their mantlepiece. A real zeitgeist moment when '50s Americana was suddenly extremely cool in the UK and Europe. As a child, they were always quite fascinating to me, although it was obvious they were 'new' and not actually old. I did actually get one as a Christmas gift one year (which I still have). If I ever become upper-middle class, or design-y, or a yuppie, it will be proudly displayed in my minimalist Bauhaus-inspired living room, alongside one of these: I'd actually like to know the story of those things. Who made them? Why did they catch on in such an enormous way? Were they actually replicas of old Bandai toys or just 'in the style of'? I bet you can still buy them new, somewhere.
    6 points
  42. AndyW201

    Shite in Miniature II

    New arrival time. Another Vanguards, for which I can only apologise, but another one I've been chasing for quite a while. I've always liked the UK version of the Peugeot 205 Rallye. Not to be confused with the French market mad, lightweight, twin-carbed rally homologation job, what we got was more of a pared down 1.4 XS with stripes, colour coded steels and special interior. There are a few model makers that have done the French market Rallye but as far as I know, only Vanguards have done the UK version, and only in Express yellow. I've not had a Vanguards 205 yet, they always seem to go for big money, especially the Rallye, and that version doesn't come up for sale that often. So this time, I've had to go down the unboxed route, the fact this one had bits missing kept the price down too. Apart from the missing wipers and aerial, which I'm not too fussed about at the moment, the main things missing on this one were the mirrors. With Vanguards, it used to be just a case of contacting Corgi for spares and more often than not, they'd send replacements out if they were in stock. Now they're just not arsed. Sets of genuine mirrors sometimes come up on eBay, but people ask almost the price of a complete model for them. I did however come across a manufacturer of 3D printed model accessories on the bay, and they had a style that looked very similar to facelift 205 mirrors. These were duly purchased for a couple of quid. Quick coat of black, and they were fitted. So, they do look a bit oversized for a 205, but I think it looks better now. The lack of wipers at the front doesn't really show, I think a cut down bristle from the yard brush, painted black, should make a replacement aerial, I've done that before. The model itself is pretty good, with all the usual Vanguards detailing. Only real let down is that this release seems to suffer from slightly over thick application of the paint, which does affect the sharpness off shut lines and some body contours. The Rallye stripes and decals are all nicely done, And those yellow steels look great. I was a bit peturbed at first to see that they modelled the 14" ones from the 106 Rallye rather than the 13" ones the 205 had, but this is correct as the real K988 VTT had the 106 ones fitted. Interior, like most Vanguards of the time, is a sea of black and hard to photograph, but there is a decent rendering of the 205 dash, a GTi style wheel and the bolstered sports seats. So another 'wanted' model crossed off the list, and being cheap and unboxed, it'll be good to join the other '90s warm and hot hatches in the display cabinet. The hunt goes on for a reasonably priced boxed example though,
    6 points
  43. The shad is risen! The modern upgraded (but cheaper than oem) starter makes it sound like a 90s toyota cranking over. Weird but also reassuring.
    6 points
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