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    South Lincs
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    Old cars and trains and planes. Oh and collecting model cars.


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    United Kingdom
  1. The DeSoto is nice, think I have two in my stash. Green/white and salmon/black if I recall correctly, I'm too lazy to go upstairs to my model room and check. 😎
  2. It's a French Dinky Chrysler Saratoga. The Alfa 2600s (two lurking there) are indeed Politoys, they did some lovely stuff. The Miura is damaged, I bought it as it was cheap.
  3. Some more stuff that I have acquired in past weeks etc. Includes stuff made by those foreign chappies with warped Estafette for comic value. The garage is another addition, I really like old examples like this one.
  4. I have recently been suffering with 'can't be arseditis' and thus have not visited for a while. Nor have I foisted any of my recent-ish purchases upon you. Until now. So out with my old racetrack base from the Corgi Silverstone Gift Set and here are some of them. Corgi Ecurie Ecosse transporter was a wreck apparently so the guy restored it and for fun made the three Jaaaags into team cars. He also did the Commer race support vehicle. Nice guy too, does nice restorations especially of Spot-On stuff and doesn't charge a fortune for them.
  5. I have most of it dotted about bar sadly the outer box that it all came in. It was a Xmas present circa 1965. The vehicles are still in good shape with tatty boxes, buildings are unmade in their boxes and the figures are in a tin I think. I have read that a mint Silverstone Gift Set goes for around 4k now but how was I to know? I was helping a friend on his table at Sandown toyfair a few years ago and another trader said that he just needed the base to make a complete set. I did tell him that I had it but didn't really want to sell it.
  6. For some reason miniature vehicles keep making their way into my home. I believe that they want to live with me, well that's what I tell myself. Thus behold some of my latest acquisitions although not all of them as I like them posh handbuilt ones but I'm not sure of there is a liking for them here? Plus can anyone guess what the veehickles are sitting on? I should probably ban mercrocker and JM from answering that . And don't say a bed and/or shelf! A mix of Corgi, Dinky, Spot-On and a CA camper from a partwork series in that there France. This is of course the famous Corgi Ecurie Ecosse transporter, guy said it was a wreck so he restored it as a Code 3 Vanwall transporter and did three cars to match it. Same guy did these BRMs, he also restores a fair few Spot-Ons and doesn't charge the earth for them. Nice chap too. Some Bedford-ness just for Eddie, I've had these a while. Oh and a Standard lurking on the end. Good morning campers! Campers and some other stuff.
  7. JM is correct, it's a Quiralu. French Dinky did make one as well but it's much smaller, i have one that I repainted many years ago.
  8. I have been meaning to post some pics of my recent-ish acquisitions for a while but lethargy set in and I couldn't be arsed But feeling good today so here they are.
  9. More work has gone into repairing and preparing that Matchbox Fiat 1500 than the one that I banger raced back in the hot summer of 1976. And I still have my Matchbox Fiat, one owner from new and one of my favourite cars to play with way back then. I also picked up a mint one for two quid a couple of years ago.
  10. I do like a Cresta, did have a nice PB back in about 1986, no photos to hand though. So here's a couple of my PC with a slight rake and excellent flame job, sorry for appalling old photo quality. And no I didn't do the customisation, only bought it because it was cheap. Like a tenner cheap. Other 70s customs there for comedy value.
  11. Good. I say that as the shop that you refer to is a pale imitation of the real St Martins Models that was in St Martins Lane where I was a regular customer and then glamourous sales assistant on Saturday for about three years. When my friends closed that shop due mainly to stupid rent and business rates increases the imitation opened up around the corner. I say imitation as the owner copied the name, colour scheme and logo so people thought it was the same business. It was pointed out to him that in fact the older business was still trading as mail order only to which he responded with some vehemence and threats. Hopefully he's lost a packet as he's a complete bellend.
  12. Finally getting much of the stuff what I have bought sorted out so here's some more photos, this time being good old British Dinky Toys and some stuff made by Johnny Foreigner. Now for the foreign stuff, mix of Murrican, French, Danish & er, Russian.
  13. The Cortina in my set is the dark blue version. I still have the estate that I guess my mum bought me with the golf clubs but it has suffered a crap repaint by my etc. The Minis in my set are a pale blue version, the wickerwork one and a Monte Carlo rally. I remember the later Rover with spoked wheels then of course they did the 'Golden Jacks' later on, I've got the green one which mum surprised me with, should of course have chosen the white one which she gave to my brother. Doh!
  14. I also bought that blue Corgi Imp fairly recently, may even be with a box. The usual problem with them is that the rear suspension collapses due to over enthusiastic playing with the way that it's used to lower the back seat if I recall correctly. Finding one that isn't sagging at the rear is a major plus. I also have owned the bronze-ish version from new, think it may only have come with the transporter gift set, I got that for Xmas circa 1965/6. There were three Minis, a Cortina estate and a Rover 2000 in maroon, again that may have been that colour only in the set. The transporter was pulled by an American Ford, same one as the Holmes Wrecker and the Express Delivery truck. Corgi and Dinky were really good back then for car mad boys such as myself.
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