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    bunglebus reacted to davocano in Year Four in the Life of a Car Spotter: November 2020   
    Another re-spot from 2017; can't tell if it's improving.


    Yet another re-spot from 2017; it's spun around 180 degrees.

    Previously spotted by someone on the Lazy Spotter's thread. I don't recall who soz.

     

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    bunglebus reacted to davocano in Year Four in the Life of a Car Spotter: November 2020   
    Not a common sight parked streetside.

    Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as PLANTLIFE

    Previously spotted in 2018, now with the grille re-fitted.

    Previously spotted in 2017, it's now had it's doors kicked in (matching driver's side not pictured but I WAS THERE, MAN)

    Another example of the average* Londoner's favourite old Merc.

     
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    bunglebus reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Great number plates - got any?   
    Legit.

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    bunglebus reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    With no Tat Friday, and the winter wind a-howling round the house, what better than some early 70s Matchbox Superkings to make things a little cheerier?

    So here's a Ford D-Series from the K-20 tractor transporter rig, with typically shonky regular wheels, next to a similar - but crucially different - version that arrived recently from @eddyramrod.
    The King Size Ford first appeared in 1967, and was seemingly a scaled-up version of the regular version, that had appeared the previous year as either a gritter truck or refuse truck.

    The King Size cab was either paired with a low loader trailer (K-17) or flatbed with a load of tractors (K-20). This is what mine once looked like...

    By 1971, the regular wheels had given way to the obligatory speed wheels, and King Size became Superkings, just as the catalogue dispensed with those fantastic realistic pictures in favour of mere colour photography.

    I also suspect that this was the point where the casting was modified to do away with the tilting coupling mechanism, and the trailer was permanently attached to the tractor unit with a rivet. A bit of a come-down, really.
    But by 1972, things suddenly got exciting... almost.

    K-20 Ford was out, BM-2 Ford was in - yup, Matchbox pulled out all the stops for their 'Big M-x' range - a series of 'action vehicles' modified from existing Superkings which did something-or-other when the 'Power Activator' - basically an electric screwdriver (batteries not included, kids) - was applied.

    Just look at his happy little face. That's magic happening right there, that is.
    Unfortunately, Lesney weren't so pleased because the sales just weren't there, and the whole range was canned before the 1973 catalogue rolled around.
    When you consider that the Ford would have set you back the equivalent of £23.26 in today's money, you can maybe see why some toy shops were still displaying dead stock well into the 1980s. Especially as you had to buy the Power Activator separately, setting you back another £16.62 in modern prices. That's forty quid for a toy truck - even if it did come with a plastic factory and three diecast tractors.
    All of which makes this metallic blue Big M-x variant a bit less common than the others...

    But the main change was behind the cab:

    Okay, so it's vanished on this one, but the Big M-x D-Series originally came with a winch mechanism on the back of the cab, operated by the Power Activator, which pulled up the tractors up via a pulley and a ramp.
    You can see the mounting brackets still there; the clip-on plastic overhead pulley to carry the winch hook and matching clip-on ramp are also long gone, but this is a rare survivor.
    Pretty sweet, hey?
    I didn't actually realise this was a Big M-x toy when I asked Eddy to set it aside for me, but a spot of catalogue flicking identified it. It's the only one of these I've ever encountered; but then I'd never heard of the range until last year.

    I still quite like the detachable trailer mechanism, and hopefully one day I'll find a matching trailer.

    You can see just how much the wheelbase was lengthened on the later versions, too.

    So there we have it... Hopefully more SK jollies to come before long!
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    bunglebus got a reaction from sdkrc in Great number plates - got any?   
    Twofer at Asda
     


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    bunglebus got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Looks better than mine
     
     
    Dag present though
    I'd say you paid a fair price really
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    bunglebus got a reaction from TheDoctor in Shite in Miniature II   
    Looks better than mine
     
     
    Dag present though
    I'd say you paid a fair price really
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    bunglebus got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Shite in Miniature II   
    Looks better than mine
     
     
    Dag present though
    I'd say you paid a fair price really
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    bunglebus got a reaction from Amishtat in Shite in Miniature II   
    Looks better than mine
     
     
    Dag present though
    I'd say you paid a fair price really
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    bunglebus got a reaction from antony denman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Tenmil Socket sent me some goodies too
     No name 911

    This one looks like Corgi but is from Baravelli who I've not heard of before

    pull back 911 still works but sounds awful

    another no name

    lastly a slightly tatty but interesting Polistil Mini

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    bunglebus reacted to RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    That Lancia Dialogos is a lovely little model. I particularly enjoy the swivelling seats and switchable steering side. Trouble is you HAVE to then get the Thesis to go with it.

    And then you have to get all the other Lancias.

    Anyway. I'm in Brighton, and I have found tat. I've only bought a little bit, though.

    Couldn't possibly not take this home. It's a Chevy Impala, of course, but it seems to exist on eBay mainly as Kennel Club.


    It's gently (and I think charmingly) playworn, but entirely intact; no broken glass, both sliding windows and the tailgate present and correct. And, importantly, still with its prismatic animated hound glued to the roof.

    It is, though, sans the three DAGS that it was supplied with. But they'd realistically have snuffed it about 40 years ago, so perhaps their absence is appropriate.

    Probably not the world's greatest bargain at £3.50, but irresistible enough for me.

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    bunglebus reacted to Tenmil Socket in Shite in Miniature II   
    Your eyes are better than mine because I couldn't read the base of that orange 911!
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    bunglebus got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    Tenmil Socket sent me some goodies too
     No name 911

    This one looks like Corgi but is from Baravelli who I've not heard of before

    pull back 911 still works but sounds awful

    another no name

    lastly a slightly tatty but interesting Polistil Mini

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    bunglebus reacted to 155V6 in Shite in Miniature II   
    No problem
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    bunglebus reacted to 155V6 in Shite in Miniature II   
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    bunglebus got a reaction from warch in Shite in Miniature II   
    Tenmil Socket sent me some goodies too
     No name 911

    This one looks like Corgi but is from Baravelli who I've not heard of before

    pull back 911 still works but sounds awful

    another no name

    lastly a slightly tatty but interesting Polistil Mini

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    bunglebus got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Tenmil Socket sent me some goodies too
     No name 911

    This one looks like Corgi but is from Baravelli who I've not heard of before

    pull back 911 still works but sounds awful

    another no name

    lastly a slightly tatty but interesting Polistil Mini

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    bunglebus got a reaction from Amishtat in Shite in Miniature II   
    Had to mooch around Basildump today waiting to go to an appointment. Noticed a sealed case of 10 packs on the top shelf

    Newbie isn't everyone's cup of tea but the other three are nice


    penis...sorry stethoscope still present and correct

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    bunglebus reacted to Frogchod in Shite in Miniature II   
    Still searching for the GLM '76 Electra...
    Other Buicks have caught my eye though.
    Here's a 1970 GSX from Altaya and an '85 Grand National from Auto world.


     
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    bunglebus got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    Had to mooch around Basildump today waiting to go to an appointment. Noticed a sealed case of 10 packs on the top shelf

    Newbie isn't everyone's cup of tea but the other three are nice


    penis...sorry stethoscope still present and correct

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    bunglebus reacted to flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
    DINKY US-market merchant displays pamphlet 1964


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    bunglebus reacted to flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
    Solido Catalogue 1975









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    bunglebus got a reaction from adw1977 in Once seen, can't be unseen   
    Like they'd give a toss about copyright! 
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    bunglebus got a reaction from michael t in Dumped cars in your area   
    Metro opposite my mum's continues to fester
     

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    bunglebus got a reaction from chodweaver in OMG SNO KAOS - pics or stories?   
    Certainly no snow here, but you reminded me of the time I drove back from Eastbourne to Chelmsford after several days of heavy snow, think it was 2010. Most of the sensible/scared people had decided driving was not a good idea, but I needed to get home, so set off in the most suitable (only) vehicle, my Renault 5, lowered and fitted with 15" wheels and wide tyres. Light weight and lots of surface area is perfect for snow..?
    Anyway I've never failed to get anywhere in any weather no matter what I was driving, so set off and carefully made my way along the A roads, eventually reaching the M25 which was effectively a single lane with vague humps either side where the central reservation and verge were buried. No drama, plodded along and finally got to my flat - and promptly got stuck driving into the car park...
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