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    Amishtat reacted to cort1977 in The new news 24 thread   
    It is, we were out on skis yesterday at Aboyne.

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    Amishtat reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Diecast-related delivery this morning:

    Ordered late on Tuesday night, arrived on Saturday morning - for less than the price of a wanky latte, too.

    Hey, it's an old publication - but it has some great pics of stuff I never knew existed.
    The same seller had another three copies listed for sale for £2.87 each, posted, so...
    As a bonus, I love the pic of the authors on the back of the dust jacket; it looks like a snap of them getting busted by their wives doing a spot of illicit diecast trading round the back of the garage.

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    Amishtat got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from bicycle repairman in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from eddyramrod in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from RayMK in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can confirm this. One of my absolute favourite Corgis for what that's worth. It's such a nice casting, the wheels suit it in my opinion. I'd love a real one. 

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    Amishtat reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    This is a bit of cracker on RR for £600 in Fife. The Rover 600  is a great looking still I recon.

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    Amishtat got a reaction from timolloyd in Motor Industry Graffiti   
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    Amishtat reacted to Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    Lovely effort on the repaints - they don't look too garish or jarringly modern and shiny, if you catch my drift. And Spot Ons were often painted in bright colours, so the shades both work well.
    I've got one of those NSUs too, although mine wears the original paint:


    Giant steering wheel only accentuates the Mr. Magoo character driving it.

    I've even got its box! Sadly, this one came up from a guy selling off his childhood collection all in one go. Luckily for me, the flooding of the market meant I got this for a relative bargain but others who could justify splurging cash in one fell swoop got some crazy good deals. But saddest of all, the original owner who cared for them so well lost out the most. That said, they'll all be looked after by old duffers, so will be preserved for the future, I suppose!
    Seems I also need to update my Spot On collection photo, too...
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    Amishtat got a reaction from Leyland Worldmaster in Motor Industry Graffiti   
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    Amishtat reacted to Datsuncog in 80's/90's Nissan Appreciation Thread (Micra, Sunny, Primera etc)   
    I really liked the Sunny B11 Coupé I was running around 1999/2000. Badged as a Nissan on the front and a Datsun at the back; the V5 listed it as a Datsun, so that's what I went with.

    Giffer-spec 1.5 with a beige interior, it was surprisingly nippy from a standing start. It cost me £350 from a small-time dealer, and the tyres were completely perished and barely able to hold air - so my first journey was a very slow wobble over to Bobby Shaw's Scrapyard where I paid £100 for a brand-new set of Firestones (they weren't just a scrapyard, they did tyres, batteries and exhausts too).
    5-speed box and luxurious equipment like head restraints and a clock put it miles ahead of the HC Viva it replaced. Still, I felt like a sell-out for running a 'modern'.
    Never gave me any real bother in nine months or so of driving, other than needing a new o/s wheel bearing and an intermittent fault with the indicator which was probably a bad earth, but which I fixed using a secondhand unit from a scrapped Nissan Prairie.
    Unfortunately some lowlives put the windows through with a hammer one night (they did about five cars in the street), and glass was NLA from Autoglass or other indie operators.
    I ended up buying an utterly hanging early B11 for £50 and stripping it for its glass.

    Although I got it all installed into mine ok (with lashings and lashings of Tiger Seal), it was never quite right and there was a bit of water ingress after that. Some of the plastic window trim also detached itself on the dual carriageway, and I never did find it again.
    Ultimately it was the insurance costs that made me part with it - I'd paid only £100 extra onto the last three months of my existing policy (with Endsleigh) when I changed from the Viva, and thought that would be a broad indicator of the price difference, but when renewal time came I nearly choked when they quoted me £2,600 for TPO cover. Even when I found another broker who could do it for £1,650 , it was costing me nearly all my part-time wage packet, and so I ended up selling it for £180 and just getting the train to uni.
    Nine months later I bought a 1.1 Fiesta and it only cost me about £750 to insure; I was a bit wary of Japanese cars after that.
    An identical maroon Coupé came up on Car and Classic about five years ago with plenty of giffer-dings, but was keenly priced at only £650.
    I probably should have gone for it, but couldn't make it work at the time.
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    Amishtat reacted to danthecapriman in Project Capri. Door mirrors pg.46.   
    Not had a great deal of time on this lately, had something else on the go so my minds been on that.
    I have however checked the brake system since filling and bleeding it a while ago. I was paranoid about it leaking somewhere and getting brake fluid on the paintwork under the bonnet or somewhere! Just as well I checked it too because it has leaked! 
    Fortunately not onto any paint. But the level was a bit low in the reservoir bottle and having a quick look underneath showed a tiny puddle under one rear wheel. A closer look revealed the union between the new brake pipe and wheel cylinder was a bit loose. So far since tightening it up (and double checking all the others) there’s no further leaks. Topped up the reservoir and all seems well now. 
    Today, I’ve been out and picked up a couple of essentials for my next task. 
    Firstly was a bottle of new engine oil. The engine has oil in it now obviously, but it’s been sat in there a couple of years now while it’s been inactive just to stop anything rusting inside etc. So I’m going to drain that out and put new in ready to run the engine up properly. The filter that’s already on it should be fine. 
    Second item was a gerry can full of Esso’s finest Supreme ethanol free unleaded. Which means I can now use it to fill the tank and fire up the car using the reinstalled tank, new lines etc and run it up to temperature. Should also prove any leaks in the system, which I’m hoping there won’t be any! 
    It has been started a while back from a small temporary tank but it didn’t have an exhaust fitted then so I couldn’t run it for long. Now it’s pretty much ready so there shouldn’t be any issues. It’ll also give me an opportunity to bleed the cooling system when it’s running.  
    In theory I should be able to move it up and down the driveway too under its own steam!
    Not sure when I’ll get to actually do this but sometime soon hopefully.
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    Amishtat reacted to Motown in Not another one? My new purchase   
    The Rovervitus is alive and well..... Despite my recent fleet downsize and promising myself and my wife i simply didn't need anymore cars.... Assuring her that i was planning to retire from saving and restoring Rovers to which i had committed myself to for many years, I went out and bought this today as luck would have it its only my wife's favorite colour (the same as her 25) so it kind of numbed the blow and she even cooked me Sheppard's pie for tea.... Normally i would get fuck all after another car purchase...

    Its a 1983 2600 S.... So its not quite as blessed as my SD1 Vanden Plas but its a beauty all the same! Its got 83k on the clock a boot full of spares and a folder full of history obviously theirs a few niggles to sort out here and there but after restoring my other SD1 it really shouldn't be a problem weather permitting! 

    It looks to be solid and has a fairly good MOT history for a 38 year old Rover!  Few paint bubbles but the interior is near immaculate as you can see

    Lovely beige interior very similar to my 827 Fastback and i genuinely cant believe how good the door cards are.  It should be arriving fairly soon so will post more about it then but hoping to service it and get it straight off for MOT once it arrives! 
    Long live Rover and all who sail in them! 
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    Amishtat reacted to captain_70s in The grumpy thread   
    Pretty much. A banger will hand over £2k for an afternoon of smashing a car up and have it away the next day while an "enthusiast" will hand wring about how little it'll be worth once restored and how hard the parts are to get and the extortionate cost of transport etc, etc.
    From my understanding it was an original UK car, I'm not sure if they were even easily available or where special order.
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    Amishtat reacted to sierraman in The grumpy thread   
    What has likely happened there is everyone has pissed about wandering around with hands in their pockets coming up with all sorts of batshit plans like A framing it from Dundee to Tavistock on Xmas day on the proviso the spare key has been found along with an affidavit from a garage to say that although the oil change in 1983 was done but there’s no receipt. 
    Meanwhile somebody turned up with money and a hiab and away it went. 
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    Amishtat reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Ah, I do love a Cogbox!
    I get a few similar sized and weighted parcels delivered which contain parts for real cars, so as you say, seeing the BT postcode always comes with a little exciting anticipation!
    I usually forget what I have bought, so some of the individually wrapped cars are a surprise. I also usually find I've bought more than I thought!
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    Amishtat reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Essentially, it all came down to money.
    By 1960, the Dinky brand was in full swing under Meccano, a company which took the view that accountants weren't really needed so long as the money kept flowing. And it did, with the company still basking in their 1920s and 30s adulation as Britain's biggest toy manufacturer. Throughout the 1940s and 50s the company, now chaired by Frank Hornby's son Roland, continued to enjoy huge sales at home and in export markets for their Hornby, Meccano and Dinky Toys ranges. Dinky, in particular, accounted for half of the company's profits by 1956. The following year, Dinky made and sold 12 million models, including a million exports to the USA - their absolute peak.
    But under the surface, not everything was so rosy. Frank Hornby had been an inventor and a shrewd businessman from the era of brass and steam, willing to innovate and take risks (and, in the case of the Tootsietoy/Dinky toy cars, flirt with patent infringement) - whereas Roland simply presided over a period of seeming never-ending growth. With few serious competitors for much of their existence, there had been little incentive for the company to innovate or change. Shareholders were happy, and the Hornby family continued to own 14% of the business.
    Dinky had made a mild effort to diversify their offering with the launch of the Dublo Dinky range in 1957, positioning these small 1/76 cars and commercials as both a rival to Lesney's recently-arrived Matchbox range and as track accessories for their Hornby Dublo train sets. Sales were slow, however, and some castings were axed after less than eighteen months. Only a few models were available at any given time, with a grand total of fifteen different castings sold between 1957 and 1966. It was a pity, as these were decent, detailed little models - and also why they tend to fetch high prices amongst collectors nowadays.
    Part of the problem remained Meccano's extremely old-fashioned approach to marketing. Believing themselves to be purveyors of the finest playthings, Meccano would only sell their Dinky Toys to 'approved' toy shops and department stores, who undertook to display and stock their entire range. Mettoy and Lesney were far less choosy about their stockists, with the result that by 1962, Matchbox and Corgi cars could be obtained through 23,500 outlets across Britain - while only 6,500 outlets stocked Dinky.
    Little cars and lorries made under the Corgi and Matchbox names could therefore be picked up as impulse purchases at newsagents, tobacconists, corner shops and railway stations, while buying a Dinky Toy probably required a special trip into town. The Depression-era 1930s and Austerity 1940s had passed; quality toys were no longer just for the children of the rich. What price exclusivity? Dinky was about to find out.
    One of the first cracks was the arrival of Corgi. Dinky had more or less had the entire diecast car market to itself for over two decades, but Mettoy's arrival  in 1956 suddenly created a direct rival, followed soon after by Tri-Ang's Spot-On range of diecast models in 1959. From that point on, Dinky would never reach the same sales heights as their 1957 peak again, as their near-monopoly market share became split multiple ways.
    As the 1960s began, other changes started to come to the toy industry as wartime trade sanctions on Japan were finally lifted, allowing them to export toys again. Suddenly, cheap tinplate toys built in Japan started to appear in UK toyshops, including cars and trains - not terribly durable, perhaps, but often quite detailed and very appealing in their size and colourways. Around the same time Hong Kong, a British colony, increased its industrial output and used its minimal taxation and close administrative links to the UK to export large amounts of very affordable toys. These may not have had a direct impact on the Meccano portfolio, but it heightened the perception that toys could be cheap, frivolous and largely disposable - rather than expensive pieces to be bought mainly for birthdays and Christmas gifts.
    In 1961, Meccano Ltd posted a shock loss of £10,000. This was partly due to a drop-off in diecast toy sales, but more to do with other factors such as retooling costs and a series of poorly-timed product diversifications, such as the acquisition of the plastic construction toy Bayko in 1959, the year before Lego launched in the UK, putting a huge dent in the homegrown construction toy market.
    In a panic, Meccano laid off half its workforce, going from 3,000 employees in 1960 to around 1,500 in 1962 - but by January 1964, their losses had ballooned to £250,000. Unwilling, or unable, to re-engineer their entire business model for the modern era, a chastened Meccano Board accepted a lowball offer of £781,000 from Tri-Ang's owners, Lines Brothers - less than half the company's stock market value at the time.
    The rapid reversal of fortunes had underscored some of Meccano's more deep-seated problems - short-sighted management with no other industry experience, inefficient and labour-intensive production lines, and models designed, built and sold with little regard for profit margins. As the late-lamented Junkman was fond of saying about some of the marvellous Dinky Supertoys on this very thread, they couldn't even have been covering the costs of the metal for the price sold.
    A persistent stubbornness to change didn't help - although Corgi launched as 'The Ones With Windows!', it had taken Dinky another two years to copy even this relatively simple innovation of adding a moulded plastic insert to their shells.
    However, with Lines Bros now at the helm, and the Hornby family sent packing, sales increased again from 1965. Much of this was down to the extensive distribution network that Lines operated in the USA for their core range of Pedigree dolls and prams, bicycles, sailing boats, pressed-steel toys, and pre-school wooden toys, as well as the Scalextric brand - and which was now able to get Dinky Toys into many more stores, to the point that demand exceeded supply.
    Efforts were made to meet the renewed US demand by outsourcing some diecast production to Hong Kong, where it was hoped that modern factories could produce toy cars faster and more cheaply than the pre-WW1 factory at Binns Road in Liverpool. However, subcontractor HKI's initial run of models for Dinky in 1965 - a range of six US sedans and wagons originally designed as Spot-On models in an effort to break into that market - suffered from various quality control issues, and options to increase the production lines were put on hold. The small range was discontinued by 1967. Two of these Hong Kong models were apparently sold in the UK - the Chevrolet Impala and Buick Riviera - but not through the usual toyshop channels, instead being dumped at low cost with discount distributors, away from the main Dinky range.
    Despite this negative experience, rather perplexingly a decision was taken the following year to produce most of the new Mini Dinky range in Hong Kong. Seemingly designed as a premium product to compete with Lone Star's pleasing but expensive Impy Roadmaster range, Mini Dinkys were slightly larger than Matchbox and Husky models of the time and boasted multiple opening features, as well as being housed in a clear plastic 'garage'. Sadly, this range suffered even worse quality problems, including zamac alloy contamination which caused the castings to crack and crumble, ultimately killing off the entire range in less than two years.
    Further efforts were made to modernise the lines at Binns Rd, with middling results - changes to production processes from the Hornby years were not well-handled, and industrial relations became increasingly strained throughout this period between newcomer managers and time-served production staff.
    Although Corgi's sales remained ebullient at the tail end of the 1960s, the Spot-On range had never quite achieved the sales success hoped for when it was conceived as an upmarket Dinky rival - and so the brand name was wound down following Lines Bros' acquisition of the original market leaders, and then killed off entirely after a catastrophic fire at the Belfast factory in 1967. 
    However, it should be mentioned that the design and production methods from their fallen rival Spot-On found their way onto Dinky's range rather quickly - suddenly, new Dinky Toys came with heavy diecast bases, number plates and chunky ribbed tyres on spun aluminium wheel hubs, instead of the 'traditional' punched tinplate bases and skinny tyres on diecast hubs, as seen on Dinkys at the turn of the 1960s. Spot-On's influence remained, even if the name had vanished. And I have to say, these mid/late 60s Dinkys really are some of the best models out there. That AEC tractor unit with the Hoynor car transporter trailer I found at the market over the summer was absolutely sublime, and incredibly heavy.
    So the Ford Transit of 1966 is perhaps an excellent example of where Dinky was by the mid-60s - producing substantial, detailed models packed with working features. All the doors opened (except the passenger's door), and the accessories provided with the Police Accident and Fire versions were even better in terms of playvalue. Unusually, Dinky even went so far as to remanufacture the Mk1 Transit after only a few years to make it slightly bigger and perhaps better proportioned; and as mentioned this larger version then went on to receive two subsequent facelifts, to reflect the real-life changes to the Ford's front end.
    By the late 1960s, Dinky should have found its groove again. But the gap between this high water mark, and the murky lows of the 1970s Bedford CF era came all too quickly.
    Firstly, Dinky's parent company Lines Bros unexpectedly called in the receivers in 1971. Despite their toy ranges doing well, a number of foreign investments had gone sour and suddenly it found itself on the brink. In the ensuing break-up of the venerable Lines Bros business, for the first time in its history the Hornby brand found itself separated from Meccano, being sold off to Dunbee-Combex-Marx and renamed Hornby Railways Ltd, while Dinky and Meccano found themselves bought out by Airfix.
    Initially, this reorganisation seemed like a good fit. Lines Bros had been all about toys, but Airfix had a reputation for detail and high-quality modelling. Surely this could only result in better diecast Dinky models?
    Well, you'd think so - but Airfix were all about rationalisation of their new acquisition. Overall diecast car sales were on the slide, after the Hot Wheels mania of 1969 and 1970, as the gravity track car fad died away (and which Dinky had played no part in). Although Dinky made an operating profit of £335,000 in 1972, their core customers were getting younger and younger, and therefore had less buying power than older teenagers. Looking through the books, the high complexity of many Dinky products deemed them unsustainable as Airfix looked to survive during a period of sales contraction, not expansion.
    The 1970s in Britain remain an era characterised by strife, and while inflation and industrial strikes tend to be the public perception of the time, it's maybe worth remembering that these didn't just come out of nowhere. The Oil Crisis of 1973 was preceded by a quadrupling of the price of zinc, causing a huge rise in raw materials for diecast manufacturers. Unable to pass the full costs on to customers, Dinky engaged in a round of frantic cost-cutting, simplifying existing models by removing opening features and adding plastic bases and those rather nasty plastic 'speed wheels'. However, Dinky's prices continued to reflect a premium status which was no longer demonstrated by the models themselves. A number of early 1970s releases had appeared fairly clunky-looking in terms of proportions, and now they just looked cheap as well. However, increasing the use of plastic instead of zinc proved a bit of a busted flush anyway, as the cost of oil-based plastics shot up from 1973.
    By the mid-1970s, many Dinky Toys were looking distinctly unappealing to consumers, and the Bedford CF was one of the stinkers. Designed without much care for proportions or detail, it seemed to have been deliberately shrunk to use as little metal as possible, and wore the same small speedwheels as the Mini Clubman.
    Dinky used the casting extensively for Code 2 promotional models, which perhaps indicates just how desperate times had become - it was a better prospect to sell a thousand promo models to a chain of plumbers merchants as giveaway novelties, than to try to sell the same items to children in a toyshop.
    At the same time, Corgi was innovating in a way in which Dinky seemingly could not - having brought out a range of new, authentically detailed Formula 1 racing cars in the larger scale of 1/36, it then introduced passenger cars and commercials in the same scale, reasoning that bigger models could be sold for a higher price, but with no increase in the costs of tooling or design, thereby cancelling out some of the rising raw material costs. And it worked, with Corgi's sales increasing from £9.3 million in 1972 to £19.9 million by 1976.
    Dinky tried aping Corgi with a range of larger, 1/36-ish models such as the Princess 2200, the Volvo 265, the Jaguar XJ12 Supercat and the Rover SD1, but they had nowhere near the finesse or charm of the Corgi equivalents. The last two were yet another disastrous exercise in Hong Kong subcontracting - Dinky seemed to be exceptionally unlucky in this respect, as Corgi had subcontracted manufacture of all their military vehicles, aircraft and a few lifter-loader cranes to HK for years without any quality issues.
    It was a sad way to go, but the plug was pulled on Dinky in November 1979. The name was bought by Palitoy, and used on some rebranded Solidos produced in Italy by Polistil, as well as a handful of other castings such as the Volvo 265 (painted bright orange and sold in a plain brown box) and the Space Chariot, which may have been assembled from parts made at Binns Rd or maybe from tooling shipped to Italy - no-one seems to know. But after 1984, the name seemed to just fade away as a toy brand. Not long after, Universal Toys bought the rights to the Dinky name after Palitoy's owners, General Mills, decided to leave the toy business...
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    Amishtat got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'd love one too, saw one a couple of years ago in a junk shop on Leigh on Sea but it was too expensive for its condition by my reckoning. Never seen the Opel Commodore though, that looks a nice thing. 
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    Amishtat reacted to GingerNuttz in A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away   
    I went for that Hiroshima look, I think I nailed it tbf. 
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