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  1. Haven't they just. I was slightly taken aback very early this morning upon innocently popping into the Shrewsbury branch to buy some lunch. There were hordes of people in already buying trolley loads of stuff, mostly toys.
  2. Me up the wall!* *Joke reproduced courtesy of R Monkhouse and Estate 1978
  3. I'm not using my Speed Trip, or doing any work on my old CBR 600 because a sodding huge and very beautiful garden spider has built a big web between the two and has taken up residence in the o/s air intake of the latter. I'm a casual environmentalist and fan of interesting wildlife plus they are one of the few native species which can inflict a nasty bite so I'm using the 'Cow instead (which btw has absolutely nothing to do with the shite weather).
  4. Yep, Bucknell. Incidentally I don't think I've ever seen a real Safrane before, I always liked the Bi Turbo version they did.
  5. Is that opposite McConnell's?
  6. warch

    Crazy Trannies*

    I love that design common on things like tractors, presumably Unimogs and my dad's old Austin Champ that gave you the option of all ratios in reverse. Apparently the Rolls Royce B40 engined Champ could do 85mph in reverse.
  7. With all this talk of buddy cop shows I thought I should post some piccies of my Corgi Classics Professionals Ford Capri. Long before the will they, won't they? romantic stylings of Dempsey and Makepeace, there was another unrequited love story playing across our screens, the story of two agents belonging to Ci5, a fictional organisation, answering only to the Home Secretary, and tasked with dealing with crimes that fall out the remits of the police, the Security Service or the military. Those two agents were of course Bodie, a bloke who'd fitted in about 25 years worth of elite soldiering experience before his thirtieth birthday, and who was prone to going off mission in order to settle personal vendettas relating to his violent past, and Doyle, the Kevin Keeganesque ex copper with artistic pretensions and a tendency to rant about social injustice. Keeping these two in check and stealing the show whenever he made an appearance was whiskey sossled, grizzled old soldier Cowley. I like all the old tv show clich├ęs, like finishing every episode on a crap joke, or the 'boys will be boys' type japes such as using a high powered sniper rifle scope to perv on a woman getting undressed in a flat three quarters of a mile away. I like the insight into real life procedure, like staking out someone's house by sticking two blokes in leather jackets in a car parked directly outside 24/7, or on one occasion an huge grey luton van festooned with receiver aerials. There was often a chance to spot someone before they were famous too, most notably Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger from Only Fools and Horses} cast as a middle eastern assassin complete with generic evil middle eastern accent. The original Corgi Professionals set came with the iconic silver Ford Capri (Bodie's wheels during the later series) and figures of Bodie, Doyle and Cowley. It was in the 1/36 scale and came out around 1980, when the show was prime time viewing (instead of lurking around on daytime telly on coffin dodger's favourite, ITV4). Mine is the Corgi Classics rerelease which has basically the same car as the 70s version, with minor detail differences, and two completely different metal figures of Bodie and Doyle (no 'Cow' sadly). I acquired it in about 2000. It's quite a nice set with attractive packaging and decent finish on both the cars and the figures. I think the rear suspension has collapsed slightly causing the rear wheels to rub on the arches but given the way the actual car was treated in the series this may have been deliberate.
  8. Thanks for making me aware of Simon and Simon, it looks like one part Starsky and Hutch to two parts The A Team. In retrospect such a weird IP to have a toyline tie in. I wouldn't worry about Buick Regal police cars overmuch, I spent much of the 80s happily accepting the existence of Police and Fire Service Lamborghini Countach's so a Regal wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary.
  9. Much as I love full size motorbikes, the main reason I've never really liked their miniature equivalent is that they tend not to come with a model rider, and are therefore condemned to spend eternity parked up looking good (like full size motorbikes do most of the time). Corgi did their SuperKings Barry Sheene RG 500 which was a pretty good model and which came with a Bazza with lid on or with his 70s locks flowing in the wind. However I have a Britains 1/32 Norton Commando and rider. Yep. they had a choice of all the bikes in the 70s to make a model of, so they choose the one widely regarded as having had one of the worst looking fairings ever made. Luckily the fairing is removable (there is even a headlight hiding behind it) which I think makes it much better. It does have that naff unremovable centrestand so you can't replicate Marc Marquez style elbow down cornering technique and crap looking tyres but I still love it.
  10. Ha! A ploy to force us all into electric cars no doubt...
  11. 1/32 you say? It looks like a rescaled copy of the Corgi model (exactly the same colour too). I really like that. As with the Corgi, apart from the cab, which actually does look like the canvas truck cab you can get these days its a really rather good model. My favourite Land Rover toy I haven't seen for years were those big scale, 1/18 or thereabouts cheapo ones made of plastic. Me and brother got some on a daytrip to the seaside and ideal for play off roading in the sand. They were always LWB, and Series III but beyond that my memory is a bit vague.
  12. An excellent suggestion I reckon. My Land Rover has various timing marks for different fuel grades, mine also suffered from a sticky advance/retard mechanism which sometimes stuck in the advance position causing running problems, stalling and difficulty starting.
  13. Sorry about the lack of Cortinas. Three more Land-Rovers from my collection. From l-r 1/32 Britains Series II LWB Land Rover (1970-?). Mine is the military version although it came minus all the military accoutrements like machine guns, soldiers and crew. It is reasonable nick though and has loads of working features like working steering, operated by turning the spare wheel on the tailgate, working suspension (which is something you rarely get on smaller scale toy cars even today), opening doors and an opening bonnet, with an authentic 2286 lurking underneath. There is a fair attempt at a realistic cabin too, with an accurate dashboard. This is a fantastic model, and considerably better than nearly all the more modern variants that came afterwards, if only for all the working features. 1/43 (actually more like 1/48) Corgi Series II LWB Land Rover (1960-200?). This incredibly long lived casting has been doing the business for Corgi for bloody ages, they've only recently retired it. It also saw service with Lledo who also produced a SWB version which I also own. The basic shape is right, apart from the cab, which doesn't resemble the Series II truck cab in any way whatsoever, and actually looks like the cab on a Series I which they made prior to this version. I suspect that the model was designed around the time that the real Series II was designed (the patent number ends with 59) so they were working on the assumption that the cab design wouldn't change from the earlier version. Mine has working suspension and the remnants of a tow hitch, the former disappeared at some point in production so modern versions don't have this. A nice model even if the rubber tyres are getting a bit decrepit. 70s versions had horrible looking Whizzwheels tm. 1/76 Oxford Diecast Series II SWB LandRover (2018-date). I have a couple of Oxford Diecast Landies. I have been waiting for ages for a simple bog standard model of a SWB Series II (like wot I drive) with no company marking or paint scheme. This is a conversion of a Rail Rover which came on replica rail wheels for running on 00 scale track. I swapped the wheels for a set of normal Land Rover wheels off a Series 1 which in a bonus got the rail wheels instead and voila, a nice basic Land Rover 88. Naturally Oxford Diecast released an REME version which is practically identical to my concoction within a month of me doing this. It's a really amazing model though.
  14. My car transporter (K10 1976-81) bought for me by my mum when I was about 2 so about 1979. I love the ludicrous futuristic design, more like something off Judge Dredd than anything real (unless someone has some concept drawings that this was based on). My rubber duck (K1 1977-81) also acquired during this period. Actually looked much nicer on the original double wheels that the earlier version had. These two have survived goodness knows how many childhood mishaps, moves and toy clearouts and still look ready to soldier on, even with scratched and missing paint.
  15. /imagines the structural integrity of a four door Cortina convertible/ Does look damn cool though. Is that a repainted model Vulgalour? It looks superb!
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