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    Mad Cyril reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Sooo… way back in May last year I had a bit of a diecast clearout, partly because the Terrible Gooner Twins both died and left me with no transport, and partly because I badly needed to refocus a collection that had long since got out of control.

    Once again, I'm very grateful to those shiters who dug deep and enabled me to exchange my assorted tiny tat for cold hard cash - enabling me to rebuild my somewhat shattered finances, and hopefully gain themselves some diecast jewels with a little bit of humour on the side. And also to those who participated in the DaveNumbers Memorial Diecast Tat Roffle, raising £135 for the overall AS donation fund.
    The process of paring down the collection kind of boiled down to the Marie Kondo 'spark joy' philosophy - holding each model and trying to work out exactly how I felt about it (yeah, that took a while).
    Some I felt very little for - they were so-so charity shop finds I'd almost immediately thrown in a box; eBay job lot surplus; new Hot Wheels I'd bought in work with staff discount while bored, to roll them up and down the Halfords parts desk.
    Others were more complex - models I'd damaged and poorly repaired; models I'd rashly exchanged for something I should really have kept; cars that for one reason or another held a negative memory. Weird stuff, but about 90% I was very sure of what I wanted to do with them.
    So you've seen what went... and maybe it's time to consider what remained, and why.
     
    And it probably starts with this one:

    My automotive core: MB55, the 1981 release of the Matchbox Superfast Ford Cortina MkIV.
    I think I can remember choosing this car myself, from the display case in McCulloughs in Bangor. I couldn't have been older than three, maybe only two - it's a very dim memory (and yes, I appreciate it could be entirely false but it's one I cherish nonetheless).
    I loved this car. I don't know why, but there was just something about it. The deep metallic red paint was similar to the real life Ford Jupiter Red which looked so good on them. The numberplate was correct for the year - RSH88T (although seemingly fictitious). It went pretty much everywhere with me - hence the state of it.

    I pretty much always had a diecast car in my pocket as a child - and beyond - and although that car varied from day to day, it was more likely to be this one than any other.
    Not only has it lost much of its paint, but if you compare it to the example picked up from last week's tat stall adventure, you can see that it's kinda changed shape too.
    I don't know when exactly it lost its A-pillars, but the windscreen only fell to bits in the last few years, to my great upset.

    The shape change is probably because I tend to carry it like this, often reaching into my pocket to give it a quick squeeze for reassurance:

    And, over the years I've carried it - through 11+ exams, GCSEs, A-Levels, graduation; through funerals and, most recently, at my wedding - it's actually moulded itself into the shape of my hand.
    I've shaped it, maybe as much as it's shaped me.
     
    The Cortina was my dream car, so it's probably no coincidence that one of my earliest automotive lusts was a knackered MkIV Cortina in Jupiter Red, dumped down the side of a rough-looking house in John Street Lane in Newtownards. It was appalling rusty - yet I spent several years, from about 1991 to 1994, convincing myself that this car was eminently restorable...

    Until one day, it was gone. Just like that. I have no photographs of my first true love. Goodnight, UKS249T.
    It's also probably no coincidence that my first car was also a Cortina, albeit a MkV (there were no longer any MkIVs on the road locally by 1997)...

    In fairness, XOI was probably no less rotten than UKS - just that someone had thought to slap black Hammerite over the rusty bits. Cunning.
     
    Although in later years I bought another Cortina that was slightly less advanced as an automotive colander, the red-hot desire had worn off a bit.

    I really liked NJW605X, especially when it wasn't conking out every twenty metres or so, but ten years had passed since XOI and in a way it felt like trying to get back with an ex. 
     
    I also have the Vanguards Mk IV which looks very like UKS, in the right shade and with the black vinyl roof and everything, and that's a fitting tribute in a way.

    (library pic)
    But the little Superfast representation has remained. It'll never be restored: it is what it is.




    One day I'll splurge out on a mint and boxed example, and display it alongside 'my' version - and maybe, in a way, that's what a lot of this tat hunting has been for.
    I've recently managed to gather some slightly better examples of some of my childhood toys, and putting them together side by side to compare does give me a surprising amount of pleasure.
    So yeah. There's probably some more tiny tat autobiography to come, I'm afraid...
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    Mad Cyril reacted to crapcarcollector in Greek Island Shitorama   
    In Kefalonia today. Loads of shit still about, but this passes as a quality repair....


    Still, they went to the effort of painting it....
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    Mad Cyril reacted to richardmorris in 19 Years of Tin Snail - Back to normality   
    My friends Jerry and Gita are going in his Burton kit car. Red, British reg. say hello if you bump into them.
     

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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Skizzer in Shite in Miniature II   
    https://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argos-no10-1978-autumn/17
    Made by Sharna according to '78 Argos catalogue.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    https://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argos-no10-1978-autumn/17
    Made by Sharna according to '78 Argos catalogue.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    ^^^ Top detective work!
    Interesting that the pedal car in the '78 Argos catalogue is registered 'WAM123S', while Bunglebus' example was 'WAM123V' - Sharna must have updated the decals each year to reflect the latest registration suffix, which is a pretty nifty touch that my junior inner pedant would have appreciated.
    £16.95 in 1978 works out as just shy of £96 in today's money, so a pricey enough toy.
    https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/inflation/inflation-calculator
    I had a Range-Rover styled pedal car fitted with AA decals and an amber flashing light... can't find any pics online, so I must look out some pics of it, too. Not sure who made it.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Shite in Miniature II   
    https://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argos-no10-1978-autumn/17
    Made by Sharna according to '78 Argos catalogue.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    https://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argos-no10-1978-autumn/17
    Made by Sharna according to '78 Argos catalogue.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    https://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argos-no10-1978-autumn/17
    Made by Sharna according to '78 Argos catalogue.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Burnside in Sao Penza   
    Nunns in Grimsby started off by selling FSO.
    My Grandad bought one new from the in 1982.
    The garage was on Rendel Street (opposite Hartford Motors/Hartwells) but they moved onto Mitsubishi a few years later.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to petermcpete in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    300 miles Tuesday, 140 yesterday, 100 so far today - currently en route to Skye!
     

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    Mad Cyril reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Canine Cavorting in Cleethorpes
     
    Break out the buckets and spades
    We're going caravanning for a few days 
    a third world shit tip of crisps and lemonades
    Seaview Campsite, run by  Hades.

    Mam's sister made us play out in this seaside carbuncle
    as she'd be dead busy with another new uncle
    do us a favour, walk to Grimbsy town
    get us some more wool, here's half a crown

    An' when we'd gone she'd pull out the stops
    Five quid for oral, two for fingers and tops
    'ang up your coat and get in the queue
    keys in the fruit bowl, you're number two
     
    Kitsch furnishings and wipe clean placcy
    as Bob came to visit on his 500 Bukaki
    and fornicated and frolicked on garish formica
    before making his way for the next greasy biker

    she'd close all the nets coz she knew for certain
    he'd wipe 'is knob on Cath Kidson curtain
    then 'ang up 'er knickers in the front window to dry
    the white stains would come off if she bothered to try

     an' in the kitchen of this sticky backed prison
    more than one pork sword had been arisen
    a bread bin for the nodders, a tub for the jizzm
    you can't say our Carol did nowt for tourism
     

    an' on guard old Buster was made to stay
    paid like her in sausage all day
    overweight and idle  and fond of a bone
    but that's enough of me aunty, I wanna go home.

     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-caravan-Retro-summer-house-tv-prop-festival-Pop-up-cafe-film/153486224295?hash=item23bc7deba7:g:MDQAAOSwwjhcq5a~
     
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from chaseracer in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from RayMK in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from brownnova in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Sigmund Fraud in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from 500tops in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    'Ere, 'ere.

    (There's another stashed in my sister's garage too)
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Rod/b in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Literally NOTHING WORSE than MAROON 5
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Ohdearme in Potentially available - Mazda 323 with pop up lights!   
    That's a 323F1.6GLX manual in Passion Rose. '92-'94?
    Black door mirrors mean no sunroof, no ABS, wind up windows, Clarion radio cassette.
    It'll have the dark interior trim with blue and green highlights (rather than the earlier light grey velour that always looked grubby).
    Lovely thing.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Jim Bell in Potentially available - Mazda 323 with pop up lights!   
    That's a 323F1.6GLX manual in Passion Rose. '92-'94?
    Black door mirrors mean no sunroof, no ABS, wind up windows, Clarion radio cassette.
    It'll have the dark interior trim with blue and green highlights (rather than the earlier light grey velour that always looked grubby).
    Lovely thing.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from snagglepuss in Potentially available - Mazda 323 with pop up lights!   
    That's a 323F1.6GLX manual in Passion Rose. '92-'94?
    Black door mirrors mean no sunroof, no ABS, wind up windows, Clarion radio cassette.
    It'll have the dark interior trim with blue and green highlights (rather than the earlier light grey velour that always looked grubby).
    Lovely thing.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from TheDoctor in Potentially available - Mazda 323 with pop up lights!   
    That's a 323F1.6GLX manual in Passion Rose. '92-'94?
    Black door mirrors mean no sunroof, no ABS, wind up windows, Clarion radio cassette.
    It'll have the dark interior trim with blue and green highlights (rather than the earlier light grey velour that always looked grubby).
    Lovely thing.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from eddyramrod in Potentially available - Mazda 323 with pop up lights!   
    That's a 323F1.6GLX manual in Passion Rose. '92-'94?
    Black door mirrors mean no sunroof, no ABS, wind up windows, Clarion radio cassette.
    It'll have the dark interior trim with blue and green highlights (rather than the earlier light grey velour that always looked grubby).
    Lovely thing.
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