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  1. Today's photo: These coaches were amongst a few offerings that Majorette seemed to tout as promotional pieces - the 3 axle Saviem trucks were another popular one. I'm sure I had a white and red coach as a kid but can't remember what company it advertised. I'm not a mega massive fan of these but thought they were worthy of a pick from the aforementioned 50p tub, on their condition alone. Also, it's nice to see the passengers demonstrating good social distancing practises, though I'm not sure that many people are rushing to head to Italy right now.
  2. Continuing my Italian lockdown theme (from 4 pages ago - there's lots of content on here of late!), here's another Fiat revelling alone at an Italian place of interest. I'd not seen any recent versions of Bburago 1/43s and came about this one sitting in the $1 (50p) tub at my favoured model shop, after they were having a clear out of a $5 cabinet, to make space for new stock. I certainly wouldn't value it at £2.50 but at 1/5th the price, why not? Especially since it had a blue interior. So apologies for the modern content but rest assured that I found other items of interest in the 50p tub and took full advantage of their availability. Hope everyone's staying safe out there!
  3. It's day two here of a 4 week lockdown, so I thought it might be nice to stick up an occasional photo of my latest buys (which I photographed a couple of weeks ago), over the next few weeks. Thing is, I've got a couple of friends staying with me from the UK (they were only staying for a week!) but that does mean I can't set up my home studio (aka piles of old books and a camera on a tripod) to take any more photos, lest I look like a total weirdo. So here's the first one, an incredibly fortuitous Solido X1/9 hanging out in a deserted piazza: Note the annoying bubbled rims, which have expanded for some reason or other, to the point of stopping the wheels turning. I've got a Solido Peugeot 104 that's similarly afflicted and it has the same small wheels as this one, so maybe it was an issue Solido had with these particular ones. Thankfully it hasn't affected the Citoren LN I've got too, which has similar ones. Here's a bonus archive shot of said Citoren, which is a great little casting, although the headlights being a bit too small does irk me somewhat. Anyone else up for making some small car scenes in their time off?
  4. In further news, I decided to take photos of some other stuff that may be of potential interest: Here's the Porsche 911 I mentioned previously - I quite like the stripes but the rest isn't really of interest to me. I think I prefer the metallic green Superfast ones that were in my toy box (no idea why there were 2 of them). This '32 Ford may well appeal to someone but like the Porsche above, I'm just not sure I could justify spending £4.50 on either of these, tbh. Happy to buy on behalf of others though. And then once again, I went on another 4 for £5 buying spree, avoiding yet more Volvo 850s and Porsche 944s, instead choosing these: Finding the Escort was the motivator, as I thought it'd garner some interest. Then I found a couple of other interesting picks from the same 'Baja Blazers' line - sadly I couldn't find the Subaru Brat, else I'd defo have picked that one up. I'll admit that I'm actually quite taken by the Jerry Rigged Nova wagon gasser myself, though these are all available for UK despatch in May, should anyone want to dibs. I do gain pleasure in finding stuff on others' behalves and I reckon I'd also entertain interesting swaps just as much as cold hard cash.
  5. Huzzah, you're in luck! Apologies for 1.) Delay (I picked this up Tuesday) 2.) shitey sideways photo 3.) Not very good detailing of said 2002 but this was my attempt on Tuesday to broadcast the great news live but I couldn't fathom a way to do so on my phone without linking to a gigantic image. Anyway, you'll note that I also partook in the 4 standard models for £5 deal currently on, so hopefully these 944 Turbos are still a difficult thing to acquire, or I'll be lumbered with a few! I did also trudge round a few more stores that day on my leisurely journey up the country that day and didn't encounter any more of those Hotwheels Premiums, so it seems like that was somehow a lucky find. Anyway, dibs away @flat4alfa but please do remind me when I put up a pre-travel post in a couple of months.
  6. Hmm, is it worth me opening some sort of sought after Matchbox and Hotwheels service?! I had a couple of bits of old guff arrive today and have a little backlog to photograph too, so I'll try and make an update in the next few days. Sent from my SM-G398FN using Tapatalk
  7. OK, I'll be passing by the same shop tomorrow, so can see if it's still then and then get it bought. I did hide it at the very back of the tallest rack for that very reason, so fingers crossed!
  8. Mooching 'round the shops yesterday on a rare day off with Mrs_Jon, we visited the chain shop that always has loads of Hotwheels, so I took a quick glance. Ignoring yet another Volvo 850 estate (it only seemed fair, though I'll admit I havent checked out the price they go for on Ebay yet..), I did however take a look at these, as I thought their existence was notable, at least: I have a feeling that someone on here wanted one of these, though I think it was the standard model in white, rather than this premium one. I've also a feeling that much like the Mk1 Escort seen recently, this is a new casting, which is slightly bigger and possibly better detailed, although the front end was tampo printed, from memory. Sincerest apologies for poor lighting reflections but the photo was taken with haste at the shop, lest anyone spot a fully grown man taking photos down a busy kids' toys aisle. Likewise was this offering from Matchbox - I'd wandered to look for Mercedes W123 wagons but have yet to find any and the numbers of packs are far fewer than Hotwheels, so I'm guessing NZ isn't a big market for them. I was drawn to this special edition purely for its seemingly accurate re-use of a previous casting and also the decision to use the same wheels from the 1970's. Can't say that fantasy racing cars were even my bag but interesting wheels, if nowt else. There was also a much more highly detailed version of what looked a bit like an original Superfast Porsche 911 casting and also something modern and lime green - possibly a Camaro. Should anyone be desperate to add these to their collections (and be willing to wait until May, when I can post from the UK), the BMW was £4 and the Matchbox £4.50! Not cheap but again, I don't know what the going price is for these in the UK. I also noticed the same shop has now begun selling Tomicas for £4.50 a pop, too.....
  9. You'll struggle to find the Volvos apparently, as they all seem to be in New Zealand! I passed by a couple on a hook in a shop today and then rooted round for some more, as it was 4 for $10 (£5). I actually found 5 but left one as, it'd have cost and extra £1.50 and I'm not made of money. I'd picked up a spare in the past, so I'll have 5 to bring back with me to the UK in May, for sale at cost or interesting swaps. Should I carry on looking for more?
  10. Lastly, straight after winning the above Hanomag on Trademe, I pressed the Buy Now button on this: As you can see, it's not in the best of nick (missing door mirrors, canopy and broken wind deflector) but I'd never seen this model of Siku F7 before (and now I've seen two on this thread, thanks to @Spottedlaurel!) and I had fond memories of playing with my Siku trucks and trailers back in the day. So, forgive my slight indulgence on the photo count but let's all take a closer look at why Siku trucks are so excellent. For a backdrop, I've chosen the colours of the 1980's Siku catalogues I loved as a kid: First up, the trailer. All the drop sides drop, barring the front, so plenty of bits to tinker with. The struts also drop down, so the trailer is self supportive; when stowed, they click in place nice and firmly, to prevent accidental deployment, which we can all agree is very frustrating and a very real hazard on carpets and rugs. The tractor unit can also hitch and unhitch quite satisfyingly, which is a big bonus in my eyes. I can't begin to describe my displeasure towards my Superkings DAF transporter tractor and trailer, which were eternally coupled! I've left the coupling mechanism on the tractor slightly ajar to demonstrate how the trailer is safely coupled; as the big lever turns clockwise, the white nylon cup turns round to fill the gap in the coupling. Special bonus point of having a car-type towing hook added, should a child wish to pull the Siku twin axle caravan behind and enact the life of a carny. The as yet unmentioned part trick of the trailer is its floating axles! Check out the terrrain this can tackle without grounding out. Finally, I went full catalogue mode here, especially as it allowed me to show off a couple of my other prized Sikus. Anyway, happy 2020 to all and let's see what exciting small things are in store!
  11. With only a handful of hours to go, I suppose now is the time to finish up my 2019 tat account, with the last couple of as yet undeclared bits. I mean, conditions outside are ripe for the house painting I'm undertaking but this is very important stuff, right? I was very happy to score this Siku Hanomag off a private seller in Auckland, so was able to pick it up in person whilst up there for work. I didn't have any Sikus with these particular types of wheels, so that was a nice bonus. It originally would've had a canopy and perhaps even an a-frame steering axle trailer behind it (seems it was sold with or without it) but I like it just as a plain drop side, especially since it's retained its tailgate. Here's a pic of what a real one looks like - quite a good looker, eh?
  12. I'm sorry to say that I went shopping the other day and saw an offer of 5 x hotwheels for $10 (about a fiver) and managed to find 5 of those 850 touring cars, before deciding that there probably wouldn't be much demand for them here, now that they seem to be hitting uk shelves. But in all honesty, spending 8 quid on something you really want is hardly going to see anyone out on the streets, so Merry Christmas sierraman! Sorry, I mean Twisterboy! Have I seemingly found a goldmine of Volvo 850's, then?! Sent from my SM-G398FN using Tapatalk
  13. Jon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Hi all! I've not adorned this thread with any tasty NZ morsels in quite a while as I've been too busy to post, or to even follow this thread, tbh. That said, I've found something very interesting indeed - A volvo 360 for £2000! What's so interesting in a 360 with such a fulsome price, I hear you ask? Well for starters, it's got these funny rear number plate lights, necessitating the number plate to be chopped down to fit between them. Odd. Someone's also boshed in a high level brake light, too. Hmm, curious. Then round the front, there's extra indicator stuck to the wing. Interesting. The last bit got my spidey shite senses tingling, so I carjam'ed the plate and it turns out I was right - this is a Japanese market Volvo 360! And one that's in bloody lovely nick too, by the looks of things. Imported to NZ in 1994, should anyone be interested. https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/volvo/auction-2437129787.htm?rsqid=af869f730df943ee99adc19cee92f391-003
  14. Despite the ludicrous spending spree I encountered above (total purchase, £2 - I can't remember what the other 2 other 50p cars were at the moment), I had saved up a few more pennies some weeks later, so went back to the shop to offload some more dosh. Only thing was, stock hadn't changed an awful lot, though one item had been reduced in price, for some reason: A nice Vanguards phase 1, MkII Granada jam sandwich. I'm an absolute sucker for these steel wheels and the black grilles of the earlier MkIIs, as they just look so right. I'm not a massive police car fanboi or anything but strangely, this is now my third such item and they're all Fords! My Dad also had a police-spec white MkII Granada 2.8i (phase 2, no toys but the 2.8i alloys and front spoiler) as his work car back in the mid-80's before someone else wrote it off on his behalf, so this is a nice sort of tribute to that. In fact, I think I still have the radio blanking plate to that sitting around somewhere at my folks' house. Out back, I'd say that things might even be better, as it all looks very much in proportion to me. I will admit that the search lights on the roof do let the game down a smidge, since there's a wodge of plastic between the lamp and bracket instead of a nice airy gap but I fully appreciate that this isn't a feasible endeavour at this price. From memory, this is a Leicestershire police car and the location is a village somewhere in Suffolk, so apologies for both its duplication and its geographical wrongfulness. What I will say though is that I bloody love this scene! There's something oh-so 1980's about the shop (the book it was from was first issued in 1986) and so I've been waiting for the right subject to shoot with it; I think knowing this'd work so well actually sold me on this Granada, so it seems I'm as much about the backdrops as the subjects, these days! In fact, this scene is so nice, I may well use it again in the future, so apologies in advance. Sadly, I did Google maps this street and the shop has been demolished entirely but the house behind still remains - without the bright yellow window frames and flashings, of course.
  15. Here's a couple of randoms I picked up from the 50p tub at the Auckland small tat shop a few weeks back: I was all for leaving this Fox body Mustang, as it's hardly a high quality item but being the brand hussy I am, I noticed it was a PlayArt casting, which changed everything. That and the condition of it, too - not a scratch on it. Not pictured here is the comedy giant tow bar out back! Anyway, it was a gift more for others than myself, as I'm sure someone could add a PlayArt to their collection, so it'll be available next year, when I head back to the UK. One the other hand, this non-branded Maserati Bora appealed, mostly as I couldn't think who'd done a casting of one originally, so potential props to someone somewhere making a quite good effort, casting issues aside. I also like the addition of a front splitter and jazzy graphics to bring a 1970's design buzzing into fashion for a 1980's child. This is reflected in setting I chose, which I must say is very apt and incredibly well colour coordinated. Further self congratulations are awarded for finding a marble effect floor, too. Which is actually one of Mrs_Jon's work folders. If only she knew of the wild hedonism I partake in, in her absence!
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