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  1. 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?
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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
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    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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. I'm not sure of the Chevrolet radio van in red, nor the Juniors train and passenger car but I know all the other ones from the above list were launched. I don't think I missed an XJ 6 Tour de France set, so presumably you mean the 505, one of which I picked up sans all the accassories, a few weeks back: That said, I had a red Ferrari 308 GTB but it was a much later Mobil issued one, so I'm not sure whether it was launched as a Magnum PI one, too. Interesting to see so many of the TV/film tie-in ones were also sold within the standard range too, completely unaltered! Incidentally, I think my brother and I must have both had the James Bond Range Rover sets back in the day, as I vaguely remember us having 2 glider-launcher horse boxes, though strangely don't remember duplicates of the glider and RR. The RR shown there isn't actually a production model, as that one came only with the windscreen and not the door frame surrounds, as shown. As a set, it was a good concept but crap in execution; launching the glider out the back of the horse box would see it tumble out a couple of inches, in a ball of hinged wings and fuselage. That's if it didn't hit the side walls when launched, or get slowed down by the mock horse's bum! Two further things of note about the James Bond Set. The Range Rover was a totally different casting to the rescue services RR that was around at the time, which I always found strange. The horse box was also very tall and being towed behind a cut-roof Range Rover only accentuated this. It was also at odds to the other Corgi Juniors horse box seen being towed behind a Rancho, which is tiny!
  9. That's a lovely Christmas story, DC! Looking forward to the photo updates. This arrived in the post a few weeks back: I'm a sucker for a nice box design. Very reminiscent to me of the box that the Corgi Juniors Mini Metro came in, when freshly launched. As I feel is the case with the Corgi MM, will the model inside be not as good as the box? Personally, I think it's not bad! Slight detail issue in having two different trim levels of wheels but I'll forgive that. Funnily enough, the metallic blue is quite similar to the Corgi Juniors Metro, too. This is a 1/43 VW Santana, by Conrad, a German firm I wasn't aware of. I bought this not only because I liked it but it looked strikingly similar to.... My Gama Passat! Which turns out to be made by Conrad, despite being boxed as a Gama - shows how observant I am! Now, I'm a fan of both of these and the quality of the paint in the Santana is most excellent. Somehow though, the flashing remnants and silveriness of the wheels do let the whole show down a smidge - to the point that these look like they look like they could have been bought in some tat shop, adorned with pull back motor and sold in an open cardboard case with white moulded plastic tray. Or perhaps I'm just letting my imagination run away a little, there. Actually, I take the above comments back, as my critiquing forced me to walk over to the shelf and pick them up again for another look. I've squished all my 'best' 1/43s onto two shelves above the TV and these are parked next to each other in the lower tier, as my arranging has been grade in two ways; upper tier, cream of the crop stuff, service vehicles one side, normal cars opposing. Lower tier, slightly not so good, loosely parked oldest to newest by model, except where colours cause visual displeasure. Is anyone else as sad I am, when it comes to displaying?!
  10. Another time killing exercise on Trademe during a quiet spell one day at work bagged me this Solido Ferrari 250 GT/E I think the backdrop is some part of Harvard university, so I've imagined a scenario whereby it's at the 15-20 year old mark, owned by some professor who bought it out of the Car & Driver classifieds in the early 70's. As is often the case with Solidos, I find it quite hard to date, as they seem to be down with re-issuing castings over years and going from quality wheels to really, really bad ones whenever it suits them. However, a quick search seems to reveal this as being an older casting, which is far more satisfying. As you can see, the condition of this one isn't great and I'm certainly not a fan of Ferraris by and large but I once encountered a silver 250 GT parked on a quiet city street in York back in 2007, when I was emptying a post box on my postie round. In all honesty, I don't think I've seen a more impressive car; I think the context of it just being parked up on a street added to the aura and wonderment I've carried for it to this day and as such, a 250 GT/E (no other fancier 250 derivation will do) is very firmly locked in as the outlandishly expensive element of my imaginary dream car collection.
  11. Hi all, Sending a post on my phone to show what I found yesterday for the princely sum of 5 for £4, or thereabouts. I've no idea how to edit the photos and words together, so I'll write my guff and hopefully the images will be somewhere in the post. Anyway, as you can hopefully see, I bagged a couple of the seemingly elusive Hotwheels 850 touring cars! The SIII Land Rover was bought for my nephew and the Honda Jazz and gold van were bought as interesting filler, to make the numbers up. Attached (hopefully) are some hastily taken close-ups of the Volvo. If any bar the Landie are proving to be difficult to source in the UK, place dibs and I can bring them with me when I come back to visit next year. Sent from my SM-G398FN using Tapatalk
  12. More Trademe trawling for interesting things netted this: A 1/43 plastic Norev Simca Chambord - I think that's a fancy name for a Vedette. It's a little bit mucky in places and also lightly warped but it has retained its double aerials above the fins and its tow bar too - I'm not sure if these were sold separately but I have seen images of interesting Norev trailers and caravans but I think the likelihood of finding one in NZ would be very slim indeed. This now brings up my total of plastic Norevs to 3 (the others being a violet coloured Panhard and a light green Renault 30) and I bagged this one for less than £10 delivered, which I think is a fair price for something so old and fragile. Have a bonus whimsical, colour coded shot after rooting through a 1980's advertising industry magazine - the irony is not lost on me that this is something this Norev won't be suffering from!
  13. Further archiving, again procured from my favourite shop in Auckland. I'm feeling that once again, I've gone too murky on the night shoot here, so apologies if it's not too clear but just to the left is a Siku G-Wagen in quite presentable condition. Funny thing is, I have one of these already in my childhood stash and I also have an ADAC version and possibly a Polizei version, too! And I'll also admit that this isn't actually a casting l care too much for, either.... That said, it has the loudhailer and lights intact on its hood (not sure how they'd mount to canvas, mind), so are likely to be of help at some point for the sake of completion, as I remember often taking the loudhailer off my other one when playing with it back in the day. Picked up this Transit as my older brother had one and I always coveted it. The permanently lowered body side was always a bugbear but that's because the plastic crate to load on it was long gone by the time I was playing with my brother's version. I loved the orange, too but what a shame that Matchbox didn't knock out a few more colours or better still, make a panel van. The interior of this one is 'Grotbags' Skin' green and as such, so is the tow bar. I'd not seen one with this colour interior before - I'm sure the one I played with back in the day had a yellow interior/tow bar. I did actually have a mint/boxed one of these replete with plastic crate and black metal base/grille, bought in the nineties during my teenage 'all things Transit' collecting stage but alas, it was sold in 2010 along with pretty much all the stuff I collected. And now look at me! What I liked most about these Corgi Juniors X1/9s is that they often came in jazzy colours but I never had one quite so jazzy back in the day. At circa 50p, I wasn't going to let this one remain in the plastic tub I found it in, even if I wish that Corgi had downscaled the casting a smidge so they could put the small wheels on instead. Same goes for the Juniors TR7, yet the Juniors Range Rovers came on small wheels. Respect true scale, Corgi! Like Skizzer, I think I too was a slightly boring and annoying child to be around..... Anyway, the above were incidentals, as the reason for visiting was to pick up a model I'd won from the shop's Tradme page: Now, I'll freely admit that my collection assemblage of tut focuses mostly on period castings but some of these Corgi Vanguards castings of a few years back were really nicely done and I managed to pick this one up for the start price of £4.50ish, which also helps! I'm not sure if the raised rear is correct or not but it's safe to say that most weren't like that by the end of their lives. I like attention to detail - the bumpers look excellent, for instance. Some decals may be a little too large and the number plate font is an honest attempt but slightly off, though that really is nitpicking. The guy at the shop was using low online start prices to try and shift some stock, which backfired in this instance, so he's knocked that game on the head. I'll admit that I have since bought another Corgi Vanguard from him (at more realistic prices but still favourable compared to Ebay), so watch out for that exciting installment at some point!
  14. Another Trademe purchase but this time something that really floated my boat! I think these BMW 2000CS are real lookers, though I'll admit that the later E9s have much more palatable front ends. Still, this is a period Solido, so I'm not going to argue. I'm going to admit that on reflection, these photos don't do the casting justice, as it's nicer in the metal than it appears here. It's perhaps a slight downside that it's silver but there's plenty of opening parts yet still nice body lines and the wheels aren't the naff efforts seen on later Solidos, which is a mega bonus. The only thing is, I now seem to have an inordinate amount of 1/43 BMWs, despite not really being a big fan of the blue and white roundel cars. In actual fact, that probably goes for much of the small stuff I own - I think it's the casting that attracts me, rather than the car it's depicting. But like others, I'm consciously making decisions to cull the fleet, as I seem to be finding hidey holes of mini tat I'd forgotten I'd bought, squirrelled away round the house and garage!
  15. Making a return to a local second hand/junk store where I bought my Tamiya Bruiser earlier in the year for a bargain price, I picked up these for a slightly less bargainous price, though still in takeaway coffee territory. Moody pic is a Corgi Series IIA Land Rover, which I'd been looking for, so as to cut one down to make a miniature version of mine, which is a SWB. Sadly for me but happily for this, it's in way too good condition to be messing about with, so it'll stay as is. Being ex-army, here it is de-mobbed. And here it is realistically depicted during its active service, transporting a patient with vim in an African outpost. I also picked up this Rash 1 Redline, purely because it was a Redline and I thought it might be worth something. Yes, I was speculating but it turns out that the £3 I spent on it is probably about all its money, especially since the exhaust tips have been snapped off. Oh well, still a nice thing but again, available at cost as per above if someone really takes a shine to it!
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