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  1. If I'm right in thinking, code 2 is promotional (official), whilst code 3 is home grown? Not so up on the 'code' system. Anyway, I had an unopened one of these back in my toy Transit collecting days; I remember the LWB Transit (with ace wheel trims) featured on the packaging, which presumably had the 'high speed' blur applied, to try and mask that it was a LWB one, not a SWB as the Matchbox model is. I'm guessing these were sold in Unichem pharmacies only, judging by the wording on the packaging and it not coming in a standard MB box.
  2. I was going to say it was one of these 1980's issued Hotwheels Cadillacs but looking closer, I think it's a 'no': I had a silver one with the rubber tyres back in the day, so presumably it's still languishing in my UK stash. Your Porsche 'tyres' actually look plastic on closer inspection, too. Oh and Vulgalor, I right royally salute your bonnet making efforts! And your speed at getting stuck in, too. I would say it's inspiring stuff but it's yet to have that effect on my stalled model making progress. Never underestimate laziness.
  3. That's a lovely Siku Range Rover and horse box, M.Cog - and you were only just mentioning them earlier on the same page! I have that one boxed in my UK stash but with a red RR towing a white horse box with blue plastic bits, from memory. It must be 20 years since I actually laid eyes on it, so I'm assuming I'm right. And worry ye not about my background scenes, as I've recently found a way to make them a lot easier and quicker to shoot, which is namely using my SLR camera rather than my phone. It also has the advantage of offering much better picture quality, too! The main drawbacks I find are getting realistic(ish) surfaces to put the models on, keeping them planted when the perspective gets a bit awkward and most importantly, having the house to myself, since Mrs_Jon is unaware of my bizarre hobby of photographing defunct toy cars for mine and other grown men's pleasure. One day I'm sure I'll spill the beans!
  4. Hey Amishtat, that BT TK Bedford is an absolute thing of beauty! Presumably that was scratch built in period, which only makes it all the more amazing that it still exists in such good condition. I don't think there's any need to furtively pap that whatsoever, as surely it wouldn't be too unusual for someone to appreciate such a well made model - with bonus Sercks, too! Anyway, as all you right royal Shiters know, last weekend was Queen's Birthday weekend. This part of the world being part of the colonies, we duly salute Her Maj with a long weekend to celebrate, which rather like any national celebration, makes all the big retailers game for grabbing a buck or two from hapless punters, who just can't resist a bargain*. Previously, I'd only partaken in one such scramble in the sales, when our telly broke on Christmas eve a few years back. This time though, those sneaky marketing bods got to me and made me part with a whole $7 for these: Excuse the cat bits - I've no idea why all of a sudden they take interest when I'm taking a photo and nonchalant at all other times. I'll admit that the Spider Man dune buggy was a filler element since it was 5 for $7, as was the '96 Carrera to a degree, although it has a nice Caramac interior. The Polizei 911 is nice and the Dodge LI'L Red Express is excellent, except for it not being red. What I really wanted though was the SIII Land Rover, as I'd known of this for a few months but not come across one, until now. It took a bit of burrowing in the big bin to find but was the star pick and well worth the crushing embarrassment that is a man in his late 30's rummaging through toy cars on the aisle end of a large store, with no decoy children in tow. But little was going to stop me, at the equivalent of 73p per Hot Wheels! My hopes were that I'd look to cut the SIII up and make it into a mini copy of my late SWB SIIA but the grille is cast in plastic rather than the decal I was hoping for, so it won't be getting the chop. What I did notice the other day however, is that Corgi very kindly answered my request by giving their Junior Land Rover pick-up/tow truck the late SIIA front: Plus they had the decency to add a windscreen divider, unlike the HW SIII. So I'm now on the look out for one of those instead.
  5. Thanks Eddie, you've saved me a lot of searching! I did find an image of wuvvum's old DS though, so it wasn't all wasted time. Was an ex-BBC camera car for horse racing and such like, from memory.
  6. I remember this on the Ebay tat thread years ago. It was a home built camper van based on a Citroen DS, I think. I've been spending the last 30 minutes trying to find a photo of it but haven't found any yet. Just placing my hat in the ring here and I'll carry on trawling.
  7. I'd heard that Austin Marinas had terrible US reviews back in the day, which of course compounded the whole ethos of Marinas being awful cars, which has been the tagline for 40 years or so, I imagine. I've only ever sat in a static Marina, not even been driven in one, so what do I know? That said, I picked up an issue of Motor Trend from August 1973 last year and read their review of the then new Austin Marina GT, imagining it to be torn to shreds. I was quite surprised how balanced it was, actually! Here's an image I've taken (my scanner won't scan at the moment), which is hopefully large enough to read: To sum up, they seem to like the acceleration (as a manual - it keeps up with a rotary Mazda!) and rate the styling but they dislike pedal positioning, ventilation (open a window?!), suspension and braking. I'm guessing that suspension and braking can be upgraded quite easily nowadays and I suppose pedal positioning and ventilation would be more personal perspectives, plus it'd now be a fun, occasional car and not a daily commuter, I imagine. They also think 3000 mile service intervals is a bit crap but I guess you'd be familiar with such things, having owned an MGB. So my verdict would be to go for it, if your situation still allows. It's seemingly being offered at a very fair price by US classic car standards, so I couldn't see you getting too stung if you want to sell it later on, as a running example. I'm sure it'd register some interest on bringatrailer.com at that point!
  8. Cor blimey, that's a beautiful 16 you picked up there barrett! I recently picked up this tatty old Land Rover, which is the first Spot On that's entered my hoard collection. It's a nice casting yet not as weighty as I'd expected a Spot On to be, since they're a cut above their Dinky and Corgi compatriots. Also nice that the interior blends in so well with this sandstone quarry scene. Actually, hang on a minute..... I've got 2! Both with terrible paint, so at least one can see a repaint at some point (probably never). They certainly weren't buttons but also weren't offensively expensive, either - I got both for less than the cheapest one I could find on Ebay at the time, which is my arbiter of 'value' . Would love to find another Spot On or two but I'm in no rush, as the chase is much of the fun, eh 'shiters?
  9. Jon

    Bramz photos of 2019

    There's some absolutely cracking number plate font spots there! Here's a selection of my favourites: No UK plate nerdery would be complying to the rules without the addition of a Serck. Favourable level of patination, too. Inclusion is mainly for the satisfying dimensions of the 'O'. Very good. Late raised digits effort and awkward pause between numbers and letters in the centre add an element of whimsy, sure to start a thrilling conversation at any social foray. Admirable drilling of holes right in the corners of this square beaut, beckoning the eye to enjoy the vast swathes of unadulterated yellow . Top marks. Pleasingly late font, with bonus double digit number - indeed, VRS is almost a Citroen model name of the time. I will have to take away some points for the Arnold Clark ledger, sadly. Who isn't enamoured with a nice curvy S? But watch out boys, the abrupt ending of the tip of the '6' has, well, knocked it for 6!!!!!!!!!!!! This one's got it all - confident lower leg of the R and staunch structure of the E provide a secure sandwich to the more graceful G, allowing it to revel in its more playful scripture. Lovely draw-down of the upper half/curvature meeting point of the 5, satisfyingly ovalled 0 and a 7 which denotes beauty in its simplicity, which is in stark contrast to the hurried, compressed nature of the W; rather like it's bunched between other commuting numbers and letters on a very packed, hellish tube train. Who said placca plates are crap? Not all of them, see! But this one is cream of the crop. Powerful font with a mixture of down-to-business, no-nonsense structure of the X, R , H and 1, then lovely artistic flair of squashed top 5, cheeky 9 and S which makes a brave statement with its almost-too-long end tips. All combined in a very BOLD letterset and a black border. UK number plate nirvana, perhaps?! Anyway, disregard all the above tosh if you will but I firmly think this thread deserves to be at the top of page 1 again. Thanks Bramz and Thanks aka FOAD for getting access to this great place again.
  10. Here's a couple that I used to have, that don't seem to be on your list: This was a lovely model and all the better for being 'everyday' solid red, rather than a racing version. Apologies for the small library image above which is not only a Scalextric Escort rather than a Corgi one and is a modified model to boot but I wanted to confirm Datsuncog's suspicions that a Total liveried 1:36 Corgi RS1600i was launched. I had one back in the day and mine came in the later blue Corgi packaging and had the RS1600i spoked wheels. The livery wasn't exactly the same as the one above but quite close - the number 84 slanted on the bonnet certainly seems familiar. What I do remember is that mine had clear red rear lights and clear red front indicators (!), rather than the much nicer solid coloured plastic ones of the earlier 1:36 models. Here's a blue version of the laughably lacklustre Junior effort of turning a cooking model into a hot hatch. Note the earlier wheels - my red version had the later wheels with 4 segments that look a little to me like cloverleaves. Actually, I've just remembered that I bought one of those later red XR3i ones last year! I'm not sure how far you're wanting to delve in to the Mk3 Escort mini rendition buying but if you wanted to broaden your scope, I reckon the blue plastic thing shown above is most likely a Mk3 Escort, or at least an artist's impression of the US version launched and sold at the same time. And apologies for the re-post but I've only recently had this come into my possession - a Solido Mk3 and I'd argue that accuracy-wise, it pips the Corgi 1:36 version - but there's something just so charming about the large Corgi Escorts that they're my overall favourites. Not so keen on the front end treatment of the van versions, though.
  11. This is right royally up my alley - so many excellent spotting/old scans threads on here right now. Thanks for taking the time to upload all this, trigger! That's quite a different 'before' and 'after' display on this: At least, I hope it's that way round! Any number plate/tax disc colour experts able to verify this? Or is it a 1970's ringer?!
  12. That'll be Midnight Pumpkin: My mate with the F150 also had a Blitzer Beetle: Which was repainted in some other shade by the time I saw it. That prompted me to buy a polycarbonate replica shell to put on my Prerunner chassis - it looked excellent in Tamiya orange, very much like the VW orange of the time. I also bought some smaller wheels and slick tyres, so I could run a Volvo 850 estate shell on it, too! That was painted solid red and looked really smart when finished. Sadly, the gearing was unaltered so it was actually slower than the stadium truck but a little quicker off the line. The squishy suspension also did the rear end of the shell no favours, as it graunched along the ground on accelerating from standstill. Anyway, all the above is in my UK stash, along with my Mardave Mini (with Mini Clubman shell painted fench blue and Peugeot 205 shell painted gunmetal grey - I now have the car to match!), so I reckon they'll make their way over to NZ in good time.
  13. Await no longer! A clue may have been offered that it was an item slightly larger than normally bought, as I was able to spy it in a partly opened cupboard out the back, behind the till. Sadly, it wasn't a Corgi Chipperfields set or anything like that but it was something I'd almost bought back in the day and mildly regretted not doing so, in the ensuing years. Anyway, on arriving back at the shop the next time I was able to, hoping it was still there, I was spotted by the lady who'd served me, as she was sitting outside on a break. Immediately, she shot back in through a side door and greeted me on arrival at the till with my potential purchase. And here it is: Which is usually clad with this! Only a flipping original issue Tamiya Bruiser!!!! Apologies if the explanation marks seem a little over the top but most old Tamiya stuff is in demand and these RC Hilux models are certainly not immune to this. Back in 1996, my mate and I visited Otley Modelsports after months of saving and bought 1/10 scale Tamiya stadium trucks, to race about together with. He opted for the F150 and I for the Toyota Prerunner, as such: Both came on the TA02 4wd chassis, that underpinned much of the range at the time, so hop up options like ball race bearings to replace the nylon originals and electronic speed controls to make things more fun were easy to do. They were a great choice for items that actually got used and abused but at the time of buying, sitting in the glass display case/till was one of these: A Tamiya Mountain Rider - the later version of the Bruiser, in a more preferable (to me) civilian suit. At the time, I worried it'd be too complex for me to look after (all metal chassis, 3 channel radio gear to control the switchable 2/4WD!), too slow and it was obsolete stock, so parts would be hard to come by. Plus, it had a resin shell, which is far less hardy that the polycarbonate ones we bought. Added to all that, it was also fully built up, which would've denied me the pleasure of building and painting my Prerunner, which I still fondly remember. In retrospect, it's only really the financial value of these that made it a not so canny move, though what price happy memories? That said, 23 years later, I've rectified these wrongdoings and despite it very much being a project (I fully intend to get it running and used again), I think I did VERY well to nab this one for sub £20!! It'll cost oodles more to buy the replacement radio gear and update speed controls to suit this, plus the replacement front drive shaft will no doubt be expensive and frustrating to find but I'm happy to bide my time with this one and enjoy the restoration and building process once again.
  14. Here's my version I picked up a few months ago: Couldn't leave it languishing in the 50p box when I saw the camper body on the back - it's likely I had a standard one of these back in the day (and definitely had one or two Ford Econoline castingss from the same company that made these - often with a porthole window in the back) but I'd never seen one like this before. Also can confirm that my Corgi 760 Turbo had no tow bar either but did have a box, as I bought it when collecting rather than playing with purchases, back in the early 90's, when it was an affordable, if slightly old stock item from my favourite model shop. That Senator is something to behold! I think that's my favourite Corgi casting of the period but I never managed to own one. I think the large scale Rover SD1 would be a very close second, especially the metallic brown one with black roof that I had. I could take or leave the racing ones.
  15. On the subject of 1980's Hotwheels, here's a period 80's specimen I found in a local, newly opened second hand shop, which is run by a retired bloke who's happy to sell his stock at reasonable prices, so it actually goes out the door and doesn't sit about. How refreshing! Looks to me to be a Chevy LUV rendition. Not the best snap but it does display that funny 3 stage lift rear axle that some if these came with at the time. Did the adjustable axle models have a name? I also nabbed this Mustang with steering, since I've fond memories of playing with one round at my gran and grandad's house. I say fond; this steering one didn't actually roll very well, which is presumably why there weren't any more castings launched with steering. Also of similar vintage is this white GT40, again something that used to live in the sagging old wicker basket of Matchboxes round at the grandfolks'. Seen here with my oft photographed Bulgarian version which, casting flashes aside, still compares nicely with its 60's brethren, albeit with clumsier wheels. Pretty sure there was one of these in said basket, too, back in the day, though not in this colour. If they didn't do a Commer in a different colour, then my mind is playing tricks. I like this Dinky tender too (simply called Fire Engine), so home it came also. Reminds me of the 'hamster with stuffed cheeks' Karrier Gamecocks that the NZ fire service used to have back in the day, that operated well into the 1980's: Lastly, I was very happy to bag another elderly Siku to my stash, especially as it had a full set of tyres, one of which can be donated to my Magirus dustbin lorry. However, all was not done! Upon paying the lady running the shop, I saw half of something in a cupboard out back winking at me and it looked very interesting! It being her Dad's shop and him not being there at the time, I registered an interest and said I'd come back the next week, to see what he might want to sell it for.....
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