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    AndyW201 reacted to Frogchod in Shite in Miniature II   
    Work got rained off, so instead of being sensible and working on the house, I've been in the shed doing more reverse rake window stuff.
    The subjects today are the FSO 223 concept car:

    And the Mercury Marauder Breezeway:

    I started with some cheapo Chinese models, a regular FSO 223 and a Marauder coupe. 


    Then stripped them and  fashioned an approximate shape using plastic card.

    Then used regular car filler to get the right* shape.

    Slapped a bit of paint on and wound up with these:
     
     


    Close enough for me
    Running out of ideas now...
     
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    AndyW201 reacted to 500tops in Best looking saloon cars on the road today.   
    Alfa Giulia without a doubt


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    AndyW201 reacted to dozeydustman in TV cars   
    Info on the Professionals car pool can be found here, including my addition to the Dolly Sprint which I sent in a good 10-15 years ago
     
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    AndyW201 reacted to Andyrew in TV cars   
    Ahhh double bollocks!

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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Sudsprint in TV cars   
    Yes, I remember the Dolly sprint, and I'm sure Bodie was driving around in a brown Rover P6 in the early episodes (pretty sure it was also Frank Haskins' Rover in the Sweeney). Cowley's car was a pre-launch SD1 in the early episodes and I remember a Zakspeed X-pack kitted MK2 Capri featuring too. 
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from JeeExEll in TV cars   
    Another vote for Jack Regan's Consul GT, and his later MK2 Granny 2.8iS.
    Also, the Bodie & Doyle Capri 3.0S and Escort RS2000 combo had a big effect on the young me, along with Dave Starsky's be-striped Gran Torino.
    Also, as in my avatar. Not the most desirable, or in the best condition, but the appearance, (and subsequent premature death) of that dilapidated Zephyr kicked off what would be one of my all-time favourite programmes.
     
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    AndyW201 reacted to BL Bloke in Shite in Miniature II   
    I didn't know Hot Wheels did a Series III Land Rover so when I saw one I had to buy it, along with a couple more cars as it was 3 for the price of 2. 
    DSCF0918 by timothy jones, on Flickr
    I also went to Tesco's this morning in search of new Matchbox, no individual cars but I did get a pack of nine which included the Merc estate, Lotus Europa and a Golf Country Syncro among others.
    DSCF0917 by timothy jones, on Flickr
     
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    AndyW201 reacted to JeeExEll in TV cars   
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in TV cars   
    Another vote for Jack Regan's Consul GT, and his later MK2 Granny 2.8iS.
    Also, the Bodie & Doyle Capri 3.0S and Escort RS2000 combo had a big effect on the young me, along with Dave Starsky's be-striped Gran Torino.
    Also, as in my avatar. Not the most desirable, or in the best condition, but the appearance, (and subsequent premature death) of that dilapidated Zephyr kicked off what would be one of my all-time favourite programmes.
     
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Amishtat in TV cars   
    Another vote for Jack Regan's Consul GT, and his later MK2 Granny 2.8iS.
    Also, the Bodie & Doyle Capri 3.0S and Escort RS2000 combo had a big effect on the young me, along with Dave Starsky's be-striped Gran Torino.
    Also, as in my avatar. Not the most desirable, or in the best condition, but the appearance, (and subsequent premature death) of that dilapidated Zephyr kicked off what would be one of my all-time favourite programmes.
     
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    AndyW201 reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    The original Casting was 1970 with registration plate AJN 391H and was updated to DHK 161N fornthe Mini Ha Ha. I gave mine to my son and he looked after it.
    Anyway, I'm excited as I thought I had sold this in the Great Purge of 2013(TM) but I was having a big clearout this morning and of course got distracted looking for it. I was delighted to find it lurking right at the bottom of my oldest veg box in the loft.
    I swapped it with something or another with someone who I have long since forgotten in 1989 and my mum repainted it in Mini Rose livery for me as my pocket money couldn't stretch to the current Corgi one. She did everything by hand (she was an art teacher before I was born). So glad I found it now.

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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Jealous of that W123, I've managed to grab an Audi S6 and Lotus Europa in my local Tesco, but still no sign of the Merc. Might have to bite the bullet and get the 9 pack with it in, at least that has the MK2 Golf Country in a different colour scheme and the Caddy hearse.
    Been having another 'get models down from the attic, have a look at them, then put them back' session. Expect some pics of underwhelming diecasts, with a particularly distressing Vauxhall flavour later!
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    AndyW201 reacted to warch in Shite in Miniature II   
    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 clichés, 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.     


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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    Jealous of that W123, I've managed to grab an Audi S6 and Lotus Europa in my local Tesco, but still no sign of the Merc. Might have to bite the bullet and get the 9 pack with it in, at least that has the MK2 Golf Country in a different colour scheme and the Caddy hearse.
    Been having another 'get models down from the attic, have a look at them, then put them back' session. Expect some pics of underwhelming diecasts, with a particularly distressing Vauxhall flavour later!
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Amishtat in Shite in Miniature II   
    Jealous of that W123, I've managed to grab an Audi S6 and Lotus Europa in my local Tesco, but still no sign of the Merc. Might have to bite the bullet and get the 9 pack with it in, at least that has the MK2 Golf Country in a different colour scheme and the Caddy hearse.
    Been having another 'get models down from the attic, have a look at them, then put them back' session. Expect some pics of underwhelming diecasts, with a particularly distressing Vauxhall flavour later!
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Jealous of that W123, I've managed to grab an Audi S6 and Lotus Europa in my local Tesco, but still no sign of the Merc. Might have to bite the bullet and get the 9 pack with it in, at least that has the MK2 Golf Country in a different colour scheme and the Caddy hearse.
    Been having another 'get models down from the attic, have a look at them, then put them back' session. Expect some pics of underwhelming diecasts, with a particularly distressing Vauxhall flavour later!
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    AndyW201 reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Finally got one in Tesco! Love it!

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    AndyW201 reacted to sheffcortinacentre in Shite in Miniature II   
    Being the Cortina nut round here thought I better try putting these up, Bulgarian ones are mainly ones in yellow card packs plus some loose ones.
    Also there a re quite a few of my modded ones the 4 large mk5's red EST, yellow saloon,police saloon & ambulance EST are Spanish remote control ones.
    The black coupe is an Argentine Mk5 in blown plastic.












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    AndyW201 reacted to Crackers in Bus Shite (I'VE BEEN PAPPED, NOOOOOO LOL)   
    Link, which hopefully works, to original size of St Pauls picture here: https://imgur.com/a/Sc0KzIf 
    Meanwhile, here's a few more pics.
    2 from Horseguards Avenue, 1 from Newbury Park. Might do 1 more post at some point to finish off the Newbury Park images if anyone wants to see them.
     
       
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    AndyW201 reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in Rupert_Ballsack's predictable CROMER shitbox tale (feat. amateur ham-fisted diagnostics)   
    After a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to finally roll the friggin barrel right out and ordered a new timing belt, water pump, complete inlet manifold, EGR restrictor, thermostat , and oil/filter today for this Croma.
    Getting on for £300 in parts alone. I figured the cambelt ought to be done as the existing one is over 10yrs old and the diesel pump has to come off to do the inlet manifold anyway. Plan is to install that lot plus clean out the EGR and throttle body, turn off the EML and enjoy rocketship performance from next weekend onwards!!!! I hope!!! Next sunday had better be decent weather wise....
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I 've visited my local big Tesco a few times but only fell lucky this week, managed to grab a Lotus Europa and Audi RS6. Only W123s were in the 9 packs but they're quite reasonable at 8 quid, and there's also the Caddy hearse in those.
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from DVee8 in Favourite car/car you miss the most   
    I miss my old brown 190e. I got it in 2008, bought blind off eBay for £700 with full MOT and 6 months tax, which was a bit of a barg at the time.
    The colour made the car for me. Nutria brown was only available in 1993, the last year of 190 production, so very rare.

    I owned it for nearly 3 years , using it every day and it asked for almost nothing, other than general servicing. One of the front springs broke, so I lobbed on a set of 40mm lowering springs which made it look a bit better and didn't alter the ride too much. I was a fan of the euro look at the time so changed the front gingercators for clears (not something I'd do now...) and added some genuine period (and not cheap) Hella smoked rear clusters. The icing on the cake was finding a set of Lorinser LO dished rims, which were like hen's teeth in the 15" fitment.

    Definitely one I'd have back today, over any of the cars I've owned. I know it'll attract plenty of 'you ruined that' and 'barried' comments over the lowering, the wheels, the lights and the plates, but though I've owned better specced (and better engined) 190s since, it's still the looks of this one that get me. And It's the only car I've ever made (a small amount of ) money on!

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    AndyW201 got a reaction from JeeExEll in Favourite car/car you miss the most   
    I miss my old brown 190e. I got it in 2008, bought blind off eBay for £700 with full MOT and 6 months tax, which was a bit of a barg at the time.
    The colour made the car for me. Nutria brown was only available in 1993, the last year of 190 production, so very rare.

    I owned it for nearly 3 years , using it every day and it asked for almost nothing, other than general servicing. One of the front springs broke, so I lobbed on a set of 40mm lowering springs which made it look a bit better and didn't alter the ride too much. I was a fan of the euro look at the time so changed the front gingercators for clears (not something I'd do now...) and added some genuine period (and not cheap) Hella smoked rear clusters. The icing on the cake was finding a set of Lorinser LO dished rims, which were like hen's teeth in the 15" fitment.

    Definitely one I'd have back today, over any of the cars I've owned. I know it'll attract plenty of 'you ruined that' and 'barried' comments over the lowering, the wheels, the lights and the plates, but though I've owned better specced (and better engined) 190s since, it's still the looks of this one that get me. And It's the only car I've ever made (a small amount of ) money on!

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    AndyW201 reacted to brownnova in Favourite car/car you miss the most   
    My two biggest regrets selling were firstly... 
    THE brown Nova. My first car and the one I’d have back tomorrow. 

    Look how happy 17 year old me is with his brown babe pulling magnet! 
    Traded that in against a 1.0 Polo which was only 10 years old at the time... it was a bit fucked so I think it got scrapped. 
    Second is the Porsche 924 I bought for £650 off eBay with a full MoT! 

    Absolutely belting car, loved it, and would have another. Sadly the skills needed doing at a point in life where I was a bit skint... was still on the road up until April, I keep an eye out on ebay regularly. 
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    AndyW201 got a reaction from NorfolkNWeigh in Favourite car/car you miss the most   
    I miss my old brown 190e. I got it in 2008, bought blind off eBay for £700 with full MOT and 6 months tax, which was a bit of a barg at the time.
    The colour made the car for me. Nutria brown was only available in 1993, the last year of 190 production, so very rare.

    I owned it for nearly 3 years , using it every day and it asked for almost nothing, other than general servicing. One of the front springs broke, so I lobbed on a set of 40mm lowering springs which made it look a bit better and didn't alter the ride too much. I was a fan of the euro look at the time so changed the front gingercators for clears (not something I'd do now...) and added some genuine period (and not cheap) Hella smoked rear clusters. The icing on the cake was finding a set of Lorinser LO dished rims, which were like hen's teeth in the 15" fitment.

    Definitely one I'd have back today, over any of the cars I've owned. I know it'll attract plenty of 'you ruined that' and 'barried' comments over the lowering, the wheels, the lights and the plates, but though I've owned better specced (and better engined) 190s since, it's still the looks of this one that get me. And It's the only car I've ever made (a small amount of ) money on!

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