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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Coprolalia in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Flippin' heck, a Justy van?! I think this is the last one I saw, back at the end of 2006. Failed an MoT in 2008 and looks to have been scrapped.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    Nice one! Box at least is in better shape than mine, and you don't have 'detailed' plates (unsure if it's paint or Tippex). They are a very satisfying thing, I do agree.
    Of course I wouldn't do anything as foolish as suggesting you need to get one of the 1:64-ish Sierras in a branded box to match.......

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    Nice one! Box at least is in better shape than mine, and you don't have 'detailed' plates (unsure if it's paint or Tippex). They are a very satisfying thing, I do agree.
    Of course I wouldn't do anything as foolish as suggesting you need to get one of the 1:64-ish Sierras in a branded box to match.......

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mk2_craig in The American Ford Escorts   
    Pretty sure that was the case with the odd example I recall in the '80s and early '90s, with the USAF bases at Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Bentwaters and Woodbridge all fairly local.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Harumph.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from cobblers in The American Ford Escorts   
    Pretty sure that was the case with the odd example I recall in the '80s and early '90s, with the USAF bases at Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Bentwaters and Woodbridge all fairly local.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Lord Sterling in Shite in Miniature II   
    Nice one! Box at least is in better shape than mine, and you don't have 'detailed' plates (unsure if it's paint or Tippex). They are a very satisfying thing, I do agree.
    Of course I wouldn't do anything as foolish as suggesting you need to get one of the 1:64-ish Sierras in a branded box to match.......

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Of course that turned out to be an outright lie.
    So, way back in June 2021, I began this odyssey with a view to possesing the earliest releases that celebrated Ford's divisive "jelly mould" of the 80s.
    Once I'd acquired a near replica of my dad's Sierra Ghia in the form of that Argentinian 1:43 partwork, as well as an early K100 XR4i in The Right Colour, and an early Mettoy-era Sierra 2.3 Ghia, I thought I was done. Inevitably, though... I wasn't.

    This is extremely lovely, of course, packaging and all, but it's YELLOW. Unless Buzby-era BT was running Sierra Ghias for its more prestigious small-scale telecommunication system repair efforts, it's not actually a terribly useful representation of the Sierra as I knew and loved it.
    No. I would need just one more 1:36 Corgi — a high-quality toy, rather than a "fingers off" model — to properly anchor my Sierra collection. The search went on for a showroom silver example (I knew they were out there), ideally in packaging from the very beginning of the Sierra age.
    There was no rush; I'd glance on eBay from time to time, dismissing anything stratospherically priced and hoping that I'd chance upon one of those "it's just a toy car" listings that appear from time to time. Because, to be honest, it really is just a toy car.
    Anyway. I was 100% kidding myself that I had any kind of self control. When the below came up at £probably too much, I needed to just buy it and have done with it.
    So I did.

    I believe this really was the Sierra "Launch" packaging as far as Corgi is concerned. The box has more than a bit of wear and tear but is structurally intact, and though missing in this pic, there is acetate. Almost miraculously, the latter is in one piece, albeit detached from the cardboard. I'm currently making an effort to flatten it out between two heavy books with a view to reattaching it to the box.
    The model within, though, is immaculate.

    This may have been covered upthread, but how many other Mettoy products actually attempted to capture the design of the subject's wheels? These Ghia trims are actually far more accurate than the stab made by that 1:43 partwork.

    The cast-in SIERRA 2.3 Ghia script is extraordinarily well realised considering its minute scale. The less than stellar macro capabilities of my phone adds more to the impression of something that's been sitting on the sea bed for a hundred years, though.

    It's a left-hooker, natch, and certain bits of the interior are better realised than others. The dash section ahead of the passenger seat is very oddly shaped, whereas the instrument cluster and wrap-around driver stack are actually about right.
    Having previously realised, though, that the window winders cast into the door metal were wholly inappropriate for a Ghia, I've now spotted that there appears to be electric window switches moulded into the centre console just aft of the gearstick. Bravo! early UK-spec Sierra Ghias had electric front windows only (as depicted here), unless you paid for those in the back to be electrified as well. The seats are nicely (and accurately) contoured, too, albeit a little on the wide side.

    Out back, the rear head restraints are a bit on the vestigial side, but the parcel shelf is nicely realised. However, Ghia spec should have a lidded compartment behind one of the outer rear seats. I'll shave 0.36 realism points from the final score for that omission.
    Again, it's probably been discussed at length, but there's mounting evidence that the Corgi 1:36 Sierra was being developed in parallel with the production car, with snippets of information being relayed from Ford to Mettoy and substantial leaps of faith being made between them. So what we have is a model that depicts the then flagship Sierra, but without having actually gained full confirmation of exactly what that entailed. The final clue that this is so? No suggestion of a sunroof.
    I have now ordered a few mainland-euro spec Sierra brochures to be entirely sure of how things were across the channel, but I know the Sierra Ghia had a sunroof as standard, the roof console being designed to incorporate the manual winder and swivelling map reading lights that were exclusive to that trim level.
    Anyway. That truly does conclude my adventures in collecting biggish-scale model Sierras.
    Or does it?
    (almost certainly not)
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Bren in Shite in Miniature II   
    my latest purchase.  Missing flap means I got it cheaply.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Flippin' heck, a Justy van?! I think this is the last one I saw, back at the end of 2006. Failed an MoT in 2008 and looks to have been scrapped.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Flippin' heck, a Justy van?! I think this is the last one I saw, back at the end of 2006. Failed an MoT in 2008 and looks to have been scrapped.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from warch in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Flippin' heck, a Justy van?! I think this is the last one I saw, back at the end of 2006. Failed an MoT in 2008 and looks to have been scrapped.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from 155V6 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to morrisoxide in Shite in Miniature II   
    Right I have a back log of miniature shite to update on here.
    Tescos had a glut of these Mercedes in. So like some kind of nutter I got an extra one when I'm passing, and then the next time when they are only a pound. So I've accumulated quite a few of them.  Then the ideas of how to make them as different from the stock ones roll in. How about an estate? Macthbox haven't done one yet have they?


    I used Miliput and super glue with baking soda to fill the roof. Then I made the extra C pillars out of split pins, they seem to work quite well (as do hair pins).
    I'm going to skim the roof with Isopon, and tweak the window openings to look more like an estate.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to willswitchengage in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Will two fucked Justys make a working Justy?


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUBARU-JUSTY-1-2-ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE-4X4-VAN-1989-F-EXTREMELY-RARE-FOR-RESTORATION/203245151147?hash=item2f525ae3ab:g:WKIAAOSwPaFf~FV~
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUBARU-JUSTY-1-2-ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE-4X4-1992-K-EXTREMELY-RARE-FOR-RESTORATION/203245157590?hash=item2f525afcd6:g:gcgAAOSw~5Rf~Frt
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to dozeydustman in Shite in your town, in ye olden times.   
    Few more from Gravesend in the olden days.

    1982, crossroads of King St, Milton Rd, Queen St and Lord St. An ADO16 plus I think a Fiat.

    West Street railway viaduct. An early(ish) Alpine and a Fiat Van, undated but I would guess late 70s or early 80s.

    Horn Yard in the 1960s is the L-plate car a Standard?

    New Rd around 1986/7. Early droop snoot transit and early square headlamp Suzuki Super Carry.

    Similar view only a few years later in 1989/90 shortly before pedestrianisation. The eagle eyed lightbulbfun people will spot the pre-Mellor era traffic lights in the background with the “Policeman’s hat”.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Cavcraft in Cavcraft 2021: Non-German C200 acquired.   
    This is how it started, with a fairly odd advert:
    '***** *** Cedar year 1988 H 10 months MOT needs a carburettor I had a AA start in the carburettor Karen is a small bit of work drives 100% and started'
    (Lost messages which I deleted sadly, but we'll pick up again from the other day)
     
     
    Hi Brian, would it start and run and make it back to Chester do you think?
    'Yes put my invoices to bring and Orla hello Laura because you need to have it insured and taxed before you can move it'
    'Yes'
    Ok thanks I'll look into transport costs. What is wrong with the carb please?
    'Start in the carburettor car drives fine one side is it a cheque to start in the carburettor so blockage'
    (some more faffing about, then:)
    'Yes bank transfer will be fine we’ll have to go another way to put it on the ramp because the battery is dead because he’s been lying down off a couple of weeks months even gorgeous with will try something to get it on but if he has a bunch working is also better let me know when you need my details'
    (Later again)
    'Hi Bella just send you a photograph of the logbook will be an hour ago yes to cut I am the second owner from new mate I just didn’t have the time or the money to do it up nothing noth'
     
    Rewind to the other day, sorted recovery even though it's only about 8 miles away, it's across the border and not worth chancing it. It 'doesn't start because the battery is flat' but when asked 'it will go with a jump start and drive onto the truck'. Truck arrives yesterday with no winch (as he was told) car doesn't start with different battery or jump leads. He tried Easy Start, coughs and farts, nothing. Truck goes away, another truck (with a winch) comes back later. Message received saying it was on an d would be getting delivered in the morning (today) further to whichw as a message saying it'd been dropped off. Let's have a look then...







    It's a 2.0GLX manual 7 seater. Brian* had been trying to get it started but clearly (despite what he said on the conversation thread) hadn't managed, or had but it packed up again. There are random new bits inside the car (plugs and filters, I think) and the air box is in the boot. Helpfully* the boot doesn't open on the key, if I'm lucky, a new battery will mean there's central locking and it can be opened. It has only had one owner before Brian and (from a super quick look) seems pretty solid.
     
    Fuck knows why I bought it, but it's going to be up for sale VERY quickly.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    Even in quasi-real time travelling adventures, there are ne'er-do-wells who nick your spares, it seems!
     
    On the same subject, here's a McDonalds I've driven past many a time:

     
    So, after trying out the Jeep but wanting something with a bit more panache but still very American, I traded it in and got something to amply portray a man fast approaching 40:

    A useless pick-up, of course! But rather than a lifted double cab rolling coal which is the modern way, in days of yore it was about reduced bed sizes and lairy stickers, accurately portraying your inner persona. Behold, BANDIT is in town! Lock up your valuables and small goods!
     

    News of old light-fingered BANDI being about (stealth mode stickers on this side) travelled to the local tune-up shop, who promptly stored their coop safely out the way. A Valiant effort, I'm sure you'll agree.
     

    Then a quick stop at a motel, catering for likeminded tradespeople.
    (Fun Fact: I drove past this motel in 2017 and took a photo of the excellent sign, which still looks just the same, albeit more weathered. Sadly, it was amongst the many images I inadvertently deleted, although I have a hard copy hanging on the wall in the hallway).
     

    The following morning I exited the swanky hotel I stayed at (slept in the cab, under the stars - totally my choice) and did a slow drive-by of the parked cars, to see if there was anything worth pilfering.
     

    Pulled over for a quick rest - and also undertook a visible sneer at the two old grandads who'd opted for the dull old wide body pick-ups. They're such squares, man!
     

    Time for a nice spot of lunch but we're on a budget today, so off to the store to buy some Twinkies. Of course, the pockets of my armless denim jacket were bulging with undeclared goods, as per my newly adopted nature. I really do stick it to the man most effectively, sometimes.
     

    Finally, off to watch a trio of adult shows - "Fixed vs Floating Mortgage Pros and Cons", "Hints & Tips For Effective Chest Freezer Defrosting" and "Embracing Male Pattern Baldness & Excess Ear & Hair Growth".
    (All joking aside, how depressing a concept is an open air cinema showing adult films?! Just a bunch of men turning up in their cars alone and an equal amount of 12 year old boys hiding in the bushes. Nasty.)
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