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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Six-cylinder in Shite in Miniature II   
    The great 2021 clean up has started! 2 shelves cleaned so far and 7 to go. It is a while since I have done them and a paint brush does not seem to get them very clean so each one is going though the car wash. The car wash is glass cleaner and a kitchen paper towel and they are leaving the towel quite dirty.
    Because my desk is solid wood it has a few waves so I have to leave stuff on my desk and temporally place the cars on the stuff or some would roll away onto the floor.
    The other problem is I have totally filled all nine shelves so instead of rebuilding the shelves I am simply inserting intermediate shelves between three existing glass shelves. I am using aluminium carpet threshold strips on wooden blocks. I will see how that works out and if I need a plan B.
    If you notice that I have repeats of some models it is because my collection is a model for every car I own, have owned and been given as a company car. Working in the motor trade I quite often got similar cars like a whole load of Volvo 340s and my plan one day is to paint them to match the actual cars I had.
     





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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Range Rover kit progressing albeit more slowly now that I am back at work.

    Good shout from @Spottedlaurel on using PVA glue on the windows, they look pretty much spotless now. This was always a weak point of my models in the past.

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    Despite his stereotypically-coloured BRG airtex top, MG botherer right of centre is obviously high on life - and don't the ladies just love it?!
    No, you're more a pressed jeans, shapeless pullover man (cotton/viscose mix - washes easily). Much more the type to concern themselves over obsolete toys.
     
    Speaking of which.....
     

    As we return to my fantastical made-up time-travelog of tosh, I left you last instalment with the above device, to transport me about my fanciful scenarios. But it's not very American, is it?
     

    This is, though! To further its 'apple pie' quotient even more, it's a model from the era of American Motors Corporation. This apple pie is so American, the filling came straight from a can! What a pleasingly blue scene, by the way.
     

    Here's a snap of me visiting the (locally) famed DC7 Steak House, where they pride themselves on good plane meals!!!!! I had the seitan WINGS and a side of cour-jets. Except they called them zucchinis, so that didn't work.
     

    After that meal, I certainly HARBOURED a thirst, so dropped by this gaff for a glass or two - it was very MOOR-ish. Then it was time to set sail on further adventures.
     

    Then the best of American workmanship resulted in us both taking an unscheduled break. But to give credit where it's due, the Jeep chose its functional stopgap in the most metaphorical of spots; the lo being its lapse and the hi being the memorable night which ensued, courtesy of the utterly wonderful cocktail lounge you see here.   If you haven't awoken contorted in the back of a small 1970's off roader after 11 coconut eggnogs, then you haven't lived, I say.
     

    OMG BARN FIND!!!!!!!!
     

    What better way to enjoy motoring than sitting still in it for hours, staring out its small windscreen at 2 of the finest motion pictures, accompanied by crackly tannoys to issue the sound? Marvellous.
     
     
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Are you feeling brave?
    No, I mean really brave?
    No, braver than that.  I'm talking "slathering yourself in fish paste and then jumping bollock naked into a tank full of sharks" brave.
     
    You are?  Then I have great news.
    Sterling Cars is selling a Maserati 4200.  With the Cambiocorsa gearbox.  And no MOT.

    What could possibly go wrong?
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Shite Ron in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Looks like a nice daily driver
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nissan-bluebird-1-6-low-milage-low-owner-car/324442423889?hash=item4b8a468251:g:tooAAOSw5Dlf9FV6

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to barrett in Shite in Miniature II   
    So I dug out this lovely old Politoys Alfa 2600 coupé the other day. I can't remember where it came from  - either a very cheap, poor ebay listing or possibly and even more poorly listed job lot with a couple of worthless 50s Corgis. Anyway, the wheels are really delicate wire spoked jobs with rubber tyres, and two of the wheels have always been damaged making it impossible to display nicely. I had a dig around in the dregs of my childhood diecast collection and found a set of Corgi wheels from the Marcos Mantis which are approximately the right size. This is a screw together base so it all comes apart easily and I'm quite happy with the result (although the axles are too wide).


    This is such a nice little thing. Four opening flaps, nicely detailed engine and interior, with full dash detail and separate gear lever. In terms of quality and accuracy it's streets ahead of similar British toys of the period - I'm guessing these Politoys weren't cheap to make or to buy.
    Anyway... does this mean I'm a model car collector now? Oh dear....

     
     
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    No skimpage, and no bowing either, thankfully - I got 8mm toughened glass shelves cut for the beefy Corgis, as opposed to the thinner 6mm shelves cut for the smaller box frames (which are fine, as they only ever hold three 1/43s at a maximum).
    The three shelves currently fitted on the existing brackets seem happy enough, anyway!
    I'd planned to just fit lengths of stout dowel to the sides of the cabinet to act as supports for the others, but those Screwfix supports look pretty good for a mere £3.99 - better weight distribution on a flat bearing area, anyway.

     A spot of measurement and a bit of drilly-drilly should hopefully see them all up, thanks!
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I bought clear plastic brackets at Screwfix, they were well under a fiver for a pack that's got far more than you'll ever need.
    Hope you didn't skimp on the thickness of the glass - I found that the originals in my cabinet were bowing somewhat under the weight of 1:36 Corgis, so when I got some additional ones cut I got them a bit thicker. The originals then went higher up with the Juniors, Majorettes etc.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from eddyramrod in Shite in Miniature II   
    I bought clear plastic brackets at Screwfix, they were well under a fiver for a pack that's got far more than you'll ever need.
    Hope you didn't skimp on the thickness of the glass - I found that the originals in my cabinet were bowing somewhat under the weight of 1:36 Corgis, so when I got some additional ones cut I got them a bit thicker. The originals then went higher up with the Juniors, Majorettes etc.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Probably should sort the Corgi Cabinet out in the next wee while... I've had the new glass shelves cut for months, just haven't managed to rummage through the shed to find suitable brackets yet. It should DOUBLE my display capacity!
    Currently showing off these...

    ...and these.

    (The Kojak Buick is being held over for @bunglebus, but it's in here for now)
    And three additional shelves should allow me to add in these...

    Oh, and these too.

    Plus a few others that are still in a box somewhere, including the two-tone Toyota Supra.
    Of course, my eyes keep straying to eBay...
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    Good to see a tidy example, with the trailer too. My Tarmac B1600 is a bit playworn, although a bit of the plating is still present on the wheels.
    My MIB Field Car has a similar combination of Superfast wheels and old-style separate tyre.
    By 1984 I was getting a bit too old to be buying Superfast and claiming free gifts, so sadly I missed out on that.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to ProgRocker in The car they don't want you to drive: 10 years of Nissan Almera N16   
    Well, I hadn't expected to own this car for over a decade, especially as it was never was the best car that I owned.
    Having chickened out on a £5k 05 reg Toyota Corolla 1.6 VVTi a couple of weeks earlier, I bought the Almera 2.2 dCi SXE from Norfolk Motor Group: a franchised Kia / Suzuki / Great Wall dealership, in September 2010. The sticker price was £3999. Cheapest car they had on their used forecourt. I traded in my 152,000 mile 1994 Escort 1.8 L diesel saloon for it. Was in between jobs at that moment. Fearing that I was perhaps going to end up working a fair distance away home and my amazement at the excellent fuel economy of the clattery ex-Plod Escort, I decided that diesel was a good option. The car looked alright and ran OK. I was blindsided by the bells and whistles it had, like climate control and a six speed gearbox. Never had those before on a car! The Almera would be my 7th car. Insurance costs screwed me over a bit early on in my driving career: the first 5 cars I owned were either 998cc A series engined or various 1.4 litre petrol engined car with no less than 78 bhp. Car number 6: the Escort being the largest engined car I had owned to date albeit with 60 bhp. Surely the Almera with it's 2.2 diesel engine and 136 bhp engine was going to be as exciting* as a Golf GTi to drive?! And I was 33 years old by this point.
    Test drove it on my own, deal done. £250 part ex, so I got my money back on that. Lost out on 3  week's worth of VED. Perhaps I should have waited until 1st October but I was excited to get my car and the salesman wanted his commission before the month was out. Bah! Lesson learned. However, the VED on the Escort was about a week from expiring.
    So the Almera had 66,007 miles and a full service history and was MOT'd until July 2011. Registered on 18th December 2003. Despite the NC reg indicating it was registered in Newcastle, it appeared to spend it's first few years in Hertfordshire before moving to north Norfolk a few years later. On the number plate is a sticker for 'Crayford and Abbs' which is a small Nissan dealer in the seaside market town/village of Mundesley. Here it is parked up in Cromer in 2011:
    I ended up not using it much at all as I secured employment within a 10 minute walk from my digs.  I found the front LCD display screen rather distracting at first. Being top of the range, in the centre console there is an array of flat buttons which tripled up as heater controls, stereo controls and even inbuilt sat nav controls. I still find adjusting the heater/demist controls while driving very distracting. I prefer a tactile knob or two (fnarr fnarr). At least the stereo and trip computer controls are on the leather steering wheel.
    I became more aware of the whistling noise from the turbo, which seems to be a feature of older VAG motors. Was that like that when it was still at the dealer's? Couldn't remember. I put up with it. However, I had more (de)pressing issues. In late 2011 the clutch began playing up badly. Nursed the car back home in 3rd gear and got a recovery company to pick it up and investigate. One phone call later asking how I wish to proceed, I opted for a non genuine Nissan clutch plate at £350 over the £500 genuine one. Add into the mix the £50 recovery fee, parts and labour, repairing it came to nearly £1200!! I paid for it with a credit card, which was initially declined however, by some stroke of luck it was accepted on another credit card. Turned out the first credit card I used had a limit of £1,000! Given that it had a rear tow bar, I started to realise that the N16 has had a tough life in it's first few years!
    I ended up getting a much better job over the other side of the city. This is where the Almera started to shine. I'd use the A47 Norwich Southern Bypass to get there most days. It was and is an excellent A road cruiser. Before the job I was putting around 2000 to 3000 miles on the clock but between 2012 and 2015 I was travelling 7000 miles a year. Here it is in 2013, parked in a very tight designated space.
    In early 2014 I spent around £560 on sorting the brakes. I'm no mechanic (you probably knew that regarding my tale with the clutch!) but the brakes just didn't feel great. I was happly to spend the money getting them sorted. It happily passed it's 2011, 2012 and 2013 MOTs. Failed in June/July 2014: the infamous weak point on N16s  a rusty front crossmember. Got the main dealer to source and fit it, retested and it passed. The following year I decided to really splash out and buy a new turbo to get rid of that irritating whistling noise. That cost £1300, had it done at a tuning place. It was at this point I really started to resent spending money on the car. The 1999 SEAT Ibiza 1.4 I had previously owned for over 7 years was almost problem free. But, eh? I wanted a powerful car. Maybe I should have bought that 2005 Corolla?! By this point I had moved closer to work so mileage was down to 2000-3000 a year.
    It was after this point that it really started to bother me how heavy the steering felt. The wheels wore 195/55/16 Cooper summer tyres. Seems like I have a history of picking cars with heavy steering as car number 3: the unassisted 1990 Fiat Tempra 1.4 was a bugger to park and even the PAS equipped SEAT Ibiza felt heavy (wide 14 inch wheels). In comparison the 1994 Escort diesel with optional PAS on 13 inch wheels was as light as a feather to steer. In September 2017 I had the track rod ends sorted by the main stealer who sold me the car 7 years earlier (on top of a full service). I felt that it made little difference to the steering.
    To date I haven't had to change the exhaust or any of the front light bulbs, surprisingly. Last serviced back in November 2020 where I was warned about the [typing this from the service invoice] exhaust flexi pipe starting to corrode/various hangers; exhaust heat shield mounting points corroding so it looks like the exhaust is at the end of it's shelf life. The garage that serviced it also warned me about the battery, 2 x aux. belts, anti-roll bar bushes slightly deteriorating and slight squeak noted from front end on road test. At the age of 17 years, perhaps it's time to move the car on?
    As of today, the Almera N16 is on 105,400 miles, so I have done around 39,400 miles in 10 years and 4 months.
     
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    Arrivals, from Royal Mail on a Sunday!
    This came all the way from Barcelona 

    And it has the trailer

    in among a job lot of quite badly corroded Matchbox was this Field Car that has managed to retain its roof - also has an early spare wheel on a Superfast car, not a great expert on these so might be normal.

    Lastly, the thing that actually made me exclaim when I saw it, this Matchbox wall chart from 1984 that I vividly remember having on my wall as a 7 year old. Did anyone claim one of the free gifts?

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from lesapandre in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Even more of their own Toyoda Model AA:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Remspoor in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to 808 Estate in Forgotten 70’s and 80’s Japs   
    I always liked the Datsun Laurel. Had a good "yank tank" look to it.

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Mr Laurence in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Forgotten 70’s and 80’s Japs   
    I don't know about that one, but I do recall one or two of those GFT coupes back in the late '80s.
    In the 1990s, a friend had a pleasant habit of turning up in all sorts of obscurities. This was one of his:

    1979 Subaru 1600 GFT c.1996 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

    1979 Subaru 1600 GFT c.1996 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
    Like most of the other Japanese makers of the time, Subaru enjoyed creating subtly different variations of the same thing so they also offered this coupe:

    Subaru 1600 Coupe by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
    Which is different again to the 2-door saloon they also had. I think they even imported all three variants here.
    The next-gen model was a bit more common, but little surprise to see the poor rate of survival when you see the state of this one:

    1981 Subaru 1600DL c.1997 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
    That was after it had sat somewhere since being taken off the road in 1989.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Forgotten 70’s and 80’s Japs   
    One of those Mazdas here, probably off one of the East Anglian USAF bases. Back in the '90s there were quite a few Q...LEW JDM imports floating around the area.

    1985-ish Mazda Cosmo Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

    1985-ish Mazda Cosmo Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
    Saloon equivalent, haven't got a clue where this one came from:

    1985 Mazda 929, B808MAB (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    They did thank you. The Funny Car will be more of a challenge as it's been partly built so would need some disassembly, and I'd probably need to source some new decals, but the More American Graffiti dragster could be something I'll have a go at this year when I want to do something different.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from FakeConcern in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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