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My latest purchase

 

 

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Majorette VW K70. I had forgotten how good the castings are on these - I had quite a few when I was small.

 

I have my eye on a few others.

I used to have a few early 'skinny tyre' Majorettes and I agree that the castings were a lot finer back then, the Simca 1100, Fiat 127 and 'Cocinelle' being examples. Not sure when their castings became much chunkier, my Simca 1308 GT has the fat tyres but still has full cast on badges in the right font which are superb. My BMW 7 series and Saab 900 seem less detailed and chunkier though so I'll guess that it was around 1980 when things changed.

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I would suggest checking the Bodyshell of the model for zinc pest as well, this particular issue of the Cortina is very prone to it. Just before you go spending any money on it, new models of this car are cheap. I have it in 'aquatic jade' and it doesn't appear to have any issues.

 

A good point, I read that somewhere (probably on here). I've had a look and the shell is all good and sound. A wonder, seeing as it's been on display since the day I got it in a glass cabinet, in a room that gets a fair bit of sunlight. I would try and get hold of another but the only two I've seen have been on ebay, at £28 and £35! GTF! It's not that long ago that you couldn't give the boy racer models away... In the loft I've got a fair few other Ford models, vanguards rally cars with minilights and so on, that have been waiting years for their turn to go on display but I'm too soft to go butchering any mint and boxed models!

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Do they still make Corgi 1/36 scale cars? They always had great play value and looked good. My favourite was a mk3 Escort Police car and a MK2 Transit milk float.

 

I had a one in the '80s as young 'un which was a bin lorry with moving bits. The back all lifted up and everything. I loved it. In fact it may still be in the parents loft...

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I think it may very well have been the Shelvoke Drewry Revopak but for some reason I remember mine having lights on the top, although I may very well be wrong on that as google doesn't bring up any with that particular feature!

 

On the subject of Corgi, picked up this at this afternoons car boot -

 

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Only paid a quid, and after checking ebay I think I may have got a bargain! I got lucky, too, as I just happened to glance into a box of modern toss as I was walking away and there was the box for it - result! :)

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I also picked this up for 50p -

 

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Reckoned it was worth that just for the shell and transfers. Original plan was to have a crack at finishing it, but now I'm tempted to just flip it. Plus bonus pube in bottom of box (unfortunately I have now lost the pube).

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I think they do but they mostly seem to do them as souvenirs now eg the London taxi. Matchbox superkings packed in years ago.

Matchbox super kings are getting bloody expensive - when boxed.

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Matchbox super kings are getting bloody expensive - when boxed.

 

I remember going to toy fairs late '90s and early '00s and picking up NOS Super Kings and Speed Kings for a couple of quid each. Even when I sold up a decade or so ago I got next to nothing for them. :(

 

Models of Yesterday still seem pretty cheap on ebay, though.

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Much more desirable than those God-awful 1/36 scale Dinky models of the late 1970s. The Princess and Volvo 265 are nice though, still shite models though. They should have stuck to nice 1/43 models like the Spanish Dinkys, with the traditional cars box. Fuck it, they were going bust anyway.

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Much more desirable than those God-awful 1/36 scale Dinky models of the late 1970s. The Princess and Volvo 265 are nice though, still shite models though. They should have stuck to nice 1/43 models like the Spanish Dinkys, with the traditional cars box. Fuck it, they were going bust anyway.

The bean counters were hard at work at that time - most of the dinky toys had plastic bases.

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The bean counters were hard at work at that time - most of the dinky toys had plastic bases.

I don't mind that so much, more the terribly proportioned wheels. They added those to some otherwise good 1/43 models such as the lovely Citroen Dyane and it totally ruined it, same goes for the MK1 Escort.

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