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That's a decent loft.

I'll probably be flooring ours at some point in the new place - unfortunately it's still too low to stand up in, just like the previous place.

I did store my diecast up there, until MrsDC twigged that much of the stuff occupying the attic space was diecast... hence the haphazard and bitterly-regretted fire-sale back in January.

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At least the cull survivors are a bit more accessible now they're under the bed, and I can pull out one on a daily basis and look at it while I'm working.

Today's pick: 1/43 Peugeot 504 Rurale.

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10 hours ago, sierraman said:

I hide diecast in my wardrobe as well... the wife goes mad. Fuck ‚Äėem,¬†every man has to have a hobby.¬†

Most of mine is in the loft,some in the attic over the barn,some more in the back bedroom (still not unpacked 15 months after we moved here..) and there's some dotted about in the garage too. I wouldn't be able to get away with a wardrobe stash,but this is the second house where I've been able to have a  diecast shelf in the kitchen. For anyone else who feels like trying this,it seems to help if you're at least a foot to eighteen inches taller than your partner..

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20 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Personally I find the loft is a good place for a couple of die cast

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Don‚Äôt encourage him, that‚Äôs @bunglebus¬†¬†‚ÄėDays Gone‚Äô and ‚ÄėYesteryear‚Äô stash, it‚Äôs why¬†he hides it in the loft!
For example one of those boxes contains nothing but MIB Model T vans with ‚ÄėTV Times‚Äô ¬†fictional livery¬†ūüėČ

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Okay, I'll admit I have developed a problem with buying this shite. Latest arrivals.

Mercury Fiat 124 Sport Coupé - I think this is serial number 312 but it's not marked. The '300' series was Mercury's early 1970s range which was cheaper, less detailed than its previous models. Alongside is the Politoys Export Fiat 124 Spider, number 555.

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Had to be done, because where else are you gonna find models of these cars? Neither are particularly detailed, the Politoys in particular is quite basic, but it does have an opening bonnet with engine detail and that very fragile windscreen. This is one of the less attractive colours offered, but beggers can't be choosers (when 'beggers' signifies 'UK-based collectors of rare Italian diecasts)

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Not much to go on underneath....

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Still, two more I've wanted for a while. Just need to get the Pilen 124 (which is an 'AB' series car with the quad headlamps) and the Mercury 124 saloon and then I'll have the whole range, for some reason.

Next up is a classic 'Why did they model that?' example. The Mercury No. 29 Alfa Romeo Canguro

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This was a one-off concept based on the TZ chassis, with a GRP body styled by Bertone. Pretty weird (although very sexy) subject matter, but Politoys also did one in 1:43 and in 1:66 'Penny' form. There was a Spanish Joal copy of the big Politoys, too. I don't (yet) have any of those to compare to this one, but watch this space.

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The Mercury is pretty nice, although typically a bit lightweight

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Rear window has had some damage and is a bit fogged. This was filthy when it arrived but I took it apart and washed all the bits and it now looks pretty snazzy again.

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Some opening bits, although the bonnet doesn't open very wide there is an engine just visible in there. Overall a pretty nice thing, although my edicated guess is that the Politoys will trounce it on accuracy/quality.

Very worryingly, the bloke I got these from reckons he has multiple examples of every single Politoys and most Mebetoys and is now thinning out his collection, so will be sending me a full list of what is available. I can forsee this getting very expensive very quickly.

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17 hours ago, Amishtat said:

Most of mine is in the loft,some in the attic over the barn,some more in the back bedroom (still not unpacked 15 months after we moved here..) and there's some dotted about in the garage too. I wouldn't be able to get away with a wardrobe stash,but this is the second house where I've been able to have a  diecast shelf in the kitchen. For anyone else who feels like trying this,it seems to help if you're at least a foot to eighteen inches taller than your partner..

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Is Zippy okay ūüėÜ

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45 minutes ago, Amishtat said:

Won't be riding his bike or sitting on a bar stool for a while.

He now has Monkeypox if you believe the crap told to us about the transmission of said pox , relating to certain sexual groups.

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First decent charadee shop find in ages. £2.29 job lot

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I mainly bought it for the Majorette Bmw.

I'm not sure the cab goes with the trailer having yellow arches on the trailer.  The wheels on the red F1 car hot are really good for Hot Rods being big and little wires.

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The Saviem had a missing grille, so I made one from a Ae86 speedo face off cuts not perfect but it will do.

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I had to park these two together as they are both ex Charity shop.

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10 hours ago, morrisoxide said:

First decent charadee shop find in ages. £2.29 job lot............

Nice one. The Majorettes draw me eye, I've got a tattier example of the BMW and for some reason I've ended up with a few of the trucks at that scale. They often seem to have missing mirrors, broken horns etc.

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On 27/05/2022 at 13:37, Datsuncog said:

 

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At least the cull survivors are a bit more accessible now they're under the bed, and I can pull out one on a daily basis and look at it while I'm working.

Today's pick: 1/43 Peugeot 504 Rurale.

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I'm glad it's not just me that gets the odd model out of display or the loft for a bit of a 'fondle'. 

This one came out today for a play.

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Its weird, often I'll be browsing on eBay and see something and think, "ah, I haven't got one of those". Then I'll be in the loft and realise I had one all along. Lately I've been browsing Astra coupés, I forgot I got this Minichamps Opel dealer edition during lockdown. As one would expect from Minichamps, it's a lovely thing.

I suppose I'm lucky, spouse wise. I've always been 'allowed' to have a display cabinet in the front room to host 'some' diecast. Naturally I cram in as many as possible...

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10 minutes ago, AndyW201 said:

I'm jealous of that nice tidy loft set up.

That was a fair bit of work. When I moved in the loft was an unboarded black hole with junk piled up around the hatch. 

Several pine shop displays and spare internal doors are now up there as flooring along with lights and a ladder. 

First loft I've had that you can stand up in too, my previous one was experienced on my knees, not fun.

Luckily I get all sorts of useful bits in the course of my job, brough home a big stack of the storage boxes the other week, it does make life easier knowing roughly where things should be

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I was selling again today, not that we made a huge amount thanks to slightly threatening weather.

I resisted buying old comedy car stickers as they were too expensive - funny enough this joke came up on another thread yesterday 

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I also decided I didn't need a till to add up my profits 

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And much as I was tempted to return these to their natural habitat of woodlands and hedgerows...

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Moving swiftly on, not too much to write home about but everything was very cheap.

Two Majorettes - is the rear axle an error?

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an early Corgi Junior - a Husky in all but name

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This is a Junior I've not seen before 

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10p Hot Wheels including a Hi-Raker

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A Siku that was new to me

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An Ideal Porsche 

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And some Matchbox, another one I'd not seen

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This I was pleased with - one of the less common variations of the forklift

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Tidy Field Car

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Also clean coach

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Mini Pick-up in another colour scheme

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And recovery truck

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Also got a Superkings Aldi with only one spotlight missing

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Plus a plastic porker just because I like them. None of this was more than 50p and some were 10-20

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1 minute ago, bunglebus said:

Those with very keen eyes might have spotted the book top left in this pic, which contains the infamous image of the mystery car. Not worth £4 just to own a copy though

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I'd happily pay £4 for that if it's still there next time you visit

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Majorettes - is the rear axle an error?

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I don't think so - I had one of those Magirus Deutz cement mixers from a nipper, and the back axle had the same non-matching wheels.

No idea why - I don't recognise them from other Majorettes of the era either.

Mine also had a two-tone mixer drum.

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Still, excellent haul!

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