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45 minutes ago, Jon said:

 

Can set them aside for you. Heading up to Arbroath, if that's anywhere near your neck of the woods?

Yes you'll pass close by me, I'm in Bonnybridge, Central Scotland. If you let me know your route I can work out a place to meet you? 

I'm happy to pay cash but can bring a few bags of diecast that may fit what you are looking for. 

When are you heading up?

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One of southern Sweden‘s biggest boot sales was today. I’m really pleased with my findings. Probably my sixth Corgi Saab 9000, this time in red. Corgi Mercedes 190 in really nice condition but missing the Mercedes star. Opel Manta nice as well. Aro 243 new in box. The Siku Tempo Matador missing stuff on the roof, otherwise really good and a better Majorette Limousine than my old one. 

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Got back from a weekend at Santa Pod to a few arrivals

First of all, the Corgi Club ambulance - compared to the original the casting is really crisp

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And my light works

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Got these two unusual Beetles as a lot, Spanish HO scale

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And an unknown that looks like an overgrown Marx

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Also found the Hot Wheels Volvo in BuM's on my way home yesterday 

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Today's companion on the keyboard:

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It's my faintly down-at-heel childhood BMW E34 by Matchbox, #MB31

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Like many of its real-life counterparts, this one's a ten-footer - it's had a lot of dings and touch-ups in its time.

I was probably about ten when I got this one, and I loved its ordinariness - it just looked like a car you'd see on the street, and so many 5-Series were indeed black.

Like a lot of Matchbox of this era, I found the paint pretty prone to coming away.

It developed some quite bad paint damage while on holiday - I'd packed it into my carry-case but put another car on top, to maximise storage, and over the course of a couple of hundred miles in the back locker of the caravan the paint on the roof and bonnet got badly worn away.

I later employed a black paint pen to tidy up the damage, rather inexpertly.

I also had a white touring car version of this casting too, but never liked it as much.

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Some effort at underbody detailing, although oddly the lettering looks a bit squint.

The tan interior looks great, though. Really nice contrast, and the detailing's not bad.

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This model felt a bit special, a bit premium, when I first got it - and y'know, it still does.

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1 hour ago, Datsuncog said:

Did you have to jiggle things around, or did yours just work straight out of the box?

Wonder if there's any point me writing to them?

I did have to try two batteries but they were out of the kitchen junk drawer.

I'd definitely contact them if it was me

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It could definitely benefit from the application of some warm water and an old toothbrush - seeing it on a screen, many times larger than life, makes me realise just how filthy it is!

Possibly a bit of light T-Cut or Autosol application might make the touch-ups slightly less visible too.

I may have a bit of a play-around later tonight...

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3 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

It could definitely benefit from the application of some warm water and an old toothbrush - seeing it on a screen, many times larger than life, makes me realise just how filthy it is!

Possibly a bit of light T-Cut or Autosol application might make the touch-ups slightly less visible too.

I may have a bit of a play-around later tonight...

I have the back end of the touring 5 series you had @Datsuncog in my scrap pile. 

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That's right - my brother and his wee mates went through their own destructive phase, putting toy cars on the road outside the house and seeing if a passing car would go over it.

The Touring Beemer was indeed a victim of this barbaric practice.

I'd forgotten about that - and what happened to its arse end!

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This has probably been posted before but, ya know...

There is a Polish guy on Youtube who restores toy model cars. Its a nice calming video, no stupid music or anything. The guy is very intricate in what he does gojng as far as making new tyres or wheels for cars that have them missing.

The level of skill and dedication is amazing, he even makes new repro boxes for them.

There are a load of salvage channels for real cars etc... but now there are some for toy cars!

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8 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I agree on the MB 5 series, the metal base helped the teutonic feel.

I had the touring car version as a kid and replaced it a few years ago again. Not quite up there with the Cavalier or Sterling for me but it's a damn solid 3rd.

Never seen a MB 5-series touring!

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1 hour ago, Split_Pin said:

I've been thinking about that 5 series. It's really tactile that's what it is. Like the benchmark Mira Citroen CX.

Yep, you're right - it is tactile. Just having it in my pocket for much of today, with its sheer heft, was very pleasing.

I'd probably better not go on...

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11 hours ago, Lord Sterling said:

Never seen a MB 5-series touring!

I'd have loved them to have made an actual E34 Touring!

Sadly, touring car-inspired racing livery was the best they could manage.

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I acquired my one of these in a bit of a state from a jumble sale, which is why I wasn't too bothered when it got flattened.

I think I might have sacrificed it in a swap for a minty US-spec Summer Rover SD1, which was otherwise going to be squashed by one of my brother's wee mates.

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And I think the Rover lives with @155V6 these days?

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11 hours ago, Lord Sterling said:

This has probably been posted before but, ya know...

There is a Polish guy on Youtube who restores toy model cars. Its a nice calming video, no stupid music or anything. The guy is very intricate in what he does gojng as far as making new tyres or wheels for cars that have them missing.

The level of skill and dedication is amazing, he even makes new repro boxes for them.

There are a load of salvage channels for real cars etc... but now there are some for toy cars!

That’s brilliant! I wonder where he got the box template from? What does he do to the corners at the top of the box towards the end?

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Been Hot Wheels hunting myself too!

Went shopping on Sunday, luckily we had to go to the retail park which has a Smyth's on it.

As usual, nothing doing with the mainlines, I've never seen any new case stuff there all the time I've been going there. But there were a few of the special edition sets and premiums. As I couldn't leave empty handed, I grabbed this Civic.

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I picked this one as I really like this Civic EG casting although for once (for a Hot Wheels collection) I actually do like pretty much all the ones from the Civic collection.

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A bit "trackday slag" for some on here, but it's pretty well done. A tad more expensive than a regular mainline, but at least these special editions get tampos all over. I love the factory original DOHC VTEC decals, and even the little mudflaps fitted. Great stuff.

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