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Just got this in the post this morning. It's a model of a Scania r580 in Stobart Rail colours by Atlas Editions (basically Oxford Diecast) and at diddy 1/76 scale it's sodding enormous, even with the extendable trailer at maximum shortness. I got mine for £16. Eagle eared experts may notice that I've converted mine to 6x4 by fitting a spare drive axle from a donor lorry, the real truck is 6x2 but I think heavy haulage trucks look cooler with two driven axles.   

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Right then... So where are we?

Scooting out just after 12, upon reaching the stall I was aghast to see the packup had already begun, with the buses loaded back in their boxes... Trading had, apparently, been 'really slow' - so Blokey was cutting his losses and going home to put his feet up.

Some things were absent from the stall, so he'd had some sales: unfortunately, they mainly comprised things that other people wanted...

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6 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

*wills that Herpa Setra to be there again, because I've thought about it more times this week than is healthy*

Tragically - not this week.

But I'll add it to my increasingly lengthy mental watch list, just in case it reappears like the Citybus/ Stagecoach bus box set!

 

5 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

I'm feeling particularly weak willed this morning, so if that Robinson Holidays Van Hool coach is available and as new, I'll pounce.

Oh!

You're in luck/ not luck (delete as applicable).

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Helpfully/ unfortunately it seems in excellent, unmarked condition with the certificate and stuff still taped to the underside - suggesting it's never been out of its box.

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I dunno if 'low numbers' for numbered limited editions is as much of a thing for diecast collectors as for vinyl record collectors, but this one's pretty low - possibly making it even better/ worse news for you.

 

5 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

 Would he do £10-£12 on the Renault + Anglia + swoopy broken Jaguar

Broken Jag and Anglia sugar-dispenser were sadly GONE from the stall already.

But, as you note, the ice cream van is relatively cheap and easy to come by from a variety of sources...

The Jaguar, maybe less so.

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5 hours ago, Rover414 said:

@Datsuncog if the Western National VR and Merc Beaver are still there I'd be interested, I'll PM you later to sort out payment. 

Some diggin' in the box turned up both of them.

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Yup, I've a few others set aside for you - will crank up the spreadsheet later on, and see what's what!

 

4 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Not Dinky release that one, as you know the casting was originally one of Kidco/Universal.

The Dinky were in yellow, red, or blue.  Came with or without two types of stickers (on the red and blue one below)

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The non-Dinky / non-Kidco unbranded one above is the yellow one, with waddayouknow, the same FLASH stickers and wheels.  Might have come in on the same boat, no less.

For some reason the piggy has latched onto that, so as he likes them, perhaps if your green one might be had if it's 50p...

However, despite a dearth of Jag action, the DG Renner and no-name Chevy Stepside were still lurking.

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He charged me £4 for the pair - so whether that equates to £3.50 for the Lledo and 50p for the Chevy, or £3.99 for the Chevy and 1p for the Days Gone, is up to you to ponder...

 

4 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Heh, it's the 1/43 version of the Sprinter ice cream van on the stall I think - with a fairly steep £26.99 price tag...

I had another look here, and I was incorrect - the Sprinter ice cream van's priced at £16.99, not £26.99.

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I think I must have confused it with the IXO/ Whitebox/ Vanguard's stuff, which are all nudging thirty quid...

So not overly scalpy, but not really an impressive bargain either.

Meh.

 

4 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

50p yeah, I'm sure there is a donor back here somewhere 

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Do like that colour.  It's on the Majorette Citroen CX I had as a boy

Sold!

Will pop it aside with the others.

Phew!

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5 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

the DG Renner and no-name Chevy Stepside were still lurking.

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He charged me £4 for the pair - so whether that equates to £3.50 for the Lledo and 50p for the Chevy, or £3.99 for the Chevy and 1p for the Days Gone, is up to you to ponder...

Cheers!

I'll go with your latter suggestion.  It helps calm the shakes

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9 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

You're in luck/ not luck (delete as applicable).

Wahey / bugger!

Thank you very much. Do let me know when a) enough's enough and you need to stop spending cash on my behalf, or b) the box required reaches "a P&O Ferrymasters' curtainsider to itself" proportions.

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So then, with this week's special requests taken care of as well as I could, and the stall being packed away around me, there wasn't much sense in hanging around too much longer.

I hadn't noticed the dusty Matchbox Model A Ford vans before - the brown 'n' beige Bayer Aspirin van was especially nice for Team AS.

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The van on the left missing its eyes (Citroen? Ford? I'm hopeless with vintage stuff) is a Solido; coalscuttle Renault van on the right with the roof-rails broken off is, of course, a Matchbox Models of Yesteryear.

Not much kerb appeal here, it has to be said.

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The rest of the Rio models seem to have gone, bar this baroque monstrosity - which seems to have fewer and fewer bits with each passing week.

Delahaye? Dusenberg? Something big and imposing anyway, but with diminishing cultural relevance, it would seem...

 

Upon leaving the Tat Stall with a cheery farewell, I took another spin past Alan's Emporium, just in case he'd emptied out a box of Spot-On he'd forgotten about earlier.

No such luck, but I did eventually give into the temptation I'd been gently suppressing since December...

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Okay, it's nothing to get massively excited about - but it's actually a pretty solid Matchbox Superkings K-17 container trailer, and one intact container.

It would have looked like this originally:

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Now, as it happens I do have another Superkings container at home (although it's a later one in yellow) plus a later Scammell tractor unit (navy and orange) so I can probably cobble together a vague approximation of a complete K-17 - while looking out for a suitably age-correct container and tractor unit.

Since I'm slowly accepting that 60s and 70s MB King Size/ Super Kings are kinda my thing at the minute, it seems unwise to pass up half a unit in reasonable nick - especially for 50p.

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So there we are... another day slogging at the tat-face, picking those diamonds from the dirt, and hopefully some decent finds for your delectation.

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Now, I just have to work out a way to get this little lot through the door later on without arousing suspicion...

Happy Friday, kids.

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I have one of those containers, it always seems like you get the whole artic in stages! A tractor unit here, container there. 

Picked up a Matchbox Capri in the light green plus a F150 which I haven’t got round to looking at. Glad there’s some sort of concerted efforts to provide Matchbox at various retailers, B&M might be a good shout.

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17 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

We had a Westland Sea King Helicopter fly over earlier.

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It came back and stopped, hovering above, making a right racket.  We haven't seen the cat since. 

It lowered some heavy cargo down to our garden, causing much curtain twitching throughout the neighbourhood.

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Whilst I was signing the delivery note, Farmer Tom appeared from nowhere and staked a claim to it - before I got the chance to look at it.  Which is just as well, as the wife was in.  Good delay tactic there, old Tom.

The note states it was sent over from deepest Hampshire by a @danthecapriman

Late last night, when everyone had gone to sleep

A surreptitious box opening happened.

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'Support is here in difficult times, please just ASK'.   And don't forget that MEON VALLEY MATTERS.

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Ten minutes later...  half-way down!  I may have to give Lions a call...

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Ten minutes later...    oh my word what have I done

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A pang of guilt swept over me.

So if there is something here that someone else was really really after, just PM me 

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54 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Late last night, when everyone had gone to sleep

A surreptitious box opening happened.

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'Support is here in difficult times, please just ASK'.   And don't forget that MEON VALLEY MATTERS.

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Ten minutes later...  half-way down!  I may have to give Lions a call...

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Ten minutes later...    oh my word what have I done

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A pang of guilt swept over me.

So if there is something here that someone else was really really after, just PM me 

There was a reason I put that bit of newspaper in there‚ĶūüėÜ

I reckon you might have gone beyond help though!!

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20 hours ago, FakeConcern said:

Lastly @Datsuncog I’m aware I’ve owed you money for the green C4 for a few weeks. I kind of thought as you have one put by for me I’d see if anything came up on Tat Friday if you don’t mind. However I was out last Friday and tomorrow will be driving to and from Norwich so again probably not available. Could I ask if you see any more C30s cheap, then get them for me even if they’re gold?

However if you’d like me to pay for the C4 now, please let me know.

Just to pick up on this - there was no £1 Matchbox/ Hot Wheels tub there today, but I'll keep a weather eye out for any more C30s that turn up!

Absolutely no rush on the wee C4; happy to see if anything else shows up for you to make a parcel worthwhile!

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5 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

50p yeah, I'm sure there is a donor back here somewhere 

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Do like that colour.  It's on the Majorette Citroen CX I had as a boy

I am a spanner.

The donor (in my head) got repainted some time ago into a Jerry Leadbetter homage

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No, I don't know why either.

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And I didn't know there is this (tattier) 'touring club de france' example back here, in the funky copper colour!   Would be shame to break it, but it is an excellent donor...

Which means if someone else REALLY wants the tailgate-less Volvo instead of daft me (if they were pipped at the post), then they are welcome.  Otherwise into the CogBox #22 it goes and 'touring club de france' becomes a pickup.  Probably*

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6 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

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It's a 1:64, but didn't have right glasses on to read brand

Should be either Maisto or MC Toys

10 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Had to import a silver one.

Have never seen the other two in the flesh 

What not even a blue one? I have spares

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I didn't get a lot of time to look for toys today, but I can report Smyths and Tesco near Excel had nothing of interest - Tesco had literally no Hot Wheels or Matchbox singles. Didn’t get time to look in the Poundland/Sainsbury's/B&M/TX Maxx nearby due to time constraints 

 

However this was waiting for me when I got home

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And through the magic of buying two of them:

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It might not have any moving or opening bits, but this would have been right up my street as a kid. However I first laid eyes on one in a toy shop window in Rushden about 10 years ago, and was impressed enough to find myself one - I can't actually remember if I bought the one he had on display or resorted to eBay in the end

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11 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Well, more swings and roundabouts today, kids - which I suppose is pretty much how it goes most weeks.

You'd think I'd be used to it by now.

First up: BUSES.

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I know I say it every week, but crikey - for someone who sets up stalls on a bi-weekly basis, you'd think he'd be better at it by now.

Or maybe he just chucks it out like that cos it gives me something to do.

Once tidied a little, here's what we have this week:

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Mostly older stuff - though the Dart at the top right is a Code 3 repaint.

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More Atlas mystery coaches, too.

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Not so very much this week...

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I can't remember if the Western National/ Badgerline Mercedes Hopper is the same as the one I picked up for @Cookiesouwest last year?

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MoYs and Days Gone. Roll up, roll up.

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Royal Wedding noncemobile packaging has taken a battering. Certainly a smidge unappealing, for all manner of reasons...

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Although, this Renault van does have some appeal - maybe we should be re-evaluating some of these 1950s era DGs?

I really liked these at the time - the Morris LD150 profiled yesteday was a really nicely done model (though once I procured a City Models version in 1/43, it's fair to say the Lledo example fell out of favour a bit).

Hard to know what to do with all the Ford Model T vans, though - this looks like a very early Oxford Diecast product.

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Unfortunately the Herpa Setra coach wasn't there this week - though that doesn't mean it won't resurface at some point in the future...

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I had to consult my messages, as my memory is terrible. Last year it was the Manchester liveried version :)

 

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3 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

I am a spanner.

The donor (in my head) got repainted some time ago into a Jerry Leadbetter homage

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No, I don't know why either.

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And I didn't know there is this (tattier) 'touring club de france' example back here, in the funky copper colour!   Would be shame to break it, but it is an excellent donor...

Which means if someone else REALLY wants the tailgate-less Volvo instead of daft me (if they were pipped at the post), then they are welcome.  Otherwise into the CogBox #22 it goes and 'touring club de france' becomes a pickup.  Probably*

Much nicer than the corgi juniors example.

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

What not even a blue one? I have spares

Never, no.  I'm not making it up, there is a Matchbox void in this area of the country.

Also missed out on the Moving Parts '83 Buick Riviera in red. In saw one or two, left it, but then never saw one again 

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Roped into shopping duty tomorrow so I might nip into Tesco if other locations are still knocking out Capris, but I dont hold out much hope though. I've only  ever found the yellow one, I have a sneaking suspicion the Capris don't even make it onto the pegs in our one...

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Cookie's occasional diecast sale.

So, a decision has been made. I'm having a clear out, of non bus related die cast. Even the ones from my childhood (can't remember if I told you all, that all my matchbox from when I was a nipper have been discovered).

Anyway, first up are these, that have been in a drawer since purchase in the summer.

If you want pics of a particular model, shout.

Price? Umm no idea. 50p each for the little ones and a quid for the two Eastern europe yellow ones and the Texaco. If that's unacceptably high, then make an offer for the one (s) you want.

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