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Some good news for aficionados of certain Hot Wheels releases... though not quite the magnificent news I'd hoped to bring.

Called past B&M at lunchtime, while on a mission for yet more plumbing stuff.

Initial impressions were good, but...

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It turned out that three pegs+ of Flying Customs was, in fact, mostly pegs of off-roaders and other stuff that had been faced over with a few Flying Customs.

Well, bother.

So after some much-needed tidying (once a shopkeeper, etc etc), we ended up with just over a single peg's worth of FCs.

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Lots of these Disney Pixar Lightyear items, though, plus a few Fast & Furious cars left (just the jacked-up Charger and the silver Jeep).

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So the elusive item today was the white Shelby Mustang - while the others in the range were available in varying quantities (about eight orange Mustangs and gold Custom Ottos kicking about, yet only one solitary red Plymouth GTX), tragically there were no Shelbys at all to be found.

I hoked around the adjacent shelves and even got down on my knees in case one had fallen to the ground and been kicked under the racking, but nada.

So that gives us 7/8 of the complete range for @flat4alfa, plus only one of @AndyW201's missing pair - the Chevy Nova wagon.

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But fret not, I'll keep looking for a brace of Shelbys... there are a few other B&M stores on the far side of Belfast I've yet to have a nosey in.

I did snaffle these two for myself, while I was in there.

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I previously had two examples of that Dodge van - in blue-green and in yellow - but passed them on without ever opening them, which was silly as I really liked them.

So this is an attempt to atone for that - though I'm not so struck on the krazy orange glazing on this blue Hot Wheels racing version.

The Matchbox snow plough reminded me strongly of the similar MB45 release back in the early 1990s - and what do you know, apparently it's a revised version, now re-tooled and re-released (though with less metal and more plastic bits than before).

I kinda liked the blue-grey National Parks version in last year's mainline range, and kept picking it up and putting it back repeatedly while in Tesco over a period of months.

But then they were all gone.

This yellow Road Maintenance one looks pretty nice, though.

The chase continues...

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1 hour ago, Isopon said:

Just a quick note- my local Sainsbury's has Matchbox 5 packs reduced to clear at only £2.10!! I don't know if this is a one-off, but there are some bargains to he had.

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You did well! Those are all recent multipacks too - Tesco still want £9 each on those!

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Annoyingly I haven't seen any Matchbox in Sainsburys over here; just Hot Wheels.

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8 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Sure thing! Will check later on... I'm hopeful there'll be a full set scattered across the pegs, but is it a case of 'all or none' - would you still be interested in six or seven of them if not quite all are available?

Whatever is available thanks

Still not seen at all in any store over this way

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7 hours ago, Isopon said:

Just a quick note- my local Sainsbury's has Matchbox 5 packs reduced to clear at only £2.10!! I don't know if this is a one-off, but there are some bargains to he had.

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Not in my town they’re not.  Even the HW box is useless. (Spotty for rant)

If you buy the one with the Polizei Beetle and BROWN BENZ and don’t want those two please can I partake in a purchase or swap or whatever 

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5 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Not in my town they’re not.  Even the HW box is useless.

If you buy the one with the Polizei Beetle and BROWN BENZ and don’t want those two please can I partake in a purchase or swap or whatever 

I'll keep an eye out for one, but I think I'm unlikely to see another one to be honest. If I do find one, I'll keep you updated.

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2 hours ago, Isopon said:

Just a quick note- my local Sainsbury's has Matchbox 5 packs reduced to clear at only £2.10!! I don't know if this is a one-off, but there are some bargains to he had.

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What's the beige one, second down in the Wagons pack?  I feel I should recognise it but I don't...

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I Have now cleaned up the Corgis I bought at the toy fair on Sunday and pretty pleased with how they came out...

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In particular the interior is now lovely and while givving it a polish I noticed that this does also have the name HJ Mulliner Park Ward on the base like the RR refered to by @eddyramrod.

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The Citroen Safari came up really well as it had a load of yellow stuff over it, more or less gone now

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As you can see I've fitted new tyres

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The Pathfinder looked good anyway

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I thought I took pics of the Classic, but apparently not...

So I have now fitted the jewel to the headlight of the Bentley I got from Dan

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and a spare wheel

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Happy with that!

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As you all know I recently painted some Dinky Mokes to look like Prisoner models for the summer house. I've also painted a Matchbox Super Seven (from dan as well maybe?) even though it's the wrong scale and also the later streamlined style Seven, but came out ok even so (IMO)

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Screen from some random clear plastic box and spare wheel from an old Corgi Mini

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I see the spare has slipped after I UHU'd it, please don't tell Mrs Concern as she'll have me doing it again and I CBA.

Number plates printed out from t'internet

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Headlamps from a bit of sprue that happened to be chrome effect

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Lastly I bit of a strange question as I'm undecided what to do. I have my Dinky rally Cortina, owned from new that at some point I repainted

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It's hand paint Humbrol, but looks ok

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I painted the red Lotus stripes to replace the paper stick ons and did the bonnet and boot in white rather than red

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So I'm inclined to re do this by spraying it as I have some white and red paint and could buy repro stickers

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I can't decide, leave as is or re do more accurately with spray and stickers?

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2 minutes ago, FakeConcern said:

I Have now cleaned up the Corgis I bought at the toy fair on Sunday and pretty pleased with how they came out...

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In particular the interior is now lovely and while givving it a polish I noticed that this does also have the name HJ Mulliner Park Ward on the base like the RR refered to by @eddyramrod.

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The Citroen Safari came up really well as it had a load of yellow stuff over it, more or less gone now

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As you can see I've fitted new tyres

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The Pathfinder looked good anyway

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I thought I took pics of the Classic, but apparently not...

So I have now fitted the jewel to the headlight of the Bentley I got from Dan

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and a spare wheel

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Happy with that!

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As you all know I recently painted some Dinky Mokes to look like Prisoner models for the summer house. I've also painted a Matchbox Super Seven (from dan as well maybe?) even though it's the wrong scale and also the later streamlined style Seven, but came out ok even so (IMO)

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Screen from some random clear plastic box and spare wheel from an old Corgi Mini

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I see the spare has slipped after I UHU'd it, please don't tell Mrs Concern as she'll have me doing it again and I CBA.

Number plates printed out from t'internet

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Headlamps from a bit of sprue that happened to be chrome effect

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Lastly I bit of a strange question as I'm undecided what to do. I have my Dinky rally Cortina, owned from new that at some point I repainted

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It's hand paint Humbrol, but looks ok

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I painted the red Lotus stripes to replace the paper stick ons and did the bonnet and boot in white rather than red

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So I'm inclined to re do this by spraying it as I have some white and red paint and could buy repro stickers

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I can't decide, leave as is or re do more accurately with spray and stickers?

Leave it... looks okay as it is!

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13 minutes ago, FakeConcern said:

I can't decide, leave as is or re do more accurately with spray and stickers?

I'd absolutely leave that one as it is - there's loads of restored Dinky Mk2 Cortinas in the world, but only one that looks like yours!

For me, a restoration is a great way to bring a shabby/ playworn toy back into displayable condition. Your hand painted version is very much displayable, and has a personal history which it seems a pity to erase.

Maybe keep an eye out for a shabby but structurally intact one which you could then bring back to as-new condition, without losing any of your own history?

I did have a fairly ropey example which would have made an ideal resto candidate, but sadly I already moved it on a few years back!

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(The model was nearly as bad as the photo, but not quite)

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Another vote for leave as is. Social history, innit.

I find the lustre of older painted models quite captivating, in some instances.

Here's a Spot On Land Rover where I'm retaining the previous owner's efforts:

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The rustic effort suits the subject, in this case! Plus it appeals to my inner laziness.

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18 minutes ago, Christine said:

No cheap  Matchbox in local Sainsburys tonight:-(

 

Bunglebus  Honda Civic looks good  dunnit !

I like a model of all the cars i've had 

Remember i converted a Hotwheels  Volvo  into a half arsed model of my  Honda HRV ..  ?

 

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Clever!

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1 hour ago, Isopon said:

I'll keep an eye out for one, but I think I'm unlikely to see another one to be honest. If I do find one, I'll keep you updated.

No worries, did find that locally but felt cheap and avoided the £9 charge. However £2.10 would probably make me buy the set!  Then would sink into armchair in despair and blame the cat.

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On 9/29/2021 at 12:20 AM, flat4alfa said:

Part of the Silver Shadow / Bentley T fleet in 1:43, together in a row

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From left to right POLISTIL ; ELIGOR ; SOLIDO ; DINKY ; CORGI

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The Polistil Silver Cloud III Coupe is not a Shadow, so was not allowed to this party..   as, despite both Polistils being stamped 1:43, they got that one way-off as it's a good size up.

Bit late to the Shadow Party but do have this in reserve  😶 ^

Favourite is the Eligor. Don't know why, just because.

Am I the only one to think Eligor (despite this misses) has been underated?

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38 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Bit late to the Shadow Party but do have this in reserve  😶 ^

Favourite is the Eligor. Don't know why, just because.

Am I the only one to think Eligor (despite this misses) has been underated?

The Eligor range was, I think, exclusively metal re-tools of old 1960s plastic Norevs - what's not to like? All the charm but none of the wobblyness / ability to exmplode into a million pieces if you look at them wrong. I only ever had one, the Ami 6, which I repainted to look like the one in a Practical Classics test of small 60s saloon cars because I loved it so much. Years later, I became friends with the subsequent owner and I've driven the car on several occasions.

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21 minutes ago, barrett said:

The Eligor range was, I think, exclusively metal re-tools of old 1960s plastic Norevs

I had an Eligor Peugeot 404 estate and I always thought it was plastic/ resin rather than metal... just something about the finish.

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I didn't realise they were derived from older Norevs until quite a few years later.

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The opening tailgate was definitely plastic, I can say that with a degree of certainty!

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Kinda wish I still had it now, so I could have another look...

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A modest little haul of HWs last week:

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I know I already have several other versions of the Mazda.

Did well on a visit to the local Tesco yesterday:

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The red RS was sitting on top but it was the only one there. Got the MBX trailer as it matches the Nissan pickup (which I didn't realise until I saw a photo on here the other day). No joy in finding the Civic.

In kit news, I'm working on this Mazda RX-7 as a quick Easter project:

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So far it's in primer, awaiting final colour choice and chucking together. It's a rather simple, almost cartoonish model so I'm not worrying too much about detailing. Not yet decided on wheels, but they need to be wide.

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