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Had a few new arrivals the last week.

Down here at Dans Redneck Trucking inc business has gone through the roof. So much so we’ve had to buy a new tractor unit! Seen here ready to take out our new tanker trailer.

Spanish Dodge. 
Originally built by Barrieros but the company was bought out by Chrysler Europe, who began selling these in the UK as the Dodge 300 from the mid 70’s to sometime in the mid 80’s. Never around in big numbers really but here they certainly were. And from the sounds of it, they were pretty rapid!

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This model is actually of a much later one after they raised the cab height and gave it a tilt mechanism. Eventually I’ll modify this one to become the older lower version.

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Did a bit of painting and other bits & bobs too. 
Got the ex 007 partwork Dodge RAM pickup finished. 
Can’t decide whether or not to paint the wiper arms & mirrors silver? I’m pretty pleased with this one. 

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4 minutes ago, andrew e said:

The pick up is a beauty!

Agreed. That's a bloody lovely outcome. 

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34 minutes ago, andrew e said:

The pick up is a beauty!

 

29 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Agreed. That's a bloody lovely outcome. 

Cheers!
The paint I used on it is just a can of cheapo eBay metallic red motorcycle paint. I didn’t actually expect much of it but it goes on beautifully and the spray from the can is a perfect little fan pattern for stuff like this.

Ive been trying a new (to me) glue for the glazing too. I was using non blooming superglue but had mixed results with it. It’s not meant to leave that white residue behind but sometimes still does so I’ve been using Deluxe Materials Glue n’ glaze glue, which so far has been absolutely brilliant on clear plastic.

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8 hours ago, danthecapriman said:

Ive been trying a new (to me) glue for the glazing too. I was using non blooming superglue but had mixed results with it. It’s not meant to leave that white residue behind but sometimes still does so I’ve been using Deluxe Materials Glue n’ glaze glue, which so far has been absolutely brilliant on clear plastic.

I now use AK Crystal Magic glue, but until recently I fixed 'glass' with PVA. If it's a larger moulding that includes front and rear screens, perhaps the sides too, and there's a hollow at the underside of the roof then I prefer magic tape.

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2 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

I now use AK Crystal Magic glue, but until recently I fixed 'glass' with PVA. If it's a larger moulding that includes front and rear screens, perhaps the sides too, and there's a hollow at the underside of the roof then I prefer magic tape.

I’ll have a look for that AK stuff. 
These 1:43’s can be a twat for glazing. Most of them have an individual window unit for every opening and aren’t like the older single piece glazing units so you need something that’s strong enough to hold them in but won’t ruin the plastic.

You can see it on this Sierra. Every side has a pair of pegs/rivets that hold one window section in place. Some are worse than this one! 
It makes the windows quite weak unless the glue is good, obviously once you do all this to the model you can’t do what the factory did and use the rivets.

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Fairly slim pickings in the ferry last night and in a Spanish shop

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Found this fake Hot Wheels in the dodgy Basildon shop by the bus station 

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On 30/09/2023 at 13:39, bunglebus said:

Do you remember what this was?

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I’m going to get tyres fitted to my car at lunchtime not far from this shop. Would you like me to pop in and see if it’s still there?

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13 hours ago, danthecapriman said:

 

Cheers!
The paint I used on it is just a can of cheapo eBay metallic red motorcycle paint. I didn’t actually expect much of it but it goes on beautifully and the spray from the can is a perfect little fan pattern for stuff like this.

Ive been trying a new (to me) glue for the glazing too. I was using non blooming superglue but had mixed results with it. It’s not meant to leave that white residue behind but sometimes still does so I’ve been using Deluxe Materials Glue n’ glaze glue, which so far has been absolutely brilliant on clear plastic.

 

4 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

I now use AK Crystal Magic glue, but until recently I fixed 'glass' with PVA. If it's a larger moulding that includes front and rear screens, perhaps the sides too, and there's a hollow at the underside of the roof then I prefer magic tape.

I use Humbrol Clear Fix for windows, light lenses and small chrome parts. I use cocktail stick to apply it were it is needed. It is not a strong glue so will not work on structural stuff. I also use it for reattaching the cellophane windows of diecast boxes and re-sticking boxes that have come apart.

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2 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Looks like a Dome-0 that was probably sold as a Zodiac or Midnight branded toy

Thanks

It was gone… in fact, all of his Matchbox was sold.

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1 hour ago, Tenmil Socket said:

It was gone… in fact, all of his Matchbox was sold.

No worries - I've had rather a busy morning in terms of diecasts! Where to start?

Let's have a look at some loose bits. Removed the VW and Passin' Gasser from the three pack

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A job lot of mostly hot rods arrived, in part as I couldn't work out what this was - it's a Johnny Lightning 

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Zylmex Mazda GT is quite a difficult casting to track down

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I got some more Lone Stars too, Merc has definitely been doing some off roading in the mud going by the gunk I've clean off it

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Zodiac in police guise with unlikely green interior. I really admire these, it's a real shame Lone Star weren't more successful. A range the size of Lesney's with all opening bits would have been phenomenal 

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A visit to Sainsbury's this morning netted me another anniversary Majorette 

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And two Matchbox 5 packs, the Japan Cruisers we saw the other day, and Coffee Cruisers V

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There were other choices, another British one with the blue Mog, an off road one with a Baja I already have, or Blue Highways which was also rather nice

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Taking of Matchbox, I picked these up recently too

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Hot Wheels. This is pic heavy!

Two visits to Entertainer this week netted me a lot of new releases

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Not entirely sold on the white wheels on this

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Dodge Dart ties in nicely with the Challenger in similar colours from last year

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MK1 Jag is most excellent 

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E30 touring is class, shame there was only one as this needs customising

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This is another fantastic release, the infamous Hirohata Mercury 

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Walking into Smyths netted me a couple of premiums

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And just sitting on the shelf with no proper place to be displayed, these two. I snatched them up quickly

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Sadly, hee-haw diecast in New York. Even the tat souvenir shops don't have any recent replicas of service vehicles, they did when I was last here in 2003.

Nice Hot Wheels display in Macy's but it completely failed to deliver as there were no cars on sale at all.

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Some Action Drivers sets, I thought @Datsuncog may like to see these.

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I did try and get into FAO Schwartz, but there was some kind of kids character even on and I couldn't  be arsed waiting in yet another line (NY has A LOT of lines to wait in) so left.

However as the Toyota Camry is by far and away the most popular car here, I ordered a decent looking 1/32 version from ebay of the latest generation.

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

 

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Hot Wheels do sometimes make a car which is not a product of imagination, but again the transport is not correct. The team consisted of two cars one for Gurney, usually the number 48, and the 42 car was driven by Swede Savage. What a pity the Hot Wheels researchers don't get things right.

The cars and drivers competed in the 1970 Trans-Am series.

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4 hours ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

I use Humbrol Clear Fix for windows, light lenses and small chrome parts. I use cocktail stick to apply it were it is needed. It is not a strong glue so will not work on structural stuff. I also use it for reattaching the cellophane windows of diecast boxes and re-sticking boxes that have come apart

I bought Krystal Klear which is a non-misting glue that will actual form windows if drawn across a small opening

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Every time I use it I get the nagging feeling I bought a very small and expensive pot of PVA glue

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2 minutes ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

Hot Wheels do sometimes make a car which is not a product of imagination, but again the transport is not correct. The team consisted of two cars one for Gurney, usually the number 48, and the 42 car was driven by Swede Savage. What a pity the Hot Wheels researchers don't get things right.

I wonder if sometimes it's a deliberate alteration, so as not to be a true replica, just a nod to the past. But yes sometimes I wish they'd make things as accurate as possible, like the replacement of the "Ain't no Saint" name on the Volvo P1800 Gasser. They had full permission to recreate the real car so why change things?

Hot Wheels Volvo P1800 Gasser wheel swap and detail

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Look at this little beauty

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Despite nearly a week in the stripper, the original green paint doesn't want to come off, particularly inside. But what a lovely casting, the Karmann Ghia can't be an easy shape to recreate but Dinky did a great job. Part of me wants to change this a bit from original, especially those white tyres. I'm not going to slam it over Fuchs but I'm tempted to go for black tyres and a nice period colour

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Got this today.

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Absolutely love it! 
One of the 1:43 rally support vehicle partwork ones. Right hand drive and just look at the number plates!   
Really captures the look of the old Freight Rover I think.

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

Look at this little beauty

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Despite nearly a week in the stripper, the original green paint doesn't want to come off, particularly inside. But what a lovely casting, the Karmann Ghia can't be an easy shape to recreate but Dinky did a great job. Part of me wants to change this a bit from original, especially those white tyres. I'm not going to slam it over Fuchs but I'm tempted to go for black tyres and a nice period colour

What about some white walls?

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4 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

Got this today.

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Absolutely love it! 
One of the 1:43 rally support vehicle partwork ones. Right hand drive and just look at the number plates!   
Really captures the look of the old Freight Rover I think.

I'm wondering if that was a support vehicle for the "33" Export 6R4.

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8 minutes ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

What about some white walls?

Would be nice but I can't think of anything suitable to fit the original wheels. Looks pretty good on black o-rings and the axles put above the suspension for a mild drop

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5 minutes ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

I'm wondering if that was a support vehicle for the "33" Export 6R4.

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Could very well have been. There’s another one of those vans in that series but it’s in Austin Rover livery. It has got a tow bar too so maybe it towed a trailer with the car on?

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2 hours ago, andrew e said:

@Split_Pin Target is your friend in NY, otherwise I found the same as you in 2023.

I did spot some nice long cards in a Target but none that jumped out at me.

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17 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

Got this today.

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Absolutely love it! 
One of the 1:43 rally support vehicle partwork ones. Right hand drive and just look at the number plates!   
Really captures the look of the old Freight Rover I think.

Thar looks perfect. I literally hate you for posting these up as I'll have to go to ebay now 😂 

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