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I did, but couldn't tell what year it was supposed to be.  Do you have any more information?

 

I'm also pleased to see all the various pedestrian figures.  Do you know what scales they are in?  They bring a display to life!

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So, continuing the cabinet reshuffle (heheh!), out came the later mk2 Granada 2.8 injection, purchased from our own bramz7. Another one I've been after for a while and compares nicely .with the earlier mk2 S.

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Alongside the yellow Cortina S, the green 3.0S finally gets an airing. My dream garage would contain a signal green 2.0S so this is pretty close.

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Some more TV detective nonsense with a pair of Bodie and Doyle Capris. I love the Minichamps version, complete with realistic tartan seats with tiny fishnet headrests.

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and re-creating a well known Professionals scene,
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Then as an alternative to all this sporty S pack and GT frivolity, a bit of mk3 and 4 giffer spec caramac coloured Cortina business. Loving the beige interiors...

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Finally in the rejigged OSF section came the mk1 Capri GXL. The Vanguards Mk1 has come in for a bit of a kicking, there are a few wonky bits, especially on the twin headlight versions but I still like this one. It does make a bit of a change to have a mk1 Capri that isnt a GT or an RS. Nice to have the facelift tail lights and I like the twin tailpipes and the GXL badging.

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And the new miniature Ford 'I wish I had what they'd be worth in real life' section,

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(yep I like Escorts as well... Soz like)

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Repaint news

 

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This sweet little Husky Thames had a few issues which stopped it being 'restored'. The baseplate was damaged and the rear doors were missing. So instead of restoring it, I left it on a farm for 20 years. 

 

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I made some rough approximations of rear doors from some thin metal. I had intended to fill that hole in the roof, but forgot to. Oops.

 

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Junkman are we saying Hornby DIDNT offload Pocher? I thought they’d sold it off? Cracking reportage I’m really enjoying it!

 

Thanks. No, as far as I can tell the Hornby-Pocher marriage is still a happy one, at least in public.

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After all the cleaning and displaying, a little repair job. (sorry, another Vanguards Ford).

I managed to build up the whole Vanguards 'boy racer' collection. Weirdly, on the mk2 Cortina, the front wheels disintegrated. While hunting for a cheap wheel donor, I managed to find another mint boxed example, so the one with the knackered wheels was relegated to the loft o' lost diecast.
Then, when my mate brought the Sweeney models round, he asked if I needed any model wheels as he builds a lot of motorsport conversions and has loads of spare sets. So he gave me a set of minilites from a Trofeu Escort.
They're now on the original knackered Cortina, and look pretty good. As a bonus the Trofeu axles are thicker, pushing the suspension wires up higher. So the car now has a nice lower ride height much more befitting of a boy racer car!

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Stance yo!

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Repaint news

 

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This sweet little Husky Thames had a few issues which stopped it being 'restored'. The baseplate was damaged and the rear doors were missing. So instead of restoring it, I left it on a farm for 20 years. 

 

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I made some rough approximations of rear doors from some thin metal. I had intended to fill that hole in the roof, but forgot to. Oops.

 

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I still have the one I got at Madurodam when I was five.

Like all my childhood survivors, it's in surprisingly reasonable nick, still.

 

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Oddly, they did sell Husky at Madurodam!    I got one of those Guy Warrior Esso tankers from there that somebody put up here recently.   Sadly it went walkabout - it certainly made it back from Holland but I can't remember what happened to it.....

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We had two of those Anglia/Thames vans, full-size, when I was in primary school.  A dark green one, XWM 234, was later followed by a white one, DWM 242C.  I spent a lot of time sitting on various cushions in the back. as we used them for camping trips.  You could do that in the 60s!

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Oddly, they did sell Husky at Madurodam!    I got one of those Guy Warrior Esso tankers from there that somebody put up here recently.   Sadly it went walkabout - it certainly made it back from Holland but I can't remember what happened to it.....

 

I got the van, a yellow Jaaag XJ6 and the Monkees Mobile. The latter two are AWOL.

I also got a battery operated 4WD plastic tipper truck the manufacturer of which I forgot, but it provided sterling service in sand castle construction at the beach.

It's also long gone.

I suspect mother. Mothers give toy cars, but they also toss them in the bin when you're not looking, like they do with your old leather jackets.

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Aye!   There's an old leather jacket in my garage that rides half-way up my back and looks like a decomposed sheep.   That's a bin rescue and my mother has emigrated in 1981!     Funny how those childhood gifts actually remind one of days out far more than actual related souvenirs would have done......

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Courtesy of TheDoctor, I finally have a TR7 to call my own.  Peppermint green paint and green tartan interior in the future for this one.

 

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Part of the bonus that popped up in the TR7 parcel was the pinkest car in my entire collection.

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The second batch of Ramrod Collection repatriation contained quite a lot of pink.  This is good.

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I used to have a Beach Buggy just like this, it too was missing a headlight.

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I had this one too, though not in this 80s-tastic colour scheme.

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Other items of note are this Husky Anglevan.  Not sure what I'm doing with it yet, though I'm tempted to have a go at making doors having seen Conrad's work.

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This Maisto Jag is an odd one.  The wheels are Matchbox design and the Jag itself seems very similar to the Corgi offering.  I'm guessing Maisto just made use of obsolete castings and parts.

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Other items of note are this Husky Anglevan.  Not sure what I'm doing with it yet, though I'm tempted to have a go at making doors having seen Conrad's work.

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If you do want to make it original, model-supplies.co.uk do the doors for £1.60. They're under Corgi parts. But shaping a bit of cigarillo tin with a ruler and a pen is cheaper still!

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Also, there is this ever growing array of old traffic signs and signals to keep the lead content of my bloodstream on a sufficient level.

 

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These are all marked Gilco.

 

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These aren't marked at all and I wonder who made them.

 

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Look at the size difference between the Gilco and the unmarked traffic light.

 

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