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I built quite a few of those stock orcustom kits, mine were mostly AMT fro memory. I made a bloody awful job of them too, despite my favourite, the '53 Studebaker actually having idiot lines moulded into the pillars if you wanted the roof chop version. God knows what happened to them but they've been lost over the years, even if they hadn't I'd be too embarrassed to show them to you!

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Amish: could have been an AMT now you say that.  I remember there were several options, all dull, and this one stood out as being interesting which is why I bought it.  Slightly over ambitious on my part at the time since I didn't have the skills to do it justice.  Thankfully, what I did do is, for the most part, reversible, especially knowing what I know now.  If you do have the courage to share your attempts, I'd very much like to see.

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Fairly sure they were binned years ago (deservedly..) I don't recall all the makers but I had a 57 Chevrolet, a 36 Ford (some Dick Tracy connection I think), the Studebaker and a few muscle cars but there must be a good few I've forgotten. The only one I know the whereabouts of was that 70 Dodge I posted on here a few weeks ago.

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The fogging in this case was deliberate, I was trying to make them dirty, so gave them a coat of satin varnish.  My test samples showed the varnish could then be removed and leave clear plastic but for some reason, on the kit, it left cloudy plastic instead.  Bit of a nuisance.  Got around it by using Citadel Ard Coat on the bits I wanted clear since it's really good for undoing varnish damage.

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Recently received a delivery from our Burnside and I feel this beauty is worthy of it's own post.

 

Apart from the fact it looks just like it came right out of 1990, this Joal example is heavy and softly sprung so the springs actually deflect with the car's weight. The similar Solido example I also have is flimsy in comparison.

 

I found a Dinky tyre that roughly fitted and glued the rear light and steering wheel back on.

 

Outstanding.

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Absolutely 100% complete! Will not paint.

Glad your pleased with it Split_Pin as it was all my doing! With the Humbrol paints. On the Kitchen table in about 1991 aged 7.

 

I think it's softly sprung suspension was one of the reasons I'd brought it. I got this 2nd hand from a Classic Car Show my Dad took us too along with this Guiloy Renault 14 below.

 

An yes I also did the Humbrol repaint to it with added tide line. Which I copied from the real one I use to see near my school, except that one was Gold.

 

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Had a little bit of time after work to do a bit more on the Monaco.  Now I've got the vinyl roof on and have been fiddling with some details, in profile it looks right.  I need to adjust the rear suspension once completed to make sure the arch gap and rake are like this, dry-fitting the kit is demonstrating that finding just where the body actually fits together isn't exactly clear and I suspect I'm going to lose too much height out of the rear once built.

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Modified the masking tape vinyl roof approach for two reasons.  The first is that I wanted the roof to look knackered, so it needed to be lifting on the C pillars and shredded on the top.  The second reason is that my tape wasn't wide enough to do the roof centre panel in one piece.  I also folded the edges for the centre panel to make a more convincing seam before using a thin smear of superglue to hold it down where needed.

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To deform the tape you just use a variety of metal tools - scissors, craft knife, sculpting tool - to push the paper around and shred it a bit before sticking it down.  Very experimental.  The tape behaves a lot like you'd expect fragile vinyl to and it tears and deforms in a very similar way.  The texture on this blue tape seems a good match for vinyl too. I'm doing at this stage before primer because the primer will help seal it to the car and, if I need to alter it as I build up the damage on the car, it's easier to undo at this stage.  Right now, I'm very happy with it.  Got most of the engine together too, I'll be keeping the rocker covers chrome and the rest will be stock and grimy, that fits with the idea behind this car.

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On the chrome sprue there was a pair of spotlights.  Not the best casting, and that's fine, because this car should be sketchy.  For the wonky one I drilled the hole for its peg slightly off and then glued it in.

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I was considering stealing the front seats from the T-bird kit for this instead of the bench seat, which would also allow me to fit the spare floor shifter I've got, they just look a bit on the small side so I'm undecided on that at the moment.

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Glad your pleased with it Split_Pin as it was all my doing! With the Humbrol paints. On the Kitchen table in about 1991 aged 7.

 

I think it's softly sprung suspension was one of the reasons I'd brought it. I got this 2nd hand from a Classic Car Show my Dad took us too along with this Guiloy Renault 14 below.

 

An yes I also did the Humbrol repaint to it with added tide line. Which I copied from the real one I use to see near my school, except that one was Gold.

 

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Superb! I even got the date roughly correct!

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Not very much of great excitement to report on the Belfast Tat Exchange this morning, investors...

 

1950s playworn military and commercial Dinkys remain static at a fiver each - with no investors quite eager enough to snap them up, it would seem.

 

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1970s/80s Mettoy Corgis were down two points overnight, with only busted-window wrecks now remaining. Even at £3, these are bound to take a tumble.

 

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Matchbox Speed Kings single seater racing cars and tatty Corgi JPS Lotuseseses are in the ascendent, but for how long? Unusual Hong Kong JPS may prove canny for those with specific interests in the Eastern markets.

 

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Rash speculation on boxless Corgi Classics and MB Yesteryears never ends well, but base prices remain low and some investors still seem to find them appealing. Spot price of £2 - £3 per unit has been quoted, unlikely to fall further. The smart money says to avoid, however, unless you're planning a very long-term investment.

 

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TatBox summary: smashed up Superfasts, Corgi Juniors and Majorette are all static this week, with a small spike for some MB Superkings trailers and a fucked Dinky DeTomaso Mangusta that might have been dumped by overseas speculators taking fright at recent political developments.

 

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Some market movement towards restorable tat procurement for Vulgalour Diecast Holdings has been rumoured.

 

Reserve Selection summary: no new stocks appearing, we appear to be largely in a holding pattern.

 

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The damaged Driving School Triumph Acclaim continues to have a degree of investor appeal, though cracked glazing could mean a haircut for more nervous speculators like myself.

 

Tidybeard Investments had expressed interest in shorting the market on Dinky Rangies: with melted glazing and both front doors and boot hatch broken, not to mention cockamamie axles, IFA advice would be to stay away from this fire service example at a fiver.

 

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Dinky Volvo 265DL stocks also proved no longer available on the exchange this morning.

 

Long term forecast: after some excellent investor news over the past three weeks, we appear to be experiencing something of a slowdown. However, previous patterns indicate that an upswing may well be due in coming weeks.

 

Now over to Alan with the sport.

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Whats this DC please? Is it saveable? Ta.

 

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That there is a Matchbox Superkings Mercury Commuter race support car... it should be kind of a lime green, but has been heavily 'weathered' (brown Humbrol...) - if you fancy having a bash at saving it, I'm sure it'll strip back to bare metal ok?

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and are the 2 superkings xj6/12's any good

The blue civvie one's not bad, few play marks but largely intact. The police version is missing its lights and siren and is a bit more tatty... I'll enquire about prices...

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This thing got repainted. I had to paint the interior because so much of the interior is visible through the massive glazed area. 

 

The Vita-Min has also been repainted, I didn't try to match the original colour, but it had to stay purple! 

 

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That there is a Matchbox Superkings Mercury Commuter race support car... it should be kind of a lime green, but has been heavily 'weathered' (brown Humbrol...) - if you fancy having a bash at saving it, I'm sure it'll strip back to bare metal ok?

Right then...

 

I took a proper look at the Mercury station wagon, and it's not very pretty:

 

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Busted a-posts (both sides), broken front screen and very worn wheels made this one a bit borderline, in my view, even if the mess of enamel paint can be scraped off.

 

I asked how much, wondering if he'd do it for 50p, say, but no - £4 was the price on it!

 

Four pounds!

 

Yeesh.

 

I think not. I'm afraid I put it back. I'm sure you can find a better one for much less. I sold a decent one on here last year for a pound or two.

 

Guess this is the problem with stalls like this - pricing can be somewhat variable, depending on the whims and caprices of the stakeholder. He wasn't very chatty this morning.

 

Also at £4, were each of the Superkings Jags.

 

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While the blue one was conceivably worth it, the police one was missing its assorted bells and whistles and certainly wasn't. I took the blue one.

 

Also picked up the acid green Citroen SM, for the same money. Not in bad nick overall, though the rear glazing seems to have gone walkabout.

 

Overall verdict: stay away when stallholder grumpy.

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Ah, so here is the Phantom suspension piece, it is different to the later Lesney ones. It is a bit bent, so following Marty from down under under, I will be applying hot water to see if I can straighten it.

 

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Could you leave it on a radiator or use a hair dryer perhaps?

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This thing got repainted. I had to paint the interior because so much of the interior is visible through the massive glazed area. 

 

The Vita-Min has also been repainted, I didn't try to match the original colour, but it had to stay purple! 

 

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Nice work on the Freeman Commuta, it looks much more like the "real" one did when I saw it as a kid in the Telegraph magazine.

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