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Nice haul that, I got the Simon Snorkel for Christmas when I was six although the box is sadly gone, the model itself is nearly mint still (I didn't have many fires in my bedroom...)     

 

Spot On Pagoda.....very nice!    

 

There is something about those Corgi Classics that I like despite also not being a V&V fan normally.   Fiver in a box is cracking value....

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^^^ Ooh, that is a nice little package, now...

And quite by coincidence I've also been nosing around eBay this week for some of my 'missing' toys... 1/35 Corgi seem to be what I'm being drawn toward.

Updates to follow once parcels start arriving...

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I am back ish lol, bought a Vanguards mk` Granada shape Consul in yellow for £15 shipped, and got a Vanguards minellium shape Ashtray with a rough box for just £8 shipped. Photos later on as I have code 3 plans brewing

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Getting there.. These things always take longer than you think. (Esp. when you're a lazy bastard)

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Nice work, chap - never thought that one could look halfways decent again, going by the 'as-found' state of it!

 

I am back ish lol, bought a Vanguards mk` Granada shape Consul in yellow for £15 shipped, and got a Vanguards minellium shape Ashtray with a rough box for just £8 shipped. Photos later on as I have code 3 plans brewing

 

Good to have you back dude - and glad there's a few diecast on their way to amuse and distract.

 

That Consul is a nice one, in particular - look forward to any pics.

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Y0 Marty I have managed to save down 2 realistic pre-2001 Numberplates from a 'showplate' website, for my Joal Alpine, as per your advice. Just need to find a colour printer now - should look decent!

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Colour printers are dirt cheap these days, and I use Inkscape now as Coreldraw wouldn't run on this computer, and Inkscape is free, you have to be careful though as it doesn't default to A4 size, once you sort it, you can get an absolute boatload of regs on a sheet, I always do 3sets of each plate, to cover in case of slip ups. I am going to have a word wit the local art shop to see if they can source glossy A4 self adhesive, I ussed to be able to get it from Tesco many moons ago. Waiting for my cheap Astra to arrive

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Colour printers are dirt cheap these days, and I use Inkscape now as Coreldraw wouldn't run on this computer, and Inkscape is free, you have to be careful though as it doesn't default to A4 size, once you sort it, you can get an absolute boatload of regs on a sheet, I always do 3sets of each plate, to cover in case of slip ups. I am going to have a word wit the local art shop to see if they can source glossy A4 self adhesive, I ussed to be able to get it from Tesco many moons ago. Waiting for my cheap Astra to arrive

 

With my steady* hands, I would end up with plates on the windscreen.

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For some reason miniature vehicles keep making their way into my home. I believe that they want to live with me, well that's what I tell myself. Thus behold some of my latest acquisitions although not all of them as I like them posh handbuilt ones but I'm not sure of there is a liking for them here? Plus can anyone guess what the veehickles are sitting on? I should probably ban mercrocker and JM from answering that  8) . And don't say a bed and/or shelf!

 

A mix of Corgi, Dinky, Spot-On and a CA camper from a partwork series in that there France.

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This is of course the famous Corgi Ecurie Ecosse transporter, guy said it was a wreck so he restored it as a Code 3 Vanwall transporter and did three cars to match it.

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Same guy did these BRMs, he also restores a fair few Spot-Ons and doesn't charge the earth for them. Nice chap too.

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Some Bedford-ness just for Eddie, I've had these a while. Oh and a Standard lurking on the end.

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Good morning campers!

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Campers and some other stuff.

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 Plus can anyone guess what the veehickles are sitting on? I should probably ban mercrocker and JM from answering that  8) . And don't say a bed and/or shelf!

 

 

 

Aye, I know what it is!   Do you have the rest of it?   

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Received this from our cms206 at Scotoshite last night.

 

I LOVE old 1/24 scale Bburagos as I alwys wanted more of them as a kid in the early.1980s but they were strictly in birthday and Christmas present territory.

 

It will go well with my 75 and Guilietta from the same era.

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What day is it?

 

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That's right, diecast and plastic tat pickers, it is.

 

And what does that mean?

 

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You know what? It does.

 

BANG. Here yis go:

 

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^^ Atlas Dinkys - fiver a pop.

 

I couldn't help myself, and bagsied the BMW 1500 and Fiat 1800 Familiale…

 

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^^ Assorted tinplates - also £5 each.

 

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^^ Various Corgi & Dinky etc - £5 each; Lesney (including garage) £2 each

 

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^^ More spendy boxed stuff - £20 - £30ish

 

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^^ Behind the stall 'reserve collection' boxes - seems to range from £2 - £5 depending on levels of grump. TBH there's not much in there of worth now; most of the contents are missing bits or structurally damaged (or both). I've a feeling many of these will end up in the 50p box before too long.

 

Tatarama 50p boxes, then:

 

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Some new stuff in there - a few battered 80s/90s Majorettes, some Corgi Juniors and Matchbox (with the glazing smashed out, which disproportionately annoys me), various bits of 70s/80s/90s Britains farm models (mostly smashed into pieces) and this damaged and incompete plastic Triang Austin Healey:

 

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I nearly bought this, I had it in my hand... but I don't even know if one of you chaps would want to take it on - I doubt all the missing bits are as findable as Dinky and Lesney white metal components from Steve Flowers. But if anyone really, really wants it I'll nip back over.

 

Some more 50p box oddities:

 

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^^^ Absolute no-name Peugeot 205 Turbo - abysmal casting, not even 'Made in China' on the smooth plastic base, yet somehow rather charming in its naivety…

 

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Some weird fantasy vehicle; baseplate says it's made by Kenner-Parker in 1980, so wondering if it's some sort of film/TV tie-in... anyone recognise it?

 

So there we have it; as ever, I can't guarantee satisfaction but if anything especially appeals here I can but take a wander over at 12 and see what's still there...

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Nothing there for me this time thanks, how much was the Healey though? Just asking out of curiosity, you understand..

 

50p! You can see why I dithered... but I've accumulated quite a lot lately and I'm hesitant about taking more on without a clear exit strategy...

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That white Majorette Ford 9000 lorry with the red deflector, is that 50p on account of being bigger?

 

Yup, that's also 50p. Anything in those two boxes seems to be 50p, regardless of scale - which is handy. I'll scuttle over shortly and see if I can bag it for you, if you fancy it!

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Can I have the Rover 800 please (red/grey) as long as the glass unit is intact.

 

It's not, sadly! Some little toerag has bust the back screen with a pointy object. The same fate has befallen the Corgi Juniors AMC Pacer - otherwise I would have grabbed the pair of them. Vexing, I know...

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Meanwhile, a parcel showed up at Casa Datsuncog last night (via eBay, via Argos)...

 

Yes, I think I might be going down the diecast wormhole again. Spending ££££ on proper models, that is, rather than just hoovering up market stall tat. And after all my model divestment last year, too.

 

You may have seen that I've been going through my collection of old model catalogues recently, and have come to the conclusion that late 70s/80s Mettoy-era (and just after) Corgi 1/35s are actually still very, very appealing to me. This stunning revelation arrived after I found these at the market a few weeks back:

 

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And they are just bloody lovely toys.

 

So I've had a good riffle through the catalogues and drawn up a list of those models I'd really like to own. Some I owned as a kid and smashed up or otherwise lost. Others are ones I always wanted, but never had. Annoyingly, a few are ones I did own but got shot of last year - but hey ho. It tends to be plain saloon cars which appeal most - not the police versions, not the rally cars - and I think they need to be in good nick to make this a worthwhile enterprise.

 

So last night...

 

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Yeah. 

 

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The Supra in navy blue over silver dates from 1985, and is a model I only ever saw in catalogues, never in real life. Given its comparative rarity (only offered for a few years) they can be pricey. This one wasn't too dear - but does have a factory paint flaw to the offside (smudged the silver into the blue) which wasn't mentioned in the listing, plus a few other paint 'bubbles' to the bonnet. Still, it won't really affect how I might display it. Just nice to have one, finally.

 

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(Pics are a bit shit, sorry - will re-take some in daylight)

 

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Opening doors and boot, and a hinged parcel shelf and tipping front seats. I'm not sure whether the headlights pop up and down, like the 'Magnum P.I.' Ferrari 308 GTS did - only it had an operating lever underneath, and I can't see one on the Supra. For fear of forcing the lights down and never being able to get them back up again, I've left them alone for now.

 

The BMW 325i E30 is one which I did see on the shelves at Woolworths and whatnot, though usually tampo'd up as a touring car. I'd seen a few in plain red, but then this one popped up in black, which I think suits it rather more. Of course, the solitary black example I could find was a fair bit dearer than the red ones... but I really like this model, despite not being much of a Beemer-licker in real life. The box states 1990, which seems about right. 

 

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Opening bonnet (well, sort of - it opens about an inch), doors and a sliding sunroof, plus tipping seats, all add play value. There's a tiny bit of paint bubbling, but overall this is a cracker.

 

I feel a bit odd, as these weren't overly cheap by my mingy-stingy 50p standards - but the boxes are good and crisp, and I'd be reasonably confident of being able to move them on without losing a king's ransom should my interests move on (again).

 

I'd guess that, as blokes of my age start to realise their golden future is increasingly tarnished and retreat to their childhoods in search of a crumb of comfort, these soon won't be quite so affordable and I'd rather not miss the boat...

 

Anyone else feeling the love for these larger 1980s models?

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I had one of those Beemers in grey (rehomed at Shitefest 16 I assume) but never even knew Corgi did a Supra. IIRC the bonnet mechanism mimics the real 3-series - you pull the front up a bit and then pull the back edge to tip it forwards.

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Oh, and here's the Atlas repro Dinkys I scored this morning.

 

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I know proper collectors will grump that they're not the same as the real thing, and of course they're quite right, but I'm kind of enjoying the novelty of opening a cardboard box and seeing something that looks fresh and new staring back at me - rather than with yellowing, faintly opaque windscreens after half a century of handling and with dust in the corners. The freshness is so unexpected - it's like travelling back in time. A little.

 

I'm sure I'll be passing these on soon enough, but I like them for now.

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These were the stuff of my childhood too, I had the 325 in white. Don't think I've seen the Supra before though,the 505 doesn't ring any bells either which seems odd given my Dad was a Peugeot-bothered even back in the eighties. I'll have to have a rummage and see what Corgis of that period have survived, pretty sure only one or two are still boxed.

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