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That is brilliantly dreadful. Like the 205, it was a stroke of genius to add a decal casually explaining what's meant to be, otherwise I wouldn't have a clue.

 

I know diddly-squat about Spanish diecast (other than a small number of Mira, Guisval and Pilen models that have passed through my grubby mitts), so I wonder if Mira went through a period of financial distress in the 1980s, like so many other toymakers, and had to seriously trim theirs costs?

 

The only Mira I've had was that Citroen CX I picked up last year, and it was beautifully detailed (and very heavy). Something must have happened to them to result in this kind of dogshit-on-toast model being churned out...

 

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Looks like another excellent haul, anyway!

I used this exact model when comparing the 205 with earlier Mira products. The CX ticks all the boxes for a small diecast, metal base, solid yet finely detailed and with badges cast into the body in the correct font.

 

I also have a few similarly awful Guisvals but they seemed to produce some really lovely stuff like the Seat 131 and Opel Kadett E at exactly tue same time.

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Mira make a really nice mk 1 fiesta.

 

Regarding the matchbox car transporter - open the gullwing doors and look at the tool racks inside.

 

Wouldn't mind seeing a pic of that.

 

Did anyone else make a MK1 Fezzer?

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For sale, all £1 each + postage.

 

Draguar

 

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Open back truck

 

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SM

 

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Schuco Opel GT, missing one a pillar, base wobbly and crack in front screen

 

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Schuco Merc police car with various dilapidations, missing blue light, bent rear suspension, cracked screen and overpainted lights and grille.

 

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"Mega rare barn find,i know what its worth, better than money in the bank, £17,900 if it don't sell i won't sell it"

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Happily accept the death threats this is going to get me, was a mint low mileage 2.8 aswell

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Worlds smallest polos,( 1:87 i think) wasn't red as it looked in the pics.

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Something else i like other than shite cars

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you did what to a capri 1.6 laser with more rust than metal, you heathen, how dare you banger a blue oval... if it had been a mark 1 granny the bearded, sandal wearing, real ale drinking classic nuts would be putting your head on a block

 

does it work in model land, if it has a blue oval just treble the price and ass 2 grand, even if it is a vin plate on a bit of rust, the rest having dissolved

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For sale, all £1 each + postage.

 

Draguar

 

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Open back truck

 

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SM

 

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Schuco Opel GT, missing one a pillar, base wobbly and crack in front screen

 

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Schuco Merc police car with various dilapidations, missing blue light, bent rear suspension, cracked screen and overpainted lights and grille.

 

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Could I have the Opel and the Shaguar please?   Thank you muchly!

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you did what to a capri 1.6 laser with more rust than metal, you heathen, how dare you banger a blue oval... if it had been a mark 1 granny the bearded, sandal wearing, real ale drinking classic nuts would be putting your head on a block

 

does it work in model land, if it has a blue oval just treble the price and ass 2 grand, even if it is a vin plate on a bit of rust, the rest having dissolved

It does if it's 1/18 scale. I sold a fair few over the years which were bought new at an ordinary price and they fetched about 3 times that this year on ebay. The smaller scales aren't so daft thankfully!

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Some advice please. I am slowly collecting models of all the cars I have owned. The only Mk1 MX5 1:43 scale is this blue one which I want to change to red. 

 

Happy to drill through the baseplate rivets but wondering about paint finish from a red rattle can and masking off or replicating the detailing.

 

Any thoughts please? 

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Swung past the market again this morning...

 

I wasn't sure what might be there, as some places tend to shut on Good Friday - but the stalls were mostly there, as was blokey.

 

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I had the impression he was looking for a quick getaway, as there wasn't much set out on the stall - and very few minishite items; just the dregs of the old Dinky military stuff, and the battered/broken '70s and '80s stuff from the Reserve Selection - as per last week, and the week before.

 

No delightful Atlas reissues of French Dinkys for a fiver; no MIB '80s Matchbox for £2.

 

Meh.

 

There seemed to be a few new arrivals in the 50p boxes; mostly '70s MB Superfasts with crazy-wonky axles and missing doors, but at least there was some fresh stuff.

 

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Bits and pieces like this, by way of example.

 

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If anyone fancies a Superfast lucky-bag to a set price, just say the word...

 

Also in with the 50p stuff was this Made in Japan tinplate helicopter, in Lufthansa livery:

 

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Quite a charming little toy, and I was rather tempted even though I know I'm not into tinplate and I really mustn't start with the hoarding again...

 

 

One of the other house clearance tat stalls also had a few diecast this morning:

 

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Yes, this just smacks rather sadly of last week's discussion - 1980s Bburago 1/18 supercars, random unopened magazine partworks and a load of Days Gone and Oxford Promotionals, all sprinkled with plenty of dust - along with the assorted Royal Weddings 'collectables', this looks very like the contents of the classic old giffer sideboard.

 

"They'll be worth money someday!"

 

Seems that the house clearance fella is an optimist too.

 

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I couldn't not have a bit of a hoke through the 50p boxes for myself, though...

 

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The Corgi Zetor tractor and the MB Mustang Rolamatics 'Piston Popper' I used to own in much worse condition, so these are for the nostalgia box. Not perfect, but not bad.

 

I also picked these up, as I felt bad leaving them:

 

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The MB 3 Binz ambulance is complete bar the Merc star on the grille, the tatty decals and the annoying crack across the screen. It's grubby, but might scrub up ok with a bit of toothbrush and soapy water.

 

The Lone Star Tuf-Tots cement mixer (based, like all 16 trucks in their range, on the same US Ford cab) is a bit of an oddity - later, these would be reissued with red wheels under the 'Mokes' brand, and have periodically appeared on and off over the decades (I had two nearly-new ones I picked up from a charity shop, which I think now live with Mr. Mercrocker).

 

If anyone wants me to add the Binz or the cement mixer to their box, just holler...

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I like the little Dymo Shell label on the tanker truck. That is something I would have done as a child.

 

Heh, it's the kind of thing I certainly did too - a quest for 'realism' in my toys that always seemed to end in baffled disappointment (q.v. my misadventures with the silver Tamiya paint pen and Matchbox Grafix Trafix markers...)

 

I love the proper pressed Dymo stuff; I had a basic one until recently but the unused spools had lost their adhesion - and I couldn't seem to find any more no matter how hard I looked... I might have got rid during a big clearout a few years back.

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I'm really liking your work Vulgalour,they're the kind of things I tried to make as a young teenager,like this roof chopped Transit.Please be kind,I built this nearly 40 years ago  :-D

 

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Damn, your roof-chopped Transit Supervan is superb! I like the fact that you built it years ago too, so it's not a modern re-creation.

I'd imagine you could set up a production line of these, with a hefty markup for the Ford scene boys. 

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Visited a couple of boot sales myself this week and there was no end of Days Gone and those 60s/70s Matchbox veteran series up for grabs, none of it expensive. Not a lot to grab my attention really, managed to resist a tatty Dinky Dodge Royal in police livery and a Corgi Thrushbuster (what a name..)

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Never heard of Matchbox Speed Kings before, thought they were just Superkings until I got back to the car and looked at them properly.

I'd sort of been idly waiting for one of these to turn up for reasons I can't explain, this is better than some I'd seen despite a bent front axle. A little cartoonish in its proportions and what a strange choice for a model. post-26064-0-61330200-1555684979_thumb.jpg

And finally a couple of these because I'd like to build a model railway one day. This would also have a garage on it with some bangers being built in the back yard in the vein of the Capri a few posts back.

Now you can get a 1/76 mk.1 Transit and Granada that even gives you scope for a period tow car, I'd only need to make a trailer.

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Completely forgot to put in the previous post, there was one thing at the boot sale I forgot to mention. A Mini dinky Corsair, I've never heard of this brand before. Annoyingly it was in pretty nice condition, a sort of greeny gold metallic but the bootlid was missing. For that reason I left it there even at two quid but one of you is probably going to tell me I should have bought it

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Completely forgot to put in the previous post, there was one thing at the boot sale I forgot to mention. A Mini dinky Corsair, I've never heard of this brand before. Annoyingly it was in pretty nice condition, a sort of greeny gold metallic but the bootlid was missing. For that reason I left it there even at two quid but one of you is probably going to tell me I should have bought it

 

Heh, you're right... Mini Dinkys were made under licence in Hong Kong, using a really crap alloy so most of them suffered terminal zinc pest and imploded after a few years... they're really quite hard to find now, I understand. A nice haul anyway, for today!

 

 

I'm with you on the Speed Kings/ Super Kings thing - this was news to me recently, that 'Speed Kings' was the name given to Matchbox's line of larger cars, while 'Super Kings' was reserved for commercial and construction toys. 

 

There were also 'Battle Kings' (tanks & military) and 'Sea Kings' (diecast ships) so mebbe when they killed those lines off, there seemed to be no point in keeping Speed Kings and Super Kings apart.

 

I think the Super Kings name became used for all their larger vehicles in the late '70s, but I'll have a flick through my catalogues and find out exactly when that happened.

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Visited a couple of boot sales myself this week and there was no end of Days Gone and those 60s/70s Matchbox veteran series up for grabs, none of it expensive. Not a lot to grab my attention really, managed to resist a tatty Dinky Dodge Royal in police livery and a Corgi Thrushbuster (what a name..)

These though I thought were worth grabbing.attachicon.gif15556844985015885987331540158572.jpgattachicon.gif15556846225734631100283641713105.jpgattachicon.gif15556847187826955221568185737266.jpg

Never heard of Matchbox Speed Kings before, thought they were just Superkings until I got back to the car and looked at them properly.

I'd sort of been idly waiting for one of these to turn up for reasons I can't explain, this is better than some I'd seen despite a bent front axle. A little cartoonish in its proportions and what a strange choice for a model. attachicon.gif15556848990732247965343159966921.jpg

And finally a couple of these because I'd like to build a model railway one day. This would also have a garage on it with some bangers being built in the back yard in the vein of the Capri a few posts back.

Now you can get a 1/76 mk.1 Transit and Granada that even gives you scope for a period tow car, I'd only need to make a trailer.

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I have a ebay alert for all things Westminster because I own a real one and those Westie estates are popping up all the time. Cheap as chips.

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I'm with you on the Speed Kings/ Super Kings thing - this was news to me recently, that 'Speed Kings' was the name given to Matchbox's line of larger cars, while 'Super Kings' was reserved for commercial and construction toys.

 

There were also 'Battle Kings' (tanks & military) and 'Sea Kings' (diecast ships) so mebbe when they killed those lines off, there seemed to be no point in keeping Speed Kings and Super Kings apart.

 

I think the Super Kings name became used for all their larger vehicles in the late '70s, but I'll have a flick through my catalogues and find out exactly when that happened.

Had a look last night - seems the Speed Kings name was last used for Matchbox's range of larger diecast cars in the 1978 catalogue - for 1979, the same range was grouped in with all the commercial, construction and emergency vehicles under the SuperKings banner.

 

The Sea Kings range last appeared in the 1980 catalogue, while BattleKings lasted until 1981 before bowing out (possibly discontinued as a cost-cutting measure as the financial clouds continued to gather over Lesney) - so that's my theory disproven!

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