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No worries - I'll take a sweep next week and see what I can find. Let me know if there's any specific ones you're looking for!

 

Stretcha Fetcha and Hairy Hustler are on my shortlist at the moment.  Also anything French.  Not that fussed about farm stuff.  Other than that, anything goes from the Lesney/Superfast/Matchbox stables.  Stoved in stuff is fine, I can always salvage axles, doors, wheels, etc. for custom builds and rescues.  Chuck me a PM with a reminder on where to send the cash and I'll sort that out for you.

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The biggest disappointment I had with the seakings stuff was that they sank.  I reckon that's why they failed, what sort of kid buys toy boats with wheels?  It's also why I didn't get on with the hovercrafts, you should've been able to whizz them along the kitchen sideboard and straight into the sink where they'd stay afloat because it's a hovercraft and that's what you expect when you're 8.

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i too have been buying more old diecast tat.

 

first off, an Corgi Hillman Husky. in fawn, or is it beige? either way its early Corgi and a proper ugly car. it must have been a left field choice 60+ years ago. today it is i guess a car that is all but extinct.

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then when in Lincoln for "Big Mini Day" last weekend i saw this, and had to have it. while its been knocked about and played with, it still a nice little thing. plus its one of the vintage mini models that i didn't have, its the "competition" Mini Cooper. there is a yellow version as well, and its a re-work of Corgi's mini minor with jewelled headlamps.

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and at the same time, i saw this. its a Corgi Mini Marcos, the golden jacks model though i've not been brave enough to try and take one of the wheels off.

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then yesterday, co on holidays and with nomey burning a hole in my pocket, i saw this at our favouite local old toy emporium, and i just had to have it. its a Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, from 1956 to about 1964. and it looks pretty much mint!

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and quiet why the pictures are on the side, well i dunno..........

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Agreed on the Marcos. My parent's neighbour's pal had one around 1990, VUD495H and imagine my delight when a Corgi model of it turned up at the local Swapmeet for a fiver and in good nick.

 

The jack mechanism is robust, have a play!

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Aye, if the wheels are still on they will be fine.   Don't under-estimate a Husky though!   They were pretty plentiful back in the day and made a good compromise between van and estate car.   An Aunt of mine had the Commer Cob version which was supplied in van form but often converted with side windows.   Local nick had a couple for a while in non-uniform two-tone brown.   The floorpan formed the basis of that for the Sunbeam Alpine IIRC.

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Aye, if the wheels are still on they will be fine.   Don't under-estimate a Husky though!   They were pretty plentiful back in the day and made a good compromise between van and estate car.   An Aunt of mine had the Commer Cob version which was supplied in van form but often converted with side windows.   Local nick had a couple for a while in non-uniform two-tone brown.   The floorpan formed the basis of that for the Sunbeam Alpine IIRC.

 

 

Not just the Alpine.. but also the Tiger 

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I'm off to a car boot sale tomorrow, anyone got any requests? I'm specifically going to look for diecasts.

Ditto but I’m going on bank holiday Monday instead.

 

One of my projects this year is to build some suitable shelving to display my tat in the loft, it’s such a shame to store it all in boxes and not be able to view them all.

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Those white metal doors are an arse to fit properly.

 

I've filed it down as much as I can. If I do any more I'm expecting the lugs that hold it on to snap. A lovely casting by Lesney, just let down a bit by this door fixing.

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I've filed it down as much as I can. If I do any more I'm expecting the lugs that hold it on to snap. A lovely casting by Lesney, just let down a bit by this door fixing.

To be fair to Lesney I think they probably fitted the door before the base plate.    We shouldn't complain I suppose - the fine-ness of these castings were quite extraordinary for 1950s pocket-money toys.  

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I had to have a closer look at MM's mini.

 

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Lovely things aren't they!   It did/does irk me though, that having changed the wording on the baseplate die to read "Mini-Cooper" instead of "Mini-Minor" they never went to the bother of changing that for the radiator grille!    The only correctly-snouted Mini Cooper of the Mettoy/Playcraft era was the Magnifique.   All those superb rally cars still had the 850 grille!

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I finished three projects today, photos on those later.  In the meantime, here's a quick glance at the desk.

 

Starting at the far left, the Ferrari will need a second fill on the front.  There's normally a big round dimple for putting a sticker, and I wanted it completely smooth since I'm not sticking numbers on it, I'm also hoping the yellow is going to look better than the silver I first tried, and I'm avoiding red on that one.  The little jeep could do with a new windscreen frame, have to see if I can make one, and I need to decide on a colour for it.  Landrover needs lots of work on the roof which I'll be smoothering out, and there's some annoying mould lines to eliminate too, undecided on colour.  The Commer custom van is almost there, it needs yet another round of filler work to get it where I want it, I'm very tempted to give it some 70s murals on the sides making use of some temporary tattoos or nail art decals.  Lorry on the right just needs me to decide on a colour to paint it and then it's a straightforward reassembly job.

 

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This FORD has been a right mare, three times it's been painted, it's still not right :(

I might go for attempt 4 later in the year.

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I found some very cheap Atlas 2cv vans so I've done a couple more pastis liveries

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Big autojumble tomorrow,hopefully there'll be lots of minishite to be had.

An Anglia is top of my list :)

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It's before and after time again.  Let's start with this Capri which I absolutely adore.  The pink ended up being loads better than I expected.  Shame there was a slight fitment issue with the bonnet (which I didn't attempt to remove) which has damaged the paint on the scuttle, not a great deal I could do about that.  Otherwise, dead chuffed with this one.

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Porsche 910 isn't one of my favourite models and what I started with on this one was pretty terrible, the whole thing covered in a thick coat of pewter coloured paint and completely missing the wheels. A new paint scheme and a thick-ish coat of Citadel Ard Coat varnish on the glass rescued that to an acceptable level.  Wheels nabbed from a broken Rolls Royce.

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Blue Shark has been sat in my project queue for ages, mainly because I wanted a really good chrome pen and it took me a while to find out about Molotow Liquid Chrome pens.  This has the most ambitious paint job since I used automotive rattle cans for a fade from metallic blue to silver when normal people would have just accepted they had to buy an airbrush.  I'm delighted with the end result, it's how I wish the one I had as a kid had looked.

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Finally for this update, the Toe Jam and Earl is now in first colour.  The mirror gold is the base colour, I've got several metallic browns to layer on top of this and may employ some orange for a bit of skinny stripe work.  The ex-Ramrod Z-car is an ideal companion piece.

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I have too many trucks, they're all broken in one way or another, and there's not quite enough parts between them to make one good original.  However, some parts are interchangable with a bit of thought.  It looks like I can make a GMC flatbed - which shows off the cab much nicer than the refrigerator back - and a Bedford refridgerated truck.there's a few gaps to fill here and there and I've no idea if these were actually things that existed, but they look about right to my eye, or will when they've had more work put into them.

 

 

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Hey look, it's finished!

 

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One of the things that did bug me about this was how amber the glass was.  I haven't actually done anything to the glass to tone it down, that's all the work of the other colours around it.  By using paint tones with a lot of colour from the same end of the spectrum, toning that interior down by painting it black instead of the original yellow, and giving the roof beacons a coat of Tamiya clear orange, it effectively bleaches out the glass so it's almost clear looking.  The masking for the paintjob, while simple, was a challenge for me to think in reverse to get the shapes I wanted in the colours I wanted, and because the tape I'm using isn't reliable enough to mask off fine detail I resorted to a tiny paint brush for the orange pinstriping (which is why it's a bit wobbly).

 

I'm quite pleased at how well the rear end blends into the truck, I was concerned it would look like a front end tacked onto the back (which it basically is) but once the paint was on the former headlights it looks much more deliberate.  Originally I wasn't going to do the roof black until all attempts to use the other colours I'd got showed that black was the way to go, having the chrome spears on the top really helps tie that together and the black helps the orange beacons stand out much better.  Now, just to get that windscreen frame sorted for the Z-car.

 

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Thanks also to TheDoctor for providing the second Toe Joe required to build this idea, I've really enjoyed making this little custom.  It rolls properly too!

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I went to a local autojumble today :)

There's some pics in another thread.

There were lots of miniature shite traders there:

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I was looking for an Anglia for a repaint project but couldn't find one.

So bought this:

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to add to my reverse rake rear window collection. If any one can point me in the direction of other reverse rake window candidates, let me know.

I also got this Tatra 603, just because I like Tatras:

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I went to a local autojumble today :)

There's some pics in another thread.

There were lots of miniature shite traders there:

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I was looking for an Anglia for a repaint project but couldn't find one.

So bought this:

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to add to my reverse rake rear window collection. If any one can point me in the direction of other reverse rake window candidates, let me know.

I also got this Tatra 603, just because I like Tatras:

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I went to a local autojumble today :)

There's some pics in another thread.

There were lots of miniature shite traders there:

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I was looking for an Anglia for a repaint project but couldn't find one.

So bought this:

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to add to my reverse rake rear window collection. If any one can point me in the direction of other reverse rake window candidates, let me know.

I also got this Tatra 603, just because I like Tatras:

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Other reverse raker suggestions: Mazda Carol; Toyota Will VI.  I thought there was another small Japanese car with this feature but can't remember the make.  There's been at least one yank land yacht with it as well.

 

Edit: The yank I was trying to remember was a 1963 Mercury Monterey Breezeway.

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