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Great write-up on the Corgi R11.

 

I got hold of the blue version at a reasonable price a while back:

 

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Corgi Ford Sierra and Renault 11 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I think the white painted front plate was done by a previous owner, but what is curious is that mine does have a diamond in the grille. It's not just painted, there is a definite moulded-in shape.

 

Hey, glad you enjoyed - and a boxed blue R11 for a fiver seems a decent bargain! Great going...

 

The different grille is an interesting bit of trivia... I wonder if Corgi quickly re-worked their moulding after the launch of the real car, to better reflect the actual appearance? The silver paint on mine seems to have been spray-masked on, the same process as the red paint for the tail lights... It's neatly done, but just not much like the real car.

 

Today's car boot finds.

The MG 1100 is by Guisval,I'm hoping the grille from a Matchbox version might fit?

The De Tomaso is by Inter-Cars

 

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Some nice finds, there... the Guisval 1100 is a new one on me. Is the yellow Morgan a Corgi Junior? Looks vaguely familiar...

 

Been working on some offroad projects today. 

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I've got a MYSTERY BOX arriving from Datsuncog and I recently acquired a badly described joblot on eBay that appears to have a Scammel Scarab in which, for the price, I'm quite excited about.  For some reason, the Scarab models are both difficult to find and expensive for what they are.

 

Mystery Box is on its way to you (now that I've found a suitable box, as a Mystery Bag isn't quite as good and a Mystery Scrap Of Folded Card Ineffectually Secured With Half An Inch Of Off-Brand Parcel Tape is, as we all know, beyond unacceptable).

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On 4/30/2019 at 10:07 AM, egg said:

Some deeply un-British self-promotion. I've started a Youtube channel where I talk in a unenthusiastic monotone voice (meant to add gravitas) about various Norev models. 2 short videos so far. Maybe you'd enjoy*.

 

https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCR9FHc7nWEbX5US0IfSh6iw

Linky no worky, it just opens the Youtube Studio rather than your channel. Disappoint as I was looking forward to some monotone warped plastic excitement.

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I have subscribificated, someone tell Junkman.  On the subject of Norev, I think Hornby PLC arte missing a trick here, a range of slightly less deatailed 1/43 British outline shite for under 15 quid would probably sell like hot cakes, rather like the Cararama mk1 Scrote does

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Father Datsuncogmas has been!  There's a little puddle of oil and a half-nibbled spark plug in the kitchen and this on my desk.  Let's take a look inside.  Almost everything inside this (perfectly wrapped) parcel has a ridiculous name, like this, the Hairy Hustler.  I'm looking forward to redoing this one.

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BIG BANGER.  What a name.  Someone has nicked the big banger, as is pretty common, so we'll have to see what I do about that in the future.  But still.  It's call Big Banger.

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Another Fandango (which always puts Abba's Fernando in my head) to add to my little collection.  The paint on this seemed to flouresce under the daylight bulb, which was kinda neat.

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There were TWO Stretcha Fetchas, one of them even had the door on the back!  The one without the door I have plans to convert into a funky pick-up truck.  Pretty sure the inspiration for this one was Supervan by George Barris, it's not identical of course, but the general shape of it and the colours Matchbox used always put me in mind of Supervan.

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Woosh-N-Push.  It's a name that makes absolutely no sense.  It's also a casting that looks like it should have a big bit of glazing, and never did.  This is the second one of these I've got, my other one spent some time buried in a garden and has no wheels, though it does have the engine this one is missing, so I can make one out of the two and then make some sort of bitsa-buggy out of the remains I reckon.

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Planet Scout.  This is my third one of these and all three I have are different colours.  This one has the more usual damage to the top chrome where the others are in good shape.  Not sure if I want to restore any of these until I've got some colour duplicates, and I'm pretty sure they did an 'army' version in drab olive that I don't yet have, probably others too.  Planet Scout seemed to have quite a few variants, they got their money out of it.

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Clipper.  Again, a name I don't really understand, perhaps it's referencing fast sailing ships?  Anyway, this is a Rolamatics but I think the mechanism is broken.  There's a part inside that's loose and it jams the rear wheels, so I'm hoping when I dismantle it I can fix that.  I do like the old Rolamatics, they didn't make many and they weren't fantastically exciting, I just appreciate the mechanics that go into them.

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Maserati Bora.  This is in almost exactly the same state as the other one I've got that I restored.  I'll restore this one, just not in bright green, maybe red this time since they look pretty good in red.

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Finally in this assortment, a Siva Spider with the plastic bit still attached.  This is a bit odd too, it looks like it was painted pink at the factory and then overpainted in the blue with the graphics added also at the factory.  I wonder if they just repainted some castings from a previous run to update them before assembly?

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Skeletons wanking in a biscuit tin time, the brown Solara LS is a replica of my uncle Rob's, bought brand new, and disposed of after just a year, replaced with a brand new Cherry 5 door. the red Horizon is a replica of my uncle Alan's old motor, also bought new, that was run in to the ground, and replaced with a Micra. My family were shiters LOL

 

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The pink on the Siva is the base coat, the Mini they did round the same time had a yellow base under the orange paint. 

Easiest way to get a spare engine for the Big Banger is to find one of the 80’s recasts they did of them in blue, somehow they managed to properly rivet the engine in on those ones. 

This is why it’s worth picking up damaged stuff if they’ve still got useable bits on them for jobs like this.

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Good job on the Ailsa FM, they are crude but ace models from a time when 1/76 buses were on the upward curve. Have you noticed that the TD70 engine is essentially complete, you can see it if you look up from underneath.

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Hey, glad the latest mystery tatbox arrived safely!

A bit of a mixed bag in all senses, and hopefully some of it will be of use to you, in one form or another. 

14 hours ago, vulgalour said:

Does the [Clipper] Rolamatic mech still work on it and, if so, what does it do?

As far as I can tell, the Clipper is meant to have an exhaust pipe protruding very slightly from each of those two slots in the rear. When moving, they jiggle even more slightly. That's it. They may well have been pushed down into the body on yours, so possibly fixable?

In a way, it's amazing that Lesney put so much engineering effort into something so inconsequential; the Fandango and Turbo Fury also generate so little movement as to make you wonder why they even bothered with all the cams and gears and stuff. Possibly just an effort to offer something unique from Corgi or Hot Wheels' rival products.

When I was about three or four, a large number of fairly battered Superfasts (including many examples of these fantasy cars and Rolamatics) were gifted to me when a family friend's son outgrew them. Although generally car-mad at the time, these fantasies confused and enraged me because I prized realism above all in my toys, and I just couldn't recognise these from the real-life cars I'd see out and about.

The Soopa Coopa annoyed me because the front end looked almost normal (a touch of Stutz Blackhawk, maybe), but the back end was nuts. The Stretcha Fetcha caused Young Datsuncog even more consternation, as it had a proper GB-style numberplate on the front but looked like no ambulance I'd ever seen. How could it have a numberplate if it wasn't based on a real car? This made no sense to me.

I was, as you can guess, a somewhat literal and pedantic child. I haven't really changed much, either.

I flatly refused to integrate these vehicles into my play scenarios, which generally starred more prototypical Superfasts like my beloved Cortina MkIV, Citroen CX estate and Renault 5. I couldn't even attack them with hammers and integrate them into my toy scrapyard, as they didn't resemble anything to be found in the stacks of wrecks up at Bobby Shaw's Yard. So, in childish pique, I simply ignored them for thirty-odd years... then sold them all to Sierraman. As you do.

However, after decades of total dismissal, it's been a delight to re-acquaint myself with these far-out '70s oddities, and get to grips with them on their own terms for the first time. As exercises in imaginative design and pushing the boundaries of '70s styling cues, they really are very appealing.

And, until last week, I'd never noticed that the front of the Woosh-N-Push looks startlingly like an Austin Maxi...

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Uncanny, hey?

 

EDIT: in fact, it's so very similar I'd almost wonder if it was maybe an in-joke amongst the designers?

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Well... I guess the leftovers that I turn into a random buggy will have to be Sandglow now then and maybe that can also be its 70s name to plaster along the side because now you've pointed that out I can't unsee it.

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Amishtat:  Sure, I can use those, and if the pink (Siva Spyder?) is up for grabs that has some useful spares on it too.  Drop me a PM with particulars and we'll sort it out.

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18 minutes ago, Amishtat said:

Took a trip to the boot sale a couple of days ago, not a huge amount of interesting stuff but I did bag these. 

Tyre fryer and Soopa Coopa of any use to you Vulg? Keeping the Mercury but if anyone fancies any of the others let me know. 

Ooh, nice going... those 1/43-ish King Sizes, which I guess were an attempt to muscle in on Corgi and Dinky's domains, really are lush. Yours looks in good nick, too.

At some point, I must start looking for a Mercury Cougar too, as well as the Mercury Commuter and dark blue Dodge Charger from the same range. I don't think Matchbox did many other 'ordinary-looking' cars in that scale (Lamborghini Muira and Mercedes Ambulance too, I s'pose), so it's only quite a small number to collect.

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Interesting that these models mark the end of Matchbox's focus on producing detailed and realistic scale models to be stored on a shelf and pushed gently around a table top (to show off the fingertip steering), while a year or two later it was the turn of the Tyre Fryer and its ilk to shift kids' attention towards exciting looking, lairy-coloured monster racers for racing on speed track.

I guess these castings all lived on into the more exciting speed-era too, though they don't quite grab me as much...

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I've got that blue Charger, minus 2 front tyres. They are an unusual design and are only available from one supplier for £6 for a set of 4, which is nearly double what the car cost. As such its been up on 'blocks' for a year or so.

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Just to keep everyone informed (hey, I know you're all waiting), there was sadly even less rubbishy diecast visible at the early morning market sweep this Friday morning, I fear... other than the tat boxes, this was pretty much it.

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Corgi Ford Torino is not only a sloppy repaint of the Starky and Hotch 'flying tomato', but has been inflicted with a big dent in the bootlid (and corresponding damage below to the plastic baseplate).

Minichamps promo (?) of a '90s Mercedes C140 series. Not quite my bag, but could be somebody's bag for a tenner?

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Tat boxes then...

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Welp, nothin' much new, it pains me to say. As I was rummaging, another very  intense-looking chap came right up next to me and started rifling through the other box with the enthusiasm of a highly caffeinated terrier going at a lawn-bowling green, grabbed some Corgi Juniors and MB Superfasts, then threw them back in and walked off. Looks like I have some (mildly unhinged) competition.

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Highlights remaining in this box include at least four Matchbox MB18 Field Cars or varying degrees of disrepair (the canopies never stayed on these, did they?), two Superkings Bertone Runabouts (both with busted windscreens), and a K27 Camping Cruiser with no roof or rear door.

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More Matchbox in here; like so many, the orange MB34 Vantastic has quite a damaged shell; the same tale applies to the MB9 AMC Javelin AMX Pro-Stocker, and the MB58 Chevrolet Corvette T-Top. There are, however, two green Planet Scouts, two Toe Joes, and two AEC Merryweather fire appliances in there as well, which have a variety of axle and glazing issues but no casting damage. There's also an MB37 Skip Truck, missing its skip but otherwise in good clean order.

In terms of Corgi Juniors, there's a Mercedes 280SL (with no doors), a De Tomaso Mangusta (with plenty of original paint but broken glazing), a white-over-blue Triumph TR7 in good nick, a bright green Mercedes 240D saloon, a Ford D-Series skip truck (with boom still intact) and a horribly painted Range Rover Vigilant. There's also a bootless Majorette Citroen Visa Chrono, and a similarly lacking Porsche 924 from the same manufacturer, while an all-diecast Edocar branded model of an unspecified lorry (probably by Yatming) completes the items of interest in here, based on what I can see.

Nothing really of interest on any of the other stalls, either.

Maybe next week, hey?

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2 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Hey, glad the latest mystery tatbox arrived safely!

A bit of a mixed bag in all senses, and hopefully some of it will be of use to you, in one form or another. 

As far as I can tell, the Clipper is meant to have an exhaust pipe protruding very slightly from each of those two slots in the rear. When moving, they jiggle even more slightly. That's it. They may well have been pushed down into the body on yours, so possibly fixable?

In a way, it's amazing that Lesney put so much engineering effort into something so inconsequential; the Fandango and Turbo Fury also generate so little movement as to make you wonder why they even bothered with all the cams and gears and stuff. Possibly just an effort to offer something unique from Corgi or Hot Wheels' rival products.

When I was about three or four, a large number of fairly battered Superfasts (including many examples of these fantasy cars and Rolamatics) were gifted to me when a family friend's son outgrew them. Although generally car-mad at the time, these fantasies confused and enraged me because I prized realism above all in my toys, and I just couldn't recognise these from the real-life cars I'd see out and about.

The Soopa Coopa annoyed me because the front end looked almost normal (a touch of Stutz Blackhawk, maybe), but the back end was nuts. The Stretcha Fetcha caused Young Datsuncog even more consternation, as it had a proper GB-style numberplate on the front but looked like no ambulance I'd ever seen. How could it have a numberplate if it wasn't based on a real car? This made no sense to me.

I was, as you can guess, a somewhat literal and pedantic child. I haven't really changed much, either.

I flatly refused to integrate these vehicles into my play scenarios, which generally starred more prototypical Superfasts like my beloved Cortina MkIV, Citroen CX estate and Renault 5. I couldn't even attack them with hammers and integrate them into my toy scrapyard, as they didn't resemble anything to be found in the stacks of wrecks up at Bobby Shaw's Yard. So, in childish pique, I simply ignored them for thirty-odd years... then sold them all to Sierraman. As you do.

However, after decades of total dismissal, it's been a delight to re-acquaint myself with these far-out '70s oddities, and get to grips with them on their own terms for the first time. As exercises in imaginative design and pushing the boundaries of '70s styling cues, they really are very appealing.

And, until last week, I'd never noticed that the front of the Woosh-N-Push looks startlingly like an Austin Maxi...

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Uncanny, hey?

 

EDIT: in fact, it's so very similar I'd almost wonder if it was maybe an in-joke amongst the designers?

Maybe Roy Haynes designed the Woosh-N-Push and gave it his generic Mk2 Cortina/Maxi front end? Converting one into a Maxi buggy type thing sounds like a cool idea, a sort of shitty BL equivalent to the VW beach buggy but more beige to match the dull rainy British seaside towns it would frequent instead of glamorous California.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hated the fantasy cars as a child and craved toys based on the real cars I could see on the road. I look at what's on offer from Matchbox and Hot Wheels now and it's very difficult to find anything relevant to UK roads among all the Americana and bizarre fantasy creations so today's kids aren't going to have the fun of growing up with toy versions of their parents' cars.

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Similar to others the favourites I had as a kid were stuff that everybody’s dad had back then, Matchbox Rover Sterling, Cavalier, Escort XR3i. That’s why I liked Majorettes - it was stuff you’d find in the street. 

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Nice to know I wasn't alone in disliking that range both as a child of the early eighties and still a bit today.  I had a Turbo Fan when I was about three (at least I think that's what it was, metallic red with two cream plastic fans on the back) but it certainly wasn't a favourite of mine. Probably still got it somewhere along with a yellow Matchbox Mustang with big wheels on the back, another that didn't get played with much just because it didn't look like the cars on the streets outside. 

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Yes, you definitely should if you're lucky /organised enough to know where they are. I'm starting to run out of places to look for some of my old stuff having not even thought about it for years. The amount of times I see eighties Corgi and Matchbox stuff pictured on here and think "I've got one of them somewhere" is surprising. 

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3 hours ago, sierraman said:

Similar to others the favourites I had as a kid were stuff that everybody’s dad had back then, Matchbox Rover Sterling, Cavalier, Escort XR3i. That’s why I liked Majorettes - it was stuff you’d find in the street. 

Me too I love the majorette models and have been looking for more.. I have also done some custom paint jobs on them

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