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Hey hey small car renditions enthusiasts, I'm back with more stuff I've been buying that I really don't need but can't resist.

This time, it's a kit that I built*:

 

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It's one of those motorised Tamiya 1/32 4wd things, which I found whilst checking out model shops in a large town close by. I'd spent a little too much time knocking about this place, despite it being more of a radio controlled aircraft kind of affair, rather than a 1/43 emporium, like I'd hoped.

I'd a bit of history with these contraptions, having bought one of these back in the 1990's (and which should still be in my UK stash):

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However, I simply applied the decals and made up the boxes, rather than painting my orange Unimog, so it looks very plain, from memory.

 

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Not so my Pajero! I thought this would be a good skill tester to see if I can be chuffed with trying to achieve good things with a spray can, before I attack any unsuspecting diecasts of smaller scale.

 

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Overall, I'm happy enough with the results, except for the masking job I'd done with the wheel arches - and then the hand painted touching in of silver spray paint that ensued, with predictably crappy results. Plus, I gave more coats of body paint than silver trim, so the thicknesses are different. Good learning curve though and I may even give my 1/24 2CV kit model another go, although I think I'll stick with a single tone colour scheme for now.

Look out for more updates soon enough, as although I've been busy with work recently, it hasn't stopped the buying....

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On 5/13/2019 at 7:51 PM, 155V6 said:

Anyone into Hotwheels?.Lidl have got some at the moment in bins,some quite recent stuff.

I always have a browse through. I quite like some of the 1980s cars they have done. I picked up a 1985 civic in aldi

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On the subject of 1980's Hotwheels, here's a period 80's specimen I found in a local, newly opened second hand shop, which is run by a retired bloke who's happy to sell his stock at reasonable prices, so it actually goes out the door and doesn't sit about. How refreshing!

 

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Looks to me to be a Chevy LUV rendition. Not the best snap but it does display that funny 3 stage lift rear axle that some if these came with at the time. Did the adjustable axle models have a name?

 

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I also nabbed this Mustang with steering, since I've fond memories of playing with one round at my gran and grandad's house. I say fond; this steering one didn't actually roll very well, which is presumably why there weren't any more castings launched with steering.

 

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Also of similar vintage is this white GT40, again something that used to live in the sagging old wicker basket of Matchboxes round at the grandfolks'. Seen here with my oft photographed Bulgarian version which, casting flashes aside, still compares nicely with its 60's brethren, albeit with clumsier wheels.

 

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Pretty sure there was one of these in said basket, too, back in the day, though not in this colour. If they didn't do a Commer in a different colour, then my mind is playing tricks. 

 

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I like this Dinky tender too (simply called Fire Engine), so home it came also. Reminds me of the 'hamster with stuffed cheeks' Karrier Gamecocks that the NZ fire service used to have back in the day, that operated well into the 1980's:

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Lastly, I was very happy to bag another elderly Siku to my stash, especially as it had a full set of tyres, one of which can be donated to my Magirus dustbin lorry.

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However, all was not done! Upon paying the lady running the shop, I saw half of something in a cupboard out back winking at me and it looked very interesting! It being her Dad's shop and him not being there at the time, I registered an interest and said I'd come back the next week, to see what he might want to sell it for.....

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On 5/11/2019 at 1:21 PM, egg said:

Nice haul. The arrival of this has made my day...

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Probably a bit early to start sniping, but let me know if you want to move that on - it's the closest to my 1:1 example I've seen. Might have something to trade (not plastic tat) if that floats yer boat.

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Cracking haul there, Jon! Some really nice pieces... I await the mystery item with interest.

I vaguely remember the HotWheels Jackups range too - might have had a couple of them back in the day. I always found the axles on Hot Wheels of the era to be a lot flimsier than comparable Matchbox, Corgi or Majorette, so I can imagine these are pretty scarce nowadays.

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13 hours ago, TheDoctor said:

Forgot about this messy little job I did...

Considering that it looked like something that'd been found in a flower bed, I reckon you've done a cracking job at bringing that one back to life. It's now a very presentable little thing, and it wasn't before.

Just remembered I had one of those (Chevrolet?) flareside pickups once, too - don't think there was a maker's name on it anywhere, but quite a neat casting all the same.

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Kudos!

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Another addition to the Datsuncog large Corgi fleet yesterday...

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Oh yes.

I've been after one of these for a while.

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As with many 1980s Corgis, the casting is not quite impeccable - quite a bit of flashing and whatnot along the mould/platen joins. But the chromework and glazing is clean, and the paint is virtually unmarked - and it wasn't as pricey as many I've seen for sale online. Arse-end seems to be saggy on nearly all of these, for some reason.

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Unusual choice of model, this - in a way, it's surprising that Corgi chose to model this as an Opel Senator, rather than the comparable Vauxhall Royale - or even offer it out with a different grille moulding for the UK market. Possibly it reflects Corgi's efforts to secure more overseas orders?

In fact, in an unscientific survey of my other Corgis...

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ALL of these 1980s Corgis - except, bafflingly, for the Matra Rancho - are modelled as left-hookers.

But I do like these big saloon models; they're pleasingly chunky with their all-metal bodies and bases.

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The Senator makes a nice companion piece for my Volvo 760 Turbo - which is the only survivor of my original childhood Corgis, and is still in frankly astonishing condition.

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I just love this model. I couldn't bring myself to sell it during the diecast clear-out last year, and I'm very glad I didn't.

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I bought it from Wellworths in Enniskillen at Easter 1989. Even then, it felt special. The lustre of the metallic green paint, the 'real' wheeltrims, the perfect detailing of the chunky leather seats (with rear headrests)... I wish I'd kept the box, but that concept didn't occur to me for another year or two.

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This toy didn't get any special treatment - it lived in my big box of cars with all the others, which is why I'm so surprised the paintwork is still nearly unmarked. A few Matchbox Superkings purchased around the same time (a Jaguar XJ12 police car and a Mercedes C class) had most of their paint chipped off them in no time at all (and, annoyingly, I did keep the boxes for those).

Mercifully, this one was spared Death By Tamiya Paint Pen, unlike nearly all my others. I did give it a slight lick of silver paint to the Volvo badging, but quickly rubbed it off as it looked wrong. This model was great just as it was.

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There's significantly more plastic used in these post-Mettoy models, which is a bit of a shame - an all-metal 760 would have been glorious. And probably lethal, if thrown.

I'm still not sure why they blanked out the '760' designation on the base, or whether these ever came with a towbar as per the cut-out (this model definitely never had one - I noticed it wasn't there as soon as I unboxed it, but decided that it looked better without).

And I still love this Peugeot 505 - one of my favourite market finds.

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Again, an unusual choice of model - but with Dinky's demise in the late-70s, maybe Corgi were hoping to make inroads to the French market with familiar-model toys that were bigger and chunkier than Solido or Norev's offerings?

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Either way, I'm enjoying finding more of the cars I didn't have when I was a kid.

 

Oh, and unfortunately I won't be in Belfast tomorrow, so I'll have to forgo my usual Friday Minishite Market Tat expedition - apologies!

 

(Knowing my luck, this is what Market Blokey's stall will look like tomorrow, in my absence...)

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On 5/16/2019 at 5:04 PM, sierraman said:

Does anyone remember Matchbox Glo Racers? They were luminous plastic models, one of them was a Triumph TR7?

Aye, that rings a bell... I seem to remember a Porsche 928, Chevrolet Corvette and Datsun 280Z in that weird, sickly yellow colour, but the Triumph is a new one on me... must have a hoke through my Matchbox catalogues later on.

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Any takers for this Guisval Nissan Patrol tow truck, 1/43 scale. £1 plus post which will be about £3 or thereabouts. It’s in excellent condition having been in my parents loft for about 25 years. 

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4 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Any takers for this Guisval Nissan Patrol tow truck, 1/43 scale. £1 plus post which will be about £3 or thereabouts. It’s in excellent condition having been in my parents loft for about 25 years.

Oh, go on then.

If you send me a PM with payment details please I'll send funds.....

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On 5/16/2019 at 8:02 AM, TheDoctor said:

Forgot about this messy little job I did. 

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10 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Just remembered I had one of those (Chevrolet?) flareside pickups once, too - don't think there was a maker's name on it anywhere, but quite a neat casting all the same.

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Kudos!

Here's my version I picked up a few months ago:

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Couldn't leave it languishing in the 50p box when I saw the camper body on the back - it's likely I had a standard one of these back in the day (and definitely had  one or two Ford Econoline castingss from the same company that made these - often with a porthole window in the back) but I'd never seen one like this before.

Also can confirm that my Corgi 760 Turbo had no tow bar either but did have a box, as I bought it when collecting rather than playing with purchases, back in the early 90's, when it was an affordable, if slightly old stock item from my favourite model shop. That Senator is something to behold! I think that's my favourite Corgi casting of the period but I never managed to own one. I think the large scale Rover SD1 would be a very close second, especially the metallic brown one with black roof that I had. I could take or leave the racing ones.

 

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10 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Cracking haul there, Jon! Some really nice pieces... I await the mystery item with interest.

 

Await no longer!

 

A clue may have been offered that it was an item slightly larger than normally bought, as I was able to spy it in a partly opened cupboard out the back, behind the till. Sadly, it wasn't a Corgi Chipperfields set or anything like that but it was something I'd almost bought back in the day and mildly regretted not doing so, in the ensuing years.

 

Anyway, on arriving back at the shop the next time I was able to, hoping it was still there, I was spotted by the lady who'd served me, as she was sitting outside on a break. Immediately, she shot back in through a side door and greeted me on arrival at the till with my potential purchase.

 

And here it is:

 

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Which is usually clad with this!

 

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 Only a flipping original issue Tamiya Bruiser!!!!

 

Apologies if the explanation marks seem a little over the top but most old Tamiya stuff is in demand and these RC Hilux models are certainly not immune to this. Back in 1996, my mate and I visited Otley Modelsports after months of saving and bought 1/10 scale Tamiya stadium trucks, to race about together with. He opted for the F150 and I for the Toyota Prerunner, as such:

 

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Both came on the TA02 4wd chassis, that underpinned much of the range at the time, so hop up options like ball race bearings to replace the nylon originals and electronic speed controls to make things more fun were easy to do. They were a great choice for items that actually got used and abused but at the time of buying, sitting in the glass display case/till was one of these:

 

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A Tamiya Mountain Rider - the later version of the Bruiser, in a more preferable (to me) civilian suit. At the time, I worried it'd be too complex for me to look after (all metal chassis, 3 channel radio gear to control the switchable 2/4WD!), too slow and it was obsolete stock, so parts would be hard to come by. Plus, it had a resin shell, which is far less hardy that the polycarbonate ones we bought. Added to all that, it was also fully built up, which would've denied me the pleasure of building and painting my Prerunner, which I still fondly remember.  In retrospect, it's only really the financial value of these that made it a not so canny move, though what price happy memories?

 

That said, 23 years later, I've rectified these wrongdoings and despite it very much being a project (I fully intend to get it running and used again), I think I did VERY well to nab this one for sub £20!!

It'll cost oodles more to buy the replacement radio gear and update speed controls to suit this, plus the replacement front drive shaft will no doubt be expensive and frustrating to find but I'm happy to bide my time with this one and enjoy the restoration and building process once again.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Another addition to the Datsuncog large Corgi fleet yesterday...

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Oh yes.

I've been after one of these for a while.

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As with many 1980s Corgis, the casting is not quite impeccable - quite a bit of flashing and whatnot along the mould/platen joins. But the chromework and glazing is clean, and the paint is virtually unmarked - and it wasn't as pricey as many I've seen for sale online. Arse-end seems to be saggy on nearly all of these, for some reason.

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Unusual choice of model, this - in a way, it's surprising that Corgi chose to model this as an Opel Senator, rather than the comparable Vauxhall Royale - or even offer it out with a different grille moulding for the UK market. Possibly it reflects Corgi's efforts to secure more overseas orders?

i've got one of those lurking somewhere only its blue

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Nice score!  Someone a year above me at school had a Tamiya Porsche 959 (Paris-Dakar I think) which I recall him thrashing round the playground and being enthralled by. I lusted after one of their range of monster trucks, one with a fifties Ford pickup body but never had one, they were just too expensive for my pocket at the time. 

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14 minutes ago, Amishtat said:

Nice score!  Someone a year above me at school had a Tamiya Porsche 959 (Paris-Dakar I think) which I recall him thrashing round the playground and being enthralled by. I lusted after one of their range of monster trucks, one with a fifties Ford pickup body but never had one, they were just too expensive for my pocket at the time. 

 

That'll be Midnight Pumpkin:

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My mate with the F150 also had a Blitzer Beetle:

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Which was repainted in some other shade by the time I saw it. That prompted me to buy a polycarbonate replica shell to put on my Prerunner chassis - it looked excellent in Tamiya orange, very much like the VW orange of the time.

I also bought some smaller wheels and slick tyres, so I could run a Volvo 850 estate shell on it, too! That was painted solid red and looked really smart when finished. Sadly, the gearing was unaltered so it was actually slower than the stadium truck but a little quicker off the line. The squishy suspension also did the rear end of the shell no favours, as it graunched along the ground on accelerating from standstill.

Anyway, all the above is in my UK stash, along with my Mardave Mini (with Mini Clubman shell painted fench blue and  Peugeot 205 shell painted gunmetal grey - I now have the car to match!), so I reckon they'll make their way over to NZ in good time.

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