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On 9/13/2019 at 12:49 PM, egg said:

@Datsuncog - any cheap regular wheels, I'm in! Cheers.

First up, some stuff which @egg might be interested in...

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At 50p each, the Fairlane and Ergomatic may be some use as wheel donors? Lotus (also 50p) is actually  in quite good nick, bar the transfers.

And then there was this, at £3:

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Few chips and a bit of chewing to the rear roller door, but rather a nice little example of the Karrier TV van... I believe repro ladders, aerial and tiny television sets are obtainable from Steve Flowers and elsewhere.

If you fancy some or all of these, happy to add them to your box!

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Next up, some 70s Superfast action from Matchbox...

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The pair of Transits were grabbed principally because they were Ford and orange, and the Mk1 Capris from last week had gone. I know, that's a piss-poor reason. If anyone wants them, just holler.

[EDIT - now spoken for!]

 

The Motorhome and Ambulance were snaffled as replacements for ones I had as a kid and ruined with Grafix Traffix pens. Bit chipped, but mainly dirty.

The MkIV Cortina is one of my all-time favourite models ever, especially in this metallic red which is so close to Ford Jupiter Red. It's not pristine, but one day I really will treat myself to a mint/boxed example. The damage to the wing looks partly like corrosion, so I'll see how well it cleans up

The Mercury police car is a later Superfast example, probably supplied as a two-pack in the late 70s/early 80s. I bought this to compare with the Laser Wheels example from last week, as I think there's been substantial changes to the baseplate.

The blue Pontiac is simply one I've never owned!

 

And, for Sierraman - the blue MB68 Cosmobile.

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Sorry the others were no longer there!

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MOAR Matchbox, then - now firmly into the 1980s.

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Oosh!

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The Transit Supervan II is from the Road Blasters range; it originally would have been packaged with a sort of cage with guns and stuff all round it. The grille's a bit chewed, but the paint's not too bad.

Renault 11 nabbed just because it's a bit of an oddity. I've owned one before, and have no particular desire for another, but here we are.

Mk2 Astra GTE is pretty much the same; it's not in great nick, but if anyone wants it for a repaint, you're most welcome.

Dodge Daytona Turbo Z is in reasonable shape; Sierraman had been after a red one but it was also gone, so I dunno if this grey one is any use?

Dodge Dakota pickup acquired in lieu of the weathered-finish one I saw last week and didn't buy (which I've now learned came from the 'Scrapyard 5-pack set' from 1999). I bought one of these new in about 1988 on holiday in Donegal, then played with it in the sea and it quickly acquired rusty wheels and the paint lifted, to my great disappointment. Then my brother's hamster compounded matters by chewing the spotlights off the roll bar.

It was all a tale of woe, I tell you.

This one's a bit tatty, but might scratch an itch for a week or two. As with the above, all open to rehoming.

 

The Plymouth Gran Fury police car is a slightly tidier version of one I had as a kid (but with amber glazing); I'm quite fond of these. Also looking for a M/B blue and white version with grey painted base, from the Universal years.

The Pepsi Challenger-liveried Chevrolet Pro Stocker has a tale.

I received one of these in December 1984, I believe - my parents had gone up to Belfast to do some Christmas shopping one evening, leaving me and my infant brother with my grandparents. On their return (which seemed like the middle of the night, but was probably only about 9.30pm), I was presented with one of these, boxed, "for being good" (ha!). It came from Belfast's legendary Leisure World, a huge toyshop in Queen Street.

I really loved this particular toy, and it was briefly promoted to my 'best car' status - please tell me I'm not the only freaky kid who did this - until one day I was messing about in the back garden, whizzing my cars up the slide, when I overcooked it slightly - sending my Pro Stocker deep into the hedge behind. Much searching and clambering through the hedge failed to find it, and I was inconsolable.

About seven or eight years later, while trimming said hedge, my dad then found the car - now missing most of its paint and looking quite sad. In an effort to spruce it up, I tried to paint it... using Tipp-Ex.

You can imagine how good that looked.

I'm not sure whether I kept this or not, but anyway - this is a replacement of sorts, looking in roughly the same condition as mine when it went into the hedge in 1985.

Memories, hey?

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And one last gasp from the Matchbox camp - the rear of a Matchbox Majors Bedford Transporter, plus a Corgi Juniors trailer for... er, something else.

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I have deep suspicions that the Bedford trailer is the same one that was for sale, complete with tractor unit, over a month ago. Much as I hunted, I couldn't find a Bedford truck in the boxes, so I wonder if it's somehow either got lost or some plank bought just the front end.

Either way, if anyone wants it, then 50p will take it.

I've no idea what the Corgi trailer would have been - it looks like some sort of superstructure is absent - open to ideas!

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16 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

MOAR Matchbox, then - now firmly into the 1980s.

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Oosh!

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The Transit Supervan II is from the Road Blasters range; it originally would have been packaged with a sort of cage with guns and stuff all round it. The grille's a bit chewed, but the paint's not too bad.

Renault 11 nabbed just because it's a bit of an oddity. I've owned one before, and have no particular desire for another, but here we are.

Mk2 Astra GTE is pretty much the same; it's not in great nick, but if anyone wants it for a repaint, you're most welcome.

Dodge Daytona Turbo Z is in reasonable shape; Sierraman had been after a red one but it was also gone, so I dunno if this grey one is any use?

Dodge Dakota pickup acquired in lieu of the weathered-finish one I saw last week and didn't buy (which I've now learned came from the 'Scrapyard 5-pack set' from 1999. I bought one of these new in about 1988 on holiday in Donegal, then played with it in the sea and it quickly acquired rusty wheels and the paint lifted, to my great disappointment. Then my brother's hamster compounded matters by chewing the spotlights off the roll bar. It was all a tale of woe, I tell you.

This one's a bit tatty, but might scratch an itch for a week or two. As with the above, all open to rehoming.

 

The Plymouth Gran Fury police car is a slightly tidier version of one I had as a kid (but with amber glazing); I'm quite fond of these. Also looking for a M/B blue and white version with grey painted base, from the Universal years.

The Pepsi Challenger-liveried Chevrolet Pro Stocker has a tale.

I received one of these in December 1984, I believe - my parents had gone up to Belfast to do some Christmas shopping one evening, leaving me and my infant brother with my grandparents. On their return (which seemed like the middle of the night, but was probably only about 9.30pm), I was presented with one of these, boxed, "for being good" (ha!). It came from Belfast's legendary Leisure World, a huge toyshop in Queen Street.

I really loved this particular toy, and it was briefly promoted to my 'best car' status - please tell me I'm not the only freaky kid who did this - until one day I was messing about in the back garden, whizzing my cars up the slide, when I overcooked it slightly - sending my Pro Stocker deep into the hedge behind. Much searching and clambering through the hedge failed to find it, and I was inconsolable.

About seven or eight years later, while trimming said hedge, my dad then found the car - now missing most of its paint and looking quite sad. In an effort to spruce it up, I tried to paint it... using Tipp-Ex.

You can imagine how good that looked.

I'm not sure whether I kept this or not, but anyway - this is a replacement of sorts, looking in roughly the same condition as mine when it went into the hedge in 1985.

Memories, hey?

I found your camper thing that I got from you other day. Plans afoot to strip it down and re-wheel and repaint it this winter. 

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And speaking of Corgi...

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Two Capris (one with sunroof and one without, I note); a Dyane; a Jeep complete with fold-down screen but missing its driver; an early Corgi Juniors Bedford TK still on Husky wheels; and a Mack R Series tractor unit.

Annoyingly the Bedford is missing its glazing, but the lifting boom is unusually still intact.

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The Mack shows the kind of scale discrepancies that turned my playtime into a series of annoyances and frustrations...

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I had a sort of green army version of the Mack too, which I liked principally as it was similar to Kris Kristofferson's rig in the film Convoy which was probably my favourite film when I was about ten. Along with Smokey and The Bandit. And The Cannonball Run. And Duel. And (the original H.B. Halicki) Gone In 60 Seconds.

Hell, if it had a car in it, then I probably would have claimed it as my favourite film.

Once again, I might keep the Mack and the Dyane for now, but if anyone wants the others at 50p a pop, let me know.

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And now, across la Manche for some frogchod… 1980s Majorette pickings.

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French Telecoms R4 van is a little worse for wear, but I found it hard to resist.

Mk3 Escort XR3i with Carlos Fandango wheels isn't too bad, and now fairly collectible because FORD.

Tour de France Volvo 245 isn't a version I've seen before; borderline presentable too.

And moving up a decade...

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Peugeot 405 Mi16 is complete but could do with some TLC (just like most of the real-life versions)

Mk 5 Escrote may make a decent project too?

Ice Cream Van is unusual in white; I've owned pink and red versions, but not seen a white one. It seemed too nice to leave for the unsympathetic box-rakers to chip any further.

All available at 50p each!

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And, finally drawing to a close (yes, finally), I snapped these up from the charity shop stall, at 3 for a quid...

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All terrible no-name vehicles, here we have (probably) a Sierra XR4i, a Volvo 740 and a VW Beetle 'Love Bug' (which may have started life as a keyring, going by the hole in the rear wing).

The Volvo, with its SAFETY tampo print, is brilliantly awful in its proportions and half-arsed crack at an interior:

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The Beetle's not too bad, really - wheels suggest it may be made by Welly.

If anyone seriously wants these, they can have them for nowt. I'll call my pound a charitable donation, and leave it at that.

 

So there we go. Not a bad haul, for one morning.

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Yes, I brought my own plastic tub this week, to avoid dropping them all over the place like I normally do. And it still wasn't big enough...

 

Oh, and @sheffcortinacentre had requested a  Mk1 Zodiac if available - I've this one set aside for you, if you want it! Blokey charged me £3 for it.

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That's it. Yaaay!

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26 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

And one last gasp from the Matchbox camp - the rear of a Matchbox Majors Bedford Transporter, plus a Corgi Juniors trailer for... er, something else.

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I have deep suspicions that the Bedford trailer is the same one that was for sale, complete with tractor unit, over a month ago. Much as I hunted, I couldn't find a Bedford truck in the boxes, so I wonder if it's somehow either got lost or some plank bought just the front end.

Either way, if anyone wants it, then 50p will take it.

I've no idea what the Corgi trailer would have been - it looks like some sort of superstructure is absent - open to ideas!

The Corgi trailer came like that,with a digger or dumper on the back and also as a box van with Corgi Removals on the side.Both pulled by a Ford D Series.

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27 minutes ago, sierraman said:

I found your camper thing that I got from you other day. Plans afoot to strip it down and re-wheel and repaint it this winter. 

Hey, excellent! I'd be interested in seeing how that goes... best of luck!

16 minutes ago, 155V6 said:

The Corgi trailer came like that, with a digger or dumper on the back and also as a box van with Corgi Removals on the side.Both pulled by a Ford D Series.

Aha - it was confusing me slightly in that it looked complete, but at the same time there seems to be tabs and retaining slots which imply other components. Fair enough! I did have a few Ford D Series including a white one with rubber tyres; slightly regretful at having passed it on now...

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Thinking about it, really all you folks have seen of my diecast stuff are the ones I've been getting rid of... mebbe it's time for me to break out the stuff I decided to keep...

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Perhaps we could see What's In The Box, next week...?

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I was in WH Smiths today & the Fast and Fifty bookazine about Superfast Matchbox is out. https://www.collectors-club-of-great-britain.co.uk/Store/Reader-Offers/fast-fifty-first-edition-issue-1/#

Seems good, lots of pics for those of a certain age to remember from their childhood !

It's quite dear though at £7.99 . It's got 130 pages.

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1 hour ago, ETCHY said:

I was in WH Smiths today & the Fast and Fifty bookazine about Superfast Matchbox is out. https://www.collectors-club-of-great-britain.co.uk/Store/Reader-Offers/fast-fifty-first-edition-issue-1/#

Seems good, lots of pics for those of a certain age to remember from their childhood !

It's quite dear though at £7.99 . It's got 130 pages.

I'll be looking out for that - cheers for the heads-up!

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further adventures in diecast collecting means that these have been added to the collection recently.

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first up, a pair of Matchbox Bedford OB Luton vans, which were part of Mr Ramrod's recent -ish sale of stuff. one is complete, while the other is missing its tail board. and as both have pretty nice paint, i got some replacement decals before adding them to display case.

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then, also bought off this very thread, a Dinky Triumph TR7. a piece of 70's wedge, in slightly pogweaseled red, but otherwise nice condition. this is going to remain exactly as it is, cos i like it. interestingly, this is 1/43 0-gauge scale. most other things from the 1970s were to the larger 1/36 scale, so for Dinky to go back down to the older smaller scale is a strange choice.

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then i got these, a matchbox Chevy Impala, and Lincoln Continental sedans. both of which are nice old cars.

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and then this Matchbox Bedford tanker. this one still has its cab floor insert, and while i've added new decals on the tank sides, this is all i am going to do with this one. 

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and finally this, a Corgi Routemaster. with clippy, jewelled headlamps and rubber tyres.

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interestingly* this bus is a different casting to the later silver jubilee one i've had since a nipper, which came as a suprise, i had assumed that Corgi had infact just continued to use the old tool and just added the speed wheels to it. but no, they used a while new tool for it!

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10 hours ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

Yep Def want the MK1 zodiac,pm PayPal again & if you can store for a while incase anything else comes up would be great.

Good stuff - happy to set that aside for you in case more shows up in the coming weeks! Will drop you a PM and all.

15 hours ago, TheDoctor said:

Any chance of as much of the 80s matchbox as you can spare / hasn't been claimed, and the dyane, again if not required / dibsed?

I need some more mini tat... Do I even have a box started? 

Yep, I think I have a coupla Corgi SD1s and a Volvo 240 or two with your name on them, so mini tat will certainly be coming your way...

Will add the Dyane in, and I may well have a sudden influx of 80s Matchbox up for grabs because...

 

You know that green zippy box pictured upthread? The one with my small nostalgia diecasts inside, that I haven't opened since last year?

Well, I opened it last night.

 

Turns out I've been mostly buying duplicates for the past nine months.

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3 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

On the opposite end of the scale, have some more knockoffs, this time from Polistil castings. 

At first glance, I thought the red car on the left was a Reliant Kitten.... but I'm guessing a Panda is nearer the mark?

Quality control in the sticker department must have been having an off-day when it came to the Ritmo...

I think I have a very, very wide Ritmo knock-off with tiny wheels too - must look that one out.

 

8 hours ago, MarvinsMom said:

a Dinky Triumph TR7. a piece of 70's wedge, in slightly pogweaseled red, but otherwise nice condition. this is going to remain exactly as it is, cos i like it. interestingly, this is 1/43 0-gauge scale. most other things from the 1970s were to the larger 1/36 scale, so for Dinky to go back down to the older smaller scale is a strange choice.

Nice additions, MM - and yeah, I'd like to know why the bigger toys in the mid-70s fluctuated so much. Corgi and Lesney ran different scales alongside each other too for a while - makes the pics in their catalogues look daft! Must take a look through my catalogues to see who was the first to bring in 1/36 scale stuff.

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