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Hi all, I'm back! (again)

Am grabbing some time before Mrs_Jon awakes to show you a few more pics of my time travelling trip. As you may remember, I was bangin' around in a Buick Riviera last time:

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Well, I fancied a change again, so I saw this parked up at the side of the road:

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The old fella out back had it up at a nifty price, I thought. That said, I still think in 2020 money, so it probably wasn't. This was a quiet little spot, so I imagine his chip and pin machine hasn't been set up properly yet, as I had to pay cash. Consider this a pez shot though, as he filled the tank for me. Should last 175 miles or so, I reckon!

 

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Drives quite nicely, I must say. It is quick, though! Slender axles make for good progress but the suspension is very springy.

 

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Found this newly established business and thought I'd check it out. The owner was a bit of a nob though, so I assured him that the video market of the future would definitely back Betamax 100% of the way.

 

 

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Stopped off at this appealing little joint, as I fancied something simple and unfussy - like Jamaican jerk tofu with charred pineapple and red pepper salsa, with sides of lime and chilli corn on the cob and a purple potato and kumara salad with beans and organic breads*. You know, the usual fare. Would you believe the blank expressions on their faces when I asked for such a dish? It's like I was speaking another language, or something!!

 

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So I pulled into this establishment, as I saw the truck stop sign and we all know how these fellas like that kind of stuff, to eat on the go. But again, same response. I think it must be my accent.

 

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Mistakenly, I tried my luck at this place but like their signs said, it was fine foods only - corn dogs and hamburgers, mostly. I'm not some la-di-da made of money bloke, so off I tore, in a pang of hanger. Sadly, the raw power ripping through those skinny axles and springy suspension caused me to fishtail across the road and smash into a resting Pinto. I was lucky to escape the ensuing inferno but sadly, the 'Vette was toast.

Thankfully, my teleportering time machine thing (check it out on the app store on your phone) meant I could zip out of this sticky scenario and zap into a car hire lot, filled with the swankiest of gas guzzling excess.

 

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Oh. 

More adventures next time!

 

* said meal is actually what I'll be eating at work on Monday! 

 

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A few new things came this week

Tesco/Sainsbury's finds,the Dodge is available if anyone wants it

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The accidental eBay purchase,this is a nice model,just not something I wanted.It's available for £13 posted,which is about half of what I paid 🙄

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Then the one I was really looking forward to arrived from Canada

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It's the base for the Matchbox Service Station which @Datsuncog got for me a few weeks ago on Tat Friday!

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Pictures to follow when I've set it up.

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A few pictures of the Service Station.The BP sign needed a new base,so I used the lid from a contact lens holder for now.I already had the ramp,bought a while back just in case.Somewhere in.my flat is the Matchbox sign for the roof of the building,but can I find it? 😂20201017_125105.thumb.jpg.39198b0df12109398d3c43b269b7bf8d.jpg

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And with a few cars added

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I'm really pleased with this,I had one years ago,but it disappeared when I moved out of my Parent's house.

Thanks again DC !

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2 hours ago, junkyarddog said:

^^^^^Eddy is looking for the Dodge police car!

 

Real Eddy not smoll Eddy I hasten to add!

😂

Yes Real Eddy is!  And would be delighted to rehome it, PM me please!  Was it alone, or were there more?  I'd like a couple more if they're available...

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5 hours ago, sierraman said:

Despite having no space for it I’m now trawling eBay for a cheap Camargue to restore. 

You'll need almost 3 acres for a Bburago Camargue

Slight* exaggeration, but still

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9 hours ago, sierraman said:

Despite having no space for it I’m now trawling eBay for a cheap Camargue to restore. 

This one is for sale on a Facebook Banger Racing model pageScreenshot_20201017-190629_Facebook.thumb.jpg.f33812979516d7a951f65ccbea0504b1.jpg

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6 hours ago, junkyarddog said:

Sweet Norev Renner!

Nice find, the models with steering are always a bit rarer too. I like the little hole by the front wheels to insert a matchstick or what have you to keep the axle straight.

Model launched in 1961 according to my Norev bible.  Actually, looks like all ondines had the steering, luxury model I suppose!

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Another example of Smoll Eddy's wheel swapping exploits is this 70's skyline.

One of my favourite castings, but let down by the wheels.

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Eddy generously offered to replace them with a set he had down the lock up.

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Looks much better now Smoll Eddy!!

"I likes a bit of BDSM now and then M8"

Erm......don't you mean JDM Smoll Eddy?

"You have your hobbies and I have mine M8"

😯

 

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More superfun time in the post this morning... further additions to the exponentially growing Corgi 1/36 collection...

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Mmm... It's the Mercedes Benz 240D with caravan, otherwise known as Gift Set 24 from the Corgi 1975 catalogue.

Now, all I really wanted was the Merc in blue, but for some reason the single vehicles listed in well-known online auctions were more expensive than this full car and caravan combo. Go figure.

I had a decent caravan before, but sold it on. Which was a pity, as this one has a busted tow hitch.

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Strange that the caravan came with a numberplate, but the car never did.

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Still, the Mercedes is in pretty good shape, all told. There's a few small marks on the paintwork, and a bit of wear to the chrome plated parts, but it's plenty good enough.

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This happens to be a replacement for one I lost around 1990... well, I say lost. 

What happened was, my brother (in P1 at the time) announced one morning - while actually on his way out the door - that he had to bring something into school for the Blue Table.

(Dunno if that was something anyone else had to do in infants school - bring in a colour-themed item that would be grouped with others on a table for a week, and discussed at some point. I think.)

My mother, put on the spot rather, ran upstairs and grabbed the first blue thing she could find - my Corgi Mercedes 240D, which happened to be on my bedside table. Which then found itself on the Blue Table - and, almost immediately afterwards, found itself being stolen by a five-year-old delinquent called Lester.

I was raging: at the thieving little shite in my brother's class; at my mother for having lifted one of my favourite cars; at my brother for being gormless and not having remembered in advance to find something blue that wasn't mine.

Finally, thirty years later, I have my replacement.

Although, weirdly, in my memory this was a lighter shade of blue, and not metallic.

But that's okay.

Also, something that intrigued me in the listing for this one was the assurance that it "includes boot luggage". Now, I know that some earlier Corgis came with little plastic suitcases and the like, but I didn't think ones of this era came with such things. But hey, I'm all for accessories.

But on investigating...

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Yeah, I'm not sure I'd call a block of wood jammed in the boot 'luggage'...

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The rule used to be never take anything to school you would mind losing. Some thieving twat nicked my Superkings Jaguar XJ6 Police Car at primary school.

We had a sort of concrete car track built into a bank, thinking back it was a big bank of screed with some roadways troweled into it, bridges made from timber and tunnels from drain trunking. I suppose we were lucky to have such a facility but on the other hand thinking back the latent light fingered nature of the wider community made it something you couldn’t actually enjoy. 

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