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I had that Airfix cata!ogue!  Of the "Modern" cars shown , the only one I didn't have was the Sunbeam Rapier, I built at least one of everything else, and in many cases, several.  I had many of the "Vintage" types too.

I remember the Austin Maxi back seat was often warped...

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My memory of a full size Maxi is of a car that needed constant attention; turned out to be two cars welded together; and filled up with smoke from a short behind the dash.  I owned it for some of the spring and summer of 1986, when I was dating a horse-loving girl named Julie,who had a green Audi 80.  We never got to fold the seats down!

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1 hour ago, eddyramrod said:

My memory of a full size Maxi is of a car that needed constant attention; turned out to be two cars welded together; and filled up with smoke from a short behind the dash.  I owned it for some of the spring and summer of 1986, when I was dating a horse-loving girl named Julie,who had a green Audi 80.  We never got to fold the seats down!

I remember cut & shuts being a problem in the 1980s but I've never heard of Maxi being given the treatment.

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On 11/14/2020 at 7:47 AM, bunglebus said:

Could I grab that one? Don't mind slipping a few quid in the tat fund.

Daaah, sorry - it was claimed via PM on Friday!

I'll look for another one the same for you, though - I tend to just pick up any trailers I can find these days, as they're generally really cheap and people tend to have a use for them.

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Corgi X-PLORATRONS !

Always intrigued me, being shown in the 1980 Corgi catalogue.  

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The X-Ploratrons were four vehicles, each equipped with its own novelty tool: Magnifying glass ; Compass ; Mirror ; Magnet.  Cor!

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There was a marketing campaign in magazines, of sorts

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Can't think I ever had a friend who had one.  Didn't take off, so dropped after a year

Much more info here https://mikepigottsdiecasttoysandmodels.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/corgi-x-ploratrons/

Any one have one?  Anyone still have one?  

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Amazing to see that at least 2 models in that Airfix range are still current, I have the Escort and Herald. They're pretty detailed for the size, I really like mine. The solid plastic wheels add a touch of, eh, nostalgia.

Speaking of kits, I made a start to this which I got from Mr Lawrence.

I'm going for the black colour scheme. This also appears in the 1991 Tamiya Catalogue I got from @Datsuncog. I'm quite excited about this one as I loved the real car as a kid and sorely regret foolishly selling my lovely 1/18 Revell NSX for a tenner to a 'collector' who was only too happy to oblige. This has a similar level of detail.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Frogchod said:

Just repainted a Buick Riviera. 

I was surprised to find a load of prisms inside. 

Shine a light in the cabin and the lights come on 😁

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An Led and button cell might have to be fitted... 

 

Cool aren't they? But they don't work as well as the ones on the Toblerone VW van

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Part of the 99p each stash was this

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Any ideas?  Not found it in any catalogue as-yet

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Quite likely fantasy

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But still, it's a good size, all of 6 1/2 inches long

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So should it be left as-is?  It's seems the driver came to a sticky end.

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Or given a make-over?

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Will have to see.  Found another for sale,  Its rear number plate sticker would read 'GE1969' and the side stickers read '18 GENEVA'

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Yet another arrival for the bulging Corgi cabinet this weekend...

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Mmmm, it's the C403 Chevrolet Superior Ambulance, as seen in the Corgi lineup between 1978 and 1980.

Complete with occupant.

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In he goes.

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Off to the hospital with you, me bucko. They'll have that aubergine out in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

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Although obviously based on the Chevrolet panel van, this was a completely different casting with much more detail - the panel van had completely flat sides to facilitate stickers, while this has properly picked out doors and handles. It also has side windows, and a unique roof and rear door treatment.

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I did pick one of these up at a jumble sale c.1990 - aside from heavy chipping, it was also missing the larger of the two rear doors.

For reasons that are now unclear, I thought the transparent side windows were somewhat unrealistic, and so painted over them in white enamel.

Yeah, that looked great.

I probably also went over the chassis detail in silver paint; I had a very strange idea I was super-detailing my models.

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I don't even know what became of it; I may have sold it at a car boot sale ten years back, or it may have ended up in my mother's P4 classroom toybox.

Ah well. This one's in really nice condition with only a few small paint marks - I'd had my eye on a mint and boxed example, complete with paramedic figure and all, but it went and sold before I could make my mind up.

Probably just as well, as it was triple the price and anyway, I awoke this morning to a text from my bank advising I was now overdrawn and would I like to schedule a little chat to discuss finances?

I probably should, just in case the bank dude wants to buy a load of scratched Lesneys.

And I've more boxed Corgis currently in the post, so I probably should dial it back a little on the diecast auction front, for a while...

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But! How could anyone resist that purposeful front end?

Scratty diecast: the cause, and solution, to many of life's problems.

Huzzah!

 

(Fret not, I'm not potless - had just forgotten to move cash from one account to the other. But still, a phone message you don't wanna see on a Sunday morning... and a reminder I should probably get round to listing some of those models that have been offered out with no takers...)

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