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FURTHER SATURDAY AFTERNOON CORGI TV CRIME-BUSTING CHARACTER VANS.  They continued to sell the larger-scale Charlie's Angels van in enough quantity to resurrect it two decades later, alongside these two new releases to appeal the more 'mature' collector market 

Oh look at those smiling faces with interesting adornments.  But look!  Much more care to the detailing - and a number plate too

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Likewise at the rear.  Lights picked-out perfectly, never seen before on Corgi Chevrolet vans; even though the A-TEAM really used a GMC Vandura and SCOOBY DOO a G-10 series Chevrolet

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The A-TEAM van added a bull-bar, continued the striping across a rear roof spoiler, a light brow fitted to the roof front and also red wheel centres.  The bull-bar was fixed at the bottom through the rivets, however the roof items were fixed through mounting holes, most likely drilled rather than part of the casting.  I'm afraid it was me who added the extra stickers - they came off a tatty ERTL van.  Not quite sure why either.

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But what awaited inside?  FACE carrying-on with a lady?  MR-T tied up, comatose and ready for a flight?  Sadly, nothing but dark, foreboding space

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The chassis was plain, owing nothing to the extra effort made above

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But what of the MYSTERY MACHINE?  Authentic* cartoon decoration and two roof bars fixed in different places to the A-TEAM mount holes.  Grey tyres to complete the cartoon image

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But what's inside?  Scooby Snacks?  A tied-up de-hooded villain?  No.  Darkness.

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Chassis a different moulding again, this time with trademarking

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The vans both came boxed with out-of-scale figures, but in reality most of the them never left the boxes and are still stored in attics owned by 50-year-old men from Connecticut.  Probably.

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On 11/18/2020 at 10:48 PM, Datsuncog said:

But - the Mystery Machine does feature door handles and door shut lines, unlike the other panel vans, both solid roof and window roof types.

EDIT: what's the other side like? Does it have a sliding door picked out, like the ambulance version - or just as smooth?

Afraid not.  But notice that the earlier 'stickers' casting was used in the brochure page above

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Took a while to get hold of this and the A-Team example in such good condition - and in for the budget of just a fiver each...

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On 11/19/2020 at 3:35 PM, sierraman said:

Seventies Dinky WW2 Jeep, missing bits but I’m sure it’s of use to someone. 50p plus postage. 

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I reckon I will please

To go alongside the Lone Star example that was painted-up a few months ago ready for the lock-down to end.  That was the first lock-down...

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

So if anyone happens to have or spot an orange Hondarora...

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I knew I had Hondarora from childhood.  So went and had a rummage (instead of getting on with removing the AR-TEX in the bedroom - she'll hit the roof when she returns from Sainsbury's)

Ok. Hondarora as suspected has long gone, but do have the similar 'Police' Honda and rider.  Well, two of them in fact, so rolled them out onto the GENUINE Matchbox 'Motor Cycle Trailer', being towed by a Citroen SM, no less

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With the panier and rider removed, its almost there - then realised they did two different castings!  One with fixed front fork and Hondarora with hinge - all these years...etc.  Then the Police riders started practicing for next month's display team show.

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Shortly after, Marcel on his Majorette Moto passed by

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Followed by BIG EARS on his trike

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It was chaos.

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SUNDAY EVENING LOUDHAILING CORGI CHEVROLET VAN RACKET

Might as well put these side-by-side.  Oh look at their happy smiling faces and noisy head gear

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On the left, the PINDER JEAN RICHARD Circus Booking Office.  On the right, the RADIO TELE LUXEMBOURG Roadshow.

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You can hear it now: 'Roll up! Roll Up!  Get your evening performance tickets here!'  Except, it would really be heard in French, as this arm of the Pinder circus family is based in France, not Scotland.  Either way you'd hardly understand a word from the over-amplified distortion.

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The Radio van is just that: a radio.  Or rather, an AM receiver, powered by a PP3 battery (showing my age) in the chassis and it works too!  The on/off switch and volume (audible enough) is controlled by a rotating wheel.  Quality is similar to something found in Radio Shack back in 1979.  Apparently, 'Marciano' has just scored a goal, the commentator just said on Talk Sport.

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The rears have been covered before: the booking office steps and canopy, the word 'BILLETS' under a surly-looking lady confirming its frenchness; whereas the radio has a tuning dial saying 'TUNING', in case of confusion.

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As I also like collecting 1:87 vehicles, I happened to win a job lot of these AMW Seat Toledo's last week off ebay. 

 All finished in Silver and still sealed in there boxes. They seam a pretty decent casting but not as crisp as a Herpa or Rietze model in my opinion.

If anybody wants one, I have 2 available for £5 each posted?

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My sister gave me a redundant shelving unit so I've rehomed my 1/76 cars on it. Top shelf is all Oxford Diecast, mostly British cars. Below them are overflow Oxfords, Tomytec and other odds and ends - 3D printed, conversions, restorations and kit builds. The eagle-eyed may spot a few new arrivals too.

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I need a new power cable for the TV as that one is annoyingly slightly too short to go behind the shelves.

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Picked this up.  Clearly a gen-3 Chevrolet Camaro, although with portly proportions.  

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It's plastic throughout.   It scales to 1:31 length and 1:28 width, confirming the portliness.  So, approx 1:29

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Never seen it in any Matchbox catalogue.  Dated 1987.  Was there a series it belongs to?  Sellers tend to imply they are a rare find, I would probably agree.

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Any ideas on the source?    I ask because of the scale

[edited: due to confusion with the Imperial measuring standard]

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16 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Picked this up.  Clearly a gen-3 Chevrolet Camaro, although with portly proportions.  

 

It's plastic throughout.   It scales to 31 in length and 28 in width, confirming the portliness.  So, approx 1:29

 

Never seen it in any Matchbox catalogue.  Was there a series it belongs to?  Sellers tend to imply they are a rare find, I would probably agree.

 

Any ideas on the source?    I ask because of the scale

A Matchbox model in plastic of a nearly 75ft Camaro?  No, not familiar with either 😄

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10 minutes ago, RayMK said:

A Matchbox model in plastic of a nearly 75ft Camaro?  No, not familiar with either 😄

I had to read through a number of times until I realised what you meant!

Now edited due to confusion with the Imperial measuring standard.  Apologies to all concerned

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2 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

I had to read through a number of times until I realised what you meant!

Now edited due to confusion with the Imperial measuring standard.  Apologies to all concerned

Excuse my childish giggles when I read it. I blame being stuck indoors for too long.  Google shows a few of these, referred to as Matchbox 'Special' and 1/32nd scale.  No other details though and I think the 'Special' may be just a seller's description. I've certainly not seen or heard of these before.

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So what are those new arrivals I hinted at. Some recent stuff from Oxford Diecast, like this TX5 elecrotaxi.

Electaxi

and blue van man

Blue Transit

Fire up the Quattro! This is wrong in exactly the opposite way to Gene's car (pre-facelift with a later reg).

Fire up the Quattro!

<Dennis Waterman>Oooh, that's a nice Capri</Dennis Waterman>

Terry's Capri

Another nice Capri. Aquatic Jade is a great colour but a bit hard to photograph.

Aquatic Jade

Also a great colour, Purple Velvet but I'm not sure it's quite right. Still nice though and it's a 1300E so it'll be worth eleventy hundred bazillion pounds.

Purple Velvet

Finally got a Cararama Punto :) Still looking for a Ka though as I got outbid on the one he had.

Fiat Punto

A funky pink Demio is a suitable consolation prize though

Mazda Demio

Legacy is a bit battered but was cheap

Subaru Legacy

 

 

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So nostalgia, idle thumbs, eBay, rum and this bloody thread conspired against me 😉

Incoming Corgi.... 

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Along with Honda & BL, the blue oval choose Corgi for some new model launches with the Escort III - project codename Erika - and the Cortina replacing Sierra - project codename Toni.

Both accurately modelled with opening doors and detailed interiors (with moving seat backs too) additionally an opening tailgate and even more impressively matching aero wheel trims on the Sierra.

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Note the model insignia on the tailgates: 

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Each baseplate is very accurately detained, the Sierra being plastic the Escort metal. Note the Sierra gets the exact badging moulded in the floorpan.

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But there was another reason these two appealed - the Ford packaging - I have never seen the Escort one before - anyone else? The Escort is 70’s corgi size, and is the model is  loose - no plastic wheel tabs under the cardboard line the Sierra.

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4 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Picked this up.  Clearly a gen-3 Chevrolet Camaro, although with portly proportions.  

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It's plastic throughout.   It scales to 1:31 length and 1:28 width, confirming the portliness.  So, approx 1:29

Never seen it in any Matchbox catalogue.  Dated 1987.  Was there a series it belongs to?  Sellers tend to imply they are a rare find, I would probably agree.

It's from this, Matchbox big movers set. Now you have another transporter to find - one for sale near me for £15

MATCHBOX BIG MOVERS CAR CARRIER 3800 AUTO TRANS 8 TRACTOR& TRAILER |  #429679452

https://www.shpock.com/en-gb/i/Xk1VYCOQaHegD5sE/matchbox-big-movers-transporter

Matchbox 'Big Movers' Transporter in CM2 Chelmsford for £15.00 for sale |  Shpock

Matchbox 'Big Movers' Transporter in CM2 Chelmsford for £15.00 for sale |  Shpock

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Perfect to pair up with the Buddy L

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2 hours ago, andrew e said:

So nostalgia, idle thumbs, eBay, rum and this bloody thread conspired against me 😉

Incoming Corgi.... 

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Along with Honda & BL, the blue oval choose Corgi for some new model launches with the Escort III - project codename Erika - and the Cortina replacing Sierra - project codename Toni.

Both accurately modelled with opening doors and detailed interiors (with moving seat backs too) additionally an opening tailgate and even more impressively matching aero wheel trims on the Sierra.

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Note the model insignia on the tailgates: 

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Each baseplate is very accurately detained, the Sierra being plastic the Escort metal. Note the Sierra gets the exact badging moulded in the floorpan.

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But there was another reason these two appealed - the Ford packaging - I have never seen the Escort one before - anyone else? The Escort is 70’s corgi size, and is the model is  loose - no plastic wheel tabs under the cardboard line the Sierra.

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Those boxes have a real 'dawn of the computer age' about them. Absolutely fantastic.

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2 hours ago, quicksilver said:

So what are those new arrivals I hinted at. Some recent stuff from Oxford Diecast, like this TX5 elecrotaxi.

Electaxi

and blue van man

Blue Transit

Fire up the Quattro! This is wrong in exactly the opposite way to Gene's car (pre-facelift with a later reg).

Fire up the Quattro!

<Dennis Waterman>Oooh, that's a nice Capri</Dennis Waterman>

Terry's Capri

Another nice Capri. Aquatic Jade is a great colour but a bit hard to photograph.

Aquatic Jade

Also a great colour, Purple Velvet but I'm not sure it's quite right. Still nice though and it's a 1300E so it'll be worth eleventy hundred bazillion pounds.

Purple Velvet

Finally got a Cararama Punto :) Still looking for a Ka though as I got outbid on the one he had.

Fiat Punto

A funky pink Demio is a suitable consolation prize though

Mazda Demio

Legacy is a bit battered but was cheap

Subaru Legacy

 

 

1300E had rectangular headlights & spotlights pedant mode off.

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9 minutes ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

1300E had rectangular headlights & spotlights pedant mode off.

Friend had one of those, in the gold colour.  Didn't have it long (this was 1987/8) and it was very rusty, too much for him and yet he was a competent welder.  Even then he could move it on quickly as the badge sold itself

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15 minutes ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

1300E had rectangular headlights & spotlights pedant mode off.

Ah, I thought something wasn't quite right and that's it. That model seems to be inspired by the Vanguards 1/43 version, which does have the correct lights and 1300E wheels. Oxford do have an amazing ability to make generally good models but get them slightly wrong (the Quattro for instance with the wrong headlights for a C-reg).

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

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Found it, page from the 1989 catalogue

22 inches long!!  She'd hit the roof...  will have to give it a miss.

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Tinplate body on the truck too.  Yet the cars are softish polymer. 

Sourced from Tonka, I wondered, but no, they had their own:

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