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On 6/24/2020 at 1:22 PM, flat4alfa said:

Sciroccos.  My one went for a wander earlier (I am no film director!)

 

My one is also the one with the whistling siren that makes my wife hit the roof.   Video effort above was posted a while back

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There are two types.  One with the siren sound and 'grille' opening on rear of roof on one side, the other without the grille and is silent.  Both are unbranded but have 'No.782' on base

Your Facebook expert must be a millenial and not realise that Walmart or K-Mart (competitors - not same firm) had no presence in the UK back when this range was imported.  More likely Woolworths.

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8 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Yup, one day. I have in mind them stacked on an overgrown bit of ground at the back of a garage building. The latter would be a cutaway, so a lift or two and WIP/finished cars could be displayed.

I need to learn some weathering techniques first. I ended up watching this the other night:

Looked fantastic. I wouldn't do something that extensive at 1:24 (it'd be huge!) but it certainly gave me something to think about.

Yup, a 1/24 scrappie would be phenomenal, but would certainly need some space to do it right!

Brilliant video, that - and I only discovered last week that Everard Junction and Triplerich of this parish are one and the same person...

Mind blown.

Still, when you look at the Granada resto thread and then the 00 gauge scrapyard, you can see the same attention to detail throughout.

Well worth a look, if you haven't watched it!

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26 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Your Facebook expert must be a millenial and not realise that Walmart or K-Mart (competitors - not same firm) had no presence in the UK back when this range was imported.  More likely Woolworths.

More likely they're an American. Still be interesting to know who made it

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A chance visit to Tesco for some bin liners yielded a Mercedes W123, Porsche 914, Plymouth Savaloy and a Polizei spec Golf Mk1. At fucking last. 

I half considered buying all the W123s in the basket but I’m not a cunt so I left them for fellow miniature enthusiasts. I do intend picking one up to make a Tenerife Taxi from though soon. 

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On 7/22/2020 at 6:19 PM, Amishtat said:

Chinese Sciroccos, clockwork or friction driven and goes in circles making a very peculiar noise. I definitely* didn't just test these on the floor of the van

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Did you sell your peculiar noises?

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12 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Did you sell your peculiar noises?

No, I think they're still in the boot of the 740 but will find out in a few weeks. That picture seems a very long time ago now.  Now I think of it, that might be where the Dinky Volvo I have for you ended up too. 

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

By sheer coincidence, another plastic VAG with a motor just arrived. Can anyone ID the maker of this clockwork Scirocco?

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Shame the grille is missing. 

Still motorised but now French - Majorette Motor Renault 5

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Were there a couple of these in the V70 when you and the Doc met me on my last day at work? Can't remember and can't see  clearly enough to tell. 

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47 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I don't remember seeing one or I would have snaffled it at the time. 

Mine needs taking apart as the noises don't noise and the front wheels aren't attached properly

Yes, most likely it's still in the Volvo then.. On another note, if any of you come across a Matchbox Dodge Coronet would you mind grabbing me one please? 

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4 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Brilliant video, that - and I only discovered last week that Everard Junction and Triplerich of this parish are one and the same person...

Mind blown.

Still, when you look at the Granada resto thread and then the 00 gauge scrapyard, you can see the same attention to detail throughout.

Well worth a look, if you haven't watched it!

Oh yes, I'd read that on the Granada thread and still didn't twig!!!!!

I think Triplerich may also be Gideon Coe off 6 Music......

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On 2/22/2021 at 8:47 PM, Amishtat said:

Yes, most likely it's still in the Volvo then.. On another note, if any of you come across a Matchbox Dodge Coronet would you mind grabbing me one please? 

Want me to have a look in my Tesco too?  Golf and Coronet shouldn't be an issue, they certainly weren't last week!

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10 minutes ago, eddyramrod said:

Want me to have a look in my Tesco too?  Golf and Coronet shouldn't be an issue, they certainly weren't last week!

No desire for the Golf but yes please if you can find a Dodge! Doesn't matter which livery. Looked in both my local Tescos to no avail. 

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More arrivals from ebay...

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The Thunderbird and Hornet do have their plastic cases but I pulled them out before I remembered to take this pic.  I've bought these two to repaint.

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They unscrew easily enough.  However I need to remove the figures, especially as the Thunderbird is going to be the Thelma & Louise car and thus really needs two women in it rather than two men.  That is proving to be less simple than it first appears, as they seem to be stuck to the seats, or worse, moulded there (I hope not!).  I'll let you know what happens...

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12 hours ago, sierraman said:

Tell us more about the shed it looks huge!

OK. Mrs SL used it to sway me when we first looked at the house and I wasn't otherwise hugely impressed - for some reason it didn't fully register with me. When she sees what's in there now I think she sometimes regrets her persuasion.....

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It's basically a 35x14' building at the bottom of the garden that was used by the previous owner as a joinery workshop. Mrs and Miss SL have the end bay of around 7' as a studio (simply because that's where the wall was before he extended it, not me being grossly unfair), the rest is what you see above.

Mrs SL reminded me the other day that we had a Scalextric track on the desks not so long ago, it looks like other stuff has moved out there since then......

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Forgot I had these two together the other day when I sorted the display unit out.

The question that nobody was asking, who does the best Escort Mk4 XR3i?

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I've had this Whitebox version for a while. Basically this casting was the only choice you had if you wanted a 1/43 Mk4 XR3i. It's done the rounds under different makers and colours (grey by Whitebox, black by Triple 9 and a cheapie Ixo partwork version in white). Because of this, bargains are rare. I paid a smidge over £20 posted for this one. Looking on eBay, it still wasn't a bad result, the black and white versions go for even more.

It's been around a while, but it's still a good model. The casting is crisp and the paintwork is flawless with a good shine. The Matt black bits like the window surrounds, fuel cap and door handles are sharp, as are the thin red pinstripes. It does have a bit of an identity crisis in having an early front bumper but late rear spoiler and wheels, along with RS Turbo arches and skirts. Not unlike a lot of real life XR3is in period really...

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The recently launched Corgi Vanguards XR3i is another well rendered version. Both cars have caught the shape well, though I think the door handles and the red pinstripes are tidier on the Whitebox. The Vanguards version scores on being completely bog stock and base, down to the factory wheel trims.

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The Whitebox suffers a bit at the front. The front leading edge of the bonnet seems to fall at too sharp an angle. The front bumper corners seem too angular too, all in all, a bit too 'square' at the front. Looks a bit weird for an XR3i not to have front spots as well, even though they were always an option.

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The Vanguards version seems a better shape at the front, spotlights are present and the car scores here by being a UK registered RHD version, with a decent stab at the number plate font. Shame about the bonnet sitting proud on the nearside, seems to be a problem with this casting, not just on my example.

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Nice detail on the Whitebox. The later rear spoiler looks good, the tiny bootlock is a seperately moulded item, the Ford badge looks good but the Escort logo looks more like a Mk6 Escort badge. Odd. Extra points though for the rear screen heating elements and the tail lights are good.

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Again the Vanguards captures the arse end well. Nice spoiler. Great rear badging in the right font for an early model. The bootlock though is just a painted raised bit on the tailgate, and the lack of heating elements on the screen makes it look a bit cheap compared to the Whitebox. The tail lights aren't nearly as good either. Surely Corgi could have come up with better lights, that don't show the locating pins as obviously as these?

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The difference in front end shapes is obvious here. I think the mirrors and wipers look better on the Vanguards too.

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I think it's a close run thing. The Vanguards version scores mainly on the shape, its glorious base-ness and the fact that we finally have a RHD MK4. For me Vanguards models rate highly in having a metal base which always gives a nice weighty feel when handling the car. But for a much older casting, the Whitebox still scores highly in fit and finish and detailing.

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10 hours ago, AndyW201 said:

Forgot I had these two together the other day when I sorted the display unit out.

The question that nobody was asking, who does the best Escort Mk4 XR3i?

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I've had this Whitebox version for a while. Basically this casting was the only choice you had if you wanted a 1/43 Mk4 XR3i. It's done the rounds under different makers and colours (grey by Whitebox, black by Triple 9 and a cheapie Ixo partwork version in white). Because of this, bargains are rare. I paid a smidge over £20 posted for this one. Looking on eBay, it still wasn't a bad result, the black and white versions go for even more.

It's been around a while, but it's still a good model. The casting is crisp and the paintwork is flawless with a good shine. The Matt black bits like the window surrounds, fuel cap and door handles are sharp, as are the thin red pinstripes. It does have a bit of an identity crisis in having an early front bumper but late rear spoiler and wheels, along with RS Turbo arches and skirts. Not unlike a lot of real life XR3is in period really...

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The recently launched Corgi Vanguards XR3i is another well rendered version. Both cars have caught the shape well, though I think the door handles and the red pinstripes are tidier on the Whitebox. The Vanguards version scores on being completely bog stock and base, down to the factory wheel trims.

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The Whitebox suffers a bit at the front. The front leading edge of the bonnet seems to fall at too sharp an angle. The front bumper corners seem too angular too, all in all, a bit too 'square' at the front. Looks a bit weird for an XR3i not to have front spots as well, even though they were always an option.

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The Vanguards version seems a better shape at the front, spotlights are present and the car scores here by being a UK registered RHD version, with a decent stab at the number plate font. Shame about the bonnet sitting proud on the nearside, seems to be a problem with this casting, not just on my example.

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Nice detail on the Whitebox. The later rear spoiler looks good, the tiny bootlock is a seperately moulded item, the Ford badge looks good but the Escort logo looks more like a Mk6 Escort badge. Odd. Extra points though for the rear screen heating elements and the tail lights are good.

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Again the Vanguards captures the arse end well. Nice spoiler. Great rear badging in the right font for an early model. The bootlock though is just a painted raised bit on the tailgate, and the lack of heating elements on the screen makes it look a bit cheap compared to the Whitebox. The tail lights aren't nearly as good either. Surely Corgi could have come up with better lights, that don't show the locating pins as obviously as these?

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The difference in front end shapes is obvious here. I think the mirrors and wipers look better on the Vanguards too.

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I think it's a close run thing. The Vanguards version scores mainly on the shape, its glorious base-ness and the fact that we finally have a RHD MK4. For me Vanguards models rate highly in having a metal base which always gives a nice weighty feel when handling the car. But for a much older casting, the Whitebox still scores highly in fit and finish and detailing.

That Vanguards model is gorgeous. If I didn't have a self-imposed ban on buying diecast, I'd be on ebay right now...

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Was in Tesco yesterday, but you can't buy any die cast,essential shopping only,which is disappointing as I want to find the new Plymouth Savoy casting,and the Golf recolour.

So I popped into the Range and it was much the same thing,the toy aisle was cordoned off, apart from the hot wheels display,so I managed to pick up the new Toyota AE86 casting.

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You like drifting Smoll Eddy?

"Been drifting all my life M8"

"Born dahn saaf,Moved Oop Norf,then settled in Ireland to be sure,I'd call that driftin' M8"

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