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3 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I don't have the police version of the SD1, I've been casually eyeing them up on eBay for a while. Fingers crossed the return of charity shops/boot sales/Tat Friday will stop me escalating the profits of couriers and the Post Office soon

got 3 SD1's and a metro on their way from Eblag

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24 minutes ago, bezzabsa said:

got 3 SD1's and a metro on their way from Eblag

That will be handy if you have spares as I was really wanting the civilian

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3 hours ago, MarvinsMom said:

look what mr postman brought me this morning, with thanks to mr ramrod-

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and these came at the end of last week

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first up,  the new matchbox MGB GT, and a jaguar XK, lovely.

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these go along with the Matchbox Austin Healy and Hotwheels Chevy Impala SS.

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The Healy is another lovely little modern matchbox, while the Hotwheels was an impulse buy from Morrisons.

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Funnily enough the Chevy is the first Hotwheels that i have bought, as you can see, the cars are still "carded" as i have not yet been able to bring myselfto open them up, if i did that, then they would no longer be in "mint" condition..

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the Batmobile and no name chinese mini came off this very thread.

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as a nipper i had, many, many years ago the Corgi Juniors Batmobile, looking on ebay these now seem to be stupid money so, been a skinflint, the modern Hotwheels is a cheaper, and just as nice, alternative.

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the non name mini had lost its front bumper save the front numberplate part of the moulding. as it offended me, i have cut the remains of it off. and i think it does look better. the mini is a difficult shape to capture though who ever did the tooling on this has managed to make a pretty good job at it.

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then i have also recently exhumed these out of the loft. the Bburago F40 i have had for many years, and the ERTL Healy too is now some years old. that one was bought as a CKD kit of bits, which i managed to put together without ballsing it up, amazingly!!

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a brief ebay trawl indicates that the F40 is pretty much worthless, especially without its box.

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maybe not Lledo "collectables" worthless, but not worth anything really. which is why i guess both of these 1/18 scale cars are still  in my possession. i did have loads of them, but these are the only ones left now. not that when i did sell the others on, i got much money for them!

the Healy though, well that one i dunno, that one it seems sellers are asking daft amounts of money for them, though asking for £100 for a toy car, and getting it, well those are 2 different things! it is a nice model though, and really catches the look of the Big Healy. still i do wonder if it should be something else that i should think of selling on......

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I still have my 1/18 Bburagos tucked up in my parents loft somewhere. I too have the F40 amongst others. I will share a photo of my Mercedes 300SL as and when it surfaces. I painted it in a fit of teenage boredom back in the early 90s when I owned my mk1 Metro and had some aerosol paint left over from blowing in a bit of paintwork. It must be the only 300SL out there painted in BL mustard yellow 😅.

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On 2/23/2021 at 11:44 PM, eddyramrod said:

Hmm, thanks for that.  I've just bought two sets and I'm watching a third.  At least this means I'll have some people at my little car show now!

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They've arrived!  We have people; two sets standing and one sitting.

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13 hours ago, sierraman said:

That Siku Audi 200 is sublime. In the 80’s these were real quality pieces. I remember them being quite bloody expensive as well. 

I've got a silver Siku 200, which I got for Christmas 1987, when I was living in Germany. I also got a Mercedes transporter and a metallic blue Peugeot 505, as well as a bright metallic green BMW 6 Series, with skinny wheels. I chose them all personally from some big department store I'd never been to before (probably not quite as impressive as the one @bunglebus visited, though) and remember the days I had to wait until Christmas Day taking forever to pass, I was so excited! I was 6 though, in fairness.

I used to get DM3 pocket money a week, which I think equated roughly to a pound, at the time. Every Friday, I'd spend DM2.45 on a new Siku and save the rest for slightly bigger models. That equates to 2.22 Euros today, or £1.92, so it seems they've always been a bit of a premium, even in Germany!

 

@barrett posted some images of one of his needless purchases a few pages back, so I thought it best to post my version up, for comparison.

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Picked up this Joal Iso Rivolta a couple of months back, for £7.50 delivered to my door. Not a bad price I reckon, for something aged, unusual and most likely pretty rare over here. It also looked interesting enough for a punt but thanks to barret's post, I now notice the slightly crappy wheels and thick A pillars much more than I did previously. The colour is very nice though; dare I say it, better than the bright red?

 

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Mine isn't afflicted with a rear tow bar however and also has a quite nice number plate, too. Unsure if the yellow tail lights are factory applied or not but if they have been applied by a previous owner, their dabbling is neat and is certainly welcome. Doors, bonnet and boot lid open and there's a small piece of luggage cast centrally into the boot floor.

 

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And rather like our Brighton-based mini-shite reporter, I too don't collect flash car castings as a rule. However, it appears I have a few, some bought opportunistically during scale model droughts and others because I like the real things. I'd happily choose any of the above in a mythical rich person donation scenario but every time, regardless of it being only the second most valuable, I'd opt for the 250 GTE. They're absolutely my favourite Ferraris (though a 365 GT4 2+2/early 400 would be a close second) and top of the pile for a money no object dream fleet. I just don't think I'd look right in a Muira and dreams have to be based on some shred of reality, after all.

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1 hour ago, bezzabsa said:

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These are whats coming...yellow looks weird!!!

Ah they're the Juniors versions - a staple of most toy boxes in the late 70s and early 80s. I should think quite a few of us have at least one version of this one lurking in their collections, my favourite being this "Pencil Eater" I acquired from Flat4alfa a little while ago

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The version I was refering to was the larger casting, like this one I picked up at a boot sale (remnember those?) for a couple of quid

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There are a couple of different colours and liveries, and the police version which I'd quite like to find, and Mr. Alfa showed in his post

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Carlton vs Carlton.

Sometime back I did a comparison of a Vanguards Cavalier saloon vs a Gama Cavalier. I'm now doing the same with these Carltons:

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As before, the Vanguards is much more detailed and fresher looking than the cruder looking Gama GSI 3000. You may note that I have 'improved' the Red GSI with a few marker pen touch-ups to make it look closer to a real one as possible, the latest improvements being the black bumper tops.

I bought the Red Gama GSI 3000 years ago when I started seriously building my collectection of model cars. The Grey Vanguards Carlton was bought sometime last year for cheap. It had no box.

 

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2 hours ago, barrett said:

Yeah that looks much better in gold! The Solido 250GTE is definitely one I would like to add to the collection at some point

I must admit, I did a bit of Googling first before buying the GTE, as I couldn't work out from the listings images whether it was a period release Solido, or a 1990's re-release; the latter wouldn't interest me one jot, as I'm a total snob. Quite partial to 90's Vitesse models though, particularly if they're of contemporary stuff.

Anyway, mine is not in the best of shape but was from memory, less than £10 delivered, so again, no bank accounts raided. It also ties in with the condition of a real one at its low ebb of market value, which is way more interesting than 'freshly restored in the USA'.

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30 minutes ago, Lord Sterling said:

Carlton vs Carlton.

Sometime back I did a comparison of a Vanguards Cavalier saloon vs a Gama Cavalier. I'm now doing the same with these Carltons:

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As before, the Vanguards is much more detailed and fresher looking than the cruder looking Gama GSI 3000. You may note that I have 'improved' the Red GSI with a few marker pen touch-ups to make it look closer to a real one as possible, the latest improvements being the black bumper tops.

I bought the Red Gama GSI 3000 years ago when I started seriously building my collectection of model cars. The Grey Vanguards Carlton was bought sometime last year for cheap. It had no box.

 

 

Dare I say it, that Vanguards casting does really show up how crappy the older castings are, in terms of realistic proportions. Certainly, the Mk2 Astra SR I picked up mint/boxed for £4.50 is a little belter:

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I also like the fact that Vanguards are based on real cars, too. Not quite sure anyone's done a good rendition of a Mk2 Cavalier though; I dislike the skinny axles of the Vanguard effort, plus I'd want an early series one rather than a facelifted version, truth be told.

 

And yet saying all the above, I still prefer older castings! AND YET! I bought this thing:

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A Vauxhall Sintra - CD spec, nonetheless. Seen here either in some ancient European town, or Luton; it's hard to tell. I can't even remember who made this. Gama? Schuco? Whatever, I lobbed a bid on the starting price of $1 (50p) and won! Funny, that. All in, I think it was £3 posted, so a curio for the price of a takeaway coffee.

Those tabs for the headlamps do it no favours whatsoever and it's missing the passenger door mirror but the general shape is as accurately  gloopy as I remember them and it's suspension is very nicely sprung. Even came in a tatty old box, too. If I ever make it back to the UK, I'd be happy to stick it in my luggage for some poor old sod.

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"It's payback time," says the smirking host of the British Broadcasting Corp.'s car program, "Top Gear," as he sprays a load of liquefied manure over a Vauxhall Sintra

 

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On 7/3/2020 at 2:14 PM, flat4alfa said:

George Barris did the 'Wheaties Super Sportsmobile' custom van this is modelled on

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Yours is (was!) the later colour variation it seems, presumably in production after the competition ended

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Zylmex / Zee Toys Vans.  See old post above.  Been wondering about them, Zylmex got onto the custom van thing too, going further with film-tie-ins.  Here are some:

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I think @junkyarddog has the Wheaties one, @bunglebus has Straight Arrow, @155V6 has SuperVan.  But what about Van Killer?  It's lurking in the background on the card reverse and for some reason makes it interesting.

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Oh look there it is taking back stage again

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Both of them are modelled on stars in the 1977 film The Van that customiser George Barris had a hand in

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@eddyramrod probably knows all about this

So who has a Zylmex / Zee custom van? 

I don't know why I get interested because it only goes one way:  the slippery collecting slope.  

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4 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Zylmex / Zee Toys Vans.  See old post above.  Been wondering about them, Zylmex got onto the custom van thing too, going further with film-tie-ins.  Here are some:

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I think @junkyarddog has the Wheaties one, @bunglebus has Straight Arrow, @155V6 has SuperVan.  But what about Van Killer?  It's lurking in the background on the card reverse and for some reason makes it interesting.

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Oh look there it is taking back stage again

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Both of them are modelled on stars in the 1977 film The Van that customiser George Barris had a hand in

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@eddyramrod probably knows all about this

So who has a Zylmex / Zee custom van? 

I don't know why I get interested because it only goes one way:  the slippery collecting slope.  

I'll bang some up later - on a tat mission this afternoon...

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