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No. Watching Lamley's videos, he suggests that rather than each casting appearing over 2-3 cases, they're only in 1. Also when he opened the case with the Capri in, there was only one example in there - so if your Tesco doesn't get that case, or it does but they only get one Capri in the box, you ain't gonna find it. Can't say I'm too happy, Mattel must know people are going to want that one.

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

No. Watching Lamley's videos, he suggests that rather than each casting appearing over 2-3 cases, they're only in 1. Also when he opened the case with the Capri in, there was only one example in there - so if your Tesco doesn't get that case, or it does but they only get one Capri in the box, you ain't gonna find it. Can't say I'm too happy, Mattel must know people are going to want that one.

Are they fucking thick? You’ve a fairly popular product so you limit it to one shop, then you bring out a model you know will be popular and will likely sell a lot of, so you restrict the supply of it. Bizarre. It’s a bit like Vauxhall making loads of Insignias then restricting the supply of Corsas. It’s their most popular model so obviously they will try and make it as difficult as possible to obtain. 

Never underestimate the Americans lack of logic...

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Here's the innards of the Kojak Buick showing the clicking mechanism and separate seat base to allow matey to fit in

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And the police version, full but separate seat base and a black plastic licence plate taking the place of the clicker

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It was about then I realised I'd goofed, as the police version has both side windows, so had to cut one out to allow the figure to stick out. Done.

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That clip on dome light is the same lens as on the later police version if anyone's missing theirs

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27 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

only the original had the red tit- the later reborn versions sadly are lacking and the clicker

Have clicker

So tit must have been pulled free

Bobby Crocker must have been hand-painted in a rush because here he has a massive spam

 

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8 hours ago, sierraman said:

You’ve a fairly popular product so you limit it to one shop, then you bring out a model you know will be popular and will likely sell a lot of, so you restrict the supply of it

Funny enough there are none on eBay, so I suspect none have made it to our shores so far

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10 hours ago, sierraman said:

Are they fucking thick? 

Never underestimate the Americans lack of logic...

with Mattel you can never, ever  underestimate just how utterly fuckin' retarded the management are, for instance, just look at the total fuck up they have been making of Thomas the Tank Engine. And all in the quest of selling more cheaply made, but not cheaply sold crap toys!

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On 4/1/2021 at 10:16 PM, AndyW201 said:

Was chuffed to find the Civic, I've always been fond of this generation of the coupe. The body kit is a bit JDM Yo! but it's still a lovely little thing and nicely detailed.

HW did a slightly less obnoxious casting of this gen of Coupe in about 2001, its last outing was in the Honda 70th anniversary series in 2018. 

I have a red one from 2001 like this somewhere, that I've had since I was a kid: 

Hot Wheels Guide - Honda Civic Si / Coupe (2001)

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Got the Celica finished last nght, made use of decent weather this morning to grab some shots up on the flat roof:

1:24 Hasegawa Toyota Celica 1600 GT kit

 

1:24 Hasegawa Toyota Celica 1600 GT kit

It's funny when I see a Berlingo in what I believe is this Mediterranean Blue colour to see how it turned out here.

1970s Toyota and Nissan kits

Goes nicely with these others from the '70s. The Sunny Truck was also by Hasegawa, they do some very nicely-detailed kits and I'll do another one or two this year.

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5 hours ago, bunglebus said:

That Celica is excellent, the big tyres really suit it

Thanks. The wheels and tyres certainly gave me a bit of work to do, I had to cut out the rear inner arches and some of the floorpan, even then it was tight. Lowering it made that issue worse too.

Now got the fun of working out what to start next.....

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Forgot to mention the delivery on Saturday...

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I'd totally forgotten about this - thanks @bunglebus!

Obviously it requires painting and attaching to the Lone Star Transit properly, through drilling the base and punching the split-rivet on the bottom of the jib casting - but we all know I'm a workshy wastrel, sooo... 

The addition of some of this:

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Gives us this.

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Oooh, yeah.

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I'm not planning on towing anything with it, so cosmetic completion may suffice for now.

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Thanks again!

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I bought them off a guy on Facebook who posts on a Lone Star group - very nice they are too. 

I'll ask him if he has/wants to make any more, alternatively he did list one on eBay so you could contact him that way

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Impy-Lonestar-Ford-Transit-Wrecker-No31-Reproduction-Tow-Boom-/174636752890?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286

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23 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I bought them off a guy on Facebook who posts on a Lone Star group - very nice they are too. 

I'll ask him if he has/wants to make any more, alternatively he did list one on eBay so you could contact him that way

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Impy-Lonestar-Ford-Transit-Wrecker-No31-Reproduction-Tow-Boom-/174636752890?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286

I'll send him a message,thanks.

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Some more unpacking earlier on unearthed this, the first 1:18 I had back in about 1988/9. I remember getting it on a weekend in Norwich with my dad and sister, in my memory it came from Langleys but the price tag proves that false. Hasn't survived too badly really, I was always proud of it and it was another long termer on the shelf in my bedroom. Years later (2009 or so) I watched a Mark 1 Cortina being raced at Mildenhall which was JDU881E and it made me think of this. Also, that was some late registration madness both for a mark 1 and a series 1 E,but that's by the by. 

 

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Monday has become my traditional time to post the fruits of a weekend's attic exploration, so here goes.

My 1/18 collection is sufficiently large that some of them are less frequently probed by my inquisitive fingers than others. Some have lurked in boxes since we moved in eight years ago. So, on the promise that "I put one away in its place", today's diecast exhumation is this Volkswagen Phaeton.

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It's an AUTOart, and that would typically put it way, way beyond my usual collecting scope because £££. However, this one was inexplicably bargainous, bought from the Ian Allan bookshop in Birmingham (gone but not forgotten) when they were having some kind of sale. I can't remember how cheap it was, but being that I was a penniless student at the time, it can't have been much more than a few nights at the Student Union.

(Actually that's a lie; so poorly integrated into society am I that I rarely went. Fortunately, my mates were similarly poorly adjusted).

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Anyway. It's great.

I believe this was one of the earlier releases from the brand, and it's actually not quite as absurdly detailed as their later issues. That's not to say it's anything less than spectacular, though.

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It's the little things. The brake discs, frixample, are drilled and rotate with the wheels, without fouling on the calipers they pass through.

The wheels are great, too. I'm still not entirely sure why it is that Maisto and Bburago can have branded tyres but AUTOart can't at several times the price? Not that it matters. Just an observation.

The proportions are beyond question. I mean, it's a Volkswagen Phaeton. This looks like a Volkswagen Phaeton. I've not measured it for scale, but it sure has some substance to it, and it's a bigger beastie than the S Type I played with last week.

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AUTOart models really shine on the inside, and this one's no exception. If I was going to single anything out for criticism, I'd say that I'm pretty sure that the Phaeton's automatic gear selector didn't have the girth of a cucumber. Other than that, it's beyond reprach really. The dashboard is accurately shaped, the wood trim is accurately placed and looks convincing. The buttons are all correctly placed, too, and are labelled in a convincing fashion. The overhead area is pretty good, too, with visors and switchgear that looks good and is where it should be.

There's carpet, natch, and I'm afraid I didn't measure its pile for scale.

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It's just as good in the back. Yes, all four doors open. The rear bench is split and is beautifully bedecked with cupholders, rear-seat infotainment and climate controls and all the usual sybaritic symbols of excess that come with this most intriguingly-positioned member of the Volkswagen lineup.

I bloody love the Phaeton, I really do, for all its bananas engineering oneupmanship.  Bit of a shame they didn't model the 1/1's wildly elaborate boot hinge — this bootid pivots on a regular dogleg. It'll do.

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It doesn't look particularly special under the bonnet, but after a quick look on The Internet, that's pretty much how the 1/1 looks. They could have put a few more lablels in strategic places for some added "blimey", but what is there is is bang on, resolution-wise.

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I'm really, really glad that AUTOart thought the Phaeton worthy of their reproductory efforts. I can't see it being a must-have for many collectors; it belongs to that bizzare part of the automotive sphere — in both 1/1 and 1/18 dimensions — where it lacks the low-hanging fruit appeal of the super-exotic, and its status within its own specific luxobarge class is somewhat on the fringe. They don't seem to come up on eBay very often, either, and I'd certainly not be buying one if they did.

Just as well, then, that Ian Allan had a bunch that needed shifting on when I just happened to be passing by.

I daren't even think about what else they might have had in their bargain bucket that day...

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1 hour ago, Amishtat said:

Some more unpacking earlier on unearthed this, the first 1:18 I had back in about 1988/9.

CAN RELATE!

I have a feeling it was one Christmas earlier, but the red version of the legendary Bburago E-Type spelt my introduction to the scale, too. I really, really love it. 

In fact, if you'll indulge me... So, my parents, and my grandparents, knew I was into cars. Like, really, really into cars. On Christmas morning, I found that year's Observer's book of cars in my stocking. Later in the same day, I also recieved the Collins Gem book of Sports Cars, a miniature tome that took in machines as disparate as the Mercer Raceabout and Lamborghini Jalpa, presented via airbrushed sketches in chronological order. Each car had a full spec breakdown and history. Among the cars on its pages was, inevitably, the E-Type. In red. Because they're always red (unless they're British Racing Green).

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We were off to my Cousins' house for Christmas dinner, but before we went we, got to open our prezzies from mum and dad. Among mine, rather thrillingly, was the red 1/18 Bburago E-Type. Having NEVER SEEN a model as big, nor as stunningly detailed as that before, I beheld it in shocked silence. It was mine! This incredible thing. But what did one do with something this magnificent? This wasn't a toy, this was something for grown-ups. Mum even said so herself. It would be something for me to look at, but not touch. Was that something I even had it in me to manage? I'd never tried it before.

It was hard work parting company with it to go to my cousins', but needs must, and there was the promise of further prezzies, so whatcha gonna do? An eight year-old's gonna eight year-old.

There was a welcome moment of Deja Vu, though, when a box of familiar dimensions landed on my lap, from Nan and Poppa (he who has provided all my Rover 800s). It couldn't be?

It bloody was. Not just another 1/18 Bburago model, but another 1/18 Bburago model Jaguar E-Type. I was two embarassed to let on that I'd already unwrapped its twin earlier that day, but, when my parents eventually communicated the fact, and Nan and Poppa offered to exchange it, I fervently protested. It was perfect! I now had one that I could keep safely boxed and beyond my heavyhanded efforts of destruction, and one that I could handle lovingly and trundle along the carpet making Jaguar noises (however it was I imagined them sounding at the time).

During the evening a screwdriver materialised and the E-Type was freed from its polystyrene prison and I peered at it from every angle imaginable, and waggled the gearstick around. It doesn't slot into gears as such, but it moves in a convincing fashion, and that's all that matters. Also that you could remove the centrelock wheel nuts and take the wheels off — you could even put them back on inside out if you liked the wide, flat spoke look). Poppa took great joy in showing me what all the bits of it were — it was on that day I learnt what SU carburettors were and what they looked like.

Being a stickler for detail, he also pointed out that the E-Type in my Collins Gem book, which looked precisely the same as my 1/18 masterpiece, was actually incorrectly illustrated. He pointed out that my car had a straight-six engine — he showed me how there were spark plugs and exhaust outlets for only six cylinders, rather than the 12 you'd find in an S3, and suggested that the picture (and my car) were Series 1 cars. Also, that the E registration that it wore was wrong, too, as mentioned by Amishtat above. An E would be a 1967 car. He ventured that it might have been registered after being reimported to the UK. To this day I still wonder why Bburago chose that registration number.

I still love the model. Of course, it's very much of its time; the detailing is crude by today's standards, and that's entirely forgiveable on the basis of costs and the production methods available. Not that there were any major rivals to Bburago's stranglehold on the market in the late 80s. However, putting aside the fine details, I still reckon they got the proportions and the general shape of things absolutely bob on. It really is a gorgeous thing and is rather snobbily treated by diecast "connoiseurs", albeit who probably don't share the rose-tinted outlook of Nostalgia.

Anyway. Just had to share what is quite a cherished memory. Cheers @Amishtat for showing yours.

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I've also got a copy of the Collins Gem book of Sports Cars, which I bought with a book token I was given when I finished primary school in 1989.

Later on I bought the Collins Gem book of Racing Cars, which featured pure racing cars in the same style.

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2 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

CAN RELATE!

I have a feeling it was one Christmas earlier, but the red version of the legendary Bburago E-Type spelt my introduction to the scale, too. I really, really love it. 

In fact, if you'll indulge me... So, my parents, and my grandparents, knew I was into cars. Like, really, really into cars. On Christmas morning, I found that year's Observer's book of cars in my stocking. Later in the same day, I also recieved the Collins Gem book of Sports Cars, a miniature tome that took in machines as disparate as the Mercer Raceabout and Lamborghini Jalpa, presented via airbrushed sketches in chronological order. Each car had a full spec breakdown and history. Among the cars on its pages was, inevitably, the E-Type. In red. Because they're always red (unless they're British Racing Green).

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We were off to my Cousins' house for Christmas dinner, but before we went we, got to open our prezzies from mum and dad. Among mine, rather thrillingly, was the red 1/18 Bburago E-Type. Having NEVER SEEN a model as big, nor as stunningly detailed as that before, I beheld it in shocked silence. It was mine! This incredible thing. But what did one do with something this magnificent? This wasn't a toy, this was something for grown-ups. Mum even said so herself. It would be something for me to look at, but not touch. Was that something I even had it in me to manage? I'd never tried it before.

It was hard work parting company with it to go to my cousins', but needs must, and there was the promise of further prezzies, so whatcha gonna do? An eight year-old's gonna eight year-old.

There was a welcome moment of Deja Vu, though, when a box of familiar dimensions landed on my lap, from Nan and Poppa (he who has provided all my Rover 800s). It couldn't be?

It bloody was. Not just another 1/18 Bburago model, but another 1/18 Bburago model Jaguar E-Type. I was two embarassed to let on that I'd already unwrapped its twin earlier that day, but, when my parents eventually communicated the fact, and Nan and Poppa offered to exchange it, I fervently protested. It was perfect! I now had one that I could keep safely boxed and beyond my heavyhanded efforts of destruction, and one that I could handle lovingly and trundle along the carpet making Jaguar noises (however it was I imagined them sounding at the time).

During the evening a screwdriver materialised and the E-Type was freed from its polystyrene prison and I peered at it from every angle imaginable, and waggled the gearstick around. It doesn't slot into gears as such, but it moves in a convincing fashion, and that's all that matters. Also that you could remove the centrelock wheel nuts and take the wheels off — you could even put them back on inside out if you liked the wide, flat spoke look). Poppa took great joy in showing me what all the bits of it were — it was on that day I learnt what SU carburettors were and what they looked like.

Being a stickler for detail, he also pointed out that the E-Type in my Collins Gem book, which looked precisely the same as my 1/18 masterpiece, was actually incorrectly illustrated. He pointed out that my car had a straight-six engine — he showed me how there were spark plugs and exhaust outlets for only six cylinders, rather than the 12 you'd find in an S3, and suggested that the picture (and my car) were Series 1 cars. Also, that the E registration that it wore was wrong, too, as mentioned by Amishtat above. An E would be a 1967 car. He ventured that it might have been registered after being reimported to the UK. To this day I still wonder why Bburago chose that registration number.

I still love the model. Of course, it's very much of its time; the detailing is crude by today's standards, and that's entirely forgiveable on the basis of costs and the production methods available. Not that there were any major rivals to Bburago's stranglehold on the market in the late 80s. However, putting aside the fine details, I still reckon they got the proportions and the general shape of things absolutely bob on. It really is a gorgeous thing and is rather snobbily treated by diecast "connoiseurs", albeit who probably don't share the rose-tinted outlook of Nostalgia.

Anyway. Just had to share what is quite a cherished memory. Cheers @Amishtat for showing yours.

What a fabulous  account. I have similar memories of 1/18 Bburagos at Christmas although nobody else in my family was interested in cars so I could only imagine what the details of the model represented. Its lovely how you remember exactly what your papa  told you about the car.

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2 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

Monday has become my traditional time to post the fruits of a weekend's attic exploration, so here goes.

My 1/18 collection is sufficiently large that some of them are less frequently probed by my inquisitive fingers than others. Some have lurked in boxes since we moved in eight years ago. So, on the promise that "I put one away in its place", today's diecast exhumation is this Volkswagen Phaeton.

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It's an AUTOart, and that would typically put it way, way beyond my usual collecting scope because £££. However, this one was inexplicably bargainous, bought from the Ian Allan bookshop in Birmingham (gone but not forgotten) when they were having some kind of sale. I can't remember how cheap it was, but being that I was a penniless student at the time, it can't have been much more than a few nights at the Student Union.

(Actually that's a lie; so poorly integrated into society am I that I rarely went. Fortunately, my mates were similarly poorly adjusted).

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Anyway. It's great.

I believe this was one of the earlier releases from the brand, and it's actually not quite as absurdly detailed as their later issues. That's not to say it's anything less than spectacular, though.

EyMq-unXEAIbius.thumb.jpg.15cbb5f1dc225f44559f6e92c273e835.jpg

It's the little things. The brake discs, frixample, are drilled and rotate with the wheels, without fouling on the calipers they pass through.

The wheels are great, too. I'm still not entirely sure why it is that Maisto and Bburago can have branded tyres but AUTOart can't at several times the price? Not that it matters. Just an observation.

The proportions are beyond question. I mean, it's a Volkswagen Phaeton. This looks like a Volkswagen Phaeton. I've not measured it for scale, but it sure has some substance to it, and it's a bigger beastie than the S Type I played with last week.

EyMqkudWYAQ8Yhe.thumb.jpg.692b8814b5e5816bae9d7da18eeb8f0b.jpg

AUTOart models really shine on the inside, and this one's no exception. If I was going to single anything out for criticism, I'd say that I'm pretty sure that the Phaeton's automatic gear selector didn't have the girth of a cucumber. Other than that, it's beyond reprach really. The dashboard is accurately shaped, the wood trim is accurately placed and looks convincing. The buttons are all correctly placed, too, and are labelled in a convincing fashion. The overhead area is pretty good, too, with visors and switchgear that looks good and is where it should be.

There's carpet, natch, and I'm afraid I didn't measure its pile for scale.

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It's just as good in the back. Yes, all four doors open. The rear bench is split and is beautifully bedecked with cupholders, rear-seat infotainment and climate controls and all the usual sybaritic symbols of excess that come with this most intriguingly-positioned member of the Volkswagen lineup.

I bloody love the Phaeton, I really do, for all its bananas engineering oneupmanship.  Bit of a shame they didn't model the 1/1's wildly elaborate boot hinge — this bootid pivots on a regular dogleg. It'll do.

EyMq_ejWQAEx5Ol.thumb.jpg.52ddc231b443cc7b3c38fc27dcbb8a11.jpg

It doesn't look particularly special under the bonnet, but after a quick look on The Internet, that's pretty much how the 1/1 looks. They could have put a few more lablels in strategic places for some added "blimey", but what is there is is bang on, resolution-wise.

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I'm really, really glad that AUTOart thought the Phaeton worthy of their reproductory efforts. I can't see it being a must-have for many collectors; it belongs to that bizzare part of the automotive sphere — in both 1/1 and 1/18 dimensions — where it lacks the low-hanging fruit appeal of the super-exotic, and its status within its own specific luxobarge class is somewhat on the fringe. They don't seem to come up on eBay very often, either, and I'd certainly not be buying one if they did.

Just as well, then, that Ian Allan had a bunch that needed shifting on when I just happened to be passing by.

I daren't even think about what else they might have had in their bargain bucket that day...

I bought this one when they were current back in 2006. I completely agree its a fantastic model in every respect. Mine had a few minor paint blemishes but they don't detract. You did well to get a bargain. At the time I bought mine it was the most expensive model I had ever bought. But I was back at my parents house for a year after a relationship break up so I had a reasonable job but no overheads so I thought that then was the time! As you say, its rare too, evidenced by the fact that someone kept trying to avail me of it some years ago in a no doubt spurious trade. They are ££££ if they do come up so hold onto it.

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10 hours ago, Richard_FM said:

Later on I bought the Collins Gem book of Racing Cars, which featured pure racing cars in the same style.

Yep, I got the same thing as a subsequent prezzie some years later. Having thumbed Sports Cars to death and lost its front cover, I put sticky plastic on the front cover of Racing Cars so that couldn't happen again.

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