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Well, slight hiatus there - ended up going down to visit the Cogparents as they were having bother with their iPhones, so ended up staying for a socially distanced sandwich in the garden. And then an impromptu tat photoshoot, so I'm just home now.

So then - what's in the bag, mister?

Well, this lot.

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The 007 Corgi Juniors Lotus is in surprisingly good fettle for 20p - and is available for the same price.

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I've been looking for a decent Matchbox Dinky MGB for a while, after my original childhood version got scratched up somehow. I don't know if this one is decent or not under all the grot, but it's a keeper for now!

EFE Leyland Nationals are not too bad, and available in inner or outer London liveries for £2 a pop.

Badgerline Bristol VR is one I actually do remember travelling on between Weston and Bristol - so that's another one for the Cog Collection.

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Badgerline Dart is already claimed, as are all the China Motor Bus models - but the Alexander Y Type and yet another National are up for grabs.

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Both Chevies, Caddy and Renner are spoken for, as mentioned previously!

I don't really need the Corgi Bentley, but I kinda relish the idea of de-mankifying it.

I haven't done my sums yet, so I don't know how much it set me back - but if you're interested in some fifties British faded glory, hit me up!

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Joal Scania Omnicity, in manufacturer demonstrator trim is a huge heavy monster of a thing - and has very pleasing spring-loaded pop out doors, which tickle me enormously.

This was comparatively pricey at a fiver, but goodness knows what it cost new. It's not mint, with some small paint grazes here and there, but should still display nicely.

Not sure if this one tickles @RoadworkUK's fancy? If not, it's up for grabs!

Also in slightly larger scale is this Siku Mercedes, with opening doors and engine cover.

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Also coming in at a fiver, this has a few little marks, plus a small crack in the plastic roof, annoyingly.

Again, I'll give @RoadworkUK first refusal as I know he's had a few large-scale buses off the stall, but absolutely no pressure, dude! I've no doubt this'll find a home in short order, regardless.

Accompanying the Lotus from the Box Of Last Resort on the Charity Stall was a fairly grotty Corgi Juniors Gloster Saro tanker; dunno if it's any use to anyone, but for 20p... I'm a sucker. And it's for charridee.

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Speaking of being a sucker, I spent too long over at the stall with the smattering of long-card Hot Wheels and, sensing the stallholder was desperate for a sale, ended up buying these.

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£1.50 each, if anyone takes a shine to them!

I'll ping a DM to both @Split_Pin@eddyramrod once I have the spreadsheet fired up, and I've worked out what's what.

So there we go... first Tat Friday for over four months. Maybe not a classic week to live forever in all our hearts, but significant nonetheless... and so, with a touch of hopefulness, I can say... see you next week for more?

Oh, and I got the pancakes too.

 

Winning.

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1 hour ago, Datsuncog said:

Not sure if this one tickles @RoadworkUK's fancy? If not, it's up for grabs!

Fancy definitely tickled! Ta very much for considering my fetishes. I'll graciously decline the Siku, though, if for no reason than to temper my magpie tendencies.

Annoyingly I've had a hard day at the coalface (well, Adobe InDesign on a laptop, while drinking ample cups of tea and enjoying 6 Music) and only had the briefest glimpse at Belfast TatFest earlier, just enough for the guys in the morning online meeting to clearly see flecks of saliva forming in the corners of my mouth, largely driven by that tantalising assortment of 1:76 buses.

By crikey, he dredges them up, doesn't he? Fair play to the feller. For one breathtaking moment I thought I saw a National in Eastern National livery, and was fairly relieved to see that it was a Crossville.

Might I make a standing order, of sorts, in case I'm unable to monitor future Tat Fridays in real time? Anything 1:76 in Eastern National or (and they do exist), Colchester Borough Transport liveries that happens to be in half decent condition and conspicuously reasonably priced has a guaranteed home here.

I'd quite like to make a little fleet of stuff from my childhood / school days surrounded by Essex BusShite.  I've already made a start with some Hedingham and Supreme rammle, @Amishtat will understand!

And thanks again for the first class shite-harvesting service you provide.

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I certainly do understand.. I'm not a bus enthusiast really but I didn’t know you could get Colchester Borough liveried models. 

Goes off to look up what.. 

(I nearly typed CBT. Don't do a Google image search for that. Or do, whatever..) 

Edit:Just had a quick snout-nah, it'd have to be an Atlantean or nothing. I didn't remember them having Nationals but evidently I'm wrong. 

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That's the thing. I'm seriously not a bus enthusiast either. I'm not, I swear it. And don't let the many, many books and brochures about buses that litter my floor neatly line my bookcases tell you otherwise.

What I am, though, is an enthusiast of stuff that isn't around any more. I'm predisposed to desperately finding ways to hold onto the past, for whatever reason. I suspect chemical imbalance.

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Another that's never left its box until earlier today. I can recall getting the Vanguards Cambridge probably in about 2005,a time when I wasn't really buying diecast and preferred to waste my money on the full size counterparts. However, I've always had a soft spot for BMC Farinas and when this was released in the same livery as my old example, I had to have it. The Vitesse Peugeot 404 makes a nice contrast (Farina Friday? No, thought not..) but isn't quite as nicely detailed as the A60, although it's a fair bit more knocked about. Sadly, and I can say this having owned both, in the real world a 404 is a superior machine in pretty much every respect and a rather cleaner design. 

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Farina was a smart cookie, wasn't he?  Selling lightly-tweaked variations of the same design to both BMC and Peugeot!  It isn't often one sees them both together, thank you for that.  The 404 was significantly sleeker than the A60 IMHO, and I suspect lighter and more powerful too.

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Hey @Datsuncog, great to see you out and about visiting the stalls - I was rooting for your success from afar! And even though we have an espresso machine* at home, I can still remember the sense of occasion that was being able to order a coffee again, when restrictions lifted last year. S'funny how the small things in life drive us, eh?

So with that in mind, if you encounter that York Rider National at £2 on your travels, please add to my pile. Feeling a little wistful to be 'home' right now, so I'd happily take it on. 

But I'm no bus aficionado, so absolutely no stress if it's not there next time.

And on the finances front, I've FINALLY sorted out my dormant UK account, so can wrap up surely your longest awaited parcel departure forthwith!

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Bazza loves his MK1 Escort. He spent a fortune at Burton's getting a 1660 crossflow built, and installed it himself with a Rocket gearbox out of a Corsair. His mate Billy sorted him out with some Capri Laser wheels and he replaced the original black seats with some red ones he found at Kirby's in Rochford. He was getting it ready for a respray in Radiant Red over the original dark blue when his bird Shaz kicked him out, so he lost his garage and the MK1 has had to live outside his mum's house for the last few years. Unfortunately the sea air in Southend hasn't done the old Escort much good, so there's quite a lot of rust appearing now through the primer and filler

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(or I just got fed up trying to make it look nice)

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1 hour ago, Amishtat said:

That's pretty much how they used to look when I was young.. 

Exactly the look I was going for! Might do a bit more detail work, can't really get it wrong with a ratty car 

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New stuff in Home Bargains!!1!

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Raijin Express is a bit of a curve ball but couldn't resist

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On 4/30/2021 at 1:30 PM, tom13 said:

@bunglebus Some good items there, if you happened to buy that pink double decker and fancy moving it on it on let me know.

Hey Tom, it might have been me you were wanting to tag!

The Chinese tourists at the market seemed to have nabbed the majority of the CMB and KMB models, but I can certainly have a look for that one if the same models are back next week - think the pink triple-axle  was a Dennis Dragon, but I maybe some of the more bus-savvy here can confirm?

There's always a bit of a lucky-dip element to the Friday Market as the fella who runs the stall just seems to grab boxes at random from his lock-up. He's no real interest in diecast, weirdly, and so there's no point asking him to bring a particular model next time. Will see what shows up, sure!

 

21 hours ago, quicksilver said:

Dang, looks like I missed a good bus tat Friday. If those Checkmate buses are still there next time please grab them for me.

It was a good 'un, for buses! I wondered if there's was anything there that might interest you; the GZK in particular seemed an unusual one. I'll take a look next week if the bus box returns, and see what's remaining.

I'd never heard of Checkmate before, but they all seemed to be individually numbered out of a production run of 1000 each, so I can imagine they're not as common as EFE/OOC stuff - especially not for £2 on a market stall.

Weird what shows up in this little corner of Belfast.

 

20 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

Fancy definitely tickled! Ta very much for considering my fetishes. I'll graciously decline the Siku, though, if for no reason than to temper my magpie tendencies.

Annoyingly I've had a hard day at the coalface (well, Adobe InDesign on a laptop, while drinking ample cups of tea and enjoying 6 Music) and only had the briefest glimpse at Belfast TatFest earlier, just enough for the guys in the morning online meeting to clearly see flecks of saliva forming in the corners of my mouth, largely driven by that tantalising assortment of 1:76 buses.

By crikey, he dredges them up, doesn't he? Fair play to the feller. For one breathtaking moment I thought I saw a National in Eastern National livery, and was fairly relieved to see that it was a Crossville.

Might I make a standing order, of sorts, in case I'm unable to monitor future Tat Fridays in real time? Anything 1:76 in Eastern National or (and they do exist), Colchester Borough Transport liveries that happens to be in half decent condition and conspicuously reasonably priced has a guaranteed home here.

I'd quite like to make a little fleet of stuff from my childhood / school days surrounded by Essex BusShite.  I've already made a start with some Hedingham and Supreme rammle, @Amishtat will understand!

And thanks again for the first class shite-harvesting service you provide.

Hey, not a bother! I'll pop the Joal Scania aside for you, and will add Eastern National/CBT buses to my 'eyes peeled' market list. It's a substantial list these days, but it makes it all the more rewarding once something turns up which a fellow-shiter's been craving for a while.

 

16 hours ago, Jon said:

Hey @Datsuncog, great to see you out and about visiting the stalls - I was rooting for your success from afar! And even though we have an espresso machine* at home, I can still remember the sense of occasion that was being able to order a coffee again, when restrictions lifted last year. S'funny how the small things in life drive us, eh?

So with that in mind, if you encounter that York Rider National at £2 on your travels, please add to my pile. Feeling a little wistful to be 'home' right now, so I'd happily take it on. 

But I'm no bus aficionado, so absolutely no stress if it's not there next time.

And on the finances front, I've FINALLY sorted out my dormant UK account, so can wrap up surely your longest awaited parcel departure forthwith!

Yep, I'll absolutely grab the York-liveried National if it's there next week - I very nearly did take it with me, but then worried I was going overboard on Nationals, and what if no-one wanted them... guess I shouldn't have worried!

Great to hear that the blighty finances are sorted - it's not a bother at all, and it'll be nice for you to receive them! I think your first lot was sent over to Sam by way of a staging post for other diecast orders, so don't know if that's still with him? The second lot's still here, though, so can get that boxed up and sent wherever and whenever suits.

 

15 hours ago, Rover414 said:

Is the Y-Type still available? Will have to keep an eye out as there seems to be some interesting buses popping up there.

Yep, Y-Type in Highland colours is yours!

Some cracking buses indeed, at low, low prices - sad in a way, as I imagine this was once someone's prized collection that's ended up tossed in a box, but keep an eye out next week, sure - same place, same time!

6 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Hey Tim could I swap out the allover green National  for the Green and White Greenline one please? I prefer that to the London Country one!

Not a bother - will swap those two around for you, and I'll fire another post up later just to show what's yet to be rehomed.

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5 hours ago, barrett said:

Taturday car boot sale! First in a long time... Couldn't resist these 70s Corgis ata quid a pop, and the pessimistically-titled Studebaker book at the same price

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Bargain-tastic!

The Studebaker book looks like a good read too; marque histories are one of those things that fascinate me.

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1 hour ago, Datsuncog said:

Hey, not a bother! I'll pop the Joal Scania aside for you, and will add Eastern National/CBT buses to my 'eyes peeled' market list. It's a substantial list these days, but it makes it all the more rewarding once something turns up which a fellow-shiter's been craving for a while.

Cheers! Tim. Very much appreciated. And absolutely no obligation. Also, by all means call in my account for dues as and when the clutter gets too  much to bear.

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Sun is shining and the smell of cheap burgers and weed wafts gently in the breeze. Must mean the boot sale is on (seriously, who smokes weed at 7am on a Sunday?)

I was a bit low on cash this week and walked away from a fair few things I felt were overpriced, so most of my haul was 50p/you can have the lot for a couple of quid M9 stuff.

ET was pretty cool but at £125 he can find his own way home

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Update to follow...

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27 minutes ago, sierraman said:

More to the point who takes £125 to a car boot to buy a plastic ET?

Literally nobody. Seller is possibly one of those lunatics who is utterly potless but thinks everything you have is worth nothing and everything they have is worth a million pounds. The same sort that sells ancient rusty tools from the bottom of a damp box and broken vacuum cleaners.

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15 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Literally nobody. Seller is possibly one of those lunatics who is utterly potless but thinks everything you have is worth nothing and everything they have is worth a million pounds. The same sort that sells ancient rusty tools from the bottom of a damp box and broken vacuum cleaners.

Totally. Last week there was a guy selling old tools, old spades etc he’s found in a tip and painted with some hammerite, he was wanting more than it would be to buy new ones. 

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