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Last year the widow of my best mate asked if I would help sell his model railway and diecast collection,last week about 50% of it went to auction and realised just under £6500.00!!

 

But the star of the show was this,estimated at £150 to £200,the hammer fell at £460.00!

 

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Rummaging in one of my many boxes of old models I found one of the crappy plastic Hornby Sierras that at one time were all you could get if you wanted a modern car in 1/76 scale. It was of no use just sitting in the box and no one would want to buy it so this happened.

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Doesn't look too bad I suppose.

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i did a proper shit buyage the other day, while at a toyfair up at Locomotion museum in Shildon.

 

so behold, the 10 bob Saladin Armoured car, and 10 bob DUKW.

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for the younger viewers, 10 bob is 50p.(bob been a slang term for a shilling, in the old money and worth 5 new pennies)

 

and while the armoured car is i believe missing most of its gun i've never seen a whole one....

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both are original Lesney Matchbox, and while been a funny scale and not all that detailled these have a charm all of their own. the armoured car will get at some point a coat of olive drab green paint, while the DUKW will be left as it is, for now.

 

not only that i got this off of the bay of fleas, for a massive 99p.

 

its a Husky Commer walk through van.

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not a brand i remember ut agian i like it, though when i got it the van was as rough as a badgers arse..... with very little green paint left on it.

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so as i had some yellow in a Humbrol tin, its got given a fresh coat of paint.

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the wee red doors actually slide on, in the manner of all the great vans of yester year, and there is even a chap driving it!

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these are a make that i am going to keep more of a look out for in future.

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Husky were fore-runners to Corgi Junior, made by Mettoy/Playcraft in the Matchbox size for, originally, Woolworths. 

 

They were blister packed and had "chromed" plastic bases, quite fragile.   They did progress to diecast base (my Commer Walk-Thru is on one) and many of the castings ended up as Corgi Juniors. 

 

Some nice subjects including this Commer and a Forward Control Land Rover, a Mk 3 Zephyr 6 Estate and some lesser modelled Yanks were made...

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I still have, and several others!  I'm old enough to have had these new and yes, I kept them.  Most have had at least a few coats of paint by now and some are very battered, but they're part of my childhood.... one of the better bits, lol.

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They did a "gold plated" Mk10 as well, bit like some of the Corgi Toys.   I had one but it flaked really badly and went yellow! 

 

Still got the blue one and a Fire Chief with diecast bases.  

 

That Thunderbird originally came with a little black tonneau over the rear seats - like the fullsize '61 Sports Roadster.   And the Anglia van had little tellies in the back, a ladder and TV aerial.    I liked Huskies a lot!

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Some of the Husky stuff is near enough 1/76 scale so I have a few too. Like everyone else I have the fire chief Mk10 Jag, the FC Land Rover, a couple of Lancia Flaminias and no fewer than 5 Citroen DS Safaris - I don't know how I ended up with so many Citroens but oddly there are 2 different sizes.

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Some of the Husky stuff is near enough 1/76 scale so I have a few too. Like everyone else I have the fire chief Mk10 Jag, the FC Land Rover, a couple of Lancia Flaminias and no fewer than 5 Citroen DS Safaris - I don't know how I ended up with so many Citroens but oddly there are 2 different sizes.

The Mk10 Jags came in 2 different sizes as well,the larger ones had metal bases.

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I was looking for two BX series 2 1986 on, hatch to represent my red GTi and an estate to represent my blue 19RD. Both in 1/43 but this was the best I could find, a series 1 car.

There's a few BXs by Kess Scale Models. They are very nice but also a bit on the pricey side. Tenet are nice though.

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I have just ordered the cute Kaiser Henry J from SunStar and will report how good or bad that is when I get it. 

 

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Its the cheapest SunStar 1:18, so maybe this tells you how popular this model is.  :mrgreen:

 

It arrived today!

 

And its a very "special" model. Some details like the bonnet-hinges or the boot with all the equipment in it are a piece of art. And other things like the paint-finish for example are complete rubbish. 

 

But it is a very nice model for the money over all. Even with the "original" brochure that comes with it. 

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Picked up yesterday for a paltry £1. Steering was broke, 5 minutes putting the bottom joints back into the arm and it was fixed. Why oh why is it that hard on the real thing! Anyway I've got this one already so I'm going to eBay this one, bought it by sheer fact it was cheap.

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I've got that milk tanker, had it since 1986. I used to love looking through the Britains Catalogue. I always thought the lorries were quite representative of those seen on the road, even if it is an old Iveco Fiat cab. My friend at the time had a cattle transporter badged as a Ford and with a headlights sticker on the grille part to make it look a bit like a Cargo. I always wanted a yellow tipper lorry or cement mixer from the Roadworks range.

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