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1 hour ago, egg said:

I wondered if.... instead of restoring the Spot On, could I actually just get rid of the overpaint...several hours later...well I never!

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That's a great transformation! Let me know if you ever want to move that on...

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1 hour ago, RoadworkUK said:

Those enormo-scale XJ220s are peculiarly uncoveted on eBay. I'm rather fond of mine, which was only a few handfuls of quid, despite its lovingly giffer-crafted wooden plinth with genuine gold-plated growler inset.327171bc57811a99ec5fadbdc1dff958.jpg

Heh, when I swung past for the second time, Paddy himself waylaid me... he's looking £20 on the Jag, because "it's a Jaguar, you know", and "they're worth £100 new".

Oh really.

By 'new', I imagine he means 'as new', as in 'boxed, and not with the spoilers and mirrors all busted off'.

And I still don't believe him...

The 'Las Vegas' Lincoln stretch limo was a tenner, despite broken glazing and the plastic roof coming away from the rest of the body. No obvious manufacturer, but I could just make out a stylised 'S' on the base behind some of the packaging, which was still screwed on.

What can I say; the lad's an optimist...

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Well I managed to visit 5 charity shops in a row whilst in Lincoln (I kept Mrs.Socket quiet with a grab bag of Nice 'n Spicy Nik Naks). I found ONE die-cast which I picked up for £1 if anyone's interested (I can keep hold of it as I do plan to have a clear out in the future). It's a nice enough model with a metal base, rubber tyres and opening bonnet.

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I also spotted these two Hot Wheels whilst queuing in a Tesco Metro and picked them up.

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By the way, Lincoln is a lovely place. Shame it's 2.5 hours away but I did manage to achieve 65.6 MPG on the way!

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Lincoln is nice, my daughter is at uni there. Those Gone in 60 Seconds Mustangs were in Poundland a few years ago

I got the next Corgi. Very nice it is too

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Good interior detail 

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Skidplate is a lovely touch too

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I'm hoping one of the next ones will be something I own, so I can compare old and new

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After a tip off a few weeks back from @bunglebus I sat on my hands for a while, until of course I buckled! This then prompted a matching unnecessary ebay purchase! Now I have a few of these awkward to display Schabak 1/24’s (two I’ve had over 30 years!) and now I have more!!! So here we have the new additions:

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Schabak BMW Z1 and a brace of Scorpios

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The Z1 seems very accurate, bar oddly far forward seats and a windscreen  top rail that somehow never got pressed in production. Doors slide up and down, straight six looks lovely too, it’s a really nice model 👍

The Scorpio’s I’ve detailed on these pages before, but this one has blue trim something I’m sure we were denied in RHD? Who knows!


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The next Scorpio, with mystery box still in ‘transit’ mode has an extra ace up its sleeve…. Can you guess????

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Yup opening boot!

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Thats VFM on the opening parts-O-meter, the 4x4/RS alloys are spot on too. You can’t tell but it’s a greenish blue - tourmallad? - in the flesh, really rather fetching.

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So the best bit? £9.98 each for the Fords, everything Schabak goes 50% off in the basket, so  @bunglebus I owe you a pint, except I’m skint now 😂

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5 hours ago, Tenmil Socket said:

By the way, Lincoln is a lovely place.

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every fortnight, I climbed to the top of that, on a job

(the stairwell, not the outside... But it still killed the legs)

 

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5 hours ago, Tenmil Socket said:

I found ONE die-cast which I picked up for £1 if anyone's interested (I can keep hold of it as I do plan to have a clear out in the future). It's a nice enough model with a metal base, rubber tyres and opening bonnet.

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A jaunt to Tesco ensured I didn't end a Friday diecastless.

Some new stuff added to the tubs...

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Plenty of yellow Cadillacs in the Matchbox tub; also some MR2s with lights in the upright posture (still haven't seen any with them closed).

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A few premiums from the UK Collection still on the pegs.

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Hot Wheels pretty much the same stuff as last time.

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Plenty of their Car Culture premiums left, too.

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I'm waiting for these to hit half-price; surely, at some point...

(Oh, and @bunglebus - yours are on their way!)

I'd left MrsDC browsing the books, and slunk off to bother the diecast in secret.

Unfortunately, she knows me all too well and had little difficulty in locating my surreptitious activities in the toy aisle - which she likened to watching "a rat going through a bin".

Hopefully she meant this in an affectionate way. It was probably my fault for hissing at her when she suddenly appeared at me elbow, although in fairness I hiss at anybody who comes too close.

So I left with these...

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I already have the pinky-metallic version of the Caprice from a few years back, but it looks good in the pale green too, I reckon.

The EmGeeBeeGeeTee is the first one I've seen, and was also the last one on the pegs. So obviously, I had to have it.

Ah well - one of those weeks, just. Better times to come!

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For heaven's sake! I didn't know that about the Mister Two, I bought a lights closed yesterday with a view to repainting it - I'll have to check all three now. Tesco Hatfield had both versions yesterday but didn't know to look closer...

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

For heaven's sake! I didn't know that about the Mister Two, I bought a lights closed yesterday with a view to repainting it - I'll have to check all three now. Tesco Hatfield had both versions yesterday but didn't know to look closer...

I only found out the other day! I need to check my stash, think I've got one closed lights and two open but not checked the interiors.

They all use a LHD wiper sweep as far as I can see but there are definitely LHD and RHD interiors. Apparantly they also have an engine moulded into the interior also.

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Bah! And I thought I had a result getting hold of an eyes-open MR2 to go with my sleepy one... Gonna have to check what side drive they are now!

Just got this one from B&M, I do so like the '70 Camaro casting. But it's a Then & Now job, so I have to hunt down its 2017 partner now before I can rest!

Sigh....

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Also finished up the pearl over blue Corgi Mini Bus, with the Gerry Anderson vibe as others have mentioned.

I always felt the seating arrangement was wrong, it looks more people carrier size to me, so this has a scratch built interior including inner arches, seats out of several Minis and dashboard out of the spares box - silver for that space age vibe. Pink inserts in the seats go well with the pink pearl which really pops in the sun. Doesn't photograph well though. Lots of lowering and wheels off a pull-back car

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3 hours ago, AndyW201 said:

Just got this one from B&M, I do so like the '70 Camaro casting. But it's a Then & Now job, so I have to hunt down its 2017 partner now before I can rest!

Sigh....

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Boom! As if by magic...

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Cheers Morrisons! Another complete Then & Now pairing,

 

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And another good find,

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On 6/4/2021 at 9:07 PM, andrew e said:

So the best bit? £9.98 each for the Fords, everything Schabak goes 50% off in the basket, so  @bunglebus I owe you a pint, except I’m skint now 😂

https://www.fazsdiecast.co.uk/search?q=Schabak

Flipping love 'em. Sorely tempted to grab a Granny saloon and Transit, but I'm on a bit of a decluttering high right now, and, it seems, in the marital good books to an extent — and doing a 180 on that would probably get me exectued.

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On 6/4/2021 at 4:53 PM, bunglebus said:

I got the next Corgi. Very nice it is too

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Good interior detail 

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Skidplate is a lovely touch too

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I'm hoping one of the next ones will be something I own, so I can compare old and new

It's a cracking little model, that.

My second Corgi Club Mini touched down the other day; I feel a bit bad punting it on via eBay, but it appears that I have a habit to feed...

The next model in the range is apparently the Volvo P1800, as used in the original TV version of 'The Saint'. I just got an email this evening to tell me it's on the way.

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I did have a ropey original version of this one sourced at a jumble sale - and because I was ten at the time, I repainted it with Tipp-Ex and fitted Lego tyres to replace the missing originals.

It looked about as good as you might imagine from the description.

Looking forward to receiving this one - though there seems to be a bit of uproar on the Corgi Club Facebook page about the decision to make the bonnet decal look artificially aged...

 

On 6/4/2021 at 10:50 PM, Split_Pin said:

Poundland had acquired a large stash of those Mustangs a few years ago. I got one, they're really nice if not quite my thing.

I seem to recall there was a glut of those because Greenlight rejected a batch and Poundland bought them all up... I acquired a fair few, but punted them all on as they didn't really fit with the collection. Nice models, though.

 

12 hours ago, bunglebus said:

That oversprayed RO80 from the other week cleaned up nicely

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Fantastic work! The Husky Ro80 is a lovely looking little thing - well saved!

I'm assuming a full strip-down and repaint was required, and it didn't just happen to look like that under the primer after a quick rub with a hankie?

 

10 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Also finished up the pearl over blue Corgi Mini Bus, with the Gerry Anderson vibe as others have mentioned.

I always felt the seating arrangement was wrong, it looks more people carrier size to me, so this has a scratch built interior including inner arches, seats out of several Minis and dashboard out of the spares box - silver for that space age vibe. Pink inserts in the seats go well with the pink pearl which really pops in the sun. Doesn't photograph well though. Lots of lowering and wheels off a pull-back car

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Another cracker - that's a total transformation, and those wheels look stunning on it. Definitely rocking the retro futurist Captain Scarlet vibe now.

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16 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

Fantastic work! The Husky Ro80 is a lovely looking little thing - well saved!

I'm assuming a full strip-down and repaint was required, and it didn't just happen to look like that under the primer after a quick rub with a hankie?

 

Another cracker - that's a total transformation, and those wheels look stunning on it. Definitely rocking the retro futurist Captain Scarlet vibe now.

I did try cleaning the grey paint off the RO80 but the original blue was quite chipped underneath. It was a really easy resto though, just stripped and repainted it, no nasty casting lines to deal with. Hardest part was refitting the axles under the wire suspension without damaging anything.

I do like the Mini Bus now, it's a bit of a marmite casting but I thought I could improve it a bit

 

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Here a couple of MGBGTTEEGEEBEEGEEEMs:

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One is a Matchbox 1.43 and the other a Hongwell 1.43. I must say, apart from the grille and wheels, there is really a lot that seperates them. In fact, the Hongwell has cheaper wheels, a bit more plastic chrome, a cheap looking numberplate and er...thats it... its nicer than I thought it was going to be and thus stays outside on display with with GT.

A Smart 1.18 idea?

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Now this is a really nicely detailed Smart. The body panels are actually plastic and removable of you wanted to change the colour. Non of this stripping back paint and re-painting (yaaa boo 😛 😂

The interior isn't overly detailed but its nice all the same and definitely fits in with the rest of the car. Its a nice unusual 1.18 that I am happy to have added to the fleet.

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8 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Also finished up the pearl over blue Corgi Mini Bus, with the Gerry Anderson vibe as others have mentioned.

I always felt the seating arrangement was wrong, it looks more people carrier size to me, so this has a scratch built interior including inner arches, seats out of several Minis and dashboard out of the spares box - silver for that space age vibe. Pink inserts in the seats go well with the pink pearl which really pops in the sun. Doesn't photograph well though. Lots of lowering and wheels off a pull-back car

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That is FANTASTIC. Love the attention to detail. The finish looks spot-on too. You could sell them!

Have you got build photos? I'm intrigued how you put the interior together and what sort of paint you used for the pearl finish.

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50 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Have you got build photos? I'm intrigued how you put the interior together and what sort of paint you used for the pearl finish.

I didn't take many of the interior but I might pull it apart and take some. I'm no Sideways King 75 (check him out on YouTube), it's really just bits of flat plastic cut to shape with uprights to support the glass, some plastic wheels I cut up to make wheel arches, seats out of broken Minis and a spare dashboard. You can sort of see the early stages of it here

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The paint is just metallic blue with some pearl over the top, found that in QD for £2.50 a can, got pink, purple and white. I can see it getting used again!

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