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Been to Car Boot today, apart from initial idiots managed to score a Corgi 1/36 SD1 for £2 and a decent Senator for £3. I had a Senator as a kid but it’s was rough and long gone in any case. The guy was selling off his childhood collection which was sad. He had loads of seventies Matchbox for a £1 a piece but I’d got them all, I’ve decided to break out of this habit of buying duplicates cause they are tidy. Unless it’s something exceptional or better than the one I’ve got then I’ll leave them. I’ll post a picture later, I was late for the pub. 

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On 7/16/2021 at 9:31 AM, Datsuncog said:

Wasn't entirely sure if I'd be able to make it in to the market this morning, but got up a bit earlier to sneak through the doors at 7.45.

Nemesis was already there, and bagsying vast amounts of diecast. He did say hello; he probably thinks I'm a right grumpy so-and-so, and to be fair he's not wrong these days.

So there were last week's Lesneys at £3, with a few additions I didn't recognise, plus a fresh batch of 50s/60s/70s/80s Corgi and Dinky at £10, which seemed a bit overpriced for most.

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I did type up a lengthy live report, but Chrome then decided to refresh and eat it all just as I finished, except for the first five lines - just to taunt me.

With no time to re-type (and my smashed phone screen with blacked-out areas making it difficult to type anyway), I'm afraid I gave up for the day.

However, here's what there was today:

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This Corgi Lincoln Continental limo was in good nick, and complete bar the battery cover underneath. One of the few that was worth the asking price; however it was snaffled by Nemesis.

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Dinky Range Rover was in excellent shape too.

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Land Rover also good,though missing its ladders.

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These messily repainted items looked somewhat less worthy of a tenner, though...

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Early Chevrolet Astro with red pre-Whizzwheels was a curiousity, though the engine cover hinge was broken, sadly.

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Rambler Marlin was one of three on the stall; the two red versions had, like so many others in this collection, been dickied-up with rally-style waterslide transfers by a former owner.

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The third was a two-tone silver and white version with a roofrack, and looked to be nearly pristine.

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Also swiped by Nemesis. I believe this one was originally part of Corgi Gift Set 10, packaged with a pair of kayaks and a trailer, and is pretty rare since it was only on sale for a few months in 1968.

This Herald had some bumper issues...

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Mustang Fastback in silver is a rarer colour variant from its first release in 1965; the stickies aren't original here.

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Fiat 1800 is another unusual one - as well as being the first Italian car in the Corgi range (in 1960), it's in this odd two-tone pinky-lavender shade.

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According to the big Van Cleemput book, these were painted mid blue, although "also known in light tan". This one is deep purpley-lavender on the roof, and pink on the body.

A quick look online shows they do exist in the shade, as well as other colour variations like mustard yellow, so I doubt it's worth squillions. Nice model, though.

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Mod-ified Imp (ho ho) would probably display ok with the stickers off - and, crucially, at half the price.

No real change to the Lesney boxes from last week - a few gone, but mostly the same items.

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There was a solitary 1/36 Corgi there, too - a French-market Pug 505 fire chief car.

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Very good condition, but do I really need a third variant of this casting...? Probably not.

Not sure who makes this RM model, or even if it's that old, but it's huge at about 18" long.

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There was also some Days Gone stuff kicking around, but no-one's here for that, are they?

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So that was about it... nothing really on the other stalls, apart from this big (1/12?) Tamiya Renault F1 car on the Charity Stall.

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I did come away with a couple of Lesneys, but again couldn't shake the feeling that the only stuff really worth the money had already been snaffled before I managed to get through the door.

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If anyone's keen on the red-hub Ford GT, Ferrari Berlinetta, or Austin A55 Cambridge, they're all available at the £3 paid.

**BERLINETTA SOLD!!**

I've come back and re-edited this from yesterday with less of a humpy-head on: I can appreciate that the original post might have come across as needlessly abrupt, and can only apologise.

I'd really wanted to put together an upbeat market report and I think I had; so while losing half an hour's work might not seem that bad in the grand scheme of things, on top of a disastrous few weeks at work and at home where it seems I can do absolutely nothing right, the mobile browser fail kinda felt like another boot in the nads just when I needed it least.

But anyway. Ups and downs, hey? Cheers to everyone who PM'd me, I'm not in an unmanageable funk; just a bit down in the dumps.

(Which is something of a misnomer as a turn of phrase, since I loved going to the dump as a kid, ditto scrapyards - in fact, they were probably the places I was happiest.)

So! Better things to come? Here's hoping.

Til next week!

I would have liked that 505 and some of the other Corgi and Dinky stock, but if he really thinks he's going to get a tenner each for them, he's going to have them a very long time!

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55 minutes ago, eddyramrod said:

I would have liked that 505 and some of the other Corgi and Dinky stock, but if he really thinks he's going to get a tenner each for them, he's going to have them a very long time!

I could have had a tidy one today for £2. The guy at the car boot had a mint Corgi Professionals Capri for a tenner. Cheap for what it was but it’s not my bag. 

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20p bought this, partly because my nephew has my old one sans a door. He’s only 2 and a half years old but he’s obsessed with cars, he’s got a box of stuff that I had, to play with at his grandparents. Unlike a lot of toddlers he’s actually really caring with his toys,  bizarrely as his parents are the least car people you could find. Any how it’ll do to fix his. 

His only interests are Tractors, cars and asking for beer. At least one day I’ll have someone to hand the tools to...

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Nothing much new at the local Morrisons apart from these,

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Normally I'm not into big money supercar type stuff, but I liked this version of the R35 when I saw it previewed. Nice colour and it's good to see a fairly complicated racing livery with front and rear detail too, rare on HW.

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Then, the more 'standard' version of the R35. With the dreaded 'Then & Now' branding, which means there's probably going to be a grey Kenmari 2000GT or R32 Skyline to hunt down later!

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And the money shot,

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Only found an effing Gullwing!

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Been looking forward to this one coming out. It's gained some criticism online over the un-Gullwing-like wheels and tidemark along the bottom, but...

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As can be seen, it's not actually a million miles from the real thing, other than the wheel size.

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Post lady brought goodies today too, more later.

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1 hour ago, sierraman said:

Here is today’s purchases. Not sure if I paid over the odds for the Senator on account of the windscreen. 

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No, I think you did well enough there.  Total investment of a skinny, for two models over 35 years old, in pretty good condition.  Not to be sniffed at.

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2 hours ago, eddyramrod said:

No, I think you did well enough there.  Total investment of a skinny, for two models over 35 years old, in pretty good condition.  Not to be sniffed at.

There was an SD1 in similar condition, a duplicate, should have bought it to flog on. But minus eBay fees the point would have been none. I prefer my models to have been cared for but slightly tatty to show they’ve been enjoyed.

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I can't recall if we've ever discussed these before?

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I think this one is 1979, I've had it since about then. Has surprisingly little in it that ties in with the Matchbox range of the time, just this one cartoon as I recall. Don't know if they did any other years.

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I'm trying to avoid buying anything at present with the house move hopefully due soon, but I did pick up the Matchbox MX-5/Miata (No. 58) and MR2 in the week when I had to pop into a Tesco. I got the RHD, headlights down version of the Toyota.

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12 hours ago, AndyW201 said:

Nothing much new at the local Morrisons apart from these,

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Normally I'm not into big money supercar type stuff, but I liked this version of the R35 when I saw it previewed. Nice colour and it's good to see a fairly complicated racing livery with front and rear detail too, rare on HW.

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Then, the more 'standard' version of the R35. With the dreaded 'Then & Now' branding, which means there's probably going to be a grey Kenmari 2000GT or R32 Skyline to hunt down later!

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And the money shot,

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Only found an effing Gullwing!

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Been looking forward to this one coming out. It's gained some criticism online over the un-Gullwing-like wheels and tidemark along the bottom, but...

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As can be seen, it's not actually a million miles from the real thing, other than the wheel size.

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Post lady brought goodies today too, more later.

The new Hotwheels castings of the last 5 years or so are brilliant. Great detail, almost like models if you want them to be.

@cms206 told me about Raya Asada and how he really transformed what Hotwheels modeled. Being in his early 40s, recognised that there are some guys out there who are never too old....

Sadly he passed away earlier this year so I wonder what future releases will now look like.

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I'm back from a very hot, busy boot sale. Too hot for comedy pictures this week, just wanted to get round and home to cool off. Lots of sellers but not a lot of bargains, often the only ones with die casts are the same ones every week with laughable prices. One seller always has loads but I've been put off by his prices previously, this week I picked up an unusual Matchbox Trick Shiters hot rod, complete but with the usual wear. Five pounds! Sod that. 

Full report shortly....

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1 hour ago, Split_Pin said:

The new Hotwheels castings of the last 5 years or so are brilliant. Great detail, almost like models if you want them to be.

@cms206 told me about Raya Asada and how he really transformed what Hotwheels modeled. Being in his early 40s, recognised that there are some guys out there who are never too old....

Sadly he passed away earlier this year so I wonder what future releases will now look like.

Couldnt agree more. I still like to collect stuff like classic muscle cars from HW (preferably without flames and outlandish paint jobs) but they've really come into their own the last few years with factory style classic and modern JDM and European cars.

Diecast Collector did quite a good obituary to Ryu, his influence has been plain to see over the last few years as you say. Hopefully the range will carry on the same way.

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I too am in receipt of a Cogbox containing some Belfast Bargain Buses. On the left is a Jinling (I assume the same company that made the Field of Dreams ATV) that just needed a clean and a few small chips touching up with a paint pen. On the right is a Guangzhou Bus, a little more battle-scarred but still quite presentable, both of these Chinese buses being by Checkmate. The poor old ABC Models Metrobus in the middle hasn't fared quite so well - it's filthy inside and out and the driver is sharing his cab with a giant dust ball, and on top of that it's suffered a fair bit of damage to the top deck, a shame as it was probably okay when Market Blokey bought it but got wrecked by other buses piled on top of it. Still well worth the pittance paid though.

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I'm still puzzled by how these buses from the other side of the world rarely seen in the UK ended up on a market stall in Northern Ireland, but it was a pleasant surprise when @Datsuncog found them there and I had to snap them up. Thanks again Tim!

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A bit of a mixed bag of finds today, starting with the small. 

Matchbox BP Autotanker was something I'd not picked up before

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Corgi Juniors Range Rover

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First of two new things from the stall I pictured last week, Hot Wheels Ferrari 308

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Initially I thought this was a Tonka, but it's a Lintoy

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A whole 10p each for these Majorette commercials

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Also in the 10p bag was this Superkings Ford LTS tractor

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I've been eyeing these up on eBay, usually in green with the stickers coming off. This one seemed worth £3

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Didn't recognise this at all but it's marked Hot Wheels,  presumably a Mebetoys casting?

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Picked up a couple of Tonkas for a quid each. Yes it works, yes it sounds awful

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This one will get repainted, hopefully the glass will sand and polish up nicely. Guessing it should have a bumper but looks good without anyway. Love the slot mags!

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Almost didn't ask about this very basic (and very dusty) 959, as boxed = £££, but it was 50p

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Bargain of the day has to be this Bburago Range Rover though. Missing the roofrack and one tail light, but still looks pretty good with all the opening bits and tilting seats - just 50p too

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53 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Went BIG CAR BOOT

Another waste of time

It also getting to me that I find myself increasingly alien in my birth country 

Might be worth finding a different one. Seen a couple of signs for a Saturday one, used to do Boreham then go on to the lazybones one that started at 10 but we have my partner's two young grandchildren with us at the moment and I don't think they'd cope with an extra couple of hours - and neither would we!

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53 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

Might be worth finding a different one. Seen a couple of signs for a Saturday one, used to do Boreham then go on to the lazybones one that started at 10 but we have my partner's two young grandchildren with us at the moment and I don't think they'd cope with an extra couple of hours - and neither would we!

Times like this I find myself really missing the Wednesday morning sale at Marks Tey. Didn't bother going to Dumfries this morning as we slept in and there's too much needing to be done around the place anyway. There's only one man selling any diecast and mostly too new for me. There's supposed to be a decent one in Glasgow but I can't yet be arsed to get up early and drive for an hour to find out. 

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So, had a delivery yesterday.

I'm quite late here to the Schabak party. I've bought a few Vauxhall/Opel models from Gama over the years and I do like this era of nicely made German model from the late '80s/early '90s. Detail might be lacking a bit compared to today's models from Minichamps/Vanguards/Neo etc but they are still chock full of charm from an era when I was just about making the transition from collecting small 'toy' Matchbox and the like to proper 1/43 collectors stuff. So first up,

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This is another real 'holy grail' model for me. I have quite a lot of 'Fast Ford' models in the collection now, but a distinct lack of hot Fiesta action. Truth is, there isn't really a massive choice of sporty Fiestas in 1/43 form. Mk1 XR2s can be had from Minichamps and Vanguards, so are expensive. I have one silver Vanguards XR2 and that's it. (If you want a real laugh, see how much people are asking for Vanguards Mk1 Supersports...), Neo Mk2 XR2s do exist, but that'll be £80-£90 please sir. (Word is that the Mk2 XR2 is one of the favourites to be next modelled by Vanguards. If they're still around by then...). Mk3 wise, again you're struggling. Kess do a stunning resin RS Turbo, but again you're talking ££££££. IMG_20210717_191038.thumb.jpg.cfded30248669dcf03cc06297dd38fee.jpg

So really, you're left with the Schabak XR2i, a model which is getting on for 30 years old now, luckily it doesn't look bad for its age. Saying that, due to the lack of choice, prices of these too have started to climb. Recent mint boxed examples have sold on eBay for £20-£30+ so I thought I'd missed the boat with these. Luckily this came up with a tempting BIN price, so at long last, the Fiesta MK3 shaped hole has been filled!

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Mint and boxed too. The box is also in pretty good condition with quite a wishlist on the rear! Shame though that the plastic box window has yellowed and split with age. I'll have to see if I can replace it somehow.

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Pleasingly, the mintiness includes the notoriously fragile headlights, indicators and auxiliary lights, which easily fall out and get lost with these.

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Taillights too, are still present, as is the rear screen, which are also often missing on these.

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Schabak's party trick of course was the amount of opening features. Sadly the realism on this car appears to extend to a non-existent boot floor...

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Doors open too, allowing a look at the interior detail. Obviously at early '90s levels, but its all recognisable as a MK3 dash, with a correct shape steering wheel,

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The bolsters on the sports seats are about right too.

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Another treat is the opening bonnet, something rarely seen even today with 1/43, and a very decent attempt at a 1.6 CVH (Coarse, Vibratory, Harsh) in there.

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Good underbody detail too, for the time.

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Shape is captured well too. Shame it doesn't have the blue pinstripes and bumper strips like the 1/25 version but the black front splitter and tailgate spoiler break up the sea of red and even the wheels aren't a bad stab at the early XR2i ones. Should display well I reckon.

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Right, don't know why Chrome had decided to insert every picture I've uploaded today into one post, but anyway...

The Schabak Fiesta listing came with an Escort as well. The Mk5 is another casting  that I've been meaning to get hold of for a while, so this one fills a gap.

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An Escort 'wagon' no less!

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And a posh looking wagon too, judging by the sunroof and the natty roof rails. Never seen a Schabak Escort in black either.

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Again, this one's in really good condition with only a couple of blemishes in the shiny black paint. The GLX spec wheel trims are well replicated.

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Again, the interior isn't dripping with detail, but it's a decent stab at a Mk5 interior. God, the amount of miles I drove in these bloody things back in the day when I worked on the taxis....

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However the loadspace wasn't bad, I did quite a few airport runs with them. This one, being a GLX, even has a loadspace cover, which would probably make things nicer for the imaginary smol owner of this example...

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... because (and this is actually one of the reasons I love these Schabak Escorts) under the bonnet we have the fantastic* normally aspirated 1.8 Endura-DE diesel. The ones I drove were lower L spec ones and had no loadspace cover, making that boxy space at the back act like a big boombox. I drove a few 1.8 d hatchbacks and I actually quite liked the farty, parpy exhaust note on those, a bit like the Morris Minor exhaust raspberry. But constant. However that noise, amplified by a large, uncovered loadspace got a bit tiring over a long shift...

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So, a Mk5 Escort, estate, diesel. How could this not be shite?

All in all, with the postage, this and the Fiesta came in at about £7 each, which I was quite happy with.

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3 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Went BIG CAR BOOT

Another waste of time

It also getting to me that I find myself increasingly alien in my birth country 

There’s one not all that far from us, it’s absolutely full of travellers selling stolen power tools, it runs all year round but it’s such as waste of time I wouldn’t even consider it. One of the reasons everything I’ve done with goes to the charity shop or on fleabay now is previous experience of doing car boots and having to put up with something being priced at a quid or whatever then constant ‘I only have 10p’ bollocks. On pretty much every occasion we’d get up at some god awful hour, spend several hours being insulted and come away with something like £15. 

Mind you the sellers can be wankers as well, a guy yesterday was selling Matchbox/hot wheels ‘two for a quid’ anyhow the only thing worth having was a Hot Wheels mk2 Golf, rest was rubbish, the guy refused to sell it to me unless I bought 2. His mindset was that he’d end up with loads of loose change it wasn’t worth his time accepting anything less than a quid. I expect his wealth is probably one of the reasons he was spending the hottest day of the year selling off a paste table on the outskirts of Mansfield. Either way I put it back out of principle. 

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One more little job I did while I was in glazing mode - the custom Matchbox Cortina's window unit was looking very yellowed so it's had a couple of days outside in a bag of Cara White. Worrying it actually ended up slightly milky, but a T-cut and a coat of self-shining floor polish have sorted that out. 

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the last batch I used was thinned slightly with water, so I think I'll do the same in future

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