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My bout of strict cold turkey came to an abrupt end yesterday at the Beautiful Days festival.

Among the stalls full of tie-dyed scarves, Vietnamese worry beads, Afghan Wigs and t-shirts with crass slogans, one had tubs of old toys for sale.

I allowed myself a dive, and am very glad I did. Procurements, for a quid apiece, were a green superfast Mercury station wagon (with dags) in gently playworn and intact condition. Nice enough.

The star, though, is a near-immaculate Superkings K-12 "Hercules" mobile crane, even bearing the original paper stickers. I know these odd fantasy contraptions aren't everybody's idea of a good time, but the idea of this one surviving four decades before being rescued from a £1 tat bin at a music festival appeals immenseley.

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On 8/9/2020 at 10:02 PM, flat4alfa said:

Just had to get this Hong Kong knock-off appreciation of the K-12 Hercules Crane!

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Despite this example missing its boom completely, have never seen another

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Pretty authentic* copy down to most details although for some reason the middle pair of outriggers were omitted

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The all-plastic lovely is larger, which mean the iconic* 8-head V8 engine is replicated in a larger form too

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Front-wheel-drive Friction motor for the win

There is K-12 Hercules favour in this corner!

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On 8/9/2020 at 9:43 PM, flat4alfa said:

Funny they could manage to tool for all the fantasy trucks though, such as this

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No interest in these when current, but these days as a senile old fool falling into pangs of nostalgia, I feel myself drawn to SuperKings K-12 HERCULES MOBILE CRANE from 1974.  I mean, just look at it

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The swing mechanism turns 360 degrees; the boom is also diecast and detailed; the telescopic boom extends by the same again, although is plastic, as is the hook 

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There are four extendible outriggers too.  Piggy was less than impressed though

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Whoever at Lesney thought to glaze over a massive detailed V8 (with individual heads!) created a master piece that in real life surely would create a right din for the cab occupants, already suffering from the heat in their over-glazed greenhouse

I wonder how much Laing paid Matchbox to run it in their livery to make it at least seem authentic?

Cor!

(Pop Master is still an hour away)

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Yes, Friday Tatday - and while some new stuff has indeed been forthcoming, I don't think it's gonna set anyone's heart a-flutter...

We were promised boxed buses, and boxed buses there are - priced at £5 for single items, and £10 for twin-packs.

But, it has to be said that these are rather more the 1/50 Corgi Classics and rehashed 'collector' versions of their 1980s toys than the 00 scale OOC/EFE stuff that tends to find favour.

This kinda thing:

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Plaxton operated by Notts City Coaches is finished pleasingly in AS racing colours, mind.

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Plaxton and Metrobus are both in East Kent livery; blue Metro is from Bradford.

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More Yorkshire in the form of a Todmorden Atlantean (?) then a Leicester Midland Fox Metrobus. Plus a Thorneycroft truck (there are a lot of Thorneycroft trucks here - so many I didn't bother taking pics of them all, but if you're keen...)

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Double-packs of Bedford OB and AEC Regal single-deck coaches, all still in their wrapping and looking like they've rarely, if ever, been out of their boxes. Tenner on these doubles.

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Unhappy mix of scales in this Gosport & Fareham 'Provincial Set':

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Southend Plaxton in a just-big-enough cardboard box, the like of which is unfamiliar to me, plus a Leeds Metrobus. Still a fiver on these.

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The only OOC set I could see: 'Dorset Delights' - also £10 here. Cheaper than new, it's true.

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Stray Matchbox Dinky commercials were in evidence too - the Sharp's Toffee Commer was snapped up quickly however; I didn't even see it go.

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Bedford OB Pantechnicons also provided a showing:

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And inside this mystery box:

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Another OB carrier.

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Trams and all:

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And a toy-release Metrobus in Strathclyde colours:

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These Model Ts were nice, but not really my bag.

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More Model T action up top, with what looked like a 1/18 Franklin Mint Ford Model T and 1/24 Rolls Royce:

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£45 each on these; the Ford was very nicely finished, with upholstered leather-effect seats and everything.

1/18 Corgi MGB Roadster may have been a similar price; all I know is that it was Nemesis'd in short order.

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Ah well. I couldn't have lived with the terribly rendered numberplates anyway. 

Older stuff pretty much comprised only this #241 Dinky Silver Jubilee FX4 Taxi...

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And just the utter dregs of the Lesney gear left:

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None of your requested items this week @egg - sorry!

Though I did spot the boat trailer from the Corgi Buick Riviera Holiday Gift Set lurking in there.

This was quite interesting, though:

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Taiyo tinplate Beetle Peelermobile, approx 1/18 scale, and in reasonable fettle bar a missing wheeltrim.

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Some sort of bump & go action evidenced.

Is it worth £20? I dunno, but that's the asking.

Market Blokey also advised he had a 1/18 Franklin Mint Fire Engine for £100, but not yet out on display. I advised that it wasn't quite my bag, but I'd let people know...

So that was it for the Tat Stall, bar a few other non-diecast oddities...

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Creepy Rupert.

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Some sort of Sony portable TV/cassette jobber, which probably cost more than a house in 1983.

I took a brief spin round the other stalls, but there was nearly nowt of interest - Paddy's Overpriced Market had singularly failed to shift any of the diecast offered up in recent weeks, unsurprisingly.

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Since he's looking a fiver a throw, I'm hardly surprised... He was busy crapping on to some punter about a bound set of provincial newspapers from 1906 he had for sale, "that's worth £500... I looked it up online..."

Aye, whatever you reckon.

The Charity Stall only had a plastic Fast & Furious action figure SWAT Jeep-type thing, which the stallholder was trying to palm off on The Nemesis, amusingly. I don't know if he succeeded, but it was gone on my next pass by the stall.

So, there we go... I've a couple of messages to run in Belfast this morning, so if there's anything you can't live without, give me a shout... I daresay I'll be around for another half-hour.

Til next week!

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16 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

Nice but not £20 nice - more terrified by whatever that is behind it, thought trainer nemesis had arrived bare chested for a moment

Thankfully not - that would indeed be terror beyond measure...

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He's got the Franklin Mint Dennis out on the stall now and all:

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Huge, and very detailed.

I'm sure it'll make an old man very happy.

Also, a few other broken diecast/tinplate bits and bobs on another stall that I'd overlooked the first time around.

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From previous experience, prices on this stall veer erratically between very reasonable and spit-your-coffee-out ridiculous.

Place your bets...

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8 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

 

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Some sort of Sony portable TV/cassette jobber, which probably cost more than a house in 1983. 

My grandparents kept one of these very similar to this in their Rover 3500, complete with an aerial that could be mounted to the bootlid. Still have the aerial, and I think the TV is still at their house.

Edit: turns out it was exactly the same model as that one. Anyway, apologies for going off topic

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8 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Thankfully not - that would indeed be terror beyond measure...

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He's got the Franklin Mint Dennis out on the stall now and all:

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Huge, and very detailed.

I'm sure it'll make an old man very happy.

Also, a few other broken diecast/tinplate bits and bobs on another stall that I'd overlooked the first time around.

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From previous experience, prices on this stall veer erratically between very reasonable and spit-your-coffee-out ridiculous.

Place your bets...

my mother has a dolly that, if its not the same, it must be very, very similar.

it was her big christmas present when she was little, like 3 or 4 years old little, which would have been the early 1950s, and  it was at the time an expensive gift.

today its dressed in some baby clothes that we kids used to wear back in the day.

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Right, back from mowing lawns and repairing stuff. I really don't know why this particular charity shop keeps getting old diecasts in, but long may it continue. 

First up, mostly 70s Matchbox. I did look for the skip from the Skip Truck to no avail

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A handful of Corgis. Growlers Marcos is cool

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Last of the small stuff, a few Hong Kong specials. I think I can ID the tank as it has W.T. 311 on the base and I've seen this type of marking before. It'll come to me eventually 

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BRB with the bigger stuff

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This Miura is by Mondo Motors and is 1:43

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Corgi Tyrrell

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This is a monster, Corgi Majors fuel tanker with Ford tractor unit

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Talking of tractors - K-23 bulldozer is an odd one to have that engine poking out of it

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Yet another K-13/20 DAF

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Tidy Transporter 

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I gained the rear half of this recently, not in as nice condition though

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Yet another tractor unit, very nice Scammell 

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Annoyingly they put the price sticker on top of one of the paper decals on this K-9 Fire Tender

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Lastly is this Royal Mail liveried Corgi

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7 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Those Corgi Major trucks go for some decent coin on the old eBay.

I hadn't checked but I will now. The only things I left behind were a Hamleys liveried Routemaster convertible and a Hot Wheels branded F1 car in 1:36ish scale, both £3-4 which didn't seem worth it. A couple of the bigger ones were a pound or two, everything else 50p

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55 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

Tintoys

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I’ll tell you what… you do drop on some decent charity shop finds! As I’ve said before in the last three or four years I’ve found nothing round here! I’m going to Caernarfon early September for five days so hopefully if  Ms Socket approves I’ll be hunting!

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Popped into another charity shop that doesn't normally have die casts. They had one of those annoying plastic bags, only two items in there and it was only a quid.

Late Matchbox Unimog K-137-2 has lost a couple of bits

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And a Corgi Juniors Raygo  Rascal 600

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