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Not strictly model car shite but has anyone heard of Airfix betta builder? Got a big bag of it today at a car boot.

I had some as a lad and found it didn't fit with Lego very well. All the bricks I had were just two studs long and the one wide and white. The windows were red.

Don't know if they did any other sizes.

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AVANS! This arrived yesterday from Mr Lobster. (Gr11 service, cheers fella!)

 

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Chuffed to bits with it. It's the first 1/43 car I've had from Oxford (barring a couple of Cararama Fords and a few ice cream vans) and am well impressed. Paint is flawless and loads of detail. Love the proper Viva type curved mudflaps, miniature simulated screws on the bases of the mirrors, tiny griffin logos on the wheel centres, nicely done wipers and impressive to see the dash clocks and vents etc picked out. Badging is superb as well. Could easily pass for something twice the price IMO.

 

Just a shame they don't do more 'ordinary' cars like the Firenza...

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Not strictly model car shite but has anyone heard of Airfix betta builder? Got a big bag of it today at a car boot.

 

I had set No.3.....Loved it, true it wasn't as versatile as Lego but I used to love the separate roof tiles and all the hi-rise 1960s town planning stuff that was on the box.

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Airfix Betta Builda?  Oh boy yes, I had loads of it when I were a saucepan in the sixties.  I still have a boxful, but it hasn't seen daylight in some time.  Scaled for Matchbox 1-75?  Yes, I would agree with that.  Pose a car (especially a period one, mk3 Zephyr say) in front of a door, or better yet, a garage door set, and you'll see how it fits.  It seemed to quietly die out about 1966 or so as Lego, which I never had, overwhelmed the market.

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AVANS! This arrived yesterday from Mr Lobster. (Gr11 service, cheers fella!)

 

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Chuffed to bits with it. It's the first 1/43 car I've had from Oxford (barring a couple of Cararama Fords and a few ice cream vans) and am well impressed. Paint is flawless and loads of detail. Love the proper Viva type curved mudflaps, miniature simulated screws on the bases of the mirrors, tiny griffin logos on the wheel centres, nicely done wipers and impressive to see the dash clocks and vents etc picked out. Badging is superb as well. Could easily pass for something twice the price IMO.

 

Just a shame they don't do more 'ordinary' cars like the Firenza...

 

That Firenza looks the bollox - straight out of the 2300SL brochure.

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Hot Wheels addiction is flippin' addictive. I bought a few just before Christmas. A few for 201_jnr to go with the garage we'd got him, and a few 'for Dad to put away'. Now jnr has to check the toy aisle for Hot Wheels whenever we go into a supermarket. And the other day I had a look at the ones in 'Dad's little collection'. Up to nearly 100. At least they don't take much room up...

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Hot Wheels addiction is flippin' addictive. I bought a few just before Christmas. A few for 201_jnr to go with the garage we'd got him, and a few 'for Dad to put away'. Now jnr has to check the toy aisle for Hot Wheels whenever we go into a supermarket. And the other day I had a look at the ones in 'Dad's little collection'. Up to nearly 100. At least they don't take much room up...

 

My sister sent me a multi-pack from Canada in the 1990s.   Whole chest-of-drawers full  now.  Socks and pants all over the place, but the Hot Wheels are safe.....

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if we are going to mention long redundant building kits, i guess no one else on here remembers Bayko?

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it was an architectural building kit from the 1950's.BAYKO3.jpg

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the only reason i know about it is cos me mam had some, which we played with when we were younger. so much so, it has passed on to me.

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Yes, I gave it a brief mention yesterday i.e. "Bayko"   :-D .   I sold it when I reached my mid-teens.  Still have red/green Meccano somewhere, all very heavily used.

 

Bayko was fine if you liked building whitewashed 1930s semis with bay windows.  I did!

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yeay! looking back, i see you did!!

 

someone else who has not only heard of it, but played with it!!

 

i've got a big box of read and green metal meccano too in the spare room, that was something that has come to me via my dad.

 

like many i suppose these older formats quickly fell by the way since lego is so much easier to build up and take apart.

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There is an Arkitex set for sale in one of our tat shops for £35.   Very tempted but it seems only to make an endless tower block (and has a lot of empty compartments in the box).   Would be great for re-creating 60s brochure shots in 1/43 scale though.  

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if we are going to mention long redundant building kits, i guess no one else on here remembers Bayko?

Universal%201963%20BAYKO%20Left.jpg

it was an architectural building kit from the 1950's.BAYKO3.jpg

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the only reason i know about it is cos me mam had some, which we played with when we were younger. so much so, it has passed on to me.

 

I remember bako my gran and granddad had some which I always played with when we went over there as a kid loved it

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There is an Arkitex set for sale in one of our tat shops for £35.   Very tempted but it seems only to make an endless tower block (and has a lot of empty compartments in the box).   Would be great for re-creating 60s brochure shots in 1/43 scale though.  

 

If that is a 1/42 scale one, it's still cheap.

They were also available in 00 scale and those literally go for peanuts. And yes, they are ace for making 50s-60s officeshite blockshites.

 

As far as I understand it, Bayko is about halfway between 00 and 0 scale, I guess S scale, or 1/64, or thereabouts.

It also allows for a much greater variety in architectural styles, especially since apparently you can combine the parts from the Plimpton and Meccano eras,

thus are able to build anything from the 1930s to the 1960s.

I once saw a service station built from Bayko by a guy in Belgium and almost had to cry, it was so nice. Totally Streamline Moderne and stuff.

So when it comes to pure architecture, Bayko is certainly the way to go. If it's pure, unadulterated shite you're after, get yourself an Arkitex kit.

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One of these is winging it's way to my pad as I type.

 

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Reg Grundy roolz, ya bas!

But it's a suzuki jeep in the show.

 

I have the jet ranger as a junior still in it's packet. And the remains of the bigger one somewhere.

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