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Had a bit of a stock take the other night with my Superkings, apart from some that are megabucks like the JCB or the short lived motorcycles, I’ve probably got 80% of them, not all the variations obviously but I’ve resigned to not trying to win that battle. It’s just the odds and ends I’m trying to pick up.

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Just back from a trip to Dumfries, one of the charity shops had a large display of small diecast in the window. On closer inspection very little to interest me or that I didn't already have, but these two Siku came home with me. A bit scruffy admittedly, but good enough. There was also a metallic green Audi 200(?) which turned out to be missing a door so that stayed where it was. I had the Opel as a very young child but it was a darker metallic red than this and was always missing one rear wheel. In another shop window was an unbuilt Tamiya Monte Carlo Mini kit which I probably ought to have bought, but I only had some pocket change about my person. Already got one as well, but when did that ever matter? 

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2 hours ago, Amishtat said:

Just back from a trip to Dumfries, one of the charity shops had a large display of small diecast in the window. On closer inspection very little to interest me or that I didn't already have, but these two Siku came home with me. A bit scruffy admittedly, but good enough. There was also a metallic green Audi 200(?) which turned out to be missing a door so that stayed where it was. I had the Opel as a very young child but it was a darker metallic red than this and was always missing one rear wheel. In another shop window was an unbuilt Tamiya Monte Carlo Mini kit which I probably ought to have bought, but I only had some pocket change about my person. Already got one as well, but when did that ever matter? 

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Those are both excellent models. I wanted both as a kid because they were in my 1988 Catalogue but ended up only with a MK3 Escort GL and a Passat.

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Pssst. Keep this info to yourself. 

If you're in Nottingham check out a place called Parallel Universe in the city centre. I went in there this lunchtime to get my fix of my other obsession (retro games) but I noticed a box containing a tonne of worn out old cars. 

I picked up one, went over to the store owner and asked how much he wanted for it. He told me every car in that box was a quid. 

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And so here we are - £2 for two cars. We have an absolutely fucked Triumph Acclaim with a smashed windscreen, smashed rear light, neither remaining door mirrors and a suspiciously chewed tow bar. And then we have a significantly less fucked Majorette 205 GTI which is just missing some side trim. 

Absolutely no clue whether the Acclaim can be salvaged but my aim is to turn the 205 from some sporty, rally decal clad GTI to a povvo XE. 

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On 10/4/2021 at 3:13 PM, Conan said:

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One gripe I have is that when put together side by side the Volvo is slightly longer than the Jag, when in 1/1 the Jag should be slightly longer! Hmpf! Either AutoArt fucked up or Ottomobile fucked up. Or maybe online specs site fucked up and I need to find an XJS to verify.

The Volvo is spot-on at length and width for 1:18 scale

The Jaguar is 1:18 in width, but 1:19 in length.  Boooo.  Stunted.

OttOmobile wins!

Yes they seem to write their company name as OttO for some reason.

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50 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Nice dedication to the late Ryu Asada on the box and license plate of the SVX.

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Yes, it's also a bit more than that as Asada owned three SVX in his time

A Pearl White [267] example was his first car, purchased when he was a student at Pasadena.  Apparently he regretted having to sell it.  This was represented in last years Matchbox release.

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Once he returned to the US after his internship with Peugeot, he bought the Liquid Silver [249] example.  The Claret [265] came later as he was fond of the colour (a rare one at that) and at one time owned them both. 

His yellow Honda S2000 and red Honda(Acura) NSX were also represented during his time with Mattel.

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9 minutes ago, sierraman said:

The SVX looks like it would lend itself well to a custom respray. Likewise the Ford Hot Rod could be a base for a California Kid replica @eddyramrod

You're probably right about the SVX, but I'm afraid the Ford is all wrong for the California Kid.

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The model is of a five-window 1932 Coupe; the car in the film was a three-window 34.  There was a 32 in American Graffiti...

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...which at least is a five-window of the correct general shape, but notice the film car's engine is exposed, whereas the model's isn't.

Hot Wheels did a 34 years ago, with exposed engine sides, and I have one I painted up as the Kid.

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Seen here with the modern HW Plymouth that I've painted up as the Sheriff's car!

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44 minutes ago, DoctorRetro said:

Peugeot 309 by Maisto

Is it an optical illusion or are the B pillars at a different angle  to the door shut on the filler cap side but the same angle as the door shut on the other side?

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27 minutes ago, mintwth said:

Is it an optical illusion or are the B pillars at a different angle  to the door shut on the filler cap side but the same angle as the door shut on the other side?

I think it's just the angle of the pic and the zoom.

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Quite obvious colour differences in the Bandai Beetles

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And some production changes underneath. RM version just says Bandai Made in China, VW has the full script and then Made in Singapore, donor has Bandai Singapore then the script

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I was having a read on the history of these and it's a bit confusing with name changes, release dates etc. All three are essentially the same though so I'll be keeping the ROBOMACHINES and VOLKSWAGEN versions. Donor bumper has had a rechrome and will go on my original car

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It appears to be VW day today, this Auto-Pilen Buggi Playero is missing a few bits like the seat backs, windscreen and hood - but isn't something that pops up for sale very often so I had to grab it. It's quite a heavyweight and is held together with a machine screw, which should make repairs easier. I've already fixed the broken rear suspension (although I cheated in the pics and propped it up)

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Along with it arrived this Lucky Toys MK1 Golf, only a small section of bumper AWOL on this one

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There's one on eBay now complete with caravan, place bets now on how much that will fetch...

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21 hours ago, sierraman said:

I have that one, such an odd subject but it’s not a terrible rendition of a 309.

The worst bit is the Peugeot badge on the bonnet - my example is pensioner pale blue and stands out even worse!

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

Having a Google of what the Auto Pilen buggy buggi should look like

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The style, especially the roof and running board treatment, plus the base locating tab sticking through the front look very familiar

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

It appears to be VW day today, this Auto-Pilen Buggi Playero is missing a few bits like the seat backs, windscreen and hood - but isn't something that pops up for sale very often so I had to grab it. It's quite a heavyweight and is held together with a machine screw, which should make repairs easier. I've already fixed the broken rear suspension (although I cheated in the pics and propped it up)

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Along with it arrived this Lucky Toys MK1 Golf, only a small section of bumper AWOL on this one

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There's one on eBay now complete with caravan, place bets now on how much that will fetch...

It's mind boggling how much some of these crude plastic toys fetch now.

A few are nice enough to put on the shelf like the large Fiat 127 I bought from Datsuncog a couple of years ago but I'm not sure I'd display something like the Golf.

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