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13 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

More new MB in Tescos tonight.

Still alright for £2.

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You're not really allowed anything vaguely 'UK' or 'Britain' in Scotland any more so I had to have this face down on the trolley going around the shelves 😄

I don’t understand what merits a reissue of an old model being 75p more expensive?

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34 minutes ago, sierraman said:

I’ve never had a go on one but I understand it’s got a spring that runs in a closed loop. The people I know that have had one remember it being the most frustrating thing known to man!

I was lucky enough to find one at a boot sale a few years back. 

Spring was easy enough to get in place and use,but it is incredibly noisy.

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13 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

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You knows it...

Damp, dark morning with low cloud hiding the hills, and the streetlights still on at 7.30. Nothing much of interest at the market this morning, and no Nemesis either.

There was only a small box of mostly rubbish Lesney, Corgi and Dinky stuff - incomplete and broken for the most part, with a high proportion of aircraft, trailers and other stuff that's a bit useless on its own.

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Matchbox Superkings Ferrari Testarossa was a bit too shabby to appeal.

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Speed Kings Nissan and Mercedes C111 were also tired, but all there.

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Weird off-brand Transformers that looks a bit like a Mk8 Civic mixed with a Citroen C2.

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Some big tinplate trucks were interesting, mind:

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Not sure how much; probably not cheap.

I tried to engage Market Blokey in some light conversation, hoping to enquire about the Adidas Avenger's general well-being, but he looked slightly pop-eyed and confused at my attempt pleasantries, and so I didn't pursue it further.

I guess people aren't much used to small talk from me.

The Charity Stall had only that Fisher-Price rescue vehicle on it, still unsold.

Alan's Emporium did have some diecast - but I'm not sure that £2 for a chipped generic MotorMax represented great value for money...

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...though £4 for the boxed Automax Porxster seemed pricey, though not outrageous. But there were only those two.

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I was happy enough to slip back out into the autumnal drizzle with a bag of home-made cherry scones and a decent mug of coffee; mildly unfulfilled from a diecast perspective, but at least I wasn't subject to temptation...

Once again - a happy Friday to you all.

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1 hour ago, sierraman said:

Is there some sort of hyper inflation going on in Northern Ireland at the minute? £2 for that yellow thing? Whaaaa??!!!!

I have no idea... and, I suspect, neither does Alan of the Emporium.

Still, I got some decent Lesney off him for 25p before, and a nice Corgi 'Man from U.N.C.L.E' Oldsmobile for a mere £2, so sometimes his cluelessness pays off...

1 hour ago, 155V6 said:

Thanks for looking again Tim,I'm jealous of the cherry scones 😁

The scones were excellent!

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Breakfast of champions.

1 hour ago, RoadworkUK said:

I for one am elated to have lived through The Golden Age of St George's Tat Market.

Heh, it does feel like there's been a steep descent in quality of late - really don't know why, but swings and roundabouts, I guess...

Still, for some reason I'm kinda ok with that - for one, it prevents me from arriving home clutching overflowing bags of bashed-up Corgi Juniors, and for another I'm not taking it personally anymore - seems a weird thing to say, but for a long while I felt somehow responsible if there wasn't much of interest on the stalls on a particular week.

The law of averages suggests that we might be due a bonanza before too long, though...

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Post Lady delivered these today

Corgi Mercedes 350SL ; 1st series Corgi Chevrolet Impala ; 1st series Corgi Mercedes 220 SE Coupe ; Maisto 1:33 Lotus 340R

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Never had any of them before.  The purchase of the 350 SL is the fault of this forum.  The 220 SE picked up for offer of Fiver, liked it because: it's the early steering one ; it has some number plate decals I've never seen before ; also because of this statement:

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The Mercedes 220SE was first added to the range in 1962 and was produced up to 1964 when it was replaced with No.253, a revised version of the same car with the steering removed and suitcases added in the boot. You will find it in metallic maroon, cream, dark blue and if you are very lucky and are prepared to dig deep in your pocket - black. The black cars are valued at about double the other colours. [https://www.chezbois.com/corgi/1962/Model_230.htm]

It seemed the black went well with the plates front and rear.  I wonder what it signified?  Diplomatic?

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Or is this just a one-off sticker effort as the boot and roof have paint damage as if there have been stickers on there too.  But then, a customiser would have peeled-off the 'Sep 61' tax disc sticker?

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The Friday Tat Plot Thickens.

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16 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

for a long while I felt somehow responsible if there wasn't much of interest on the stalls on a particular week.

I think we all appreciate your efforts finding old toys, packing and posting them all over at no profit to yourself, when you could have slung half of them on eBay. Hopefully some of the bits I've sent back have helped a bit - especially the haggis.

I would have been checking that Corgi Minibus for uncracked glass though...

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39 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I think we all appreciate your efforts finding old toys, packing and posting them all over at no profit to yourself, when you could have slung half of them on eBay. Hopefully some of the bits I've sent back have helped a bit - especially the haggis.

 

32 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

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Heh, cheers folks - it's been a wild ride, and I think we've all got a lot of joy from it. I've managed to find some choice pieces for the collection, and there's been a roaring cross-sea trade in tatty models, going in both directions. I'll keep monitoring, though... just in case.

Can't believe I kept that Days Gone in the fridge for the best part of a week, thinking it was actually a haggis.

🤭

39 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I would have been checking that Corgi Minibus for uncracked glass though...

Well, I wasn't able to stop myself checking - but tragically it's the same one that's been kicking round the stall for a few years now, with the windscreen put through and the roof windows broken/ cracked on both sides...

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Ditto, that Corgi Manta's the one with the roof stoved in - so a brave resto on both counts.

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58 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Post Lady delivered these today

Corgi Mercedes 350SL ; 1st series Corgi Chevrolet Impala ; 1st series Corgi Mercedes 220 SE Coupe ; Maisto 1:33 Lotus 340R

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Never had any of them before.  The purchase of the 350 SL is the fault of this forum.  The 220 SE picked up for offer of Fiver, liked it because: it's the early steering one ; it has some number plate decals I've never seen before ; also because of this statement:

It seemed the black went well with the plates front and rear.  I wonder what it signified?  Diplomatic?

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Or is this just a one-off sticker effort as the boot and roof have paint damage as if there have been stickers on there too.  But then, a customiser would have peeled-off the 'Sep 61' tax disc sticker?

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The Friday Tat Plot Thickens.

The triangle atop the rear plate suggests that these will be early 60s Trade Plates, which we are now so used to seeing in red-on-white.  Way Back When, you could buy packs of number plates, tax discs, etc, Corgi-branded, and although I don't remember specifically, it's not a stretch to imagine that they included Trade Plates.  The market was much less "global" in those days and the packs were UK-specific.

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44 minutes ago, sierraman said:

I think we need to cheer ourselves up and indulge in some reminisce about the Tat we had as a kid. Those times when we had nothing to worry about other than if we had Bernard Matthews Turkey Drummers for tea. 

Luxury!

All we could eat was coal

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6 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Luxury!

All we could eat was coal

I happened to be barrowing a big pile of coal yesterday and I thought of when people used to say they got a lump of coal at Xmas. I think this year a lot of people would be over the moon with a bag of coal for Xmas with the price of gas etc. Assuming they have a coal fire. 

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25 minutes ago, eddyramrod said:

The triangle atop the rear plate suggests that these will be early 60s Trade Plates, which we are now so used to seeing in red-on-white.  Way Back When, you could buy packs of number plates, tax discs, etc, Corgi-branded, and although I don't remember specifically, it's not a stretch to imagine that they included Trade Plates.  The market was much less "global" in those days and the packs were UK-specific.

Found!  'Pack E'

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Oh well, not going to retire just yet then

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Two boxes arrived today, both from forum members. First up, the orange stripe VW T3 ambulance from @155V6

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This has the Macau base, all my others except the Commando ones have been Chinese

Secondly, @Tenmil Socket sent me the Corgi Transit milk float that had been on my shite list for a while

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The closest I'd got was fondling the one made for my boss, to replace the one lost when the Zebrugge ferry sank

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Also along for the ride was this version of the Zakspeed Capri

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Lastly, this Cosmic Whites Blues which despite protests, is getting a custom makeover. If my plan works out I think you'll forgive me

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59 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Interested to hear the story of the Zeebrugge Transit story?

My boss used to do deliveries, a lot of which were for Ford running parts between test centres at Dunton and Cologne as well as other locations. He had a small fleet of Transits which clocked up a lot of miles, and were unofficially test beds for Ford, so they would often replace failed parts FOC, presumably so they could see why they had gone wrong.

My boss had changed his normal route for some reason and got on the Zebrugge ferry that fateful day, and helped several people out as it sank. He ended up in hospital with fairly minor injuries, and as he'd lost everything he had with him (including the Transit), he was donated some clothes to go home in. I wish pictures existed of him in his corduroy trousers and purple velvet jacket!

Someone at Ford made him the Corgi Transit as a momento

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