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Not my cup of tea although I will allow they're nicely made. Days Gone can get in the sea though.

I took great pleasure in removing the grille/bumper assembly from one the other day and throwing the rest in the bin.

The part fits Matchbox Model As

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Think I'll burn some diesel for this Rayleigh event next month, the deals you got and condition of them is gob-smacking

Scammell Pipe Trucks weren't even in that condition, forty years ago!

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2 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Think I'll burn some diesel for this Rayleigh event next month, the deals you got and condition of them is gob-smacking

Scammell Pipe Trucks weren't even in that condition, forty years ago!

Next one's Chelmsford. I think I could have bought twice as much as I did, especially the smaller stuff. There are plenty of "cough" "how much?" prices to be found too, some of them were hilarious. No Adidas trainers though, I think the average age was about 60, I felt like an impostor 

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23 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Donor Camaro has also lost a door card and the seat backs. Think you can get the door cards off Steve Flowers (as well as the windscreen/hood).

Looking at the pics, donor Camaro can provide a the missing driver's side door card for today's Firebird?

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Some absolute belters there from the toy fair haul, kids... thanks for sharing!

I don't think I've been to a toyfair for well over ten years now - and even then, the ones locally were generally more focused on model railways, with comparatively little in the way of diecast (mostly 00 gauge EFE/ OOC/ Oxford Diecast/ Hongwell items).

Thinking about it, I'm sure it's been 25 years since I've been at an event featuring vintage diecast like this - and even then, the prices were nowhere near as reasonable! Two quid for a Redwheels Corgi Pontiac Firebird? Fifty pence for a Corgi Electro Rockets Alfa Montreal??? Jiminy Cricket... 

I'm wondering if maybe with such a crummy year for sales events, some sellers are just trying to convert some stock into ££££s by this point in the year.

I'd also be interested whether all the house-moving mania earlier this year has led to a glut of diecast job-lots from people clearing out their attics and sheds, so possibly that's good news for collectors...

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Went out on Saturday morning for a bit of a mooch-about; had a few errands to run, and ended up back in my hometown to drop off a roll of artificial grass, of all things.

I haven't been down the town centre for a few years now, so it was interesting to have a bit of a wander around.

The model shop I used to work in all those years ago is still going strong, although it has virtually no toys and models anymore, and basically just carries nursery goods like prams and cots and stuff.

However, it did preserve a small corner of the store for model railway stuff, but I was surprised to see that they now have some older models for sale, and a sign saying they buy collections.

This was a bit of the stuff they had in the display cases outside - unfortunately suffering a little from UV fading to the boxes. Yes, the dreaded cardboard tags were in situ.

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Dunno if you can zoom in there, but nothing's particularly cheap - sort of £15 - £35 on the older loose Corgi and Dinky stuff, and £40 - £60 for the older boxed stuff. Definitely pricey, but the vast majority appeared to be pretty minty. Reflections on the glass don't really help, though - sorry.

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Reproduction and EFE stuff also available, though utter bargains were conspicuous in their absence. But that's retail, kids.

They had quite a few discounted EFEs in the window proper, too - if you can see them. They're mostly about the £10 mark, so not mega-cheap unless there's anything rare that can be seen here.

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Not sure if these are new old stock, rescued from the upstairs stockrooms (where I possibly stacked them in the late 1990s), or if it's been a collection they've bought up to sell on.

A fair bit of Oxford Diecast 00 gauge stuff inside, plus some Corgi Collectables stuff too from the late 1990s/ early 2000s - but mostly priced according to current values rather than original RRP (£40 asked for the 'Only Fools and Horses' Reliant van and Capri set).

 

8 hours ago, andrew e said:

Maybe give a local fair a mooch @Datsuncog ?

Haven't seen any locally for years!

There used to be one each year around Easter in the local leisure centre, which was the highlight of my calendar, pretty much - but the building was demolished about fifteen years ago. I went to one in the new leisure centre c.2010 - but it was being held in a tiny room in a basement, and was only about a quarter of the size it had been previously. There was one guy there selling a few unboxed Gama, and that was the extent of the diecast (all the rest was railway stuff, books and DVDs).

There's supposedly a diecast club in Belfast who do monthly swapmeets, but trying to get any information out of the organisers is like pulling teeth. I've turned up for a publicised meet to find the place in darkness, and I've been promised notifications for the next meet - only to later find that one went ahead without anyone letting me know.

Most peculiar. BUT - it does stop me having to make difficult decisions...

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I'd like to visit one of the local fairs again soon. Will probably leave it until after Christmas when everything's unpacked, in the meantime it'll be like going through tat boxes as I rediscover my own stuff.

That being said, my resolve has weakened slightly.....

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Also got a Hasegawa Isuzu Gemini on its way to me.

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I may have one or two of them already, but most are new to me.

I actually picked up the HW thing for a lady who was rummaging through the Matchbox case next to me looking for "anything pink". I then found her some terrible fantasy thing which she preferred, and as this Manga Tuner looked somewhat Skyline-ish I thought I'd keep it for myself. It's as cartoonish as the Noppo Skyline kit I have in the stash.

In other news, most of the kits have left my office and are now back home again:

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Last batch of 30-40 kits are in the car now, just the built models and diecasts to go now (I don't yet have anywhere to display them). This isn't the permanent storage solution, but it's good to see them at home.

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@Spottedlaurelfunny enough we were talking about you yesterday - looking forward to seeing more of your builds.

Postie just dropped a few bits off. Look, it's a Corgi Range Rover

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Or rather it's Lucky's attempt at a large plastic copy, bonnet hopefully can be recreated. I also tried to acquire a pair of what I presume were Lucky copies of the Dinky MK1 Transit, although they weren't both the same. Got too expensive. 

I honestly am not collecting Galanite! These were in with the Range Rover lot

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The buggy can stay of course. There were a few other no-name plastic bits that aren't worth photographing, but this one is mildly interesting - looks just like a Tonka or one of the similar tinplate trucks but is plastic with a FWD friction motor. Not staying! 

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Also included, and a nice thing to have is this Tonka Beetle

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The same seller had one other item that caught my eye - another Corgi motorbike trailer with a single bike, so now I have the correct number. But do I have both colours..?

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*edit* no. Bugger

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21 hours ago, bunglebus said:

 Sticking with VWs, ADAC Polo is a great find, think I paid £2.50 for this

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Which is expensive compared to £2 for this Corgi Firebird, all there bar the screen and one door card, just full of dust. First Corgi I've found with the red wheel centres

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Another Corgi, complete bar tyres

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Same make, different era. @andrew econvinced me I needed this Range Rover. It could use some chewing gum to keep the lower tailgate closed!

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For a moment I thought this was a Corgi too, but it's a Matchbox with a jaunty repaint

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This thing is hefty. Matchbox K-39 Snorkel

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A much better Martini K-7 than my current one

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And its close relative the K-21 Tractor Transporter. I was chasing one of these on eBay that was local to me but the price went mad. A pound for this one!

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Further digging in the £1 Matchbox commercials box scored me another Avis A Series

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And a Super Kings Scammel Contractor. Grille and tow hook just as missing as the other one I own of course

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Back after the break with stuff in boxes

The ERF cement lorry. I have one and thought that it had grey metal tops to the loading orifices. These flipped open. Internet search shows both red and grey. I would expect the red plugs are on newer vehicles.  a Corgi Project Drive?

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5 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Some absolute belters there from the toy fair haul, kids... thanks for sharing!

I don't think I've been to a toyfair for well over ten years now - and even then, the ones locally were generally more focused on model railways, with comparatively little in the way of diecast (mostly 00 gauge EFE/ OOC/ Oxford Diecast/ Hongwell items).

Thinking about it, I'm sure it's been 25 years since I've been at an event featuring vintage diecast like this - and even then, the prices were nowhere near as reasonable! Two quid for a Redwheels Corgi Pontiac Firebird? Fifty pence for a Corgi Electro Rockets Alfa Montreal??? Jiminy Cricket... 

I'm wondering if maybe with such a crummy year for sales events, some sellers are just trying to convert some stock into ££££s by this point in the year.

I'd also be interested whether all the house-moving mania earlier this year has led to a glut of diecast job-lots from people clearing out their attics and sheds, so possibly that's good news for collectors...

what ooc was there out of interest

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58 minutes ago, Remspoor said:

The ERF cement lorry. I have one and thought that it had grey metal tops to the loading orifices. These flipped open. Internet search shows both red and grey. I would expect the red plugs are on newer vehicles.  a Corgi Project Drive?

Might have been a cost-cutting measure, or it might have been linked to increasing awareness of toy safety standards - it's possible that the 'flip top' grey loading hatches were too easy to break off when tested, so were replaced with the red plugs later in the toy's lifespan.

 

37 minutes ago, 2cvspecial said:

what ooc was there out of interest

At the last leisure centre model fair I went to? Erm... likely to have been whatever models were current in 2010!

Still, if buses are your thing, a fair amount of OOC and EFE stuff turns up regularly at the Friday Market in Belfast - I'm not able to get there as often as I'd like to these days, but they usually sell at a fiver a throw for boxed items, and £2 for loose models.

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I've no interest in buses,

So of course I bought one yesterday🙄

And here it is!

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Not my usual purchase I mustard mit, but it really is a fantastic thing.

It's in quite good shape,and there is a little switch on the side that opens and closes the doors!!

A totally mechanical system.

How cool is that!

My favourite part though is the dinger!!

It's only got a frickin bell that works 😁

Twang that little lever behind the rear tyre and it goes "Ding" as clear as a....erm...bell!

I love it.

 

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4 hours ago, bunglebus said:

looks just like a Tonka or one of the similar tinplate trucks but is plastic with a FWD friction motor. Not staying! 

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Cor that's a bright one!  How big is it?

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54 minutes ago, junkyarddog said:

I've no interest in buses,

So of course I bought one yesterday🙄

 

Relatable, I quite like the Corgi 1120 that was included in the lot I bought last month, and *may* start collecting more bus models although I know nothing about buses.

Actually a Dinky AEC like yours may look good next to my Corgi! Let's see if I can find any nearby...

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30 minutes ago, flat4alfa said:

Never seen that roof rack luggage piece before.  Most common is the Police like this one back here

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That really is just like the Corgi! Have you ever got your mitts on the Transit?

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On 21/08/2021 at 23:14, flat4alfa said:

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@andrew eand I were discussing one of the plastic Corvettes on sunday - as he correctly surmised, it was supplied on the back of a transporter. £5 on it.

I should also add the next toy fair is on the 7th of Nov at Rayleigh - I got my months mixed up

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46 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Not a fan of the real thing but the Matchbox one is ok. 

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I’m probably the only owner of a real Landrover I know who likes the new Defender. I bought an Oxford Diecast one instead.

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As new cars go they’re quite jolly plus mine cost me a few quid not the 40 odd thousand pounds a real one would be. 

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6 hours ago, bunglebus said:

@Spottedlaurelfunny enough we were talking about you yesterday - looking forward to seeing more of your builds.

Thanks (hopefully - it depends what you were saying!).

Was there much in the way of kits there? I've seen very few at those I've been to, seems to be a different scene. Maybe for that reason, any I've got there have been very reasonably priced - sellers just want to move them on as they take up space.

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