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This was a  matchbox Roller convertible,

all these seem to be found with the windscreen either missing or broken.

Decided to turn it into a coupe,using the roof and glazing from a Hot wheels 07 mustang.

 

Not that happy with it,but decided to show it anyway.

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Idea has potential....I immediately thought of this when I saw the first pic - 

 

 

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Mr Lobster is evil, he just made me part with monies for something in a scale I haven't collected in a while, a 1/24 scale Sappy Cossie partwork doobry, almost certain to get OMFGSCENETAXYO.

 

On another note, my local Poundland had in a dump bin full of Matchbox/Hotwheels, 1/43 scale Dodge Viper's and Maserati coupe's which look like DeAgostini partworks

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There has been some diecast receivage.

  

Actually, this one isn't a diecast. It's made from "Composite", which I think is a fancy word for what we used to call plastic.

 

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These are what we sometimes refer to as 'melty' Don't leave it in direct sunlight or anywhere too hot as they do have a tendency to do things they aren't supposed to. Ask me how I know etc...

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Also known by me as "Norev Fatigue"......

 

I'll have to find my 1960s Norev Renault 4 van to see if it is still ok.  Real car dashboards and man made fabrics deteriorate in the sun, so Norev problems should not be a surprise.  Presumably, modern plastics are more resistant to U/V and heat damage.

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Sadly that happens with more diecasts, even from the highest end manufacturers.

It's called zinc pest and caused by an incorrect proportion of metals in the alloy.

The effect occurs years after casting, so it will pass initial quality control.

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In the early 1980s my dad was digging his garden and found a Dinky Post Office van, probably the immediately post war issue.  It was in a terrible state and he almost chucked it there and then.  Fortunately, he kept it to show me and gave it to me as I seemed to be keen.  After much effort and body filler it actually looked decent.  Years went by, and the filler was rejected.  More attempts to rectify it were made but it still deteriorated after a few years.  

 

Yesterday I rushed upstairs to find the Norev Renault 4, pretty sure that I knew where it was.  Well, it wasn't.  Nor were the Hubbly Ford Model A metal kits (built) that I mentioned a while ago.  This means that they are in the loft.  Since I put a box or two of stuff up there (20 years ago?), I have lost the ability to safely climb a ladder, so retrieving them requires the co-operation of my son.  Watch this space.  It will eventually come up trumps with some lousy photographs.

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Check online for a 'hit-list' of 1/18 models that are prone to zinc pest.

 

It's like Russian Roulette (pun intended) buying anything made in what was the USSR. I've lost 2 to it already and I have only ever bought about 25 or so 1/43 scale examples in my lifetime.

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Real car dashboards and man made fabrics deteriorate in the sun...........

 

Imagine how stupid it would be to leave models on a dashboard in the sun then.

 

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Model car mishap by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Sadly I don't need to imagine......

 

Edit: This photo was back at home, I don't have that flowery oilcloth on my dashboard.

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Some recent finds,

 

Nice regular wheels VW split screen high top camper.

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Some not so nice regular wheel matchbox cars,

Fixer uppers,they were cheap.

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Some nicer ones.

Very hard to find the Hot rod draguar without cracks in the bubble top,

This is the best I've found so far,still not totally crack free,but pretty good.

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