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1986 was the last year that the 956 was permitted to race on safety grounds. By this time, the Porsche 962 had long since taken over production.

As in 1985, Louis Krages did the majority of races with chassis 104. It appeared in the existing yellow, black and white livery but now with backing from Japanese fashion retailer, Taka-Q. 

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IIRC the Specials were cheaper than the regular Superkings, frequently you’d get them in a pack with a couple of Super GTs. I can’t remember them holding masses of appeal at the time, despite being some oddball subjects like the Lancia. They did try to improve them later with the F40 and the XJ220 but by this time the 1/36 market was dying off. Or at least Tyco thought so...

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4 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

I can't say for sure, but the side of the box indicates it's not all that far off, date-wise? 

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Of course, it's quite possible that Corgi kept manufacturing them for Tesco into the 1990s and packing them into the same boxes, possibly after they'd stopped selling the same models in their own mainline range.

Annoyingly, the big Van Kleemput Corgi book gets a bit vague on products and dates after the end of Mettoy in 1984, so I'm not all that clear on how long the C351 BRSCC Pace Car Sierra lasted in the standard range. From my (incomplete) catalogues, it appears as a new model in the 1985 range, but has disappeared by the 1988 catalogue.

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But equally, the C426 Hepolite Rover SD1 debuted in 1984 and was also gone from the catalogue by '88 - yet clearly Tesco still had them on the shelves near you in the early '90s. Could have been old stock from Tesco's warehouses, or could have been a way to clear out obsolete models from Corgi's stores? We'll probably never know...

I'm pretty sure the base was originally white, not beige - there's a picture somewhere of me holding the Sierra the same day I got it, and also looking up into the wheelarches shows the original white colouration where the sun didn't get at it. Corgi plastics do discolour badly, unfortunately - the canopy on my Transit milk float went unpleasantly yellow too.

I think I still have my yellow Juniors Sierra with the brown bumpers!

I notice on your childhood one that the front indicators in the bumper are painted orange. Also, the one in the catalogues, the light bar and tampos are different.

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Things hang about in warehouses sometimes for years if some sort of dispute is going on, frequently it’s not worth the hu ha to retrieve the goods. I suspect a lot of the export only Corgi Juniors ended up like this, probably got as far as the port or a bonded warehouse and then some shit went off and they ended up written off financially and stored. They did a lot of models with Arabic local branding on that destined for the Middle East that were very unlikely to have made it back to the U.K. by collectors. 

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1 hour ago, Tenmil Socket said:

I notice on your childhood one that the front indicators in the bumper are painted orange.

Yeah, I did that... with a Graffic Traffic pen, c.1991 or so... not very well, it has to be said!

1 hour ago, Tenmil Socket said:

Also, the one in the catalogues, the light bar and tampos are different.

Indeed, the Sierra Pace Car lightbar in the catalogue seems to be roughly the same overall shape as mine, but in emergency colours - flicking through the catalogue though, none of the other models seem to feature a lightbar for the 1985 year, though subsequent catalogues show the same moulding in both amber (for recovery trucks and the like) and in blue (for police vehicles).

I seem to recall that the lightbar on my childhood example was amber, and the nubs still stuck in the roof bear that out, but seemingly some of them were released with the red and blue lights shown in the catalogue.

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This one seems to have the white wheels I remember, too, plus the towbar.

I'd guess the tampo was changed as shown in the catalogue to exclude printing the front panel, making it marginally less complex to decorate - three surfaces, with two colours on each side and four colours for the BRSCC bonnet logo, was already pushing it for a mass-produced toy of its day!

What intrigues me more though, was that this appeared in the Lazy Spotters' Thread back in August...

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Although apparently an XR4i, could this be the car that Corgi's design team drew on for their model?

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On 11/2/2021 at 12:29 PM, flat4alfa said:

Not into buses at allᵀᴹ but bought this in an antique shop on the Gloucester quays last Tuesday

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But it is a proper Moko Lensey, modelled on the AEC Regent and released 1957-60 as '5-B' with the revised 'Buy Matchbox Series' livery

Not only that, it fulfils the need to collect 'Matchbox Livery' things.

FFS

Been clicking the trigger finger again

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Commemorative 55th Anniversary, 60th Anniversary and USA edition 2015 special job thing

But I'm not into buses at allᵀᴹ

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Got a slight dilemma/tat purchase opportunity that might help some of you out too. Guy on another site has dug a load of his childhood tat out of the loft and suggested he might part with them. Here's the pics:

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I'm asking about:

Hot Wheels Cannonade
Hot Wheels Pepsi Challenger
Hot Wheels Hi-Raker Dodge D50
Matchbox Maxi Taxi
Matchbox Yellow Unimog
Matchbox Cortina
Matchbox Rolls Royce
Matchbox Toe Joe
Matchbox Ruff Trek
Matchbox Pontiac Firebird T roof
Matchbox yellow Gliding club Jeep
Matchbox glider trailer
Matchbox K-24 Container Truck
Corgi Ferarri Daytona
Red Corgi Sierra
Silver Corgi Sierra
+ others?
Corgi Mercs X3
Corgi Triumph Acclaim
Boxed Corgi Junior Sierra
Majorette J4
Siku recovery truck
Siku Granadas
Siku Unimog(s) (2 small 1 large)
ERTL General Lee
ERTL Fall Guy truck

I don't know what to offer, and also wondered of there were others in there anyone might be interested in? Shame the Gama Opel has lost its glass but there's a Matchbox/Corgi Mini, the Dinky Roadsweeper etc

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2 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Got a slight dilemma/tat purchase opportunity that might help some of you out too. Guy on another site has dug a load of his childhood tat out of the loft and suggested he might part with them. Here's the pics:

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I'm asking about:

Hot Wheels Cannonade
Hot Wheels Pepsi Challenger
Hot Wheels Hi-Raker Dodge D50
Matchbox Maxi Taxi
Matchbox Yellow Unimog
Matchbox Cortina
Matchbox Rolls Royce
Matchbox Toe Joe
Matchbox Ruff Trek
Matchbox Pontiac Firebird T roof
Matchbox yellow Gliding club Jeep
Matchbox glider trailer
Matchbox K-24 Container Truck
Corgi Ferarri Daytona
Red Corgi Sierra
Silver Corgi Sierra
+ others?
Corgi Mercs X3
Corgi Triumph Acclaim
Boxed Corgi Junior Sierra
Majorette J4
Siku recovery truck
Siku Granadas
Siku Unimog(s) (2 small 1 large)
ERTL General Lee
ERTL Fall Guy truck

I don't know what to offer, and also wondered of there were others in there anyone might be interested in? Shame the Gama Opel has lost its glass but there's a Matchbox/Corgi Mini, the Dinky Roadsweeper etc

Interested in the Ford D Series roadsweeper and Gama Opel (if its cheap)

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11 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Got a slight dilemma/tat purchase opportunity that might help some of you out too. Guy on another site has dug a load of his childhood tat out of the loft and suggested he might part with them. Here's the pics:

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I'm asking about:

Hot Wheels Cannonade
Hot Wheels Pepsi Challenger
Hot Wheels Hi-Raker Dodge D50
Matchbox Maxi Taxi
Matchbox Yellow Unimog
Matchbox Cortina
Matchbox Rolls Royce
Matchbox Toe Joe
Matchbox Ruff Trek
Matchbox Pontiac Firebird T roof
Matchbox yellow Gliding club Jeep
Matchbox glider trailer
Matchbox K-24 Container Truck
Corgi Ferarri Daytona
Red Corgi Sierra
Silver Corgi Sierra
+ others?
Corgi Mercs X3
Corgi Triumph Acclaim
Boxed Corgi Junior Sierra
Majorette J4
Siku recovery truck
Siku Granadas
Siku Unimog(s) (2 small 1 large)
ERTL General Lee
ERTL Fall Guy truck

I don't know what to offer, and also wondered of there were others in there anyone might be interested in? Shame the Gama Opel has lost its glass but there's a Matchbox/Corgi Mini, the Dinky Roadsweeper etc

Depends what he’s asking for them, I’ve been looking for a yellow 1/36 Corgi Sierra but they seem to go for prices similar to what I’d have paid for a real Sierra back in the day. If he finds another Maxi Taxi could be interested. Glancing through the tops of those boxes, it’s mostly stuff I have already. 

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Playtime has begun:

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The built kits are just in here temporarily, until the other cabinet goes up on the wall in the house. I think this cabinet will be mostly diecast, perhaps with a couple of extra shelves and the interior painted, or given a mirror back, or maybe LED lighting?

As well as what's on the top to unpack there are two large plastic crates to go through.

The kits seem to have survived the move pretty much intact, just one snapped aerial and a loose mirror.

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On 11/12/2021 at 12:34 PM, Datsuncog said:

I did call into the market this morning, but there was nothing to set my heart a-flutter, in terms of diecast.

Market Blokey seemed to have declined to bring the same stuff as last week - either that, or he'd already sold the Lesney Superkings stuff that had piqued the interest of some on here.

I think we've seen at least some of this lot before, though.

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Plastic Hong Kong single-seat racers; Corgi Qualcast Turbine Truck and generic Whizzwheels Ambulance; Dinky APC (with chain tracks, but without much else) and hand truck; and various incomplete 1960s Matchbox King Size plant machinery alongside a shonky Speed Kings K-35 Lightning racer.

Up top, expectations were initially high...

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...but then subsided, as I realised these are mostly 1980s Matchbox Specials, with a few Corgi Turbos and a Maisto mixed through.

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Lancia and multiple Mustang IIIs maybe of more interest than the Le Mans style racers.

Also those ropey Corgi Chittys, a paint-ruined Corgi Mini and a Dinky bus towards the back - all items that have been here before.

This large but incomplete Zylmex single seater is another regular still seeking a home:

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But the big battery-powered plastic bulldozer was new.

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Not a familiar make - BPP of Hong Kong, with a catalogue number of 5001.

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Presumably this once came with rubber tracks - still, not a bad display piece.

The Nemesis was in this morning, wearing his customary zippy top. I didn't notice what he was wearing on his feet, though - most remiss of me. He appeared to have already swiped a 1/18 Jaguar XJ220 (Maisto?) and a Ferrari 550 Maranello (Bburago?) - well, he's welcome to them.

A quick scurry over to the Charity Stall revealed not much to interest either - he's managing to clear the Corgi Jag racers, slowly. Only seven left, now. And the Bburago appear to have all gone now, plus the Buddy L.

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I took a closer look at the big friction powered plastic fire engine today, too. Turns out it's a Marx item, in fairly good nick.

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It had a hole moulded in the side where it looked like a clockwork key might go, so I assume earlier examples sported a clockwork motor, while later ones went friction drive.

I also enquired after the cast signs too, on behalf of @bezzabsa :

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Two sizes available (with roughly 1/43 Jaguar included to provide scale) - £20 for the bigger signpost one, £10 for the smaller plaque.

I'll leave it with you, if you wish me to procure one or other!

Ah well. Nothing of note on any of the other stalls; at least we can all be reassured that we're not missing out on much.

Have a most excellent Friday, one and all.

Can you grab the £10 please.....PM me with payment details...👍👍👍🤙🤘

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1 hour ago, Justwatching said:

1982 Dodge Diplomat in 1:64 by Greenlight. 

I also added another layer of cork to make the road more 3 dimensional. Added some road markings too, but think they could be improved. Practice should help.  

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That's looking pretty awesome - and the Diplomat sets it off brilliantly.

Top work!

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Today's arrivals, a '90s Ford One-Two.

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One I've been after for a long, long time, the Minichamps MK1 Mondeo Si in the gloriously lairy Citrine yellow. 

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Not in bad nick overall, a couple of marks on the box and display case but the car is in great condition.

I remember a few Citrine yellow Mondys running about locally, including a gorgeous hatchback with the factory RS body kit and Escort Cosworth style alloys.

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Thought it was about time I got a Mondeo in miniature as I have driven a fair few thousand miles over the years in my former career as a cabbie. When I started, the Sierra, Pug 405 and MK3 Cavalier were the cars to have in the local cab trade. When 1-2 year old Mondeos started to come onto the market though, the lads went mad for them, and for good reason really. They were good to drive and reliable. The company I was working for was one of the first in our town to use Mondeos and it didn't take long for me to blag one. M765 FEG was a Tourmallard green TDLX hatch. I loved the colour but not the beige interior which, being a taxi, took some keeping clean. And there was a lot of beige, even the steering wheel...

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As usual, being a Minichamps model, it's a good un, despite dating from the '90s, though the headlight and fog light treatment give the age away a bit. Good grille treatment though.

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And at the rear, the tail lights and 'heckblende' are done well, along with the badging.

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Unusually, IMO, they've gone for a blue interior with this one. Shame they've used the generic Mondeo interior as well, as an early Si would have had batwing style front seats. But the all blue interior takes me back to another cab I once drove, N59 VAJ which was doom blue on the outside and so blue on the inside, (it was only the instrument surround, gear lever and handbrake that werent blue, even the carpet mats were blue!) that Eiffel 65 would have loved it...

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Another Ford ticked off the list.

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Arrival number two,

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Another I've been chasing for a while. Sadly, these Cararama Pumas have been going on eBay lately with Buy It Now prices of £30-£40, which is a bit mad when you can still get a Minichamps one for a lot less. But when I saw this one hanging around at less than a tenner, I had a punt on it.IMG_20211113_222915.thumb.jpg.82cdb444a1e087299471130d4c2dccfb.jpg

In all, I'm very pleased with it. A lot of Cararama models can be a bit 'approximate' or a bit toy like, but it seems that, like the Merc W203 I got recently, they really made an effort to do the Puma as a decent quality collectors model. The shape is pretty much bob-on.

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Small details like the scuttle, wipers and mirrors look at least as good as on some premium models

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Cracking detailing too, on the headlights,

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And on the tail lights. Correct shape rear seats too, in fact I think those casting marks on the rear quarters are the only things you can really fault this model for, considering its from a bargain basement range.

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A tiny bit under wheeled maybe, but the wheels themselves still look great.

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Also today, nipped into Morrisons for a bit of shopping. Finally they've restocked with some new Hot Wheels.

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Was pleased to find the RX7, this release is flipping lovely,

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Ditto the N600, sadly I went through the box and this was the only one,

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Hell of a lot of red.! Couldn't remember if I'd already got the lightning in red or whether it was the red Syclone. I'm starting to think I need to do a spreadsheet of Hot Wheels purchases to try and keep track...

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Oh no! More Then &Now. The hunt for the 2016 Camaro begins...

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£2 each now as well in Morrisons. 😯

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