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Selling your diecast models? Warwick and Warwick have an expanding requirement for early to modern collections of British and foreign diecast models and diecast models of individual value. Our customer base is increasing dramatically and we need an ever larger supply of quality material to keep pace with demand. The market has never been stronger and if you are considering the sale of your collection, now is the time to act. FREE VALUATIONS - We will provide a free, professional valuation of your collection, without obligation on your part to proceed. Either we will make you a fair, binding private treaty offer, or we will recommend inclusion of your property in our next public auction. FREE TRANSPORTATION - We can arrange insured transportation of your collection to our Warwick offices completely free of charge. If you decline our offer, we ask you to cover the return carriage costs only. FREE VISITS - Visits by our valuers are possible anywhere in the country or abroad, usually within 48 hours, in order to value larger collections. Please phone for details. ADVISORY DAYS - We have an ongoing programme of advisory days, in all regions of the United Kingdom, where you can meet us and discuss the sale of your collection. Visit our website for further details. We will be visiting the following towns within the next few weeks: Ruislip, Isle of Man, Telford, Dundee, Edinburgh, Dumbarton, Honiton, Minehead, Lichfield, Durham, Stockton on Tees, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wisbech, Newmarket, Blackburn, Hyde and Gravesend. EXCELLENT PRICES - Because of the strength of our customer base we are in a position to offer prices that we feel sure will exceed your expectations. ACT NOW - Telephone or email Richard Beale today with details of your property.

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t’s 2017 and Spectrum is Gold! If you grew up in the 1960s/70s, or indeed were your raising children back then, I’m pretty sure you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: it’s now been 50 years since the first ever episode of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons aired on British TV. This month it’s been great fun working with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Richard Leon PR to bring you a celebratory blast from the past and, thanks to their incredible generosity, the chance to win a bumper prize package of amazing collectable goodies. Apparently, although the show was set in the year 2068, its creator, Gerry Anderson, came up with the idea of Spectrum (Earth’s worldwide security organisation locked into a deadly battle with the Martian Mysterons) having its headquarters on an airborne aircraft carrier called ‘Cloudbase’ while recalling how during World War II the RAF had to scramble to get its fighters into the skies to counter attack raids by incoming Luftwaffe bombers. Considering the battering Liverpool took during those dark days, it’s a wonder that the Meccano factory in Binns Road (turned over to war work during the conflict) remained standing when victory finally came. But stand it did and, thanks to this small mercy, Meccano was able to start manufacturing toys again fairly swiftly. Because Britain’s economy was in tatters, though, austerity measures meant most of the resulting output had to be exported – no doubt one of the major reasons why today the immediate post-war Dinky Toys issues are so hard to find and so highly prized. Showcased on pages 46-51 are some superb examples from MC reader and contributor Clive Unsworth’s enviable collection – interestingly, all featuring the smooth hubs some, mistakenly, associate purely with pre-war production models. Returning to the here and now, far more accessible are new releases to suit all tastes and budgets – from CMC’s stunning new 1:18 Figoni & Falaschi Talbot Lago Coupe to Oxford Diecast’s marvellous little 1:76 Fowler BB1 & Living Wagon – featured in our review section. And on the subject of Oxford Diecast, be sure not to miss next month’s issue, as we’ll be revealing masses of new additions to look forward to; plus, there’ll be another exciting and exclusive to MC Atlas Editions ‘Dinky Toys’ offer. In the meantime, though, enjoy your read!

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Contents October 2017 vol. 32 | no. 10 | whole numberr 363 16 New Releases Champagne taste, lemonade money? We’ve got models to suit all budgets in this month’s New Releases section

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New Releases leases

30 News

The latestt iissues, all reviewed and rated so that you know the score

Including a look at the first models in the new TRI-Nations truck series from Tekno and lots more besides...

32 Desert Island Diecast

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We present two more of your fellow collectors with some tough choices

News

Find out what’s currently happening in our little world

38 Captain Scarlet showcase As the show celebrates 50 years since launch, we fast forward you into the future via some collectable blasts from the past

42 Captain Scarlet competition Your chance to win an array of amazing prizes in this month’s exclusive competition

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Desert Island Diecast

Two more of your fellow collectors are called upon to make some very tough personal decisions...

44 Mad for Matchbox Mark Amies explains why he takes great pride in being one of a group of men who are very serious indeed about toy cars

70 Auction news Prepare to be shocked by how much that 1960s’ Hot Wheels pocket money toy featured on our front cover changed hands for and stay bang up to date with lots more secondary market realisations

46 Early post-war Dinky Toys Clive Unsworth treats us to a look at the smooth-hubbed stunners in his own magnificent collection

52 Same car, different scale Part 2 74 Your letters Steve Coles reveals more match results, sharing some of the perfect little and large display partners that adorn his shelves

The hottest topics in the hobby debated, with views aired, information shared and some first class projects showcased

59 From toys to men...

79 Swapmeets & events

Stephen Paul Hardy reflects on his involvement in the hobby during the pre-tech years

Find out what’s on where, and when...

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It has just been announced nced that most people in the UK over the age of 40 do less than ten minutes brisk walking every month. Perhaps in an age where, thanks to smart phones and tablets, so much is available literally in the palm of our hand we have forgotten that we are not built to be sedentary creatures. However, while ours isn’t necessarily the most physically active of hobbies (although you can certainly rack up a good few miles on the old pedometer while out and about at various 1:1 transport shows and rallies or by doing numerous circuits of the stall layout at your local swapmeet), it does serve a vital role in stimulating our minds, while also giving us a sense of purpose. And, in an age where levels of dementia are becoming alarmingly high, I, for one, think the benefits to mental health provided by having a hobby such as ours are vastly under-rated. So, when it comes to our general well-being, we should perhaps remember what the man who smacked the laughing clairvoyant said: “It’s best to strike a happy medium”.

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES CMC Talbot Lago Coupe Typ 150 SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop 1937-39 ■ 1:18 scale ■ rrp £521.99 ■ cat no. M-145

Dom's verdict This is a stunning piece of craftsmanship and design which, if you are fortunate enough to have the money, will make a fine collection centrepiece. To begin with, the finish to all components looks utterly realistic and the paint finish is gorgeous. Fabulous, too, are the wheels, the grille and inset lamps, the interior and so many other tiny details that I don’t even know where to begin!

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Absolutely stunning ■ RATING: 10/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call john Ayrey Diecast on 01274 594119 for stockist advice

Exhaustive replication

Grille & inset lights are fab

Scores 10/10!

The bodywork captures sports car design in its purest form

Oxford Diecast Weymann Fanfare, Birch Bros

Dom's verdict I love this casting, and the livery

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £17.95 ■ cat no. 76WFA006

applied here, so I am reluctant to point out that, in bright light, the green around the windows is slightly translucent. That aside, this nostalgic model is beautifully decorated and is bound to sell very well indeed.

A livery worthy of a Fanfare ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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The straight-six engine is a work of art

No attention to detail is 'spared'

The gorgeous paint finish is flawless and the wire wheels are just wonderful

Oxford Diecast Land Rover Series II SWB, BR ■ 1:43 scale ■ rrp £16.95 ■ cat no. 43LR2S002 A super Series II ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Dom's verdict

I can’t imagine anyone grumbling about another BR ‘Blood and Custard’ liveried model when it's as splendid as this. For a start, the canvas tilt is excellent and thanks to the combined glazing everything is as crisp as can be.

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES Oxford Diecast Lockheed P38J Lightning ■ 1:72 scale ■ rrp £16.95 ■ cat no. AC081 Great value ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Dom's verdict

I think only a hardened stick and rudder fanatic would find fault with this charming model. I guess some working features and detail are compromised at this price point, but both decoration and build quality are just fine with me. And I love the pilot's name: Major 'Buck' Rogers!

Oxford Diecast Field Marshall Tractor

Dom's verdict This is a grand miniature of a big old

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76FMT003

agricultural veteran (check out footage on YouTube to see how you start the beast!) The model is well proportioned and well finished. I especially like the attention paid to authentic detail, such as the tiny Union flag.

Neatly done ■ RATING: 7/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast BMW 2002

Dom's verdict Now becoming a serious collector’s car,

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76BM02002

the 2002 was one of BMW’s early sporting saloons that set the path for future success. The model, if anything, is a little too rounded at the front and rear screens. But the grille and wheels are grand.

Not bad at all ■ RATING: 7/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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BHM Excalibur 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier 2000GLS

Dom's verdict The quality of construction and the finish

■ 1:43 scale ■ rrp £74.99 ■ 40 pcs ■cat no. EXC 2a

here are great, and the fine details, such as the wheels, headlamps, and interior, are particularly fab. However, to my eyes, the rear screen seems too big and the slope of the bonnet is too much, which makes the windscreen rake appear odd.

Shape not perfect but build quality and finish are fab ■ RATING: 7/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call BHM on 01244 320761 for stockist advice

EFE Leyland PD1, East Kent Roadcar

Dom's verdict By now, every UK bus enthusiast will be

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £34.95 ■ cat no. E15808

familiar with EFE’s venerable PD1. For this outing, it appears in the lovely East Kent Roadcar livery, which has been very well applied, especially around the half cab/bonnet area. The interior is OK, but the model could do with mirrors.

Room for improvement but livery is lovely■ RATING: 6/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call Bachmann on 01455 841756 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Aston Martin DBGT Zagato 2 VEV

Dom's verdict It’s always nice to see another model

■ 1:43 scale ■ rrp £24.95 ■ cat no. AMZ002

representing part of the Jim Clark legacy. OD’s Zagato does appear rather squashed at the front because the rake of the windscreen is verging on the horizontal! The finish, however, is good and the price is fair.

A bit flat ■ RATING: 6/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES Oxford Diecast Rover SD1

Dom's verdict OD’s new casting turns the Rover SD1

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76SDV001

into the car BL and the general public could only dream of! It’s longer and sleeker than the real car ever was, with a massive rear screen. However, I still like it, because both the detailing and the finish are absolutely delightful.

Too sleek, but still slick ■ RATING: 6/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Ford Transit LWB High, Stobart

Dom's verdict This clean little model will be popular with

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76FT021

Stobart enthusiasts and anyone with a penchant for road haulage dioramas. The livery on this Fleet Maintenance van model is simple but effectively applied, with no smudging to the hazard stripes. The black lining to the windows works well.

Nice and crisp ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Ford Transit Mk 5 LWB, Scot Rail

Dom's verdict This is another simple livery that shows off

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76FT028

the quality of the casting rather well. The Oxford Diecast Mk 5 model has the benefit of separately fitted headlamps and this improves the look no end. The paint and printing is to OD’s usual high standards.

Rail fans will be pleased ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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VOXxi 9 Peugeot 505 Turbo Injection 1984

Dom's verdict Peugeot’s big saloons often get overlooked

■ 1:43 scale ■ rrp €99 ■ 150 pcs ■ cat no. VOX505TBOBL Nice to see a big Pug pop up ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or visit www.voxxi9.com to order

in the model world, so this will undoubtedly prove very welcome 1:43 resin addition to many collections. I have to say the A posts are quite thick but, in general, the finish and detailing, especially to the badges, interior and grille, is very good.

Oxford Diecast Fowler BB1 & Living Wagon

Dom's verdict This set is a sheer delight and a strong

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £21.95 ■ cat no. 76BB002

contender for Model of the Month. It offers great detail at a most reasonable price. I love the tractor, with its plough drum and cable and all the fine casting. The trailer is also top notch and beautifully finished. This will look great on display!

A superb set ■ RATING: 10/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for for stockist advice

Scores 10/10!

Oxford Diecast Volvo FH4 (G) Curtainside, Knowles

Dom's verdict The difficulty in representing material

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £25.45 ■ cat no. 76VOL4003

(in this case) curtains is that it’s easy to over-do the texture. Oxford Diecast has avoided this and what we have is a finely proportioned and detailed model with a lovely livery and fabulous printing.

Very impressive all round ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES Oxford Diecast Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Dom's verdict I like this model very much. However,

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76AMVT001

I do have an issue with the silver painted head and tail lamps. Being so prominent, they deserve to be glazed. Aside from that, the finish is super, the wheels look great and the interior is truly outstanding.

Annoying lamps, but still very a great little model ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Volvo 760

Dom's verdict I’m not convinced by OD’s new

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76VO001

Volvo casting. In my eyes, the roof line is too low; the rake of the windscreen is too extreme and the depth of the side windows is too deep. Still, the paint finish is good and the black lining is perfect.

Wonky shape ■ RATING: 4/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Land Rover Series II SWB

Dom's verdict No doubt Land Rover enthusiasts will

■ 1:43 scale ■ rrp £16.95 ■ cat no. 43LR2S003

explain the double roof, which looks so good on this impressive Post Office Telephones model. In finish, in proportion and in detail, I can find no fault except, perhaps, that it would look even better with wing mirrors.

Excellent quality and value ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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Oxford Diecast Land Rover FC Ambulance

Dom's verdict Yet another Land Rover first from Oxford

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £9.95 ■ cat no. 76LRFCA001

Diecast and a most impressive one to boot. This FC model, based on a Gulf War vehicle, looks very good in sand livery. I really like the interior detail and the addition of mirrors, tow hooks, etc. It’s well proportioned and looks authentic to me.

First class first aid ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Dieast Scania Irizar i6, Translink Goldline

Dom's verdict Oxford Diecast’s Irizar benefits from a

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £23.95 ■ cat no. 76IR6001

construction method that produces excellent, flush glazing. The interior is nicely detailed and I reckon the wheels look pretty good as well. The decoration, displaying the route, is done with aplomb.

Good as gold ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Land Rover Series 1 88in, REME

Dom's verdict Presented in the guise of a REME (Royal

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76LAN188020

Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) transport, this Series 1 looks just the ticket in its impeccable gloss green finish. The imitation canvas tilt is convincing and the regimental markings are neatly done.

Passes muster ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES Oxford Diecast Foden FG Tipper, Hoveringham

Dom's verdict This is far from being just an N scale novelty,

■ 1:148 scale ■ rrp £5.95 ■ cat no. NFG010

The standard of construction and finish is remarkably good. Even though the wheels and tyres are one moulded piece, they look the part. The cab looks just the ticket, too, with its super signature grille.

An impressive miniature ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Foden FG Dray, Fremlins

Dom's verdict Considering the diminutive size of this model,

■ 1:148 scale ■ rrp £5.95 ■ cat no. NFG011

the chassis really is remarkably detailed. The paint finish and the Fremlins Brewery decoration looks splendid and perfectly complements the detailed cab and flat bed. Equally impressive is the load, which is most convincing

Brilliant beer bearer ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Foden FG Dropside, H.E. Payne

Dom's verdict Perhaps the simplest of the trio of

■ 1:148 scale ■ rrp £5.95 ■ cat no. NFG011

FG Fodens reviewed here, this is, nevertheless, the one that pleases me most. Perhaps it’s the connotation of the old Dinky model, which this miniature evokes so well. The paintwork and fine lining is absolutely impeccable.

A sheer delight ■ RATING: 10/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Scores 10/10!

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Oxford Diecast Volvo P1800

Dom's verdict Presented in black, this is one of my

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76VP003

favourite 1:76 models from OD. It really looks attractive with its subtle silver lining and handsomely detailed interior. If I have a minor gripe, it’s that the grille sits a little too proud of the body. Otherwise, a ‘beut’!

Vibrant Volvo ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Ford Transit Mk 1, Marley

Dom's verdict This model of the iconic first series

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76FT1006

Ford Transit has a simple but effective livery, which really complements this lovely casting. I do believe that the black lining to the side and rear doors is superfluous, though. The grille, wheels and interior are super.

Simple but effective livery ■ RATING: 9/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

Dom's verdict In general, this is a good model. I have

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.75 ■ cat no. 76AMDB9002

no problem with the excellent casting and the well crafted interior. The paint is nicely applied, too, and even the silver painted headlamps are bearable. But the wheels are toy-like and I'd suggest really need improving.

Wheels of fortune ■ RATING: 6/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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What’s new? NEW RELEASES Oxford Diecast New Routemaster, London United

Dom's verdict I have always thought this is a cleverly

■ 1:148 scale ■ rrp £8.75 ■ cat no. NNR004CC

designed model and it certainly looks good here. Portrayed on route 10 to Kings Cross, it carries a single advertising livery for Coca-Cola, which has been very finely applied. The interior is quite amazing on such a small model

A clever design ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Ford Transit Van, Coca-Cola

Dom's verdict This Coca-Cola livery on this little Transit

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76FT030CC

sports a very definite Christmas theme. So, if snowflakes are your thing, this is the model for you! The casting is good and, when it comes to finish, in this case the black lining to the side windows is both appropriate and effective.

Christmas is a'coming ■ RATING: 7/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast VW 3-Piece Set, Coca-Cola

Dom's verdict This set probably works out marginally

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £16.45 ■ cat no. 76SET60CC

cheaper than buying the individual models featured. But somehow it seem a shame to me that there’s nothing ‘special’ about it. That said, I imagine it will go down really well on the gift market.

Multi-pack buy ■ RATING: 7/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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Oxford Diecast VW Bay Window Bus, Coca-Cola

Dom's verdict I don’t know if Coca-Cola has ever

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.45 ■ cat no. 76VW030CC

encouraged surfing contests but, even so, I reckon this model will sell well simply because of the sheer spirit of fun it embodies. I've always liked the OD ‘Bay Window’ T1 and it certainly looks jolly with all this well printed period advertising.

A surf shop's dream ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast VW Beetle, Coca-Cola

Dom's verdict Again, I’m not sure of the authenticity

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £5.25 ■ cat no. 76VWB009CC

of this model, but I guess that’s not the point. In any case, who could resist this cheeky little VW Beetle, with its excellent shape and impressive interior? The paint is super and the printing is second to none.

Sugar buzz Beetle ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

Oxford Diecast Mobile Trailer, Coca-Cola

Dom's verdict This model is a bit of a surprise to me.

■ 1:76 scale ■ rrp £8.45 ■ cat no. 76TR015CC

The simple livery could be seen as a bold statement of the product and, certainly, the paint and printing is top hole. But I just think it would be nice to have some other Coke products on small boards, etc.

Bright, bold and simply well made ■ RATING: 8/10 CONTACT DETAILS See ads or call OD on 023 8024 8850 for stockist advice

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What’s new? NEWS & UPDATES

TRUCK NEWS Introducing Tekno’s new TRI-Nations Collection THE NEW TRI-NATIONS (England, Scotland and Wales) Collection of 1:50 scale trucks from Tekno, exclusive to Collectors Toys Eire, has gotten off to a roaring start, with the first Scots release, a limited edition (205 pieces)

Scania R560 6x2 with 4-deck Parkhouse Houghton livestock trailer liveried for Aberdeenshire based haulier Thomson of Sauchen) now almost sold out. The new collection will be based on the same principles

as the extremely successful Irish Tekno Collection but each of the TRI-Nations models will packaged according to their origins. English trucks will carry the flag of St George, boxes for Scots trucks will be adorned with the Scottish Thistle and boxes for Welsh trucks will feature the country’s legendary Dragon. Models will then be further divided into the following sub-categories: Livestock; Show Trucks; Modern Trucks; Historic Trucks and an as yet unrevealed

category that will be announced towards the end of this year. Here's a taster, but to learn more about this exciting new range, don't miss our interview with Collectors Toys in next month's issue.

GOT TO HAVE IT? Visit www.collectors-toy.com or call 00 353 21 4775218 to order.

above: The Thomson of Sauchen Scania R560 6x2 with 4-deck Parkhouse Houghton livestock trailer. left: The W. Walker Scania Scania R580 6x2 tag axle 4-deck Parkhouse Houghton Livestock trailer right: The S&N Caravans Scania R Topline 4x2 with Only Fools and Horses artwork.

DCTA NEWS

FORWARD MODELS

New Patron for the DTCA A clear improvement THE DINKY TOYS Collectors Association has announced that Bryan Goodall of Vectis Auctions has become its new Patron. Bryan, a collector himself, has for

many years had a keen interest in both Dinky Toys and other classic toys. Former Patrons of the DCTA have bee been the late Carla Hopkinson, dau daughter of Frank Hornby, and the th highly respected collector and c co-author of The Great Book of Dinky Toys, the late Mike R Richardson. The DTCA was wa founded in 2003 for collectors o of Dinky Toys and associated Mec Meccano products. Over the years it has increased its membership and publishes a quarterly Journal. Jou Its website also includes a Dinky Toys forum. To find out m more about the DTCA visit dtcawebsite.com dtca

The DCTA is delighted to announce it has a new Patron: of Vectis Auctions. Bryan Goodall Goo

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IN RESPONSE TO requests from both retailers and collectors alike, Forward Models has re-designed its packaging, incorporating a clear acrylic window so that models can be viewed without having to remove the box lid. The new logo will also featured prominently. The base packaging, however, will remain the same, so that at models can easily be removed ved for display and replaced for storage/transit. The new Forward Models box design incorporates a clear acrylicc window so that the contents can be viewed without having to remove the lid. A surprising and immediate revelation, in this instance, is the inclusion of that Gold Leaf/Players side strip ad!

The 1:76 Manchester and Glasgow liveried Daimlers scheduled for release later this year in Forward Models new ‘Glory Days’ of British Buses series will be presented in the new style of packaging. For more information about the Forward Models range, visit www.forwardmodels.net


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OUT & ABOUT

Your special assignment for 2017 ATTENTION GERRY ANDERSON fans! Fanderson has announced it will be holding its annual convention at the Holiday Inn, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2RA over the weekend of Sept 29-Oct 1. Those attending will be able to enjoy dazzling displays of models, puppets, props and artwork, fascinating talks from various guest speakers who’ve worked on the wonderful Century 21 Productions shows and lots more besides. This event also

provides a marvellous opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts You can register online now at www.fanderson. org.uk for one day or weekend tickets, priced at £65/£110 respectively – the price of the latter including a meal on the Saturday evening. Please note that if you’re not already a member, you will need to take out Trial Membership,

priced at £10, before purchasing your ticket; this will run through until Dec 31, 2017, entitling you to the club’s FAB magazine, a membership badge, discounted prices on the merchandise being sold at the convention and via

the club’s website and access to the members’ area of the Fanderson Forum. For a chance to win full Fanderson membership and more, don't miss this month's exciting competition on p.42.

SIXTEEN 12 COLLECTIBLES

BRITISH HERITAGE MODELS

Space: 1999 Eagle Transporters are back! DUE TO POPULAR demand,

Another Cavalier joins the ranks AS WELL AS the Cavalier 2000GLS reviewed in this month’s New Releases section, also just released in British Heritage Models Models’ 1:43 resin Excalibur series is a 1978 Cavalier 1.6GL.

This model, priced at £74.99, can be ordered in either metallic blue or metallic green. Just 50 hand built examples of each are available, so if you’re thinking of adding one to your collection you’ll have to look sharp! arp!

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die-cast manufacturer Sixteen 12 Collectibles has decided to rerelease its original 12-inch Space: 1999 Eagle Transporters. These will be offered in new Special Edition ‘Episode’ Sets, featuring vehicles, accessories and dioramas from the show. There will initially be five sets produced, each of which will be strictly limited to a build of 1,000 units for release worldwide, and every set sold will carry its own individually numbered

certificate. Release dates and recommended retail prices have yet to be confirmed (watch this space for further announcements) but the detail included on the proto-types we’ve seen so far looks absolutely amazing. For those of you who just can’t wait, though, further illustrations and much more information can be found on the company’s website: www.sixteen12.com

Set No. 1 in Sixteen12’s new series will include he Eagle Freighter that featured in Space 1999’s pilot episode, Breakaway, conveying, delivering and unloading nuclear waste canisters to the moon’s dump sites, oblivious of the cataclysmic disaster about to unfold!

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Desert island diecast

This month we’ve also wafted Ashley Cooper away to paradise, allowing him to take just five of his favourite models with him…

y childhood collection of toy cars consists mainly of Corgi Toys, Dinky and Matchbox models, numbering about 300. These laid dormant for many years until the mid 80s, when one day, while I happened to be in Buxton, I noticed there was a toyfair on and decided to pop in to check it out. I was surprised to see many of the same toys I owned on sale and commanding some serious prices. This led me to attend other

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toyfairs to try and fi ll some of the gaps in my dusted off collection. Hooked! This period coincided with the emergence of the collectors' models we know today, and I started to buy many Trofeu, Vitesse and Spark motorsport models, too – the prototypes of which I had been lucky enough to watch in action a few years beforehand. Such additions are now, sadly, out of my fi nancial comfort zone, so my latest

CORGI CLASSICS 1 NO. 9001 1927 BENTLEY Many years ago I bought this model from a DIY/hardware shop that also stocked Corgi toys, which just goes to show how times have changed as I can’t imagine a DIY store stocking a comprehensive range of, say, Oxford Diecast, models nowadays! Although intended as a toy, it is actually a good representation of the 1927 Bentley team car. The period driver figure, huge drum brakes and wire mesh covered windscreen are all

faithfully reproduced, along with a copper exhaust pipe. I have gone on to collect every Corgi Toys model shown in the 1967-68 catalogue. Unfortunately, the 1910 Daimler 38 was never issued with a hood fitted as shown and, although the catalogue stated the Model T Lyons Tea van would be available 'later', it was in fact many more years before it was indeed released.

OXFORD NO. 72COM002 2 DE HAVILLAND DH88 COMET, G-ACSS, ‘GROSVENOR HOUSE’, 1934 As well as being a motorsport enthusiast, like many men of a certain age I have a keen interest in vintage aircraft. As a child I gathered knowledge from reading through various editions of the Airfix catalogue and admiring the wonderful box artwork of Roy Cross. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden to witness the now fully restored ‘Grosvenor House’ taking to the skies once more. The purchase of Oxford’s model was, therefore, a must, along with the British European Airways’ Dragon Rapide, which was providing pleasure flights on the day of my visit to Old Warden. I am partial to building the occasional plastic kit but, quite frankly, the quality of Oxford’s aircraft outweighs anything I, myself, am capable of constructing.

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theme is the Edwardian racing cars from Brumm and Rio, which can be found for a very reasonable £5 each at toyfairs. My collection now numbers about 1,000 models and, although purchasing is slowing down, there is always a new theme to follow, making regular visits to local toyfairs a must. Along with my monthly copies of MC, these very enjoyable outings are something I know I'd miss, even the most beautiful of islands!


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LESNEY MODELS OF YESTERYEAR Y-6 SUPERCHARGED BUGATTI

My original red version was purchased many years ago as just another dusty toy car from a second hand/junk shop. I could only dream back in those days of seeing a real Bugatti, but since then I have attended many Vintage Sports Car Club race meetings to watch and hear the real Type 35s in action. Although this is a simple model, it captures the lines of the real car and the, unique for the period, aluminium wheels very well. I’ve recently purchased the Powder blue version to complement my original red version.

CORGI TOYS NO. 341 MINI MARCOS GT850 ‘GOLDEN JACKS’

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Following on the motorsport theme is this Mini Marcos. It was interesting to read John Marshall’s Mettoy Memoirs feature in last month’s issue of MC, as what a brilliant piece of miniature engineering Corgi Toys’ ‘Golden Jacks’ (the lever that released the wheel, then doubled as the jack) was. The model itself is wonderfully proportioned in a lovely shade of metallic red, with opening doors and bonnet and even a representation of the A Series engine and twin SU Carbs. The box art features the Marcos up on all four jacks, a common sight in the paddock of a race meeting while maintenance is being carried out. In the background is a Hillman Imp and a Mini, also both familiar sights at historic race meetings today.

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TROFEU NO.1609 AUDI QUATTRO, 1ST RAC RALLY, STIG BLOMQUIST/BJORN CEDERBERG It was a difficult choice this model, as it is one of many in my collection representing what I consider to be the golden age of British rallying, namely the late 70s/ early 80s when Lombard sponsored the RAC Rally of Great Britain. What makes this model stand out for me, though, apart from its British registration – as it was run by David Sutton Cars as opposed to the ‘IN’ Ingolstat registrations of the ‘works’ cars, is how finely Trofeu has captured and detailed the wheels, which on the real car were supplied by the main sponsor BBS.

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Captain Scarlet & the Myst Mysterons terons ns

If yyou grew g upp in the 60s/ 70s, chances are you'd have received an 'annual' as one of yyour Christmas presents. Does anyone reading still have thei their Captain Scarlet annuals? Published in the style of a newspaper of the future, the British children's comic TV21 supplied a weekly Wednesday fix fix for fans of Century 21 Producti Productions sci-fi series.

Back in 1967, Captain Scarlet fans could collect this series of tin badges that were given away as freebies in Kellogg's breakfast cereal boxes.

33 rpm rp mini albums ums ((EPs) released byy Century 21 Productions: the one pictured Produ P top op rig right having been signed byy actor ac Francis Matthews whoo vvoiced Captain ain Scarlet.

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The Century 21 Toys Ltd Official Wallet, containing eight character photographs and two flick out licences within plastic sleeves.

A series of stills from the show were produced as high quality limited edition prints. This is the memorable action scene that once hung in the late Gerry Anderson's office. Authenticated by a dedication oonn the back of the frame, it is now owned by Richard LLeon PR.

Star of the show: the indestructible Captain Scarlet! Image courtesy of International/ REX Shutterstock.

Captain Scarlet books by John Theydon (the pen name of author John W. Jennison) were, in the late 1960s, released by Armada Publishing in paperback format.

The 1967 Captain Scarlet board game from Waddington's. For would be players unable to find the original, a replica board game is now available.

A still from episode 31 of Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, Attack on Cloudbase, first aired in 1967. Image courtesy of International/REX Shutterstock.

LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BROADEN THE SPECTRUM! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see any of the contemporary, or for that sake more recent, Captain Scarlet merchandise and memorabilia not included here but featured in your own collections and look forward to featuring these, and your memories of the show, on the Letters pages of forthcoming issues. october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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modern day Matchbox

MAD FOR atchbox is brand that so many of us Brits of a certain age grew up with. It seemed like it had always been there and always would be. However, if you go looking for these little toy vehicles now you’ll be in for a long hard search. When I was a kid in the 1970s, Lesney Products and Co. was a staple toy brand. It made a multitude of things for us to spend our precious pocket money on (or pester our parents for!): the 1-75 Series miniature vehicles, Superkings, Battlekings, Seakings, Skybusters aircraft, Models of Yesteryear, and an excellent range of plastic construction kits.

Mark Amies explains why he takes great pride in being one of a group of grown men who are very serious about toy cars!

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Sadly, as many of us recollect, Lesney hit the wall in 1982, and a succession of new owners saw a gradual decimation of the brand’s scope.

Matchbox under Mattel The current owner of the Matchbox brand is Mattel, one of the heavyweights of the toy industry. Mattel has been in control since 1997 and has made a point of

keeping the basic miniature series that is the foundation of the brand. It certainly hasn't been all plain sailing, though. It’s no secret that up until the last year or so the company had come under some serious criticism from collectors for producing too many unlicensed, fantasy designs or ‘generics’ (which it referred to as ‘Matchbox Originals’).

“Mattel has now started to bring things back to a higher standard. Models are better considered, and the number of licensed real vehicles are more prevalent” The newly re-released casting of Matchbox’ss 2005 200 VW Golf G lf GTi. GTi

N w fo New forr 22017 0177 was w th tthis is Matchbox Subaru WRX X St Stii in in a ge generic enne ner e icc UK Police Po ice scheme. Pol

The latest colour finish on the he Matchbox VW Transporter T2 CrewCab released a d last year. ase

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The Matchbox Collectors Forum Chief amongst the visible critics is a bunch of collectors on the Facebook group called ‘Matchbox Collectors Forum’ (MCF). I joined this group about two years ago and have been very active on the forum ever since. It is a great place to discuss things, share info and generally have a good moan! One very valued member is Paul Carr, who worked in the


design department of Lesney from the mid 1970s and up to the company’s decline. He regularly posts photos of preproduction models and colour trials. He also runs ‘Carr Collectables’, selling a great many old Matchbox items.

UK distribution gripes Returning to the current situation, Mattel has now started to bring things back to a higher standard. Models are better considered, and the number of licensed real vehicles are more prevalent. However, the biggest problem is availability. Within the last two years Mattel decided to appoint Asda as it’s ‘exclusive’ vendor in the UK. Up until then, Matchbox could be seen in a number of places, including Morrison’s supermarkets. Sadly, availability and general condition of display has been dire – a situation much discussed on the MCF Facebook page.

Packaging: the long and the short of it... Fortunately, a saviour has existed in the form of Poundland, the high street discount chain. It never stopped selling Matchbox, presumably buying its stock in a different fashion on the world market. And it does a great job, now getting in stock that is actually more up to date than that found

“There are many fantastic new models coming for 2018 (when Mattel will be celebrating the brand’s 65th birthday), including a very nice looking MGB and a Jaguar XK140” in Asda! It also displays the products properly (as they should be, on pegs). In addition, the Matchbox models that Poundland sell are on what are referred to as ‘longcards’ (the card backing to the protective clear plastic bubble that the cars are encapsulated in). This may seem unimportant, but the longcards look more impressive and show off the artwork far better than the shortcards that Asda sell.

Showtime Things are improving for this once mighty toy brand. Mattel organizes, along with collectors in the USA (the design team are based in El Segundo, California ), an annual ‘Matchbox Gathering of Friends.’ This is when the design and marketing team show the assembled guests (made up of buyers,

distributors and collectors) forthcoming models and ranges. For the last two years they have also used the occasion to announce the winners of the #matchbox customcontest – an opportunity for the collectors who customise Matchbox models old and new to show their work. All this takes place on Instagram (use the hashtag mentioned), and the lucky winners have been sent pre-production castings that are unfi nished. They are then given free reign to customise

these and the end results are displayed by the Matchbox team at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California. I was one of the lucky winners last year and again this year.

New models for 2018 There are many fantastic new models coming in 2018 (when Mattel will be celebrating the brand’s 65th birthday), including a very nice looking MGB and a Jaguar XK140. So, this much-loved brand continues on, and is bringing joy to not only the children for who they are primarily designed for, but also us oldies who never stopped our collecting of the MC marvellous Matchbox!

Mark’s winning entry in this year’s #matchboxcustomcontest: a 1970 releasee of the Matchbox Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in a fictional period rally scheme.. All parts were made from items in my spares box or scratch built (e.g. the rubber er mudflaps, the window netting). The model el now has a revised interior with Recaro style seats, a fire extinguisher and a reserve fuel tank.

The Matchbox ‘longcards’ ‘longcard (the card backing to the protective clear plastic bubble that the ca cars are encapsulated in) look more impressive and show off the artwork far better than the shortcards, points out Mark.

Further info Want to know more and stay bang up to date with all things Matchbox? Below are some great sources of info that are just a few clicks away… ● www.facebook.com/groups/ MatchboxCollectorsForum/ ● www.instagram.com/matchboxworld/ ● www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ matchboxcustomcontest2017/ #matchboxcustomcontest2017 • Instagram photos and videos

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Dinky Toys and the fascinating 1940s

Early post-war

Dinky Toys

Clive Unsworth treats us to a look at some of the wonderful early post-war smooth-hubbed Dinky Toys in his own magnificent collection… ne of the most fascinating eras in the history of Dinky Toys is the early post-World War II period. During the confl ict, Liverpool, because of its strategic importance as a major port (handling the vast majority of the Transatlantic chain of supplies from North America, as well as providing anchorage for naval vessels), endured a heavy and sustained bombing campaign by the Luftwaffe. Indeed, with the exception of London, it was the most heavily blitzed area of the country. During these dark days, a government order prohibiting the manufacture and supply of miscellaneous goods (including toys) saw the Meccano, like those in so many other industries, turning its Binns Road factory over to the far more pressing needs of the war effort. Fortunately, despite wave after wave of aerial attack on the city, the factory remained standing. After a hard won and costly victory, Britain’s rise from the ashes necessitated the

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In the pre-war period, many Dinky Toys were produced as open chassised models els and therefore did not feature baseplates,,,, the brand name instead being cast into the body. The 24 and 25 Series models, however, saw the introduction of open mazac chassis, examples of which can still be found fitted to some of the some very early post-war issues. Descriptions of the vehicles modelled, as well as the Dinky Toys brand name, began to be included on the variety of different baseplates fitted to the post-war releases. s.

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Smooth hubs and white tyres are not be seen as a guarantee that you are looking oking at a pre-war Dinky Toy. While white tyres were not produced post-war, war, thrifty Meccano did use up existing ing stock and iit’s t’s also worth remembering, tyres are easily swapped and some convincing ncingg re repro repros pros have been made. The most st re reliable elia liable ble way to differentiate between a pre-war model and post-war model is to check the thickness of its axles. On pre-1941 models these were 1.6 mm thick, while post-war noticeably thicker, axles, at 1.98 mm, were introduced.

country to adopt an ‘export or die’ economic policy and a period of stark austerity on the home front followed. Meccano needed to get in back business again and so, in order to resume production as quickly as possible, dusted off its pre-war moulds. The only new tooling seen prior to 1950 was the No. 152 Jeep. The great thing about the early post-war (1946-1950) reissues, though, is that,

while they were cast from pre-war tooling, the metal alloy used was purer. This means they don't tend to suffer from the zinc pest that now blights so many of their pre-war counterparts, causing them to crack, crumble and in some cases even disintegrate. Minor modifications, most notably the introduction of thicker axles, were made but for thrift's sake left over stocks of solid steering wheels and the pre-war silver and black baseplates continued to be fitted. And, contrary to popular belief, the old wheel design featuring smooth hubs was also continued for a very

short time post-war. Showcased here are a variety of examples of these Smoothhubbed post-war reissues from my own collection. This is in no means intended as a defi nitive guide but rather as a small celebration of how Meccano brought its wonderful Dinky Toys back into play. Many are shod with fi ne tread export tyres (because, as previously mentioned, the cost of rebuilding a Britain devastated by war necessitated shortages at home in order to capitalise on exports, so much of Dinky’s immediate post-war output was shipped overseas).


Post-war austerity saw the factory at Binns Road working with existing (pre-war) tooling and parts. Note the solid steering wheel that features here.

It’s a common misconception that only pre-war Dinky Toys’ feature smooth hubs and that post-war ones ridged were always fitted. In fact, very early post-war (1946) models can also be found fitted with smooth hubs.

The Dinky Toys No. 22c Motor Truck, reissued post-war and in production until withdrawn in 1959, and the No. 30e Breakdown Truck with Search Light reissued post-war for just two years (1946-1948) before withdrawal.

Post-war examples of Dinky Toys’ 23d Auto Union Racing Car. Car This model was issued both with or without a driver figure. Note the lovely herringbone tyre tread

Post-war Dinky Toys No. 24b Royal Mail Vans. Note the open windows to the rear.

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Dinky Toys and the fascinating 1940s

Various 25 Series smooth-hubbed post-war trucks, all of which are now both scarce and highly sought after.

Dinky Toys No. 25D Petrol Tank Wagon. Post-war this model was reissued in a whole variety ariety of colours.

Note how our contributor Clive Unsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early post-war example of Dinky Toys charming No. 25h Streamlined Fire Engine sports smooth, rather than ridged, hubs.

The 25S Six Wheel wagon. Examples l are now extremely hard to find, with those that include a driver figure being especially rare.

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Post-war versions of Dinkyy Toys 29b Streamlined Bus.

Post-war Dinky Toyss 28 Series vanss and a 36g Taxi from our contributor Clive Unsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enviable iable collection.

Post-war Di Dinky k Toyss No. N 29c No Double Decker buses with AEC badge and straight cut away wing wings. gs.

Despite the smooth black hubs D and an nd white tyres, tyres these are post-war reissues eissues of Dinky Toys 30f Bentley Ambulance. mbulance. It should be noted that open pen windows were often closed off over ver a period of time as dies wore and nd not just at the start of post-war ost-war production.

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Dinky Toys and the fascinating 1940s Post-war examples of Dinky Toys No. 33R Mechanical Horse and Trailer. Pre-war examples can be very prone to fatigue.

T Chrysler Royal Sedan alongside The a stun stunning unnin ningg eexample xample of the 30d Buick Viceroy xam in crea cream/sand am//san andd finish. Although these feature the post-war thicker axles, both sport Smooth-hubbed wheel. Note the different baseplates p fitted to these models.

A tra trade box with two wo 39e Chrysler C Royall sedan; the one in seda blue finish being particularly rare. partic

Smooth-hubbed Smooth h-hubbed post-war post-wa w r rei reissues re e ssuess off Dinky Dinnky Toy Toys o s No. No. 36B Bentley. e

Dinky Toy Toys ys N No. o 36a o. 6a Armstrong ngg Si S Siddeley ddde d ley le in a vari variety ety of post-war colour o fifinis ou nnishes, nis hes es,, ttoge together oge gethe ge the h rw with it th ith the he originall trade box from m whi which h ch the they heey w would ou d have oul have be bbeen enn sold.

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Both the 44 and 22-seater seater versions of the Salmson issued by Dinky as No. 36e, reintroduced between 1946-1950. In 1947 Dinky Toys reissued its No. 38A Frazer Nash Sports Car and this remained in production for the next three years. Note the smooth hubs on these examples.

Post-war issues of Dinky Toys No. N 36c 366c Humber Vogue, all featuring smo smooth ooth hubs. As well as the colour finishes shown shoown here, this model can also be found in blue or maroon.

Smooth-hubbe Smooth-hubbed bb bed post-war examples exa ampl p es e of Dinky Toys No. No. 36dd in aall of its colour varian variants. nts.

The six A T American beauties in Dinky Toys 39 Series (the No. 39A Packard P ckard Super 8 TTouring ouring Sedan; 39B Old Oldsmobile Six Sedan; 39C Lincoln Zephyr Coupe; 39D Buick Bu Viceroy Saloon 39E Chrysler Royal Sedan and 39F 39 Studebaker State Commander Saloon) were first introduced for a very brief period in late 1939/early 1940. introd These Smooth-hubbed examples from Clive Unsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thes collection, however, are all early post-war issues. colle

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more match results

Same model, different scale Steve Coles shares res mo more ore of the match results esultss ffrom rom h his is ongoing search h for perfect display partners… rs…

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art 1 explored some of the similarly-themed display partners within my collection, but in this next part I will be looking at models of exact, or very specific, cars in different scales.

Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans-Am One of my favourite car based fi lms growing up was the fi rst Smokey and The Bandit fi lm, starring Burt Reynolds. So, when, while on holiday several years ago, I came across a 1:18 version of the Pontiac Trans-Am from the fi rst (and in my opinion the best) fi lm in the trilogy, I had to have it. It is a heavy but highly detailed model, which also boasts opening doors and a bonnet that lifts to reveal a realistic-looking scaled down engine. The fi ne gold coach lines around the edges of the body are reproduced very accurately, particularly when it comes to the smaller and more intricate corners. I believe this model, made by Ertl as part of its ‘Joyride’ series, was fi rst released in 2002. Although

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The 1:18 1977 Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans-Am released in 2002 in Ertl’s Joyride series (left), alongside its 1:36 scale Corgi counterpart. While not ffeaturing t i opening i apertures t lik like itits bi bigger brother, the smaller version from Corgi still a very nicely detailed model.

it can still be sourced on the secondary market, examples usually now sell for twice the amount I paid! Paired with this in my collection is Corgi’s version, released during the early 2000s. Like the majority of TV and fi lm related models from this period, it’s made to a now rather odd 1:36 scale. While clearly a lot smaller than the Ertl model and without any opening apertures, this is still a highly detailed model, featuring the iconic Trans-Am gold spoked effect wheels and fi ne gold coach lines running around most of the car’s edges.

Although I don’t yet own any, there are also a number of smaller scale versions of the Bandit’s Trans-Am available: Ertl produced a vast range of Smokey and the Bandit themed toys during the late 1970s and 1980s, while more recently Greenlight has produced a 1:64 version.

The Sweeney Ford Consul GT Sticking with TV related cars for the moment, The Sweeney was one of the most popular and gripping British TV series

of the 1970s. One of the keys to the show’s success was the choice of vehicles used, by both the villians as getaway cars and by The Flying Squad (a.k.a. 'The Sweeney') out to catch them. The most famous of these was a Copper Bronze Ford Consul GT. Richmond Toys released a Sweeney Ford Consul GT back in 2001. Although this wasn’t its fi rst licensed model, as it had been producing emergency service vehicles under the branding of The Bill,


“Being a big fan of The Sweeney, minor gripes aside, I think that together they make a most arresting pair!” The Sweeney Ford Consul GT, NHK 295M. The model by Richmond Toys released back in 2001 looks right colour wise and has the correct features for a ‘GT’ spec Consul but its built to a curious scale, somewhere between 1:43 and the 1:36. It’s smaller, 1:76 scale Oxford Diecast also shapes up nicely and is neatly detailed, indeed, unlike the Richmond version it boasts the correct Granada grille and mounted spotlights, but the colour is all wrong.

London’s Burning and Holby City, it was its fi rst non-generic model. First impressions are good; it’s in the correct colour, boasts the correct features of a ‘GT’ spec Consul, and features the correct Sweeneynumberplate: NHK 295M. But while the overall shape is good, it’s been made to an unspecified scale, somewhere between the 1:43 and the 1:36 and this makes it look a little strange. For a partner, we need to downsize somewhat and revisit the 1:76 range from Oxford Diecast. The initial outing for its Mk 1 Granada/ Consul, Ref. 76FC001, released in the fi rst quarter of 2012, came without any reference to The Sweeney but carrying the numberplate

so familiar to fans of the show. Oxford simply labelled it as a ‘Ford Consul – Gold’ but for NHK 295M the colour is all wrong; it is a much too light shade of brown. This, however, can be forgiven because the shape is spot on, the proportions look right and the details are great. Unlike the Richmond version, Oxford’s boasts the correct Granada grille with spot lamps mounted in front, and badges that look properly scaled and positioned, right down to the red ‘GT’ on the boot lid. Both versions, however, have the outline of the Consul GT’s steel sunroof cast into the roof. Being a big fan of The Sweeney, minor gripes aside, I think that together they make a most arresting pair!

Rover P6 3500S When the Rover P6 was launched in 1963 it was considered a revolutionary design, particularly for Rover, considering it was still making the very traditionally design P4 at the time! During its life time the P6 received two significant updates. In 1968, Rover launched the V8-engined 3500 and then, in 1970, there was a mid-life facelift to create the Series 2 cars (easily identified by the black front grille and air intake and revised dashboard layout). Production lasted until 1977,

by which time over 320,000 P6s had been made. The very last car to roll off the production line was a 3500S painted in Avocado Green. This car was registered VVC 700S and still has only 13.000 miles on the clock, having been kept on display for most of its life in original unrestored condition. It has been the subject of two models; one in 1:43 from Corgi, as part of its Vanguards range, and one from Oxford Diecast in 1:76. Both versions capture the essence of the P6 well and there isn’t really anything october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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“WhIle Corgi seems see ems to have achieved d the correct shade, the Oxford model is just just way too, well, green!” gre een!” The Th he very very last last Rov Rover er P6 to rol rolll ooffff the production line was a 3500S 3500 500S painted in Avocado Green and registered as VVC 700S. 70 00S. This car has been modelled in 1:43 scale by from Corgi, Co orgi, as part of its Vanguards range, and in 1:76 scale by Oxford Diecast. Both are nicely detailed, right down to their Ox O tiny badge replication. While the colour finish of the Corgi tin version appears to be correct, though, the Oxford version ve is painted far too bright a green! Also, the Corgi version also features the Rover boot badge used to cover up a als hole made for fitting the boot mounted spare wheel. ho

between them in terms of exterior detail, right down to miniature badge replication. The one small difference in that Corgi’s model features the Rover boot badge used to cover up a hole made for fitting the mounted spare wheel. But, save for that, the only really notable difference is the colour. While Corgi seems to have achieved the authentic shade, the Oxford model is just way too, well, green! So, compared to other models featured so far, this pairing looks a little odd as both versions represent the same car, with the same registration plate, but are a totally different shade of green.

Francois Delecour’s Sierra Sapphire Cosworth Differing shades of the same colour is not a problem that affects the next models. Prior to the launch of the mighty Escort RS Cosworth in 1992, Ford spent many years trying to develop the Sierra Sapphire Cosworth into a successful rally car. Although it never won the World Rally Championship, in its fi nal season at top level rallying in 1992 it did rack up two second and two third place fi nishes. The livery on the works cars in 1992 was a smart white and blue one, with prominent

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sponsorship from Ford, Mobil 1 and Autoglass. The four models here are all from 1992 and all are modelled on the car driven by Frenchman François Delecour, registration A9 FMC. The three smaller models portray the car as it competed in the Monte Carlo Rally, while the largest 1:18 is from the Tour de Corse rally. We’ll start with the smallest of the set, which is 1:64 and comes from the CMS ‘Rally Car Collection’. I know very little about CMS, other than that it appears to be a Japanese company which makes a large range of 1:64 rally cars cateogorised under car manufacturer headings. The Ford Collection (SS.16) features six cars. Despite their small size, these are highly detailed collectors’ models, with the Sierra boasting a host of interior details, right down to the correct patterned safety belts. The rear badging is present and the tiny driver and co-driver details are there, too, as is the smaller front numberplate used by Ford on its rally cars at that time. Finally, the headlights are the correct quad round headlamps that Ford fitted to these rally cars, although curiously the inner two are incorrectly fi nished in red on this CMS model (they

should be blue for Delecour’s car). All in all, this a small but highly detailed model, and one not often seen offered for sale now. Next up is a 1:43 model made by Vitesse back in the late 1990s. Although the basic shape of the Sierra Sapphire has been well captured, Vitesse cannot claim the credit for this. The tooling for its Sapphire Cosworth actually came from Schabak. This tooling, however, wasn’t that of a Cosworth. Look carefully on the boot lid and under the ‘Carglass’ decal and you can still clearly see 'Sierra 2.0i Ghia' cast in (this is much more obvious on the road car versions). Schabak never made a 1:43 Cosworth version of its Sierra Sapphire, only the ‘GL’ and ‘Ghia’ models, which also explains why the front of the bonnet and grille area are incorrect for the Cosworth. Vitesse simply added a boot

spoiler and bonnet vents decals to create its Cosworth. Although overly obvious on the road car versions, the rally cars hide the tooling’s humble origins far better, andn there were a number of these released, including Delacour’s 1992 Monte Carlo car (Ref. 718). As with many of Vitesse’s model from around this time, the decals are very fragile and become brittle over time. This situation isn’t helped by the models opening doors; a throwback to Schabak marketing its original models as ‘high end’/detailed toys. The decals themselves, though, are reasonably accurate and, in terms of detail, they look good. Vitesse then re-tooled the Sapphire Cosworth and supplied it to Altaya for the part work ‘1992 Rallye Monte Carlo’ series. This rally car casting was much improved


“ a quartet, these make “As ke a fine-looking display”

Fou Four ur different versions of o Francois Delecour’s Ford Sierraa Sapphire Sap pphire Cosworth; Coswor o th; in ascending scale order we have the 11:64 :64 6 64 version vers sion from the CMS ‘Rally Rally Ca Carr Collection Collection’,, 1:4 1:43 43 vversions ersion ersions o s from from Vitesse Vite esse and part work producer Altaya and the ve vvery ry impressive 1:188 resin release from OttOmobile.

over the original in terms of detail. At the very least, it’s got the correct (and it has to be said highly-detailed) rally spec interior, as opposed to the original release’s road car interior. Further ugrades are the correct Cosworth front bumper, grille and quad round headlamps, with the inner two having the authentic blue covers. The one detail which makes this model really stand out from the previous two is the wheels. The tiny CMS and early Vitesse releases both sport cream coloured eight spoke wheels (and I've yet , to fi nd an image of a real 1992 rally Sierra with the cream wheels), whereas this Altaya release has the correct white ‘O.Z Racing’ wheels. The final point to note is that this model has been ‘weathered’ – still a relatively under-used technique, certainly on models ‘as bought’. The dusting of white along the models lower half and wheels represents the snow so often seen during the Monte Carlo rally.

In Part One I included a number of OttOmobile's impressive 1:18 resin models. We now come to its Sierra Sapphire Cosworth in rally spec and it looks absolutely stunning. Released in May 2016 under Ref. OT191, the third release by Ottomobile of the Sierra Sapphire shown here quickly sold out. As you would expect from a model in this scale, it is considerably more detailed than the previous three, smaller models I've reviewed. As well as the roll cage and correct rally seats, complete with safety harnesses, incorporated are the driver and co-driver details (including a miniature ‘photograph’ attached the rear passenger windows). The dashboard has all the correct dials and switches and even the handbrake and gear lever are the correct ‘bare metal’ items. On the outside, the side exiting exhaust looks good, as do the tiny exposed towing eyes set within the bumpers. Like the Altaya version, OttOmobile's model boasts

the correct white ‘O.Z Racing’ wheels, complete with the outer, protruding, discs fitted for high speed tarmac rallies. As a quartet, these make a fi ne-looking display.

Cunningham and Salvadori’s 1962 Le Mans Jaguar E-type The fi nal car in this feature is the Jaguar E-type as raced by Briggs Cunningham and Roy Salvadori in the 1962 Le Mans 24-hour race. This was the fi rst of two Le Mans races when American entrepreneur Cunningham entered a team of E-types, as he returned a year later with a trio of lightweight hardtops. The 1962 car was described as ‘semi-lightweight’ and used the more familiar looking coupe with what appeared to be very few modifications over the standard road car. Briggs Cunningham, however, was a racer at heart and a competitive team owner, so many were changes made under the skin to boost the

E-Type's performance. Represented in my collection is car number 10, sporting registration ‘1337 VC’, which completed 310 laps and fi nished a highly respectable fourth overall. What makes this group of models a little different from the others in this feature is that not all of them are factory-made originals. Opinions differ when it comes to ‘Code 3’ models (made by a private individual or company without the permission or knowledge of the original manufacturer), but for many collectors, myself included, they serve as useful gap fi llers. So, let’s begin with the smallest, a Code 3 model based on an original Matchbox Lesney E-Type, No. 32b... To create a Team Cunningham car, this was stripped and resprayed white. Decals were then added of the traditional American twin blue racing stripes, as well as the number 10 and correct registration october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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Differently scaled versions of the Jaguar E-Type as raced by Briggs Cunningham and Roy Salvadori at Le Mans in 1962. Unlike the other display partners featured in this article, not all the models shown here were manufacture built and finished.

plate. Details have been picked out in silver for the bumpers and headlights, with the tail lights in red. Although delightful, the spoked wheels that look so good on Lesney's original metallic red E-type are, admittedly,incorrect for the Cunningham Le Mans racer. But, as this was designed to look like a contemporary Lesney toy, fi nding appropriately styled scale wheels was deemed unnecessary. In fact, for a great 'what if...', all that’s needed is a reproduction Matchbox-style box illustrating the Cunningham car rather than the original red E-Type and it’s complete! The second model is also a Matchbox-based Code 3. This, however, was made using the current Matchbox

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Superfast 1961 Jaguar E-Type, MB688, modelled to approximately 1:61 scale. I purchased this online from a seller in the United States, who stated it was from a US only multi-pack. I liked the fact it was already white and had much more appropriate wheels for a racer. After some time scouring the internet, I sourced the correct decals from an Australian seller ,who offers a multitude of different decals in various sizes. After carefully dismantling the model by drilling out the rivets, my fi rst job was to paint various parts of the interior, which was part of the chrome bumper insert. While it was separated from the base I took the time to paint inside the front grille opening, too. The waterslide decals were cut to fit and were gingerly

applied, taking care to ensure the very small pieces, such as for under the front grille opening, were securely attached. Finally the whole thing was glued back together. For relatively little effort (in particular not having to strip and respray the shell) I have created what I consider a most pleasing model. Moving up the size order brings us to 1:43, and to two Code 1 (manufacturer built and factory fi nished) models available in this scale. These are a significant step forward in terms of accuracy over the two Matchbox models, originally intended as ‘toys’. The earliest of these 1:43s comes from Italian manufacturer Model Box. Although considered expensive at the time of production, this model does

capture the shape of the E-Type very well. The high level of detail includes the triple windscreen wipers, missing front (to reduce weight and aid aerodynamics) and rear bumpers, as well as the correct design Dunlop wheels. My example is now showing its age, with slightly yellowed decals, when compared to more recent offerings it's still a superb model. While best known for itsmodels of Japanese cars, in 1997 Kyosho released a 1:43 scale E-type coupe in 1997. In November 1999 a ‘racing’ version fi nished as Cunningham’s 1962 Le Mans car (No. 03064A) was added to its catalogue. This differs from the regular coupe, as it is correctly missing front and rear bumpers, has the additional ‘fly screen’ a third of the way down the bonnet, the small spats just behind the front wheels and the roof top fuel fi ller cap (sadly, the road car’s rear wing mounted flap is cast in and therefore impossible to remove). The interior is also highly detailed, with plenty of dashboard detail included. The only minor downside to this


Work in progress as Steve converted the Matchbox Superfast 1961 Jaguar E-Type, MB688, into a Cunningham 1962 Le Mans model.

Steve decided to create the '62 Cunningham Le Mans car in 1:18 from Bburago E-Type by cannibalising a Bburago Mercedes SL.

The Bburago models stripped down for cross-pollination.

otherwise accurate model is the wheels. Although designed to represent the lightweight sports Dunlop wheels, the holes in them are just too big to capture the right look. Also available in 1:43 scale is a resin offering from Spark. Every bit as detailed as you'd expect from this manufacturer, the model is now highly sought after – so much so that it currently eludes my collection. Slightly larger in size is Saico’s 1:32 offering. Although 1:32 is widely recognised as the uniform scale for slot car racing, it's a scale still relatively unused for die-cast models. The basic shape of is good and, being built to larger scale, it has the added ‘bonus’ of opening apertures. The thing that sets Saico's '62 Cunningham Le Mans car apart somewhat, though, is it's clearly a ‘road going’ E-type. It still retains the spoked wheels from fitted to the Saico road versions and keeps the chrome front and rear bumpers and front grille. It is also missing the spats behind the front wheels and the roof mounted fi ller cap, as well having the wrong number plate fitted. However, if you're prepared to

source more accurate wheels and put in a little work, this model could be ‘improved’. Perhaps slightly outside the scope of MC's usual focus is a 1:25 Revell plastic kit of the Cunningham E-type coupe I have in my collection. Once built, this will make an ideal mid-size model for this group. Finally, we come to another Code 3 and the largest of my Cunningham Jaguars. This started life as a 1:18 scale Bburago ready-painted kit, which I purchased built but missing all its original stickers. Having owned a 1:18 Bburago Mercedes Benz 300SL as a child, I knew this had the steel type wheels more appropriate for my project than the chrome spoked ones supplied with the Bburago E-type. So, I’ sourced a cream SL convertible from eBay began work on my conversion. My decision to buy the much harder to fi nd kit E-type over the more commonly available built model was simple, it had been available in an off-white colour that was just right for my Cunningham project. The kit model was, however, supplied, rather curiously, with black bumpers front and rear. Fortunately, once again

Partially dismantled, the Bburago E-Type.

Decal application to the individual body parts of Bburago E-type.

I found what was needed on eBay, this time a chrome rear bumper. This I wanted to fit mainly to avoid unsightly holes in the back of the car. I would keep the front bumper-less. Once dismantled (which wasn’t an easy task), I began applying the decals. These were sourced from a vendor in Australia and instead of traditional waterslide transfers I opted for the vinyl ‘peel and stick’ type. Each piece was carefully cut to size and tried in place before I removed the backing. Any pieces that crossed a shut line were carefully cut through once the whole decal had been applied, as I wanted the opening apertures to remain functional. The real challengehere was keeping all eight individual pieces that make up the twin blue stripes aligned. Next came the wheels, which proved trickier than I'd fi rst anticipated. Although not 100% accurate, they do a reasonable enough job of representing the Dunlop lightweight wheels. However, on the Mercedes donor the wheels are held in place by the tight-fitting chrome hubcaps and when pushed onto the Jaguar’s axles they simply

slid off. Photos of the real 133 7VC show centre pin knock off hubs, like the original chrome spoked wheels had. The solution here was simple: I used a craft knife to carefully remove the knock off centres and then superglued them to the Mercedes wheels. The fi fth wheel that came with the Mercedes became the spare, held in place by a kitchen blind spacer that I’d glued to the boot floor. The fi nal detail was the roof mounted fuel cap; this was fashioned from the chrome centre of the horn ring detail on the Mercedes’ steering wheel (with the Mercedes badge removed, of course!) I’ll be the fi rst to admit a few of the fi ner details are wrong; but working on a tight budget I had to ‘make do’ with parts to hand or those I could create myself. Overall, I am pleased with the results. Finally, I must mention that I've seen the huge 1:8 Revell/Monogram kit for the E-type built and fi nished as an incredibly accurate scale replica of the Cunningham 1962 Le Mans car. Sadly, this kit is way out of my price range, but I was inspired by what can be achieved by those with the money, time and patience. MC october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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to men Stephen Paul Hardy reflects on life as a model collector in the pre-internet era and explains why he believes the launch of Model Collector proved so pivotal to the development of the hobby… aunched as a quarterly publication, the fi rst ever issue of Model Collector was cover dated Summer 1987, so Happy 30th Birthday Model Collector! Ever since our Editor, Lindsey, flagged 2017 up as an anniversary year back in January, I have been thinking about how to respond and for me this has had the effect of a massive time

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machine catapult! For those of you who were not yet involved in the hobby in 1987 (indeed some of our younger readers may not even have reached the stage of playing their first toys back then), it’s perhaps difficult to imagine what a different world it was. So, to even begin to articulate my own recollections I’ve needed to first cast my mind back

a little further to set the scene. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, comics, word of mouth in the school playground and displays in local toy shops were the main source of information when it came to new releases. Later, as adults started to collect, came some very good but cottage-industry produced magazines. It wasn’t until the launch of Model Collector in 1987 that we were able to pick up a title specifically dedicated to our hobby in the newsagents.

From toys to tech… Technology has moved forward so quickly in the last couple of decades that we have all come to take internet

Stephen in the late 60s, already a Yesteryears collector and just before getting serious about Rio models…

access for granted. So, for those of us of ‘a certain age’, when we grew up and our interest widened to encompass the more expensive ‘collector’s models’, it drove us to seek out the specialist model shops, go to swapmeets, start to network as best we could and acquire pen-pals, who, if we were lucky, lived abroad. Our buying power was exercised invariably in person with cash or by post with bank cheque or Postal Order. It was a time of lots of letter writing and the very occasional phone

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call from either the fi xed line installed at home or via the public telephone box down the road. Credit cards, our ‘flexible friends’ were just beginning to advertise how helpful they could be to the consumer and slowly but surely became a more convenient way of paying for mail order transactions. For me, memories of the transition from toy to collector shops is dominated by school holiday trips in the late 1960s from home in Sussex up to Croydon. We would travel up with my father on his normal commuter train journey in the morning and then connect up with him for his lunch break and later for the return trip home. The highlight in those days was a visit to Modeltime in St. George’s Walk, in the then new and state of the art Whitgift Shopping Mall. That store and the wholesale and importing business behind it was a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of seemingly exotic ranges that were not easily to be found (or seen) elsewhere. At that stage, most of what we saw was way outside the reach of our pocket money/budgets – but was still good to see. In time, other shops were added to my list of excursions, now described as “retail therapy”: Model Aerodrome in Brighton and Autoroute in Horsham were but two of many now ‘lost’ car collectors’ havens of the 1970s/80s. Later, long-term survivors Modelmania, still based in Bristol, and J. Morris (now Morris Models) in Lancing joined the list of other must-visit destinations – often reached by long journeys, in pursuit of ‘difficult to fi nd’ miniatures. For many years it seemed that fi nding news and general coverage in magazines about

model cars was limited to occasional mentions in mainline motoring magazines or, if you were into HO scale, publications such as Modeller’s World and Railway Modeller. I regularly succumbed to the pages of Scale Models, where this niche subject was at least given some space. I have very fond memories of Reg Miles’s columns in that publication, which enthused and enlightened me about a world beyond Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox. I still clearly remember that for quite a few years one of my sources of the lesser known (in the UK) ranges and obsoletes was via subscription to the irregular but extensive lists published by John Gay of Sittingbourne, Kent. These arrived as a sheaf of Roneo printed multi-coloured A4 papers crammed into a brown A5 envelope. The challenge on receipt of these mailings was to scan through and respond by fi rst class letter with a cheque and a large helping of ‘fi ngers crossed’ in the hope

that I’d been quick enough to beat other similarly needy customers to the purchase. Living in Sussex at the time I even made one day long journey over to Sittingbourne for a significant purchase. Proportionally absurd mileages also seemed to be a theme of that era – either to specialist shops or to swapmeets. One of the longest hauls I remember doing was from Worthing to Gloucester for a swapmeet there, which at that time seemed to have one of the best reputations in the country. I don’t recall ever fi nding much ‘treasure’ at swap-meets over the years – probably because of the narrowness of my interests. Indeed, the only ‘fi nd’ I can still remember clearly came in 1987, by which time I was living in Gloucester, at the city’s local swapmeet, on a stand offering a batch of HO scale Wikings with an older, obsolete, PTT Beetle in mint condition amongst them. I was also lucky, given my

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The life of a model car collector before email and the internet ...

predominant subject interests, in that a friend showed me an advertisement in a Railway Modelling magazine for Preston Hobby Modelle OHG from Bamberg, West Germany. This store’s owners were of US origin and specialised in supplying to US personnel stationed in the area and to those back home. Accordingly, they were very well geared up to the mail order business and therefore accepted personal bank cheques written in sterling currency drawn on UK banks. For anything being purchased outside of the UK the process generally involved convoluted ways of disguising the mailing of cash in the form of bank notes. Later I did, for a while, have an international account cheque book which allowed the holder to write a cheque in any currency, but eventually that facility and its consequent bank charges was made obsolete by Lloyds. Sourcing ‘hard to get’ models often needed ingenuity. The Swiss market, for example, has long had issues of PTT (Swiss post) models supplied to it. The most familiar to UK collectors probably being the two


generations of Dinky PTT Beetles. In the late 1970s, unable to fi nd a Swiss shop who would supply me by mail order in any other way, I resorted to sitting down with French and German dictionaries and writing letters to prospective shops and also to the Swiss main post offices in several cities to explain my predicament and my desire to obtain models of Swiss postal vehicles, with a plea that they forward this letter to any local toy or model shops that may be able to help. It worked – well, one of the letters did – and this introduced me to several years of clandestinely sending Swiss franc bank notes and requests (in probably appalling French grammar) to a model train shop in Geneva in return for precious and otherwise unobtainable models of PTT vehicles.

Taxing issues Another of the little twists of life in these earlier days of model car collecting was that of playing roulette with HM Customs. It was, it seemed, down to the fall of the ball bearing on the wheel (or roll of the dice) as to whether overseas acquisitions got selected for the addition of

taxation charges. It was a game of that era, which had a sort of code of unwritten rules. Even the nice shops understood this and the customs declarations they completed would specify the content of each parcel to be a ‘personal gift’, with the true value woefully under-played. It seemed a rule of thumb was that every third parcel would attract a 'Due' label, resulting in charges and some friendly banter with the local Postie as I paid up in cash manfully on my doorstep, just thankful for the others that had escaped the net. I always kept a container with a modest sum of cash reasonably close to hand when expecting incoming ‘treasures’. As the UK integrated itself in economic partnership with mainland Europe, this situation began to mainly affect only parcels despatched from outside of the European Union - primarily those from the USA and Japan. (For some reason, anything from the ‘States always seemed to carry a ‘hassle’ tag). The potential of Customs charges, combined with watching fluctuating exchange rates had a big influence on what I bought and from where for many years. All of these antics where,

for several decades, an implicit part of the pattern of collecting scale model cars.

Model milestones Although I had been collecting Models of Yesteryear from childhood into my teens (and, quite seriously for my age, displaying them on a set of shelves and fussing that they should not get chipped), two milestones came in 1971. First was the discovery of an advertisement in the Airfi x Magazine of an advert for Mr C.F Tredgold from Derby, a stockist of the until then unknown (to me) range of HO scale models by Wiking (see page 46 of MC November 2016). The second was my fi rst purchase of a Rio model – a serious progression from Yesteryears. Both milestones have been markers in the direction of my collecting ever since. The next milestone came just three years later with a letter published in the ‘Readers Write’ column of the October 1974 issue of Safer Motoring Magazine. Written by Jim McLachlan (later to become very wellknown Scottish model collector and VW fan), it illustrated his very impressive (at the time)

collection of scale models. Jim’s letter was a revelation to several of us who all thought that we, individually, were probably the only ones pursuing the madness of collecting toy Beetles and proved that in reality we were not alone! It was the start of something that by 1978 led Jim to found the international VW Model Club (VWMC). This venture was an obvious follow on from his 1974 letter but was also partly enthused by the surge of interest in the marque prompted by the cessation of saloon Beetle production in Europe. Jim, like several other inaugural Club members, had just become the proud owner of one of the last 600 or so 1200cc Beetles imported into the UK. Unlike the rest of us, though, Jim still proudly owns his metallic silver Last Edition Beetle. While at any one particular time the membership of the VWMC probably never exceed 150-200 members, the club drew together a tight knit community of collectors from around the world, including Reg Miles, authoritative VW journalist Chris Barber from Germany and the late Volkmar Jungk, also from Germany. It is perhaps indicative of how the world saw collectors that Volkmar’s collection proved enough of a curiosity to attract the might VW publicity setup 'Autopress' to feature him in a press release. Effectively a ‘virtual’ club, before such a term became part of colloquial language, it had at its core a quarterly magazine. The magazine always included a membership listing that, where members agreed to it, provided full contact details. This facilitated a substantial amount of inter-member correspondence and mutual support. Regular columns listed new model issues and features on The VWMC, founded by Jim McLachlan, provided a ‘lifeline’, making connections between VW collectors the world over for many years …

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specific aspects or series, all written by members. Those who have only experienced today’s world, where word processing, digital images and PDFs are the order of the day, would be amazed at the hours Jim took in typing up contributions, patiently laying out paste up pages (Tippex and Pritt stick inclusive) and getting each issue photocopied and then distributed by post, with all the variations of stamp purchases that mailing to many international destinations entailed. The Club had an impressive innings, with the last issue being published in May 2007, by which time black and white photocopying had moved on through coloured feature pages to full colour, Word processed PDF copies sent via email supplementing the distribution process. By then, MC reader (and proprietor of VW Models) Mark Johnson was assisting Jim with shouldering some of the editorial work. The demise of the Club, with a healthy, participating, membership to the last, belied the reality that, amongst other things, the age of the internet meant that news of new models, etc, travelled far quicker than the quarterly issues could keep pace with. For me, the VWMC halcyon days were those as the 1970s moved into the next decade. Back then, displays of models (toys and more serious collectors’ scale models) became features of several of the participating VW club displays at UK VW events. Of particular attraction to many were Jim’s displays, which featured various parts of his collection, hosted on the Lothians VW Club stands. On a couple of notable occasions, also in the early Long term champions of VW model collecting: our contributor Stephen (with long hair and sun hat) can be seen to the left of this small group, sat in front of his Beetle of the time and discussing models with Jim McLachlan, centre (moustache and hat) at VW Action 1981.

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“In this new era, sourcing obsolete models for a collection meant gearing up from scouring shops for dusty, forgotten, old stock and rummaging at jumble sales to the fast expanding world of swapmeets and toyfairs” 1980s, the Club managed internationally attended informal swapmeets on the Saturday evening of what was at the time the biggest International VW meeting on the events calendar, called ‘VW Action’ (this event name still lives on today, but in a totally different format and no longer run by the same organisers responsible for those in the halcyon days of the late 1970s and ‘80s). At ‘Action 80’ not only did Jim’s display on the Lothians VW Club stand draw attention from the crowds but so, too, did displays on the Cabrio Club stand and VWMC member Mark Taylor’s very imaginative and original Beetle shaped show-case, containing, again, many rare models.

The transitional ‘80s By the beginning of the 1980s the toy car collecting world was rapidly changing. Dinky Toys had gone bankrupt in the UK in 1979, followed by Lesney, makers of Matchbox toys,

in 1982. Corgi Toys, too, was teetering on the brink, only to fall mid-decade. In mainland Western Europe brands such as Solido, Norev, Gama, Pilen and Metosul were hanging on, but the era of schoolboy automotive collectables (such as Brooke Bond Tea cards, etc) was waning in the face of Playmobil and a whole new era of imaginative play production – not to mention the arrival of Playstation electronics. Only the fading days of the Matchbox Superfast track racers lingered, mainly in the guise of Mattel’s Hot Wheels. The 1980s was a truly transitional decade. With the children of the 1950s and 60s all grown up, we began to see the emergence of a whole generation of adult model collectors. These collectors were encouraged by Lesney’s Models of Yesteryear, Dugu, Rio, Solido Age D’Or, etc, despite some very bleak years in the wake of the 1973/4 oil crisis. Fortunately, the market was also supported by

a growing number of prestigious new names on the scene, whose products – often handbuilt – were defiantly not toys, Somerville, Western Models and Brooklin being amongst them. The era of the ‘Not suitable for children – Collector’s Model only” had arrived. In this new era, sourcing obsolete models for a collection meant gearing up from scouring shops for dusty, forgotten, old stock and rummaging at jumble sales to the fast expanding world of swapmeets and toyfairs. The growing, and ever more discerning, ranks of collectors were hungry for reliable information sources. This hunger was fed in 1982 by the enthusiasm and energy of Rod and Val Ward, from whose well-known model shop sprang the publication Model Auto Review. This was a breath of fresh, authoritative, air and opened up a much wider world of information, sources and contacts.


Model Auto Review was squarely aimed at the adult collector. One of the key differences between MAR and the normal UK modelling press of the time was its international outlook. The ads and articles covered models from all over the world and embraced not only the traditional OO and 1:43 scale die-cast producers but also included features on ranges little known in the UK, the increasing HO scale market and products from exotic brands such as Pocher. Also evolving was the way in which we collected, with thematics coming increasingly to the fore. Single marque collections had, of course, long been a focus, led by fans of Citröen, Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo and VW – largely due to the fact that these full-size car manufacturers had for a couple of decades indulged owners with, often exclusive, scale promotional models through the dealers’ showrooms. But other marque specific followings started to thrive thanks to the increasing diversity in the range of collectors’ scale models being made available. Jim McLachlan’s contributions to those early issues of MAR, which focused invariably, although not exclusively, on the Volkswagen marque, is evidence of this. A milestone for collectors of the marque came with the 50 Jahr Käfer celebrations held in October 1985, which inspired Jim’s ‘50 JAHR VW’ feature in the No.27 ‘Extra’ edition of MAR, published in August/ September 1987, just as MC was being launched. MC’s own showcasing of the VW marque came in Issue 3 (cover dated Winter 1987). Flagged up on the front cover was the three-page article written by collector/Beetle owner Chris Walker, which presented an overview of the then past and present Beetle models known about in 1987. Indeed, in addition to the onerous task of editing and producing the VWMC

“Also evolving was the way in which we collected…” magazine and contributing to other model and club related publications, Jim managed to also fi nd time to supplement both my contributions, and those of Chris Barber, to Beetling Magazine. These focused on all matters of scale less than 1:1, as well as a few lesser understood aspects of worldwide VW matters. By the time the fi rst ever copy of MC went on sale, many existing manufacturers had consolidated and regrouped, while at the same time other new players were entering the market with real vigour. The serious model collector was a most defi nite target. With the arrival of a plethora of ‘limited editions’, there was, suddenly, from some quarters, the suggestion that collecting was, rather than simply a hobby, an investment opportunity. Some models proved this to be the case, but many did not, – at best holding their value and at worst depreciating. By 1987 the resurgence in interest in 1:43 led to some prolific output from manufacturers like Brumm and Vitesse.

Reincarnated Corgi grew in strength, while the business of promotionals stood fi rms like Conrad, NZG and Schabak in good stead. In Germany, an HO scale explosion had occurred, consolidated by the Brekina range growing rapidly, gathering lots of fans and challenging HERPA, ROCO and WIKING. In the Far East, Japanese manufacturer Tomica carved out a dedicated and enthusiastic following in both 1:60 and 1:43, thanks partly to subject choice and partly to fi nish. Browsing through the ads in the 1987 Winter edition of Model Collector has brought back numerous happy memories. Included are many names familiar to me. Modeltime Wholesale, for example, took a full-page ad, which was dominated by new Brumm models but also included an impressive and equally nostalgia inducing list of main stockists. Other names that triggered smiles were: St Martin’s Accessories (later to become St Martin’s Models), an essential stop off whenever I was walking between

Volkswagen was one of the firmly established marque collector’s themes early on: 30 years ago 50 JAHR VW, appeared as one of Jim McLachlan’s many contributions to MAR, while Chris Walker’s 'The Beetle' feature featured in MC Winter 1987 (only the third ever issue).

Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden; Just Continental; Cheltenham Model Centre; MIKANSUE; Gems & Cobwebs; Modelmania and Model Road & Rail. All reminded me of reliance on postal communications, with requests for S.A.E.s (Stamped, Addressed Envelopes) or international reply coupons to avert the bug bear burden to retailers of the postal costs when replying to collectors in those pre-email days! Model Collector came into our world at a pivotal time, when trends were changing and the world was shrinking. Collecting scale models was still a pretty niche hobby back then and, without question, the arrival of Model Collector saw our little world better acknowledged and encouraged. At last we had a regular, dependable source of information. 30 years later it still growing strong. I know I, for one, am proud to be contributing MC to its ongoing success... october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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Tipping & dumping Part 2

Dinky Toys Michael Driver continues his look back at these packed with play value childhood classics, recording the many variants that may have escaped our attention back in the day but which as adult collectors it’s worth being on the look for… ippers and dumpers were an important part of the Dinky Toys series and provided hours of fun for many children as they fi lled, tipped and emptied their models. In Part 1 I covered the early issues, but some of these fantastic toys were still in play right up the end of Dinky Toys production in 1979. So, to continue the story, we now move into the 1960s… This decade became affectionately known to as the ‘Swinging 60s’ and the Dinky Beats model [No. 486] of 1965 certainly reflected what an upbeat time it was. As for Meccano, though, things were

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proving a little more difficult, as 1964 saw the Lines Bros take-over. Nevertheless, Dinky Toys continued and a number of new tipping models were introduced into the range.

Leyland Dump Truck with Tilt Cab In 1964, Dinky Toys had introduced a Leyland 8-Wheel Chassis [No. 936] based on a real vehicle out on road tests. This chassis was then adapted into another Dinky Toys tipper. The Leyland Dump Truck with Tilt Cab [No. 925] arrived in December 1965 as an eight wheel vehicle. While ‘Dinky Supertoys’ is cast into its base-

plate, it was the Dinky Toys brand name that appeared on the boxes in which it was sold. The model itself comes in white with a blue cab roof and an orange back which has a plastic tailgate carrying the words ‘sand, ballast, gravel’ and black and white visibility stripes. It is an interesting and complicated model and its features are packed

with ‘play’ value. The cab, with its light blue plastic interior and windows, hinges forward to give access to the engine, as on the ‘real’ lorry. The white chassis casting incorporates the chrome plated engine and there are double rear wheels in blue plastic, while the tipping body uses two cotter pins and plastic sleeves to simulate the hydraulic function. The fi rst releases were presented in yellow illustrated card lift-off lid boxes with yellow bases. Subsequently, the model was sold in yellow illustrated card end-flap boxes. Before the model was deleted

Dinky Supertoys Leyland Dump Truck with Tilt Cab [No. 925], a model designed to provide hours of construcconstru ruucctive playtime.

“Was this coincidental, I wonder, or was Dinky Toys suggesting a corporate identity for the models?”

Finished in the same colour scheme, Dinky Toys Bedford TK Tipper [No. 435] and the t Dinky Supertoys Leyland Dump Truck with Tilt Cab [No. o 925] certainly make splendid display display partners. p

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in 1969, this latter style of box was also used for ‘promotional’ chrome plated versions, which I suspect may have been produced for Leyland. I thought it would be interesting to show the Leyland Dump Truck with Tilt Cab and the Bedford TK Tipper together here, as they're both fi nished in similar colour schemes. Was this coincidental or was Dinky Toys suggesting a corporate identity for the models?

the Ford D800 Tipper Truck [No. 438] and was shown in the Meccano Magazine advert of July 1970. It has a metallic red cab with windows, opening doors and a white plastic interior. There is a yellow back with an opening tailgate and the body tips using the simulated hydraulic unit of the cotter pin and black plastic sleeve. The chassis is in silver, as are the die-cast wheels shod with large treaded tyres. The same model can be found

with yellow plastic wheels. Both versions were sold in illustrated card end-flap boxes. There are also some versions with orange cabs and backs using the silver wheels. The model was deleted in 1977. The Ford D800 Tipper Truck [No. 1029] was also included in the Dinky Kits range between 1971 and 1978. These were kits you could assemble and then use the paint included to fi nish off the resulting model.

Terex Dump Truck When the Euclid Dump Truck was deleted in 1969, the casting was given a new livery and became the Terex Dump Truck [No. 965]. Finished in yellow and with glazing to its windows, this Terex version is identical to the Euclid model save for the Terex name. This is cast into its baseplate, along with Dinky Supertoys’ branding. Once again, though, this model was sold as a Dinky Toy. While most examples are found with the yellow wheels, there are also some out there with red wheels. This model only ever appeared in the 1969 Dinky Toys catalogue as by 1970 it had been deleted.

Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck A new role was provided for the Ford D800 Tipper Truck in 1970. It was released as the Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No. 439] with a snow plough blade. This was advertised in the March 1971 issue of Meccano Magazine and reviewed in the Dinky Toys News that same month. The truck had a metallic blue cab with windows and a white

Dinky Toys Ford D800 Tipper Trucks [No. 438] with its metallic red cab and yellow back can be found with either silver die-cast wheels or yellow plastic ones.

The Dinky Toys Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No. 439], first advertised in the March 1971 issue of Meccano Magazi Magazine az ne. Also worth looking out for are the examples with white plastic wheels heels (shown (sho n right), right) which sold in the later illustrated white and yellow card end-flap end-flap boxes.

Ford D800 Tipper Truck A new tipper joined the Dinky Toys range in 1970. This was

While most commonly encountered with yellow wheels, Dinky Toys Terex Dump Truck (No. 965) can also be found fitted with red wheels. There The Th T h re is also a version of the Dinky Toys Ford D800 Tipper Truck [No.438] finished in orange and fitted fitted with the silver die die-cast cast wheels to look oout ouuutt fo ffor.r.

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loads of fun A yet further variant, seen here, Dinky inky Toys Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck ck [No. 439] features light metallic blue cab, lightt blue back and grey snow plough blade.

When Dinky Toys started selling its Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No. 439] in blister packs, the most commonly seen version is finished as seen here, with orange cab and back and a chrome yellow snow plough blade.

Another variant of the blister packed ke Dinky Toys Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No.439] comes with metallic blue cab, light blue back and yellow snow plough blade.

Dinky Toys Aveling-Barford Cen Centaur C enntau t r Dump Truck [No. 924]. To operate the simulated hydraulic tippingg action, you press a silver handle on the near side of the cab; this releases the spring i loaded l d d mechani mechanism h ism andd tips i the h body. b d

“Dinky issued a caution against this, including a note in the box that warned: “Do not put face close to model when operating spring tipping mechanism. Code No.151924” plastic interior. The back was in orange and the chassis and wheels in silver. Fitted to the front of the cab was a yellow snow plough blade which could be raised and lowered. The snow plough blade was the one that had originally been used on the earlier Guy Warrior Snow Plough [No. 958]. Some issues came with white plastic wheels and were sold in the later illustrated white and yellow card end-flap boxes. The next releases came in the blister packs that had

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been introduced during 1973; Dinky changed the colour fi nish for these models and they are most commonly seen with an orange cab and back with a chrome yellow snow plough blade. There are, however, variations to be found, too. One comes with a metallic blue cab, light blue back and a lemon yellow snow plough blade; another features a light metallic blue cab, light blue back and a grey snow plough blade. All retained the silver chassis and wheels.

The model was fi nally deleted from the range in 1978.

Aveling-Barford Centaur Dump Truck The Aveling-Barford Centaur Dump Truck [No. 924] was fi rst seen in the 1973 Dinky Toys catalogue and the April 1973 Meccano Magazine and it has to be one of the biggest Dinky Toys ever produced. It has red front body work with a left hand drive cab fitted with a white plastic interior and windows. The dumper body is

in yellow and it has ‘AvelingBarford’ labels on each side. There is a silver chassis, which is fitted with red plastic wheels and large treaded tyres that are double for the rear wheels. The box for the model describes a “simulated HYDRAULIC TIPPING action”. To operate the dumper body, therefore, you press a silver handle on the near side of the cab. This releases the spring loaded mechanism and tips the body, which happens at great speed, I must add. In


The newly numbered Dinky Toys Ford D800 Tipper Truck [No. 440] released in 1977, was finished with an orange cab, minus opening doors, and a yellow back. It’s production life was short, to say the least, with the model being deleted from the range the following year.

Echoing back to the earlier Muir-Hill Dump Truck, Truck the Johnson 2 Ton Dumper [No. 430] joined the Dinky Toys range in 1977 modelled to a larger scale. It remained in production until the company’s demise.

Dinky Toys Foden Tippingg Lorry [No. 432] joined the range in 1976 and was sold throughout hout its production period [i[in Dinky Toys red and yellow wind window boxes] xes] before deletion in 11979.

fact, Dinky issued a caution regarding this, too, including a note in the box that warned: “Do not put face close to model when operating spring tipping mechanism. Code No.151924” This model was sold in a white illustrated card end-flap box with a plain card inner packing piece. It was deleted in 1976.

Foden Tipping Lorry The Foden lorries had been a part of the Dinky Toys series for many years when the Foden Tipping Lorry [No. 432] joined the range in 1976 and was fi rst shown in the October Meccano Magazine that year. The model has a white cab with windows, opening doors and a black plastic interior. It features a yellow back with a plastic tailgate. The tipping action has the simulated hydraulic action of the cotter pin and plastic sleeve. The chassis is in red and this has a black plastic

fuel tank on the offside and a black plastic tow hook at the rear. Sold throughout its production period in Dinky Toys’ red and blue window box, it was deleted from the range in 1979.

Ford D800 Tipper Truck The Dinky Toys boxes were changed around 1976 to hanging ‘window’ boxes. When the Ford D800 Tipper Truck with its new number of 440 was released in 1977, the model itself had also seen some changes. Although based on No. 438, the casting no longer featured opening cab doors, no doubt to cut the costs of making the model. It was now fi nished with an orange cab and white interior. The back was fi nished in chrome yellow, with the model retaining the silver chassis and wheels. Its production life was short and deletion came just a year later in 1978.

Johnson 2 Ton Dumper This model was an echo back to the earlier Muir-Hill Dump Truck. The Johnson 2-Ton Dumper [No. 430] joined the Dinky Toys range in 1977 and can be found in the April edition Meccano Magazine for that year. It was modelled to a larger scale than the Muir-Hill Dump Truck and comes fi nished with a yellow chassis with a black plastic engine, with its driver sporting blue overalls. The chassis has a central pivot, which allows the model to be steered. The tipping body is in orange and has ‘JOHNSON’ stickers on each side. It remained on the market until the demise of Meccano in 1980.

Convoy Dumper Truck The Convoy series of Dinky Toys was a departure for the company, as the models were based on designs by Ogle and represented generic vehicles

rather than actual ones. The Convoy Dumper Truck [No. 382] appeared in 1977 and was illustrated in the April 1977 Meccano Magazine. It has glazed windows, a red cab and chassis, a black plastic back and plain black plastic wheels. Some examples are fitted with grey plastic backs and have black plastic wheels with a chrome fi nish. The model was also contained in the Convoy Gift Set [No. 399] between 1977 and 1979.

Tipper Truck 1980 saw the end of the road for Meccano and Dinky Toys. Prior to this, however, the company had issued a trade catalogue for 1980. In this, came an announcement that a new Dinky Toys range was to be launched under the name of ‘CHAMPS’. The Tipper Truck [No. 59001] was to form part of this series. It was shown with a red cab and chassis and a october 2017 | www.modelcollector.com

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This surviving prototype for the never to actually be released Champs Tipper Truck [No.59001] interestingly features no tipping mechanism incorporated into the build.

The trade catalogue pproduced by Meccano for 1980 illustrates the proposed Champs Tipper Truck [No. 59001].

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“In the trade catalogue for 1980 came an announcement that a new Dinky Toys range was to be launched under the name of ‘CHAMPS’” yellow back, which I assume would have tipped. A prototype was produced, fi nished in blue with a yellow back but no tipping mechanism and large black plastic wheels. This new series would have been a far cry from the Dinky Toys we all know and love and so I wonder how the models planned for release would have been received. The trade catalogue describes them as “big chunky die-cast vehicles” and explains “the novel nature of this range and its appeal to a wider age group means more new purchasers for Dinky ”. I will leave you to decide whether this would, or would not, have proved the case. Production of Dinky Toys ceased in 1979, but even at this late stage Meccano was still contemplating tipper and dumper variations, as shown

in the proof for the last trade catalogue. A black and white copy of a fi nal proof headed ‘into/the/ 80’s’ shows the new range of Dinky Toys CHAMPS, including the Tipper Truck. The Foden Tipping Lorry [No. 432] is also shown as a ‘new’ model and is now described as a Tipper Lorry rather than a Tipping Lorry. It also sports the letter ‘D’ on the cab door and the back – was this 'D' for Dinky?

Tip out your toy box! Looking back at the tipping models that had been produced over the years there were colour variations, different colour combinations and different coloured wheels. These elements

are what make collecting so interesting, especially when you fi nd a variation that is not recorded. As has been seen with many other Dinky Toys, these oddities and variations do keep turning up. So, there may be other unusual Dinky Toys tipper or dumper trucks with different colours or wheels to add to the variations listed here. Perhaps it is worth taking another look MC at your collection…

Right up to its demise, Meccano was clearly still contemplating new tippers and dumpers, as flagged up under an ‘into/the/80’s’ banner on the proof for its last trade catalogue was the No. 432 ‘New’ Foden Tipper Lorry. Whether the models in this new ‘CHAMPS” series of big, chunky die-cast vehicles – with designs that were clearly quite a departure from the Dinky Toys models we all know and love – have proved a success is a moot point.

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AUCTION

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SOL D FOR £10 20 More than doubling its £400-£500 catalogue estimate at the Vectis sale was this original Spot-On Sports Car Presentation Pack, featuring an MGA, Triumph TR3, Jaguar XKSS and Austin Healey, offered in ‘Near Mint to Mint’ condition.

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Also thrashing its estimate (£480-£520) was this mint example of Corgi Toys No. 497 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Thrushbuster (No. 497).

Summer smashers

SOL D FOR £81 6

A specialist die-cast sale held by Vectis Auctions this summer included five different private owner collections and estimates were smashed left, right and centre by some very familiar and iconic models and gift sets from big name British brands…

SOL D FOR £74 4 Another Corgi Toys Gift Set, the Lotus Racing Team No. GS37 Lotus Racing Team – comprising Volkswagen Breakdown Truck, Lotus Climax Racing Car, Lotus Elan S2 and Lotus Elan Coupe and complete with unapplied decals for racing numbers 2 and 4, an instruction leaflet and cones still in their polythene bag – achieved more than double its £240-£280 estimate had anticipated.

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With just a little wear to its packaging, this Corgi Toys GS38 Rallye Monte Carlo Gift Set – comprising BMC Mini Cooper S, Rover 2000 and Citroen DS19, also quickly outperformed its £500-£600 estimate.

This beautiful example of Corgi Toys No. 238 Jaguar Mark X in Light Kingfisher Blue with Lemon interior and Glidamatic spring suspension absolutely smashed its £100-£120 catalogue estimate

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Carrying an estimate of £280-£340, this Dinky Supertoys No. 903 Foden (2nd style cab) Flat Truck with Tailboard, 2nd Cab (No. 903) in a harder to find colour scheme did loads better than envisaged.

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In less commonly found matt black finish, this Corgi Toys No. 267 Batmobile was offered complete with instruction pack containing folded leaflets, a lapel badge and its missiles still attached to their sprue p and saw bidding tip the top end of its catalogue estimate by a tidy £100. SOL D

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No dry spell for classics Offered in near mint condition and in an excellent picture box, this Dinky Toys No. 110 Aston Martin DB3 (No. 110) quickly left its £90-£110 estimate behind in the dust when bidding started up.

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This summer’s weather in the UK has been a bit of a mixed bag, but rain didn’t deter bidders turning out for Warwick & Warwick’s July general toys auction. Dinky and Corgi were by far the most dominant brands, so below are just a few of our picks from that section of the sale…

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Dinky Toys Type 2 Delivery Van, No. 28r, liveried for Swan Pens.

SOL D FOR £11 8 Dinky Toys Type 2 Delivery Van, No. 28y, liveried for Exide/ Drydex Batteries.

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This example of Corgi Toys Grand Prix Racing Gift Set (GS12) – comprising Volkswagen Breakdown Truck, Cooper Maserati, Porsche Carrera 6 and Lotus Climax, with all accessories present and correct – was pursued well beyond the top end of its catalogue estimate (£280-£340) before crossing the finishing line at gavel’s fall.

On a day when brollies needed to be at the ready, this example of Corgi Toys The Avengers GS40 Gift Set fared well.

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SOL D FOR £45 6 Corgi Toys No. 803 The Beatles Yellow Submarine

SOL D FOR £94

Save for a slight manufacturer’s paint flaw to the right hand rear door and a little wear to its stripped lift-off box, this example of Dinky Supertoys No. 919 Guy Van was in otherwise lovely condition and easily shredded its £300-£400 catalogue estimate.

Dinky Toys No. 504 Foden 14 Ton Tanker, No. 504.

WATCH Hot picks ■ A Hillman Avenger in Wardance Red (VA 10402) listed on eBay this August underlined the significant increases in value we are starting to see for certain obsoletes in the Vanguards range. The model was described by its vendor as “extremely rare” – a claim one could quibble over, seeing that 3,460 examples were released onto the market back in 2007. Far less disputable, however, is how prized examples have now become. In this instance, an opening bid of 99p was invited but 13 subsequent bids saw the model eventually change hands for £52 – a considerable premium on the original recommended retail price of £15.99.

■ Also attracting much attention was an ex-display 1:48 scale white metal model produced by Dutch manufacturer Zon. Liveried for Lastra Breda, the GINAF 8x8 with Ballast Box promoted 21 bids, finally fetching an impressive £510.

■ A particularly astonishing result, though, was achieved by a 1960’s Hot Wheels’ Brabham Repco F1,complete with matching collectors button and still sealed onto its ‘Grand Prix Series’ card backing, offered by an Australian vendor. Originally marketed as a pocket money toy, after 14 bids this little racecar changed hands for a whopping £806. Hot Wheels indeed!

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A hasty decision by Rapido? Oh dear! Why, oh why, has Rapido chosen the  Birmingham New Look  as it ‘toe in the water’ debut model for the British model bus market? I imagine the company’s thinking goes something like this: “Birmingham is Europe’s largest local authority.  In the days of local authority bus operation, Birmingham City Transport had the biggest f leet, and throughout the 1950s/60s most of them were  New Look Birmingham Standards – clearly making them worth serious consideration. Only London Transport had a larger f leet, but the marketplace is already sated with LT models. So, if not LT, let’s go with BCT.” The trouble is that, as with LT, civic pride led to BCT developing its own highly individual and recognisable buses. These were built to a high spec, which made them both expensive to buy and exceptionally durable in service, especially with BCT’s meticulous maintenance standards. They were long-lived and served their original owner until rear-entrance buses were no longer viable and there was then no market for them amongst secondary users. Because of this, they never appeared in other f leets and therefore any models based on them can’t legitimately be sold in any other livery. That severely limits the market for models

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above Jason Shron of President of Rapido Trains Inc, seen here at the Wythall Transport Museum getting some hands-on experience of a 1:1 BCT ‘New Look’ Guy Arab IV – the first British spec 1:76 bus the Canadian company plan, has kindly responded to concerns raised in our chosen Letter of the Month.

of the BCT Standard. The large model manufacturers probably looked at this scenario and decided not to risk the expense of tooling for such a limited market, and for years Birmingham collectors felt cheated. Enthusiasts for Britain’s other large municipal f leets – Glasgow, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool – fared better, because those f leets had less distinctive buses, sometimes buying ‘off-the-peg’ designs which could be offered in model form by a relatively inexpensive livery change to an existing casting. Finally, Forward Models took the plunge and the BCT New Look appeared in die-cast form. Birmingham collectors were deliriously happy and Forward produce the design in many variations

to cater for virtually every need. So, do we need another model of the same bus?  Will it sell? Will the novelty of steerable wheels and working lights be enough to tempt the punters? If not, what prototype might Rapido have chosen instead? You can view which traditional rear entrance double deck designs have already made it into 1:76 die-cast production in my table below. So, who is missing?  Of the major coachbuilders, Alexander, Northern Counties and East Lancs are obvious omissions.  Park Royal’s 1950s four-bay

Coachbuilding Manufacturers’ Designs: Crossley Highbridge                       OOC ECW Highbridge                               OOC Leyland (Early/TD1)                          Matchbox and EFE Leyland Highbridge                           EFE and Oxford Diecast Leyland Lowbridge                            EFE MCW Orion Highbridge                     EFE and OOC Park Royal Highbridge                      Britbus Roe Highbridge                                 OOC Utility (WWII Ministry of Supply)       EFE and OOC Weymann Highbridge                       OOC Weymann Lowbridge (RLH)              EFE    (I’ve listed coachbuilders rather than chassis manufacturers since – apart from the radiator – it’s the coachwork we actually see, and most coachbuilders’ products could be fitted to chassis from virtually any manufacturer)     

Operators’ Designs (All Highbridge) BCT New Look BMMO (Midland Red) D9 LT RM Routemaster LT RML Routemaster EFE LT RT/RTL LT RTW LT STL Southdown Queen Mary

Forward Models OOC       EFE, OOC, Oxford Diecast, Dinky, Corgi, Seerol EFE OOC/Atlas EFE, Dinky OOC/Atlas


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design is also missing, but Park Royal and Roe were fellow-members of the ACV Group and their designs were closely related. Of the remaining three, Alexander’s was the most distinctive, and possibly the most ubiquitous, being found in large numbers in every municipal and SBG f leet in Scotland as well as in several in England and Wales.   If I were a manufacturer new to the UK model bus scene and wondering which traditional rear-entrance double deck prototype would most likely repay its tooling costs and stand a good chance of turning a profit, I’d go for Alexander – never modelled but seen everywhere.    It’s good to hear of a new name joining the British model bus scene, but I do worry about Rapido’s choice of subject.  GEORGE MACDONALD EMAIL       What a fascinating and well consider analysis, George. You’ve raised some very interesting points. I thought it only fair to put these to Rapido and off er the right to reply. Jason Shron, President of Rapido Trains Inc, has taken me up on this invitation and explains: “Our choice of model was not based on doing a survey of what needs to be done. Were we to restrict ourselves to models that have not been made before, our choices and our potential future growth would be very limited. Rapido’s approach – in railway models and now in buses – is to bring a level of detail not before seen in the hobby to whichever model we choose. “Our first locomotive was a General Motors Canadian FP9A, which we released about two years after a competitor’s model of the

exact same engine. We, however, felt that we could do it better. Our model was priced higher than the competitor’s model and it still managed to be a huge success for us, because many people agreed that our model finally did justice to the real thing. “I’m sure tens of thousands of 1:87 Busch North American Fishbowls have sold over the years, but advance orders for our Fishbowl exceeded our sales target by 33%. Will we ever meet Busch’s sales? Not a chance. Their model is much less expensive and much more commonly available. But we’ve sold enough for the project to be profitable, and this is only our first of several versions of the bus. “I used to live in Birmingham and I consider it my home in the UK, so our first British bus model is simply one that I love and want. We honestly don’t expect to make money on the Birmingham New Look as it is such a niche model. But it will allow us to build a reputation in the British bus market so that when we tackle a more common bus design with greater sales potential, people will know what to expect and will order with confi dence. “Meanwhile, in the few weeks since we’ve announced the Brummie bus we’ve sold almost 500 of them, so it seems that our reputation proceeds us in some corners of the model bus world. We’re very grateful for the faith that our customers have shown in reserving a model that isn’t due to arrive until autumn 2018!” Thanks so much to you both for some thought provoking reading! Ed.

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EUCLID TRANSFERS I would like to offer some comments and additional information on the No. 965 Euclid Rear Dump Truck in Michael Driver’s article Tipping and Dumping Dinky Toys in the August issue. The plain Euclid insignia was an incorrect assumption by Meccano, as, too, was the manner of application of this transfer. It should have been applied on both sides, with the outstretched arm pointing forward, not

above The ‘STONE-ORE_EARTH’ transfers were still applied to later glazed window versions of Dinky Supertoys Euclid Rear Dump Truck, but random factory error examples omitting them can be also be found, Bruce Hoy advises.

PUTTING PEDAL TO METAL On the Letters pages of the May edition you showed photos of, and the story behind, an Army Jeep pedal car, and you closed by asking if any other readers had pedal cars as children? I am, therefore, sending you a photo of me with my blue Cyclops (made in Australia) pedal car, which Father Christmas so kindly brought me December 1948. We travelled many miles together before I grew too big for it. I am also sending you a photo of a more recent pedal car/truck (50s-60s), which is an adjunct to my collection of Hot Wheels 1:43 and 1:18 scale models. It is in excellent

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backwards, denoting Euclid was a progressive and forward-thinking company. It would seem those on the factory floor were not given explicit instructions on how the transfer was to have been applied; although this information may have been incorporated into drawings disposed of prior to the changes made to represent the new owners, Terex, a division of General Motors.  The background was corrected to red, with a notation on the drawing dated October 14, 1955. This can be confi rmed by examining the quality inspection stamps, and both models with the plain and the red background insignia can be found checked in October 1955. The plain transfer was used in the weeks leading up to the release of the Euclid in early October and for the next two weeks or so, with the red insignia used from the middle of that month and onwards, with perhaps the occasional plain insignia applied to use up existing stock, Meccano, as always, being mindful of economics.

unrestored condition. Unfortunately, it is not branded, although I suspect it may be American. On another matter, pages 66-67 of the same edition show several excellent die-cast conversions by Chris Batten. His BBC van reminded me of a Dinky Toys Horsebox (No. 581/979) that I've modified using the Bedford

above John’s clever Lotus Racing Team transporter conversion pictured together with Corgi Toys' Lotus Climax.

above The plain background of the insignia transfers first applied to the Euclid was a design error on Meccano’s part and, what’s more, these transfers should have been applied to both sides of the model, with the outstretched arm pointing forward, not backwards, denoting Euclid was a progressive and forward-thinking company.

The side transfers on the vehicle’s back were originally intended to read ‘STONESAND-GRAVEL’ but this was changed on March 24, 1955 to ‘STONE-ORE-EARTH’. These transfers remained constant until the arrival of the Terex model in black or very dark blue. Michael’s mention of these wordings being deleted when the model gained glazed windows is unfortunately not correct. However, it is true that random issues can be found without the transfers on the back due to unintentional omissions by the factory.

above John Comber in the blue Cyclops (made in Australia) pedal car Father Christmas delivered on December 25, 1948.

above John’s three-in-one conversion (shown right), created by using a Jada cabin, (from its '41 Ford), an long obsolete Australian Micro van body, Dinky wheels for that period look and Dunlop decals for Dinky Toys Trojan van.

above By mid-October 1955, models with transfers correctly featuring the correct red background to the insignia began appearing.

Blackwood Hodge was the UK agent for the Euclid products and on mentioning the chrome issue to retirees of BH no one in the reunion organisation has any recollection of this version, but some do confi rm that workers were presented with a normal issue of the Dinky Euclid model just before it went on sale. BRUCE HOY QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA   Thanks, Bruce. I look forward to featuring the fascinating Euclid focused feature you’ve sent me in a future issue of MC. Ed.

above John today with a 1950s/60s pedal car (or, more accurately, truck) recently added to his collection. We believe this was probably manufactured by either Gearbox or the Burns Novelty Co. (USA).

front from Dinky Toys Turntable Fire Escape (No. 956), converting the whole van to simulate the Lotus Racing Team transporter. The other photos show my three-in-one conversion using


email: lindsey.amrani@mytimemedia.com THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE… I fi nally got to sit down with ‘September Model Collector’ issue last night and it is really good and full of coincidence for me. Firstly, I loved David Busfield’s ‘Desert Island Diecast’ feature. I have an ally. He chooses Walls ice cream vans! He mentions Crosshills, which is really close by to where I live in Keighley and a place I know well. And I agree with his assessment of how imaginations blossomed organically in the past, unlike now when so much evolves around computers and modern technology. Don t get me wrong, I think our modern world is full of wonders. Yet I’m so glad I grew up in the times I did without them. I used to often have confl icts with teachers who, around the 80s, were more or less saying all toys should be ‘Early Learning’ aids. Everything had to develop a mind that could problem solve. No Gerry Anderson toys, no cars, no action figures, etc.

a Jada cab (‘41 Ford), a Micro van body (obsolete Australian), Dinky wheels for that period look and Dinky Trojan van Dunlop decals. JOHN COMBER AUSTRALIA I don’t know which is more adorable in that charming old black and white photo, John – you or your Cyclops pedal car! I think the pedal fire truck may be the work of either Gearbox or the Burns Novelty Company – both of these manufacturers, as you yourself suspected, being American. Perhaps someone reading, though, can tell us more? Love your conversions, by the way. Thanks for sharing them with us. Ed.

Utter rubbish! My lads grew up playing not only with the toys of their day but my old ones too. Thanks to re-runs, they were all familiar Batman, the Gerry Anderson shows, etc. These toys helped them develop wonderful imaginations, making it easy for them to now engage with their own children and join in their games. All of them are collectors. One of my lads loved Noddy as a boy and a Noddy car was one of his fi rst ever toys. Recently I caught a glimpse of the new adventures of Noddy on Channel 5. Turns out he is now a private detective living in a toy city and he carries an iPad! What on earth happened to the magical world in which he lived, so far removed from grown up reality? This may sound trivial but they’ve ruined it. The whole point of these stories are that they are for children. Too much of this is emerging. Turning over to the Mettoy Memoirs feature, I really enjoyed Mr Marshall's personal recollections of working on some of the very models mentioned in my own Desert Island Diecast picks. Being half German, I could also relate to the feature on the Wolfsburger Bahnle. It is an amazing model and reminded me of very happy summers visiting my mums family in Soest near Dortmund. She

above Although not transport related, we thought we’d share this illustration of Tipp-Kick, a football game Ray has fond childhood memories of.

above right Corgi Toys 1960s’ Noddy Car from more the more innocent days of imaginative play. Can you believe in the new adventures of Noddy, he now carries an iPad, rages Ray Fox!

never quite forgave me, though, for running around on the Mohnese Dam with my Airfi x Lancaster Bomber. Not exactly diplomatic, I know, but in fairness we were from Lincoln, home of The Dambusters. And besides, with a grandpa called Herman who was from Munster, I had to get my revenge somehow – imagine living with that legacy all of your life: coming from the original Munster family! I also remember Ullmann’s Tipp and Co of Nuremberg’s football game ‘Tipp Kick’. You got a small pitch, two goals, a goalkeeper and two opposing players to take kicks. This simple set could be used at home or on holidays, as it took up so little room. I used to play it with my cousin and we still have a set here at home. It’s a great game where imagination sets the scene and you can become the manager of your own favourite team. Anyway, top class stuff and I

MASERATI ELDORADO MODELS I really enjoyed Bill Oursler’s excellent article on Europe’s influence on the Indy 500. I have had an Eldorado Maserati for several years just like his, with the very large air scoop.

cannot wait for your Captain Scarlet’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. There are a few of those models on my shelf, including a huge R/C SPV. RAY FOX EMAIL Stories about the mischievous younger you always makes me smile, Ray! I agree we were lucky to have grown up when we did, but then, as one of this month's cast-aways, Pat Conneally, points out: “Every generation believes its own youth to have been some sort of golden age”. My daughter is a dedicated online gamer and when she was a little younger constantly tried to get me to join her World of Warcraft league. It was never going to happen, as we were already having constant real-life battles about the amount of time she was spending online. Naturally, in those clashes I always got to play the dragon! Ed.

The baseplate is marked Grani and Partners. When I bought it, there were a number of other part work Maserati models around, including The Boyle Special, Fangio’s 1957 German GP winning 250F and the dark blue sports-racer that won a Cuban GP in the ‘50s, so maybe his is part of this series? I have now got the much more accurate LEO budget model, which I can thoroughly recommend. This can still be bought from Racing Models excellent on-line shop.  JOHN HARTRIDGE EMAIL left: LEO's 1:43 Maserati 420M Eldorado, as raced by Stirling Moss at Monza in 1958: a great bargain buy, points out John Hartridge.

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Out and about... MIDLANDS MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 October 2017 will see the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Leamington Spa, host the 2017 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition and this year the show will be celebrating its 40th anniversary – making it the second longest running event of its kind in the UK. The exhibition will open from 10am to 5pm daily, closing at 4pm on the final day. Over a 1,000 models will be on display, from both societies and individuals, plus 40 clubs and over 50 of the leading suppliers to the model engineering world will be attending. There are 32 classes for those wishing to show off their own work. Entry into all of the 32 classes, of which 16 are competition and 16 are display, is free of charge. A commemorative plaque and exhibitor’s certificate will be presented to every entrant, with trophies and cash prizes awarded to winners. You can either apply for an entry form by calling 01926 614101 or download one from the website at www.midlandsmodelengineering.co.uk Tickets to the show can be can be ordered in advance and at discount from the above website or alternatively purchased on the day of your visit at a cost of £10.50 for adults, £8.50 for senior citizens and £3 for children aged 3-14. .

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iving in Canada, I find the local supply of models to choose from limited. I have, therefore, built on my collection by bidding on worldwide eBay listings and, over the years, this has proved a great way to make international transactions, thanks the feedback ratings, simplified payment system and satisfaction guarantee. Then came the recent introduction of the Global Shipping Program (GSP). For those not familiar with the GSP, eBay has contracted Pitney Bowes to offer sellers an easy alternative shipping method. The way this works is that items sold are packaged by their vendors and sent to a local Pitney Bowes collection

center, from where in turn they are forwarded on to their respective buyers. However, although sellers save on shipping fees, buyers receive two invoices: one from eBay for the amount bid and one from Pitney Bowes for the postage AND the calculated import duty. Pitney Bowes then remits the duty to the appropriate government. Sellers can neither waive nor delete GSP fees once they have been applied; while buyers are committed to paying them, even if a seller has agreed to instead mail an item to the buyer personally. Yes, eBay’s GSP makes things simpler for sellers, but it can, and does, significantly increases the costs incurred

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by international buyers. Prior to the GSP, if the seller described the contents of the parcel he/she was sending as a toy of nominal value, it would then arrive with little or often no import duty attached. A GSP listing, however, makes paying duty inescapable for the recipient. For many collectors, like myself, this increased cost determines the maximum bid we can afford to place. So, while I respect free enterprise and support cross-border contraband control, I believe eBay’s GSP will ultimately impact the way in which not only I, but others, collect. I see no ‘winners’ in the implementation of this system except, perhaps, Pitney Bowes. I wonder if others agree?

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“Before doing anything with your collection make sure you obtain my offer, I am sure you will be pleased with my price. Look forward to hearing from you! Andrew” Also selling every week on ebay, username andrewclarkmodels2 and now also on my superb website; andrewclarkmodels.com

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