Reading and Collecting Habits and Charles Dickens

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The Bibliomania of the Golden Dustman (artist: Marcus Stone)

I am currently reading “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens. “What does this have to do with diecast car collecting?” I can hear you ask. “Our Mutual Friend” came out in monthly instalments from May 1864 to November 1865, a hundred years before I got my first diecast model car. The first diecast cars didn’t appear until the early 20th century. The first actual model car from Doewst (later TootsieToys) was produced between 1909 and 1911, a closed limousine which was followed by a 1915 Ford Model T open tourer. (History of TootsieToy)

Whilst reading, the collecting habits of one of the characters, a Nicodemus “Noddy” Boffin also known as “The Golden Dustman” piqued my interest, he sought out books about misers, going from one bookshop to another with his companion Bella.

Miserly literature not being abundant, the proportion of failures to successes may have been as a hundred to one.

In a similar fashion, my expeditions looking for transitional Matchbox cars, meets with more disappointment than success. The hunt is part of the reason I enjoy the hobby, even if many days I come back empty handed.

he pursued the acquisition of those dismal records with the ardour of Don Quixote for his books of chivalry,

There are other elements of collecting in the tome, Mr Boffin has a yard full of mounds of dust, in those mounds amidst the dust were treasures like bottles, china and cash boxes. In the secondhand toy stores and fleamarkets I seek my amongst the junk for treasure.

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maybe I’ll find something in there for my collection

The character of Noddy Boffin may have been based on Henry Dodd, a ploughboy who made his fortune removing London’s rubbish. Reading another Dickens novel, I was slightly disappointed that in “The Old Curiosity Shop” there was little description about the shop itself.

1:43 Ferrari Collection

A while ago I came across the Eaglemoss Ferrari Collection. This was a series of magazines (in Russian) which came with a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari.

There were 80 scheduled issues of the Ferrari Collection, I purchased one copy of the magazine in 2014 for 25 lari (then equivalent to $14.16, the cover price:399 roubles), the edition with the Ferrari Testarossa (#10). I also picked up a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (cost £6.99) in Modelzone (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) loose without a magazine. To these I added  the 246 GTS Dino. (#7), and a Ferrari 575 GTC.

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Ferrari Collection #10 Ferrari Testarossa

I wrote about this on my old blog: Eaglemoss (Ferrari Collection)

Recently here in Tbilisi, I have seen the magazine Auto Bild (the Georgian version of the German Magazine) being sold with a 1:43 scale Ferrari. They intend to give out 10 models over the year with the magazine. I can’t find a complete list of those they intend to put out.

The first was in the May 2019 issue  (Ferrari 250 GTO).

June Ferrari F40
July Ferrari F 246
August Enzo Ferrari
September Ferrari Testarossa
October Ferrari F312 B2 (link to magazine but article is in Georgian)
November Ferrari 575M Maranello
December ?
January 2020 Ferrari F2001

This magazine with the car costs just 10 lari ($3.47), this is considerably cheaper than previously, I think the models are from the same series but now they also include Formula 1 Racing Cars.

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Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, Ferrari 575 GTC and Ferrari F312 B2 
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Auto Bild Magazine with Ferrari 250GTO

 

I hope they continue after the initial 10 models and I really hope they put out copies with a  250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and a 365BB or 512BB.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet or “Chevy” is a division of GM. Producers of the fantastic Corvette.

I have a lot of Chevrolets in my collection of diecasts,  Chevrolet is second only numerically to Ford.

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100+ Chevrolets

I have at least 104 Chevrolets in my collection, I don’t buy into the Ford v Chevy rivalry as I love both brands, the second and third generations of the Chevrolet Corvette look amazing to me.

As an iconic American brand, it is unsurprising that most of my Chevrolets are Hot Wheels (65 of them).

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Hot Wheels Chevrolets

Hot Wheels put out several new Chevys each year. Aside from the Corvettes, I love collecting the Wagons and Gassers.

The”Gasser” looks ready for a drag race. The 55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser casting hearkens back to the old school style of Gasser Drag Race cars. With an exposed big block engine, fender well headers, ladder bars, aluminum fuel tank, this 2 lane blacktop brawler can take them all on.

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55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (Hot Wheels)

I also like convertibles.

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Chevrolet Convertibles/Roadsters

I have 40 Corvettes, a car that has been in production since 1953, named after a small manoeuvrable warship, there have been eight generations of Corvette to date, my favourites being the second (1963-1967) and third (1968-1982) generations. Designed to interest returned American servicemen who had fallen under the spell of Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs during their World War II service in Europe, the Chevrolet Corvette was the first proper American sports car.

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Chevrolet Corvette x 40

For a long time the 1:24 scale Maisto 1970 Chevrolet Corvette was the largest model in my collection, it is still my biggest Chevrolet but now a 1:18 Scale Mercedes 300SL is my biggest model.
Whilst most of my Chevys are standard Hot Wheels (3 inch) size, I do have a few larger models, including two rather beat up Corgi Chevrolet Stingrays.

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larger scale Chevys 1:43-1:24 scale

Matchbox has put out far fewer Chevrolets than Hot Wheels, but I still have 21 in my collection.

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Matchbox Chevrolets x 21

Other brands include Maisto, Jada, Bburago, Corgi, Lledo, Kinsmart, TootsieToys and Welly.

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18 Chevrolets from brands other than Hot Wheels or Matchbox

 

Monthly Acquisitions: December 2019

The final month of the year saw 11 new models in my collection, significantly fewer than November’s haul of 28 models.

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December 2019 haul

The haul included the biggest model of my collection a 1:18 scale model of a 1954 Mercedes 300SL (Bburago). I don’t usually collect models in  1:18 Scale as they are expensive and difficult to store, but I do appreciate the added detail.

Most of the models I bought were Hot Wheels, 7 in total. 5 secondhand and 2 new.

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Hot Wheels haul

  1. ’70 Ford Escort RS1600  This is in Gumball Rally decor, this is possibly my favourite Hot Wheels casting, I find it difficult to resist, even though I have two other models in the exact same decor.
  2.  Cadillac LMP an endurance race car in metalflake gold.
  3. Morris Mini in Urban Outlaw decor.
  4. ’92 Ford Mustang
  5. VW SP2
  6. Honda Civic Type R (from Kakha)
  7. Spider Mobile

Only 2 Matchbox models this month. A Jaguar XK8 (from Kakha) and a Mercedes Benz “Binz” Ambulance (this was the highlight of the month, having a lot of that Nostalgia buzz.

Monthly Acquistions Dec 2019 MBX and UAZ
Mercedes Benz “Binz” Ambulance, Jaguar XK8 and UAZ 452

The UAZ 452 “Fire Department” is a recent Chinese made model of  classic Soviet Van in 1:43 scale. It has a pull-back motor, which I’m not keen on, but it looks good.

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Totals: 11 Models:  7 Hot Wheels, 2 Matchbox, 1 Bburago and 1 unidentified Chinese model

2 bought new,  7 bought secondhand, 2 traded

Outlets: 3 Secondhand Toy Stores,  1 Dry Bridge Market, 3 Varketili Market, 1 Carrefour, 1 XS Toys and 2 Kakha

Net expenditure: 97.62 lari ($34.07)

1 lari = 35 US cents

Highlights 2019

At the end of the year, I like to indulge myself looking back on some of my favourite diecast finds throughout the year. Previous highlights : Highlights 2018  and Highlights 2017

Some months’ finds were better than others.

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Highlights of each month 2019
  1. January, not a great month, a ’64 Chevrolet Impala from the Hot Wheels Black and Gold 50th Anniversary series was my favourite find.

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    Hot Wheels highlights: the ’64 Impala celebrates the 50th Anniversary and the Custom Firebird was one of the orignal cars when the brand was launched in 1968
  2. February was a far better month, making the choice difficult, I choose the Porsche 924  from Majorette, because as a kid my favourite cars were the Maserati Bora and Porsche 924. Made in France.
  3. March, Euclid Dump Truck. An older Matchbox from the mid sixties. I found this at Dry Bridge Market for 10 lari from Karo, who I was expecting to ask more. It is in better condition than the Euclid I had before. Made in England.

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    Matchbox Highlights
  4. April, I found three old Corgis, which pushed me way over budget, my favourite of the three was a Datsun 240Z.

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    Three Corgis in April
  5. May Highlight of the month was the Chrysler 180 and Caravan by Majorette with its box. When I was a nine year old visiting Paris for the first time I brought home 3 Majorettes: a BMW 3.0 CSL, a Datsun 280Z and a Chrysler 180. I have no idea where those models are now but finding the Chrysler again gave me an insane nostalgia buzz the caravan was an added bonus.

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    Majorette Highlights : Chrysler 180 and Caravan (May) and Porsche 924 (February)
  6. June This was a disappointing month. Highlight was a Matchbox Mercedes E430 Wagon “Police”…from 2002, 1:62 scale. Made in China.
  7. July There were 30 models added to the collection, highlight of which was a Custom Firebird. This is one of the original “sweet sixteen” Hot Wheels launched in 1968, made in Hong Kong. The only one of the sweet sixteen in my collection.

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    Custom Firebird
  8. August Highlight was a Corgi MGC GT

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    Corgi Highlights : MGC GT (August) and Datsuns 240Z (April)
  9. September Mercury Commuter Police Car. Matchbox Speed Kings. This was the highlight of the month, coming from Gocha at Dry Bridge market. A previous owner had decided to redecorate the police car as an ambulance, it makes for an interesting Code 3 model.

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    Mercury Commuter “Ambulance”
  10. October ’71 Nissan Skyline GTX. Although it is  a recent casting, I was very happy to find it.
  11. November The Austin A40 Van (Dinky) I looked at in a previous post (Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties.) It is the oldest model in my collection. It cost 40 lari ($13.47) also from Gocha at Dry Bridge Market, source of many of my favourite finds.

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    Austin A40 Van (Dinky) this model is from the late 1950s
  12. December Matchbox Super Kings K-63 Mercedes Benz “Binz” Ambulance. There is a lot of nostalgia with this one.

5 Matchbox, 2 Hot Wheels, 2 Corgi, 2 Majorette and 1 Dinky a reasonable reflection of the brands I like to collect.

Over the whole year my highlight would be the Datsun 240Z by Corgi, I had wanted to find one of these for a long time and finding one here in Tbilisi in such good condition with its box was great.

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Datsun 240Z My favourite find of 2019

 

Soviet Cars

My father had a Moskvitch 427 back in the seventies, his was Mustard Yellow with a black vinyl roof, I would love to find a similar model. I wish I had a photo of the actual car. Moskvitch were only imported to the UK for a brief time in the seventies.

Moving to Tbilisi really kicked off my diecast collecting hobby. In the markets here I have picked up quite a few models of Soviet cars to add to my collection.

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Soviet cars from my collection

These models can be divided into three types:

  1. Models made in the USSR as toys
  2. Models made in China by DeAgostini for adult collectors
  3. Models made in China as toys

Models made in the USSR

These models are mostly in 1:43 scale and will have opening parts. I have picked up a few for around 20 lari ($6.90), but usually they are fetching higher prices in the markets. At Dry Bridge Market boxed models have an asking price of around 150 lari ($51.71), which for me is too much. The first model I got was from my Georgian brother-in-law, a GAZ Volga 24-02, a model he’d had since he was a child.

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Made in USSR
Soviet cars ussr bases
bases “сделано в СССР”

Models made in China by DeAgostini for adult collectors

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DeAgostini Soviet Cars

I have more Soviet Models made in China in my collection than those made in the Soviet Union. DeAgostini produces a package of a 1:43 scale car and a magazine. The sixteen page magazine Avto Legendi (Legends of Autos) is in Russian, one series of magazines is for everyday Soviet cars, a second series of magazines is for emergency vehicles.

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DeAgostini Magazines and cars

I wrote more about this in an old blog: Soviet Cars made in China by DeAgostini

These models are for adult collectors, they are not designed to be played with. Small parts like windscreen wipers break off easily. My ZIL came with a crack in the roof. They also don’t have opening parts.

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ZIL with a crack in the roof and a snapped off wiper

Soviet Models made in China as toys

Recently some Soviet Cars of Chinese origin have been appearing in toy shops and market stalls in various scales. These are intended as toys, some have opening parts and all seem to have pull back motors. They are more robust than the DeAgostini models and some look good representations of the actual vehicle, they are priced between 10 ($3.45) and 20 lari ($6.91).

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Toy Soviet Cars (Made in China): UAZ 452, Lada Niva and Lada 2105

The Holy Grail for many Soviet car collectors is the French Dinky Moskvitch 408, these can fetch $100 or more. Although the prices may drop now Atlas Editions are making a reproduction of this model. I have only seen these on the Internet.

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1:18 Scale

 

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1954 Mercedes 300SL (Bburago 1:18 scale and Siku 1:55 scale)

I don’t normally collect 1/18 scale models.  I appreciate the detail but the price is high, they take up a lot of space and don’t resonate with me like the Matchbox cars of my childhood. The 1/18 scale for diecast cars appeared in Europe around 1970 with brands like Schuco and Polistil and became popular from the mid eighties onwards with Bburago and Maisto.

I now have two cars and two bikes (a Benelli TNT 1130 Century Racer (Bburago) and a Yamaha YZR F7 (Maisto)) in this scale.

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My 1:18 vehicles

Yesterday, I came across the Mercedes 300SL in the local secondhand toy shop, they also had a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes and a silver 300SL in the same scale. It proved too hard to resist and so I got the black 300SL, it has some paint chips and is missing one of its door handles but that fits better with my Wabi-Sabi approach to collecting than a pristine example in a box would. Also this model was just 30 lari ($10.38) and a new 1:18 model would be over 110 lari ($38).

The Mercedes was made by Bburago in Italy, my other car the 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder was made by Maisto in Thailand.

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Made in Italy

There are some nice details like the spare wheel in the trunk.

 

 

I tell myself,  I won’t be getting into collecting 1:18, but I am very happy to have these ones.

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Porsche 550A Spyder

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019

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November 2019 acquisitions

28 more models entered my collection in November, a few left in the direction of Kakha, but it was still a large haul…so much for going on a diecast diet!

It was the second month of the year, where I went over twice my nominative budget of 100 lari (the other was April). The grand total was 210.70 lari ($70.94), most of this was from just three models which cost me 140 lari ($47.14).

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Soviet Made GAZ M_13 “Chaika”, Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette) and Dinky Austin a40 Van

The most expensive was the GAZ M_13 “Chaika” (1:43 scale), this was made in the USSR and cost me 60 lari ($20.20). This was from Gocha’s stall at Dry Bridge market. Other stalls were selling the same model at 150 lari ($50.51)! So I kinda got a bargain! This is a nice addition to my Soviet-made models of Soviet cars, most of which are in the same 1:43 scale. I have seen recently some models of Soviet cars made in China, these don’t really interest me and seem a little overpriced (at 25 lari a piece).

The Austin A40 Van (Dinky) I looked at in a previous post (Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties.) It is the oldest model in my collection. It cost 40 lari ($13.47) also from Gocha.

Gocha also pulled out the Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette) from his car, he is learning what I like. This 1:60 scale transporter looks good with the 1:64 scale cars I like to collect. This was also 40 lari.

Hot Wheels

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 HW
11 Hot Wheels

There were 11 Hot Wheels models added.

  1. Tesla Roadster with Starman. This was the only Hot Wheels model I bought new. I’m not a big fan of  Tesla but I like models related to space travel.
  2. Jaguar XJ220. This came from Kakha in a trade with some other models.
  3. Nissan GT-R (R35). This I found in a secondhand store.
  4. BMW 2002. This is a great casting of an early seventies BMW.
  5. Boom Box. This has a plastic body, I was hoping it would be a Color Shifter, but it isn’t. It is from a Batman pack and has the livery of the Gotham City Police Department.
  6. Z-Whiz (Datsun 240Z). I was very happy to find this even in this highly play worn condition. The Z-Whiz was the first Japanese Import to be made into a casting in Hot Wheels history. This model is from the late seventies. The green-tinted windows seem unusual, the pictures I have seen have been of blue-tinted windows. Made in Hong Kong.

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    Z-Whiz, playworn but historically interesting as the first Japanese import modelled by Hot Wheels
  7. 1985 Honda CR-X. Another one for my JDM collection.
  8. The Jetsons Capsule car. Inspired by the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon.
  9. 10 and 11. 2011 Dodge Charger R/T. This was bizarre. I found these Color Shifter models in the secondhand shop, I could only find this model, not any other ones. Hot Wheels make several Color Shifters that change colour with changing temperature. This Dodge is orange when cold and yellow when hot.

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    yellow when hot, orange when cold, 2011 Dodge Charger R/T

Matchbox

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 MBX
6 Matchbox models

Nothing very old here. Certainly nothing from the early seventies or before. No Lesneys.

  1. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P-400. A recent casting of the classic Miura in almost the same colour as the early Superfast model. Made in Thailand.
  2. 1969 VW Karmann Ghia. Another recent casting of a classic VW. Made in Thailand.
  3. Ford Model A Coupe. 1:52 scale. From the early 1990s. Made in Thailand.
  4. Lamborghini Countach LP500s. Matchbox International Limited. Made in China.
  5. 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. Made in Thailand.
  6. White Water Raft Boat. Made in Thailand. This boat is missing the trailer it originally would have come with.

Other Brands

I found quite a selection of models from different brands this month.

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11 Models from other brands
  1. 1960 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). 1:64 scale. I come across very few of this brand here in Georgia (the country not the state). In the US the brand sells for about three times the price of Hot Wheels, the models have more details, they also have a metal base and body and rubberised tyres.
  2. 1972 Buick Riviera (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). This model has an opening bonnet (hood).

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    Johnny Lightning Buick Riviera and Ford Country Squire
  3. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Jada). Some fancy wheels on this model.
  4. Lamborghini Countach (Maisto). I find it difficult to resist any Countach or Miura, both are such iconic Lamborghinis.
  5. GAZ M 13 “Chaika” Made in USSR. 1:43 scale.
  6. Mcdonalds Flintstones vehicles x 2. These aren’t diecast. I loved Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a kid, especially The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry.
  7. Shell Tanker (Corgi). Made in China.
  8. Austin A40 Van (Dinky). The oldest vehicle in my collection to date. Made in England.
  9. Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette). 1:60 scale. Made in France.
  10. Porsche 911 GT3RS (Majorette). Opening doors. Made in Thailand.

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Totals: 28 Models:  11 Hot Wheels, 6 Matchbox, 2 Johnny Lightning, 1 Jada, 1 Maisto, 1 Corgi, 1 Dinky, 2 Majorette, 1 made in USSR and 2 McDonald’s Toys

2 bought new,  23 bought secondhand, 3 traded

Outlets: 20 Secondhand Toy Stores,  3 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Pepela, 1 XS Toys and 3 Kakha

Net expenditure: 210.70 lari ($70.94)

1 lari = 34 US cents

Wabi-Sabi

wabi-sabi is a world-view of Japanese origin, centred on the acceptance of imperfection.  The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

I came across this idea from watching the Toy Polloi channel on YouTube (Toy Polloi on Wabi-sabi Toy collecting).

Many collectors want to collect a toy, as perfect as can be, in mint condition, preferably never removed from its packaging. This is not how I collect, most of my cars are play worn with their own intrinsic charms.

Austin A40 Van

Last Sunday, I picked up a Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties. This is the oldest model in my collection being around sixty years old, it has paint chips and a cracked tyre but I think that is part of its charm. If I were to resell it, it would fetch far more if it were in mint condition and with a box (Toymart estimates the price to be around £210 for a mint in box model). But I’m happy to keep it as it is, some child (who may now be older than me!) has probably had a lot of play value with this model sometime in the past.

I often pick up incomplete models. Below, you can see a cargo trailer without a tractor cab, a Matchbox Unimog missing some tyres and a Husky Snorkel fire engine without its hydraulic lift.

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models missing parts

I am not skilled at model detailing, I watch videos by baremetalhw with awe, he restores and customises many Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. Patience is a virtue in Wabi-Sabi toy collecting. A couple of weeks after finding the Husky fire truck, I found an extendable ladder, though not the original hydraulic lift, it does make the model a more credible fire engine. For the Unimog, I found some washers in the appropriate size to act as tyres and for the trailer, I found a suitable Tractor Cab (a Matchbox Ford Cargo cab) to tow it. These weren’t the original parts but I am pleased with the results.

wabi sabi after
with “new” parts

I often find tow trucks without hooks, and improvise with a bit of chain or a twisted paper-clip. I have two  Euclid Dump Trucks one is highly playworn and its yellow paint has faded from too much exposure to the sun but I feel it has more character than the tidier model next to it. The Matchbox models I like to collect were toys, they were made to be played with. Most diecasts are made from a compound alloy known as Zamak or Mazak which is virtually unbreakable in normal play use.

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tow trucks with improvised hooks and the Euclid Dump Trucks in different states of wear

I have a Matchbox carry case, itself a bit battered, to hold many of my rougher  Matchbox models.

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some rough Matchbox models in a carry case

I do keep some of my collection in blister packs, unopened but I would estimate this only accounts for 10% of my collection. The two Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunts, which I found on the pegs are still on their short cards, but I have opened most of the regular treasure hunt cars.

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Mystery Machine (Super Treasure Hunt)

My collection isn’t accumulated with the thought of resale. Having no boxes for the Matchbox cars instantly halves their potential value. Whilst, I prefer to have the cars in as good condition as possible, I will happily settle for a few paint chips on a model I especially want. I don’t like buckled wheels and most of my cars have sound wheels, Early Matchbox Superfast and Hot Wheels with thin axles were especially prone to buckling. I am also not keen on models that have been repainted by a previous owner unless it was done really well.

Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties.

I was very surprised today to find this old Dinky van at Dry Bridge Market here in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Austin Van “Raleigh Cycles”

This model was produced in England between 1956 and 1960, it was from an era before Dinkys had windows. In 1956 Corgi had just entered the market in direct competition with Dinky and their cars were being advertised as “the ones with the windows”. The model is playworn and the front tyre is cracked but, considering it is around 60 years old, it is not in bad shape. It is one of the few models in my collection older than me.

The Austin A40 Van (#472) is advertising “Raleigh Cycles”, others advertised BP and Nestle. A rare version advertising Omnisport, a general store in El Salvador, went for an incredible £6, 400 at auction (Dinky toy van fetches £6,400 in furious bidding at auction).

I don’t have many Dinky Toys, they don’t have the same Nostalgia Buzz as Corgi and Matchbox. This model predates my birth (1964 ) and is unlike the models I remember playing with as a child. I can relate better to the slightly later Triumph Herald (#189) (1960-1964) as this has windows, independent suspension and is closer to the cars I played with as a child.

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Two Old Dinky Toys: Triumph Herald (1960-1964) and Austin A40 Van (1956-1960)