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Mazda Repu, outdoors

When I am out and about, I like to have a model car with me to photograph in outside settings, combining my two hobbies of collecting model cars and photography. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, “outside” is quite limited. There is a small area of wasteland near our block, I had my daily exercise and took some photos of this Hot Wheels truck.

Mazda Repu outdoors
Mazda Repu (Hot Wheels)

The Mazda Repu (1974-1977) was the world’s first and only rotary-engined pick-up truck. This model is with the Magnus Walker Urban Outlaw deco. The “52” on the roof is celebrating 52 years of Hot Wheels production.

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I have photographed many of my models outside including the GHE-O Predator, VW Beetle 4 x 4,  Matchbox ’56 Ford Pick Up and Land Rover Defender in Svaneti and a Beach Buggy on the beach in Larnaca, Cyprus.

GHE-O Predator Outdoors

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GHE-O Predator

When I am out and about, I like to have a model car with me to photograph in outside settings, combining my two hobbies of collecting model cars and photography. With the current pandemic, “outside” is quite limited. There is a small area of wasteland near our block, I had my daily exercise and took some photos of this Matchbox car.

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GHE-O Predator

The Matchbox GHE-O Predator is based on an actual car. The GHE-O Motors Predator is an agile extreme utility vehicle, produced in Romania, capable of going virtually anywhere. The Matchbox version is a recent casting, introduced in 2017 and made in Thailand.

Stay safe.

 

 

Matchbox ’56 Ford Pick Up and Land Rover Defender in Svaneti

When I go away, I usually pack a couple of Matchbox cars with me to use as props in some photos. Last week we went to  Svaneti, a remarkably scenic corner of Georgia. Here is the blogpost of the trip.

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’56 Ford Pick Up (Matchbox) in Mestia

This time I took a ‘56 Ford Pick Up and a Land Rover Defender.

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Land Rover Defender (Matchbox) in Ushguli

VW Beetle 4 x 4, Dashbashi Canyon

When I go on an excursion or trip, I like to take a model car with me, as there may be some interesting photo opportunities. On Sunday, I went on an excursion to Dashbashi Canyon, in my pocket I took this Matchbox VW Beetle 4 x 4. The off road vehicles look best when visiting nature.

VW Beetle 4 x 4 Dashbashi Canyon
Matchbox VW Beetle 4 x 4

Strangely, the first time I visited Dashbashi Canyon, I also took a model of a  Matchbox VW Beetle 4 x 4 and posted about it in a previous blog: VW Beetle 4 x 4 in Dashbashi Canyon

VW Beetle 4 x 4 Dashbashi Canyon 2

In a previous post, I showed images of some of my models in the snow: Snow Fun

I maybe in my fifties now, but I am not too old to play with Matchbox cars!

Let it Snow

Here in Tbilisi, we don’t get a lot of snow, but venture a couple of hours from the capital and there is plenty of snow to provide a simple natural backdrop for our Matchbox cars. To meet the New Year we ventured to Tsagveri, a small village between the spa town of Borjomi and the ski resort of Bakuriani.

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Snow Groomer and VW Beetle 4 x 4

There was plenty of snow to amuse us, I’d taken some Matchbox vehicles suitable for snowy conditions: the Highway Maintenance Truck, a VW Beetle 4 x 4 (with Dora the Explorer tampo), Wing Chiller and Snow Groomer. Here are some of the shots.

 

 

In early 2018, I had also taken Snow Groomer out with the BMC 1800 Pininfarina to Bakuriani for some shots.

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Snow Groomer and BMC 1800 Pininfarina

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year 2019… have fun with your collections!

Life’s a Beach

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Meyers Manx (Hot Wheels) on the beach at Famagusta, Cyprus

Heading out to Cyprus last week for a welcome break, I included in my hand luggage a couple of Hot Wheels models: the Meyers Manx and the Custom ’62 Chevy Pick Up with surfboard, both seemed ideal for taking to the beach. As a child in the early seventies on beach holidays around UK, I would take one or two Matchbox vehicles to play in the sand, usually diggers and dump trucks to “help” build sandcastles. Now past 50 years old, I’m playing less and photographing more.

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Custom ’62 Chevy in Larnaca, Cyprus

I took the photo of the Chevy at the salt lake in Larnaca, the dried salt almost looks like surf.

Matchbox made three beach buggies in the seventies, all three were fantasy models: #30 Beach Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) in a metallic deep pink with random yellow splatter, #13 Baja Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) with an unrealistic high mounted exposed V8 engine and #47 Beach Hopper, a Rola-Matic model (released 1974, withdrawn 1979). The driver figure is flicked up by a spur on the inside of the driver’s side front wheel as the car rolls along. This is the only one I have now, a previous owner gave the car it’s current paint job.

Beach Hopper, Jeep and Tractor
Beach Hopper (front)

Usually, I prefer Matchbox to Hot Wheels but with the beach buggies, I like the classic iconic look of the Meyers Manx, a car first produced in the year of my birth (1964). A fibreglass body was attached to a shortened VW chassis.

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Meyers Manx x 3 (Hot Wheels)

The Hot Wheels Meyers Manx  was introduced in 2003, perfect for taking to the beach whether you are five or fifty-five!