Saturday, 25 March 2017

An Austin Seven 'Mini'

This 225 Austin Seven arrived today and it is simply so delightful I had to feature it. It is nothing very rare, just a really nice example. It has shiny wheels which you seldom see these days. I am sure there must be some wonderful polish available that would do the trick on our many rather dull wheels and if anyone knows what it is do please feel free to promote the product or, at least, tell me.

The paintwork is brilliant, not as thick as some paint can be, particularly on some blue Morris models and the silver paint is stunning. Whoever was on 'silver paint' duty at the Corgi factory the day this came down the conveyor belt deserves a medal.

This one also has free-spinning wheels, definitely fewer in number produced than the fixed wheels.

I shall not go on any more. Yes, one day I know I should list the many varieties but. for now, just gaze at this lovely model and it should bring a smile to your day.

More Bedford CA varieties

I needed to look again at the range of Bedford CA type models. I had put together a list some time ago but now it has to be updated because I missed a few!

Mainly, I have now seen examples now of straight and curved grills for almost all the Mk I types. One or two seem quite scarce but generally I have had to assume that they are distributed 50-50 for the purpose of wondering how scarce any particular model may be. The main two colour scheme variations for the 'Corgi Toys' 422 and 'Evening Standard' 421 are included. I know there is also a half and half version of the 'Corgi Toys' van which is pretty scarce but I have no idea yet of numbers for that one.

I am also assuming that the different bases on the M models which provide an open or closed front axle and different text layout are consonant with the grill types. If it turns out that each grill type could have a different base type then there will be some further subdivisions necessary! I am hoping this isn't the case or I shall have to find and purchase even more!!

Here are some photos ilustrating the differences:

So, for now, here is the updated listing for anyone interested. It is certainly a good guide to just how difficult some models may be to find and, possibly, prices although I doubt most sellers will look further than the overall total sales of a particular model or, more often the case, whatever price someone else happens to be selling theirs for.

Mini Marcos GT850 Parking in Moscow

Russia is about 70 times bigger than the United Kingdom but only has a bit more than twice as many people so you'd expect there to be plenty of space. Unfortunately, Moscow is just like most other cities and there isn't much so it's just as well the Mini Marcos GT850 is small.

Here is a very nice example in Raschupkina Street. No, not Rasputin Street. Rashchupkina Street.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mini Van Doors

What is it with Mini van doors? So many not only fall off but then seem to disappear without trace. 

I now need a left Police van door, both Countryman doors and a right Mini van door. Whilst replacements are easy to buy they need painting and there's no way I can match the colours. the Countryman is also quite a difficult paint task too.

With a bit of luck there'll be some cracked window and dented wrecks available with just the right doors remaining. Let me know if you see any!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Corgi Toys @ 60: The Jaguar 2.4 Saloon

March 1957 saw these two lovely models added to the Corgi list. They chose the Jaguar 2.4 litre which was the more modest-sized engine of the Jaguars available but the classic shape made a fine model and would have been a desirable item at the time.

It was one of only a few models produced in white by Corgi. This colour doesn't show off the silver items as well but it did suit the car. The Mechanical version was a lovely shade of metallic blue.

It seems to be closest to the darker car below, with its radiator grill having fewer, more widely spaced verticals. I am not sure what the white real car is - it may be a slightly later version of the Mk1 but not the 1961 MkII type which became the Jaguar 240.

I have always been a fan of the S Type Jaguar and had a lovely black 4.2 model myself until the gearbox threatened to cost me more than the car had done. So when I first saw these models I thought they looked a little short and higher than they should be but now I see that they were actually very close reproductions.