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    I had many of the Regular Wheel Lesney's as a kid. I started collecting diecast models back in the 1990s and have a fairly respectable collection (mostly Hot Wheels) but here are a few of my Matchbox

    My most recent acquistion at a diecast collector's show


    Flying Bug and Mini-Ha-Ha

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    I had that little blue and white artic! Seeing that just bought back a lot of memories as it was the 1st Matchbox I ever had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stockportyears View Post
    Looking at the 1976 collection on the website, I'm puzzled as to why the Concrete Mixer isn't there, I definitely had one of those. Like the one with the radar on the top, I liked the concrete mixer as it would twizzle round mixing the concrete as it travelled along the floor. I just like twizzly things at that age.
    I've got the exact same Cement Mixer too. Its based on Matchbox's 'Rolamatics' 'Badger' - it had a cog inside it that was connected to one of the back wheels that had a peg on it, like in an old windmill or water wheel, when it was pushed the radar atop would go round and round...However, the Cement Mixer which used the majority of the same mold didn't have the 'rolamatic' feature, you just spun the drum yourself and can tilt the drum to 'empty' it...

    I like old Matchbox and Corgi - so durable and well built. I'm like Frame - not really an avid/mint collector but sometimes have lucked out getting really nice condition ones for a few quid...I really liked the 'suspension' in the old Matchbox cars too. Modern Matchbox by Mattel are nice and I have a lot of those too but its a shame they mainly have plastic base plates and no 'suspension', Vanguards are like Dinky's and Corgi's of earlier years in terms of quality but the prices they sell for is ridiculous - same goes for Oxford Diecast - they used to be cheaper but now they seem to have developed delusions of grandeur...

    I've got lots of Matchbox/Corgi and I do actually like buying them in playworn condition, as long as the wheels aren't pranged - easily done with the mag wheels superfast cars they did in the 60s - 70s...you don't have to be so precious with them then. One of my favourites is the superfast version of the Morris 1100, even has a driver and an Alsatian or Collie dog sticking his schnoz out of the rear window...I did also go through a phase of buying modern Hot Wheels for their quirkiness but nothing really beats old Matchbox or Corgi - I look at Corgi's current range for kids and its a far cry from their glorious past...in short its rubbish...at least some of us can buy cheap vintage ones of better quality - my Dad always remarked at the 'weight' of the small cars as a marque of quality too...

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    Btw, Frame - how do you maintain and keep clean an outdoor model railway? Looks like thats what your building?

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    I can remember having a round motorised track mat with a magnetic arm thingy, you attached a Manet to the front wheels of a hot wheels car,hit the on switch and tried to steer the car round the canyons....

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    Rip Lesney it's now built on with flats..

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    on the matchbox truck its fab to see the box is in such top condition not easy to find the boxes in such good nick.

    Quote Originally Posted by victorbrunswick View Post
    i had many of the regular wheel lesney's as a kid. I started collecting diecast models back in the 1990s and have a fairly respectable collection (mostly hot wheels) but here are a few of my matchbox

    my most recent acquistion at a diecast collector's show


    flying bug and mini-ha-ha
    FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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    I had an Escort like that, not sure if it had exactly the same livery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petemax View Post
    Rip Lesney it's now built on with flats..
    I live just down the road from where the factory used to be.

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