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Category: Concept Vehicles

Lone Star show at Whitewebbs museum 2018

Where did the last year go? September 2018 and another exhibition in Enfield for Lone star

As always my small collection was on display.


A few new additions since last year along with the electric rotating turntable in the centre of the picture below, ran all day without issues.


The space commanders, construction and farm section is much the same as last year.


Great show again although did notice a lack of Treblo electric Lone star train layouts, so during the day I decided to build one for next year, to that end I bought my first lot of track and rolling stock for Lone Star Treblo electric.


This project will be quite secretive as I want the unveiling next September and I know certain people may otherwise see what I’m up to before then, although some updates will be posted.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Concept Vehicles, Corgi, Diecast models, Husky, TV & Film
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One of the diecast models I have been after for a while is an original Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I do believe this was re-issued in 1991 as a 25th Anniversary edition.

I was lucky enough to receive both the original Corgi and Husky version from my partner for my birthday this month so here are a few details and pictures.

Chitty 1

The Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was numbered 266 and released in 1968 and was produced for four years until 1972.

The wings on the sides flick out at the touch of the handbrake and the fore and aft wings clip on.

Chitty 2

The Husky version was numbered 1206, and only produced between 1968 and 1969.

Chitty 3

The side wings even fold up on this model too.

Chitty 4

The following picture shows both the above models together.

Chitty 5

The real car

Chitty 6

Wikipedia: “For the film version, six cars were created, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. This car was designed by the film’s production designer Ken Adam and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Roland Emett built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967, fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission and allocated a genuine UK registration: GEN 11. This car has been in the private ownership of Pierre Picton of Stratford Upon Avon since the early 1970s”

Lone Star and Dinky exhibition, Whitewebbs museum 2016

This year I am exhibiting my collection of Lone Star and DCMT toys again, plus a few Dinky I have.

Since 2014 the collection has grown so needed two tables and rather than just layout the tables, I spent some time making displays.

This is the full set up, further pictures below showing close up’s.


Firstly my selection of Austin lorries from the Lone Star Roadmaster series, the display is just made of ply and painted with a colour matched to one of my Lone Star boxes.


In front of that are a few Lone Star Super Freighters

The only models not Lone Star in my display are these few Dinky Super Toys.


Next my display of Lone Star knights and siege machines, the backdrop is made from parts of a Britains castle.


In front of the knights, a display of various Lone Star model vehicles.


Next we have Lone Star Tuf Tots, cranes and a range of Top Boy and Kings of the Road series.


Below my collection of Lone Star Space Commanders have their own display base, a moon base.


To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.


Finally my collection of 1:32 Lone Star tractors and machinery.


The barn is made by Britains but looks good with the Lone Star selection.

A few more pictures from around the show.


A very large selection of Lone Star guns


An operational Lone Star treblo layout


Ian Dorrell’s huge mint collection, or, at least the part of it he brought.


Hornby three rail dublo layout


Hornby dublo two rail layout

That’s it for another year, to see previous exhibitions Click Here

Mini Mira, Stretcha Fetcha look-a-like

by Peter
Categories: Concept Vehicles, Diecast models, Emergency service vehicles, Mira
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This has taken me a good few years to get, I have known of them for years but have never managed to win a bid on one or buy one from anywhere else, until recently, in fact even this one I was outbid on, then out of the blue six weeks later I was given a second chance offer on Ebay from the Spanish seller, well you can imagine my surprise, and click the pay now as quick as I could.

And here it is Mini Mira Number 127.


What made this one desirable was it was mint condition, many I have seen are badly plaworn, not only that it was in the original packaging.

Revealed below


It’s obviously a copy of the Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha but with subtle changes, If you look at this and the Matchbox version you can see how similar they are, the main changes are the steering wheel is on the left, the glass is clear and the casting has been changed around the side windows and added a bar above, (see originals below as a comparison).


Dates of production are sketchy, between the 1970′s and 1980′s seem realistic, if you believe some of the Auction site sellers trying to sell these for between $1500 and $2500 each as they seem to list this as 1971, if that was the case it pre-dates Matchbox’s version by a year at least, the fact is this is generally known as an unlicensed Matchbox copy, making it at the earliest 1972/73.


The front, back and a lot of the detail are identical to the Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha


The Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha as a comparison.

Stretcha Fetcha 2

For the article on the Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha, Click Here