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Category: Concept Vehicles

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.

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

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

A few more pictures from around the show.

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A very large selection of Lone Star guns

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An operational Lone Star treblo layout

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

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Hornby three rail dublo layout

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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

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The Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha as a comparison.

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For the article on the Matchbox Stretcha Fetcha, Click Here


Lesney Products Corp, Moonachie NJ

by Peter
Categories: Concept Vehicles, Futuristic/sci-fi, Matchbox, Plastic
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Today something a bit different, this plastic vehicle came up on Ebay a little while back, and I was intrigued by it being a Matchbox release, the listing told me it was made in 1976 and ended up picking this up for a few pounds.

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The base tells me it was made in 1976 by Lesney Products Corp, based in Moonachie New Jersey USA, but made in Hong Kong.

I did some research but found little on these toys, it seems much of the Lesney products were registered in NJ including a range of toy dolls.

But these vehicles have remained a bit of a mystery.

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It would of had ski’s on the roof and figures that went with it, the few pictures and little information I have found on the internet is below.

The first picture shows others in the range although as an old Ebay listing no details are available.

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This picture however, shows my vehicle in different colours and complete with another larger vehicle, it looks like the smaller vehicle would fit in the back of the larger one, this picture also came from a selling website and listed as; Matchbox 1976 Lesney MAC Mobile Action Command Vehicle and still for sale at $103 if your interested Click Here

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I bought my one with the sole intention of converting it for my ‘Survival Wars’ series I am working on, although as they seem to be hard to find and dare I say possibly rare, will I feel guilty converted it, no I doubt it.

Here is my one again with one of the Airfix Robogear drivers.

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With a bit of adaption this could work well with my Robogear vehicles

This website shows the whole range from the Matchbox Lesney Mobile Action Command series, thanks to Mark Warden  for the link.

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Matchbox, Fandango

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Concept Vehicles, Diecast models, Matchbox, Rola-matics
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This Matchbox Superfast car is one of the first Rola-matics, whereas each has a feature that moves as the car is pushed or pulled along, in this case the fan/turbo rotates on the back.

It’s name is Fandango.

The Matchbox number is 35, and was first released in 1975 in white, it changed to the red in 1978 and discontinued in 1981.

My red version has no sticker on the bonnet and is the second I have had like this, so maybe the last of the line had the sticker decals omitted, there is no sign a decal sticker was ever applied to either red version I have.

As far as I can tell the model is not based on any known real car.

Other Rola-matics; Matchbox Range Rover