Wednesday, April 30, 2008

FIRST VEHICLE IN MAJOR PACKS

The Majors Packs were introduced as a new series in 1957 as a companion to the 1-75 series in a larger scale. As the King Size series was introduced three years later, the Major Packs were slowly fade out and some were merged into the King-Size range. By 1967, the series had ended.





The first vehicle in the Major Pack series was the Caterpillar DW20 Earth Scraper. It was to be one of 15 vehicles in the line. The underside of the tractor was marked "Made in England No.1 by Lesney" and the sides were marked with "CAT DW20". This line of Major Pack vehicles was the forerunner of the King and Super King range.


UNUSUAL COLLECTIBLE MODELS



Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-9 1924 Fowler "Big Lion" Showman Engine. Very few of Y9-1 Showman's Engines were produced with strange purple effect. Normally the body colour of this model varies from deep maroon to bright red.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 1938 : TINTIN IN TIBET

Tintin in Tibet is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé, featuring the young reporter Tintin as the hero.

Tintin in Tibet is the twentieth book in the series. It is said to have been Hergé's favourite of the Tintin series (previously The Secret of the Unicorn), and was written during a personally difficult time in his life, as he was divorcing with his first wife. The story is unlike any previous Tintin books, before or since: there are only a small number of characters and no enemies, villains, spies or gangsters. This adventure revolves around a rescue mission.

It is also unusually emotional for a Tintin story: moments of strong emotion for the characters include Tintin's enduring belief in Chang's survival, the discovery of the teddy bear in the snow, Haddock's attempting to sacrifice himself to save Tintin, Tharkey's return, Tintin's discovery of Chang, and the yeti losing his only friend. Indeed Tintin is seen to cry when he believes Chang's fate, something he is only seen to do twice throughout the entire series (the other occurrence being in The Blue Lotus).







This diecast car is Editions Atlas Ref No.21180 50A Cadillac Fleetwood (type75). Design in France. Made in China, issued 2003 Length 11.4 cm.
Scale 1:43.



It was produced from the real “Cadillac Fleetwood 1938”. This car was in Tintin in Tibet, printed in 1960, page 8. The character of Indian driver, Tintin, Snowy and Captian Haddock were very exactly the same as in cartoon. It made from heavy metal with window box.

Monday, April 28, 2008

TIN TIN CAR IN THE LAND OF THE SOVIETS


Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is the first of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé. The series features young reporter Tintin as its hero.

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets was published for the first time in Le Petit Vingtième (the children's supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle) between 10 January 1929 and 11 May 1930, and appeared in album form in 1930.

The story is a political satire, expressing Hergé's distrust of the Soviet Union and poking fun at its claim to have a thriving economy. According to Benoît Peeters' book (Le monde d'Hergé), the only source used by Hergé to create his story was the book entitled Mosco sans voiles (Moscow Unveiled) written by Joseph Douillet, a former Belgian consul in Soviet Russia. For such reasons, Hergé decided to withdraw the album from circulation in the 1930s. In 1973, a facsimile edition was launched, that immediately became a best-seller (100,000 copies sold in that year alone).



This diecast car is produced from the real “Mercedes Torpedo 1925”. This car is in Tintin “the Land of the Soviet”, paging 9. It is the only early Tintin adventure which Hergé did not redraw or colourizes in later years, and, as a result, looks and feels very different from the other books. In this diecast car. Tintin and Snowy are black and white. Oval tires show kept in that it is running with a very high speed. Tintin is wearing a scotch shirt and Snowy is sitting in the car. The position is exactly the same as in cartoon. This car is one of the first three cars that were produced. There is window box. It is collectible for those who love cartoon.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

DISCOVERING YOUR COLLECTING

Author : Veronica Scott

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who did not like to collect something of personal value and interest.

Some individuals purposely set out to collect something, whether it is as expensive and rare as an antique car or easy to find as a tossed penny. The purpose of a collection is to look for certain items that hold some value to you, whether the value is personal or monetary. And collections usually resemble a great affinity for an object, such as fine paintings or sculptures.

You may not even realize when you started collecting something because many times it just happens to accumulate over a period of time, sometimes years. But when you do make the effort to begin a collection, you have to make it a manageable pastime. Otherwise you may find yourself completely surround by endless clutter and chaos.

One thing to remember when you begin a collection is to find something you absolutely love. Take the time to research and learn about the history and mystique behind your prized possessions. This will also aid you in determining what pieces you intend to buy and keep so you can make the most of your collection.

When you collect something, find pieces that have special meaning. If you are collecting antique dollhouses, for example, perhaps you want to look for accessories that represent a particular time period. Or you may want to collect items that remind you of fond memories from your childhood. Adding unique and meaningful items as part of your collection not only gives you ample conversation pieces, but it represents special times in your life.

Because collections normally accumulate over a period of time, it will help if you can make out a “wish list” to narrow down specific items you are looking to find. Locating hard-to-get pieces that go with your collection will require a little research, and you will inevitably find yourself looking through magazines, surfing the Internet or visiting specialty shops. But this is just part of the fun of looking for items you love.

As your collection grows, learn about each item. Find out how it was made, who made it and what they used for materials. You may also want to catalogue your collection to help you keep things organized in case you decide to sell a certain item or trade it for another piece.

You may also want to join a club or organization that deals specifically with what you collect. This is the perfect way to gain hints and suggestions on where to find pieces and get a better price for items you are interested in selling. It also helps form a bond among other avid collectors who also love the same unique things you enjoy.

Starting a collection can be a fun and enjoyable pastime or hobby. You can find a special place for you collection to display for friends and family. And who knows, maybe one day your collection will be worth a lot of money!

CORGI TOY JAMES BOND's ASTON MARTIN DB5 FROM THE FILM



One of Corgi’s best, and most famous, toys, was the James Bond’s Aston Martin. Corgi used their existing Aston Martin DB4, first produced in 1964, as the basis for the model and tired to pack in as many features and devices as possible to emulate those in the Aston Martin DB5 used in the 1964 James Bond film, “Goldfinger”.




Among the main features were: a front machine gun, rear bullet-proof shield, an operating ejector seat. Corgi engineers devised a special test rig to operate the ejector seat to ensure that it would function faultlessly. Their rest was success and the toy was launched in November 1965 and was a acclaimed as the “Toy of the Year” by the National Association of Toy Retailers.

In its original three-year production run, the James Bond Aston Martin became one of the most popular toys ever made, with nearly three million sold. Although the car is illustrated in silver on the packaging, the toy was initially painted gold in order to underline its “premium quality” status.




The rarest version of the James Bond Aston Martin is a revised 1968 model which was slightly larger and painted in silver. It also had extra features: rotating number plates and even telescopic tyre slashers. It is worth three times as much as the gold version.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

FABULOUS KING SIZE CARS



The Mercury Cougar K-21 was the first of "the new fabulous King Size cars". It also had opening doors and "True Guide" steering plus an independent suspension. The off-white interior in this version is harder to find than the ones that were issued with red interiors.


TIN TIN CAR-EDITIONS ATLAS


The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907–1983). The series first appeared in French in a children's supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle on January 10, 1929. The series has continued as a favourite of readers and critics alike for over 70 years.

The hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter and traveller. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy (Milou in French). Later, popular additions to the cast included the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the bright but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus (Professeur Tournesol in French) and other colourful supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Dupond et Dupont in French).
The success of the series saw the serialized strips collected into a series of albums (23 in all), spun into a successful magazine and adapted for both film and theatre. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in over 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.


This diecast car is Editions Atlas-VW Combi Annee 1950 Tintin Car appeared in the story of L'Affaire Tournesol. It was printed in 1956 page 13 by an immitation as in the book for everything including a gestures as in the cartoon, every part was made from metal. The Professor Calculus sat on the driver set. This car is rarely seen


Thursday, April 24, 2008

RALLY MONTE CARLO PLATE

Besides many collected item concerning to a big rally in Europe, "Monte Carlo Rally" such as model car poster etc., the most popular item is "Plate". It is an aluminium sign, size 12"x6". Its appearance is a rectangle with a half circle at the above. The bottom part screened Rally Monte Carlo. The upper part printed the year of the rally or both side. The middle of the arch is the number of the rally car. It had been used for more than 50 years.

This plate for a Monte Carlo Rally has many styles, many colours. It might be seperated are as the followings:
A plate for a rally racing car used white colour, the surface is red with the number of the car.



A plate for the committe or regulator is white colour, red surface. The alphabeth is "CONTROLE"

A plate for the reporter, the surface is black, the white alphabeth is "PRESSE".





A plate for a photographer is "PHOTOGRAPHE"

Besides this, it had a plate for broadcasting radio car. The assistant rally car, repairing assistant car. Every style to be designed including multi-coloured in the year but the plate is a classic up to the present time.




Wednesday, April 23, 2008

THAI NATIONAL FLAG ON DIECAST CAR

Model of Yesteryear Y-14 1935 E.R.A.


The only diecast in the world that screened Thai National Flag on the body of the car is ERA a racing car driven by Prince Birabongse Bhanutej.

Birabongse Bhanutej best known as Prince Bira of Siam (now Thailand) was a Formula One and Grand Prix motor racing driver who raced for the Maserati, Gordini and Connaught teams, among others.

Prince Birabongse came to Europe in 1927 to complete his education in England at Eton and Cambridge University. Bira first raced with his cousin Prince Chula Chakrabongse's team, White Mouse Racing, driving a Riley Imp at Brooklands in 1935. It was in this car that Bira established the national motor racing colours of Siam: pale blue with yellow. He also established residence near Geneva (Switzerland) and later in the southern part of France. This explains his activity in smaller, more local type events.

Later in the same year, Prince Chula gave him one of the new ERA voiturette racing cars - R2B, which was nicknamed Romulus. Bira finished second in his first ever race in Romulus, despite needing to stop for repairs. The remaining races of the season saw Bira consistently placing amongst the more powerful Grands Prix vehicles, with another second place, and fifth at the Donington Grand Prix.

For 1936 the princes decided that the previous season's results merited a second ERA. They purchased Remus to use in British events and retained Romulus for international races. Chula also purchased a Maserati 8CM to complete the White Mouse roster. Bira's expertise behind the wheel earned him the Coupe de Prince Rainier at Monte Carlo. Bira won a further four races in the ERAs that season, and took the Grand Prix Maserati to 5th at Donington and 3rd at Brooklands.

Unfortunately, this proved to be the career high-point for both Bira and the White Mouse team. Following Dick Seaman's move to Mercedes for 1937, the Thais purchased his Grand Prix Delage and all of its spare parts, along with a second Delage. Despite several upgrades, and hiring experienced race engineer and future Jaguar team manager Lofty England, the cars underperformed, and on many occasions Bira was forced to race in the older and by now substantially inferior ERAs. In addition, the money spent on the Delage upgrades had sapped the resources of the team and corners were being cut in the ERA's race preparations. While Bira maintained a respectable results tally in British events, the more costly international races were largely a disaster.

After the war, Bira returned to racing with several teams. In 1951 he raced in an old 4CLT fitted with a newer V12 Osca engine. No result were obtained this year as a result of the poor performance of the car combined with a severe accident. By 1954, with some newer gear, a Maserati 250F, he won the Grand Prix des Frontières on the Chimay road circuit and then finished fourth in the 1954 French Grand Prix with his own Maserati. He retired at the end of the following season.

Prince Bira died unexpectedly at a London tube station in 1985 at the age of 71.





Monday, April 21, 2008

SIMON SNORKEL FIRE ENGINE



Corgi No.36 Simon Snorkel Fire Engine



This fire-fighting device is designed to bring the fireman and his hose close to the seat of the outbreak in high buildings. Unlike the normal escape ladder, the Snorkel is articulated so that it can be manoeuvred hydraulically from ground level. It can rotate through 360 degrees, as well as extend vertically or sideways. The fireman does his work from a caged plateform at the top of the movement controls are duplicated. The appliance is mounted on along-chassis Bedford. Stability when the Snorkel is elevated is ensured by hydraulic jacks lowered from the fire-engine chassis.



Sunday, April 20, 2008

BATMAN'S BATMOBILE



Corgi No.1002 Batman's Batmobile

Batman-super-hero of comic strip, cinema and television-has become part of 20th century legend, together with young assistant Robin and their atompowered personal transport, the incredible Batmobile. As vital a participant in their adventures as the Dynamic Duo themselves. Batmobile was dreamed up by George Barris, American "Kustom King"; it was based on a 1951 Lincoln Design, but its many modifications have made the original car unrecognisable. Apart from the bizarre body styling. Batmobile's armoury of weapons and security devices make it one of the most fantastic and unique cars built. See here.

From : Corgi Juniors Collectors Album

Friday, April 18, 2008

EUCLID DUMPER

Corgi No.42 Euclid Dumper

For the heaviest work on the most uneven sites, the Dump Truck is the answer to the civil engineer's problem. Built somewhat on the lines of a military vehicle that is intended to used off the road, the dumper has very deep chassis members, a Diesel engine developing at lease 120 h.p. and a 5 - or 6 speed gearbox to give flexibility under load. The all-steel tipper body is specially shaped to load and unload rapidly, rectangular bodies tend to retain a small but significant part of a difficult loads, such as wet sand. The dump truck driver is protected from debris during loading by a robust plate extending from the body over the cab.


From : Cogi Junior Collectors Album

Thursday, April 17, 2008

1829 STEPHENSON ROCKET

Matchbox Model of Yesteryear No.12 1829 Stephenson Rocket, Produced in Macau. The head engine compartment is 6.5 cm. long, 3.1 cm. wide and 7.1 cm. high. The length of a trailer is 4.1 cm. the width of the body is 3 cm. the height is 4.2 cm. a scale is 1:64 (“S” GAUGE)




The Rocket was built by Robert Stephenson to complete in the Rainhill trails on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829. It was called “The Rocket” because it could run very fast at that time and met with a lot of success. It had been assembled until 1836. Nowadays, it was kept at the “Science Museum South Kensington” England.



Matchbox’s “The Rocket” is yellow like a real one as you can see in the picture. It was separated into two parts. The head compartment engine has four wheels with different size. The trailer loaded a water tank has 4 wheels in same size, it was made of metal, black metal base. The chimney stayed by metal wire. When the wheels circle, the pistol will operate. A Limited Edition (but it did not mention the number of producing) storing in a hard box with a cover with beautiful gold lining. A sheet of history of Rocket are included. See more.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

CARE FOR YOUR TOY VEHICLE COLLECTION

Properly store and maintain your toy vehicles so that you can share your passion with future generations.
· Ditch dust: Protect your collection from dust and show it off with a display case.
· Prevent fading: Keep your toy vehicles out of direct sunlight that can fade colors and warp plastic toys.
· Retain value: If you plan to resell your toy vehicles, keep them in their original packaging.
Use a soft brush, soft cloth, or Q-tips to clean dirty vehicles. Add a few drops of a lukewarm water and mild detergent solution to your brush, cloth, or Q-tips if you need more cleaning power. Although you'll want every part of your toy vehicles to look shiny and new, resist the urge to clean decals. You won't be very happy if you rub away their detail. Ther are many diecast case. See at amazon.com