Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The BMW 503 was unveiled in 1955 and production began in 1956. By 1959, when production ceased, 413 had been built including 139 convertibles. The 503 incorporated a 3168 cc light metal V8 engine delivering 140 hp resulting in acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 13 seconds. Reported top speed was close to 120 mph. The engine was coupled to a four speed manual transmission from the BMW 502 sedan. Sixty years later, the BMW sports cars from the 1950s are much sought after by collectors and enthusiasts both on account of their inherent qualities and because of their rarity. Buy it now


The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive, sports car, first launched in 1996. In 2005, Porsche unveiled the new generation of Boxsters with styling inspired by the Carrera GT. Porsche premiered the face-lifted 2009 Boxster and Boxster S models at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2008. Displacement in the standard Boxster's flat-six engine increased from 2.7 to 2.9 liters, increasing horsepower from 245 to 255. Use of DFI in the Boxster S raised the output of the 3.4 liter engine from 295 to 310 horsepower. Both models are now available with Porsche's new 7-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox but come standard with a new 6-speed manual gearbox. Cosmetic changes include new head and tail lights, larger front air intakes with incorporated day time running lights, and an altered lower rear end flanked by twin diffusers. The interior has an optional touchscreen interface to reduce button clutter. Buy it now

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Lyons started to make ice-cream in 1894 using the turbine bowl method. When refrigeration was further developed after the First World War production increased and automation helped to bring the product to a wider market. Unlike America, ice-cream in Britain was a seasonal phenomena with fluctuating sales depending on the weather pattern. With use of frozen carbon dioxide Lyons were able to ship their ice-cream from the Cadby Hall factory, by train, to most parts of the UK setting up cold stores at several rail-heads. Ice-cream sales continued to grow and new hand-held products were introduced such as the frozen ice-lolly. As with the other parts of the Lyons group expansion of market share was all important and many smaller, regional ice-cream businesses were purchased which included, among others, Eldorado, Neilson's, Midland Counties, Walkers Dairies, Tonibell and Bertorelli. This not only increased Lyons' market share of ice-cream, but brought into the group new, local production facilities thus saving expensive refrigerated transport costs. Despatches around 20th November.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The Post-Bus was developed jointly by Scania and the Swedish G.PO. to provide postal and passenger services in scattered rural areas. This 2.64 ton (2680 kg) Bus could carry 12 passengers and the mail, and was powered by a 4 cyl. 3.5 litre engine developing 36 b.h.p. The model represents the vehicle equipped for winter operation.

This is a Special Edition, produced as part of a worldwide issue – total production quantity – 60,000 units. Scale 1/49 Buy it now

Thursday, August 12, 2010


The Ford name is as venerable as any in the history of automobiles. And, almost from the start, Henry Ford’s Model A and Model T vehicles were adapted for a wide variety of commercial used. As the century moved on and technology and engineering advanced. Ford continued to develop fine, rugged trucks along with its impressive array of automobiles. He Ford trucks of the ‘40s are considered by many to be most beautiful Fords ever. The company had retained the same size it offered in 1939—the half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton trucks, but Ford greatly changed the styling.

In 1940, the design was based on Ford’s automobiles and resulted in a handsome line of trucks. The hood was restyled, the grille echoed that of the ’39 Ford Deluxe automobile and the cab was given a major makeover. A one-piece, stamped-steel front panel combined the cowl, firewall, windshield frame and top. Aside from its visual appeal, this design simplified the assembly process. Other changes included a cowl-mounted windshield wiper (in previous years the wiper was mounted above the windshield), a redesigned instrument cluster, a two-spoke steering wheel and more comfortable seats. Under the hood, Food continued with its V8-60 and V8-85 engines. In addition, a 239-cubic-inch V8 engine that could produce 95 horsepower was also used in some pickups. A classic from the time it rolled off the assembly line and even more so today, the 1940 Ford Pickup Truck is now recreated in an authentic detail, your 1940 Ford Pickup is produced by—and available only from Matchbox Collectibles.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The Beatles models is the AEC Routemaster bus in Liverpool Corporation livery. Enthusiasts know that back in the 60s and 70s the Routemaster was a strictly London-only bus, but don't blame Corgi. There was an insistence from certain people that Routemasters ran in Liverpool, so Corgi had to produce its Routemaster in Liverpool's colours. Of course, the Leyland Atlanttean would have been far more authentic.

However, since this series is to celebrate The Beatles, few will probably worry uch about the actual bus chosen. The destination is, of course, Penny Lane, and the registration numbers is 'BEAT 1'. On the sides are advertisements which we believe are shots from A Hard Day's Night. Buy it now


Twenty one times a day, every day of the year, one of 330 lifeboats of the RNLI sets out on a search and rescue mission. Since the foundation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824, over 137,000 lives have been saed and over a million people rescued. The Institution is a registered cgarity which is funded by voluntary contributions. It relies on volunteer crews backed by a network of dedicated fundraisers.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Despite the difficult economic times, the 1920's and 1930's are referred to as the “Golden Age of Fire Engines”. Dozens of companies, both local and national, competed for business as cities finally phased out the horse-drawn pumpers of the 19th century. Cities and buildings were bigger and needed the speed and pumping power mechanized engines could provide.

Stutz, represented by the 1924 Model C, only lasted from 1919 to 1924. Despite a perfect score on a 12-hour test at the national fire chief's convention, only 302 were built.

1924 Stutz Model C fire truck is an 11.25"Lx 3.5"Wx 3.75"H die cast metal car with openable hood, free wheels, workable steering, highly detailed engine and components. With old fashioned ladders, extinguisher, other tools. Also comes with a 24K gold plated fire engine coin. This 1924 Stutz Model C fire truck is manufactured by Yat Ming; ref. no. 20198 in RED color. Individually packed in a window box WB. Box is 15"Wx 6.25"Wx 6.5"H. Buy it now


The half-track operation of the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage was a specific necessity in navigating the rough terrain of the Ardennes Forest. Equipped with four .50 caliber machine guns and an armor reinforced turret, the M16 was primarily used against German ground targets.

Forces of Valor 1:32 Scale US M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage model D-Day Series is an accurate diecast military model of the half-track M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. Buy it now


The M5A1 Stuart was a light tank designed for American and Allied forces, serving in multiple theaters of WW2. Nicknamed the "Honey" for its quickness and dependability, it was nonetheless under-armored and under-gunned. Tanks like the Stuart eventually took a secondary role to medium tank battalions, serving as recon and screening units. Buy it now

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


A casting from Vitesse is the Mitsubishi Carisma GLS, to the standard one has come to expect from this company. The interior detailing is extremely good, while the bonnet opens to reveal a detailed engine. Buy it now

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


In 1990 MCI presented its first 45-ft prototype, the 102 DL3, which went into production in 1992. Greyhound introduced this particular livery in 2005 to highlight their iconic Greyhound dog. This route goes from Washington, DC to New York City, one of Greyhound's top city pairings. Buy it now