Matcheratibox

Two Matchbox 1-75 series No.52a (1st issue) Maserati 4CLTs; production 1958-1965. Came as a pair for less than £5. Both colours are factory original but the red one has been touched in, in parts and the decals messed with. The yellow one came without decals or driver but replacements have been obtained. Original plan was to only keep one but the yellow one has wire wheels and the red one was more or less complete. So, after refurbishment ended up keeping both. Approximately 1:60 scale.

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Matchbox Aston Martin

Think I probably have more models of Aston Martins than any other marque.

These two are both Matchbox 1-75 series. The DB2/4 is No. 53a (first issue) produced from 1958 to 1963.

The F1 car is a DBR5, No. 19c, produced from 1961 to 1965. The original appeared in only one event when two cars were entered in the 1960 British Grand Prix: Roy Salvadori retired and Maurice Trintignant finished 11th. The failure of the R5 meant that Aston withdrew from Formula One and have made no entries since.

Live steam

Alexandra Palace and the London Model Engineer exhibition. A little sparser than previously and slightly less interesting. Still worth an afternoon out though.

Always like the live-steam railway exhibits. This is a gauge 1 layout using miniature real coal in a real miniature firebox with an authentic coal-fired aroma!

There is a minor campaign to persuade Hornby to reintroduce their real steam 00-gauge models.

Toyfair (RIP)

A warm evening up at the village at what turned out to be the last toyfair to be held there. Both buyers and sellers have been noticeably absent at recent events, and really it was not a surprise when (organiser) Joe announced the closure.

Only purchase was an Atlas Editions repro-Dinky Mini Countryman with a quite good repro box. Not much money.

It’s a pretty little model but doesn’t look quite right as the rear side-window is one piece of perspex, whereas, in the full size car there was a sliding rear window which gave the impression of a ‘c-post’ above the rear wheel-arch.