Missed two visits to the toyfair (bit poorly) but managed to get to it on July 1st; possibly the warmest day I can remember. Still quite well attended by both sellers and buyers.
So a Hornby 0-6-0 Great Western pannier tank and a Ford 105E van for not much money. The loco needed a bit of TLC and a new copper ring for the top of the chimney. The Anglia van is I think supposed to be in British Relay livery but the graphics are very poor. Might have expected better from Oxford Die-casts. Also needed some fettling as the baseplate was loose.
The next visit was towards the end of August. Much cooler, thankfully and reasonably well-attended.
Which yielded a couple of bargain bin items and a quite nice (Corgi) BET single-deck bus in Oxford livery, for no money at all.
The ‘random’ bag of bits,
was once a Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear” series, Model T BP petrol tanker.
…it is again.
Lastly in October…chillier and really quite Autumnal…
Harrington Grenadier by EFE in (local firm) Timpson’s livery. Common sight on the roads to the West Country ‘back in the day’. Plus a 1950s Karrier Bantam dustcart by Matchbox in very poor condition but a ‘fun’ buy. Lastly a 1960s Dinky Toys Jaaaaag Mk X. Nice original, slightly playworn, condition and a steal at just £1. Needed tyres….not a problem. Poorly attended but was different in that a researcher for a publishing company was interested in talking to people about possible toy-related magazine ideas. It is unusual to see a lady at these, pretty much, male-oriented events. 😛
Very foggy autumnal evening. Some bargains available, but not very well attended and some regular sellers still absent. But it makes for a reasonably pleasant way to pass an hour or two.
And here we have; a 1950s Hornby-Dublo cast signal box, a 1960s Airfix 2-6-2 tank loco kit, (both OO scale), a modern Matchbox Yesteryears Citroen H-type van (approx 1/43 scale) and a Majorette 1/60 scale Ford Model A van (McVities livery), which appears to be a copy of the 1980s “Matchbox” casting. Total outlay GBP10, not too bad.
Another visit to the toyfair up at the village. It wasn’t snowing this time but despite the bright sunshine streaming into the hall at 8PM, the outside temperature was in single figures.
One new loco & a Yesteryears Y14 Stutz in “Straw” box represented a fair haul.
The loco is pretty recent but is more to run than to stand on a shelf.
Yesteryears changed the boxes to a deep red or maroon about 1983, so the Bearcat is not a bad buy at £1. Near mint. Towards the end of the ’80s, Yesteryears over-exploited the collector’s/limited edition market & there was a small but discernible drop off in quality which, means they are no longer as sought after today. The dealer I bought it from had a whole table of mint boxed items for which he was only asking £1 each.