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.

January 2018 (toys)

Very sparse at the first toyfair of the year

A couple of bits of 3-rail track and another pair of buffers, another TPO coach and a Corgi bus. Not too terrible a haul and not much money.

In the meantime, the collection of first issue matchbox toys continues with No. 6a Quarry Truck (production 1956-1958), scale probably 1:100 or smaller. This one came with a repro box but was very reasonably priced. Box could be better though.

Toyfair: 3-rail

Missed several toyfair events this year (again!). So pleased to get to one recently.

Not the best-ever event but added a couple of bits of track and the parcels van from the Royal Mail accessory set. When complete this had a trackside ‘trigger’ which enabled sacks of mail to be deposited and removed from the car, via the chutes towards the rear, whilst the train was in motion.