Last week I attended the last “Yard Sale” event at the large flea market venue in Stormville, NY. It was supposed to rain, so I wasn’t sure if I would attend and I didn’t set my alarm. By the time I did get my lazy self out of bed it was overcast but not raining, so I decided to go anyway.
Of course it started raining when I was halfway there, but I continued on anyway, determined to soak it all in. By the time I had found a parking spot and started down the main runway, sans umbrella, a lot of the vendors had covered up their tables, so I had to ask at every table if they had diecast under there. There were enough who did. I have “plans” for some of them, others will be available for HWEPing. These are the acquisitions after a rainy day at the Stormville airport:
Hot Wheels Final Run Porsche 911 - not in too bad of shape, it’s been played with but not excessively so. IIRC, this is the first HWs I’ve ever owned with these wheels. The metal base is painted the same dark blue as the body. And a beautiful shade of blue it is, the photato doesn’t do it any justice.
Hot Wheels Jeep Scrambler - I picked up this one because I was under the impression that I still had a carded one, but I couldn’t find it during my last search through all the boxes in the basement. Really nice pearlescent white paint. It has a few light chips on the high points, but it’s in pretty good condition nevertheless. I had never noticed this before, but there is no Hot Wheels logo anywhere on this casting; no tampo, nothing on the base except the Chrysler LLC imprint. Was this a stipulation from Mopar?
Kidco Fairlady/280Z - This casting is in really great shape considering that the date on the bottom reads 1981. It has a minimum of playwear and my theory is the doors had a lot to do with that. As you can clearly on this side view, the door is a tad askew. It sits at the same angle on the other side as well. I believe this was assembled incorrectly, as there is something impairing the front wheels from rolling as they should. I believe it is the door/spring assembly that was put in wrong. I am confident that when I take it apart, I’ll be able to set things right, the doors will close as they were intended to, and the wheels will roll freely. However, IF I do dissemble this one, it will receive a much better brand of kicks when it’s back in one piece.
Majorette Ferrari F40 - I know, I know, another Majorette. I can’t help it, I like the versions with the big goofy wheels, and I’ll keep picking them up when I find them in good shape. This one has the usual chips on the high points, minor scuffing on the chrome wheel “trim rings,” and some minor scuffing on the glass. I think I may have been the first person to open the engine lid, as it was very tight and seemed glued shut. It eventually opened and is now loose and moving freely on its hinges.
Matchbox Alfa Romeo SZ - This is the second AR-SZ I’ve found in a little over a year of renewed flea market hunting. They either didn’t make a lot of them, or not too many survived. Lots of playwear, the wheels still have the majority of their chrome intact, but the “glass” could use some TLC. If it’s ever opened up, I think some pledge will bring it back to good condition.
Matchbox IMSA Mustang Mach 1 - a well played with larger Matchbox, with a chrome interior, and an opening hood with a huge chrome engine lurking beneath. The windshield has a decent crack, or a big scratch, I can’t tell yet. The vaguest indications that the wheels used to have chrome on them. monster flares and spoilers, what’s not too like? I couldn’t leave this behind simply because of the number of folks I know who love their Mustangs. A future HWEP piece, or just an RAOK, only time will tell.
MC Toy Co. Porsche 959 - another rescue with lots of potential, opening doors, plenty of air under that spoiler, but a cry for help in the wheels department. This casting also has a separate orange piece for the tail lights bar across the rear. I thought it was unusual that they didn’t make the windows the same color to save on the number of pieces that make up the whole. It’s the little details that impress me the most on older diecast, for instance, the headlights have cages molded in over them. There is a Porsche tampo that stretches across the spoiler, the only one on the car. The understatement is strong with this one.
Motormax Mini Cooper - I’ve been looking for a Mini Cooper or two for yet another cold weather project, and this turned up at one of the tables.
There is no logo or brand name anywhere on the car or base, I’m hoping someone here can educate me as to where this came from.
Motormax is the brand, thanks Daender! (And, now I know, from that photo, that it used to have a front bumper with over-riders, and that’s a remnant of same above the plate holder.)
Pizza with Bean isn’t a local favorite here in NY.
There is a strange shape over the front license plate piece, that is either a mold leak during the casting process, or some device that is broken on one side and whose purpose eludes me. It was a bumper, thanks again Daender! painted silver along with the plate area, so maybe it’s intentional and someone can teach me about this aspect too. It has light playwear, chips on the high points, a partial interior, and decent windows.
Racing Champions (?) Mercedes Benz 500SEC - I picked this car out of a bucket of meh cars, fully expecting it to be some Chinese knockoff; I was half right, it was made in China. Even after reading the Racing Champions logo on the bottom I was wondering if it was a counterfeit. I’ve never seen a Mercedes Benz by RC as far as I remember. None show up on the bay or in a google search, The base is almost totally devoid of detail, with very few attempts at it, it’s almost all basic flat black plastic. There is the slightest indication of any separation of the side windows, it features a closed sunroof, and no painted details as far as lights are concerned. A big tri-star on the hood, and a “racing stripe” on the roof only that says 500SEC within its borders. Strange goings on hereabouts children, roll up your windows and lock your doors...and don’t look anyone in the eye until we’re out of this neighborhood.
ZEE DeLOREAN - this one used to be silver, as they are, but someone decided it needed a new paint job, probably with a marker. I do have to give them credit for staying in the lines. I don’t see any on the windows, and they did leave the rear panel in the original silver color so they had some sense of design, ostensibly. This comes on a plain, albeit, painted metal base that spells DeLorean as two words, there’s a huge space between the De and the Lorean, so it’s not a case of making do by fitting it in around the detailed undercarriage. (Sarcasm...there is only the barest nod toward any automotive looking underpinnings.)
It has an incredible pair of working gull wing doors, which is what impressed me the most about this specimen. They don’t quite close correctly, so I suspect this toy may have been sat upon, or leaned on as it was driven across the playroom floor. But still, they are survivors! Much like the Kidco Fairlady/Z, above, this one will be carefully taken apart with an eye towards attempting to re-align all the surfaces so the doors sit flush when in the down position. It will be restored to the silver color in which it was intended to be presented. It also demands a better brand of footwear, so I’ll be on the lookout for new wheels that are appropriate for this one, as well as the Fairlady/Z. If anyone has any suggestions on what would look the best on either car, I’d welcome your opinions. (...as long as they’re rubber tires...lol)
That’s all I shelled out for on this most recent outing. I had been focusing more on parts for the projects I already have lined up for this winter, but I can’t walk away from a decent casting at a decent price. So, although I look forward to the warm weather next year, like any normal human being, I have plenty to keep me busy for the interim.