Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Postflight Briefing" - Finds for the Week January 31st 2015

Hey hey everybody. It's been a pretty good week for diecast finds, much better than last week. So let's dive right in..

First up, a couple of 75 Challenge cars I picked up on ebay for cheap..

Next, two new finds from Walmart, a mainline Lambo and Retro Entertainment Lotus

Another 75 Challenge vehicle that arrived today. 

The latest batch of Hot Wheels from Walmart

And last but not least, a lot I won on ebay for a mere $4 shipped. Definitely the best deal of the week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Postflight Briefing" - Finds for the Week January 24th 2015

Man oh man has it been a slow week for me... Stores aren't stocking anything new, none of my ebay finds have arrived yet, and it just sucks!! I didn't think I was going to have anything at all to post tonight, but something managed to be found, finally.

A friend of mine tipped my off about this, the Johnny Lightning 1981 Jeep Wagoneer. He came across them at the Tractor Supply store of all places. I'm helping my dad restore a Grand Wagoneer, so when he said he found these, I jumped on it. I never expected Tractor Supply to carry diecast, but they had lots of interesting stuff. Some Ertl General Lee cars, and various Johnny Lightning trucks. They only had two Waggys left, so I grabbed both of them.

Such a nice model! Here's our 1:1, just for reference. 

Here's hoping that next week is more productive for diecast.. 
Happy hunting!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Matchbox BMW Z3 - Pair of Wheel Swaps

If you saw my finds post for last week, you saw a big box of wheel-less cars I recently received. These two BMW Z3s were in the box, from the old Matchbox Premiere series. I threw a couple sets of newer Matchbox wheels on them, and I'm pretty pleased with the result!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Matchbox Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Custom

Evenin' folks! The weather has been incredible here for the past couple of days, so I've knocked the dust off some spray cans! It's been pretty fun, I've missed painting these little cars. 

First one finished is a car I've wanted to do for a long time now. It hasn't been in production for several years now, and I missed out on buying extras when I actually could get them. Luckily, I found a cheap one on ebay a while back, and now it's finished!

So here it is, an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Postflight Breifing" - Finds for the Week January 17th, 2015

Man oh man what a week it's been! So many great cars have been added to the collection this week. Check it out below...

First up is the latest Hot Wheels batch. Lots of cool stuff here, but the winner is the 599XX. No Super to be found, but I actually think the mainline car is better looking than the TH for once!

Next up is a little package from Japan... What could be inside??

A Kyosho Ferrari! A first for my collection, I'm pumped about it. 

These Ferraris come packaged as "kits" due to a weird loophole in Ferrari's copyright contract. But they're very easy to assemble and look amazing once they are. The 456 is one of my favorite modern Ferraris, and the dark blue suits it very well. 

Next up is a package I received from a seller on one of the diecast forums. I bought it for the Volvo, as I own a C70 coupe, and that car in diecast form is a tough one to find. A police version is just too cool! And the other cars in the set are nice too. 

This was also in the box with the police car set. Missing a car, yes, but it was only $5! Let's take a look at the 8 cars individually.. (The BMW and Merc are my favorites, obviously)

Next up, an error...
Found this little guy lurking at Big Lots, a tampo error. I'm not a big error collector, but I'll grab it if it's a casting I like, just because it's something different. I never saw the point of paying a premium for something that came broken/messed up from the factory. 

Next is a small lot of 7 or 8 cars from ebay. Most were complete beaters, but these 3 are worthy of being displayed as is. Look at that Fiat, it's nearly mint!! Hopefully you'll be seeing the beaters reborn soon...

Next up, the latest batch of Matchbox made its appearance at my local Dollar General.. Some nice stuff! It's nice to see the Checker in the lineup again. Once I find some of my old ones, I'll do a comparison between the old one and the new revised casting. The Subaru is ok, and the Runway Wrangler is pretty cool. Not very realistic, but I like it. 

And last but not least, this interesting box of cars came today..
A lot of very nice premium diecast, just sans wheels... Look at these babies! Matchbox Premiere, Hot Wheels Garage and Vintage Racing.. Awesome stuff! And for only 50 cents each. I'll be honest, I never liked the Premiere wheels, so I think some well thought-out wheel swaps will make these things look better than new.. (I've already done one, you'll be seeing it soon enough!)

Till next week, happy hunting!