October 2016

A major family event prevented me from attending Suncoast Diecasters‘ October meeting. So, Original Ken dutifully stepped in to provide photos for the update.

October 2016

It’s been a while since we posted any photographs of members’ table collections — the overwhelming majority of our pics are after-purchase or after-trade. Ken has provided a few shots of Big Tractor Mike’s collection. These images illustrate only a small portion of his items, which usually take up an entire pool table (not to mention side-stacks).

From Big Tractor Mike's collection.

From Big Tractor Mike’s collection.

From the collection of Big Tractor Mike.

From the collection of Big Tractor Mike.

From the big tractor of Collection Mike.

From the big tractor of Collection Mike.

And another photo.

And another photo.

Just to prove my point about the after-purchase photos, here’s a photo of the Hot Wheels ’70s Van, which Ken took after purchasing said van from BTM.

I just realized, those aren't flames, it's the syrup. Cute (I guess).

I just realized, those aren’t flames, it’s the syrup. Cute (I guess).

Ken took this photo of a collector case full of bins which in turn are themselves full of classic Redlines, after (note the pattern) Mike got them from Jim in a trade.

This is how one super-increases the value of one's collection in a single move.

This is how one super-increases the value of one’s collection in a single move.

Matchbox Dodge A100 and Ford F-150 Raptor, from Jim to O’Ken.

Apparently, the A100 is the world's first reverse wheel-stander.

Apparently, the A100 is the world’s first reverse wheel-stander.

O’Ken then purchased this Corgi garbage truck (yes!) and three Kenner Fast111s from Jim. The KF1s are (L to R) Cyclone 3, Sporty Shifter and Cam Rammer.

Wait, *I'm* supposed to get the Fast111s. Something is VERY wrong here...

Wait, *I’m* supposed to get the Fast111s. Something is VERY wrong here…

Exactly three photographs ago, I mentioned that Mike got from Jim a bushel of Redlines in a trade. So, what did Jim get? These five Corgi Jr / Husky jeeps, two Playart cabin cruisers, and a blue Corgi Martin Walter Ford Transit Caravan.

Variety is the spice of collecting.

Variety is the spice of collecting.

I was intrigued by the stunningly long and surprisingly specific name, “Martin Walter Ford Transit Caravan”, so I did some research. Martin Walter was a coachbuilder; the company would take the Ford Transit and customize it with extra sleeping space and other amenities. This converted model would then be called the Dormobile. So, this Corgi is not simply a rare toy, it’s doubly rare because it’s based on a specific real-world customization not seen from other toymakers. Thus, this miniature easily earns its place as Suncoast DiecastersFind of the Month(*) for October 2016.

The site below, written in Hungarian, features many great Dormobile advertising images.

The site below, written in Hungarian, features many great Dormobile advertising images.

Husky Ford Transit Caravan (Martin Walter Dormobile)

See you at K-Day, then at our November meeting!

~WM

October treats with no tricks (well, maybe one…)

If you’ve been following Suncoast DiecastersTwitter feed (and you should be), you’ve seen that we’ve been “treating” you to some delightful distractions as we near the end of October. More wonderful goodies await you below the blue bar. On to the photos!

October 2014

If you’ll recall from our May meeting, Krista (Suncoast Diecasters‘ official Bat-Collector®) purchased from me an assortment of Bat-Items which included a Happy Meal Super Bugs figurine. Well, whilst further cleaning my garage, I found the other figurines from the set. Please say hello to Wonder Petunia, the Flashmanian Devil, and of course … Bat-Duck.

Nana nana nana nana nana naa -- BAT-DUUUUUCK!

Nana nana nana nana nana naa — BAT-DUUUUUCK!

Other than the Hot Wheels logos on the sides, and the embossed Mattel on the bottom, I know nothing about this retro bus. It looks slightly similar to the Rocket Oil tanker from the Designers Dreamz set, but it is not that. Nonetheless, it’s cool enough for a photo (plus some artsiness), so here ’tis. Feel free to share your knowledge about this model in the Comments section.

Ralph Kramden's Dream Ride. Hey, did you know Ralph drove for the *Gotham* Bus Company? Coincidence? COINCIDENCE?!?

Ralph Kramden’s Dream Ride. Hey, did you know Ralph drove for the *Gotham* Bus Company? Coincidence? COINCIDENCE?!?

Also during our May meeting, Krista also bought from me a Rat Fink figurine and associated vehicle. Again, garage cleaning; again, found something neat-o. In this case, the collector card/sticker which came with Rat and his ride. Through my power to control the multiple dimensions of the Space-Time Continuum, I now present to you both the front and the back of the card, at the same time.

If I ''Think Fink!'', must I then Blog Flog?

If I ”Think Fink!”, must I then Blog Flog?

Bill shows off this Classic ’31 Ford Woody, a true classic from the Redline era. Its official color may be something different, but I’m calling it “teal” for the purpose of a uproariously funny caption.

A tealwoodie.

A tealwoodie.

Bill also has this teal blue Classic ’32 Ford Vicky, a Heavyweights fire engine which is clearly too small (compared to the other cars) to be called “1/64th”, and the very rare gold chrome Buzz Off.

The firetruck isn't too small; it's really just far away.

The firetruck isn’t too small; it’s really just far away.

Buzz Off (nee Tri Baby) comes from the fertile mind of Larry Wood, and features an opening rear canopy which reveals three turbines (or nuclear accelerators, maybe). Please enjoy this shiny close-up.

Does the center turbine spin in the opposite direction to counteract vibration? Just wonderin'.

Does the center turbine spin in the opposite direction to counteract vibration? Just wonderin’.

Bill also had this decidedly rare (as in, “only produced in 1968” rare) Hot Heap, in beautiful Spectraflame copper with a lovely champagne interior.

Hmm. Neither George Barris' Kopper Kart...

Hmm. Neither George Barris’ Kopper Kart…

...Nor a Champagne Super Nova. Oh well.

…Nor a Champagne Super Nova. Oh well.

Big Tractor Mike doubles-down on his own Redline family reunion with these two Volkswagen Beach Bombs with surfboards intact.

Beach Bomb-y, Beach Bomb-y, lend me your hand...

Beach Bomb-y, Beach Bomb-y, lend me your hand…

A dramatic and artsy low-angle shot for you, with some shimmery background artistry.

Beach Bombs and bokeh, for your viewing pleasure.

Beach Bombs and bokeh, for your viewing pleasure.

Ken got this large-scale (1/43?) garbage truck with daring backless gown. Which is to say, its hatch door cover thing is missing. Beyond that, I nothing about this model, because I neglected to take a photo of its base for reference. Ken?

I'm fresh out of funny ''garbage truck'' captions.

I’m fresh out of funny ”garbage truck” captions.

I had originally arranged the three Colectomatics in a sort of swirly arc, with the Other One in the center. Ken asked me why I chose that arrangement. I explained to him about artistry and other high-minded concepts. He then asked why I simply didn’t line them up straight. So I then rearranged them as you see below. Ken then asked why I chose that particular configuration. So I klonked him on the head with a pool cue.

Lucat bene si ergo / Fortibus es inero / O nobili demus trux / Garbage trux, to be exact. (See how I switched it up, there?)

Lucat bene si ergo / Fortibus es inero / O nobili demus trux / Garbage trux, to be exact. (See how I switched it up, there?)

You’re a bad man. You bad, bad man, you. …Anyway, Ken got this alt-colored Johnny Lightning Badman at our October meeting, and apparently a really crappy pun was included in the price.

A bad man, and a bad joke.

A bad man, and a bad joke.

This is an Aston Martin DB6. Not the James Bond car, but the next best thing. I took only two photos of it — one being of the base so I could ID it later here in the post — because at the time it seemed nice but not spooktacular. I now regret not taking more photos of it, because as I was reviewing the high-resolution original, I had this eerie realization that there was more to this car than I first thought. It has a nicely-detailed grill (yes, much the VUM chrome has vanished from the grill and bumpers), an attractive yellow interior, and even engine compartment “vents” on the front fenders. While I had been considering some of the other vehicles in this update, I decided it would be horrifying of me not to declare this model to be our October 2014 Find of the Month.(*)

A hauntingly beautiful car...

A hauntingly beautiful car…

 Hey, why don’t you download yerself a nice, big treat for Halloween?

See you at the November meeting!

~WM