March 2018: The O’Ken Show!

I could not be at our March meeting, as I was attending a friend’s engagement party. So I delegated photography duty to Original Ken.

He took several great pics. Not much info on the individual models, however, so let’s get right to the photos!

March 2018

But, before we get to the photos, we are pleased to announce this year’s Port Richey Diecast Show. It’s on Sunday, April 8th, and the rest of the info is on these images:

This year's show is in color.

This year’s show is in color.

Not to scale. (The hall is actually much larger than shown here.)

Not to scale. (The hall is actually much larger than shown here.)

I’m still exploring the WordPress gallery options. Although this is a different layout, it functions the same as last month’s version: Select any preview to bring up a larger image, and arrow your way to the left or right.

See you at our April meeting!

~WM

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June heats up the Summer Trades!

Well, barely got the June update posted actually in June. So, I’ll skip the intro foolishness, and let you get right to the photos!

June 2015

We start off with Ken’s Ford Maverick. It’s not just a nice model; it’s an actual model. That is, it’s a model kit. Yes, that kind of model kit, the kind one puts together. It’s by Lindberg, which valiantly attempted a different approach to the miniature car hobby by combining it with the hobby kit, uh, hobby.

It was a ''maverick'' approach to collecting.

It was a ”maverick” approach to collecting.

Ken also picked up this farm tractor by Zylmex. It’s from the 1979 Mini Macks assortment.

Picasso had his Blue period. Ken is in his Yellow period.

Picasso had his Blue period. Ken is in his Yellow period.

Ken RAOK’d Bill with this Mercedes-Benz 500 SL from Hot Wheels by Corgi. Huh? In 1989, Mattel acquired Corgi. In 1996, Mattel introduced its Corgi castings, rebranded as Hot Wheels, into the mainline series. As evidenced below, these castings could be of higher quality than Mattel’s own, yet were paired with questionable wheels (not as bad as Kenner Fast111s, but still…). These hybrid models are an interesting subset of Hot Wheels to focus on.

Yes, I said it: Nicer than some of Mattel's own.

Yes, I said it: Nicer than some of Mattel’s own.

Tom bought this Lledo “Days Gone” 1955 VW Camper from Big Tractor Mike. It’s known simply as “Red/Black Camper”.

Model #DG86001

Model #DG86001

Tom bought this Lledo 1955 VW Kombi Van from BTM, done up in Pepsi Cola livery.

Model #73004

Model #73004

Tom bought this Lledo 1955 VW Transporter Van from BTM, done up in 7-Up livery.

Model #73007

Model #73007

How do I know so much about these toys, including their model numbers?

Simple: I done read the boxes!

Big Tractor Mike had two cars on his table (well, actually, he had many toys on — look, you know what I mean), both of which thoroughly intrigued me, and both of which were (IMHO) reasonably priced. I was carefully and thoughtfully weighing my options, when BTM offered a special price for both. Care and thought went out the window, and in their place I got these two cool cars … of which I’m showing you only this wonderfully outrageous Munsters Koach, designed by George Barris, for now, for a reason.

An everyday car for an everyday family.

An everyday car for an everyday family.

If you’ll recall from our previous update, Tom snagged an incredibly rare Still-Bagged-with-the-Mag promo Lledo VW van. Much to my very great surprise, I spotted a second SBwtM Lledo VW van on BTM’s table. Tom and I jokingly prodded each other to “close the deal” and buy it. Long story short, the second one (here displayed in Tom’s manly, burly hands) ended up in my hands.

Should I make the 3-D printer joke again? Nah, I'd better not.

Should I make the 3-D printer joke again? Nah, I’d better not.

You might be wondering if I had considered making the above item our “Find of the Month” again. Yes, very briefly. But I have not in the history of this club’s web presence declared the same model a FotM twice (not to mention twice in a row). I think doing so would set a bad precedent. There is such a rich variety of models and variations in this hobby, that it would be foolish to think that any one particular item could earn that lofty title more than once.

Yet, here we are, very near the end of this month’s update, and I still need to designate something as FotM … Hmmm … What ever to do about that….

Wait, I'm starting to get a picture...

Wait, I’m starting to get a picture…

Ah! I have it! (Literally, as in, “I actually physically own it”.) We now come to the other of the two cool cars I got from BTM: the excitingly cool Monkeemobile, designed by Dean Jeffries. This is just the kind of wildly creative custom rod that I digs the most, baby. From the frame-busting power plant to the stretched-out passenger area, this ride is awesome all the way around. [By the way, did you notice the “bonus show card” in the above photo? It’s a still of the show’s title, framed by an illustration of a “retro” TV — which is quite ironic, since being a card makes it a flat screen!] The Monkeemobile is a great collectible in several ways. It appeals to those who collect TV show-related items. It also attracts those such as myself who appreciate great customs. And it’s a nice variation for those who collect ’66 GTOs. I very, very happily declare this our Find of the Month(*) for June 2015!

If it was the Yellow Submarine, Ken would've bought it. You know, because yellow.

If it was the Yellow Submarine, Ken would’ve bought it. You know, because yellow.

Before you go, you gotta see this.

See you at the July meeting!

~WM