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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

T is for Truck Part 3; Airfix Readymade

How to recognise a diamond in the dirt, the Airfix ethylene 6x6 (called the 'poly' range by some, or more commonly the 'readymade' range) came in two separate versions, first the Attack Force one, then a cruder one in the redesigned range. There are always a few kicking around the bring-&-buy, but finding the earlier, better one needs a closer look...

1st version on the left, points to note; Cleaner cab lines, clearer rivet bumps on bonnet/hood, winch with rope not an accordion! and a grill over the headlights and radiator.

1st version on the right, points to note; diamond-plate on the foot-step/running board.

1st version underneath, points to note; 2nd version is shorter, 1st has rivet detail on the drop-sides, straps round the fuel tank, and a fuel filler cap.

1st version above, points to note; on the 1st version the tyres have a rounder profile and deeper tread, the dual-wheels are thinner and both the body and tilt are numbered. This also shows the difference in length between the two.

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