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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.

Monday, March 1, 2010

M is for Mysteries; Slight Mysteries?

I've covered these before, but a couple of things I noticed while preparing the photographs for the Banner and Pyro posts below are worth a mention...

The first thing I noticed is that there are two mouldings of the saloon car, the green one is noticeably longer and has a few detail differences, smaller hole in the towing-hitch, chunkier bumpers (fenders) and some variations in window size.

The second query is really anal; The two saloon-car number plates BV4672, top left and right, with the coupe bottom left - DP 7189. Now Kent Sprecher over at toysoldierhq has the saloon being DV not BV, is this a typo or are there two different number plates for this car?

Could BV be 'Banner Vehicle' with the DV being a Pyro copy? And could the larger, slightly cruder civilian version be a Kleeware or Tudor Rose re-tool?

The mould-number (?) in the roof of the cars, it doesn't look it, but the 4 is a very crude hand-scratched thing, it seems to have been straitened by my attempts in Picasa to make it visible! The 6 is about half the size and is a standard engineers mould-punch, done correctly - back to front - so that it reads the right way on the product, something the Hong Kong producers often forgot to do, using instead product-punches, leaving the HONG KONG upside down and back to front, they were helped by the fact that only the 'N's and 'G's were noticeable, and then only to a close observer.

Interesting also how the thermo-printed star shows through the roof as a faint...er...star!

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