After the relative restraint of May, June saw the model budget top 100 lari again. It has been another interesting month, I haven’t left Tbilisi but found some interesting additions to my collection here,
This pair were just two lari each, from Vagzlis Basroba, well playworn, but interesting historically. The Hot Wheels Mustang has the Redline Wheels and was made in Hong Kong, the Majorette Renault was “Made in France”, I thought it was a post van at first.
The other 10 Hot Wheels models, I bought new. The Datsun 620 Pick Up and Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X were the only two from my Hot Wheels Wants’ List. The Lamborghini Senso Elemento and 2012 Ford Fiesta are both attractive models..
I bought my first Tomica this month a Toyota Dyna Vacuum Pump truck, I’m impressed with the detail and like the fact it comes with a box not a blister pack. The other Japanese Vehicles are all Hot Wheels: Datsun 620 Pick Up (I’d been looking for this since I first saw a pic), Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X.…any old Skylines are a must have…and a Toyota Supra in “Falken” colours.
I picked up Muscle Cars from the US Big Three : ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona, ’67 Ford Mustang Coupe and a ’55 Chevy Bel Air “Gasser”.
Matchbox will probably always be my favourite brand, but this year’s offerings don’t excite me much. I bought four this month: Aston DBS Volante, Buick Century Police Car, London Bus and Ferrari F50.
A pair of Majorettes, unfortunately the Renault doesn’t have a tow hook.
The first car I bought this month was the black Kinsmart Porsche 911 GT3R, which completed my set of four Kinsmart Porsche 911 GT3Rs. The Modellino 1:43 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce (1956) was by far the most expensive acquisition this month (28 lari=$15.84), but it is a very attractive looking car. The Ferrari 599 with workshop accessories by Bburago was a gift from one of my pupils (much preferable to an apple for teacher).
I usually prefer cars based on real cars but these two (HW Pursuit and Carbonator) slipped through the net. The “FIRE” tampo and red paintwork attracted me to the HW Pursuit, although I would be happier if it didnt have a jet engine (only Chrysler Turbines should have jet engines). Carbonator is a Hot Wheels car that doubles as a bottle and can opener…so now even the kitchen is not safe from my models.
The final tally is 25 vehicles for the month at a cost of 123 lari 60 tetri ($69.93).
11 Hot wheels, 6 Matchbox, 3 Majorette, 2 Tomica, 1 Kinsmart, 1 Modellino, 1 Bburago
On the last day of the month I ventured to Drybridge Market and bought these:
A Matchbox Jeep CJ6 and Caravan (both introduced to the range in 1977) both “Made in England”
A Majorette Toyota Lite Ace with opening rear hatch “Made in France” and finally a Tomica Toyota Crown “Made in Japan” which had been tastefully customised by a previous owner.
It looks as though it maybe in the livery of the Japanese Military Police. It cost me just 5 lari ($2,83) I saw a Tomica Toyota Crown several months ago at Drybridge, where the seller was asking 35 lari and it wasn’t as nice as this one. Sometimes it pays to wait.