8 April 2015. I found I had a spare hour in town and the weather was good so I ventured once again to Drybridge Market, where I have found so many diecast gems in the past. There were some interesting vehicles, I especially liked a Soviet made 1:43 model of a Lada Niva with trailer, but I didn’t like the price (200 lari), I rarely buy from that trader (Karo) as his wares are to my mind overpriced.
He had many other models too, tempting but not at his prices.
I didn’t come away empty handed (I rarely do). I found a 1:43 Chinese (DeAgostini) model of a Russian GAZ 322121 School Bus for just 5 lari. The model is pleasantly weighty in the hand, the paintwork has some chips and there are a couple of mirrors missing but I liked it enough to pay 5 lari.
Another hunting ground is Vagzlis Basroba the sprawling market around the Central Train Station in Tbilisi. Here, too, I found plenty of diecast models to catch my eye and I came away with a Kinsmart Dodge Viper (1:36 scale).
The two models from my day are quite different a Russian School Bus and an American Supercar, but they are both made in China and are the same length (12.5 cm). The prices were similar the Dodge was 7 lari, the bus 5 lari, so my wallet wasn’t screaming too loudly.
(At the time of writing $1 = 2.23 lari…the lari has fallen a lot against the dollar recently).