Monday, 3 August 2015

Amazon Support Shows Us How It Should Be Done. This Is Priceless.

I have never had an issue with Amazon and their customer service - 

One chap in the US had a great experience:

Enjoy this dialogue.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Updating Corgi Vanguards



Some readers may know that I have maintained a Corgi Vanguards FB page.

The initial aim was to fully document all the Vanguards releases that have been released over time and chart them via a website - from Lledo to Corgi.

The intention was there, but I never got around to coding the damn thing.

Then FB arrived. As much as I hate FB, it does have some uses and it is free to use, so I am utilising this platform to do the above.

Andrew Davies - a Vanguards collector whose knowledge rivals that of Dave Tilley within this realm pointed out an excellent website maintained by a Dutch chap called Henk Ligtenbarg. It is a huge database of info with lots of images, etc,

I will be using these to update the FB page as it is almost near impossible to find such on the web these days. 


It is a huge project, but one I wanted to do for years and I now have the resource to do so. 

The resource site is found via 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corgi-Vanguards/275256529199266

You have to sign up via FB to view, but I make the assumption that everyone has a social media account and thus FB...............I know some don't. If this is the case, then Henk's website is via

http://www.catawiki.com/verzameling/Model-cars-miniature-cars-Makes-manufacturers-Vanguards

Kyosho 1/64 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) Red - Minicar Collection 6

Despite my reservations about the Bentley Continental 1/64 version by Kyosho, I am still a sucker for punishment.

Kyosho are doing some good castings - Tomica won't be in a hurry at all to join in the game.

So thus with the release of the 911 collection, this one was just screaming out at me............THE only Porsche Turbo of note - the 930.

I have to say it is a improvement on the Conti - we have the classic lines reproduced with the whale tail added in good effect. Wheels are spot on here - no issue.

It is well put together, but once again there is a kick in the balls with the attention to detail - please explain why there is no touch of silver to ensure that the wing mirrors have a bit of cred? OK, this is a minor detail, but TBH, when you are up against the likes of AutoArt and Tomica, this is a fierce battleground and you need to be on top of your game.

Whilst a good model, it does not go far enough to make it a great model. I am satisfied, but can't help feeling a little short changed.

But because Kyosho are creating cars that no one else does, it most probably means that I am going to come back for more........................

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

They're back.........sort of.................

well, it was a matter of time before the three clowns were back on TV - but surprisingly they have chosen to sign with Amazon Prime as the "broadcaster".

Now how this will reach a mass audience I do not know, but hopefully there will be someone who decides that they can rip the show and post it via known methods.

I am not that bothered TBH - I have found new heroes such as Fuzz Townshend and @AntAnstead.......so I am not clambering to sign up to this at all.



Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May making show for Amazon

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May
Jeremy Clarkson said the move was like climbing 'out of a biplane and into a spaceship'
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming video service.
The trio will front three series of a new motoring programme for Amazon Prime, with the first season to be made available worldwide in 2016.
The move follows their departure from the hit BBC Two show earlier this year.
Clarkson's contract was not renewed following an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer.
His co-hosts then followed him in leaving the show.
They will now make the unnamed new programme with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the "fracas".
Richard Hammond quote
In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: "I feel like I've climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship."
Hammond said: "Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant." And May added: "We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?"
Wilman told the Radio Times the team would begin working on the new series as soon as they return from their summer holidays.
He said they agreed a deal with Amazon because "they'll give us the freedom to make the programme we want...there's a budget to produce programmes of the quality we want and this is the future".
Wilman added the format of the new show would contain "themes people will be familiar with".
"I can't tell you how good it feels to get the chance to produce something from scratch," he said. "We're all really excited. No one telling us what we can and can't do, just us hopefully producing great programmes. It feels really liberating."
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Analysis - Mark Savage, BBC entertainment reporter

Rumours that Clarkson, May and Hammond would take their blokey bonhomie to a streaming service have been circulating for months.
It's a shrewd move. For a start, Amazon doesn't have to bow to pressure from advertisers, particularly those car manufacturers the team regularly skewers.
Secondly, it neatly sidesteps the much-reported clause in the presenters' BBC contracts that prevented them making a show for a UK broadcaster for two years.
More importantly, the team already have a proven track record in streaming video. Top Gear accounted for eight of the top 20 most-streamed programmes on the BBC's iPlayer last year, with one episode watched by 3.8 million people.
But we may never know whether the gang's new show reaches those heights. Amazon, in common with Netflix, does not publish viewing figures.
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Amazon Prime Video EU vice-president Jay Marine said: "Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen.
"We can't wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016."
The Amazon deal is part of a manoeuvre by the company to compete with traditional broadcasters and streaming rivals like Netflix.
Amazon has also signed up Woody Allen to make his first television series;resurrected drama Ripper Street after it was axed by the BBC; and won awards and acclaim for its dark comedy Transparent.
Mr Marine said it was "a golden age of television, [and] a great time for TV makers and storytellers".
He added: "Our approach is to give programme makers creative freedom to be innovative and make the shows they want to make."
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The trio helped make Top Gear one of the BBC's most successful shows
Jenson Button and Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear
Jenson Button appeared on Top Gear in 2009, and is now tipped to become one of its new hosts
Meanwhile, Top Gear will continue on BBC Two, with Chris Evans among the new hosts.
Lisa Clark, who worked with Evans on The Big Breakfast, has just been announced as the show's new producer. "Lisa is as good as it gets when it comes to making big, important television shows," Evans said.
The presenter also fuelled rumours that Formula 1 driver Jenson Button was "in talks" to co-present the show when he read out a Daily Mail article on his BBC Radio 2 radio show.
"They say an announcement is imminent," Evans teased.
Neither the BBC nor Button's spokesman would comment on the speculation.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Tomytec releases from October to December 2015

Not outstanding by a long shot, but the goodness keeps coming for this range. I like the fact that there are standard Skyline's rather than the GT-R versions that can be easily be done.

Another Cedric on the 200 SGL base? Bit long now in the tooth...............whilst the Alfa seems to now have confirmed that Tomica need to depart from JDM to keep variety within the TLV range.

Text and images courtesy of the wonderful 829 Japan site - well worth following on FB or bookmarking.

Here is what Tomytec is planning for Q4 2015 :
October 2015 :
TLV:
LV-75b Nissan C80 3.5t Wrecker Nissan Service
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LV-80b Nissan C80 3.5t Flat bed
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TLV NEO:
LV-N110a/b Nissan Skyline 2000GT (5th gen)
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Ogikubo Damashi:
#03 Nissan Prairie
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Tokusou Saizensen:
#03 Nissan Skyline Unmarked Patrol car
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November 2015 :
TLV NEO:
LV-N111a Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-E S
lv-n111a
LV-N111b Nissan Skyline 2800 Diesel GT-L
lv-n111b
LV-N112a/b Nissan Cedric 200E Turbo SGL
lv-n112
LV-N101c Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package
lv-n101c
LV-N101d Nissan GT-R Nismo Nurburgring Attack Version
lv-n101d
Ogikubo Damashi:
#04 Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo Test car
lv-ogi04

December 2015 : 
TLV:
LV-154a/b Alfa Romeo GT1300J
lv-154a
lv-154b
TLV NEO:
LV-N93c BMW 325i 4door Sedan
lv-n93c
LV-N113a BMW 325i 2door Patrol car
lv-n113a
LV-N81c Audi 80 2.0E Europe version
lv-n81c
LV-N114a Audi 80 2.0E German Police car
lv-n114a
Nissan Concept 2020 GT Vision
SHS15-TLV-NIS-VISCON-01
Seibu Keisatsu:
#19 Nissan Safari 4WD
lv-sk19

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Kyosho 1/64 Nissan Skyline GT-R Autech Version 40th Anniversary (BCNR33 four-door) - Purple

Following on from my Kyosho 25GT, I now possess this absolute gem.

Whilst the R33 was a beast as a 2-door, the four door is even more appealing. Why? Because it is a proper saloon with GT-R gubbings. The RB26DEET was a great engine and to marry this up with what in reality is a standard JDM saloon gives us a Q-Car.

And Q-Car's are awesome. 850T-R. D2 Audi S8, Octavi vRS - all under rated as proper performance cars by many, but are powerful weapons.

Add to the fact that this is the Autech version as well - in 1/64 - and you have one of the best castings available. I have this as well in 1/43, so in 1/64, this complements both well.

Using a new supplier, Curitiba Customs, I was fortunate enough to snap this up as soon as I saw it. Having had a look back at the site now, this along with the 25GT is no where in sight...............therefore it was essential to strike whilst the iron was hot.

Super, super addition to the Garage - sometimes instinct tells you to just buy or regret - none of the latter at present.

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