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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Matchbox / Dinky 1/43 Scale Diecast 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 2x2

Today we have a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 2x2 from Matchbox / Dinky from 1990 in 1/43 scale. This was one of those 'what was I thinking?' buys. I love the 1965 1/2-'66'-67 Mustang body style, hardtop as well as covertible, but I was never a big fan of the fastback look - at least not for this particular auto. Anywho, this is one of the cars I pulled that's goin' on the chopping block in my feeble attempt at paring down the collection. It measures 4 1/8" (10.47cm) L x 1 5/8" (4.12cm) W x 1 1/8" (2.85cm)H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina



















Monday, September 18, 2017

China - Playmaker Toys Plastic F-35 Lightning II and U.S. Air Force 70th Birthday

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force, when on this date in 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act making the Air Force a separate and equal partner to the Army and Navy. 

I had intended to do a series of toy airplane posts over the course of several months but - as long time readers will attest - I got distracted by other things LOL  Oh well, I'm not a terribly celebratory person to begin with so this post will do just fine. Wanting to showcase the latest hardware in the Air Force inventory a quick post on the latest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II was a natural (due to time constraints however the usual quickie history lesson on the jet will be skipped). As usual, I tried to find a more toy-like representation of the jet vs. shelling out the money for one of the more highly detailed (and expensive) diecast versions. This plastic F-35 from Playmaker Toys with light and sound fit the bill nicely. It measures 7 1/2" (19.05cm) L x 5" (12.7cm)  wingspan x 2" (5.08cm) H, has a pull-back friction motor and lights and sound as seen in the short video. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

A couple of F-35s flying over the house
Photo by Bettina Berg


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Banner U.S. Army Earth Scraper/Earth Hauler OD HP

Okay, you know I haven't quite gotten over my Army vehicle fix right? I thought I had one of these Banner Earth Scrapers/Earth Haulers in Army OD but it turns out I had a green 'civilian' version only. Well, it's time to rectify the situation and present this U.S. Army version which came out in the early 1950s. It measures 4 3/4" (12.06cm) L x 1 5/8" (4.12cm) W x 1" (2.54cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina