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Old 16-01-2009, 09:15 AM   #21
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Yep.... but the spirit of joy is just a little less happy that's all
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Old 16-01-2009, 09:19 AM   #22
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Er... isn't it actually called The Spirit of Ecstacy?
It is, indeed...
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:06 AM   #23
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Just a quick update on the Corgi FAB 1 issue.... I just received my third one that I bought for 6.99 off Ebay with the radiator statue in place! It was mint in a totally knackered box, hence the price!! It was transplanted carefully into a duplicate good box and looks terrific
So, there definately were two variants done; one with, and maybe a later one without the mascot. You can tell that the two cars without came out of the factory that way as the little nub where the mascot should stand, is properly rounded, smoothed, and chromed!
Tony... whats the problem with the canopy shape? It looks pretty good to me, but I think it depends on which studio version it's compared to... some appear very low a sloped, others more of an 'upright' bubble!
Still looking for a decent-ish Dinky, on Ebay, but even the tatty ones go for quite a bit!
Any ideas of any current car-paints that would be suitable for restoring a knackered one?
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:03 AM   #24
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The canopy is a straight copy of the little Matchbox Fab 1 of 1993. Not even the large puppet sized model has a canopy like this. In Fact the car has great potential, but has all the right angles in all the wrong shape. I wish they'd done a large version of the clarris wheels one. Mattel nailed.

What I did with my canopy was to sand in down to a better shape. Looks so much better. I'll post a photo.

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Basically the sides are too high, the bonnet is just too long, and the front grill is too large, and the bumpers are too fat. The figures and interior are straight out of the Dinky. Trouble is, all of those items I've mentioned are done quite well, way better than Dinky, but they just didn't put them all together properly.... Just like the Matchbox one. In many ways its a model of what you'd expect the cartoon version to be.

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Old 11-02-2009, 08:09 AM   #25
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Definitely would like to see your FAB 1, Tony. I've always been more partial to the lower profile canopies of the FX models than the - admittedly practical - bubble canopy of the puppet scale version.
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Crossing posts, see above. I should add that the pink strip that traverses the canopy is no longer in the correct position or angle, but I had to sacrifice this to get the shape I wanted. Really needs a completely new molding done.
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Tony... That looks great!
I'd give it a go but...I know I'd end up cracking the plastic, or never getting it level!!
Great job

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:40 PM   #28
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That canopy looks way better . With regards to the forward canopy strut, I've always felt that the lower edges should be placed j-u-s-t forward of the door line. You?
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:02 AM   #29
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Yes, should run diagonally down to the edge of the door. As I said I had to sacrifice the right angle for the right shape. I couldn't even remove the pink line as its molded as well as painted. Still, makes the vehicle bearable. Here's another diecast that PE could have given us, even by copying the large version in a smaller scale. Easy diecast and pink isn't too hard to copy
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Yeah...but..... what 'pink' is it? Any ideas? Anything suitable in a 'rattle can'?
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:30 AM   #31
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When doing up Dinkies I use Mr Hobby Gloss Pink Primary. Its a good match to one of the many pinks Dinky used. A gloss top coat then brings it to life.
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Great stuff! Cheers
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:16 PM   #33
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The kneeling version of the S-O-E shown earlier is quite rare compared to the original and more commonly seen standing version.

Originally called the Spirit of Speed and modelled on Eleanor Thornton.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:32 PM   #34
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Now that's interesting, I only knew of the kneeling version. Thanks for that.
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