We will be trading as both RecoverToy, and Antique Toy World, with a range of toys and spare tyres for toy cars. If you want to pickup specific parts, please place a shop order as soon as possible so that we can bring the parts with us if we have stock.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Bendigo Showgrounds in November 2019.
Issued in the 1990’s the Matchbox Thunderbird 2 model scale is larger than the 1960s’ issue Dinky Toys model, and includes an out of scale Thunderbird 4 submarine.
In this side-by-side comparison, the left-hand pod and Thunderbird 4 are from the 1990 Matchbox model while the right-hand side is the Dinky Toys model 101 pod.
The Matchbox Thunderbird 4 is large and fills the entire pod door-way with the exhausts just fitting in the width and the tail fin scraping the top of the pod door frame.
The Dinky Toys model shows similar characteristics even though the pod and Thunderbird 4 are a smaller scale.
Overall the measurements show that the Matchbox Thunderbird 4 is almost 50% larger than the Dinky Toys version. The Matchbox model being around 44mm compared to the Dinky Toys one at around 30mm.
Looking back at the television episodes, the width of the rails that extend from pod 4 to launch Thunderbird 4 into the water, are probably only half the width of the pod door.
This still-shot from an episode shows Thunderbird 4 is dwarfed by the pod as it runs down the rails.
With that in mind I swapped the Dinky Toys reproduction Thunderbird 4 with the Matchbox version in the larger pod and the scale looks a whole lot better. Ok, so why are they out of proportion? I’d take a guess that Matchbox looked at the size of their Thunderbird 2 and simply created a fit-to-container version of Thunderbird 4. It might also relate to the audience and making it too small might be a choking hazard for the young children in the target market.
From a display perspective and as an adult not prone to trying to swallow my Thunderbird models, I think the smaller Dinky Toys version suits the Matchbox model much better, even though it is probably still too big.
There are two versions of the Corgi Toys James Bond Aston Martin Suspension Units 261 270 which fit the early Gold 261 and later Silver 270 coloured models.
The 271 Aston Martin is different as a larger approximately 1:36 scale model while the 261 & 270 are closer to 1:43 although none are exactly to scale.
The 261 & 270 share many similarities and some replacment parts,like the driver, ejector seat and retainer. Other parts like the roof hatch, rear shield, and features that were added to the later issue 270 are different. In particular the window unit is completely different between the two models due to casting differences. The suspension units for the models differ slightly and while they could be interchangeable, the 270 suspension was made slightly stronger with wider ‘arms’ for the axle supports and the addition of two small posts that rest against an additional metal frame inside the upper casting.
Another minor change was the post in the front right-hand side of the base-plate was made longer and flared as a rivet retainer in the 270 while the 261 did not pass through the plastic suspension and was just a locating pin. In the images you can see an extra hole on the right side arm of the 270 suspension unit.
Corgi Toys 261 Gold James Bond Aston Martin has machine guns that will spring out from the front of the car. The 270 Silver Aston Martin version had the bumper over-riders also extending out with the machine guns. As a part of this change an extra cast box section was added to the inside front of the casting. The additional suspension support posts rest against this metal frame providing extra suspension support.
Parts for restoring these 1960 and 1970 issue Corgi Toys James Bond Aston Martin models are all available from RecoverToy.
A new addition to our reproductions is a Corgi Toys 235 Oldsmobile Super 88 Sedan Box.
This model casting was used for both a standard sedan and the Corgi Toys 237 “Sheriff” version with roof light.
Of course the Oldsmobile was also used as the basis for the Corgi Toys 497 Man from UNCLE “Thrushbuster” vehicle.
The Oldsmobile Super 88 Sedan was issued in either a pale blue or a metallic blue, both with white side stripes. The Sheriff car was only black with white side panels, while the Man from UNCLE version was generally in a dark metallic blue or the rare cream colour.
Our reproduction boxes are available for all of these models.
We were recently asked for a Matchbox Mercury Commuter 73 Repro Box and in the process of doing so we confirmed three variations of the box for this model.
This is one of the true transitional models that appeared with both the early regular wheels and the later Superfast wheels.
At the time of the first issue Regular Wheels model the boxes were done in the F style, circa 1967. As the first Supefrfast models were being rushed to market the box design was quickly changed to feature Superfast on the off-sides and as a logo on the front of what was basically the regular wheel F style box.
In the case of the Mercury Commuter Station Wagon the same picture of the model was simply modified to have the mag look Superfast wheels for a second box variation which we designate as F-SF2 style.
Subsequently when the first new design for Superfast models, the G style box series, was issued a third style for this model was released.
RecoverToy now has all three Mercury Commuter Wagon box variations available as reproductions: