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Wondering if any of you lot use die-casts as scenery on your layouts?
I don`t use any on my vintage Scaley layout. Yet I do on my 1/40 scale Jouef layout.
Don`t know why, but I think die-casts look so much better on 1/40 or 1/43 layouts.
Would be nice to see other folks die-casts.
Cheers,
Kev.

Original Corgi Vanwall & BRM. Both from the early 60s.



A modern Corgi Classic Ford 100E.



Unknown make of an Alfetta...only £6 from Modelzone & very nice indeed!



An MGA. Unknown make-from Poundland!



Peugeot van. Unknown make.



A Ford Cortina, Austin Cambridge & Ford Anglia. All modern repros by Cararama.



An original Ford Thames Camper. Made in 1959 by Corgi. A real stunner!



Another Corgi original. A beautiful Bedford tanker from 1965..features on the back cover of both the 1965 & 1967 Champion Playcraft catalogue.



I picked up this battered 1960s VW breakdown van for only a couple of quid. The marks give it a niced used look.



A really nice original Dinky fire engine from 1961. Next to it is a modern repro. ambulance by Oxford diecasts.



My favourite. From 1960. A Dinky BBC camera van. There was actually a set of three BBC vans made by Dinky, so I hope to get the other two at a later date.



A Corgi Commer van, "Samuelson Film". Made in 1968 & in exceptional condition.Next to it is an original Corgi Commer police van from 1966. The light on top actually works!



Various Corgi & Cararame repr. die-casts.



Ding-dong! A nice repro ice-cream van by Oxford Diecasts. The ice-cream seller & kids are original Corgi(as are all the other figures you see on these photos).

 

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The difficulty with die casts is finding them in proper scale...........There are only so many areas you can do the forced perspective thing and use a 1/43rd scale Die cast on a 1/32 scale race track.....Finding 1/32 die casts is difficult..Not impossible mind you, but far from Easy...

When you do find a good piece that will be used in a scenic capacity only, consider weathering with chalks and maybe adding a few extra's...for example, That michelin van is just screaming to have an Awning Added..........Maybe with a little checkered flag bordering along the top edge of the awning
 

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I use quite a few 1/32nd







and to create some depth I use some small ones at the back

 

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Very nice Black!
Good idea about the awning Tileguy...but that Corgi Bedford tanker was boxed & set me back nearly £200, so I wouldn`t recommend weathering vintage diecasts!

Cheers,
Kev.
 

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The good thing about the Die-Cast cars is they are considerably cheaper than Scaley cars so are perfect for scenary, here's a 1/32 Pontiac Firebird and Escort Mk1 parked up on my track plus a few cheap bikes.



Also have a couple of New Ray WWI fighter kits, at £6 these are excellent value and are ready painted and require about 10 minutes to assemble. They even come with a handy screwdriver which is perfect for slot car screws.
 

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not sure if this counts...but I use an HO car in the "sort of pushed-perspective corner diaramas" on my 1/32 routed track.
 

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Great displays, Kev and others. As TO Tileguy said, 1/32 diecasts are harder to find. I have a few Polistil late '60s GP diecasts but the wheels are awful and need changing before parading them. A lot of Matchbox Yesteryears (not all) are about 1/35 or 36, and make reasonable background pieces.
Many of us have plastic statics, but mine are all just more racing cars of one sort or another, so they don't add the spectator and team atmosphere.
With so much military stuff around, there must be some WWII army trucks that would work into early 1950s racing scenes (if the wheels aren't river-crossers).
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There are a few companies doing 1:32 scale diecasts and they turn up in the strangest places.


The Ford truck in the background was found at the local newsagent. A bit of sandblasting and some dry pastel weathering and it fits in on the track as a farm vehicle.


The dirt bikes are New Ray. Picked them up for A$6 each at the local toy shop. The riders are Britains picked up for a small sum on ebay.

Bburago do diecasts in 1:32. As do Hongwell and a couple of other Chinese companies.
 

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I use some Matchbox on my HO layout. Some are much more "scale looking" than others. The key is to mist the car lightly 3 or 4 times with dullcoat. This removes a lot of the "toy" apperance. Think about it, the shine is way to intense to be scale otherwise.
 

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I just got this lovely Peugeot Kodak film van off Dave Wisdom today.
Adds a lovely splash of colour!
Cheers,
Kev.

 

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Thanks Datto.
I don`t know who made it, but it is official merchandise for Peugeot-so the quality is very good!
Cheers,
Kev.
 

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99p bought me this vintage Corgi road roller. Just took me fancy as being something a bit different!
It`s really playworn, but to me that just gives it extra character.
Cheers,
Kev.

 

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The SNAP ON TOOLS lorry is really big (and nice, especially inside when the roofs off.). The also have some smaller one's in 1/34 scale.
I was going to write and suggest FIRST GEAR vehicles (and planes) they are 1/34 scale. Quite expensive and for UK buyer's, watch out for excessive P&P from USA and also that customs seem to be taking much more interest in items coming from the USA. The VAT 's bad enough but when there's an added £8.00 service charge from Parcel Force, it just pushes even a cheap $10 or $12 van into not worth buying.

Michael.
 
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