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October 22, 2016

Diecast Collection Blog

DLM Blizzard

Yep, that didn't take long at all. I may be weak, but I own being weak.

First off is one that's been on my desk since Monday, when I went to the ophthalmologist.  I had one of the arms of my sunglasses fall off due to a lost screw, and in doing my research I saw that it was over three years since I'd been to have my eyes looked at. Anyways, the eye doctor was at Bayshore, where there is a Walmart, and I picked this pretentiously named Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR.

For such a pretentious name, we have a pretty blah and meh looking model. There are nice details that I didn't notice in the blister, the painted head and tail lights plus the trunk logo. The white paint ends up looking a little dingy rather than elegant, and the absence of tampos is not a plus. Overall it isn't a good look, although the casting is better than I thought it would be.

Next are the mail-call cars from Thursday. This is a Subaru WRX STI, one that I already had but have been unable to find in either my stash of cars or the kid's pile.

The blue is very nice here, reminiscent of the 555 WRC livery, and the style of the tampos plays in to that kind of style as well. The white wire wheels work well here as well.

The next Subaru WRX STI is the K-Day car from this year. Since I live in Canada, the odds of me finding this car in the wild was exactly zero and this, plus the yellow Brat I ordered, was the main reason for making the order in the first place.

Flat black isn't the best of colors for a casting; flat colours in general don't seem to work well on these toys. I only have one or two other flat colour finishes that I can think of, and I don't particularly like them either. The gold wire wheels are a nice touch, they are set off well against the color. All in all, though, the red example of this car is superior to this one.

And finally for today we have the Spider-man series Sinister Six Fandango. This is another one I can't count on finding on the pegs. The colouring works well on this car and I like the metallic-blue wheels.

So far I have decided against opening the yellow Brat. I am unlikely to find a second one unless I specifically buy it, and opening things is a one-way street. So for now it is going to stay in the package.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 22, 2016 08:00 AM

October 21, 2016

Diecast Collection Blog

Mail Call

Thanks to my supplier at KMJ Diecast who hooked me up again. I complain about the shipping costs, but for some reason I keep going back. This is today's goodies:

Two of the Subarus are K-Day cars, the yellow Brat and the Black STI, and since I live in Canada I'll never ever see those in the wild. The other STI I frankly thought I had already had, but I can't find it in either my collection or the kid's pile of cars, so I threw it in to my order. Finally there's the Sinister Six Fandango. Usually I just skate over these silly series cars, but since the Fandango is a casting I collect, I decided I had to have it. The prices were right too.

We'll almost certainly DLM everything except maybe the yellow Brat. I have four carded Brats, and this is one I'm not likely to get a second one of. 

Just like last time, KMJ threw in a little extra. Last time it was a Free! and this time it is a RAOK, which stands for Random Act Of Kindness. 

The back of the card says:

This RAOK now belongs to you, you can do whatever you choose with it. I hope that you will keep it & enjoy it for a long time. I also home you will be able to pass on a RAOK to someone you see fit to receive it. My friend Karl Klouzer dyed this Hot Wheels, there is no two exactly alike. Happy Hot Wheels Hunting!

The car itself is a Scion FR-S Hot Wheels, looks like it is wearing the 2014 tampos. I've looked at FR-S castings on the hooks and for some reason always passed; now that I actually have one, I'm less ambivalent about it.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 21, 2016 06:03 PM

October 20, 2016

Blather Blog

No More Cancer

Yesterday my oncologist discharged me from his care, changing me from a cancer survivor back into just one more guy to hit up for donations periodically. Blood is normal, the last round of ultrasounds showed no growth in the post-operative scar structures, and everything else looks good.

Maybe news like this is supposed to get a bigger post, but I can't think of anything else to say. Except that I'm glad I no longer have to wait an hour after my scheduled appointment time to see the doctor for five minutes.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 20, 2016 10:57 AM

October 17, 2016

Diecast Collection Blog

Red Sunday

Another impulsive visit to WalMart, this time at Centrum, and I find some more cars I wanted.

This is the Subaru WRX STI, I really thought I had this one already somehow but when I checked my collection in the store it said I didn't; and digging through the actual cars once I got home showed that no, I didn't actually have it. I like the red. I don't like the tampo, it seems a bit busy for my tastes. Also this one seems to have extra-wide axles, the wheels pop out of the fenders with very little deflection on them, almost to a cartoonish extent.

Next we have a 1985 Honda CR-X, the second recolor of our September 24th hawl. Unlike the BMW recolor I like this one over the first version I got.

...and speaking of the September 24th hawl, I do know that there is a recolor of the third car, the Escort, which I am also looking for. However right now most of my haunts are drowning in the 2015 colorings of that casting. Still hoping, though.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 17, 2016 08:00 AM

Blather Blog

Lunch Special

This is what Alex orders for lunch every day: "Peanut butter sandwich and croissant and naan bread and baby bell!" We should call it the Alex Plate.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 17, 2016 07:11 AM

Fancy Meal

Out at the Fall Evening for Autism. The generous doners raised around $40000 for Quickstart Autism. Thanks to them for coming out and thanks to NeXT in Stittsville for hosting.

by David Mackintosh ( at October 17, 2016 07:10 AM