Hello From Peter - London .England

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Good stuff! Welcome to S143. One more from the South East. I'm not too far away from an outfit that looks after a 1:1 ex-Surtees Lola.

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Thank you so much

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Always happy to see Lolas in action , never a dull moment when one of those turns up at any event :)

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Lola diorama is good but the Ferrari takes it up a notch for me - fantastic. I'm always impressed by this level of work.
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Welcome from another SE guy although I have now moved to South Lincs. I lived in Eltham for many years, still have family and friends there and in Bromley. Like you Brands was my local track (and Crystal Palace) and I started spectating there in January 1968, yes they started early back then! I went to most of the major events, can remember the T70's. GT40's, various Porsches and Ferraris etc. Also like you I was a customer of the original St Martins Accessories in St Martins Lane, indeed I worked there on Saturdays from 2005-2007, I was only supposed to be there for a few weeks! I may even have sold you something :D .
Very nice dioramas, something I should do but never get around to. I see that you have the grey Oxford Diecast Thames 400E van in one, they modelled that from my friend's van which had a sort of interesting back story. It was bought new in 1960 by from Dees of Sidcup Ford by one George Button who was Jenson Button's grandfather. My friend who has a business specialising in Consul/Zephyr/Zodiacs was offered the van by the house clearance guy after Mr Button was taken to live in a care home. It had never been used as a commercial vehicle and was in excellent condition with about 40k on the clock. My friend bought it and restored it to better then new really.

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Alex_W wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:54 pm
Welcome! I remember St. Martins very well. I always dropped some money there when I visited London. I think they may still sell models from a book store in Cecil Court.
Sadly the original St Martins closed a few years ago. A copycat shop opened up around the corner in St Martins Court but that has also closed. The book store was Motor Books and they closed a few years ago too as the fish restaurant Sheekeys wanted to expand and made them an offer they couldn't refuse as it were. There are no model shops in Central London now which is pretty sad.

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I spent quite a few hours there every time I visited London. Shame.

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Alfaholic wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:04 am
Lola diorama is good but the Ferrari takes it up a notch for me - fantastic. I'm always impressed by this level of work.
Thanks for the support , The diorama for Ferrari fans :D , what I need to do is a rope pennant style pedestrian barriers,linking barriers and some more signage and ferrari branded logos on some items.nothing over the top, spoils the whole look.
I'm going to construct then photograph several images of a similar 1969 Ferrari diorama with a OM transporter , no doubt we all seen those made by Brumm/Old cars with a couple of ferrari 312P numbers #18 & #19 as race by Pedro Rodriguez /David Piper and Chris Amon/Peter Schetty believe Mikes Parkes was team manager for that one.
with a couple of period motors such as the Fiat Dino Coupe and Ferrari Dino 246.

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105epaul wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:17 am
Welcome from another SE guy although I have now moved to South Lincs. I lived in Eltham for many years, still have family and friends there and in Bromley. Like you Brands was my local track (and Crystal Palace) and I started spectating there in January 1968, yes they started early back then! I went to most of the major events, can remember the T70's. GT40's, various Porsches and Ferraris etc. Also like you I was a customer of the original St Martins Accessories in St Martins Lane, indeed I worked there on Saturdays from 2005-2007, I was only supposed to be there for a few weeks! I may even have sold you something :D .
Very nice dioramas, something I should do but never get around to. I see that you have the grey Oxford Diecast Thames 400E van in one, they modelled that from my friend's van which had a sort of interesting back story. It was bought new in 1960 by from Dees of Sidcup Ford by one George Button who was Jenson Button's grandfather. My friend who has a business specialising in Consul/Zephyr/Zodiacs was offered the van by the house clearance guy after Mr Button was taken to live in a care home. It had never been used as a commercial vehicle and was in excellent condition with about 40k on the clock. My friend bought it and restored it to better then new really.
Hello it brings back fond memories going to St Martin Accessories, in St Martins Lane, as I used to live in central London about 15 minutes walk for the shop in W1 for about 4 years. back in the mid to late 1980s.During my days off , and drinking expeditions with like minded work colleagues, I would stop off have a look inside see what recent releases there were. They always had a magnificent collection on display to suit all tastes and wallets !!
must have been in the shop many times over the years. You may indeed have sold a model to me. Distinct layout, display street facing window door to left corner , counter to the right when one went in and models displayed wall to ceiling more or less in glass cabinets left and right . Stacks newly boxed to rear. Always remeber the owner had a Ford Mustang 350GT he raced as I recall :)
Yes the Ford 400e Thames always liked those ever since the 1969 Italian Job , "Colin Bell for England" minibus version :D :D what a laugth !! Loved to have one

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Bluesteel66 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:06 am
I'm going to construct then photograph several images of a similar 1969 Ferrari diorama with a OM transporter , no doubt we all seen those made by Brumm/Old cars with a couple of ferrari 312P numbers #18 & #19 as race by Pedro Rodriguez /David Piper and Chris Amon/Peter Schetty believe Mikes Parkes was team manager for that one.
with a couple of period motors such as the Fiat Dino Coupe and Ferrari Dino 246.
Like this one....?

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oldirish33 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:19 am
Excellent! I love the Firestone truck!
Cheers for the compliment. impressed with your superb model collection and dioramas !!!
The Saviem JM240 always a good truck to modify , saw one in that massive table top 1970 Le Mans diorama completed by the French enthusiasts a few years back. Makes excellent Firestone truck, not expensive so a might get another :D !

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Jager wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:27 am
Bluesteel66 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:06 am
I'm going to construct then photograph several images of a similar 1969 Ferrari diorama with a OM transporter , no doubt we all seen those made by Brumm/Old cars with a couple of ferrari 312P numbers #18 & #19 as race by Pedro Rodriguez /David Piper and Chris Amon/Peter Schetty believe Mikes Parkes was team manager for that one.
with a couple of period motors such as the Fiat Dino Coupe and Ferrari Dino 246.
Like this one....?

Image
Excellent photo, like that alot and it gives me an idea, thankyou... need to add some support braces to the rear and side door of the transporter, I've got some Railway accessory metal rods, paint them up ,used for the hand and guard rails for O Gauge Locomotives. That Peugeot van parked in the rear, some one should do decals for that Shell Support Services, make excellent model.

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Always remeber the owner had a Ford Mustang 350GT he raced as I recall.

Well remembered, it was a '66 Shelby GT350 and I sourced it for Ralph Avis. We had become good friends since I started buying models there in the late 70's and he asked me if I knew of any 65/6 GT350's for sale. Another friend had mentioned that he wanted to sell his road car (imported new in 1966) so I put them in touch. Later I used to help out with the race team which consisted of Ralph's Shelby, another Mustang fastback and two Sunbeam Tigers. My unofficial title was 'Team Manager' which was just for a giggle. Ralph was the best driver and won a lot of races with that car, indeed he won the championship outright one year. He has a road Mustang which looks like a GT350R which has a number of parts from the race car. The racer is still racing but now in FIA form. Ralph and his wife still have some shop stock at their home, really ought to visit them one day and have a look! Oh you'd probably hate driving a Thames van, they are pretty slow in stock four cylinder form. Mind you if you do the old trick of dropping a Zephyr 6 engine in they get quite lively.

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105epaul wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:22 am
Alex_W wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:54 pm
Welcome! I remember St. Martins very well. I always dropped some money there when I visited London. I think they may still sell models from a book store in Cecil Court.
Sadly the original St Martins closed a few years ago. A copycat shop opened up around the corner in St Martins Court but that has also closed. The book store was Motor Books and they closed a few years ago too as the fish restaurant Sheekeys wanted to expand and made them an offer they couldn't refuse as it were. There are no model shops in Central London now which is pretty sad.
Right! My memory was a bit foggy but it was Motor Books that I was thinking about. It's been quite a few years since I've been to London but remember that St. Martins was gone by the last two times I was there, and Motor Books was still in business.

There is a neat little shop In York called Monk Bar Hobby Shop that I used to visit when I was there. They are still in business. If you ever get up that way you should check them out.

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Before 'lockdown' Ralph was doing the occasional Sandown Park Toy Fair. Interesting story about the GT350 and links to St Martin's. Diecast Legends (owners of the Cecil Court shop - St Martin's MkII). They then went mail order/online Their office is now in Guildford. They hosted a few of us from S143 before Cecil Court shop closed it's doors.

When I was working in London I'd drop by at lunchtime to pick up models I'd ordered plus it was useful to make 'impulse buys'. Too easy to spend money!

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GBOAC002 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:39 pm
Before 'lockdown' Ralph was doing the occasional Sandown Park Toy Fair. Interesting story about the GT350 and links to St Martin's. Diecast Legends (owners of the Cecil Court shop - St Martin's MkII). They then went mail order/online Their office is now in Guildford. They hosted a few of us from S143 before Cecil Court shop closed it's doors.

When I was working in London I'd drop by at lunchtime to pick up models I'd ordered plus it was useful to make 'impulse buys'. Too easy to spend money!
Good to know they're still around. I thought it was Cecil Court where I visited them. Nice to know I've not totally lost it. I'll do some shopping with them once the mail returns to normal. I've placed duplicate orders to Italy and after 8 weeks still no joy. It was for decals so I guess I'll just try again when this whole thing cools off.

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Bluesteel66 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:08 am
My Ferrari paddock next door to the Lola one
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Great job!

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Welcome aboard!

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