I love the work you are doing! Back in 1967 I participated in the Pinewood Derby and thought it would be great to have that type of track for my Matchbox cars. The next year my wish was granted when the original Hot Wheels were released. My first set was straight track with the one button starter box which had a clamp mount on the bottom of it. That set came with two Camaros, each in a different color. If memory serves, one was gold and the other dark blue. Then we moved to Germany and I was very pleased to see they were available on the local market! Here's what the ones I remember as a kid looked like!
The 1941 flathead six was used in cars all the way up to 1959, with the slant six going into cars in 1960. The flatty lived on in trucks another year or two. And someone said that the same engine lived on at least thru the late 1970s for industrial usage.
I have a bunch of those little cars! If you search through boxes of old Matchbox cars at flea markets you may come across a few. That's where I found mine. The set in the ad were hard plastic, I remember getting those out of the claw machine in arcades. The rest of the ones I have are all soft plastic. I have some of the 1961s, but also some 1950s cars that don't have names on the trunk. Since they still sell bags of the same army men and cowboys, it makes me wonder if the mold for the cars still exists.
I am pleased that I am sitting in my home at my computer and contemplating going out to dinner! Why am I pleased with something so simple? Well, this is the Go-Live weekend for the software project I have lived, breathed and slept for the past year and a half. It is going very well. The real techies got everything loaded and configured ahead of schedule. On the business side we were able to do our configurations early and finished up at midnight last night, a task that should've begun at four AM! Instead of sleeping in an office chair I was able to sleep in my own bed and go in this morning. Again, by 6pm we had completed everything that should have been done overnight tonight. We have our "Release For Use" memo, which will allow us to load in users and such tomorrow during the day. (again, instead of overnight!)
I forgot I had this until I saw the last few play sets posted! Anyone remember Thimble City? The cars and people moved around via magnetic wands you moved under the city. This is an NOS 1965 set that's never been more out of the box than in these photos. I found it on a shelf in my grandparent's basement when I was clearing out to sell the house. My grandparents were known for buying gifts off season and hiding them. But they often forgot so this one sat until the late 1990s.
Less than 24 hours... straight! I have participated in "The 24 Hour Build" a few times now. This was the only one I completely finished in the allotted time. The build runs noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday in late January every year!
I'm up to two Shelves of Doom. I keep my unfinished projects right up on the shelves over my workbench so I have to look at them, and cannot forget them!
This one was started a long time ago, back when 1960 Plymouth wagons were cheap enough to cut in half. It's actually on my work bench now, it was my Holiday Amnesty car for 2015, and it needed too much reworking to get it done. So it's still on the bench, and I'm not getting a lot of bench time due to a very busy year so far!
The junker Mustang. It was started back in the last century.
Just a few years old, but I do have to finish this one!
You can get real glass cut at a glass shop cheap! I did that a few years ago for my wife's curio cabinets that had wood shelves. You can get shelf pegs at Lowes or Home Depot.
My main display case in the office on the main level of the house. This is where I keep my own builds. It's time to add a glass shelf between each original shelf. It's hard to get a photo with the mirror back!
My original case that I've had 20+ years. Got it from my sister when she moved. It's upstairs in the model room. I keep interesting old built ups in it. It also could use extra shelves.
The narrow case was a garbage day special. I keep my Olde Kustom Kollection in this one.
Here's a few things I owned... I dragged these out of my parents' house when I cleared it out to sell.
And I remember getting these out of the claw machine on the boardwalk!
and another ad for those terrific glasses! This address in Newark used to be in an area with old brick factory buildings and warehouses. The address today is a parking garage for the minor league baseball field there downtown.
And we'd go here for fun! There were always free admission passes on matchbooks, I don't think anyone actually paid admission! I understand there are condos on this site today.