|The full set in their box|
More or less all the information about these can be found on the front cover of the box, save for the fact that I don't believe these are from the same "Action Force" company that make die-cast military vehicles. However that shouldn't deter the bargain hunters among you - at £6.99 for six vehicles, (or £12 for 12 if you buy two boxes) they're a bargain in my opinion.
|Sid showing their size|
|Cement truck with revolving 'bucket' thing|
For my part initially I'll be doing no more than removing some of the stickers, the ones either side of the cab showing "Beat truck" in a large blazon and the ones either side of the rear body showing a spanner and the word "Truck".
I've removed many of theses from similar buys I've made. The fingernail and peel method doesn't always work, so once this has been attempted it's a water soaking followed by another soaking using Turps substitute, White Spirit or something similar. This latter stuff removes the tacky bits of glue left even after a successful peeling.
|The container truck|
There is also a rear sticker that is a flat representation of the rear lights, though there is no physical representation of these on the model, but you can see that the model does have wing mirrors represented, so they're not entirely lacking in detail, even if a little bland.
As a final feature of this version, the container roof can seemingly be pried off.
|Sid on lookout.|
Next up is this cherry-picker with a basket large enough to get a figure in, that is, providing it's on a base less than 25mm diameter. My figures are on 20mm washers for the most part and Sid is quite a tight fit.
The photograph gives a view of the 'detail' on one of the alternate beds (there are three from what I can tell ) with some form of control panel (or possibly it's a seat), in reality has so little detail on it, it's impossible to tell.
|Sid by the 'control panel' thing.|
|"So what's this for again?"|
|Sid with the "No tipping" tipper truck|
|My vehicle storage solution.|
£1 a vehicle (who needs two sets ?) these are still good value. (And yes, I do have a lot of vehicles that have cost more than a £1, but these have been gifts and I didn't buy them.) The only problem I have now is that I need a new storage bin to fit them in.
As you can see from the photograph to the right, this is my storage solution for my vehicles. They're obviously vegetable bins, free from my local grocers and they're each crammed full of vehicles . My largest vehicle had to be put at a slight angle to fit (and it's a slightly under-scaled model at that) but normally I can get anywhere between upwards of two dozen cars to at least a dozen models of the size these are.
I've done very little 'work' on any of the vehicles I have, as a lot are fine to play with as they are, but there are just as many, like these, that really should have a a bit of attention. One day, maybe, possibly I'll get around to it.
In other news I've been once more bitten by the pirate bug and my bed-time reading has been reading through my recently acquired pirate rules, contemplating both the good (for the most part) and bad parts. This enthusiasm for all thing Pirate has been tempered by the ongoing Large Factory build, that has taken up the majority of my hobby activities this week. The windows have all been 'glazed' and framed; all the doors (large and small) have all had their details added (8 large doors, all with twelve [that's 12!] bit of cardboard cut to size and added for detail on each side - making 192 individual bits) and it all takes time. The initial coats of paint have also been started , but the model still hasn't been assembled and glued together yet, but I guess I'm over the half-way stage with this build - further news next week.
That's it then for another week, here's hoping that I haven't completely bored you to tears.