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  • Bert Majors in Majorette

    "PPPAAAWZZZB!!!"

    And so we arrive in a new thread, in a new forum. Bonjour, y'all!

    To begin, we must retreat to Bert's old venue at Snappy Al's Used Cars...



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    ... and also to our early "collecting" days.

    Though I grew up with Matchbox and had heard of Hot Wheels as a teenager, Majorette was a brand of diecast toy that we wouldn't encounter until our adult model railroading days began. (That would be the mid-'80s.) This Volvo 760 (#230) got our attention with its unusual pedigree: a real-world daily driver that would be perfect for the 1/64 scale MRR layout we'd begun to build. At 1/61 it's slightly big, but it works well in a downstage setting.

    "Now don't go gettin' all artsy-fartsy on me again, kid, just 'cause this thing is French."

    Actually, Volvos are Swedish, Officer. But I can see how that "Made in France" lettering on the base could lead you astray.

    "The only thing that might lead me astray is the lighting here, kid. How come it's so gloomy?"

    I was experimenting with "available light" when this early shot was taken, Officer.

    "Uh-huh. See what happens when you try to get too artsy?"

    Well, I was also getting used to a new camera, new photo editing software and struggling with an old CRT monitor that was leading me astray. Anyway, the cloudy motif matches my mood occasionally.

    "Oh. Well, uh, in that case... nice shot, kid."
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    Bert sez...
    "Wanna sell more?
    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

  • #2
    Narration is great....image is m.i.a.
    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jt3 View Post
      Narration is great....image is m.i.a.
      Thanx for the heads-up. The image shows to me. But try it again now.
      Bert sez...
      "Wanna sell more?
      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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      • #4
        Still missing, which is odd because the images are fine in all the other Bert threads (that I saw)
        The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jt3 View Post
          Still missing, which is odd because the images are fine in all the other Bert threads (that I saw)
          When I looked at it today, the pic was missing to me as well. Dunno wa-hoppen. I've reloaded it. Should be okay now.
          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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          • #6
            This one was a bit of a stretch for us...


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            ... $-wise.

            At 5 bucks, this Mercedes 500 SL seemed a bit pricey in 1989. (I think that's about when we bought it.) But with opening doors, hood, such nice wheels and extra detail, we decided to splurge. Even though it is slightly large for us at 1/60.

            "Good thing I work for free, huh kid?"

            The price of fame, Officer (if you call standing there "working").
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            Bert sez...
            "Wanna sell more?
            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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            • #7
              A long-time favorite...


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              ... with tampoes removed.

              Car/trucks are a favorite subject with us, and Majorette produced one of our favorite renderings of the late 5th generation Chevy El Camino SS (#296). With spring suspension, opening doors, an open bed and even a tow hook, how could it get any better?

              "Well for one thing, kid, it could'a been made 1/64. And blue."

              Yes, Officer, 1/59 is just outside of our current upper size limit. (When we bought this one, our upper limit was 1/58.) It's still usable on the layout, though, as long as it's kept up front. As for the color, I think I do have a blue one back in the cases somewhere. We may have pixelated it already. Or not.

              "Did we? I don't remember, kid."

              Neither do I, Officer, it's been so long. Isn't that sad? Doesn't it make you want to just stand there and... you know...

              "Yeah-yeah, I know, kid. No, it doesn't, really."

              Well anyway, here's what it looked like with tampoes...



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              Bert sez...
              "Wanna sell more?
              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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              • #8
                The perfect scale...


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                ... so says the base, anyway.

                Though I didn't care for the hard core 4x4 look, I couldn't let a bona fide 1/64 scale casting get away, especially with its opening tail gate. I wouldn't find out until years later that this Jeep Cherokee casting (#236) originally rode on normal-sized wheels. We were too late to see those on the pegs, apparently. I still haven't found one.

                "Kid, that doggie in the back looks hungry and I don't see a sack of doggie treats anywhere."

                The owner is probably on a doggie treat run as we speak, Officer.
                Bert sez...
                "Wanna sell more?
                MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                • #9
                  The amber glass made us hesitate, but...


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                  ... since it's a Chevy we grabbed it anyway.

                  This 80's Blazer--called "Depanneuse" on the base--is a bit big at 1/60, but full-size Blazers are pretty big, so we try not to notice. The glass color was chosen (probably) to make the roof light amber since the clear part is all one piece. The extended roof that hangs over the bed is something I've never seen on a real Blazer. Could it be some artistic license on Majorette's part? Besides supporting the roll bar on this version, it also supports tow booms on tow truck versions of this casting. (We'll see one of those later.) The spring suspension works against the big 4x4 tires, which bind against the lower corners of the wheel arches if the truck is pushed down very far. The numbers 228 and 291 both appear on the base.

                  "They did some nice trim on this, one, kid."

                  Uh, that was me, Officer, back in my "who-cares-if-it's-collectible" period. All that crisp detail in the casting seemed to cry out for "chroming".



                  Bert sez...
                  "Wanna sell more?
                  MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                  • #10
                    Majorette seems to like Jeep a lot...


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                    ... or at least they used to.

                    This later model of Cherokee (#224)--a Grand Cherokee I believe--was rendered in 1/60 instead of 1/64. Majorette tended to hover around 1/60 in those days. (A metric system thing? You decide.) Apparently a "post-1990" casting, there is no "Made in France" on the base. The vehicle's name doesn't appear, either.

                    Happily, this one has normal-sized wheels. It also features an opening rear hatch, a tow hook, and a pair of surfboards on the roof. Other Majo features include clear headlights, and lower body parts formed as part of the interior. That makes them plastic, just like on the real thing. The base and body are still metal though, and the suspension is sprung.

                    "No doggie this time, huh, kid."

                    I think the beach these folks are headed for has a "No Doggies" rule, Officer.
                    Bert sez...
                    "Wanna sell more?
                    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                    • #11
                      One we were really glad to find...


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                      ...because everybody's got to get somewhere, somehow.

                      If you've got a city on your 1/64 mrr layout, you need to have some way for people to get to and from the station. This Ford Transit ("Made in France" on the base, #243) is just the thing with its opening side door (away from the camera) so folks can get in and out easily, and spring suspension to keep them comfy on the way. It's a bit large at 1/60 scale, but for this kind of vehicle that's not so noticeable.

                      The degree of precision put into the sliding door amazed me when I first got this model. The metal door fits perfectly, and pulls out only enough to let the door slide open all the way, just like the real thing.

                      "Not that I want them to be too 'comfy', but I could use a perp wagon like this, kid. 'Specially if it was blue."

                      Stick around, Officer, stick around.
                      Bert sez...
                      "Wanna sell more?
                      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                      • #12
                        A little bit closer to 1/64...


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                        ... but it still looks kinda huge.

                        This Nissan 300ZX (#214) is a tad oversize (for us) at 1/62, but for some reason it looks even bigger than that. Since it has opening doors, I'd try to get Bert to get a feel for it by taking the driver's seat, but whenever I do something like that he begs off with his "no bendable waist" ploy. I think it's a veiled protest against the long-standing "no keys" policy.

                        "Kid, if I can't drive it, why should I bother sitting in it?"

                        A fair point, Officer.
                        Bert sez...
                        "Wanna sell more?
                        MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                        • #13
                          I had a blue El Camino covered in some candy logo when I was a kid. Nice castings.

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                          • #14
                            One of our favorite castings...


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                            ... Majorette or otherwise.

                            Labeled as "Fourgon" (#250) on the base, this Ford E-350 is one of our favorite casting types; the once ubiquitous "van". And the black w/flames version seen here with Bert is our favorite edition of this 1/65 scale casting, which has been issued with opening rear doors, various types of side window patterns and interior arrangements, with or without lake pipes... anything else, Officer?

                            "Didn't this one show up here with a trailer, kid?"

                            Yes, Officer, it did. Loaded with a pair of motorcycles. I thought it deserved a separate pic.

                            "Yer not hidin' motorcycles from me, are ya, kid?"

                            Why, Officer! Never would I do such a thing!

                            "I'll believe that when I see the motorcycles."

                            They'll be here, Officer... any day now...
                            Bert sez...
                            "Wanna sell more?
                            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                            • #15
                              It just says "Ambulance" on the base...


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                              ... but this ambulance (#269) has a distinct Jeep-ish look to it.

                              This is another 1/64 casting that Majorette got our attention with in our early diecast collecting days. IIRC, it's also the first ambulance of any kind that we acquired. Once again, spring suspension insures a smooth ride for all occupants. The rear doors open for easy access!

                              "Yeah, kid, I opened those doors. There's an 'occupant' on a gurney in the back of this thing."

                              Well don't just stand there, Officer! Shut the doors and send the driver on his way!

                              "Kid! I never told him to stop here!!"
                              Bert sez...
                              "Wanna sell more?
                              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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