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  • #31


    OMG...where's the roflmao, coffee snorting out my nose smiley when I need it????
    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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    • #32
      Originally posted by guy64 View Post
      "The Story Of Willipus Wallapus".
      By golly, I think I've found it:

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      • #33
        VERY good find, Mark, though my copy was a 78, not a 45. I guess that recording was quite a hit to be issued in two formats.
        It's been a long time since I heard that. Got "Wallipus" spelled wrong, and the lyric that I did remember slightly off, but as you can see, the general idea stuck. Poor Mr. Grumbles.

        "Kid, this Cousin Cricket dude sounds like he might'a been a 'relative' of Jiminy."

        Does have a Disney knock-off quality to him, yes.

        Looks like the recording was also done in 33 and 1/3rd album format. With reverb, yet. Now that's staying power!

        "Well, I think the real lesson here is for 'Mom and Dad': LOCK YOUR CAR!!"
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        Bert sez...
        "Wanna sell more?
        MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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        • #34
          Ertl has a unique approach...


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          ... to 1/64 diecast model making.

          This Dodge pick-up is typical: Full 1/64 scale, thick axles, gigantic trailer hitches, stickers for body decoration; this rugged truck was made to be played with.

          "It's got a lot of room in the back for... something, I'm thinkin'."

          I'm thinkin' the "something" is a very large load of donuts, right, Officer?

          "Kid, don'tcha think your thinkin' regarding us law enforcement types is getting to be a might stereo-typic, thinkin'-wise?"

          What, you don't care for donuts anymore?

          "Now don't get crazy, kid..."
          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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          • #35
            When we first encountered Jada's Dub City line...


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            ... we kinda went nuts.

            For some reason, I sort of assumed that their "1/64" models were strictly 1/64. Said so on the card, dinnit? My guard was allowed to go to sleep, if not shut down completely. But as time went on, I got suspicious. The Suburban in front of Bert seemed close to 1/64, closer than HW or MB ever dared to make the vehicle.

            But... is it too big?

            "It fits into the normal frame, kid."

            Yes, but only just barely, Officer.
            Bert sez...
            "Wanna sell more?
            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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            • #36
              This Dub City Chevy S-10 also makes us wonder...


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              ... about it's actual scale. IIRC, the blister card said "1/64".

              "They covered the bed, kid."

              I know, Officer.

              "Shoulda left it on the peg just for that!"

              I KNOW, Officer.
              Bert sez...
              "Wanna sell more?
              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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              • #37
                Bert's seen his share of Racing Champions...


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                ... but this one is unusual.

                This Dodge Razor concept got my attention because it didn't seem to be of the usual RC manufacturing style. Besides being actually 1/64 scale, Its wheels in particular are more detailed and accurate than what I'd come to expect from RC. That, and the fact that I found it nowhere else but at K-Mart, seemed decidedly non-routine.

                The color got to me as well.

                "It ain't blue, kid."

                Officer! You noticed!

                "Yeah, well, I notice that people who have cars in colors like this can tend to get... in a hurry... summa the time... is all I'm sayin'."

                The owner knows the significance of your GLARE, Officer.
                Bert sez...
                "Wanna sell more?
                MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by guy64 View Post
                  Let's all get aboard my first Chevy...


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                  ... which is a taxi, so the meter's running!

                  I found this Golden Wheels 1950 Chevrolet in a Taxi Cab 4-pack at a Big Lots store, back when they were called Pic 'n Save. This '50 Chevy strikes a cord with me, being a lot like the first car I ever... um... interacted with; the '51 Chevy.

                  "You mean 'drove', kid?"

                  No not exactly, Officer. (I'm not that old!) My parents owned a '51 Chevy back when I was in the single digits, age-wise. It was military gray, possibly Navy surplus since Dad was a Marine in WWII. I think they had it when I was born, so it was probably the first car I ever rode in. It's certainly the first car I remember them owning.

                  Anyway, when I was about 3 or so, my Mom was driving it on a shopping run with me in the front seat and my two older sisters in the back. Mom stopped at a row of shops, parking in a parking space that was head-in to a sidewalk. She would be gone for "just a minute" she said, leaving my oldest sister in charge. Mom wasn't gone long, but she was gone long enough for me to "experiment" with the hand brake. I'd seen Mom or Dad pull that amazing lever every time they parked the car. It intrigued me with the "aaaannnnkk" sound it made when they pulled it out. Then, to release it, they'd give the handle a twist downward to let it retract under the dash. I found that all very interesting. I understood what it did--setting the parking brake so the car wouldn't roll--but I was curious as to what the action felt like. Seemed like Mom always grunted a bit when she set it. Was I strong enough to work it myself?

                  I had to know. There it was, as the seconds ticked by, beckoning me to give it a try. I thought about how the car was parked. As already mentioned, it was head-in to a space, perpendicular to the traffic lane with its front wheels against the curb. The street was a typical crowned road with the curb and gutter lower than the lanes. I knew the car wouldn't go anywhere if the brake was released because... well, gravity, you know. It seemed obvious to me that the car was well-anchored to that curb by simple physics. Mom set it just out of habit probably. Why not find out what that brake handle action really felt like?

                  So I reached down, grabbed the handle, twisted it just as I had seen Mom and Dad do dozens of times before, and sure enough, the handle zipped back under the dash board. I knew how to work the brake! An important first step to learning how to drive! And just as I'd predicted, the car remained motionless. We were safe and sound, thanks to good old dependable gravity. Then I readied myself to grab the handle again to reset the brake so Mom would never know. But a problem arose.

                  The "problem" was my two sisters. The instant they heard the brake release, they're all "WHAT? WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT DID YOU DO? YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO MESS WITH THAT!! WHAT DID YOU DOOOOOO?!?" bouncing around the back seat as though the car was in a sideways roll at 100 mph.

                  You'd have thought they were gonna die for sure. I was quite taken aback. "What is with those two?" I thought. Didn't they understand that I'd considered the situation carefully before conducting my experiment? That I was very much in command of the situation? That they were in no danger, and in fact had insulted my intelligence with their hysterical outburst? Heck, didn't they understand physics? And all this time I thought they were smarter than I was, being years older. Hmph. Just shows you that being older doesn't automatically make you smarter; another piece of valuable information I gleaned that day.

                  Some seconds into the fracas, Mom showed up. "What's going on in there?" she demanded as she opened the driver's door. My sisters were quick to rat on me. "He did this, and this, and that...!" Mom could see that the brake had been released (I didn't have a chance to reset it) and gave me a mildly annoyed look (which was usually all it took). "You're not supposed to touch that." "But Mom, I just wanted to see how it worked. I knew the car wouldn't go anywhere because..." Because yada-yada, physics, gravity and all. Good enough, my explanation wasn't. Mom calmly drove us home as I fumed. "Those dumb girls!!"

                  I never learned what Dad's reaction was. I'm sure he exhibited the dutiful look of disapproval to Mom when she told him, but from this viewpoint--decades later--I'd bet he was suppressing laughter. "That darned kid. He figured out the brake. That's my boy!" Subsequently, I was treated to some "educational" entertainment. My parents knew I liked to listen to records, so they got me a 10" 78 rpm record. On one side was "The Story Of Willipus Wallapus". It featured a narrator/singer playing a piano while telling/singing the story of a kid who gets into his parents' car, monkeys around with the brakes and shifter, and sends the car careening down a hill. I remember only a small part of the lyric:

                  "The car began rolling down faster and faster... the brakes and the steering wheel he could not master..."

                  Yeah, the car in the story was parked on a hill, eventually coming to rest after colliding with a chicken coop. (The cackling sounds and other effects on that record were pretty good, as I recall.) "What idiot kid releases the brake of a car parked on a hill?" I thought. The kid survived, but the scenario presented on the record was obviously much different than my experience, so it had limited impact. But I got one message: "Don't do stuff with your sisters around."

                  And of course, I still remember that gray Chevy. I wonder if it was ever made into a taxi...
                  Should have saved this one to start a new page! Not to be missed!

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                  • #39
                    Maybe we need to start a "best of" thread somewhere?
                    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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                    • #40
                      Jada again makes us wonder...


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                      ... about this Chevy Astro's true scale.

                      Bigger than 1/64? These days I'm inclined to think so, but I could be getting cynical. One thing going for Bert; if it is too big, there's just that much more room for donuts.

                      "There you go again with the arch-neo-stereo-tippee-cal view of us Law Enforcement types."

                      Sorry, Officer. It's just a traditional... meme, I guess. No offense meant.

                      "Well, I'm guessin' we couldn't get all that many donuts into this box anyway, kid. Those seats take up a lotta room."

                      But you could transport a whole donut-making crew in this box, Officer.

                      "They'd need a whole kitchen full of equipment, kid. No place for that in there with it fulla people."

                      I can see you've thought quite a bit on this "arch-neo-stereo-tippee-cal " subject, Officer.

                      "Yeah, comes with bein' a pre-fessional."
                      Bert sez...
                      "Wanna sell more?
                      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                      • #41
                        A preceptional prefessional!
                        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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                        • #42
                          Though I tend to associate this one with Racing Champions...


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                          ... the base says "Ertl".

                          According to Wikipedia, Ertl has a long, complicated history. That history seemed pretty simple to me as long as we concentrated on their farm toys, but once we began finding some of their diecast car offerings on the pegs in the mid-'90s--along with Racing Champions--things got confusing.

                          The color of this 1958 Plymouth Fury struck one of those nostalgic cords in me. This is the color I always remember the car to be.

                          "It's no substitute for blue, kid."

                          I'll look around, Officer. I just may have a blue Chevy you'd like.
                          Bert sez...
                          "Wanna sell more?
                          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                          • #43
                            Let's see if Bert notices anything different...


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                            ... about this one.

                            "Kid, what is this thing you have put next to me?"

                            It's a Honda S2000, Officer. Thought you might like to see a Honda for a change.

                            "Kid, I've seen Hondas before, but none of them looked like this lump of plastic."

                            Yeah, its proportions have been... altered somewhat from the real S2000.

                            "Altered? Obliterated more like. If it wasn't for the Honda H on the hood, I wouldn't even suspect it was a car."

                            The wheels tipped me off, Officer. But the reasons for the odd shape is that this toy car is radio-controlled. It's from the era when it was a big deal to have an RC car this small.

                            "Uh-huh. That huge wire sticking out of the back is sure a big deal. I don't think it'll pass a safety check."

                            I'll warn the driver about parking garages and car washes, Officer.
                            Bert sez...
                            "Wanna sell more?
                            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                            • #44
                              Glad you said it was a Honda, I thought it was a Camaro...
                              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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                              • #45
                                From Jada's pre-DUB City days...


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                                ... the "Road Rats" series.

                                Jada got our attention when they began issuing realistically-proportioned diecast cars in what was advertised as 1/64 scale. The 1960 Impala in front of Bert seemed to verify the 1/64 claim. It's not strictly stock, but could be stocked out with a little effort. This 1/64 model was purchased separately, but could also be found together with a 1/24 scale mate in one package. The dual-package versions sometimes had slightly different graphics from the single 1/64 editions.

                                I liked this rendering of the '60 Impy more than RC's because the comparable RC casting--of which we have a couple--has droopy fins. Jada did a better job on the fins.

                                "I didn't know you were so picky about fins, kid."

                                Well Officer, these aren't just any fins. My family had a '60 station wagon back in '60. After washing that big old boat a few times, I'd become very well acquainted with the shape of those particular fins.
                                Bert sez...
                                "Wanna sell more?
                                MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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