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  • Liberating Classic Majorette

    Some collectors like to keep their diecast in the original packaging, others (me included) like to take them out of the packaging.

    But have you ever seen a model try to liberate itself?


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    Sick of watching the decades pass him by, spinning his wheels inside the dirty, plastic blister, this little Jag decided to take matters into his own hands and attempt an escape from his almost 50 yr old cell.

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    The crumbling plastic base helped, and then I finished the job last night in our kitchen. Free at last!

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    I really like the Majorette E-Type – such a nicely detailed, heavy model which is pretty close to the full size version.

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    Actually, I think he may have tasted freedom before – the Jaguar decal is missing off that long bonnet. Unless it was never applied at the factory.

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    I do have one other more play-worn example, in blue with the jaguar decal.

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    And say what you will, that’s a couple of fine looking rear ends.

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    A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Yorkshire pudding.

  • #2
    ... and I guess I should have put this in the Majorette forum.

    Sorry guys, what was I thinking.
    A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Yorkshire pudding.

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    • #3
      Yes, I'm also a lifetime DLM member but with these old blisters it always hurts a bit when opening them. Thank God you had no hands in opening this one
      Last edited by Frans; 03-16-2021, 03:30 PM.

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      • #4
        I have a red version of the Majorette Jaguar that does not have a Jag label on it. Great to see that it wanted the freedom to roam the little car highways and byways.

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        • #5
          I usually buy 2 of the same car one to open and use in my diorama and the other to stay closed and hang on my wall (which is very crowded at the moment) and i am having to hang them up by my bed so im on track to all my walls being covered and having the entire 2nd floor does not help at all since it feeds my car habits

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          • #6
            thinking along the idea in the post by PJ about his not having the tampo.
            could be they came from different issues.

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            • #7
              Yep, I've been looking at that hood and no sign of the decal. So looks like it was never applied at the factory.

              So think you're right pegers - different issue. Or a batch escaped without the decal.
              A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Yorkshire pudding.

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              • #8
                Finally FREE!!!

                Plastic is not made to last,..

                I was checking this rundown from Marc (The specialist for Majorette) of this model, it seems it also existed without decal.

                L'épopée Majorette : La Jaguar Type E-V12 de Majorette (sorry in French)

                I love this model - both in real and as a model.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for that awesome link.

                  Holy moly, that's a lot of E-Types! Fantastic collection.
                  A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Yorkshire pudding.

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                  • #10
                    Nice Jag, always liked these old e types, the shapes are more exciting to me than a lot of modern sports cars.
                    Doug

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grifo74 View Post
                      Finally FREE!!!

                      Plastic is not made to last,..

                      I was checking this rundown from Marc (The specialist for Majorette) of this model, it seems it also existed without decal.

                      L'épopée Majorette : La Jaguar Type E-V12 de Majorette (sorry in French)

                      I love this model - both in real and as a model.
                      VERY nice write up! I only have one Majo E type Jag, and sadly the decal is torn on the hood, but overall I am impressed. It is a classic, not only for Majorette but for diecast in general.
                      The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. 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 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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                      • #12
                        I recently bought a lot that included two early '80s Solido fire trucks. They'd been stored/displayed in their boxes, and the boxes got horribly sun-damaged, which not only faded them; but horribly degraded the plastic that holds the trucks in place, and probably weakened some of the plastic parts on the trucks. It had made such a mess, it took me forever to extricate them with scissors and a seatbelt cutter. When I got them, the ladder on the Saviem had lost a couple rungs, and the piece on the back that holds the hose reel had broken as well. Taking them out of the pack would have saved a lot of damage. I opened them up and tossed the packaging.

                        I remember when I was buying what was left of the stock from US retailers right after CIPSA was passed (which forced SIKU to pull out of the USA market), always one or two would be open in the box from the glue letting go. I've had lots of pieces that "I really want to open this up, but can't due to age" end up being able to be opened due to glue seals dissolving over time.


                        That Jag looks great!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
                          I recently bought a lot that included two early '80s Solido fire trucks. They'd been stored/displayed in their boxes, and the boxes got horribly sun-damaged, which not only faded them; but horribly degraded the plastic that holds the trucks in place, and probably weakened some of the plastic parts on the trucks. It had made such a mess, it took me forever to extricate them with scissors and a seatbelt cutter. When I got them, the ladder on the Saviem had lost a couple rungs, and the piece on the back that holds the hose reel had broken as well. Taking them out of the pack would have saved a lot of damage. I opened them up and tossed the packaging.

                          I remember when I was buying what was left of the stock from US retailers right after CIPSA was passed (which forced SIKU to pull out of the USA market), always one or two would be open in the box from the glue letting go. I've had lots of pieces that "I really want to open this up, but can't due to age" end up being able to be opened due to glue seals dissolving over time.


                          That Jag looks great!
                          What's CIPSA? can't seem to find anything on it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 6A13TT99 View Post

                            What's CIPSA? can't seem to find anything on it.
                            I found this - https://cipsacars.com/cipsa_info/cipsa_info.html , but I don't think this is the answer you're looking for.
                            I collect what I like, and I like what I collect.

                            Michael the "Toyotageek"
                            Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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                            • #15
                              I found that those early Majorette bubbles are disingagrating at an alarming rate now, Must be 40 years old now and the plastic is very brittle and the glue lines are letting go. I have a couple like that . Must free them soon
                              Mr. Bowtie
                              Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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