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  • 1:64 (& 1:50) Fire-Rescue Revue

    Here it is, what practically no one has been anxiously waiting for!

    A spinoff from the 1:64 Cross country cop car tour. WARNING- there may be a lot of lime green...

    Chicago Fire Department Squad 2A
    1:64 Code 3 Collectibles
    KME/ Central States
    Chicago Fire Department Snorkel
    Squad 2A

    This is one of the first Code 3's I ever purchased, and posted. I picked it up at a KayBee Toys clearance store in GA. At the time, I didn't think that far ahead, and didn't worry about getting a matching set. One of these days i hope to rectify that.

    If anyone has any information, insight or anecdotes about any of the models that make it to the show- please pitch in
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    Here's squad 1- which would obviously run with squad 1A. (of course i've taken a lot of liberties displaying squad 1 with 2A, but i'm sure i could explain it away if a critic really pinned me down....

    Chicago Fire Department Squad 1: KME/Central States Diecast
    1:64 Code 3 Collectibles:
    KME/ Central States
    Chicago Fire Department
    Squad 1

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    • #3
      Some very nice looking castings.
      Thanks for sharing.

      Cheers. Cobra

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      • #4
        Seeing all of these Code 3s really has me itching to add at least one more to my collection of one. I am eyeing those FDNY ladders, but oh boy are they expensive...

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        • #5
          THANKS, unfortunately, they can be pretty pricey... i've found some bargains, here and there, but i really wish i had gotten on board the train back when they were churning them out. I caught on towards the end- when they went to the fancier display boxes, and most models were going for 40 and the rescues/ ladders were 60-70?

          Here's an LAFD i got off the bay (as the cool kids call it) that i thought i had missed out on, only to find just in time for XMAS.

          LAFD Truck Company 88 on the Scene
          Somewhere in Sherman Oaks, an LAFD LTI TDA ladder is arriving at the scene of a building fire alarm.

          If that's too many acronyms, maybe firefighting isn't for you.

          1:64 Code 3 Collectibles:
          1995 Simon-Duplex QS-100/ Ladder Towers Inc. 100'
          Tractor Drawn Aerial
          Truck 88
          Los Angeles Fire Department
          City of Los Angeles
          California, USA.
          Shop # 60484
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          • #6
            Awesome! Been looking forward to this fire apparatus tour. Those are some nice rigs from Code 3. I do have some of their ambulances and GMC Suburban's but for a number of reasons decided to resist the fire engines.

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            • #7
              Glad to hear it- even if there aren't as many diehard first responder fans out there as i would like... after all, i only collect other trucks and cars for supporting roles. here's the new M2 -which you may also recognize as a guest star in the Emergency! lost episodes series:
              Chevy Apache Rescue Service
              While firefighters from all over tackle the wildfires, the road is shut down.

              I wonder if that Caddy goes right around the roadblock, and more chaos ensues?

              1:64 M2 Machines:
              1958 Chevy Apache
              Rescue Service
              City Fire Department
              Auto-Shows Release 55

              Excerpt from:
              Emergency! Lost Episodes: Forest on Fire Mini-Series (You can just barely see LAcoFD in the deep background)
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              • #8
                Many moons ago, i decided to sit down and do the math and figure out whether i wanted to buy a yacht, or collect the diecast that i want- especially the First Gear, DCP and of course Code 3 that i really wanted. You know how it ends...

                Mason Ohio Fire Dept. Quint 51
                Looks like The Chief is making a simple left turn somewhere in southwestern Ohio.

                It's not always screaming sirens and flashing lights...

                1:64 Code 3 Collectibles:
                Pierce Quantum Telesquirt
                Quint 51- The Chief
                City of Mason Fire Department
                Warren County, Ohio, USA

                This is one of the many recent acquisitions from Xmas 2019:

                Code 3 Collectibles Christmas Tree 2019

                Gather round the Code 3 Christmas tree and bask in the 1:64 scale Fire-Rescue glow...

                Being the amateur naturalist that I am, I would never cut down a perfectly good evergreen just to toss it n the garbage after a few weeks.

                I'm not a particularly big fan of the holiday season to begin with, so an unnecessary plastic tree decorated with gaudy ornaments isn't my cup of tea either.

                Anyway, I thought would showcase some of my recent acquisitions, in the spirit of my kind of Christmas.

                Unfortunately, by the time I got into serious die cast collecting, Code 3 was on the way out. While some of my collection reflects the later models, I never had much chance at the older releases, because they were long gone, before I'd ever even heard of them.

                Over the years, I've made a few purchases on what I commonly refer to as Evil-Bay. I found a couple of sources for the older Racing Champions series, and a hard to find Johnny Lightning here and there. Last year, I got my Holy Grail, so I can't complain.

                By doing a little research, and some downright exhaustive searching, you can actually find some great deals on E-bay.

                So, in any case, I'm very proud to have been able to procure these new additions to the fire-rescue fleet.

                It will take me most of 2020 to feature them, but that's the kind of problem you want to have.

                Also pictured is a small sampling of some stocking stuffer Racing Champions and Johnny Lightning "treasures" I also came across.

                There are actually many more police and fire diecast not pictured, along with a few more Code 3's that were in the pipeline at the time.

                For those that might want to point out that it's better to give than to receive, I would say they've probably never got anything good.



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                • #9
                  Awesome Code 3 Christmas tree and a unique way to display that part of your collection. And, of course, totally enjoy the "lost emergency episodes and yeah - that big boat Caddy will run the roadblock so hopefully you have an LA County Sheriff Car to take care of that bad boy!

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                  • #10
                    Ha, i'm afraid i don't have any LAcoFD and LASO scenes- at least not yet (now is a good excuse to create some) but here's a look at modern LAcoFD and CHP:

                    "Do you feel this vehicle is safe for highway travel?"
                    1:64 Code 3 Collectibles
                    Freightliner Fire Engine
                    Los Angeles County Fire Department
                    Engine 79
                    LACoFD

                    LA County Fire Engine 79
                    LA County Engine 79 (LA Co FD) is a long way from Pearlblossom and looks a little out of place on the east coast. She's headed for the next big "Not a Xmas Parade" in Mystic Beach
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                    • #11
                      Might as well spend a little more time in Cali while we're here anyway:

                      San Diego CA Fire Dept. Engine 29

                      San Diego Engine 29 On-Scene
                      San Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrives at the scene of another forklift accident at a local industrial park.

                      1:64 Code 3 Collectibles:
                      Pierce Dash Side Mount Pumper
                      San Diego Fire Rescue Department
                      Engine 29
                      San Diego, California, USASan Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrives at the scene of another forklift accident at a local industrial park.

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                      Pierce Dash Side Mount Pumper
                      San Diego Fire Rescue Department
                      Engine 29
                      San Diego, California, USA
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                      • #12
                        It's easy to leave your heart in San Francisco, if you love fire trucks...

                        SFFD Engine 10
                        1:64 Code 3 Collectibles:
                        2006 American La France Eagle
                        City and County of San Francisco, California
                        San Francisco Fire Department
                        Engine 10

                        Pink Ribbon Engine 10
                        SFFD Engine 10 is hard at work somewhere in the 49 square miles of the City and County of San Francisco.

                        Why not spread breast cancer awareness and show SFFD support at the same time?
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                        • #13
                          Liking what I'm seeing,

                          Only have a few Code 3's myself, got for cheap at KB Toy Liquidators, well except my two Detroit rigs, while they did come from KB, and they were on sale buy one get the equal or lesser value one for 1/2 price, I think they cost me over $50 for the pair, but I was traveling on vacation at the time, bringing extra money just to spend on diecast, and they were the only time I'd seen Detroit rigs, my hometown, so why not. But they are the later ones in the fancy acrylic cases, the couple others I got cheap were the older cases like you show in your tree.
                          Doug

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                          • #14
                            Those KB clearance stores really got me back into collecting, all those years ago...

                            anyway, a few more stops on the left coast before leaving cali behind:

                            Up Close on the Spirt of '76

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                            • #15
                              Glendale Fire Paramedic Engine 21
                              Glendale Fire responds to a call at a local industrial park in the Jewel City.

                              1:64 Code 3 Collectibles
                              Pierce Quantum
                              Paramedic Engine 21
                              City of Glendale
                              Fire Department
                              California, USA
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