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Joined: Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:49

Dear Al,

If you or anybody else are interested, I have the following spare Atlas models for sale :

25 M - Ford end tipper

569 - Berliet Stradair side tipper in blue and orange

at £ 27.55 each plus £ 7.00 for P & P

All the best.

Jacques

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Thanks, Jacques, the stradair that I've got at the moment is blue and orange, so I'll be looking for the mint green version.  Unfortunately I just bought a 25m, so that's  a bit frustrating.  

Maybe we need to open a swap/sell topic for members to circulate their spares/surplus Atlas/Dan/Deagostini stock.  I have a handful of doubles myself.

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Benne bent out of shape?

So, towards the end of its run, the Atlas Dinky Trucks collection offered up a copy of a 25V Ford Refuse Wagon - benne a ordures which has been sitting here niggling away at me that something doesn't look right with it.  I checked a lot of images of this model on google and they all look the same way   -   surely this is bent between the cab and chassis?   It doesn't look bent that way on the box or on the leaflet that comes with it.     I mean, it looks like it's actually cast bent because there's no stress marks or paint cracking.  The originals don't look like this, do they?

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Joined: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 20:56

Hi Al.

Here under two models from my collection then you can compare !

You can send it back and get your money back.

Good luck.

Richard

 

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Hi Richard,  You originals look like what I'd expect to see - nice parallel horizontals and right angle verticles.   If you scope around the internet for pictures of the Atlas version, I think you will see that they all show this significant chassis bend.   There's no hope of just bending the casting flat because the cab/chassis connection is very solid metal - the bend is inherent in the production.    So I wouldn't get a replacement if I sent it back, although I might be able to get a refund. 

Or it might be possible to dremmel half-cuts in the chassis members on the underside and that could allow the cab to flex upwards.   It might come to that because I checked all the way around and there isn't really an angle you can look at the model without seeing the problem.

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Hi, Some time ago, I bought one of these Atlas copies cheaply on Ebay from an outlet in China, and the casting was very good without any distortion. I only bought it to get the sliding top covers to complete my original French Dinky model, then cut off the top of the body to make a dump truck which I then re-sold - at a small profit, I might add ! Maybe the problem only occurs in later batches of this model?

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Well this example was from the subscription and looks like part of a substantial batch since I can't see anything for sale now that doesn't also look wonky.   It has always worried me that these far east ebay sellers might be shipping factory seconds, but maybe there's a quality control issue with the official supply!

Anyway, I took the dremmel to the underside of the casting just behind the front mudguards and cut across etheir side so then I could (with a big effort) bend the cab up into a reasonable right angle - so it doesn't look at all unsettling now. 

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