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All posts for the month May, 2008

Hoarders of Datsun and Nissan related merchandising and collectibles may already be familiar with with the large Gold cigarette cases, based on various models built by the company. They appear to date back to at least 1959 and it seems that virtually every model sold since then has been represented by one of these cases… well into the 1990’s it would appear. The earliest examples I have seen are modelled on the 310 series Bluebird and 30 model Cedric but cars as late as the Nissan Cima  are also represented and just about everything in between. It’s impossible to say whether every variant of every model series built is covered, but in many cases it seem that at least some variations such as saloon and coupe certainly are.

All feature the same basic design which consists of a very heavy, one piece cast metal body, usually around 1/18 scale, with a removable roof to allow access to the cigarette tray and match holder inside. Generally they are plated in a gold finish although a few appear with a silver finish.  Many even include a small clockwork music box which plays a tune when the roof is lifted off. It’s unclear exactly what purpose these served but it seem likely that they were issued to distributors and dealers of the companies products rather than to the general public as they certainly are not common.

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Long time no post! It’s not because I’m lazy …okay, yes I am lazy but that’s not prevented me from more regular updates. I have actually been pretty busy as now that summer finally has arrived it time to do all the stuff I hate like building and garden work but as well as the more mundane jobs I have also been busy in the workshop. I’ve pretty much stopped all work on anything else to concentrate on getting the Sunny truck done for this summer, albeit most probably near the end of the season. I started by redoing a couple of repairs I had already done but wasn’t happy with. These were both on the right hand bed side which is probably the worst part of the truck as it was not only badly rusted but also covered in dents.

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